Gimme Shelter

first_imgThe Appalachian Trail is one of the best-known long distance trails in the world—and also one of the most social. The A.T. brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, social circles, religious beliefs, and political persuasions. Amazingly, most of these folks actually get along. They eat together, swap trail stories, and sometimes even sleep inches apart when shelters are crowded. This immediate community is made possible—if not unavoidable—due to the 254 shelters along the trail.Shelters are the primary congregating spots on the Appalachian Trail. They are three-sided wooden lean-tos that range from shack-like to downright swanky. The A.T. shelters provide refuge in bad weather, they give exhausted backpackers a place to sleep without having to set up their tents, and they are a popular place for day hikers to enjoy a snack. These shelters usually come equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, and hooks or cables for hanging food at night. Most of the time they are conveniently placed beside a water source, and most are stocked with an entertainment device known as the trail register. This hiker journal provides a collection of intriguing and informative narratives from dozens of previous visitors.When thru-hikers reflect back upon their 2,178-mile journey, some of their most vivid, interesting, scary, and encouraging memories come from just off the trail under the cover of an intimate lean-to. I remember the first night of my thru-hike in 2005. It was freezing outside and the shelter I stayed at was packed past capacity. In the middle of the night the young guy snoring next to me rolled over in his sleep and landed on top of me. He stayed there for the next few hours, and I was actually thankful for the extra body warmth. A week later, I was kept up all night by the chainsaw snoring of a hiker inside the shelter. And here’s the kicker—I was actually tenting 20 yards away. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to sleep next to that man. The wooden floorboards must have been vibrating.In early April, I was staying at Tri-Corner Knob Shelter in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The structure is located nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, and 18 miles away from the A.T.’s nearest road crossing. The next morning I awoke and sat up with a rush of fear and adrenaline when I saw a blizzard raging outside. Thankfully, I lived to see another shelter at a lower elevation with less snow on the ground. A few nights later I was sleeping at No Business Knob Shelter, when the only two other inhabitants made me feel extremely out of place with their obscene PDA. Let’s just say, on a scale of affection ranging from hand holding to adult films, it fell closer to the latter.I had one of my scariest nights on the trail at a lean-to near Damascus, Va., where my fellow inhabitants decided to share ghost stories and tales of A.T. murders as bedtime stories. One hiker decided to repeat the same phrase over and over again, “No, seriously a young female hiker traveling by herself was killed right here.” Way to be sensitive, buddy.However, tolerating trail stories and sensational hiker lore was far better than spending the night alone in the shelter. When I spent the night alone, that was when my mind took over and I worried all night about a bear coming to find me—or another hiker appearing in the middle of the night.I was never truly alone in the shelters. I always had plenty of mice to keep me company. I frequently heard them scurry across the rafters and occasionally saw them run across the floorboards. Once they even got into my food bag that was hung beneath the shelter canopy, but that was better than what happened to my trail friend. After a particularly sticky dinner of peanut butter and honey my hiking partner went to sleep and was awakened by a sharp pain in the middle of the night and the teeth of a small gray rodent attached to his finger.Shelters—for all their downfalls, their dirty hard floorboards, and their unpredictable inhabitants—are still one of the best parts of the Appalachian Trail. They have been part of the footpath’s vision and history since the completion of the trail in 1937. In fact, many of the shelters now rest in wilderness areas that do not allow formal structures, but because the buildings often preceded the wilderness designation, they are exempt and allowed to remain. Some of the oldest shelters were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and constructed with beams of American chestnut. Most qualify for the National Register of Historic Places.Shelters reduce the environmental impact of hikers by offering a place to rest other than the lush forest beside the trail. There is also, usually, a well-defined trail leading away from the shelter to a common restroom known as a privy. And if you don’t immediately see the outhouse, or the path leading to it, then follow your nose and you will probably find it. The privies don’t smell good, and sleeping downwind can be an unpleasant experience, but they substantially cut down on the TP flowers and “surprises” around campsites.The lean-tos also provide a safe refuge with unpredictable weather strikes—literally, they are one of the best places to hunker down in an electrical storm. But beyond providing a haven, and reducing the human impact on the trail, shelters also promote an exchange of ideas. Hikers crossing in opposite directions will tell stories of tough climbs, gorgeous views, dry springs, active bees, and “all you can eat” buffets in an upcoming town. But the discussions at trail shelters often delve deeper than hiking details. Marriages, friendships, and business deals have all been cultivated by the interactions at trail shelters. Strangers become friends and closed minds begin to open, because at an Appalachian Trail shelter you will hear what it is truly like to walk in someone else’s shoes.10 Unforgettable Shelters:Blood MountainLocated 4,458 feet above sea level, Blood Mountain may take its name from a savage battle between the resident Creek and Cherokee peoples, or from the bright red lichen and colorful rhododendron that adorn the mountain. Blood Mountain Shelter is located directly on top of the mountain and is the highest A.T. lean-to in Georgia.  The original structure was built out of rock in 1934. It is one of the oldest shelters on the trail. In recent months the structure received a necessary facelift, and no longer shows its age the way it once did. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the shelter’s awesome view.Fontana Dam Shelter (aka The Fontana Hilton)Located near the highest dam east of the Rockies and near the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the “Fontana Hilton” reveals awesome views of Fontana Lake and the surrounding peaks. However, the legacy of this structure is not tied to the location, as much to the highly appreciated amenities. Located 0.3 miles from the Fontana Dam Visitor Center, hikers who stay at this lean-to make use of the hot showers and running water available at the Visitor Center and seasonal shuttles to Fontana Village for food and resupplies.Tri-Corner KnobTri-Corner Knob Shelter sits high on a ridge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lean-to is located approximately 16 miles from both Davenport Gap and Newfound Gap. The location gives this structure the honor of being the shelter located farthest from a road. But be prepared: the high altitude of this shelter makes it especially prone to late spring snowstorms.Roan High KnobIt is Christmas year-round on top of Roan Mountain. The sweet smell of balsam and fir trees that crown this mountain fill the air with a pleasant holiday scent. Located at 6,285 feet above sea level, this is the highest shelter on the entire Appalachian Trail. The ecosystem and climate at this shelter is rare in the southern Appalachian Mountains and will remind southbound thru-hikers of the peaks in New Hampshire and Maine.Thomas KnobIf you spend the night at this shelter you may encounter a large, hungry, animal—but it probably will not be a bear. Built on the edge of Grayson Highlands State Park, Thomas Knob Shelter is often frequented by neighboring wild ponies. These hoofed animals have acquired a taste for hiker food. However, they are wild animals and should be observed and respected—not fed. If you have trouble restraining yourself and your snacks, then take your food bag with you and enjoy a walk up the nearby slope of Mount Rogers, the tallest mountain in Virginia.Partnership ShelterHikers know better than to pass up a public restroom with running water. When the employees and guests at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Visitor Center finally grew tired of seeing hikers bathing themselves with paper towels and mucking up the clean facilities at the visitor center, they decided to build the hikers their own shelter and restroom with running water. Partnership Shelter is known for its spacious digs, running water, and the ability to order delivery pizza from nearby Marion, Va. However, if you are looking for solitude, look elsewhere. The luxuries of this lean-to, and its proximity to VA 16, make it a popular spot for partiers.Punchbowl Mountain ShelterIn 1891, a four-year old boy named Ottie Cline Powell became lost while gathering firewood for his schoolhouse. Six months later, little Ottie’s body was found a distant seven miles away near the summit of Bluff Mountain. One reason it took so long to find the young boy’s body is that search teams never imagined a young boy could scale such a difficult and distant mountain. Although the structure did not exist when Ottie went missing, several hikers who have stayed at the nearby Punchbowl Mountain Shelter have reported waking up in the middle of the night and seeing a small boy dressed in colonial garb and crying.Brown Mountain Creek ShelterThis lean-to is located along the historic Brown Mountain Creek near the remains of a small nineteenth century village occupied by freed African Americans. Freedmen made a living by growing tobacco and corn, and by operating a gristmill along the creek. Descendants remained in this area for the first half of the twentieth century. The heavy underbrush of the late spring and summer make it more difficult to decipher the remains of this settlement, but in the winter it is possible to view the stone ruins of the gristmill and the remains of farming terraces built into the hillside that once made this a vibrant community.Toms Run SheltersThe first 80 miles of trail in Pennsylvania are some of the most beautiful and level miles on the 2,181-mile path. In the middle of this scenic stretch, the Toms Run Shelters offer two lean-tos for tired hikers. It is rare to have two shelters in the same location. The double shelter prevents overcrowding and preserves the feeling of wilderness in the backcountry. These two shelters are also very close to the ever-shifting halfway point on the trail.Pa. 501 ShelterA pleasant respite amid the miles of rocky tread in the middle of Pennsylvania, this is one of a handful of shelters along the Appalachian Trail that is fully enclosed. Not only does this building have four walls, it also has a skylight in the roof—which can provide a memorable display during an electrical storm. Retained by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and National Park Service when the land was acquired, this shelter also comes complete with a caretaker and a solar-powered shower.Shelter EtiquetteAccording to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy• Shelters are to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until the shelter is full—so no saving places for your slower hiking partners.• Shelters are not intended for big groups—troop leaders take note.• Don’t cut trees or limbs for firewood or vandalize shelter facilities, do carry out all trash—practice Leave No Trace.• Keep dogs leashed at the shelter and ask the other hikers before allowing Fido inside—yes, I know your dog is special, but this still applies to you.According to Hikers • If you snore loudly, carry your tent and set it up away from shelters. Just because you can sleep through the noise doesn’t mean that everyone else will.• Do not set up your tents inside the shelter. If you want to sleep inside your tent, then camp outside.• Do not use excessive alcohol or drugs. It can ruin the experience of other hikers.• Do not talk on your cell phone at a shelter.• If you want to make out with your significant other, get a tent. And if you are going to sleep naked, stay in your sleeping bag.• Do not feed the mice (it makes more mice); do not use the trail register as a fire starter; use the privy when provided. Educate yourself about Leave No Trace and practice what you learned.• Shelters may look like a supersized dog house, but unless your four-legged friend has the ability to stay completely silent and still from dusk to dawn, then do not sleep together inside the shelter.Shelter “Creep”Yes, it is possible for there to be a creep at a shelter—and the potential for a shelter to feel creepy—but “shelter creep” is something entirely different. Shelter creep refers to the long-term trend of building larger shelters with more ameni- ties (and often built out of less primitive materials). The Fontana Hilton, Partnership Shelter, and 501 Shelter are good examples of overdeveloped structures.The occasional shower and pizza delivery are a highlight for any backpacker, especially a thru-hiker, but what if every shelter had running water, porch swings, windows, solar lights on the privy trail and direct access to a road? What if every shelter accommodated 30 people or had that fourth wall and a door? Do such shelters detract from a hiker’s interaction with nature?Jeff Marion, a professor at Virginia Tech, specializes in the study of recreation use in natural areas. He has also spent many years backpacking, studying, and consulting on the management of the Appalachian Trail. He points to an incremental but inexorable “creep” towards ever-larger and more amenity-laden shelters that increasingly promote creature comforts over natural environments. He has worked closely with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to develop new shelter guidelines, which halt the trend towards larger shelters and promote the use of rustic building designs and materials.last_img read more

Exam cycle depends on Matz’ replacement

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The fate of the 18-month examination cycle depends on who replaces NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz after she leaves the board April 30.Matz said in a letter to Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) on March 10 that credit unions would not see exam cycle reg relief until the end of 2017.If the White House replaces Matz with Vice Chairman Rick Metsger, it’s unclear if that timetable would change. Metsger declined to comment on whether his opinion on the topic differs from Matz’. continue reading »last_img

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgIn Connecticut, which has 548 patients hospitalized, its highest total since May, the governor limited all private gatherings in the state to 10 people and has allowed the hardest-hit municipalities to reimpose limits on other businesses.In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy has put new limits on indoor dining that begin tomorrow night after hospitalizations there more than doubled in the last month, from 653 to 1,801 — a threshold last crossed in June.Why are Covid cases falling in India?Two months ago, India looked like a coronavirus disaster zone, with nearly 100,000 new infections a day and deaths shooting up. Today, reported infections, deaths and the share of people testing positive have all fallen significantly. The country reached a high point of nearly 98,000 daily infections on Sept. 16, but dropped to about 46,000 cases on average per day this past week. The number of daily virus deaths has fallen from 1,200 in mid-September to about 500 today.Some researchers say the cases aren’t really falling and the lower numbers may be explained by a change in testing. They argue that less reliable tests are being used more frequently, and fewer tests are being administered over all.Mobility data shows that Indians have returned to shopping areas and public spaces. Many are not wearing masks. A large chunk of the population seems resigned to the threat of infection. In many places, said one cardiologist, “people are partying like there is no tomorrow.”Experts generally agree that the number of infections has far outstripped efforts to track them in India, and that infections in the country may still get considerably worse.ResurgencesHere’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following What you’re doingI shaved my little beard today. I was using it to chart pandemic progress, but news of a vaccine that’s 90 percent effective is good enough for me. Timing for actually getting vaccinated may be a close shave, but hopefully heaven can wait. — Jeff Berry, Madison, Wis.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Melina Delkic contributed to today’s newsletter. Email your thoughts to briefing@nytimes.com. New York reimposes restrictions and more may followFor months, the virus seemed relatively contained in and around New York City, despite clusters in Brooklyn and Queens. But now, as cases rise sharply, a potential second wave has New Yorkers on edge.In a bid to avoid the devastation of the spring, when thousands of people died, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today reimposed restrictions across the state. Beginning Friday, private indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people — including in private homes — and gyms, bars and restaurants must close nightly at 10 o’clock. (Restaurants can continue to provide takeout after 10 p.m. but only for food.)- Advertisement – Unlike in the spring, when New York was the epicenter of the pandemic, the jump in cases this time arrives as the virus is surging around the country. It’s not just Mr. Cuomo who is raising alarm — governors from coast to coast are issuing dire warnings and begging people to take the virus seriously. For the first time, new cases surpassed 139,000 Tuesday, and 61,964 people were hospitalized across the country with Covid-19, a number higher than at any point during the pandemic.“We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge,” Mr. Cuomo said. “And New York is a ship on the Covid tide.”center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In New York City, the seven-day positivity rate was at 2.5 percent, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, a rate not seen since early June, when nonessential businesses began to reopen. Elsewhere in the region, new limits are being put in place, just in time to damper any illusions of large family gatherings for Thanksgiving.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Alibaba revenue up 38 percent in third fiscal quarter

first_imgChina’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group reported year-on-year revenue growth of 38 percent to 161.4 billion yuan (US$23.12 billion) for the fiscal quarter ending Dec. 30, 2019.The company’s net profit attributable to shareholders was 52.31 billion yuan, soaring 58.3 percent compared with the same period last year.The profit surge was mainly due to the strong performances in online retailing and cloud computing, the company said. In the third fiscal quarter, the Alibaba Group Holding was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, making it the first Chinese Internet enterprise to list both in New York and Hong Kong.Alibaba’s annual active consumers on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 711 million. Mobile monthly active users on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 824 million in December, an increase of 39 million than that at the end of September 2019, with 60 percent of the annual new consumers coming from less developed regions.”We will remain dedicated to investing in digital infrastructure and services, supporting our customers and partners across the Alibaba Digital Economy, especially during the challenging time,” said Maggie Wu, the chief financial officer of Alibaba Group.Daniel Zhang, chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group said Alibaba will also mobilize its strength in commerce and technology to support the fight against novel coronavirus and mitigate the impact of the outbreak on small and medium-sized enterprises by lowering their costs. Topics :last_img read more

WHO says Pompeo remarks on virus origin ‘speculative’, seeks data

first_imgTopics : The World Health Organization said on Monday that comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo citing “evidence” that the new coronavirus had emerged from a Chinese laboratory were “speculative”, and called for a science-based inquiry.Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the virus emerged from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, but did not dispute US intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it was not man-made.Dr Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told an online press conference from Geneva: Ryan said science, not politics, should be at the heart of exchanges with Chinese scientists on the issue, warning against projecting an “aggressive investigation of wrongdoing”.The virus is believed to have originated in bats and jumped to humans via another species. Dr Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO specialist in viruses that make such jumps, said it was important to determine this intermediate host.As countries begin easing lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the virus, many hope to contain new clusters of infection through systematic contact tracing, helped by mobile phone apps and other technology.But Ryan said these did not make more traditional “boots-on-the-ground” surveillance redundant.”We are very, very keen to stress that IT tools do not replace the basic public health workforce that is going to be needed to trace, test, isolate and quarantine,” he said, praising South Korea and Singapore for their strategy.Ryan said the WHO welcomed recent clinical trial data for Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir, saying there were “signals of hope” for a potential use against COVID-19.”We will be engaging in discussions with Gilead and the US government as to how this drug may be made more widely available as further data emerges on its effectiveness,” he said.Steven Solomon, the WHO’s principal legal officer, said two countries had proposed consideration of letting Taiwan attend the WHO’s May 18-19 annual health assembly as an observer.Solomon said the WHO recognized the People’s Republic of China as the “one legitimate representative of China”, in keeping with UN policy since 1971, and that the question of Taiwan’s attendance was one for the WHO’s 194 member states.China, which views the island as a wayward Chinese province and not a country, says it represents Taiwan adequately in the WHO. center_img “We have not received any data-specific evidence from the US government relating to the purported origin of the virus. So from our perspective, this remains speculative.”As an “evidence-based organization”, Ryan said, the WHO was keen to receive any information on the origin of the virus, as this was “exceptionally important” for its future control.”So if that data and evidence is available, then it will be for the United States government to decide whether and when it can be shared,” he said.Scientists have advised the WHO that genome sequencing shows the virus to be of “natural origin”.last_img read more

COVID-19: Jokowi calls on NAM nations to boost solidarity in battle against ‘mutual enemy’

first_imgIn his address, Jokowi acknowledged that the pandemic was far from over and therefore he invited NAM member countries to act in a “prompt, careful and strategic” manner.He also delivered three key points that countries should prioritize during the handling of the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 3 million people and killed more than 200,000 in 210 countries and territories.“First, we need to strengthen political solidarity among us because only by working together can we win this war,” Jokowi said.Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordable This year marks the 65th anniversary of the agreement of Dasasila Bandung (Bandung Principles), a 10-point statute resulting from the 1955 Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, West Java.Coinciding with the occasion, as well the upcoming 60th commemoration of NAM’s establishment — the manifestation of the principles — next year, Jokowi also asked countries in the grouping to channel their time and energy to fully focus on addressing challenges brought about by the pandemic.NAM comprises 120 members, mostly developing countries. The grouping was established in Belgrade in 1961 with only 25 members.“Let us translate [the idea of] political solidarity into concrete collaboration. We need to work hard to get fair and timely access to COVID-19 vaccines and medicine at an affordable price,” he said as he asserted the importance of strengthening cooperation to maintain the global supply chain of medical and food supplies.Jokowi went on to remind of the significance of partnerships among the developing countries, including to encourage the provision of debt relief, as well as humanitarian and development assistance. He also mentioned that the commitment from G-20 countries to provide suspension on debt payment to low-income countries needed to be implemented.Read also: COVID-19: Learning from other countriesAt the end of his address, Jokowi called for international communities to uphold multilateralism as the cornerstone of international cooperation.This year’s NAM Summit was hosted by Azerbaijan, with the main theme of “Unite to Fight COVID-19” and attended by leaders of member countries, including Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as the chair of the forum, Afghanistan’s Ashraf Gani, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro,India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin also attended the forum, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.Topics : Indonesia called for leaders of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member countries to strengthen political solidarity amid the global fight against COVID-19 during the grouping’s summit on Monday.During the virtual forum, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recalled the purpose of the establishment of the forum – the second-largest grouping of states after the United Nations – which was to fight “mutual enemy” imperialism and neocolonialism.“Currently, our mutual enemy is the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jokowi said as quoted in a statement released by the State Secretariat.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf permite que el Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes se convierta en ley

first_img Press Release,  Statement,  Transparency Hace un llamamiento a una mayor transparencia en la Asamblea General En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que permitirá que el Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes se convierta en ley sin su firma. El Gobernador realizó la siguiente declaración sobre el proyecto de ley:“Desde la presentación del Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes, mi administración ha expresado su profunda preocupación por obligar a los empleados estatales a concurrir en persona a una oficina para procesar solicitudes de registros bajo condiciones peligrosas. Hemos superado las expectativas ampliamente con respecto a la información que brindamos a la Asamblea Legislativa y al público durante toda la pandemia, incluidos los datos que impulsan nuestra toma de decisiones.“Ayer, la Oficina de Registros Abiertos brindó algún tipo de certeza respecto de la redacción de guías para mantener a salvo a los servidores públicos dedicados del estado. Si bien todavía estoy muy preocupado por la legislación mal concebida y mal redactada respecto de las protecciones para la seguridad y la infraestructura cruciales durante una emergencia, voy a pecar por precavido optando por el lado de la transparencia, como lo he hecho a lo largo de mi mandato y permitir que este proyecto de ley se convierta en ley.“Dado que la legislación está tan mal redactada, también manifiesto que entiendo que simplemente aclara que varios datos y modelos relacionados con una declaración de desastre son registros públicos, siempre y cuando esos registros no estén sujetos a la divulgación conforme a la actual Ley sobre el derecho a saber, que incluyen las exenciones necesarias para proteger la seguridad de la infraestructura del estado y las relacionadas con el proceso previo a la deliberación de los organismos y funcionarios estatales.“Para ser claro, los organismos estatales están procesando solicitudes de registros y lo han estado haciendo durante meses. Se enviaron respuestas a todas las solicitudes de registro pendientes o que se hayan recibido. De hecho, a medida que este proyecto de ley se abría paso a través del proceso legislativo, las oficinas habían vuelto a abrir y las solicitudes se estaban procesando mucho antes de que este proyecto de ley llegara a mi escritorio. Este proyecto de ley no es más que un tema de conversación para muchos en la Asamblea General. Sin embargo, ya pasó el momento de hablar de la mera transparencia del gobierno. Es hora de ejemplificarla, en especial, a medida que continuamos abordando la pandemia.“En los últimos meses, los Republicanos de la Asamblea General han tratado de hacer retroceder las medidas de mitigación de mi administración para reflejar las de Florida, Arizona y Texas. Estas medidas habrían generado más muertes y mayores daños económicos y en ningún momento ellos aportaron datos que justificaran sus intenciones. Se oponen por oponerse.“Con el beneficio de la retrospectiva, las medidas que intentaron tomar han demostrado ser universalmente incorrectas y han sido repudiadas por casi todos los expertos en salud pública del país.“Al igual que la mayoría de los demás registros legislativos, la justificación de sus intentos de obligar la reapertura prematura del estado y obstaculizar nuestra respuesta a la pandemia sigue siendo evasiva. De hecho, durante años, la mayoría de los miembros de la Asamblea Legislativa se ha eximido de todo proceso significativo del derecho a saber, ya que la categoría de privilegio legislativo les permite bloquear la divulgación de casi toda la información, incluida la información básica como la correspondencia y los calendarios, sin mencionar los correos electrónicos que describen sus procesos de toma de decisiones, que a menudo son defectuosos.“Ahora, los estoy llamando a aplicar sobre ellos mismos la misma transparencia básica que esperan de las otras ramas del gobierno. Se debe aprobar la legislación para hacer que la Ley del derecho a saber se aplique a la Asamblea General, y permitir que la legislatura brinde voluntariamente la información solicitada a través de dicha ley a los medios de comunicación y a otros ciudadanos interesados tal como le piden a las otras ramas del gobierno que hagan.“Incluso con estos cambios sugeridos, se debe hacer más para reformar verdaderamente al gobierno para mejor. Necesitamos mejorar en mayor medida nuestros sistemas de financiación de elecciones y campañas, y prohibir los obsequios con el fin de garantizar que la población de Pennsylvania, y no los intereses especiales, sean el motivo de todas las medidas que toman los funcionarios electos.“Todavía me preocupa que las disposiciones del Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes expongan innecesariamente a los empleados a un posible peligro para cumplir con los registros en una línea de tiempo arbitraria. Esta preocupación se agudiza porque algunos legisladores, por ejemplo, han puesto en peligro sin necesidad a sus propios empleados haciéndoles ir a trabajar cuando el teletrabajo sería adecuado, han tratado de obligar a los trabajadores de todo el estado a volver al trabajo sin la protección adecuada y se han negado a seguir los consejos básicos de la salud pública como el uso de máscaras.“Algunos miembros de la legislatura han dicho reiteradamente que no toman en serio este virus. De hecho, el autor de esta legislación se ha presentado en la cámara casi exclusivamente sin máscara rodeado del personal y los colegas. Han reunido a quienes están al margen de su movimiento para poner en peligro a los residentes de Pennsylvania por causas que se podrían evitar para lograr la aprobación del Presidente Trump.“Dejaré que este proyecto de ley se convierta en ley, pero es hora de que los Republicanos dentro de la Asamblea Legislativa se responsabilicen de su falta intencional de transparencia, de sus fracasos durante esta pandemia y de su respuesta que ha puesto en peligro reiteradamente a los empleados y ciudadanos en Pennsylvania.“Es hora de rendir cuentas y reformar, y eso es lo que todos debemos esperar y exigir”.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 26, 2020center_img El Gobernador Wolf permite que el Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes se convierta en leylast_img read more

Contemporary Annerley townhouse living is now on offer

first_img3/22 Horatio St, Annerley.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA NEWLY completed townhouse in the 22 Horatio Residences development has been listed for sale.The two-level townhouse with three bedrooms at 3/22 Horatio St. It has high ceilings and the upper level has an open-plan dining and living space overlooked by a kitchen with stone benchtops and European appliances. Sliding glass doors open to a deck. At the rear of the floorplan is the main bedroom with sliding glass doors leading to the deck. There is also an ensuite with a shower. The upper level has a powder room. On the ground floor is a two-car garage, bathroom with a shower and two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and sliding glass doors leading to a wraparound courtyard.last_img read more

Leverkusen sign youth international keeper Grill to 2024

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Kai Havertz takes Fikayo Tomori’s Chelsea shirt Bayer Leverkusen have signed Germany youth keeper Lennart Grill from next season in a deal to 2024, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday. Grill, an U-21 international, will join from third division club Kaiserslautern in a rare transfer announcement amid the Coronavirus outbreak. “We have won with Lennart Grill a highly gifted and interesting goalkeeper,” Leverkusen sports director Simon Rolfes said in a statement. “It is a transfer with lots of potential.” Leverkusen are in fifth place in the Bundesliga with play having been suspended since mid-March due to the virus. The German League has said games are suspended at least until April 30. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBundesligaLennart Grilllast_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi blasts 50th hat-trick, Barcelona thrash Sevilla in La Liga

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Just when Barcelona was at its worst, Lionel Messi gave one of his best performances of the season. Messi scored his 50th hat trick for club and country on Saturday in a 4-2 victory at Sevilla, helping Barcelona to take a big step toward retaining the Spanish league title. Sevilla went ahead twice, but Messi hit back each time before he netted a third goal with five minutes remaining. After taking his league-leading tally to 25 goals, Messi added an assist for Luis Suarez to round off the win before the whistle. It was Messi’s 44th hat trick for Barcelona, to go with another six for Argentina, according to the club.    “This doesn’t mean the league is ours yet. There is a long way to go, but it was very important to win here to protect the advantage we have over our rivals,” Messi said. “The game turned against us but we knew how to pull it out.”                  Barcelona had drawn four of its previous five matches and its only goal in three games had been a penalty by Messi. A setback in Seville would have given Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid the chance to spark up the title race when they play on Sunday. Instead, Messi almost singlehandedly ensured Barcelona opened a 10-point gap over Atletico and a 12-point advantage over Madrid.Barcelona also rediscovered its scoring form in time for a critical week of back-to-back clashes with Madrid. The fierce rivals meet in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou, before clashing again in the league next weekend.         “We went through a patch when we weren’t playing our best and that makes everything more difficult. We were having trouble converting our chances,” Messi said.  “When everything flows, things go well for us, as we saw today. Today we were back to playing like we know how. We played a great match.”          Sevilla outplayed Barcelona through much of the first half and was twice ahead thanks to Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado.           But Messi responded both times with strikes that produced the same result: goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik helplessly pawing thin air as the ball sailed over his head.   Messi cancelled out Navas’ 22nd-minute opener four minutes later with an exquisite volley, as the Argentine blasted Ivan Rakitic’s cross into the top corner of the net.          Messi equalised a second time in the 67th after Rakitic recovered the ball, laid off for Ousmane Dembele, who found Barcelona’s all-time top scorer alone on the edge of the area and he curled the ball into the corner.         Messi finally put Barcelona in charge when he nonchalantly chipped the ball over Vaclik.”Not only did Messi score three great goals, it was how he scored them,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “There was a lot at stake in this match. We weren’t playing well and then he appeared. That is Messi.”      Sevilla fell into fifth place, with Getafe moving up into the Champions League spots after beating Rayo Vallecano 2-1. Defender Samuel Umtiti played his first match for Barcelona after being sidelined since late November with a left knee problem that has plagued him since helping France win the 2018 World Cup. Umtiti, who played the full 90 minutes, has only made nine appearances for Barcelona this campaign. In other results, sixth-place Alaves drew 0-0 with relegation-threatened Celta Vigo, while Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 against Eibar. Raul Garcia scored a first-minute goal for Athletic, which is up to eighth. Barcelona face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey and La Liga.Barcelona had drawn four out of their five league games.Barcelona have a 10-point gap over Atletico Madrid and 12 against Real Madrid. highlightslast_img read more