first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales gained 0.1 per cent to $63.1 billion in April.The small increase came as gains in machinery, equipment and supplies and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors were offset by a drop in the motor vehicle and parts subsector.The agency says wholesale sales in volume terms were unchanged.Sales were up in three of the seven subsectors.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector climbed 2.3 per cent to $13.0 billion, while the food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 1.9 per cent to $12.1 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector fell 4.0 per cent to $11.5 billion.last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state.The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September giving utilities some relief beginning next year.The law made it easier for utilities to pass along costs from fire-related damages to consumers and also avoid possible bankruptcy from a series of major fires that occurred during the 2017 fire season that produced more than $10 billion in losses.But there was a gap in the law: No damages specific to 2018 were included, so utilities face a higher bar to bill customers to cover those costs. And this year already supplanted 2017 as the most destructive in California’s recorded history.Authorities have not determined a cause for either of two major blazes burning now, but Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison have reported irregularities with their equipment near the time and place where both ignited.A woman who owns land near the site where a deadly wildfire started in Northern California said Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. sought access to her property just before the blaze started because the utility’s power lines were causing sparks.PG&E shares have lost more than a third of their value since the Camp Fire broke out northeast of San Francisco, destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of people as it levelled the town of Paradise.Moody’s Investors Service said Monday that the “shortcomings” in the legislation reflect negatively on PG&E’s credit rating, which is barely investment grade.“Moody’s negative outlook incorporates the view that additional financial stress for PG&E is likely,” Moody’s spokesman Joe Mielenhausen said in an email. “Going forward, we will look for signs of additional legislative and regulatory support for the utility as it works through various legal processes.”Last week PG&E told state regulators that it detected a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze minutes before the fire broke out. The utility later said it observed damage to a transmission tower on the line, and a PG&E spokeswoman said the company will co-operate with any investigations.Betsy Ann Cowley, a property owner near the site said PG&E sought access to the area before the fire started, telling her power lines were sparking.Southern California Edison told regulators there was an outage on an electrical circuit near the site where the Woolsey Fire started in Ventura County. It quickly spread into Malibu and destroyed hundreds of homes.SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution and there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved. The report said the fire was reported around 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage.Shares of parent company Edison International have tumbled more than 20 per cent since the fire started.California is one of just two states that hold electric companies entirely liable for damage caused by their equipment, even if they followed all safety precautions. The new law makes it easier for them to pass some of those costs along to consumers.Utilities lobbied aggressively to eliminate that strict liability standard but lawmakers dropped the idea amid pressure from insurers, trial lawyers and fire victims.Instead, legislators passed a law making it easier for utilities to manage the costs without going bankrupt. They created two mechanisms for investor-owned utilities to shift the costs of wildfire lawsuits onto their customers— one process that begins in 2019, and another for the 2017 fires.For reasons that remain unclear, they law left the rules unchanged for 2018.“The priority was on addressing 2017 victims and putting in place some fire-safety measures,” said Paul Payne, a spokesman for Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat and the bill’s author. “The focus was on making 2017 victims whole.”It’s too soon to say whether the Legislature will take up another fight over the 2018 fires, Payne said.SoCal Edison officials say the Legislature needs to do more to shield utilities from wildfire-related liability.“SCE believes the state can do more, including enacting fire-smart building codes, particularly in high fire risk areas, and ensuring the proper allocation of risk for the often-tragic consequences of wildfires,” spokeswoman Justina Garcia wrote in an email.A PG&E spokesman, Paul Doherty, did not respond to questions about the legislation, saying “our entire company is focused on supporting first responders.”Sen. Jerry Hill, a Redwood City Democrat and longtime critic of PG&E, called the report of troubles on PG&E’s lines in the area extremely worrisome.“At some point we have to say enough is enough and we have to ask: Should this company be allowed to do business in California?” Hill said. “These fires take a spark, and at least in the last few years fires have been caused by negligent behaviour by PG&E. We need to see how we can hold them responsible, or look at alternative way of doing business.”Hill said he was exploring legislative options to keep a closer check on PG&E, including the possibility of breaking up the utility.“They are a monopoly and they act as a monopoly,” Hill said. “That is a problem when the motive is profit, and that just may not be the right motive for providing utility services.”___Associated Press writer Garance Burke contributed from San Francisco.Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Presslast_img read more

FedEx is dropping a contract for air shipment of packages for Amazon within the United States, reducing its ties with an online retail giant that is expanding its own delivery business.FedEx said Friday that it will not renew the contract for domestic FedEx Express handling of Amazon shipments when the deal expires June 30.Spokeswoman Katie Wassmer says the move will let FedEx focus on thousands of other retailers including Target, Walgreens and Walmart.The move doesn’t affect FedEx ground shipments inside the U.S. for Amazon.In a statement, Amazon says only that it respects FedEx’s decision and thanks the delivery company for serving Amazon customers over the years.The Associated Press read more

Wrapping up a visit to the country, Edmund Mulet, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, also listed among the signs of tangible progress the disappearance of the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south.He noted in addition that the two former warring forces are now working together on security issues along with the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNOCI) and French Licorne forces, according to a UN spokesperson. “Even so, much remains to be done,” the spokesperson added, saying that Mr. Mulet requested donors to continue to provide support to the peace process and to streamline their efforts in the maintenance of peace in Cote d’Ivoire.UNOCI is helping to pave the way for the polls, which were scheduled for 30 November but have been delayed for the third time.Elections are one of the key benchmarks of last year’s Ouagadougou Agreement, the political accord reached in neighbouring Burkina Faso that aims to reconcile Côte d’Ivoire’s Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles. 12 December 2008Genuine progress has been made in identifying the population and registering voters for the long-delayed elections in Cote d’Ivoire, a key element in resolving a political crisis that in 2002 divided the West African country into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south, a top United Nations official said today. read more

25 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to step up efforts to help Africa attain its potential for peace and sustainable development, saying the continent continued to influence the global agenda by reminding the world of its responsibility to the most vulnerable. In his message to mark Africa Day, which commemorates the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU), Mr. Ban said the United Nations was a key partner of Africa, supporting the continent’s efforts in various fields, including peace and security, social and economic development and regional integration.“The independence movement that swept Africa five decades ago brought many new members to the United Nations, resulting in a new focus on the continent’s development needs and heightened emphasis on greater democracy in the management of international relations,” the Secretary-General said.“By consistently reminding the international community of its responsibility to the most vulnerable, and affirming that we are all members of a global family of nations, Africa has helped to reshape the global agenda,” he added.This year’s anniversary has particular significance because it also marks 50 years of independence for several Francophone African States, as well as Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation.The UN has played a key role promulgating the fundamental values of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights among the diverse nations of African, Mr. Ban said.“Our extensive presence on the ground in Africa encompasses peacekeeping, peace-building, mediation and conflict prevention, and there is growing cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union Commission, exemplified by regular dialogue between the Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council,” he said.The September Summit on the Millennium Development Goals offered yet another venue for upholding UN’s commitments to Africa and supporting the continent’s efforts to implement its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD, the Secretary-General said. As an economic programme of the African Union, NEPAD aims to provide a policy framework for accelerating economic cooperation and integration among African States.“Africa is poised to capitalize on its potential. On this Africa Day, let us rededicate ourselves to fruitful partnerships in pursuit of peace and sustainable progress for all the continent’s people,” he added. read more

“I’ll try and do my utmost to fulfil my tasks at the end of the day to produce something which would be considered by the world at large to have been a successful counter-terrorism activity,” Javier Ruperez told reporters at his first news conference in New York.The CTC draws its mandate from Security Council resolution 1373 – adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States – which compels countries to report regularly on their efforts to combat terrorism.Mr. Ruperez hailed progress since the measure’s passage. The sensitivity concerning terrorism has been changed around the world “precisely because of the existence of that resolution,” he said.On staffing for the office he heads, Mr. Ruperez pledged to make proposals on staffing shortly, but estimated that 30 to 40 people would be required. “I want to have a very lean and efficient structure,” he explained.He said his future activities would include a visit to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS), which he said “has developed a very robust system of counter-terrorism measures.”Mr. Ruperez said he also anticipated talks with officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was “doing a very good job as far as controlling terrorist financing.”Asked about the current situation in Iraq, he said, “What we are watching right now in Iraq has all the appearance of terrorist acts, and those people who are using violence for the purpose of achieving political goals and on the way killing civilians, innocent people, and using this indiscriminate violence to me are terrorists,” he said.”Terrorism is trying to eat up our own reasons for being,” he observed. “It is the fight against reason, it is the fight against the principles of the United Nations.”A national of Spain, Mr. Ruperez said terrorism has sadly been a part of both his national and personal life. “I was kidnapped by the Basque terrorists in 1979,” he recalled.Spain had been able to assert its power as a democratic State. “I think that we were able to build up a very strong sense of what we wanted to achieve against the terrorists,” he said. “Even if it does take place, the world will continue, and democracy will continue, and freedom will continue.”We know that the fight will be a bit longer, but at the end of the day we will prevail,” he said. read more

Ohio State has named its next women’s basketball coach. The school announced Tuesday that Washington coach Kevin McGuff will be the next coach of the Buckeye program. “We are excited with the opportunity for Kevin to lead our women’s basketball program,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith in a released statement. “He is a proven leader and has done a marvelous job everywhere he has been. We welcome him back to his home, Ohio.” The move comes less than a month after splitting ways with former coach Jim Foster on March 19. Foster spent 11 seasons in Columbus and garnered a 279-82 record. McGuff, who spent nine seasons at Xavier (214-73) in Cincinnati before jumping ship to Washington in 2011, led the Huskies to a 21-12 finish that ended in a loss to Pacific in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament second round this year. “I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next women’s basketball coach at Ohio State,” McGuff said in a released statement. “This is an amazing opportunity for my family and me to come back to the state of Ohio. I would like to thank Gene, (executive associate athletic director) Miechelle Willis and President (E. Gordon) Gee for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach. As someone who is from state of Ohio, I know how special of a place this is and my goal is to have Ohio State competing at the highest level of women’s college basketball.” According to a press release, McGuff, who was 41-26 in two seasons with Washington, signed a contract extension on March 26 through 2020. An OSU spokesman said the terms of McGuff’s contract will be made available at a press conference Wednesday. read more

first_img“It can be a dangerous strategy, particularly if we came in with about the same vote and then transfers are more difficult,” Gallagher said.The former TD, whose stronghold is in Donegal and the west of the constituency, added that he has an ability to secure votes in the counties of Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Meath and Louth.He agreed that opinion polls suggest that Sinn Féin will take a seat along with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, but cautioned that it was “much too early yet” to predict what will happen.Fine Gael has already selected incumbent MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins as it targets two of the four available seats in the constituency. Labour has selected senator Lorraine Higgins, Sinn Féin is running councillor Matt Carthy, and the Green Party is running councillor Mark Dearey.Incumbent independent MEP Marian Harkin is seeking to retain her European Parliament seat, and independent senator Rónán Mullen is also contesting the election. Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan will indicate next week whether he intends to run.Read: ‘Ming’ Flanagan will tell us if he is running for Europe after St Patrick’s DayRead: Another senator is running for Europe in Ireland’s biggest constituency PAT ‘THE COPE’ GALLAGHER, the veteran Fianna Fáil MEP, has said that the two-candidate strategy that the party is pursuing in the new Midlands-North West European constituency could be dangerous.He has also admitted that it is unlikely the party will take two seats, telling Karen Coleman on Radio EP: “I am only wish we could take two seats, but of course I am a realist.”He was speaking ahead of the party’s final selection convention which is due to take place in Mullingar this weekend. Two candidates will be picked to contest the 15-county four-seat constituency for Fianna Fáil.Gallagher is certain to take one of the nominations with Senator Thomas Bryne also likely to be nominated. Seanán Ó Coistín, a former independent candidate in Ireland East, is also putting his name forward.Gallagher, who has been in the European Parliament since 1994, said the decision to run two candidates had come from “the hierarchy of the party” with one running east of the Shannon and the other west of the river in what he said is “a very large constituency”.last_img read more

first_imgMédecine alternative : des mouvements oculaires pour l’autoguérisonFrance – Découvrez la thérapie des mouvements oculaires, mise en lumière par Le Point. Une médecine alternative qui permet de soigner le stress post-traumatique.La thérapie “des mouvements oculaires de sensibilisation et de retraitement”, appelée EMDR, est une forme d’autoguérison qui permet de soigner les syndromes de stress post-traumatique. Elle donne de bons résultats sur les victimes d’accident, de viol, de catastrophe naturelle, en les aidant à classer les pensées liées au choc dans l’espace “souvenirs résolus” du cerveau. Dès lors, les symptômes liés au traumatisme disparaissent.Une séance d’EMDR consiste pour le patient à raconter à haute voix le choc qu’il a subi. Le thérapeute lui fait réaliser pendant ce temps des séries de mouvements oculaires, tout en lui envoyant des stimuli sonores et visuels, afin d’agir sur les deux hémisphères du cerveau. Cette technique peut être effectuée chez un psychothérapeute, un psychiatre, un psychologue ou un psychanalyste agréé. Le 31 octobre 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed his final days at Manchester United were embarrassing.The Manchester United all-time top scorer insists his failure to start the club’s league cup final against Southampton and the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax convinced him his time at the club was over.Despite having a bit-part role in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad, the former England international remained the captain as well as a living icon during his final season at Old Trafford.However, his reduced status in the dressing room meant Rooney was ’embarrassed’ to lift both trophies.Rooney told Sky Sports: “I came on for one minute in the Europa League final. I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing.“It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed. I thought “I can’t keep doing this”, as hard as it was to leave United.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“In the Southampton game, [manager Jose] Mourinho came to me and said: ‘I want you to lift the trophy.’ I was like: “Well, I didn’t even play in the game.’”“He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on. What was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else.”Rooney called time on his United career in the summer of 2017, joining his boyhood club Everton with Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction in a separate deal.However, his time at Goodison Park would be equally difficult and he made the move to the MLS this summer.He enjoyed an impressive campaign in the United States and his family have flourished in their new environment.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that Sporting was lacking in composure in their Thursday night match, adding that the club deserves credit for being very compact and difficult to break.“We have to give credit to Sporting because they were very compact and they made it difficult for us, but maybe that composure was lacking a bit today,” Iwobi said via official club’s website.Discussing about the red card after Aubameyang found himself through on goal, he continued:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a bit sad, especially when you’re seeing Pierre running and he’s so fast that we knew he was going to get there, but I guess it was a smart challenge from Mathieu, but it was unfortunate for us and we were unable to get the goal.”While also talking about Wolves at the weekend and aiming to finish top of the group, Iwobi concluded:“We will go again and start analysing Wolves and that’s not going to be an easy game because they’ve been doing well this season, so onto the next one.”last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”OP-ED: Why Wilmington Residents Should Care About A Woburn 40B ProjectIn “Government”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business” Dear Editor,We would like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Cindy Friedman and Bruce Tarr and Representatives Richard Haggerty, David Robertson, and Kenneth Gordon for their continued support in the Woburn Neighborhood Association’s objection to the Ledges Project. The State Delegation from Woburn and Wilmington sent a joint letter to the Mass Department of Environmental Protection outlining their objections to the project and asking them to take immediate action. The text of the letter is below.Sincerely,Michael L Raymond, ChairmanWoburn Neighborhood Association++++++++++++++++++++++Office of Heidi ZischGeneral CounselMass DEP 205B Lowell StWilmington, MA 01887Attorney Zisch,We write to you with great concern about the environmental impact regarding the “Ledges” project located at 1042 Main Street in Woburn, MA, and the widespread effects it will have on both the local and regional human and animal populations, forest ecosystem, and groundwater runoff. While we support accessible and affordable housing opportunities in the greater Boston area, the impact the proposed project has on the surrounding neighborhoods in terms of dust, noise, and construction on an environmentally damaged plot leads us to believe that such a project’s negatives far outweigh any perceived benefits. We believe that MassDEP would likely share in our and our constituents justified concerns,Firstly, with 420,000 cubic yards of soil set to be removed, the project not only radically alters the community but also exposes all residents to dust and debris as a result of the extensive blasting. Of particular concern to us is the great amount of Silica dust that will be created. As we are sure you know, silica contributes to increased risks of a myriad of cancers, a heightened risk of OCPD, and is the direct cause of silicosis. These risks are especially concerning due to the presence of young children and the elderly nearby, living in homes not typically insulated against such fine particle matter. Even if such particles do not enter the homes and business of residents, fine particles that land on cars, playsets, and pathways will be directly stirred up and breathed by thousands of people. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that workers who deal with silica change their clothes and park their vehicle in sheltered areas at the worksite, noting that fallen particles on clothes and cars still raise the level for illness. The residents of Woburn and Wilmington do not have this luxury, and instead are forced to be exposed to contaminates without any choice but to abandon their homes. This is egregious.Secondly, we wish MassDEP to address the radical changes such a development will have on the water percolation and runoff, especially with respect to the change in how the plume of the Olin Chemical site has continuously spread. As we are sure you are aware the chemicals leaked from the Olin Chemical property have created a larger plume than previously expected, With the removal of vegetation, top soil, and the creation of thousands of square feet of non-permeable surface we are concerned with the exacerbation that concentrated percolation and drainage will have in extending the plume. By creating non-permeable surfaces and removing topsoil storm-water run off potentially increase in concentration, pushing chemicals spreading through the bedroom even further rather than being held and released more slowly as the current topography of the site allows. As you are also aware, the Wilmington area cancer study is still an ongoing matter, and evidence suggests a correlation between the appearance of rare cancers and the chemicals present in the Woburn/Wilmington watershed.Thirdly, our delegation is concerned about the noise and light pollution on nearby residents. While the area is developed, the lowering of the elevation of the hill and the removal of the trees changes the dynamic of the light and noise pollution tremendously. It is no secret that studies show that exposure to light and sound during evening hours leads to higher rates of stress, depression, anxiety, and more in children. The size and scope of a project that radically alters the landscape will decrease the health of the population, decrease the values of existing property, and compound an already tenuous public health picture.As the project is moving forward, urgent action is greatly needed. We ask that you, within your powers, take into account our objections with the project so that the good people of Woburn and Wilmington do not lose their health, homes, or happiness. As always, if you have any questions on the above points, the project in general, or our other numerous concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our respective offices.Sincerely,Representative David RobertsonRepresentative Richard HaggertyRepresentative Kenneth GordonSenator Bruce TarrSenator Cindy FriedmanLike 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

first_imgIndia go into the World Cup as favourites and one of the main reasons why they have this tag is their well-rounded bowling attack. Virat Kohli has plenty of attacking options as far as his bowlers are concerned and this gives the captain a lot of confidence.Former Australian bowler and multiple World Cup winner Glenn McGrath believes that India’s pace ace Jasprit Bumrah will play a huge role in shaping India’s journey at the marquee event. He also cautioned that India should not chop and change too much and always stick to their strengths.”If a combination works, I see no reason to change that. Bumrah will be the key to India’s success. He needs to bowl well in the powerplay and at the death. The runs you save in the powerplay really matters,” McGrath said.’Middle overs are important’ Indian cricket team Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images”Bumrah needs to be accurate, mix his slower ones up nicely. His short deliveries must catch batsmen by surprise, as he did in IPL. Middle overs are very important. This is where many teams let the opposition off the hook. Hardik Pandya’s role here will be important,” he further added.Much of India’s success in ODIs over the years has been because of the consistency of their top order and the Australian legend believes that it should continue even in the tournament. However, according to him, they can only be successful if they are willing to adapt and adjust to conditions and then dig in for the long haul.”As we saw in the last few days, 300-plus is the norm. So India’s top order — Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli — must click. They need to be patient and judicious in shot selection to put runs on the board. It depends upon how they adapt,” McGrath further added. Rohit needs to find formIANSFor India, the form of the openers is a concern as both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have not looked anywhere close to their best in the two warm-up games. Although captain Virat Kohli did not sound too concerned with his openers, India need them to stand up and be counted on the day when it matters the most.Also, the pitch at Southampton has always been a flat one that produces high-scores, a factor that could force India to go in with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the third seamer. There could be a toss up between Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav as the second all-rounder in the side after Hardik Pandya.last_img read more

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, along with the Baltimore City School Board, introduced new CEO of the Baltimore Public Schools, Dr. Gregory Thornton, during a news conference Feb. 18 at John Eager Howard Elementary School. A life-long educator who once turned down an opportunity to study medicine free of charge because he was committed to becoming a teacher, Thornton comes to Baltimore after spending the last four years serving as superintendent of Milwaukee’s public schools. There, he helped raise graduation rates and improve student achievement scores at a rate higher than the national average, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress Trial Urban District Assessment for 2013. In her introductory comments, Rawlings-Blake spoke of some of the challenges facing the Baltimore public schools and touted the 21st Century Buildings initiative, an effort to build new schools and renovate existing ones with the aid of $1.1 billion in funds secured by the Baltimore delegation to the Maryland legislature in Annapolis. “Our city school buildings” explained the mayor, “still are the oldest in the state. Many were built in the early part of the 20th century and some unfortunately…are still standing from the 19th century,” she said. “Leaking roofs,…unreliable heating and cooling systems, unusable bathrooms and water fountains had become the norm in too many of our schools and I can’t tell you what it means to me that future generations of Baltimore’s children—current and future—will see new schools, renovated schools, and first-class schools right here in Baltimore.” The sorry state of the school buildings was also attested to by Marcellis McQueen, a fourth grader and reporter for Cool School News, the John Eager Howard Elementary School newspaper. “Our water is always green or brown. Our bathroom, it’s dirty and is always getting flooded and needs improving,” Marcellis said. The young student reporter also noted that he would like to see better gym facilities and a student lounge where kids could receive additional help in subjects such as math. Thornton, whom the Mayor described as “a seasoned administrator” and “an outstanding partner in working to provide [the] world class education that we all want for Baltimore’s children” will take over for interim CEO Tisha Edwards, who oversaw the implementation of Common Core State Standards in the Baltimore public school system in July. In addition to continuing the implementation of Common Core, Thornton will be tasked with overseeing increased access to technology for Baltimore’s public school students, an effort he also helped oversee during his time in Milwaukee. According to Thornton, “On any given day, my kids [in the Milwaukee school system] are out on job sites, not as laborers, they are out basically looking at the role technology plays in every aspect of life.” The necessary tech infrastructure will be installed as part of the 21st Century Buildings initiative, but Thornton said he wants to work to increase access to technology beyond the walls of the schoolhouse for Baltimore’s public school students. “Kids gotta have access at home,” he said. “What I think premiere cities are trying to do is to create a way in which, no matter where you plug in, any time—kid’s laying in bed and can’t sleep, he takes his cell phone and gets caught up. That’s my goal.” In addition to being a life-long educator, Thornton is a grandfather and is accompanied in his move to Baltimore by his wife and fellow educator, Theresa Thornton, whom he has known since they were both 15 years old.last_img read more

first_imgCardiac sarcoidosis affects the heart in five to 25 percent of all sarcoidosis cases, prompting a range of symptoms from none at all to an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, leg swelling or, in rare cases, chest pain. Because all these symptoms are indicative of many different conditions, physicians suspecting cardiac sarcoidosis typically run a battery of tests that first exclude other diseases.DIAGNOSIS: A cardiac biopsy is one of the few ways to confirm the diagnosis, although a cardiac MRI can sometimes detect the granularcells, which resemble clumps of sand or salt grains and eventually influence organ function. About one-third of the patients with cardiac sarcoidosis have detectable abnormalities visible in an echocardiogram. Other diagnostic tests include nuclear imaging and cardiac positron emission tomographic scans, also known as PET scans.Although sarcoidosis can wax and wane, cycling through active and inactive phases, it usually occurs in more than one organ at a time. Effects on the heart can range from undetectable to severe. Potential problems include abnormal heart rhythm, blood flow blockages, heart failure and valve malfunctions.TREATMENT: The primary difference when treating patients with cardiac sarcoidosis compared to most other cardiac conditions is that immunosuppressive therapy is often required in addition to standard medical and device therapy. The cornerstone for immunosuppressive therapy is corticosteroid treatment; however, steroid-sparing agents are also commonly co-administered to reduce side-effects.Cardiac device therapy has evolved over time such that many more patients are now receiving pacemakers or implantable cardiac defibrillators for primary prevention of sudden death.  Steroids are used to help reduce inflammation. Prednisolone is usually used and generally needed for a course of six to 24 months.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Within 24 hours of announcement of the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, political violence erupted across the state. Trinamool Congress workers and supporters were allegedly attacked by BJP workers in several districts.In some places, BJP alleged that Trinamool workers attacked their workers instead and tried to instigate violence. However, both the parties have denied the allegations made against them. According to sources, in several districts of North Bengal, BJP workers and supporters allegedly attacked Trinamool workers and ransacked party offices. At Kalaikunda in West Midnapore, a Trinamool party office was vandalised and miscreants reportedly tore the flags of the party, whereas In Narayangarh the wife of a Trinamool worker was reportedly assaulted by BJP workers on Thursday night. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Friday, Trinamool party offices at Sitai, Haribola and Giridhari areas in Cooch Behar were allegedly ransacked by BJP-backed hooligans. Local Trinamool leader Ashok Kumar Roy’s home was vandalised as well. Though Trinamool is pointing the finger at BJP for attacking them, saffron leadership has also alleged that Trinamool workers had planned to attack their workers. At Chila area in Tufangunj, Trinamool allegedly attacked a rally taken out by BJP workers to celebrate their win in Cooch Behar. Five BJP workers got injured in the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBJP workers reportedly took out another rally at Saltora in Bankura. At the same time, Saltora Trinamool block president Kalipada Roy was passing through the area. Seeing the rally, he reportedly got down from his car and misbehaved with the BJP supporters. Though the matter was settled immediate after the incident, on Friday morning some BJP workers allegedly vandalised Roy’s house in Saltora. Later, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control. In Durgapur, a Trinamool worker’s house was vandalised on Thursday night. According to sources, on Thursday night a few miscreants attacked the house of Trinamool worker Pratima Bagdi at Laudoha. She alleged that the miscreants were all BJP workers, which the leadership denied. Meanwhile on Thursday night, BJP and Trinamool workers also got involved in a clash at Shalimar gate number 5. Workers from both the parties reportedly pelted stones and bricks at each other. As a result, several persons from both the groups got injured. After being informed, police went to the spot and tried to control the situation. However, a few police personnel also got injured in the process. Later, a huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and combat force reached the spot and controlled the situation.last_img read more

first_imgThe Hopi Native Americans are a cultural group often referred to as “the oldest of people” by other Native American tribes. In his Book of the Hopi, American writer Frank Waters says that they “regard themselves as the first inhabitants of America” and that “their village of Oraibi is indisputably the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the United States.” The Hopi are mainly agricultural people who live in the American Southwest, mainly in Arizona where today their Hopi reservation covers a land area of over 2,500 sq mi. They cultivate dozens of varieties of corn, beans, pumpkins, cotton, sunflower, and squash which they also use for producing tools and instruments.Hopi girlsThe Hopi are widely known for their spirituality and beliefs rooted in Animism. They believe in powerful ancestral spirits or deities called Kachinas. They can be animals or natural elements that possess the magical power of healing, bringing rainfall, and protecting the Hopi tribe.“In spirit and in ceremony, the Hopis maintain a connection with the center of the earth, for they believe that they are the earth’s caretakers, and with the successful performance of their ceremonial cycle, the world will remain in balance, the gods will be appeased, and rain will come.” – The Wind Won’t Know Me: A History of the Navajo-Hopi land dispute by Emily Benedek, published in 1992.Hopi woman, 1922. Photo by Edward S. CurtisThe Hopi tribe are the guardians of their rites and knowledge of their ancestors. Their ceremonies take place in semi-underground chambers called kivas. During their sacred rituals, the Hopi wear masks and costumes to impersonate kachinas.Hopi girl, 1922. Photo by Edward S. CurtisThe entrance to the kivas is through a tiny hole on the surface and symbolizes the gate to the underworld, while a ladder moving up above an opening on the roof represents the pathway to this world.Today, there are kivas in all traditional Hopi villages, which count 12, and are situated just below the central square.Hopi Women’s Dance, 1879, Oraibi, Arizona. Photo by John K. HillersNot many details about the rituals and ancestors of the Hopi are certain because they tend to carry them in great secrecy.It is believed that they descended from the Ancestral Pueblo, just like other Native Americans inhabiting the Southwest (not counting the Navajo with whom the Hopi have had a long history of disputes).Hopi woman dressing hair of unmarried girl, c. 1900. Photo by Henry PeabodyIn their stories and traditional beliefs, the Hopi lived in many different places before they finally settled on this world. They consider this World to be the Fourth and they arrived here following a difficult journey through which they searched for a home.They believe that the First World was destroyed by fire, the Second one by Ice, and the Third World by floods. They were finally led to the Fourth World by their deities.Hopi girl. Photo by Edward S. CurtisTheir oral history stretches back thousands of years which is a big reason they are believed to have one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Archaeology has affirmed their presence in the Southwest for thousands of years, and possibly longer.They introduced chieftains to their villages when they started growing in size, around the 14th and 15th centuries, to improve coordination of their daily activities.Hopi mother, 1921Despite their savage dispute with the neighboring Navajo, the Hopi’s violent history began with their first contact with the Spaniards who disturbed the tribe’s way of living.They started sending missionaries from Spain and although the Hopis pretended to accept Christianity, they have still continued their own rituals and blended elements of both.To this day, the Hopi tend to keep their traditions as much alive as possible. They still keep their centuries-old architecture of the emblematic terraced structures of stone and brick buildings.Read another story from us: The Legendary Chief Who Almost Unified All Native AmericansThey still take care of the same land where their ancestors settled and cultivate the same fields as centuries ago, while local craftsmen continue to create popular traditional jewelry and items.last_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite However, now that all companies are back in business, water usage has to be cut down by everyone. The first area affected by this is Observation Hill, as it is the top point of town and when the water is cut off, the pipes are empty there first, leaving residents without water.Areas hardly ever affected by this are Van Riebeeck Park and the CBD, as they are in the lower part of town and when the water is turned off, it normally takes longer for those pipes to empty.While we enjoy the rain and cool weather in Ladysmith today (Friday), we actually need rain in the catchment area to get our water restrictions lifted. It will, however, take a few days for the water to get to Ladysmith if we do get rain there. As you may have noticed, we had water during our festive season although the water restrictions were still in effect. As businesses closed for the festive season, less water was used by them and residential areas were supplied with water.last_img read more

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