Defendants How Much are Taxpayers Paying for Prosecutions Media Operation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Daily press releases. A website where their accusations are posted on a daily basis. A global media relations campaign. These are things that generally cost tens of thousands of dollars a month. And, it’s exactly what the prosecution is doing in support of their case. To that end, the defendants in the high profile TCI probe and trial are publicly presenting a few questions to the mystery group running this public affairs campaign on behalf of the prosecution.“I’d like to know how much this is costing, which taxpayers are paying for it and who is running this operation to make unproven allegations against the defendants in the press?” asked Michael Misick.“If we’re committed to a free and fair process, why are both sides not given an equal number of resources in which to pursue public relations? This, along with the fact that the defendants are denied a basic right to trial by jury are two examples of how the state is stacking the deck against the defense,” concluded Misick.McAllister “Piper” Hanchell concurs, “I’d also like to know who is running this website and if the tax dollars of Turks & Caicos Islanders are being used to finance a media smear campaign against the defendants? We all want a fair trial, but, when we don’t have access to a jury and the state uses taxpayer money to fund a PR blitz against us, you wonder if justice will really be served?” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:McAllister “Piper” Hanchell, tax payerslast_img read more

Governor responds to shooting of tourist

first_img Related Items: The Governor sent a strong message, saying “We will not allow criminals to operate and feel safe from justice in our communities”. He says while the public will notice a “more visible police presence throughout communities, other efforts are being made on the part of the RTCIPF to ensure public safety over the longer term”. His Excellency says while the police cannot do it alone, the assistance of the public is vital, and urged persons with any tips wishing to remain anonymous to contact Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station via 338-5901. Meanwhile, the Governor expressed his thoughts and prayers to the Mr. Newman and his family during this time. Last reports, state Mr. Newman remained in a serious critical condition. The governor adds that he has been in regular contact with the Acting Commissioner of Police and with the Premier since the shooting, and assured the public that “the RTCIPF were doing all they can to bring the perpetrators of this sickening crime to justice” through ongoing investigations.Acting Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting, described the shooting of Mr. Newman as a “callous and cowardly attack”, something the Governor says we cannot allow such in our society.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26th 2017: His Excellency, Governor, Dr.John Freeman is calling on the public to come forward to the police on any knowledge of criminal activity they happen to notice or observe. His statement comes on the heels of the attention the TCI has been getting following the shooting of American tourist, Kevin Newman while in Providenciales last week.last_img read more

Man in custody after stabbing in Costco parking lot

first_img March 23, 2018 CARLSBAD (KUSI) — A man was taken into police custody Friday after stabbing an acquaintance in a Costco parking lot.At approximately 2:47 p.m., officers from the Carlsbad Police Department responded to the parking lot of the Costco, located at 951 Palomar Airport Road regarding the report of a stabbing.Upon arrival, Officers found the victim in serious condition with multiple stab wounds.The suspect, identified as Charles Higgins, a 62-year-old male, fled the scene prior to police arrival. The Carlsbad Police Department located Higgins in Temecula where he was taken into custody, with the assistance of Murrieta PD, the Border Patrol and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.The victim and suspect are known to each other and this is not a random act. There are no outstanding suspects.The Carlsbad Police Department Investigations Division responded and is continuing the investigation. Man in custody after stabbing in Costco parking lot KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UPDATE Pilot In Whittier Area Plane Crash Identified

first_imgAccording to Alaska State Troopers, due to weather in the area the search was hampered, however RCC and Coast Guard Helicopters were able to locate the plane crash and confirmed the sole occupant, Andrews, was deceased. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the pilot who died in a weekend plane crash near Whittier, on Saturday. Andrews was a student pilot, and left Merrill Field, in Anchorage with Valdez as his intended destination. The Pilot has been positively identified as Brett Andrews, 31, of Anchorage. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said Andrews was flying plane number N7061W, heading east around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when the plane crashed head-on to the side of a mountain about a half a mile south of Whittier at an altitude of 2,000 feet.center_img The Coast Guard’s 17th District Command Center said the center was alerted to “an overdue aircraft in the Portage Glacier area” at 3:38 p.m., Saturday. Photos provided by Alaska State Troopers During the morning hours of May 13, DPS Helo 3 and AMRG responded to the area and successfully recovered Andrews body from the crash site.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 8 911 Call Over Skunk Smell Fight At

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, July 8, 2019:A Sachem Circle caller reported a swarm of bees between her house and neighbor’s house. Animal Control Officer notified a bee service, which will be out later in the day to safely remove them. (9:50am)Animal Control Officer reported a large wasp nest in a Main Street shed. Officer advised resident how to remove it. (10:21am)A walk-in party found a Michael Kors bracelet at Cumberland Farm Gas Station. (12:56pm)An anonymous caller reported they were told a juvenile female was threatening to fight the caller’s friends at the skate park. Police checked skate park. No one in area. (1:55pm)Animal Control Office retrieved a cardinal with an eye injury from Salem Street. (2:08pm)Caller called 911 to report there’s a skunk in her yard and the smell is overwhelming. She requested an officer to scare it or euthanize it. Police advised her the skunk will move along and if it doesn’t, contact the Animal Control Officer in the morning. Caller claimed not have phone number for station’s business line. (9:52pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Black Panther roars with two Grammy Award wins

first_imgThe film’s chart-topping soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, was nominated for album of the year, and the single All the Stars, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, was nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best song written for visual media.The soundtrack was produced by Lamar and includes performances by Lamar, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz and more.Composer Ludwig Göransson was chatting with Variety when he received the news that he’d won the best score soundtrack for visual media award. 9:15 Tags 32 Photos “(Director) Ryan Coogler, what can I say?” Göransson said. “He’s been one of the most incredible artists I’ve ever worked with, and being a part of this phenomena, one of the most important, unique films of all time is so special.”Göransson didn’t get to accept that award onstage, as it wasn’t presented during the televised ceremony, but he did get to make a speech during the show. He helped accept the song of the year award for Childish Gambino’s This Is America, which he co-produced. Gambino did not attend. Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Congrats Best Rap Performance winner (TIE) – “King’s Dead” @kendricklamar, @jayrock, @1future & @jamesblake AND “Bubblin” @AndersonPaak #GRAMMYs— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 10, 2019center_img How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Black Panther Marvel Here’s how to watch the Grammys at 5 p.m. PT Sunday. TV and Movies You’ll hear the sounds of Wakanda forever. Black Panther won two Grammy Awards Sunday night, one for best rap performance and one for best score soundtrack for visual media.The best rap performance award was actually a tie. The Black Panther song King’s Dead, by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, shared the award with Bubblin, by Anderson Paak. King’s Dead was also up for best rap song, but that award went to Drake’s God’s Plan. Watch #BlackPanther composer @ludwiggoransson find out he won a Grammy #Grammys— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2019 Black Panther is up for six Oscars at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, including best picture and best original music score. And maybe it’s a good sign that it didn’t claim a certain award Sunday night. According to Billboard, no film whose soundtrack has won album of the year has gone on to win best picture.First published Feb. 11 at 3:05 p.m. PTUpdate, 9 p.m.: Adds best rap performance win.last_img read more

Buzz Aldrin calls for a migration to Mars

first_img Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 2 Now playing: Watch this: Buzz Aldrin wants us to go to Mars. Emma McIntyre/Getty For Buzz Aldrin, the moon is no longer enough. Aldrin, who, along with Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon during the landmark Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to get behind a serious effort to create a permanent human presence on Mars. “Human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe,” Aldrin wrote.He’s not talking about “clever robots” or rovers, either. Aldrin said that as much as he appreciates NASA’s work on unmanned missions, it’s time Mars is explored by “by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women.”Plans for sending humans to Mars are on the drawing board at NASA and in the mind of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Although details are sketchy for now, NASA and the Trump administration have penciled in 2033 for when astronauts might make the first footprints on the red planet. Meanwhile, Musk sees a Mars base happening perhaps by 2028, and he has a vision for how a Mars colony could take shape.Aldrin thinks we need to establish permanent settlements on Mars, and fairly soon.”All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space,” he wrote. Share your voice Tags Comments 6:31 Sci-Techlast_img read more

Hemmeya Kannadiga Awards Watch the event this weekend on Zee Kannada

first_imgA promotional material from Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019.PR HandoutZee Kannada’s Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019 is an effort towards continuing the journey of recognizing and honouring outstanding individuals from all walks of life, who have done Karnataka proud in the year of 2018. This one-of-a-kind award ceremony was held on 23rd March at Nandi Link Grounds in Bengaluru, and will be aired on the 30th and 31st March at 7 pm only on Zee Kannada and Zee Kannada HD.Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019 is bigger and better this year as the channel honors 24 achievers across 24 awards categories, who have done Karnataka proud. The event is aimed at highlighting the cultural heritage of Karnataka, where the platform will be recognizing and honoring the achievers of society, film and small screen industry.The event’s glamourous factory is heightened with the presence of popular sandalwood actors – Ramesh, Yash, Puneeth Rajkumar, Rachita Ram, Priyanka Upendra, and Sumalatha Ambareesh. The evening was filled with the senior stars sharing their cherished memories with Jaleela Ambareesh, along with exciting and colourful performances, songs, dances and super performances by television and film stars.The star-studded event brought together some of the most noble and admirable individuals under one roof from Karnataka who have contributed to the society, and to the entertainment industry. The enthralling ceremony brought together the most eminent individuals to the sensational ‘Red Carpet’, where they paraded through traditional music and visited the testament by the popular Auto Shivakumar, with the feeling of nostalgia and pride. A platform was provided to the attendees, to welcome and celebrate other noteworthy achievers, including Arjun Janya, Santosh Hegde, Prakash Belavadi, Mime Ramesh, Jayanth Kaikini, Mukhyamantri Chandru, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Garuda Ram, Roopa Maudgil, Aindritha Ray, Diganth, Anuradha, Mokshitha Pai, Sharath Bharadwaj, Arundathi Nag, Vijayalakshmi Shibroor, Vinaya Prasad, Aasha Rani, Hamsalekha, Arjuna Sarja, Girija Lokesh, Srujan Lokesh, Tara Anuradha, KGF Team, Tennis Krishna, and V Hari Krishna, Bank Janardhana, Gurukiran, Rachita Ram, Shri Murali.The exuberant Anushree and the ebullient Ramesh Aravind hosted the glorious evening that witnessed a line-up of sizzling performances by Sandalwood stars and the Zee Family, namely, Rachita Ram, Priyanka Upendra, Raghu Dixit, Haripriya, Bhavana, KGF Performance by fiction heroes, Jodi Hakki Chiatra Rao, Bramahgantu Geetha.Last year, ‘Kannada Hemme'(pride of Kannada) honor was awarded to the walking God, Seer of Siddaganga Mutt, Dr. Shivakumar Swamiji. This year, his absence was painfully felt amongst the audiences. Salu Marada Thimmakka, Nisar Ahmed, singer Vijay Prakash, journalist Vishweshwar Bhat, agriculturist Narayanareddy, 5 rupee doctor Shankaregowda, IPS officer Roopa Moudgil and a few others who were honored by Zee Kannada’s Hemmeya Kannadiga 2018. Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019 AwardeesJanapada poet, Padmashree awardee, Doddarange Gowda is honored with Proud Literary figure award. Vijayalakshmi Shibarur, a daring Journalist who revealed cases of child labour, lottery scam, water scam and more, by her investigative journalism, has been honored with Proud Journalist. Anuradha, senior women Scientist and Director of first women satellite project, is honored with Proud woman achiever. The Proud Icon was awarded to Infosys founder and philanthropist, Sudha Murthy. Social Servant, Kallaiah Ajja was awarded with Proud social worker. Mime Ramesh was given the Proud theater activist.Capsicum Kamalamma, who used the facilities given by Government for agriculture and is recognized at State and National level was honored with the Proud Farmer award. Social Reformer, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade was awarded with the Proud Life Time achiever. V Nagendra Prasad, who created a new wave in the Kannada cinema industry with his writing was awarded with Proud lyricist.Vijay Prakash, the singer who sung best songs in the year 2018-19 was honored with the proud voice awards. Arjun Janya, who composed the best music in 2018-19 was honored as Proud Musician. Dhananjaya, who acted in Tagaru cinema as Dolly was honored as Proud supporting role. Prashanth Neel, a director who created a nation-wide sensation with landmark movies like Ugram and KGF, was awarded with Proud Director. Dimple girl, Rachita Ram, who captured the audience with her acting prowess from Darling to Natasaarvabhowma, was awarded with Proud Heroine. Rocking Star Yash, who impressed the viewers with KGF, was awarded with Proud Hero.Ambareesh who started his career as Jaleela in Nagarahavu and showed his mettle with Ambi Ning Vayassayto, is no more with us. Ambi was awarded with Proud Honorary Award. The person who created his own style in acting, politics and in personal life, was well-respected by the people, therefore, was saluted by everybody present at the event.KGF by Hombale films was dubbed in five languages that increased the visibility of the Kannada film industry, was awarded with proud film. Rishabh Shetty, who came up with movies like Ricky, Kirik Party, Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragod, and Bell Bottom, was awarded with Proud talent. Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019, a star-studded event honors 24 achievers across 24 awards categories with an aim of recognizing and honoring the achievers of society, film and small screen industry.PR HandoutChikkanna who is responsible for making everyone laugh with his versatile acting, was awarded with Proud comedian for his acting in . Ravi Basrur from KGF movie, which was a phenomenal movie in India, was awarded with Proud BGM for his background music. Ram, who acted as Garuda in KGF was awarded with Proud Villain. Cinematography is the highlight of KGF, Bhuvan Gowda was honoured with the Proud cinematographer award.last_img read more

Snapdeals FY16 losses increase twofold to Rs 2960 crore

first_imgSnapdeal, a local e-commerce firm’s losses have more than doubled to Rs 2,960 crore for the financial year that ended in March 2016, when compared to Rs 1,319 crore in the previous year. One of the many reasons for the losses is the continuously eroding market share to local rival Flipkart and US-based e-commerce firm Amazon. During the same period, the New Delhi-based online marketplace reported 50 percent rise in revenues to Rs 1,456 crore. It had reported losses to the tune of Rs 1,319.2 crore on revenues of Rs 933 crore in the previous fiscal (FY15), Mint cited documents filed with the registrar of companies as saying.Also read: Snapdeal to change logo, tagline ahead of Diwali sales”In order to deliver the best in class customer experience and to set up necessary infrastructure for future growth, there was an increase in fulfilment and overhead expenses,” the company said. Snapdeal fell to the number three slot in ranking as Amazon India continued to gain market share. Although Snapdeal has said it aims to focus on profitability and not market share, the e-commerce firm underwent a branding overhaul and had launched a new logo two months ago. It had committed close to Rs 200 crore on advertising and market spending in September and October last year, Times of India reported. “In FY2016 we invested our capital in building our capabilities across technology, logistics and seller ecosystem to support the long term growth of our business,” the publication quoted the company as saying. Japan’s SoftBank is one of the largest shareholders in Snapdeal, holding a 33 percent stake in the company. Some of the other investors include Kalaari Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, E-Bay, Foxconn and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The news of Snapdeal reporting losses comes at a time when its rivals Amazon India and Flipkart have stepped up on investments. Flipkart has invested $2 million (about Rs 13.6 crore) in a parenting social media platform called Tinystep on Thursday, Press Trust of India reported.last_img read more

Infosys transfers Rs 65 lakh in unclaimed dividend to investor protection fund

first_imgShareholders of companies that declare handsome dividends seem to care less for their share of profits. Take for instance, Infosys, the second-largest Indian IT services exporter, which has been consistent in paying huge dividends over the past few years. But the money somehow does not reach some shareholders, resulting in the same being deposited in an investor protection account.Read: Infosys share buyback likely; a look at its bonus history, capital structureIn three financial years (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16), Infosys transferred about Rs 65 lakh to the Investor Education and Education Fund (IEPF). The transfer in 2015-16 was a phenomenal Rs 40.98 lakh, almost three to four times in comparison to previous years, according to the company’s FY2016 annual report.Not only that, the company transferred Rs 17.76 lakh in July 2016 followed by Rs 28.87 lakh in November. The amounts pertain to dividend declared in FY2010 (interim and final). Similarly, unclaimed dividend of Rs 28.87 lakh and Rs 21.39 lakh is due for transfer to the IEPF in November 2017 and July 2018, respectively.The company has a track record of huge dividend payments — Rs 25 per share in FY2010; Rs 60 in FY2011; Rs 47 in FY2012; Rs 42 in FY2013; Rs 63 in FY2014 and Rs 59.50 in FY2015 (the amounts include both interim and final dividend).Section 124 of the Companies Act, 2013 mandates that dividend lying unclaimed for seven years should be transferred to the IEPF. TCS India’s largest IT services exporter Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) disclosed in its FY2016 annual report that unclaimed dividends of Rs 21.11 crore were lying in its accounts as of March 31, 2016, up from Rs 19.77 crore as of March 31, 2015. WiproIn 2015-16, the Bengaluru-based, Azim Premji-led company transferred Rs 50.94 lakh in unclaimed dividend to the IEPF pertaining to the financial year 2007-08.Infosys share closed at Rs 1,009 apiece on Thursday on the BSE, Wipro ended at 485 and TCS at Rs 2,481. Stock markets in India are closed on Friday on account of Maha Shivratri and will open next Monday.On Thursday, the BSE Information Technology index outperformed the Sensex, gaining 1.70 percent while the Sensex closed 0.10 percent higher at 28,893.last_img read more

BNP demands active diplomatic efforts to end Rohingya crisis

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a human chain programme the party organises in front of the National Press Club in the capital Friday morning in protest against ongoing repression on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Photo: Sazid HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday demanded the government make active diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis.”Our demand is very clear that the government gives food and shelter to Rohingyas and ensures their security and treatment. At the same time the government puts active diplomatic efforts to force the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas who fled the country”, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He made the demand while speaking at a human chain program in front of the National Press Club.As part of their countrywide program, BNP arranged the one-hour long human chain programme from 10:00am to 11:00am protesting the repression on Rohingyas in Myanmar.Fakhrul said they don’t want to know whether the Rohingyas are Hindu or Muslim as they are human being.”The Myanmar government has initiated a war against humanity. We have to put a resistance against them. Let us get united and raise our voice against the mass killing of Rohingyas and force Myanmar to take back those fled the country,” he said.Voicing concern over trespassing of Myanmar Air Force helicopter into Bangladesh airspace, he said the Bangladesh government cannot strongly protest at the incident due to its knee-jerk foreign policy.Fakhrul said their party staged the human chain programme to register protests against the persecution on Rohingyas on behalf of the people of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Dhakas air reaches hazardous level

first_imgWomen carrying children cross crossing a road in a cloud of dust at Postogola, Dhaka. Photo: Hasan RajaPresence of heavy metal particles in Dhaka’s air has exceeded the level even many polluted cities have experienced, seriously affecting public health, especially the children, in recent times.Metals such as lead, cadmium, zinc, chromium, nickel, arsenic, manganese, and copper that can cause fatal diseases like cancer were found in alarming proportion in the Dhaka city’s air, according to two studies carried out in December 2018 and January 2019.Dust in Dhaka city contained 200 times higher than generally acceptable level of cadmium, supposed to be present in the soil, revealed the study reports published in Science of the Total Environment and Environmental Science and Population Research this month.Lead and nickel were found to have been more than double in Dhaka’s air. The researchers further detected arsenic in an alarming proportion in the city air.These particulate matters, researchers say, are so fine that they can easily come in contact with skin and enter human body through foods and drinks.”The amount of very fine particles has increased greatly in Dhaka city and it is higher than what many countries have seen,” Abdus Salam, a key researcher and professor of chemistry department at Dhaka University, told Prothom Alo.The particles found in Dhaka’s air are not normal dust, and can float in the air if there is no rain, he pointed out, adding that they affect human health.The DU chemistry department, in association with Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and University of Iowa, USA, conducted the two studies.Air pollution, a new threatProfessor Salam, who has been working on air pollution for two decades, and Md Shafiur Rahman, chief scientific officer at the BAEC, led the study on health issues caused by heavy metal in the dust of Dhaka roads.They collected samples from 88 roads of 22 areas in the city in January 2017. This included 300 grammes of dust from the roads, footpaths, and from the soil around the ditches in the areas that were chosen on a random selection basis. The samples were later analysed at the BAEC laboratory.There was heavy metal in almost all the 88 areas, said the study. Among these, the highest level of metal including cadmium, led, nickel, arsenic, copper, chromium, was found in GPO area.Emissions from the vehicles often stranded in traffic congesion as well as from various factories in the city were blamed for the air pollution.The studey said the level of cadmium in GPO, Bangabhaban and Rampura TV station areas was around 200 times higher than normal one. Though the presence of lead was slightly lower in these areas, arsenic and nickel were high.There is a good number of vehicles that operate in different routes in the city use nickel and cadmium batteries, the study confirmed. The researchers added, many factories producing hybrid metal and plates along with enamel, plastic and glass also use cadmium for pigments.The researchers also confirmed high level of chromium presence in the dust around the BFDC rail crossing area in Karwan Bazar, Banglamotor and GPO areas.Metal found in these areas are three times heavier than normal level. Tanneries and dying factories sprung across Dhaka and its outskirts are the source of this high chromium, said the study reports.Level of zinc is the highest in area from Farmgate to Manik Miah Avenue, from Asad Gate to Kalyanpur and from Mahakhali to Tejgaon Industrial Area. Zinc was high across all the areas covered by the research.Air pollutionA tree with dust covers foliage at Shukrabad, Dhaka. Photo: Zahidul KarimProfessor Abdus Salam and Mohammad Sohel, chemistry professor of Iowa University in the US, conducted a joint research on the level of particulate matters and gas substances indoor. Five residential areas of Dhaka were selected.The research team detected presence of lead, zinc and nickel in the particulate matters in the air indoor. Smokes of vehicles, factories that operate relentlessly and construction works were found to be responsible.The paint on the wall is also said to be another source of lead for indoor pollution.Air samples were collected between August to October in 2017 from the houses of 25 residents at five households. The areas included Mirpur, Khilkhet, Rampura, Dolairpar, and Tongi. The buildings were built between one and 24 years. The buildings were one to six storied.The density of the particulate matters including PM1, PM2, PM2.5 and PM10 was higher than the ratio declared as safe by the World Health Organisation.The study says harmful particles enter human body reducing the strength of the lungs.More than 40 per cent (42 per cent to be specific) of the contaminated outside air also enter the houses, affecting the residents. Detergents and the polluted air from kitchen and toilet contribute to deteriorating the condition.The highest level of particles was found in Khilkhet houses, were followed by Dolairpar and Rampura houses.The minimum particulate matters were found in Mirpur. But, during the study, it rained there regularly helping the particulate matters to dissolve.Three other areas had no rain then and the researcehrs concluded that the condition of Mirpur was not properly reflected in the study.The level of heavy metal in the air rose when two-stroke auto-rickshaws ran across the city and these transports were eventually banned, said Rakibul Islam, the general secretary of Bangladesh Doctors for Health and Environment, a physicians’ organisation working on health risks caused by environmental pollution in the country.This, he regretted, is a matter of grave concern that such heavy particulate matters have returned to the city air.The number of children affected by these has increased by 50 per cent over the past five years, said Rakibul Islam, adding that particulate matters in the air causes cancer, asthma, nerve problem and other problems.No one to control heavy pollutionThe government’s Department of Environment (DoE), responsible for addressing pollution, is currently running a World Bank-financed project in two phases for 12 years to control air pollution. Some regular tasks are also being carried out, but the air quality is consistently getting worse.The DoE authorities say they have sent letters to the companies involved in construction of building , roads, metro railway and flyover for controlling dust.It sat for talks with the representatives from government and private companies that are implementing such projects, but to no avail. The two city corporations are responsible to sprinkle waters on roads in the city every morning to control the dust. However, that is not being done as widely alleged.Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) or the capital development authority, is responsible to inquire whether or not the builders are taking necessary measures to control the dust. The RAJUK is allegedly not doing the job properly.When asked, DoE director general Sultan Ahmed said, “What we can do is calling on government organisations to take steps to control dusts. But if the responsible agencies do not take any steps, what else can we do?”Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in pollution, said a World Bank report titled “Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh: Country Environmental Analysis 2018”. About 80,000 people died in urban areas in 2015.Gloab average rate of death caused by pollution is 16 per cent, whereas it is 28 per cent in Bangladesh.According to the WB report, brick fields are responsible for 58 per cent of the air pollution. And 26 per cent air pollution occurs due to dust on roads and automobile pollution.However, according to the environment department, the three said sectors contributed to only 15 per cent of the pollution five years ago.City planner Nazrul Islam said, “It is sad that minimum environment safety requirements are not followed while building infrastructures and setting up industries in the capital.”“The intensity of pollution proves the government agencies are not doing their job properly,” he continued, “If the pollution control is not seen as an urgency, a big environmental disaster is awaiting us.”Children at risksThe metal particles floating in the air are affecting the children.A group of researchers found children are suffering for shortness in breath and other forms of sickness due to the air pollution.The DU chemistry department last year measured the level of air pollution in 10 educational institutions of the capital. It found four times higher level of harmful particles than the World Health Organisation’s standard by measuring PM-1, PM 2.5 and PM-10 and intense organic compound material on the school premises and around the classrooms.Supervised by professor Abdus Salam, the research team surveyed as many as 250 students from 9 to 10 years of age from educational institutions in Mugda, Kakrail, Fuller Road, Jatrabari, Ahmadbagh, Motijheel, Gulshan, Nilkhet and Khilkhet.The study showed that 16.8 per cent of children were suffering from cough, 6 per cent asthma and 5.6 per cent migraine or headaches. Many children were found to have shortness of breath.Educational institutions located beside the roads are more likely to have harmful particles in the air, the study said.There were harmful gases found in the air at the institutions that are located in the densely populated and traffic-prone areas.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain, Nusrat Nowrin and Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Baby born after 12 yrs on remote Brazilian island

first_img.She’s a born rebel: a remote Brazilian island welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there.The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone — including the parents.”The mother, who does not want to be identified, went into labour at home,” the island’s administration said in a statement carried by O Globo newspaper. “The family says it wasn’t aware of the pregnancy.”Tiny Fernando de Noronha — an archipelago famous for its wildlife preserve and with a population of just over 3,000 — doesn’t authorize births because there’s no maternity ward, O Globo reported.Expectant mothers are told to travel to the mainland, where the nearest big city is Natal, 227 miles (365 km) across the ocean.The unidentified mother in Saturday’s birth has another child who was born on the mainland, but told O Globo that this time she “didn’t feel anything” during her pregnancy.”On Friday night I had pains and when I went to the bathroom I saw something coming down between my legs. That’s when the child’s father came and picked it up. It was a baby, a girl. I was dumbstruck.”last_img read more

UPDATE Irma Causes 4th South Carolina Death

first_imgThe Latest on Irma (all times local):1:50 p.m.Authorities say Irma has caused a fourth death in South Carolina when a city worker drove off the road during heavy rains.Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson says 48-year-old Arthur Strudwick died after a single-vehicle crash Monday night.Columbia police said they believe weather was a factor. Police said it appears Strudwick lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road, striking a tree, during windy and rainy conditions.Wilson says Strudwick was pronounced dead at a hospital. The worker for the forestry division of the city’s Public Works Department had been on his way to help with a downed tree when he crashed.Three other deaths in South Carolina have been attributed to the storm. Share Many Caribbean islands were hardest-hit by #Irma, accounting for the majority of storm-related deaths— ABC News (@ABC) September 11, 2017___1:40 p.m.An American Airlines flight was the first to arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday morning after the airport was shut down for three days during Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.The busy South Florida airport usually handles about 800 flights a day, but was handling about half as many Tuesday.Airport spokesman Greg Meyer said the airport was ramping up its capacity.About 2,800 flights have been cancelled since Thursday, including 356 on Tuesday.Both runways were operational and were not damaged. But out of an abundance of caution the airport was only using the south runway because of standing water between the taxi and the runway on the north runway.Airport staff, including TSA and vendors, arrived around 4 a.m. Many workers were diverted to customer service positions to help stranded passengers, including those who were stuck on cruise ships at sea.___1:15 p.m.People on the Georgia coast are facing their second round of expensive storm repairs in less than a year thanks to Tropical Storm Irma.When Irma arrived Monday, Joey Spalding of Tybee Island was still finishing flood damage repairs from when Hurricane Matthew hit last October. The new storm pushed 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water into Spalding’s house at high tide. He waded into waist-deep floodwaters in the street.Spalding says new drywall, insulation and flooring installed after Matthew is now ruined and needs to be replaced.Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman says Irma caused worse flooding on the island than Matthew. He estimates roughly 200 homes got flooded by both storms. Storm surge and heavy rain from Irma caused flooding all along the Georgia coast.___1:00 p.m.Gov. Roy Cooper said forestry crews equipped with chain saws and some National Guard soldiers are helping clear roads in parts of western North Carolina affected by the remnants of Hurricane Irma.Cooper said Tuesday that the crews were working mostly in Buncombe, Jackson and Macon counties. Buncombe County includes Asheville.The governor said the state had five emergency shelters open Monday night and they had about 80 people in them at midnight.Cooper said two rescue teams have been sent to Florida to help with recovery there.___12:55 p.m.A third death in South Carolina has been attributed to Hurricane Irma.Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. says 54-year-old William McBride was pronounced dead Tuesday of carbon monoxide poisoning.Baker says McBride had been running a generator inside his mobile home for at least several hours, with only a single window cracked for ventilation.Baker says power was knocked out in some parts of the county at around 8:30 p.m. Monday.Baker says McBride’s sons found him Tuesday morning and called authorities.___12:45 p.m.Emergency response aircraft have places to land in the Florida Keys.Monroe County officials said Tuesday that airports in Key West and Marathon, as well as the Navy base in Key West, were operational — but only emergency response flights were allowed.Authorities were working to reopen three hospitals in the Keys. Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, in the Upper Keys, was found to have water damage that delayed reopening.Three air ambulances that rode out the storm in Alabama will be returning to the Keys and begin flying for medical emergencies.The county said two 300-foot stretches of road that were washed out by Irma at the 75 and 38 mile markers were expected to be repaired Tuesday.Shelters are being opened where food and water would be distributed. The locations include at a Key West shopping plaza, a school near the point of landfall on Cudjoe Key, the high school in Marathon and along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Key Deer Refuge.___12:10 p.m.Florida’s largest utility says much of the state’s east coast could have power back by Sunday, but other areas could take 10 days or more.Rob Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for Florida Power & Light, said Tuesday that the utility expects to have power on for most customers along the state’s eastern coast by the end of this weekend.Gould said it would take until the end of Sept. 22 to restore power along the state’s western coast where the damage was much more severe. He did say that some areas hit by tornadoes or flooding may take longer.FPL says that 2.8 million homes and businesses are without power throughout its service area as of Tuesday.Utility officials say they have nearly 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort. FPL says it has gotten crews from as far away as Canada to California.___11:55 a.m.A convoy of federal emergency management trucks was preparing to head to Florida from an Alabama staging area to help with Irma recovery.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has scheduled 180 trucks to depart Alabama for Florida on Tuesday. That’s according to Richard Brewer, the director of external affairs for FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.FEMA had staged 930 tractor-trailer trucks at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery ahead of the storm’s arrival.FEMA maintains large stores of food, bottled water, medical supplies, cots and blankets that are pre-packed and strategically placed at locations throughout the United States. Those supplies were pre-staged on semi-trucks so they can be driven into the disaster zone after the storm passes.__11:35 a.m.Beyond the luxurious mansions and beachfront resorts are thousands of Florida Keys residents living on the brink of poverty. Advocates say these are the people facing massive hurdles as hurricane clean up begins.Stephanie Kaple runs the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless. She says many people who work in hotels and restaurants are already living paycheck to paycheck.The string of tropical islands that stretch south from Florida, connected by bridges, are home to about 70,000 people, with about 13 percent living in poverty.In addition to providing shelter and recovery service, Kaple said her organization helps prevent homelessness by paying emergency rent, air conditioner repairs and medical bills for community members in need.She said that despite support from the United Way and Monroe County, those funds, post hurricane, will soon be running out.___11:30 a.m.The remnants of Irma toppled trees and power lines in Alabama, leaving thousands without electricity, but didn’t appear to cause major damage.Alabama Power Co., the state’s largest provider of electricity, reported that on Tuesday morning that 20,000 households and businesses were without power. The power outages were concentrated in the eastern portion of the state.Irma, at tropical storm status, pelted the state with cold rain and wind gusts as high as 45 mph on Monday. Rains and wind began to dissipate on Tuesday.Several school systems remained closed on Tuesday after official announced two days of closures ahead of the storm’s approach.___11:25 a.m.Miami Beach’s mayor said hospitals, police and fire stations were getting power restored first.But Mayor Philip Levine also said he sympathized with residents who lacked relief from the heat in the barrier island city across the water from downtown Miami.Levine said in an emailed statement Tuesday that he would exert what pressure he could on Florida Power and Light to do repairs as fast as possible for residents.Levine said: “I promise you that I will use the full force of my office to continue to put pressure on FPL to get our community’s power restored so we can return to normalcy.”___11:20 a.m.The remnants of Hurricane Irma blew down trees and caused power outages in southeastern Tennessee, causing some school districts to close or delay classes.Crews were out Tuesday morning clearing trees off some roadways, and a local electric company was working to restore power to homes. No injuries have been reported.Meanwhile, officials in Nashville deactivated the city’s emergency operations center around 1 a.m. Tuesday, about five hours after partially activating it.The National Weather Service in Nashville called Irma’s impact “underwhelming” and said while the next couple of days will be rainy and breezy, warmer temperatures are expected to return on Friday, when the high is projected to reach the mid-80s.___11:15 a.m.Police across Florida are warning of scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said in a news release that two men posing as power company workers stole nearly $13,000 in jewelry from a 95-year-old woman.Slater says the woman was sitting in her living room with the front door open Monday afternoon when the men walked in. They told the woman they were checking switches to restore power. She told police one man remained in the living room while she escorted the other man through the house, flipping light switches.According to a police report, the men told the woman her power would come on shortly. She later discovered that her jewelry and some cash had been stolen.Police say there is no reason for anyone with a power company to enter individual homes at this time. Any power company officials will be credentialed and most will be driving vehicles marked with company signage.___11:05 a.m.South Carolina officials say a man was killed in a wreck on a wet and windy interstate as Irma moved past.Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said 21-year-old Zhen Tain died in the crash on Interstate 77 east of Columbia around 3:15 p.m. Monday.Troopers say Tain crashed into another car and his Ford Mustang flipped, trapping him inside. Authorities say the second driver was taken to the hospital. Her condition was not known.Troopers say the wreck is still under investigation.The National Weather Service says there was heavy rain in Columbia with wind gusts around 40 mph when the wreck happened.Tain is the second person killed in South Carolina during Irma. Authorities say a man was hit by a falling limb while clearing debris near his home Monday afternoon in Calhoun Falls.Smith says Tain was driving too fast for conditions losing control on the wet road, hitting the other vehicle before flipping over on its roof, trapping Tain inside.___10:50 a.m.Florida’s governor says that bridges linking the Florida Keys appeared to escape serious damage from Hurricane Irma, but more time is needed to finish inspections.Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that officials continue to check the 42 Overseas Highway bridges that link the Florida Keys together. He said none appear seriously damaged but that “we’re not sure that on the bridges we should be putting on significant weight.”Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the Upper Keys. But there was a roadblock preventing people from accessing islands further away while repairs and inspections continue.__10:25 a.m.NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida remains closed, but appears to have weathered Hurricane Irma well.The same holds true at adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Inspection crews were out in full force Tuesday.Power has been restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service is out. Until that’s restored, Kennedy will stay closed to non-essential personnel.Over at Kennedy’s tourist area, life-size replicas of the space shuttle fuel tank and booster rockets were still standing outside the home of shuttle Atlantis. No major damage has been reported at the visitor complex.Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, who’s in charge of Air Force operations says, “We dodged another bullet.” Last October, Hurricane Matthew stayed safely off shore. On Monday, Irma remained well to the west of Cape Canaveral.___9:55 a.m.Officials in Miami Beach allowed residents to return to their homes Tuesday morning after Hurricane Irma pounded Florida with wind and rain.A long line of cars amassed on Interstate 195 at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, waiting for the road blocks to be taken down.The entryways have been blocked since Sunday night so crews could remove numerous downed branches from main arteries and clear debris.To re-enter the beach, residents must show a state ID or other proof of residency.___9:55 a.m.The Public Prosecutor’s office in Dutch St. Maarten says police and soldiers there have put an end to what it calls “large-scale robberies and looting” in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The office released a statement saying it doesn’t know how many people have been arrested but that some accused of minor offenses have been released and some have been assigned to help the Caribbean island clean up from the ravages of the storm.The government only has enough space to detain only those accused of the most serious offenses.The statement released Tuesday says authorities there have photos and videos of suspects involved in looting and robbery and will be working with the public to identify them in the coming days.___9 a.m.Jacksonville sheriff’s officials said on Twitter that 356 people were rescued from flooding on Monday as Hurricane Irma moved over Florida.And they tweeted some advice for them: “We hope the 356 people who had their lives saved yesterday will take evacuation orders seriously in the future.”Sheriff’s officials also said that all bridges leading into downtown Jacksonville have re-opened.They noted that many roads are still blocked or flooded Tuesday morning and motorist are urged to treat intersections without working red lights as four-way stops.___9 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron said the government’s “top priority” is to help the populations return to normal life in French Caribbean territories that have been hit by Hurricane Irma.Macron said in a news conference in Pointe-a-Pitre airport, in Guadeloupe, that a major air bridge is bringing emergency aid and rescuers to St. Martin and St. Barts islands.He added that about 1,900 police and troops are now on the ground to ensure security in St. Martin, one of the hardest-hit islands where 11 people were killed.Macron said power was restored in about 50 percent of homes in St. Martin. He also hoped some schools will be able to open as soon as next week. All of the island’s schools have been damaged or destroyed.Macron is now heading to St. Martin to meet with residents. He’ll then go to St. Barts.___9 a.m.FEMA Administrator Brock Long says the Florida Keys “took the brunt of the hit” from Hurricane Irma and it will take time to survey the damage there before residents there can return.In a news conference Tuesday, Long says of Monroe County: “A majority of the homes there have been impacted in some way” with homes destroyed or damaged.Long says Irma damage is more complex than Hurricane Harvey, affecting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida’s Seminole Tribe, which relies on the federal government for disaster relief.___8:30 a.m.Federal officials are warning of possible fuel shortages in the Southeast because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Last week, the Homeland Security Department issued a week-long waiver on federal restrictions of foreign vessels so they could help distribute fuel. Officials noted this action should help, but urged patience.Christopher Krebs, head of infrastructure protection for the Homeland Security Department, told reporters Tuesday that Harvey took a “significant amount” of the nation’s refining capacity offline and affected distribution. “As a result,” he said, “there may be some fuel supply shortages throughout the Southeast.”___8:30 a.m.Millions of people across Florida remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Florida’s Division of Emergency Management reported Tuesday morning that more than 5 million customers didn’t have electricity. That’s more than half of the state.The number of actual people affected is likely much higher since utilities are reporting the number of accounts affected by outages.Some areas such as Collier County, the location of the storm’s second landfall, report more that more than 90 percent of homes and businesses are without electricity.___7:55 a.m.The mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, says his city has the money it needs to begin rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.Mayor Lenny Curry tells NBC’s “Today” that his city is on firm financial ground. He says it can begin rebuilding as it works with the federal and state governments to secure additional funding.Curry says he doesn’t have an estimate for what it will cost to repair the damage.In Washington, Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says officials are keeping an eye on flooding in Jacksonville from the St. John River.Long says authorities are still conducting “life-safety” missions in Jacksonville due to the severe flooding.Mayor Curry says the flooding could take weeks to subside.___7:55 a.m.Federal officials say their focus Tuesday in storm-ravaged Florida will be on deploying aircraft to survey the damage and orchestrate any needed rescues.They’re warning residents not to return home until local authorities declare their area safe.Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke told reporters in Washington “our No. 1 concern today is with saving lives.”Duke says weather is cooperating, and the Defense Department and other federal agencies are contributing resources. She says: “We are working to get as many aircraft in the air as possible.”Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says of Irma damage: “This is going to be a frustrating event” and it will likely be “some time” before people are allowed back into their homes.___7:55 a.m.A 55-year-old Florida man died when the chain saw he was using to clear trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma became entangled in a branch, causing it to kick up and cut his carotid artery.Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said in a news release that Wilfredo Hernandez was clearing trees in Tampa on Monday afternoon when the accident occurred.Nunez said deputies used a harness to lower the man from the tree, but he died at the scene.___7:35 a.m.Officials in the upper Florida Keys are allowing residents and business owners to return after Hurricane Irma.People were able to return to Monroe County as of 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday.In a Facebook posting, Monroe County officials said a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership will be required.County officials said a roadblock will be put around mile marker 74, where part of U.S. 1 was washed out by Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the state Sunday as a Category 4 storm. A road crew is expected to begin repairs Tuesday.Officials warned returning residents that there are limited services available. Most areas are still without power and water and cellphone service is limited. Most gas stations in the Key Largo area are still closed.Crews are working to clear U.S. 1, the only road that runs north/south through the Florida Keys.County officials also said Mariners Hospital in Tavernier was expected to reopen Tuesday morning.___7:35 a.m.More than 1.2 million customers in Georgia are without power after Irma swirled into the state.Georgia Power will be starting to assess damages on Tuesday. The utility company says much of the state including coastal Georgia and metro Atlanta experienced the most outages after parts of the state received widespread damage caused by high winds and heavy rainfall.Georgia Power says Fulton County currently has the most outages with 105,390.By early Tuesday, Georgia Power has nearly 800,000 outages and EMC has around 466,000 customers without power.The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has resumed service Tuesday, but limited routes. The transportation company will have rail service running in 20-minute intervals.___7:35 a.m.Tropical Storm Irma no longer exists but she left plenty of problems in South Carolina.More than 220,000 customers were without electricity early Tuesday. Duke Energy reported the biggest problems with 100,000 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Anderson and Greenville counties.The South Carolina Electric Cooperatives report that about 63,000 customers are without service. The biggest problems are in Oconee and Charleston counties.South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had 58,000 customers without service early Tuesday. The major problems were in Charleston and Beaufort counties.Many schools in South Carolina are closed or opening on a delayed schedule Tuesday.At least one person died. Fifty-seven-year-old Charles Saxon was killed Monday afternoon by a tree limb while clearing debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls.___7:15 a.m.The 600 monkeys, birds and other animals at Miami’s Jungle Island made it through Hurricane Irma just fine. But the park sustained a lot of tree damage.The park’s managing director Christopher Gould tells the Miami Herald the tree damage was worse than in Hurricane Andrew. “We have weeks of work ahead of us to overcome this type of damage,” he said.Gould said he’s not sure when the park will reopen. He says workers are still estimating the damage.After Hurricane Andrew, the park — which was then called Parrot Jungle — suffered nearly $5 million in damage and was closed for three weeks.The animals rode out the storm secured in hurricane-proof enclosures. Gould says there were specialists on hand to help the animals deal with the stress. All of the animals were back in their habitats by Monday.___6:45 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Guadeloupe, the first step of his visit to French Caribbean islands hammered by Hurricane Irma.Macron is meeting in Pointe-a-Pitre airport with rescuers and local authorities officials to discuss the support and aid they can bring to nearby St. Martin and St. Barts islands, the hardest-hit by the storm.He’ll then be heading to St. Martin to meet with residents, and then to St. Barts.Macron’s plane is bringing water, food and tons of medicines and emergency equipment. The president is also being accompanied by doctors and experts who will be in charge of evaluating the damage.___5:55 a.m.The airport for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has re-opened Tuesday morning after closing as Hurricane Irma pounded the state.Operations at the airport resumed at 4 a.m. EDT, but a check of the airport’s website Tuesday morning showed many flights still canceled.Meanwhile, the Miami International Airport said in a tweet that it will resume operations on a limited basis Tuesday. But the airport said passengers should contact their airlines to check on flight status before coming.Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, which first hit the state Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.___2:15 a.m.Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma’s vicious path of destruction across the peninsula.The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark. Communication and access were cut and authorities dangled only vague assessments of ruinous impact.Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm “devastating” after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys.A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in search-and-rescue efforts.The governor described overturned mobile homes, washed-ashore boats and rampant flood damage.Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with three in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.last_img read more

WATCH Christmas Brings Northeast Blizzard Bitter Cold In Midwest

first_imgThe good news for many in the Northeast and Midwest was that it has been a white Christmas. The bad news was that a blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest.Even the usually rainy Pacific Northwest got the white stuff. The National Weather Service says it’s only the sixth time since 1884 that downtown Portland had measurable snow — only an inch or two — on a Dec. 25.A blizzard warning was issued Monday for portions of Maine and New Hampshire, with forecasters saying snow of up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) and wind gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph) could make travel “dangerous to impossible.”Photo via Twitter @ChattyKathy715A blizzard warning was issued Monday for portions of Maine and New Hampshire.Most businesses were already shuttered on Christmas Day in New England. One of the few open was The Tobacconist cigar shop in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where area-resident Dwayne Doherty said he welcomed the fresh blanket of snow.“I’m actually happy,” he said, chuckling as he made his way to his pick-up. “We haven’t had snow on Christmas at all in the last few years. It’s actually perfect.”States from Montana and the Dakotas to Wisconsin expected wind chill temperatures in places at 40 below zero (40 below Celsius), the National Weather Service said. The upper half of Iowa and northern Illinois also braced for subzero temperatures.Minnesota was experiencing its most frigid Christmas Day since 1996, with wind chills as cold as 35 degrees below zero, KSTP-TV reported. The National Weather Service warned that those whose skin was exposed in such conditions could get frostbite in as little as 15 minutes.Snow amounts in the Midwest were not large for this time of year. A storm system that swept from Nebraska through Iowa dropped around 2 inches of snow on Chicago, the weather service said.That was just enough to provide a picturesque backdrop for those gathering for Christmas dinners in the Chicago area. But it wasn’t enough to cause havoc either on roadway or airport runaways.Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was reporting just six cancelations and average delays of only 15 minutes around noon Monday. There were no cancellations at the city’s other major airport, Midway, and delays were less than 15 minutes on average.The nation’s third largest city had comparatively little snow for the season until the weekend — just over 2 inches (5 centimeters) in all, the National Weather Service said.The city of Milwaukee had 103 salt trucks treating slick spots Monday, according to WITI-TV. The trucks were using treated salt that’s deployed when temperatures drop below 15 degrees.In addition to slowing travel in New England, the storm was responsible for some power outages. Eversource reported more than 20,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts without electricity, the bulk on Cape Cod which was feeling the brunt of strong winds.Most of Indiana had been under winter weather advisory with officials urging motorists to stay put unless they absolutely had to travel. Northern Indiana had been expecting up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) with slightly less in the southern part of the state.New England was expected to get up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow. Strong winds were predicted for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with gusts up to 65 mph (105 kph).Mountain areas in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming received more than 1 foot (30 centimeters) of snow, which started Saturday. It was good news for holiday skiers and resorts which have struggled with a slow start this season.But it meant a heightened warning of avalanches in higher elevations outside of ski areas. Sharelast_img read more

Houston Participates In Small Business Week

first_img#SmallBusinessWeek is a time to recognize, celebrate & collaborate w/our small business community, which is the backbone of this great city. About 99% of Houston’s businesses are considered small by our partners at the Small Business Administration—we will hear from them today— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018 Belen Bailey —through hard work, ingenuity and a bit of luck— Belen turned a side business into the dessert shop “Sweets by Belen” in Gulfton—helping make a “Complete Community” a bit sweeter. #SmallBusinessWeek— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018 Sharecenter_img Photo: City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity via Twitter @HoustonOBODuring an event held at City Hall on April 30, 2018, and coinciding with Houston’s participation in Small Business Week, Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) talks about how entrepreneurs can help develop his Complete Communities initiative.Houston is participating in the National Small Business Week, which features a series of events and workshops for small business owners, as well as entrepreneurs.During an announcement made at City Hall, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner noted that small businesses are vital for the Complete Communities initiative, which he has made one of the cornerstones of his administration.Turner explained that the concept of Complete Communities aims for all Houston’s neighborhoods having access to quality education, affordable housing, transportation options and economic opportunity with an ultimate goal of creating “sustainable, complete neighborhoods that are safe, affordable and economically viable and that’s where small business owners come in, it is their investment that helps create jobs in these complete communities.”One of the most important elements of what is happening in Houston during Small Business Week is ‘Innovation Week,’ which is a series of workshops and events that provide information on a multitude of topics ranging from business law to web design.Tim Jeffcoat, district director of the Small Business Administration (SBA), underlined at the mayor’s announcement that 99 percent of Houston’s businesses are considered small by the SBA.Jeffcoat said that one of the main tasks of the SBA is connecting entrepreneurs or people who want to start a small business with funding sources and highlighted that “last year, we guaranteed loans just under a billion dollars” in the Houston area.The City’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), which helps entrepreneurs with applications for permits, as well as workshops, free legal resources and business resource guides, plays an important role in Small Business Week.Carlecia Wright, director of the OBO, also noted during the mayor’s announcement that “currently, there are more than 3,300 minority women businesses registered with the Office of Business Opportunity bidding for work with the City of Houston.”Happy #SmallBusinessWeek! #SmallBizWeek— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 30, 2018last_img read more

Kurt L Schmoke becomes 8th president of University of Baltimore

first_imgKurt L. Schmoke (Photo by Dr. A. Lois De Laine)Returning to his roots in Charm City, former three-term Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke begins a new chapter at the helm of his Alma Mater, and the city’s namesake university, The University of Baltimore.The Investiture began with a prelude, “Shiny Stockings” performed by Knights of Jazz, Baltimore City College, Schmoke’s high school,and the invocation given by Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid III, Schmoke’s brother who is a member of University System of Maryland Board of Regents and senior pastor, Bethel AME Church.In the keynote remarks, President Schmoke paid tribute to Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor University System of Maryland, and Robert L. Bogomolny, president Emeritus, University of Baltimore and Dr. H. Mebane Turner for their leadership in hiring first-class faculty who are committed to the students and the institution.Mr. Schmoke indicated that “Over the past eight (8) months I have learned a lot, and I have lot more to learn; some include the complex nature of the job.” Schmoke continued, “In my experience, however, there is one major similarity that matters: parking and snow removal.” “Everything else is great!”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday April 21

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: review of some of the top news stories of the week directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Lawsuit Student Told Her Skin was too Dark to Perform

first_imgBy The Associated PressOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school’s dance team after being told her skin was “too dark” and would clash with the color of the team’s costumes.Camille Sturdivant also alleges she was subjected to racial discrimination and ostracized after she complained about how she was treated in the Blue Valley School District, The Kansas City Star reported.Sturdivant graduated in May 2018 from Blue Valley Northwest High School, where she was one of two Black students on the 14-member Dazzlers dance team. The lawsuit alleges the team’s choreographer made the comments about her dark skin in 2017, and that the team’s coach was fired because of racial comments she made about Sturdivant in text messages with the choreographer.The Blue Valley school district released a statement Wednesday confirming that Sturdivant showed the principal the text messages and that the coach’s employment ended the next day.The district didn’t specifically address other allegations in the lawsuit, but said: “The District expects staff to treat all students with respect at all times, and any report that this expectation has not been fulfilled is taken very seriously.”Sturdivant alleges she saw text messages between the two when she was given the coach’s phone to play music for the team. The texts discussed how Sturdivant had been named to the Golden Girls dance team at the University of Missouri for the next year, with the coach and choreographer expressing distaste for the decision. The coach also used an expletive when saying she believed Sturdivant was chosen because she was Black, according to the lawsuit.Sturdivant showed the texts to her parents, who showed them to the school’s principal, Amy Pressly. The coach was fired the next day. The lawsuit alleges the coach was also told she could not be on school property or have contact with Sturdivant or any other member of the dance team, but that she was seen at the school and with members of the dance team several times.Sturdivant alleges her family was told the team banquet paid for by parents was canceled, but that she later learned the fired coach and all the other dancers ate together on the County Club Plaza on the same date as the canceled banquet.All the members of the dance team except Sturdivant and the other Black member wore ribbons during their last performance with their former coach’s initials, CL. The two Black team members also were excluded from team photos taken after the event on school property, according to the lawsuit.Along with the school district, the lawsuit also names Pressly, the parent of another dancer on the team and a teacher.Sturdivant is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.___Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.comlast_img read more

BMW shows handsfree driving on Autobahn w video

first_img Volkswagen announces ‘Temporary Auto Pilot’ with advanced features The video message was that the car was capable of driving on its own in certain circumstances but the driver is the one responsible, and the driver must be able to take over the driving task at all times. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “The car adheres to all traffic laws,” assured the moderator. With the CDC system, the car can brake, accelerate and pass other vehicles while analyzing the traffic conditions. This BMW system uses radar, cameras, laser scanners, and ultrasound distance sensors to get the information it needs.According to BMW the system can also steer the car to pass a slower vehicle. If the car senses there’s a slow mover in front of it, it will search for an open lane where it can safely merge, pass the slow car, and return to the original lane. “Our main challenge was to develop algorithms that can handle entirely new situations. In principle, the system works on all freeways that we have mapped out beforehand with [a] centimeter accuracy,” said Nico Kaempchen, project manager of Highly Automated Driving. at BMW Group Research and Technology. This is no out of the box prototype destined for car showrooms in 2013, however. The video, with its cautious comments about driverless driving and a needed driver, is nowhere near showoff mode as to how the driver can just leave the driving to the vehicle tomorrow. The Autobahn feat was to show a system that might be available ten to 15 years from now, or, as the BMW put it, a “technology study” for use in advancing existing technologies.Overall, the European vendor approach in self-driving cars is not an aggressive play for headlines but rather a promotion of “driver-assistance” technologies that will incrementally lead to more and more driving automation.Driverless technology, say industry observers, will first show its face as a luxury option for high end cars before settling into the mainstream marketplace.Auto makers are selling cars with adaptive cruise control which applies the brakes during highway driving if traffic slows. BMW, according to Technology Review, will work on that kind of capability in its upcoming i3 series of electric cars. The company will offer a “traffic-jam feature” that allows the car to speed up, slow down, and steer on its own at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, as long as the driver leaves a hand on the wheel. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: BMW shows hands-free driving on Autobahn (w/ video) (2012, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Move over, Google, or better still, stay off the Autobahn, best not to interfere with the main show, which now stars BMW and its technology feats with self-driving cars. BMW has been drawing press interest in its recent show of what will be possible in self-driving cars 10 to 15 years from now. BMW had announced in August its “ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) system. This week, a video was released showing a BMW on CDC realtime. BMW put it on the Autobahn, along with a human driver who nonetheless kept hands off the wheel of the car, a BMW 5 series model. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more