Crews respond to early morning fire in Binghamton with significant damage

first_img —– BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Fire Department tells 12 News there was significant structural damage to the building. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — At least two people had to be taking to the hospital after an early-morning building fire in Binghamton. Our 12 news crew at the scene also saw at least two people on stretchers being loaded into ambulances. No word on the severity of the injuries or what caused the fire in the first place. 10:31 A.M. UPDATE: Fire officials say the damage was limited to the back of the building and the second and third floors. They say the fire affected about 15-20% of the building. They say the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 12 News spoke with a resident, who lived in the building, and said she woke up to her neighbor running down the stairs and yelling “Get out! There’s a fire!” The fire department says there were 10 total unit, seven were occupied and the rest got out safely. The fire department tells 12 News that two residents were send to the hospital due to smoke inhalation, but the severity of their injuries is unknown. They also say Binghamton Police sent one officer to the hospital for an unknown injury. It happened around 3:30 a.m. at 193 Matthews Street in the city. Stick with 12 News as this is a developing story and we’ll look to learn more throughout the day.last_img read more

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Government on the spot with parental leave

first_imgDominion Post 7 April 2012National is likely to come under intense pressure to support extending paid parental leave to six months. Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot and may have the numbers without National. UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has campaigned on extending paid parental leave to 12 months, and most other political parties, except ACT, are likely to support the bill. That will leave National in a tight spot if it chooses to vote against the family-friendly legislation. The bill would increase paid parental leave by four weeks a year to 26 weeks in 2014, almost double the current 14 weeks. The issue is a contentious one, with New Zealand lagging behind other OECD countries. In 2007, the Families Commission recommended paid parental leave provisions be increased to 13 months by 2015, including a month for fathers. Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the increase was “simply unaffordable”. “On first glance, the bill would add about $150 million a year to the cost of paid parental leave – money that would need to be borrowed from overseas.” The Government supported parents being able to look after their new families but was concerned about the financial implications, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6706106/Government-on-the-spot-with-parental-leaveParental leave bill pulled from ballotNZ Herald 6 April 2012http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10797085last_img read more

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Schwartzman upsets misfiring Zverev to reach US Open quarters

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman dispatched a misfiring Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-4 6-3 to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Monday after heaping more Grand Slam misery on the sixth-seeded German. Schwartzman had not been on court for more than two hours in any of his previous matches. The number 20 seed was by far the fresher of the pair on a rainy day at Flushing Meadows, seeing off a weary Zverev in just over three hours. It was Labour Day in the US and Zverev, who had seen every one of his matches go to four sets or more, made hard work of his fourth round contest. He committed 17 double-faults. The fatal mistake, however, came in the fourth set with Schwartzman up 4-2 and Zverev fighting to stay in the match. The German was slapped with a point penalty after directing an obscenity at his box that gave the Argentina a 5-2 lead. The 22-year-old had earlier been given a warning for slamming the ball into the crowd. “I mean, code violation is fine,” said Zverev. “He said he gave me a warning before. I didn’t hear it. Diego didn’t hear it. Most of the crowd didn’t hear it. “I think the umpires next time should let me know about it. Zverev was a bit sheepish about the incident, explaining that he believed the up and coming young players needed to shut their mouths and let their play do the talking. “There’s a lot of young guys that do things on the tennis court that maybe is not the best thing to do,” said Zverev. “I don’t want the next generation to be known for that. “Let your tennis racket talk for you kind of. “I hope some of the NextGen will kind of learn from the older guys like Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) who have been unbelievable over their career, really let their racket talk for them, not try to distract opponents, something like that.” Regarded as an emerging talent and potential threat to the domination of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Zverev has so far failed to meet expectations, especially at Grand Slams. This is where he has never been beyond the quarter-finals. For Schwartzman, the win was just his sixth in 28 attempts against a top-10 opponent, sending him through to the last eight at a major tournament for only the third time. Schwartzman, who cruised into the fourth round without dropping a set, saw that run end quickly when Zverev grabbed the opener in spite of six double faults. The Argentine had begun smartly with the early break to go up 2-0, only to have Zverev sweep the next five games on the way to taking the first set. The second began the same way with Schwartzman snatching the early, break but this time he did not squander the advantage, breaking the misfiring German twice more to level the contest. Zverev had the first break in the third set, but Schwartzman had the last by breaking the German at 5-4 to lead the match. Schwartzman took a stranglehold on the contest by racing to a 4-0 lead then, after a brief fight back from Zverev. He finished off his opponent on his second match point with a stinging forehand winner. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alexander ZverevArgentinADiego SchwartzmanUS Openlast_img read more

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Football Business Expo is not just about football

first_imgThe Project consultant and a representative from the Ghana Football Association for the maiden Football Business Expo, Mr Ebo Appiah says the project is not just an exhibition and a trade fair about Ghana but it is targeted at connecting people in contributing their quota in developing Ghana.The event which will be held in Houston, TX, United States of America  from June 28 and 29 was launched on Monday.The Ghana Football Association in partnership with RGG Sports, LLC and its local partners, the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce in Houston, TX and the Ghanaian American Journal in Hartford, CT is organizing the Expo to attract investment to Ghana during the two international soccer engagements.”We are here to connect, life is about people, the GFBE seeks to illuminate all about the people of Ghana,” said Ebo Appiah”We want the world to know that Ghana is more than a football nation, our nations doors are opened for business.He added that “We at that Ghana Football Association believe is time to use the attention we attract during our international engagements and help contribute our quota in developing our dear nation. “We are using what we have and together with our partners here in the United States and Ghana namely.”The GFA aims to use this unique opportunity as a vehicle to empower the African girl child through education to take advantage of the opportunities available to build the continent.It would also facilitate the GFA’s goal of building a sports academy in Ghana for girls and distribute 100,000 match specific jerseys to all girls’ schools and orphanages in Ghana.last_img read more

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Analysts see Luis Guillermo Solís as a sign that politics as usual

first_imgRed and yellow Citizen Action Party (PAC) flags waved so thick in the air Sunday night that supporters struggled to see their candidate on stage.Dark horse candidate Luis Guillermo Solís of the PAC delighted supporters and shocked opponents as he tallied more support than any of the other 12 presidential candidates, forcing the election into an April 6 runoff, the second in the country’s history.“I’m very surprised, really excited, I really hoped Costa Rica would make this change. It’s really important for us that we get rid of the previous party, National Liberation,” said Carlina Barboza, a 27-year-old law student at the PAC rally Sunday in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, east of San José.In the weeks leading up to the election, Solís saw strong improvement in the polls but still lagged behind frontrunner Johnny Araya of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) and José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party.At the final count, Solís received 30.95 percent, followed closely by PLN candidate Johnny Araya, with 29.59 percent. Villalta, long favored to enter a runoff election with Araya, won only 17.4 percent, ahead of the Libertarian Movement Party’s Otto Guevara with 11.19 percent.“The emergence of Solís, who doesn’t come from a strong party background, is a further indication of the erosion of traditional political parties in the region,” said Eric Olsen, associate director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program.“That said, (Costa Ricans) are looking for a government that worries about the middle class, poor people, the inequality issues, education, access to health care – a pretty strong left of center agenda. Costa Rica clearly was not looking for a complete redirection, but one that looks like it included a strong alternative to what Liberación Nacional has been offering for the last several decades,” he told The Tico Times.But the desire for changed stopped short of a candidate perceived by voters as more extreme, such as Villalta.“It’s not radical change people are looking for it. It’s change within a certain structure,” said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.“Solís is seen as an outsider candidate but in reality he’s part of the establishment. He’s not going to be dramatic change but he might do something differently,” he added.Despite the communist scare tactics hurdled against the race’s progressive candidates by Araya and Guevara, Farnsworth said business was not likely to flee Costa Rica in the event of a Solís presidency.“I think either of these candidates would be acceptable in the eyes of business. This is not an earthquake in terms of Latin American politics,” he said, noting that Costa Rica was unlikely to see dramatic swings in its economic policy between Araya and the PAC candidate.During a press conference Monday, Solís told the crowd that he planned to hold a “dialogue with the entire country in the coming weeks” as part of his push to win more votes and forge alliances for the April runoff.Solís told the crowd of reporters, “I’m going to take two days off. I think I’ve earned it.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Video: Opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís casts his ballot, encourages Ticos to vote Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts Costa Rica elections demonstrate country’s democratic stability 5 things that happened this week in Costa Rica’s presidential runoff campaignlast_img read more

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