uberX prices slashed by 35 in Nairobi as price wars instensify

first_imgAdvertisement Uber is striving to be the most affordable way to move around in Nairobi with their latest move of slashing uberX prices by up to 35%. The base fare will remain unchanged, although short rides will now cost considerably less.This comes in the face of intensified price wars with local cab & Matatu drivers as well as Safaricom’s entry into the transportation industry with it’s Little Cabs venture in Nairobi.The ETN reports that Little Cabs has entered the market recently with a big bang and taken significant enough market share out of the previously Uber-dominated market, prompting a major fare review and what will no doubt become a major price war. When Gulf-based Mondo Ride entered the market a few months ago, they also did so with lower charges. Last week another competitor entered the market, named Teke Taxi, increasing the pressure on fares yet more. – Advertisement – It remains to be seen how other app-based cab hailing services will react to the new Uber fares and in turn also either match or further undercut their own.We’re lowering uberX prices by 35% in Nairobi! #UberFORLESS https://t.co/2eq3sS1eoP pic.twitter.com/0EjgJ0r3KO— Uber Kenya (@uber_kenya) July 28, 2016Uber believes that with its cheaper fares, they can now be a true alternative to people driving their own cars into the city centre, with all the hassle and cost that parking brings.THE NEW uberX RATES in Kenya ShillingsOld uberXNew uberXBaseKES 100KES 100Per MinuteKES 4KES 3Per KMKES 60KES 35CancellationKES 200KES 200MinimumKES 300KES 200[related-posts]last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Leeds United v Derby County

first_imgLeeds managed to defy a load of injuries and the suspension of Patrick Bamford to deal a negative blow to our balance at the weekend, but they can finish the job with victory at Elland Road.Marcelo Bielsa went into the weekend with five first team players missing including three of his back four but Leeds were deserving of a 1-0 victory there. Kemar Roofe’s 15th goal of the season was the difference between the teams and whilst Derby were enraged that assistant referee Eddie Smart persuaded referee Craig Pawson to overturn his award of a penalty to the Rams with 14 minutes to go, they were second best on the pitch.Leeds didn’t allow the Rams to have a single shot on target and came away with an impressive 56% of possession, won the shot count 15-7 and also had eight corners compared to just one for the hosts. Indeed, the tie would most likely be over had Pablo Hernandez missed the ball from six yards out after Jamie Shackleton’s cutback.Rams fans will not be sad to see the back of injured Kemar Roofe. The winning goal scorer in the first leg has scored 32 goals for Leeds since joining in the summer of 2016 – 12.5% of those have come against Derby County – but where he’s absent, Patrick Bamford, who has returned from his suspension.Leeds United v Derby CountyChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football HD / Sky Sports Main Event HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, past 10 years)MAY 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF Derby 0-1 LeedsJAN 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-0 DerbyAUG 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-4 LeedsFEB 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-2 LeedsOCT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-2 DerbyJAN 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-0 DerbyOCT 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-0 LeedsDEC 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-2 DerbyAUG 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-2 LeedsDEC 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-0 LeedsDerby will be pleased to hear that Martyn Waghorn, who has 13 goals this season, might be able to replace David Nugent in attack, giving Harry Wilson and Mason Mount a target to hit, but Leeds have been the better side in their three meetings this season and can book their ticket to Wembley.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LEEDS 8 pts at 3/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017 (excludes US PGA) : PROFIT 227.00 pointslast_img read more

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REEP to host K12 Education Innovation Exchange

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.edu REEP to host K-12 Education & Innovation ExchangeHigh-caliber event includes 200 educators from Houston-area public school districtsThe Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) will host 200 educators from various Houston-area public school districts for its Education & Innovation Exchange event from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.The event will consist of several concurrent presentations by and informal conversations with nationally recognized guest speakers about innovations that have been developed and executed in the K-12 public school system. The event will also include an expo featuring several cutting-edge K-12 projects and initiatives from various Rice University departments.What: Nationally recognized entrepreneurs from various sectors will present their latest ideas and best practices at the Education & Innovation Exchange.When: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.Where: Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business at McNair Hall, 6100 Main St. Who: Members of the REEP program and 200 educators from Houston-area public school districts. For a complete list of the speakers, go here.For more information about the event, go to http://business.rice.edu/REEP_Events. To view the schedule of events click here.For more information on REEP’s Education & Innovation Exchange or to schedule an interview with one of the event’s participants, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327. AddThislast_img read more

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US must engage a rising China through tropical disease elimination Baker Institute

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduUS must engage a rising China through tropical disease elimination, Baker Institute expert saysHotez: There are considerable parallels between China’s western provinces and the southern USHOUSTON – (Nov. 30, 2012) –The relations between the U.S. and China can be strengthened by a coordinated effort to support neglected tropical disease (NTD) control programs in countries where these diseases are still a major public health concern, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Hotez shared his perspective on this topic in an editorial published in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and is available to speak with media.Hotez said both nations have a history of NTD infections that significantly impact the population. Throughout much of the 20th century, the U.S. experienced huge health and economic damage from malaria, hookworm and typhoid fever. During the same period, China had high prevalence rates of endemic hookworm, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis.He said recent advances in economic development and urbanization have enabled both countries to eliminate the most common NTDs in all but their most impoverished populations. Specifically, China has reduced the prevalence of schistosomiasis, the second leading parasitic killer after malaria, by 90 percent, and it was the first country to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, a disease that causes extreme swelling of limbs and genitals. The U.S. has also significantly reduced intestinal worm infections and malaria since the 1930s.“There are considerable parallels between China’s western provinces and the southern U.S.,” Hotez said. “Although the U.S. and China have made great strides in controlling and eliminating NTDs, these diseases still remain among the poorest of the poor in both nations. Our shared experiences provide a unique foundation to jointly combat NTDs in our own countries as well as support developing countries in their NTD control and elimination efforts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.”Hotez argued that a joint Sino-U.S. enterprise around NTD control and elimination could be a powerful and winning combination. “While a long-term approach is needed to reduce NTDs in Africa and elsewhere to levels similar to the U.S. and China, there is an opportunity for our nations to share programmatic expertise and funds for NTD programs,” he said. “This is a chance to not only work on a major global health disparity but also a way for the U.S. and China to build their diplomatic relationships with each other and with endemic countries.”Hotez is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, head of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Hotez is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, where he leads a partnership to develop new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas’ disease. He also co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Hotez. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associated director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Hotez biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/photezFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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OpenStax partners with Katalyst to deliver free textbooks to Poland

first_img Infographic about OpenStax textbook usage worldwide ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduOpenStax partners with Katalyst to deliver free textbooks to PolandHOUSTON — (Sept. 20, 2017) — Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax is partnering with Katalyst Education to bring free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks to Poland as part of a new effort to internationalize OpenStax’s free open textbook model.Katalyst Education is a Polish organization that aims to facilitate fair and equal access for all students in Poland by developing digital education tools and providing services to enable their optimal use. Katalyst Education and OpenStax will work together to translate OpenStax texts into Polish and investigate the best ways to introduce them to Polish universities, instructors and students.“The translation of our books into a foreign language is a significant milestone for us,” said Daniel Williamson, OpenStax managing director. “Although we’re seeing use of OpenStax in countries around the world, our books are currently only accessible to English speakers. We’re excited to begin the process of removing that barrier.”According to Katalyst Education, Polish students face some of the same accessibility challenges as American students: The prohibitive cost of textbooks and private tutors can make it difficult for low-income students to get the same quality of education as their peers. Beginning with OpenStax University Physics, Katalyst Education is not only translating the text into Polish but also modifying examples and case studies within the text to provide a Polish context.OpenStax and Katalyst Education will begin their initiative by visiting Polish academic conferences and communicating with academic centers to determine the best ways to encourage adoption of the textbooks and meet the needs of Polish students.“Poland’s academic community is relatively small — for example, there are about 70 Polish institutions that have physics programs appropriate for this textbook,” said Christopher Sweeney, managing director at Katalyst Education. “This gives us an opportunity to make a powerful impact. Once our project builds momentum, we hope to truly eliminate instances where students lack access to core learning resources.”The project is also interested in exploring the benefits of digital technology on learning outcomes and information retention. Katalyst Education believes that Polish students can benefit from repeated exposure to educational materials at a pace of their own choosing, a technique that can be enabled by digital open educational resources like OpenStax texts.“High-quality open educational resources like OpenStax have massive potential to help level the playing field for Polish students,” Sweeney said. “We’re excited to finalize the adaptation process and bring new, accessible resources to Poland.”OpenStax and Katalyst Education also collaborated to develop the technical infrastructure required to efficiently translate University Physics, laying the groundwork and developing the processes for other organizations interested in translating OpenStax textbooks.Read more about Katalyst Education at http://katalysteducation.org/en/home-en/.OpenStax is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ann and John Doerr, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the Maxfield Foundation, the Calvin K. Kanzanjian Foundation and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation. For more information, visit http://openstax.org.-30-Graphic for download: Return to article. Long Descriptionhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/09/0821-OPENSTAX_UK-b-1aj2ybp.jpgRelated OpenStax news from Rice:Rice University-based OpenStax partners with UK Open Textbooks – Sept. 12, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/09/12/rice-university-based-openstax-partners-with-uk-open-textbooks/Nearly 1.5 million college students to use free textbooks this school year — Aug. 10, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/08/10/nearly-1-5-million-college-students-to-use-free-textbooks-this-school-year-2/OpenStax launches personalized learning tool for college courses — July 10, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/07/10/openstax-launches-personalized-learning-tool-for-college-courses/OpenStax’s 2016 partner schools expected to save students $8.2M in coming year — June 27, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/06/27/openstaxs-2016-partner-schools-expected-to-save-students-8-2m/OpenStax, OER Commons partner on community hubs — Oct. 11, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/10/11/openstax-oer-commons-partner-on-community-hubs/Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow OpenStax on Twitter @OpenStax.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. center_img AddThislast_img read more

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CBS Prof Determines Busyness a Marker of High Status for Americans

first_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail CBS Prof Determines Busyness a Marker of High Status for Americans regions: New York Citycenter_img Columbia Business School (CBS) recently published an article about a new Journal of Consumer Research study from CBS Professor Silvia Bellezza that finds Americans “increasingly perceive busy and overworked people as having high status.”Whereas high-status Americans of yore would affirm their place in society by telling tales of poolside leisure, high-status Americans today are “more likely to engage in humblebrag, telling those around them how they ‘have no life’ or desperately need a vacation,” she writes. Surprising or not, “the effect is reversed for Italians.” Bellezza notes the peculiar way high-status Americans demonstrate this equation between busyness and social standing. “We uncovered an alternative type of conspicuous consumption that operated by shifting the focus from the preciousness and scarcity of goods to the preciousness and scarcity of individuals.”The use of products and services showcasing one’s jam-packed schedule–such as food delivery options from Peapod and Whole Foods–can also convey status because of their “associations with timesaving and a busy lifestyle,” Bellezza writes. “People’s social-mobility beliefs are psychologically driven by the perception that busy individuals possess desirable characteristics, leading them to be viewed as scarce and in demand.”Bellezza and her co-authors, Harvard’s Neeru Pahari and Anat Keinan, found “that the more we believe that people have the opportunity for social affirmation based on hard work, the more we tend to think that people who skip leisure and work all the time are of higher standing.” RelatedAlumni Spotlight: USC Marshall MBA Alumna Michele TafoyaThe career of one USC Marshall School of Business MBA alumna is a testament to the value of forming a strong base in communication. Michele Tafoya (MBA ’91) is well known not only for her talents as one of NBC Sports’ leading newscasters, but also for her vibrant social media presence.…October 5, 2016In “Featured Home”Holiday Debt Hangover: The Dangers of Contactless PaymentThe holidays may be over, but for many they are far from forgotten. For kids, the holiday joy continues with toys and games, but for adults, the holiday hangover might not be as pleasant. In fact, according to Niro Sivanathan, bssociate professor of organisational behaviour at London Business School (LBS), the holiday…January 5, 2017In “Advice”Digital Media’s Precarious Future, and More – Los Angeles NewsAs we all reel in from a hectic Valentine’s Day, lets take a look at some of the biggest Los Angeles business school news from the week that was. Mount Saint Mary’s LA Hosts Event on the Future of California’s Women – MSMLA News Mount Saint Mary’s, Los Angeles is…February 15, 2019In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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Toronto News Ivey Students Come to the UN and More

first_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini regions: Toronto Last Updated Feb 22, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Let’s visit some of the biggest news coming out of Toronto business schools this week.François Neville Unpacks Why Some Minority Groups Won’t Seek Business Loans – DeGroote Communications DepartmentFrançois Neville, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, recently investigated whether certain minority entrepreneurs become discouraged when it comes to entrepreneurial activities such as seeking capital. Neville’s has published a study in the Journal of Management Studies breaks down how years of mistreatment have led to many minority business owners not wanting to begin the process of seeking a loan.“There is a fairly established body of research offering compelling evidence that minorities are subject to inequality in the workplace and entrepreneurship, despite numerous policy initiatives to curb this,” Neville told the school.You can read more about Neville and the study here. Ivey Students Participating in UN Conference – News@IveyTwo Ivey Business School students were given the special opportunity to take part in a United Nations (UN) conference earlier this month. Emma Hogeterp, HBA/Huron Global Studies ’19; and Sanket Mehta, MBA ’18 , participating in the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from Feb. 14-16.“The purpose of the conference is to not only discuss ideas, but also how they can be applicable in your country,” said Mehta. “What works in one country might not work in another because every country has a different set of economic indicators, such as life expectancy, income levels, and population.”Ivey Business School students Emma Hogeterp and Sanket Mehta / Photo via ivey.uwo.caLearn more about the Youth Assembly and the Ivey students attending the summit here.Student Trading Competition Celebrates its 15th Anniversary at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management – Rotman Media CentreThe Rotman School of Management is hosting the 15th annual Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) from February 22 to 24 in the Rotman School’s BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab. Teams from 52 different universities spanning the globe will participate in various activities including electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors.“Given the challenge associated with each competition case, participants build models to apply theory, process information to separate the signal from the noise, quantify uncertainty and manage risks. Teams who combine those skills with good decision making do the best over the weekend.” Prof. Tom McCurdy, the Bonham Chair in Finance and academic director of the lab and the competition, said.You can read more about RITC here.The Differences Between a Full-Time MBA in New York City and Toronto – MetroMBAWe stack up the best of the best when it comes to NYC and Toronto MBA programs, and where each city stands out. Not surprisingly, Toronto MBAs are more affordable, and the cost of living in the city is infinitely more reasonable, but NYC programs have more prestige and potential financial reward.Even for those who do not pay extra for room and board, expenses for U.S. residents studying at many NYC business schools will be higher than their neighbors to the north. According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Toronto is 24 percent less than the cost of living in New York City, and rent is nearly 40 percent less.However, the value of the individual school tends to favor New York City programs over its Toronto counterparts. NYU Stern is currently the 12th overall on the U.S. News & World Report 2018 ranking, with CBS coming even higher at 9th overall. The ranking comparison remains consistent with The Economist as well, with CBS coming in 9th (again), Stern coming in 14th. The highest ranked Canadian program in The Economist ranking—Ivey Business School—came in 59th.Check out the rest of our comparison here.center_img RelatedEarning an MBA in Toronto Without the Full-Time CommitmentDespite the substantial benefits of earning an MBA, for many professionals, the idea of taking an extended detour while they earn their degree may be impractical or even impossible. An accelerated MBA allows motivated students to bring their new knowledge and qualifications to the workforce more quickly. For those Toronto-bound…August 9, 2017In “Accelerated MBA”Finding The Best Toronto Accelerated MBA ProgramsThe Accelerated MBA at the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business can be completed in as little as eight months if pursued on a full-time basis.November 2, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best MBA Clubs in TorontoWhile getting your MBA at a top program is a great goal, if that’s all you do, you’re missing out on a myriad of opportunities to expand your skills and your network. Course work is important, but there’s so much more you need to do to get the most out…March 14, 2016In “Featured Region” Toronto News: Ivey Students Come to the UN, and Morelast_img read more

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Turkey Football Headline Thanksgiving for 6 Astronauts

first_img CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Turkey and football will be the main Thanksgiving headliners up on the International Space Station.NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough is serving as chef for the six-person crew. He showed off the specialties he’ll be preparing in a video this week.On Thursday—a regular workday for the crew—Kimbrough will warm up pouches of sliced turkey, candied yams, and cherry and blueberry cobbler. He’ll also add water to the bags of dehydrated cornbread dressing, green beans and mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Mission Control promises to beam up some live football games.It will be the second Thanksgiving in space for Kimbrough and the third for American Peggy Whitson, who arrived at the orbiting lab Saturday. One Frenchman and three Russians round off the crew. Share this article Show Discussion U.S. astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), talks to his relatives prior to the launch of the Soyuz MS-02 space ship, in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, Pool)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US Share Turkey, Football Headline Thanksgiving for 6 Astronauts By The Associated Press November 22, 2016 Updated: November 24, 2016last_img read more

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Videos Show Trumps Response Right After 911

first_img US Share this article Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Videos Show Trump’s Response Right After 9/11 By Epoch Newsroom September 11, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017 Several videos show Donald Trump responding to the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.Trump, who owns properties and has a home in New York City, gave several TV interviews near ground zero.A German reporter asked him a question about whether he had interests in Lower Manhattan.“I just went to what they call ground zero. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “The devastation, the human life that’s been just wasted for no reason whatsoever. It’s a terrible scene.” “New Yorkers,” he added, “are very strong and very resilient, and they’ll rebuild very quickly.”The United States, he said at the time, needed to “respond quickly and effectively” to deal with the perpetrators of the attack. “There is no other choice,” he said, adding that New York needs to rebuild in a way that’s “just as majestic as the World Trade Center.”Trump said that he had “a lot of men down here right now” to deal with the recovery efforts, adding that “they’re very brave and they’re amazing.”On Monday Trump commemorated 9/11 at the Pentagon and the White House alongside first lady Melania Trump. They observed a moment of silence for the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks—when hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, and into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.From left National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House during a memorial service for the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) (L-R) National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House during a memorial service for the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2017.  (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. Also pictured is Gary Cohn (L), Director of the National Economic Council. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House marking the Sept. 11 attacks Sept. 11, 2017 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, flanked by White House staff, place their hands over their hearts on the South Lawn of the White House during the playing of "Taps" at a ceremony marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. Also pictured are Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd L) and Jared Kushner (L). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Youtube/screenshot) last_img read more

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Trump Calls Las Vegas Shooter a Sick Demented Man

first_img Share this article Trump Calls Las Vegas Shooter a Sick, Demented Man By Jasper Fakkert October 3, 2017 Updated: October 3, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News center_img Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting on Oct. 2, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) President Donald Trump described the man who killed at least 59 people from his Las Vegas hotel room “a sick man, a demented man.”Trump’s statements came as he was leaving the White House en route to Puerto Rico.“We are looking into him very, very seriously. But we’re dealing with a very, very sick individual,” Trump said.The president announced on Monday that he would be spending most of his day in Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with local law enforcement officers as well as with victims and their families. President Donald Trump speaks with the press before boarding Marine One with First Lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3, 2017, en route to Puerto Rico. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)The shooting in which at least 59 people were killed and over 500 injured is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The gunman, who was identified as Stephen Paddock, killed himself after firing from his hotel room on concertgoers at a country music festival.“We cannot even rule out mental illness or some form of brain damage, although there’s no evidence of that, either,” an official told Reuters.Trump praised the police department for doing an incredible job.“How quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle. They’ve done an amazing job,” he said.InvestigationPublic records on Paddock point to an itinerant existence across the U.S. West and Southeast, including stints as an apartment manager and aerospace industry worker. He appeared to be settling into a quiet life when he bought a home in a Nevada retirement community a few years ago.His brother, Eric, described Stephen Paddock as financially well-off and an enthusiast of video poker games and cruises.“It just makes less sense the more we use any kind of reason to figure it out,” Eric Paddock said in a text message on Tuesday. He added that he had not yet talked to Marilou Danley, Paddock’s roommate.“Mary Lou is absolutely the closest person to Steve,” he wrote. “We are going to let her contact us if and when she decides she wants to.”Police said 23 guns were found in Paddock’s suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel. A makeshift memorial for the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting stands at an intersection of the north end of the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 3, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)A search of his car turned up a supply of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be formed into explosives and was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building that killed 168 people, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.Police found another 19 firearms, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition at Paddock’s home in Mesquite, 90 miles northeast of Las Vegas.They obtained a warrant to search a second house connected to Paddock in Reno, Nevada.Chris Sullivan, the owner of Mesquite’s Guns & Guitars shop, issued a statement confirming that Paddock was a customer who cleared background checks and said his business was cooperating with investigators.Lombardo said investigators knew a gun dealer had come forward to say that he had sold weapons to the suspect, but it was not clear if he was referring to Sullivan. He said police were aware of other people engaged in those transactions, including at least one in Arizona.Reuters contributed to this report Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Man Locked in Convenience Store Beer Cooler Stays and Drinks

first_img Share this article Man Locked in Convenience Store Beer Cooler Stays and Drinks By Jack Phillips October 27, 2017 Updated: October 27, 2017 (Marshfield Police Department) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A man was locked inside a convenience store’s beer cooler and had several drinks before fleeing hours later.Jeremy Van Ert, 38, was charged with retail theft and is behind bars on a probation hold, WBAY-TV reported. Van Ert went inside the Marshfield, Wisconsin, Kwik Trip on Central Avenue on Tuesday, Oct .24, before midnight.The man was automatically locked inside when midnight struck, officials said.“The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he decided to remain in the beer cooler,” Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza told WBAY.“A customer came by the beer cooler at about 6 a.m. and saw him inside,” he said.The cooler has a glass door and if he knocked, employees would have heard him and allowed him out, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. When he was out, he didn’t pay for the alcohol he had consumed.Van Ert reportedly consumed an 18-ounce bottle of Icehouse Beer and three cans of Four Loko, the police report said.He also fell on top of a stack of Busch Light Cans.“This is unique, I’ve been here twenty years. I’ve heard of people being locked inside of buildings, never inside of a beer cooler,” Gramza said.He fled the scene and was arrested by police.Van Ert is being held in the Wood County Jail on probation hold due to an unrelated case.His probation required him to be sober.Kwik Trip staff said they will now review their security procedures. Show Discussion US News last_img read more

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Family of Four Die as Fire Sweeps Through Home in Tennessee

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Josie Franks and Brody West. (Casey Franks /GoFundMe) Family of Four Die as Fire Sweeps Through Home in Tennessee By Simon Veazey January 15, 2018 Updated: January 15, 2018 Show Discussion Four family members, including two young children, were killed in a fire that swept through their home in the middle of the night in Tennessee on Sunday.Firefighters were called at 1:20 a.m. to the house on Highway 23 in Hardin County on Jan. 14, arriving at the scene within 10 minutes, reported WOPC News.They were too late. They could do nothing to reach the victims, whose bodies were discovered only after the flames had been extinguished. One victim was still in bed.“This is every firefighter’s worst fear, having people inside a burning residence and not being able to do anything to save them,” said a statement by the Hardin County Fire Department. The tragedy could have been worse. Two other children of the man who perished in the blaze had been staying at another house that night. Jamie (L) and Robyn Franks (Facebook)The victims were named as Jamie Franks, 35, and Robyn Franks, 36, along with their children Brody West, 9, and Josie Franks, 3.“Jamie leaves behind two other children, Caidan and Haylee, who with the grace of God, were with their mother,” wrote a relative on crowdfunding site GoFundMe.Robyn Franks worked as a waitress in a nearby restaurant, according to her Facebook profile.Jamie Franks had sustained nerve damage in a logging accident a few years ago, a family member told WOPC. They said Franks worked three jobs to support his family and never heard him complain.A neighbor said that Jamie Franks was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back, reported WOPC. “I cant imagine having to plan a funeral for an entire family,” said another neighbor.A family member has set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for the funeral, which is this weekend. The house that was later burned down on Jan. 14 2018, located in the 8000 block of Highway 23, Harbin County. (Screenshot/GoogleMaps)The fire is believed to be accidental, according to WPOC, and the cause of the blaze could not be determined.The Harbin County Fire Department stressed the importance of making sure smoke alarms are fitted, saying that they can be installed free of charge by the fire service.The tragedy has naturally sparked grief and shock in the community.“Literally heartbroken right now,” wrote friend Allie Kirkland on Facebook. “Prayers for Robyn’s family. She was such an amazing person who cared for everyone, especially her family.”Recommended Video: Toddler With Rare Heart Condition Gets to Go Home After 402 Days in the Hospital Share Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey US News last_img read more

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Suicidal Woman Admits to Driving Into Oncoming Traffic on Highway Which Killed

first_img An aspiring doctor, Ryan Folsom, was heading to a job interview in Sacramento, California on Jan. 7, when he was struck by a car driving into oncoming traffic on Interstate 5, just south of Knighton Road.Grace Elizabeth Ward, who was in the other car, had spent 7 minutes and 29 seconds sitting in the median strip contemplating suicide. After hanging up on a phone call with her mother to tell her that she decided to take her own life. She then turned her vehicle, drove through an opening in the cable meant for emergency vehicles and accelerated towards incoming traffic.Three vehicles managed to narrowly escape colliding with Ward, 28, before her car crashed into Folsom’s car. The cars collided with so much force that it sent Folsom’s car into a ditch on the side of I-5.Her car eventually came to a stop upside down in the center median.Folsom lost his life that day, while Ward suffered a broken leg. The 29-year-old aspiring doctor was a husband and a father of two—a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. His wife was expecting their third child in January.“Ward made a choice that day. … Her choice was very selfish,” Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said, reported Record Searchlight.“Her actions demonstrated a complete disregard for human life,” she added.Ward admitted to investigators that she had intentionally driven into oncoming traffic on I-5 in a bid to kill herself. Investigators also said they retrieved a phone next to Ward’s car which she used to call her mother prior to the crash, reported KCRC News, citing a report by the California Highway Patrol.The 28-year-old is now facing one count of second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of vandalism.A now-closed GoFundMe page set up by a friend for Folsom’s family raised over $304,000 after his death.From NTD.tv Recommended Video: Corvette Chase Suicidal Woman Admits to Driving Into Oncoming Traffic on Highway Which Killed Aspiring Doctor By Janita Kan February 2, 2018 Updated: February 2, 2018 Share this article Ryan Folsom, 29, was killed when a woman drove into oncoming traffic on the I-5 in California. (Ryan Folsom Memorial Fund/GoFundMe) Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Pence in Japan The Goal Is to Denuclearize North Korea

first_img US News U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe review an honor guard before their meeting at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 7, 2018. (Reuters/Toru Hanai)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video TOKYO—U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday Washington stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Japan and other allies as it seeks to achieve the goal of denuclearizing North Korea.Pence, in Tokyo on his way to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, was speaking at the start of talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that were expected to showcase the U.S.-Japan security alliance in the face of the North Korean threat.“We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea, and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Pence said. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen wave upon his arrival at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan Feb. 6, 2018. (Reuters/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool)Earlier, Pence visited a Japanese Patriot PAC-3 missile battery, Japan’s last line of defense against any possible North Korean missile strike.Pence watched the battery raised to a firing position and got a briefing before shaking hands with members of the Self-Defense Forces, as Japan’s military is known. He was accompanied by Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Japan’s highest ranking military officer, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano. His trip to South Korea from Thursday will coincide with a visit to the Games by North Korea’s ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, the most senior North Korean official to enter the South since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce.Pence has stopped short of ruling out the prospect of meeting senior North Korean officials but President Donald Trump has cast doubt on U.S. negotiations with Pyongyang any time soon. The White House has also cautioned against reading too much into remarks Pence made en route to Japan. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence inspects with Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera in front of the PAC-3 surface to air interceptor at Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan Feb. 7, 2018. (Reuters/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool)Clear MessagePence said before arriving his message to the North was clear: Washington and its allies would keep pressing Pyongyang to give up its missile and nuclear programs.“… my message—whatever the setting, whoever is present—will be the same. And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions,” he told reporters during the flight to Japan.Abe’s close aide, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, reiterated Japan’s tough stance. “We must not be fooled by North Korea’s ‘smile diplomacy’,” Suga said.North Korea test-fired ballistic missiles over Japan last year, as well as a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that climbed to an altitude of more than 4,000 km (2,485 miles) before splashing into the sea within Japan’s exclusive economic zone. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk before they review an honor guard before their meeting at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 7, 2018. (Reuters/Toru Hanai)Concern about North Korea is pushing Japan to update its missile defense. Besides extending the range and increasing the accuracy of its Patriot system, it will add two U.S.-made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors and plans to add to its arsenal air-fired cruise missiles that can strike North Korean missile sites.Pence was likely to stress the need for close coordination among the United States, Japan, and South Korea over the North’s threat at a time when ties between Seoul and Tokyo have been frayed by the bitter legacy of a history that includes Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean peninsula.He will also meet Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, who doubles as deputy premier and is Pence’s counterpart in economic talks, although trade friction is expected to take a backseat to security during his visit.Recommended Video: President Trump’s First State of the Union Address Pence in Japan: The Goal Is to Denuclearize North Korea By Reuters February 7, 2018 Updated: February 7, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland have declared states of emergency. Georgia has not.Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s chief of staff, Chris Riley, told the Journal-Constitution that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is now tracking and monitoring the storm.Hurricane Florence rainfall map shows over 20 inches in some areas A map shows projected rainfall brought by Hurricane Florence across the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, from the National Hurricane Center on Sept. 12, 2018. (National Hurricane Center)East Coast Bases Brace for FlorenceFlorence is headed for a region with some of the most well-known military bases in the country, including Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in South Carolina, The Associated Press noted.“Since 1941, this base and its Marines have been postured to deal with crises at home and abroad and Hurricane Florence is no exception,” said a message from Brig. Gen. Julian D. Alford.Nonessential personnel were released from duty at Lejeune and told they were free to relocate with their families to a site within a 500-mile (800-kilometer) radius of Jacksonville.The Associated Press contributed to this report Some forecasters say that the storm will dump potentially several feet of rain in some places.“It’s still early in the hurricane forecast, but current data indicates as much as 15″-25″ with isolated 35″ of rain possible with Hurricane Florence. Even Georgia looks to get rain from this system. Still much uncertainty. Stay tuned,” Minton tweeted. Hurricane Florence Path Could Impact Georgia After Making Landfall in Carolinas By Jack Phillips September 12, 2018 Updated: September 12, 2018 Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia. Be ready, be prepared!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2018 In its 8 a.m. update, the NHC has yet to issue warnings for Georgia. Hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches are in effect for much of the North Carolina and South Carolina coastlines.“The problem is the models are starting to differ a little bit and trying to stall it along the North Carolina-South Carolina coast, and possibly curve it back across South Carolina toward Georgia,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 12. “But also there’s another scenario where it brings it down through the Savannah River valley and then back up toward the north.”WSB reporter Brad Nitz also tweeted: “Please stay with us for updates. The Georgia impacts may increase.” He added that the “forecast landfall position is nudged slightly left. By Sunday-Monday it may drift toward Georgia. That will bring rain, but by that time wind will be light.”center_img Wednesday AM hurricane Florence track update. The forecast landfall position is nudged slightly left. By Sunday – Monday it may drift toward Georgia. That will bring rain, but by that time wind will be light. Download the ⁦@wsbtv⁩ Weather App at https://t.co/w0yuZ75pJz pic.twitter.com/w3w0vlSWGR— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 12, 2018 RAINFALL POTENTIAL: It’s still early in the hurricane forecast, but current data indicates as much as 15″-25″ with isolated 35″ of rain possible with Hurricane Florence. Even Georgia looks to get rain from this system. Still much uncertainty. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/Zuvp0VU9ao— Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) September 12, 2018 US News Hurricane Florence’s forecasted path may dip and hit Georgia, and President Trump tweeted a warning to residents in the area.The National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 that the storm is Category 4 in strength. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and South Carolina.However, according to the latest projections, the storm might shift slightly to the south and affect Georgia with heavy rain and possible flooding.“Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia. Be ready, be prepared!” President Donald Trump warned on Sept. 12. “Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated. It will be arriving soon. FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are supplied and ready. Be safe!” he also wrote. Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more

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Possible Tornado Hits Small Alabama Citys Downtow

first_img Possible Tornado Hits Small Alabama City’s Downtown By The Associated Press January 20, 2019 Updated: January 20, 2019 “If this had been during the week with schools in session or Sunday morning with churches at worship, it would have been absolutely devastating as far as injuries and even fatalities,” he told the newspaper. “We’ll come back. We’ll clean up and come back.” State emergency management officials estimated 35 homes throughout Elmore County were damaged, according to WSFA-TV. That doesn’t include businesses, churches, and other structures.“It’s bad, when you love a place as much as we love Wetumpka, to see this devastation,” said Willis, who was grateful for the lack of injuries. Show Discussion WETUMPKA, Ala.—A possible tornado caused significant damage on Jan. 19, to a small Alabama city’s downtown, leveling several buildings.Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis told the Montgomery Advertiser that one injury was reported, but it wasn’t serious.A senior center and the police department were among the buildings damaged from the afternoon storm, he said. Video from the scene showed several collapsed buildings, overturned cars, and toppled trees and power lines. Share this article PHOTOS: Extensive damage seen in Wetumpka, Alabama, after tornado rips through the town; temperatures expected to drop significantly overnight – WBRC-TV pic.twitter.com/2hpGNWlivL— LIVE Breaking News (@NewsBreaking) January 19, 2019 The remains of the damaged historic First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka, Ala., is seen after a possible tornado on Jan. 19, 2019. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser/AP) US News Extensive damage from a possible tornado has been reported in Wetumpka, Alabama: https://t.co/rziJlQ5gJN (Photo: @TigerTrey3) pic.twitter.com/QYqm4CO2eK— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) January 19, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Alabama Power said about 2,000 customers were without service on Saturday in Wetumpka, and crews were evaluating the damage, WSFA-TV reported.Wetumpka is in central Alabama, about 15 miles northeast of Montgomery. The federal government estimated the city’s population to be about 8,100 in 2017.rainbow over damage from tornado A rainbow over damage from a tornado touchdown in Wetumpka, Ala., on Jan. 19, 2019. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser/AP)Damage also was confirmed in nearby Autauga County.A mobile home overturned near Independence community, but no injuries were reported, Sheriff Joe Sedinger said.The National Weather Service in Birmingham said radar indicated a tornado was in the area. last_img read more

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Ohio Public School Tests Positive for Radioactive

first_img Ohio Public School Tests Positive for Radioactive Contamination Prompting Early Shut Down By Richard Szabo May 15, 2019 Updated: May 15, 2019 Associated Press contributed to this report. Share this article Trace amounts of enriched uranium were found on the campus of Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Ohio, near Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which the federal Dept. of Energy says is in the process of decommissioning. https://t.co/StsjPzmDTb— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 15, 2019 Share An Ohio middle school was closed Monday because enriched uranium was detected inside the school and neptunium-237 was detected by an air monitor next to it https://t.co/yIusfWWqgt— CNN (@CNN) May 14, 2019 BREAKING: Enriched uranium and neptunium 237, a known carcinogen, detected at Ohio middle school https://t.co/ExCoGcGXpE— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) May 13, 2019 The Scioto Valley Local Board of Education makes no apologies for closing Zahns Corner Middle School a week earlier than planned after enriched uranium was detected inside the school building and Neptunium 237 found in a U.S. Department of Energy air monitor adjacent to the school, which is about 65 miles south of Columbus.“The top priority of the Scioto Valley Local School District Board of Education is to ensure the safety and heath of our students and staff … it is the position of the board that any level of contamination on or near our school is unacceptable,” Board President Brandon Wooldridge said in an open letter. “The Scioto Valley Local School District Board of Education has made the decision to close the Zahns Corner Middle School until the source, extent, level of contamination, and potential impacts to public health and the environment can be determined.” Exterior of Zahns Corner Middle School in Waverly, Ohio, in Nov. 2016. (Google Maps Street View/Screenshot) #Ohio: An Ohio school is closing its doors for the rest of the year after officials found uranium in the building. https://t.co/7wR2BEgOnj— WTRF 7News (@WTRF7News) May 15, 2019 Monday was the last day of school for Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Piketon, Ohio because of health concerns after enriched uranium was detected inside the building.https://t.co/jiuxwkyDXY— Eyewitness News (@wchs8fox11) May 14, 2019 Authorities are investigating how a public school in the nation’s midwest tested positive for radioactive material and had to close early for the end of the academic year on May 13. An independent study by the Northern Arizona University also found enriched uranium inside the building, as well as plutonium, uranium, and neptunium in both water and dust samples from the nearby area.“There’s just not a playbook in how we deal with this,” the district’s superintendent, Todd Burkitt, told WLWT. “We’re kind of writing the script as we go.” Energy department officials confirmed the radiation levels detected are “well below established thresholds of concern for public health” and will obtain “independent soil and air quality samples in the surrounding area” and “take all appropriate actions to address community concerns.”The Ohio Department of Health is reviewing existing research and sample results, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will also evaluate the data.“While the amount reported is far below the risk level, we have asked the Department of Energy to investigate it further,” agency deputy director Heidi Griesmer told the Associated Press.The board believes the contamination could originate from Department of Energy’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which stopped producing enriched uranium for nuclear plants and the U.S. nuclear weapons program back in 2001.A nuclear waste disposal cell is being built by the department at the 3,000-acre facility to store the radioactive debris that will come from the demolition of sections of the plant.“We agree with the Pike County Health Department that the U.S. Department of Energy must take appropriate actions to ensure radiological contaminants are not being released from the site,” Wooldridge said. “We believe that closing Zahns Corner Middle School for the remainder of this school year is in the best interest of our students and staff at this time.”The Scioto Valley Local School District will work with the Pike County Health Department to develop a plan to ensure students, staff, and members of the community are safe.The Ohio Department of Education will not expect the school’s 300-plus students to make up for the missed days since they have already completed their academic requirements for the year.“We’re not going to take any chances on someone’s child, we just won’t do that,” Scioto Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Burkitt told WLWT5. US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Mexico Sends Almost 15000 Troops to USMexico Bor

first_img Mexico Sends Almost 15,000 Troops to US-Mexico Border to Curb Illegal Immigration By Mimi Nguyen Ly June 25, 2019 Updated: June 25, 2019 Mexico has not traditionally used security forces to stop undocumented foreign nationals from leaving the country for the United States.“We simply detain them and turn them over to the authorities” at the National Migration Institute, Sandoval said according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).The United States and Mexico reached a deal on June 7, giving Mexico 45 days to demonstrate that it is helping to significantly curb the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.Mexico To Seek HelpMexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard recently said that Mexico would meet with 19 other countries in the coming weeks to try and gather support to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States.He added that Mexico was investigating a network of human smugglers—including that of unaccompanied minors, which he said was on the rise—and the financing of these operations. U.S. border security officials say an unknown number of these units use fraudulent birth certificates to fake family ties.Under current U.S. law, authorities can only hold illegal immigrant families for 20 days. As a result, those who claim asylum as families are released into the United States shortly after apprehension. Officials said in May that they are piloting a rapid DNA-testing program at the border to help combat the problem.Trump Threatens TariffsThe agreement came after Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imports from Mexico. The tariffs would increase by five percentage points every month until October when the levy would reach 25 percent if the Mexican government did not agree to do more to address the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States through their country. Americas Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The State Department released an outline of the deal on June 7, which states that Mexico agreed to take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration,” including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country starting June 10, especially on its southern border with Guatemala.In the deal, Mexico also committed to taking “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks.”The Mexican government has said that should current measures fail, it will consider changing its laws in an attempt to uphold the agreement, according to Reuters.Trump had said earlier that Democrats have forced him to take action against Mexico because they had not been willing to fix loopholes in U.S. immigration laws that are fueling the immigration crisis.“Border arrests for May are at 133,000 because of Mexico & the Democrats in Congress refusing to budge on immigration reform,” he tweeted on June 5.Customs and Border Protection in June released the number of migrants illegally crossing the border, showing a 13-year high of 144,278 in May. Al ser cuestionado sobre el despliegue de la Guardia Nacional, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, secretario de la Defensa Nacional, explicó que del total de los 6 mil 500 elementos, 2 mil cubren la frontera sur para trabajar en coordinación con el @INAMI_mx. pic.twitter.com/qWt9wFF4MJ— El Financiero TV (@ElFinancieroTv) June 24, 2019 “We need to work with Mexico on this problem,” Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told The Hill.He said that at any given time, there are 100,000 migrants moving through Mexico to get to the U.S. border.“This is a very overt movement. It uses commercial bus lines. These are organized criminal organizations that are smuggling humans,” he said. “In Chiapas, there’s about a 150-mile stretch where most of these crossings occur between Guatemala and Mexico. We need them to interdict these folks at the point of origin crossing their border.”Bowen Xiao and Reuters contributed to this report.From NTD.com Follow Mimi on Twitter: @MimiNguyenLy center_img To address the emergency at the Southern Border, President Trump announced moments ago that he is invoking his authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico. https://t.co/G56QgONiBp— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 30, 2019 CBP continues to face a worsening crisis at the Southwest border. In May, CBP apprehended or deemed inadmissible 144,278 individuals along the SWB—a 32% increase over the previous month. Details here: https://t.co/ru9AsalgPb pic.twitter.com/p8kcr5lZ7Y— CBP (@CBP) June 5, 2019 Members of Mexico’s National Guard detain Cuban migrants after they were trying to cross illegally the border between the U.S. and Mexico, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 21, 2019. (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez) Share this article Mexico has deployed just under 15,000 soldiers and National Guard members in the north of the country to curb the flow of illegal immigration across the border into the United States, Mexican Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said on Monday, June 24.Sandoval said that the soldiers were needed to back up migration officials in containment operations.In addition to 6,500 security force personnel who have already been sent to Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, a larger contingent is now in the north, he said, according to Reuters. Most of the people caught on the U.S.-Mexico border are from three Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.“In the northern part of the country, we have a total deployment of 14,000, almost 15,000 units between the National Guard and the Army,” Sandoval told a news conference in Cancun.“If we left it completely in the hands of the National Institute of Migration it wouldn’t be possible,” he added, according to Reuters. “That’s why we’re providing support, it’s a strategy being pursued on both borders.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Laurie Hamelin APTN News Prime Minister Justin Tru

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce his approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project today.Forty-three Indigenous groups have signed agreements in support of the project, and some Indigenous groups from Western Canada are hoping to buy the pipeline.But Will George from Tsleil-Waututh Nation hopes the prime minster has a change of heart and puts solving the climate change crisis ahead of pipelines as the national interest.“Climate leaders don’t build pipelines, it is unacceptable,” says George. “The Alberta tar sands is one of the biggest carbon bombs on the planet.“These big industrial companies, they will die of old age and our children unfortunately run the risk of dying of climate change.”George and his niece Rogue are worried about the future and their traditional territory.Tsleil-Waututh Nation sits on Burrard Inlet, known as ground zero for the TMX expansion project.George showed APTN News by boat what the project means for his people.“These are our spiritual highways, this is how we got around,” says George. “Ninety per cent of our diet came from this exact body of water.“Our teaching and our culture stems from this water and it is important for us to protect that and continue teaching our young ones.”(Westridge Marine Terminal in Burrard Inlet. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)George and his nation have been fighting the expansion for years.Pointing out the Westridge Marine Terminal, George says the construction is illegal.“My nation fought them for nine years in court and it cost millions of dollars.”“We won, in our favour, the construction is supposed to halt for two years, but you continue to see them constructing illegally, and this is happening from here and up to Jasper.”The expansion is essentially the twinning of an existing 1,150-km pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia.More than 800,000 barrels of bitumen a day will be piped to the marine terminal in Burnaby.Tankers will first navigate through Burrard Inlet, an already very busy port, along the rocky B.C. coast and then to Asia.“In and around San Juan Islands there are tricky navigational turns, not even experienced fishermen will go in these areas,” says George. “It’s proven time and time again that human error happens, that mechanical failure happens, all it takes is one spill.“This bitumen will sink to the bottom, it’s not recoverable.”(The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will twin the existing pipeline from Edmonton, Alta., to Burnaby)Although Trudeau introduced what he calls a world-class Oceans Protection Plan, George says the massive increase in tanker traffic is too much of a threat.“It’s not foolproof and it shouldn’t look foolproof to anybody,” said George.Despite the project being expected to get the final greenlight Tuesday, George says he won’t ever quit fighting.“What little we have is being threatened so we will do whatever it takes to stop this.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

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VIDEO Trio of fighting lap dancers pulled apart by easyJet cabin crew

first_imgVIDEO: Trio of fighting ‘lap dancers’ pulled apart by easyJet cabin crew Blog 0 Comments April 17, 2018 Three drunk ‘lap dancers’ had to be pulled apart by easyJet cabin crew after brawling at 30,000ft.Three women, thought to be lap dancers, were pulled apart by easyJet flight attendants after they tried to fight one another on a flight from Gatwick to Tenerife.Witnesses say the trio were making a scene after downing a bottle of Grey Goose vodka.easyJet flight attendants confiscated their alcohol, causing a row to erupt between the trio.Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Angie Dilloway, who witnessed the incident, said: “They were friends and cuddling one minute and then getting louder and drinking Grey Goose vodka the next.“They started arguing and they were swearing using the f word and the c word. Other passengers started to complain and the stewardess took the bottle of vodka away from them.“Then a brunette lunged at a blonde, screaming. She was ripping her hair out. We feared someone would get badly hurt.’Video footage shows a chaotic scene, which left one of the ‘exotic dancers’ with a bloodied face.In a statement the airline said: ”easyJet can confirm that flight EZY8709 from London Gatwick to Tenerife South on 13 April was met by police on arrival in Tenerife South due to passengers on board behaving in a disruptive manner. The passengers were escorted away by police.”***CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO***last_img read more

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