Prison inmates in NY to produce 100K gallons of hand sanitizer weekly

first_imgNodar Chernishev/iStock(ALBANY, N.Y.) — As cleaning supplies and anti-bacterial cleansers fly off the shelves amid the increase of COVID-19 cases, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that prison inmates are producing 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in response to price-gouging retailers.“To solve this problem, the state is producing and deploying hand sanitizer to high impact areas as well as schools, the MTA and other government agencies because you can’t get it on the market and the product that is available is very expensive,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Monday.“The biggest problem we have in this situation is fear, not the virus itself, and I’m once again reminding everyone to focus on the facts because the facts do not warrant the level of anxiety we are seeing,” said Cuomo.To combat this issue, Cuomo, along with Corcraft, the state’s Department of Corrections “brand name” for prison-produced products, teamed up to create a hand sanitizer called “NYS Clean” that will be available to residents for free and distributed to impacted communities as well as state agencies like schools and the MTA.As of Tuesday, New York has 148 patients with confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. Globally there has been over 4,000 deaths from the virus.The governor said in a press release that some “retailers are charging approximately 10 times what major retailers charge for hand sanitizer.”“Between increased demand and the price gouging currently taking place in the market, there is a very real need for hand sanitizer for New York residents. DOCCS is proud to meet the governor’s call to action and do our part in stemming the spread of COVID-19 across the state,” according to the state’s acting commissioner, Anthony J. Annucci.The governor said 100,000 gallons of the alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be produced every week.Prison advocates are calling out the governor and the state’s correctional department for subjecting the prisoners to work that equates to “slave labor.”“Incarcerated people in New York have always been forced to produce essential products for state agencies. These individuals work for less than a dollar a day under threat of punishment — including solitary confinement — if they refuse,” said Tina Luongo and Adriene Holder of The Legal Aid Society.“This is nothing less than slave labor and it must end,” they said.“A central part of prison rehabilitation is job training and skill development, and this is part of that existing program that’s existed for years,” according to Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, in response to the “slave labor” accusations.The mission of Corcraft, which is an entity within the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, is to “prepare offenders for release through skill development, work ethic, respect and responsibility,” according to the Corcraft Products website.At the Great Meadow prison in New York, inmates there generally make supplies like “janitorial, personal care and vehicle maintenance chemicals,” according to the Corcraft website.The various products made at the 12 other state prisons — like eyeglasses — can only get sold to “government agencies at the state and local levels, schools and universities, courts, fire departments, police departments and certain not-for-profits.”“It would be even more shocking if prisons and jails were to deem this Corcraft product ‘contraband’ and deprive incarcerated New Yorkers from possessing effective hand sanitizer because of the alcohol content,” The Legal Aid Society said. “The same individuals who produce this product should not be prohibited from using it.”Request for comment from the state’s Department of Corrections was not immediately returned. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wisconsin freshman ‘Wurtz’ the wait, price of admission

first_imgTaylor Wurtz has been impressive as a freshman for UW.[/media-credit]If the media guide didn’t contain the necessary information, you probably wouldn’t guess Taylor Wurtz is a freshman.Endowed with an unusual blend of guard skills and enviable size, Wurtz hasn’t spared a moment in making an impression on the Wisconsin women’s basketball team.“She’s just different,” head coach Lisa Stone said of her talented freshman. “She’s willing to work at it to make herself better. She’s an impressive person.”The first glimpse of Wurtz’s potential impact came in the Badgers’ lone exhibition game, a 106-39 undressing of UW-Oshkosh. In just 21 minutes of action, Wurtz filled the stat sheet –finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals, two assists and, most importantly to Stone, zero turnovers.The Wurtz legend really began to grow, however, when the Badgers hosted Cleveland State three games later. Wisconsin trailed 68-67 when Wurtz buried a short jumper in the lane to give UW the lead.Then, with 16.5 seconds left in the game, she made one of two free throws to seal the dramatic victory.“We’re confident with her being the mismatch and her having the ability to take the shot,” Stone said. “It has nothing to do with her age.”Although the jumper against CSU may have been the biggest shot of her very young career, Wurtz is no stranger to bright lights, big numbers and clutch performances.In her career at Ripon High School, Wurtz was a four-time Eastern Valley Conference Player of the Year, an Associated Press All-State First-Team honoree as both a junior and senior, and a second-team selection as a sophomore.She left Ripon — which she led to three consecutive conference titles — as the all-time leader in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers.According to Stone, though, the Badgers’ coaching staff had their eyes on Wurtz, the player ranked No. 85 in the 2009 class by ESPN HoopGurlz, before she even stepped on the court in a high school game — back when she was a “small, little thing.”“I’ve watched Taylor since she was in junior high,” Stone said. “We recruited her throughout high school and had her on our radar list for a long, long time.”Thankfully for Stone, Wurtz said she never seriously considered any other schools, citing a desire to be close to family.Moreover, Wurtz shared the court with current Badgers Lin Zastrow, a junior forward from Jefferson, Wis., and Catie O’Leary, a fellow freshman from Janesville, during Amateur Athletic Union play.“It’s been an adjustment,” Wurtz said of acclimating to the new level. “[But] just to have some familiarity gives you some type of comfort. And from AAU, we’ve grown together, and it’s nice to be able to play at the collegiate level together.”No longer undersized by any stretch of the imagination, the 6-foot freshman already possesses a “Big Ten body,” a quality that allows Wisconsin to deploy her in positions one through four, providing the team with a helpful versatility with its lineup combinations.Despite her natural skills and superior build, Wurtz’s teammates reported her work ethic — something she has demonstrated since setting foot on campus — as the characteristic that sets her apart.“[It] says it all,” Rae Lin D’Alie, a senior guard and Wurtz’ workout partner, said. “A kid that is going to come in and work that hard, and be relentless, is going to see results.”But whether talking about her special talent or her drive, Wurtz said all of her basketball-related life starts with her dad, Lud Wurtz.“My dad is everything to me for basketball,” the younger Wurtz said. “He’s traveled with me all over the country, and he knows the game really well. So, after every game, he’ll sit down with me — he’ll critique me.”In a good indication of how far Taylor’s game has come, she said he no longer challenges her in one-on-one — an avoidance which she said “he blames on a bad hip.”While Wurtz may no longer be able to get the satisfaction of besting her old man, she said he has helped her become the player she is today — one with a bright future at Wisconsin, and hopefully, beyond.“I absolutely love the game, and I think God has given me a lot,” she said. “I want to play basketball as long as I can, so I just (want to) keep developing my skills so I can possibly play overseas or in the WNBA.”Such aspirations are not all that far-fetched considering the time Wurtz is already willing to put in.“She might be the one that most depicts being a gym rat of anyone I’ve coached,” Stone said. “She really is here all the time. I’ve never seen anybody like it. She watches a lot of film, she grasps the concepts, and she really wants to be able to make an impact.”Ever the nit-picker, Wurtz said of her game, “Something I would like to improve is defense off the ball, and rebounding and boxing out.”In the meantime, Wurtz will continue to fill a valuable sixth-man role on this year’s team and inspire her teammates with her determination.“Her intensity, her passion, it’s just — it’s contagious,” D’Alie said. “Just the passion she has, has brought some of my passion back. … I know when she’s out there that no matter what happens, she’s going to go 110 percent. That’s all you can ask as a teammate.”last_img read more

Team title for England trio

first_img England, represented by Meghan MacLaren, Inci Mehmet and India Clyburn, won the team trophy at the British women’s stroke play championship at Moortown Golf Club, Leeds. They finished 12 shots ahead of runners-up Switzerland scoring an aggregate 297 over the first two 36 holes of the championship. The best two scores counted in each round. MacLaren (Wellingborough) was the defending champion and the highest-placed English player this year, finishing in a tie for fourth place on one-under par (71 76 73 75). Mehmet (Royal Mid Surrey) tied 16th on six-over (78 74 76 74) while Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) missed the cut, but her first round score of 76 contributed to the team total. The championship was won 17-year-old Aditi Ashok of India, who was 11-under par and five ahead of Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey. Caption: Megan MacLaren (left) and Inci Mehmet with the team trophy. (Image courtesy LGU) Click here for full scores 24 Aug 2015 Team title for England trio last_img read more

V&A buyers to invest more in SA

first_img16 February 2007The British- and Dubai-led consortium that bought Cape Town’s landmark Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront for US$1-billion has indicated that it will spend at least a further $1-billion on the development of “Africa’s Riviera” ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The V&A Waterfront, a world-class mixed-use development near the heart of Cape Town’s central business district, attracts up to 22-million visitors a year. Set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views, its mixes shopping and entertainment venues with offices, luxury hotels and exclusive apartments in a residential marina.In September, Istithmar, the private equity arm of government-owned Dubai World, partnered with UK-based London and Regional Properties and a local black empowerment grouping in a successful bid to buy the Waterfront.Only 45% of the 603 000 square metre property has been developed, and the consortium immediately announced plans to drive the further development of the V&A Waterfront as “a world-leading shopping, leisure, business and luxury waterfront destination”.2010 opportunityLondon and Regional Properties director Richard Livingston said in a statement following the sale that the most important thing the V&A Waterfront offered the consortium was “opportunity”.“It sits in a magnificent location with significant allowable development, giving us the chance to create a truly world-class resort, which can be a focal point for the Fifa World Cup 2010,” Livingston said.“The existing waterfront development consistently attracts a high volume of tourists annually, and our proposed enhancement of this exceptionally unique location will further the growth of Cape Town as a leading lifestyle destination.”James Wilson, CEO of Nakheel Hotels and Resorts – an Istithmar subsidiary company appointed, along with London and Regional, to manage the development – confirmed the link with the 2010 World Cup, saying in the same statement that they aimed to ensure that the Waterfront “links seamlessly” both to the central business district and the new stadium to be built for 2010.In a recent interview with Engineering News, Wilson said that Dubai World would spend at least $1-billion on developing the Waterfront ahead of the World Cup, and was considering the part funding and construction of a new boulevard between the Waterfront and the still-to-be-built Green Point Stadium.According to Engineering News, potential new developments at the V&A include a new yacht club and further marina development, a cruise ship terminal, a train station and improved connections to Cape Town International Airport.The consortium is also looking to build a number of new hotels, including a 250-bedroom luxury hotel and a resort hotel. “We have already had every top-ten hotel group in the world approach us over opportunities at the V&A,” Wilson told Engineering News.Other investment possibilitiesIn a separate interview with Business Day during a conference in Cape Town in November, Wilson said that Dubai World was looking at possible investments in a number of other sectors in South Africa.He said Dubai World disagreed with the high risk rating assigned to SA by international raging agencies. “There is a crime issue [in South Africa],” he said, “but employment will solve that.”South Africa, he told Business Day, had a sophisticated economy backed by a sound legal system and a banking system comparable to that of the US or UK. It also boasted some of the best tourism assets in the world – and offered excellent returns on investment.“The costs of entry are lower here than in the rest of the world,” Wilson said. “With the price of entry being low, obviously the investment return is higher for us.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Where does Pasaol’s 49-point game stack up against past scoring outbursts?

first_imgLATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But Pasaol came six points short of the record held by now-Mapua assistant coach Ed Cordero.Cordero fired an eye-popping 54 points in his heyday with the then-UST Glowing Goldies to set the long-standing UAAP feat in 1979.Letran coach Jeff Napa, who owns the highest scoring output in the past two decades after firing 43 points for National U in 2002 in Season 65, meanwhile, sees this as an opportunity for Pasaol to make a difference for the 0-6 Red Warriors.“It’s a great motivation for him so that he can work harder in his career and help his team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meralco completes sweep of Star with OT win, returns to Finals Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, whose career-best was 38 points in Season 77 back in 2014, tweeted: “49 is already hard to do. But in 20/30 FG% and in 32 mins? Well I be damned.”Fellow two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks, who only scored as high as 35 in Season 75 in 2012, hoped that the guard could have broken the half-century mark, as he tweeted: “Let Pasaol get his 50 piece!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol’s 49 points on an efficient 20-of-30 shooting, that went with top of eight rebounds, is the most points scored by a Red Warrior since James Yap’s 36 in UAAP Season 65 in 2002.In terms of scoring, he also surpassed Paolo Mendoza, who had a 48-point performance for UP in 1999, the legendary duel of UE legend Allan Caidic, who had 46, and UST great Pido Jarencio, who answered with 48 markers, in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 47 Finals in 1984. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol set the Philippine basketball scene ablaze after his 49-point outburst on Wednesday.Former UAAP standouts were nonetheless impressed with the feat from University of the East forward even if it came with a 106-100 loss to La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Yuki to play first singles as team gears up to face World No.2 Serbia

first_imgIndias Yuki Bhambri trains in Bangalore on Thursday, a day before the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia.On the eve of its World Group play-off tie against Serbia, the Indian team looked a happy bunch. Playing against Serbia, who are ranked second in the world and finished runners-up last year, not many would have given India a chance to make their way into the top-16.But with Serbia without their three most experienced and prominent players, the Indian team is relishing an opportunity to go through to the next stage.For that to happen, a lot will depend on the two singles matches that will be played on Friday. Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman will have to punch above their weight if India are to cause an upset.Yuki has been drawn against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, who has been playing well, while Somdev, ranked 144th, will be up against young Filip Krajinovic.On Saturday, India’s formidable doubles pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna will take on Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.On Sunday, Somdev is scheduled to play the first reverse singles against Lajovic, while Yuki will play Krajinovic. The teams can, however, change the players for the fourth and fifth rubber until one hour before the matches.India’s non-playing captain, Anand Amritraj, sounded pleased with the fact that Yuki will open the campaign as both his singles players wanted to play first on the opening day. “Both Somdev and Yuki wanted to play first, so we are happy, whoever is playing the first match,” said Amritraj, who will be seen in a jacket that he wore when India reached the final of the 1987 Davis Cup.advertisementIndia had decent success in the Davis Cup, reaching the finals three times – in 1966, 1974 and 1987. But since then, India haven’t been able to repeat their historic feats.Doubles has always been India’s strong point but singles is where they have faltered, which is why their success rate has been affected. India come into the tie on the back of some good wins against Chinese Taipei and Korea, whom they beat 3-1 in an away tie.Serbia are in this position after losing to Switzerland in the World Group first round, in which they were also without the services of World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Somdev understands his responsibilities being the top-ranked singles player in the Indian team. “It is not about who plays first. Every single point in the match or the tie, for that matter, will be important. Filip has had the best season of his career. I am doing pretty well so I will put my best foot forward tomorrow,” said Somdev.The bounce because of the high altitude here will also be a factor as it will be difficult to control the shots. The ball is likely to fly past quicker through air and that is where Yuki, who is the more aggressive of the two Indians, may have to pay more attention.The tie will be played in the evening under lights here, although Indian captain Amritraj said both teams would have preferred morning starts.”Personally, I would have opted to play in the morning, and in Davis Cup, normally, matches are played in the mornings. However, both the teams agreed to the wishes of the organisers here and we are ready for it,” said Amritraj.Yuki is scheduled to play his reverse singles match against Krajinovic and the two know each other quite well. They haven’t played against each other in many years but they used to train together at the Nick Bollettieri academy.last_img read more

TSX falls as energy stocks fail to get lift from highest crude

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market resumed its downward trajectory Wednesday as energy stocks failed to get a lift even though crude oil prices hit nearly a nine-week high.There was a disconnect as the overall market didn’t benefit from higher commodity prices because of uncertainty over NAFTA negotiations, said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager for Fiera Capital.“We’re not there yet and I think the market is just expressing a little bit of caution there and just waiting for some sort of tangible news on the NAFTA front,” she said in an interview.“That NAFTA overhang has really weighed on the index fairly generally and the hope is that we do get some sort of positive news on that front and likely could see a relief rally on Canadian stocks.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 45.23 points to 16,049.02, after hitting a low of 15,993.58 on 266.3 million shares traded. The decrease came a day after the market hit its first daily gain in September.Market heavyweights industrials, financials and energy all closed down.Gold, materials and base metals led on the positive because of a lower U.S. dollar and hope that a solution could be found in the U.S. trade dispute with China after a report said that the Americans were seeking new trade talks before even imposing new tariffs.“We find this to be fairly encouraging and I think the market is tentatively, cautiously optimistic so that’s why you’re not seeing a strong relief rally,” Bangsund said.Offsetting the hope was a down day in the United States for the market-heavy U.S. technology sector.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 27.86 points to 25,998.92. The S&P 500 index was up 1.03 points to 2,888.92, while the Nasdaq composite was off 18.24 points to 7,954.23.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average of 76.84 cents US compared with an average of 76.22 cents US on Tuesday.The gain came as the October crude contract was up US$1.12 at US$70.37 per barrel, the highest level since July 13.The improvement was driven by the U.S. producer price index posting its first monthly decline in 18 months, a weaker U.S. greenback against several currencies and concern about the impact of Hurricane Florence that is set to hit the U.S. southeastern coast.“On the oil front we saw a larger than expected weekly draw down in crude stockpiles so this is contributing to an already fairly tight crude market,” she added.The October natural gas contract was up 0.1 of a cent at US$2.83 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $8.70 to US$1,210.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 5.4 cents at US$2.68 a pound.last_img read more

US average mortgage rates ease 30year at 483 per cent

first_imgWASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, in a quiet pause after weeks of market anxiety over rising interest rates.Home borrowing rates still remain at their highest levels in more than seven years, dampening the outlook for prospective homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages eased to an average 4.83 per cent this week from 4.86 per cent last week. A year ago, it stood at 3.94 per cent.The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans slipped to 4.23 per cent this week from 4.29 per cent last week.Anxiety over rising interest rates, which result from strength in the economy, has buffeted financial markets in recent weeks and spilled over into the housing market.U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday and Wednesday after falling sharply from early October through the last few days of the month — a skid that wiped out their gains from earlier in the year.The combination of higher mortgage rates and increasing home prices has made home ownership less affordable.Despite the higher borrowing costs, “the monthly mortgage payment remains affordable,” Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater said. For many buyers, he said, the persistent lack of available properties for first-time homebuyers is a bigger hurdle than higher mortgage rates because choices are limited. And the shortage of available homes has pushed prices higher.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week.The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates.The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year mortgages rose to 0.5 point from 0.4 point.The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages dropped to 4.04 per cent from 4.14 per cent last week. The fee held steady at 0.3 point.last_img read more

Province to increase number of MRI scans completed in Northern BC

first_imgThe Province says it will reach this target by running existing machines longer, establishing a central intake at the regional level to reduce duplicate referrals and appointments, adding already planned MRI machines and by adding additional capacity to the public system.In 2017-2018, Northern Health did 7,632 MRI scans, and under the new plan, the Province says Northern Health will complete 13,000 from 2018-2019.The new MRI at the Fort St. John Hospital became operational in late September of 2017. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province says it will increase the number of MRI scans completed in Northern B.C. from 7,600 to over 13,000 by 2019.Minister of Health Adrian Dix has announced that the Province will do 37,000 more MRI exams by the end of March 2019 compared to the previous year.  To meet this number, the Province has made $11 million available to the public health-care system to add resources and capacity.“Wait times are simply too long in B.C., in part due to volumes that are 35% to 40% less than other provinces,” said Dix. “Increasing MRI exams by 37,000 exams in B.C. this year, with further increases planned for 2019-20, will reduce the uncertainty and pain caused by long waits. We plan to maximize resources and employ best practices in the public system to reduce wait times and improve care.”last_img read more