first_imgThursday, February 2, 2006GOV. DOUGLAS ASKS LT. GOV. DUBIE TO PROMOTE VERMONTS GREEN VALLEY AT INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL TECH SHOWMontpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today announced that the State of Vermont will send a team to the upcoming GLOBE international environmental technology trade fair in Vancouver, Canada to promote Vermont as an ideal location for sustainable, environmental industries.   Governor Douglas said he asked Lt. Governor Dubie to head the team that includes the Vermont Department of Economic Development, Vermont Global Trade Partnership, and the Vermont Environmental Consortium at GLOBE 2006, a biennial trade fair and conference scheduled for March 29-31.Brian has been a leader in the promotion of the Green Valley – our effort to build a robust, sustainable environmental technology sector here in Vermont, Governor Douglas said. That leadership, coupled with his strong relationship with our Canadian neighbors, makes him uniquely suited to this task.I welcome the opportunity to promote Vermont and its environmental technology sector at such a prestigious event, Lt. Governor Dubie said. The Governor and I are both very committed to cultivating and attracting high tech environmental firms that will help us to make Vermont an even better place to live, work and raise a family. The Green Valley is a critical part of the Agenda of Affordability, Governor Douglas continued. Working aggressively to retain and recruit firms who utilize and produce cutting edge environmental technologies will help secure our economic future and ensure that the next generation of Vermonters have good, high-paying job opportunities that permit them to own homes and raise their families here, he said.The Vermont Environmental Consortium is a partnership of environmental technology firms, educational institutions, and other groups interested in promoting sustainable environmental industries.GLOBE 2006 showcases emerging environmental technologies and solutions from leading global technology companies. Organizers estimate that 10,000 environmental business leaders and corporate environmental managers will attend, and that over $625 million in estimated new business was generated at GLOBE 2004.  For more information, visit the GLOBE Web site at: ###last_img read more

USC closes turbulent regular season against UCLA

first_imgThe 2017-2018 season for USC basketball has been nothing but noise. Junior forward Chimezie Metu goes up for a dunk against Oregon State. Austin Paik | Daily TrojanWhether it was the initial scandal involving former assistant coach Tony Bland, sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton’s suspension or even recent reports claiming that junior forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright also took illegal benefits, everything surrounding the program has painted this year as a season of chaos.This Saturday, however, USC has the chance to do what they have done for a majority of this season: silence the noise. “It’s been a challenging season for all of us,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It wears on all of us because you feel for people. We’re a big family here and when someone from your family has something going on, you care for each other.” Despite the off-the-court negativity, USC sits in second place in the Pac-12 and its 12-5 start to conference play is its best since 1997.Along with winning 10 of its last 13 games, USC has won 20 or more games for the third consecutive season, just the second time in school history (2007-09). And although UCLA leads the all-time series 141-108, USC is 4-3 in its last seven games against UCLA, including the last two wins at the Galen Center.But the last time the Bruins and Trojans faced off, the story did not end happily for USC.Just one month ago at Pauley Pavilion, and despite holding a 69-60 lead with 8:08 left in the second half, USC fell to UCLA 82-79  after a combination of clutch second-half plays from junior point guard Aaron Holiday as well as the Bruin bigs. Along with 10 points from Holiday, UCLA tallied 22 points in the final eight minutes thanks to 3-point buckets and free-throws from seniors center Thomas Welsh and forward G.G. Goloman. Holiday, who hit two 3-pointers late, led all scorers with 23 points and added nine assists, a steal, a block and six rebounds.The rest of the Bruins combined for 12-for-26 shooting from deep downtown (46.2 percent) and drained 29 of their 57 shots from the field (50.9 percent). And while Metu (11 points, 12 rebounds) and sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic (14 points, 10 rebounds) both achieved double-doubles, the Trojans scoring attack featured streaky shooting.Usually reliable, Boatwright and freshman guard Jordan Usher went for a combined 0-for-9 from the field in 20 minutes of play. Since USC and UCLA’s road trips to Arizona, the Trojans have excelled while the Bruins have faltered. Despite losing Boatwright to a season-ending knee injury, USC has won four-straight over Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Utah. “We’re definitely a different team, because we’ve gotten better every game,” Metu said. “One thing we’ve learned is that we’ve got to play better defense. Guys went away from it for a while and now we’ve locked back in.” Just like USC, UCLA also swept the Oregon schools with a 75-68 win over Oregon State and an 86-78 overtime win over Oregon.While their success was evident against Oregon and Oregon State, the Bruins dropped two-straight to the Utah Utes (84-78) and Colorado Buffaloes (80-76).For a USC squad that completed its first Mountain road trip sweep since Utah and Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2011, Saturday night’s matchup could add momentum to this streaking Trojan team.After a three-game losing stretch of 80 points or more allowed on defense, USC in its four-game winning streak has allowed just 62.75 points per game. The defense for the Trojans has been a key to their recent success. “Our focus is on the defensive end,” Enfield said. “We’ve played excellent defense the past few games, it has to continue because UCLA is extremely explosive on offense and can put points on the board in a hurry. They have five guys on the court that can score at any time, so we’re going to have our hands full.” But Saturday’s game means more for USC than just a rivalry game and a chance to cement itself as the second-best team in the Pac-12. For senior guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, it could mean a chance to cement themselves in USC history. Along with ranking third in the nation in assists (228), McLaughlin ranks second on USC’s all-time list in minutes played, only nine minutes behind the all-time leader Dwight Lewis.If McLaughlin plays for 10 minutes against UCLA — which he certainly should, considering he has averaged 34.5 minutes per game this season — he will have played in over 4,070 minutes in the Trojan uniform. “We’ve built a culture here that’s a winning program,” McLaughlin said. “It’s been a great experience here at USC, I’ve built a lot of relationships on and off the court. It’s bittersweet, but coming up against UCLA, I’ve got to go out with a bang.”Meanwhile, Stewart has played 132 career games as a Trojan, second on USC’s all-time list behind Dwight Lewis who leads with 133.Having already achieved USC’s three-point record last game with his 234th three ball, Stewart could share the title for most games played with Lewis at 133 on Saturday night. Even with these records being broken, the Trojans first have to take down a hungry UCLA squad that hasn’t won at the Galen Center in over three years.last_img read more

Plane carrying Brazilian football players crashes in Colombia

first_imgBogota, Colombia | AFP | A charter plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed in the mountains in Colombia late Monday, killing 76 people, officials said. They said five survived the disaster.The LAMIA airlines charter declared an emergency at around 10 pm local time” 0300 GMT Tuesday, reporting it had suffered “electrical failures,” and crashed a short time later near the city of Medellin, officials said.The plane was carrying members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club which was to have played in the Copa Sudamericana finals on Wednesday against Atletico Nacional of Colombia.In all, there were 72 passengers and nine crew on board.“We were able to rescue six people alive but one of them died on the way to the hospital,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, a police commander, told reporters.One of the survivors was Alan Ruschel, a 27-year-old defender for the Brazilian team, the head of Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency, Alfredo Bocanegra, told reporters.Radio Caracol said two other players — Marcos Danilo Padilla and Jackson Follmann — also survived and were taken to area hospitals, along with a flight attendant and a journalist.Brazil has declared a mourning period after air disaster. Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the town of La Ceja near the crash site, said the mountainous terrain was some 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) above sea level and very difficult to access.Rescuers carrying stretchers had to hike for more than half and hour to reach the site.On its Twitter account, the airport said a plan to fly in an air force helicopter had to be shelved because of bad weather in the area.Ospina said authorities were on the scene and hospitals and medical centers were preparing to receive the injured.But the bad weather forced the search to be suspended in the early hours Tuesday. It was to resume at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the Copa Sudamericana final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional were supposed to have faced off in Wednesday’s first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club football tournament in South America after the Copa Libertadores.Chapecoense had reached the final after completing a victory on away goals last week over Argentinian side San Lorenzo in the semi-finals.Chapecoense is widely regarded as one of the minnows of Brazilian club football having been founded relatively recently in 1973 in the city of Chapeco in southern Santa Catarina state.After decades in the lower divisions, Chapecoense returned to Brazil’s top flight, Serie A, for the first time since 1979 in 2014. The club finished in 14th spot in the 2015 edition of the 20-team championship.Nine team members did not travel to Colombia.Two weeks ago, the same plane was used to fly the Argentine national team with Lionel Messi on board to San Juan, Argentina for a World Cup qualifying match.Atletico Nacional said on its Twitter account it “profoundly laments and expresses solidarity with @chapelcoensereal for the accident that occurred.” #ÚltimoMinuto | Avión con delegación de Chapecoense se accidentó en Antioquia.— Noticias RCN (@NoticiasRCN) November 29, 2016 ‘Electrical failures’ The LAMIA airlines flight originated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and had made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before continuing on to Rionegro, a city near Medellin.The airport statement said the plane reported an emergency at 10 pm local time (0300 GMT). “It declared it had electrical failures.”It went down about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Local day care worker arrested for abusing infant who refused to nap

first_imgA day care worker in Margate, Florida has been arrested for allegedly abusing an infant who refused to take a nap during their scheduled nap time.The incident was reported at the Learning City Academy, at 7336 West Atlantic Blvd, in May of 2018.Authorities say 59-year-old Gladys LaRosa told investigators that she became angry with the infant because nap time had been going on for 30 minutes and instead of napping like the other children, the 18-month-old was playing with his toys and making noise. La Rosa says she planned to go over to the infant and soothe him to sleep, however, when she got to him, her anger got the best of  her and she pushed the infant down on the cot causing him to hit his head on the metal frame.LaRosa then told investigators that she only noticed the infant had been injured when she changed his diaper and noticed a cut on his face. She then cleaned the cut and washed the blood off of the cot with bleach.She was arrested at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday and has been charged with aggravated child abuse.A judge granted her an $1,000 bond and instructed her to stay away from the victim and to not work in places that involve children.last_img read more