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Almost 1000 icebergs counted in shipping lanes so far this year patrol

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Iceberg Alley off Newfoundland has been an especially dangerous stretch this year with almost 1,000 icebergs counted in North Atlantic shipping lanes since February.Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol, said Monday it’s already among the top 20 most severe ice seasons on record since 1900.A final ranking won’t be known until later this year as some bergs are still drifting south, she explained.“There are definitely a lot still in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and near the entrance to the Strait of Belle Isle and then up along the Labrador coast,” she said in an interview.The gigantic slabs of prehistoric ice break off from Greenland glaciers then move south. They drift in whatever direction the currents and winds take them.The count continues but it’s so far the 18th worst ice season on record, McGrath said.“Considering that number goes back the whole way to 1900, even the 18th most severe is still pretty significant when you’re looking at 117 years of data.”In 2014, there were 1,546 icebergs in the shipping lanes, making it the sixth highest count since 1900. There were 1,165 icebergs in 2015.The International Ice Patrol was formed after an iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912. It works with Canadian partners to track conditions, including using surveillance flights, and update mariners.McGrath said the patrol has a perfect safety record for those who heed its warnings. As of Monday, there were about 12 icebergs drifting through the shipping lanes off eastern Newfoundland.McGrath said a series of low-pressure systems last spring drove hundreds of icebergs close to shore along with unusually thick sea ice.The height of the ice season is typically in late May or June but several bergs along Newfoundland’s eastern coast have lit up social media this month.last_img read more

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Reaction to Humboldt Broncos team bus crash

first_imgHere is some of the reaction on Twitter and from statements issued by prominent people in Canada and internationally to the bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos:“Just spoke to @JustinTrudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the terrible Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!” — U.S. President Donald Trump.___“Shocked and saddened by the loss in Saskatchewan. Thinking of all those in the Humboldt Broncos family and everyone affected by this tragedy.” Canadian actor Will Arnett.___“My heart breaks this morning for the entire Humboldt Broncos community. I am sending so much love to everyone affected.” — Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and talk show host.___“We are heartbroken knowing many of those we lost had their entire lives in front of them. We grieve with those facing news no parent or family should ever have to face. And our hearts go out to the community that has lost teammates, coaches, friends, and mentors.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.___“As a parent and a Saskatchewanian, it is hard to find the words to capture the terrible incident that took place overnight. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who lost loved ones last night, and Jill and I are praying for a speedy recovery of all those injured and who remain in hospital.“It the worst kind of tragedy any parent or friend can imagine, and the strength of the Humboldt community, and communities across the region that have been touched by this loss, will be so important now. I have no doubt that the people of Saskatchewan will come together to support each other during this extremely difficult time.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.___“I am crying. This is every parents worst nightmare. I will be in prayer and will also be regretting that what faith I feel helps in the sharing of these parents grief cannot be accompanied by any works….it’s a helpless feeling. I wish there was something I could do.” — Singer Chantal Kreviazuk.___“The heartbreak of all the families and friends of these young men is felt from coast to coast, to the far north and beyond. So awful. So sudden. So incomprehensible. We are all so sorry for these young lives lost and are mourning with you.” — Singer Jann Arden.___“What a sad day for our country. #PrayersForHumboldt.” — Comedian Gerry Dee.___“Devastating news about the #HumboldtBroncos junior hockey team. Unthinkable tragedy. Praying for the families.” — Actress Debra Messing.___“This tragedy has rocked the Prairies and our entire country. Young men from Alberta, Saskatchewan and across Western Canada play for the Broncos, and even more have dreamed of playing for the Broncos. Hockey communities unite our country. We are a family, and we support you.“Countless young athletes and their families travel our highways on those buses, going from game to game or tournament to tournament. It is a core part of life on our prairies. While we can only imagine your pain, it’s heartbreaking.“As we learn more about what happened, may we also learn more about the incredible people we have lost. Dedicated athletes, strong young Canadians, respected community leaders and, above all, people loved by their families and friends.” — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.___“Today, our hearts are broken. I’m asking our province and our nation to support our families, and our team, the Humboldt Broncos, as they suffer this devastating loss. In this dark moment, let the strong arms of Saskatchewan provide a loving embrace as it is needed most.“Our province has always been one community. At our core, we are one small town, neighbours, friends and families. To the City of Humboldt, the entire Broncos organization, and the families impacted by this tragedy, please know you are in Saskatchewan’s hearts. From a grieving province, thank you to every one of the first responders and medical professionals for your courageous response under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Tonight, we all must pray for these families.”— Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe.___“Janet and I have struggled all day with the horrific accident in Saskatchewan. We are so sad for the @HumboldtBroncos families and are praying for them.” — Hockey Hall of Fame member Wayne Gretzky.___last_img read more

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Sean Paul To Help Commemorate Life And Legacy Of Martin Luther King

first_imgThe City of San Antonio will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual series of events that includes one of the nation’s largest Martin Luther King, Jr. marches on Monday, January 20.A testament to Dr. King’s lasting impact on all Americans, this local City-sponsored march annually attracts approximately 100,000 participants and ends with a Commemorative Program featuring renowned guest speakers and performers, entertainment and more.“The fact that our city hosts one of the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. marches in the nation reflects why San Antonio is a city on the rise,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. “People of all backgrounds throughout history have found a place in San Antonio’s diverse cultural communities.”Since 1987, the City of San Antonio has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King with annual events and the historic March. This year’s commemoration celebrates the theme, “Realizing the Dream: Jobs, Justice and Freedom,” with a series of events including an oratorical contest for junior high and high school students; a day of service with volunteers participating in various projects along the march route; the Wreath-laying Ceremony honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King; the Citywide Interfaith Service; and more events taking place January 10-26.Also as part of its annual commemoration, the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission administers a scholarship program to help fund a portion of the college tuition of several deserving students, regardless of race or ethnicity. Each year, the Commission awards thousands of dollars in scholarships.“The City of San Antonio’s annual commemoration of Dr. King continues to focus largely on youth and education so that families can come together to remember Dr. King and learn about his principles and beliefs,” said San Antonio District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, Honorary Chair of the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. “By engaging parents and children at all levels, the community can work together to ensure that the legacy of Dr. King is preserved for future generations.”Several renowned guests are scheduled to participate in the multi-day commemoration. Renowned economist, author and commentator, Dr. Julianne Malveaux,will speak at the MLK, Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Trinity University on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. International superstar Sean Paul will serve as the special musical guest at the Youth Empowerment Summit on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at St. Philip’s College, and will perform a medley of his hit songs, including his latest single, “Want Dem All.” Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple of Baltimore, Maryland, and Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, will present remarks at the Commemorative Program on January 20.For more information on the City of San Antonio’s annual commemoration, the scholarship program, and a complete list of events, visit www.sanantonio.gov/mlk.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Food aid convoy traversing Sahara will soon reach refugees in Chad –

13 January 2009Food aid for some 250,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad is on its way in convoys travelling some 2,800 kilometres through the Sahara desert from Libya, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today. The agency said that 58 trucks left Al Khufra in Libya in late December and will reach north-eastern Chad later this month, in a push to reach the refugees before the onset of seasonal rains. “The resumption of the Libyan corridor operation is a race against the clock,” Mamadou Mbaye, WFP Country Director in Chad, said, adding, “we have five months to deliver food aid to the refugee camps in eastern Chad before the rainy season blocks the roads.”A second convoy of nearly 100 trucks departed Al Khufra this past weekend.Since August 2004, Libya has been providing a ground transport corridor from the port of Benghazi through the Sahara to Chad. Most of the Sudanese refugees in Chad are fleeing violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. In addition, WFP feeds 180,000 internally displaced Chadians; 57,000 refugees from the Central Africa Republic; and 150,000 local people affected by the influx to the country. An additional 215,000 Chadians in the food-deficient Sahelian zone of the country also receive WFP food assistance, the agency said. read more

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Brock professor receives highest academic honour

Brock University History professor David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the country’s top academic body.The historian is one of 87 academics to be named new Fellows for 2015.“I’m delighted to see my work recognized by this distinction,” said Schimmelpenninck. “I’m honoured to join this distinguished group of scholars. It will certainly help my work by putting it a bit more in the spotlight.”Schimmelpenninck is an expert on Russian and Inner Asian history who has written a number of books, including Russian Orientalism: Asia in the Russian Mind from Peter the Great to the Emigration, as well as co-editing books and publishing journal articles.He is currently doing archival research for his next book, Russia’s Great Game: the Struggle for Mastery in Central Asia, a history of rivalry, intrigue and espionage among the great powers in Central Asia during the 19th century. “Now that Russia’s archives are more accessible, we can finally get a much better picture of this Victorian cold war,” he said.Schimmelpenninck is also one of the editors of a major international project called “Russia’s Great War and Revolution.” The project involves around 200 scholars from all over the world who are re-examining the events in Russia between 1914 and 1921, including World War I, revolution and civil war.“This is a major reappraisal of one of the most dramatic events of the 20th century,” said Schimmelpenninck. “As we mark the First World War’s centenary in Canada, we are all paying a great deal of attention to the Western front, but the suicidal struggle between the great empires of Eastern Europe was no less consequential for the 20th century, if not more so.”And, Schimmelpenninck has been invited to teach a short course on Russian Orientalism at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg next May.“These outstanding scholars, artists and scientists will be joining the Society due to their outstanding work in the arts, humanities and sciences,” said Graham Bell, President of the Royal Society of Canada. “By promoting and recognizing these leading intellectuals and researchers, the Royal Society of Canada continues to be on the forefront of significant advances for the betterment of Canada and the world.” read more

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PERFECT SEASON Skjern Handbold are Danish champions after 19 years

skjern handbold Skjern Handbold concluded an amazing season! The Danish team, who played at TOP 8 of the VELUX EHF Champions League, won domestic Championship after 19 years! Skjern beat Bjerringbro Silkeborg 27:26 in away clash at JUSK Arena to secure title after draw at home nine days ago.This is the second national triumph for the “green team”. The first one was in 1999.Bjerringbro / Silkeborg – Skjern 26-27 (12-15)Bjerringbro / Silkeborg: Stefan Hundstrup 5, Jacob Lassen 5, Jesper Nøddesbo 5, Nikolaj Markussen 4, Michael Knudsen 2, Sebastian Skube 2, Nikolaj Øris Nielsen 2, Johan Hansen 1Skjern: Anders Eggert 10, Eivind Tangen 5, Jesper Konradsson 5, Markus Olsson 4, Kasper Søndergaard 2, Jonathan Stenbäcken 1 ← Previous Story Pastor and Krivokapic to lead Pick Szeged until 2021 Next Story → FIVERS WAT Margareten are Austrian champions for the third time! read more

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Review Supertooth Disco Bluetooth speaker

first_imgI’ve never bothered with a big home stereo system. I have nice speakers on my computer, and typically if I am listening to music I am in there. The listening experience is somewhat lessened when I am doing something from across the house, however, and the music needs to travel through several walls. I often find myself using my phone as a small stereo, though I have yet to find a phone that is capable of delivering a quality bass kick when necessary. So, in an attempt to fix my need for quality mobile music I took a look at the Supertooth Disco, a Bluetooth stereo speaker.Supertooth has a history of making curious little Bluetooth accessories for niche markets. They focus on making the most features available for the widest variety of devices. The Disco Bluetooth speaker is no exception to this. The speaker will connect to just about any Bluetooth device that transmits music, and it supports A2DP with controls on the front of the speaker. I tested it on my Galaxy Nexus using Play Music, and all of the controls worked seamlessly.There is a 3.5mm jack if you want to plug straight in, but when you are using Bluetooth you’ll get about 15-20 feet of wireless connection before there’s a quality difference. The speaker is lightweight and sturdy enough that you can set it just about anywhere and it will be perfectly safe. The Disco comes with a travel case that looks like you can use the speaker while inside it, but the sound is instantly muffled.The Disco is capable of delivering a great sound, and is loud enough to enjoy in a single room or outside. The 12W internal subwoofer delivers plenty of bass on the standard settings, but at the bottom of the control dial you’ll find a bass button which dramatically increases how much bass the speaker is outputting. Unless you really need some bass, you probably will be better off leaving that feature disabled. When you get towards the louder end of the control dial, most sounds become distorted and scratchy, especially if the volume on whatever you are using to deliver the music is turned all the way up as well. At half power, this speaker is more than capable of delivering enough quality sound to fill a room and your battery will last longer that way as well.The built-in NIMH battery will keep the party going for about 8 hours at a reasonable volume, but if you crank it to 11 you’ll cut that battery life just about in half. If you plug it in, the speaker will be fully charged in about 3 hours, but the lack of a battery indicator of any kind makes measuring this kind of difficult especially if you leave the speaker on standby for awhile (Supertooth claims you can leave the device idle for 500 hours).For just over $100 at most online retailers, the Supertooth Disco is ideal for anyone who needs higher quality music, and the speaker is versatile enough that you can either keep it plugged in a single room or carry it with you anywhere you want to listen to music. The only real downside to this device is the lack of a battery indicator other than the red light that lets you know when the battery is almost dead and green when it is fully charged. Considering how long the battery is capable of lasting if it is used at a reasonable volume, that is a pretty small complaint for a powerful little speaker.last_img read more

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Vancouver man sentenced in burglary

first_imgA 19-year-old man who police initially thought yanked a towel off a woman changing in a locker room at Firstenburg Community Center was sentenced Friday to 70 days in jail for unlawfully entering the center.Although police referred a charge of voyeurism, Johnathan R. Hollis, was never charged with that crime. Instead, the Vancouver man pleaded guilty last month during arraignment to second-degree burglary in connection with the April 22 incident at the center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.According to an affidavit of probable cause, surveillance cameras captured a man, later identified as Hollis, repeatedly entering the women’s locker room at the center within a 40-minute span. The center’s director viewed the footage and said the same man entered the facility without paying.A woman who went into the locker room at about 3:30 p.m. said she noticed a man lurking near the doors. When she returned to the locker room about a half hour later, she said she was bent over with a towel draped around her waist and felt it be tugged away. She saw the same man running away with a cellphone in his hand, the affidavit states.Surveillance cameras captured him running out the back, side door of the center, police said. The alleged incident was not immediately reported.Hollis came forward after police released the suspect’s description to the public.He told police he went to the center to steal items from the locker rooms and denied taking any photos or videos. Hollis said he went to the men’s locker room first, but there were people in there so he decided to check the women’s locker room. He went in and out several times, he said, checking to make sure no one was in there while he went through occupied, unlocked lockers, according to court documents.last_img read more

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Police Release Details From Last Weeks HighSpeed Chase

Police Release Details From Last Weeks HighSpeed Chase

first_imgMiller exited the vehicle and was arrested. He was charged with, Vehicle Theft 1, DUI for suspicion of drugs, Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer, and Reckless Driving. He remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. According to the Alaska State Troopers, AST received reports of a suspicious male attempting to get inside vehicles at a business on the Kenai Spur Highway.  A short time later the same individual, Lamar Miller, of Sterling stole a vehicle from the same business.  Soldotna Police observed the vehicle inside the city limits and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop. AST continued and caught up with the vehicle on the Sterling Highway, continuing the pursuit.  The vehicle turned down a trail near Robinson Loop, continued a short distance and stopped.center_img Soldotna Police pursued the vehicle north on the Sterling Highway.  At approximately mile 91 mile, city limits of Soldotna, Soldotna Police terminated their pursuit, according to SPD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Sterling man was arrested after leading local law enforcement on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle down the Sterling Highway on August 7.last_img read more

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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Names Research And Preservation Grant Winners

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Names Research And Preservation Grant Winners

first_img Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Grant Winners latin-grammy-cultural-foundation-names-research-and-preservation-grant-winners Email Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Names Research And Preservation Grant Winners The grants aim to help projects that “will contribute to the advancement of the world’s culture”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 24, 2019 – 6:05 pm The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has announced the recipients of their Research And Preservation Grant Program, established to continue the cultural understanding of Latin Music and its history.Two research projects and two preservation projects will be funded with grants totaling $20,000, or 5,000 each. Music writer Judy Cantor-Navas, who has written for Billboard and other publications, and Juan Díaz of Colombia’s Corporación Universitaria Reformada will receive research grants, while Víctor Márquez from Venezuela and Brazil’s Renata Amaral, of Maracá Produções Artísticas e Culturais will receive preservation grants. News center_img Facebook “We are proud to help a new group of scholars undertake important and noble projects to preserve and study the rich and storied Latin musical traditions,” Sr. Vice-President, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Manolo Díaz said in a statement. “These projects will not only help us better understand our traditional music genres but will contribute to the advancement of the world’s culture.”Cantor-Navas will document the history of Cuba’s now defunct Panart Records, including the discography, artist list and stories behind music recorded during the 1940s–50s. Díaz’s project will study three endangered Colombian indigenous instruments and will build a website and other digital media to make the information available to the public at no cost.Márquez will digitize original versions of the Venezuelan joropo musical style from 1917–1999 from old vinyl records, cassettes and radio recordings and create a bilingual digital library to be available online for free. Amaral will digitize thousands of Brazilian recordings, including the Bumba Boi and Ciranda genres, from 1991 in various mediums that will also be available online for free.In the past, projects awarded the grants, established in 2015, have lead to Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY wins, according to a statement by Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.Nina Simone, Tom Petty Recordings Among 2019 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame InductionsRead more Twitter last_img read more

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Porsches new 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is a 443horsepower openair delight

first_imgWe loved our first crack at driving the new 992-generation Porsche 911, and now the automaker is offering up a version with more wind in your hair. The 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet — the droptop variant of the Carrera S and 4S models that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November — made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.The new Cabriolet retains all the new styling elements as the 992 911 Coupe, including the slightly reworked front end, flush-mounted door handles and slim, full-width taillights. In a nod to previous 911 Cabriolet models, it also retains the sort of hunchback rump — a love-it-or-hate-it bit of design that puts emphasis on the rear-engine layout of Porsche’s iconic sports car. Like the Coupe, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet uses the same wide-body design from the previous-generation Carrera 4 and GTS models. 59 Photos Porsche 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet Tags 23 Photos Raising and lowering the fabric roof is a super-quick event. Thanks to new hydraulics for “smoother and quicker operation,” the top can open or close in a scant 12 seconds, according to a Porsche statement released Tuesday. As before, the top can be operated at speeds up to 31 miles per hour, and an electric wind deflector automatically pops up when the roof is lowered.The Carrera S/4S Cabriolet’s engine is the same as the Coupe’s: A twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-6, producing 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Despite the droptop’s (unknown) added weight, Porsche says that, when equipped with the eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the 2020 911 Carrera S Cabriolet can sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The all-wheel-drive 4S shaves a tenth of a second off that time. In each case, the new Cabriolet is 0.4 seconds quicker in the 0-60 sprint than its predecessor.Inside, the Cabriolet is the same as the 911 Carrera Coupe, with Porsche’s latest PCM infotainment system housed on a 10.9-inch touchscreen. A number of driver assistance systems are also on hand, including the Wet Mode that helps the 911 behave better on slick surfaces.We’ll be getting our first taste of the new 911 Carrera S Coupe in the coming weeks, and we expect the base model, as well as more-powerful GTS, Turbo, etc. variants to follow. Porsche says the first Cabriolet models will hit US showrooms in “late summer,” with the S and 4S priced at $126,100 and $133,400, respectively. The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S hits the Hockenheimring circuit 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package Comments Share your voice More From Roadshow Porsche 2020 Porsche 911 S and 4S Cabriolet boast 443 horsepower 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Convertibles Luxury cars Sports Cars 2last_img read more

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3 dead in SUVbus collision in Chhattisgarhs Kondagaon

3 dead in SUVbus collision in Chhattisgarhs Kondagaon

Kondagaon: Three persons were Sunday killed and four others injured when a sports utility vehicle collided with a bus in Chhattisgarhs Kondagaon district, police said. The incident took place in the early hours on National Highway-30 under Farasgaon police station limits, a local police official said. “The six occupants of the SUV were going to Korba from Jagdalpur to attend a friend’s wedding. When their vehicle reached Chicharinala, it collided head on with a luxury bus coming from the opposite direction. The bus was heading towards Bijapur from Raipur,” he said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Of the six occupants of the SUV, Santosh Rao, Pinku Chauhan and Manoj Kumar died on the spot. Two others, Tinu Tekam and Kulman suffered serious injuries and have been shifted to a hospital in Raipur. The bus driver and the sixth occupant of the car were also injured,” he said. A case has been registered, he added. read more

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Obama never ordered surveillance on any US citizen Spokesman

Obama never ordered surveillance on any US citizen Spokesman

first_imgFormer US president Barack Obama never ordered surveillance on any American citizen, a spokesman said Saturday, after current president Donald Trump accused his predecessor of tapping his phones during last year’s campaign.“President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a one-line statement.Trump early Saturday launched his most virulent attack yet on his predecessor in stream of tweets, accusing Obama of tapping his phones but without providing any evidence of the explosive charge.“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump wrote on Twitter.“How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” he wrote in another tweet, referring to the political scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon in 1974.Trump’s accusations come as his administration remains mired in controversy over communications between Russian officials and some of his senior aides, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.last_img read more

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Harris County Announces First Allocation Of FEMA Funds For PostHarvey Buyouts

Harris County Announces First Allocation Of FEMA Funds For PostHarvey Buyouts

first_img Share Map: Harris County Flood Control DistrictThe red dots on the map show the location of the homes that the Harris County Flood Control District will buyout using an initial allocation of $25.6 million in federal funding.The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFDC) informed Monday it will receive a first allocation of $25.6 million in federal funding to support buyouts of approximately 169 homes that suffered substantial damage because of Hurricane Harvey and, in some cases, due to other severe weather events.The HCFCD conducts buyouts to reduce flood damages in areas that are located deep in the floodplain where structural projects to reduce flooding aren’t cost effective or beneficial.The HCFCD detailed the funds will come from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is known by the acronym HMGP, in response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration.Harris County will have to contribute $8.6 million as local matching funds and, as part of the process, the Commissioners Court will have to approve accepting the grant allotment and the local matching funds. According to the HCFCD, that could happen during the meeting the Commissioners Court will hold on June 12.Once the Commissioners Court approves the funding, the time until closing could take from four weeks to four months, depending on the needs of the property owner.The HCFCD has requested a total of approximately $163.5 million for buyouts and the HCFCD noted in a news release that “additional funding allocations” are expected later this year.The homes that will be bought out are dispersed throughout the county and were prioritized because they have been designated as “substantially damaged” by building code officials at the Harris County Engineering Department or at the City of Houston’s Public Works Department.The “substantially damaged” designation means the cost to repair the home is assumed to be equal to or more than 50 percent of the market value of the home itself.The homes in question meet the requirements established in the HCFCD’s Home Buyout Program which, among others, include that the home is located in a mapped floodplain and/or subject to repetitive flooding caused by out of bank bayou flooding and, also, that the home is located in a community that has expressed general support for buyouts.last_img read more

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Study Fail to Plan Communities Plan for a Failed Recovery

Study Fail to Plan Communities Plan for a Failed Recovery

first_img As the economy flounders, Americans think community planners should play a large role in helping the country recover, according to a poll released Thursday by the “”American Planning Association””:http://www.planning.org/ (APA).[IMAGE]The research study showed that two-thirds of Americans believe their communities need more planning to promote economic recovery, and 44 percent said they don’t believe their community is doing enough to promote recovery. The biggest task Americans want planners to undertake is job creation (with 70 percent of respondents saying it should be a priority), followed by safety (69 percent), education (67 percent), neighborhood protection (64 percent), and water quality (62 percent). “”Not only do Americans strongly believe community planning is critical to jump starting our nation’s economy, but a majority want to be personally involved with community planning efforts, whether [COLUMN_BREAK]they live in a city, suburb, small town, or rural America,”” said Paul Farmer, FAICP, CEO of APA.Fifty-one percent of respondents expressed an interest in participating in community planning efforts. Desire to take part in local planning was fairly equal across party lines, ethnicity, and type of community.APA commissioned the poll to better understand what Americans think planners’ priorities should be in light of trends like government budget tightening, a decline in private sector investment, federal investment in planning grants to sustain communities, and attempts by some of the country’s electorate to obstruct local planning and community engagement. Sixty-six percent of respondents said both market forces and community planning are necessary for economic improvement and job creation. When asked about the make-up of an ideal community, 55 percent of respondents said nearby locally-owned businesses are key, while 54 percent answered that the ability to grow old in the same neighborhood would be ideal. Other answers that attracted half or more of respondents: availability of sidewalks (53 percent), energy-efficient homes (52 percent), and availability of transit (50 percent).Compared with five years ago, 84 percent of respondents believe their community is getting worse or staying the same. Community planning was advocated by 79 percent of those polled.””Communities that plan for the future are stronger and more resilient than those that don’t,”” said APA president Mitchell Silver, AICP. “”The country faces significant changes and challenges. Planners stand ready to work with local citizens to build this recovery, and a better future, one neighborhood at a time.”” Study: Fail to Plan Communities, Plan for a Failed Recovery Agents & Brokers Green Homes Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Sustainability 2012-06-15 Tory Barringer in Government, Origination, Servicingcenter_img June 15, 2012 421 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Romes venerable Hotel Hassler Roma is offering an

first_imgRome’s venerable Hotel Hassler Roma is offering an exclusive Angels & Demons Package, where guests will experience first-hand the adventure from the new novel-turned-movie Angels & Demons, the prequel to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which debuts in U.S. movie theatres this Friday, May 15.The Angels & Demons Package allows guests to essentially become the protagonists of this thriller for a day and experience the adventures for themselves.  They will embark on a quest throughout the Eternal City that visits many of the same settings from the book and movie and uncovers many of Rome’s mysteries and secrets…all while receiving top-of-the-line service and pampering (comparable to that which the Hollywood stars received while filming the movie!).The package, based on double occupancy, includes three nights in deluxe accommodations, daily breakfast, an “Angels and Demons Private Tour” of Rome conducted by a professional English-speaking guide, a map of the “illuminati” path, entrance fees for the Castel Sant’Angelo museum and all service charges.www.hotelhassler.comlast_img read more

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