Detective saves choking baby at Police Academy graduation

first_imgWABC(NEW YORK) — Police officers have to be prepared for anything but Det. Mark Rubins did not anticipate putting his training to the test during this week’s New York Police Academy graduation ceremony.With recruits gathered at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, Rubins heard a commotion from the family of one of the graduates, Officer Leonardo Escorcia, because his 1-year-old son had started choking.Rubins, who is also a paramedic, and Lt. Greg Besson rushed to the child.“It was just, grab the kid and kind of do anything you could at that point,” Rubins told ABC News. “You saw him limp, you knew as you were going up the stairs what the game plan was. You just kind of go with your training and it kicks in.”Rubins said he was running on adrenaline in the seconds it took him to reach the child, grab the boy and clear his airway by patting the child’s back, successfully dislodging what turned out to be popcorn stuck in his throat. The whole ordeal lasted less than two minutes.“I’m just happy that he was in good hands when this happens and that Det. Rubins was there,” Escorcia said. “He just jumped into action.”Officer Escorcia’s wife, Lillian, said she now plans to take CPR classes, something Rubins said every parent should do.“Everyone should be learning CPR. It can happen anywhere, any time. It’s certainly something that anyone who’s going to be around children should take, especially for choking hazards. People should learn from that,” Rubins said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Action plan for the development of the EuroVelo8 route in Croatia adopted

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has adopted EuroVelo8 Development Action Plan – Mediterranean cycling routes in Croatia for the period 2018-2030.The plan was adopted on meeting of the interdepartmental working group for planning, implementation and reporting on the implementation of Measure 18 defined within the Action Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism and the Coordination Body for the Development of Cyclotourism in Croatia. The action plan was developed by the Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with external associate Davorin Belamarić as part of the EU project MedCycleTour.“This project has created the preconditions for the beginning of the systematic development of the EuroVelo8 route in Croatia, and the Action Plan provides a detailed overview of the activities required for its development. The key results of the analysis of this route are presented, which is very attractive due to the combination of coast, islands and hinterland and preserved and authentic cultural heritage, numerous natural beauties and excellent offer of accommodation and catering facilities along the entire route. The action plan devises a strategy and activities that will effectively and quickly contribute to the status of a route that will justify all world standards, as well as the expectations of the most demanding cyclists. ” stand out from the CNTB.The potential of the Croatian EV8 route is really great as it passes through seven coastal counties from Istria to Dubrovnik, including Lika. With a length of about 1100 kilometers, it makes up almost 1/5 of the total length of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean routes (5888 km), with the highest density and diversity of natural and cultural-historical attractions, which includes as many as 8 UNESCO sites.Croatia has already established itself as an attractive and recognizable tourist destination, and as global trends show strong growth of active tourism, health and environmental care, the MedCycleTour project and the development of the EuroVelo8 route in Croatia strengthen this segment of the tourist offer, the CNTB concludes.The MedCycleTour project is implemented with the aim of developing and promoting cycling tourism in the Mediterranean through the establishment of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean routesThe EuroVelo8 route seeks to connect the area from Cádiz in the west to Cyprus in the east, and the project involves partners from 8 Mediterranean countries. Project partners are from Croatia Croatian tourist agency i Cluster for eco-social innovation and development (CEDRA HR).The Mediterranean route is one of the 15 transnational cycling routes of the EuroVelo route network in Europe and is considered the future cycling highway of the Mediterranean as it passes through as many as 11 countries. The Croatian part of the EuroVelo 8 route in the length of about 1100 km passes through all seven coastal counties: Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva.Find out more about the whole project herelast_img read more

US tests intercontinental ballistic missile

first_imgThe Minuteman III has been the only surface-to-air missile in the US nuclear arsenal since 2005. It is installed at bases in Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana.Trident nuclear missiles are deployed on US submarines, and US strategic bombers also carry nuclear devices. The United States on Tuesday successfully tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a launch directed from an airborne command center, the Air Force said.The missile was launched at 12:21 am (0721 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, travelling 6,700 kilometers (4,200 miles) over the Pacific Ocean before landing in the sea near the Marshall Islands.”The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, reliable and effective,” the Air Force said in a statement. “Airmen… were aboard the US Navy E-6 aircraft to demonstrate the reliability and effectiveness” of the airborne launch control system, it said.Colonel Omar Colbert, commander of 576th Flight Test Squadron, said “the Minuteman III is 50 years old, and continued test launches are essential.””This visible message of national security serves to assure our allies and dissuade potential aggressors,” he said.The Air Force added that test launches were “not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dougherty: The Syracuse zone is keeping the madness at bay

first_img Related Stories Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of MarchSyracuse-Gonzaga game time set for 9:40 p.m. on FridaySyracuse basketball keeps dancing to Sweet 16 with 75-50 win over Middle Tennessee StateTyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right timeTyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16 ST. LOUIS — If you’ve mostly been following the NCAA Tournament through highlights and your six social media accounts, the casual way, I can probably guess what you’ve seen.Bronson Koenig’s game-winning corner 3 for Wisconsin. Rex Pflueger’s game-winning tip-in for Notre Dame. Paul Jesperson’s game-winning half-court heave for Northern Iowa. Northern Iowa’s historic collapse on Sunday. A good amount of Buddy Hield. An excessive amount of Charles Barkley.But I can probably also guess something you haven’t seen too much of: Syracuse.“Sometimes our games aren’t the most fun to watch maybe,” said SU guard Frank Howard. “But we have fun no matter what. Winning’s fun.”You can thank the Orange’s 2-3 zone for that, even if Dayton and Middle Tennessee State would much sooner try and get Jim Boeheim’s signature defense outlawed from the game altogether. You can also bet that SU prefers it this way — its wins being boring, nondescript — as its zone smothered the Flyers and Blue Raiders this past weekend and helped it comfortably avoid the madness that’s filled much of the bracket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith a 19-point win over Dayton on Friday and a 25-point win over MTSU on Sunday, 10th-seeded Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) has averaged the fewest opponent points per game (50.5) of any Sweet 16 team and is tied for second in highest average margin of victory (22). It’s not the first time the 2-3 zone has anchored an unlikely Tournament run — start with 2013 — and it certainly won’t be the last. The quick scouting turnarounds for opposing coaches, Boeheim’s ability to modify it on the fly and the Orange’s sheer length make the zone an ideal formula for Tournament success.MORE COVERAGE: Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of MarchSyracuse-Gonzaga game time set for 9:40 p.m. on FridayTyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right timeTyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16Syracuse basketball keeps dancing to Sweet 16 with 75-50 win over Middle Tennessee State Published on March 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm Forget surviving, the zone has Syracuse contending as it prepares for its matchup with 11th-seeded Gonzaga in Chicago on Friday night. Somehow the facet of SU that everyone sees coming makes it hard to prepare for and even harder to beat.“We knew the zone was good but playing live out there against it, they do a good job denying the wings, playing up on wings, they play the middle, their wings are long, their bigs are athletic,” MTSU forward Darnell Harris said after his team shot 29.7 percent from the field Sunday.“It’s like we just couldn’t score over their length and we couldn’t make shots, so it bothered us a lot today.”That is the dilemma that teams, starting with the Bulldogs, have to overcome: the difference between preparing for the zone and then actually playing against it.This seems like a simple concept that could be applied to any facet of the game, but Boeheim and the SU coaching staff tweaks the zone throughout a given game like they’re playing chess with a child. Effortlessly. At will.Dayton wanted to play inside-out through 6-foot-11 center Steve McElvene, and SU denied McElvene the ball to make that near impossible on its way to allowing only 50 points. Middle Tennessee State runs its zone offense from the wing to the corner, and the wings of the zone fanned out to defend passes to the corner and forced the Blue Raiders to consistently drive the ball on its way to 51 points. At times it was Tyler Lydon waiting in the paint, and at others it was Dajuan Coleman. Lydon finished with a career-high six blocks. Coleman finished one below a season-high with two.“Our zone is a little bit different and people aren’t used to seeing our zone,” Boeheim said after Syracuse’s win over Middle Tennessee State. “They see zone, but they don’t see the zone the way these guys play it. So that’s always a little bit of an advantage for us when there’s just a one-day turnaround.”To this point, I’ve consciously avoided all the lame zone wordplays and now need to get them out of my system. Syracuse is forcing its opponents to zone out. Syracuse’s opponents are out of their comfort zones. Syracuse’s opponents can’t escape the O-zone. Man, that last one is bad.And, not to be forgotten, Syracuse is in a zone. Literally, figuratively and at the perfect time.Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘We are incredible’ Hamilton praises Mercedes after 89th career win at Belgian GP

first_imgLast Updated: 30th August, 2020 22:21 IST ‘We Are Incredible’ Hamilton Praises Mercedes After 89th Career Win At Belgian GP Lewis Hamilton claimed his 89th career win in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead in his bid for a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 world championship. Associated Press Television News First Published: 30th August, 2020 22:21 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW US Written Bycenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Lewis Hamilton claimed his 89th career win in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead in his bid for a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 world championship.The Mercedes driver led every lap from pole position to claim his fifth win of an increasingly one-sided Formula One campaign.Valtteri Bottas took the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps 8.4 seconds behind his team-mate, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in third.British driver George Russell emerged unscathed from a harrowing accident which saw his Williams hit by Antonio Giovinazzi’s wheel after he crashed out.Ferrari completed one of their worst weekends in recent memory with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finishing in 13th and 14th respectively.Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault ahead of team-mate Esteban Ocon, with Red Bull’sAlexander Albon sixth and Lando Norris seventh for McLaren.(Image Credit: AP) WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Youth Chorus Holding Auditions, Adding Teen Boys’ Choir

first_imgNew this year, OYC is starting a young men’s choir for those with changed voices. Please contact Artistic Director Cynthia Dinsmore, 360.943.6179, for audition information. Olympia Youth Chorus (OYC) – with singers from Thurston, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties – is currently holding auditions for the 2012-2013 performance season. OYC is a nonprofit, vocal music program. It serves singers in K-12 throughout the greater South Sound community. Detailed audition information is supplied below or interested parties can visit the OYC website at www.OlympiaYouthChorus.org. OYC singers are from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled. In addition to local performances, choirs have performed in England, Hawaii, San Francisco and New York’s Lincoln Center. Annually about 150 girls and boys participate. Over 900 singers have participated in the program over the last 17 years. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku’s Inter Milan debut delayed due to overweight return to United preseason

first_imgAdvertisement hq8ffNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs93zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E102( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 38oz87Would you ever consider trying this?😱3ymCan your students do this? 🌚jxshRoller skating! Powered by Firework Romelu Lukaku’s recent transfer from Manchester United to Inter Milan of roughly 80mil shook the transfer window recently but Inter Milan have got more than they bought – Romelu Lukaku and the additional weight the Belgian has put on in preseason.Advertisement Media sources report the former Chelsea, West Brom and Everton forward rocked up at the San Siro from Old Trafford weighing 104kg.Advertisement Conte and his staff instructed the powerhouse to get himself down to the 100kg mark before the start of the season.United legend Gary Neville recently tweeted: “He admitted he was overweight ! He is over 100kg! He’s a Manchester United player!Advertisement “He will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious.”Lukaku has been the talisman for United and Belgium in recent years and will hope to continue his prolific form for Juventus. Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Charter School Proposes Expansion

first_imgImpact on public schools is a concernBy John BurtonRED BANK –  A plan to double the size of Red Bank Charter School is necessary in order to meet the needs of the entire community, said Meredith Pennotti, the charter school’s principal.But some traditional public schools supporters fear the increased size would compromise the budgets, resources and extracurricular activities for Red Bank’s diverse school population.And there are the taxpayers, who wonder what it would mean for their property tax bills – should the plan move forward.“The reality is this is not good for the children of Red Bank. It’s not good for the taxpayers of Red Bank. It’s not good for Red Bank,” stressed Jared Rumage, Red Bank superintendent of schools.“We feel we have a model that can be shared more in Red Bank,” for the educational community’s betterment, Pennotti said of the plans.In December, The Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., submitted a proposal to state Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner David Hespe in Trenton to increase enrollment and facility.Hespe is expected to make his determination toward the end of February, according to DOE spokesman David Saenz.The plan calls for doubling the school’s current student population to 400 from its current 200. That would be done over a three-year period period. In essence, it means adding an additional class of students per grade for the pre-K-8th grade school, according to Pennotti.For the past three years, Pennotti said the wait list for students has been “robust,” roughly 112 students, believing that filling the additional 200 seats is an easy call.The “clincher” for school officials in favor of seeking the expansion, according to Pennotti, was the availability of an adjacent property, 135 Monmouth Street, which the school would use for its S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) lab and additional classroom and activity space.Another deciding factor for the school is recent changes in state education policy that allow other factors to be considered when evaluating students’ and families’ socio-economic status as part of admission.Charter school students are selected by an annual lottery, but siblings are accepted without submitting to the lottery. Last year, however, DOE officials changed the lottery to give more weight to family income and other factors, to give those students a better chance to be selected.“This will increase our ability to serve the economically disadvantaged,” Pennotti said.The charter school is increasing its community outreach by mailing a bilingual application to every residence in the community that also makes families aware of the changes in the lottery system, according to Pennotti.Concern about how a proposed expansion of the Red Bank Charter School could impact public schools drew people to the borough’s middle school auditorium Wednesday. They marched to the Borough Council meeting at Borough Hall. Photo: Tina ColellaThe fact that the charter school population is significantly less diverse than the public school population and the community at large has long been a source of contention. Early in the charter school’s history, which was established in 1998, the district Board of Education waged a lengthy and rather bitter legal battle arguing the school allowed for creating a segregated school district, providing for “white flight” from the public school – on the taxpayer’s dime. The lawsuit was eventually unsuccessful and the two entities had entered into a sort of separate peace, letting live and let live, until this development.Increasing the enrollment, fears Rumage, “It is fairly accurate to say that funding would double over that period.” And given the state finances, no one expects funding from Trenton to increase in an appreciable way, he added.The public school district is currently required to provide $1.67 million for the 2015-2016 school year to cover 90 percent of the cost to provide under state guidelines what is determined to be a “thorough and efficient education.” It is up to the charter schools to find the additional 10 percent of the cost and provide and upkeep a facility.Should the state education commissioner allow this plan, departing students will result in less state education aid to the district. And that Rumage maintained, would mean having to raise property taxes, likely to the maximum 5 percent cap, to cover some of the shortfall. And given those limitations, he said, the likely scenario would mean cuts to programs, possibly eliminating positions and abandoning some programs.“It will lead to cuts here that will be devastating,” Rumage said. “I can’t emphasize that enough.”Pennotti countered, saying state aid dollars follow the student, so that money wouldn’t have gone to the district anyway and any decision the charter school makes has no impact on the public school budget.“What happens to the tax rate is the decision the borough makes in its spending,” Pennotti argued, referring to the borough board of education. “We have no input in the school budget.”The charter school was established by activist parents in the late 1990s when Gov. Christine Todd Whitman signed the legislation allowing for such schools to operate. In Red Bank the school was in response to a failing public school district, with rundown facilities and dismal test scores.Charter schools are public schools but have greater freedom and are exempt from much of the bureaucracy that critics say bogs down traditional public education. This freedom, charter school supporters argue, allows for more creative and effective education and gives families a choice.Families braved bitter cold Wednesday night to express concern about proposed plans for a charter school expansion. Photo: Tina ColellaRumage insisted, “I’m not anti-charter school. I’m just anti-expansion,” at this point. He hoped the charter school would postpone the expansion to give the district time to evaluate its situation.Pennotti dismisses the idea of waiting. “Waiting for what?” she asked. “We waited for a promise of a new day from five superintendents,” to turn around the public schools in the 18 years the charter school has been operating. Pennotti maintained her school’s standardized test scores far exceed the public schools’ and “for the sake of the children we have to move forward.”Rumage, who has been in the district for less than two years, fired back that Pennotti and others have mischaracterized the public school students’ achievements. “The big issue here is that people don’t know the full story,” and the strides the public district has been making over the years.The public school disproportionately faces more challenges than the charter school population. Ninety percent of the 1,410 students at the middle and primary schools qualify for (mostly) free and reduced cost lunch, a traditional measure of family income levels. The population also includes 33 percent of students who are limited English language proficient.By contrast, 52 percent of charter school are white (as compared to the 8 percent in the public schools), with a 4 percent population that is limited English-language proficient. The charter school population is 34 percent Hispanic; the public school population is 78 percent Hispanic. The number of charter school students who qualify for the free and reduced cost lunch is currently 38 percent.And some sources indicate that the per pupil funding results in the charter school receiving $2,000 more per student, per year.Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and an adjunct professor at Princeton University, has been studying Red Bank and its Charter School as part of her research on state funding of charter schools. Her analysis indicates the charter school has yet to live up to its potential even with its additional resources and continues to contribute to a segregated school district. “The data is pretty straightforward,” she said. “The district is underfunded relative to the charter school, under the current formula.”And when factoring in other variables, the larger percent of special needs students, among others, the divide is closer to $5,000 more per charter school student. And taking all of that into consideration, Rubin said, “if you look at all of those considerations, the charter school is really underperforming,” she said.In her final analysis, this expansion, “would either be devastating for the district or devastating for the taxpayers.”It should be noted Rubin has her detractors. In response to a report on charter school funding, enrollment and demographics she did with a doctoral candidate Mark Weber last year, the New Jersey Charter School Association, a charter school advocacy group, took Rubin to task. The association accused Rubin of having a personal agenda against charter schools.Rubin, this week denied that, offering, “Am I pro-public schools? Absolutely. But I’m not anti-charter school,” noting her daughter had attended a charter school for couple of years and Rubin had served on a nonprofit board that provided charter school facility funding.Rubin planned on providing her research to local educational and elected officials on Friday.This debate has spilled over into the political arena, as well. Mayor Pasquale Menna at this year’s annual reorganization meeting called it “The elephant in the room.”While the borough council has no formal say in the matter or decision, Menna plans to form a “blue ribbon committee,” of objective educational and financial professionals to evaluate the plan’s impact. Their report will be submitted to the DOE for consideration.In addition, on Wednesday evening the borough council was expected to vote on a nonbinding resolution asking the charter school to delay any actions until more information can be collected.Council sources said there was unanimous and bipartisan support for the resolution.last_img read more

Sockeyes capture fifth Cyclone Cup; Rebels rally to claim bronze

first_imgIn the end a team that had won four provincial championships was clearly the best team.The Richmond Sockeyes scored four goals in the second period to dump the Victoria Cougars 4-1 to clinch the 2013 Fred “Cyclone” Taylor Cup Sunday at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.The Pacific Junior League champions won its fifth Cyclone Taylor Cup to go with past titles from 2009, 2004, 2003 and 1992.In 2009 Richmond beat Nelson Leafs in the Cyclone Final.The Castlegar Rebels defeated host Comox Valley 5-4 to win the bronze medal.The Rebels finished the round robin with a 1-2 mark. Trailing 1-0 after the opening period the Sockeyes went to work scoring four times in an 11-minute span.Richmond out shot the Cougars 25-18 in the game.The Sockeyes advance to the Keystone Cup Western Canadian championships April 17-21 in St. Malo, Man.In the bronze medal match, the Rebels, still smarting from a 3-2 loss Saturday against the Sockeyes, started out slow as Comox Valley built a 3-0 lead six minutes into the contest.But goals by Jamie Vlanich, his first of two in the contest, and Kody Disher started the comeback for Castlegar.Vlanich, Erik Alden and Travis Wellman, the latter two coming on the power play in the second period, gave Castlegar a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes.Castlegar then kept up the pressure on the Glacier Kings to secure the bronze medal.The Rebels out shot the Kings 47-21 to make a winner out of netminder Connor Beauchamp.Some Junior B grads who have gone on to successful careers in the National Hockey League include the likes of Jamie Benn, Ryan O’Byrne, Matt Irwin, Clayton Stoner, Shea Weber, Andrew Ladd, Karl Alzner, Colton Gillies, Milan Lucic, Kyle Turris, Jason Garrison, Barret Jackman, Brad Larsen of the Nelson Leafs and Brent Seabrook.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Klamath salmon count up

first_imgWe’ve got a long way to go, but it looks like the worst may be over for the run of fall kings on the Klamath. In 2016, the number of returning Fall Chinook adults to the Klamath River was estimated at 27,353. At the time, those were the lowest returns ever recorded. In 2017, CDFW predicted the numbers would go even lower. Only 18,410 kings were predicted to return, prompting a full closure of the fall season on the Klamath. North Coast ocean anglers also took a hit. Both the California and …last_img read more