Florida governor visits hospital where school shooting victims treated

admin   •   February 16, 2018   •   3012

FILE PHOTO: Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks about hurricane relief measures for Florida and Puerto Rico at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday visited the hospital where some of the victims of a shooting at a Florida high school are being treated.

The shooting, by a 19-year-old gunman who had once been expelled for disciplinary problems, killed 17 people.

The gunman was arrested later outside, some distance from the school in an adjacent community.

He was identified as Nikolas Cruz and is now under police custody.

The investigation is underway.

“He is in custody. We’ve already begun to begin to dissect his websites and the things that social media that he was on, and some of the things that come to mind are very, very disturbing,” said Broward County sheriff Scott Israel. — Reuters

NASA’s new Mars rover launches from Florida to seek signs of past life

UNTV News   •   July 31, 2020

NASA’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday (July 30) atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a $2.4 billion mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth’s planetary neighbor.

The next-generation robotic rover – a car-sized six-wheeled scientific vehicle – also is scheduled to deploy a mini helicopter on Mars and test out equipment for future human missions to the fourth planet from the sun. It is expected to reach Mars next February.

It soared into the sky under clear, sunny and warm conditions carried by an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance. The launch took place after the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California where its mission engineers were located was rattled by an earthquake.

This marked NASA’s ninth journey to the Martian surface.

Perseverance is due to land at the base of an 820-foot-deep (250 meters) crater called Jezero, a former lake from 3.5 billion years ago that scientists suspect could bear evidence of potential past microbial life on Mars.

Scientists have long debated whether Mars – once a much more hospitable place than it is today – ever harbored life. Water is considered a key ingredient for life, and the Mars billions of years ago had lots of it on the surface before the planet became a harsh and desolate outpost.

One of the most complex maneuvers in Perseverance’s journey will be what mission engineers call the “seven minutes of terror,” when the robot endures extreme heat and speeds during its descent through the Martian atmosphere, deploying a set of supersonic parachutes before igniting mini rocket engines to gently touch down on the planet’s surface.

Aboard Perseverance is a four-pound (1.8 kg) autonomous helicopter named Ingenuity that is due to test powered flight on Mars for the first time.

This was scheduled as the third launch from Earth to Mars during a busy month of July, following probes sent by the United Arab Emirates and China. The state from which the rover was launched, Florida, is currently one of the hot spots in the United States for the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

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PH Navy’s Marly Martir claimed the country’s first gold in shooting event

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 4, 2019

Lt. Cmdr. Marly Martir

Lt. Cmdr. Marly Martir, from the Philippine Navy, gave the country’s first gold medal in shooting after dominating in the women’s WA 1500 precision pistol course on Wednesday (December 4).

Martir earned 1450-60x points ahead Indonesia’s Kartikasari Pratiwi who scored 1445-62x. Settling for the bronze is Malaysia’s Mohd Yusof Yusliana with 1441-49x points.

Meanwhile, Team Philippines also won another gold medal after they bested Indonesia and Malaysia in the the Precision Pistol Championship.

Marly Martir, Elvie Baldivino and Franchette Quiroz scored a total of 4,320 points securing the gold medal.

Indonesia scored 4,313 points claiming the silver medal while Malaysia will take home the bronze medal after scoring a total of 4,279 points.—AAC

Filipinos in Florida urged to prepare, heed warnings vs hurricane Dorian

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino communities in Florida and along the path of Hurricane Dorian in the United States were advised to prepare and heed the warnings of local officials against the powerful storm.

“The Philippine Embassy advises Filipino communities along the path of Hurricane Dorian to monitor the movement of the storm, undertake all necessary preparations, and heed the warnings of local officials,” the Philippine Embassy in Washington said in a Facebook post.

ADVISORY ON HURRICANE DORIANThe Philippine Embassy advises Filipino communities along the path of Hurricane Dorian to…

Posted by Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, USA on Thursday, 29 August 2019

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) earlier reported that ‘Dorian’ is expected to remain a hurricane for the next five days even after it made landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kilometers per hour) and gusts of more than 220 mph (354 kph).

Dorian’s winds are expected to approach and hit the Florida peninsula on Monday morning. It is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge of as much as 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) to the northwest of the islands, the NHC said.

The storm is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall in Jacksonville, Florida over the Labor Day weekend.

The Philippine Embassy added that regardless of the exact track of Dorian, the U.S. NHC has warned of “heavy rains over portions of the Bahamas, Florida, and elsewhere in the southeastern United States this weekend and into the middle of next week.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency for counties in Dorian’s path. At least seven counties in Florida have also issued mandatory evacuations for some residents, including those in mobile homes, on barrier islands and in low-lying areas.

The Philippine Embassy said approximately 25,000 people with Filipino origin live in Jacksonville and a total estimate of 143,000 individuals of Filipino origin in Florida.

“The Philippine Embassy will continue to monitor developments and coordinate with the Filipino and Filipino-American communities in these areas,” it said.

For those requiring assistance during emergencies, the Embassy may be reached through phone numbers (202) 368 2767 or (202) 769 8049.

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