Marshlands will be managed more efficiently with amendments introduced to the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act today, April 30. The act allows management of dykes and marshlands in the province for agriculture. The proposed amendments were identified by the marshland administrator. “Marshlands are an important part of agriculture and the landscape of Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Agriculture. “These changes are primarily administrative, but they will ensure that the act is current and addresses the existing needs for marshland management.” Some of the changes include permitting marshland owners to form groups to collectively manage the marshland, as well as allowing construction, repair and maintenance to protect, drain and improve marshlands. The province took over management of marshlands from the federal government in 1967.
New Delhi: Over 80 cases of malaria have been reported in Delhi this year so far, more than double the number of people affected by dengue, a municipal report released on Monday showed. About 39 of these malaria cases have been recorded in July. According to the report, till July 27 this year, 34 cases of dengue have been reported — 12 in July, 11 in June, three in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data on vector-borne diseases in the city. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November but the period may stretch to mid-December. Also, of the 83 cases of malaria, 35 were recorded in June, eight in May and one in April. And 19 cases of chikungunya nine in July, five in June, two in February and one each in March, April and May have been recorded. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The dengue victims last year included a minor boy. Three of the victims were identified as Aman Tiwari (13), Sanskriti (21) and Gagan (23). Doctors have advised people to take precautions and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus usually breed there, a doctor said. Civic bodies had also organised a workshop recently on prevention of vector-borne diseases. Mosquito-breeding has been reported in at least 48,039 households and 46,580 legal notices have been issued this year. Of the total number of dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January. The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi. Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 cases of chikungunya were reported last year. According to the SDMC, 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of whom five were not residents of the national capital. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017.
JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, announced today the appointment of nine celebrities to its 2016 Celebrity Ambassadors Program.These new ambassadors are positive role models and leaders in television, music, sports and theater, who share a common passion for JDRF’s mission and a commitment to T1D advocacy.The JDRF Ambassadors Program is a new initiative designed to help raise awareness about T1D, enhance local and national fundraising efforts for our mission and help better engage the T1D community. One key goal of the program aims to drive awareness for better therapies to help improve the quality of life of those impacted by T1D. The program also aims to inspire adults and children through the personal and compelling stories of each ambassador as they talk openly about managing their career, while overcoming the challenges associated with the disease.JDRF Ambassadors will lend their talents and their voice to enhance fundraising, advocacy and education efforts in the fight against T1D. National Ambassadors will participate in national multimedia campaigns and special events such as Children’s Congress, an event that brings together children from across the U.S. to Washington, DC to rally in support of Federal Government funding for diabetes research. Similar to National Ambassadors, Regional Ambassadors will make personal appearances and serve as spokespersons at local awareness and fundraising events, and lend their support to traditional and social media campaigns.JDRF National Ambassadors include: Brec Bassinger, Nickelodeon star of Bella and the Bulldogs; Anne Burrell, celebrity chef and television personality and Adam Schefter, NFL Insider. Regional Ambassadors are Austin Basis, star of CW’s award-winning series, Beauty and the Beast; Jake Byrne, professional football player and author; Conor Daly, IndyCar driver; Brandon Denson, professional football player and sports trainer; Taylor Louderman, star of the Broadway musical, Bring It On and Elliott Yamin, recording artist and American Idol finalist.“We are excited and honored to have the support of such remarkable role models who share our commitment to achieve a world without type 1 diabetes,” said Derek Rapp, President and CEO of JDRF. “With their collaboration and the power of their voices, these ambassadors can raise awareness for JDRF’s important mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. We respect how they are thriving despite facing the challenges of T1D, and we know their important work will have a positive and lasting impact on millions of people in the T1D community.”JDRF Ambassadors will begin to collaborate on initiatives immediately, including participation in JDRF OneWalk events and galas during the early fall. In November, they will unite with JDRF to raise awareness during National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM).
Rabat – Marc Andre Ter Stegen has renewed his contract with Barcelona, committing himself with the Catalans until 2022.Barcelona announced on Monday that the German 25-year-old international goalkeeper had extended his contract with the team. The club added that the official signing of the contract extension will be held on Tuesday at the Club Offices.The German star managed to win nine trophies in three seasons with his current team, including Copas del Rey, Club World Cup, Spanish Super Cup and European Super Cup. Barcelona signed Ter Stege away from the German team Broussia Monchegladbach in 2014.According to FC Barcelona’s official webpage, the goalkeeper is “now without doubt one of the leading players in the world in his position.”The same source added that the youngster has recorded 71 wins, 10 draws and 12 defeats, conceding a total of 90 goals during his 93 official matches for Barcelona.#TerStegen2022Blaugrana until 2022 pic.twitter.com/CCTyQNegWu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 29, 2017
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2014 5:11 am MDT Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friend creates foundation under lawsuit settlement with The Enquirer NEW YORK, N.Y. – A close friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman has settled a libel lawsuit against The National Enquirer by creating a playwriting foundation to be initially funded by the tabloid.In a one-page ad Wednesday in The New York Times, The Enquirer said it “responsibly acknowledged its error” for a story that purported to be an exclusive interview with David Bar Katz. The Enquirer also apologized to Katz, a playwright who discovered Hoffman’s body.The actor died of an apparent heroin overdose Feb. 2.The Times (http://nyti.ms/1frmpjz ) reported on the settlement and said the ad was part of the agreement.The American Playwriting Foundation will award $45,000 yearly for an unproduced play that embodies Hoffman’s “passion for truth.” Katz’s lawyer told the Times the amount won’t be disclosed. In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait in Park City, Utah. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Victoria Will/Invision AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
According to the report,Aiming Higher: Policies to Get Immigrants into Middle-Skilled Work in Europe, while some countries have made sizeable investments in labour market integration policies throughout the past decade, they have focused primarily on getting immigrants into work. As a result, these policies have struggled to facilitate career progression over time.“As our findings demonstrate, despite some promising innovations in some countries there is clearly no quick fix to the problem of immigrants stuck in low-skilled work or unemployment,” said Christiane Kuptsch, Senior Specialist in Migration Policy with the ILO. “However, strengthening employment and migration policy coherence could yield significant benefits for migrant workers, employers and labour markets,” she added.The report examines the labour market progression of recent immigrants in six European Union (EU) countries – Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom – and analyzes policies related to integration and workforce development, with a focus on public employment services and language and vocational training.Specifically, the report outlines the difficulty foreign-born workers face in gaining a secure foothold in the labour market during their first decade after arrival, with many experiencing lengthy periods of unemployment, inactivity or stagnation in low-skilled work.Indeed, the report found that the employment gaps between native and foreign-born workers not only persist but have widened since the onset of the global economic crisis, with particularly significant effects on women, migrants who come on a visa other than a work visa, and immigrants from outside the European Union.While Europe has experienced considerable immigration throughout the past 25 years from within and beyond the continent, a majority of immigrants were not selected for their skills and instead arrived through humanitarian channels or as part of family reunification, according to the report. Many who came with sought-after skills found work with ease, particularly during the economic boom of the mid-2000s. Many newcomers, however, have struggled to progress out of the lowest-skilled jobs into stable, middle-skilled positions, in some cases despite having substantial qualifications and experience, the study found.“Europe’s demographic prospects make clear that countries can ill afford to squander the potential of their residents – wherever they come from,” said Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute. The report is the result of a research initiative carried out by the Migration Policy Institute in collaboration with the ILO and with funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. It also examines strategies to address the labour market integration of immigrant workers in Europe – including programmes targeted directly at immigrants and mainstream services available to the whole population.While targeted programmes allow policymakers to design services for new arrivals’ specific needs, including orientation and job coaching, they are often small in scale and focus on particular groups, such as refugees or family immigrants, the report found. As a result, they run the risk of excluding many others with similar needs. Some countries have thus turned to mainstream institutions, such as public employment services and training institutions, to provide more inclusive services at a greater scale, the research found.In addition, the report offers a series of recommendations for policymakers to consider, including improving incentives for public employment agencies to serve the needs of migrants and developing a better-trained and/or more specialized workforce of advisors to provide both short- and longer-term career advice.Funding partnerships between employers and training institutions to assist employers willing to facilitate language instruction or support apprenticeships and work experience programmes, and improving the coordination of policies enacted at federal, state and local levels, are among the other recommendations in the report.
EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #FINE GAEL: Eight Fine Gael TDs have stepped away from the party line with a joint opinion piece in today’s Irish Examiner in which they question the Government’s perspective on the Croke Park Agreement.2. #NO SCRUBS: TheJournal.ie has learned that medical staff in the emergency department of Dublin’s Mater hospital have to buy and clean their own scrubs because of cutbacks – leading to fears about infection and contamination.3. #CAR INSURANCE: The AA has told TheJournal.ie that female drivers are to face large hikes in their car insurance premiums after December because of an EC guideline on gender discrimination. Traditionally, young male drivers have had to pay more than their female counterparts because statistics show they are more high-risk candidates for accidents.4. #LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is to unveil major reforms for local authorities tomorrow. The Irish Independent says that 500 council staff to be made redundant while the Irish Times says that councillors will have the power to overturn planning decisions taken from them, a move recommended by the final report of the Mahon Tribunal.5. #SCOTLAND: Scottish people will be asked by the end of 2014 to decide whether they want Scotland to remain in the UK. The question of independence will require a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote, The Scotsman reports.6. #WAR? The Business Secretary of the British government, Vince Cable, envisaged a stark worst-case scenario over the weekend in the event of the collapse of the euro: a new war in Europe.7. #STABBING: A man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a man in Cavan town on Saturday night.8. #MALALA: Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last week, is currently being transferred to the UK for further medical treatment, the BBC reports this morning.9. #WATER WASTE: It’s not just domestic users who will be targeted for water charges – the business section of the Irish Times today says that only half of businesses in Ireland are currently paying for their water. The Commission for Energy Regulation’s Denis Cagney also said there was a huge level of leakage here – around 41 per cent compared to the UK’s 28 per cent.NEW! The Dredge: When Ronan Keating’s wife and mistress met – The day’s best celebrity dirt over on The Daily Edge>
Participez à l’opération Delphis pour recenser les cétacésL’association Rimmo (Réserve internationale maritime en Méditerranée occidentale) renouvelle son opération Delphis destinée à compter les cétacés évoluant dans les eaux méditerranéennes qui aura lieu le 24 juillet prochain. Jusqu’à demain mardi, il est encore possible de s’inscrire en tant que bénévole pour y participer. L’association Rimmo a annoncé que le 24 juillet, plusieurs centaines de bénévoles partiront de Corse et de la Côte d’Azur pour participer au comptage des cétacés et pour observer le milieu marin. Pendant toute une journée, sur un périmètre compris entre Marseille et le golfe de Gênes, les “sentinelles volontaires” vont recenser dauphins, cachalots, baleines, tortues et méduses, ainsi que les macro-déchets flottants, rapporte TV5monde. Pour les plaisanciers qui le souhaitent, il est d’ailleurs encore possible de participer à l’opération en s’inscrivant jusqu’à demain mardi sur le site de l’association : www.rimmo.org.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merSi des opérations similaires auront lieu en Italie, en Tunisie et au Maroc dimanche, l’opération Delphis française a dû être reportée au week-end suivant à cause d’une météo défavorable, a indiqué l’association. Une fois l’exploration effectuée, les résultats et les analyses scientifiques seront rendus publics lors d’une conférence internationale sur les cétacés en Méditerranée en novembre à Sophia-Antipolis (Alpes-Maritimes), a ainsi précisé à l’AFP le président de Rimmo, l’océanographe Antoine Mangin.Par ailleurs, cette année, de nouvelles mesures interviendront : plus précisément, celle de la transparence de l’eau et celle des courants de surface. Des données qui vont “permettre d’améliorer les données scientifiques actuelles” en la matière, explique M. Mangin. Depuis 1996, ce sont entre 100 et 200 bateaux qui, chaque année, participent à cette opération en France. Ils quadrillent un sanctuaire pour mammifères marins de 88.000 mètres carrés baptisé “Pélagos”.Le 18 juillet 2011 à 17:31 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Marine biologists were stunned to find that a dead male Cuvier’s beaked whale that washed up in the Philippines had ingested more than 80 pounds of plastic bags.The D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, in the Philippine island of Mindanao said in a Facebook post Sunday that they found “40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) of plastic bags, 16 rice sacks, four banana plantation-style bags, and multiple shopping bags” in the whale’s stomach after conducting an autopsy. “This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,” the museum said in the post.Images posted by the museum on Facebook showed a numerous piles of trash being removed from inside the whale, which was recovered on March 16. Officials said the juvenile whale died from “gastric shock.”Darrell Blatchley of the D’Bone Collector Museum pulls plastic out of the male Cuvier’s beaked whale. (Photo Credit: D’Bone Collector Museum/Facebook)Darrell Blatchley, who owns the D’Bone Collector Museum, told the Guardian that in the 10 years they have examined dead whales and dolphins, 57 of them were found to have died due to accumulated rubbish and plastic in their stomachs.In recent years, marine biologists and ocean activists have grown alarmed about the seaborne plastic that fouls the shorelines. The use of of single-use plastic is particularly rampant in Southeast Asia.Late last year, a dead sperm whale washed up in Indonesia and was found to have ingested 1,000 pieces of plastic.According to a study published in the journal Science in February 2015, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines are the world’s top sources of plastic bottles, bags, and other trash clogging up global sea lanes.More on Geek.com:Dead Whale With 1,000 Pieces of Plastic in Stomach Found in IndonesiaWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Discovered in Brazilian JungleConservationists Capture Rare Footage of Giant Pangolins in the Wild Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’
PORTLAND — A sign on the side of a Salem, Ore., building announcing an imminent In-N-Out Burger appears to be a hoax. But better news could be on the horizon.The sign, stapled to plywood outside a building in downtown Salem, is a fake, according to In-N-Out Vice President of Operations Denny Warwick.This isn’t In-N-Out playing coy, either. According to Warwick, the building is “not a site that we are familiar with.”So does that mean there are Salem sites that the company is familiar with?Indeed it does.“We have looked at and evaluated a few sites in Salem and the surrounding area but we are still in the very early stages of development and are not yet ready to move forward with a particular location,” Warwick says.If In-N-Out did come to Salem, it would become the burger chain’s northernmost restaurant, leapfrogging their recent openings in Grants Pass and Medford, Ore.The state capitol is a little more than an hour south of Vancouver.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a call about a dog trapped under a chain link fence, Friday.The owner stuck by the animal’s side near Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest 54th Street, keeping it calm.After 10 minutes and careful cutting, firefighters managed to free the dog.The dog suffered a couple of small puncture wounds but was more than happy to be running around again.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, December 22, 2018:#1) Wilmington Sons Of Italy Christmas Dinner with The Singing TrooperThe Wilmington Sons of Italy is holding its Annual Christmas Dinner at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury). The evening will feature entertainment from “The Singing Trooper” Dan Clark and his wife Mary Colarusso. Cocktails will be served at 6pm, followed by a catered surf and turf dinner from Mr. Jacks. Bova Productions will then present their Christmas Musical Extravaganza. Tickets cost $50 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Patricia Romano (617-880-9901 or jromano45[at]gmail.com).#2) WHS Boys & Girls Hockey In ActionThe WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team hosts Brookline High School at noon at Ristuccia. The WHS Boys Varsity Hockey Team is taking part in the Haverhill Holiday Tournament to battle Chelmsford at 7pm in Haverhill.#3) WCTV Channel Lineups ChangingWilmington Community Television will be rebranding its channels beginning in January — WCTV (Channel 9/37), WCTV Meetings (Channel 22/38), and WCTV Access (Channel 99/39). Learn more about the changes HERE before they go into effect.#4) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.#5) CLOSED: Book Store Next Door, Wilmington Youth CenterThe Book Store Next Door and the Wilmington Youth Center are both CLOSED this Saturday and next Saturday due to the holiday season.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, December 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, December 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, January 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 leakGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was not happy after learning the truth about Night King’s final fate but has recently revealed that he is pretty excited for the upcoming episode 4 of the final season as it has a mysterious twist in it.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 will show the aftermath of the battle of Winterfell. As per Kit Harington, the upcoming episode four is his favorite one in the entire season as in the episode, his character has finally got what he always wanted. At the same time, this would appear for the first time when Jon Snow will get time to celebrate with his family and friends.”The world is safe now. They’re celebrating and saying goodbye to lost friends. But as an audience you’re going, ‘This is only episode 4, something’s going to happen.’ And that’s the cool thing because I think the characters are aware of this as well. There’s something twisted and uncomfortable about it. It’s so Shakespearian,” he told Entertainment Weekly.As of now, we can only speculate as to what will happen in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones. We know for a fact that Night King and his army is dead and now Cersei Lannister is the only living enemy left in the entire Westeros. Kit Harington as Jon SnowFacebook/ Game of ThronesMeanwhile, Kit also talked about the most anticipated moment in Game of Thrones history. The final moment when Arya Stark ends Night King and his hundreds and thousands of White Walkers including the zombie dragon. Kit explained that he had expected that he would be the one to kill Night King and was “pissed” when he learned that Arya Stark will be the one to kill him.From the very beginning, we knew that Jon Snow is going to be the one who will kill Night King. The character literally practiced for the moment his entire life and even had Valyrian steel sword to end the White Walker. But fans were rejoiced after learning that Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark killed Night King.”Jon Snow’s always been the hero, the one who’s been the savior. But it just didn’t seem right to us for this moment,” Kit said. “I think it’s an inspired move. You’ve always been waiting as to what purpose Arya’s assassin skills are going to lead to, and it’s for the most important purpose.”Kit Harington will return as Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4.
Indian PM Narendra Modi meets UK PM Boris JohnsonTwitterIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a unique way of bonding with global leaders. Invited to the G7 meeting as a special guest, Modi has been having bilateral meetings with heads of state like French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the summit.When PM Modi met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he had an especially good news to convey to him. The meeting between the two leaders took place just after Ben Stokes had led the England team, almost single-handedly, from the jaws of defeat to one of their most famous Test wins. The Indian leader didn’t miss this opportunity to break the good news to his British counterpart, according to India Today.We don’t know as yet what the instant reaction of PM Johnson was but he must have been extremely delighted. He was later also congratulated by the Australian PM Scott Morrison when the two leaders met on the sidelines of G7.The victory over Australia was one of the finest ever that England have achieved in their legendary Ashes rivalry. Just the bare facts convey the enormity of the achievement. England were nine-down while still needing 73 more runs to win. Ben Stokes, then, engaged in a 76-run partnership with the no. 11 batsman Jack Leach to take his team home. Boris Johnson with former India cricketer Arun Lal during a visit to IndiaTwitterWhat made this spectacular performance from the English all-rounder special was that in the 76-run partnership he had for the last wicket, all but 2 runs were scored by him. What’s more, these 74 runs were scored in just 45 deliveries by Stokes. Leach faced only 17 balls in the entire partnership and was brilliantly protected by his partner.Ben used the popular formula of taking the strike on the first four or five balls of an over and then leaving just one or two deliveries for his colleague to deal with. Yet, the two batsmen also needed a great deal of luck to get to their target. There was a dropped catch in the deep as well as two missed run-out opportunities that kept England in the game. Lastly, Stokes was given not out by the umpire when he was plumb lbw and the decision wasn’t altered because Australia had wasted their reviews on hopeless appeals.There is another reason for the UK PM to rejoice in his team’s victory. Apparently, he too played cricket in his college days at Oxford apart from rugby. Perhaps, PM Modi knew of this fact and also the importance of Ashes cricket when he decided to give his counterpart the good news.
gaibandhaThree people died and two others went missing when a boat capsized in the Brahmaputra River at Gidari in Sadar upazila of Gaibandha on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Rokeya Begum, 45, wife of Insar Ali of Dhutichora village, Firoza Bewa, 40, wife of Aijol Munshi of South Gidari village, and Shanta Khatun, 10, daughter of Saju Mia of the upazila.Harun-Or-Rashid, chairman of Gidari union parishad, said the boat with 50 workers sank in the middle of the river around 9:50am while going to a maize field.Five people went missing while others managed to swim ashore, he said.On information, divers from Rangpur Fire Service went to the spot and recovered the bodies of three people while the others remained missing.Bakhtiar Uddin, station manager of Gaibandha Fire Service, said the boat sank due to overloading.
Share Twitter User @ReutersFrom the photo archives: a look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island. The Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash.The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. But it rejects requests from the powerful Texas and Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.The measure was certain to sail through Monday’s procedural vote and a final vote was expected no later than Tuesday. That would send the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature.There is urgency to move the measure swiftly — rather than add more money to it at this time — because the government’s flood insurance reserves are running out.Still, members of the Texas and Florida delegations in Congress are unhappy because the measure failed to address extensive requests for additional hurricane rebuilding funds. Texas, inundated by Harvey in August, requested $19 billion, while Florida sought $27 billion.“I’m pretty disappointed with what the House sent over,” Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday. But later, after speaking to both Trump and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, Cornyn said he was promised that the White House would issue another disaster aid measure next month that would provide much-needed help for Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. A fourth, and perhaps final, measure is likely to anchor a year-end spending bill.The measure currently before the Senate contains $577 million for wildfires out West that forced agencies to tap other reserves for firefighting accounts and FEMA money for the disastrous fires in northern California.Republicans dragged their feet last year on modest requests by former President Barack Obama to combat the Zika virus and help Flint, Michigan, repair its lead-tainted water system.But they are moving quickly to take care of this year’s alarming series of disasters, quickly passing a $15.3 billion relief measure last month and signaling that another installment is coming next month.
The push to find homes for hundreds of unaccompanied Central American immigrant children increases as Maryland leaders search to find a solution to the current immigration crisis.The prevailing thought is that the children are leaving their home country due to the violence they’re forced to endure. For many Central American children, gangs are taking over the streets and the idea of fleeing to the United States seems a better option.With more than 50,000 immigrant children coming into the United States in less than a year, more pressure is being put on Maryland to house some of them. However, options for shelter spaces are running low as controversy has scrapped some shelter locations in Baltimore City and Westminster.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she is open to the idea of turning vacant federal buildings into shelters, just a day after Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke out against the idea. He supports an expanded foster care network or placing the children in private homes.Catholic Charities proposed placement of about 50 children in their St. Vincent’s Villa in Baltimore County, saying the housing would be funded through a mix of federal dollars and donations. They would also provide health and educational services for the children.While there seems to be varying views about the issue, one thing is for sure, and that is a solution for Maryland’s child immigration crisis needs to be found quickly. According to the Health and Human Services Department, between Jan. 1 and July 7 Maryland has taken in 2,205 unaccompanied immigrant children.On a per capita basis this means that Maryland has more unaccompanied immigrant children who are settled with sponsors than any other state. Administration officials said the reason is based on the high proportion of Maryland residents from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, the countries from which most of the immigrant children are fleeing.Baltimore residents have much to say about the crisis and how the children should be handled.Kendra Carr can see the changes that are happening in the neighborhood from the recent influx of immigrants and believes the mayor’s idea is not bad.“If they are going to do something about these vacant [buildings] in Baltimore, then yeah,” said Carr, who’s lived in the city about five years. “If this is their incentive to finally clean up Baltimore and do something with a lot of these vacant properties, then I definitely think it’s a great idea, especially since you don’t want these kids roaming the streets and potentially getting into trouble becoming part of all the crime that is happening here anyway.”Alnita Sherrill feels it’s the thing to do.“A lot … have issues with having people that are different from them living in their backyard,” said Sherrill. “To me having immigrants should be allowed, because if we have the space and the ability to house them then why not?”In regards to expanding the foster care system, Sherrill thinks Mayor Rawlings-Blake should expand the system for all children.“Well I think it’s a good idea if she does it not only for the sake of the immigrant children who are coming in, but for the sake of the children who are already here,” Sherrill stated. “I’ve come from the system, not personally, but knowing the system, knowing that it’s already overworked and already underserved when it comes to having workers to work with the kids and placement for the children, so it’s already over utilized and the need is great.”Marilyn Blanding agrees with Sherrill’s sentiment of looking out for Baltimore children as well.“We have to look out for our own children too because our children need help. The housing is terrible because you can’t find housing for people and we have a terrible homelessness situation going on, but if every, all states participated maybe it wouldn’t be so bad,” said Blanding.Blanding doesn’t think expanding the foster care system would be a cure-all. “It may not be a full solution to the problem, because our foster care system is booked, overbooked. It’s mainly our Black children who need foster care and I don’t want to boot our Black children out,” she said.In regards to Catholic Charities helping the immigrant children, Blanding thinks it’s a good idea.“It may help them. I can see Catholic Charities trying to help them because that’s what they do,” she said. “As long as somebody helps them, not just throw them in a building somewhere and leave them there. If Catholic Charities can do that, then I’m for it. Help them get an education, help them go forth and do whatever it is they need to do to move up. Maybe they can better themselves and go back and take care of their people in their country.”Howard W. Roberts, coordinator of Urban Youth Ministries within the African American Ministries of The Archdiocese of Baltimore, said Catholic Charities should definitely help.“I think it’s automatic, it’s a no brainer; we should be doing likewise for all those who are in their most trying time of need and we worked efforts throughout the Archdiocese here to sort of support any way we can,” Roberts said. “It’s only right that we treat those who are likewise coming from other places in the way we would want and in the way I think should be modeled by anybody who professes to be a Christian. We’ll let them sort out the politics later but the first issue is to address their immediate needs and make sure the people feel as safe and welcomed as we would want to be or have been at some point in our history of this country.”Roberts also gave some more insight as to what the African American Ministries are doing to help provide relief.“We do a series of efforts as individual churches. We work with about 14 churches out of the office of African American Ministries and those individual churches are a part of all those fundraising efforts,” Roberts said.While most people seem to think that some type of relief should be provided to immigrant children coming into Maryland, William Richards believes otherwise.Richards believes that unaccompanied immigrant children “should be at home with their parents.” He also said most immigrants coming into the country are not children, but are “adults and young adults who are in gangs” and are “using the border as an excuse to sneak into the country.” He also believes that we must help our own homeless children and people in Maryland who have issues and need shelter before we help others from outside of the country.Vera Richards, a resident of D.C., seems to think the opposite by not viewing immigrants coming into the U.S. as a problem.“The view that immigrants are a problem is isolated to the individuals who believe immigrants are taking ‘what is not theirs to have’. From my knowledge, most immigrants are willing to work 10 times harder than the folks complaining about them. America will only continue being a leading power if we have the people willing to work,” Vera Richards said.In regards to immigrant children coming into the United States, she said, “I agree that the children should remain in America. They are here to feel safe and be educated. Children are the leaders of the future and as such, America should invest in them. Children should be afforded the opportunity to achieve the ‘American Dream’.” “When it comes to helping, D.C. needs to follow the same guidelines it places on its residents. Provide immigrants with a job and place them on a program so that eventually they become tax paying citizens giving back to the community.”
Yesterday, the chairs of the UK and Canadian Houses of Commons issued a letter calling for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO to appear before them. The primary aim of this hearing is to get a clear idea of what measures Facebook is taking to avoid the spreading of disinformation on the social media platform and to protect user data. It is scheduled to happen at the Westminster Parliament on Tuesday 27th November. The committee has already gathered evidence regarding several data breaches and process failures including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and is now seeking answers from Mark Zuckerberg on what led to all of these incidents. Mark last attended a hearing in April with the Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees this year in which he was asked about the company’s failure to protect its user data, its perceived bias against conservative speech, and its use for selling illegal material like drugs. After which he has not attended any of the hearings and instead sent other senior representatives such as Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook. The letter pointed out: “You have chosen instead to send less senior representatives, and have not yourself appeared, despite having taken up invitations from the US Congress and Senate, and the European Parliament.” Throughout this year we saw major security and data breaches involving Facebook. The social media platform faced a security issue last month which impacted almost 50 million user accounts. Its engineering team discovered that hackers were able to find a way to exploit a series of bugs related to the View As Facebook feature. Earlier this year, Facebook witnessed a backlash for the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It was a major political scandal about Cambridge Analytica using personal data of millions of Facebook users for political purposes without their permission. The reports of this hearing will be shared in December if at all Zuckerberg agrees to attend it. The committee has requested his response till 7th November. Read the full letter issued by the committee. Read Next Facebook is at it again. This time with Candidate Info where politicians can pitch on camera Facebook finds ‘no evidence that hackers accessed third party Apps via user logins’, from last week’s security breach How far will Facebook go to fix what it broke: Democracy, Trust, Reality
American Airlinesbook your flights here The first American Airlines flight is greeted with a water salute www.aa.comAmerican Airlines surprises passengers for first SYD – LAX flightAmerican Airlines today celebrated the arrival of flight AA73, the first of the carrier’s daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles and Sydney. The arrival of the state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER into Sydney on Saturday morning was marked by an iconic water cannon salute.To celebrate the new service, passengers departing Sydney for Los Angeles on inaugural flight AA72 were treated to a series of all-American surprises from the moment they checked in through to their departure at the boarding gate. On board, First Class passengers were treated to a collectable Australian red wine from the acclaimed 2010 Penfolds Grange Shiraz, valued at $850 a bottle.American Airlines Senior Vice President, Art Torno, who was present at Sydney International Airport, said the new service to Sydney demonstrates American’s commitment to Australia.“We’re pleased to thank our very first passengers on this service with the quintessential hospitality, warmth and gratitude that American Airlines is known for. We hope this occasion has been as memorable for our passengers as it has been for us, and look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Australia throughout 2016 and beyond.”LA Tourism treats passengers to LA-themed check in surprise for American Airlines first flightThe American Airlines check in area was transformed by women in roller-skates, men in baseball and football gear to reflect iconic Los Angeles’ personalities. At the departure gate, passengers were spoiled with an all-American winter wonderland, complete with elves, a choir of Christmas Carolers, and an 8 ft. Christmas tree with a gift for every passenger.Ahead of boarding their flight, passengers, crew and senior executives mingled over Champagne, culinary and wintery-themed props to get passengers in the mood for the colder temperatures that lay ahead.“We’re thrilled to officially welcome the world’s largest airline, American Airlines, to Sydney Airport and Australia,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.“The US is Sydneysiders’ favourite international destination, and this new airline will provide travellers with more choice, convenience and connections to destinations in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.“The US is also Sydney’s third largest inbound visitor market. American Airlines’ new service is set to further grow tourism to Sydney, NSW and Australia, bringing an additional 41,000 US visitors to Sydney and boosting annual visitor expenditure by an estimated $65 million.”American Airlines’ flagship Boeing 777-300ER features crisp seat-back screens, top-notch meal service, on-board Wi-Fi and power outlets and USB jack for charging personal electronic devices in every seat, and is part of the US$2 billion investment for modernizing the fleet and improving customer experience.The new service has been made possible by an expanded joint business partnership between American, the world’s biggest airline, and Qantas, Australia’s national carrier, to form part of a broader trans-Pacific network spanning Australia, New Zealand and North America. Source = American Airlines
– / 15 Of course, that means getting back on the field, which is probably more of a concern than his contract given that Mathieu is signed through the 2016 season. Surgery to repair the tear has been done and the safety was walking with the help of crutches over the last couple of weeks since.“I think the next step is getting off the crutches and taking that first step, and from there it’s really downhill from there,” he said of where he goes next. “So once I get off the crutches things will kind of pick up for me. It will get tougher, it will get more difficult, but that’s part of it.”It helps, Mathieu said, that he’s been through this before. He said he rushed through the rehab the first time and did not quite come back the player he wanted to.“So for me, it’s really just take my time with this so that I can come back 100 percent and not have one of those 2014 seasons,” he said.What does that mean for a target date?“I haven’t got a target date yet,” Mathieu said, before smiling and laughing. “Carson came (back by) OTAs so I figure I’m 10, 12 years younger than him, so hopefully I can make it around that time too.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu cleans out his locker, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship football game to end their season. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — It did not take very long for Tyrann Mathieu to make his mark on the Arizona Cardinals.A third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of LSU, he quickly became one of the most dynamic and dominant players on the defense.As a rookie, he notched 63 total tackles along with one sack, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed in 13 games before suffering a torn ACL and LCL.In his second season, Mathieu’s quick recovery allowed him to be active for the team’s second game of the season, and he went on to appear in 13 games, tallying 39 total tackles, one interception and five passes defensed. Comments Share Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, when asked by Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday about whether or not the team’s secondary is a strength, weakness or average part of the team, began his answer by talking about Mathieu.“When we lost Ty I think it’s hard to replace someone like him because of his positional flexibility and everything he does on the back end,” he said. “Whether it’s blitzing off the slot, whether it’s playing the nickle or playing the deep pass, he does so many things for you and his coverage is obviously exceptional.”Mathieu is listed as a safety, but plays slot cornerback and is also effective in the box as a blitzer or in run support.In terms of how much money Mathieu figures to make, there’s a good chance his extension will leave him among the highest paid safeties in the NFL. However, according to the player, that does not matter much to him.“It’s a blessing, but I don’t play for money so it doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “Like, it doesn’t really matter to me. It’s not going to distract me or deter me from my main goal, which is to continue to get better, continue to be a leader; just trying to make this team the best team in the NFL.” He was admittedly not himself that season, though, and believed he would be back to his normal self the following season.Mathieu was right.This past season, the “Honey Badger” was in top form, finishing with 89 total tackles, one sack, five interceptions and 17 passes defensed. He had put himself in the conversation for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, and was a big reason as to why the Cardinals had one of the best defenses in the league.Unfortunately, he tore an ACL in the team’s Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles while making an interception, cutting yet another season short. However, despite his injury history and because of his effectiveness and leadership, the team appears set on trying to lock Mathieu up with a long-term contract this offseason.For his part, Mathieu is perfectly fine with the idea.“That’s very encouraging,” he said. “Obviously I love this team, I love our locker room, I love our coaching staff, upper management.“I think this is the perfect place for me so I wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life here.”The idea that the team would want to keep Mathieu around for the long haul is not at all surprising or unwarranted. Though he entered the league with a checkered past, he has been a model citizen and someone head coach Bruce Arians has proclaimed to be his favorite draft pick. The 23-year-old has become one of the faces of the franchise, and his level of importance was magnified when he was no longer able to play. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo