October 20, 2019
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first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA former Manitoba chief’s attempt to land a meeting with the Iranian government won’t help the cause of First Nations people and will simply give the regime in Tehran another chance to deflect attention from its own human rights abuses, says the chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Human Rights in Iran.Liberal MP Irwin Cotler said former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson’s campaign to seek an audience with the Iranian regime will do little to help First Nations people in Canada. The inter-parliamentary group includes political representatives from the U.S., Australia and the UK.“I don’t believe that there will be any effective or even moral assistance that can be forthcoming from an Iranian government that assaults its citizens,” said Cotler. “I share Mr. Nelson’s concerns with the plight of Aboriginal people, but that plight will not be solved by those who assault and violate the rights of their own people.”Nelson is leading a caravan from Winnipeg to Ottawa in March to visit the Iranian embassy and over 100 other diplomatic outposts. Nelson said he plans to deliver a package to the Iranian embassy that will include a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requesting an audience with the Iranian parliament to highlight Canada’s wrongs against First Nations people.The caravan will include representatives from the Ojibway, Dakota and Mohawk people, Nelson said. The Iranian government has publicly criticized Canada in the past over First Nations issues. In January, the Iranian foreign ministry said it had summoned the Canadian charge d’affaires in Tehran over Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal people.“The unfavorable condition of the Indigenous Canadians is a cause of sorrow and grief for the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly protests against the blatant violation of these people’s rights by the Canadian government,” said the ministry in a statement at the time.Cotler said Iran uses the issue as cover for its own abuses.“Iran will use and abuse the plight of Aboriginal people in Canada as they have in the past to deflect away from their own state’s actions and assault against their own people,” said Cotler, who held a press conference in Ottawa Wednesday to highlight the regime’s human rights abuses against dissidents, journalists and women.Iran faces parliamentary elections on Friday.Nelson said he’s not surprised by Cotler’s comments. He said they mirror what he heard during and after his 1998 trip to Iraq while it was under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Nelson said he is under no “illusions” about the Iranian regime, but First Nations people are being forced to seek help from all corners of the globe.“The Americans remain silent on human rights in Canada and the UN blue berets aren’t coming to North America any time soon to rescue Indigenous people,” said Nelson. “There are human rights abuses all over the place…There are 600 murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada. Indigenous women are forced into prostitution and they find their skulls…on (serial killer Robert Pickton’s)farm.”Nelson said First Nations people have to find foreign sources of revenue to break away from their dependency on the Indian Act and Ottawa’s money.“We are going to deal with the issue of accessing foreign investment and development to break the Indian Act system,” said Nelson. “The Liberals didn’t do anything when they were in power, they had a chance to amend the Indian Act or get it out of the way, and now they are champions of the Indians when they have no power.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – One of the most destructive ecological impacts of oil and gas exploration happens long before a litre of oil flows into a pipeline or a single atom of carbon enters the atmosphere.Seismic surveying — the exploration activity that helps identify where to drill — can result in as much as 15 per cent of the forest being chopped down and mulched.But a new kind of seismic survey promises to leave only boot prints in the forest. And that’s good news for species such as the threatened woodland caribou that live alongside the oilsands industry in northern Alberta.“We can do it, it works. We don’t have to cut the forest down anymore,” said Allan Chatenay, co-owner of Explor Geophysical Ltd. and inventor of its PinPoint technology.The Calgary-based company worked with oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. over the past winter to see how the technology stacks up in comparison with traditional seismic techniques on one of its unexplored oilsands leases.The next step will be a commercial-scale trial aimed at proving it can compete on cost as well as effectiveness.Put simply, seismic surveying involves creating sound waves in the earth that bounce off rocky formations hundreds of metres underground and then are recorded by sensors on the surface for analysis.Traditionally, surveys were conducted using truck-mounted drilling gear, heavy sensors and explosive devices weighing several kilograms each. Straight, six- to eight-metre-wide seismic lines were chopped through the forest on rectangular grids to permit access and ensure the equipment was positioned to achieve the best results.The current standard, called low-impact seismic, cuts lines that are about three metres wide, often in a zig-zag pattern on the assumption that it prevents predators from being able to see their prey from a distance.PinPoint takes the technology one step further by scaling down the size of the sensors and charges so they can be carried into the forest by people on foot. By greatly increasing the number of lower powered seismic events and their recordings, and processing them using detailed GPS readings and exact timing, Chatenay says the survey results are just as detailed as traditional seismic.Finding new ways to acquire seismic data fits in with goals by the industry, regulators and the Indigenous community to support caribou conservation, said Christine Daly, a senior technology adviser for land reclamation at Suncor.“Any fragmentation of the boreal forest has an impact on the animals in that ecosystem, including boreal woodland caribou, which are a threatened species,” she said.“We realized one of the root causes of the impact from our industry are these seismic lines, so completely removing them is a huge step in opening more responsible development and caribou conservation.”Only about 25 per cent of caribou ranges in the oilsands area are considered undisturbed, said Simon Dyer, deputy executive director of the Pembina Institute environmental think-tank.That’s well below the 65 per cent undisturbed ratio required to allow threatened caribou populations be self-sustaining, according to a 2012 federal government Species at Risk Act recovery strategy report.“A big contributor to that fragmentation and loss of habitat is the seismic footprint so any technologies that can prevent additional losses of habitat are obviously welcome,” he said.“Slowing the rate of loss of habitat is not good enough …. Any responsible company should be proposing a plan that has a net improvement in caribou habitat, not just a reduced impact.”The PinPoint technology requires more labour than other form of seismic so it costs more, Chatenay said, without being specific.On the other hand, he said, it saves users the cost of having to later replant and remediate seismic lines and may help companies fall in line with future environmental regulation.Suncor is looking at several technologies to reduce the impact of its seismic surveys and it will likely be years before any can be implemented on a commercial scale, said Gary Bunio, general manager of oilsands strategy technology development.He said the cost is important to consider but it’s not the only issue — Suncor could decide on a more expensive option if it provides a solution that is effective and is endorsed by community stakeholders and regulators.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

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Rabat – A young Moroccan from Tangier received a positive vote from all four judges on Spain’s Got Talent after performing a routine that mixed hip-hop dancing and opera singing. Hamza El-Yamlah will move on to the next phase of competition after his debut on the show’s second audition episode which aired on Saturday.The 33-year old began his performance  with hip hop-style dancing to a remixed version of “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle,” a famous song from an 1875 opera by French composer Georges Bizet.After thirty seconds of dancing, El-Yamlah begins singing both male and female parts of Bizet’s classic song with a grand opera voice. The members of the jury said they were “astonished” by his talent as they were not expecting him to deliver such a performance. Overall, they thanked him for the way he interpreted the song.“What a surprise and what a joy that you have come to see us,” said Jesus Vazquez, a member of the jury and a Spanish television show presenter. “You did all – you danced, you sung. I am pleased by your performance.”Another member of the jury, Spanish actress and comedian Eva Hache said that the performance was “very fun and very enjoyable” for the audience, noting the applause he received after he finished.Spanish singer and actress, Edurne, said she was staggered to see him smoothly switch from a male to a female voice. At first she was expecting him to dance to hip-hop music, but then she was surprised to see him sing a soprano song, she said. “It was a performance full of surprises,” she told him. “I am amazed by this person. I think he is mysterious and so sensual. What he did is just amazing,” said the fourth member of the jury, Spanish actor Jorge Javier Vázquez. read more

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___Apple’s fiscal 2Q revenue, profit sag amid iPhone slumpSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Weak iPhone demand is still causing Apple’s overall sales to shrink, despite the company’s effort to emphasize services designed to bring in a steady flow of money from its 1.4 billion devices still in use. Revenue for the January-March quarter fell 5% from the same time in 2017 to $58 billion, the company said in its earnings report Tuesday. It’s the first time Apple has suffered two consecutive quarterly revenue declines in two-and-half years.___Berkshire steps into fight for Anadarko on Occidental’s sideOMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — A rare bidding war in the energy sector is getting another twist. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway entered the fray Tuesday by offering $10 billion in financing to Occidental Petroleum in its bid to acquire Anadarko. Occidental’s offer arrived after Chevron said earlier this month that it wanted to take over the company in a $50 billion deal.___Trump lawsuit tries to block subpoenas for financial recordsWASHINGTON (AP) — A lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization says congressional subpoenas issued for his financial records are unlawful. The suit was filed Monday in federal court by Trump, sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter Ivanka, and the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust. It seeks to block the attempt by two House panels to obtain records from financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank. The House committees are investigating Trump’s finances.___US sales OK’d for cigarette alternative that heats tobaccoWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow Philip Morris International to sell a cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it. But regulators who announced the approval Tuesday have not yet decided whether to allow the device to be advertised as less harmful than cigarettes. Without that key marketing pitch, analysts expect limited use of the penlike device.___US consumer confidence improves in AprilWASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were feeling more confident this month though their level of optimism remains lower than it was last fall. The Conference Board, a business research group, reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in April from 124.2 in March.___‘Privacy focused’ Facebook puts the spotlight on groupsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg elaborated on his new “privacy-focused” vision for the social network. He announced a major redesign of Facebook’s app and website built around letting people connect with small groups and reiterated the company’s intention to build secure, encryption-protected communication into its Messenger app and others. Facebook faces a growing array of critics, emboldened regulators and competitors. Zuckerberg acknowledged skepticism of the company during his keynote.___Pfizer 1Q profit jumps 9% on higher drug sales, lower costsHigher prescription drugs sales and restrained spending gave drugmaker Pfizer a 9% jump in first quarter profit as it easily topped analysts’ profit expectations. The biggest U.S. drugmaker had several drug approvals in the U.S. or elsewhere during the quarter and expects more later this year.___Facebook takes another stab at virtual realitySAN JOSE, California (AP) — Facebook will launch its latest attempt to widen the appeal of dwelling in artificial worlds with the May 21 release of its Oculus Quest headset. The company unveiled its plans for the Oculus Quest last fall without disclosing when the $399 headset would be available. Facebook has been trying to get more people hooked on virtual reality since it bought Oculus for $2 billion five years ago, with little success so far.___Weak sales weigh on GM in 1st quarterAmericans paid more for some GM vehicles in the 1st quarter, but overall sales fell and the automaker missed Wall Street’s expectations. GM said Tuesday that it delivered more than 665,000 vehicles in the US in the quarter and reached the highest average transaction prices for any 1st quarter in its history.___White House says Trump-Dems meeting ‘productiveWASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Tuesday’s infrastructure meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers was “excellent and productive.” Trump met with Democratic lawmakers at the White House, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying afterward Trump agreed to a $2 trillion price tag for infrastructure investments. The two sides haven’t decided on how to pay for it.___US stocks post meagre gains; S&P 500 index hits new highNEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street capped a day of mostly wobbly trading with meagre gains Tuesday, enough to nudge the S&P 500 to an all-time high for the third straight day. Household goods makers, health care stocks, utilities and other sectors helped lift the market, narrowly offsetting a steep decline in consumer services companies. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, led the slide in communications stocks after the search giant reported a slowdown in revenue growth.___The S&P 500 rose 2.80 points, or 0.1%, to 2,945.83, a record. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 38.52, or 0.1%, to 26,592.91. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology companies, fell 66.47 points, or 0.8%, to 8,095.39. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 7.15 points, or 0.4%, to 1,591.21.The Associated Press read more

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Mr. Annan heads first to Qatar, where he will hold talks with the country’s Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard announced today.On Wednesday, the Secretary-General is scheduled to fly to Sudan for a three-day leg focusing on the troubles in Darfur. After holding official meetings in Khartoum, he will visit a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Darfur and then travel to neighbouring Chad, where he will inspect a refugee camp and hold talks with Chadian President Idriss Deby and other senior officials.UN agencies estimate that more than 1 million people have become internally displaced and at least 150,000 others live as refugees since fighting broke out in Darfur early last year between the Government and two rebel groups.A UN human rights report released last month found that Sudanese Government forces and Arab Janjaweed militias – which have been recruited and armed by Khartoum – have carried out massive human rights violations against the black African population.Meanwhile, talks are taking place in Kenya to reach a comprehensive peace agreement that would end the 21-year civil war in southern Sudan between the Government and a separate rebel group.On returning to Khartoum next Friday, Mr. Annan will have a meeting on these issues with Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir.The Secretary-General is then due to fly to Asmara, the Eritrean capital, to visit the headquarters of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and meet Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.Later on Saturday Mr. Annan will travel to Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to address the opening of the African Union Summit and hold bilateral meetings with national leaders.On 7 July the Secretary-General heads to Nairobi in Kenya to visit the UN’s headquarters there and meet negotiators in the peace talks for southern Sudan.After Kenya, Mr. Annan heads to Bangkok, Thailand, to attend the 15th International AIDS Conference and open the second Asia-Pacific Ministerial Meeting on HIV/AIDS.The Secretary-General will also meet Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.The final stop of his journey will be in Vienna, where he will join the meeting on 13 July of his High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. He returns to New York on 17 July. read more

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“[ISIL] is systematically targeting men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation and is ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the areas under its control,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a statement to the press.The violations include targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of places of religious and cultural significance, and the besieging of entire communities because of ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation. Ms. Pillay said among those directly targeted have been Christians, Yezidi, Shabaks, Turkomen, Kaka’e and Sabaeans.In Nineveh Governorate, hundreds of mostly Yezidi individuals were reported killed and up to 2,500 kidnapped at the beginning of August. Of those who refused to convert, witnesses report that the men were executed while the women and their children were handed over to ISIL fighters as slaves.Similarly, in Cotcho village in Southern Sinjar, ISIL killed and abducted hundreds of Yezidis on 15 August. Reports indicate, again, that the male villagers were killed while women and children were taken away to unknown locations. “UN staff members in Iraq have been receiving harrowing phone calls from besieged civilians who are surviving in terrible conditions, with little or no access to humanitarian aid,” Ms. Pillay said. “One of the women abducted by ISIL managed to call our staff, and told them that her teenage son and daughter were among the many who had been raped and sexually assaulted by IS gunmen. Another said her son had been raped at a checkpoint.”At least 13,000 members of the Shia Turkmen community in Amirli in Salah al-Din Governorate, among them 10,000 women and children, have been besieged by ISIL since 15 June. Residents are enduring harsh conditions with severe food and water shortages, and a complete absence of medical services – and there are fears of a possible imminent massacre, said Ms. Pillay. “The Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and the international community must take all necessary measures and spare no effort to protect members of ethnic and religious communities, who are particularly vulnerable, and to secure their return to their places of origin in safety and dignity,” said the High Commissioner.The effect of the ongoing conflict on children is catastrophic, she said. According to interviews by UN human rights monitors with displaced families, ISIL is forcibly recruiting boys aged 15 and above. ISIL has also reportedly been deliberately positioning the boys at the front-line in battle situations, as human shields.The Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq has also verified reports of a massacre of prisoners and detainees in Mosul’s Badoush Prison on 10 June. According to interviews with 20 survivors and 16 witnesses of the massacre, ISIL gunmen loaded between 1,000 and 1,500 prisoners onto trucks and transported them to a nearby uninhabited area, Ms. Pillay said. There, armed men asked the Sunnis to separate themselves from the others. Around 100 prisoners who joined the Sunni group were suspected by ISIL not to be Sunni and were subjected to individual checks based on how they prayed and their place of origin. Sunni inmates were ordered back on the trucks and left the scene. ISIL gunmen then yelled insults at the remaining prisoners, lined them up in four rows, ordered them to kneel and opened fire. Up to 670 prisoners were reportedly killed.“Such cold-blooded, systematic and intentional killings of civilians, after singling them out for their religious affiliation may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Ms. Pillay said.“I urge the international community to ensure that the perpetrators of these vicious crimes do not enjoy impunity. Any individual committing, or assisting in the commission of international crimes, must be held accountable according to law.” read more

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first_imgDavid McNeish Pilgrimage routes Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. pilgrimage The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to be asked to reverse centuries of hostility to the ancient practice of pilgrimage and affirm its place in the life of the Kirk.The tradition is currently seeing a resurgence in Scotland with six major pilgrimage routes under development and the popularity of spiritual journeying is said to be rising every year.The Camino de Santiago, Europe’s most popular pilgrimage route, attracts 250,000 pilgrims annually, up from just a few thousand during the 1970s.Last month, the National Lottery announced new funding of pounds399,000 to develop the Fife Pilgrims way, a 70-mile route that will travel from Culross and South Queensferry to St Andrews.And on Easter Sunday – the 900th Anniversary of St Magnus’s death – a new pilgrimage route in his honour will be launched in Orkney.The Rev David McNeish, minister for Birsay, Harray and Sandwick in Orkney, said it came about after a small group of people from different churches got together in 2015 to discuss a pilgrimage route. Signpost on the St Magnus Way pilgrimage routeCredit:Church of Scotland Christian pilgrimage can be traced to the first centuries AD, when Jerusalem and other Biblical sites became popular destinations. Known as the People of the Way, these early Christians were instructed to travel in order to spread the good news.As a result, saints and their exploits became associated with special places, including St Columba and Iona, St Ninian and Whithorn, St Magnus and Orkney and St Andrew and St Andrews.In the Middle Ages pilgrimage was practised throughout Europe, but during the Reformation people rebelled against abuses such as selling pardons for sins and making money from supposedly sacred objects like pieces of saints clothing, locks of hair or bones.Reformers viewed pilgrimages as superstitious and discouraged them, and they fell out of favour. But the idea never disappeared entirely and the Rev Dr Richard Frazer, convener of the Kirk’s church and society council, said pilgrimages now offered a “genuine and meaningful spiritual pathway for modern-day Christians”.He added: “The habits of Sunday morning services, as noble and as good as they are, do not necessarily reach people who have a profound spiritual hunger but have never developed those habits. A range of groups have granted funding to the project and historians from the University of the Highlands and Islands are helping define the most accurate route.The Orkney Pilgrimage group is also developing a phone app which will link to Bluetooth beacons telling the story of St Magnus and providing tips on places to stay or to find refreshment. St Magnus He added that a time when there is talk about the drop in attendance at Sunday services, pilgrimage was a way for people to “reconnect with their spirituality and with the church”.“The idea of walking and reflecting and engaging with God in the landscape and in the stories of the early Christians feels very relevant to people today,” said the Rev McNeish.“Rather than asking people to come inside the church, we are coming outside to encourage faith in new ways. As a pilgrim you get a chance to encounter God as you walk in the great cathedral of nature.” “People who walk the Camino may not be conventionally religious, but very few who reach Santiago de Compostella would deny the journey there was a spiritual experience.”He added that Robert the Bruce, who is said to have suffered from leprosy, travelled twice to Whithorn, a site made sacred by St Ninian, and those who frowned on pilgrimage missed the fact that the most important part “is not the destination but the journey”.“It’s unfortunate that in reforming some wrongful practices, we may have neglected a way to worship that is meaningful to so many.”The issue will be raised next month when the General Assembly will be asked to affirm the place of pilgrimage in the church and encourage congregations to explore opportunities for pilgrimage. The Rev David McNeish says pilgrimage is a way for people to reconnect with their spiritualityCredit:Church of Scotlandlast_img read more

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← Previous Story Przybecki to test Poles at Golden league before “long winter” Next Story → WOLFF’S TRANSFER, 4 MILLION QUESTION – Bertus Servaas: We don’t offer such a high wages 5.Celje Piv. Laško4211100 : 1017 6.Metalurg5203122 : 1276 4.Meshkov Brest5302139 : 1289 10.Dinamo Pančevo5104123 : 1483 Tatran Presov, Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb celebrated new wins at SEHA GAZPROM League. This time, they didn’t give even a grain of hope to their rivals. The Slovakian best team from Presov outplayed easily Serbian vice-champions RK Dinamo Pancevo 36:24 in match in which Croatian right back Bruno Butorac continued his powerful shooting series this season with 10 goals.On the same diffence stayed Croatian RK Nexe Nasice in Brest, where team led by Sergei Bebeshko didn’t let any chance to the rivals – 35:23 with Konstantin Igropulo in the main role. The Russian right back netted nine goals with 100% efficiency at the end.RK PPD Zagreb showed stamina in the most important moment by beating RK Metalurg 32:26 after two defeat in EHF Champions League against PICK Szeged and RK Vardar Skopje. Seven goals on both sides netted left back Halil Jaganjac and Zagreb’s right back Mario Vuglac.STANDINGS: seha gazprom league 2.PPD Zagreb5311141 : 12410 3.Tatran Prešov5302146 : 1339 8.Nexe5113121 : 1434 9.Vojvodina410394 : 1103 1.Vardar4400127 : 9312 7.Gorenje Velenje411299 : 1054 read more

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first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE IDENTIFIED the body of a woman found in New Ross, Co Wexford, yesterday, as that of 66-year-old Stacia Purcell.The woman had been missing since 30 October. Yesterday afternoon a woman’s body was discovered in a tributary of the River Barrow and today it was identified as the missing woman.No foulplay is suspected and a report has been sent to the coroner.Read: Body of elderly man discovered in Cork house>last_img

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first_imgA NEW REPORT has found that 44 per cent of Twitter users in Ireland tweet at least every fortnight with one in ten users tweeting daily.The report, which was part of Ipsos MRBI’s quarterly analysis on social media usage in Ireland, found that 27 per cent of people in Ireland have a Twitter account, making it the second most popular social media site in the country. LinkedIn has seen steady growth since 2012 with 23 percent of Irish people having an account.Facebook is still the most popular social media site as 57 per cent of Irish people use the site, having grown by 2 per cent in the past year. Elsewhere, 20 per cent are on Google+, while Pinterest and Bebo has 6 per cent and 5 per cent of Irish users respectively.On mobile, 15 per cent of people have an Instagram account, while Foursquare only has one per cent. Stats on other mobile apps like Snapchat, Whatsapp and Viber are expected to be released by Ipsos MRBI on Monday.Snapchat became popular among young Irish users with 11 per cent having the app while only three per cent use Vine.  The company has been in the spotlight in recent times, having turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook.(Image: IpsosMRBI/Twitter)Read: 11 per cent of people in Ireland now have Snapchat (but just 3% have Vine) >Read: More than 85% of people still watch TV content on their televisions at home >last_img read more

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first_img “Join Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead and Reggie as they team up to form the soon-to-be legendary rock group, The Archies, in the never-before-told origin story of the band from co-writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg and artist Joe Eisma. Get to know the town’s biggest jock, BIG MOOSE, and learn that there’s more to the varsity star than you’d think, courtesy of writers Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady and Gorf and artists Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli and Ryan Jampole. Shudder at the sight of everyone’s favorite burger-chompin’ smart-aleck as he undergoes a terrifying and bloodthirsty transformation in Jughead: The Hunger! When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead, and his dark legacy comes to light from the twisted, macabre mind of writer Frank Tieri and artist Michael Walsh.”I’m a huge Archie Comics nerd. I can’t watch Riverdale, but I can (and will) read all of the Archie Comics from past to present. Archie Comics Presents gives the readers stories that both fly and fall, but delightful and authentic to the beloved characters.ARCHIE COMICS PRESENT… THE ARCHIES AND OTHER STORIES(W): Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf, and Frank Tieri (A): Joe Eisma, Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, and Michael Walsh. (C): Matt Herms, Glenn Whitmore, Kelly Fitzpatrick (L): Jim Campbell, Jack MorelliArchie Comics have taken a slight sharp left turn with their epic reboot of the classic series. From their new bold brand of comics to Riverdale, Archie Comics is making those classic known stories into something hip and fresh for new generations of comic readers to enjoy. Archie Comics Presents does just that. It takes a band, a character, and a new angle and launches it out for the world to see. However, some of those stories can fly or falter. In Archie Comics Presents, I found myself falling in love with some and leaving others in the dust.via Archie ComicsTHE ARCHIES, written by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg with art by Joe Eisma, colors by Matt Herms and letters by Jack Morelli, go back to the band’s humble beginnings. Archie dreams of being a musician. It’s one of his purest of passions, and he wants to make something out of it. When he and Jughead secure a spot to perform at The Jackpot via Jughead’s cousin Bingo. The dynamic duo must race against the clock to form a band so they can actually play the live performance. Betty and Veronica join soon after, but Archie’s big head starts to show, leaving the group in question as the band figures out their next steps with or without him.Segura and Rosenberg make me care a lot more about The Archies than I originally did. Witnessing a little bit of The Archies beginning was a new start for the character. We knew of his love for music, but we finally get to see them play out. The writing duo gives The Archies some much-needed heart, but while reading, I did wish there was more. It felt like a story that needed telling but didn’t know which way it truly wanted to go.I wish there were more of seeing Archie’s real passion for music. Where did it come from? We’re usually plopped down in the middle of Archie’s misadventures. It would nice to go back and see more of where that passion truly came from. Luckily, there will be an ongoing The Archies series is coming to Archie Comics October 4th. Hopefully, we learn more about the backstory of Archie’s love of music and the writing duo will be able to shoot this group into superstardom like Josie and the Pussycats.via Archie ComicsJoe Eisma’s art captures the spirit of The Archies. Eisma’s art is playful and expressive which shines so brightly on these characters. You’ll find your eyes moving from panel to panel just to engage with Eisma’s art because of the lively feel he brings to the band’s story. Matt Herm’s colors are just as playful as Eisma’s art. He brings these panels alive with a pleasant mixture of cool and warm tones that perk you up. Herm’s invites you into the world of The Archies and lets you feel like you’re invited to stay._____Next up, BIG MOOSE! Moose is one of the most underrated characters in Archie Comics. Most would just dismiss the lovable football player as “dumb, ” but there’s so much more to Moose that we don’t get to see. In this double-sized one-shot, we read three different sides to Marmaduke Mason or Moose Mason. He becomes the personification of that wise old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”“Moose Vs. The Vending Machine”, written by Sean Ryan, art by Cory Smith and colors by Matt Herms, is the characterization of Moose that screams Gentle Giant. “Have It All,” written by Ryan Cady, art by Thomas Pitilli and colors by Glenn Whitmore, tells the story of Moose trying to please everyone but results in him being stressed and overwhelmed. “The Big Difference,” written by Gorf, art by Ryan Jampole and colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, focus on the relationship between Moose and freshmen named Colin. He looks up to Moose in every way and wishes to be an athlete like him.via Archie ComicsAll of the stories in Big Moose are very different sides to the big guy. Gorf writes him as a guy who doesn’t see the differences in people and doesn’t understand why we see them. He treats everyone equally no matter what, but when Jughead calls him out, he very much sees it. It’s the opposite of how Ryan Cady writes him in “Have It All.” We see Moose as a teen who is trying to please everyone else but puts himself on the backburner. Though these stories are diverse in their re-telling of Moose, none of them accomplish that good ol’ fashion nostalgia like Sean Ryan does in “Moose Vs. The Vending Machine.”Sean Ryan tells the most classic Moose story for the new age. The other stories are great, and they show different sides of him, but Ryan’s portrayal of the lovable giant hits home and align with the classic stories. It gives the “dumb” Moose, but it doesn’t lean against it. Moose is naive, childish, but also funny and has a type of b-movie flair to it. Ryan also laces in his relationship with his best gal, Midge and his friendship with trickster Jughead that brings you into the story without getting left behind.via Archie ComicsCory Smith’s art fits well with Moose. He takes the character design of him being a giant and gives the image over to Moose. A great thing with these one-shots are the expressive faces that the artist nail to wonderfully. Smith’s art makes you smile, worry and laugh along with Moose because one thing about his character that never falters is how his face can express two hands full of emotions. Smith’s art is accompanied by Matt Herms on colors that drive that b-movie vibe home. Herms’ colors are vibrant and lighthearted, leaving us in a lively and humorous mood when reading. Herm’s colors with Jack Morelli’s letter go hand in hand, especially when it comes to the SPX. Archie Comics, PLEASE give Sean Ryan, Cory Smith and Matt Herms more Moose power. I beg of you._____Last, but not least, JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER has got to be my favorite part of this small collection of one-shots since Jughead: Volume One. Written by Frank Tieri and art by Michael Walsh, focuses on a string of unsolved murders committed by the Riverdale Ripper. No one knows who’s doing it and every full moon, another person is found dead. One night, the gang starts their journey home when Jughead encounters Dilton, and he discovers he’s a little bit more than human. He’s a werewolf. The three of them must find a way to calm Jughead’s savage beast before it spins out of control. Or Betty will have to put him down… for good.via Archie ComicsJughead: The Hunger is such a simple concept. I mean, Jughead with his mega appetite, actually turns into one of the hungriest creatures of the night. Spectacular. This comic is just what the Archie Horror needs to push that imprint forward and expand their diverse storytelling.Frank Tieri tells an intense narrative, revolved around friendship and supernatural history that feels so natural, but not at all predictable. You want to know what happens next within Jughead: The Hunger. The tense atmosphere surrounding the characters and the history keep you holding your breath. Within the comics, Tieri’s writing of Betty and Jughead blew me away. As two sides of an opposite ongoing family war, the friendship of the pair is almost instantly shattered and comes straight for your heartstrings. Archie tries to put the pieces together, but it’s up to Jughead and Betty to mend that family war. Tieri’s writing keeps you hanging on, and you kill to know what happens next.via Archie ComicsIf Tieri’s writing wasn’t enough to sell you on Jughead: The Hunger, Walsh’s art is the key to the entire tale. Michael Walsh’s art is your best gothic nightmares come to life. He slays (all pun intended) these pages and matches flawlessly with Tieri’s narrative. The use of his shadowed inks is extraordinary, creating a mysterious sullen, moody vibe that seizes your attention. Walsh works with Dee Cunniffe to round up this work with their savage colors. Walsh and Cunniffe work in those rustic oranges, reds, and browns. They amp up Jughead’s hunger, but then they make their panels bloody, it’s a sight to behold. It’s not all out gory, but it’s just the right amount of blood to drive the story and tell you what Jughead has become.Like The Archies, Jughead: The Hunger will soon make its debut as an ongoing series in Fall 2017. Frank Tieri will be back as the writer with art by Pat and Ted Kennedy. I can’t wait to see where this story ends up. It’s going to be a wild ride.Archie Comics Presents carries some hits and misses but bring multiple visions and voices to helm these characters. It’s an exciting time to be an Archie Comics fan. Our favorite characters are coming back in strong direction with different creators at the helm. Some for good, some for the bad, but all of them are giving something that you could never possibly imagine, and that’s the best part. Archie Comics Presents… The Archies and Other Stories is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CaribbeanHotelIndustryExchangeForum, #magneticmedianews, #TasteoftheCaribbean, #TeamTCIchefs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 5, 2017 – Miami, FL – Turks and Caicos is again wowing audiences in the annual and ultimate culinary challenge of Caribbean Chefs at Taste of the Caribbean being staged in Miami, Florida this past weekend.  TeamTCI is led by the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association as the cook off is a Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association initiative.  There are seven major categories within which winners are named including National Team of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year and Junior Chef of the Year where Turks and Caicos’ RobinAngel Simons won the top honour in 2016.  There are several familiar faces on the culinary team including RobinAngel, who is studying in the UK; Chef Charles Joseph of West Bay Club; Chef Edwin Gallardo of Seven Stars and lead chef, Colin Watson of Beaches Turks and Caicos.  The Taste of the Caribbean in So-Flo, this year also brings in a major business meeting for CHTA, that is, CHIEF or Caribbean Hotel Industry Exchange Forum.   First female TCI Hotel Manager, Adelphine Pitter of West Bay Club, was this year nominated for Hotelier of the Year during the CHIEF sessions.#MagneticMediaNews#TasteoftheCaribbean#TeamTCIchefs#CaribbeanHotelIndustryExchangeForumcenter_img Photo Credit: Stacy Coxlast_img read more

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first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 14, 2018 October 14, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Jason Austell, Preview of the 53rd Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival and Parade Ginger Jeffries, Jason Austell 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 53rd Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival and Parade is coming up on October 20!Event Coordinator Laurel McFarlane, Dave Regenhardt with Corvette Club Cars, and food vendors Ismael Rodriguez and Judy Stewart dropped by the studio to talk about the cars, food, and other festivities you’ll enjoy at the event.The free festivities kick-off Saturday, October 20, 10AM-5PM, and go through Sunday, October 21, 10AM-5PM. An all new 30-minute air parade with over 30 vintage and military aircrafts sweeping down Palm Canyon Drive will kick off the festivities at 10 AM. Over 75 outrageous parade entries will strut their stuff down the main street around the beloved Christmas Circle directly after the air parade at 10:30 AM.Entries include marching bands from our desert sister cities to San Diego County, stunning classic and exotic automobiles, equestrian groups and so much more! After the parade, the celebration continues with live music, delicious food, Kid’s Carnival and more in the Christmas Circle. Over 75 unique vendors and artists offering a variety of handmade goods, beautiful artwork, crafts and tons of delicious food.There will be an abundance of free parking surrounding Christmas Circle and within walking distance of the Festival. Learn more at https://borregodays.com. last_img read more

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first_imgAs reported by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) earlier this week, the EPA has issued a final rule that expands the definition of heating oil under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and confirming that biodiesel can be used for heating oil under the RFS to generate renewable identification numbers, or RINs. The rule also clarifies that biodiesel used to generate process heat, power generation, or other stationary functions are also approved for RIN generation.“Clearly,” said NBB in an alert to members, “this is great news for the biodiesel industry. It also further highlights the common sense approach of EPA when applying its regulatory structure to every day applications.”For more on the rule, click here.last_img

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Last week, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously accepted the donation of a flag pole to be installed in front of Silver Lake.The flag pole is a gift from Rapiscan Systems, a company that specializes in walk-through metal detectors and x-ray machines at airports. Rapiscan Systems, formerly located at 205 Lowell Street in Wilmington, outgrew its space and is now situated in Andover.“I’m a longtime fan of the Veterans Services Department in Wilmington,” Marcy Morse, head of Rapiscan System’s Event Committee and a Wilmington resident, told the Selectmen. “We’ve done many programs for [Veterans Director] Lou Cimaglia and the veterans… In 2011, we installed a flag pole at Ellen Coleman’s residence in town… She has a severely handicapped child whose dream was to raise a flag to honor his father serving in Iraq.”The flag pole will be installed on the Route 38 side of the lake where there’s currently three memorial stones, near the Silver Lake sign.The pole, built by Bob’s Flagpole Company in Virginia, will include solar lighting at top, eliminating any lighting responsibility for the town’s DPW.Selectmen thanked Morse, herself an air force veteran, for her and her company’s generosity.“As a wife of a veteran, and the daughter and daughter-in-law of veterans, I’m so proud of the town we live in, the people we have that support our veterans, and the patriotism of our town,” Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony told Morse.Morse thanked several town officials for their cooperation, including Town Manager Jeff Hull, Planning & Conservation Director Valerie Gingrich, Veterans Agent Michael Frotten, and Cimaglia, who was at home recovering from a knee replacement.Selectmen agreed to send a letter of thanks to Rapiscan Systems.A short ceremony will held to recognize the pole’s installation. The ceremony will likely take place on the Saturday following 9/11.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”PHOTO: New Parking Spaces Designated For Purple Heart Recipients Around TownIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

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first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the government is planning to launch mobile app-based transport services, including Uber, for people in the capital city, reports UNB. “Works on formulating a draft guideline for app-based transport services is going on. Opinions of different stakeholders alongside common people will be taken to finalise it,” he said.The minister came up with the remark at a meeting with a three-member Uber delegation, led by East-regional Public Policy chief Chand Tulal Mazumder, at his office at the secretariat. Mentioning that the country cannot remain alienated from technology-based services, Quader said, “But we must bring those services under the framework of the existing laws of the land.”He also said the government is considering to protect passengers’ interests and ensure their security alongside giving permission for running app-based transport services under the ‘Ride Sharing Service Guideline’ in the city.last_img read more

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first_img– / 115Anxiety ran high throughout the region between Corpus Christi and Houston because some of the most devastated areas were inaccessible to rescuers. And the forecast for days of steady rain threatened to inundate the region’s flat landscape, including Houston, with as much as 40 inches .In the island community of Port Aransas, population 3,800, officials were unable to fully survey the town because of “massive” damage. Police and heavy equipment had only made it into the northernmost street.“I can tell you I have a very bad feeling and that’s about it,” said Mayor Charles Bujan, who had called for a mandatory evacuation but did not know how many heeded the order.Some of the worst damage appeared to be in Rockport, a coastal city of about 10,000 that was directly in the storm’s path. The mayor said his community took a blow “right on the nose” that left “widespread devastation,” including homes, businesses and schools that were heavily damaged. Some structures were destroyed.Rockport’s roads were a mess of toppled power poles. A trailer blocked much of one major intersection. Wood framing from ripped-apart houses was strewn along Route 35 on the town’s southern end.Harvey’s relentless wind tore the metal sides off the high school gym and twisted the steel door frame of its auditorium. “We’re still in the very infancy stage of getting this recovery started,” said Aransas County spokesman Larry Sinclair.One person was killed in Aransas County when in a fire at home during the storm, county Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr. said. As many as 14 people suffered minor injuries, including slips and falls, scrapes and a broken leg, Mills said.About 300,000 customers were without power statewide. Gov. Greg Abbott said it would probably be several days before electricity is restored.Meanwhile, the storm was barely moving. Rainfall totals varied across the region, with Galveston receiving around 8 inches (20 centimeters), Houston 11 (28 centimeters) and Aransas 10 (25 centimeters). Tiny Austwell got 15 inches (38 centimeters). Elsewhere in the storm’s immediate aftermath, the Coast Guard had rescued 20 people from boats and barges in distress, said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander of the Corpus Christi sector.The Corpus Christi port was closed with extensive damage. Because the city is the third-largest petrochemical port in the nation, the agency will be on the lookout for spills, Hahn said.The fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade came ashore late Friday about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi as a mammoth Category 4 storm with 130 mph (209 kph) winds.Harvey weakened to a tropical storm by midday Saturday.By 7 a.m. Sunday, Harvey was centered about 65 miles southeast of San Antonio, with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph (72.42 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center, which described the flooding as “catastrophic.”The hurricane posed the first major emergency management test of President Donald Trump’s administration.Trump met with his Cabinet and other senior administration officials to discuss the federal response to the damage and flooding, the White House said Saturday in a statement.The president held a video conference from Camp David in which he instructed departments and agencies to “stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives,” the statement said.Trump, who on Friday signed a federal disaster declaration for coastal counties, also reminded department heads that the full impact of the storm will not be apparent for days.South of the city, about 4,500 inmates were evacuated from three state prisons in Brazoria County because the nearby Brazos River was rising.The turbulent weather extended into southern Louisiana, where motorists were cautioned about the potential for high water, road hazards, high winds and tornadoes.Harvey came ashore as the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record.The storm’s approach sent tens of thousands of people fleeing inland.Just hours before landfall, the governor and Houston leaders issued conflicting statements on evacuation.The governor urged more people to flee, but Houston officials recommended no widespread evacuations, citing greater danger in having people on roads that could flood and the fact that the hurricane was not taking direct aim at the city.The last Category 4 storm to hit the U.S. was Hurricane Charley in August 2004 in Florida.——The National Hurricane Center says Harvey continues to cause “catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas.”The hurricane center says in its 4 a.m. Sunday update that the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72.42 kph) and remains stationary about 45 miles (72.42 kilometers) northwest of Victoria, Texas.A storm surge warning and a tropical storm warning also are both in effect for Port O’Connor to Sargent. The hurricane center says a storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline.The center says Harvey is likely to weaken to a tropical depression later Sunday. Harvey made landfall Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane. ———- By Sunday morning, parts of Houston have gotten as much as 20 inches of rain in 24 hours and the flooding has grown from the streets into homes. At least two people have died as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump rain on Southeast Texas.The Harris County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death of one person late Saturday in Harris County, but the office did not identify the cause of death.Gary Norman, a spokesman for the Houston emergency operations center, says the woman appeared to have gotten out of her vehicle in high water. She was found by neighbors about 30 yards away from the vehicle. Norman says she was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor who was in the area.Earlier Saturday, Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr. said the storm left one person dead in the county.Harvey came ashore Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. In the neighborhood of Montrose  Sunday morning, Andrés Chapa  said the flooding is the worst he’s seen in a while. Mayor Sylvester Turner is telling people to only call if there is truly a life-threatening emergency and a few inches of water inside a home doesn’t count. The City of Houston says on Twitter that it’s 911 service is at maximum capacity. The National Weather Service is advising people that if the highest floor of their home is flooded, don’t go into the attic, go onto the roof. Photo shows runway at Houston’s Hobby Airport completely flooded; both Houston’s major airports closed amid #Harvey https://t.co/fK9VLzXZwI pic.twitter.com/OIhvAcA82u— ABC News (@ABC) August 27, 2017—————-Many of the people arriving at the George Brown Convention Center, which has been opened as a shelter for people fleeing flooding, are from a public housing complex about a mile north.Clayton Homes public housing complex is bounded on one side by Interstate 45 and the other by Buffalo Bayou, which has flooded heavily along with all of Houston’s major waterways. Police are using boats to evacuate many of the residents and bring them to the convention center in pickup trucks.D’Ona Spears and Brandon Polson walked with their five children Sunday, bags full of belongings, and their 7-year-old Chihuahua, Missy. They decided to leave once the water in the first story of their home reached their knees.Spears says that when they made it to the convention center, they sent their children inside to eat, but stayed outside with their Chihuahua because animals were not allowed inside. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced earlier Sunday that the convention center would serve as a shelter for people fleeing the flooding. ___ Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Oditt says helicopters have rescued more than 100 people in the Houston area as Tropical Storm Harvey floods numerous neighborhoods.In a conference call Sunday with reporters, Oditt says Coast Guard personnel and aircraft from around the country have been dispatched to Texas. He says Texas Air National Guard choppers were also assisting with rescues. Oditt says people facing rising floodwaters should not go into attics, since rescuers in the air cannot see them. The incident commander urged people who head to their rooftops to wave sheets, towels or anything else to attract the attention of helicopter crews.Coast Guard helicopter crews along the southern portion of the Texas coast are reporting the rescue of almost 40 people, starting from the morning before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. That includes six people rescued from their home Saturday evening in the hard-hit city of Aransas Pass. Among them were three children, their two parents and an elderly woman who was in need of oxygen. ___ The National Weather Service now says some parts of Houston and just west of the city may receive a Texas record of 50 inches (1270 millimeters) of rain as Tropical Storm Harvey stalls over Texas.NWS meteorologist Patrick Burke says rainfall totals will end up around 40 inches (1016 millimeters) or more for Houston on average, but some isolated spots will hit or exceed 50 inches. Burke says, “We’re in kind of unprecedented territory with this storm.”Local rainfall amounts of 50 inches would exceed any previous Texas rainfall record. The NWS says in a statement that “the breadth and intensity of this rainfall is beyond anything experienced before and is resulting in catastrophic flooding.”So far rainfall totals since Thursday evening have reached about 25 inches (635 millimeters) in south Houston. In Dayton, located 38 miles (61 kilometers) northeast of Houston, rainfall has already reached 27 inches (685 millimeter). “Haven’t seen this much since about two years ago, but that time it wasn’t a hurricane. This time was pretty bad, and was almost up to our doorstep.” He says past storms have flooded his car twice on his neighborhood street. For now, he’s heeding the advice of authorities and staying put in his apartment. “Just bunker there – I have supplies for a couple days so, hopefully they’ll last a couple days.”  Daniel Foss, 31, was standing outside of the HEB in Montrose. He was hoping to stock up, but the store was closed. He’s originally from Minnesota, and said he’s never seen flooding like this: “Flash flooding here is totally different than I grew up with. It’s crazy to see and I can’t imagine being on the roads or being the first responders who have to go out and answer all these emergency calls and things like that.” —————Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said on Sunday that people rescued from flooded areas will be picked up and taken to shelters. The number is 713-4260-9504.Help is on the way explained Emmett after speaking this morning to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, however he said the city can’t wait for that. That’s why Emmett is requesting those with boats or high-water vehicles to call 713-881-3100 to offer help. Harris County authorities stressed at a joint press conference the importance for residents to stay at home and only to communicate with emergency services, if they feel that their lives are in danger. “If you have a life-threatening emergency, a life-threatening ailment, dial 911. The phone lines are backed-up, we understand that,” emphasized Emmett. He suggested that if you needed information about services or shelters that the numbers to dial are 211 inside of Houston and 311 outside of the city. There are a number of shelters available. As surrounding areas continue to be inundated with rainfall after nearly 20 inches fell in some areas overnight, officials are imposing curfews. Both Pasadena and Pearland are asking residents to stay home from 10 PM tonight until 7 AM tomorrow. The curfew does not apply to emergency vehicles or any authorized vehicles. Throughout Sunday’s press conference Judge Emmett stressed that those who can be deployed for aid, have been and that they were prepared, but this event is unlike any other. “This is an unprecedented event…and keep in mind that the state of Texas got hit by a category four hurricane”, said Emmett.The Texas Medical Center is also feeling the impact of the rainfall and after flooding in the basement, Ben Taub is in the process of being evacuated. Critical patients will be moved first and the rest will follow. Meanwhile residents are getting out between rain showers. In Montrose, 55-year-old Mike Molitor was walking the streets, in fishing waders and a raincoat. He says he’s lived in Houston for 35 years- and is aware of the dangers of storms like this.  “I don’t know if you’ve been on the freeways. You can get on them, but you can’t get off. Anywhere in Houston. But people like this” as he points to cars travelling on Montrose Boulevard behind him, they try to get through it and it’s dangerous to everyone else. It’s dangerous to the first responders.” —————– Al OrtizBrays Bayou at Greens Road, in north Houston Sunday August 27, 2017THE LATEST:In a press conference Sunday night Judge Ed Emmett expressed gratitude at that large number of Houstonians who answered today’s earlier call for boats and high-water vehicles. While he didn’t have an exact number, he described the response as almost overwhelming. He also reinforced the message about staying home and not risking venturing out. “I’ll say it one more time,” Emmett stressed, “the problem with a rain event is we don’t know where the rain will fall, so therefore we cannot issue any warnings.”As the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs continue to fill the Army Corps of Engineers and the Harris County Flood Control District held a media briefing earlier. They talked about two banks that have crested and are falling, they are South Mayde Creek at Greenhouse Road and Greens Bayou at US 59. Emmett said the Army Corp will ensure people who can’t evacuate in those areas will have help. They also discussed releasing some water from the reservoirs, while ensuring that it wouldn’t impact folks nearby. Pets will be allowed in shelters said Emmett after consulting with Mayor Turner. During Hurricane Katrina the Judge said this wasn’t the case and that was a mistake because people refused to leave their pets behind.  —————–The National Weather Service is predicting more periods of heavy rain from bands coming off the Gulf in the coming days. Flash flood watches and warnings continue to be in effect for all of Southeast Texas. The trajectory of Tropical Storm Harvey right now is to drift southeast to Matagorda Bay, then turn and slowly move north through Southeast Texas. Tornado threats continue and minor coastal flooding is possible around high tide times through Wednesday. By Thursday NWS predicts the heavy rain threat should be over.  Images from NOAA showing what’s happened and what’s to come in the next seven days.—————–Water and not the flooding kind is a growing concern across Houston right now. Mayor Sylvester Turner was tweeting earlier on Sunday about the city’s water plant working at full capacity, quashing fears about quality. Water quality is fine. Water is safe and we are meeting all demands. Most plants are operating at 100%. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 27, 2017Meanwhile both Baytown and Missouri City were quick to dismiss their own water issues. Patti Jet, spokesperson for Baytown’s City Managers Office said that “Residents calling in saying they’re hearing from TV that Baytown Water is out. It is NOT. Our water system is fully functioning and the water is safe to use. Please help spread the word.” Missouri City Office of Emergency Management were quick to dispel rumors about water being shut off. “There are no reports at this time of water being shut off for anyone in Missouri City.”—————–The Harris County Sheriff’s Office confirmed via Twitter that since the storm began, they’ve performed 1,500 – 2,000 high-water rescues. Spokesman Jason Spencer also said they’d evacuated some of their 911 dispatch call center team to another area in the building due to power outages. There have been between 1500-2000 high-water rescues since weather event has begun. We will get to you-it’s a promise. #harvey #hounews— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 27, 2017——————–In Montgomery County,  Judge Craig Doyal  warned residents to stay vigilant as the weather forecast predicts a potential of 6 to 10 inches of rain on Sunday night. “We are not over this storm”, he said.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27180112/WhatsApp-Video-2017-08-27-at-5.29.38-PM.mp400:0000:0000:36Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. He said he had to walk his bike through the waist-deep portions of the street. David Schulz, 51, works at a church in the same area. He was riding his bike through the lower points of water, so he could get to the building to assess flood damage. “I definitely wouldn’t get in my car and go anywhere. Because I’m noticing that I can be in 6 inches of water and get to a corner and then I’m waist deep. You know, without any- just like that. So it’s very deceiving. Very deceiving.”  Flooding on William St & Street St north downtown #houston. Water 18″ deep & rising. Sheriff on scene #HurricaneHarvey #Harvey #houwx pic.twitter.com/VaDLTQ8cAy— adam j williams (@AdamWillyums) August 27, 2017 Authorities say rescue attempts continue in Houston for those stranded inside flooded homes and submerged vehicles in the wake of hurricane Harvey.Hundreds of calls have been fielded for water rescues as of early Sunday, including Houston police officials who evacuated two apartment complexes and rescued more than 50 children. A woman who tried to get out of her vehicle in high water died in flooding in Harris County, though authorities had not confirmed a cause of death, said Gary Norman, a spokesman for the Houston emergency operations center.“It breaks your heart,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said as he stood in waist-high water during a livestream post on Twitter. “But it’s Texas. We’ll get through it.”Meanwhile, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Sunday continued urging residents via Twitter to “shelter in place” and stay off rain-swollen roadways.Gonzalez actively used Twitter overnight to field assistance for those trapped inside water-soaked homes, attics and vehicles. Those appealing for assistance or being steered to help via Gonzalez’s Twitter feed included a person suffering “cardiac-arrest,” and a woman who posted: “I have 2 children with me and the, water is swallowing us up. Please send help.”Gonzalez at one point appealed for calm and patience, saying officials were “trying to make it to everyone as best we can.”Turner’s official Twitter account said “911 services at capacity. If u can shelter in place do so, a few inches in your home is not imminent danger. Only call if in imminent danger.”Rescuers battling heavy downpours plucked hundreds of people from rising floodwaters left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, answering desperate calls for help all along the ravaged Texas coastline where at least two people were killed and up to 14 injured.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27092751/WhatsApp-Video-2017-08-27-at-8.43.17-AM1.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27092914/WhatsApp-Video-2017-08-27-at-8.43.16-AM.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share On Sunday Texas Governor Greg Abbott said there’s more rainfall and tornadoes headed for Houston. However he emphasized that help is on the way for the Bayou City and Corpus Christi in the form of 3,000 national and service guards. The state has also activated 500 vehicles, 14 aircraft and close to 500 Texas DPS officers. Even neighboring states Louisiana and Florida are assisting the Texas/Houston/Galveston areas with water rescue missions. The total number of counties declared a disaster now stands at 50. The Governor recommended checking drivetexas.org for statewide road closures. As Harris County officials mentioned unprecedented rainfall earlier on Sunday, the Governor reinforced that the amount of rainfall will be historic, if not at an all time record. He says the “region needs to be ready for it.” Mandatory evacuations continue to be announced across the greater Houston region. Fort Bend County became the latest area to add their name to a growing list. which already includes Brazoria County. However, the evacuation will only apply to certain residents in low-lying areas surrounding the Brazos River says Fort Bend County Judge, Robert Hebert.The National Weather Service (NWS) currently forecasts  record flood events on the Brazos River, with levels potentially reaching 56.1 feet, a projection nearly two feet above above the 2016 record.“Harvey continues to batter Fort Bend County,” said County Judge Hebert. “Residents who flooded last year know how serious this situation is. I am issuing a mandatory evacuation for the potentially affected areas along the Brazos river and urge residents to take action now to protect themselves, their family, and their property.”Fort Bend County ask that if you are a resident in the evacuation zones and you do not have transportation or a place to go – PLEASE CALL 211 and request assistance with the evacuation.Houston’s “Be Someone” and “#NoSB4” bridge flooded.It expects 4-5 more days of rain.Text “HARVEY” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross. pic.twitter.com/VlaseLs9ND— Christian J. (@dtxErgaOmnes) August 27, 2017last_img read more

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first_img Share Michael HagertyFrom the Texans getting a new general manager, to Coach Bill O’Brien getting a contract extension, to several Rockets players getting suspended, to a Carli Lloyd getting traded away from the Houston Dash — if you can name it, it seemed to happen this week in in Houston sports. To walk us through it all, Houston Matters talks with Jeff Balke, writer for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. last_img

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:50 Mayor Turner announced Thursday a series of pedestrian safety initiatives. He made the announcement at Shepherd and 10th Street where a man and woman were killed in a crash two weeks ago.Fifty-five-year-old Lesha Adams had stopped to assist 64-year-old Jesus Perez as he tried to cross Shepherd in his wheelchair. They were both struck by a car, and 20-year-old Jada Mimms is now facing charges in the crash.Along with planned improvements to help pedestrians get across Shepherd’s three lanes of traffic, Turner said they’re also making it easier to report crosswalk and sidewalk issues by calling 3-1-1.“In the past Houston was known as a car-centric city,” said Turner. “That idea of Houston still dominates public perception. But this past idea does not reflect our current reality and it’s certainly not shaping our vision of the future.”Turner also wants a public safety campaign and he’s calling on HPD for greater enforcement of existing traffic laws. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he shares the mayor’s sense of urgency, adding that too many people are dying on Houston’s streets.“In the last five years, 355 pedestrians have died within the City of Houston,” said Acevedo. “Pedestrians account for 34 percent of our traffic fatalities.”The city also plans to collect more data concerning crash victims who use wheelchairs and walkers. Maria Town with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities said without better infrastructure, the mobility of many Houstonians is severely limited.“People with disabilities have fought too hard for too long to achieve bare access to our communities, to do so at the risk of our physical safety,” said Town. “Seniors should not feel shuttered in their own homes because streets and sidewalks are not safe for them to access.”To manage the city’s pedestrian and bike safety initiatives, Turner said the city will hire a Safe Streets Coordinator as part of the Public Works Department. He also wants to set up a pedestrian accessibility and safety task force to make long-tern recommendations. center_img X Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media Officers stop traffic to allow pedestrians to cross at Shepherd and 10th. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgWith the introduction of the re-designed Xbox 360 Slim, the days of the RRoD were gone. Not only does the new console run very quiet, produces nowhere near as much heat, and has a smaller footprint, it can’t actually produce a RRoD with its lights anymore.Even so, any hardware is going to get hot if placed in cramped conditions. So accessories manufacturer Nyko has created a clip-on cooling system for the 360 Slim. While coolers for the original 360 were bulky and noisy, the Nyko Intercooler STS is anything but, and you won’t mind having it attached to your shiny black case.As you can see from the image above, the STS has been designed to look like a part of the 360 Slim. The video showing you how it clips on also reveals it makes hardly any noise when powered on.For those of you who slot your 360 into a full entertainment system you’ll be pleased to hear the STS has been designed with you in mind. The grill at the front of the device blows hot air out rather than pulling air in. That allows your 360 to quickly get rid of the heat rather than pumping it back into an entertainment center where it can’t escape.We haven’t heard of many 360 Slim consoles failing, but if yours does tend to get very hot this cooler might be a wise investment. It’s only $19.99, doesn’t make enough noise to be noticed, and looks like it belongs attached to the console. It also requires no power cable as all the juice it requires comes from one of the 360’s USB ports.Read more at Nyko, via Kotakulast_img read more

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