Saganash says he wont get squeezed out in crowded NDP leadership field

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP leadership candidate Romeo Saganash says he’s getting more support as the days and months go by.The Cree MP from northern Quebec is running for the leadership of the NDP.Saganash worked on the landmark agreement between the James Bay Cree and the Quebec government and he was a key negotiator of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith sat down with the leadership candidate to talk about his campaign.last_img

Moroccan Student Gets Highest Baccalaureate Score in Italy

Rabat – A Moroccan student living in Italy obtained a 100% score on the Esame di Stato (state exam) in Italy, according to Moroccan news website Hespress.Mohammed Mosdaq received his Maturità diploma, the equivalent of the Baccalaureate diploma in Italy from one of the high schools of the Savona commune in the northern Italian region of Liguria on the Mediterranean Sea.Mosdaq told Hespress he was “happy with his accomplishment”, adding that he wants to share his happiness with his fellow Moroccans in order to “highlight the bright aspects of the Moroccan diaspora around the world. “I have made great efforts but what is important is to see that my work will bear fruit today and that my focus on studying did not go down the drain,” Mosdaq said.Although his score will allow him to be admitted in many colleges and universities of his choice, Mosdaq said that he wants to study either medicine or engineering.Mosdaq follows in the footsteps of many other Moroccan students living abroad who obtained the highest scores in their countries of residence.Last month, 17-year-old Moroccan student Myriam Radek obtained a 20/20 grade on the baccalaureate exams in Germany. In 2014, Myriam Bourhail received the highest baccalaureate exams score in France. Bourhail scored 21.03 out of 20. read more

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers  Morocco Crush Mali 60

Rabat – Morocco football teams has defeated Mali in a stunning 6-0 victory on Friday night in Rabat’s Moulay Abdellah Stadium in the third round of Africa’s Group C World Cup 2018 qualifiers.Throughout the 90 minutes the Moroccan squand was the dominent side with more ball possession and efficiency in scoring goals.Ajax Amsterdam’s midfielder, Hakim Ziyech, who made his comeback after months of absence due to tension with the French coach Hervé Renard, gave an outstanding performance scoring two goals and providing two key assissts to Yeni Malatyaspor’ striker Khalid Boutaib  18 years old Achraf Hakim, Real Madrid’s rising defender. Ziyech scored first in minute 19 thanks to a penalty kick. Eight minutes later, a combination between Ziyech and Feynord’s Karim El Ahmadi provided Boutaib with a golden opportunity to score the second goal.In minute 61 the due Ziyech teamed with Watford’s Nordin Amrabat to score the third goal when the former beautifuly gave the latter a back heel pass. Ziyech used his dribbling skills to pass through a Malian defendent before netting the third goal in the opposite corner of where the goal keeper was standing.Hakimi, making his debut with the Moroccan A team, stunned the Malian defense with a fourth goal where he received an assisst from Ziyech.Subsititues Fyçal Fajr, Getafe’s midfielder, and Mimoun Mahi’s FC Groningen striker, sealed the fate of the Malian team both in minutes 85 and 86. Fajr sent a beautiful shot in the left corner of the Malian goalkeeper while Mahi received a golden assist from Al Jazeera’s Mbarek Boussoufa to score an important goal in his debut withe the Moroccan squad.The Atlas Lions are due to head to Mali on Saturday ahead of their second game against the local team. Another victory will be crucial to preserve the chances of qualifying to the World Cup in Russia next summer knowing that Morocco has now five points from two draws against Ivory Coast and Gabon, and Friday’s incredible win against Mali. read more

Sierra Leone Government and rebel group agree to speed up disarmament

In a meeting held yesterday in Freetown, the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) also drew up a timetable for the completion of disarmament in the remaining districts of the country. The gathering, comprising representatives of the Government, UNAMSIL and the RUF, was chaired by Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, the head of the UN peacekeeping operation. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Solomon Berewa, and the chairman of the RUF’s Political and Peace Council, Omrie Golley, the parties agreed to complete disarmament in Koinadugu and Moyamba districts by 22 October, and in Bo and Bombali districts by 31 October. They also agreed to an accelerated schedule for the remainder of the process, with disarmament of the Western Area from 1 to 7 November, Tonkolili and Pujehun districts from 1 to 14 November, and Kenema and Kailahun districts from 15 to 30 November. Addressing the issue of shotguns not covered by the disarmament programme, the Government agreed to announce as soon as possible an initiative to collect all such weapons with the collaboration of UNAMSIL. The weapons collected by the Government will be kept by the UN operation in safe custody.The parties also agreed that commanders of the RUF and the government-backed Civil Defence Force (CDF) would disarm along with combatants in their respective districts and that the previously established criteria for group disarmament would be applied uniformly. Leaders from both parties undertook to inform their combatants clearly on the agreed criteria. The meeting welcomed the announcement by the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration that it had started payment of reinsertion benefits for ex-combatants and encouraged the Committee to accelerate the payment process. According to the communiqué, the Joint Committee meeting was held “in a remarkable atmosphere of cordiality and constructive dialogue.” The Committee’s next meeting will be held in Freetown on 8 November. read more

Knife crime offenders evade justice as murder rates soar

The numbers of people caught carrying a bladed weapon and who are then charged with possession has fallen in nearly every constabulary over the last four years. Knife crime offenders are escaping justice in areas of Britain with some of the highest murder rates, new figures show. The analysis of Home Office data will add to claims that police are struggling to cope with the rise in violent street crime. However, many of those forces in England and Wales that have seen the sharpest decline in charge rates have also suffered some of the highest murder statistics linked to stabbings. It will also renew calls for officers to be given emergency stop and search powers to help stem the knife crime epidemic…. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Austrian No1 Nikola Marinović Serbia and Russia are favourites – We fell

← Previous Story Serbs in huge trouble – Seven players miss from London on EHF EURO 2014 qual. start! Next Story → Marin Šego about Polish experience in Plock: “Kielce is better, but we won’t raise a white flag” Austrian handball teamDagur SigurdssonEHF EURO 2014Linz handballMagnus AnderssonNikola Marinović Experienced Austrian NT goalkeeper, Nikola Marinović talked for about chances of his team in the Qualifications for EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. Austria will meet Bosnia and Herzegovina in Round 1 in Linz. In this Group are also Serbia and Russia:– We are going in new qualification circle with some younger players, but we managed to keep experienced structure of the team. We haven’t lucky draw, two best teams from Pot 3 and Pot 4, European vice-champion Serbia is with us as well, but we will fight. Serbia and Russia are the favorites, but everything is changeable until the end of the week. It will be very interesting. Russia has a new coach and his good start in Play Off for WCh 2013, Serbs will play without captain Momir Ilić, Bosnians show great potential against Germany last June and we also provide a good resistance to Macedonians.What do you expect from the first match against BiH in Linz?– I expect to win. It won’t be easy, they are bigger names on the paper, but our advantages are teamwork and domestic fans. If we want to play in Demark, we have to beat all the teams at home.Rivals think that the biggest chance to take points abroad is in Austria…– It is easier to play here than in Sarajevo or Niš, but this isn’t a play-off, you have to play six matches…You had a “golden period” with Dagur Sigurdsson on the bench. Good result at EHF EURO 2010, quality performances and placement at WCh 2011, but then, Icelandic coach has to left Austrian team and you dropped again to average team…– It is true that Austrian team fell down after Dagur left us. We have qualified for WCh 2011 in Sweden and then came Magnus Andersson. We took point in Germany and beat Iceland at the start of EHF EURO 2012 qualification, but that was also a product of Dagur’s system and work. Then we changed Icelandic way of working for more relaxed, Swedish. We didn’t have success with him. That you could see in Sweden and on the end of EHF EURO 2012 qualifications. It is simple, Dagur had everything under control, as you can see in Fuchse Berlin now, while Andersson was “soft”, too quiet and inconspicuous near the line of playing court. That doesn’t suit to Austrian mentality – said Marinović, goalkeeper of the DKB Bundesliga HIT, HSG Wetzlar. read more

Fifa considering penalty shootouts with a difference for 2026 World Cup group

first_imgFifa considering penalty shootouts with a difference for 2026 World Cup group games Technical Director Marco van Basten has admitted US-style format may be introduced. Short URL 39 Comments Share31 Tweet Email1 SINCE IT WAS decided that the 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams, many have rounded on the fact that the proposed three-team group stage is problematic.The format lends itself to the possibility of the final round of fixtures being particularly chaotic as two teams may play out a mutually-beneficial result so both qualify for the next round.Fifa are aware of the concerns and are discussing various options – including using penalty shootouts in the group-stage.The iconic former Dutch striker Marco van Basten is the current Technical Director of football’s governing body and has admitted that shootouts – with a difference – could be used.Instead of the ball being placed 12 yards from goal, the kicker is 30 yards away and has eight seconds to try and score.The goalkeeper can come off his line but can’t leave his area. Source: MLS Archives/YouTubeThe template was used in the North American Soccer League in the 1970s and 1980s while it also featured in the early days of Major League Soccer.It’s still only a consideration though Fifa are aware something needs to be put in place to avoid embarrassment.United keen on £70 million Monaco star and the rest of today’s transfer gossipJesus is coming as City finally complete Brazilian’s signing 34,802 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Gero Breloer Image: Gero Breloer Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 9:37 PM By Eoin O’Callaghan Jan 19th 2017, 9:37 PM last_img read more

Team GB Paracycling counterbalances demanding work with personalised support

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Team GB Paracycling provides its athletes and employees with a range of personalised support measures in order to help staff manage high demand workloads in the professional sporting industry.Presenting the closing keynote address at the end of the first day of Employee Benefits Live 2017, Jon Norfolk, head coach at Team GB Paracycling, said: “So we’ve got a high pressure environment. But with that high pressure comes high support. […] Everybody’s support network needs to be very, very different and I think for athletes, to be very aware of what they’re good at, what they need support in, and that will determine what they’re support network looks like.”In his session, Norfolk highlighted three key principles that govern how Team GB Paracycling provide personalised support for its staff and athletes. This included having a people focus, where coaches and leaders have a personal understanding of their employees and athletes to understand what motivates them; in order to create the right environment for staff and athletes to perform to their full potential; and having systems in place that help management and coaches measure how employees and athletes are performing on a day-to-day basis to help track improvements and development opportunities.“We can determine if we’ve got the right people to achieve those performance, if we have the right systems in place to measure those performances, and basically [determine if] we are putting our eggs in the right basket and working on the right areas. From a top level point of view, I need to create a really sharp vision. We need to get people excited and motivated. What we’re asking athletes and our staff to do is a lot. We’re asking them to commit in work, out of work. It’s a big ask, a big demand so [we’ve] got to attach people to what that destination looks like and feels like and what the outcome[s] are,” Norfolk added.Norfolk used real-life case study examples to demonstrate how working practices in the sporting industry follow these guidelines to provide tailored support for athletes and staff. For example, ensuring that communications remain identical throughout training as well as on event day so that athletes know what to expect. This helps to provide a distraction-free environment that enables the athletes to perform at their best. For teams, individuals are communicated to on a one-to-one basis as well as collectively because this lets each athlete air their views and feelings without the potential prejudice or bias of being surrounding by their teammates, added Norfolk.“What we try and do is be proactive in what our training, racing and planning environments look like. [Employees] can choose what [their] environment looks like and feels like. [They] all have a comment on what’s it like to work where [they] work. We all have a choice on what our personal environment and work environment looks like and feels like,” he said.An employee’s ownership over their own job role is additionally something that is empowered within Team GB Paracycling. For example, parathletes were given the opportunity to suggest to coaches the method by which they would be selected for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games team, with only places for two out of five parathletes.Flexibility and the ability to adjust to change is also a key driver of work in the sporting industry. This is supported by technical systems and processes that help inform changes and development. Norfolk said: “If you can measure it, then there’s a process there. If you can measure it, you can improve it.” In addition, being able to adapt quickly to change also ensures that the organisation and athletes alike remain competitive, with any obstacles reacted to in a mindful way to protect against any negativity.He said: “We need to make sure that we develop good people as well as good cyclists. [Employers] have got to be aware of the obstacles and changes, but [employers] also have got to be very mindful of what you choose to do with those environments. It’s quite easy to react to change negatively, but to decide how [employers] want to react to something is a really powerful place to be.”last_img read more

Jagan Mohan Reddy to clear file to fill up posts in Ministers

first_imgAmaravati: Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is going to clear the file related to creation of posts at the Peshis of all Deputy Chief Ministers and Ministers within couple of days. After clearing this proposal, the General Administration Department will release the Government Order posting the officials. The sources at the Chief Minister’s Office informed that almost all the Ministers have sent the proposals for postings in their respective Peshis. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Government is going to provide an Officer on Special Duty, a Personal Secretary, Additional Personal Secretary, Personal Assistant, Data Entry Operator and a Public Relations Officer to each Cabinet Minister at their Peshis. Interestingly, Ajeya Kallam, Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister, has advised all the Ministers not to induct any officer who worked in the Peshis of previous government. Contrary to this orders, those who worked in the previous government have been occupying the positions at some ministers’ chambers and claiming that they have got assurance from the Minister concerned. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Some others, who worked as OSDs, PSs, PAs and Media Liaison Officers (PROs) have been requesting the Ministers for their reappointment in the Peshis. On the other hand, sources at CMO informed that Jagan has been taking feedback through Intelligence Department on those officials proposed by Ministers, before appointing them in the offices. Advertise With Us It is worth to mention here that though the Cabinet was formed on June 8, the Ministers have been discharging their duties without proper office staff. That indirectly has been showing impact on the performance of the Ministers. Though the visitors, MLAs and others have been bringing requests to get works executed by different departments, the Ministers have been finding it very difficult to get things done at the peshis, since there was no official staff available to discharge different duties.last_img read more

India puts BSF on alert along Bangladesh border

first_imgIndia`s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu on 26 February 2019. Reuters File PhotoIndia has put its Border Security Force (BSF) on alert at the Bangladesh border as tension is roiling in the region due to an ongoing India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir, reports UNB.The BSF has issued an alert and taken all preventive measures at the India-Bangladesh border, reports India’s national news agency PTI citing a BSF official.The measures aim to ensure “miscreants or terror elements” do not cross over taking advantage of the tension at the India-Pakistan border, the official said Wednesday.Bangladesh and West Bengal share about 2,216.7 km border, of which a large portion is unfenced.Patrolling in the riverine border areas of the Sundarbans has also been increased, the BSF official said.India and Pakistan both said they shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint.Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, the first time in history that two nuclear-armed powers have done so, while ground forces have exchanged fire in more than a dozen locations.Tensions have been running high since at least 40 Indian paramilitary police died in a 14 February suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.last_img

Venezuela opposition prepares for massive antiMaduro protests

first_imgThis handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency press office shows President Nicolas Maduro (C) attending military exercises at the Bolivarian National Guard Command in Macarao, Caracas, on 1 February, 2019. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido prepared Friday to crank up the pressure on embattled president Nicolas Maduro with a massive weekend protest to push for early elections as Washington warned the socialist leader had run out of time for negotiations.Major European countries have set a weekend deadline for Maduro to call such elections or they will join the United States in recognizing Guaido, the speaker of the national assembly, as Venezuela’s interim president.”Nicolas Maduro will do well not to test the resolve of the United States of America. Maduro’s tyranny must end and must end now,” US vice president Mike Pence warned at a rally of Venezuelan exiles in Miami.Saturday’s march will coincide with the ruling Socialist party’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the rise to power of Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s deceased predecessor.In a letter to the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay published Friday, Guaido ruled out any negotiations with Maduro unless they “start the transition process, culminating in the holding of free elections.”The tone was echoed by Pence in Miami.”Let me be very clear: this is no time for dialogue. This is time for action,” the vice president said. “The time has come to end Maduro’s dictatorship once and for all.”Pence also took aim at Maduro’s ally Cuba, for its “malign influence” in Venezuela and in leftist president Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua. “The time has come to liberate Venezuela from Cuba,” he said.Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Uruguay’s Tabare Vazquez have jointly called a conference in Montevideo next Thursday for “neutral” countries to discuss the crisis.Previous negotiations all had the same “unsatisfactory result,” Guaido wrote. “The dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has not changed its position. They have mocked the Venezuelan people to their face.”Clear goalGuaido called Saturday’s rally to coincide with one convened by government supporters to mark the late Chavez’s assumption of office as Venezuela’s president 2 February, 1999 at the head of a socialist movement.”We must all take to the streets of Venezuela and the world with a clear goal: to accompany the ultimatum given by members of the European Union,” Guaido said Thursday.”We are going to stage the biggest march in the history of Venezuela and our continent,” he added.In a speech at Caracas university, he said elite security forces went to his home to threaten his family, blaming the government of Maduro.The move heightened fears for the security of the 35-year-old National Assembly leader, who declared himself acting president last week in a bold challenge to Maduro’s authority.Earlier, European Parliament lawmakers recognized Guaido as the acting head of state — another step forward in his bid to force out the socialist leader who has presided over the oil-rich country’s economic collapse.Four major European powers — Britain, France, Germany and Spain — have said they will do so if Maduro fails to call presidential elections by the weekend.The last 10 days of political upheaval have exacerbated the general disarray in Venezuela, which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves but has suffered hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities.The UN says 2.3 million have fled the country, unleashing a migration crisis in South America.Dramatic turnThe dramatic turn against Maduro’s leftist regime culminated quickly, but it came after weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomacy including a hushed meeting in Washington with Guaido, who was quickly recognized by Washington as Venezuela’s president.However, Venezuela’s Supreme Court — dominated by regime loyalists — has frozen his assets and ordered him not to leave the country.Several opposition leaders have been jailed in recent years as Maduro cracked down on growing dissent in the Latin American country.During his speech, Guaido presented the broad outlines of a rescue plan for a country in economic meltdown.Part of the plan unveiled by the opposition leader and his economic advisor Jose Guerra is to end exchange controls in force since 2003 and renegotiate Venezuela’s estimated $150 billion debt.Guaido wrote in a New York Times op-ed published on Wednesday that “clandestine meetings” had been held with members of the armed forces and security forces, who he is trying to woo with an amnesty offer.But Guaido’s moves to court the military are fraught with risk. Last week fewer than 30 soldiers rose up against Maduro, precipitating protests that, according to the United Nations, ended with more than 40 dead and hundreds detained.So far, the military high command has remained loyal to Maduro.last_img read more

Houston Bar Association Helping Veterans includes update

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Angel Watkins served in the Navy for eight years. She’s been out of the service for almost as long. Dealing with a domestic situation involving her son, she didn’t know where to turn. She tried common channels like Child Protective Services.“CPS told me to communicate with the father and use age-appropriate discipline. So when he’s still coming back with bruises what can you do? What’s the next step to protect your child?” Watkins said.Despite a part-time job as a patient escort at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Angel was unaware that free legal assistance is offered to veterans courtesy the Houston Bar Association. Eventually she learned of the program through a social worker.The Bar has been assisting veterans since 2008. They hold free clinics at the VA Center every Friday afternoon. Andrew Lehmann oversees the program.“We have an ethos in the military that says, ‘Leave no man behind.’ So I feel like what I’m doing is trying to follow through on that ethos and leave no man behind. Nobody that struggles because of their service or is left behind because of it should go without legal services, and that’s what I’m trying to provide,” he says.An attorney and vet, Lehmann says the program has closed over 1,000 cases in the last year. And more than 500 attorneys have provided over 15,000 hours of legal service.Kevin Clark is an attorney with King & Spalding. He says a sense of patriotic duty drew him to the program.Clark was able to help the widow of a veteran who was being sued by a contractor hired by the city of Houston to bring her home up to code – and then fired by the city for not doing the work. When the contractor couldn’t sue Houston because of sovereign immunity, he sued Clark’s client.“He said I want all the money even though I didn’t do the work, and then turned around and sued this poor widow who didn’t have any money to pay him in the first place – that’s why the city was paying for this – and wanted all the money for work that he hadn’t done,” After nine months and a bench trial, Clark helped his client save her home.He thinks the case highlights the great need for what’s being done through the Veterans Legal Initiative. “These people should obviously win, but you kind of need a lawyer to get you over the line in a lot of cases.”According to a survey by the Department of Veteran Affairs, housing is the biggest issue for vets. Jennifer Jenkins is a former vet and attorney. She says without a place to call home, veterans too often fall into a downward spiral.“There’s mental health, there’s physical health, lack of opportunities. Once you’re at the point where you are homeless, applying for a job, being able to go to that job, being able to get to that job, you know it’s kind of putting the cart before the horse.” Jenkins says.With vets saying housing assistance is most important, it’s difficulty involving medical benefits that seems to grab the headlines.Abby Parson is also an attorney with King & Spalding. “The veteran’s process from my experience is almost a certain denial of all claims for one reason or another. And then appellate process where my client is currently sitting can take up to four years for one reason or another,” she says.Parsons is helping a vet that claims an inoculation by the Army in the 1960’s gave him Hepatitis C. He’s looking for financial compensation. Parsons says veterans need attorneys because the process is lengthy and difficult.Whatever the reason, the fact the program has helped over 14,000 vets in eight years, shows there’s a need. Angel Watkins’ reaction after attending a clinic highlights the relief a veteran can feel when provided free legal assistance.“I wish this would’ve been given back to me in April, but then I didn’t know. And I think that things will probably lighten up and some of the stress will come up off of me.” she says.The clinics are held Fridays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. 00:00 /03:27 Share X Listenlast_img read more

City Offers Cooling Plans for Homeless and Tourists during Extended Heatwave

first_imgDepartment of Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt along with other D.C. officials informed residents July 25 that special precautions were being put into place to protect all from the unusually hot climate conditions in the city. (Courtesy Photo)More than 500 residents and visitors to the District had to be treated for illnesses amid the escalating heat index, which forced city officials to roll out an extended plan to provide water and cooling locations as a safety precaution.  The D.C. government’s 2016 Heat Emergency Plan was released July 25. City officials, including  Department of Health (DOH) Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Keith Anderson, and Pecpo Holdings Senior Vice President Bill Gausman, told participants at the Greenleaf Recreation Center in Southwest that every possible contingency was covered for keeping residents and visitors safe.The level of humidity rising with the temperatures is making the heatwave dangerous to residents, because of the rising heat index values. The heat index is a temperature “adjustment” relative to the human body’s ability to cool itself to maintain internal temperature; the same concept as the wind chill in the colder months. The higher the amount of moisture in the air (reflected by a type of temperature called the dew point), the less sweat evaporates off the skin or evaporation which would have taken excess body heat with it.“Heat stroke is a serious illness characterized by a body temperature of greater than 105 degrees,” said Nesbitt. “Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heatstroke that may develop upon continued exposure to high temperatures. Both should be taken seriously.”For some residents, like Tony Vargas, who works construction, being outdoors is a requirement of his job, but beating the heat has proven a challenge for many on his contracting team.“We come out earlier than usual to try and get the most strenuous work done before the temperatures and humidity get really high, but even that has been a problem this week.  It’s getting oppressively hot by 10 a.m. and that means the bulk of the work is being done with the sun high,” Vargas told the AFRO.  “We have constant hydration mandates and so far the heat has not overwhelmed anyone to the point of illness, but it is very uncomfortable.”And with the consecutive days above the mid-90s with oppressive heat indexes, several agencies have streamlined their services to address the immobility some will face in accessing resources.For instance, to accommodate residents experiencing homelessness, low-barrier shelters will remain open 24/7 and the Adam’s Place Day Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. As they do during every heat emergency, United Planning Organization (UPO) vans will be canvassing various areas throughout the city for persons suffering from heat-related stress and to provide transport to one of the cooling centers.“Our spray parks are safer and more fun than opening fire hydrants,” Anderson said at the press conference.  “Opening fire hydrants is prohibited. You can get hurt and you are using water that our firefighters may need to use to save your home or your life.”The Capital Area Food Bank  also began delivering pallets of water throughout the D.C. area and set up a food and water distribution service for residents to take to their homes.“Our main business is food, but in times like these water is even more essential than usual,” said Marian Barton Peele, a senior director with the food bank, who advised those who are able-bodied to check on neighbors who may be elderly or infirmed, as well as children who may be unable to express their discomfort.Cooling centers will continue to open their doors early and maintain expanded hours, in addition to creating makeshift cooling centers at local libraries along the Metrorail lines throughout the heatwave.Residents and visitors can find cooling center locations and tips for keeping cool online at read more

You May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd At

first_img UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod Stay on target The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday announced new rules that would allow drones to fly over crowds of people and at night without waivers.Current Federal Aviation Administration regulations do not permit small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly after dark without official authorization.The program, detailed this week by DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, allows drones to fly at night. But only if the operator has received appropriate training and completed approved testing, and the drone is equipped with anti-collision lighting.Public feedback is welcome once the proposal is published in the Federal Register; the comment period will remain open for 60 days.“The Department is keenly aware that there are legitimate public concerns about drones, concerning safety, security, and privacy,” according to Chao. “Recent events overseas have underscored concerns about the potential for drones to disrupt aviation and the national airspace.”(Remember the days-long shutdown of the UK’s second-busiest airport following sightings of unmanned aerial vehicles?)“So along with this new proposed rule, the Department is finishing up two other proposals to address drone safety and national security,” she added.The UAS Safe and Secure ANPRM (advanced notice of proposed rulemaking) identifies major drone safety and security concerns, and will also be published in the Federal Register “as soon as possible,” with 60 days for public comment.In her final announcement, Chao revealed three commercial partners—Nevada UAS Test Site Smart Silver State, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, and Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership—that will develop technology to manage airspace for the DOT’s drone pilot programs.“Together, these three initiatives will be a major step forward in enabling the safe development, testing, and deployment of drones in our country,” she said.Well ahead of other autonomous technologies (i.e. self-driving cars), UAVs are already widely used by hobbyists and first responders, for rescue and recovery efforts and to inspect infrastructure.As of Dec. 14, 2018, there were nearly 1.3 million registered drones in the US, according to DOT, and more than 116,000 registered drone operators.More on Reveals Winners of Drone Photography ContestThis Horror Movie Is About a Possessed Killer DroneWatch: Drone Helps Rescue Deer From Frozen Lakelast_img read more

Sony Is All Fired Up At CES 2009 OLED Webbie Debut

first_img Other News From Sony:In other Sony news, there are no immediate plans to release a larger version of its XEL-1 11-inch OLED TV introduced at CES 2008. A prototype 21-inch non-flexible OLED TV was demonstrated with a .09 mm thin depth, 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio with a super fast response time. Additionally, Sony demonstrated a 27-inch OLED TV prototype, but no release date has been set. 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. ( — Sir Howard Stringer, CEO Sony introduced an improved prototype of the FLEX OLED display during his keynote address at CES 2009. The Flex OLED technology will in all probability be integrated into future portable devices. A previous video demonstration of the Flex OLED in 2007 showed a few unacceptable defects, characteristic of early stage development issues. The Flex OLED is still in the development stage, but observers agree the new and improved version is outstanding. Citation: Sony Is All Fired Up At CES 2009: OLED & Webbie Debut (2009, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Sony Webbiecenter_img Robots to the rhino rescue Sony showed off its new Webbie HD video/still camera with a 2.5inch LCD screen that uses a MPEG-4 format that will allow easy transfers to social networking sites and PCs. The Webbie has a 5x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom with a 270-degree swivel display. The Webbie comes in various designer colors and is available through Sony for $200. If you can wait, it will be available this Spring for $170. Sony’s entrance into the Netbook class is the new business envelope size Vaio P Series.The Sony Vaio P weighs only 1.4-pounds and will be available later this month. The most interesting features includes a 3G nationwide wireless network through Verizon. The Vaio P has 802.11, Bluetooth and real time GPS technology. If you live in the U.S. or Canada there is no need for an Internet connection. You can be connected wherever there is a cell phone signal. The stylish Vaio P has a great screen and a Sony Xross Media bar for easy access to all your media and a convenient Webcam. Sony is definitely on the Blu-ray band wagon as exemplified with the new PlayStation PSP and a social networking feature for its latest PS 3 Home Social Gaming Community. Sony plans significant growth in their Blu-ray technology despite ripples in the economy. Sony introduced its latest 240GB camcorder with an Exmor-R CMOS 12 MP sensor for still pictures and promises over 100-hours of video recording. The camcorder has Smile Shutter technology and GPS embedded technology for geo-tagging video. Sony seems fired up and ready to embrace 2009 with a real gusto.© 2009 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Study suggests dinosaurs killed off by more than one asteroid

first_img 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. Image credit: NASA. Professor David Jolley of Aberdeen University in Scotland, and Professor Simon Kelley of the Open University, led a team studying the Boltysh crater, which was discovered in 2002. The Boltysh crater is only 24 kilometers in diameter and therefore much smaller than the Chicxulub at over 180 km across.The team studied fossilized plant pollen and spores found in the mud that filled the Boltysh crater, and found that ferns colonised the area soon after the impact, but there was another colonisation a meter above the first, suggesting a second asteroid impact had occurred elsewhere causing repeat devastation. The researchers attributed this second spike, which occurred two to five thousand years later, to the aftermath of the Chicxulub impact.Ferns are known to colonise devastated areas rapidly after disasters, so layers of fern spores known as “fern spikes” are considered to be good indicators of impact events in the past.The theory that an asteroid impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and other species was first put forward in 1980, at which time it created a great deal of controversy until the crater at Chicxulub was discovered and dated to 65 million years ago. Other theories for the mass extinctions include enormous volcanic eruptions of the Deccan Traps in India about the same period that would have spewed toxic gases into the atmosphere. There is also a theory the asteroid impact triggered global earthquakes that in turn caused the Deccan Traps eruptions.Professor Kelley said it is possible evidence will be found in future for more impact events around the same time, suggesting dinosaurs and many other species may have been wiped out due to the effects of an asteroid shower lasting thousands of years. ( — Dinosaurs, along with over half of other species, became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period about 65.5 million years ago, and many scientists believe this was due to a single impact with an asteroid that hit at Chicxulub in the Gulf of Mexico. Now a study published in the Geology journal proposes the impact that produced the Boltysh crater in the Ukraine may also have been involved in the extinctions, and there may have been a shower of asteroids or comets. © 2010 New Blow for Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Theory Citation: Study suggests dinosaurs killed off by more than one asteroid (2010, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: Two large meteorite impacts at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, David Jolley et al., Geology, v. 38 no. 9 p. 835-838. doi:10.1130/G31034.1last_img read more

Delays expected as wide load set to travel through North Staffordshire and

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDelays are expected on roads in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire as a wide load travels through the region this weekend. The 491-ton transformer will be setting off from Alstom on Lichfield Road in Stafford at around 8am on Saturday (December 15). It will make its way down Weston Road and Beaconside before travelling up the A34 via Stone, Trent Vale, Newcastle town centre and Talke before crossing over into Cheshire – with traffic delays likely on surrounding routes. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Advanced warning – we will be escorting a wide load this Saturday at 8am from Stafford to the county border at Talke “Delays & diversions will happen as we move the 400+ ton power station generator safety through Staffordshire .” The load is expected to cross into Cheshire at Red Bull Traffic Lights at around 11.30am. Read MoreStaffordshire Police officer jailed for killing man in horror crash CAN return to work once he is freed A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Our Road Policing Team will collect it on the A34 near Red Bull Traffic lights at approximately 11.30 hours, this should take about 90 minutes to arrive at Browns Bank on the A54.” The load will be parked at Browns Bank, near Congleton, overnight before undertaking a six hour journey to the docks at Ellesmere Port in the west of the county on Sunday (December 16). The spokesman added: “This load will be setting off at approximately 08:00 hours from Browns Bank to Ellesmere Port Docks this should take approximately 6 hours to complete. “The route it takes is A54, A535, A50, B5082, A556, A54, A51, A41, A5117 M53 to Docks “Please divert or take an alternative route if you can, as the load may only travel at 10mph or less.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

Ready for a dive

first_imgRelated posts:To the streets we go, bearing lanterns Just another manic Monday… Waiting for the weekend Waiting for the perfect wave Ready to plunge into the week ahead (although probably not from this altitude)? Wishing you the best in whatever your endeavors this week from sunny Costa Rica.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img

MGIC Announces Additions to Sales Team

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Processing Service Providers 2014-02-14 Tory Barringer To help keep up with growing demand for private mortgage insurance, “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation””: (MGIC) announced the addition of six veteran industry professionals to its sales team.[IMAGE]Bolstering MGIC’s ranks are Rob Deters, Christie Buff, Carl Benefield, Trey Waters, Laura Plunkett, and Andrew Amenson.A mortgage veteran of 24 years, Deters has worked with large national lenders and local credit unions, giving him broad experience in specific issues facing different types of lenders. He is MGIC’s account manager for Central Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Ohio.Managing accounts in Western Florida is Buff, who has worked in housing for 27 years. Throughout her career, she has worked as a wholesale account executive, a loan producer, and a licensed real estate salesperson. [COLUMN_BREAK]Benefield brings 21 years of industry experience to his new role as account manager for Lousiana. Having started his career as a credit officer and loan officer, he eventually transitioned to wholesale account executive. He also has direct consumer lending experience as co-owner of a mortgage company.Waters has spent 11 years in the mortgage industry and has worked as a loan officer, a business development manager in mortgage technology, and a mortgage insurance account executive. He is now overseeing Arkansas and Oklahoma as account manager.Plunkett has taken over as account representative for Northern California and Nevada. She has extensive experience as an account executive, focusing on wholesale lending.Finally, Amenson was named account representative for Arizona and New Mexico. He has been with MGIC since 2003, serving most recently as a member of the inside sales team.””Rob, Christie, Carl, Trey, Laura and Andrew bring with them a depth of knowledge in the mortgage market,”” said Cheryl Webb, SVP of field operations for MGIC. “”Their well-rounded experience is invaluable for helping customers maximize the benefits of mortgage insurance at a time when mortgage finance is adjusting to both market and regulatory changes.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing MGIC Announces Additions to Sales Teamcenter_img February 14, 2014 473 Views Sharelast_img read more