Canadian expats hunker down as remnants of hurricane Harvey ravage Texas

first_imgHOUSTON – Canadian expats living in Texas said they’ve gone days without sleep as the remnants of hurricane Harvey continue to deluge the southeast coast Sunday.Megan Giffin-Scheffers, who moved from Halifax to Houston four years ago, said “everything is overflowing” in the Texas city, which is the fourth-largest in the U.S., as rising waters force thousands of people out of their homes.Giffin-Scheffers, a mother of three, said she hasn’t slept properly in two days as she and her husband take shifts on the lookout for signs of danger.Every time her phone lights up with a tornado alert, her family has to hunker down in their pantry as wind gusts howl through the city like “freight trains,” she said.“As Canadians … I don’t think we really understood the impact of a hurricane,” Giffin-Scheffers said in a phone interview. “I’m homesick every single day, and when something like this happens, that’s just when I want to pack up and move back.”Canadian astronaut Joshua Kutryk, who is training in Houston, posted photos to social media of neighbourhoods flooded with murky waters that almost fully submerged a car.“Feeling like an ant in an anthill today, here by the grace of Mother Nature,” he tweeted. “Sometimes we get stepped on.”Isabelle Dion, who is from Saint-Césaire, Que., says her home in Houston has been spared from damage, but it’s scary not to know what will happen when night falls.“Imagine a shower that’s full capacity and it never stops,” said Dion. “Tornado warnings, and tornado warnings. Every five minutes of the night your cell phone goes on, and it’s very difficult.”Canadian engineer Raihan Khondker said his family safely left their home in southeastern Texas, but he returned to the Bay City area as part of a support team at a nuclear power plant.For three days, Khondker, who is from Toronto, has been working tirelessly to manage “one thing after another,” driving through water-choked streets to help out where he can.Khondker said houses in his neighbourhood have been turned “upside down,” and rising waters in a nearby river threaten to send a potentially catastrophic flood into the area.“Every single creek in the neighbourhood is full,” he said. “There is an imminent flood coming to Bay City, we just don’t know how much water we are going to see.”Harvey slammed into Texas as a Category-4 hurricane Friday and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, which is causing torrential rains.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon urges NPT review meeting to address crisis on nuclear arms

30 April 2007Spotlighting the current “crisis” in international efforts to address the world’s nuclear arsenal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on delegates attending a review conference in Vienna on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to demonstrate that progress is possible. Spotlighting the current “crisis” in international efforts to address the world’s nuclear arsenal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on delegates attending a review conference in Vienna on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to demonstrate that progress is possible.“I urge you to show the world what multilateral cooperation can achieve in building a safer world and advancing the interests and ideals of humanity,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the opening session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review Conference. “By looking both backward and forward, the process can help States parties to keep the Treaty in step with changing times, to strengthen accountability of States Parties and to promote constructive engagement with civil society,” he said, according to the text of the message, which was to be delivered by Hannelore Hoppe, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the Treaty, noting that it commits the nuclear-weapon States to disarmament, while affirming the inalienable right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, consistent with other treaty obligations.But at the same time, he called attention to the many obstacles facing efforts to address the nuclear issue. Mr. Ban’s message marked the first from any UN Secretary-General to an NPT Preparatory Committee, a step he called “necessary because of a persisting crisis of confidence in the treaty.”The current stalemate on the nuclear issue is evidenced by the “disappointing outcome” of the 2005 NPT Review Conference, insufficient progress in nuclear disarmament, as well as a lack of universal adherence to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards agreements – and cases of non-compliance, said the Secretary-General.Nuclear tests were conducted as recently as 2006, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) faces difficulties. “Ongoing tests of nuclear-capable missiles, possible discrimination in peaceful nuclear cooperation and a failure to implement the proposal to establish a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East have also raised serious concerns,” the Secretary-General observed.Under the provisions of the Treaty, a review conference is held every five years. read more

Kenyas Foreign Minister urges enhanced UN role in Somalia

2 October 2007The Foreign Minister of Kenya today cautioned that the crisis in Somalia threatens to be overshadowed by the Darfur conflict, and called for a stepped-up United Nations role in the volatile Horn of Africa country. The Foreign Minister of Kenya today cautioned that the crisis in Somalia threatens to be overshadowed by the Darfur conflict, and called for a stepped-up United Nations role in the volatile Horn of Africa country.“The problem with Somalia may be less visible today, having been overshadowed by the conflict in Darfur, but the Somalia crisis is far from over,” said Raphael Tuju.He paid tribute to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), especially the Ugandan troops, which were playing an important role “under very trying circumstances.”He appealed for the deployment of the remaining troops to strengthen AMISOM, and for the UN to assume greater responsibility in the country as called for by the Security Council. A “United Nations presence on the ground in Somalia would compliment regional and international efforts to promote peace, stability and reconciliation.”National reconciliation in Somalia is “a process, not a single event,” he said. All parties should participate in the negotiations, he said, “because no matter how long it takes, the final resolution of the Somalia crisis will only happen when all Somalis agree to sit down and talk.”At the same time, he appealed to the international community to “honour pledges to provide the necessary resources.”There are an estimated 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, which has been torn by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. read more

Canadas clean energy sector growing quickly as investment jumps study

OTTAWA — Canadian investments in clean energy totalled $6.5-billion last year, a 45% increase from 2012, according to a new study released Tuesday. More than half the Canadian investment — $3.6-billion — went into wind power, with another $2.5-billion invested in the solar sector, says Clean Energy Canada, an advocacy and research organization.The investment spike moved Canada up to seventh place among the Group of 20 industrialized nations, from 12th spot a year earlier.“We hear a lot of talk about pipelines and the oil and gas sector,” Merran Smith, the director of Clean Energy Canada, said in an interview.“What we don’t hear is that Canada’s actually gone from a boutique clean energy industry to really big business.”Over the past five years, $24-billion has been invested in clean energy, and the sector now accounts for almost 24,000 direct jobs, a total that includes manufacturing but not construction employment.The report comes as Canadian officials begin two weeks of meetings in Lima, Peru, on the United Nations framework convention on climate change.Greenhouse gas emissions are rising again in Canada, according to Environment Canada projections, and the country will not come close to meeting its 2020 international target for curbing emissions under the 2009 Copenhagen accord. The talks in Lima are part of negotiations for a post-2020 international agreement that is supposed to be completed next December.The UN talks were given a jolt of adrenalin last month when the United States and China, the world’s two biggest emitters, announced a bilateral deal to curb emissions through 2030.Both the Chinese and U.S. governments are investing heavily in renewables. “There’s a clean energy transition underway globally already, and they’re backing their clean energy industries,” said Smith.What makes the Canadian investment story more compelling is that it’s happening without much federal government interest.Private sector financiers — many from abroad — and provincial governments are driving the investment boom.Of the top five financiers of clean energy in Canada over the past five years, investing $3.44-billion among them, two are Japanese, two are German and just one is Canadian, says the study.Clean Energy Canada would like to see a federal industrial policy, based on tax and research incentives, like the one that helped Canada’s aerospace and oil sands industries in their infancy.“If the federal government got engaged we could be a real world leader in clean energy,” said Smith. “But the federal government is really missing in action.”Canadian Press read more

Ecuador seeks additional funding for 28000 families hit by flooding UN says

As the precipitation continues, hundreds of families have been evacuated to temporary shelters or the homes of relatives in the coastal province of Los Ríos alone, and thousands of families will require three months’ worth of food assistance because agriculture will not be able to resume until the waters subside, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).OCHA has already provided an emergency cash grant totalling $80,000 and the World Food Programme (WFP) has provided funds for the purchase of food.In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided more than 150,000 oral re-hydration salts for distribution in affected areas, while the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) is working with the Government to provide clean drinking water in shelters and support health centres.However, OCHA said the quantity of food in the pipeline from all sources will be insufficient to cover the needs of affected families for the three-month period. The Government is seeking food aid, household supplies, agricultural tools, clothing, mattresses and cash to support relief and recovery activities.The authorities also need technical and financial assistance for the protection of mangroves and the reforestation of upstream river basins to provide protection during next winter’s rainy season. read more

Teenager admits murder of dinner lady and her 13yearold daughter

first_imgLiz Edwards was stabbed to death at home in Spalding The boy has admitted murder, but the girl has denied the charges The boy has admitted murder, but the girl has denied the chargesCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Liz Edwards was stabbed to death at home in SpaldingCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures The jury heard it was the boy who carried out the murders but the girl is saying as her defence to murder that her responsibility for the killings was diminished by her mental state.But Mr Joyce said the girl was as guilty of murder as the boy.Mr Joyce said the prosecution case is that the girl, together with the boy, “planned and carried out cold, calculated and callous killings” of Liz and Katie Edwards.The killings came to light when three police officers forced entry through the front living room window to a house in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, on Friday 15 April. Officers went upstairs to find the two bodies.The house had been visited three times on the Thursday, once by the police at 9.46pm but no response was obtained. A police officer heard a dog barking when he returned at 9.30am on the Friday. Mr Joyce said the boy then went into Katie Edwards’s bedroom and stabbed her.”It seems probable that Katie was also smothered with a pillow and from the position of her body may have tried to move away from her attacker.”After the killings the girl helped the boy take off his clothes and they took a bath together to wash off any blood.”He added: “Afterwards they watched a couple of episodes of Twilight.” Two 14-year-olds carried out the “cold, calculated and callous killings” of a mum and her 13-year-old daughter before calmly watching an episode of Twilight, a court has heard.The boy and girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, planned the killings for several days after meeting at a McDonald’s to discuss their intentions, a jury at Nottingham Crown Court was told.The bodies of school dinnerlady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, known as Liz and her daughter Katie, 13, were found at their semi detached home in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, on 15 April this year.Police later arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl in connection with the deaths.The girl, now 15, denies two charges of murder. The jury heard a 15-year-old boy has already pleaded guilty to murdering the mother and daughter.Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, told them: “The killings happened within moments of each other. The mother was killed first. She was killed while Katie slept in a nearby bedroom.”They were both stabbed through the throat in their beds at their home.” Katie Edwards was 13 when she died Mr Joyce said a post-mortem examination revealed Liz Edwards has been stabbed twice to the neck cutting her jugular vein. She was also stabbed to the right shoulder and had cuts on her hands which may have been inflicted as she attempted to fight off her attacker.Katie Edwards died from a haemorrhage to the neck and smothering.Mr Joyce said: “The prosecution case is that the girl is as guilty of murder as the boy. She together with him planned and carried out the cold, calculated and callous killings. She has shown no hint of remorse.”The girl denies two charges of murder between 12 and 15 April this year. The boy has admitted two charges of murder.The trial continues. Katie Edwards was 13 when she diedCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures Mr Joyce said the girl “held a grudge” against Liz Edwards and agreed with the boy to kill both her and her daughter Katie.He said “They were serious in their intention. They meant it to happen. On the Tuesday they met at McDonald’s and further discussed their plan.”Mr Joyce said that the boy took four knives to the house in his back pack. Originally the plan was that the boy was to kill Liz Edwards and the girl would kill 13-year-old Katie but the killings were both carried out by the boy.The boy stabbed Liz Edwards in the throat as he pinned her down while kneeling astride her.”The girl was able to hear Liz Edwards struggling and gurgling signs while the killing took place. She went into the bedroom and saw the boy with a pillow over Liz Edward’s head. There were blood splatters on the wall and also blood in the floor and blood on the bed. The boy checked that Mrs Edwards was dead by checking her pulse.” The prosecution case is that the girl is as guilty of murder as the boy. She together with him planned and carried out the cold, calculated and callous killings. She has shown no hint of remorsePeter Joyce QC, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Cash not secondhand clothes please Irish NGOs appeal to donors

first_imgChildren queue for food at a damaged daycare centre in Basey township, Eastern Samar province [Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images]Donations of money enable relief organisations to buy exactly what victims need most urgently at locations closer to the affected areas. Dóchas is asking members of the public to check out the website HowYouCanHelp.ie which sets out ways people can help best assist aid agencies.UN appealThe appeal comes as the UN seeks more international aid to shelter and give temporary jobs to the millions displaced by the storm.Donors have so far given $164 million, or just under half of the initial UN humanitarian appeal for $301 million.The earlier appeal was launched on 12 November, four days after Haiyan unleashed powerful 315kph winds and giant storm surges in the central Philippines.At least 5,598 have been killed and 1,759 others are still missing, mainly in the predominantly poor islands of Samar and Leyte, according to a government tally.Read: Rain puts ‘fear in the eyes of children’ in the PhilippinesConcern CEO: We need to look beyond short-term aid in Philippines IRISH AID AGENCIES are appealing to the public to give money rather than second hand material goods to the Philippines relief effort, as the response to Typhoon Haiyan continues.Dóchas, the umbrella group for Ireland’s NGOs, has thanked donors for their generosity, but said that where material items are donated that haven’t specifically been requested, it may have the effect of preventing the transportation of goods that are needed.According to Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas: “People in Ireland have once again shown their generosity when there is a need to assist victims of disaster, hunger or conflict”.“At the same time, our experience as Irish NGOs also shows that this high level of public support is not always matched by a high level of understanding of the needs of the communities affected by the disaster.“If material items are donated that have not specifically been requested by an aid agency, it may actually prevent the transportation of essential items”“In the Philippines, roads have been damaged or have been rendered un-passable and there is a real risk of them becoming jammed with shipments of non-priority items, such as second hand clothes,” Zomer said.last_img read more

Up to 108 people on missing list after US mudslide

first_imgTHERE ARE 108 names on the list of people who’ve been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state in the US, authorities said today.Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said that’s the consolidated list from various sources that authorities are working from and it doesn’t mean there are that many injuries or fatalities.108 people missing “It’s a soft 108,” Pennington said at a news conference.Among the possible missing are construction workers coming into the neighbourhood and people just driving by.Pennington added the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, when more people were likely to be home.A woman holds family photos pulled from the rubble at the site of Saturday’s mudslide. (AP Photo)An overnight search turned up no additional survivors or fatalities.“The situation is very grim,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said today.He stressed that authorities are still in rescue mode and are holding out hope. But he noted: We have not found anyone alive on this pile since Saturday.At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed.Of the 49 structures in the neighbourhood hit by the slide, authorities believe at least 25 were occupied full-time.last_img read more

Modder builds a RC Helicopter Ghost

first_imgJust because Halloween is over does not mean we can’t start planning for next year. And after watching this homemade floating specter in action, it certainly gives me a few ideas to spook a people in my neighborhood. I’m referring specifically to some candy moocher teens who think wearing torn jeans and a plaid shirt is some bona-fide Halloween costume.This RC Helicopter Ghost was created by Michael Colton who handcrafted an aluminum frame and added to it some off-the-shelf remote control quadrocopter parts. Then after dressing up the completed frame in an old bed sheet, he called his flying ghost, “Mr. T” (get it) and took it for a spin around the cul-de-sac.AdChoices广告I must say the added camera for in-flight recording is a nice touch. Maybe next year Michael you can add some evil blinking lights for eyes and a wireless speaker system to really spook your fly-by victims.Read more at Utah Aerials, found via Geekologielast_img read more

WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race suffers broken legs after a fall

first_img ♬ Giant Pianist ♬ I opened up Wrestleview, saw that picture of Harley’s face, then the words “Harley Race suffers” and my heart sank until I focused enough to read the rest of the headline then the entire post. It sounds like he went through a horrible ordeal but hopefully he’ll make a full recovery even at age 74. We’ve had too many wrestler deaths & other tragedies this year as it is. What an utter downer it would be to also lose one of the all time greats like him in the same year. But still, that damned dark cloud hanging over the wrestling business this year just isn’t letting up. I was exactly the same. My heart skipped a few beats for sure Pinterest TheCyberZon Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Here’s wishing as speedy a recovery as possible to one toughest men ever to step in a wrestling ring. WhatsApp June 4, 2017 at 9:42 am Twitter WWE.com is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race suffered a fall at his home in Troy, Missouri on Tuesday. Race suffered two broken legs as a result.The WWE report noted that Race suffered a sustained fracture to his right femur, breaks in his left fibula and tibia and a spiral break in his left ankle.As a result of the fall, Race required “emergency surgery” to relive swelling on both legs. Race also needed four blood transfusions and underwent surgery on Friday to reset the fractures. That is all the details currently known at this time.On behalf of the entire staff here on Wrestleview.com, we would like to wish Race a speedy recovery during this hard time.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list June 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm Never a good thing to have happen to anyone. Here’s to a full recovery. Now Playing Up Next Facebook June 4, 2017 at 6:44 am The Northwesterner Get well soon goddessroleplay Harley Race memorial service set for August 11, Vince McMahon paid for hospital expense National Wrestling Alliance releases unedited interview with the late Harley Race Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Cameron Huffcenter_img Videos Articles Mat Thompson Get well soon. I bet wrestlers from all over were lining up to be able to give their blood to Race. A tough-as-nails guy like him would need blood from someone just as tough. Chuck Norris comes to mind. June 3, 2017 at 4:27 pm Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw June 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm Now Playing Up Next June 5, 2017 at 7:45 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR JFJ June 4, 2017 at 1:33 am Somehow given it’s Harley Race I reckon the patch of ground he hit wound up even worse off. Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Paul Gallacher Now Playing Up Next June 3, 2017 at 9:25 pm Google+ Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlund 8 COMMENTS Comments are closed.last_img read more

License scofflaws could get lower fine

first_img Two state senators from Clark County have introduced a seemingly counterintuitive way to crack down on new Washington residents who don’t get their vehicles registered: give these scofflaws a break.Under state law, new Washington residents must register their cars within 30 days of moving. But there are currently an estimated 20,000 vehicles in Clark County that are registered in Oregon in order to avoid taxes, which is costing state and local governments revenue.Drivers who don’t properly register their vehicles in Washington are committing a gross misdemeanor and subject to a penalty totaling $1,529. Under current state law, the penalty can’t be deferred or suspended.State Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, said the law would be enforced more effectively if there were some degree of leniency with the steep fines. She and state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, have sponsored SB 6293 that would allow counties to set up a deferred prosecution program for people who’ve been cited for failing to register a vehicle. Under the program, someone caught not properly registering their vehicle would see the citation dismissed if they pay a $500 fine and come into compliance within 90 days.“I think we could really pick up a lot of revenue with this if we can get these people to comply,” said Wilson at a public hearing of the Senate Transportation Committee last week. Scott Abels, a NOW volunteer, puts a notice on a car with an out-of-state license plate in the Landover-Sharmel neighborhood. (The Columbian files)last_img read more

MINISTER OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES APOLOGIZES FOR BITTER PRESS CONFERENCE

first_img Related Items:ministry of health, Portia smith, public apology Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, Thursday October 9, 2014 – “I would like to offer my sincere apology for the turn of events, as they occurred, at the Ministry of Health’s Press Conference yesterday.There is no excuse for the way that I acted, and I especially extend my apology to the members of the media, member of my ministry, my government, my constituency and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.It is most unfortunate, that moment’s outburst overshadowed the purpose for which we were gathered, which was to provide the public with insight to the state of affairs as it relates to the health of the country in the wakes of the Chikungunya and Dengue Fever Viruses and especially in relation to the Ministry’s preparatory efforts in the face of the Ebola Virus.I wish to assure the public that the portfolio of the Ministry of Health and Human Services is a responsibility that I do not take lightly and therefore regret if my thoughtless actions have demonstrated anything less.I have apologized to my Ministerial colleagues and will be writing to the members of my Ministry in apology, as I am cognizant of my responsibility to be an example to all.In the coming days my Ministry will be issuing additional information and continuous updates on encouraging and ongoing efforts being taken to minimize the country’s risk to current health threats.End. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Ministerlast_img read more

21 year old arrested and charged for serious offences

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested and charged a 21 year old male of Providenciales with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm in connection with a Robbery report made on Thursday 3rd August 2017 in the Blue Hills area.Around 1:37 PM that date, officers were dispatched to the Rooster Black store located on Bay Road where the victim was met and informed officers that an unknown male wearing black hoodie jacket entered the store and pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money.   The culprit then went behind the counter and took a box containing an unknown amount of money and fled the scene.    An investigation was launched.As a result, the 21 year old male was arrested and formally charged.   He will be taken to court later this week.“We want to thank members of the public who assisted us with tips and information. Community support of law enforcement efforts brought the suspect to a quick arrest and off our streets, continued partnership in this manner will help in the fight against crime.”Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

Texas House Senate Unanimously Pass Measures Overhauling Child Welfare System

first_img Share State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, a McAllen Democrat, said the legislation represents a new approach to the agency that oversees child welfare and foster care services in the state.“Session after session they ask for millions of dollars, and we give them millions of dollars, and yet the results are the same,” Hinojosa said. “The band-aid approach has not worked, we continue to see the same problems over and over and over again.”Julian Aguilar, Morgan Smith and Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.Read related Tribune coverage:Texas children facing abuse and neglect is set to be a major issue during this year’s session as legislators grapple with less funding, a federal court case and troubling headlines about failings at the Department of Family and Protective Services.Senate Health and Human Services Committee members voted unanimously Wednesday morning to send a bill aimed at overhauling the state’s child welfare system to the full Senate for a vote.Advocates and families testified all day in front of House Human Services members Monday as legislators buckled down to look at key bills that would overhaul how the state takes care of endangered children. Standing in front of the Capitol in 80-degree heat earlier this month, attendees gathered at a rally urging legislators to make long awaited changes to how the state handles abused and neglected children.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/01/texas-house-senate-taking-child-welfare-bills-floor/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Callie RichmondA father holds his child in a public health clinic outside of McAllen, Texas.Texas legislators from both chambers unanimously passed bills on Wednesday that would change how the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services cares for vulnerable children.The simultaneous debates in both chambers came as advocates have pushed for months for lawmakers to take drastic measures to fix the state’s broken child welfare system. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the issue as one of four emergency items during his State of the State address in January.While the Senate debate drew no fireworks, over in the House, a proposed amendment to one of the bills that would have excluded undocumented people from accessing state funds aimed at helping some families caring for abused or neglected children prompted more than an hour of tense exchanges.“If we’re starting like this, what the hell is the rest of the session going to be like?” asked state Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Dallas Democrat, at one point.House members ultimately passed House Bill 4 with a vote of 145-0 to allow monthly payments for relatives caring for children in their families who have been abused. The chamber also passed House Bill 5, which would make the Department of Family and Protective Services a standalone agency, with a vote of 144-0.“Today the House showed that improving child protection is among our highest priorities,” House Speaker Joe Straus said in a statement. “We have taken a couple of very important steps toward providing better protection and care for children in terrible circumstances, with more to come in the weeks ahead.”Meanwhile, the Senate voted 31-0 on Senate Bill 11, a far-reaching bill from the upper chamber.The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to send SB 11 for a floor vote last week. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, a Georgetown Republican and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Workgroup on Child Protection, is the bill’s lead author.The bill would create a so-called community based care program in which the Department contracts with local non-profit organizations to handle casework. Other provisions include a pilot program for non-profit organizations to handle behavioral health care for children, requiring managed care organizations be notified of a child’s placement change within 24 hours and requiring children under conservatorship to have medical exams within three days of entering into the system. The bill would also require the Department to retain abuse and neglect records for longer periods of time.“Today’s actions by the House and Senate are a significant first step toward reforming the the child welfare system and creating a culture that gives every child a chance to not only survive, but thrive in Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.The day started off fairly smoothly in the House with the passage of HB 5 from state Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls. Frank said the goal of HB 5 was to help the Department of Family and Protective Services become “one of the best run, best performing child welfare agencies in the country.”“This bill is intended to provide laser like focus to the management of Child Protective Services,” Frank said.But the swiftness of HB 5’s unanimous passage was soon overshadowed by a proposed amendment to the next bill on the House calendar, HB 4, from Rep. Mark Keough, R-The Woodlands.The bill would allow the state to fund monthly payments to relatives caring for children in their families who have been neglected or abused. Keough proposed barring undocumented families from receiving those kinship care payments.Keough said the proposed program in the bill did not have enough funding to handle undocumented families.“Why would we create an entitlement for people who are here illegally in our country?” Keough said.Many House members described being “blindsided” by Keough’s amendment, and his decision to bring up the thorny issue of immigration into the debate over a measure aimed at saving neglected and abused children. Several Democrats called the amendment discriminatory and racist.On the House floor, Anchia told Keough that the amendment was “absolutely offensive” and “trying to conflate children in desperate need with lawbreakers.” He expressed frustration at the House starting off its first floor debate of the session with an amendment that “feels like really racist, anti-Hispanic stuff.”The amendment also drew criticism from some House Republicans.“I feel like crying today, I really do,” said State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana. “And then I think about this and the reality of the fact is nothing good is going to come out of this amendment. It’s not likely that it will hold up, [that ] it will be Constitutional.” Cook added later: “This is the first big bill and this is how we’re going to start?” State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, attempted to defuse the debate by proposing an amendment to Keough’s amendment that would allow undocumented families to receive kinship payments if they signed a sworn affidavit about their household income and property.“My intent is to find a middle ground on something that has been presented,” Wu said.Wu pointed out that Keough’s amendment, if passed as originally written, would potentially jeopardize federal funding. But Wu’s amendment drew pushback from his fellow House Democrats.“I don’t think you can find a middle ground to hatred and I don’t think you can find a middle ground to racism,” state Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D- San Antonio told Wu.Keough said he approved of Wu’s tweak to his amendment and so the House approved it.But just as the House was preparing to finally vote on Keough’s amendment, Keough withdrew it. He told members right before doing so that he was “not a racist.”Later in the Capitol hallway, Keough told reporters that he understands, in the heat of debate, people may ” say things that maybe they wish they wouldn’t have said.”“Yes I want to work with people, yes I want to work with my compadres, I mean, I do. But I want to take care of the kids and I want to make sure the children are taken care of,” Keough said. He added that he believed the state should only provide funding to people that are in the country legally.Across the rotunda in the Senate, there was less drama.After about two hours of discussion, lawmakers unanimously approved SB 11 from Schwertner, who said the measure made significant changes to the struggling Department of Family and Protective Services, including addressing “a large number” of a federal judge’s 2015 findings in a class-action lawsuit against the long-term foster care system. State legislators have struggled in recent months over how to ward off further court intrusion into Texas’ child welfare system. A special masters report from November with 50-plus recommendations drew lukewarm response from Republican legislators who have insisted that the state can fix the issues without court oversight.“This is not a Republican/Democrat issue, this is a state of Texas, a future of the state of Texas, issue,” Schwertner said.last_img read more

Actors Reared in DC Star in Three Sistahs Musical at MetroStage

first_imgBernadine Mitchell, Ashley Ware and Roz White in “Three Sistahs.”Two actors reared in D.C., Roz White and Ashley Ware Jenkins, can be found starring in “Three Sistahs,” a musical production at MetroStage in Alexandria, Va. until Nov. 9.The production “tells the story of an African American family in 1969 in Washington D.C.,” MetroStage Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin told the AFRO in an email. “The story these sistahs are telling-are living-is a universal, timeless story as it relates to family relationships, their hopes, dreams, disappointments and ultimate resolution as they move forward in their lives.”The production was written and directed by Thomas W. Jones II, Janet Pryce wrote the story, William Hubbard, an Alexandrian, wrote the music and William Knowles was the music director.“Three Sistahs” is currently celebrating its 30th year at the MetroStage.“These are some of the finest theatre artists around, and they are MetroStage family. It makes us proud to be showcasing their work this season, and it is very gratifying to have critics and audiences alike so enthusiastic and so moved by the production,” Griffin said.White, who plays the middle sister Marsha, is a native of the District. She said she started singing at a young age, participating in the D.C. youth ensemble when she was 11. She also studied at the Duke Ellington School of Arts and attended Howard University.White was able to draw inspiration and direction from her environment for this production. She said she developed her character from stories her mother used to tell her about D.C. during the 60s, before and after the riots.Fourteenth Street had specialty shops, then the riots hit, people burned all the businesses to the ground, she explained. There was a dark cloud in D.C. and people moved away.“We lost a lot of the pride in African American owned anything,” White said.She also said, the production reflects the Black family, both its trials and its unity.“No matter if a person has one sibling or seven, they find a way to relate to this piece and I think that is wonderful,” White said.The youngest sister Irene is played by Jenkins.Even though she didn’t grow up in D.C., she, like White, studied at Duke Ellington.“I kind of always felt like I was born in the wrong time,” Jenkins, told the AFRO.“I felt like I was in alignment, in a lot of areas, with Irene. I just really connected with her in that way,” Jenkins said referencing Irene’s strong, but naive personality. As the youngest of the three sisters, Irene exemplifies the most radical mentality as she actively protests against the Vietnam War, the same war that killed her brother.Irene “knows she has something that she wants to say, but she doesn’t know how to say it,” Jenkins said. “As she is living throughout this play, she is finding her worth.”Jenkins compared herself to Irene, “she’s also a very passionate person, I am also a very passionate person,” she said. Jenkins said the show is helpful in showing people how to overcome internal conflicts, such as Irene overcomes her own throughout the production.The third sister, Bernardine Mitchell, who was not reared in the area, plays Olive.According to her MetroStage bio, she has performed in various ensembles both nationally and internationally, including Chicago; Little Foxes and Mahalia, among others. Both Mitchell and White are scheduled to perform in Bessie’s Blues at the MetroStage from Jan. 21 to March 15.last_img read more

VIDEO Panthers bro sucker punching an elderly fan is the latest ugly

first_imgGoing to an NFL game has become less appealing, partly because of the increased TV fan experience, but also because hyped up tough guys like to get into fights in the stands.Last night, during the Eagles/Panthers Thursday night game, someone caught a Panthers bro fan hitting an elderly fan with multiple punches that left the guy bloodied. According to the social media post, the Panthers fan was standing throughout the game and words were exchanged, culminating in the punch.The NFL has spent hundreds of millions upgrading the stadium experience, but instead of increased WiFi, they might try making the stadium a place where you want to take your kids instead of a UFC octagon.Hopefully this clown gets arrested. It probably won’t take long with his face all over the internet.last_img read more

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first_imgagentsresourcesSilverseatrade Silversea Cruises will introduce agents’ details on consumer direct mail collateral, beginning with brochures distributed this month, and will now include contact details of the travel professional who booked the client’s last Silversea voyage. Agent contact details will also be included in upcoming Alaska and Silver Muse brochures which are being distributed this week.“This personalised touch not only builds relationships between agents and their clients, but ensures that customers can contact their travel professional quickly and efficiently,” said Amber Wilson, Managing Director – Asia-Pacific, Silversea Cruises. “This move will strengthen relationships between Silversea, our trusted agents and their loyal clients. We are dedicated to supporting our trade partners, who we hope will also benefit from repeat business.”last_img read more

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