Young guns vital for Queensland’s defence in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThey weren’t involved in Queensland’s historic win two years ago but Kim Sue See and Brooke Walker could play a big part in their state’s defence of the women’s open title.Queensland ended New South Wales’ grip on the women’s open title when they won the three-game series 2-1 in Port Macquarie in 2012 following victories in match one (5-3) and match three (3-1).It was Queensland’s first series win in the women’s open division since 2002.Now back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland are looking to go back-to-back in the division for the first time in State of Origin history.If they do, a big reason for it could be their six debutants including Sue See and Walker.Both have represented Australia via premiership-winning stints with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch at the National Youth Championships.Sue See made her international women’s open debut on her 18th birthday in the first Trans-Tasman Test at Mudgee on ANZAC Day earlier this year.“I’m really nervous but I’m not as nervous as I would be if I hadn’t already played for Australia. It really helped. It calms me a bit,” Sue See said.Coming from Bribie Island, Sue See is playing in her backyard at Sunshine Coast Stadium.She knows New South Wales won’t be pushovers.“New South Wales have some of the best players in the world,” she said.“But as a team hopefully we can play to our strengths and we will see how we go.”Walker, 19, expects all three matches to be physical and challenging.She said it was surreal to be making her debut in the open’s team alongside the likes of Peta Rogerson and Kelly Woods.“They have experience behind them and to be able to debut alongside them it is a dream really,” Walker said.“We have the potential to win definitely. We’ve got people like Peta and Woodsy to guide us and the rest will have to step up and hopefully we can come away with a win.”The first match of the women’s open series begins at 5.20pm on Friday, September 19.The second and third matches are on Saturday at 10.45am and 4.15pm respectively.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksSOO women’s openlast_img read more

a month agoTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see England boss Gareth Southgate as their top replacement for Mauricio Pochettino if the Argentine quits the club.Spurs chiefs believe Southgate’s relationship with the club’s England stars would make him the ideal successor to Pochettino, who increasingly looks as though he is in his last season at Tottenham, says the Mirror.Pochettino said before last season’s Champions League final that he could might leave if Tottenham lifted the European Cup – as it would have been the culmination of a five-year project.And speculation Real Madrid will come in for him refuses to go away, with Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane already feeling the pressure after returning to the La Liga giants.Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all made huge strides with England under Southgate’s tutelage.And that made him the perfect candidate when Pochettino’s comments in the lead-up to the Champions League final forced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to consider potential replacements. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Shouts Out Michigan Moms On Twitter On Mother’s Day

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.last_img read more

Grains mixed livestock higher

first_imgWheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at 4.9975 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 5.25 cent at $2.8625 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 2.25 cents at $8.8075 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .92 cent at $1.1732 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle rose .70 cent at $1.4932 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs gained .78 cent at $.5905 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

B’desh high commission observes Genocide Day

first_imgNew Delhi: Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed on Monday ‘Genocide Day’ marking the atrocities and massacres committed by the Pakistani military on the unarmed civilians in 1971.A panel discussion, screening of a documentary on the 1971 genocide by Pakistan army and reading out messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were the main highlights of the programme. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, on the occasion, urged the UN to declare March 25 as the Genocide Day. He recalled that three million innocent civilians were killed, 200,000 women raped and 10 million people were forced to leave their homes by the Pakistani troops during nine-month Bangladesh War of Liberation. Moderated by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press) the panel discussion was participated by Durbar Ganguly, Editor-in-Chief of the Millennium Post newspaper and Mohua Chatterjee, Assist Political Editor of the Times of India. The panelists said the perpetrators of the 1971 carnage should be tried on charges of crime against humanity.last_img read more

AMMK wants EC to allow agents 24×7 in EVM centres till counting day

first_imgChennai: The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) headed by TTV Dhinakaran Monday urged the Election Commission to allow agents of political parties to stay round-the-clock at centres where EVMs used in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu are stored. A day after a woman tahsildar was suspended for alleged violation of norms in entering a room where polling records were kept in Madurai, AMMK leader Thanga Tamilselvan said his party had ‘suspicion’ about state government officials deployed for poll work. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Presently agents were not allowed beyond 10 pm and the restriction should be eased to avoid escalation of suspicion, Tamilselvan, a key aide of Dhinakaran, told reporters here. “If the counting happens in a day or two, it would not be a problem. But it is a month-long wait (for May 23). We are okay with efforts taken by the EC, but its implementation lies with officials of state government,” he said. He also questioned the need for the official to visit the storage room. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata SahooSunday ordered the suspension of the tahsildar after an inquiry based on a complaint by CPI-M candidate in Madurai constituency. Officials had clarified the tahsildar did not enter the strong room, where the electronic voting machines were stored. Three-tier security system has been provided to the strong rooms, which are being monitored using CCTV cameras round-the-clock, according to poll officials. A delegation of leaders of DMK, Left parties and VCK called on the Chief Electoral Officer here Sunday and demanded a high level enquiry into the ‘lapse’ and criminal action against erring officials involved in the Madurai incident.last_img read more

Peak hour demand likely to touch 7,400 MW during summer

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi’s burgeoning peak power demand is expected to cross 7400 MW during the summers of 2019. Since four years, power supply were held smoothly without any major power cut, because arranging adequate power have been made. BSES discoms officials claim that apart from making adequate power arrangements, BSES ( BYPL and BRPL) discoms have also ramped-up the network capacity by deploying both conventional and innovative solutions. “To strengthen the distribution network, BSES discoms invested a capex of over Rs 800 crore (BRPL ~ Rs 525 crore, BYPL Rs 300 crore) in FY 2018-2019 and ramped-up the network capacity by around 750 MVA. BSES discoms also installed (new) and augmented around 600 distribution transformers and laid over 650 Kms of cable to strengthen the network,” claimed in discoms statements. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAdditionally, BSES is also working in tandem with generation and transmission companies to ensure that the entire generation, transmission and distribution system is aligned to meet the summer load. Peak power demand in BRPL’ area of South and West Delhi, which had reached 3081 MW during the summers of 2018, is expected to touch around 3,200 MW this year. In BYPL’ area of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand which had reached 1561 MW last year is expected to touch around 1640 MW. ” During the year, BSES discoms invested substantial resources to strengthen the network. Besides making arrangements of adequate power, BSES discoms have undertaken several unique measures to ensure reliable power supply during upcoming summer months,” said discoms officials. Despite all possible measures, there can be several reasons for outages, many of which are not in a discom’s control. But many of these are easily preventable. Our analysis has shown that unplanned digging (for road repair or to lay cables/ pipelines) is a major cause for scores of outages across South, West Delhi, East and Central Delhi.last_img read more

Fabio Borini says he is ready to become a star for

first_imgRight-back player Fabio Borini says he is prepared to shine as a ‘star’ for Milan after affirming he has  “proved worthy” of the Rossoneri shirt and that he is won’t be leaving to nowhere.Borini entered Milan from Sunderland last summer and ever since has become a jack-of-all-trades for the Diavolo. He has made 44 appearances in his usual striking position, out wide and even at right-back. On speaking about his future in Milan, he told Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia that he is ready to become a star for Milan.“My balance sheet for the past season is absolutely positive,” he said.“The expectations for me weren’t very high, but I think I proved to be worthy of the Milan shirt.“I think I did good things, despite not playing in my natural role most of the time. I’d like to play and not be just a pawn.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I plan to carve out a starring role. I’m not at Milan just to hole up for the winter but to get back to playing regularly.“I’m waiting for revenge with Juventus in the Supercopa. Playing in the first half of August could benefit us, if the Coach doesn’t kill us in preseason…“My dream is to win a trophy with this shirt, and the Supercoppa would be an excellent start to more important ones.“Exodus at Milan? For me, certainly not. Generally speaking, I don’t think so. [UEFA] could be a situation that brings us even closer together.“After that, excuse me but where would I run to? We’re at Milan after all…”last_img read more

Report Real Madrid to pay €75M for Julian Weigl

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly going to pay €75M if they to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl this summer.According to caughtoffside, Borussia Dortmund have slapped a €75M (£68M) price tag on Julian Weigl.Don Balon reported last month that Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui asked the club to sign the Weigl.Don Balon also reported that the club are willing to offer €50M for the player, an amount that Borussia Dortmund deem below valuation.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Real Madrid lack a quality back-up for midfielder Casemiro, and the signing of Weigl would be a smart move for Los Blancos.The 22-year-old has been impressive with Dortmund and has shown that he’s capable of becoming one of the world’s best in the nearest future.Weigl has composure on the ball and wide passing range that would make him a great addition for Real Madrid. Despite being quite young, he has already cemented his place in Dortmund’s starting line-up.last_img read more

Summer scholarship allow Birch Aquarium to offer free camp to more than

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – From investigating marine habitats to diving below the waves, summer camp Scripps style at the Birch Aquarium puts fun at the front of the class.This year more than 80 kids will be able to attend the summer camp on scholarship thanks to a $30,000 gift.Camps run from June through August. Registration and scholarship applications are online. April 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Summer scholarship allow Birch Aquarium to offer free camp to more than 80 children KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Wilmington Arts Council Looking For Entrants For Spring Art Show

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Art Center’s 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31-June 1; Still Time To EnterIn “Community”Wilmington Art Center’s 35th Annual Art Exhibit Set For June 5-7, Still Time To Enter!In “Community”Wilmington Cultural Council Has $5K In Grants Available To Wilmington Organizations & SchoolsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition.The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge.Exhibit Hours:Friday, June 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Exhibit Opening Reception, with refreshments & live musicSaturday, June 2: noon-4pm: ExhibitTo enter, submit your application and entry fee before May 25th to the Wilmington Arts Council, c/o Town Hall in Wilmington.  Entry forms can be downloaded HERE. For additional information, please call Jean Chang at (978) 886-9224, or email jeanachang@comcast.net.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Arts Council.) Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Tarique sends legal notice to Naimul

first_imgTarique RahmanBangladesh Nationalist Party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman sent a legal notice to Naimul Islam, chief-editor of the online news portal amadersomoy.com on Thursday, reports UNB.The notice alleged the portal published fabricated news reading that Tarique, his wife Zobaida Rahman and their daughter Zaima Rahman have applied for British citizenship, deliberately attempting to tarnish the political and social image of Tarique Rahman with ill motive.Warning of taking legal actions under Criminal Procedure Court (CrPC), it also demanded to withdraw the news published on 20 February from the portal within two weeks and to publish rejoinder in the portal along with some other national newspapers.Confirming the issuance of legal notice, Tarique Rahman’s lawyer Kaisar Kamal said the false news like this against Tarique Rahman is a punishable offence under the existing laws of the country and it is gross violation of professionalism and ethics.In the report, the news portal also claimed that Zobaida and Zamima have a savings of Tk 770 crore in different countries of the world.last_img read more

Quader says govt cant meet transport workers demands now

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said there is no possibility to bring any change to the Road Transport Act right now.Referring to the eight-point demand of the transport workers, Quader said, “We can’t change the Road Transport Act now. If there is any logical demand, then we’ll consider it after discussion and they have to wait until the next parliament session.”The minister came up with remarks while talking to reporters at the Shetu Bhaban.Earlier, transport workers went on a 48-hour work abstention from 6:00am on Sunday to press home their eight-point demand.Talking about the seven-point demand of Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, Quader said, “There is no chance to meet the seven-point demand made by Kamal and BNP now because if we want to meet the seven-point demand, we’ll have to change the constitution.”last_img read more

Noakhali road crash kills 5

first_imgAt least five people were killed and another injured as a bus collided head-on with an auto-rickshaw in Noakhali’s Dorbeshpur on Begumganj-Maijdi Road on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Khadiza Begum, 40, wife of Badal Mia of Muzahidpur village in Begumganj upazila, her daughter Kamrunnahar Poli, 20, and Sohiduzzaman Sakib, 19, son of Omar Faruq of Darbespur village, Md Ibrahim Razu, 40, son of Omar Faruk of Wasiqpur village and auto-rickshaw driver Masud, 25.Witnesses said a Sonapur-bound bus of ‘Shugandha Paribahan’ collided head on with an auto-rickshaw around 2:00pm leaving six people injured.The injured were rushed to Noakhali General Hospital where the physicians declared three of them dead while another succumbed to his injuries later in the day, said Firoz Molla, officer-in-charge of Begumganj police station.The injured were referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) as their conditions deteriorated, said Mohiuddin Md Abdul Azim, a resident medical officer of the hospital.Meanwhile, auto-rickshaw driver Masud succumbed to his injuries near Kanchpur area while he was being taken to DMCH.Police seized the bus, but its driver managed to flee the scene immediately after the incident, he added.last_img read more

Facebook removed 15m Christchurch attack videos in first 24 hrs

first_imgA still image taken from video circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: ReutersFacebook says it scrubbed a staggering 1.5 million videos showing harrowing viral footage of the Christchurch mosque rampage but criticism of social media giants for failing to block images of the “real-time terror attack” is also spreading fast.As the alleged gunman callously picked off his victims in Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, he livestreamed the gruesome scene on Facebook Live, apparently using a camera mounted on his body, after also tweeting a racist “manifesto.”Facebook said it “quickly” removed the video, plus the gunman’s account and Instagram, and in the first 24 hours scrubbed 1.5 million videos worldwide “of which 1.2 million were blocked at upload.”Spokeswoman Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand said the firm was “working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people.”But despite pleas — and official orders from authorities — not to share the content, the footage proliferated widely online and experts said the 17-minute video was easily retrievable several hours after the attack that killed 50 people.According to Facebook’s own figures, at least 300,000 videos were not blocked before being uploaded and there is no official data on how many times these were viewed or shared.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities did whatever they could to purge the web of the images but laid the responsibility at the door of the Silicon Valley giants.”Ultimately it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal,” she told reporters.”I do think that there are further questions to be answered. Obviously these social media platforms have wide reach. This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand.””This is an issue that I will look to be discussing with Facebook,” she warned.According to the New Zealand Herald, some major firms are considering pulling ads from Facebook and the anger is evident from an op-ed in that paper from one of its business writers.”At the moment, it feels like my kids are at risk of seeing live snuff films on Facebook, just so (boss) Mark Zuckerberg can get fractionally richer.”- ‘Enough is enough’ -This was not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast atrocities — a murder was livestreamed in the US city of Cleveland in 2017 — and Facebook and Twitter say they have invested in technology and human resources to combat the problem.Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators but critics say they are not doing enough.David Ibsen, executive director of US-based Counter Extremism Project, charged: “The technology to prevent this from happening is available. Social media firms have made the decision not to invest in adopting it.”And world leaders and authorities are beginning to indicate they may try to take matters into their own hands.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that while social media companies have indicated willingness to take action, “clearly the capability to deliver on that willingness hasn’t been present. That is the problem.””There needs to be the capability to be able to shut this — these horrific things — down immediately and if you can’t do that, then the responsibility of having those features available is something that really generally needs to be questioned,” he added.British Home Secretary Sajid Javid also urged social media giants to do more. “Take some ownership. Enough is enough.”Courts are also taking almost immediate action, with a Christchurch 18-year-old — whose name was suppressed by the judge — charged with distributing the video and inciting violence with a post that said “target acquired”.He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge.- ‘New low in clickbait’ -Critics have also slammed some mainstream media for broadcasting the video, with some UK tabloids briefly posting excerpts before apparently reconsidering.”For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos,” its editor tweeted.British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the posting of the “murder video” as a “new low in clickbait.”And the Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched a “formal investigation” into whether any firms broke the law after Sky News Australia broadcast the footage.For its part, AFP analysed a copy of the video and confirmed it was genuine via a digital investigation but did not broadcast the footage to its clients.Social media expert and Buzzfeed journalist Craig Silverman said the killer “created the equivalent of a multiplatform content strategy” that was “meticulously planned.””Newsrooms, platforms, and public officials need to think about how to avoid playing into the hands of people whose deadly actions are designed to trigger maximum exposure for their message, and set off new cycles of violence and radicalisation,” wrote Silverman.last_img read more

Investigations Into Arkema Plant Fires Underway After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /03:37 Environmental regulators are looking into fires that broke out at a Houston-area chemical plant after Harvey. It’s been about a month since the storm, but people near the flooded Arkema, Inc. plant are still under a health advisory.Those residents east of Houston were among those hit particularly bad by the storm. Not only were they flooded: they found themselves inside the danger zone put in place after the plant caught fire.“We’re getting it back together,” said Philip Mincey, a ship channel worker who lives around the corner from the plant, on what he calls his “two acres of heaven,” complete with ducks, fig trees and a few cows.He said his home being flooded was bad enough, but things really got stressful when authorities told him to leave after the fires broke out.“They made it sound like it was blowing up, right then,” Mincey said.  “So everybody was trying to save their stuff and wasn’t given the opportunity to.”He’s not happy with how the company has handled the aftermath.Arkema insists it’s been working to get locals affected by the evacuation the help they need, but Mincey said they’ve been hard to reach.“For me, money is not the end of the day issue. I want them to help me out a little bit, but I wanna feel like they’re sorry,” he said.The company didn’t make anyone available for an interview for this story, but even before the fires started, during Harvey, Arkema’s CEO Rich Rowe did have a message.“I apologize,” he said. “We apologize.”Travis BubenikThe Arkema, Inc. chemical plant east of Houston. Multiple fires ignited at the plant after Hurricane Harvey, when power supplies needed to keep the chemicals refrigerated failed due to flooding.Rowe told reporters his company had not planned for such intense flooding. The floodwaters shutdown power needed to keep the chemicals refrigerated. When portable backup generators failed, the chemicals ignited.“No one anticipated we’d be looking at a site with six feet of water on it,” Rowe said.Mincey, the nearby resident, is understanding, but still frustrated.“You know, I don’t think anybody at Arkema set out with a goal to hurt people out here,” he said. “They didn’t think they were going to get get six feet of water, but what are they going to about it next time?”Multiple agencies are now looking into how the company dealt with the incident.State regulators are investigating any possible impacts from the fires and looking into whether the company violated pollution rules.The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is also investigating, and the Environmental Protection Agency is demanding Arkema hand over a range of details about the plant. That includes everything from how chemicals are stored there to how the plant’s safety and power systems operate.The EPA didn’t respond to an interview request, but in the days after Harvey, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt told the ABC News podcast Powerhouse Politics he had personally looked at the company’s Risk Management Plan.“I pulled that RMP,” Pruitt said, noting that he looked through the plan’s requirements. “And we’ve begun asking questions: ‘Did they do that? Did they have adequate generation? Did they have redundancy, with respect to those trailers that blew up?’ We don’t know yet. There’s some concern that they didn’t.”“I think we’re in a new reality in terms of the frequency and intensity of these storms,” said Elena Craft, with the Environmental Defense Fund. She argues that Harvey shows the need for stricter chemical safety rules that were proposed by the Obama Administration, but that Pruitt has since delayed.Critics said the rules, which would have made plant hazards more public, would have given terrorists access to sensitive information.Philip MinceyThe street outside Philip Mincey’s house in Crosby, TX. The neighborhood near the Arkema, Inc. plant is still recovering from Harvey’s flooding.At the University of Houston, chemical engineer Ramanan Krishnamoorti said the petrochemical industry handled Harvey pretty well, but the Arkema fires do reveal a bigger problem.“Where we have failed, systematically since Katrina, has been in how we store chemicals,” he said.“Almost every single incident that you’ve seen during Harvey, and the flooding after Harvey, has been associated with the storage of chemicals, not the production of chemicals.”That, he said, is where the industry needs to turn its attention, as it looks for lessons from Harvey’s historic flooding.Meanwhile, Harris County is advising people near the Arkema plant to only drink bottled water until further notice, as pollution monitoring of the area continues. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Trumps Tax Plan Pitch Aimed At Truckers

first_img Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APPresident Trump speaks to reporters Saturday during a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Trump administration sent a list of immigration policy priorities to Congress that includes overhauling the country’s green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border.President Donald Trump pitched his tax plan as a boost for truckers at an event Wednesday in Pennsylvania, saying, “America first means putting American truckers first.”Trump appeared before about a thousand cheering people at an airplane hangar dramatically draped with American flags. Two big rigs were in the background.“It will be rocket fuel for our economy,” Trump said of a plan that would dramatically cut corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 20 percent, reduce the number of personal income tax brackets and boost the standard deduction.Trump said a cut to business taxes would help truckers because there will be “more products to deliver and more contracts to fill.” He also said his plan would benefit middle-class families by lowering rates, creating new jobs and making it easier for business owners to pass companies on to their children.“So many people have come up to me and said give it to the middle class, give it to people who need it,” Trump said.Trump is diving back into the tax fight after weeks in which his attention has shifted to rapidly emerging crises — including the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico — as well as dramas of his own making, such as his escalating feud with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and public tension with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.Taxes are the chief legislative priority for Republicans hungry for a major legislative achievement. With the 2018 campaign year looming, GOP lawmakers want something to show for their time as the majority party, and tax legislation remains their best hope.Trump has left it up to Congress to fill in many specifics of his plan, which omits details such as the income levels for his new tax brackets. The outreach to truckers in Pennsylvania is an attempt to give a blue-collar appeal to a framework that outside tax analysts say would largely favor the wealthy.About two-thirds of trucking firms are structured as small businesses in which the profits double as the owners’ income, what’s commonly known as “pass-through” companies, said Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations.The framework would cut the tax rate for these firms to 25 percent from 39.6 percent.“It’s pretty critical for our membership,” Spear said.But the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said few truckers would benefit from this preferential rate because the majority of truck drivers are employees rather than pass-through business owners, based on its analysis of Census data.Republicans in Congress aren’t solidly behind Trump, with some from high-tax states balking because the framework calls for eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That deduction is claimed by an estimated 44 million people and costs the government an estimated $1.3 trillion in lost revenue over 10 years.Fractious Republican lawmakers, especially those from New York, New Jersey and California, are wary of the potential financial hit to their constituents. They contend repealing the deduction would subject people to being taxed twice.“They need our votes” on the tax plan, said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a member of the group.Discussions with House leaders on a possible compromise took place last week but are on hold, Collins and other lawmakers in the group said Wednesday. They said they were confident of a compromise.Trump highlighted the tax plan’s provisions aimed at encouraging international companies to bring back, or repatriate, cash that they’ve kept overseas. All told, there’s more than $1 trillion in cash held abroad by S&P 500 companies, according to Deutsche Bank.“We will totally eliminate the penalty on returning future earnings back to the United States and we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America, where it belongs and where it can do its job,” he said. He added that his Council of Economic Advisers estimates that the change, along with a lower tax rate, “would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise.”“Could be a lot more than that, too,” he said.The $4,000 in additional income estimate comes from a back of the envelope calculation by White House economics adviser Kevin Hassett based on companies returning 71 percent of their foreign profits over the course of eight years.This estimate appears to assume that the returned profits would flow to workers in the form of higher wages. But many economists say much of it would likely be returned to investors in the form of stock dividends and buybacks.___Associated Press writers Marcy Gordon and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show that Rep. Chris Collins is from New York, not New Jersey.last_img read more

National Poetry Month The Joy of Seniorhood By Francis T Goodbeer

first_imgWith freedom, joy, love and friendsI have it all!I dance in the splendor of my seniorhoodWhere life has gotten gooder than good! The Joy of Seniorhood 00:00 /06:56 Who would have known I’d feel better at …Seventy! Than I did at twenty-one!The evolution of aging has expandedMy emotional horizon in every direction.In the “ordinary” I see the “extra-ordinary.”The grass has gotten greener.The sky has gotten bluer.The present has gotten brighter.My burden has gotten lighter.The money has gotten smallLittle does it matter!I have it all! Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 6 X “Of course”… I’ve aged!The “up-shot” is … I’m. not. In. My. Grave!I no longer have a husbandI’m no longer a wife.I’m “now-in-charge”Not a slave to my life.I’m thrilled to say I’ll always be a mother.I wouldn’t have it any other way!My youthful looks have lost their charm.In their place a natural grace is formed.I’ve outgrown my immaturityAlong with my insecurity.I dance in the splendor of seniorhood. In this sound portrait, we meet poet Francis T. Goodbeer. She describes her earliest memory of poetry, how a poem can wake her up in the middle of the night and why she loves her writing class. She reads her poem, “The Joy of Seniorhood.”Francis T. Goodbeer is a retired nurse (RN, BSN) and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. In recent years, she has been pursuing creative writing through Inprint’s Senior Memoir Workshop at Finnigan Park Community Center. Her hobbies include yoga, Pilates and weight training, and she loves to read supernatural fantasy novels, especially vampire romance. She is a native Houstonian and has a daughter. Goodbeer dreams of one day writing a poetry collection about the impact and complexities of incest, with the hope of reaching those who have experienced the pain and betrayal of incest and the people who love them. This poem first appeared in The Finnigan Anthology 2017 – 2018 and is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Valse Pour Maman (excerpt) by Alexandra Stréliski from Pianoscope, Annabel Lee (excerpt) by Edgar Allan Poe read by Basil Rathbone, Dies Irie (excerpt) by Kenji Bunch from Ahn Trio: Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac, Romanze, op. 28, no. 2 (excerpt) by Robert Schumann from Timothy Hester: The Classical 91.7 Sessions and Hang on Little Tomato (excerpt) by Pink Martini from Hang on Little TomatoTo learn more about this series, go here. Sharelast_img read more

Gov Greg Abbott Signs Several School Safety Bills In Wake Of Shooting

first_img Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneFrom left: State Sens. Jane Nelson, Larry Taylor and state Rep. Greg Bonnen look on as Gov. Greg Abbott talks about bills he’s signed to improve school safety and provide greater mental health resources to students, in Austin on June 6, 2019.Capping off a yearslong effort to prevent another school shooting like the Santa Fe High tragedy, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a series of bills into law Thursday that would, among other things, strengthen mental health initiatives available to children and allot money to school districts that can go toward “hardening” their campuses.A sweeping school safety measure, Senate Bill 11, instructs school districts to implement multihazard emergency operation plans, requires certain training for school resource officers, ensures school district employees — including substitute teachers — are trained to respond to emergencies, and establishes threat assessment teams to help identify potentially dangerous students and determine the best ways to intervene before they become violent.The bill is, in part, a product of Abbott convening lawmakers soon after last May’s shooting at Santa Fe High, which left 10 dead and another 13 wounded. Before signing the measure Thursday at the Texas Capitol, Abbott said that SB 11’s passage was made possible through the efforts of House and Senate lawmakers and fruitful discussions that came out of a series of roundtable discussions he hosted shortly after the shooting.The legislation addresses “not only the tragedy that took place at Santa Fe,” Abbott said at Thursday, “but will do more than Texas has ever done to make schools safer places for our students, for our educators, for our parents and families.”Republican state Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Greg Bonnen — who both represent the Santa Fe school district — said they were pleased with lawmakers’ headway this session as it relates to school safety and mental health initiatives.“It is unfortunate that the events such as what happened at Santa Fe occurred, but we are taking action to do everything that we can reasonably do,” Bonnen said.The law, which Bonnen and Taylor authored, also resurrects this session’s largest mental health bill, and creates a Texas Mental Health Consortium aimed at bringing together psychiatric professionals from Texas medical schools and other health care providers to connect children to mental health services.Aside from SB 11, Abbott signed a separate mental health bill Thursday by state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, that increases mental health training for educators and other school professionals and improves students’ access to mental and behavioral health services.“We are taking a very significant step forward,” Price said of his legislation. “We’re reducing the stigma that is associated with mental illness, and we’re equipping our counselors, administrators and educators throughout the state of Texas to identify children in crisis — again, all with parental consent.”While both the mental health and omnibus school safety measures garnered bipartisan support in the House and Senate, their success came as a number of other school safety bills drew heavy criticism from Democrats and gun control advocates. The third bill Abbott signed into law Thursday abolishes the cap on how many trained school teachers and support staff — known as school marshals — can carry guns on public school campuses.The signing of that bill disrupted the harmony between Texas Republicans and gun control proponents who, otherwise pleased with the bill signings, lamented that the marshal bill passed and another “red flag” law measure — which would have allowed courts to order the seizure of guns from people who are deemed an imminent threat — never gained traction at the Capitol.“I think ultimately that’s going to be something we need,” said Ed Scruggs, vice chair for Texas Gun Sense. “In most cases there are signs. There are threats that are made or social media posts — something is occurring that’s tipping people off that we could have a problem here.”Asked by reporters Thursday whether he supports “red flag” laws, Abbott said that “right now” such a measure wasn’t necessary in Texas — though he asked lawmakersto consider the idea shortly after the shooting. “We think the best approach is what we passed in the combination of these bills,” the governor said.Still, Scruggs gave a thumbs-up to lawmakers for their progress on school safety bills and said that “overall, things were positive.”Gun control groups like Scruggs’ weren’t the only ones to laud Texas’ leadership for their work this session to help prevent — or at least mitigate — another mass shooting. Survivors, too, said lawmakers surpassed their expectations as it related to making progress on school safety legislation this year.“We were really pleased with SB 11. The pieces that were personal to me are in there,” said Flo Rice, a former Santa Fe High substitute teacher who was shot in both legs last May. “I’m really pleased. I feel like they worked very hard, they listened to us and the community and made strides to really protect our children.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

For nice winter evenings

first_imgWinter is for foodies. There’s no two ways to that belief and a lovely way to explore this best is when we go restaurant hopping. Millennium Post checked out two new ones in the Capital. Here’s the lowdownFio Cookhouse & Bar, Epicuria, Nehru PlaceAfter the success of the excellent restaurant in the Garden of Five Senses, Fio has opened a fresh new outlet at Nehru Place’s Epicuria. For starters the location is brilliant, you are nestled below the metro station but you cannot feel a single tremor. The interiors are sleek and cosy and they also have tables outside with heaters for the season.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let the bartender surprise you with some excellent cocktails as you enjoy the view. That’s what we did and he gave us something that can be best described as a Kala Khatta with a kick. It hands down one of the best cocktails we have ever tasted. Fio has European and Indian dishes on offer and they also have an excellent brunch menu. We had the Spit Fire Grilled Chicken and the Char Grilled Chicken which were perfectly done. The Spit Fire Grilled Chicken gets our vote. They also served up some excellent chicken tikka. But the Salmon Salad is something that took our breath away. If you are in Fio – you have to try the salad. The salmon was fresh, delectably pink and went perfectly with the greens. A lot of restaurants spoil the fish by cooking it terribly wrong – that should just be illegal. Salmon is a great fish and it should be enjoyed as fresh as it comes.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTry the tiramisu for dessert – it comes in a very cute jar.  A meal for two at Fio’s would be Rs 2500 (without taxes and alcohol). If you are around Nehru Place – check out Fio. It is quite a laid back, lovely place that makes for great evenings. Market Cafe, GK II, M BlockYou must have visited the Market Cafe in Khan Market, what they have in GK II is their latest outlet. At the very onset the cafe soothes you with the lovely blue interiors. Since the focus is on Mediterranean cuisine, the setting is perfect.   While you have to forget about the liquor for a while, the Cafe whips up some great mocktails. Over-looking a park, it is a great place to spend a nice lazy afternoon over the dip platter. We tried the nachos topped with cheese and beans and they were very good.  For the main course we were served the Turkish Turlu (Pan Roasted Veggies – Chickpeas – Herb Couscous – Tomato Celery Broth) and the Grilled Fish (Grilled fillets of fish – Sautéed Veggies – Herbed potatoes  – Lime Coriander Cream Sauce). The Grilled Fish is excellent and definitely something we would recommend to anyone visiting the cafe. The desserts are excellent at Market Cafe – try the molten chocolate for sure. It is divine and so excellently sinful that it is a must for the winter chill. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1500 (without taxes). Do head over – this place is worth a visit.last_img read more