State Continues to Monitor Forecast of Heavy Rains, Flash Flooding

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said that state agencies continue to monitor the forecast for scattered strong storms that could bring significant amounts of rain and flooding in isolated areas across southcentral, northcentral, and eastern Pennsylvania through late Wednesday.“The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management agencies are in constant contact and keeping me apprised of the consequences of the heavy rain, such as flash flooding and road closures,” Gov. Wolf. “Safety is always my number one goal and state and local emergency officials are doing all that they can to ensure Pennsylvanians are informed, aware, and safe.”Specifically, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is working with Schuylkill County officials in response to a request for four high clearance vehicles to assist with flooding in the county. Personnel with the PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team are on ready status for the next 36-48 hours. The teams are based in Johnstown and Ft. Indiantown Gap.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.PennDOT cautions motorists to remember to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 23, 2018center_img State Continues to Monitor Forecast of Heavy Rains, Flash Floodinglast_img read more

The problem of family violence

first_imgEditorial – Otago Daily Times 12 Nov 2012A call to make domestic violence a stand-alone criminal offence provides a much-needed avenue for discussion about a problem still sadly prevalent. Departing Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier, who is beginning a term with the Law Commission, believes a separate charge of domestic violence would provide a more accurate gauge of the extent of the problem in New Zealand and provide a wider context for judges considering the criminal backgrounds of people appearing in court. “We all know that family violence is a huge problem, but we don’t know just how much of a huge problem it is,” Judge Boshier said in his final speech at the Women’s Refuge conference in Blenheim recently. The call follows others made in March, during a trip to Queenstown, including significant changes around protection orders. One of the difficulties calculating the extent of domestic violence is police estimate only 18% of cases are reported. Women’s Refuge figures show almost 25,000 women and children needed its help last year, and refuges provided safe beds to an average of 230 women and children each night. The refuge receives more than 60,000 calls to its Crisisline every year.…A police report released in September challenges some of the gender perceptions around family violence. The Family Violence Death Review found mothers were responsible for 45% of the child deaths subject to a family violence death review from 2004 to 2011. The report, which only involved deaths that were subject to a family violence death review, found victims of family violence were spread almost equally among men, women and children. It also found 81% of female victims and 29% of male victims were killed by a former or current spouse or partner, 64% of all deaths were in families where police had prior involvement, and in 55% of child deaths police had prior involvement with the family. Most suspects or offenders were in their 20s. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the statistics debunked the misleading popular perception “that women and children need to be protected from men”. “If we’re really serious about reducing family violence, we need to talk about … our violent culture and the role alcohol and drugs play in fuelling this environment.” Prof David Fergusson, of the University of Otago, said the public perception men were the perpetrators of most domestic violence was the result of biased publicity. “The proper message is that both gender groups have a capacity for domestic violence – women probably perpetrate more assaults on children then men do.” Prof Fergusson said the bottom line was “the importance of public policy being based on evidence”. There should be no argument there, but it is debatable whether such evidence – through more accurate statistics on the problem – will actually help solve the problem, particularly given the issue is complex, often involving intergenerational, ingrained and learned behaviours and a cocktail of social and environmental factors.http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/234265/problem-family-violencelast_img read more

Clippers knock out Lakers, likely ending their playoff dreams

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFor all the warmth the Clippers seemed to feel about furthering their own playoff quest, there was a coldness as well. When asked if it meant anything to deliver a dagger to the Lakers, Williams held the same icy edge he reserves for knocking down 3-pointers.“That’s they business,” he said. “I (couldn’t) care less.”Waves of boos descended to the court throughout the drudging march of defeat during the fourth quarter – a verdict delivered by a restless Lakers fanbase that expected a return to prominence this season. Now five games behind their crosstown rivals in the loss column with just 18 games left, the only hope that remains for the Lakers to push their way back in the playoffs is the irrational kind.That seemed to settle in during the closing minutes as the Lakers gave up a double-digit gap, failing to get back on defense against the more energized Clippers and surrendering late rebounds with little fight. It was beaten out of them throughout the course of the game as they shot 42 percent and scored just 20 points in the final frame.“They just had more energy at the end; for us, we basically played six guys,” James said. “Obviously the injuries is taking a toll on us. I thought defensively we were pretty dang-gone good under the circumstances. But offensively we just couldn’t make a shot.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Chi-town tough 💪@PatBev21 | @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/pp4qXOW9ie— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 5, 2019 Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “Everyone’s counting us out,” he said. “We’re probably the most criticized team in the NBA. If that doesn’t motivate you, if that doesn’t get you up in the morning, get you ready to go out there and compete, nothing will.”Others quietly seemed to pivot more toward the possibility that the Lakers’ ambitions are shifting to next season. James acknowledged that he could have a conversation with Walton in the coming weeks about whether it makes sense for him to play so many minutes down the stretch. Walton himself called the playoffs “a longshot,” and said he expected the Lakers to stay motivated because: “One, it’s our job. Two, we should all love this game.”The scaled-back expectations are normal for a team as far back in the standings as the Lakers, even if it still registers as strange that James could miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season. But for himself, James said he will still set a high standard for the final 18 games, no matter what fate they bring.“Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances,” he said. “Cause someone is always watching.”Luke Walton gives an update on @kylekuzma and breaks down tonight’s tough loss. pic.twitter.com/1e0OtqRNbx— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 5, 2019 They might have been urged along by a mid-fourth quarter injury: Kyle Kuzma sprained his right ankle as he tried a layup at the backboard. He hobbled off to the locker room under his own power, but he left an already limited Lakers offense with one less weapon. Coach Luke Walton said X-rays were negative on Kuzma’s ankle, though he expressed doubt for the forward’s availability for Wednesday’s game against Denver.That injury was added to an already substantial pile: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson and Tyson Chandler all missed the game. The Lakers could have used all of them and any of them – they simply needed more bodies.“That’s the story of the season,” Rondo said. “I wish we’d have saged the locker room a long time ago but it just didn’t work out that way.”Without the services of Ingram – a late scratch due to shoulder soreness – Walton said pregame he would need someone to step up to replace that production. It turned out to be Rondo, who recorded his highest-scoring game as a Laker while rediscovering a lethally quick first step into the lane.Josh Hart also scored 17 points off the bench, but the Lakers received just 10 other points from their reserves and lost for the ninth time in 12 games since they beat the Clippers on Jan. 31. It was also the Lakers’ 23rd loss in their last 27 games against the Clippers.Two days after an embarrassing road loss to NBA-worst Phoenix put a huge dent in their playoff chances, the Lakers started off as the more urgent team, taking a 10-point lead in the first quarter as the Clippers slowly rounded into form.The “visitors” got their energy where it has come from for much of the season: the bench tandem of Montrezl Harrell (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Williams, who ran a tough-to-stop pick-and-roll attack.Patrick Beverley, who took on the task of guarding James for much of the night, was also a scourge. He finished with five steals to go with his 13 points and nine rebounds as the Clippers took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games.Beverley took particular delight in the victory, taunting the reporters lining up outside the Lakers’ locker room postgame that the players they needed to talk to were in the locker room down the hall. He recalled a quiet scene at Clippers media day in September, as he boasted then that he was on the superior L.A. team.“Watch at the end of the year, like I said about us being the best team in L.A., a lot of people don’t believe me,” he said. “It’s fine. Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t.”The Clippers have taken two of three heading into the final meeting this season on April 5, but they have already locked up the tiebreaker between the two. If the teams split the four games, the tiebreaker defaults to division record, where the Clippers are already 11-3 to the Lakers’ 7-6. The Lakers have just three division games left and cannot catch the Clippers, who also own the tiebreaker over ninth-place Sacramento.That didn’t dampen the fire of Hart, who promised to approach Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets as if the playoffs are still within reach – which they technically, if not realistically, are.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) is lifted by teammates after going down with an injury against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Clippers Lou Williams, #23, looks for a way around Lakers Moe Wagner, #15, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers JaVale McGee , #7, and Clippers Ivica Zubac, #340, go after a rebound during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLakers LeBron James , #23, is fouled on the way to the basket by Clippers Garrett Temple, #17, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, drives past Clippers Garrett Temple, #17, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers JaMychal Green, #4, gets a rebound in front of Lakers Rajon Rondo, #9, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Kyle Kuzma, #0, is blocked on the way to the basket by Clippers Danilo Gallinari , #8, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, goes around Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , #2, for two points during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, drives to the basket through Clippers Patrick Beverley, #21, and Montrezl Harrell, #5, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, rises above Clippers Patrick Beverley, #21, for two points during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers LeBron James , #23, drives past Clippers Garrett Temple, #17, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakers Kyle Kuzma, #0, comes down after making two points during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) scores against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, center, looks to pass while being defended by the Lakers’ LeBron James, second from left, and Mike Muscala, second from right, during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)t,Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, left, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) blocks a shot from Los Angeles Clippers’ Tyrone Wallace (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) celebrates after scoring next to Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart (3) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, center, and JaVale McGee, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Clippers Patrick Beverley, #21, goes up for two points as Lakers LeBron James , #23, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, shoots past Lakers Josh Hart, #3, for two points during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Danilo Gallinari, #8, goes up for two points as Lakers Josh Hart, #3, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, commits an offensive foul on Lakers LeBron James , #23, during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander , #2, eyes a two point shot as Lakers Alex Caruso, #4, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Clippers Montrezl Harrell, #5, drives up two points as Lakers Josh Hart, #3, defends during second half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 113-105. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, collides with Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, scores past Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) and Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo, right, scores against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) walks off the court after getting injured during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) is lifted by teammates after going down with an injury against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Clippers Lou Williams, #23, looks for a way around Lakers Moe Wagner, #15, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 38Clippers Lou Williams, #23, looks for a way around Lakers Moe Wagner, #15, during first half action at Staples Center Monday, March 4, 2019. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Just over a month ago, LeBron James made a triumphant return against the Clippers – the franchise that’s so often played second fiddle in their own town.Monday night, the Clippers paid him back, delivering what might just be the decisive body blow in the barrage the Lakers’ playoff ambitions have taken in the last few weeks.There was a clear delineation in the Clippers’ 113-105 victory over their Staples Center co-tenants. The Lakers (30-34) looked like they were laboring for so much of the night, punching up after losing one of their key scorers before tipoff and then another in the fourth quarter. The Clippers (37-29) looked deep, engaged and passionate – the hallmarks of a team on track for the postseason.And the postseason now looks plainly out of reach for the Lakers, despite a 27-point night from LeBron James and a triple-double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) from Rajon Rondo. The steam ran out in the fourth quarter, as Danilo Gallinari (23 points) and Lou Williams (21 points) carried the Clippers home. “I’m happy as hell with my role… I’m here to win ball games and that’s what I do”This @patbev21 interview is everything@LAClippers | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/POY5APxAui— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) March 5, 2019 Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “They just had more energy at the end.”@KingJames on the #Lakers injuries taking a toll throughout the season, continuing to push forward and more. pic.twitter.com/ZBXRMoLq1H— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 5, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more