Canadian Alberta governments backing possible Calgary bid for 2026 Games

first_imgCALGARY – The governments of Canada and Alberta will support Calgary in creating a bid corporation for a possible 2026 Winter Games bid.30 years after Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympics, the #GoC is proud to support the creation of a bid corporation to further develop plans for hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Calgary.— Sport Canada (@SportCanada_EN) March 29, 2018The three levels of government made the announcement Thursday in a joint press release.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi repeatedly said a bid can’t happen without financial backing of the provincial and federal governments.IMPORTANT: Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism says provincial funding is contingent on Calgary holding a plebiscite on a potential 2026 Olympics bid. #yyc #yyccc— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) March 29, 2018The city wanted a three-way split on the cost of a bid estimated to be $30 million.The International Olympic Committee will invite interested cities to bid in October with the winning bid unveiled in September 2019.Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics.last_img read more

Taraji P Henson Celebrates Launch Of Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation

first_imgThe Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF), founded by Taraji P. Henson, held its inaugural Boutique of Hope on Saturday afternoon in Beverly Hills.Hosted by the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer, and producer, Taraji P. Henson, the event featured an opportunity for guests to shop from Taraji’s closet. The boutique fundraiser raised funds to support BLHF’s first initiative – “A Little Piece of Heaven,” which brings art to inner city school bathrooms to help combat issues like depression, bullying, and suicide among African-American youth. For this initiative, BLHF has partnered with artist Cierra Lynn’s “Art Affirmations”. Guests at the event included John Singleton, Lisa Vidal, Jenifer Lewis, and Nicole Ari Parker, among many others.“I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues,” said Taraji P. Henson. “My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”BLHF recently launched a Prizeo campaign that gives fans the chance to win a trip to meet Taraji P. Henson at the premiere of WHAT MEN WANT, with donations supporting The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. To enter, please visit read more

Chamber Luncheon with Kelly McTaggart of CAPP

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This month’s speaker for the Fort St. John Chamber speaker luncheon was Kelly McTaggart of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.McTaggart spoke about market access, competitiveness and the context of what is going on with the industry in general in Canada. As well as where we fit in the international business climate.Within that talk encompassed market access, pipelines, competitiveness, regulatory issues, and policy issues. The future of Northeastern B.C. as it is looking right now is continuing to develop the natural gas by focusing on processing and pipeline infrastructure, shares McTaggart.She continues to share the focus right now with the biggest project developments being LNG. Currently, the most movement is being seen in LNG Canada, which is a consortium of companies led by Shell primarily in Canada.McTaggart says there is foreseeable growth as the LNG project is moving forward.McTaggart works as the Advisor, Exploration & Production Engagement person for CAPP, the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry.  She acts as CAPP’s spokesperson and executes CAPP’s stakeholder engagement efforts in communities impacted by oil and gas development.The luncheon was held Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre.last_img read more

UN rights chief calls on Iran to adhere to treaties after arrest

6 March 2007The United Nations human rights chief today expressed strong concern over Iran’s arrest of at least 31 women activists during a peaceful gathering in the capital Tehran at the weekend, and urged the authorities to adhere to all international rights agreements that the country is party to, including the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United Nations human rights chief today expressed strong concern over Iran’s arrest of at least 31 women activists during a peaceful gathering in the capital Tehran at the weekend, and urged the authorities to adhere to all international rights agreements that the country is party to, including the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour stressed that these women were exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, her office said in a press release. They were demonstrating against the arrests of five women activists who were charged with criminal offences against public order and security for having organized a protest in the capital last June.Iran is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Economic, Civil and Cultural Rights, and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.Iran must adhere to the legal obligations undertaken under those treaties to respect all human rights without discrimination, Ms. Arbour was quoted as saying by a spokesperson at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The High Commissioner also encourages the Iranian Government to ratify other international human rights treaties, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol.In addition, Ms. Arbour highlighted that these arrests, which occurred on Sunday, took place just four days before the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March that this year is dedicated to the theme of “Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls.” She also noted that on the same day last year, Iranian security forces violently broke up a peaceful gathering of hundreds of women who were demonstrating for their rights in Tehran’s Daneshjoo Park. read more

UN health agency rushes medical supplies to droughthit Ethiopia

The agency supplied Ethiopia with 27 new emergency health kits, each containing one ton of essential drugs, supplies and instruments – enough to support the basic health needs of 10,000 people for three months. In the coming weeks, WHO said it plans to send a total of 164 Emergency Health Kits to Ethiopia, where drought has caused crop failures that could spell death for hundreds of thousands of people.The Ethiopian Government predicts that as many as 14 million people, or 20 per cent of the total population, will be at extreme risk by March.”To prevent the crisis from worsening, it must be tackled immediately through concerted action backed by sufficient funding,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. “Together with our partners we are committed to do our utmost to save lives and reduce suffering in Ethiopia.”WHO also announced plans to assist the Ministry of Health in carrying out nutritional surveys, strengthening feeding programmes and rehabilitating water supply systems. read more

Guyana to intensify cooperation with France on environmental protection

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana to intensify cooperation with France in protecting the environmentJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”President accredits new French Republic AmbassadorMay 4, 2017In “latest news”President calls for protection of Guiana Shield at World Water ForumMarch 19, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger, last evening, joined with Ambassador of the French Republic, Mr. Antoine Joly and members of the French community in Guyana to celebrate France’s National Day or ‘La Fête Nationale’, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The reception was held at Cara Lodge on Quamina Street, Georgetown.According to the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), the President in his address reiterated Guyana’s appreciation for the pivotal role played by France in consummating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He noted that Guyana and France, through the French Guiana, are part of the vast Guiana Shield in northern South America and share common concerns over the state of earth’s environment.“Guyana is in transition towards becoming a ‘green state’ which will place increasing emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the promotion of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. Guyana, in this regard, looks forward to extending its cooperation and collaboration with France in order to preserve the environmental security of the Guiana Shield,” he said.Meanwhile, Ambassador Joly reminded the gathering of the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to Heads of State, civil societies and other developmental partners to the Paris Peace Forum in November later this year, to deliberate on the necessity of better local and global governance. He noted too, that France is please to know that it can rely on Guyana’s support on issues at the multilateral level.“I am happy also with our very good bilateral relationship that allows us to have a partnership of trust…our relationship will open up even more…with the decision of the French Oil Company, Total, to explore your oil resources,” he said.Guyana and France established formal diplomatic relations on June 22, 1967. Since then, the country has benefitted considerably from France’s support in the areas of defence, debt relief, disaster relief, education and public safety.The French Revolution influenced the revolution in Saint Domingue two years later on August 22, 1791 which led, in turn, to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution in turn, led to the outbreak of revolts by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, including Demerara, and intensified the struggle for African Emancipation and colonial liberation throughout the Caribbean Region. read more

Rage 2 Officially Announced Wont Have Loot Boxes

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. These Are the Games You Should Check Out This MonthHands-On: ‘Rage 2’ Is ‘Doom’ Meets ‘Fallou… center_img Weeks before its annual E3 press event, Bethesda has released the first gameplay trailer for Rage 2.In the trailer, we see all manner of punks and monsters fighting each other across deserts and forests. Combat has the same frenetic energy of titles like Doom and Bulletstorm. The game doesn’t seem to have a problem throwing dozens of enemies at the player character. In addition to guns, the player has the ability to super jump and to push enemies away with a kinetic blast. Like the original, Rage 2 looks absolutely stunning. There’s a lot of eye candy to enjoy here.This entry is a collaboration between id Software and Avalanche Studios. In case you didn’t know, Avalanche is responsible for the Just Cause series. Given their expertise with open-world games, we can assume Rage 2‘s world will be vast and full of interesting activities to partake in.Speaking to the German publication, GameStar (with translation by GamingBolt), id Software studio director Tim Willits, revealed that Rage 2 won’t have loot boxes. “We have this novel approach: You buy the game and then you play it,” said Willits when asked about loot boxes. The original Rage came at a time (2010) when loot boxes weren’t as prevalent (or even existed). Still, it is reassuring to know Rage 2 won’t contain one of modern gaming’s most notorious features.Last week, a Wal-Mart listing premature revealed Rage 2 (along with some other titles). This prompted Bethesda to quickly announce the game itself. Right now, we don’t have very many details about what this sequel contains. But with E3 just around the corner, it’s a safe bet we’ll see a lot more of Rage 2 soon. Just don’t expect the title to drop this year, as it was also announced Rage 2 will release sometime in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.last_img read more

ASA Pushes for Broad Land Grant Coalition to Develop Farm Bill Implementation

first_imgST. LOUIS (May 7, 2014) – In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this morning, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and six other national farm groups urged USDA to consider the needs of soybean growers and growers of all crops when awarding funds included in the 2014 Farm Bill to land grant universities for the development of websites and web-based tools to assist producers in deciding which of the new law’s farm programs to sign up for.“Given the complexity of choices in the commodity and crop insurance titles of the farm bill, these tools will be critical for producers in our organizations to make well-informed decisions,” wrote the groups in the letter. “It is important that academic institutions representing different regional views on farm programs participate in this work.  As a result, we urge you to select a lead institution possessing substantial experience with revenue-based risk management tools and representing a broad-based, national consortium of land-grant universities.  In order to be effective, these web-based decision tools will need to come from institutions that have both the confidence of producers and a strong familiarity with the cropping practices and farm economics of the Midwest and northern Great Plains, which have the majority of acres subject to program decisions.”The letter came following the Senate Agriculture Committee’s hearing this morning on USDA’s implementation of the farm bill, and included the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, the National Sunflower Association and the U.S. Canola Association, in addition to ASA.  USDA anticipates making its awards for website development and other decision aids on May 22, with the final tools expected to be in place by late summer.For the full text of the letter, please click here.last_img read more

Court grants bail in citys first triple talaq case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court has granted bail to a man held for giving triple talaq to his wife. Duty Magistrate Dinesh Kumar on Saturday granted bail to Atir Shamim and directed him to deposit a personal bail bond of Rs 30,000 and two sureties of like amount. This is seen as the first such case in the national capital after triple talaq was outlawed. During the hearing, advocates Bharat Bagga and Rishabh Kumar told the court that their client Shamim was being falsely implicated. “There is matrimonial dispute between the parties due to which the complainant made a false complaint and misused the process of law,” they argued. Countering this, the counsel for Ramiya Yaha, 29, and the public prosecutor said that there were serious allegations against the accused. “The complainant (wife) was subjected to cruelty when she was staying with the accused… His family members used to torture the complainant,” the lawyer said.last_img read more

UPDATE Mayor Turner Imposes Curfew Until Further Notice

first_imgHCFDA map shows most vulnerable areas around the Addicts and Barker reservoirs in Houston. August, 2017.Barker and Addicks reservoirs keep rising and affecting surrounding areas after a controlled water release, the Army Corps of Engineers said on Tuesday. In a  press conference, they  said that the pool elevation at Addicks had risen to 108 feet and is already flowing over the spillway. Barker had also increase to  100 feet. The planned controlled release of water from the reservoirs started on Monday, as authorities try to prevent uncontrolled releases. However, officials warned that there was potential for uncontrolled releases at the Addicks spillway at 108 feet, which the pool already reached. That level is 104 feet for Barker.Residents along Addicks and Barker reservoirs were asked to leave their homes. .The following subdivisions will be affected by the north end of Addicks: Twin lakesEldridge ParkLakes on EldrigeIndependence FarmsTanner HeightsHeritage Business ParkCheck out maps with most vulnerable neighborhoods.___On Tuesday, more than three days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane and created a historic flooding in Houston, authorities had confirmed only three deaths — including a woman killed Monday when heavy rains dislodged a large oak tree onto her trailer home in Porter, Montgomery. But unconfirmed reports of others missing or presumed dead were growing.“We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said. “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”One Houston woman said Monday that she presumes six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston, though Houston emergency officials couldn’t confirm the deaths. Virginia Saldivar told KHOU on Monday that her brother-in-law was driving the van Sunday when a strong current took the vehicle over a bridge and into the bayou. The driver was able to get out and urged the children to escape through the back door, Saldivar said, but they could not.“I’m just hoping we find the bodies,” Saldivar said.And a spokeswoman for a Houston hotel says one of its employees disappeared while helping about 100 guests and workers evacuate the building amid rising floodwaters.___Flood water update with Jeff Linder of the Harris County Flood Control District:___The National Weather Service says rain is falling just east of Houston at a rate of 2 inches (5 centimeters) an hour. The National Hurricane Center has said heavy rain from Harvey is forecast to worsen flooding in Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. NWS meteorologist Tawnya Evans says Harris County, home to Houston, is recording about half an inch (1 centimeter) of rainfall each hour early Tuesday, and that areas east of there are seeing much more. She says the rain could abate later in the morning but that another band of heavy rainfall will soon follow. Harvey is expected to produce 10 to 20 additional inches (25 to 51 centimeters) or rain over the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana through Thursday. ___In shelters, with more guests than cots, some people slept on chairs or the floor on Monday night. People hung towels and wet clothes on the base of the ceiling supports. Police officers guarded several entrances. Outside, dozens of people still awake stood with their pets and traded cigarettes.People who escaped rising floodwaters and pouring rain spawned by Harvey arrived at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Monday night by the busload and truckload even as the convention center exceeded its capacity of 5,000. The second night inside the center was louder, more crowded and at times, more chaotic.At one point, officers tended to two men lying unresponsive in front of an exit, pushing away onlookers. The men had taken drugs and would both recover within an hour.Frustration grew in some places, more than three days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane before transforming into a tropical storm that currently sits parked over the Gulf of Mexico ahead of an expected return to shore. One person said she had only gotten one meal Monday while watching others take several helpings of food.Another person, Kevin Perkins, described sleeping on the floor and feeling accosted by police officers inside.“It’s hell,” Perkins said. He shook his head and walked away as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, during a visit to the convention center Monday, approached near where he was standing.“All my stuff damaged. I have no clothes, no shoes, no nothing,” he said.The din inside eventually fell as thousands of people went to bed. Around 7,000 people had arrived before midnight, with more people still coming.Harvey will drop more rain Tuesday on a city crippled by floodwaters that have swamped streets and neighborhoods. The demands on the convention center were expected to grow, even while a new shelter opened Monday night and city officials considered opening more.New volunteers arrived through the night. David Brady, CEO of the Red Cross’ Texas Gulf Coast chapter, said that the volunteers were critical to making sure evacuees “feel comfortable here, and that they’re willing and wanting to pull those cots together.”“If we get our staff to be friendly and open and welcoming, hopefully that will create a culture with the folks who are staying in the shelter to do the same thing,” Brady said.For Howard Thomas, the shelter was a place of last resort.Thomas described himself as living on the streets. He had spent the three previous nights at a $55-a-night motel. But he ran out of money Monday morning.He was picked up from the motel and taken to the convention center, where he waited to check in carrying just a blue tote bag with his belongings.“I’m hoping I can get a place of my own, even if it’s just a one-room shack, just as long as I’m out of the elements, off the street,” he said.– / 115___The National Hurricane Center says heavy rain from Harvey is expected to worsen flooding in Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. The center says in its 4 a.m. CDT advisory that flooded roadways continue to make travel difficult and advises people to take shelter. The center of the storm was marked 135 miles (220 kilometers) south-southwest of Port Arthur, Texas, and was moving east at 3 mph (4.8 kph) with sustained winds of up to 45 mph (72 kph). The storm was expected to make a slow turn to the northeast on Tuesday, placing the center just off the middle and upper Texas Gulf coast through Tuesday night before moving inland. Harvey is expected to produce 10 to 20 additional inches or rain over the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana through Thursday, with isolated storm totals maybe reaching 50 inches (130 centimeters) over the Houston-Galveston area and the upper Texas coast. ___ Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims. But officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities linked to Harvey could soar once the devastating floodwaters recede. Even worse, officials now worry that the worst may be yet to come. More than three days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities worry that the tropical storm now parked over the Gulf Coast will return and deliver a knockout blow to a Houston region already ravaged by devastating downpours generating an amount of rain normally seen only once in more than 1,000 years. Some fear that may be more than the nation’s fourth-largest city could bear. THE LATEST:For the foreseeable future, Mayor Sylvester Turner is imposing a curfew from 12 AM to 5 AM. Turner says it’s to stop any property crimes against evacuated homes in city limits and that it’s not the first time for the city.A weeklong curfew was imposed after Hurricane Ike to prevent burglaries and looting. “Anyone who underestimates the spirit of this city does not know Houston “Woe is Houston?”, says Mayor Turner, “that just encourages us further.”Imposing curfew from 10 pm to 5 am to stop any property crimes against evacuated homes in city limits.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 29, 2017(Story has been amended to reflect change of curfew time from 10 PM to 12 AM)___Officials say they have evacuated homes northeast of Houston after a chemical company said there is a risk of an explosion at its flooded plant.The Harris County Fire Marshal’s office said in a tweet Tuesday that homes within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of the Arkema plant in Crosby have been evacuated out of precaution.Arkema says in a news release that it manufactures organic peroxides in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston. The company says the chemical compounds must be stored at low temperatures, but it lost refrigerated storage after power went out and backup generators were inundated.Arkema said it shut down the Crosby site before Harvey made landfall last week, but a crew of 11 had been kept onsite. That group was removed Tuesday.___For the drenched Houston region, an end to the rain and a sunny day are almost in sight. But that’s only because meteorologists forecast Harvey to come inland Wednesday, then slog through Louisiana and take its downpours north. Arkansas, Tennessee, parts of Missouri and southern Illinois are on alert for Harvey flooding in a couple days.Harvey is forecast to return inland around the Texas-Louisiana line and close to Beaumont, Texas, early Wednesday morning or late Tuesday night with 45 mph (72 kph) winds and heavy rains, spending much of Wednesday in Louisiana. Along the Gulf Coast, rain is expected to continue Wednesday but taper off.Dennis Feltgen, National Hurricane Center spokesman says, “Texas is going to get a chance to finally dry out as this system pulls out.”But Feltgen cautioned that this doesn’t mean Harvey is ending.Flash flood watches are already posted for parts of Tennessee, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.Those areas and Arkansas could get six or seven inches of rain, but it won’t be anything like what southeast Texas got.The National Weather Service in Houston forecasts less of an inch for the city on Wednesday, and only a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for Thursday. And then for Friday it says, “mostly sunny.”___An official says that a levee protecting a subdivision of homes in a county south of Houston has been fortified after being breached but warns the threat is far from over.Brazoria County spokeswoman Sharon Trower said Tuesday afternoon that the levee had been fortified. Earlier in the day the county had posted on Twitter: “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!”She says that some water did get through but it wasn’t substantial. She warns that authorities don’t know how long the fortification will hold. She also notes the breach happened due to rainwater but that the nearby Brazos River continues to spill out of its banks.Trower says that the mandatory evacuation ordered Sunday morning still stands and notes that most of the residents in the area have left.Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta has said that there are hundreds of homes in the tree-lined subdivision situated around a golf course._____Facebook and Google are matching donations to people affected by Hurricane Harvey, the tech giants announced on Tuesday. Facebook says it will match every dollar raised through its platform, up to $1 million, for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. The money will support local recovery and rebuilding efforts. U.S. Facebook users are getting a message at the top of their news feed on how to donate.Google says it is matching $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross. To donate, go to . The company also matched donations from employees, and said Tuesday it donated $750,000 between its nonprofit arm,, and employee contributions to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.____Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed that police Sgt. Steve Perez has died after he became trapped in his patrol car as he was driving to work.The Houston Chronicle has reported that the 34-year officer was heading to work Sunday when he became trapped in high water on Interstate 45 in north Harris County and then couldn’t get himself out of his car.____According to the Harris County Flood Control District 2,500 homes may experience flooding at Addicks, the number of homes is 670 for Barker.  Listen to the latest flood water update with Jeff Lindner with the Harris County Flood Control District and The Army Corps of Engineers. ____Volunteers and donors are lining up outside of the Toyota Center, the downtown arena that’s home to the Houston Rockets, in anticipation that it will open as a shelter for Harvey evacuees.City officials and Red Cross spokesmen have not confirmed that the arena will open to shelter evacuees. But several people who went to the George R. Brown Convention Center to volunteer or drop off clothes were told that the Toyota Center would open Tuesday afternoon. Around 30 people are waiting outside an arena entrance.The convention center has nearly doubled its original 5,000-person capacity, and Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city may open multiple major shelters to accommodate the thousands of people still seeking shelter.___Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña says his agency has responded to more than 1,000 calls for service — including 400 water rescues — since Harvey inundated much of the city.Peña says some fire department crews have been working for three days straight, without a break, and he has implemented procedures to ensure firefighters get the nourishment and rest they need.Peña says it has been difficult to get in fresh crews to replace firefighters at some locations because in many areas, “we can’t get in and out of the fire stations” due to flooding. “We can’t deploy them to where we need them with their equipment.”Peña says the fire department is managing the resources it has on hand and will rotate in fresh firefighter crews as it is able to do so.___Weather forecasters expect Tropical Storm Harvey to come ashore somewhere near Louisiana’s southwestern corner, following its trip through Texas and return to the Gulf.National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Erickson said Tuesday that officials project a landfall in Cameron Parish around midday Wednesday. Erickson says another 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain is likely across southwest Louisiana.Forecasters also project heavy rain running east from New Orleans to Pensacola along the Gulf Coast.Harvey is expected to bring gusts up to 45 mph (70 kph) in coastal areas and gusts of up to 35 mph (55 kph) in Lake Charles and along the Interstate 10 corridor.Erickson warns that some coastal rivers won’t be able to drain rains effectively because Harvey’s winds are pushing storm surge into coastal waters, aggravating flooding in places that have already received more than 20 inches of rain.___The Salvation Army says it has provided more than 5,000 meals in the Houston area since Harvey swamped parts of the city.A Salvation Army statement Tuesday said the charitable group has deployed 42 mobile units that each can provide up to 1,500 meals per day. The group also sent two field kitchens, which can each serve up to 15,000 meals per day, to emergency personnel and flood survivors.The Salvation Army says multiple staging areas are being set up across Texas to coordinate relief efforts as Harvey impacts more people. Those sites include Houston, San Antonio, Victoria and Arlington.Lt. Col. Ron Busroe says donations from the public will help provide food, shelter and other valuable resources to people in Houston.____News 887’s Marissa Cummings gives an update on the situation in Northwest Houston following the release of water from the Addicks and Barker dams. Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.____Officials on Monday are warning residents in Lake Forest Utility District to boil their water for drinking, cooking and making ice. The notice is due to water pressure loss in the water distribution system caused by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) says to ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes all water should be boiled and cooled prior to use.____On Tuesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says additional shelters for Houstonians will be named later today for victims of Tropical Storm Harvey. He says he also requested additional supplies from FEMA for 10,000 individuals. When it comes to search and rescue, Turner explained Kingwood is the main area of focus for rescue today. As of Tuesday morning, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says HPD have rescued 3,400 people. He also said they arrested a number of folks preforming armed robberies and looting happening in the midst of storm recovery Monday night. “You take advantage of people and prey on them in these circumstances, that’s despicable behavior,” Acevedo said, “and we’re all going to push hard to make sure you don’t see the light of day anytime soon.”  ____Officials say a levee near a subdivision of homes in a county south of Houston has been breached and water is pouring into the area.Brazoria County posted this message on Twitter on Tuesday morning: “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!!”Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta says that the water has come over the levee in the northeast part of the subdivision and is starting to fill the area.He says residents were told that at some point the levee would be “overtopped.” He said that a mandatory evacuation order was issued Sunday.Sebesta says there are hundreds of homes there. He says hopefully “very few” are still in the area._____(Corrects figure for CenterPoint Energy’s customers without power).CenterPoint Energy’s website says that over 100,000 customers in the Houston area are without lights. Out of those, 52,000 customers are in Houston and nearly 109,000 customers in their service area.They just out they have over 2,500 crew members on the ground- working on restoring power. They say they’ve called in external resources to help, more than 70 additional crews arrived Monday, and more than 100 more are on their way. They say in total, they will have over 800 additional crews to help. Sharelast_img read more

NAACP Report Finds Black Girls in Baltimore Schools Punished Excessively

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comThe narrative of Black boys being punished more severely and more frequently than their White counterparts in public schools for the same offenses has become well known. But, a new report finds Black girls who attend Baltimore City public schools face a similar fate as Black boys when it comes to discipline for their behavior.“…National data show that Black girls are the fastest growing demographic affected by school discipline, arrests, and referrals to the juvenile justice system,” according to the report, “Our Girls, Our Future: Investing in Opportunity and Reducing Reliance on the Criminal Justice System in Baltimore.” The report is published by the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP.A new report from the NAACP says girls in the Baltimore public school system are punished more frequently than their White counterparts. (Courtesy photo)The findings of the report lay out the perils facing Black children who are part of a deeply segregated public school system, within a deeply segregated city.“The School District is 81% Black…the stark racial isolation of Black students in BCPSS, while surrounding school districts offer greater racial and economic diversity. As a result of this isolation, the challenges correlated with poverty and racial segregation are concentrated in BCPSS schools,” according to the report.“Despite the social, emotional, and educational needs of students in BCPSS schools, many of the girls and young women interviewed for this report indicated that their schools failed to provide reasonable conditions for learning, including heat and secure bathrooms.”Those unacceptable conditions highlighted in the report were exemplified during a week in January when several schools were without heat when temperatures were freezing or near freezing outdoors.“It affected my school a lot `cause we were still open and you had kids that was in the classroom with their jackets on,” an unidentified student in the report said. “And then at my school they’ll be like `oh you can’t wear outerwear, you can’t wear outerwear in school,’ so sometimes they’ll make you take `em off. So when it got really cold, it was like why the school not closed if y’all don’t have no heat?”“I think it goes back to the subjective interpretation of Black girls being defiant, disrespectful, disruptive,” said Yasmene Mumby, a former middle school teacher and community organizer.“Before you act on your interpretation of a Black girl and her being, you have to ask yourself: `Is this my bias at work? Am I about to act on it and impact a child and a scholar and a full being?” Mumby added. “I think that is the first start, because there is no criminalization of Black girls, there is no pattern of these experiences, without a teacher acting on their subjective interpretation of that child’s being and then starting the pathway to writing them up for disciplinary actions and then that snowballing.”last_img

India a melting pot of cultures

first_imgA country and its outlook towards the world can be best understood when its culture is explored. India boasts of a rich and diverse cultural heritage that has paved the way for binding the country with other countries in the world beyond trade and politics.With an intention to showcase true Indian tradition, a cultural programme encompassing Indian classical dance was staged for the U S President and other dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a day ahead of the Republic Day Parade. The programme was organised by Seher. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“In this era of global inter connectedness where the world is witness to a great deal of homogenisation and eclectic intermingling, a country’s language and culture still provides a durable distinctiveness to a country. India is particularly blessed by its magnificent and legendary diversity of cultures and languages. This makes India virtually unique. It is this uniqueness that we wish to present for the visiting dignitaries on this historic visit to India,” says Sanjeev Bhargava of Seher. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe presentation begun with an invocation from the ancient Rig Veda, a text recognised as a world heritage work. It seeks harmony within variety, oneness amongst disparity, and invokes the well-being of mankind. This is followed by short presentations in each style, the dancers coming together in a rhythmic finale.The programme contained five forms of Indian classical dances (Kathak, Manipuri, Odhisi, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali) that was performed by young and extremely talented dancers.The programme aimed at representing the richness and diversity of Indian culture and Is choreographed by Padmashri award winning dancer Madhavi Mudgal.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more May 31, 2011 – Intelerad Medical Systems will demonstrate the new InteleConnect Referring Physician Portal, a brandable, browser-based, zero-download solution for communicating radiology results and building customer loyalty. InteleConnect helps radiology providers stand out by delivering faster, more complete results to their referrers. Accessible from any computer, smart phone or tablet device, InteleConnect is easy-to-use, mobile and secure. Designed for busy physicians, InteleConnect is streamlined for their needs: providing media-rich reports, interactive 2-D and 3-D key images, full study images, patient search, email notifications, acknowledgement workflow for critical results, status updates of imaging orders, and access to past patient results.Intelerad is also pleased to announce the upcoming availability of IntelePACS 4.3, featuring the new Multi-Method Reporting module that embeds M*Modal’s Speech Understanding technology, as well as more robust and flexible hanging protocols, a comprehensive thumbnails view with timeline, and a smart radial menu for easy access to relevant tools and advanced 3-D visualization for InteleViewer. Multi-Method Reporting brings reporting freedom to the radiologist, enabling greater productivity and ensuring faster turnaround times. Designed to adapt to the way radiologists naturally read and report studies, Intelerad’s Multi-Method Reporting blends dictation, voice recognition and structured reporting templates together into a single, streamlined interface and workflow.When:Thursday, June 2: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Friday, June 3: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Saturday, June 4: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center201 Waterfront St.National Harbor, MD 20745Booth # 814For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | May 31, 2011 Intelerad Showcases Referring Physician Portal at SIIM last_img read more

GOP bill would undermine auto rail safety regulations

first_imgThe Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee agreed to increase the agency’s budget, but only after it satisfies 17 recommendations made by the Transportation Department’s inspector general. The maximum fine would double to $70 million, but only after the agency comes out with regulations identifying all the factors that go into calculating fines. The conditions could effectively delay action on both matters by a year or more.Two GOP presidential candidates on the committee — Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas — didn’t attend the meeting while the bill’s provisions were being voted upon. However, the chairman, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., cast proxy votes for them on amendments and for Cruz on final passage of the bill. Rubio voted in person in favor of passage of the bill. Several Democrats joined GOP senators in opposing changes to controversial provisions.Thune and other Republicans on the committee said the changes were necessary reforms to federal agencies that have overstepped their bounds or have issued regulations that unfairly penalize industry without improving safety. Thune noted the bill contains several provisions sought by Democrats and safety advocates. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system The National Transportation Safety Board says that if the technology had been in operation, it could have prevented an Amtrak derailment in May that killed eight people and injured about 200 others in Philadelphia, and a derailment that killed four passengers and injured 64 others in New York City in December 2013, as well as other fatal accidents.Railroads say they have spent billions of dollars on the technology but have been hampered by technical and financial difficulties and need more time.The bill would effectively allow states to lower the qualifying age for interstate commercial truck drivers from 21 to 18. The provision was sought by the trucking industry, which says there is a shortage of drivers.Another provision sought by the industry would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove safety ratings of truck and bus companies from its public website. The companies disagree with the methodology the agency uses for the ratings.The bill would impose requirements on the motor carrier agency that safety advocates say could stymie new safety regulations by making an already lengthy rulemaking process even more difficult.Following record auto recalls last year totaling almost 64 million vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked that its staff be increased and the limit on fines levied on offending automakers be raised to $300 million, from the current $35 million. How do cataracts affect your vision? WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries.A bill approved this week on a party-line vote by a Senate committee brims with industry-sought provisions that would block, delay or roll back safety rules. The measure is to be part of a must-pass transportation bill that GOP leaders hope to put to a vote in the Senate as early as next week. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies They are under pressure to act quickly because authority for transportation programs expires on July 31. Without a cash infusion, the government will have to delay highway and transit aid to states.One provision would block a new Department of Transportation rule requiring that trains hauling crude oil are equipped with electronically controlled brakes that affect cars all at the same time, rather than sequentially. The bill calls for a study of the technology and puts off any regulatory mandate, which could delay implementation for years.The brake rule was prompted by a series of train wrecks in which cars of crude oil and ethanol exploded, igniting fires that burned for days. Freight railroads oppose the rule, which could cost them billions of dollars.Another provision would give freight and commuter railroads and Amtrak more time to install a safety system called positive train control. The technology relies on GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor train position and slow or stop trains in danger of derailing because they’re traveling too fast, are about to collide with another train or are about to enter an area where crews are working on tracks.A 2008 law requires railroads to have the technology installed and operating by the end of this year. Most are not expected to make that deadline.center_img FILE – In this May 12, 2105 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped in Philadelphia. Despite several years of horrific oil train wrecks and record car and truck recalls, congressional Republicans have decided that the auto and railroad industries suffer from too much safety regulation, not too little. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File) One of the biggest would prevent rental car agencies from renting vehicles that are under a safety recall, but have not been repaired. Initially, the bill had said rental car agencies could rent unrepaired cars if they first informed customers. Other provisions would make it easier for states to qualify for federal grants to tackle drunk driving, promote seatbelt use and address other safety issues, and start a pilot program to inform motorists of recalls when they register their cars.That was not enough to sweeten the bill for safety advocates.The GOP bill is “loaded down with giveaways to special interests that will set back safety for years to come,” said Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. “The influence of corporate lobbyists had more sway than commonsense and cost-effective solutions to deadly problems.”___Krisher reported from Detroit.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at and Tom Krisher at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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Fire warning issued as temperatures soar

first_imgAuthorities on Tuesday issued a red alert over the risk of forest fires, as temperatures were expected to reach 41C in some areas.The service urged the public to avoid any action that could cause a fire.If anyone sees smoke or fire near a forest they must immediately report it to 1407 or 112.The Met Service has issued a yellow warning for Tuesday with temperatures expected to reach around 41C inland, 34C on the south and south-east coasts, 37C on the west coast, and 32C in the mountains.The warning will remain in place between 11am and 5pm.Vulnerable groups such as the elderly are advised to stay indoors during those times. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New people buy space explosion strength experience

, I’m new here. Not long ago, I bought space and made a website. The taste of the heart is not clear. Beauty, just one word.

days after the establishment of the station, I see traffic statistics every day. I guess my flow, haven’t I see a number of statistics. Sad experience.

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A brief talk on Network Marketing Persuasion

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Millionaire type career planning

was a big Sina, and Mr. Chen became the number one capitalist in China. He made a lot of money by running the capital. The capitalists to make money but also to a number of occupation managers made capital wealth, such as Tang Jun, general manager of Microsoft China stepped down from the position, did not affect his occupation of the road, but has become Chinese first "work emperor", worth four hundred million.

Chen Tianqiao became the richest Internet, Tang Jun was a huge success, and worth of capital quickly jump up, because they know how to use the workplace rules and capital operation under the market economy, and master the methods and rules is the short cut to success. Let’s take a look at these rich people’s careers. In career planning, we call these people "career rich" careers. read more

Two points about the local forum

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