Gym owner opens his doors despite shutdown orders

first_imgA gym owner in Melborne, Florida is defying statewide orders for certain business to remain closed because he says his business is just as essential as many others that are currently allowed to be open.Mike Manning of Harbor City Community Fitness says he has opened his doors and is encouraging his customers to return because he believes that gyms are just as important as physical and occupational therapy businesses that are currently allowed to be open and make money.Manning says he is aware that he could be fined and lose his state license for opening his business before the allotted time, however, it is a risk he is willing to take because he is currently losing a lot of money.“As far as any enforcement, that’s just one of the things I’m willing to deal with if it happens. I’m not trying to die on this hill, but I am willing to fight,” Manning said.The gym owner has redesigned his gym to meet social distancing guidelines and has also wrote a letter to the state defending his position and his business.The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says it is aware that the gym has reopened and that they are considering intervening.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 10 in Tuesday’s NFHCA poll

first_imgSyracuse (11-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) slipped three places to No. 10 in Tuesday’s National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.The dip comes after weekend split at home when the Orange fell, 2-1, to then-No. 4 Virginia on Oct. 14. The next day, SU put away Drexel, 4-0, behind a goal and two assists from Lies Lagerweij.All seven ACC teams are ranked, five placing ahead of Syracuse: No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 7 Louisville and No. 9 Boston College. Wake Forest is the lowest ranked ACC team at No. 13.The lone unbeaten, Connecticut, continues to hold the No. 1 spot.Syracuse travels to Philadelphia for a Sunday meeting with Penn at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2017 at 11:39 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

India Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: HSBC

first_imgIndia is the country that is most vulnerable to climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh, according to a report by HSBC released on March 19. The Indian subcontinent has become the most vulnerable to climate change, it said.The Hong Kong-based global bank conducted a survey of 67 developed, emerging and frontier markets on vulnerability to the physical impacts of climate change, sensitivity to extreme weather events, exposure to energy transition risks and ability to respond to climate change.The countries studied account for 80 per cent of the global population and 94 per cent of global gross domestic product.Neighboring Pakistan has also tanked in its response to climate risks. Countries in South and Southeast Asia make up half of the 10 most vulnerable countries. Oman, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa are also in this group.The five least vulnerable countries to climate change risk are Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and New Zealand.The areas that are unirrigated and dependent on rain would be hardest hit by rising temperatures and decline in rainfall, the HSBC report said.Among the four most vulnerable countries, India has said in its Economic Survey that climate change can hurt agriculture and hurt farmers’ income by 20-25 per cent in the medium term.In India, agriculture still accounts for 50 per cent of the country’s employment and 18 per cent of its GDP. India also has a high rate of farmer suicides. In the last three decades, almost 60,000 farmers committed suicide and it has a relation to climate change, according to a study by the University of Berkeley, California that was published in July 2017. The study found that increase of just 1C on an average day during the growing season was associated with 67 more suicides in India. An increase of 5C on any one day was associated with an additional 335 deaths.The bank’s survey reiterates something known to India already. Under the Paris Agreement, India agreed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from the 2005 level, Neelu Gera, the deputy director general (Research) at the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), said during an event in Dehradun on Feb. 20, according to the Pioneer. India also committed to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030. Related ItemsagricultureClimate changeEnvironmentlast_img read more