This is not the Hudson County we know and love

first_imgRon Bautista, Former Hoboken Mayoral CandidatePhil Cohen, Chair, Hoboken Democratic CommitteeCristin Cricco-PowellNora Martínez DeBenedetto, First Vice Chair, Hoboken Democratic CommitteeRachel Hodes, Recording Secretary, Hoboken Democratic CommitteeVera Sirota, Hoboken Democratic Committee MemberEytan Stern-Weber, Co-Founder, Hudson For All; Immigration Lead, Hudson CAN To the Editor:For decades, Hudson County has been a welcoming community and bastion of democratic values. But on Thursday, July 12, we were betrayed when the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in an astonishingly swift 5-2 vote, chose to contract once again with the federal agency of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As you know, ICE is responsible for the recent rash of cruel, heinous, and inhumane practices inflicted on those seeking refuge and/or asylum. Make no mistake, Hudson County – with that vote, our Freeholders have made us all complicit in this machine which is tearing families apart on a daily basis. This is your tax dollars at work. The vote on this contract was put on the agenda at the last minute, in an attempt to prevent the public from taking notice and speaking out.This meeting took place at 1pm, on a weekday, at a time when activists and concerned citizens were unable to attend. We echo the sentiments of Sally Pillay, program director of First Friends of NJ and NY, “It was disappointing that the Freeholders rushed and voted to continue the IGSA agreement, without further review of what is written in the contract and without acknowledging Freeholder Torres’s request to table the item for further research and discussion. Clearly profits before humans were the driving point, given there are 800 ICE detainees to 400 inmates incarcerated in the facility.This is not the Hudson County we know and love. We are a place of acceptance; a place where those seeking refuge are welcomed with open arms; a place where diversity isn’t just tolerated, but celebrated. Today, we call upon County Executive Tom DeGise and the Board of Chosen Freeholders to utilize the 60-day opt-out clause in the contract and retract their agreement with ICE. We elected you to make moral judgments in the best interest of Hudson County, and this decision is in clear violation of your contract with your constituents.We must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and we must fight for those who have nowhere else to go because that’s what America is all about.last_img read more

Missouri utility plans three solar-plus-storage projects

first_imgMissouri utility plans three solar-plus-storage projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享St. Louis Post-Dispatch:Ameren aims to build the three largest investor-owned utility solar installations in the state, the electric utility said Tuesday, unveiling a plan to combine the projects with battery storage technology to improve reliability for local customers.The St. Louis-based electric monopoly announced that it had filed plans for the Solar-Plus-Storage installations with state regulators earlier Tuesday. If approved, the company said it hopes to have the projects — which would cost about $68 million, combined — in operation by the end of 2020.The proposed installations target small, rural communities, including Green City and Utica in northern Missouri, and Richwoods, about an hour southwest of St. Louis. Each of the communities are located on parts of the grid where transmission is vulnerable to prolonged power outages, Ameren officials said.At 10 megawatts apiece, Ameren said the projects would be the largest investor-owned solar facilities in Missouri. Combined, the facilities would be capable of meeting the power demands of roughly 10,000 customers, the company said. Fully charged, the accompanying battery system would be able to power 2,000 to 3,000 homes for about four hours at peak usage — like on a hot summer day, with air conditioners blasting. In less extreme conditions — say, on a day with temperatures in the 70s — the battery power could last for twice as long, said Kevin Anders, Ameren’s vice president of operations and technical services.More: Ameren seeks to add three ‘solar-plus-storage’ facilities in Missourilast_img read more

OIE chief says H5N1 still has pandemic potential

first_imgJan 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Bernard Vallat, head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), believes the H5N1 avian influenza virus still has the potential to cause a human flu pandemic, the OIE said today in an effort to clarify news reports of comments Vallat made last week.At a meeting with reporters Jan 10, Vallat described the H5N1 virus as extremely stable and said the risk of a pandemic associated with it had been “overestimated” in the past, according to news service reports published the same day.Vallat’s reported comments drew criticism from preparedness proponents and infectious disease experts, including some quoted in a CIDRAP News article (see link below).Today’s OIE statement says Vallat’s comments came at an informal meeting with reporters, during which he discussed OIE activities and reporters asked about the H5N1 situation. The statement does not specifically criticize any of the reports of Vallat’s comments, but it says he made clear that the H5N1 virus still could evolve into a pandemic strain.”Dr Vallat said—as he has said in the past—that although the H5N1 virus is extremely virulent, it has shown to be quite stable over the last few years and its epidemiologic behaviour remained the same from the beginning of the crisis in 2003,” the OIE said.”He added that this observed stable behaviour of the H5N1 strain of the virus does not allow ruling out the risk of a mutation into a new dangerous form for humans, thus becoming a potential candidate for an avian influenza pandemic,” the statement continues.Vallat also told reporters that no one can predict when or how the next flu pandemic will occur and that H5N1 is just one of many flu viruses that could spark a pandemic, according to the statement.”Bird flu will always remain a risk, be it H5N1 or another [virus] and for that reason pandemic preparedness as well as permanent control of the pathogen at the animal source are important,” the statement quotes Vallat as saying.At the meeting, Vallat also reemphasized the need to strengthen the capability to detect and respond to emerging diseases in animals, especially those that can spread to humans, the OIE said.”He regretted that such capacities were not in place at the very beginning of the H5N1 avian influenza crisis, which delayed the reaction of countries, especially the poorest ones, first hit in South East Asia,” the statement said. “He welcomed today’s much better preparedness of countries to detect and control the disease.”See also: Jan 16 OIE statementhttp://web.oie.int/eng/press/en_080116.htmJan 11 CIDRAP News story “OIE chief’s downplaying of pandemic risk draws fire”last_img read more

Raise your game, demands Ruddy

first_imgGoalkeeper John Ruddy has challenged his Norwich team-mates to show they have what it takes to be Barclays Premier League players again next season by derailing Liverpool’s title charge. Reds captain Steven Gerrard told his Anfield colleagues they must all treat the Norwich clash like it is the last game of their careers as they aim to stay ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. The England captain struggled to keep his emotions in check following last weekend’s 3-2 win over City, before pulling the team together into a huddle and declaring: “This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again. Come on!” Press Association Ugly scenes marred the end of Norwich’s last home match on April 5. Hundreds of clapper boards – which had been put on seats to help improve the Carrow Road atmosphere – were thrown onto the field, with one hitting Hughton. Stewards had to intervene when Ruddy confronted one supporter behind the goal in the Lower Barclay Stand, and captain Russell Martin was also involved in a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he walked down the tunnel. Despite the shambles against the Baggies, Norwich do have good form at Carrow Road since the turn of the year, winning three matches and producing a fine display to earn a goalless draw with Manchester City. Ruddy believes Norwich can rise to the challenge this weekend, which is the start of a nightmare run-in which also includes trips to Chelsea and Manchester United before Arsenal visit on the final day of the season. “In 2014 we have only conceded two goals at home and one of those was a penalty, so if you can’t be buoyed by the performances that we have had recently at home, then you won’t get up for any,” he said. “Certainly the crowd play a massive part and they have been with us all season through the thick and thin. “They turned out in their droves on Saturday at Fulham and to replicate that on Sunday will see us through I hope.” Adams made some seven changes for the Fulham game, when Norwich enjoyed a good spell in the first half but failed to convert their chances – something which has been a fundamental problem all season. Captain Sebastien Bassong could be in contention to return to the defence having missed the match at Craven Cottage, as did fellow centre-half Joseph Yobo. Norwich – who sacked manager Chris Hughton after defeat to West Brom and promoted youth team boss Neil Adams – are just two points above the relegation zone following a 1-0 loss to fellow relegation battlers Fulham. Ruddy, a team-mate of Gerrard in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, feels the beleaguered Canaries could do worse than using such motivation themselves. He told Norwich City TV: “What it says to me is not just how driven and how focused, not just how much Steven Gerrard is, but how he wants the rest of his team to be that same way. “And when you are fighting for a Premier League title it is evident that confidence and focus is there. “But we have got as much to lose, if not more, than they have. “We are scrapping for our lives and we all want to be Premier League footballers and at the end of the day, that is what it boils down to, how much do you want to be a Premier League footballer? “How much do you want to play next year in games against Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal? “Because if you don’t put in the performances in these last four games, it is not going to happen.” last_img read more

Arizona Diamondbacks hammer Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles Dodgers’ 18-7 loss

first_imgPHOENIX – Clayton Kershaw had been solid in two starts since returning from the disabled list.Once the Arizona Diamondbacks started hitting the two-time Cy Young Award winner, he couldn’t stop them.Kershaw allowed seven runs in the second inning in the second-shortest outing of his career, leaving the Dodgers in a deep hole that led to an 18-7 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.“I just got hit hard tonight. I don’t know why,” Kershaw said. “I left some balls up. They got hits. You can’t really make excuses saying they found holes. They hit balls hard, they hit gaps. I just got hit hard tonight.” Hoping to shake out of an early season funk, the Diamondbacks announced before the game that they had hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as their chief baseball officer.Once it started, Arizona showed off its offensive capabilities by beating up on Kershaw (2-1).The Dodgers came storming back with a five-run sixth to pull within 9-7, but Arizona kept hitting to set team records for runs, hits in a nine-inning game (21), extra-base hits (13) and triples in an inning (3 in the second).Paul Goldschmidt was the catalyst, with two homers, two doubles, a career-high six RBIs and a team-record five runs. Chris Owings finished a single shy of the cycle, Martin Prado had three RBIs and Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning for Arizona. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also homered, helping the Diamondbacks emphatically end a seven-game home losing streak to Los Angeles. “We hadn’t really broken out this year and tonight we did,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them.”’The Dodgers tried to keep up even after Kershaw struggled.Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer to set one Dodgers record, tie another and stretch his hitting streak to 16 games. Carl Crawford also hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers had 13 hits.They just couldn’t seem to keep the Diamondbacks from racing around the bases, going through five pitchers before turning to catcher Drew Butera to pitch in the eighth inning.“We just paid for our mistakes tonight,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Give them a lot of credit they swung the bats extremely well. Anytime we were in the middle of the plate, they didn’t miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there.”It started in the second inning against Kershaw.Arizona followed the left-hander’s second walk of the season by pounding baseballs to the gaps, including three triples and a double.Cliff Pennington had the first triple, driving in two runs, then Pollock and Owings followed with run-scoring triples. Goldschmidt added a run-scoring double and Tuffy Gosewich and Prado had RBI singles, chasing Kershaw after 1 2-3 innings.Kershaw allowed seven runs – three more than his season total – and six hits, with three strikeouts, two walks and a balk.“It’s kind of shocking anytime he has an inning like that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You expect him to go seven or eight (innings) and give up two or three runs or less. If you can score you have a good chance of winning. It’s definitely not the norm with him.” Anderson won his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox last Sunday, but wasn’t quite as sharp against the Dodgers.Puig hit the first pitch he saw in the third inning well over the wall in left-center, the team-record eighth straight game he has had an extra-base hit and run batted in. It’s the first such streak of nine games in the majors since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria did it in 2009.Puig’s eight straight games with an RBI matched the team record held by four others, most recently Adrian Beltre in 2004.Anderson was lifted after giving up a three-run homer to Crawford and the Dodgers pulled within 9-7 on a two-run double by Andre Ethier off Evan Marshall.Anderson allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.NotesArizona 2B Aaron Hill was scratched from the lineup with a sore right shoulder. … Puig has six homers and 21 RBIs during his hitting streak. … The last team to have three triples in an inning was Houston in the first inning against Washington on April 19, 2012. … Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter will start today’s series finale against the Dodgers. He is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last four starts. RHP Dan Haren, who pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2008-10, will pitch for the Dodgers after allowing three runs in seven innings.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more