Podcast: The Top ScienceNOWs of 2013

first_imgAt the end of every year, we here at ScienceNOW pick some of our favorite and most popular stories of the last 12 months. Here’s an audio wrap-up of some of them.Listen to the full Science podcast.Hear more podcasts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Three U.S. Citizens Sue TCS Over Alleged Bias Towards Indian Workers

first_imgThree U.S. citizens have sued Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), alleging that the Indian IT company prefers Indians and South Asians over American workers. The three employees of two different companies have asked for jury trial and sought punitive compensations from TCS. Darryl Stacy, Donald Stephan Bradley and Hesham Hafez filed a complaint in the District Court of New Jersey last month, alleging that TCS prefers to bring employees on visa even when trained U.S. citizens are available in the country, the Economic Times reported. They also accused the company of discriminating against them and favoring Indians and South Asians while hiring locally.  “TCS’ president for North America Surya Kant and vice president and head of human resources Narasimhan Srinivasan devised and implemented a nationwide ‘leadership directive’ to utilize TCS’s visa-ready South Asian employees (also known as ‘expats’) to the ‘maximum extent’ when filling US positions,” the complaint said, according to the report.  The company has denied the allegations as “baseless,” saying that it “is confident that it will successfully defend itself,” a TCS spokesperson told ET in an email.“Indeed, the federal court in California previously rejected a class-action for hiring discrimination by the same law firm concerning TCS’ hiring practices, citing the same issues,” the spokesperson added. TCS had earlier got embroiled in a legal battle over alleged discrimination overseas in 2015, when employees of a company named Southern California Edison accused it in an anti-American bias case, which is in pre-trial stages. Another case was filed in 2016, in which a U.S. citizen alleged that TCS discriminates against employees on the basis of race, gender and national origin. This case was dismissed in February 2017.  It is also not the only Indian company facing such allegations. An ex-employee of HCL Technologies in the United States filed a lawsuit last month, accusing the firm of preferring South Asian workers over Americans. Earlier this year, another U.S. citizen accused Indian technology firm Wipro for engaging in a practice of systematic termination of work of its American employees, in favor of Indian workers. These allegations from U.S. workers come at a time when the Trump administration is stressing over its “Buy American and Hire Americans” executive order. It has also enhanced scrutiny over issuing H-1B visas and directed officials to apply the same level of scrutiny for H-1B visa extension requests as the other sought-after visas. Related ItemsTCSUnited Stateslast_img read more

PH lifter Perez bags 3 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 18-year-old Delos Santos, who also hails from Diaz’s hometown of Zamboanga City, snared the three silvers in women’s 58kg category of the Asian Inter-Club with a combined lift of 177kg (81kg in the snatch and 96kg in clean and jerk).Nabieva Muattar of Uzbekistan ruled their division with a total effort of 197kg while Yu Won Ju of Korea placed third with 169kg. Delos Santos earned the bronzes in the Asian Cup.Ando settled for three silver medals after putting together 198kg in the women’s 63kg of the Asian Inter-Club.The Cebuana, who placed fifth in the recent Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan carried 85kg in the snatch and 113kg in the clean and jerk.Ando got three bronzes in the Asian Cup won by Fayzullaeva Kumushkhon of Uzbekistan following a combined effort of 201kg.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion ONE: Torres lone Filipino to win in Myanmar card Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLifter Elien Rose Perez captured three gold medals in the 2017 Asian Senior Cup Weightlifting Championships in Yanggu, South Korea.The prized find from Tagbilaran City, Bohol topped the women’s 53kg division after carrying 71 kilograms in the snatch and 87kg in the clean and jerk for a total output of 158.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Perez, a criminology student at University of Bohol, defeated Nepal’s Sanju Chaudhary, who pulled up 61kg in the snatch and 77kg in the clean and jerk to compile 138kg for the silver medal.A protege of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Perez also brought home three silvers in the Asian Inter-Club meet of the same tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPark Da Ae of Korea ruled their division in the inter-club by lifting 75kg in the snatch and 96kg in the clean and jerk.Maria Dessa Delos Santos and Elreen Ann Ando likewise made the country proud by pocketing three silvers and three bronzes each in their respective weight categories. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Want Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid forever, says Zinedine Zidane

first_imgAfter seeing Cristiano Ronaldo pick up a fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the Portuguese forward as the greatest player ever.”Yes. His numbers speak for it, both in terms of what he has done and what’s still to come,” Zidane said when asked if he felt his number seven was the best of all time.”I want him here forever. He’s really happy in Madrid and he’ll finish his career here, he said it himself. There’s no more words you can use to describe Cristiano. What he does is phenomenal.”A player could come here, spend 20 years playing in this side and still not achieve what he’s done. I hope he continues making history here until he retires.”Winner of the prestigious award himself in 1998 after leading France to World Cup glory, Zidane was deferential when quizzed on his own achievements compared to those of Ronaldo.”I was definitely better!” he jokingly told a news conference. “You know what I think, he’s miles better, but I didn’t have a bad career either.”Speaking before the visit of Sevilla, who sit level with Real on 28 points in La Liga, on Saturday, the Frenchman revealed that the club’s defensive crisis is easing.While he will be without three of his first-choice back four – Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane – due to a combination of injury and suspension, reserve centre back Jesus Vallejo has recovered from a knock.Varane, who limped off on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund, only has a minor problem and will travel to the Club World Cup next week.advertisementGareth Bale, however, remains absent and Zidane is unsure as to whether the Welsh forward will feature in Saudi Arabia as Madrid bid to defend their title.last_img read more

Oberlin: The Basel star who rejected Man Utd

first_imgBasel v Manchester United Who is Dimitri Oberlin? The on-loan Basel forward who rejected Man Utd Peter McVitie Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dimitri Oberlin Basel Getty Images Basel v Manchester United Basel Real Madrid Manchester United Super League UEFA Champions League Opinion The 20-year-old has attracted a great deal of interest from Europe’s top sides and some believe he should already be at one of them Attracting interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus at the age of 20 might seem premature but, for Dimitri Oberlin, it’s been a long time coming.The 20-year-old attacker has been touted as a potential superstar since the age of 15 but his reputation as a difficult talent to manage saw him struggle to get his professional career going.Oberlin 13/5 to score v United Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Cameroon-born forward, who can operate up front or out wide, has flourished this season at Basel after joining on loan from Red Bull Salzburg and it has taken just a few months for him to re-establish his reputation as a special talent capable of reaching great heights.A quick, skilful and impulsive player whose best position is hard to define, Oberlin is already playing below his level according to some.”If Oberlin had done everything right, today he would be at one of the 10 best clubs in Europe,” Remo Gaugler, Basel team planner, says of a player who rejected the chance to join United’s Under-18s a few years ago and turned down Bundesliga hot shots RB Leipzig too.A key part of a Basel side who are pushing for second place in their Champions League group, his first full season in senior football is shaping up to be a great breakthrough year.Dimitri Oberlin BaselOberlin often plays up front or on the wing, where he holds his position when Basel defend deep in their own half, but his great pace and directness see him move into the centre high up the pitch where he is most threatening.He tends to go straight to top speed, as if the sprint button is always down on his FIFA 18 controller, and it often hinders him as he loses control and allows defenders to stop him at decisive moments.When it goes well, though, he can produce magic.After clearing a corner from the six-yard box against Benfica this season, he raced upfield at mind-blowing speed to get behind the last defender, take on a through ball and slot past Julio Cesar. It was an exceptional goal and the highlight of his integral role in the 5-0 Champions League win.  Earlier, the Switzerland U21 international Injected pace into a Basel attack when he stole it from a team-mate on the wing, burst into the centre and set up a shot with a nice pass. He then rushed in to square the rebound for Michael Lang to open the scoring.GFX Info Dimitri Oberlin Basel quoteHe made it a perfect 20th birthday in the second half when he pounced on a terrible pass and knocked the ball beyond the initial tackle, relying on his great acceleration to get back on track to fire home.The youngster also looked bright in a 30-minute substitute appearance against CSKA Moscow. He made it 2-0 in the 90th minute when he took on a pass and beat the keeper, but only a few seconds after blasting a glorious opportunity over the bar, among other missed chances.His record of six goals in 17 games in all competitions is good for a player in and out of the starting XI, and he is clearly still a raw talent. His three goals in four Champions League game shows he is more effective when Basel are playing a more counter-attacking style than in the Super League, where opponents sit deeper.Oberlin has been inconsistent as a result, but Basel boss Raphael Wicky sees value in his erratic style even at his worst.“I don’t think [he is frustrating],” he told Basler Zeitung. “Because no matter how Dimi plays, always and everywhere in the box he offers me one thing: a high degree of intensity.“Players like Oberlin don’t always know themselves what will happen next. They act instinctively. That makes them unpredictable, this sometimes causes nerves, but above all it is a strength. Dimitri will become calmer and clearer as he grows with experience.”The support Basel have given him has provided a stability he has lacked over most of his career so far.He moved from Cameroon to Switzerland at the age of nine with his younger brother to be with his mother and stepfather. At 14, he joined a village team and was referred to as a “godsend” and a “serpent” by his coach as he slithered past opponents.He soon went to Zurich where he was prolific in the youth team, attracting an offer from Manchester United, and making his first-team debut at 16, playing one minute in the last game of the season.Dimitri Oberlin BaselThe next campaign passed him by as he grew frustrated with his place in Zurich’s reserves despite the growing attention from other teams and soon left the club.Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg snapped him up in 2015 and although he scored in his second league game and made a few substitute appearances, he was dropped to their feeder club Liefering in the second tier.He knocked RB Leipzig back to spend 2016-17 on loan at Austrian Bundesliga side Altach, where a record of nine goals in 21 games helped propel them to the top of the league at the turn of the year.Salzburg’s decision to recall him in January sparked accusations they were just weakening a rival by taking away their best attacker, but his improvement had indeed been noted and he scored on his first game back. After a few more appearances, he suffered an injury and was ruled out for six weeks.”Oberlin is very sensitive, an extraordinary player who needs exceptional support. He needs affection and space. If you give it a lot, you get a lot back,” Altach sporting director Georg Zellhofer told Neue Zurcher Zeitung. Basel have so far found a good balance for Oberlin and made a smart move in taking him with an option to buy as he is showing more of his potential. The player has been vindicated, too, in his decisions to reject Man Utd and RB Leipzig along the way to chase first-team football at a good level.“Oberlin moves somewhere between genius and madness,” Swiss newspaper Aargauer Zeitung declared.At this rate, we will likely see much more of the former as he develops.last_img read more

Vegas Computer’s Score Predictions For Week 1’s Biggest Games

first_imgA pylon at the CFP National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 1 of the 2018 college football season is finally here. Two days from now, the action gets started.There are big games all weekend long. College football is on display in prime time on Sunday and Monday, not just Saturday.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 1.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games, including a two pretty big upsets.Score prediction for Stanford-San Diego State.score prediction from OddsShark.score prediction from OddsShark.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.last_img read more

Yemen Shuts Down Ports amid Air Strikes

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationcenter_img zoom Yemen shut down all major ports on Thursday amid bomb strikes launched by the Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports.Local sources in Yemen confirmed the closure, according to  Al Arabiya News.The ports in question include Aden, Al Mukalla, Al Mokha and Al Hudaydah. It has not been informed when the ports might be expected to open.Saudi Arabia bombed positions of Houthi militias, a rebel force believed to be backed by Iran on Thursday morning. The Houthi militias had already overthrown President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and were working to oust him. The move by the Saudi Arabia, one of the major exporters of oil, is seen as a way of thwarting spreading of Iranian influence in the region.Intensifying armed clashes and political instability in Yemen have raised concerns of the maritime world fearing that the conflict might result in closing of the shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden, in particular in Bab el-Mandeb passage.Around 4 million barrels are transported through the Bab el-Mandeb passage on daily basis.A potential closure of the passage would bring about delays and considerable hike in costs.“If an escalating conflict results in the closure of the Bab el-Mandeb Straits, tankers from the Persian Gulf would be unable to reach the Suez Canal and the SUMED Pipeline, diverting them around the southern tip of Africa, a journey of at least 40 days,” Reuters cited shipping analyst Natasha Boyden with MLV & Co as saying.Four Egyptian naval vessels forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden on Thursday, as informed by Arab News.The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it was coordinating military efforts with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in responding to the ongoing situation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Funding Continues for After the Bell Program

first_imgYoung people are taking part in lifesaving sport, dance and other physical activities through After the Bell programs. Environment Minister Margaret Miller, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, March 31, more than $14,000 in funding for after-school activities in East Hants, Middle Musquodoboit and Shubenacadie. In lifesaving sport, people first learn lifesaving skills and then use them in competition. The sport encourages lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the water. “I have lots of fun – it’s making us stronger, but we have fun while doing it. It’s also becoming more popular which is awesome because we have more people for relays,” said Megan James, a 15-year-old participant in the Lifesaving Sport League program. After the Bell aims to increase physical activity in 12-to-15- year-olds, the years of greatest decline in physical activity. The priority is to involve girls. Research shows just 21 per cent of girls meet the standard of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Last year, 79 per cent of the 1,958 After the Bell participants were girls. “Physical activity can build confidence, friendships, and most importantly healthy habits,” said Ms. Miller. “I’m pleased that with the After the Bell program, young people can get active close to home.” Groups that receive After the Bell funding can decide which activities they would like to run based on the needs of their communities. Government is investing $282,000 in After the Bell projects in 67 communities across the province.last_img read more

It is time to reboot Canadas tax and benefit system

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.It is time to reboot Canada’s tax and benefit system: it discourages work effort; it is not equipped for looming demographic challenges; and it is not ready for the changing nature of work brought on by the “fourth industrial revolution” and artificial intelligence (AI). Most importantly, if this “revolution” increases inequality and people do not perceive they are getting value for their tax dollar, such as access to suitable benefits when they need them, then any ensuing rise in inequality is likely to create greater societal tensions.Let’s take each in turn.As you earn more, you work more. Right? Well, up to a point. Work effort is determined by a number of factors, including ability to control hours of work, job satisfaction, benefits, location, whether other family members are working, availability of child care, minimum wages and so on.It also critically depends on income taxes and other payroll and social security charges.Income taxes affect the net take home pay so will impact the decision on how much to work. Currently high income workers in Canada face very high marginal tax rates — over 50 per cent. This means that for each additional dollar earned, workers take home less than 50 cents. This not only discourages work effort, it encourages workers, especially the highly skilled, to seek jobs in lower tax jurisdictions. In other words, outside the country.It is not just high-income earners who are affected, however: even though low earners pay lower taxes, the complex interaction between taxes, income and benefits can create “welfare walls” that also discourage work effort. Innovation Nation: How to boost adoption of AI — ethically Innovation Nation: Why CEOs support basic income Read the full Innovation Nation series here Against this background, it is well known that Canada, along with other advanced economies, faces slowing population growth. In this context, policies — even if well intended — should minimize disincentives to work more.To be sure, these are all long-standing issues that can require difficult trade-offs. But there are two new reasons for a renewed focus: the gig economy and AI.The gig economy is characterized by short-term contracts or freelance work — so-called “gigs,” as opposed to permanent jobs. While contract work is not new, platforms such as Uber, Fiverr and Freelancer allow even far-flung workers to fulfill advertised gigs. Nor does gig work apply only to low-skilled, repetitive jobs.For gig workers outside the country, employers are typically not responsible for either taxes or other social security charges — which can tilt hiring decisions in their favour. Conversely, local gig workers may not be eligible for standard domestic benefits such as paid vacation, additional sickness and pension benefits and so on.Interwoven with the gig economy is the rise of AI. Together, they may profoundly change the nature of work, including the displacement of workers — or greater job-to-job changes over a working lifetime, inter-spaced with periods of unemployment or training.As it stands, our tax and benefit system is not set up for this. We need to take a step back and reboot the system so that it is suitable for the future of work.First, as discussed in Automation and the Future of Work: Scenarios and Policy Options, a paper released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the longer gaps between employment brought on by the gig economy and AI will require governments to have better and different social safety nets. This could include exploring a universal basic income with a view to completely overhaul the current system.As CIGI President Rohinton P. Medhora writes in Rethinking Policy in a Digital World, benefits also need to become person-centred, versus job-centred.Second, if automation displaces labour, income and payroll tax revenue will also decrease. However, governments still need to recoup these costs, and as a result a large share of taxes will need to be collected elsewhere. This might include a greater shift towards indirect taxes, as well as greater taxation of “negative externalities” such as pollution. But layering in new taxes will not be enough: the tax system will need a complete redesign.Third, gig employment and entrepreneurship are closely related. One way to ensure that the gig economy maximizes societal benefit is to boost entrepreneurial skills — such creativity and problem solving — so that workers in gig jobs are equipped for success. This will require a re-think of our education and training systems.This will not be an easy undertaking, but delaying these changes will only make a situation that is not sustainable even worse and potentially create greater societal tensions.Bob Fay is the director of CIGI’s Global Economy Program. read more

Annual Escarpment clean up event

In time for Earth Day tomorrow, hundreds of volunteers were out to do their part to clean-up the environment.The annual escarpment project is the largest of its kind in Canada.Volunteers put on their boots and gloves, ready to pick up trash and debris along waterfalls, stairs and trails in the Hamilton area.The Spring clean up event first started at the Devil’s Punch Bowl in 2011 with just a hundred people.Its founder, Greg Lenko says he anticipated about a thousand people to come out today.The city provides volunteers with garbage bags and supplies are provided by sponsors of the project.During the first year the event took place, they finished with an overflowing dumpster and ten pickup trucks full of garbage. read more

In phone call Ban and Kenyan President discuss governments decision to close

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed deep appreciation to President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya for decades of generous hospitality to significant populations of asylum-seekers and refugees. “The Secretary-General assured President Kenyatta that he appreciated the enormous task and responsibility involved in hosting large numbers of refugees, amidst daunting security challenges,” the statement said, noting that Mr. Ban also urged the President to continue to use the 2013 Tripartite Agreement, signed with Somalia and the Office of the UN high Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as a basis for the voluntary return of Somali refugees in safety and dignity. Mr. Ban in the statement went on to express the United Nations support to Kenya, including the proposal by the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, that a high-level bilateral review on the refugee situation in Kenya be conducted by the Government of Kenya and UNHCR.In the phone call, the Secretary-General mentioned that the Deputy Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Refugees would visit Kenya at the end of May. “They look forward to discussing this issue forward with the Government of Kenya, and will underline the readiness of the United Nations to garner the support of the international community in addressing Kenya’s refugee challenges, with consideration for the host communities in Kenya as well as the sub-regional security concerns, the statement concluded.On 6 May, Kenya’s Ministry of Interior said that the Government had disbanded its Department of Refugee Affairs and was working on a mechanism for the closure of the country’s refugee camps – a decision that could affect as many as 600,000 people, according to UNHCR. read more

UN chief calls for far greater support for Cyclone Idai response

Secondary flooding risk threatens areas inlandIn Buzi, south-west of Beira, some of the flood levels are starting to recede, “but there is still risk of secondary floods and the situation may still worsen,” the OCHA spokesperson said. “Many people from Buzi have been relocated through search and rescue to other areas but for those that remain, we need to get them by any means possible.”Hervé Verhoosel from the World Food Programme (WFP) underlined the critical need for funding from countries and concerned individuals.“Now that the world is beginning to grasp the scale of devastation and despair in the wake of Cyclone Idai, we as an international community are at a crucial moment to act,” he said.“WFP and partners have been rushing to assist tens of thousands who have lost everything, but as the immense scale of the damage is becoming clearer the numbers of people in need are rapidly increasing, and more must be done. The World Food Programme needs urgent financial support from governments and individuals to reach hundreds of thousands with immediate life-saving assistance.” Quoting her, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac in Geneva said that “the situation on the ground remains critical and there is no electricity or running water. Hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help. The priority right now is to give them shelter, food, water, education, protection.”As the destructive scale of Idai unfolds – and with vast areas under water and search and rescue missions ongoing – the UN has appealed for urgent assistance from the international community at a “crucial moment” in the humanitarian response.For Mozambique alone, the World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking more than $121 million to help 1.7 million people affected through the next three months.Hundreds of families in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have lost everything because of #CycloneIdai.The @UN is on the ground providing life-saving assistance. But you can help too ➡️— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) March 21, 2019 Describing how we was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and heart-wrenching images of human suffering” in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, António Guterres also praised rescue teams “who have been working around the clock to save thousands of lives” in desperately challenging conditions.“These heroes have not only rescued families off roofs, but are also delivering food, water purification tablets and other life-saving humanitarian assistance to survivors after communities have literally been washed away,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.“What is needed now are funds to support the response in the days, weeks and months to come,” he insisted, noting that although the UN has already released $20 million from its emergency fund, “far greater international support is needed.”Echoing the UN chief’s comments, UN Children’s Fund Executive Director Henrietta Fore confirmed that the situation for survivors of Idai remains “desperate.”The UNICEF chief made her comments while visiting Mozambique, which was worst-hit by the flooding and devastation caused by 150 kilometre-per-hour winds. Improvised camps house thousands in desperate conditions“Right now, we are seeing thousands of people congregating in informal, improvised camps. Many of these informal camps are in desperate conditions,” said UNICEF’s Christophe Boulierac.While the search for survivors continues, field assessments have indicated the devastating scale of the immediate and long-term needs.In Mozambique, 11,400 houses have been completely destroyed and crop losses are extensive, according to OCHA. At least 385,000 hectares of crops have been damaged, “which will impact food security in the months ahead” spokesperson Jens Laerke warned.In the Mozambican port of Beira – the epicentre of the crisis – the situation remains critical, Mr. Laerke continued, with “destruction to schools…destruction to houses of worship, destruction to factories. The city is still without power, food prices have reportedly tripled with long queues forming for staples such as for bread and for fuel.” Tragic toll set to rise with many areas still inundatedThe official death toll in Mozambique has risen to at least 242 people, “but many areas remain inundated and tragically, the counting of the dead will take some time,” said UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Jens Laerke.“So, we do expect the death toll to rise as that progresses.”In Zimbabwe, authorities have reported 139 deaths and 189 people missing following flooding and the cyclone, while more than 4,300 people have been displaced.Malawi was impacted far less by the cyclone than by flooding that began on 5 March, which has nonetheless affected up to 920,000 people.Helicopters and boats crucial to humanitarian and rescue effort.According to OCHA, 11 helicopters from the UN and other nations are involved in operations, and more are on the way.Thirty boats are also involved in the humanitarian effort, funded by WFP.In worst-hit Mozambique, according to OCHA, at least 65,000 people are sheltering in more than 100 temporary sites across the provinces of Sofala (73), Manica (18), Zambezia (10) and Tete (4). Most people have found refuge in schools and churches.Food, safe drinking water and shelter are also urgently needed. read more

Body recovered in Humber Estuary seven weeks after the disappearance of Libby

A body has been recovered from the Humber Estuary nearly seven weeks after 21-year-old student Libby Squire went missing.The University of Hull student was last seen in the early hours of February 1 at the junction of Haworth Street and Beverley Road.A significant investigation was launched into her disappearance, with officers searching nearby playing fields and waterways.Police said that it is too early for any identification or even to confirm the gender of the individual.A Humberside Police said: “A body has been recovered from the Humber Estuary this afternoon, (Wednesday, 20 March), in close proximity to Grimsby Docks.“At this stage it is too early for any identification or confirmation of gender to be made.“Further information will be released as soon as we are in a position that we are able to do so.” 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

Harry Winks Tottenham must learn from Barcelona defeat

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have suffered defeats in both Champions League encounters this season, with the second loss arriving last night on home soil to Barcelona.The Blaugrana have stormed through the Wembley Stadium, sweeping the Spurs aside with a commanding 4-2 victory. Although the London outfit were outclassed by La Liga holders, some of the players in the home squad managed to exceed expectations.Harry Winks, the talented 22-year-old midfielder, who was thrust into starting role following Mousa Dembele’s injury showed glimpses of his immense potential.Incase you missed it during the game now take another look at this wonderful interception from Harry Winks.A player that grew into that second half for Spurs and showed again that capability to play on the world’s biggest stage.[@COYS_Com]#THFC— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) October 3, 2018David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In the post-match interview, the former England U21 international urged his teammates to learn a valuable lesson and implement that knowledge against PSV after the international break.The British publication, Inside Football, transcribed Winks’ words after the game.“We gave everything, especially in the second half,” he explained.“We started with doing the simple things, battling, fighting, showing heart, we created chances and scored twice. On any other day, it could have gone either way and we could have come away with the three points.“At one point I said to Coco [Erik Lamela] ‘one more chance here and we’ve got it’ and then at 3-3, it would be anyone’s game.“But then they get that opportunity to score and it’s so late, it kills you…a real kick in the teeth.“It’s something we have to learn from and hopefully we’ll go into the next couple of games, take that experience and win.”last_img read more

Man assaulted at dispensary in Chula Vista

first_img Posted: June 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A man was hospitalized with a gash to the head after an argument about ”free marijuana” erupted at a dispensary today, police said.Police arrested two people on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon outside of the business on the 900 block of Broadway at 2:18 p.m. Sunday, Lt. John English of the Chula Vista Police Department said.The unidentified victim went to the store to ask about an offer of ”free marijuana” he received from the business as a text message. Workers told him he had to buy something in the store to receive the free offer. An argument broke out between the man and store worker. As the would-be customer stepped out the door, a store security guard ”smacked the victim in the back of the head,” according to English. The weapon may have been a pipe, he said.Two others ran out of the store and continued to assault the victim, who was bleeding profusely from his head. After police arrived, the victim was taken to the hospital and two people were arrested.The business was shut down by police, who continued their search for the security guard wanted in the assault. KUSI Newsroom, Man assaulted at dispensary in Chula Vista June 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WSUV grad pushes hard for an education

first_img 906 total graduates.760 bachelor’s candidates.133 master’s candidates.13 doctoral candidates.• What: WSU Vancouver graduation. Covered, outdoor venue; umbrellas are not allowed. Concessions will be available. Accommodations for deaf and hearing-impaired guests will be available. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance.• When: 1 p.m. Saturday. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m.; seating opens at 11:30 a.m.• Where: Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.• Cost: Free, public event. No tickets required.• Information: WSUV commencementBecki Roggenkamp knew something was wrong with her toddler. He couldn’t carry a two-way conversation, and he made up words for objects. He was at the age to enter preschool, but he couldn’t sing a nursery rhyme or say his ABCs.“Specialists told me: ‘Brace yourself. He probably will never learn how to read or write,’” Roggenkamp said.They said Tanner Roggenkamp should plan to attend trade school and work as a manual laborer.“Thank goodness I was young and naive,” Becki Roggenkamp said. “My only thought was, ‘Well, what do we do about it?’”Instead of accepting that prognosis, she found help for her son.The La Center man is graduating from Washington State University Vancouver on Saturday with a bachelor of arts degree in human development.“It’s been a journey,” Becki Roggenkamp said. “Everything that came easily to others, he had to work twice as hard. I’m so proud of him.”Their pediatrician recommended that her son be tested at the Hearing and Speech Institute in Portland. The preschooler had a severe language delay called auditory processing disorder. Simply put, his ears and brain don’t work well together, so he can’t process information he hears the same way other people do.“It never really put me in a depressed state,” Tanner Roggenkamp said. “It just made me want to push hard and prove others wrong.” Tanner Roggenkamp, left, listens during a human development class at WSUV. Doctors and teachers said Roggenkamp probably would never learn how to read or write. He proved them wrong. He’s graduating Saturday from WSU Vancouver.last_img read more

Air stagnation advisory in effect across metroarea

first_imgVancouver — The National Weather Service in Portland on Monday announced an air stagnation advisory that includes much of Clark County.The advisory will be in effect from this evening to Friday afternoon, according to the weather service.Dominant high pressure and minimal winds will lead to stagnant air and deteriorating air quality later this week, forecasters said. The pattern will allow pollutants to accumulate in the air, which can cause adverse effects for some people.The Southwest Clean Air Agency, which monitors air quality in the area, had not yet announced a burn ban Monday.last_img read more

Work Ramped Up On New Houston Ship Channel Bridge

first_img– / 7The biggest public works project in Harris County history is stuck in the mud — and that’s a good thing.The Houston Chronicle reports crews are tying steel and drilling deep into the mud along the Houston Ship Channel — among the first steps of significant work to replace the bridge carrying the Sam Houston Tollway across the ship channel.When finished in the middle of the next decade, the bridge project will give drivers twice as many lanes, four in each direction, along with shoulders and a more gradual climb than the steep grade that anyone driving behind a heavy truck knows can be slow-going.“It’s one of the county’s great needs,” Commissioner Jack Morman said during a recent, soggy tour of the site where crews are planning for the massive foundations.Work started along the ship channel’s shoreline in April but has ramped up recently as crews assembled the massive cranes that commuters will see for the new few years.At roughly $1 billion, paid for via toll revenues, it is also county government’s most expensive single project in history. Morman said approving the expensive contract didn’t give him any concern, however.“It kind of put things in perspective, but no, I wasn’t worried,” he said, noting the explosive growth of the region and the need to make the tollway four lanes in each direction throughout Harris County.About 60,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. With a huge jump in truck traffic and commuters, officials expect that number to swell to 158,000 vehicles a day by 2035.The project launches with a long list of superlatives and a slight change from early descriptions. Plans call for replacing the Ship Channel Bridge with two one-way bridges of four lanes each. The twin spans will be side-by-side and connected at key points, such as at the two massive towers that hold all of the cables related to the cable-stay design.The towers will be among the tallest structures in the region, slightly taller than downtown’s Market Square Tower and slightly shorter than the Penzoil Place twin skyscrapers. The distance between the main towers, 1,320 feet, will make the bridges the sixth-longest main spans in the nation and second-longest in Texas, behind the new Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi set to open in 2020.Ship Channel Constructors, a joint venture of Traylor Bros. and Zachry Construction Corp., won the $962 million construction job. The cable-stay spans were designed by the Dallas office of Figg Bridge Group.Per terms of the contract with Harris County Toll Road Authority, or HCTRA, the companies declined to comment and referred questions to the toll road authority.Officials settled early on cable-stay, which features two large towers securely anchored to hold up the roadway, which is fused together and tied in places to the cables. The towers bear all the weight.The Harbor Bridge construction, which Harris County officials recently toured, is also cable-stayed. Figg was also the lead designer on that bridge, which like the Ship Channel replacement must cross a vast and active economic corridor.“For something with a span this long, it really is cost-wise the most effective,” said Steve Hague, project manager for the Ship Channel Bridge replacement with HNTB, which the county hired to oversee construction.Like suspension bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge in California, cable-stay bridges have a distinctive design and become major parts of the skyline around them.For Harris County, the aesthetic was an add-on, and there are plans to light the towers. But the primary goal was to have four lanes and shoulders for safety.“We definitely want function over form,” Morman said on a recent visit to the construction area.The two massive towers, forming what appears to be a double-X pattern, will dwarf the nearby plants and pipelines. East of Houston’s business district, the only thing taller — and by less than 55 feet — will be the San Jacinto Monument.In Houston, the bridges will be built separately, starting with the southbound span. That bridge will be completed and traffic moved onto it, so crews can then demolish the existing bridge and build the northbound span.When both are finished in 2024 or 2025, the tollway will be four lanes in each direction with 10-foot shoulders on each side, giving drivers two more lanes and some much-needed breathing room on the sides.“Thank you, Jesus,” Beth Harper, 60, said when told about the shoulders. “It’s terrifying, when there is a truck anywhere near you, to be on that bridge.”In many respects, the spans are a bigger and, officials say, better version of the Fred Hartman Bridge on Texas 146, another cable-stay bridge with two towering columns that carries traffic across the ship channel.The new project goes through one of the most active shipping lanes in the country. It also crosses 106 pipelines, some carrying chemicals so dastardly that specifics were not shared with toll road officials by federal homeland security authorities.Only two pipelines needed to be relocated because of the work.Add to that the fact toll road officials cannot simply shut down the tollway, and the new bridges are shaping to be one of the most complex construction projects ever considered in the Houston area.Yet construction is not expected to significantly slow down drivers.“It is going to take us about a year to get out of the ground,” said John Tyler, the toll road authority’s deputy director and head of its engineering operations.Despite the road and towers cutting an imposing figure along the ship channel, nearly half the concrete for the project will lie underground.To secure the towers in the swampy mud along the ship channel, crews will use 97 concrete shafts poured into the ground, 48 for the southern foundation and 49 for the northern foundation. Just as someone would dig a hole for a fencepost and let the ground do the work of securing the post and keeping it steady, the towers must be solidly grounded.That’s the job of the shafts, some embedded as far as 240 feet into the earth, that will lie beneath a 20-foot-tall concrete pedestal. It is from those that the towers will be constructed out of hollow concrete.“If it was solid, it’d weigh too much,” Tyler said.The project still has plenty of weight, notably in the roadway. The tollway approaching and across the bridge will be made of sections, allowing crews to put the pieces together. Think of it like a giant Lego set made of concrete, held together by wires.The segments, nearly 82 feet wide and 16 feet tall, are nine feet, three inches wide. Building from the two towers, crews will work their way farther from the towers, placing on segment on one side of the tower and then moving to the other side.“You will do one on one side and two on the other,” Tyler said.As they move away from the towers, there will be a total of 584 segments, with 128 of those connected to the wires and then locked to the others. There are eight segments until the next cable is placed.The segments weigh 125 tons each and will be pre-cast at the construction site. Because the pieces must fit and match exactly, connecting pieces will be cast together.The companies have leased vacant land adjacent to the job site where they will stack bridge sections until they are ready for use.Once the southbound bridge is up and ready for traffic in about four years, crews will shift vehicles to the new bridge — divided with two lanes in each direction — and demolish the existing bridge, built in 1982.“Really, in bridge age, it is a teenager,” Tyler said, explaining that officials decided for a total replacement as opposed to building a companion bridge because the current span is simply too narrow for four lanes with shoulders for safety.The current bridge will come down just as the new ones are going up — piece by piece. The bridge, once the longest box-girder bridge in the Western Hemisphere, will be sliced into pieces at the joints where it is built and removed, starting at the points furthest from the pillars supporting it.Crews will then work toward the pillars and eventually remove them.Building the bridges and tearing the current one down is hard enough, but crews will be doing it over one of the busiest shipping lanes in the country.“I don’t think switching the traffic (to the new bridge) is near as complex as the channel,” said lead engineer Mike Perez, senior staff engineer for HCTRA.At points when work is directly above the channel, regulations require ship traffic to cease. For businesses, that could disrupt operations, and make timing critical.Toll authority officials, the contractors, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Port of Houston and Houston Pilots Association are all involved in discussions.“We have been working with the pilots and port for four years,” Tyler said. “We learned a lot about shipping.”The various stakeholders agreed to limit closings to two, three-hour closings during the daytime, with a five-hour gap between closings, during every 24-hour period. At night, crews can close the channel for nine hours, with a 48-hour period between closures.The contract with Ship Channel Constructors allows for 42 closings for the southbound bridge, 42 closings for the northbound bridge and 33 for demolition of the existing bridge. The company has incentives to reduce the closings, with extra money available for every closing they can eliminate, down to 21 on each bridge.Any closings in addition to those allotted cost the company money.Morman said though complex, the new bridges are a huge boost for business around the ship channel and eastern Harris County.“It is huge for the port,” he said. “The extra capacity is coming as we know it is in demand. It seems like every year is a record year for the port.”The new bridge also helps keep traffic moving at highway speeds, eliminating a tight curve south of the bridge and reducing the steep 5 percent grade on both sides of the bridge that slow-climbing trucks and many cars.Perez said the new bridges will have a 3 percent grade on the south side and a 4 percent grade on the north, which while not sounding like much, helps keep highway speeds constant.Though the biggest single project for the county, the project cost is covered by toll revenues from the system and not taxpayer funds. County commissioners, acting as the executives of the toll road authority, approved the project.“This is a great example of how well a toll system is designed to work,” Morman said. “We would not be able to do projects like this if we had to wait on tax money.”?Though toll reliance by various local and state officials has rankled some drivers, Harris County’s system remains one of the most financially healthy in the nation. The agency collected $774 million in toll revenue during its fiscal year that ended Feb. 28, 2017, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. As of last year, the agency had $1.32 billion not committed to any of its outstanding debt.The $1.50 toll on the Ship Channel Bridge has not increased since the county toll authority took control from the defunct Texas Turnpike Authority in 1994. During other rate increases in 2007 and 2013, officials declined to increase the bridge price, saying it was already higher than others around the system.Morman said he does not expect a rate hike due to this construction project, a welcome sign to some drivers.“I feel like I’ve paid plenty,” said Fred Miller, 56, who commutes via carpool across the bridge five days a week to his job at a chemical company. “Seems to me after close to 20 years, I’ve done my part. . But it’ll be nice to have a new bridge.”Miller’s mood dampened when he learned he’d have to wait years.“Well, shucks, by then I hope I’m retired,” he said of a 2024 opening day. “I’ll come back to visit it, tell my grandkids ‘I paid for that.’”___Information from: Houston Chronicle, Sharelast_img read more

Analysis Dont Count Your Democratic Chickens until Theyre Elected

first_imgRick Mach via The Texas TribuneSan Antonio voters could provide an insurance seat in the Texas Senate for Republicans, who are at some risk of losing an incumbent or two in the 2018 elections.The GOP has a 20-11 advantage in the state Senate, if you count the chair left empty by the disgraced Carlos Uresti as a Democratic one. They’ll have a majority no matter what; they hope to have at least 19 votes — the number needed to bring legislation up for debate when the other party isn’t cooperating. Uresti resigned this year after he was convicted on multiple counts of fraud and money-laundering by a federal jury in San Antonio.Eight candidates vied for his seat Tuesday in a special election that is headed for a runoff this year. And getting a Republican candidate into that runoff — in a seat conventionally considered a Democratic one — could buy Republicans some room in a year when other seats are at risk.It would be an upset, to be sure, but the numbers aren’t as forbidding as you might expect.Democrats will be down a seat, temporarily, at the beginning of the regular legislative session in January. Because of state Sen. Sylvia Garcia’s decision not to officially resign until early that month, there’s a possibility her spot won’t be filled until after the start of the session. If a November election decides it (Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t set a date for the special election), that Houston-based district would have a senator when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 8, 2019; if it’s later, or if a runoff is needed, it won’t.That will be a footnote in this drama: The real danger is to the Republican supermajority now in place.Democrats are hoping to overtake one or more of three state senators who are arguably in districts that Democratic candidates could win: Konni Burton of Colleyville, Don Huffines of Dallas and Joan Huffman of Houston.Burton’s Senate District 10 is the closest thing to a swing district on the current Senate map. Burton won it four years ago with 52.8 percent of the vote in a year when the average statewide Republican was getting 54 percent, according to state election data. Burton’s results were similar to Greg Abbott’s in that district, which had previously been held by Democrat Wendy Davis — Abbott’s 2014 opponent. Two years later, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton there by 0.6 percentage points; the average statewide Republican that year got just 50.9 percent of the vote in SD-10. This year, Burton faces Democrat Beverly Powell in the general election.Huffines is up for re-election in a year in which his twin brother, Phillip, lost a bruising, negative and expensive primary race against Angela Paxton for a neighboring Senate seat in Dallas and Collin counties. That’s strike one. Strike two is that Dallas has steadily become bluer in each election cycle and is the epicenter of Democratic efforts to add seats to their Texas House delegation; half a dozen seats now held by Republicans are on the minority party’s target list. SD-16 leans more toward the GOP than Burton’s district, however, Trump lost to Clinton by more than 4 percentage points there. Huffines will face Democrat Nathan Johnson in November.Huffman is a bit lower on the alert list. Republican statewide candidates got 61.9 percent of the vote in Senate District 17 in 2014 and 53.6 percent in 2016. Trump won by 0.9 percentage points. Abbott won in 2014 by 21 percentage points. Her Democratic opponent is Rita Lucito; Lauren LaCount is the Libertarian Party nominee.The Republicans have fewer opportunities, or did, until Uresti resigned.Only three Democratic Senate incumbents are on the ballot in 2018, and all three — Kirk Watson of Austin, Royce West of Dallas and John Whitmire of Houston — are in safe Democratic districts.Garcia’s seat will be open, but it would take a miracle to get a Republican candidate into office from her district.The Uresti slot, however, opens a possibility if the GOP is lucky this year. The special election was held Tuesday, resulting in a runoff that will probably take place sometime in mid-to-late October.This has been Democratic territory for ages, but take a look at the numbers. Clinton beat Trump easily — by almost 12 percentage points. But Abbott beat Davis by a nose (0.1 percentage points) in 2014. Statewide Democratic candidates, on average, got 48.2 percent of the vote in 2014 and 51 percent of the vote in 2016.That — along with the rock-throwing and back-stabbing among the Democrats in the special election — is why Texas officeholders from Abbott to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick all jumped in to endorse Pete Flores, a Republican running in that eight-candidate pack. Flores ran against Uresti in 2016 and lost badly, with just 40.4 percent of the votes.Still there’s no risk to the Republican hotshots in supporting him. Special elections, with their small turnouts, sometimes produce unexpected results. And with the Republican supermajority in the Senate in play, the upside for Republicans in the next legislative session could be huge. Sharelast_img read more

Riders beware Govt to crack down on use of auxiliary LED lights

first_imgKolkata: The state government will initiate a drive to check installation of auxiliary LED lights in motorbikes. Fines would also be imposed if someone is caught using the same.Use of auxiliary LED lights on motorbikes leads to visibility problems for a rider/driver approaching from the opposite direction, as the latter get blinded due to the overtly bright illumination of the same.The issue has been raised by MLAs in the state Assembly on Wednesday. While giving a reply in this connection, Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said it is not permissible to install additional LED lights on motorbikes. Such lights are installed after registration of the two-wheelers. Steps would be taken to check the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the state Transport department had taken stringent measures against the use of LED lights and loud speakers in auto-rickshaws. With steps taken against the same, the use of the same in auto-rickshaws has almost stopped. Hardly any auto-rickshaw are found now, in which LED lights and loudspeakers are still installed.It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has already made driving licence mandatory to buy a motorbike. The step has been taken to check road accidents as it was found that many of the accident victims didn’t have driving licence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there is a section of youth who install additional LED lights on their motorbikes and they undertake the same only after registration of the vehicles. It may be mentioned that there are provisions of slapping fine against the use of additional LED lights as per the Motor Vehicles Act. The Transport department will also be urging police to take necessary steps against the same.The state Transport department has also undertaken a special drive from July 23 to 31 to check the condition of vehicles and in some cases it was found that wires of speedgovernors were disconnected by drivers to flout the permissible speed limit.last_img read more