Mental illness is a worldwide phenomenon. Shooting sprees like America’s rarely, if ever, happen in other developed countries. Shouldn’t we ask why not? According to the Gun Violence Archive, excluding suicides, 13,286 people were killed in America by firearms in 2015 and 26,819 were injured. In any other category but firearms, these numbers would be identified for what they are: an epidemic. Any other public health issue that took so many lives would be carefully studied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that answers could be found and action taken to fix the problem. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The CDC analyzes things that cause public harm. Why can’t we study the issue of gun assaults on innocent human beings? People who are shot suffer at least as much as those who are afflicted by the flu or heart disease or any one of many other ailments.But our representatives, whose job is partly about public health and safety, actually defunded CDC gun research back in 1996 because of shakedown threats from the NRA. Only fools or cowards or criminals would prohibit research on such a grave and pervasive problem. Many of our trembling legislators are so fearful of losing their jobs they still bow to NRA pressure to nurture doubt and forbid funding to analyze the plentiful data and discover a dispassionate fix for the problem.Instead, they dutifully parrot old NRA propaganda slogans such as “There are already too many guns out there so we can’t do anything about them,” or “Only the crooks will have guns.” It’s long past time to renounce such defeatist, barroom excuses for doing nothing and demand objective, research-based answers about what role our current gun laws play in public safety.Now that our once-safe schools and public places have become potential killing fields, it’s time we made America great again. Let’s find out exactly why the shooting of innocents is so possible and so frequent in our land.DAVID LAMBERTNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Advertisement The former Reds defender feels there are three positions still up for grabs (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have a few selection dilemmas despite their comprehensive win over Arsenal on Saturday, with three positions still very much up for grabs.The Merseysiders secured a 3-1 victory at Anfield, with Joel Matip powering home a header from a corner before Mohamed Salah bagged a brace; one from the penalty spot, the other an excellent finish after a fine team move.Although Arsenal bagged a late consolation goal to deny Liverpool a first clean sheet of the season, Carragher felt the back-line looked more secure with Matip in it. Advertisement Comment Matip got on the scoresheet while Liverpool’s defence looked more secure (Picture: Getty)The former Reds defender feels that is one area of the team where Jurgen Klopp still has something of a selection dilemma, as well as the midfield roles either side of Fabinho.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTalking about Matip on Sky Sports, Carragher explained: ‘I think this fella, because you’re alongside Virgil van Dijk, he doesn’t get talked about a lot. That’s normal, the other fella next to him is a superstar.‘But I couldn’t believe he didn’t start the season. And his performances at the back end of last season were outstanding. And actually when he’s come in I think he’s actually made a difference to Liverpool.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Obviously Joe Gomez can play right-back or centre-back, but for me at this moment it looks a bit more solid with Matip in there. He should be [first choice]. I think he is right now.‘Liverpool’s back four and goalkeeper picks itself and there’s just one position – who is going to play alongside Virgil van Dijk.‘And you need that within a squad. I always feel in a team there should be seven or eight absolute starters who know they are playing as soon as they are fit and everyone knows they are playing, and there should always be three or four positions up for grabs. Henderson and Wijnaldum could also be under threat according to Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘In this Liverpool team there are three or four positions up for grabs – the centre-back position and probably the centre-midfield positions either side of Fabinho.‘I wouldn’t say they are up for grabs, the players who have got the shirt now [Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum] are first choice now but you could easily see Oxlade-Chamberlain going in there, Naby Keita when he’s fit, James Milner.‘The front three picks itself but you should always have three or four within a team who are up for grabs. Centre-back is one of them, at this moment it’s Joel Matip and I don’t see that changing.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Jamie Carragher says three Liverpool players are under threat after Arsenal win Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link314Shares read more
That platform was designed and delivered in 10 months. The latest project will see Aquaterra Energy apply modifications to the existing Iguana platform, conduct a review of the pipeline infrastructure and design a new single well CSP in 20 meters of water depth destined for Zandolie. “It’s extremely encouraging to still see projects such as this moving ahead in the current, low oil price climate. If an operator is considering a new platform installation, now is the time to progress. Even with this market uncertainty, overall project costs have been reduced, which should be a factor in any decision”. This platform is expected tobe lighter and smaller than the Iguana structure and will be engineered fordrilling and installation via a jack-up rig. Stewart Maxwell, technical director at Aquaterra, said: “Similar to the Iguana platform, we will seek to provide a design and development solution that will enable DeNovo Energy to maximise fabrication opportunities in-country. We’re thrilled to be partnering with DeNovo on this FEED for a second Sea Swift CSP solution. The work for DeNovo Energy is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020. “The platform offers a low-risk, low-cost route to reduce time to first oil or gas production resulting in lower capital investment – without a compromise on the overall safety of the structure,” the company concluded. Since then, the Iguana structure has safely produced an average of 80 mmscf of natural gas. According to the company, it recorded an uptime of 100 per cent in 2020 so far. “We are ready to take that experience and apply it to the Zandolie project to deliver a lighter, smaller platform designed with the environment in mind. Aquaterra Energy, an offshore engineering solutions provider, has been awarded a front end engineering and design (FEED) contract by DeNovo Energy for a second Sea Swift platform to be located in the Zandolie field off Trinidad and Tobago. It is worth mentioning that SeaSwift is a minimum-facility offshore platform, that utilises new structuralconfigurations to reduce the overall footprint of the facility, whilst ensuringplatform integrity. Aquaterra said on Monday that the award follows on from a successful design, construction, and installation of its Sea Swift conductor supported platform (CSP) for DeNovo Energy’s first west-coast field development, Iguana, in 2018. Aquaterra stated that the simplified design, reduced steel requirement, and focus on using available infrastructure and fabrication facilities could keep initial expenditure low, and mitigate risks of escalating project costs. read more
Miles Stratford – Director, MethSolutions19 May 2018The recent furore around the health education programme Massey High School has chosen to focus on, albeit with a targeted group of students, highlights the inadequacy of drug education in schools.Children need to be educated around making smart choices in life. This should include drugs and drug use. It should also include making it very clear that just because your parents choose to pick up the pipe, it does not make the act OK and socially acceptable.For years now, the work MethSolutions does has highlighted the reality that the problems we have with meth in this country are far greater than those suggested by the official statistics. Our statistics show, that in some communities, more than 50% of houses have meth residues present.This statistic is a clear indicator that, in those communities, meth is an accepted part of life for a great many people. We have not been thanked for it. Indeed, we have received significant criticism from groups like the NZ Drug Foundation, who have historically chosen to hide behind the official statistics that have suggested that meth in this country is not that much of a problem.Through its work and media commentary, the New Zealand Drug Foundation has made it very clear that while the headline purpose is reducing drug related harm, their principal focus is to advocate on behalf of people who choose to use.There is a place for educating those people who have chosen to use how to reduce the harm they cause. Only by hiding under a rock would you have missed the fact that people will choose to use. However, that does not mean that as a society we should be accepting of this behaviour.For years the NZ Drug Foundation has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funding. During this time, the problems with drug use have increased. Whatever they are doing isn’t working when it comes to reducing the numbers of people who are choosing to use. Harm is therefore increasing, and they are failing in their stated purpose.An organisation like the NZ Drug Foundation that is accepting of drug use cannot credibly be expected to provide the education that is designed to encourage people to choose NOT to use. It is entirely incongruent for the same party to say in one breath that you really shouldn’t use and in the next tell people how to use in a way that reduces harm.The links between mental health and drugs are well known, if not as clearly understood as they should be. The terms of reference for the Government’s Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry specifically require a focus on prevention of mental health and addiction challenges. It is to be hoped that one outcome of the inquiry is the development of an integrated education programme that encourages young people to make smart choices in life and in particular around drugs.If this existed, far less people will succumb to the temptation that means they need to pick up a leaflet that tells them how to use drugs more safely. Holding up such a leaflet as an example of the great work that is being done to reduce harm, sends a clear message that our expectation is that people will use and that doing so is okay.There are many good reasons why methamphetamine is a Class A drug and there are many good reasons why we should have higher expectations of people!Miles Stratford is a father and husband whose concern about the influence methamphetamine has on our communities led him and his wife to set up MethSolutions in 2012. By helping property owners understand and actively manage the risk presented by people who use and make meth, it is less likely that their assets will be compromised. And by making an illegal activity ‘visible’, it is to be hoped that some people will choose not to use. Miles is actively involved in initiatives that aim to minimise the impact meth has on our communities. This include the Auckland Regional Meth Working Group (ARMWG). ARMWG is an Auckland Council initiative established in 2011 and Miles is a founding member. Miles believes that if more decent people choose to focus on the challenges meth presents to society, less harm will arise, because less people will choose to become involved. read more
EVANSTON, Ill. — In its first game without injured forward Jon Leuer, the No. 13 Wisconsin men’s basketball team played without another star for much of the game Wednesday at Northwestern.Senior guard Trevon Hughes was virtually nonexistent through the first 31 minutes before exploding over the final nine to lead the Badgers to a 60-50 victory over the Wildcats.After scoring just one point through 31 minutes of play, Hughes caught fire for 15 points in the final nine minutes, including 14 of Wisconsin’s 16 points during a four-minute stretch. Over the same stretch, the game went from a 42-42 tie to a 7-point UW lead at 55-48.“I thought it was a winnable game, but Hughes came through,” Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. “He missed a shot, then he lined up another one, misses and then knocks it down. He’s a senior and he’s a very good player.”On back-to-back possessions in the second half, Hughes hit from beyond the arc after a UW miss from long distance.The first time, he missed and sophomore guard Jordan Taylor found him for an open three. On the next trip down the court, Taylor missed and followed his own shot for the offensive board before finding Hughes open again for the trey.It was at that point that it became clear Hughes felt like he could not miss.“Once you get that feeling, once your first shot goes in, you feel like the next one will go in and the next one,” Hughes said.” (The first three) is the one that gave me my confidence.”Hughes’ second consecutive three ball and third of the game prompted a Carmody timeout, but it didn’t help his team.On Northwestern’s ensuing possession, senior guard Jason Bohannon fouled NU’s Michael “Juice” Thompson, sending him to the line to shoot 1-and-1. Thompson missed the front end, which allowed Hughes to drill another three on the other end.It was all free throws from that point, and Wisconsin hit five to Northwestern’s two, sealing the 10-point road win for Bo Ryan’s squad.When asked about the Wildcats after the game, Ryan praised the performance of Carmody’s squad, which has been short-handed since early November with senior forward Kevin Coble breaking his foot and senior guard Jeff Ryan suffering an ACL injury.“This is a tough place to play because of how well [the Wildcats] play here,” Ryan said of Welsh-Ryan Arena. “That’s a very good team out there. We beat a very good team.”Ryan’s Badgers beat a tough Northwestern squad, and it did not come easy.The game was a back-and-forth affair for much of the night, with the largest lead by either team coming in the final seconds when junior forward Keaton Nankivil hit his second free throw to make it 60-50.In the first half, the Wildcats jumped out to their biggest lead of the night just three minutes in, going up 7-2 and making it clear it would be a long night for their opponents. The Badgers never backed down, however.They came back quickly to tie the game at nine points apiece four minutes later and led for much of the first half. They never led by more than three points before halftime, though, and the teams went to the half tied at 27.Over the first 20 minutes, it was Taylor and Bohannon who kept the Badgers in it. Taylor had seven of his 10 points before the break while Bohannon posted 10 on 5-of-7 shooting despite going 0-for-2 from beyond the arc.“A lot of people think with the zone you’ve got to launch the threes,” Bohannon said. “If the shots are there, you can put them up, but a lot of times it’s that back side that’s open. We did a good job of penetrating and finding the open guy.”Wisconsin trailed for much of the second half before Hughes’ outburst. The Badgers’ struggles were exemplified by a six-minute stretch in which Northwestern held Ryan’s squad scoreless.Fortunately for UW, though, they held strong defensively, allowing only three points over the same stretch.In the grand scheme of things, Wednesday night’s win was just one of 14 so far for UW and one of four in Wisconsin’s first five conference games. What is more important about the win is what the Badgers did not do in Evanston.They did not turn the ball over — just five on the night — and they did not lose on the road in their first game without Leuer.“That was a big one for us without Jon, without one of our key players,” Hughes said. “To get this win under our belts, especially on the road, because we didn’t have too many of these (road wins) last year. It’s just motivation and a great confidence builder for us.” read more