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Taylor Swift Donates 25000 Scholastic Books To New York City SchoolsTaylor Swift Donates 25000 Scholastic Books To New York City Schools

first_imgToday, singer, songwriter Taylor Swift and Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced a donation of 25,000 new, age-appropriate books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to 25 New York City schools in need of more books for their students.Twenty-five schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books through the Scholastic Possible Fund as a result of Taylor’s support of the Company’s “Open a World of Possible,” initiative, designed to promote independent reading among all children. As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country and is available here.The importance of increasing access to books in schools was highlighted in the most recent Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report which found that children ages 6-17 from lower-income households are more likely to read books for fun in school and far less likely to read books outside of school than their higher-income peers. Further, having a selection of texts for independent reading can be a powerful tool to encourage kids to pick up a book. The same report revealed that nine in ten kids agree their favorite books – and the ones they are the most likely to finish – are the ones they pick out themselves.“Scholastic is honored to join with Taylor Swift who continues to show a passion for literacy and a commitment to spreading the message of how influential books can be in a child’s life,” said Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Education. “Through this donation, we aim to encourage independent reading which inspires a love of learning and to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for more New York City students by making sure they have access to the very best children’s books.”“We are really looking forward to receiving these books and incorporating them into our school’s library so that all students in our building can have access to them,” said Principal Nova Xiomara, of PS 132, Juan Pablo Duarte School in Manhattan, NY.last_img read more

School District 60 provides construction update on Anne Roberts Young schoolSchool District 60 provides construction update on Anne Roberts Young school

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of the new elementary school Anne Roberts Young.Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, says the progress is coming along at a good pace, with portions of the school, such as the gym, already erected.“If anyone had the opportunity to drive by, it’s pretty exciting as we’re actually seeing a building now. Part of the precast has been erected for the daycare, music room, and gym areas.” According to Boyd, structural steel will be delivered to the site starting this week with the installation taking place next week following the May long weekend.“Structural steel is arriving this week. The erection of that will start the following week after the long weekend.”The new elementary school received the name Anne Roberts Young at a School District meeting in April, named after Fort St. John’s first registered nurse.The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020.last_img read more

Hughes talks about Ings first goal for SouthamptonHughes talks about Ings first goal for Southampton

first_imgThe manager was not happy with the 2-1 defeat against Everton, but he knows Danny Ings can contribute a lot to the teamDanny Ings signed for Southampton on August 9th of this year.And ten days later, he scored his team’s only goal against Everton this weekend.This has let to Southampton boss Mark Hughes to praise his work.“Danny looked sharp and could have scored in the first half but it’s actually a fantastic save having seen it since,” Hughes said to the Saint’s official website.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I thought it was just a close-range miss but he’s actually saved it so credit to their ‘keeper.”Danny Ings scored at the 54th-minute mark after his team was down 2-0.His goal gave Southampton hope but the team didn’t manage to tie the match against Everton.“We got him off and running in the second-half so for him coming to a new club, as a striker you want to get off the mark very, very quickly and that’s what he has done so that’s a positive,” Hughes added.last_img read more

Police issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San DiegoPolice issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San Diego

first_imgPolice issue costly tickets for scooter riders without helmets on San Diego boardwalks Posted: June 6, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Police are getting tough on motorized scooter riders who aren’t wearing helmets.The helmets are required by law, but many riders either don’t know or don’t care about the regulation.The requirement is spelled out in the California vehicle code that covers motorized scooters. It’s also in the fine print on the ride-sharing app that’s used for the “Bird” or “Lime Bike” scooters.On the Pacific Beach boardwalk, the word is spreading about the more vigorous enforcement of the helmet law by San Diego Police. A ticket for not having a helmet can range anywhere from $190 to $250. Even though it’s the law, many riders seem to be ignoring the helmet requirement.The scooter companies offer to send a free helmet to users, but as a practical matter, it may be difficult to persuade someone to refrain from a scooter ride, as they wait for a helmet to arrive.One Pacific Beach bike shop, “Swings and Things” has seized the opportunity to make a few extra bucks, by renting bike helmets to scooter riders for $5 a day. center_img June 6, 2018 Updated: 10:22 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El CajonBicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El Cajon

first_img July 17, 2018 Bicyclist suffers critical injuries when hit by truck in El Cajon Posted: July 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A bicyclist struck by a truck at an El Cajon intersection remains hospitalized Tuesday with critical injuries, authorities said.The collision happened at 10:28 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Second Street and Pepper Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow said.The 40-year-old bicyclist was peddling eastbound on Pepper Drive when a Ford F-150 traveling northbound on Second Street entered the intersection and struck him from the right side, Garrow said.The victim was ejected from the bike onto the roadway and the driver, a 60-year-old man, immediately stopped to render aid, Garrow said. Their names were not released.The cyclist was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital.The collision remains under investigation, but alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors, according to Garrow. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sarah Chubb To Leave Conde Nast Digital on Feb 18Sarah Chubb To Leave Conde Nast Digital on Feb 18

first_imgTo: All EmployeesFrom: Bob SauerbergRe: Executive AnnouncementAfter a wonderful 20-year career at Condé Nast, Sarah Chubb has decided it’s time to explore other opportunities. As we all know, there is a huge amount of energy and excitement in the digital world right now-and Sarah is interested in pursuing the next phase of her career.Sarah has been a transformational force at Condé Nast and the media business as a whole. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Sarah for her many valuable contributions, congratulating her on her success and wishing her the best of luck as she moves ahead. Sarah asked me to share her thoughts with you: “CN is the premier company in the industry and I have truly loved my job here. I am also tremendously proud of the contributions that my team and I have made to the Company. While the challenges of an exciting new world beckon me, I know that CN is set up exceptionally well for the future.”In the coming weeks, we will name a successor to continue the outstanding work in digital growth and innovation. Condé Nast Digital head Sarah Chubb will leave the company on Feb. 18 “to explore new opportunities,” the company announced internally yesterday. A successor will be named in the coming weeks. As part of a major restructuring of its digital division last fall, Condé Nast fused the Condé Nast Digital sales and marketing team with the Condé Nast Media Group, allowing magazine brands to handle ads sales for their Web sites directly (Condé Nast Digital continued to oversee non-magazine branded sites-including Ars Technica, Concierge, Epicurious and Reddit). Chubb, a 20-year Condé Nast vet, also advocated for a homegrown platform for Condé Nast’s iPad and other tablet members but the publisher instead opted to work with Adobe, which was the preference of Condé Nast director of digital development Scott Dadich, according to All Things D.A memo from Conde Nast president Robert Sauerberg outlined the move to employees yesterday. last_img read more

Moodys Says Hanley Wood Cant Cover Fixed Costs Restructuring LikelyMoodys Says Hanley Wood Cant Cover Fixed Costs Restructuring Likely

first_imgThe second half of 2011 will be “more or less a carbon copy of the first half, save perhaps for print advertising which could be somewhat weaker in QIII and QIV,” Anton said. Moody’s Investors Service says that revenue for Hanley Wood has fallen “below the level at which the company can cover its fixed costs and it continues to consume cash” and the publisher is very likely to face a restructuring “since the current business cannot support the existing debt load which was set near the peak of the housing bubble.” However, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton tells FOLIO:, “We strongly believe the company has sufficient liquidity to fund day-to-day operations into the foreseeable future–in short, we disagree with Moody’s assessment–and you might recall Moody’s is the same company that saw fit to rate securitized mortgage debt AAA.”Hanley Wood could violate its loan covenant as of Jan. 1, according to Moody’s, which lowered the publisher’s corporate rating four points to “Ca.” In May, Standard & Poor’s dropped its rating for Hanley Wood from “CCC” to “CCC-,” citing concerns over the b-to-b publisher’s performance and ability to meet covenants in the near future. S&P said it was concerned that Hanley Wood will be “unable to meet financial covenant step-downs in early 2012 without an amendment, a refinancing or repayment of the revolving credit facility, or an equity cure from sponsors.”While he wouldn’t comment on the covenant issue, Anton told FOLIO: last week that revenue was up in the high single digits while earnings grew 20 percent in the first half of 2011. He also said that while the print and data businesses remain challenged, events have bounced back (with all shows outperforming 2010) and the custom marketing business is on track to have its best year ever. last_img read more

South Korea declares national emergency as winds fan giant forest fires PhotosSouth Korea declares national emergency as winds fan giant forest fires Photos

first_imgVehicles are on fire due to a wildfires on April 5, 2019 in Sokcho, South Korea. South Korea grappled with the massive blaze that roared through forests and cities along the eastern coast, declaring a national emergency and mobilizing all available resources to bring the inferno under control.Kangwon Ilbo via Getty ImagesSouth Korea was plagued with forest fires on Thursday which resulted in the government declaring a state of national emergency. Fire engines and thousands of personnel were deployed to bring the fire under control. The fire originated on a road in the town of Goseong, which is just 45 kilometres from the North Korean border. The government recorded that 400 homes and 500 hectares of land were incinerated by the forest fire. Here are some images of the fire which engulfed a good portion of the North-eastern part of the country.  A forest fire raging near a town on April 5, 2019 in Sokcho, South Korea. South Korea grappled with the massive blaze that roared through forests and cities along the eastern coast, declaring a national emergency and mobilizing all available resources to bring the inferno under control.Kangwon Ilbo via Getty Images Residents rest at a training center-turned-shelter after being evacuated from a wildfires on April 5, 2019 in Sokcho, South Korea. South Korea grappled with the massive blaze that roared through forests and cities along the eastern coast, declaring a national emergency and mobilizing all available resources to bring the inferno under control.Kangwon Ilbo via Getty Images Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter A general view shows a village destroyed by a wildfires on April 5, 2019 in Sokcho, South Korea. South Korea grappled with the massive blaze that roared through forests and cities along the eastern coast, declaring a national emergency and mobilizing all available resources to bring the inferno under control.Kangwon Ilbo via Getty Imageslast_img read more

When Salman Khan and family questioned Arjun Kapoor about his relationship withWhen Salman Khan and family questioned Arjun Kapoor about his relationship with

first_imgSalman Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Arjun KapoorFacebook/Varinder ChawlaBreaking free from the shackles of the society, Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor shouted out their love for each other to the world on the latter’s 34th birthday. The two have officially come out as a couple and not shying away from showing their affection towards each other in public anymore. But there was a time when the lovebirds had to deny the mutual attraction after the entire Khan family had suspected their relationship. It goes back to 2012, when Arjun was still waiting for his debut Bollywood film Ishaqzaade to release in theatres and Malaika was still married to Arbaaz Khan.According to a report in The Telegraph, “Salman and his entire family had sat around the hall at home and put Arjun on the mat like an accused in a courthouse.” Arjun was then questioned about his relationship with Malaika when she was still the daughter-in-law of the Khan family. Arjun Kapoor, Malailka Arora, Salman Khan, Boney KapoorInstagramAs a kid, Malaika along with her sister Amrita had seen their mother Joyce Polycarp getting divorced with her father Anil Arora. And they had seen their mother getting remarried and over the years getting along with their stepfather as well.Arjun, on the other hand, had seen his father Boney Kapoor leaving his mother Mona Shourie for Sridevi. There was nothing left in Boney and Mona’s relationship to work out as Sridevi was already pregnant with Boney’s child when Mona got to know about their affair. The emotional trauma would choke up little Arjun in school triggering his asthma. Arjun Kapoor, Malaika AroraInstagramFrom watching their parents go separate ways to dealing with emotional trauma while growing up, there was a lot common between Arjun and Malaika. And perhaps the emotional connect made them fall for each other.The two are currently in a happy phase of their relationship and still want to discover each other in public space and enjoy the comfort of being a couple.last_img read more

Mother son electrocutedMother son electrocuted

first_imgA woman and her son died of electrocution at Keua Bakultala in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district on Thursday.The deceased are Selina Akter, 35, wife of a certain Anwar Hossain and her son Selim Hossain, 15, driver of a battery-run auto-rickshaw, reports UNB.Selim came in contact with a live electric wire while charging his battery-run auto-rickshaw at his house in the morning and electrocuted. Selina also electrocuted while trying to save her son.Later, they were taken to Sreepur upazila health complex where the doctors declared both of them dead, said Abu Raihan, a physician of the hospital.last_img

Qatar says Arab demands made to be rejectedQatar says Arab demands made to be rejected

first_imgQatar said Saturday a series of demands made by several Arab states to lift a crippling blockade were designed to be spurned and clearly aimed at infringing its sovereignty.”This list of demands is made to be rejected,” Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said, referring to 13 demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as the price for lifting an almost month-long “blockade” on Qatar.Qatar said it had received the demands on June 22 with just 10 days to meet them, which would mean they would have until Sunday to comply. However, the deadline has not been confirmed.”Everyone is aware that these demands are meant to infringe the sovereignty of the state of Qatar,” Al-Thani said at a press conference in Rome after meeting his Italian counterpart.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced earlier this month the suspension of all ties to Qatar. They accused it of state support for extremist groups and denounced its political proximity to Shiite Iran.Qatar denies the allegations.Saudia Arabia closed the airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate’s only land border, a vital route for its food imports.Qatar has said the effects are more devastating than the Berlin Wall.Riyadh’s demands include ending Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.The United Arab Emirates has warned Qatar should take the demands seriously or face “divorce” from its Gulf neighbours.Turkey and Iraq have backed Qatar in the crisis.Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said the government was ready “to contribute to any initiative aimed primarily at restoring dialogue and easing tensions between those involved.”Rome also pleaded for the five countries “to refrain from any further action that could aggravate the situation”.Kuwait is the official arbitrator for seeking a settlement, though the United States is also attempting to mediate.Washington has cautioned that some of the demands would be difficult for Qatar to accept, asking the Saudis for a clear list of grievances that are “reasonable and actionable”.last_img read more

Egypts Mursi sentenced to 25 years in Qatar spy caseEgypts Mursi sentenced to 25 years in Qatar spy case

first_imgFormer Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi greets his lawyers and people from behind bars at a court wearing the red uniform of a prisoner sentenced to death, during his court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File PhotoAn Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.Mursi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule. He was immediately arrested.Egypt’s Court of Cassation reduced Mursi’s sentence in the Qatar case to 25 years in its final ruling, from an original 40 years.Mursi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.Since toppling Mursi, Sisi has clamped down on dissent. Mass trials have been held for thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.In 2014, Egypt charged Mursi and nine others with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar. Egypt’s relations with Doha were already troubled by Qatar’s backing of Mursi.Egypt is one of four Arab nations in a Saudi-led bloc that cut relations with the Gulf state on 5 June, accusing it of backing militant groups and cooperating with their arch-foe Iran, allegations Doha denies.last_img read more

BNP getting the momentum it seeksBNP getting the momentum it seeks

first_imgFaced with an adverse situation, especially following arrests of its leaders and workers, main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is trying to go with the tide ahead of the elections, banking on its new coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front.With its chairperson Khaleda Zia jailed after being convicted in two cases, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said she will be able to contest the polls, no matter what the ruling Awami League leaders say.“Khaleda Zia is still qualified to participate in the election and there is no doubt about it,” he told newsmen at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.The AL camp has repeatedly said Khaleda Zia will not be able to take part in the coming elections, in view of her conviction.The BNP leaders are now interviewing the party’s nomination seekers, a process in which acting BNP chairman Tarique Rahman joined through skype from London.The AL leaders raised objection to it while the election commission said it has nothing to do with BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s joining interview of their party candidates through videoconferencing.“As Tarique Rahman joined the BNP nomination board through videoconferencing from abroad, the electoral code of conduct is not applicable for him and the EC has nothing to do with it,” news agency UNB quoted election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed as saying.BNP sold nomination papers between 12 November and 14 November at its Naya Paltan central office where huge number of BNP activists and leaders gathered, sending a positive message to its supporters.BNP joined the Jatiya Oiya Front led by Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain and decided to join the national election to be held on 30 December.Ten retired defence officers on Monday formally joined Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum at a programme at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber in the afternoon ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.“We’ll work together for the country and restoration of democracy and people’s voting rights”, UNB quoted Gano Forum executive president and lawyer Subrata Chowdhury as saying.Earlier, Reza Kibria, son of slain finance minister and Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, joined the Jatiya Oikya Front.He on Sunday submitted the Gano Forum nomination form to the party chief on Sunday to contest the next general election as a party candidate under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Front.The Jatiya Oikya Front on various occasions placed a seven-point demand to ensure a free and fair election.The demands include installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of the election commission, release of all the political prisoners including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, deployment of the army personnel and cancellation of the move to use EVM for holding the next polls in a fair manner.The Oikya Front held dialogues twice with the prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence, and demanded the election under a neutral government. Although the prime minister did not accept the demand, but she assured the Oikya Front of holding a free and fair election.The election commission is committed to holding a free and fair election. The chief election commissioner and other commissioners repeatedly pledged that they would do everything to hold a fair election.Civil society platform Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) on Monday urged the election commission to exercise its full authority to hold the election in a free and fair manner.last_img read more

Sri Lanka parliament rejects Rajapakse govtSri Lanka parliament rejects Rajapakse govt

first_imgSri Lanka`s former president Mahinda Rajapakse (C) leaves the official residence in Colombo on 11 November 2018. Photo: AFPSri Lanka’s parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court overturned a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled that a majority of the 225-member assembly supported the motion against Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.The result does not automatically mean that Wickremesinghe, who had refused to leave the prime minister’s residence, has won the constitutional showdown. Though his party is the biggest in parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena, who had backed Rajapakse, retains the power to choose the next prime minister.Amid chaotic scenes, Rajapakse, 72, and his legislator son Namal walked out of the red-carpeted chamber just before the speaker called for a vote.MPs loyal to Rajapakse attempted to grab the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, to disrupt the vote, but Jayasuriya went ahead.”The ayes have it,” the Speaker announced over his public address system “I rule that this House does not have confidence in the government (of Rajapakse).”Several Rajapakse ministers came out of parliament accusing the speaker of violating parliamentary norms by holding the crucial vote against their wishes.last_img

Witness Recalls Texas City Disaster And How It Shaped Thinking On SafetyWitness Recalls Texas City Disaster And How It Shaped Thinking On Safety

first_img Share Alfred S. GersonSmoke from the fires in Texas City, seen from a distance.In 1947, Texas City was the site of the deadliest industrial accident in American history. The incident changed safety regulations in the chemical industry forever.The morning of April 16, a French ship anchored in the Port of Texas City caught fire. Eventually its cargo of more 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded. That set off a chain reaction of other fires and explosions on other ships, including the nearby Monsanto chemical plant.Alfred S. GersonWreckage of the Wilson B. Keene. The large piece of wreckage in the foreground may be from the Grandcamp, the first ship to catch fire and explode.The destruction was widespread across Texas City. Buildings were destroyed. Windows were blown out. The blast sent a 15-foot tidal wave crashing into the docks. An anchor from one of the ships was thrown miles across the city. Overall, the death toll was more than 500 people. Many of them were itinerant workers who were never identified.UH Digital LibraryA destroyed five-story rubber factory after the Texas City disaster.On that day, Bob Roten was just 13 years old and in the seventh grade. He and some classmates were outside practicing softball in a park about 25 blocks north of the docks at the moment of the first explosion.“I was blown to the ground, shoved about ten feet in the air,” he said. “And before I could get up — and about the time I was on my feet again — the second blast happened. And that was the Monsanto plant, and it was almost as severe as the first one. And shrapnel falling around me.”UH Digital LibraryDamaged cars in a parking lot a quarter mile from the explosion.Roten went home to find his mother and others in his neighborhood setting up makeshift accommodations to help the wounded and dazed. He went with his father to help with recovery efforts but had second thoughts after seeing a burned body.Many years later, Roten would become chief operating officer of the Monsanto Corporation. He says the events of that day in 1947 were never far from his mind, and they changed how everyone thought of safety.“It was much more important, much more professional, much more organized,” Roten said. “Your safety director was key to your management team.”Alfred S. GersonVehicles outside the relief center after the Texas City explosions in 1947.Of the industry regulations that came about as a result of the disaster, Roten feels they were stronger than they needed to be – but for good reason.“They aired on the side of extreme caution, and you can’t go wrong with that,” he said.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Roten about his experience and how that shaped his thinking on safety.Michael HagertyAndy Hollan, producer of a documentary about the Texas City disaster, and Bob Roten, a witness.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Norwin AminBob Roten, who witnessed the 1947 Texas City disaster, and photographer Nowrin Amin, who interviewed Roten in a documentary about his experience.last_img read more

Hawaii Volcano Raises Concerns Of Eruptions Along West CoastHawaii Volcano Raises Concerns Of Eruptions Along West Coast

first_imgWHEN WILL THE WEST COAST VOLCANOES ERUPT?No eruption seems imminent, experts say.The Cascades Volcano Observatory monitors volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and posts weekly status reports. All currently register “normal.”But the situation can change fast.“All our mountains are considered active and, geologically speaking, things seem to happen in the Northwest about every 100 years,” said John Ufford, preparedness manager for the Washington Emergency Management Division. “It’s an inexact timeline.”Some geologists believe Mount St. Helens is the most likely to erupt.But six other Cascade volcanoes have been active in the past 300 years, including steam eruptions at Mount Rainier and Glacier Peak and a 1915 blast at Lassen Peak that destroyed nearby ranches. WHAT IS THE RING OF FIRE?Roughly 450 volcanoes make up this horseshoe-shaped belt with Kilauea situated in the middle. The belt follows the coasts of South America, North America, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It’s known for frequent volcanic and seismic activity caused by the colliding of crustal plates.America’s most dangerous volcanoes are all part of the Ring of Fire, and most are on the West Coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Besides Kilauea, they include: Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington; Mount Hood and South Sister in Oregon; and Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in California.Images of lava flowing from the ground and homes going up in flames in Hawaii have stoked unease among residents elsewhere along the Ring of Fire. But experts say an eruption on one section of the arc doesn’t necessarily signal danger in other parts.“These are isolated systems,” Westby said. WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE COULD THEY DO?The Big Island scenes of rivers of lava snaking through neighborhoods and sprouting fountains are unlikely in the Pacific Northwest.“Lava is not the hazard, per se, like in Hawaii,” said Ian Lange, a retired University of Montana geology professor. Cascade volcanos produce a thicker, more viscous type of lava than Hawaiian volcanoes, so it doesn’t run as far, Lange said.The Cascade volcanoes can produce huge clouds of choking ash and send deadly mudslides into rivers and streams. Two of the most potentially destructive are Mount St. Helens, north of the Portland, Oregon, metro area, and 14,000-foot (4,270-meter) Mount Rainier, which is visible from the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.Mount Rainier eruptions in the distant past have caused destruction as far west as Puget Sound, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.The volcano hasn’t produced a significant eruption in the past 500 years. But it remains dangerous because of its great height, frequent earthquakes, active hydrothermal system, and 26 glaciers, experts said.An eruption on Mount Rainier could rapidly melt glaciers, triggering huge mudflows — called lahars — that could reach the densely populated surrounding lowlands, Westby said.Another major danger from a Cascade volcano eruption would be large amounts of ash thrown into the air, where it could foul aircraft engines. WHAT ARE COMMUNITIES DOING TO PREPARE?The closest settlement to a West Coast volcano may be Government Camp, on Oregon’s Mount Hood. Lava could conceivably reach the town, but the greater threat is an eruption triggering a so-called pyroclastic flow, which is a fast-moving cloud of hot ash and gas, experts said.But Lange believes California’s Mount Shasta is the most dangerous, in part because it is surrounded by towns.The town of Mt. Shasta has numerous response plans for emergencies, including a volcano eruption, Police Chief Parish Cross said. But the plan for a volcano is pretty fluid, he said.“We don’t know the size or scope of the event,” Cross said, including which direction the eruption would occur.This is not an issue in Orting, Washington, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Mount Rainier. Orting would be directly in the path of a lahar, and local officials each year conduct drills in which children move from school to higher ground to escape the flow.Students usually take about 45 minutes to walk the 2 miles (3 kilometers) to higher ground, which should be fast enough to escape, officials said.“Our concern is ice and snow melting rapidly on Mount Rainier,” said Chuck Morrison, a resident of the town of 7,600 who has long been involved in evacuation planning. “We need a quick way off the valley floor.Orting is the town most vulnerable to lahar damage from Mount Rainier, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Scientists say that in the worst case, a 30-foot-high (9-meter-high) lahar with the consistency of wet concrete could rumble through Orting at 50 mph (80 kph) if volcanic activity suddenly melted snow and ice on Rainier.center_img APSteam and gas rise along the edge of Kilauea’s summit crater in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Thursday, May 10, 2018. The park is closing Friday due to the threat of an explosive volcanic eruption. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes , from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area.“There’s lots of anxiety out there,” said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. “They see destruction, and people get nervous.”Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is threatening to blow its top in coming days or weeks after sputtering lava for a week, forcing about 2,000 people to evacuate, destroying two dozen homes and threatening a geothermal plant. Experts fear the volcano could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air.Here are some key things to know: Sharelast_img read more

Mayhem in Fells Point Leaves Woman BrokenMayhem in Fells Point Leaves Woman Broken

first_imgThe crash that left a woman with many broken bones in Fells Point, Baltimore. (YouTube)On Feb. 6 an altercation and subsequent violent crash took place in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood around 2:15 a.m. Video of the crash, which went viral, has been seen over 470,000 times by press time.The video begins with a grey Honda Odyssey minivan waiting in line at the light on Broadway just south of Aliceanna. The back door of the minivan is open and there are several pedestrians near the vehicle.A male in a white jacket begins to beat on the driver’s side of the minivan as two other men approach the open passenger door. The minivan suddenly plows forward and rear ends a white Toyota Solara.The minivan then rams the coupe a second time, almost pushing  the Solara into the intersection of Broadway and Aliceanna. The male in the white jacket then rushes to the driver’s door and one of the people seen by the passenger door appears to smash a bottle into the passenger window.After the man in the white jacket pries the driver’s side door open, an attacker on the passenger side appears to jump through the now broken window. The driver slams the car into reverse and speeds backwards again while the man on the passenger side falls back out the window.After smashing into Dogwatch Tavern it reverses down the sidewalk leaving more damage in its wake. At that point it appears that Jillian Vaccaro, 27, of Baltimore suffered multiple skull fractures, a broken hip, a broken leg and broken teeth among other injuries after being struck by the mini van.Orlando Redd, 37, of Parkville, MD was identified by police as the driver. Police say they arrested Redd a few blocks away from the scene of the accident and that Redd was under the influence of alcohol when he was taken into custody.Redd has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault, malicious destruction of property and several charges of endangerment tied to driving while intoxicated. On Feb. 8 a Baltimore City judge denied Orlando Redd bail.Redd has eight prior convictions which include assault and gun charges and he served 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to violating his probation on an assault charge. The probation arose from a guilty plea in 1998 to assault with intent to murder.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday November 10Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday November 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.We’ll discuss the implications of the Trump presidency in the Hispanic community, with Elizabeth Alex, regional director, CASA Maryland. Plus, with so many experiencing anger, anxiety and stress because of the Trump victory, we’ll talk about how to cope with Dr. Jonathan Shepherd, board president, Black Mental Health Alliance and Ericka Bridgeford, director of Training for Community Mediation Maryland.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Investigating Baltimores Police Corruption and Investing in the CityInvestigating Baltimores Police Corruption and Investing in the City

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROA Baltimore rising star has been named to the Restore Trust in Policing Commission.The commission, a direct response to the flagrant and rampant corruption of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, was established at the end of August.Alicia Wilson, is the senior vice president of Impact Investments and senior legal counsel of the Port Covington Development team. She is now also leading the Port Covington Impact Investment Team.Attorney Alicia Lynn Wilson is a member of the Restore Trust in Policing Commission. (Courtesy Photo)AFRO questions about her new roles and her part in the commission were answered via email through Plank Industries Public Relations Director Danielle Bennings.Wilson emphasized repeatedly that her obligation to the commission is separate from her obligation to Plank Industries and its subsidiaries.“I was involved in sitting on commissions and serving in this way well before I was ever associated with the Port Covington project,” Wilson wrote. “My work on this commission is separate from the work that I do on the Port Covington development. I am deeply committed to my city, its progress and working towards improving upon the things that are holding the city back from reaching its fullest potential.”Wilson, an East Baltimore native and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School graduate, is an Associated Black Charities co-chair and a Center for Urban Families board member.“I am on the commission as a lawyer and a resident of the city of Baltimore. I offer multiple perspectives on issues that affect us all; as a person who grew up in this city, as someone who has been personally impacted by gun violence and as someone who has worked alongside law enforcement.”Wilson, a member on leave from Gordon Feinblatt, Labor and Employment Practice, “covers the spectrum of employment litigation. She handles all aspects of both state and federal claims involving race, age, disability and gender/sexual orientation discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wage and hour issues. In addition, Alicia represents unions and management in collective bargaining and National Labor Relation Act matters,” according to her Gordon Feinblatt bio.“This commission allows me to bring to bear all of the perspectives that I bring to these issues. I have a deep grounding in law as well as a unique understanding of how it is to live on a day to day basis with the implications of the Baltimore Police Department, whether good or bad. When asked to serve on this commission, my thought was not how this would be in the interest of my employer, but how this was in the interest of my community.”Other members of the commission include Mitchel M. Gordon, a former Baltimore City police officer now workers compensation litigator for public safety employees, Sean Malone, a former attorney for the Baltimore City Police Department, and former Judge Alexander Williams, Jr.“I am excited to work with Judge Alexander Williams who has given so much to our judiciary and to our community, but I’m also excited to work with all the members of the commission and learn from them. I think it’s helpful to learn from the perspectives of others, and bring diverse thoughts to the table,” said when asked whom she is most excited to work with.While the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights Civilian Review Board struggles with city solicitor Andre Davis to have its subpoenas honored, Wilson described how the state commission can get results.“The power to subpoena must be exercised with care, but it is an extremely powerful and useful means by which clarity and transparency can occur in a process,” Wilson wrote. “I think the subpoena power given to this commission is essential because you may not have people that are necessarily willing to participate in the investigation. In other cases you may not need it, but with something of this level of sensitivity you need the subpoena power to be successful.”At the time of Wilson’s reply, September 13, the commission had not yet met. A preliminary report is expected by the end of this year, followed by a full report at the end of 2019. Wilson does not know what her or the commission’s role will be when it comes to how findings or recommendations might be implemented or enforced.“It is too premature to provide a response to that,” Wilson wrote.“I imagine we will have some involvement, but that remains to be seen.”last_img read more