James Harden Scores 26 to Help Houston Beat Toronto

Jeremy Lin poured in 31 points and James Harden scored 10 of his 26 points after regulation as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Toronto Raptors in a 110-104 double-overtime thriller at the Toyota Center.Lin finished 10-of-17 from the field and netted nine of his points in the two overtimes to help Houston bounce back from two straight home losses. The Rockets were nearly dealt a third after Toronto rallied from a 17-point third- quarter deficit to force extra time.Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons each had 18 points in the win, with Howard pulling down 24 rebounds and blocking five shots.“We just have to stick with it,” Howard said. “Second half we didn’t play as good as we wanted to, but we got a good win. We needed on especially at home, and I’m glad we got it.”Rudy Gay put up 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors before fouling out in the final stages. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 22 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss, with Jonas Valanciunas notching a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.After missing out on a chance to win at the end of regulation and failing to hold onto a four-point lead in the first overtime, the Rockets finally put a game Toronto squad away in the second extra session.Lin ended Houston’s opening possession with a successful jumper and Harden buried a 3-pointer with 3:19 left for a 100-95 advantage. Lowry sank a pair of triples around another Harden basket, however, and Gay was fouled while canning a short jumper and sunk the bonus shot for a 104-104 tie with 1:50 remaining.The Raptors didn’t score again, however. Howard grabbed an offensive board and fed Terrence Jones for a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Lin scored in the lane after an unsuccessful offensive trip for Toronto for a four-point spread with 33.4 seconds on the clock.“We fought with them obviously through two overtimes and shots that we usually hit, weren’t falling, you could say fatigue or a lot of different things but they are a great team and they played well,” Gay said. “I just wish I would’ve hit the easy ones (shots) and maybe things would’ve worked out differently.”This was the seventh straight loss in Houston for the Raptors.Source: SportsNetwork.com read more

Budget debate set to resume on Wednesday all ears tuned in for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 6th 2017: One week after presenting its first Budget Communication to the people of The Bahamas, debate on its allocation and measures will commence on Wednesday in the House of Assembly.While it’s expected that line ministers will present their allocations and how they intend to spend in each area in the new fiscal year, many ears will be tuned in to hear how Government intends to reduce VAT and taxes in certain areas.So far measures outlined in reducing taxes include a .25 percent reduction in business license tax down from 1.5 percent. Hotels seeing turnovers exceeding US$400m, will now see their business license tax fall from 1.25 percent to one percent of turnover. Minister Turnquest added that excise duty on electric motorcycles will be reduced from 65 percent to 25 percent, as government looks to champion the new mode of affordable transport.The new government won the elections on the premise of repealing taxes implemented by the previous administration. However, during his budget presentation last week, DPM and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says his government was unable to remove all taxes as promised after finding what it describes as a “bare cupboard”, hinting that any tax reduction moves will have to be delayed.During the Speech from the throne, the government promised to repeal VAT on breadbasket items, all baby and children’s clothing, electricity, water, all health coverage and insurance, while creating tax free zones in Over-the-Hill communities.The debate on the Budget Communication 2017 2018 will commence tomorrow June 7th.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasBudgetDebate20172018#BahamasGovernmentTaxRepealsOrTaxDelays Related Items:last_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands December 27

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2017GENERAL SITUATION:  THE REMNANTS OF A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL LIFT NORTHWARDS AS A WEAK WARM FRONT WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDS ACROSS THE AREA MOONRISE:    1:09PMMOONSET:     1:54AM THUR Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp HIGH TIDE:     2:10PM             2:57AM THURLOW TIDE:      8:33PM             9:17AM THUR FOR ALL AREAS FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON/rs SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN.center_img DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE            82°F       28°C      OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE           66°F       19°C       WEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THIS AFTERNOON. TURNING FAIR TONIGHT. WINDS:  NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS. SUNSET:          5:29PMSUNRISE:         6:54AM THUR WEATHER OUTLOOK: HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY AS A WEAK COLD FRONT PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BEFORE SHIFTING EAST OF THE AREA BY FRIDAY. Related Items: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

Peter Thiel says Googles AI work in China is bad for America

first_img Share your voice Politics Comments 3 Tags Investor Peter Thiel is again criticizing Google’s relationship with China. Getty Images Peter Thiel is doubling down on his criticism of Google. The Silicon Valley investor wrote in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the search giant is hurting the US by sharing its artificial intelligence technology with China. Thiel, one of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile supporters in the tech industry, said it’s “shocking” that Google would work with a rival country, because AI is such a beneficial military tool. He wrote that AI is “valuable to any army — to gain an intelligence advantage, for example, or to penetrate defenses in the relatively new theater of cyberwarfare, where we are already living amid the equivalent of a multinational shooting war.”He also points to an AI lab Google opened in Beijing two years ago, as well as the company’s decision to stop work with the Pentagon on Project Maven, an initiative that uses AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. Google decided not to renew its contract after its employees protested the project. Soon after, CEO Sundar Pichai released a set of guidelines that said Google wouldn’t develop AI for weapons but would still work with the US military. Google declined to comment on the op-ed. But in the past, the company has noted that it doesn’t work with the Chinese military. Thiel’s comments come weeks after he accused Google of having a “seemingly treasonous” relationship with China and urged a probe by the FBI and CIA. After Thiel’s comments, Trump tweeted that he would “take a look.” Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he met with Pichai to discuss the company’s work in China. After the meeting, Mnuchin said he has no security concerns about Google’s work in the country. Two days later, though, Trump tweeted that there “may or may not” be security concerns. Peter Thiel Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Free for a limited time For Honor PC

first_img Some of the best games of 2018 2 Share your voice 1:18 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Get your gladiator on in For Honor. Ubisoft Today, because reasons, I wouldn’t mind wreaking some (virtual) havoc with a sword. So the timing here couldn’t be better: For a limited time, Ubisoft is offering the awesome action game For Honor Standard Edition (PC) for free. Regular price: $40. See it at UbisoftI haven’t installed it yet, but you can bet I’m going to. Here’s what GameSpot had to say about For Honor: “It’s an incredibly entertaining fighter that’s satisfying both in single and multiplayer, even despite the narrative flaws of its story mode.”To get the game, you’ll need the Uplay software client and a Ubisoft account (both free as well). That requirement aside, this is a flat-out freebie, no strings attached. The game is yours to keep even after the giveaway window ends on Aug. 28.Don’t have enough PC horsepower to run such a graphics-intensive title? Here’s a list of some great games for your nongaming laptop. Video Games Now playing: Watch this: Comments Tags The Cheapskatelast_img read more

NASA has officially attached a helicopter to the Mars 2020 Rover

first_img Mars rovers NASA Sci-Tech Share your voice The thin Martial atmosphere Aung mentions means the Mars Helicopter has to be both lightweight and powerful. It’ll use solar cells to charge its batteries, and operate a built-in heater to combat frigid nighttime temperatures. The chopper will be autonomous: The nearest humans will be millions of miles away, so any kind of manual control isn’t yet an option.NASA first announced its plan to attach a chopper to its 2020 Mars Rover last year, but it’s been developing the technology since 2013.Correction, 8:25 a.m. PT: The story initially misstated the distance to Mars.  Commentscenter_img 11 Tags The Mars Helicopter. NASA How well can a vehicle fly in the Mars atmosphere? NASA just got a step closer to finding out, announcing Wednesday that its Mars Helicopter has been attached to the Mars Rover it intends to send to the Red Planet next year. The 2020 Mars Rover should arrive on the planet in February 2021, and if all goes to plan, the helicopter will then become the first aircraft to fly on a planet other than Earth.The Mars Helicopter will serve a double duty. NASA will use it to see how the conditions on Mars affect aviation, and to prove that we can fly helicopters, drones and other aircraft on Mars. Once in the air, the camera-equipped copter will then showcase the viability of surveying Mars by sky. “Our job is to prove that autonomous, controlled flight can be executed in the extremely thin Martian atmosphere,” said MiMi Aung, manager of the Mars Helicopter project. “If we prove powered flight on Mars can work, we look forward to the day when Mars helicopters can play an important role in future explorations of the Red Planet.”last_img read more

Kabir Singh day 1 box office collection Shahid Kapoors movie becomes his

first_imgKabir Singh box office collectionTwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh witnessed a thunderous opening day box office collection on Friday. The movie has become Shahid’s highest first day grossing movie.Remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, the unusual love story has had huge hype around it since the trailer was released. The film is being widely talked about, and Shahid’s performance is being hailed.Cashing on the strong word of mouth and mostly positive reviews, Kabir Singh enjoyed excellent occupancy at the theatres across the country, not just in evening but also in morning shows.The love saga witnessed impressive footfalls both in multiplexes as well as on single screens. Kabir Singh witnessed a brilliant occupancy of 70 percent on Friday, registering a huge opening for the film.Having been released on 3,123 screens across India, Kabir Singh made a box office collection of Rs 20.21 crore at the domestic market on its day 1. It has become Shahid’s biggest opener, even surpassing the record of Padmaavat that had collected Rs 19 crore.”#KabirSingh is terrific on Day 1… Emerges Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener [surpasses *Day 1* biz of #Padmaavat: ₹ 19 cr]… Biggest *non-holiday* opening day of 2019 [surpasses #TotalDhamaal: ₹ 16.50 cr]… Is a craze amongst the youth… Fri ₹ 20.21 cr. India biz,” according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.Shahid’s highest ever opening day grossing solo movie was Shaandaar that had collected Rs 13.1 crore. Kabir Singh has broken that record convincingly, and has turned the biggest opener of the actor.Directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh is being widely liked by young audience from across the country. Also starring Kiara Advani, the film is blessed with some superb performances, and an unorthodox love story.With such an excellent start at the box office, Kabir Singh is expected to witness sharp growth in its earning over the weekend.last_img read more

Tunisian migrant smugglers profit from security vacuum

first_imgPhoto: AFPDays after dozens of migrants died in a shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia, Ibrahim remains undeterred from his “really profitable business” of people-smuggling in the country’s Kerkennah archipelago.Sixty-six bodies have so far been recovered since an overcrowded boat sank after departing from the Kerkennah Islands over the weekend.The consensus among the 68 survivors is that more than 180 people were crammed on board, prompting the International Organization for Migration to give a death toll of at least 112.Residents of the islands off the coast of Sfax province had already seen tragedy in October when 46 migrants drowned after their boat was struck by a naval vessel.Over the past two years locals have seen their home transformed into a departure point for people hoping to reach Europe.The trade benefits from a lack of security on the islands, according to Ibrahim, who acts as an intermediary between migrants and the main smugglers.”The absence of police encourages the departures towards Italy,” he told AFP, declining to give his real name.The 30-year-old said his involvement makes him “easy money”, earning 500 dinars (around 165 euros) per passenger.Wearing flip-flops and a cap shadowing his thin face, he explains that his customers usually gather at al-Jorf — the same point from where migrants departed on Saturday before being shipwrecked.Survivors said the boat was more than double its capacity and sank after three hours at sea.- ‘Security vacuum’ -Khalifa Chibani, an interior ministry spokesman, said smugglers have benefited from a “security vacuum” in the area.Since the start of the year, nearly 6,000 migrants have been identified trying to cross from Tunisia to Europe, 2,064 from Kerkennah, he added.Chibani said the number of police was considerably reduced following social unrest in 2016, in which security facilities were set on fire by demonstrators.The protests were part of a months-long labour dispute with British energy firm Petrofac, the area’s main employer.Migrants departing from the islands are mostly let go if they are stopped and questioned by authorities, a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.”(They) know that if they are arrested in the Sfax or Kerkennah area, they will quickly be released,” the official lamented.Conscious of the problems, prime minister Youssef Chahed visited Kerkennah on Tuesday.Ahead of his trip, he called for greater efforts to dismantle “as quickly as possible” the “criminal networks that profit from these young people looking to emigrate and putting their lives in danger”.On Wednesday the prime minister’s office announced the sacking of interior minister Lotfi Brahem, without giving a reason for his dismissal.The government has also fired 10 officials responsible for security in Sfax and Kerkennah, accusing them of negligence over the shipwreck.For Mohamed Salah, a retired school teacher from Kerkennah, increasing the security presence is essential to avoid further deaths.”For as long as there aren’t enough police officers and security measures, more tragedies will happen on our island,” he said.- ‘The living dead’ -Outside the morgue of the Habib Bourguiba University Hospital in Sfax, tearful families waited with coffins to collect the bodies of their loved ones.Fareh Khalifa, from Hamma in southern Tunisia, was waiting for news of his missing son Riadh.”The authorities want to leave our children to die! Young people have no more hope here! They are lost!” he shouted.Kais, a pale-looking youth from Mahdia in southern Tunisia, was looking for his 17-year-old brother Zoubeir. After an hour, a nurse called him to identify “the body of a young teenager”.Close by, a survivor with a bandaged leg lost his temper.”There is no different between me and the dead. I am the living dead. I have no present and no future!”My country offers me nothing… I want to leave no matter what!”Declining to give his name, the 25-year-old said he held onto a plank and pushed through floating bodies to survive.He was in the water for four hours before being rescued, but despite the ordeal he remains determined to reach Europe.”The next time, I will succeed! I won’t stay in Tunisia,” 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

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

Devotees throng Belur Math on Ramakrishnas birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math on Friday to celebrate the 184th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.Special puja was held at the Math. The birth anniversary was observed in all the centres of Ramakrishna Math and mission throughout the country and abroad. In Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, the devotees visited the temple and took part in the celebration. There were special launch and bus services to ferry passengers to Belur Math. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA special puja was held in private centres and other institutions as well. Rakamrishna Math and Mission authorities have decided to scrap the age-old fireworks display on March 17 at the public celebration as a part of the drive against environmental pollution. There will be cultural programme in the evening. Life of Sri Ramakrishna is an inspiration for scholars and common people and it continues to inspire scholars all over the world. Two noble laureates, Rabindranath and Romian Rolland, had also written about Sri Ramakrishna. Tagore had shared a dais with Sri Ramakrishna and had delivered a lecture during his birth centenary in 1936. Scholars such as Keshab Chandra Sen, Shivnath Shastri, Brojendranath Sil had visited Sri Ramakrishna and were enthralled by his words. His presence of mind, sharp sense of humour and deep understanding of society had made him a popular figure in Kolkata. He also inspired Girish Chandra Ghose, father of Bengal stage to carry on with his vocation. Modern scholars feel that Sri Ramakrishna’s views on universal religion can help to resolve the crisis of the modern world.last_img read more

What You Entrepreneur Can Do to Support Green Energy

first_img 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You like going outside, right? You have fond memories of going down the slide, swinging in warm summer air and jumping into pools, right? Whether you believe in global warming in an official sense, it should be important to you to preserve our environment and the natural resources around you.With the U.S. election now over and the changing of the guard, the environment has become a contentious topic for our country. I feel a bit like Peter Pan saying this, but some silly adults seem to be putting their 2017 profit margin at a higher priority than the entire planet. But all hope is not lost — an increasing percentage of our global population has decided that keeping our environment healthy is a critical and noble cause.However, 2017 looks to be a defining year in the battle between green initiatives and big business. Of course, not everything rests on the United States, though it is a major player. The fossil fuel industries are making moves in Europe, with oil suppliers cutting supply to drive up prices again. Additionally, China and India have shown signs that they would like to be leaders in clean energy, but politics can still derail that plan — and both are poised to act in reaction to the U.S.Related: What Big Tech Companies Can Teach Your Business About Going GreenThis situation has worn on me, and I have a feeling it’s wearing you down as well. To calm my nerves, I took a health check of the major green energy and environmental initiatives and also forecasted what we can expect in 2017. Lastly, because nobody likes to sit by and watch the world happen around them, I’ve hit on a few things we entrepreneurs can do to help.SolarBy almost every account, solar has had a good year. In fact, it has had a few good years, growing in the U.S. by substantial margins since 2010. This year, experts forecast that solar companies will install 73 gigawatts of new solar capacity, up from 51 gigawatts in 2015.Some forecasts predict that growth of new solar installations globally will decline to the single digits, due to market saturation in the U.S. and China, but will surge ahead again by 2019 as more markets (such as the middle and lower class) open up as technology becomes more affordable. Many are hoping to see China emerge as a leader in the industry — both as a producer and as a political leader.China has taken leadership in photovoltaic manufacturing and deployment. Now it also has the golden opportunity to do it in policymaking. With the uncertainty surrounding new U.S. energy and climate policy, China has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move its policy positions forward — and it will, despite some disturbing signals from Beijing.So what can entrepreneurs do to help? First of all, look at your electrical bill, and make sure that — if it’s an option — you’ve selected to receive solar energy. If you own your own facilities, consider installing solar panels on the roof. Lastly, take a look at your supply chain. Ask your suppliers and vendors what they’re doing to support solar, and if they use panels at their own facilities.Do they have competitors who do more to preserve the environment around them? Consider switching (or at least threatening to switch) to make sure that your money goes towards helping the solar industry grow.Related: Here’s Why Solar Entrepreneurs Don’t Go Off the GridEnergy storageEnergy storage might be the most exciting clean energy technology to watch in 2017. Growth is expected in nearly every sector: at home, commercially and at public facilities.The energy storage industry in the U.S. is expected to grow to 478 megawatts in 2017 and more than 2,045 megawatts by 2021. The clean energy industry’s continued ability to cut costs and reduce the demand for fossil fuels is pivotal to its success in the coming years.So what can entrepreneurs do to help? As an entrepreneur, you’re in a prime spot to help. Consider storing energy yourself — this is a great excuse to invest in Tesla products. Just as with solar, consider putting your money towards vendors and suppliers who use energy storage with their green initiatives.WindIn the U.S., wind energy is not the bulk producer that solar is, though it should be noted that wind has much larger adopters abroad. Still, the wind energy industry continues to plug along, installing 7 gigawatts of production capacity in 2016.However, the future of wind energy is brighter than many realize. According to the American Wind Energy Association, there are 18.2 gigawatts of wind energy capacity currently under construction or in the planning process, which would represent nearly a quarter of current capacity.Thankfully, the political future of wind energy is still quite secure — even if some golf course owners aren’t huge fans. Legislation passed near the end of 2015 guarantees energy tax credits through 2019, which gives the industry time to further refine its technology before it has to go head to head with oil and coal. With the increased public awareness of the problems that oil and gas cause, I’m confident that by 2019, wind energy will have a secure place in the hearts and minds of the population.Vic Shao, founder and CEO of Green Charge, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., says that the fundamentals of the clean energy industry are good even if there are challenges in the new year.“The technology is viable. From solar and wind to hydro and energy storage, the technology is producing energy at competitive rates and there are more and more solutions that save consumers significant sums of money,” Shao says. “The new year certainly has question marks, but the industry as a whole is healthy. Clean energy as an industry is more robust than ever before.” He’s right – almost all of the numbers suggest that progress is continuing to accelerate.Related: 7 Clean-Tech Companies That Solve More Than Environmental ProblemsSo what can entrepreneurs do to help? Just as with the previous two, the best thing you can do as an entrepreneur is to get involved — put your money towards vendors and suppliers that use wind energy, support the industry and offer your assistance.If you’re still searching for your perfect startup idea, consider getting into green energy. More and more college startup ideas that are as profitable as they are ethical include a variety of possibilities, including organic catering, bicycle repair and eco energy consultant. Consider becoming part of these booming, prosperous industries by becoming a solar panel or wind energy vendor or installer or a bio-fuel producer. Equally needed are those who know how to perform maintenance on these modern machines — and you can learn how at most community colleges and ed tech programs.As environmental issues and concerns become a center issue in political debates around the world, it’s becoming apparent that 2017 is the year that green initiatives will have the opportunity to become more than what crunchy granola hippies talk about and become fully mainstream. I hate to think of what would happen if they fail. February 3, 2017 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more