Video: ESPN Aired An Incredibly Emotional Tribute To Chris Fowler

first_imgThe College GameDay crew in Columbus Ohio.ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.last_img read more

SoCal Ports Keeping Tabs on Maersk Boxship Retrofits

first_imgzoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line and the US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have partnered to measure the environmental benefits of a USD 125 million upgrade for 12 Maersk container ships.The project, entitled “The Connected Vessel Programme”, will include the installation of high-tech equipment to track vessel emissions and energy efficiency over the next three years.The equipment is expected to enable more transparency and ultimately reduce the environmental impact of vessels calling at the San Pedro Bay port complex, Maersk Line said.Under their joint Technology Advancement Program (TAP), the two ports are contributing a combined USD 1 million to real-time tracking systems aimed at pinpointing vessel emissions while ships are at sea and at berth.The project will continuously record how much fuel each engine uses in conjunction with speed, engine power, weather and other operational variables through use of mass flow meters and an interface to the Integrated Control System (ICS) on-board to capture key performance data, Maersk Line said.Information will be uploaded to Maersk Line servers via satellite, and each ship will be able to communicate in real-time with Maersk Line’s Global Vessel Performance Centre (GVPC) to increase operational efficiency.“This is the equivalent of strapping a Fitbit onto a large container ship. We’ll be tracking vessel performance and emissions 24/7. This advances our ability to reduce greenhouse gasses and other pollutants on a global scale,” Lee Kindberg, Director of Environment and Sustainability for Maersk Line, said.The project builds on the USD 125 million Maersk Line has invested in its “radical retrofit” program to reduce fuel consumption and increase the capacity of the vessels that regularly call at the San Pedro Bay ports.Under its “radical retrofit” program, Maersk Line upgraded vessels that already plug into shore power at the San Pedro Bay ports. The additional improvements include redesigning the bulbous bow of each vessel, replacing existing propellers with more efficient models, and “derating” the main engines to make them more efficient at lower speeds.The retrofit program also involved raising the bridge to increase each ship’s capacity from about 9,500 TEUs to about 11,000 TEUs. This allows Maersk Line to carry more containers per vessel while decreasing their environmental impact per container moved.According to Maersk Line, the energy efficiency makeover is expected to decrease each ship’s fuel consumption by more than 10 percent, saving an estimated 10,000 metric tons of fuel on an annual basis. This would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 31,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and lead to similar reductions of diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx).Maersk Line said that the retrofits and TAP demonstration project with the two ports will help the company reach its goal of a 60 percent reduction of CO2 and other pollutants by 2020.last_img read more

Dawson Creek fight night Country star Dallas Smith rips bad fan behaviour

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement In a phone interview, Smith explained that he suspected about a dozen people — both men and women — had come to the show just to fight. It wasn’t clear if they were all together, said Smith, a Juno and Canadian Country Music Award winner.“I got a sense as the show got near the end that there might have been a group of people that were there to cause trouble,” he said. “I’ve been touring for 16 years, and I have a pretty good sense of the crowd and what the energy coming back at me is, and something was off.”He saw two audience members fighting early in the show and said they were promptly dealt with by security guards. That in itself isn’t all that unusual, he added.“It was some aggression between dudes,” he said. “That’s par for the course in any town.“As soon as there was a break in-between songs I made a comment like, ‘Hey, let’s make that the last one to happen tonight, let’s have fun tonight.”‘Smith said all went well until the end of his encore, when he felt a shift in the room and “everybody went charging.” He saw people hitting each other and girls getting punched in the face. Later, on social media, he said he saw women complain of being touched inappropriately.READ MORE Canadian country musician Dallas Smith says he didn’t know what to do when “organized violence” broke out at the end of a concert in Dawson Creek on Tuesday night, but he doesn’t regret calling out concertgoers who caused trouble.“Altercations happen. They happen all the time,” Smith said from a tour stop in Kamloops, where he was set to play a show Thursday evening. “But this was different. This was very, very different.”“Tonight I got to watch girls and guys punching, pulling hair, groping girls,” he wrote on Twitter after Tuesday’s show at the Encana Events Centre. “Disgusting Dawson Creek. Most fans were great. Others ruined it.” Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Kinder Morgan Canada says Trans Mountain activity slowed by permits

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to move forward, though early activity has been slower than expected.The company says in its third-quarter results that construction preparation activity for the $7.4-billion project is off to a slower start than planned mostly because of the time required to file for, process and obtain all necessary permits and regulatory approvals.The company, however, adds it has received a number of priority permits and pending some further permits and approvals, it will be able to start clearing and other construction activities in Alberta and the B.C. northern interior this year.Kinder Morgan Canada is facing intense scrutiny for the project that many in B.C. oppose, including chastisement last month for installing fish-spawning deterrents without proper approvals in place.The company applied for an exemption to allow it to place more deterrents, saying not getting them in place could delay the project, but then withdrew the application after finding fish had already started spawning in the areas.Kinder Morgan Canada is assessing options to mitigate the delays, but that if the mitigation doesn’t work then completion of the project could be delayed by up to nine months.last_img read more

TMX Group to acquire Trayport Holdings from ICE in deal worth 931M

first_imgTORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Trayport Holdings Ltd. from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in an agreement valued at $931 million.Under the transaction, TMX Group (TSX:X) will pay $592 million in cash and sell Natural Gas Exchange Inc. and Shorcan Energy Brokers to ICE for $339 million.Trayport provides services to energy commodities traders, exchanges, wholesale brokers and central clearing counterparties.It has about 240 employees in offices in London, New York and Singapore.The companies said that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has approved the sale of Trayport to TMX Group.The sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE is subject to regulatory approval and notifications including approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau.last_img read more

Ex-Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Friday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. On the occasion, Gambhir, 37, thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for giving him an opportunity to serve the country. “I am joining this party (BJP) after getting influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. I am honoured to get the opportunity. I will work to take this country forward and make it a better place to live in,” Gambhir told the media after joining the BJP. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gambhir, a resident of Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, was a high-profile campaigner for Jaitley’s 2014 contest in Punjab’s Amritsar seat which the BJP lost. The BJP did not declare the constituency from where Gambhir will contest but informed sources said he may contest from the New Delhi constituency currently held by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi. Jaitley said the BJP had expanded in the last decade and that “we were called a cadre-based party and now we are cadre mass party”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Gambhir met BJP President Amit Shah after joining the party. Gambhir officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on December 4, 2018. He played 58 Tests, scoring 4,154 runs at an average of 41.95, including nine centuries and 22 fifties. He played 147 ODIs, scoring 5,238 runs at an average of 39.68 and a strike-rate of 85.25. Gambhir made his last appearance in the India jersey in the first Test against England (2016) in the home series. He played a pivotal role in India’s historic victories in the inaugural edition of ICC World T20. In the ICC World Cup 2011, he played match-winning knocks of 75 (against Pakistan) and 97 (against Sri Lanka) which helped the men in blue to lift the world title.last_img read more

EC manipulated polling diaries in South Delhi, alleges AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the Election Commission got the polling diaries manipulated by presiding officers in the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The returning officer of the South Delhi constituency, however, said it is “misinformation” and no officers were called in this regard to the EC office.AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged about 200-250 presiding officers have been called to the EC office in the last two days and they have been asked to “change sensitive information in the polling diaries”. Polling diaries are used to note hourly activity at a booth on the polling day. “These diaries contain sensitive information and we want to know why the Election Commission asked presiding officers to modify the information,” Bhardwaj claimed. An election commission official, requesting anonymity, said the officials were called for clarification over new entries in the polling diaries. Raghav Chadha, the AAP candidate from South Delhi, asked why documents are being “recreated”. “Have learnt through reliable sources that EC has summoned presiding officers of South Delhi Parliamentary Constituency’s polling stations to re-create and re-sign EVM related documents. This is shocking. What is going on? Why are docs being recreated? Are EVMs being replaced too?” Chadha tweeted.last_img read more

Carli Lloyds Historic Hat Trick Won The World Cup

VANCOUVER — After 16 years, the U.S. women’s national team is again the world champion. On a sunny late afternoon here, the U.S. defeated reigning world champs Japan 5-2 and became the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles.The Americans didn’t waste any time getting there, either, scoring four goals in less than 20 minutes — scoring those four goals faster than any one goal had ever been scored in a Women’s World Cup final. Carli Lloyd was deservedly tonight’s player of the match, scoring the first-ever hat trick in a Women’s World Cup final (only England’s Geoff Hurst has done it in a men’s final, in 1966) and also the earliest-ever hat trick; all three of her goals came in the first 16 minutes. Lloyd’s goals were representative of the U.S. team’s play; as soon as the whistle blew, the U.S. pressured Japan all over the field, not allowing the Japanese to settle the ball and play the technical soccer they prefer.But just when it looked like it might be another blowout like the Germany vs. Brazil match we saw last year at the men’s World Cup, Japan was on the board in the 27th minute with a nice turn and shot by Yuki Ogimi.Just after halftime, Japan scored again, and the 4-2 scoreline made it look like a game again. But the U.S. didn’t let up, and Tobin Heath’s goal (the U.S.’s fifth) in the 54th minute became the last of the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup final ever.Soccer is boring, right? No one ever scores? read more

Drew Brees Deserves Credit For The Saints Running Game Too

Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tennessee3.931.0239 Indianapolis3.620.02727 Cleveland4.123.21022 New Orleans5.121.5%125 San Francisco4.127.31316 LA Rams4.522.6324 Atlanta4.217.3732 New England4.427.7515 Carolina3.642.0282 Denver4.021.21826 Arizona3.444.0301 NY Giants4.033.9168 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box Oakland4.137.5113 Philadelphia4.534.547 Detroit3.318.03131 Chicago4.119.51429 Washington3.627.92614 Minnesota4.028.31912 NY Jets4.030.52010 Kansas City4.722.9223 Dallas4.336.665 Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Cincinnati3.719.62528 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 Buffalo4.028.92111 Seattle3.318.23230 Miami4.128.01513 Baltimore4.227.0817 Green Bay4.124.61220 Houston3.824.82419 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Football Marshon Lattimore primed and ready to be a top 10 NFL

Former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore addresses the media during the 2017 NFL Combine in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Marshon Lattimore has come a long way from Glenville High School in Cleveland. From a receiving a devastating hamstring injury that nearly ruined his chances of playing football to becoming the No. 1 ranked cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft, Lattimore has found a way to keep his dreams of playing in the NFL alive.His opening statement in the Indiana Convention Center on Sunday during the NFL combine reflected just that.“It’s just a blessing to be in the position I am today,” he said. “Because, I didn’t even know if I was going to play or not. If I was going to be healthy enough to play.”Lattimore had problems with his hamstring in both 2014 and 2015, and was kept off the field for essentially the entirety of both seasons. But, after a long rehab process and a few more gray hairs for his coaching staff watching anxiously to see if his legs would hold up in 2016, Lattimore will likely hear his name called in the top half of the first round of the NFL draft.NFL teams erred on the side of caution with the speedy cornerback, and wasted no time getting right to the point about his pesky hamstrings. Lattimore laughed when asked about how teams addressed his previous injury, and said it was the first question asked by many.Whether Lattimore can remain healthy remains to be seen, but the numbers he put up in 2016 paired with a clean bill of health following the end of the season should bode well for the Ohio native.With four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and nine pass deflections, along with stellar lateral quickness and top-end speed, his designation as the draft’s best cornerback is all too obvious.With OSU quickly becoming a haven for top secondary talent, Lattimore was around more than a few current NFL cornerbacks in his time with the Buckeyes. The most notable of those players,Lattimore said, have been New York Giant Eli Apple, Denver Bronco Bradley Roby and fellow 2017 NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley.“I played with Eli, so I learned a lot from him,” he said. “Learned a lot from Bradley Roby. I wasn’t there when he was there so I just talked to him. I asked him about certains things, certain techniques and they give me feedback all the time. Even with Gareon, because he started a year before I even started, so I look at all of them for help.”The New York Jets seem like the most likely landing spot for Lattimore barring any unforeseen issues ahead of the draft. A team that is struggling to defend the pass and just released arguably its best cornerback could use the services of a cornerback with the skill level of Lattimore.However, the Jets might be interested in Leonard Fournette, would would essentially guarantee Lattimore to drop to the eighth pick and make him a Carolina Panther.And if he is picked in the top 10, he knows exactly who to thank.“At Ohio State, the prepare you the best, I feel like,” Lattimore said. “We perform in college, and then we perform in the league. Me, Gareon … all eight players in the draft just trying to continue that.”The combine concludes on Monday, and the 2017 NFL Draft kicks off on April 27 in Philadelphia. read more

Mourinho believes Fred can become better

first_imgJose Mourinho has given a hint that new signing Fred can step up his game at Manchester United by improving off the ball.The former Shakhtar Donetsk star man opened his account in a United shirt by scoring the first goal against Wolves.Unfortunately, the goal was canceled out by a resurgent Wolves side in the second half amid a poor United display in Old Trafford.However, Mourinho has lambasted the performance of his team and went further to suggest Fred can develop some aspects of his game.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mourinho made a point of singling out his quality when United have the ball: “Yes, step by step. “Especially when the team has the ball, of course, he has quality.“I think we don’t deserve more than the draw and I think Wolves deserved to leave the pitch with that result as compensation for the hard work they put in,” he said.“We were not intense enough in our defensive work. We let them play; we didn’t press intensely.“We gave them too much time to be comfortable when they had the ball, and we were not creative or dynamic enough in the last third, with many players not sharp and not with that fire you need in the last third to beat an organized block of seven players.”last_img read more

Troopers Stay informed With Department Of Public Safety Info Via Nixle

first_imgTo receive emergency alerts from the city, text your zip code to 888-777 to be enrolled in SMS messaging alerts. You can also go to www.Nixle.comto sign up for email alerts and create a free resident account. The Alaska State Troopers: “I highly encourage all Kenai Peninsula City residents to sign up for Nixle notifications so that we can keep you informed in the event of an emergency or important advisory. Nixle notifications have saved lives in other communities, but we can only reach you if you sign up.” Recently Nixle alerts have been utilized to alert residents of closures along the Sterling Highway due to the heavy smoke from the  Swan Lake Fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Residents can sign up for Nixle to receive notices of emergency situations and other community advisories throughout the Kenai Peninsula. For more details you can contact the troopers at 262-4453.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday January 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 17, 2019:#1) Great Songs From Great Movies At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a special concert at 2:30pm. Join musician David Polansky as he performs great songs from great movies on the trumpet and keyboard and sings a few as well.  Favorites such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Moon River, The Shadow of Your Smile, and many more will take you down memory lane. Register HERE.#2) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#3) English Conversation Group At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its monthly English Conversation Group at 7pm. Practice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment.  Open to all ability levels.  Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald. Register HERE.#4) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

California shooting kills 3

first_imgPolice in California on Saturday said three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a bowling alley near Los Angeles.Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department confirmed to AFP that officers responded at 11:54 pm on Friday to reports of gunfire at Gable House Bowl.He added all seven victims were male. Three were pronounced dead at the scene, with two others taken to hospital.Witnesses told The Los Angeles Times there had been a fight at the gaming complex.In a tweet posted shortly after midnight, the Torrance Police Department had warned people to “please stay away from the area.”Torrance, a coastal city, is located around 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles in the South Bay region.According to health authorities, nearly 40,000 people died in the United States as a result of firearms in 2017 — a figure that includes suicides.last_img read more

Texas Senate School Safety Committee Recommends Focusing on Mental Health Avoids Gun

first_img Share Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneLeft to right: State Sens. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownville, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at the second day of hearings held by the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on June 12, 2018.A special Texas Senate committee devoted to fighting school violence has recommended improving mental health resources for students and increasing funding for a program that arms some members of school staff, but shied away from any measures aiming to limit access to guns.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, formed the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School south of Houston. Committee members heard testimony during four meetings in June and July on ways to improve school safety infrastructure, address mental health issues among students and consider controversial “red flag” policies that would take guns away from those deemed a risk to others.Several of the committee’s recommendations focused on “hardening” schools, adding funding for metal detectors and other security apparatuses on campuses. The committee also recommended that the state explore increasing financing for school marshal programs, which allow certified staffers to have access to firearms in schools. During its public hearings, committee members heard testimony that marshal programs can strain school budgets, since they require training and lockboxes for guns. The committee hopes to alleviate that strain with state funds, though it didn’t give specific dollar amounts for any of its recommendations.The recommendations were in line with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott‘s proposal to expand the school marshal program, included in a 44-page school safety action plan he released soon after the Santa Fe shooting.School marshal programs are one of two ways the state allows schools to arm teachers. School districts can also allocate “guardians” who can carry firearms in schools without a minimum amount of training. The committee recommended considering a minimum training requirement for school guardians.A proposal raised by state Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, during the committee’s June 12 meeting to arm school staff with rifles was not in the recommendations.Committee members also pushed for increased mental health resources for students, including expanding mental health first aid training for school staff who interact with students and videoconferencing psychiatric help to students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to mental health professionals.Testimony from counselors and school social workers showed a pattern of schools using counselors for administrative work. Committee members recommended considering legislation that would enumerate counselor duties. They also proposed looking into ways to make counselors more accessible to students, particularly in rural areas with fewer school personnel.Stephanie Rubin, CEO of advocacy and research group Texans Care for Children, lauded the focus on mental health care, but expressed concern at the report’s lack of specific methods to implement its recommendations. In a statement released soon after the report, Rubin said the Legislature will still have to work out several of the details in the upcoming session in 2019 for any substantive change to occur.“We hope state leaders build on these efforts and take real action, with meaningful increases in state funding, to support student mental health,” the statement said.The committee did not recommend the implementation of “red flag” laws, which Abbott proposed in his school safety recommendations but Patrick has fiercely challenged. Instead, members proposed clarifying legislation on whether people convicted of domestic violence can own firearms to begin with and on returning guns to people who have been detained but declared not to be a risk to themselves or others.That drew a rebuke from Mike Collier, the Democrat who is challenging Patrick for lieutenant governor.“Red flag laws work, and the only language in this report regarding red flag laws is the recommendation to clarify current statutes,” Collier said in a statement.last_img read more

Protesters Take to the Streets After Davis is Confirmed as Baltos Police

first_imgProtesters took to the streets on Oct. 19 after members of the Baltimore City Council voted to confirm Police Chief Kevin Davis as the head of the city’s police department.Protester Mecca Verdell cries as she chants during a demonstration, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Baltimore. Protesters marched after the City Council confirmed Kevin Davis as the city’s permanent police commissioner. The council’s vote came five days after a committee voted in favor of hiring Davis and demonstrators held a sit-in to demand meetings with Davis and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Davis won the vote 12-2 with City Councilman Carl Stokes, who is running for mayor, and Councilman Nick J. Mosby, who is rumored to be considering a run, voting no. Davis was a former deputy under Anthony W. Batts who was fired from the position earlier this year.“We need stability in the Police Department,” said Brandon Scott, city councilman, during the hearing. “We cannot have a temporary captain of the ship with all the violence in the city and the [Freddie Gray] trials coming up. … I have confidence that the commissioner will do a better job of working with everyone to get the crime rate down.” Following protests last week, Bernard C. “Jack” Young, council president ordered the balcony overlooking the chamber closed citing safety concerns. Many of the people who had come to witness the proceedings were unable to get in. About 20 minutes into the meeting, many protesters spilled out of the meeting, chanting things like “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”The group of about 40, marched from City Hall to the Inner Harbor – often walking directly in the streets and stopping traffic. They stopped at McKeldin Square and eventually headed back to City Hall, where police had set up barricades.Organizers told the group to follow police orders and avoid getting arrested. The group had dispersed by around 6:30 p.m.Activist Kwame Rose said that Davis went back on his word after a meeting that was held Oct. 18 involving several activists and Davis.Protesters block traffic, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Baltimore, after the City Council confirmed Kevin Davis as the city’s permanent police commissioner. The council’s vote came five days after a committee voted in favor of hiring Davis and demonstrators held a sit-in to demand meetings with Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“Last night the Commissioner met with four young activists including myself and he agreed to the 19 rules of engagement. We went and we reworked every word of those 19 rules of engagement and even added a 20th rule of engagement which was that Baltimore City Police would designate one community liaison from the police department to coordinate with the protesters so that our First Amendment rights would be respected.” “Today he had until 12 p.m. to adhere to that and make a public statement and we agreed. We left that meeting with an agreement that that would happen and that did not happen. The Commissioner has continued to show that he is not interested in the respect of black young people in this city who care about their lives and their first amendment rights.”Baltimore mayoral candidate Calvin Young was inside the City Council meeting. He was in the overflow room officials had set up since the balcony was closed. People inside the overflow room could watch the proceedings on a monitor.“The vote came up and it was passed. After it was passed that’s when the demonstrators – those that were in the overflow room where I was – they all proceeded to get up and go towards the chambers. Also, from the screen we could see that demonstrations had begun in the chambers. I got up, the group that I was with, and we started paying attention and they had actually closed the doors to the chambers so those who were in the overflow room from what I could see did not make it into the actual chambers. Eventually everybody was escorted out and they started marching.”Damon Mathews-Bey, a Baltimore City employee who said he had come to the meeting because he was concerned about an issue unrelated to Davis’ confirmation, said he was upset that he wasn’t let into the meeting.“I was disturbed, very disturbed, because it’s supposed to be open to all the citizens in Baltimore and I’m a tax paying citizen also a worker for the city of Baltimore. I felt a little let down.”Following the vote, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake swore Davis in as new commissioner at a community meeting. “We have to fight violent crime in a new and different way,” Davis told reporters. “It’s going to take our best efforts and building relationships with the community.” Davis’s five year, $200,000 annual salary, contract will face another vote on Wednesday in the form of the Board Estimates. The Board of Estimates is in charge of spending for the city and is controlled by Rawlings-Blake.last_img read more

Temperature likely to go up as downpour comes to a halt

first_imgKolkata: The temperature in the city may go up in the next 48 hours, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Friday.According to the weather office, there is a possibility of scattered rainfall in the city and some South Bengal districts as well. North Bengal districts will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next two days, the weather office said.The temperature in the city and its adjoining areas has dipped for the past few days, due to rain caused by the arrival of monsoon current in the region. According to the prediction, there will be a marginal rise in the mercury in the next two days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe temperature this season touched 40 degrees due to the advent of westerly winds, which were bringing a heat wave to the city. This occurred after the monsoon current got stalled for few days in the last week.The situation improved after the monsoon current got active and brought moderate to heavy rainfall in the South Bengal districts. This came as a relief to the city dwellers and also the people from the districts in South Bengal, from the scorching summer heat. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to the weather office, the rise in temperature may also lead to uncomfortable weather, with the relative humidity going up.A senior official of the weather office said that North Bengal is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next few days as well, while in Kolkata and most parts of South Bengal, the mercury may soar high.However, there is a prediction of thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty wind and lightning, in the South Bengal districts.It may be mentioned here that various North Bengal districts have been receiving heavy rainfall for past few days, as a result of which an alert was also issued to the local administration to take adequate steps to check any untoward incident.last_img read more

Commemorative circulation coin on Tatya Tope released

first_imgOn the occasion of Tatya Tope’s Martyr Day, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a commemorative coin of Rs 200 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 in the national Capital on Monday. Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on the occasion.Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope in the year 2015-16, in association with the State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The government of India is also considering the creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola and Nasik, Maharashtra and a war museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments.Recently, in the month of February, the State Government of Maharashtra organised the inaugural function at Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Before that, a three-day celebration- ‘Shaurya Mahotsav’ was held.Also, a special lecture and conference on Tatya Tope was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in the national Capital on February 16. One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s first war of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot.last_img read more

Three more days of deals with Sunwings Back to School sale

first_img Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Three more days of deals with Sunwing’s Back to School sale Tags: Promotions, Sunwing Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations’ ‘Back to School’ promotion continues through Sept. 16, offering passengers who purchase two flights savings worth 50% on the base fare of the second seat. Departure dates are available for travel between Nov. 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.Sunwing has flights from over 30 different gateways to 34 vacation destinations this winter.One resort available in the sale, Royalton Blue Waters, is set to open this November. The new property will offer specialty dining across 11 restaurants, varied water sports and evening entertainment together with full exchange privileges with sister resort, Royalton White Sands.And opening in early 2017, Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia is pegged to be a hit with couples and honeymooners seeking relaxation in a stylish tropical setting. The adults-only beachfront oasis allows guests to take advantage of the luxurious amenities and features within Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa.center_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Indian government changes its visa rules

first_imgThe Indian government has unveiled changes in the existing rules to liberalise, simplify and rationalise the visa regime in order to encourage more foreign nationals including Omanis, to visit India for tourism, business and other purposes.The government, as part of this policy initiative has modified the existing e-Tourist Visa scheme. In a statement, the Indian Embassy in Muscat stated, “The e-Visa will now be issued for the specific purpose of the visit viz e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. While e-Tourist Visa will be issued for visits aimed at recreation, sight-seeing, casual visits and to attend yoga programmes, e-Business Visa will be issued for enhancing business activities, including establishing business ventures, purchase or sell commercial products, attending technical meetings, discussions, board meetings, recruitment of manpower etc. Similarly, e-Medical Visa will be issued for treatment in India.”The window for issuing visas under e-Visa has also been increased from 30 to 120 days, meaning that the applicant can travel to India within 120 days of the issue of e-Visa. Similarly, the duration of stay under e-Visa has also been increased from existing 30 to 60 days. In the case of e-Medical Visa, extension can be granted for stay up to six months on the case to case basis by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) concerned.Foreigners, under e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa, will now be allowed to undertake two visits as against the current one. Applicants availing the e-Medical Visa will be issued triple entry visas enabling them to visit India three times on the same visa. e-Visa, except for e-Medical Visa, will be non-extendable and non-convertible.The government has also permitted e-Visa holders to enter India through five major ports including Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Chennai and Mangalore to tap the potential of cruise tourism. They are also allowed to enter India through 16 airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruchirapalli and Varanasi.last_img read more