Saudi Channel Al Hadath ReAirs Controversial Report on Western Sahara

Rabat – For the second time in a month, the Saudi-owned TV channel Al Arabiya Al Hadath aired a report critical of Moroccan sovereignty in the Western Sahara.The Saudi channel aired the controversial report several times on Friday, despite a current lack of developments related to the Western Sahara issue.The controversial report has been seen by Moroccan media as being in favor of Polisario by echoing its claims over Western Sahara and its description of Morocco as “an occupying force.” The tone of the report stands in total contrast with the Saudi public position, which is largely in support of Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed territories.The report, which was first aired on May 2016, was broadcast on June 2017 amid the tension between a group of Saudi-led countries and Qatar. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt all announced severing ties with Qatar and impose and embargo over the small Gulf country.Throughout the ongoing conflict, Rabat, an ally of both Riyadh and Doha, has taken a neutral position and offered to mediate between the two countries.The report of the Dubai-based Saudi-run news channel was read by observers and Moroccan media as an indication that Riyadh is not happy with Rabat’s decision not to side with it in its campaign against Doha. read more

Zimbabwes humanitarian crisis likely to worsen warns senior UN relief official

26 November 2008A senior United Nations relief official has urged donors to generously support the $550 million appeal launched earlier this week to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, which she warned will get much worse without “massive” international assistance. The Southern African nation is mired in a crisis brought about by a confluence of factors, including three years of failed harvests, bad governance and hyperinflation, among others.All of this has led to a situation in which nearly half of the total population of 12 million could require food aid, basic services such as education and health care are breaking down, and a cholera outbreak has claimed over 300 lives and is spreading.“The situation is acute and is expected to worsen towards the end of the year, and probably get even worse in the beginning of [next] year,” Catherine Bragg, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a news conference in New York.She added that “without massive international assistance, this situation is going to get much, much worse.” The number of victims of cholera – an acute intestinal infection caused by contaminated food or water – has now reached almost 9,000 and the number of persons who have died from it has now reached 366 as of yesterday, Ms. Bragg reported.The high number of cases, she said, is directly related to the lack of clean water in many communities, and the collapse of the health system. Solid waste and refuse removal is also a major cause of the continued increase of infections.According to OCHA, UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) agencies are supporting treatment centres in 26 districts where cholera was reported. In addition, a comprehensive cholera response plan has been drawn up by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which is in the process of procuring emergency stocks to run treatment centres for one month. Around the country, humanitarian agencies have constructed emergency latrines, and clean drinking water is being trucked in to affected areas. Hygiene promotion activities are being conducted, and mobile clinics and support units are being set up. Among the challenges are uncontrolled sewage, lack of sanitation in congested areas, and general lack of hygiene practiced by vendors, food outlets and transient populations. Accessing sufficient water in the capital, Harare, has also been difficult. Ms. Bragg noted that in addition to the cholera outbreak, there has also been a breakdown in both the health and education sectors. She was particularly concerned about the very low level of school attendance.“For a country that used to have over 90 per cent school attendance, now we’re seeing less than 20 per cent,” she said. This is largely because teachers are not being paid or being paid insufficiently to cover even one day of transport to the schools. Students are also not able to attend because some institutions are requiring payments in kind, including food, which they do not have. There have also been closures of major hospitals and clinics in the last few weeks because of the lack of medical personnel and supplies. It is to address these and other needs that the UN last week launched the Consolidated Appeal for Zimbabwe for 2009, amounting to $550 million – about 60 per cent of which is for food. Ms. Bragg noted that the appeal for 2008, just under $400 million, is about 75 per cent funded at this point. Zimbabwe has endured months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections in March involving the incumbent Robert Mugabe and the opposition figure Morgan Tsvangirai. A power-sharing deal on the formation of a new government was reached on 15 September with the help of regional leaders, but outstanding issues remain, jeopardizing the deal’s implementation.In a statement issued yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his alarm at the deteriorating conditions inside the country, and urged all parties in the political crisis to support and provide humanitarian assistance and leave aside any political considerations. read more

Israel tightens vice on Gaza Strip UN reports

The UN and other humanitarian organizations have repeatedly called on Israel to immediately open all border crossings not only for basic necessities, which it allows in limited amounts, but for the reconstruction material needed to rebuild the scores of buildings destroyed by the offensive, which Israel says it launched to halt rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza.But in January the situation further deteriorated due the total closure of the fuel crossing at Nahal Oz, which turned Kerem Shalom into the single functional crossing for goods, except for a conveyor belt at Karni Crossing, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its monthly report.“The gradual channelling of all humanitarian shipments to Kerem Shalom since the imposition of the blockade has significantly increased the cost of humanitarian deliveries due to its location, lack of storage capacity, and requirement of the Israeli authorities to repackage containers within pallets,” it added.A month ago the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Max Gaylard, warned in a joint statement with the Association of International Development Agencies that the continuing closure was “undermining the functioning of the health-care system… and causing on-going deterioration in the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.”The blockade was imposed almost three years ago when Hamas, which calls for Israel’s destruction, ousted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement from Gaza. Israel allows in a limited amount of food and medicines and other basic necessities but has banned the entry of construction materials which it says could be used for aggressive purposes. Last year’s Israeli offensive destroyed or damaged 15 of Gaza’s 27 hospitals, and 43 of its 110 primary health-care facilities.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report issued last November, stressed that the blockade of vital supplies has devastated Gaza’s economy and “has also severely impaired the realization of a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights.” 17 February 2010The ability to bring essential commodities into Gaza, already under an Israeli blockade that is undermining health care, the economy and rehabilitation after last year’s devastating Israeli offensive, was further cut in January by more crossing closures, according to the latest United Nations update. read more

Concerned at ongoing violence Ban urges return to rule of law in

“I call on the Government and all stakeholders to ensure a prompt restoration of the rule of law, and to respect and accommodate the aspirations of the people,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is attending a global energy forum.“Tunisia must regain its stability as soon as possible, to pursue the path of development and prosperity,” he said, adding that recent events highlight the need to address the underlying social and economic needs of the population. The North African nation has been rocked by street protests in recent weeks by civilians reportedly angered by rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms. Its President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, fled the country last week amid the growing protests and violence.“I urge all concerned parties to ensure an immediate end to the violence,” said Mr. Ban, stressing that dialogue is essential to resolve problems peacefully and to prevent any further violence and escalation.The Secretary-General also urged the international community to support efforts to restore genuine democracy in the country. 17 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern about the continued violence and the resulting loss of lives in Tunisia, urging dialogue among all sides to resolve differences peacefully and to restore stability to the country. read more

Buckingham Palace knifeman had 4ft sword and shouted Allahu Akbar police reveal

first_img9:25PMTwo officers injured The man was being held at a London station under the Terrorism Act and on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. Police searches were being carried out at properties connected to him in the Luton area of Bedfordshire.It was not clear whether the vehicle belonged to him, or whether he had travelled directly from his hometown to London. CCTV was also being analysed to see whether there was any suggestion he earlier had “scouted out” the area.There was speculation last night that the suspect may have been a private hire taxi driver. Cabs, both traditional black cabs and private hire cars, are one of the few commercial vehicles allowed to work along the roads leading to the palace. Something is going on outside #buckinghampalace so many police arriving pic.twitter.com/eYJEsXcK8F— Kiana Williamson (@kianaelisewills) August 25, 2017 Buckingham Palace on Saturday morningCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Commander Dean Haydon, of the Met’s counter-terrorism branch, said: “A blue Toyota Prius deliberately drove at a marked police vehicle and stopped in front of it.”Uniformed officers then confronted the driver of the vehicle and during that confrontation the driver reached for a four-foot sword that was in the passenger footwell.”CS gas was used as part of the arrest and during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words Allahu Akbar.”He praised the “bravery and professionalism” of the officers, adding that: “Their vigilance, courage and the swiftness of their response demonstrates how our officers are protecting the public.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officers are on scene at the Mall o/s Buckingham Palace. A man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and assault on police— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 25, 2017 Buckingham Palace on Saturday morning One witness described seeing the man wrestled from a car by police having apparently driven his vehicle towards them.Kiana Williamson told the Press Association: “We turned up and there was one police van and one car, there was also a civilian’s car that had veered towards the police car.”They were trying to get the man out of the car, shouting, more police were arriving on to the scene and the man was fighting back.”I saw one injured policeman with an injury to his arm although it didn’t look severe.”He was being tended to by another officer.”The man had been restrained and looked almost unconscious by the side of the road.”I didn’t see the car driving but the car had been left at the side of the road and an eye witness had said that he had driven towards the police car.”The whole encounter lasted around one minute, she added. The man arrested outside Buckingham Palace drove at police before lunging for a 4ft sword and repeatedly shouting “Allahu Akbar”.The 26-year-old man from Luton was wrestled to the ground by unarmed police who had to use CS gas to incapacitate him.During the struggle three officers were injured, two of whom suffered minor cuts to their hands and required treatment in hospital before being discharged. 10:18PMSuspect was ‘wrestled from a car’, PA reportscenter_img Buckingham palace in lockdown. Man with a sword attacker an officer. #londonattack pic.twitter.com/N8N0bBre4F— Leonardo Paoli (@leonardo_paoli) August 25, 2017 Heavy police presence outside Buckingham Palace on Friday eveningCredit:Twitter Heavy police presence outside Buckingham Palace on friday evening 9:24PMMan arrested on suspicion of GBH Two police officers suffered minor injuries during the course of detaining the man— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 25, 2017 Officers are on scene at the Mall o/s Buckingham Palace. A man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and assault on police— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 25, 2017 The Prius model is particularly popular with minicab drivers because it costs less to run and can get an exemption on the city’s Congestion Charge.Mr Haydon said officers believe the man was acting alone and no one else was being sought by police. He added he could not speculate at this stage what the man was planning to do.He urged the public to remain particularly vigilant during the Bank Holiday weekend when so many public events are being held. The threat from terrorism in the UK remains ‘severe’.Luton has been linked to problems with Islamic extremism over recent years. Khalid Masood, also known as Adrian Elms, who killed five people during his attack in March on Westminster Bridge earlier this year had lived at two addresses in the town. In February, a gang were jailed for trying to persuade people to travel to Syria to join Islamic State. 9:18PMThere is a heavy police presence outside the palace The three policemen were praised for their bravery and speed in containing the situation.The Prime Minister, Theresa May, tweeted: “I want to thank the officers who acted quickly and bravely to protect the public last night, demonstrating the dedication and professionalism of our police.”The attack happened shortly after 8.30pm on Friday when The Mall, Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk, the roads running through St James’s Park and Green Park towards the palace, were still full of tourists.The motorist was said to have driven a Toyota Prius at a police van on a restricted part of road directly opposite the palace.The car pulled up abruptly in front of the van and as officers emerged he grabbed into the passenger footwell and produced a 4ft sword.The police eventually overcame the man who had been alone in the car. Passersby said they saw the motorist, who may have been driving on the wrong side of the road at one point, being restrained by officers on the ground. Some said he appeared to have a machete.last_img read more

First batterypowered ST7 in Peru

first_imgMinerAndina reports that the first Epiroc Scooptram ST7 under battery operation is now working in Peru. The publication says the LHD “is emerging as the solution to the high price of ventilation, the high consumption of fuel and the equipment not adapting to the narrow tunnels in underground operations.”Narrow drift operations represent 38% of mining operations in the country, and “have a big margin of growth,” according to the Ministry of Energy and Mines.This robust 6.8 t LHD is already performing efficiently in a mine at over 4,600 m above sea level, which presents difficult geographical and environmental conditions, especially as a challenge to underground mining due to the hardness of its rocks and the instability of the ground.The ST7 is eco-friendly (does not emit CO2) and also provides a healthier and more comfortable work environment for operators because it reduces noise and, overall, heat. It also produces more tonnes in rock loading  thanks to its flexible and high elevation design.The machines consumes up to 90% less fuel compared to diesel machines and it also reduces ventilation costs by up to 85% due to the little heat it generates in contrast to conventional equipment.last_img read more

Man killed as 13 hit by lightning on busy beach

first_imgA 20-YEAR-OLD MAN died overnight after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach.A golfer was also hit on nearby Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.Confirmation of the cause of death was pending an autopsy. Dietz said he can’t confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.Twelve other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after the strike on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said they had effects ranging from anxiety to needing CPR, although not all may actually have been struck.Nine went to hospitals.Steve Christensen said his friend had been body-surfing and was sitting on the beach when lifeguards began searching for a missing swimmer.“He (Christensen’s friend) went out to the water to find him and walked right into him,” Christensen said. “He was face down on the bottom.”Christensen said his friend pulled the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, from the water, and lifeguards began CPR before taking him away on a truck.Stuart Acher said he was struck by lightning while playing volleyball on the beach.“We went about our game and then all of a sudden, there was a big flash of light and a boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of my head,” he told KABC-TV.“It went down my whole side of my right body, and my calves sort of locked up, and I fell over. And I looked up and everybody else was, you know, falling over.”Paramedics examined Acher but he felt all right and went back to playing volleyball.“The majority of the folks that were on the (volleyball) court all felt a little tingly,” said another player, Jerome Williams. “Everyone hit the court. It sounded like a sonic boom.”On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He did not have other details.The lightning strikes occurred as a fierce but brief thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said.Read: It’s official…. Hottest day of the year so farRead: Baby girl dies after being left in hot car in 32 degree heatlast_img read more

howto Tupperware Turret Offers Hours Of Enjoyment Hiding From Angry Coworkers

first_imgGetting tired of fellow office-workers bugging you at your desk? Chris over at PyroElectro put together the perfect solution for angry cubicle-dwellers like yourself. If you’ve got a spare airsoft gun, cake platter, TV remote and some electronics know-how, you can put together a remoted-controlled, fully-automatic airsoft turret. The device rotates and shoots pellets based on commands given to it from a distance using a standard remote control, all from the protection of a cake-tupperware shield. That said, the shield will only protect the turret; you pretty much have to deal with the people you shoot on your own.PyroElectro has a step-by-step tutorial you can follow on their site with instructions on how to build this little weapon of minimal destruction. However, the project is rated at “medium-hard” difficulty and takes about 11 hours to complete, according to the site. Proceed at your own (and others’) risk.[via Make, PyroElectro]last_img read more

La Vendée secouée par un séisme de magnitude 43

first_imgLa Vendée secouée par un séisme de magnitude 4,3Vendée, France – La Vendée a été secouée par un tremblement de terre de magnitude 4,3 sur l’échelle de Richter mercredi dernier. L’épicentre a été localisé à 15 kilomètres au nord-ouest de Niort dans les Deux-Sèvres, à la limite sud de la Vendée. La secousse a eu lieu à 9h15 et a été ressentie dans un rayon de 40 à 50 kilomètres. Aucune personne n’a été blessée, et aucun dégât matériel important n’a été rapporté. Quelques cinquante coups de téléphone ont été adressés aux pompiers, cependant aucune intervention n’a été nécessaire.La Vendée est un département régulièrement touché par des tremblements de terre, en raison du déplacement du massif armoricain. Le 1 juillet 2010 à 13:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWEthemed edition of Es The Soup airs tonight

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 30.59%0:04Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Pinterest Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE stars Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Eva Marie, Naomi, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler will be appering on a special WWE-themed edition of the E! show “The Soup” later tonight. The show will air at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 CT) hosted by Todd McHale. You can view a preview of the show below. Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Now Playing Up Next Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jerry Lawler Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

Pep challenges City youngsters to stake their claim

first_imgPep Guardiola has urged Manchester City youngsters to seize the opportunity in their game against Burton to stake a claim in the first team.The likes of Phil Foden, Philippe Sandler and Eric Garcia are expected to feature at the Pirelli Stadium having trained with the first-team.However, Guardiola has warned the club’s youngsters they will not be gifted a place in his side and must earn their spot on merit.He told Sky Sports: “I’m pretty sure they are motivated to play in the first team, to play alongside incredible players in competitions and semi-finals. Of course, they are going to be motivated.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“But they have to know how difficult it is to achieve [a place in] the first squad and the first team, not just in Man City but everywhere.“It is a massive opportunity for them to be close to the first team but it is not easy. We don’t give presents because they are nice or something special. It depends on them.“They have to show us, they have to play their level. Wednesday is a challenge for them but I’m pretty sure they are going to play well because they can do it.”last_img read more

Wet weather to wrap up a dry December

first_imgFor more fascinating facts about regional weather, visit www.columbian.com/weblogs/weather.A series of wet weather systems are expected to wrap up an uncharacteristically dry December in Clark County, according to the National Weather Service.Rain is forecast to begin tonight and continue for the next six days, said Rodger Nelson, a meteorologist at the weather service in Portland. Moderate temperatures will accompany the rainfall, Nelson said.About an inch of rain is expected in the next seven days.Anticipate temperatures in the lower 40s at night and daytime highs in the mid to high 40s, he said.Despite the rainy conclusion to 2011, December could still attain the distinction of the driest on record in the Portland metro area, he said.“We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.A ridge of high pressure in the skies above the region has kept wet weather at bay during the month. That high pressure has now moved to the east, enabling rainy systems to move in, Nelson said.Vancouver’s Pearson Airpark is 5.16 inches below the December average, he said.“It’s pretty hard to catch up in six days,” he said.last_img read more

LAPD officers personal info stolen in data breach report says

first_img Tags Share your voice 1 3:17 Computers Security Now playing: Watch this: Your Ring camera could be a part of a police surveillance… Comment LAPD officers have themselves become crime victims, according to NBCLA. Ford The personal information of around 2,500 Los Angeles Police Department officers and 17,500 LAPD applicants has reportedly been stolen in a data breach. Information included names, email addresses, dates of birth, partial employee serial numbers and passwords, NBCLA reported Monday, citing several officials.  The LAPD confirmed the data breach to CNET Thursday, saying it is working with its city partners to “better understand the extent and impact of this data breach.” “We are also taking steps to ensure the department’s data is protected from any further intrusions,” the LAPD said. “The employees and individuals who may have been affected by this incident have been notified, and we will continue to update them as we progress through this investigation.” The police department called security “paramount,” saying it is committed to protecting the privacy of anyone involved with the agency. “The department has learned of a data breach that involved some of your information contained within the personnel department’s Candidate Applicant Program,” NBCLA reported an email message notifying affected officers over the weekend. The LAPD recommended that affected officers monitor their credit reports and bank accounts, and file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, NBCLA said, but it didn’t explain how the data breach happened. First published at 12:23 p.m. PT on July 29. Updated on Aug. 1 at 1:54 p.m. PT: adds statement from LAPD. last_img read more

Khaleda wont be able to delay trial any more AG

first_imgAttorney general Mahbubey AlamAttorney general Mahbubey Alam has said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will not be able to delay the next trial process of Zia Orphanage Trust case.He referred to the Supreme Court’s order issued on on Wednesday on the High Court to complete disposal of Khaleda’s appeal against the verdict on the case within 31 July.“The Appellate Division (of the Supreme Court) has ordered (the High Court) to settle Khaleda’s appeal withint the timeframe. Now, we are taking all-out preparations for holding hearing in the appeal,” the state’s top law officer said after the SC order.He alleged that Khaleda had delayed the trial process for nine years at the lower court. “She will not be able to do so anymore,” Mahbubey Alam added.Asked about Khaleda’s release from jail, her lawyer Syed Joynul Abedin told Prothom Alo that she has to secure bail in six more cases – three in Cumilla, two in Dhaka and one in Narail districts.On 8 February this year, Khaleda Zia was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city in the graft case.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning upheld the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust case verdict on 12 March, following an appeal from her lawyers.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, handed down the order rejecting two leave-to-appeal petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state.The chief justice, during the hearing, claimed that the judges do not pass order seeing political identity of the accused.last_img read more

Houston ISD And Multiple School Districts Will Be Closed Tuesday Due To

first_imgAndrew Schneider / Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge Ed Emmett, who in this photo appears during his state of the county address –delivered in November of 2017–, urged “to err on the side of caution” in the sense of, if possible, staying home on Tuesday or, at least, planning to leave work earlier than usual to avoid a potentially dangerous commute because of icy roads.The Houston Independent School District, and dozens of school districts located in our region, will close on Tuesday because of the inclement winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions that have been forecast.(See the list below of school closures and delays)The weather forecast indicates the likely possibility the Houston region will experience freezing rain and sleet on Tuesday, with conditions getting worse as the day progresses and a hard freeze during the night.The cold temperatures could cause the formation of ice on the asphalt.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said county officials are monitoring the extreme cold weather forecast and urged residents to be cautious.Emmett held a news conference at Houston Transtar and urged “to err on the side of caution” in the sense of, if possible, staying home on Tuesday or, at least, planning to leave work earlier than usual to avoid a potentially dangerous commute because of icy roads.“We take this very seriously,” the county judge emphasized.Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel announced on twitter that all jury service for Harris County on Tuesday has been cancelled.Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level from Level 4 (Normal Conditions) to Level 3 (Increased Readiness) at 8:00 p.m. on Monday.According to flightaware.com, about 40% of the flights in and out of Bush Intercontinental Airport have been cancelled: about 480 flights. Below is a full list of school closures and delays, by our media partners at KHOU.com:DISTRICT CLOSURESAldine ISDAlief ISD Alvin ISDAnahuac ISD Barbers Hill ISDBrazos ISDBrazosport ISD Burton ISDChannelview ISDClear Creek ISDCleveland ISD Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD Conroe ISDCrosby ISD Cy-Fair ISDDayton ISD Dickinson ISD Fort Bend ISDFriendswood ISDGalena Park ISD Galveston ISDGoodrich ISDGoose Creek Consolidated ISD Hardin ISDHempstead ISDHouston ISDHitchcock ISDHuffman ISDHull-Daisetta ISDHumble ISDHuntsville ISDKaty ISD Klein ISD La Porte ISDLamar CISDLiberty ISD Magnolia ISDMontgomery ISDNavasota ISDNeedville ISDNew Caney ISDNew Waverly ISD Onalaska ISDPasadena ISDPearland ISDRoyal ISDSanta Fe ISDSealy ISDSheldon ISDShepherd ISDSplendora ISDSpring ISDSpring Branch ISDStafford ISD Sweeny ISDTarkington ISDTexas City ISDTomball ISD Waller ISDWharton ISDWillis ISD PRIVATE/CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSURES Abbey Preparatory AcademyAcademy of Accelerated Learning Inc. Amazing Kid’z Christian Academy and AchieversAscension Episcopal School Anderson Shiro SchoolsAwty International SchoolAscension Episcopal SchoolAvondale HouseBeatrice Mayes InstituteBig Little SchoolBig Dreams and Little Wonders Academy Calvin Nelms Charter SchoolCristo Rey Jesuit College PrepCunae International SchoolCypress Christian SchoolDay One Christian Academy Faith West AcademyFallbrook Classical AcademyFallbrook Community Development CenterFamily Christian AcademyFirst Baptist Academy- BaytownHarmony Public Schools Heritage Christian Academy Houston Can Academy Incarnate Word AcademyInternational Leadership of Texas (all campuses)Katy Adbentist Christian SchoolKipp Houston Public Schools Little Yorkers MontessoriLutheran South AcademyMeadow Montessori SchoolMemorial Lutheran SchoolMeyerpark Elementary Charter SchoolOur Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic SchoolPark Point MontessoriPresbyterian SchoolRaul Yzaguirre Schools for SuccessRiver Oaks Baptist SchoolSacred Heart Catholic SchoolSaint Thomas Episcopal Second Baptist SchoolSpring Woods Christian Academy Saint Thomas EpiscopalSouthwest Community Christian Academy and DaycareSt. Agnes AcademySt. Cecilia Catholic SchoolSt. Christopher Catholic SchoolSt. Helen Catholic SchoolStrake Jesuit Strawberry Fields Prep School.St. Michael Catholic SchoolSt. Pius V Catholic SchoolSugar Mill Montessori SchoolTalent Unbound Texas Serenity Academy Charter SchoolsThe Apple Tree SchoolThe John Copper SchoolThe Goddard School of Energy CorridorThe Goddard School of CrossroadsThe Heart ProgramThe Monarch SchoolThe Post Oak SchoolThe Rhodes School The Village SchoolTottenberry’s Private SchoolTwo Dimensions Charter SchoolVeritas Christian AcademyWestbury Christian Academy Westside Montessori SchoolWonderland Private School Woodlands Christian AcademyYellowstone AcademyYES Prep Schools Yorkshire Academy COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CLOSURES Aviation Institution of MaintenanceBrazosport College College of the MainlandGalveston College Houston Baptist UniversityHouston Community College Lee CollegeLeTourneau UniversityLone Star College Prarie View A&M UniversityRice UniversitySan Jacinto College Sam Houston State University- (Main campus, The Woodlands)South Minister SchoolTexas A&M University- GalvestonTexas Chiropractic CollegeTexas Health SchoolTexas Southern University Texas State Technical College Texas Woman’s University- HoustonUniversal Technical Institute University of HoustonUniversity of Houston-DowntownUniversity of Houston- Clear Lake University of St. Thomas Wharton County Junior CollegeEARLY DISMISSALSBay City ISD- 1:30 p.m.Boling ISD- 12 p.m. Matagorda ISD- 1 p.m. Palacios ISD- 1 p.m.Tidehaven ISD- 12:30 p.m. Van Vleck ISD- 12:30 p.m. CITY/COUNTY CLOSURESCity of ConroeFort Bend Court DocketsGalveston County Health DistrictHouston Municipal CourtsMontgomery County officesPasadena City HallWaller County officesEDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the cancellation of jury duty for Harris County on Tuesday, January 16th. 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Colin Dallas getting 25 points at Pittsburgh this weekend is a Vegas

first_imgIt only happens once or twice each NFL season. Vegas releases a betting line so enticing it looks like it must be a mistake. 4-4 Pittsburgh giving 2.5 points at home against 7-1 Dallas this weekend is one of those games.At first glance, Dallas getting points against struggling Pittsburgh looks like a gift. The Steelers just dropped their third straight, and Big Ben is only one game removed from returning from a knee injury. Meanwhile, Dallas is steamrolling through the NFL with a 7-1 record. So, what gives with the line?Today in the Herd, Colin said the public is heavy on the Cowboys, which means the smart money is headed in the other direction. It’s a trap.“Dallas is getting 90% of the consumers’ money. Whenever that number goes above 80, wiseguys go the other way. There may not be another game this year where more people have bet on one side.” Advertisement Vegas insiders see the game is a must win home game for Big Ben and the Steelers, who should be able to exploit an injured Dallas secondary, which has allowed its last four opponents to complete over 70% of their passes.The sharps are on Pittsburgh, the squares are gobbling up the Cowboys. Don’t be a mark, follow the smart money, and thank Uncle Colin.Don’t be shocked if the Steelers beat the Cowboys on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/UiDI7mZxAx— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 9, 2016last_img read more

Holiday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage

first_imgHoliday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage By: Jonathan Landrum Jr.Source: The Associated Press Like Sunday’s outage, that April storm hit Delta’s largest hub at a busy travel time when there weren’t many empty seats to accommodate customers from cancelled flights. At the time, CEO Ed Bastian vowed Delta would make “significant improvements” to its system for scheduling and tracking aircraft crews to recover more quickly from disruptions.Other airlines also cancelled flights for the rest of Sunday. American Airlines cancelled 24 departures and an equal number of arrivals, said spokesman Ross Feinstein. The airline also diverted three planes that were headed to Atlanta when the outage struck, sending them instead to Dallas, Nashville and back to Philadelphia.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backThe city of Atlanta provided shuttle service to the Georgia Convention Center on Sunday for travellers needing a place to stay.Delta passenger Emilia Duca, 32, was on her way to Wisconsin from Bogota, Colombia, when she got stuck in Atlanta. She said police made passengers who were in the baggage claim area move to a higher floor. She said restaurants and shops were closed. Vending machines weren’t working.“A lot of people are arriving, and no one is going out. No one is saying anything official. We are stuck here,” she said. “It’s a nightmare.”Some passengers said there was a lack of information from airport officials and little help from first responders to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators.“They had these elderly people, handicapped people lined up in wheelchairs,” said stranded passenger Rutia Curry. “The people were helpless, they can’t get down the stairs. It was just a nightmare.”Passenger James Beatty said there was no real method for evacuation.“I mean there was 40 or 50 people per the terminal area that were confined to wheelchairs and some that couldn’t get through the airport very well, some of them actually couldn’t walk and there was no plan at all to get them out of here without any power.”Beatty said passengers carried those who used wheelchairs down stairs.The FAA said it would staff the airport control tower throughout the night so it could handle flights once they resume. The FAA said the tower could operate normally but flights were affected because airport equipment in the terminals was not working.According to a Georgia Power statement, the utility believes a piece of equipment in an underground electrical facility may have failed, causing the fire. The fire was next to equipment for a backup system, causing that to also fail.“No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time,” the statement said.No areas outside of the airport were affected by the power loss. The utility said there are “many redundant systems in place” to ensure the power supply to the airport and that such outages at the airport “are very rare.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThat wasn’t enough to comfort Jeff Smith, 46, of Pittsburgh, who ended up stuck in a plane on the tarmac for three hours after it landed.“This is the worst experience I’ve ever had at an airport,” he said.Sara Melillo and her husband, Greg Presto, were travelling from Kenya, where they live, to Pittsburgh to spend Christmas with his family when they were stuck on the tarmac for six hours. The couple had made stops in Nairobi and Amsterdam and landed shortly after the lights went out in Atlanta.Melillo said the pilot didn’t have a lot of information for the travellers but the plane had air conditioning and attendants offered water and juice a few times. She described the Delta terminal as “big chaos” with not enough customer service for the hundreds of people trying to find a flight to their next destination and a place to sleep for the night.With her new boarding pass handwritten and her bags still stuck on a plane, Melillo was hopeful that she and her husband would be able to get a flight in the morning to Pittsburgh, she said as she waited for an Uber ride to a hotel. But in a Monday morning email, Melillo told The Associated Press the morning flight had been rescheduled to the evening and they were going to the airport to try to get a different flight.Airport workers were distributing bottled water, and Dunkin’ Donuts was giving out doughnuts. Chick-fil-A, which is usually closed on Sundays, opened to provide meals for travellers, according to the airport’s Twitter feed.Officer Lisa Bender of the Atlanta Police Department said officers were at the airport to help with crowd control and managing traffic around the airport.At Southwest Airlines, about 70 Atlanta departures out of 120 scheduled for Sunday were cancelled, an airline spokesman said in an email. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways were among carriers reporting delays or cancellations.American Airlines reported only a handful of diversions and cancellations because the carrier does not use Atlanta as a hub, airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello.Hartsfield-Jackson, which serves 104 million passengers a year, is the world’s busiest airport, a distinction it has held since 1998.The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Nearly 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day. Monday, December 18, 2017 All outgoing flights were halted, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said.Delta Air Lines, with its biggest hub in Atlanta, will be hardest hit. By Sunday evening, Delta had already cancelled nearly 900 flights and another 300 Monday, nearly all of them in Atlanta, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former American Airlines executive, said it likely will be Tuesday before Delta’s operations in Atlanta return to normal, and for passengers “it could be most of the week” because there aren’t many open seats on other flights in the last week before Christmas. Tags: Airports, Atlanta, Travel Alert One bit of good news, according to Mann: Delta has more spare planes and available crews in Atlanta than anywhere else, which should help it to recover.Delta customers flying to or from Atlanta can make a one-time change to travel plans without incurring a $200 change fee. The airline also encouraged travellers not to pick up their bags Monday because of anticipated congestion at the airport.Still, when flights at Atlanta were grounded for most of one day last spring, it took Delta five days – and about 4,000 cancelled flights – before it fully recovered. << Previous PostNext Post >> ATLANTA — While power has been restored to the world’s busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days.Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where more than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.A sudden power outage that Georgia Power said was caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility brought the airport to a standstill Sunday about 1 p.m.last_img read more

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first_imgNo Fortnite hereBryant, the former Cowboys receiver, remains on the market. He’s been linked to the Cleveland Browns, but with Arizona taking four inexperienced wide receivers into the season, Keim was asked about the possibility of the Cardinals looking in to signing the proven veteran.“This isn’t fantasy football. There is a business side to this as well you have to take into account,” Keim said. “Many times we talk about all these players — we certainly have reports and conversations about everyone who is on the street. At the same time, there are business sides to it that, you know, can cause some obstacles.“Everything, whether it’s in-house with (president) Michael Bidwill, with coach, and then with agents — we have those conversations and that kind of dialog all day, every day. That’s what we do. We’re not over here playing Fornite.”Couldn’t have done much betterArizona exits the preseason with a healthy starting quarterback, Sam Bradford. Rookie Josh Rosen is the No. 2, and Mike Glennon is an experience third-stringer with plenty of starting experience.Considering the Cardinals entered the offseason without a quarterback under contract, Keim likes where his team is entering Week 1. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim does an interview with The Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Matt Layman/Arizona Sports) Top Stories “I want to see if Robert Nkemdiche can transition from the type of camp he had prior to the injury to the regular season,” Keim told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “At the same time, we know the history that he’s had some injuries and he’s been a first-round pick so it’s time for him to pick it up, there’s no doubt about it.Related LinksReport: David Johnson, Cardinals not close on contract extensionArizona Sports’ look at the 2018 Cardinals and the rest of the NFLAdrian Peterson wants to break Jim Brown’s rushing mark in Arizona“We have expectations, he has expectations of himself, but talk is cheap and it’s time to do it on the field. He’s a guy that to me has all the physical traits you look for, but the fact that he hasn’t done it has been a real concern. He’s healthy and he’s ready to go this week.”Nkemdiche missed the last few weeks of the preseason nursing a foot injury. He was limited in practices Wednesday and Thursday but by all indications is expected to play Sunday as Arizona opens the year against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium.The third-year tackle recorded 11 tackles and a forced fumble last year as a reserve but has yet to record a career sack.Keim made the first of his weekly 7:45 a.m. Friday visits with Doug & Wolf. This week, he also discussed David Johnson’s contract extension negotiations, the possibility of the Cardinals looking into free agent receiver Dez Bryant, plus the successful offseason of refurbishing the quarterback and receivers rooms. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I feel like we’re really strong in that room,” Keim said Friday.The general manager saw Bradford’s accuracy and command of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s system. He believes Rosen’s presence in the huddle and quick learning has made him a fine option as a backup.But if Keim had a choice, he wouldn’t want to see Rosen, the No. 10 pick that Arizona traded up five spots to draft.“Based on everything I’ve seen so far, I think Sam Bradford still gives us the best chance to win right now,” the GM said. “If it comes to an injury, obviously I’d be very excited to see Josh go.“I will tell you this: as we went through every scenario in the offseason, whether it was free agency or the draft and all the different things that could’ve panned out for us at that position, to me when I think about this scenario with the quarterback room that we have, I don’t think it could’ve gone any better.”Mixing it upKeim believes McCoy and the Cardinals will attack each week with very different gameplans and packages from an offensive standpoint.Versatility from tight end, to receiver, to running back will allow Arizona to create mismatches depending on opponent.center_img “Well, I mean I think there is some young talented guys that certainly need to step up,” Keim said. “Teams are going to play us differently from a defensive schematic standpoint. Not only can you just look at the receiving core, but you look at the two backs we have and the tight end in Ricky Seals-Jones, who also creates some mismatches.“I think the one thing we’ll have to do from a week-to-week, is determine where are our mismatches and where are the strengths of the defense versus what we pose offensively. I think Mike McCoy will do a great job scheming it up and putting us in a position to succeed.” 8 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals saw great value when Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, a potential top-15 prospect in the 2016 draft, fell to their No. 29 slot.An off-the-field red flag likely led to the tumble, but since entering the NFL, it’s been Nkemdiche’s on-field production that hasn’t lived up to the potential Arizona believes he’s left untapped.General manager Steve Keim said Nkemdiche, now thrust into a starting role and coming off a strong preseason, has the most to prove. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Central Park 5 prosecutor resigns from non-profit boards FILE- In this March 26, 1988 file photo, prosecutor Linda Fairstein, left, is shown during a news conference in New York. Fairstein was the top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor when five teenagers were wrongly charged with the 1989 rape and beating of a woman jogging in New York’s Central Park. Since the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us,” a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial, she has resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash from the case intensified. Seated at the table from left are Fairstein, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, and Ellen Levin, whose daughter Jennifer Levin was murdered in 1986. (AP Photo/Charles Wenzelberg, File) by Tom McElroy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 6:20 am PDT NEW YORK — A former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case has resigned from at least two non-profit boards as backlash intensified following the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us,” a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial.On Tuesday, the president of Vassar College posted a letter on its website saying that Linda Fairstein had resigned as a Board of Trustees member.“I am told that Ms. Fairstein felt that, given the recent widespread debate over her role in the Central Park case, she believed that her continuing as a Board member would be harmful to Vassar,” Elizabeth H. Bradley wrote.The victims-services agency, Safe Horizon, also confirmed Fairstein’s resignation on Tuesday, thanking her for “her decades of pioneering work on behalf of victims of sexual assault and abuse.”Messages requesting comment from Fairstein were not immediately returned.Fairstein was the top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor when five teenagers were charged with the 1989 rape and beating of a female investment banker jogging in Central Park.The attack became a national symbol of urban mayhem at a time when New York City’s murder rate was nearing its historical peak.The teens said they were coerced into confessing their involvement in the attack. Their convictions were overturned in 2002 after convicted murderer and serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to committing the crime alone, and DNA linked him to it.Fairstein observed the boys’ 1989 interrogation, conducted by another prosecutor and police. She didn’t personally try the case.Since its collapse, she has denied the teens were coerced and has defended authorities’ conduct in the case, explored in a 2013 documentary by Ken Burns.The city reached a roughly $41 million settlement with the five the next year, while not admitting any wrongdoing.In an interview with the New York Post published on Tuesday, Fairstein said she also resigned from the boards of God’s Love We Deliver and Joyful Heart Foundation, a group founded by actress Mariska Hargitay that helps survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.Messages requesting comment from these groups were not immediately returned.Fairstein told the Post she was forced to act due to the “mob-mentality reaction” to the Netflix series, which has sparked a #CancelLindaFairstein movement and calls to withhold funding.“Each of these organizations does great work,” she said. “It’s so foolish of the bullies to punish the charities. Totally pig-headed and stupid.”Last year, the Mystery Writers of America withdrew a major honour from Fairstein, known for her bestselling novels featuring prosecutor Alex Cooper, after other authors condemned her role in the Central Park Five case.___Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.Tom McElroy, The Associated Presslast_img read more