Ontario to call public inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer nursing home murders

first_imgTORONTO – The case of a nurse who murdered eight seniors in long-term care homes in Ontario will be examined in a public inquiry.The Ontario government announced Monday it is moving to appoint a commissioner to lead a public inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths.Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. She was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi offered condolences on behalf of the provincial government to Wettlaufer’s victims.The ministers say they want to assure the public that, despite Wettlaufer’s crimes, the 78,000 residents of Ontario’s publicly funded long-term care homes are safe.At the same time, they said the inquiry process is meant to answer questions so the government can ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario applauded the government’s announcement Monday, saying it had been demanding an inquiry into the case since Wettlaufer pleaded guilty earlier this month.“During this immensely difficult time, I commend the government for having the courage to put these events under the microscope,” said association CEO Doris Grinspun. “The inquiry will help us learn how this tragedy happened, and see if there were any cracks in the system we can address to prevent this from happening ever again.”Advocacy groups CARP and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly said the Wettlaufer case has “severely shaken” people’s confidence in long-term care homes in Ontario.“We eagerly await the terms of the inquiry to ensure that its scope is sufficient to address the actions, responsibilities and duties of the many institutions and individuals who failed to prevent or put a timely stop to Wettlaufer’s crimes …” the two groups said in a statement.“This is a critical first step to restoring trust in our long-term health-care system.”The government is finalizing the details of the inquiry and will make them available to the public once they have been approved by cabinet.last_img read more

Five stories in the news for today Oct 12

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 12———PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TURNS ATTENTION TO MEXICOPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving one country whose political leaders are mixed about saving NAFTA and is on his way to another where officials are uneasy about the fate of the trade deal. Trudeau goes to Mexico today following a series of meetings in Washington, D.C., largely focused on saving the trilateral trade pact.———FEDS SCRAP MEMO ON EMPLOYEE-DISCOUNT TAXThe federal government has instructed the Canada Revenue Agency to remove a controversial tax policy interpretation that would have seen employees taxed for discounts they get at work. To quiet a growing controversy, National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier has directed the CRA to remove from its website the new wording at the heart of the debate — at least until the change has been reviewed.———CANADA, U.K. PUSHING FOR GLOBAL COAL CUTSCanada is joining forces with the United Kingdom to push for a global crackdown on unabated coal-fired electricity. Eliminating, or at least reducing, the world’s reliance on coal is a critical step in the Paris climate change accord’s efforts to prevent the planet from warming more than two degrees Celsius over with pre-industrial times. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is on a two-day trip to the U.K. and Ireland this week, pushing Canada as a global leader on climate change action.———ALBERTA TO BAN YOUTHS FROM TANNING BEDS ON JAN. 1After years of lobbying by health groups Alberta is finally moving to ban young people from using indoor tanning beds over growing fears about skin cancer. The government says youths under 18 will not be allowed to use ultraviolet tanning machines starting on Jan. 1. Businesses will also be prohibited from advertising such machines to minors and must post signs about the age restrictions and the dangers of UV tanning.———GOOGLE STREET VIEW REACHES REMOTE CORNER OF CANADAGoogle Street View has now gone to the ends of the earth. As part of a deal with Parks Canada, the internet giant is now showcasing Street View images of one of the remotest places on the planet — Quttinirpaaq National Park on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island. Parks Canada staff were trained in the use of Google trekker cameras and spent July 2016 carrying them around the park as part of their regular work.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will attend a G20 meeting at the International Monetary Fund Building in Washington, D.C.— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for August.— Drug store chain The Jean Coutu Group will release its second-quarter results.— Leadership candidates for the United Conservative Party hold a debate in Fort McMurray, Alta.— Closing arguments begin in Montreal in the murder case of Randy Tshilumba, accused of killing a young female store clerk in 2016.— In Winnipeg, children’s magician Daniel Kamenicky will be sentenced on child pornography charges.— The federal and Manitoba governments will announce infrastructure for flood mitigation.— Science Minister Kirsty Duncan will announce new funding for research equipment at universities, colleges and research hospitals.last_img read more

Marg Helgenberger Supports Fraser Riverkeepers Fifth Anniversary Gala

first_imgCSI star Marg Helgenberger co-hosted Fraser Riverkeeper’s fifth anniversary gala in Vancouver on October 20, celebrating the organization’s work for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waters.Marg Helgenberger and executive director of FRK Lauren HornorCredit/Copyright: Fraser Riverkeeper“I grew up fishing, swimming and boating the Platte River in Nebraska with my father,” says Emmy-winning Helgenberger. “Those are treasured memories for me, and I believe we have to all fight for the clean waters we love. I’m a huge fan of the work Fraser Riverkeeper and other Waterkeeper Alliance groups are doing for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters across North America.”The Fraser River is the longest river in British Columbia and the tenth-longest river in Canada, draining a 220,000 km² (85,000 sq mi) area. FRK focuses their citizen-engagement work primarily on the Lower Fraser below Yale, the most industrially and residentially developed portion of the river. This is an area in great need of vigilant protection and caring restoration.Their goal is to empower those in the Fraser watershed to defend their natural right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters: to ensure that rivers, lakes, streams and beaches exist for generations as thriving ecosystems for both humans and wildlife.To find out more about Fraser Riverkeeper, click here.last_img read more

Nathan Lane Honored With Eugene ONeill Theater Center 15th Annual Monte Cristo

first_imgNathan Lane was honored last night at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 15th Annual Monte Cristo Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.Nathan Lane With Matthew BroderickCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesLane received the Monte Cristo Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the American theater.The evening featured tributes to Lane from Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy and Susan Stroman as well as performances by Jason Simon, Tim Shew, Bobby Creighton, Patrick Page, Carson Elrod, puppeteer Tyler Bunch and Jenni Barber.Additional attendees included Joe Grifasi, Marin Ireland and Hal Prince.Founded in 1964, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. In the bold tradition of its namesake Eugene O’Neill – four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.last_img read more

Ben Stiller Named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced the appointment of actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller as its newest global Goodwill Ambassador.The announcement comes as Stiller concludes a trip with UNHCR to Guatemala, where he met some of the men, women and children from the North of Central America who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence. In recent years a growing number of people across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have fled extraordinary, unchecked violence at the hands of organized criminal groups and gangs – including murder, rape, abduction and even the forcible recruitment of children into gangs. Stiller spent time in Guatemala meeting refugees including unaccompanied children and seeing how UNHCR, with the Government and its partners, is working to support and protect them.Commenting today on his new role as Goodwill Ambassador, Stiller said, “I am enormously honored and proud to take on this role as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR is an organization that is working tirelessly all over the world helping men, women and children fleeing war, terror and persecution. Here in Guatemala, the families, including children, that I met experienced fear and violence back home that is beyond imagination. They are vulnerable and have suffered immensely. They need help. UNHCR is on the ground here with its partners providing them with support, protection and shelter.”Stiller continued, “With over 68 million displaced people around the world today, there has never been a more compelling reason or greater urgency to show solidarity and support for refugees. I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me.”Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said, “Ben will be a great Goodwill Ambassador. I have witnessed personally his commitment to the world’s refugees and his extraordinary capacity to talk about the complicated issue of displacement in a manner that is clear, passionate and convincing. And this is precisely the role of Goodwill Ambassadors: to raise awareness, generate support and give a voice to those who have been forced to leave their homes. I am looking forward to working with him.”UNHCR works with governments and partners on the ground in locations all over the world to support and protect refugees and help them build better futures. In Guatemala UNHCR is working with the government and civil society partners as part of a comprehensive regional response. Through this regional response framework, known locally by its Spanish acronym, MIRPS, six governments in the region have agreed to work together to address the full scope of forced displacement, from its root causes, strengthening asylum and protection systems and working on durable solutions. This initiative is a concrete example of regional cooperation to address difficult situations of forced displacement, which has directly informed the development of the Global Compact for Refugees, to be adopted at the end of the year.UNHCR continues to call on governments to strengthen global responsibility sharing and solidarity aimed at ensuring safety for families fleeing life-threatening violence and persecution.Ben Stiller has been supporting UNHCR since early 2016, meeting with refugees in Germany and Jordan. Best known for his role in films like Dodgeball, Zoolander and Meet the Parents, Stiller has played a key role in UNHCR projects including the #withrefugees campaign.Most recently, on 20 June 2018 to mark World Refugee Day, he appeared in a special edition Buzzfeed Tasty film entitled “Homemade Chicken Shawarma, As Made By Ben Stiller and Ahmed Badr” . In the film Stiller joins writer and former Iraqi refugee Ahmed Badr to make an at home version of chicken shawarma, a traditional dish from Ahmed’s homeland Iraq, bringing back memories of his childhood in Baghdad before he was forced to flee.last_img read more

Bennis Explains How the UN Failed in Western Sahara

By Wassima BoujradIfrane – As part of the ongoing discussions about the issue of the Western Sahara, the Moroccan Politics Club at Al Akhawayn University Ifran (AUI) organized a talk entitled “How Ban Ki-moon Failed to Help the Parties Achieve a Political Solution” by Samir Bennis, PhD.Following the controversy over statements made by UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon earlier in March during his trip to the Tindouf camps and Algiers, AUI’s Moroccan Politics Club (MPC) organized a talk that took place on March 17, hosting the political analyst and Editor-in Chief at Morocco World News (MWN), Samir Bennis, PhD, as a speaker. The talk, which lasted almost three hours, attracted an audience of more than 80 people, including students, professors and AUI staff. The talk featured a high degree of speaker-audience interaction, with Bennis accepting many questions from the students in attendance.Bennis began the talk by analyzing the UNSG statement in a legal framework. The controversy surrounding Ban Ki-moon’s statements comes from the usage of the particular word “occupation.”According to Bennis, Ban Ki-moon showed prejudice and bias in his statements, something that is outlawed by international legal norms. Bennis argued that as Secretary-General of a body that advocates peace and equality, Ban Ki-moon should maintain an impartial stance on the Western Sahara dispute.“Being a UNSG binds him to neutrality,” Bennis said.Instead of merely verbally claiming the Western Sahara as part of the Moroccan territory, Bennis argued that state institutions should take actions to supplement the arguments they have. In this context, he advocated for the use of educational tools like historical documentaries with subtitles in English and other languages to promote the issue internationally.In his talk, Bennis highlighted the role that Morocco World News plays in defending the issue of the Western Sahara by providing news stories reflecting the reality of the situation as well as the historical background surrounding the issue. MWN publishes news stories in three languages – Arabic, French and English – with English playing a key role in reaching a viewership of 1,500 communities worldwide.Bennis criticized the carelessness of the mainstream Moroccan media in defending the Sahara question.“One or two media outlets cannot be effective in spreading knowledge about the issue. Every political and social body should massively work on it,” he said.Bennis urged the audience to look for reliable sources and references that prove the Sahara is Moroccan, and will remain Moroccan.The political adviser also lauded King Mohammed VI’s visit to Russia. As one of the five permanent members of the UNSC, Bennis asserted that addressing Russia could assure security in the issue and draw the attention of China as a potential ally.During the talk, Bennis also clarified that the reason behind the use of the term “Western Sahara” in MWN news stories – rather than “Moroccan Sahara” which is more commonly used in Morocco – is not a symbol of neutrality, but rather a means to reach out to readers around the world. Researchers on the topic use the term “Western Sahara” rather than “Moroccan Sahara.” He clarified that this is part of MWN policy to reach a wider audience interested in the issue and to bring in the international community as much as possible.Moroccan Politics Club – the organizers of the event – is the only student-led organization at AUI that addresses political issues. The club has a stated mission of encouraging student participation in political discourse. Established in 2011, MPC has hosted a variety of different events, such as educational trips to the Moroccan and European Parliaments, weekly group debates, conferences, and other related activities.As the event came to a close, Bennis stressed the importance of student engagement in such issues. Bennis argued that the government is unable to solve the question of the Western Sahara on its own and that Moroccan society must take collective action. read more

Battle Intensifies Over EUAU Summit as South Africa Backs Polisario Against

Rabat – Tension between Morocco and its rivals within the African Union (AU) – mainly South Africa and Algeria –  is mounting over the participation of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the upcoming 5th EU-AU summit, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast on November 29 and 30.The meeting of the extraordinary session of the AU Executive Council’s preparatory meeting to the joint summit held on Monday saw the two sides come to grips as each pushed for its own agenda.Morocco, besides its allies, sought to exclude what it calls a “phantom state” from taking part in the upcoming event. The Moroccan endeavors were challenged by South Africa, one of the key players inside the AU which is heavily lobbying in favor of its protégé.Pretoria threatened to impose a relocation of the event if Ivory Coast, a traditional ally of Morocco, does not invite SADR to participate.Media sources said that the country issued an ultimatum to Morocco’s friend to send invitations to all AU members, including SADR, to participate in the event until October 27, otherwise the conference would relocated to Addis Ababa where the AU headquarters are based.Algerian and Moroccan online media outlets alike claimed that the Executive Council supported the participation of all AU member states in the joint conference.Algerian and Polisario media triumphantly reported that Morocco failed to impose the non-participation of SADR on the forum.The self-proclaimed entity’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ahmed Boukhari, told the Algerian state press agency that SADR would participate in the event with the same status as all other AU member states.He reiterated Polisario’s accusations against France and Morocco of “conniving” to prevent SADR from taking part in the conference.“Morocco, backed by France, is trying to block SADR’s participation in the partnership meeting between the AU and the EU,” he said.Paris previously expressed its opposition to Polisario‘s participation.During his visit to Morocco earlier in October, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country wishes to see only “sovereign” states taking part in the meeting, making a clear reference to the self-proclaimed SADR.The Polisario claims that its attendance has been endorsed by the Executive Council, but were dismissed by a source close to the Moroccan delegation to the AU meeting. The source told Morocco World News that nothing has been decided yet.The source explained that convening members agreed to “give some time” to reach “a consensus” before the October 27 deadline.Meanwhile, Morocco will certainly keep pushing for cornering what it calls the “phantom state.” Confrontation with Polisario’s main sponsor, Algeria, and the much more influential South Africa, are thus set to prevail. read more

Palestinians continue to flee Baghdad for Syria – UN refugee agency

Speaking to the press in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said that on Saturday, a group of 67 Palestinians arrived at Tanef border crossing in northeastern Syria. Another group of over 50 Palestinians, including four pregnant women and several babies, arrived at the border on Sunday but was told to remain on the Iraqi side. There are reports that more Palestinians are on their way towards the Syrian border. The first group was not allowed official access into Syria, “but were authorized to remain on the Syrian side of no man’s land,” Mr. Redmond said. A UNHCR team tried to help them gain entry, but was informed by Syrian authorities that no newcomers would be accepted.“The Palestinians say they are determined to stay until they are officially authorized to enter Syrian territory,” Mr. Redmond said. The agency has provided food and basic items to the group, while a medical team from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was dispatched to check on their health.Last week, UNHCR, with the help of UNRWA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at the invitation of the Syrian Government, transferred nearly 300 Palestinians who had been stranded for nearly two months at the Iraq-Jordan and Iraq-Syria border crossings into Syria.Entry into Syria has since then been impossible for other Palestinians fleeing violence and intimidation in Baghdad, where an estimated 23,000 Palestinians still live. read more

New staff representative elected to Board of Trustees

Giulia Forsythe has been elected as a representative of ongoing staff to the Board of Trustees.Forsythe will serve a three-year term, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020, and joins continuing staff representative Kristen Smith.Gratitude was extended to Gloria Gallagher for her dedicated service on the Board of Trustees over the past three years.  Her term on the Board ends on June 30, 2017.A special thanks was also offered to those who allowed their names to stand for election.Three individuals ran in the election and more than 326 ballots were received.The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of having staff representation on the Board and is pleased to see such staff engagement in the process — both from those who stood in the election and those who voted.Full details about the election results can been viewed at:  https://brocku.ca/university-secretariat/2017-election-of-an-ongoing-s read more

Rivers explains her side in fuss with Benton

first_imgPreviously on this storySen. Benton files complaint against colleague.Legislative remediesThe Majority Coalition Caucus is implementing at least three attempts at remedies for the strife between the two senators.• The two will have their seats moved in caucus so they will not be seated near one another.• After the end of the 2013 special session, the two will no longer share a staff person for public information.• As Rivers is the caucus whip, Benton will use an intermediary to communicate with her on matters such as attendance.State Sen. Don Benton allegedly refused to leave Sen. Ann Rivers alone, and called her “weird” multiple times before she cursed at him during an altercation on the Senate floor in April, according to Rivers’ account of the exchange.Rivers, R-La Center, released documentation Friday detailing the encounter with Benton, who has since filed a formal complaint against Rivers for using abusive language toward him. Benton, R-Vancouver, said in the complaint that Rivers’ actions demeaned and embarrassed him, and made him feel physically threatened.According to Rivers’ account, Benton approached her April 19 on the floor of the Senate to ask her for more details about an effort affecting the Columbia River Crossing project. Both senators have opposed the transportation project as planned.Rivers declined to discuss specifics, but Benton pressed her for more information. It was at that time that Rivers confronted Benton for allegedly spreading misinformation about her stance on the CRC to Clark County residents.Rivers said she told Benton: “I know who you are, I know what you do, I want no part of you or a relationship with you. I will work with you in a professional manner but beyond that I want nothing to do with you.”last_img read more

FW Responds to Magazine Closings Layoffs

first_imgFOLIO: first reported yesterday F+W Publications’ shuttering of five of its hobbyist magazines in its Krause Publications division. “The value proposition in magazine print-relative to other media-wasn’t as evident anymore,” magazine division president David Blansfield said Thursday.”Thirteen people were affected by the shuttering of these titles, and we’re considering reassignment of staffers when and where possible,” Blansfield wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “I think it needs to be emphasized that we’re a diversified media company-and we remain committed to these markets.”The shuttered titles include Antiques and Collectibles Journal, Comics & Games Retailer, Toy Cars & Models, Toy Shop and Vintage Motorcycles.”These publications are small, niche titles and unfortunately the economics of today’s media environment don’t work in their favor,” Blansfield continued. “But these are vital communities, and we continue to serve them through broader titles with books and through e-media and events.” F+W purchased Krause Publications in June 2002 for $120 million.More on this topic The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move September Is Becoming Just Another Month for Fashion Magazines Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Global | News & Notes Sandow’s Success Is Anything but Traditional TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MoveJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 10 Fugitive Arrested Fight On Train Leads To

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 10, 2018:Animal Control Officer retrieved an injured bird on Main Street and brought it to a rehab facility. (7:48am)Police received notice from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office that fugitive Shane Denn was in custody after a traffic stop. Wilmington Police had an active arrest warrant out on Denn. (10:07am)A walk-in party reported someone took their clothing off of their laundry line from their Main Street yard. (11:14am)Fire Department responded to mulch fire near Dollar Trees store. Employees used fire extinguisher. (1:47pm)Action Ambulance involved in a 3-vehicle crash on Main Street. No injuries noted. One vehicle towed. (2:21pm)Employee reported a trailer was stolen, possibly sometime overnight, from Commercial Couriers on Jewel Drive. (6:02pm)A school bus got stuck in the mud at Town Park (Aprile Field) following a WHS softball game. (8:37pm)Police arrested Kevin Callery (41, Billerica) on a warrant. Police were called after MBTA reported Callery and another male were fighting on the train. (9:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 17: Parking & Traffic Issues; Lost Wallet; Brush FireIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Dhoom 4 Will Salman Khans loss be Baahubali star Prabhas gain

first_imgSalman Khan and Prabhas.PR HandoutAfter Salman Khan refused to act in Dhoom 4, the movie seems to have fallen into the laps of Tollywood star Prabhas, who became the heartthrob of millions with the Baahubali series.If the latest rumours are to be believed, Prabhas has been approached for the antagonist role in Dhoom 4. It is said that the Yash Raj Films, which had considered him for the role initially, had changed plans at some point of time and held talks with Salman Khan.Well, Salman Khan reportedly turned down the offer as he was not keen to do a negative character. Thereafter, the names of Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan had surfaced. Now, it looks like these two could not take up the projects for one or the other reason and the makers have now returned to their earlier plans and approached Prabhas.The Dhoom franchise is all about bikes and babes with a cat-and-mouse game between the thief and the cops. John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan had played the well-built stylish villains.Prabhas too has such charming personality and can bring a lot of freshness to the franchise, say industry insiders.While the baddies have been changing in every film, Abhishek Bachchan as a thief-nabbing cop with the support of his sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra) has been the permanent member in the franchise. A section of Bollywood media had reported that the Junior Bachchan would be replaced by Ranveer Singh, but there is no official word on it.The first and third instalments were directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, while Sanjay Gadhvi helmed the second part in the Dhoom franchise. The fourth instalment is rumoured to be directed, once again, by Acharya.Coming back to Prabhas, he is busy with Saaho. The shooting of the movie is almost completed and it will hit the screens in August. After this film, he will be moving on to KK Radha Krishna’s film, produced by UV Creations.last_img read more

Trump Offers FlagWaving Optimism In Visit To Harveys Path

first_img Share twitter user @politicoTrump arrives in devastated TexasCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — With flag-waving optimism, President Donald Trump answered Harvey’s wrath Tuesday by offering in-person assurances to those in the storm zone that his administration will work tirelessly to help the region recover from the massive flooding and storm-inflicted destruction. “We are going to get you back and operating immediately,” Trump told an impromptu crowd that gathered outside a Corpus Christi fire station about 30 miles from where the storm made landfall on Friday. For all of his eagerness to get the federal disaster response right, though, Trump missed clear opportunities to strike a sympathetic note for multitudes who are suffering. The president did not mention those who died in the storm or those forced from their homes by its floodwaters. And he basked in the attention of cheering supporters outside the fire station where officials briefed him on the recovery. “What a crowd, what a turnout,” Trump declared before waving a Texas flag from atop a step ladder positioned between two fire trucks. “This is historic. It’s epic what happened, but you know what, it happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything.” Trump is clearly determined to seize the moment and show a forceful response to Harvey, mindful of the political opportunities and risks that natural disasters pose for any president. Trump has been suffering from low approval ratings and self-created crisis, and the White House is eager to show him as a forceful leader in a time of trouble. The president kept his distance from the epicenter of the damage in Houston to avoid disrupting recovery operations. But he plans to return to the region on Saturday, and Vice President Mike Pence will visit as well. What little damage Trump saw — boarded up windows, downed tree limbs and fences askew — was through the tinted windows of his SUV as his motorcade ferried him from the Corpus Christi airport to the firehouse in a city that’s already nearly back to normal. Trump spoke optimistically about the pace of the recovery, and predicted his response would be a textbook case for future presidents. “We want to do it better than ever before,” he said. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, ‘This is the way to do it.’” Then it was on to his next stop, Austin, to meet with officials at the state emergency operations center. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Trump showed “genuine compassion” on the short flight to Austin as they watched video footage of the flooding in Houston. “The president was heartbroken by what he saw,” the governor said.  But Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary to former President George W. Bush, said there was something missing from Trump’s remarks in Corpus Christi: “Empathy for the people who suffer.” “The first thing he should have said was that his heart goes out to those people in Houston who are going through this, and that the government is here to help them recover,” Fleischer told Fox News Channel. It’s long been presidential practice to avoid visiting the most devastated areas of a natural disaster while recovery is still in the early stages, to avoid getting in the way or diverting critical resources. In Texas, residents seemed to understand.Before Trump landed in Texas, Louis Sirianni arrived at his beach house in Rockport, about 20 miles outside Corpus Christi, to assess damage. Sirianni said he appreciated Trump’s gesture and understood why there were no plans to take him into the hardest-hit area. “He’d see enough if he came along here in a helicopter,” Sirianni said on a balcony accessible only by a 12-foot aluminum extension ladder. In downtown Rockport, John Murray had a pair of boards in front of his hair salon spray-painted with “Bet They Blame Trump.” “He could go for a walk and they’d find something to complain about,” like jaywalking, Murray said. Trump, wearing a black rain slicker emblazoned with a presidential seal, traveled with first lady Melania Trump and Cabinet secretaries who will play key roles in the recovery. Mrs. Trump traded in her usual stiletto heels for a pair of white sneakers and wore a black cap that read “FLOTUS,” an acronym for “first lady of the United States.”  In a statement, the first lady said that “what I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the state.” The president, during his stop in Austin, said it was a “sad thing” that the recovery would be a “long-term” operation. His largely upbeat reassurances about a speedy recovery, though, stood in contrast to the more measured assessments coming from emergency management officials. There’s a long, difficult road ahead in recovering from a storm whose flooding has displaced tens of thousands, those officials have cautioned. And the president’s vow of swift action on billions of dollars in disaster aid is at odds with his proposed budget, which would eliminate the program that helps Americans without flood insurance rebuild their homes and cuts grants to help states reduce the risk of flooding before disaster strikes. Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 zeroes out Community Development Block Grants, a key program that helped the Gulf Coast rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The same program helped New York and New Jersey come back from Superstorm Sandy. Among other things, the grants help people without flood insurance coverage rebuild their homes. In the 2017 budget, the Republican-led Congress restored some of the funds. While Trump’s pending budget request didn’t touch the core disaster aid account, it proposed cutting several grant programs that help states reduce flood risks before a disaster strikes and improve outdated flood maps. All told, Trump proposed cutting such grant programs by about $900 million. Former Democratic President Barack Obama also cast a skeptical eye, proposing cuts roughly two-thirds as large as Trump in his final FEMA budget. __ Superville reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Andrew B. Taylor in Washington and Kelly P. Kissel in Rockport, Texas, contributed to this report. __ On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at https://twitter.com/KThomasDC ___ For complete Harvey coverage, visit https://apnews.com/tag/HurricaneHarveylast_img read more

Mitch McConnell Cancels Senates August Recess

first_img Share J. Scott Applewhite/APSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, tells reporters he intends to cancel the traditional August recess to deal with backlogged tasks.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday he is canceling the annual August recess to deal with a legislative backlog he blamed on the chamber’s Democratic minority.“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled,” McConnell said in a statement that made official a decision that had been anticipated for weeks.The House and Senate are working to pass as many of the annual twelve spending bills as possible ahead of the Sept. 30 fiscal-year deadline, and McConnell said those bills will now be a priority in August. McConnell has also made it a top priority to confirm as many of President Trump’s lifetime judicial appointments as possible this year.McConnell said senators will still get the first week of the month off, but return to Washington, D.C., for the rest of the month. Politically, the decision will also keep vulnerable Democrats on the Senate floor and off the trail at a time usually dedicated to campaigning back home. Democrats have far more incumbents seeking re-election this year, and keeping them off the trail could be to the GOP’s advantage.Democrats responded by embracing the new work schedule. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats will spend August working on health care legislation to help lower premiums that are expected to rise this fall in part due to Republicans’ eliminating the individual mandate to buy health insurance in their tax cut legislation.Schumer also challenged President Trump to join the Senate and cancel his own summer vacation plans. “We assume he’ll be here in Washington working right alongside us. Given the urgency of these weeks, we presume he won’t be jetting off to Bedminster or Mar-a-Lago or spending countless hours on the golf course,” Schumer said, in reference to two of Trump’s favorite self-owned destinations.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not shared McConnell’s enthusiasm for canceling the August recess. All 435 members of the House are up for re-election every two years so there is an even greater demand in that chamber to head home to campaign. The House is scheduled to adjourn July 26 for the August break, and not return until after Labor Day.McConnell appears committed to the new schedule, but he has changed his mind before. Last year, he also announced he would delay the August break by two weeks, but then ended up keeping the Senate in session for one week instead.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Leadwerks brings native 3D game development to Linux

first_imgNow that Steam has come to Linux — and with it, brought a handful of popular games, as well as a larger handful of less popular games — the platform is very slowly becoming viable for gaming. However, Linux games still tend to be ports — and we all know that while ports are better than nothing, they’re usually not as good as developing a game natively. Kickstarter project Leadwerks for Linux aims to do just that, and bring sophisticated game development to Linux.Ironically, Leadwerks did not begin life as a Linux tool, and the development team will actually be porting it over to Linux. Do as it says, not as it does, we suppose. The software is touted as a visual tool for building “any kind of 3D game.” Though the software will run natively on Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 is the first target), it will mercifully allow you to port your game to Windows and OS X — considering all that hard work being limited to the comparatively small Linux audience wouldn’t be the best reward. Leadwerks also provides the capability for top-notch graphics, so while clever indie platformers with pixelated “retro” graphics seem to keep the masses happy, we won’t necessarily be inundated with more of them.Now that Steam has come to Linux, Leadwerks will also connect to the Steam Workshop, so you can reap the benefit of all the wacky and not-so-wacky creations sitting on the service. Furthermore, Leadwerks will allow for a simple submission to Steam Greenlight through the press of a button.The Kickstarter campaign already hit its funding goal of $20,000 with 21 days still remaining, but with most Kickstarter campaigns, there is still a stretch goal. Currently, if the funding hits $26,000, OUYA and Android support will be added to Leadwerks; other stretch goals have not yet been revealed, but the wording suggests there will be more added if the first one is reached.If you’re interested in developing a game for Linux on Linux, or you just wish other people would, head on over to the campaign page and kick in a few bucks.last_img read more

Ahare Bangla 2018 kicks off today

first_imgKolkata: ‘Ahare Bangla’ 2018 — the food festival will start from Tuesday at New Town Mela Ground in Rajarhat.The food festival will continue till November 25. This is the fourth year when the state government is organising the festival supported by various its departments such as Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Fisheries, Food Processing Industries and Horticulture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles department and Animal Resources Development department. There will be 125 stalls in Ahare Bangla 2018, where 55 well known restaurants and caterers will be present. Celebrity chefs will also be taking part in the food festival. It may be mentioned that last year there were 108 stalls. With the overwhelming response from people, the number of stalls has been increased, said Anil Verma, Principal Secretary of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) Department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival will be inaugurated on Tuesday at 6 pm and remain open from 12 noon to 9 pm till November 25. There will be a cultural programme in the festival. In the festival, four government organisations and 30 sweet or dessert shops will be taking part. There will be 36 stalls at Ahare Biki Kini, which is an exhibition-cum-sale hanger. Various food ingredients and “ready-to-eat” food will be made available by the government or government promoted organisations at Ahare Biki Kini. ‘Dheki’ that was one of the main attractions last year will be there this time as well.last_img read more

Barclays hit by fraud probe over Mideast investors

first_imgLONDON (AP) – Scandal-hit Barclays bank says it’s facing yet another investigation _ this one relating to the billions it raised from Middle Eastern investors back in 2008.The bank said Wednesday that Britain’s Serious Fraud Office was looking into whether Barclays was open enough about what it had paid advisers when it raised more than 5 billion pounds of emergency capital at the height of the global financial crisis. Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system The private lifeline helped Barclays avoid the humiliating government bailouts that the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds were forced to accept after high-flying executives overloaded the banks with unsustainable amounts of debt.Barclays’ corporate reputation is already under siege after scandals over selling small businesses complex financial products they didn’t need and revelations that the bank fixed a key market interest rate.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Realtorcom Unveils List of Top Turnaround Towns for Q2

first_imgRealtor.com Unveils List of Top Turnaround Towns for Q2 California markets dominate “”Realtor.com’s””:http://www.realtor.com/ list of “”Turnaround Towns””:http://www.realtor.com/news/turnaround-towns-for-q2-2013/ for the second quarter of this year, claiming the top four spots on the list and six of the top 10. [IMAGE]While California may take the most spots on the top 10 list, Realtor.com says Detroit’s presence on the list is “”most noteworthy.”” “”Though the city recently filed for bankruptcy, the market nonetheless posted strong improvement in the second quarter,”” according to Realtor.com. In fact, Detroit may soon be “”one of the most balanced markets in the nation,”” according to Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move, an online real estate network. The top 10 “”Turnaround Towns”” are determined by an algorithm that relies on data including inventory levels, median list prices, median number of days on market, and search and listing activity on Realtor.com. [COLUMN_BREAK]Detroit claimed the No. 7 spot on the list after its inventory age fell to the second-lowest in the nation at 45 days on market. The city’s list price increased 37.8 percent from the second quarter of last year to the second quarter of this year, and its inventory declined 26.5 percent. The No. 1 spot went to Oakland, California, where the median number of days a home spends on the market is just 15–the lowest in the nation. Oakland also claimed the greatest increase in list price across the nation in the second quarter on an annual basis. The median list price in the second quarter of this year was $479,000, up from $339,000 in the same quarter last year. Oakland’s inventory declined more than 34 percent over the same period. Orange County, California, took the No. 2 spot on the list, while also staking claim to the country’s greatest decline in inventory over the year ending in the second quarter of this year–a 36.6 percent decline. Orange County’s home prices were up 29.4 percent, and the median number of days a home spent on the market in the second quarter was 51. The third and fourth spots on the list went to Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, California, and San Jose, California, respectively. Santa Barbara’s median list price rose 34.3 percent to a notable $685,000 over the year. Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles, Calfornia; Portland, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Reno Nevada also made it onto the second quarter list of top 10 “”Turnaround Towns.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Move Inc. Processing Service Providers 2013-08-12 Krista Franks Brock August 12, 2013 443 Views center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

March 17 2017Here are a few photos of the student

first_imgMarch 17, 2017Here are a few photos of the students from Temple University during their silt-cast workshop.[photos from Leah-Ann Walker’s phone]last_img