Girlfriend waits for word of missing chemical plant worker

first_imgCRESSON, Texas – Amber Gutierrez repeatedly dialed the cellphone number of her boyfriend on Friday, hoping that the man missing after a Texas chemical plant exploded would answer or rescuers would hear the sound and find him.Dylan Mitchell’s phone still rings a day after the blasts, giving her hope that he is alive, but she hasn’t heard from authorities searching the plant.Resting her elbows on a ranch gate near the site of explosions at a Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, 50 miles (80 kilometres) southwest of Dallas, Gutierrez waited Friday afternoon for news along with Mitchell’s brother and cousin.Gutierrez said Mitchell moved with the company from their Arlington warehouse when they opened the plant about a year ago in Cresson.“He did everything around here,” she said, gazing at the partially collapsed chemical plant. “He gave his life to this place — literally.”Two other workers were injured in the explosion. One was released from the hospital after being treated for chemical contamination while the other remained in serious condition with severe burns from the waist up.Tri-Chem’s Cresson plant stored chemicals that were toxic, flammable and corrosive, according to Hood County records of the company’s 2017 Tier 2 chemical inventory. The county did not have company emergency response plans in its files.The intermingling of chemicals spilled from ruptured drums, the still-smouldering fire and a rush of outside air coming in as heavy equipment removed the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) building’s collapsed metal beams all threatened to trigger another boom.“It’s a land mine,” Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said Friday.The search for Mitchell proceeded slowly Thursday evening and all day Friday while hazardous material and firefighter crews took turns evaluating risks. Work was halted when night fell on the scene and would continue Saturday, Wilson said.Wilson said the plant contained acids that react to heat, pressure and water, which is why they haven’t yet turned on the fire hose.Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Earl Gillum said experts determined there were no air quality issues Thursday, but that the site remains dangerous because of the chemicals still to be cleaned up.There is a fertilizer plant adjacent to the Tri-Chem plant, but Wilson said there was “no known threat” to that facility.Investigators believe a worker dragging his foot along the floor while chemicals were being mixed sparked Thursday’s explosion.A medical helicopter landed Thursday at MotorSport Ranch, a private race track several miles from the plant, but the worker was too injured to fly, according to the ranch’s director of safety and volunteer Cresson firefighter, David Piontkowski.He said the man was upright and speaking, though so badly burned that medics had to drill into his shoulder bone to deliver morphine to keep him from going into shock.The worker was taken by ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.Jessica Gregg told television station KXAS that the man taken to Parkland was 27-year-old Jason Speegle, her son-in-law. Catherine Bradley, a spokeswoman at Parkland, said Speegle was in serious condition Friday.Another worker was treated for less severe injuries and released from a hospital in Granbury on Friday.Wilson said a deputy fire marshal was hospitalized Thursday with breathing difficulties, but was treated and released.___Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report from Dallas.last_img read more

Valeant moving on from troubled past with name change to Bausch Health

first_imgMONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is changing its name to Bausch Health Companies Inc. as it works to move beyond the issues that tarnished its reputation and caused its market value to plummet.The company, which has been working to turn itself around in recent years after facing political and regulatory scrutiny for its relationship with a mail order company and large increases to drug prices, said the switch will come in July and also involves changing its stock market ticker symbol to BHC on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.Once Canada’s most valuable company by stock market value, Valeant’s stock plunged by nearly 90 per cent in 2015 amid various controversies.Chairman and CEO Joseph Papa said the company considered a number of options before determining that the chosen moniker reflects the full scope of its activities, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products.The name change only involves its corporate identity with brands such as Bausch & Lomb and Salix retaining their identities.“I’m excited about this development because it signals we’ve reached an important point in the turnaround process with the steps we have taken are yielding concrete results and we are beginning to turn the page away from legacy issues that have been headwinds over the past years,” he said Tuesday during a conference call.In the past two years, the company said it has completed more than a dozen divestitures and reduced its debt by more than 20 per cent or $6.9 billion, including $280 million in the first quarter.The drugmaker also said it continues to resolve legacy legal issues, with roughly 20 lawsuits or investigations concluded so far this year.They include a settlement for $1.88 million with the California Department of Insurance over the terminated relationship with mail-order pharmacy partner Philidor Rx Services. Valeant said it reached an agreement with no admission or findings of liability.“Importantly, we’ve resolved cases that represent in the aggregate over $1 billion in alleged exposure and our team has been able to do this for substantially less than initially claimed amount of exposure,” Papa told analysts.Valeant shares surged after it beat analyst expectations despite reporting a loss in its latest quarter as it took a $2.2-billion goodwill impairment charge related to its Salix and Ortho Dermatologics businesses.Valeant’s shares closed up $2.08, or 8.87 per cent, to $25.54 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Valeant said it lost $2.69 billion or $7.68 per diluted share in the quarter compared with a profit of $628 million or $1.79 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled nearly $2 billion, down from nearly $2.11 billion a year ago with revenue from its top 10 products delivering more than 20 per cent revenue growth.Organic revenues increased for the first time since the third quarter of 2015, rising two per cent, the company said.On an adjusted basis, Valeant said it earned $312 million or 88 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from $273 million or 78 cents per share in the same quarter last year.The company was expected to report 59 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.94 billion of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Valeant also raised its outlook for the year.It now expects full-year revenues in the range of $8.15 billion to $8.35 billion, up from earlier expectations for $8.10 billion to $8.30 billion.Full-year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to be in the range of $3.15 billion to $3.30 billion, up from $3.05 billion to $3.20 billion.“Valeant’s positive organic growth, continuation of debt repayment, and resolution of certain legal cases represent good progress at the company’s turnaround strategy,” stated Michael Levesque, Moody’s senior vice president.However, he said the company’s credit profile remains constrained by its high debt — in excess of $25 billion — and the unresolved Xifaxan patent challenge.David Steinberg, managing director of Toronto-based investment bank Jefferies wondered if the strong first-quarter results could signal that a turnaround is beginning to take hold.“A mountain of debt remains, but an operational turnaround appears to be in the works,” he wrote in a report.Steinberg said reducing debt requires solid prescription growth for key products such as Xifaxan and other gastrointestinal brands and turning around dermatology with new product launches.“It won’t be easy and major overhangs still remain. However, with about a 2.5 year runway, we increasingly think they have a decent chance.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in the story: (TSX:VRX)last_img read more

Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — A credit union is launching a pilot program to begin serving marijuana businesses in Alaska, giving the cash-only industry a financial option after banks shunned the industry.Credit Union 1 announced Thursday its move comes with no political or moral position.CEO James Wileman says safety concerns were a significant factor, and would keep large amounts of cash off the streets.Because of the federal prohibition on marijuana, most banks and credit card processors won’t service marijuana businesses.Kelly Mazzei with the state’s tax division says the agency supports the move as a time-saver.Anchorage attorney Jana Weltzin says many of her Alaska marijuana business clients are excited about an opportunity to participate because it would free them from having to keep so much cash in their homes or vehicles.Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Presslast_img read more

ConocoPhillips makes donation to local RCMP detachments DARE program

first_imgSct. Neustaeter, who is trained to run the D.A.R.E., explained that the program is designed for students in Grade 5, giving them tools and strategies to help make wise decisions in dealing with drugs, alcohol, and bullying.He said that the local detachment has provided the program to local Grade 5 and 6 students, and that the detachment appreciated the donation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The local RCMP detachment got a bit of a surprise donation on Wednesday.Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that on Wednesday, two employees of ConocoPhillips stopped by the detachment to make a donation to the B.C. Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. program.Sergeant Dave Tyreman explained that the company, which is going to be opening a large camp in the Wonowon area in the near future, decided to make the donation as a way of giving back to the local community.last_img read more

Three arrested in mobile tower scam

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a joint team from Cyber Cell and Dabri police station in Dwarka arrested three persons involved in cheating over 1,000 gullible consumers under the pretext of installing Reliance Jio Towers. The scam was run by mastermind Sanjay Kumar (28) through a website under the domain name of www.reliancejiotower.net.The complainant, on whose word the FIR was registered, said that he had spotted the website while searching for mobile tower installation services on the internet. When he called on the numbers provided after filling up the required forms on the website, he received an “Approval Letter for Tower Installation” from the following email id: info@reliancejiotower.net. Following this, police said that the accused demanded an amount of Rs 14,413 as security money from the complainant, which he duly transferred to the Andhra Bank account details provided. When the complainant made the transfer, he received a message on his phone saying the money had been deposited into the bank account of one Arjun Prasad, which raised suspicion in his mind and after which he lodged his complaint at the Dabri police station. The investigation was then taken up by the Cyber Cell given the nature of the case. After obtaining and analysing registrant details, IP Logs and mode of payment of the concerned website, the police analysed A/c statements of the alleged bank account which revealed frequent deposits and withdrawals. Further investigations revealed that the bank account was opened under a false address. Based on this information, the joint team conducted raids in Manesar and Faridabad, which resulted in the arrests of Arjun Prasad, 26, and Narayan Singh, 29. Their interrogation revealed information regarding their third associate and mastermind of the scam, Sanjay Prasad, who was then nabbed by Delhi Police from Nalanda, Bihar.last_img read more

Always enjoy working with Soumitra Chatterjee, says Aparna Sen

first_imgKolkata: Actor-director Aparna Sen, who is sharing screen space with thespian Soumitra Chatterjee in Basu Paribaar after a gap of 19 years, has said she always yearns to work with the legend who was paired with her in her debut film Teen Kanya in 1961. The two veterans were last seen together in Sens’s directorial venture Paromitar Ek Din in 2000. “I always look forward to work with Soumitra Chatterjee who is such a great actor someone having such a vast experience,” Sen said recently at the trailer launch of Basu Paribaar here. Recalling her shooting experiences for the film, Sen said: “We used to spend time in adda sessions in between shots at the Mahisadal Rajbari (in East Midnapore) and that was really refreshing.” “Many years have passed since our first film together and we have come a long way,” Sen, who stepped into the filmdom with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya at the age of 16, told reporters here. Basu Paribaar, adapted from James Joyce’s The Dead, has been helmed by director Suman Ghosh. “I loved the way he (Ghosh) adapted James Joyce story for the film. I agreed to do the film immediately after reading the script. I am usually very choosy about my roles,” the Padma Shri awardee said. In Basu Paribaar’ Sen essays the character of Manjari, the wife of retired lawyer Pranabendu (Soumitra Chatterjee). Asked about her collaboration with Ghosh, she said, it was “heartening” to note that some of her suggestions were readily accepted by the director. “He is open to suggestions, something that I appreciate. But as an actor, my job is to follow what the director has visualised for the film. I just did that,” she added.last_img read more

Frank Lampard I cant wait to take on Mourinho

first_imgFrank Lampard is relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on Tuesday night Carabao Cup game between Derby County and Manchester UnitedLampard, who was appointed in his first managerial role at Derby this summer, will take his side out to Manchester to face off against the struggling United.The Red Devils dropped more points in the Premier League last weekend following a 1-1 home draw against Wolves.But Lampard is taking nothing for granted against the man who has had a huge influence on his career.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.“I remember being 25 when he walked into the building at Chelsea and it gave an up-lift to my career. Football has these crazy pathways,” he said in a pre-match press conference.“You will find Jose Mourinho players being managers all over the place because he has been so successful in his career.”“They’re expected to win, quite rightly so with the squad they’ve amassed there,” he said. “It’s a challenge for us and we want to go there and do as well as we can.”Lampard played under Mourinho at Chelsea in two separate spells and together they won back-to-back Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee

first_imgSANTEE (KUSI) — It’s one of the most horrifying things you’ll ever see.  A German shepherd and a pit bull ripping each other apart. It’s nasty enough to see this kind of thing once.  But twice?  Brutal.“I witnessed by neighbors dog getting attacked by the pit bull, locked on his neck,” said George Scott of Santee.The same thing happened with the same dogs two years ago.The latest drama began when Mike Clinger was playing baseball with his son in their front yard.  Suddenly, a bicycle rider and his pit bull stopped in front of the house, for some reason.“He stopped and started doing something.  No reason to stop except to cause trouble,” said Mike Clinger, owner of the German shepherd named Zuess.And trouble it was.  Clinger’s German shepherd heard the pit bull outside and darted out the front door for a nasty battle.  Both dogs needed medical help and so did the owner of the German shepherd.“He attacked me, he started punching me and kicking my dog.  Then he threw an aerosol can at my chest,” Clinger said.The Clingers don’t deny fault.  They admit that they should have locked the door to keep Zuess inside.  But they didn’t.“I would have paid for their vet bill, I know we were in the wrong, but after he assaulted me, I’m done with it,” Clinger said.Instead, the Clinger family has filed assault charges against the owner of the pit bull who attacked him.  They also want a restraining order to keep him away from their home and family.“I am shaken, Elise Clinger said.  “He’s putting up hundreds of flyers with our address, saying we have a killer dog.  Our kids walk to school every day and see these flyers.  I’m worried about this man.”Making matters even uglier.  The owner of the pit bull has been calling the city and blowing the whistle on “code violations” around his neighborhood.  The Clinger family was forced to take down a small home office in their garage and lay down rocks under their jets skis after the complaints were filed.“This man is a terrorist,” Clinger said. “The guy rides by our house three times a day, taunting and trying to get our dog to react.”The Sheriff’s Department has the case, but it does not appear to be urgent.  As for the Clinger family.“He’s basically disrupted our lives, we can’t do the things we normally do.  I feel like law enforcement needs to help,” Elise said.As for the owner of the pit bull?  He appears to be unapologetic and aggressive. “I’m not done yet”, he told me over the phone.  He’s referring to harassing his neighbors about “code violations.”As for the dogs, both will survive after receiving medical care.  Stay tuned. Dan Plante April 25, 2018 Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Dan Plante, Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

2020 Cadillac CT5 brings rightsized luxury to New York

first_img New York Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Originally published April 16. 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery 3:59 The CT5, as well as the smaller CT4 sedan due later this year, is supposed to be better aligned with luxury-sedan market segments. Where previously the ATS and CTS didn’t necessarily match up with rivals directly — and the CT6, CTS and XTS overlapped quite a lot — Cadillac hopes its new sedan lineup will fit into neater boxes. The CT5 will rival cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, while the CT4 will be a bit smaller and compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.The 2020 CT5 is shorter in length than the CTS but has a wheelbase nearly 1.5 inches longer. That gives the car fantastic proportions with very short overhangs at each end. It’s quite the looker in person, whether in Premium Luxury guise (shown in burgundy) or the Sport trim (pictured in gray).”Frankly, this is one of the vehicles that I’ve been waiting to show you,” said Cadillac executive director for global design Andrew Smith. “I really wanted this vehicle to feel light, agile.”Enlarge ImageThe inside of the CT5 can be equipped with wood, leather, carbon fiber and lots of technology. Cadillac Compared to the creased ATS, the CT5 has a somewhat tamer look, with few ridges on the sheet metal; Smith describes the look as “big, clean surfaces with punctuated details.” The wide and low nose features a huge interpretation of Cadillac’s usual grille design, while LED daytime running lights extend from the lower bumper, into the headlights, and onto the front fender. The door handles are electrically actuated by touching a button on the inside of the fixed handle.With quite a sloping roofline that plunges toward the trunklid, the CT5 almost has a fastback look in profile. One odd detail is the piece on the C-pillar that’s meant to look like a quarter window but is actually a black trim panel. Still, it helps round out the car’s daylight opening nicely.Out back, look for Y-shaped signature elements in the taillights and a trunklid that has an integrated spoiler. You’ll also spot Cadillac’s new torque-based powertrain badges, for instance “550T.” Sport models are distinguished by a unique grille treatment, blacked-out exterior trim and different interior pieces like Magnesium paddle shifters, alloy pedals, carbon fiber and available two-tone leather seats.2020 Cadillac CT5Enlarge ImageThe sloping roofline hurts rear-seat headroom. Cadillac It’s inside the cabin that the CT5 represents the biggest step forward from the ATS and CTS, with a fresher design packed with genuine, great-feeling wood, leather and metal. “If it looks like it, it should be it,” Smith said of the interior materials.There’s a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display atop the dash, which can also be controlled by a rotary controller on the center console or a tiny knob below the screen, next to the volume knob. Available connectivity tech includes two USB Type C ports and one Type A port, wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. An angled holder in the console called the “Phone Shrine” has a pass-through for a cable so you can plug in your phone for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.The back seat has a good amount of leg- and kneeroom, but the sloped roofline means my head touches the headliner when I sit up straight. The lower seat cushion is quite short, and the outboard seat bolsters are angled, which will likely be uncomfortable for broader passengers. Trunk cargo capacity rings in at 11.9 cubic feet.2020 Cadillac CT5Enlarge ImageCadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous system will be available as an option. Cadillac Available features include a huge suite of active-safety features, a 360-degree camera system, standard remote start, heated and cooled seats, Bose audio systems and a sunroof. Active noise cancellation and acoustic glass are standard to keep noise out, while a system called “engine sound enhancement” pumps in extra noises to give drivers a sense of the car’s engines at work.The headlining technology is, of course, Super Cruise. Cadillac’s partially automated driver-assist feature can handle steering, accelerating and braking in certain situations on premapped highways; it debuted on the CT6 but will soon roll out to more Cadillac models. Cadillac says Super Cruise will be offered on some CT5 trim levels from calendar-year 2020.Beneath the sheet metal, the Cadillac CT5 rides on a version of General Motors’ Alpha platform, which endowed the ATS, CTS and Chevrolet Camaro with great driving dynamics. Cadillac name-checks high-end parts in the car’s chassis: ZF Modular Valve System dampers, a Bosch rack-mounted electric-power steering system and optional Brembo brakes. Aluminum is used for the front doors, hood and some chassis components to help achieve a 50:50 weight balance. An electric brake booster allows for varied levels of brake-pedal effort depending on driving mode.2020 Cadillac CT5 SportEnlarge ImageSport models get different design touches but a largely similar chassis setup to the CT5 Luxury models. Cadillac Powertrain choices comprise a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 boasting 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature cylinder deactivation tech to save fuel. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available. The 2.0-liter is the first GM four-cylinder with cylinder deactivation, and it uses a sliding camshaft that physically moves side-to-side to swap between high-lift, low-lift and cylinder-off lobes.The CT5’s Sport trim levels will not have significantly different suspension tuning compared to the Luxury models, representatives said, and no summer-tire options are offered. But Cadillac hints that future V Series performance models could be on the way down the road.The 2020 Cadillac CT5 looks appealing both inside and out, with fresher design and a better feature set than the ATS and CTS. Experience with those cars, as well as the current Camaro, also suggests that any car riding on the Alpha platform should be quite good to drive, too. With all that in mind, we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel at some point before the CT5 goes on sale this fall. New York Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshow Share your voice reading • 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings right-sized luxury to New York 50 Photos May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Tags Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V • 2020 Cadillac CT5 is a right-sized, sporty luxury sedan 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth See All 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more While the New York Auto Show has largely been home to new crossover debuts, Cadillac brought the heat with a brand-new sedan. It’s the 2020 CT5 — the replacement for the CTS — and it’s better positioned to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.”They’re part of our Cadillac DNA,” he said at a preview event in Detroit last week. “There are a lot of customers who do look for sedans.” Sedans Luxury cars Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Cadillac 0 Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings a new look for the brand’s sedans to New Yorklast_img read more

Khaleda denied justice BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia was denied justice by the Supreme Court and its order staying her bail till 8 May has reflected the government’s desire.In his reaction after the SC order keeping Khaleda’s bail suspended, BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said democracy and state have come to the edge of ruining.”We’ve been denied justice by the Supreme Court, which was the symbol of hope and the last resort of people,” he said.”We’re saying with anger that the Supreme Court’s order (on Khaleda’s bail) has reflected the government’s will,” the BNP leader was quoted by UNB as saying.He said, “Khaleda Zia and we have been denied justice by the country’s apex court.”Mirza Fakhrul gave the party’s official reactions about two hours after the SC order on Khaleda’s bail, at a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Palton central office.In the morning, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ordered keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail stayed till 8 May in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was sentenced to five years’ jail by a lower court.Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the government is obstructing the legal process very consciously to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 of Md Akhtaruzzaman convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

Road accident kills 2

first_imgTwo people were killed and eight others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Shialdangi village in Pangsha upazila of Rajbari early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Milon Pramanik, 22, son of Badsha Pramanik and Jalal Uddin Pramanik, 28, son of Shaheb Ali from Bogura.Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Rajbari highway police, said the accident took place around 2:00am when a Baliaknadi-bound minibus from Bogura fell into the roadside ditch while giving side to a microbus coming from opposite direction, leaving two dead on the spot and eight others wounded.The injured were taken to a local hospital, he said.last_img read more

Mental Health Advocates Kick Off Community Conversations Outreach Series

first_img 00:00 /00:46 Davis Land/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to mental health advocates at a kickoff round table event for the City’s “Community Conversations” public meeting series.As kids continue to recover from trauma related to Hurricane Harvey, advocates are learning more about who needs the most help.Symptoms of trauma tend to peak 18 months after a disaster, care providers say. Ahead of that mark, mental health leaders are starting a series of “community conversations” in each City Council district, asking people how to better meet mental health needs.While meetings will be held in all parts of Houston, City and community leaders say they especially want to hear from families who were already struggling before the storm. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X “For many of these families, they’ve been dealing with stress a long time, this just added to their anxieties,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference kicking off the meetings. Julie Kaplow heads the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. She says that in the year since Harvey, care providers have seen trends form similar to after Hurricane Katrina. “The vast majority of these kids have not only experienced prior trauma but also prior losses, meaning the death of a loved one, and so the interventions we’re now using in the schools not only address post-traumatic stress or reactions to trauma, but also grief and reactions to loss,” Kaplow said.Public meetings will be held at these locations:September 25: District D, Sunnyside Multi-Service CenterSeptember 27: District I, Magnolia Multi-Service CenterOctober 2: District C, West-End Multi-Service CenterOctober 3: District J, Southwest Multi-Service CenterOctober 9: District F, Alief Community CenterOctober 11: District B, Kashmere Multi-Service CenterOctober 17: District G, HCC Alief Hayes CampusOctober 18: District H, HCC Northline CampusOctober 23: District A, Region 4 Education CenterNovember 1: District E, Kingwood Community CenterNovember 6: District K, Stimley-Blue Ridge Library Sharelast_img read more

Heavy rainfall warning in five Bengal districts in 48 hours

first_imgKolkata: The Met officials on Sunday warned of spells of thundershowers accompanied by strong winds in five West Bengal districts even as moderate rain lashed parts of Kolkata and adjoining suburbs since morning. According to the regional Meteorological Department, depression over the Bay of Bengal near the state’s coastline will maintain its intensity for the next 12 hours, causing a downpour in the Gangetic West Bengal over the next two days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) is likely over the districts of North and South 24 Parganas, Hoogly, West Midnapore, and Jhargram on Sunday. Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts are likely to receive heavy rains on Monday,” G.K. Das, Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre of the Regional Meteorological Centre said in a release here. The sky above Kolkata and adjoining areas was overcast since morning, with mild rain witnessed at regular intervals. The department said that wind speeds up to 65 kmph will blow along and off the West Bengal and Odisha coastlines for the next 24 hours. “The sea condition will be rough to very rough along Odisha, Bengal and Bangladesh coastline for 48 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea in these areas,” the officer added.last_img read more

Ghatak hands out appointment letters to 602 youths in job fair

first_imgKolkata: The job fair organised by the Directorate of Employment under the state Labour department, has provided employment to 602 youths in the state. The appointment letters were handed over by state Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Monday, at a programme held in Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.”We had roped in some leading companies for the job fair on September 4, where the job seekers came in direct interface with the employers. As many as 23 employers from sectors like transport, insurance, education etc. attended the job fair at this venue itself and interacted with the candidates. After conducting all interview formalities they have selected 602 candidates,” state Labour minister Moloy Ghatak said.Elaborating on the initiatives of the Employment Directorate for ensuring employment of youths in the state, Ghatak said his department has come up with 10 skill development centres for jute workers in various parts of the state.”We are providing training to youths on spinning and weaving of jute. A person who has passed the eighth standard is eligible for the training, which three months in duration. In the first month of basic training, the candidate gets a stipend of Rs 180 per day and in the second and third month, when they do practical training in jute mills, they get a stipend of Rs 250 per day. Following this training, they are employed by the jute mill itself,” the minister said. The employment is guaranteed as the jute mills have an agreement with the directorate in this regard.Amarnath Mallick, the secretary of the Labour department, said that the department will hold more such job fairs and will rope in IT, marketing and sales companies to participate.last_img read more

RECAP Traffic eases on M6 after van car lorry and caravan crash

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Drivers are being warned to avoid the M6 after a crash between a lorry, a van and a caravan has caused delays for 12 miles. Emergency services were called to the scene on the southbound carriageway between junction 13 for Stafford South and junction 12 for Gailey. Two lanes are currently closed, with traffic backing up beyond junction 14 for Stafford North. A spokesman for traffic monitoring company Inrix confirmed police had removed all of the vehicles to the outer lane. Read MoreFour men arrested after police officer attacked during incident at North Staffordshire pub   He said: “Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic for 12 miles due to debris on road and an accident involving a lorry, a van, a car and caravan involved on M6 Southbound from M6 J13 / A449 (Stafford South) to M6 J12 / A5 (Gailey). “Congestion to J14 (Stafford North). Travel time is 40 minutes. Lanes Three and Four (of Four) are now open. Lanes One and Two remain closed. “Police have removed all vehicles to Lane One and are clearing the debris in Lane Two.” Follow more updates in our live blog below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 12:46Residual delays, but traffic is easingTraffic easing on M6 Southbound at J14 A34 (Stafford North).Residual delays following an accident earlier between J13 and J12. 12:07Update from Highways EnglandThe M6 currently has residual delays of at least 50 minutes between J13 and J12 near Stafford, covering several miles of the southbound carriageway. The delays are due to an earlier road traffic collision involving a caravan and HGV which closed lanes 1 and 2 (of 4). Recovery and clear-up is now complete. All lanes re-opened at 12pm today.For traffic approaching the delays locally, you are advised to expect disruption with extra journey time and you may wish to re-route or delay your journey. 11:47Another picture of the crash sceneAnother picture of the scene on the M6 (Image: Highways England)11:39Slow traffic in Dunston as people try to avoid M6Slow traffic on B5012 Boscomoor Lane Southbound from M6 (Stafford South, Dunston) to Wolverhampton Road (Penkridge).Due to traffic avoiding the accident on the M6 between J13 and J12. 11:33No injuries reportedA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: One paramedic officer came across the collision just before 10.30am and stopped to render assistance. No injuries have been reported.”11:25Police recovering the vehiclesPolice have have removed the debris from Lane Two and are in the process of recovering vehicles. 11:24Highways at the sceneLane 1,2 and 3 ( of 4) blocked on the #M6 Southbound between J13 #StaffordSouth and Junction 12 #Gailey due an accident. #TrafficOfficers are en route— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) June 19, 2019last_img read more

Typescript 29 release candidate is here

first_imgThe release candidate for Typescript 2.9 is here! Typescript is an open-source programming language which adds optional static typing to Javascript. Let’s jump into some highlights of Typescript 2.9 RC. Changes to keyof operator TypeScript 2.9 changes the behavior of keyof to factor in both unique symbols as well as numeric literal types. TypeScript’s keyof operator is a useful way to query the property names of an existing type. Before Typescript 2.9, keyof never recognized symbolic keys. With this functionality, mapped object types like Partial, Required, or Readonly can also recognize symbolic and numeric property keys, and no longer drop properties named by symbols. Introduction of new import( ) type syntax One long-running pain-point in TypeScript has been the inability to reference a type in another module, or the type of the module itself, without including an import at the top of the file. With Typescript 2.9, their is a new import(…) type syntax. import types use the same syntax as ECMAScript’s proposed import(…) expressions, and provide a convenient way to reference the type of a module, or the types which a module contains. Trailing commas not allowed on rest parameters This break was added for conformance with ECMAScript, as trailing commas are not allowed to follow rest parameters in the specification. Changes to strictNullChecks Unconstrained type parameters are no longer assignable to object in strictNullChecks. Since generic type parameters can be substituted with any primitive type, this is a precaution TypeScript has added under strictNullChecks. To fix this, you can add a constraint on object. never can no longer be iterated over Values of type never can no longer be iterated over. Users can avoid this behavior by using a type assertion to cast to the type any. The list of entire changes and code files can be found on the Microsoft blog. You can also view the TypeScript roadmap for everything else that’s coming in 2.9 and beyond. Read Next How to install and configure TypeScript How to work with classes in Typescript Tools in TypeScriptlast_img read more

Tiger expected to fly from Avalon

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2900a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Avalon Airport will reportedly be Tiger Airways’ new hub, the carrier expected to shift its Melbourne operation from Tullamarine to the airport.While it hasn’t been officially announced, The Age cited senior airline industry sources saying the low cost carrier would make an announcement of the move within the next week.The industry insiders said around five to seven of Tiger’s domestic daily flights were likely to operate out of Avalon to leisure market destinations such as the Sunshine and Gold coasts and Perth.However, it is believed the board of the carrier is yet to sign off on the deal with the airport.Tiger Airways Australia spokeswoman Vanessa Regan would not confirm the move but said the budget carrier was currently “talking to a number of airports around the country, including Avalon” about its future growth plans.last_img read more

Rep Kahle casts vote to end driver responsibility fees

first_img Bipartisan legislative package forgives all debt 02Nov Rep. Kahle casts vote to end driver responsibility fees Categories: Kahle News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian today voted to end driver responsibility fees by 2018 and forgive all outstanding debt.The driver responsibility fees were implemented in 2003 as a way to balance the budget while deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Since then, thousands of Lenawee County residents have been burdened with the fees, which meant many have had to leave the workforce because of lack of transportation or were forced to drive illegally to support their families.“The elimination of the driver’s responsibility fees is long overdue,” Kahle said. “Ending these fees will ease the financial burden on families throughout Lenawee County and give them the opportunity to get back their driver’s licenses and get back to work.”The bipartisan package of eight bills ends driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, 2018, and forgives all debt owed in relation to the fees. Between the passage of the bill and October 1, people owing fees will be able to participate in community service or workforce development programs to fulfill their obligations.“So many of the people paying driver responsibility fees have been under financial stress and it is time to get rid of these fees,” Kahle said. “Let’s give them a fresh start, restore their driving privileges and they will have a chance to succeed.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080.last_img read more

House approves Rep Millers bill protecting surviving spouses from pension tax penalties

first_img07Feb House approves Rep. Miller’s bill protecting surviving spouses from pension tax penalties Categories: Miller News,News The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved Rep. Aaron Miller’s bill protecting surviving spouses from penalties related to the state’s pension tax.“The intent of this legislation is simple and straightforward,” said Miller, of Sturgis, after the House approved his bill. “We want to make sure a surviving spouse is not burdened with higher taxes when their older partner passes away. It’s the right thing to do so seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, aren’t saddled with higher and unexpected taxes after the death of their loved one.”The clarification is needed because Michigan’s tax on retirement income has three tiers based on the year a taxpayer is born. The income tax benefits often are best for those born before 1946. Pension taxes start to phase in for those born from 1946 through 1952, and the taxes are fully phased in for those born after 1952.Because of these varying taxation levels, couples with spouses in different age tiers often choose to file joint tax returns using the age of the older spouse. Miller’s bill will allow a surviving younger spouse to continue filing with the deceased older spouse’s age as long as the surviving spouse does not remarry.House Bill 5034 advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more