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Delegation urges president’s prompt approval of disaster declaration for Vermont

first_imgVermont’s delegation in Congress ‘ Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) ‘ Thursday asked President Obama to act ‘with all due speed’ on Vermont’s request for a disaster declaration, which would open the doors to a variety of federal programs to help Vermonters cope with recovery efforts in the aftermath of major flooding in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene.Thy sent their letter on the heels of Governor Peter Shumlin’s (D) formal request to the President on  Thursday, in which he asked for the declaration.In their letter, the Vermont lawmakers told the President, ‘Winter is fast approaching and we must move without delay to secure our homes and restore our infrastructure.  With just weeks to accomplish so much, we need the full and immediate support of FEMA and other federal agencies.‘Given the breadth and depth of Irene’s destruction and the seasonal imperatives of our mountainous state and region, we strongly urge a declaration that is comprehensive and that comes with all due speed.’The text of the letter follows:Dear Mr. President:Vermont bore the full brunt of Tropical Storm Irene as it dumped more than six inches of rain across the state in just a few hours.  The narrow valleys of the Green Mountains, where towns, roads and rivers are historically intertwined, were particularly hard hit. You have seen reports of town after town cut off from overland access.  Homes, businesses, water systems and miles of roads have been swept away.  FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate flew over the area and witnessed firsthand the profound devastation across Vermont.Our state has withstood an unprecedented wave of flooding this year with two spring events declared as Major Disasters.  Vermonters have shouldered these great burdens and are meeting this new crisis with the same courage, cooperation and resilience.  Our small state is stretched to the limit and needs both immediate and ongoing assistance in recovering from these enormous setbacks.Winter is fast approaching and we must move without delay to secure our homes and restore our infrastructure.  With just weeks to accomplish so much, we need the full and immediate support of FEMA and other federal agencies.We ask that you approve Governor Shumlin’s request by declaring a Major Disaster, including both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance for each of the counties requested.  Given the breadth and depth of Irene’s destruction and the seasonal imperatives of our mountainous state and region, we strongly urge a declaration that is comprehensive and that comes with all due speed.last_img read more

Nassau Resident Infected With Birth Defects-Linked Zika Virus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by coming into physical contact with another human, said health officials. Zika virus is primarily contracted from an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.State health officials urged residents who are considering traveling to Central and South American countries where the virus is prevalent to check all health advisories and take preventive measures.“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person, and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” said state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.The CDC says about two-dozen countries are grappling with the virus. The agency also issued a travel alert for people heading to nearly all the countries where the virus is being transmitted.Officials overseas have turned to drastic measures to try and prevent birth defects in children. In El Salvador, the government has advised women to halt any pregnancies until 2018. Brazil is calling upon its military to help eradicate the mosquitoes.An image of a baby suffering from Microcephaly. (Courtesy: CDC)The impact to unborn babies could lead to lifelong complications. Among the birth defects that have been reported is microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head fails to grow at a normal pace, according to the CDC.Pregnant woman are advised to postpone travel or to follow strict preventive steps if traveling is a must. Women considering pregnancy should speak with their doctor about the risks posed by the Zika virus, the CDC advised.Previous outbreaks of the virus have been reported in such tropical areas as Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.“Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas,” the CDC warned.Health officials said only one in five people who are infected actually fall ill. The symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. The incubation period is believed to last anywhere from a few days to a week.There are no known vaccines to treat or prevent the virus.LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSZika Virus Map (Courtesy: CDC)AmericasBarbadosBoliviaBrazilColombiaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasMartiniqueMexicoPanamaParaguayPuerto RicoSaint MartinSurinameU.S. Virgin IslandsVenezuelaOceania/Pacific IslandsSamoaAfricaCape Verde Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img A person living in Nassau County is among three people statewide who have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has officials in Latin American countries warning of potential birth defects.The person who contracted the virus has recently traveled to an area outside the United States where there is confirmed transmission of the virus, according to Mary Ellen Lorraine, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Department of Health.The unidentified resident contracted the virus in August, she told the Press. Lorraine was unable to provide details of the person’s sex, age or town of residence. She did say, however, that the person is not pregnant.One patient has fully recovered and the two others are recovering without any complications, state health officials said.last_img read more

QPR boss hints at Barton recall

first_imgMark Hughes has told Joey Barton he will be brought back into the QPR side if he continues to show the right attitude in training.Manager Hughes says he is pleased with the player’s reaction to being dropped last weekend and is considering recalling him for today’s game against Arsenal.Hughes explained: “He’s fine and has trained well. If he continues to train well then he’ll be a valuable option for meAdChoices广告“He was disappointed not to be in the team, obviously, but I spoke to him about it and he understood.”Click here for the QPR v Arsenal quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz climbs five places, but coach wants even more from them

first_imgTHEODORE Whitmore, head coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz said that Jamaica couldn’t afford to be complacent now that the team has climbed up the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Wednesday.Coming off the back of drubbing of Antigua and Barbuda 6-0 and humbling Guyana 4-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League on September 6 and 9, respectively, the Jamaican team climbed five places to 47 in the rankings released on September 18.“This is, of course, positive for the team and the country and this is in keeping with the objectives that the players, technical staff and the Federation set at the beginning of the CONCACAF Nations League Group phase,” Coach Whitmore said.“Our wish is for it to continue to get better and I will be lobbying with the Federation to ensure that what is necessary to make this happen is indeed  put in place because we do not want to get complacent.”The coach used the rise in rankings to implore fans to show their support by coming out in large numbers to the National Stadium on October 12 when Jamaica plays Aruba.“The players need to know that they have the country’s support,” he said.Meanwhile, president of the JFF, Mr Michael Ricketts also expressed satisfaction with the development and has encouraged the coach, his staff and the players to maintain focus with the immediate goal being to maintain a top-six ranking in CONCACAF over the coming months.Jamaica’s highest ever FIFA ranking occurred in 1998 when the team was ranked 27th in the world.(Sportsmax).last_img read more

Hockey coach calls for governmental support

first_imgThe coach of the National U-21 female Hockey team Ben Odametey says the performance of the both the male and female national teams in the just ended hockey tourney in South Africa should spur government on to provide the necessary infrastructure to propel the sports forward.According to him, the performance of the female side who are now ranked 2nd on the continent is ample evidence that given the right support and infrastructure, the team could compete with the very best on the continent.He expressed his misgivings at the lack of quality astro turfs to nurse the next generation of hockey stars.Coach Odamtten was speaking to Joy Sports on the prospects of team Ghana and the need for governmental support.“As you know, the female team is currently ranked second on the continent even with the meager resources available to us. We have strived to get to the very top through hard work but that alone is not enough. A certain level of governmental support will do us a world of good. As a nation, we have only one astro turf which is not good enough. The sad thing is it is located in the southern sector thus people who are interested in the sport in other regions rarely get to benefit in anyway. We pray the government comes to our aid in this regard so that we can also compete with the South Africans and beyond.”The female hockey team came out tops in the just ended hockey U-21 Championship which ended in South Africa a couple of days ago.last_img read more