Rotary DriveThru breakfast happening May 31st

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-thru breakfast is taking place next Thursday.The event will see club members selling reusable lunch bags filled with breakfast items as well as fresh cups of coffee. Breakfast is by donation but the Rotary Club is asking for donations to be a minimum of $5. The drive-thru will be set up next to the Fort St. John Recreation Centre. Anyone wishing to pre-order a bagged breakfast for themselves or their office can also do so in advance.Last year the club raised close to $12,000 and sold out the 500 breakfasts by 9:00 a.m. Marva Kosick of the Rotary Club explained that this year the club will make 1,000 breakfasts in hopes of raising even more money. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go the completion of the new Rotary Spray Park.For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-Thru Breakfast committee members:Marva (250) 263-7660Lourdes (250) 263-3014Donna (250) 262-6665Carina (250) 794-1606last_img read more

UN official appeals for resources to help millions facing hunger in Horn

“The World Food Programme is aiming to feed more than 6 million of the most vulnerable, but resources are thin and at the very moment that we should be ramping up operations, we have been scaling back some programmes in Ethiopia and Somalia,” said Josette Sheeran, the WFP Executive Director.She said delivery of emergency food assistance is a vital part of the Horn of Africa Action Plan the humanitarian community developed last year to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by the drought emergency and to protect assets such as farming tools and livestock.“It is essential that we move quickly to break the destructive cycle of drought and hunger that forces farmers to sell their means of production as part of their survival strategy.”Ms. Sheeran said conflict in Somalia also continues to force civilians from their homes, with an estimated 10,000 people arriving each week at crowded refugee camps in Kenya. The number of malnourished children receiving supplementary or therapeutic feeding in the camps has tripled this year, an indication of the seriousness of the problem and the need for swift international action.“A slowly evolving regional hunger crisis may not have the immediate impact of a mega-emergency like the Haitian earthquake, or Pakistan floods, but the drought and rising malnutrition in the Horn affects more people and its effects are equally devastating,” said Ms. Sheeran.Those in need of assistance include 3.2 million people in Ethiopia, 3.5 million in Kenya, 2.5 million in Somalia, an estimated 600,000 residents of north-eastern Uganda and some 120,000 people in Djibouti, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Mark Bowden, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia told a news briefing that the situation in that country was “rapidly deteriorating.”“If we are not able to respond to it rapidly and effectively, there will be many more lives lost as a result of malnutrition,” he said. Mr. Bowden said “the basic root cause” of the crisis is the price of food, which he said has risen by 270 per cent since last year. Noting that an appeal for Somalia has been only 40 per cent funded, he said: “Currently our resources are woefully inadequate… We find ourselves in a position where we are able to do more, but don’t have the resources.” 29 June 2011The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced concern over the plight of nearly 10 million people facing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa, adding that resources for the relief effort in the region are dwindling at a time when assistance needs to be stepped up. read more

Top UN officials cite strengthening cooperation with regional partners as vital priority

Noting that to-date, more than 25 regional and subregional organizations have established formal cooperative relationships with the United Nations, Mr. Kutesa said that “in these changing times, the distinctive role regional and subregional organizations can play in addressing some of the world’s most persistent challenges is as important as ever.”He was speaking at the opening of the High-Level Thematic Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations, which is expected to provide Member States an opportunity to reflect on the strides made and opportunities ahead.The debate, which featured a keynote address by Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, and a high-level plenary, is also expected to include two consecutive interactive panels, respectively on ‘Strengthening the strategic relationship between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations in the areas of peace, stability and human rights’, and on ‘Galvanizing support of regional and sub-regional organizations for the implementation of a transformative post-2015 development agenda.’ The Outcome will be a negotiated Declaration.In his remarks, Mr. Kutesa said the debate is taking place as the formulation of a universal, transformative post-2015 development agenda is underway. “Ultimately, the implementation of the new agenda will be done on the ground – in our regions, countries and communities.”Given their in-depth understanding of their respective regions as well as their geographic proximity to challenging environments, regional and sub-regional organizations are often uniquely positioned to understand the particular local dynamics and root causes of those challenges, he said.Also addressing the debate, the Secretary-General, who held a retreat with the heads of 18 regional and other organizations over the weekend in New York, noted that working together to promote conflict prevention and mediation has increased our powers of persuasion to press parties to make peace. It has also reinforced collective efforts to defend human rights and uphold the values of the UN Charter.Mr. Ban also spotlighted the importance of the UN’s cooperation with regional partners and cited as a priority the need to formulate a universal, transformative post-2015 development agenda. Saying that “millions of lives are at stake,” the Secretary-General noted 2015 was a milestone year. “We will complete the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Ban said. “We are forging a bold new vision for sustainable development, including a set of sustainable development goals. And we are aiming for a new, universal climate agreement.”“The Ebola crisis, the tragedy of migrants dying at sea, the international drug trade, organized crime and the rise of violent extremism all show the urgent need for a collective response,” he went on to say. “That is why I am doing everything possible to enable the United Nations, regional and subregional organizations to boost our cooperation, build on our strengths and pool our limited resources,” the UN chief declared.Both officials also noted the progress made in the collaboration between the UN and its regional partners, but that much more remains to be done.“We should build on the lessons of our past and current experiences to create ever more innovative and flexible partnership arrangements that draw on respective strengths, while encouraging expanded cooperation and dialogue,” Mr. Kutesa said.And he also noted that it is “incumbent upon us to find ways of ensuring predictable and sustainable financing for regional and sub-regional organizations, especially in cases where they undertake peacekeeping operations under a UN mandate.” Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations remains a cornerstone of the work of the United Nations as recognized in Chapter VIII of the UN Charter and numerous resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council. In his wide-ranging keynote address, President Museveni said that strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations would greatly benefit implementation of the psot-2015 agenda. Indeed, due to the leverage they had within their respective countries, those organization provide useful forums for policy coordination and harmonization on various important multilateral processes. “Regional and subregional organizations are at the centre of promoting cooperation and integration in such areas as trade and investment, infrastructure development [and] critical sectors such as agriculture, energy water and security, as well as fostering private sector partnerships,” he continued.Mr. Museveni underscored that talk of strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional actors must begin with a re-examination of the Organization’s bodies and structures with a view to “change some of the old-fashioned ones to conform with current realities.” Uganda strongly believed, he said, that for genuine cooperation to occur between the UN and regional and subregional organizations, reform of the Security Council in particular is imperative.“This, in the long run, will help us, collectively to prevent the use of the UN for national or group interests of the powerful members to undermine the efforts of regional organizations and peace in the world,” Mr. Museveni declared. read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup with the Nittany Lions

(Left) Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg makes a pass during a Sept. 6 game against Akron in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 21-3.Credit: Courtesy of TNS(Right) Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. barrett carries the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn 2013, the Ohio State football team beat a reeling Penn State squad, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium.About a year later, the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) and Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) are set to face off again. But this time around, Penn State is free of NCAA sanctions including a revoked postseason ban and likely looking to avenge its big loss last season.The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the matchup that could either spark the Buckeyes or help the Nittany Lions turn around their season.1. J.T. Barrett vs. Christian HackenbergBarrett is OSU’s redshirt-freshman phenomenon while Hackenberg is a true sophomore with all-world potential.The two are set to go head-to-head under center when their teams meet this weekend, and the game could easily come down to which one plays better. Based off production so far this season, Barrett might be more likely to have the better day, but both have put up big numbers at times.OSU’s quarterback is the Big Ten’s most efficient passer — checking in with a 182.1 efficiency rating so far — while Hackenberg is averaging more passing yards per game than any other quarterback in the conference. That being said, the second-year Penn State starter is averaging less than four yards more than Barrett.Outside of yards per game, the Buckeyes look to have a huge statistical advantage as Barrett has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, while Hackenberg has thrown seven picks to just five scoring tosses.If the Buckeyes’ defense can get after Hackenberg and force him to make more mistakes — and if Barrett comes out firing once again — it could be another long day for the Nittany Lions.2. Strength vs. StrengthBeyond two young guns at quarterback, the matchup between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is set to feature the Big Ten’s top statistical defense against the conference’s best offense.Penn State ranks first in the conference in total defense, giving up 283.3 yards per game, but OSU is first in total offense at a whopping 533.8 yards per game. The Nittany Lions are also first in scoring defense, giving up just 15.2 points per game this season, while the Buckeyes are No. 2 in the Big Ten with 46.5 points for per game this season.The deciding factor in this game could be on the flip side of the field when the Buckeyes’ defense comes up against Penn State’s offense.While the Nittany Lions’ defense has been strong throughout the year, their offense is all the way down at No. 10 in the conference with just 375.5 yards per game. They’ll be going up against an OSU defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten for total defense.If the numbers hold true, the Buckeye offense will be put to the test against Penn State, but the Nittany Lions might struggle to move the ball against a statistically superior OSU defense.3. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott find space to run?Forget their total defensive numbers, the Nittany Lions’ defense has been simply dominant when it comes to the running game in 2014.So far, they’re giving up just 60.8 yards per game, which puts them up more than 30 yards against the No. 2 team in the conference: Michigan.But Penn State hasn’t had to face Elliott yet this season.He’s not the best running back in the world right now, but he’s been breaking out over the past few weeks to spark the OSU offense on the ground. Overall, the Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in rushing offense, but if Elliott continues to improve, they should climb the rankings.Elliott will be up against a stiff test when he takes on the Penn State defensive front, but if he can find a way to match his season numbers — he’s averaging 88.5 yards per game — the Buckeyes will benefit greatly and likely find themselves in a position to win the game.4. Will the Penn State crowd affect a young Buckeye team?The last time OSU played a game in State College, Pa., nine current Buckeye starters weren’t even Buckeyes.The crowd at Beaver Stadium is notorious for being loud and sporting the white-out look for prime-time games against ranked opponents. This time, the game means a little more as well. The last time the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions squared off in Beaver Stadium, neither team was eligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations. Now, the tables are turned and the stakes are higher, which will likely result in a sell-out crowd from the Penn State faithful.Despite having the second-largest college venue in the country, Penn State ranked seventh in average home attendance as of Oct. 1. with an average of 99,806.Expect that number to drastically rise Saturday night.5. Could an OSU win give it a rise in the AP poll?Let’s be honest, the Buckeye schedule is not very strong.However, not many teams go into Beaver Stadium on a Saturday night and come out with a victory, except for the Buckeyes.OSU has won its last three games when visiting the Nittany Lions and three of the last four night games overall against Penn State.With that being said, will a win in a historically hostile environment be enough to impress the voters? Or will the Buckeyes have to blow out their division rival in order to get back into the top 10?Only time will tell as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to meet Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Mammoet and SCHEURLE cooperate on new trailer power assist heavy transport solution

first_imgHeavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet says its new Trailer Power Assist (TPA) system increases heavy transport efficiency and safety, whilst significantly lowering the carbon footprint. Using these hydraulically powered trailers reduces the number of trucks required to pull and steer to just one – whilst greatly enhancing trailer combination versatility, manoeuverability, and safety of the entire transport.Traditionally, in road transport of very large and heavy cargo on multiple trailers, two or four trucks can be required at the front to pull and steer and two or four trucks at the back to push or brake assist. The trucks and trailers are mechanically connected, increasing pulling and braking power but limiting their manoeuverability. Instead of trucks heavy haulage prime movers are also used – but all of them need to drive back empty.The new TPA-system has been initiated by Mammoet and developed in cooperation with SCHEUERLE, the leading manufacturer of heavy transport vehicles. TPA is based on the SCHEUERLE K25 trailer, which is fitted with a Power Pack Unit (PPU) that hydraulically powers 4 of the 6 axle lines. The PPU is mounted at one or either end of the trailer, depending on the configuration – or can be placed on the prime mover to replace the counterweight for traction. Each PPU is powered by a MTU V12 diesel engine, compliant with all emission requirements, that generates 1,000 hp and a traction power of over 40 t. The TPA system is specified for all weather extremes.The draw bar pull of the TPA is the equivalent of two fully loaded prime movers – meaning that one TPA can replace at least two trucks. This has a number of advantages. It reduces the length of the transport and greatly enhances maneuverability by requiring only one truck at the front to pull and steer. One single truck driver operating the system virtually eliminates communication errors – the key safety concern with multiple operators – greatly increasing safety on long haul transports. TPA power can be multiplied by adding more TPA trailers and PPUs, greatly enlarging efficiency compared to using multiple trucks. After on-site delivery the TPA can be operated by remote control in ‘creep mode’ for maximum manoeuverability and positioning. One truck can return the empty TPA units in frictionless ‘free-wheel’ mode of the hydraulic drive system.The assisted road speed of TPA is at least five times higher with only a third of the fuel consumption compared to a transport using only SPMTs (Self-Propelled Modular Transporters) – considerably reducing the carbon footprint. Above the maximum speed of 25 km/h the PPUs shut off and the truck can pull the trailer combination to highway speeds of up to 80 km/h. This means larger loads can be transported over longer distances with safer higher average speeds. In future, exceptionally large transports of over 2,000 t over longer distances using multiple rows of trailers with one truck at the front and one at the back could become a reality. SCHEUERLE is currently building two TPA-prototypes in a joint venture with Mammoet. In 2016, these two prototypes will be field-tested by Mammoet.last_img read more

EHF CUP surprise Csurgoi beat Hannover

One of the favorites in Men’s EHF Cup this year, German TSV Hannover surprised negatively their fans once again! After home defeat over Swedish Lugi, German team repeated bad performance in Hungary where Csurgoi KK celebrated victory – 36:28 (17:19). The third Hungarian squad have played fantastic second half and deserve to take the first points after defeat in Leon last weekend…CSURGOI KK – TSV HANNOVER-BURGDORF 36-28 (17-19)Csurgo: Lele (8), Pukhouski (8), Savic (6), Nagy (5), Szöllősi (4), Gazdag (2), Aguirrezabalaga (2), Oláh (1).Hannover: Lehnoff (9), Patrail (6), Szücs (4), Johannsen (3), Karason (2), Hykkerud (2), Sevaljevic (1), Kastening (1). ← Previous Story DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK IS HANDBALL PERSON 2013! Next Story → KIF wins in Plock! Csurgoi KKEHF CuphandballHannover read more

Bartłomiej Jaszka becomes playercoach

One of the best Polish players of the last decade, Bartlomiej Jaszka had to stop with “big career” in Fuchse Berlin and Polish national team due tough shoulder injury in 2015, but handball is still in his veins. The 33-years old playmaker joined second League Polish team MKS Kalisz with the role of player-coach.He will try to give something of his quality and experience to the younger guys of the team, but also to teach them at the start of new career, hopefully, successful as it was playing one. Bartlomiej Jaszka ← Previous Story SG Flensburg to play two matches in one day!? Next Story → HC Dinamo Bucharest beat CSM in city derby! read more

Casualty hospitalised after Liffey rescue at OConnell Bridge

first_img Jun 13th 2017, 5:45 PM DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE has rescued a casualty from the River Liffey in Dublin city centre.The incident was first reported at the junction of O’Connell Bridge and Burgh Quay at just after 4.40pm this afternoon.First responders arrived on scene four minutes after the initial call was received. Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 5:45 PM Casualty hospitalised after Liffey rescue at O’Connell Bridge The incident at O’Connell Bridge was reported just after 4.40pm this afternoon. 26,897 Views Short URL Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Share62 Tweet Email1 center_img Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Our rescue swimmers & boat have taken one person from the #Liffey, Burgh Quay now clear, thanks for your patience— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) June 13, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We’re currently at a river rescue incident on the #Liffey, Burgh Quay temporarily blocked #dublin #fire #traffic @DCCTraffic @LiveDrive— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) June 13, 2017 The incident saw multiple Dublin Fire Brigade units deployed, including three fire tenders, a rescue tender, a ladder from Tara Street Fire Station, a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance, and the district fire officer.A spokesperson for DFB confirmed that a single casualty was removed from the water and subsequently taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.Burgh Quay, which was temporarily blocked, has since reopened.Read: Unidentified man with serious injuries discovered in underground car parkRead: Irish soldiers’ to finally be awarded medals for Siege of Jadotville – 55 years on By Cianan Brennan 26 Comments last_img read more

MIT App Turns Anyone Into the Car Whisperer

first_imgStay on target Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMachine Learning Translates Japanese Retro Games In Real Time Unlike a whiny human or moaning pet, motor vehicles don’t usually communicate their feelings.Drivers typically find out something is wrong with a car only after it’s too late, and they’re stranded on the side of the road with a drained battery or flat tire.MIT researchers want to put that kind of diagnostic information—the air filter should be replaced next week; the engine needs two new spark plugs—at your fingertips.A simple smartphone app analyzes sound and vibration via a built-in microphone, sensors (GPS), and accelerometers. MIT’s machine learning systems extract even the most subtle differences that may go undetected by human experts.The program could save the average motorist $125 a year, and improve overall gas mileage, according to MIT research scientist Joshua Siegel, who boasted an even more impressive $600 annual savings for trucks.As described by a study published in the journal Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, most diagnostics don’t require any special connection. Mounting the phone to a dashboard holder, however, improves the level of accuracy—which is already “well in excess of 90 percent,” Siegel said.Within the next year or two, anyone—passenger or driver—will be able to act as car whisperer.At its core, the application aims to warn drivers of upcoming issues or remind them of routine maintenance, before failing conditions lead to a breakdown or blowout.Led by Siegel and professor of mechanical engineering Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s research suggests an engine’s sounds can “reveal telltale signs of how clogged the air filter is and when to change it,” among other cases.“We’re listening to the car’s breathing, and listening for when it starts to snore,” Siegel said in a statement. “As it starts to get clogged, it makes a whistling noise as air is drawn in. Listening to it, you can’t differentiate it from the other engine noise, but your phone can.”The app also tests for engine misfires that signal a bad spark plug or the need for a tune up.Research and development must have been a blast for the MIT team, which often rented cars and “created a condition” to diagnose, before restoring the vehicle to normal—sometimes “better than when we took it out,” Siegel said.“I’ve rented cars and given them new air filters, balanced their tires, and done an oil change,” he added.A prototype smartphone app is under development, and should be ready for field testing in six months; a commercial version can be expected within a year after that.last_img read more

Boy Scout Troop 126 Invites Residents To MiniGolf Fundraiser Inside Villanova Hall

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend (March 8-10)In “Community”PHOTO: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Supports Boy Scout Troop 126’s Mini-Golf FundraiserIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, March 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Boy Scout Troop 126 invites everyone to its first annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser at Villanova Hall at St Thomas’ Church (126 Middlesex Avenue).Come see the transition of our simple church hall to an 18-Hole Championship Course and enjoy an afternoon of summer family fun in the middle of winter. The course will be open from noon to 4pm with special late afternoon hours for Scout Competition.A game of mini-golf costs $3 for children and $5 for adults. A game plus a meal costs $8.Plan on stopping in The 19th Hole Cafe for lunch, drinks, and snacks.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 read more

49 Voices Omega Smith of Anchorage

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Omega Smith, who manages the UAA planetarium in Anchorage.Listen nowOmega Smith poses for a photo at the Planetarium and Visualization Theater in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus in Anchorage, Alaska Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of UAA)SMITH: I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Grew up on Hillside, graduated from Service High. And then I went away for a little bit to get my degree, but I’ve always had to come back. This is definitely my home.I’ve always liked astronomy. I think every kid loves astronomy. But it’s more like the big unknown, and when I found out more about astronomy, I actually went to UAA for a couple years before I went to get my degree, and I took the astronomy classes and I realized that the more you learn about astronomy, the more we realize we don’t know. It’s extremely humbling. It’s a lot of fun all the time.I mean, I think one of the biggest thrills is that nerdom has become such a pop culture right now. So people are really interested in coming. We have a lot of people come all the time, people just generally interested in what you have to say. So it’s not like teaching a class of students. You get people who come specifically to hear what you have to talk about and to know more about what you’re an expert on.So there’s kind of a reason why there’s no observatories up here. One, it’s always light out in the summertime, so whenever it’s warm enough to spend the entire night out, you can’t see any stars, except for the sun. And in the wintertime, even though we have really long night skies. There’s usually a lot of clouds and even though the Aurora [Borealis] is absolutely beautiful, it does kinda block a lot of the stars.If you actually want to see stars and everything, I suggest the end of August, September. Where it’s still warm enough to go outside and you still get nice dark skies. But if you wanna view things like the Aurora, for some reason that scientists still don’t know, the Aurora is very active during the equinoxes. So the March Equinox is probably the best one. It’s gonna be colder than the September Equinox but you can really see some Aurura then.last_img read more

UPDATE Tropical Storm Nate To Hit US Gulf Coast As A Hurricane

first_imgNational Hurricane CenterThe cyclone currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and it’s moving northwest at 8 mph. That will change later today, the National Hurricane Center says, when Nate takes a more north-northwestward path and also moves at a faster speed. By Sunday, Nate’s sustained winds are expected to reach 75 mph. While that speed is a far cry from the incredible intensity of recent hurricanes such as Irma and Maria, forecasters say people in Nate’s path need to be careful of flash floods and mudslides from its heavy rains.Powerful winds often attract the most attention and concern regarding cyclones. But it’s the water — from both storm surges and rainfall — that’s often the most deadly component of a tropical system. The hurricane center warns that Nate will bring 15 to 20 inches of rain to Nicaragua — and that a wide area is at risk, with heavy rainfall expected along the Pacific coast of Central America. A tropical cyclone in the northwestern Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to a named storm, Tropical Storm Nate. The system is likely to become a hurricane in the next three days and could hit the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday morning, forecasters say.“Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system and heed any advice given by local officials,” the National Hurricane Center says.But  there is high confidence in the forecast that the storm poses no threat to the Texas coast, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) said on Thursday.Nate should emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, where it is expected to possibly impact the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, including Cozumel and Cancun.  Landfall is expected between Louisiana and Florida. Tropical Storm Nate is the 14th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.Nate is expected to strengthen as it moves over warmer waters on its way to the U.S. coast. But at this point, the National Hurricane Center says, “it is too early to specify the timing, location, or magnitude of these impacts. “Nate is currently bringing heavy rainfall to Nicaragua and Honduras, as it scrapes along their coasts on a northwest track toward Cancun. The storm has triggered flood warnings in those areas, along with a hurricane watch in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos. National Hurricane CenterTropical Storm Nate is forecast to hit the Yucatan Peninsula on its way into the Gulf of Mexico.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Five projects of ITE dept bag SKOCH award

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department has reasons to rejoice as five projects of the department have bagged SKOCH Order-of-Merit awards at the 52nd Skoch Summit in New Delhi, held from June 21 to 23.Society for Natural Language Technology Research (SNLTR) project that deals with digital archive of Bengali Literature, CyberSecurityCoE, Electronic Braille Reading System, and Matir Kotha and Implementation of ICT at School project were awarded. All these projects are being implemented by West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Ltd Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights(WEBEL).It may be mentioned that SNLTR, a society under IT department, is working on digitisation of prominent Benngali literary works, which are out of the protocol of copyright. As the process of digitisation follows an international encoding standard, it is easily accessible globally to the public on internet.SNLTR has digitised the entire literary works of Rabindranath Tagore with swaralipi, complete works of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, complete works of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Swami Vivekananda Rachanabali, and cinema-script of Satyajit Ray’s film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The ongoing projects includes digitisation of Sukanto Rachana Samagro, Sree Ramakrishna Kathamrita, Nazrul Islam Rachana Samagro and Multidimensional Corpora of Bengali Speech,” a senior official of WEBEL said.In the cyber security category, Bengal is all poised to lead by example and has already set up a Cyber Security Centre of Excellence in New Town with the aim to explore new employment opportunities in the cyber security space amid growing demands for professionals and experts.”WEBEL Mediatronics Ltd’s Electronic Braille Reading System is being used by states like Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh for imparting education to the blind students,” the official said.Matir Kotha project and Implementation of ICT at School scheme in Bengal both won the Gold Awards.Aninda Chatterjee, managing director Webel along with some senior officials were present at the award function in the capital.last_img read more

Following its significant growth and operating suc

first_imgFollowing its significant growth and operating success in South Asia, luxury experiential travel company andBeyond is now expanding its portfolio to include a third continent with the launch of &Beyond South America.andBeyond South America’s first official office will open on 15 July 2015 in Santiago, Chile and will provide luxury tour operating and destination management company (DMC) services to guests travelling to Chile. By 15 August, &Beyond will have additional operational coverage in neighbouring Argentina.The capital city of Chile, Santiago is ranked among the top three cities in South America and is the ideal entry point to the continent’s most iconic destinations, including Iguazu Falls, Easter Island, the wine regions of Santiago, Atacama (one of the world’s driest deserts), Buenos Aires (the “Paris” of the Andes), and of course Patagonia, which is the gateway to Antarctica.By mid-2016, andBeyond South America has hopes to further expand to include luxury touring services in two additional countries, Peru and Ecuador, allowing guests to explore the wonders of Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon, to name just a few incredible attractions.andBeyond South America will be led and operated by Managing Director Pedro Barraza, who will report to Regional Managing Director (East Africa, South Asia & South America), Mark Wheeler. Pedro has 25 years’ experience in the travel industry and 14 years’ experience in top management roles in South America specifically.Although initially operating as a full-service luxury DMC, andBeyond hopes to start exploring other opportunities in South America in terms of luxury experiential lodges, blue ocean ships in the Galapagos and river ships on the Amazon.last_img read more

Two arrests after over 600 firecrackers found

first_imgTwo teenagers were arrested on Monday morning in Limassol after police found over 600 firecrackers.According to police a search was conducted at 8am in the home of a 16-year-old in Limassol where 482 firecrackers were found.A second search in the home of an 18-year-old also in Limassol found 150 firecrackers, three fuses and other items, all of which were seized.Both teens were arrested.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Zorn bill commemorates Medal of Honor recipient

first_img17Dec Zorn bill commemorates Medal of Honor recipient Designation of Matt Urban Memorial Bridge heads to governorThe Michigan Legislature this week approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, to remember World War II hero Matt Urban by naming a local highway bridge in his honor.House Bill 4814 designates the bridge on U.S. Highway 24 between North and South Custer roads as the “Matt Urban Memorial Bridge.”Lt. Urban of the 9th Division’s 60th Regiment in the U.S. Army fought in North Africa, Sicily, France and Germany during World War II. He was called “The Ghost” because of his many exploits on the battlefield, which earned him seven Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Croix de Guerre with a Silver Star and the Medal of Honor. Lt. Urban is a local and national hero, and is one of the most honorable and decorated soldiers in U.S. history.“Like so many of Michigan’s military veterans, Lt. Urban displayed unbelievable courage through extreme situations during his service,” Zorn said. “Naming this bridge over the River Raisin is our opportunity for us to honor him for the sacrifices he made protecting our freedoms.”Urban also served 16 years as the director of the Monroe Community Center after his dedicated time in uniform.HB 4814 awaits the governor’s signature.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Lower joined by local officials for Gov Rick Snyders State of

first_img PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lower (left), of Cedar Lake, invited Montcalm County Register of Deeds Lori Wilson (center) and Michael Mazzola (right) of the Stanton City Commission as his guests for Tuesday’s State of the State address inside Lansing’s State Capitol building. Gov. Rick Snyder presented his plans and goals for the upcoming year while addressing members of both legislative chambers and their guests. Tags: State of the State 23Jan Rep. Lower joined by local officials for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State addresscenter_img Categories: Lower News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Whiteford announces January office hours

first_img Categories: Whiteford News State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours this month.“I want to begin this new legislative term by hearing directly from residents,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I encourage anyone with ideas or questions about state government to attend and look forward to seeing everyone.”Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday, Jan. 21 at the following times and locations:9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Russ’ Restaurant, 1060 Lincoln Ave., Holland, MI 4942311:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Salem Township Offices, 3003 142nd Ave., Dorr, MI 493231:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Plainwell City Hall, 211 N Main St., Plainwell, MI 49080No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Whiteford may call her office at (517) 373-0836 or email 04Jan Rep. Whiteford announces January office hourslast_img read more

Neighborhood Centers Fight Suburban Poverty in Houston

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 31, 2014; CityLabIn Nonprofit Quarterly’s continuing coverage of the dynamics of Ferguson in the wake of the killing of teenager Michael Brown, we have consistently pointed out the impact of increasing suburban poverty, particularly poverty in inner-ring suburbs like Ferguson, with its relationship to St. Louis. As demographics in cities change, a significant piece of urban poverty has been pushed to the suburbs, as is evident in the socio-economic statistics that characterize Ferguson and other communities. Unlike inner cities, however, relatively scant attention has been paid to the most productive responses and solutions to the problem of inner-ring suburban poverty—in part, we believe, because of the dearth of nonprofit organizations providing a platform for voice and advocacy about conditions that need to be addressed and changed.If you’ve spent time in Houston, you know that it is the size of a small country, and many in-city neighborhoods are actually suburban communities that happen to have a Houston city address. A nonprofit organization called Neighborhood Centers, which was established over a hundred years ago as the Houston Settlement Association, has been responding to the needs of communities in greater Houston where there is no public transportation to a health clinic or food bank—“where the urban safety net that poor people rely on may not stretch,” in the words of Amanda Kolson Hurley, writing for The Atlantic’s CityLab.Hurley presents an upbeat picture of the “success,” as she describes it, of Neighborhood Centers, originally a part of the settlement housing movement that most people associate with East Coast entities such as the Henry Street Settlement in New York City or Jane Addams’s Hull House in Chicago. She reports that Neighborhood Centers is the “largest nonprofit in Texas,” which doesn’t quite sound right, though the nonprofit is pretty big (with $246.9 million in revenue and a fund balance of $41.6 million 2012), “with 70-plus locations spread across 60—yes, 60—counties,” as she puts it.Part of Hurley’s analysis is that the effectiveness of Neighborhood Centers is reflected in and conveyed by its size: “Its size is not just a sign of the growing need for its services, but has become a powerful tool in and of itself,” she writes. She quotes the CEO of Neighborhood Centers, Angela Blanchard, to say, “We’ve learned there are advantages to size…. You can take on big regional challenges.” Hurley adds, “The organization’s size also enables it to take a holistic approach, providing a broad spectrum of services…to assist whole families.”That seems to be the key to the success of Neighborhood Centers as Hurley sees it: the integration and co-location of multiple services, exemplified by the four-acre Baker-Ripley campus that Neighborhood Centers operates in the Gulfton area of Houston. Based on input from residents though the Centers’ “appreciative inquiry” approach keyed to building on local, community assets (much like the asset-based community building approach of John McKnight and Jody Kretzman, at least as Hurley describes it), Baker-Ripley contains a charter school, health clinic, credit union, tax prep center, and an immigration information office, as well as classrooms, green community space, and bus service. The mix addresses multiple factors of the issues underlying Houston’s suburban-like poverty.Neighborhood Centers CEO Angela Blanchard isn’t surprised by the emergence of suburban philanthropy. For her, as she said to CityLab, suburban poverty has been there all along. However, much of Houston’s suburban poverty is substantially within Houston city lines, as Houston gained more population in the last U.S. Census than any city in the U.S. except for New York City. Outside of the city line, in suburban Harris County, population growth was even faster. Ferguson, however, is located outside of St. Louis city, an older city that has shrunk from a population of 856,796 in 1950 to 319,294 in 2010—with estimates that it has lost another thousand people as of 2013. In the same time period, Houston’s population increased more than threefold, from 596,163 in 1950 to an estimated 2,195,914 in 2013.The suburban poverty of Houston is poverty encompassed in metropolitan growth. For Ferguson and St. Louis, suburban poverty is associated with a shrinking, declining city. Having been admirers of the settlement house movement over history, we find much to admire in Houston’s Neighborhood Centers. However, the effective response to suburban poverty adjacent to older cities like St. Louis may require different strategies and solutions. But whether suburban Houston or suburban St. Louis, there is no question that a key element of any successful strategy will be the presence and capacity of a nonprofit infrastructure and delivery system.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

SCOTUS Inmates Sentenced as Juveniles for Life Imprisonment Must Be Able to

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares“HarrisCountyJuvenileJusticeCenter” by WhisperToMe – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.January 25, 2016; Washington PostThe nonprofit community has always been involved in trying to make the criminal justice system more accurately meet the needs of juvenile offenders, including the particular needs of juveniles while they are incarcerated and when they are re-entering society. The sector has also been proactive specifically for juveniles serving life sentences, with or without parole. They will have to continue to be proactive, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s major clarifying decision to a prior 2012 decision that said juveniles could not receive automatic life imprisonment without parole sentences.In 2012, the Court found in Miller v. Alabama that a juvenile cannot be mandated a life imprisonment sentence without the possibility of parole without consideration to the specificities of the particular case. The decision was referring to laws in states where if an individual is found guilty of a certain crime, the sentence must be life imprisonment without exception. However, the question remained whether the decision would apply retroactively to cases before the decision.In a 6-to-3 decision written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the Court clarifies and says all individuals who were sentenced to life imprisonment as juveniles must be able to argue for parole and their release from prison. The case centers on Henry Montgomery, 69, who was convicted as a 17-year-old of shooting and fatally wounding a police officer in Louisiana. He was automatically sentenced to life without parole. Montgomery has since argued that following the 2012 SCOTUS decision, his several decades in prison should allow him to be considered for release, an argument that was rejected by the Louisiana Supreme Court.In the opinion, Kennedy writes, “Prisoners like Montgomery must be given the opportunity to show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption; and, if it did not, their hope for some years of life outside prison walls must be restored.” Many states have already decided themselves that Miller will apply retroactively to cases that were finalized before the decision, but Louisiana and seven other states have not.The decision strengthens the Court’s contention in Miller that juveniles must be treated differently than adults and a mandatory sentence amounts to a violation of the Eighth Amendment. “Children are constitutionally different from adults for sentencing purposes. Their ‘lack of maturity’ and ‘underdeveloped sense of responsibility’ lead to recklessness, impulsivity, and heedless risk-taking,” said the 2012 decision. According to Miller, mandating a life sentence without the considerations that must be afforded a juvenile, that sentence is unconstitutional.Nonprofit and other organizations with interests in juvenile sentencing will have to be vigilant, as this decision has opened the door for potentially thousands of cases to be reviewed on appeal. However, it’s important to note that this decision does not stop courts from doling out life sentences for juveniles: courts are only prohibited from delivering mandatory life sentences, in accord with Miller. Further, the purpose of the clarification decision, as detailed by Kennedy, is to give these specific cases further consideration given that the prisoners were sentenced when they were young.“Extending parole eligibility to juvenile offenders does not impose an onerous burden on the states, nor does it disturb the finality of state convictions,” writes Kennedy. “Those prisoners who have shown an inability to reform will continue to serve life sentences. The opportunity for release will be afforded to those who demonstrate the truth of Miller’s central intuition—that children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change.”—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more