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May 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDerby County moved a step closer to the Premier League after reaching the Championship playoff final with a 4-2 win over Leeds United on Wednesday, as they roared back from a two-goal aggregate deficit to win 4-3 over two legs.Jack Marriott came off the bench to score twice for Derby, including an 85th-minute winner in a pulsating encounter in which both teams were reduced to 10 men.With Aston Villa awaiting the winners, Derby, managed by former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, became the first team to turn around a first-leg home defeat in the playoffs, which provide the final promotion spot to England’s top flight.Leeds took the lead in the 24th minute when Kalvin Phillips launched a free kick into the box which bounced through the area and out off the post with Stuart Dallas reacting well to slot the ball home from close range.That put Leeds 2-0 up on aggregate but just before the break, a terrible defensive mix-up between Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla and defender Liam Cooper allowed Derby substitute Marriott to convert into an empty net with his first touch of the game.A minute after the interval Mason Mount put Derby 2-1 up with a fine finish after a clever touch from Harry Wilson, who then made it 3-1 on the night with a 58th-minute penalty.Derby were attacking with pace and invention and scrapping for every ball in midfield but Leeds, managed by Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, were able to get back on level terms on aggregate with a fine effort from Dallas.He cut in from the left and fired home a diagonal drive in the 62nd minute.Leeds went down to 10 men though in the 78th minute after Gaetano Berardi was dismissed after a second yellow card for a late lunge on Bradley Johnson.That gave Derby the belief to push for the decisive fourth goal with Wilson hitting the post in the 84th before Marriott grabbed the decider moments later with a clinical finish after good work from Richard Keogh.Derby’s celebrations were dampened slightly, however, by Scott Malone’s red card in stoppage time, ruling him out of the final.Lampard, who will come up against his former Chelsea team mate John Terry, who is assistant coach at Villa, hailed the approach of his players.“I said to the lads that everyone had written us off. We changed the system and made a little tweak. But we needed the lads to show bravery on the ball and they did,” he said.“The goal before halftime gave the players belief and I am so delighted for Jack Marriott. I felt it was his night but I didn’t know he’d do that. We have to enjoy the moment but now prepare for Aston Villa, but we’ll be underdogs again,” he said.The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on May 27last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDuring last week, there were two new press releases on the foreign currency matter. It is therefore vital that I turn my attention to these new developments and seek to incorporate them in my analysis for today. In the context of these articles and my own workings over the past few weeks, my emphasis is on the need for capital controls and improved macroprudential regulations. At this point, I wish to make it crystal clear that my position on this is specific to foreign investments by commercial banks. It is crucial that I ensure clarity in this respect, because capital control covers a very broad spectrum.I am of the strongly held view that the central bank should consider setting a ceiling limit on the amount of foreign currency commercial banks are allowed to invest in overseas markets.In reference to my first article, published on April 23, 2017 to establish whether my findings and conclusion were correct, you would recall I provided evidence in support of this. The evidence showed that commercial banks’ foreign holdings at the end of 2015 were US$ 273.7M, and at the end of 2016, were US$278.1M, which gave rise to an increase of US$4.4M in 2016.We also saw that commercial banks’ foreign investments for 2015 were US$204.3M, which in effect left US$69.4M available to accommodate foreign currency transactions in the domestic market. In 2016, foreign investments increased to US$247.9M from US$204.3M in 2015, which left a meagre US$30.2M available to accommodate foreign trade transactions in the domestic market. As you can see, demand did in fact remain constant, and therefore the reduction to US$30.2M in 2016 from US $69.4M in 2015 ultimately caused the distortion in the domestic market and the depreciation of the exchange rate. This is thus a classic illustration of financial arbitrage, to which I alluded last week.With this in mind, how did the exchange rate stabilise? And where did the excess US currency come from that has stabilised the rate? Noting that there was no substantial increase in export earnings recently, where did it find its way back into the system? Here’s where we could make a safe assumption as to where it came from: Up until February 2017, if you were to examine the statistical bulletin published by the Bank of Guyana for March 2017, you will find that total commercial banks’ foreign holdings stood at US$282M, which is virtually within the same range it had been as at December 2016.In March 2017, however, commercial banks’ net foreign holdings decreased by US$29M (substantial) to US$256M. At this point, it would be difficult to ascertain definitively how much of this amount was utilised for investments abroad by the commercial banks. Normally, these figures can be extracted from the annual reports of the commercial banks, as they are not stated anywhere in the statistical bulletin published by the central bank. Restating the figures for the last two years, nonetheless, in order to draw a reasonable inference: in 2015, foreign investments stood at US$204.3M, and in 2016, it was a whopping US$247.9M. We can therefore safely assume that the commercial banks broke their investments abroad in the month of March 2017 and brought back US$29M into the local market, which also includes a US$7M injection by the Bank of Guyana, thereby stabilising the exchange rate.In conclusion, if I were to suggest anything to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana, I would quite frankly be an advocate to have the commercial banks bring back into the domestic market those sums of foreign currency invested in foreign markets, as there is where one important element of the problem lies. This validates my contention in regard to instituting controls on the amount of foreign assets commercial banks are allowed to invest in foreign markets. Additionally, I wish to say this rather boldly, and perhaps in defence of the Central Bank Governor, whose professional stature one of the articles this week sought to discredit. The Governor is not the one to be penalised. It is the commercial banks that are employing financial arbitrage tactics at the cost of distressing the domestic economy. The task of regulating and supervising the financial sector, which is the heart of an economy, is indisputably challenging, especially when it is expected to be done within the framework of a rather deteriorating economy, which is miraculously being kept afloat on only one productive and export sector.last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,As we watch the events and the behaviour of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition since the no-confidence vote of December 21, 2018, the true colours of PNC power is unmistakable. Seems those with their hold on power are bent on taking Guyana back to the dreadful pre-1992 days; are determined to prevent the people from choosing their Government.The PNC-led Government’s obstinate refusal to abide by the Constitution after the no-confidence vote shows clearly that Guyana has bullies in power – people least concerned with service to the country and people; more concerned with hogging power to enrich themselves.Despite the obvious nature of the PNC, it still escapes notice that it is the real obstacle to Guyana’s development. Everyone seem to cling to the illusion that race, racial divide, and racial voting are holding our country back; that when we solve the illusive race problem, all will be well. But the behaviour of those in Government makes it clear that bullyism and not race is Guyana’s real problem.Bullyism was on obscene display against Charrandas Persaud in Guyana’s Parliament when he voted his conscience in service of the people of Guyana. Fortunately, he stood his ground against the dishonourable behaviour by “honourable members” in the supposedly “hallowed” chamber. He showed strength of character on behalf of right-thinking Guyanese who want the best for Guyana. He stood his ground for those of us who want to see Guyana avoid another spell of the destructive dictatorship we were bullied to endure through the pre-1992 years.Since then, the bullying has continued. The flip-flop of the President and Prime Minister from their originally stated positions shows the low level of high office holders. Is it that in the current leaders in Government, the intelligence and morality to interpret and obey constitutional provisions are absent? Or is it that they are intent on bullying to cling to power?The threat of taking the matter to court if the Speaker of the National Assembly did not reverse his ruling in their favour was also bullyism. Now it seems the President and his Government want to bully the Judiciary into reinterpreting accepted meanings, norms and conventions. Should they fail in bullying the Judiciary, is the next move to continue bullying power from the people?The events since December 21, 2018, and pronouncements by the fallen Government, should make Guyanese reflect on the nature of those who comprise the coalition. Do we want people devoid of conscience, grabbing the good life for themselves, and energised only by greed, and hatred for another party, ruling our country?Bullies are bullies because they lack a conscience and live as if laws and the rules do not apply to them. According to Government, the vote was supposed to be devoid of conscience. A nation with rulers without conscience and governed without it is doomed. And it is clear where Guyana has been heading under the now failed Government-led by the PNC.Dismissing thousands of workers without a thought for their welfare and the social impact is heartless. Hiding US$18 million of the people’s money is devoid of conscience. It is because we have political players who are bullies without conscience that Guyana is stuck in underdevelopment. The sooner we realise bullyism is the blight of our nation and not race, racial divide, or racial voting, only then our development obstacles can be overcome.A look at the behaviour of the bullies shows racism is a major tool. They beat and kill their own race who break rank from them. This explains why Kwame McCoy was so brutally beaten on Election Day 2015. They reward handsomely for other races to join them as tokens to hide their racism and loyalty to their unholy alliance. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change 2015 accord and the prompt, huge increases granted to themselves bears this out.It might be worth noting the party in Government was born out of bullyism and continues to exist, and gain power by it. Bullyism caused the split from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in the fifties. It ignited the race riots of the sixties. It subjected us to rigged elections for 28 years and sets Guyana’s development back for decades. It forced us to endure the horrors and the difficulties of those dark days. It killed Walter Rodney, Father Darke among others. The bullying continued in violence perpetuated between 1992 and 2015. Bullyism by the PNC showed itself in after-election violence through the years. It gave us the “troubled years” 2001 to 2008, as the President likes to call them. It continued in Parliament between 2011 and 2015 with voting against development projects for the progress of Guyana. It is displayed in blatant disregard for public opinion, the Constitution, as with the no-confidence vote, and laws of the land.Bullyism ensures dysfunction of constitutional commissions and offices. The President’ disregard for established and accepted practice in the appointment of GECOM’s Chairman is a blatant display of bullying. It is also a clear example of how bullies ensure dysfunction so they can have things their way. The claim by Government and its agents within the Guyana Elections Commission that they cannot have elections within the stipulated time is trying to exploit the dysfunction created.We Guyanese are continuously being intellectually bullied to see the PPP/Civic as racist and destroying Guyana when in fact, the PPP/C rebuilt it from the destruction it inherited in 1992. Bullyism wants us to see post 1992 as the worst period in the country instead of pre-1992. Bullyism prevented the holding of Local Government Elections since 1994, then once in power claim it as achievement.Bullies also label the bullied with their crimes. The corrupt and lawless label others with corruption and lawlessness and try to prove it as so. Spent millions on 50 forensic audits to prove the PPP/C did what they are doing. Now the bullies having bullied their way to power seem determined to bully the nation and cling to power beyond what the supreme law of the land allows. The behaviour of the PNC-led coalition shows Guyana’s obstacle to development is not illusive racism, racial divide, or racial voting. It is the blight of bullyism. When Guyanese refuse to allow themselves to be bullied or bought by bullies, when we elect leaders of conscience, focused on serving the nation instead of stealing the good life for themselves. Then the institutions of our State will function as they should and our nation will prosper for the good of everyone.Sincerely,Art Fosterlast_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRamsey, who has been grappling with a thigh strain for a protracted period, and Monreal (ankle) are already back in training and there are strong indications they will feature this weekend.“Aaron [Ramsey] and Nacho Monreal are back in the squad, so that is good news. Hopefully they will be available for Sunday. [Abou] Diaby is back on the pitches, so that is good news,” Wenger told the club’s website on Thursday.In addition there are also indications that Laurent Koscielny will return sooner rather than later, which is also welcome news for Wenger, who hopes the player will be ready for the FA Cup semi-final fixture against Wigan Athletic later this month.“He is still out,” Wenger said of the Frenchman.“The earliest [he will be back] is next week, the latest is the week after.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is excited by the prospect of Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal returning to the fray ahead of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Everton at Goodison Park.Wenger and his Arsenal team have encountered considerable adversity during the second half of this season and that has been thanks in part to the long casualty list at the club.last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAlan Alda was named best supporting actor in a drama for his role as a Republican presidential candidate on “The West Wing,” which ended its seven-season run this year. He wasn’t on hand to accept the award. But then, Alda might have become blase: In recent years, he also had an Oscar nomination for his role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” a Tony nomination for his Broadway performance in David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” and another Emmy bid for “West Wing” – none of which he won. Jeremy Piven of “Entourage” was named best supporting actor in a comedy. “My first agent, when I was 23, said, `You’re not going to work until you’re in your mid-40s.’ I said, `I don’t know what to do for 17 years. I have to act,”‘ Piven said. Host Conan O’Brien made sure “Lost,” largely left out of the Emmy awards, got noticed after all. The ceremony opened with a filmed comedy bit in which O’Brien was seen sipping champagne aboard a jetliner. “What could possibly go wrong tonight?” he says – before the plane crashes onto an island resembling the one in ABC’s drama. After being greeted by “Lost” star Jorge Garcia, O’Brien fled through a mysterious hatch and ended up crashing through other series including “The Office,” “24” and “House.” “Subject could be anemic, possibly albino,” was the diagnosis of “House” star Hugh Laurie. O’Brien was equally self-deprecating before he started a song-and-dance number. “It’s my second time hosting. And as you’ll see tonight, the third time’s the charm,” O’Brien said. “Grey’s Anatomy” and “24” contended for top Emmy honors Sunday while the snubbed “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” sat on the sidelines. Some blamed the TV academy’s revamped nominations process for omitting a show like “Lost,” which was last year’s best drama series but only up for writing and directing at the 58th annual Emmy Awards. Others said prospective nominees flubbed it by not submitting their best work to judges. The red carpet was red hot for stars arriving at the Shrine Auditorium under a blistering summer sun. (Before the show, the temperature was 88 degrees.) Jennifer Love Hewitt and others used small, battery-powered fans to cool down between – even during – interviews. “I’m sweating,” conceded “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington. “You’ve just got to make it look good.” The evening promised a slugfest, with medical shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” up against the pressure-cooker drama “24,” the mobsters of “The Sopranos” and old lion “The West Wing.” The White House drama, which had piled up 25 Emmys over the years, was one award away from a drama series record. It was currently tied with “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law” and was up for four trophies Sunday. Another now-gone series, the canceled “Arrested Development,” was among the best comedy series nominees, facing “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Office,” “Scrubs,” and “Two and a Half Men.” Kelly MacDonald was named best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries for “The Girl in the Cafe,” closing the book on one of Emmy’s odder nominations. Ellen Burstyn’s nomination in the category, for the TV movie “Mrs. Harris,” was a head scratcher – her cameo was clocked at 14 seconds. She didn’t attend the ceremony. Cloris Leachman, also competing for “Mrs. Harris,” failed to extend the Emmy record she set just last week as most-honored performer ever. Her total reached nine when she won a guest-actress award for “Malcolm in the Middle” at the Creative Arts Emmys. Awards were being presented in 27 categories and tributes to Dick Clark of “American Bandstand” fame and the late producer Aaron Spelling (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Melrose Place”) were planned. Network Emmy tallies going in to Sunday night’s ceremony included HBO with 17; ABC with 10; NBC with eight, and CBS, Fox and PBS with seven each. All were presented at last week’s Creative Arts ceremony. Besides Leachman, other guest actors in drama and comedy series honored at the Creative Arts awards were Leslie Jordan for “Will & Grace,” Patricia Clarkson for “Six Feet Under” and Christian Clemenson for “Boston Legal.” — On the Net: http://www.emmys.org160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Departed series were the bittersweet toast of the Emmys on Sunday as “Will & Grace,” “The West Wing” and “Huff” picked up acting trophies. “It’s not supposed to work this way, is it, when you say goodbye to something?” said Blythe Danner, named best supporting actress in a drama for the canceled “Huff.” Megan Mullally was honored for her supporting actress work in the sitcom “Will & Grace,” which wrapped up its long run this year. “Oh, boy. Well, here come the waterworks,” Mullally said. Speaking for her castmates, she said, “We had eight great years of happy employment and that’s more than most people could ever hope for.” last_img
December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Man of the match in Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea: Eden Hazard – 8.4, according to WhoScored.com 7 7 7 Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham: Yohan Cabaye (8.3) 7 West Brom 2-3 Man City: Fernandinho (8.5) Thanks to WhoScored.com, talkSPORT looks at who were the star performers in the Premier League on Saturday.Beginning with Chelsea’s win against Bournemouth where Eden Hazard scored the winner, have a look at the man of the match in the other games.Hazard has now scored in each of his last four appearances against Bournemouth. Meanwhile, in Man City’s win against West Brom, David Silva made more successful final third passes against (53) than any other player has managed in a Premier League match this season, but it’s not the creative Spaniard who was man of the match.GUARDIOLA ON WHETHER CITY WILL BE CHAMPIONS BY JANUARYScroll through the gallery to see more. 7 Watford 0-1 Stoke: Kurt Zouma (8.1) 7 7 Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield: James Milner (8.6) Arsenal 2-1 Swansea: Sead Kolasinac (8.2) Man United 0-1 Tottenham: Chris Smalling (7.6)last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEverton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson piled the pressure on former manager Paul Clement with a brilliant strike in the 3-1 victory to leave Swansea rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.The Iceland international, who left the Swans in a £45million summer move, scored the vital second after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had cancelled out Leroy Fer’s opener by converting Wayne Rooney’s saved penalty on the stroke of half-time.Rooney then made sure of the points with his sixth goal in five games when the hosts were controversially awarded a fortuitous second spot-kick in the 72nd minute.It left Clement, who took over on January 3 with the club bottom of the table and guided them to safety, battling to save his job as shot-shy Swansea currently have a similar record to the one which led to Bob Bradley’s sacking almost a year ago.Just 12 points from 18 matches, and more worrying just 10 goals scored, leave the Welsh club four points from safety after just one win and four points from their last 10 league matches.The opposite is true for Everton, who are upwardly mobile under new manager Sam Allardyce with four wins and a draw from his first five matches in charge, earning 10 out of 12 points to lift his side from relegation contenders to ninth place in less than three weeks.A dreary opening half-hour, punctuated only by injury to Wilfried Bony less than four minutes in, was belatedly ended by Aaron Lennon’s screwing a shot wide after nutmegging Alfie Mawson.Goodison awoke when referee Jon Moss booked Mason Holgate for a foul on Nathan Dyer despite there appearing to be no contact and only Jordan Pickford saving Tom Carroll’s free-kick prevented more fury.However, there was plenty of that aimed at former Swans defender Ashley Williams five minutes later when he lost Fer at a corner and the unmarked midfielder stabbed home Carroll’s inswinging corner from four yards.It was Fer’s first Premier League goal in 13 months and Swansea’s first not scored by Bony since October 28, taking them into double figures for the season.Martin Olsson’s low drive flew just wide as the visitors looked to capitalise on their advantage but it was soon wiped out when Roque Mesa tangled with Lennon and Moss pointed to the spot.Rooney’s effort was tipped onto the post by Lukasz Fabianski – the 10th time in 32 attempts England’s record goalscorer has failed from the spot in the Premier League – but Calvert-Lewin converted the rebound.The pivotal goal, when it came in the 64th minute, could not have been a surprise for Swansea as former favourite Sigurdsson, collecting a pass from Rooney wide on the left, cut inside to brilliantly curl a shot inside the far post from 25 yards.When you are down on your luck there is no respite and Rooney blasted home his 10th of the season after Moss ruled Olsson’s foul on Jonjoe Kenny was inside the area despite contact being made well outside. The Icelandic international refused to celebrate his goal 1last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn a statement about his departure, appearing to imply interference from the boardroom, Scholes said: “In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking the role.”The club has since responded to this statement with owner Abdallah Lemsagam expressing his disappointment at his decision to quit after such a brief spell. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED There are seven live commentaries remaining across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… https://t.co/XjWvLtz6OR— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) March 15, 2019The statement read: “I am disappointed by Paul’s decision to resign and surprised by the reasons he has given in his statement.“Both myself and the staff at the club gave Paul all the support and autonomy that he asked for. I personally was always supportive of any decisions Paul made or consulted me on reassuring him that he was the man in charge.“I continued to encourage him despite the results and reassured him that his job was secure. I was content to remain in League Two for this season and working with the team we have for the remainder of this season is important. RANKED Paul Scholes left Oldham after 31 days in charge ADVICE “I have commenced working on the appointment of a new manager. Rest assured that since the news of Paul’s resignation I have had many offers that I will consider very carefully before making a decision.“Paul’s assistant manager, Mick Priest is still working with the team and is happy to continue at the club.“In the meantime, I do ask that you continue to support our club and the players as you have always done.”Scholes has been invited to Manchester United’s training ground for a chat by his former Red Devils team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is currently in charge of the Old Trafford club. “Paul and I both agreed that there is potential but I reassured him that he had my full backing to rebuild the team of his choice next season. He did not raise any concerns at all about the team or any other matters informally or formally, prior to his resignation. He gave no opportunity or indications that he needed to address any issues at all.“I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and actually at ease knowing that he was in charge. I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision.center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Paul Scholes ‘resigned by text’ from Oldham MONEY “Management is a difficult job and both myself and everyone at the club would have worked with Paul to find solutions, had we been given the chance. I personally believed that he would be the manager to take us forward this season and next and I know many of you felt the same.“As a club we wish him well again and thank him for his contribution. BEST OF huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LIVE on talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Paul Scholes resigned as Oldham Athletic manager by text, the club’s owner has said.Scholes quit the League Two club on Thursday after just 31 days in charge.He won his first match at the helm of his hometown club, but subsequently drew three and lost three. Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORTWolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORTMillwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORT no dice 2last_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNorth Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew. More than 30 teams rescued 2,336 people and brought them to safety as Matthew’s floodwaters rose.  The premier internationally recognized award for excellence in swift water and flood rescue was presented last night during the annual conference of the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals in South Bend, Indiana.“When the flood waters rose after Hurricane Matthew, these heroes put their lives on the line to save others,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We’re grateful for their courage and their dedication to staying trained and ready to help whenever needed.”Governor Cooper plans to honor the award-winning swift water rescue teams in Raleigh next month.“This award recognizes great work done by our local, state and federal water rescue teams, both in the water and in the air, rescuing thousands of people from Hurricane Matthew’s floodwaters,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.  “These teams train constantly and their capability and professionalism shines though in all their responses.”Established in 1993, the Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County firefighter, paramedic and swift water rescue pioneer, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993. The awards acknowledge individuals and swift water rescue teams that use specialized technical rescue to save lives, increase awareness about the need for swift water and flood rescue training, promote worldwide training standards of certification, and inspire other agencies to develop viable water rescue programs.The agencies contributing to the Hurricane Matthew rescue effort recognized by the Higgins and Langley board include:         Apex Fire Department         Brunswick County Emergency Services         Buncombe County Emergency Services         Burke County EMS         Cary Fire Department         Chapel Hill Fire Department         Charlotte Fire Department         Cumberland County EMS         Davie County Rescue Squad         Durham Fire Department         East Lincoln Fire Department         Fayetteville Fire and Police Departments         FEMA Task Forces from Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania         FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Incident Support Team         Gaston County EMS         Greensboro Fire Department         Greenville Fire Department         Henderson County Rescue Squad         King Fire Department         Lewisville Fire Department         Lumberton Rescue Squad         Mooresville Fire Department         North Carolina Emergency Management         North Carolina National Guard         North Carolina State Highway Patrol         North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission         Onslow Rescue Squad         Raleigh Fire Department         Rockingham Rescue Squad         Rocky Mount Fire Department         South Orange Rescue Squad         Transylvania County EMS         United States Coast Guard Aviation and Punt Team         Vance County Rescue Squad         Winston-Salem Fire DepartmentThis marks the second time North Carolina has received the prestigious Higgins and Langley Award. The state was awarded the same honor in 2005 after swift water rescue teams saved more than 1,110 people following Tropical Storms Frances and Ivan.North Carolina Emergency Management organizes the state’s search and rescue programs including swift water, wilderness, helicopter and mountain teams by providing oversight, training and funding. Thirty highly-trained swift water rescue teams are positioned across the state, in addition to several North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Teams (NC HART) which combine swift water rescue technicians with helicopters for rescues by air. The swift water rescue teams are comprised of personnel and equipment from local public safety agencies across the state that train to meet national standards and can be deployed anywhere within North Carolina or across the country. NC HART combines aircraft and pilots from the NC State Highway Patrol or NC National Guard with many of the swift water rescue technicians to extricate people trapped in trees, rooftops or other precarious locations.Following Hurricane Matthew, the state’s rescue teams were supported by FEMA swift water rescue teams from Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and by U.S. Coast Guard resources based in North Carolina and elsewhere.North Carolina’s search and rescue capabilities were born in the wake of Hurricane Fran in 1996 when NC Emergency Management recognized the need to develop an inventory of available teams with basic rescue capabilities. The asset proved to be extremely valuable three years later during Hurricane Floyd when responders rescued hundreds of victims from flooded homes, cars, rooftops and trees. Floyd’s rescue operations highlighted the need for specially trained and equipped teams that could safely rescue those trapped in floodwaters or swift water conditions. Since then, the swift water / flood rescue teams and NCHART teams have become some of the state’s most activated specialized emergency response resources.North Carolina receives international accolades for swift water and flood rescuelast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare This!©DisneyDisney’s Typhoon Lagoon‘s newest water attraction, Miss Adventure Falls (formerly known as Miss Fortune Falls) will be opening on March 12!During the attraction, Guests will be introduced to treasure hunting, Captain Mary Oceaneer. She got stranded with her pet parrot at Typhoon Lagoon years ago by the rogue storm. During the attraction, Guests will be transported in their treasure rafts to the top of the slide where they will pass by Mary’s wrecked ship and see her parrot who is found among her treasures. That’s when the white-water rapids adventure will take Guests through twists and turns, all while seeing artifacts from Captain Oceaneer’s worldwide treasure hunts.Miss Adventure Falls will be the longest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon – clocking in at two minutes – and will be a ride the whole family can enjoy.last_img read more