Gujarat BJP ahead Amit Shah leads by 1 lakh votes

first_imgAhmedabad: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat appeared way ahead of its rival, the Congress in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats after five rounds of counting of votes, with party President Amit Shah was leading in Gandhinagar with a margin of over 1 lakh votes. Among the key trends, Shah and the BJP’s Chhotaudepur tribal constituency candidate Geeta Rathwa were leading with 1 lakh votes each. In Jamnagar in Saurashtra, the BJP’s Poonam Madam was leading by more than 50,000 votes. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The counting began at 8 a.m. amid tight three-layered security across the state, with personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force guarding the centres closely inside, while state police were deployed in two layers outside. The BJP was confident of victory, while the Congress hoped for a better performance. The home turf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah gave their party all the 26 seats in 2014 when 64.7 per cent voters had exercised their franchise. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations This time voter turmout was at a record high of 64.11 per cent. Gujarat BJP Spokesperson Bharat Pandya told IANS: “The initial trends from everywhere are sending out signals of a sureshot victory of the BJP, as we always knew would happen. By evening, this will be visible.” The BJP bagged all the 26 seats in the state in 2014 and is hoping for a repeat, while the Congress expects to get at least six seats this time. Senior Congress leader and legislator Virji Thummar from Amreli district, where Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani is contesting, stated: “These are early trends. Overall Gujarat, we hope to do quite well.” “There is palpable anger in the rural areas against the BJP and I am sure they voted on real issues and not drawn towards imaginary nationalistic rhetoric,” he added. Besides Lok Sabha seats, votes are also being counted in four Assembly constituencies where by-elections were conducted simultaneously on April 23 in the third phase of the seven-phase parliamentary elections. There are 28 counting centres for these seats. Sources at the Chief Electoral Officer’s office said the results were likely to be delayed since there was a provision this time of matching of VVPAT slips of five EVMs in every Assembly segment of all the parliamentary seats. Fate of as many as 371 Lok Sabha candidates, including BJP President Shah, four former Union Ministers, an incumbent Minister of Gujarat and eight sitting MLAs of Gujarat including the leader of Opposition, would be decided.last_img read more

Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At amfAR New York Gala

first_imgamfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will hold its annual New York Gala on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.The Foundation will honor legendary activist and revered entertainer, Harry Belafonte; amfAR supporter and actor, Rosario Dawson; and photographer Patrick Demarchelier, for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.The black-tie benefit will be held at Cipriani Wall Street, and will feature a special performance by Dame Shirley Bassey. Harry Winston, Inc. will generously serve as the event’s presenting sponsor as part of a new and unprecedented multi-event partnership with amfAR.Harry Belafonte has supported amfAR and other AIDS causes for many years and has been a dedicated amfAR Trustee for the past decade. Rosario Dawson, a shining example of a celebrity who gives back to the community, is a longtime supporter of numerous charitable causes, including amfAR. And celebrated photographer Patrick Demarchelier has made many generous contributions to amfAR through the years and has been one of the leaders of the fashion community’s robust response to the AIDS crisis.The event’s signature sponsors include Moët Hennessy, M•A•C Viva Glam and Mandarin Oriental, New York. The New York Gala, now in its 17th year, will kick off Fashion Week with a black-tie gala dinner, live auction, honoree tributes, and a performance by the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey, who will be making her first ever Fashion Week performance.Chairs of the event include Alessandra Ambrosio, Donald A. Capoccia and Tommie Pegues, Chelsea Clinton, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, John Demsey, Jamie Foxx, Anne Fulenwider, Nina Garcia, Toni Garrn, Milutin Gatsby, Whoopi Goldberg, Nayla Hayek, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Michael Kors, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., David and Lauren Bush Lauren, John Legend, Cindi Leive, Terry Lundgren, Julianna Margulies, Jeremy Piven, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vincent Roberti, Bill Roedy, and Stefano Tonchi. Vice chairs of the event include Arlen and Michele Andelson, Maria Bogdanova, Ronnie M. E. Budja, Jonathan Canno and Pierce Canno Roberts, Steven Kolb, and Stephanie and John Roberts.The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Redgrave, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Peter Lindberg, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is the official wine and spirits partner of amfAR. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.last_img read more

Im not overly confident Grassy Narrows chief goes before Indigenous affairs committee

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsChief Rudy Turtle wants $89-million to build a mercury treatment facility for his people in Grassy Narrows.The problem, he says, is Indigenous Services.“I’m not overly confident. But I’m hoping that it can be done,” Turtle told the committee.“A generation has gone by already and many of these people  have passed away or are passing away. And that’s why would like to get this facility done.”On May 29, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan arrived in Grassy Narrows to sign an agreement.But in the end there was no deal.O’Regan told the same committee earlier this week that he spoke to Turtle on the phone the evening before his arrival.“When we spoke the night before we were in agreement on all of these issues. When I arrived in the community they had changed,” O’Regan told the committee.The chief doesn’t remember it that way.“I don’t know where he got the impression that I was going to sign the papers when I clearly told his team that I have to take this home for approval.“I just can’t say yes,” Turtle said.Turtle told the committee that he wanted the $89 million put into a trust fund in case a change of government brings a change of heart for helping people in Grassy Narrows.But bureaucrats for Indigenous services said that is now how funding agreement have been done in the past.“For the minister to expect Chief Turtle to sign something when they haven’t worked out the logistics of the funding, I think it was incredibly naïve,” Conservative MP Cathy McLeod told O’Regan.Everyone on the committee agreed that the mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows was a tragedy.NDP MP Niki Ashton put a motion forward to have the funding immediately put into a trust.It was denied.“It’s very concerning we have two weeks left of Parliament, that we’re heading into a federal election. And that for 500 days essentially and many more years before that, Grassy Narrows has been living a nightmare,” said Ashton.The United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights and Toxics Baskut Tuncak released his preliminary report after touring Canada for two weeks.(UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Toxics Baskut Tuncak in Ottawa. Photo: Todd Lamirande/APTN)He found it troubling that mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows has been known for 50 years yet little remediation has been done to date.“In particular the inaction from many decades really leaves in my mind questions about discrimination and to what extent that community and other communities in Canada are protected from discrimination,” he said.According to the province of Ontario, it is still finding high levels of Mercury found at the site of the pulp mill in Dryden, Ont.It’s unknown whether this is making it’s way downstream to Grassy Narrows.Needless to say chief Turtle finds it very concerning.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img read more

Bell Media confirms layoffs of local news and sports desk employees

CALGARY — Bell Media is laying off employees, including prominent on-air personalities, at radio and TV stations across Canada.However, the company won’t say how many, who or where.Unifor, the union representing on-air and broadcasting technicians at 17 CTV stations, estimates 50 jobs are being eliminated at Bell Media’s TV network alone in the latest round.It says CFTO sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown, along with on-air personalities such as BNN host Michael Kane and Ottawa CTV 2 hosts Melissa Lamb are among those affected. Unifor initially included former CTV Morning Live host Lianne Laing on the list but she later clarified that she left voluntarily.Hudson’s Bay Co is eliminating 2,000 positions to offset retail sector challengesAfter layoffs at local news stations, CTV union calls on government to help media industryThe union said the cuts mean the end of local sports broadcasts as of Dec. 27 at CTV’s flagship station CFTO in Toronto, a move it claims has already been made at CTV stations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal.In an email sent Monday, Bell Media spokesman Matthew Garrow confirmed a union report that a number of employees were told last week their jobs would end due to a reorganization designed in part to address declines in advertising revenue.“Like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” he said.“As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact.”Garrow said Bell is cutting its local sports presence but will continue to have sports in its local newscasts.“With respect to sports, I can confirm that we are phasing out specific sportscasts and anchors wholly dedicated to sports as an editorial decision to transition sports coverage in response to evolving viewer behaviour,” he said.Last January, Bell cited similar factors as it confirmed it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs at 24 of its locations across Canada.Howard Law, director of Unifor’s media sector, said the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the federal broadcasting regulator, must take partial blame for the cuts because it has been issuing five-year broadcast licence renewals without imposing strong conditions to ensure quality local news continues.“What the CRTC did not do, despite our urging, was to set regulations that enforced ’quality’ over quantity, meaning that networks can continue to cut corners on staffing, actual news gathering, and allowing ’talking heads’ current affairs shows to be called ’news,”’ he said in an email.Bell Media is a division of BCE Inc., Canada’s largest telecommunications company. It owns 30 local television stations and 105 licensed radio stations.Many media companies across Canada have been cutting staff to deal with increasing competition in advertising markets.Early this year, Rogers Media moved to trim its workforce by four per cent or 200 jobs, in a bid to improve efficiency.Newspaper chain Postmedia laid off 90 employees in January as part of a plan to cut $80 million in costs by mid-2017. read more

Brock names first Director of Human Rights and Equity

Brock University has appointed its first Director of Human Rights and Equity (HRE) to further advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and to promote a welcoming and collegial environment across the University community.Leela MadhavaRau will take on the new role, effective Sept. 5.She joins Brock from California’s University of Redlands, where she most recently served as Associate Dean and Advisor to the President for Campus Diversity and Inclusion. She has extensive leadership experience in both the Canadian and American university setting.The new Director of the Office of Human Rights and Equity will report directly to President Gervan Fearon.“It is an exciting time for Brock as we move forward in fostering an institutional culture and practices around diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as a safe and nurturing University environment,” Fearon said. “Leela’s proven leadership and experience will be a vital part of these developments. I know the entire University community will welcome her and the contributions she will make to Brock students, faculty and staff.”While HRE remains an independent office of complaint resolution and equity programming, the new reporting line emphasizes the priority placed on human rights and equity, along with university culture, by the President and senior administration. It supports a recommendation by the University’s Human Rights Task Force to enhance the importance of human rights in the University structure.The Task Force issued its final report in May 2017, which prompted the creation of the President’s Advisory Committee for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization.MadhavaRau said she is looking forward to taking on the new Director role at Brock.“The position fulfils both professional and personal ambitions — allowing me to work at an institution committed to creating and promoting equity and inclusion across campus in a systemic manner. My return to the Niagara region will also bring me closer to my family,” she said. “Brock impressed me during my visit with the intentionality around which this position was created, and I particularly like the reporting line to Dr. Fearon.”With more than 25 years of experience in the Human Rights and Equity field, MadhavaRau said the work “can be as challenging as it is rewarding.”“I believe I bring experiences to assist Brock with meeting the challenges and to support the opportunities,” she said. “The University’s openness to developing this position and the obvious collaboration across campus will make my early days easier. I look forward to speaking with all constituencies after my arrival on campus at the beginning of September.” read more

Greece unemployment rises

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The end of the summer tourism season signaled an increase in the number of people registered as unemployed at the Manpower Organization (OAED).October data showed 35,592 more jobless on the OAED register compared with the previous month, taking the total to 965,985.There was a decline of 50,192 people in the registered jobless from October 2014, when they had numbered 1,016,177.The long-term unemployed (i.e. those without a job for more than 12 months) came to 525,019 last month, that is 54.3 per cent of the total number of jobless.There was a monthly decline of 1,594 people in the number of those receiving unemployment benefits.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Giant 15Foot Snake Crawls Out of Car After Drunk Owner Falls Asleep

first_img“Don’t drink & drive, especially with your pet snake in the car!” The Denver Fire Department wrote in a Facebook post, which has received more than 60 reactions so far.“Don’t drink and drive….even snakes are smart enough to know not to be in a car with an intoxicated driver behind the wheel,” one commenter wrote.Another replied “No day [is] ever the same.”This isn’t the first “snake in a car” incident to happen over the summer: On July 4, a massive, 6-foot snake was rescued from a vehicle in Connecticut, after it became trapped inside the car’s engine block. Once authorities and residents removed the reptile from the automobile, it was taken to a nearby wildlife center.More on Geek.com:Louisiana Officials Warn of Snakes, Alligators in Flood WatersWatch: Tennessee Woman Spots Snake Slithering in ToiletWatch: Texas Man Catches Fish, Finds Giant Snake Biting Into It The Denver Fire Department came across a startling find when they discovered a 15-foot snake slithering out of a parked car with a sleeping driver over the weekend.According to the Denver Fire Department, the snake was trying to get out of the car through the driver’s side window and move to the roof, Fox31 Denver News reported. The reptile belonged to the driver, who was passed out from drinking too much, The Denver Post noted. Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver man accused of stealing 65000 in effort to pay off 200000

first_imgA Vancouver man is accused of stealing about $65,000 from multiple local construction companies and people in the industry to help pay off more than $200,000 in gambling debts.Travis W. Saban, 45, appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree theft. Judge Scott Collier granted Saban supervised release; he will be arraigned Feb. 26.On Dec. 13, 2018, Scott Aldinger, owner of Precision Construction Services Inc., contacted the Vancouver Police Department to report that Saban, an employee and project manager, had been stealing from the company and many other people in Clark County’s construction industry, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Saban placed an order Nov. 15, 2018, for more than $3,500 worth of building supplies at Parr Lumber in Ridgefield on Precision Construction Services’ account. However, the supplies charged were for a job being run by another company. The supplies were delivered to Richard and Kelli Nye’s residence for their project, but the Parr Lumber invoice was never paid, so the company took a loss, the affidavit states.Police then received a report Dec. 14, 2018, from David “Tyson” Brack who said Saban agreed to remodel his bathroom and kitchen last fall. Saban sent him diagrams in September, he said, which showed an estimated cost of $21,000 for the project. Brack paid Saban and then made multiple attempts to contact him, but he never responded, court records say.last_img read more

Pundits verdict on Klopps celebration

first_imgPaul Merson thinks Jose Mourinho would have received an extended match ban if he had charged onto the pitch in the way Jurgen Klopp did against Everton.Klopp celebrated Liverpool’s late winner on the pitch after Divock Origi netted late in the game.And although he apologised to Everton manager Marco Silva for his celebrations after the match, Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the FA.“It’d be a 25-game ban – I dread to think,” he said on The Debate.“Put it this way, if that was Jose, he’d have got sent straight to the stands as soon as he got back to his technical area.“Jose got sent off at Southampton for going outside his technical area. It’s horses for courses – everyone loves Jurgen Klopp, apart from Manchester United fans. It’s one of them where it’s a case of ‘don’t do it again’ – no-one got hurt and Marco Silva was fine with it.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Tim Sherwood also shared his thoughts but suggested emotions can get the better of you on the touchline.“He’s a charismatic, good manager,” Sherwood disclosed to Sky.“He’s got a knack of everyone eating out of his hand, players, press, fans – they love it. Everyone loves him. He puts a positive spin on everything. He’s got a great smile and offers an honest opinion, plus, he wears his heart on his sleeve.“I can understand his emotion. I’d be still running around now, waiting for the bell for the last lap!“Until you’ve stood in that technical area, you can’t understand the emotion of winning a game and what it means to everyone.“It’s so much more than when you are a player as you’re taking the heat and taking it on for the full football club. It’s massive. When people criticise Jurgen Klopp who have never stood in the technical area, I find it difficult.”last_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_imgWEATHER OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY: CLOUDINESS AND SHOWERS WITH POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS BUT PARTLY SUNNY AND WINDY CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS. TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A NON-TROPICAL AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO FORM DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS JUST A FEW HUNDRED MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF THE AZORES.   THIS LOW COULD AQUIRE SOME SUBTROPICAL CHARACTERISTIC BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK WHILE IT MOVES GENERALLY NORTHEASTWARD.  FORMATION CHANCE THROUGH THE NEXT 48 HOURS IS LOW, AT NEAR 0 PERCENT AND FORMATION CHANCE THROUGH 5 DAYS IS LOW, AT ABOUT 30 PERCENT.ELSEWHERE TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED THROUGH THE NEXT 5 DAYS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS FORECASTER: G. GREENE /C.G. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE  86 °F      30 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 76 °F      25 °C WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY, BREEZY AND WARM TODAY WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. CLOUDY AND WINDY TONIGHT WITH LINGERING SHOWERS LIKELY.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION TODAY BUT AN ADVISORY WILL COME INTO EFFECT TONIGHT.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS TODAY, BUT INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KNOTS TONIGHT.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN TODAY BUT BUILDING TO 5 TO 8 FEET BY TONIGHT. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 11, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 12PM.GENERAL SITUATION:  A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE ALONG WITH A MID LEVEL TROUGHING ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS  AND TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS CONTINUES TO SUPPORT SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER IN THE AREA.   MEANWHILE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM NORTH OF THE AREA WILL KEEP BRISK WINDS OVER THE AREA.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DUE TO DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF ALONG NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES. HIGH TIDE: 1:53 PM SAT                 &                             2:34 AM SUNLOW TIDE:  8:25 PM SAT                 &                             8:46 AM SUN NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS SUNSET:     5:24 PM  SAT                                                    SUNRISE:     6:25 AM SUNMOONSET: 1:21 PM SAT                                                     MOONRISE: 1:04 AM SUN WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, WARM AND BREEZY TO WINDY CONDITIONS WITH FEW ISOLATED PASSING SHOWERS LIKELY. FAIR, BREEZY AND WARM TONIGHT.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT.WINDS:NORTH-NORTHEAST TO EAST-NORTHEAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. Related Items:last_img read more

March for Meals 5K Charity Walk at Crown Point Park

first_img Posted: March 31, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez 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 SettingsKUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live at the March for Meals 5K Charity Walk Saturday at Crown Point Park.This fun fitness event will help support San Diego’s homebound and isolated senior population.Proceeds from the event will help provide nutritious meals and a daily wellness check for this most vulnerable and fragile population. March for Meals 5K Charity Walk at Crown Point Park March 31, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Senate votes to let car insurers base renewal rates on credit histories

first_imgSen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, speaks during the Senate floor debate on House Bill 195 on March 1, 2018. The bill would allow car insurers to use credit histories to determine premium rates for renewals. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)A bill passed by the Alaska Senate on Thursday would allow car insurers to use credit histories to determine premium rates when customers renew their policies.Listen nowUntil 2003, insurers in Alaska were barred from using credit histories to determine how much customers would pay. That year, the state allowed them to start using these records for new applicants. But they still couldn’t use them for people who are renewing policies.House Bill 195 would allow the companies to begin to use these histories.Anchorage Republican Sen. Mia Costello said during the floor debate that the bill would allow those with good credit to pay lower, “preferred” rates.“Like it or not, credit scores are actually an indicator of risk, and so this is what that insurance is entirely based on,” Costello said.Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski opposed the bill. He pointed to a 2003 state report that found that areas with low-income and minority Alaskans would pay more.“Everyone will have people in their district who will suffer if this bill passes,” Wielechoswki said. “The working poor will suffer. Minorities will suffer. Those in rural Alaska will suffer. Seniors will suffer.”Wielechoswki said auto insurance premiums should be based on people’s driving records. He quoted research by Consumer Reports magazine.“In the vast amount of states that allow the use of credit scores, a poor credit history will have a greater impact on your auto insurance premium than a drunk driving conviction,” Wielechoswki said.Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche voted for the bill. He noted that new insurance consumers have been affected by similar rules for 15 years.“I represent all Alaskans in my district, not just the underprivileged,” Micciche said, later adding, “We’re talking about this in a way, almost as though it hasn’t been the law of the land for many years that credit history is used.”The Legislature passed a similar bill two years ago. Gov. Bill Walker vetoed it. But Walker introduced the new version, which includes more consumer protections than the earlier bill.For example, the bill would require insurers to notify consumers that there are a series of exemptions allowing some consumers to not have their credit histories used. Those exemptions include people who have had serious injuries, divorces or unemployment that lasts at least three months from involuntary terminations.In addition, when people appeal the use of their credit histories, the state Division of Insurance would be able to decide on the appeal. In the bill Walker vetoed, the insurer would have ruled on the appeal.The Senate voted 13 to 4 to pass the bill, with Wielechowski and three fellow Democrats – Tom Begich and Berta Gardner of Anchorage and Dennis Egan of Juneau – the only no votes. Sens. Lyman Hoffman of Bethel, Shelley Hughes of Palmer and Gary Stevens of Kodiak were absent.The House passed the bill 39 to 0 last year. Nikiski Republican Mike Chenault was absent. The bill now heads to Walker’s desk.last_img read more

Only God can do that How Nebraskans are reconciling faith and flooding

first_img Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 TagsChristian homepage featured Native American spirituality natural disasters Nebraska Nebraska flood Ponca Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Top Story Yazidi,You may also like News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LINCOLN, Neb. (RNS) — In the days following major midwestern floods this spring, people of faith prayed for their neighbors and got busy lending a hand. They also turned to their beliefs to make sense of a disaster that washed away homes and roads, leaving more than a billion dollars of damage in its wake.RELATED: Churches and other faith-based groups lend a hand after historic Nebraska floodsFor members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, the floods came at a sacred time, when the Ponca people celebrate the arrival of spring and the new year with the first thunderclap.Some took to Facebook to celebrate: “First thunder!”Dwight Howe, cultural director of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerSome gathered quietly or said quick prayers of thanks to Wakonda, or God, that winter was ending and the earth was coming back to life, according to Dwight Howe, culture director for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is one of four federally recognized tribes with headquarters in the state of Nebraska, according to Howe. About a third of Ponca members live in Nebraska — many of them in service areas affected by the flooding.“It’s a holy time. It’s a powerful time. And this on top of it just sort of made it even almost supernatural,” he said.That sacredness was underscored last month when, not long after the first thunder of the season, heavy rains fell and snow melted across the Midwest. Something called a “bomb cyclone” struck and dams broke, washing away bridges and buildings and hurtling large ice chunks into farmers’ fields near Niobrara, Neb., the ancestral homeland of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.One day a road was there, he said. The next it was gone.“Only God can do that,” Howe said.The culture director acknowledged that the flood caused a great deal of damage. But he said he tried to see it as a blessing.“We get so wrapped up that we fail to see,” he said. “When something like this happens, it kind of clears our heads for a minute. It takes the blinders off, and we can see something sacred happened.”Jim Freeman tries to saw through thick ice slabs on his property in Fremont, Neb., on March 14, 2019, after the ice-covered Platte River flooded its banks. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Mark Mathewson, theologian-in-residence at Lincoln Berean Church in Lincoln, Neb., said he has focused more on how to respond to the floods than on why the floods occurred.Barring direct revelation from God as to why things like devastating floods happen, he said, some Christians would say “we simply don’t know.”Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse remove ruined insulation from the crawl space under Wilbur Rayl’s home in Fremont, Neb. on March 28, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerThree-quarters of Nebraskans are Christian, almost evenly divided among evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics, according to the Pew Research Center’s most recent U.S. Religious Landscape Survey.Mathewson pointed to the biblical figure of Job, who lost everything he had in a series of disasters.“We can speculate all we want, but then in the end we simply have to trust that God’s ways are the best ways,” Mathewson said. “He knows what he’s doing, even when we don’t understand why.”Regardless of the reason God would allow such a disaster to happen, the theologian said, God calls Christians to respond, to help others and to “show them the love of Jesus” in the midst of it.That’s what Lincoln Berean is doing.The church is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to clean out flood-damaged homes and remove debris in Fremont, Neb., a hard-hit area about 50 miles north of the city. The church’s splashy website features a link titled “Nebraska Flood Relief” on its homepage, advertising twice-weekly work days with the evangelical disaster relief organization, and Mathewson said it also has shared ways members can donate money to recovery efforts if they are unable to volunteer their time.Salih Rashki, president of the United Yezidi Community of America, was at a Washington, D.C., rally protesting the killing of Yazidi women in Syria when he heard about the flooding back home in Lincoln, where UYCA is based.The Yazidi community of Lincoln, Neb., collected enough donations March 22 to 24, 2019, to fill three pickup trucks and a U-Haul to help their neighbors devastated by historic flooding in Fremont, Neb. Photo courtesy of Zeyad EesaPeople were evacuating their homes and leaving everything behind, Rashki said.That’s something to which Yazidis, a largely Kurdish-speaking religious group originally from northern Iraq, can relate. Many have fled as refugees from what the United Nations has confirmed is a genocide of the Yazidi people by the so-called Islamic State.“Whenever we needed help in Iraq, nobody gave us anything. Nobody helped us,” said Rashki, who said he came to the United States seven years ago and now is a U.S. citizen.He doesn’t want others to feel alone and isolated in their time of need.“Whenever people are in need, we are going to go help them,” he said. That’s part of who they are as Yazidis and part of their faith, according to Rashki.That faith is independent of any other religion and acknowledges both a supreme God and a deity called the Peacock Angel, said Zeyad Eesa, who manages communications for UYCA. Today, about 2,000 Yazidis call Nebraska home, making it the largest Yazidi community in the United States, he said.Eesa had been with Rashki in D.C. and began posting on Facebook when he got home, hoping to mobilize the community to do something to help flooding victims.UYCA doesn’t have an office, but it has a tent.So it set up a place over the weekend of March 22 to 24 to collect items for disaster relief efforts.Members of the Yazidi community collect donations in Lincoln, Neb., to help those impacted by flooding. Photo courtesy of Zeyad EesaAlmost every Yazidi family in Lincoln filled that tent with diapers, baby formula, food, bottled water and other supplies, Eesa said. It took three pickup trucks and a U-Haul to take those donations to Fremont, where the Yazidi community also has sent teams of volunteers to help.“Together we are stronger. Together we can do something. We can make something better for Lincoln, for Nebraska — not just for the Yazidi community,” Rashki said.Flood relief is distributed by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska following the record-setting March floods. Photo courtesy of Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.  The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska also has responded to help flood victims.The devastation was humbling, a reminder to think of others who need help, according to Howe, the culture director. The Ponca people have always valued community and helping one another, he said, but they can’t just think of other Poncas, he said.“The same God that made me, made you. We’re all related,” he said.Howe said he has seen Ponca members and white farmers come together at the tribal headquarters in Niobrara to discuss how to move forward. Those farmers probably never had visited a tribal office before, he said.God brought them together, he said, and they have an opportunity now to build bridges — not just the physical bridges that washed away, but also bridges between people. Together, they talked about starting a phone tree in case of future disasters and about replanting trees lost in the flood. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has started collecting donations to help tribal members and has sent donations to help their neighbors in the Santee Sioux Nation. There are spiritual lessons to take from all that has happened, according to Howe.“Hardship can be an opportunity to grow spiritually,” he said. 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first_imgHARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At LITTLE YORK RDLeft Shoulder,Right Shoulder SH-288 Southbound At IH-45 GULFAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At ALDINE WESTFIELD RDExit Ramp BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLLAll Mainlanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At SAN JACINTO RIVERAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Northbound At FM-1959/DIXIE FARM RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 EAST Eastbound at SJOLANDERAll Mainlanes IH-10 KATY Westbound At GREENHOUSE RD3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-EAST Northbound At FAIRMONT PKWY3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-3 Southbound At Walker St in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Southbound At FM 529/Freeman Rd3 Frontage Road Lanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At TidwellExit Ramp WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At RICHMOND AVEUnknown IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At KELLEY STAll Mainlanes SH-288 Northbound At SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-69 Southbound At ISLEIB RD in Fort Bend County3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-EAST Northbound At GARRETT3 Frontage Road Lanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At IH-45 GULF FWYUnknown IH-45 NORTH Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTHUnknown IH-10 Eastbound at FM-359 in Waller County All Mainlanes IH-10 Eastbound At SH 36 in Austin CountyAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Southbound At IH-69 EASTEXAll Mainlanes SH-6 Southbound At PATTERSON RDAll Mainlanes IH-10 EAST Eastbound At Westmont/Greens BayouUnknown FM-2920 Eastbound At BAUER RDAll Mainlanes SH-6 Eastbound At MISSISSIPPI ST in Brazoria CountyUnknown WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At POST OAKExit Ramp IH-10 Westbound At SH 36 in Austin CountyAll Mainlanes Tomball Tollway Southbound At BS 249/ HolderriethLeft Shoulder,Right Shoulder BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLL4 Frontage Road Lanes NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At John RalstonExit Ramp WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At IH-69 SOUTHWESTLeft Shoulder,Right Shoulder IH-10 KATY Westbound At PATTERSON ST3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 KATY Westbound At T C JESTER BLVDAll Mainlanes IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At POST OAK RDAll Mainlanes IH-10 EAST Eastbound At CEDAR LN.All Mainlanes SH-288 Southbound At IH-69 SOUTHWESTAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Northbound At SCARSDALE BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes WESTPARK TOLLWAY Westbound At BELTWAY 8Exit Ramp SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Westbound At FM 1314 in Montgomery County2 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At CRESTMONT ST3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 GULF Northbound At FM-2351/CLEAR LAKE CITY BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLLLeft Shoulder,Right Shoulder IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At DUNLAVYRight Shoulder,Right Lane,2 Center Lanes IH-10 KATY Westbound Before IH-610 WEST LOOP/ US 290 Direct ConnectAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Southbound At EDGEBROOK DR/CLEARWOOD DR2 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-EAST Southbound At WALLISVILLE3 Frontage Road Lanes WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At IH 610Exit Ramp HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At ALDINE MAIL ROUTEExit Ramp IH-45 GULF Southbound At FM-1959/DIXIE FARM RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 EAST Eastbound At MONMOUTH DR3 Frontage Road Lanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At FM-1960All Mainlanes FM-1488 Eastbound At KICKAPOO RD in Waller CountyUnknown SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At S. POST OAKExit Ramp IH-45 Northbound At FM-518 in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At GESSNEREntrance Ramp IH-45 NORTH Southbound At N MAIN STRight Lane,Center Lane HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At RANKIN RDEntrance Ramp SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Northbound At IH-10 KATYAll Mainlanes SH-288 Northbound At SOUTHMORE BLVDAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLL3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 NORTH Northbound At N MAIN STRight Shoulder,Right Lane,Center Lane FM-362 Northbound At FM-1488 to WALLER-GRIMES COUNTY LINEAll Mainlanes IH-10 EAST Eastbound At JENSEN DRAll Mainlanes IH-45 NORTH Southbound At WEST RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 NORTH Southbound Before RICHEY RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At FOURNACE PL4 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 KATY Eastbound At BELTWAY 8-WESTLeft Shoulder,Right Shoulder IH-10 KATY Eastbound At PATTERSON ST3 Frontage Road Lanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At FAIRMONT PKWYExit Ramp SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Eastbound At Riverwalk Dr in Montgomery CountyUnknown IH-45 Southbound At FM-517 in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RILEY FUZZELEntrance Ramp SH-288 Northbound At MAC GREGOR DRAll Mainlanes SH-87/ Broadway Northbound At Rollover Pass to SH-1241 Mainlane, Right Shoulder NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At VETERANS MEMORIAL PKYExit Ramp IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At SCOTT ST3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Eastbound At W. FUQUAExit Ramp US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At TELGE RD to ELDRIDGE PARKWAY2 Mainlanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At PEARLAND PARKWAYExit Ramp SH-288 Northbound At SH-6 in Brazoria CountyUnknown SH-288 Southbound At MAC GREGOR DRAll Mainlanes IH-610 EAST LOOP Southbound At MARKET STAll Mainlanes IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound After IH-10 EASTAll Mainlanes IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound At GELLHORN DR3 Frontage Road Lanes US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At FM-5293 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 NORTH Northbound At CYPRESSWOOD DR/HolzwarthAll Mainlanes IH-610 EAST LOOP Northbound At IH-10 EASTExit Ramp IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At GELLHORN DR3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At HOMESTEAD RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At LOCKWOOD DRAll Mainlanes IH-610 NORTH LOOP Westbound At YALE ST3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At BROAD3 Frontage Road Lanes WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At WESTPARK DRLeft Shoulder,Right Shoulder,Left Lane,Right Lane,2 Center Lanes,Exit Ramp FM-1128 Southbound At CHOCOLATE BAYOU RD CR 385 in Brazoria CountyUnknown HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RANKIN RDExit Ramp BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLLAll Mainlanes IH-45 NORTH Northbound After RICHEY RD3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-225 Eastbound At RICHEY STAll Mainlanes SH-3 Northbound At Walker St in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes SH 275 / HARBORSIDE Westbound At SH 87/ 2ND ST to IH 45 Gulf FreewayAll Mainlanes IH-610 WEST LOOP Northbound At POST OAK RDAll Mainlanes US-290 Eastbound At FM 1098 in Waller CountyAll Mainlanes IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At BELLAIRE BLVD4 Frontage Road Lanes WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BELLAIRE BLVDIH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At SH-288All Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At CROSSTIMBERS STExit Ramp IH-45 Southbound At HUGHES in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At W. FUQUAExit Ramp WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At FM-1093 WESTHEIMER RDAll Mainlanes SH-6 Eastbound At MUSTANG BAYOU RD in Brazoria CountyAll Mainlanes IH-45 Northbound At HOLLAND in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes SH-288 Northbound At FORT BEND COUNTY RD CR 56 in Brazoria County2 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Westbound At S POST OAK RDAll Mainlanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At IH-610 NORTH LOOPUnknown IH-10 EAST Eastbound At MERCURY DR.3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-288 Northbound Before FM-2234 MC HARD RD in Brazoria County2 Frontage Road Lanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVDExit Ramp IH-45 Southbound At FM-646 in Galveston County3 Frontage Road Lanes FM-1092 Northbound At 5TH ST in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At GREENS RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-69 Southbound At FM-762/THOMPSON RD in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes FM-521 Northbound At FORT BEND COUNTY RD CR 56 in Brazoria CountyUnknown IH-69 Southbound At FM 1314 in Montgomery County3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 EAST Westbound At GELLHORN DR3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 EAST Eastbound At MC CARTY ST/US-90 ALTERNATERight Lane,Center Lane SH-288 Northbound After MAC GREGOR DR3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At IH-610 WEST LOOPAll Mainlanes IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At IH-610 WEST LOOPRight Shoulder,Right Lane,2 Center Lanes WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At HAMMERLY BLVDExit Ramp SH-225 Westbound At RICHEY STAll Mainlanes IH-45 Southbound At SH-6/SH-146 in Galveston CountyExit Ramp WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At TANNER RDExit Ramp IH-45 Northbound At HUGHES in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH4 Frontage Road Lanes US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At BINFORDAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At RICHEY RDEntrance Ramp IH-610 WEST LOOP Northbound At WESTPARK DR2 Frontage Road Lanes SH-35 Eastbound At DIXIE FARM CR 126 in Brazoria CountyUnknown SH-225 Eastbound At RED BLUFF RD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At RANKIN RD2 Frontage Road Lanes FM-1464 Northbound At W Bellfort Rd in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At LITTLE YORK RD3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-35 Eastbound At FM-528 in Brazoria CountyAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Northbound At TELLEPSEN ST3 Frontage Road Lanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At RANKIN RDExit Ramp SH-288 Northbound After IH-69 SOUTHWESTAll Mainlanes IH-10 EAST Westbound At JENSEN DRAll Mainlanes SH-87/ Broadway Southbound At SEWALL BLVD/ 2ND ST in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-610 EAST LOOP Southbound At CLINTON DRAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At IH-45 NORTHAll Mainlanes SH-87/ Broadway Southbound At SH-124 to Rollover Pass1 Mainlane, Right Shoulder FM-1960 Eastbound At ELLA BLVDUnknown IH-45 GULF Southbound At EL DORADO BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-288 Southbound At SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY2 Frontage Road Lanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At SH-288Exit Ramp FM-362 Southbound At OWENS RD to FM-1488All Mainlanes SH-288 Southbound After FM-2234 MC HARD RD in Brazoria County2 Frontage Road Lanes US-90 Westbound At BELTWAY 8-EASTAll Mainlanes IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At SH-288Unknown BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLL4 Frontage Road Lanes FM-2920 Westbound At Calvert RdAll Mainlanes BS-290 Eastbound At FM-359 in Waller CountyAll Mainlanes IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Westbound At CRESTMONT ST3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-3 Southbound At SH-146 in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes IH-10 Westbound At FM-1463 in Fort Bend CountyUnknown IH-45 Southbound At FM-518 in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes WESTPARK TOLLWAY Westbound At RICEEntrance Ramp US-290 NORTHWEST Eastbound At GESSNER RD1 Frontage Road Lane EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At GarrettEntrance Ramp IH-45 NORTH Northbound At WEST RDUnknown IH-69 Northbound At FM-762/THOMPSON RD in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLLAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At IH-69 EASTEX4 Frontage Road Lanes SH-225 Eastbound At SCARBOROUGH LN3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 Southbound Before FM-2854/MONTGOMERY in Montgomery County3 Frontage Road Lanes,Exit Ramp IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound At HOMESTEAD RD3 Frontage Road Lanescenter_img IH-45 NORTH Southbound At SH 249/ MOUNT HOUSTON RDAll Mainlanes SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Southbound At N Bridgeland Lake PkwyAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At IH-45 NORTHUnknown SH-87/ Broadway Northbound At GALVESTON-BOLIVAR FERRY in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound After IH-45 GULF FWYExit Ramp FM-2920 Eastbound At Park RdAll Mainlanes SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Northbound At Clay RdAll Mainlanes FM-2004 Southbound At SH-6All Mainlanes IH-610 EAST LOOP Northbound At CLINTON DRAll Mainlanes SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Northbound At US 290 NorthwestUnknown IH-45 GULF Northbound At TRAVISEntrance Ramp IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At BELTWAY 8-WEST3 Frontage Road Lanes NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At Wilson RdExit Ramp HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTH4 Frontage Road Lanes WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BELLAIRE BLVDExit Ramp SH-6 Eastbound At Bissonnet St in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTHEntrance Ramp IH-10 KATY Eastbound At GESSNER DR3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 Westbound At DONIGAN RD in Waller CountyAll Mainlanes SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Westbound At Riverwalk Dr in Montgomery CountyAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Southbound At SCARSDALE BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 Eastbound at BRAZOS RIVER/WALLER – AUSTIN COUNTY LINE in Waller CountyAll Mainlanes SH-6 Northbound At PARK ROWAll Mainlanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At C. E. King PkwyExit Ramp BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At GREENS CROSSING BLVD4 Frontage Road Lanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At SAN JACINTO RIVER1 Frontage Road Lane FM-1488 Eastbound At Lois Ln in Montgomery CountyAll Mainlanes SH-288 Southbound At HOLCOMBE BLVDAll Mainlanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At Generation PkwyExit Ramp IH-10 KATY Eastbound At TAYLOR STAll Mainlanes FM-1462 Southbound At Nordt Rd in Fort Bend CountyUnknown IH-10 EAST Westbound At S MAIN ST/S LYNCHBURG RDAll Mainlaines IH-45 NORTH Southbound At CYPRESSWOOD DR/HolzwarthAll Mainlanes IH-45 NORTH Northbound At N SHEPHERD DR3 Frontage Road Lanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At FAIRMONT PKWYExit Ramp IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At IH-45 GULFLeft Shoulder,Left Lane,Center Lane SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Westbound At FM-2920All Mainlanes IH-610 WEST LOOP Southbound At WESTPARK DRUnknown HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTHExit Ramp WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At BISSONNET STAll Mainlanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At SH 3/OLD GALVESTONEntrance Ramp IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At BELLAIRE BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At COLLINGSWORTH ST3 Frontage Road Lanes US-90 Westbound At UVALDEAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-WEST Northbound At BRIAR FOREST DR3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-6 Eastbound At CARDINAL DR CR 149 in Brazoria CountyUnknown FM-529 Eastbound At FM-362 to FM-359All Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At W. FUQUAExit Ramp SH-288 Southbound Before MAC GREGOR DR2 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 Northbound At FM-646 in Galveston County3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-249 TOMBALL PARKWAY Northbound At BS 249/ HOLDERRIETHEntrance Ramp IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At MC GOWENUnknown SH-288 Northbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOPAll Mainlanes FM-1459 Northbound At FM-522 in Brazoria CountyAll Mainlanes WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At IH-69All Mainlanes IH-45 Southbound At HOLLAND in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes IH-610 NORTH LOOP Eastbound At LOCKWOOD DRAll Mainlanes IH-45 GULF Southbound At FM-2351/CLEAR LAKE CITY BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes SPUR-342 Northbound At IH-45 in Galveston CountyLeft Lane,Center Lane SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At BLACKHAWKExit Ramp IH-45 NORTH Southbound At N SHEPHERD DRUnknown FM-1764 Eastbound At IH-45 in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes FM-2004 Northbound At SH-6All Mainlanes SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Northbound At West Rd3 Frontage Road Lanes SH-288 Southbound At HOLLY HALL STAll Mainlanes IH-10 EAST Westbound At LOCKWOOD DRAll Mainlanes IH-610 SOUTH LOOP Eastbound At S WAYSIDE DR3 Frontage Road Lanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At FUQUAExit Ramp BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 GULF Southbound At W DALLAS STAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Westbound At BEAMER2 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 KATY Eastbound At WASHINGTON AVE/WESTCOTT STAll Mainlanes SH-99 GRAND PARKWAY – West Northbound At FM 529/Freeman Rd3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-10 Eastbound at PEDERSON RD in WAller County All Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Eastbound Before SH-288Left Shoulder,Right Shoulder,Exit Ramp HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At LITTLE YORK RDRight Lane FM-1464 Southbound At W Bellfort Rd in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At WESTPARK DR3 Frontage Road Lanes FM-2920 Westbound At BAUER RDAll Mainlanes WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At IH-10 KATYAll Mainlanes IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At GREENS RD3 Frontage Road Lanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At AIRPORTExit Ramp BELTWAY 8-SOUTH Eastbound At FM-865 CULLEN BLVDAll Mainlanes SH-332 Westbound At SAILFISH RD to Shark LnAll Mainlanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At SPENCER HWYCenter Lane,Exit Ramp IH-69 Eastex Freeway Northbound At IH-610 NORTH LOOP to WILL CLAYTON PARKWAY3 Frontage Lane(s) IH-10 East Westbound At MARKET STREET RD/UVALDE RDAll Mainlanes WESTPARK TOLLWAY Eastbound At FONDRENExit Ramp IH-69 SOUTHWEST Southbound At BELLFORT AVE3 Frontage Road Lanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RICHEY RDAll Mainlanes FM-1128 Northbound At CHOCOLATE BAYOU RD CR 385 in Brazoria CountyUnknown FM-517 Eastbound At SH-3 in Galveston CountyAll Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Northbound At CROSSTIMBERS STExit Ramp SH-99 Grand Pkwy – North Eastbound At FM-2920All Mainlanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At CROSSTIMBERS STExit Ramp SH-288 Northbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOPExit Ramp IH-610 EAST LOOP Northbound At PORT OF HOUSTONAll Mainlanes FM-1314 Westbound At CUMBERLAND BLVD to FERNE DRAll Mainlanes IH-10 Westbound At PIN OAK in Fort Bend County3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Eastbound At HARDY TOLL3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At BELLFORTUnknown IH-45 GULF Northbound At W DALLAS STAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-NORTH Westbound At HARDY TOLLUnknown HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RICHEY RDExit Ramp IH-69 Eastex Freeway Southbound At KELLEY STAll Mainlanes BELTWAY 8-WEST Northbound At CLAY DR3 Frontage Road Lanes BELTWAY 8-EAST Southbound At GARRETTEntrance Ramp FM-362 Northbound At WINTERS RD in Waller CountyAll Mainlanes NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At IMPERIAL VALLEY DRUnknown BELTWAY 8-WEST Southbound At CLAY DR3 Frontage Road Lanes EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At SH 3/OLD GALVESTONExit Ramp SH-6 Eastbound At FM-521 in Fort Bend CountyUnknown IH-45 GULF Northbound At IH-610 SOUTH LOOPLeft Lane,2 Center Lanes IH-10 Eastbound At FM-359 in Waller County3 Frontage Road Lanes Tomball Tollway Northbound At BS 249/ HolderriethExit Ramp HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At BELTWAY 8-NORTHUnknown SH-288 Northbound At HOLCOMBE BLVDAll Mainlanes NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At John RalstonExit Ramp EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At GENOA-RED BLUFFExit Ramp NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At ELLA BLVD3 Frontage Road Lanes FM-529 Westbound At FM-362 to FM-359US-290 NORTHWEST Westbound At ELDRIDGE PARKWAY to TELGE RD2 Mainlanes IH-10 KATY Westbound At BELTWAY 8-WESTUnknown WEST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Southbound At BISSONNET ST1 Frontage Road Lane IH-10 KATY Westbound At BARKER CYPRESS RD3 Frontage Road Lanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RANKIN RDEntrance Ramp IH-69 SOUTHWEST Northbound At CHIMNEY ROCK RD4 Frontage Road Lanes HARDY TOLL ROAD Southbound At RICHEY RDEntrance Ramp EAST SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Northbound At SPENCER HWYExit Ramp US-290 NORTHWEST Westbound At ELDRIDGE PARKWAY3 Frontage Road Lanes IH-45 Northbound At SH-242 in Montgomery County2 Frontage Road Lanes SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Eastbound At US-90 ALTERNATE S. MAINExit Ramp IH-10 Westbound At FM-359 in Waller CountyExit Ramp FM-1092 Southbound At 5TH ST in Fort Bend CountyAll Mainlanes NORTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At IMPERIAL VALLEY DRUnknown SOUTH SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY Westbound At US-90 ALTERNATE S. 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To Salute Spotify New York Stock Exchange Accidentally Flies Switzerlands Flag Instead

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 We hope everyone enjoyed our momentary ode to our neutral role in the process of price discovery this morning— NYSE (@NYSE) April 3, 2018The streaming giant isn’t using the traditional IPO process for its public offering, but instead a rarely-used process called a direct listing that comes without underwriters. This also means that the company won’t have a share opening price.Spotify cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek talked about the public listing in a rare interview on “CBS This Morning” before the markets opened.“While this is obviously a big day and I’m really proud of my employees, I really just feel like we’re in the early days, not celebrating the end days like so many other companies are doing,” he said. “We’re now a decade into that journey. And I really just feel like we’re in the second inning.” One letter can make a world of difference, as the New York Stock Exchange demonstrated Tuesday morning.In an attempt to pay homage to Spotify’s going public, the NYSE intended to pay homage to the company’s Swedish homeland. The only problem was, they rose the flag of Switzerland instead. The error was corrected around 15 minutes later. Popular on Variety center_img He also spoke about the company’s However, he did speak at length about the company’s challenges from Taylor Swift, who removed her music from Spotify and other streaming services in 2014 over what she felt were unfair royalty rates — a decision she reversed last year.“For me, first off, I should have done a much better job communicating this, so I take full ownership for doing that,” Ek said. “I went to Nashville many, many times and talked to her team. Spent more time directly explaining the model and why streaming mattered. And the great news is I think she saw how streaming was growing. I think she saw the fans were asking for it. So eventually when the new album came up, she came to Stockholm and spent some time with our team there figuring out a way that made sense for her.” The NYSE made light of the error in a tweet shortly afterward with a wry nod to Switzerland’s centuries of neutrality. “We hope everyone enjoyed our momentary ode to our neutral role in the process of price discovery this morning.”last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 8:36 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Monday, March 11, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leave after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Guinness World Records said Wednesday, April 3 that a new Instagram account opened by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan is the fastest-ever to gain 1 million followers. The account, which was opened Tuesday, reached the 1 million mark in under six hours, easily beating a record held by Korean pop sensation Kang Daniel. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file) LONDON — Pay no attention to Hollywood stars or pop idols. When it comes to Instagram, it seems no one can match the allure of a youthful royal couple expecting their first child.Guinness World Records said Wednesday that a new Instagram account opened by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan is the fastest-ever to gain 1 million followers.The account, which was opened Tuesday, reached the 1 million mark in under six hours, easily beating a record held by Korean pop sensation Kang Daniel. It has since grown to 2.6 million.Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, call their new account “sussexroyal.” They say it’ll be used for important announcements.Interest in the account has likely been spurred by the fact that Meghan is expected to give birth in late April or early May.The Associated Press Instagram stars: Harry, Meghan fastest to hit 1 million fanslast_img read more

May 8 2017FLAMENCO MEETS VIVALDI took place at Ar

first_imgMay 8, 2017FLAMENCO MEETS VIVALDI took place at Arcosanti on Saturday, May 6, 2017.This years event was beautiful, informative, lively and well performed.The annual Vivaldi festival has been a favorite at Arcosanti for 19 years. Michel Sarda conceived the idea and his passion for Vivaldi is apparent in an unflagging effort over the years to bring Vivaldi’s music to Arizona and familiarize the audience with the amazing story of his life and time. Michel is an Architect DPLG (Paris, France), who was born in France and moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1984. He established the Art Renaissance Foundation in 1992. Michel was part of the Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors for many years.In the photo is Cosanti Foundation Co-Director Jeff Stein introducing Michel Sarda.[photo by Sue Kirsch] Michel is an accomplished author and photographer, some of his publications are: Monograph on Arizona sculptor John Henry Waddell (1996) The Millennium Trilogy (3 books of portraits, 1999-2005, including a portrait of Paolo Soleri, Mary Hoadley and Roger Tomalty) The Mind Garden – conversations with Paolo Soleri, 2007 Pathways to the Arts, 2008 Believing in Beauty – conversations with Vernon D. Swaback, 2009In the photo is soprano Eileen Mager[photo by lvb]PROGRAMWelcome Music Spring from The Four Seasons (1725) Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante Introduction by Michel Sarda Who was Antonio Vivaldi? Homage to the memory of Paolo Soleri Vivaldi — Et in terra pax hominibus from Gloria RV 589 with Soleri bellsBallerina Aubree Dagilis in her original choreography ofAllegro#1 of Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto RV 416 (Coin / Hogwood)In the photo is Ballerina Aubree Dagilis.[photo by lvb]Duet of sopranos Eileen Mager & Helene Bianca with pianist Luba Brodsky Laudamus te — from Gloria RV 589Soprano Helene Bianca Aria Un certo non so che — Arsilda, Regina del Ponto (1716)In Palazzo Ercolani, September, 1707 Jeff Stein (Narrator), Elley Reppond (Stradivarius), Michel (Vivaldi) Agitato from Four Seasons’ Summer (recording Fabio Biondi)[photo by lvb] Fandango by Antonio Soler (1729-1783) Original choreography and performance by Aubree Dagilis Recording by Rafael Puyana, harpsicordDuet of sopranos Eileen Mager & Helene Bianca with pianist Luba Brodsky Esurientes implevit bonis — from Vivaldi’s MagnificatSoprano Eileen Mager Aria, Sposa son disprezzata — from Bajazet RV 703 (1735)A Change of Pace — Flamenco & Tap Bernadette Gaxiola & Donnalee SardaFlamenco Meets Vivaldi with Bernadette Gaxiola & her dancersLargo, from The Four Seasons’ Winter — by Fabio Biondi Allegro from Violin Cto RV 177 — by Giuliano Carmignola Allegro of L’Estro Armonico Op 3 nº10 — by Neville MarrinerCASTJEFF STEIN — the NARRATOR —is an architect, writer and copresident of the late Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation. An architecture critic and architecture school dean in Boston, he has taught in architecture schools in the US and in Europe. He knows a little about Vivaldi, but you should see his TED talk and blog about urban design at www.arcosanti.org MICHEL SARDA — VIVALDI — created the Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998. The first performance ever was held at Arcosanti at the invitation of Paolo Soleri himself. Sarda, raised and schooled in Paris, France, is an architect, a writer, a photographer and publisher. An art advocate along with his wife Donnalee, he established the Art Renaissance Initiative in 1992. EILEEN MAGER, SOPRANO — is a Cleveland-born concert and recording artist, actress, and director — has been performing solo recitals and appearing in concerts with Arizona’s orchestras and choral groups for many years.   She has been the Artistic Director for several Arizona Vivaldi Festivals, as well as a featured performer in many Festival concerts, including the American premieres of two of Vivaldi’s operas. PIANIST LUBA BRODSKY graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1990, she immigrated to the U.S., and soon became the accompanist at ASU Department of Dance and Choral Music, and also accompanied for Ballet Arizona. She taught piano at California’s UC Irvine. She has also accompanied such performers as Patrick Swayze, Irena Kolpakova, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.HELENE BIANCA, SOPRANO has a long musical career singing a very eclectic repertoire going from Vivaldi’s Baroque arias to all-time favorite French songs. Helene’s recent involvement in the opera Kokopelli the Legend evolved from interpret to composer when tasked with writing the music for her own solo song — discovering in the process a new musical passion. She then composed the music for almost all the songs of the opera.AUBREE DAGILIS started dancing at three at the Dance Studio in Prescott, Arizona.  She began her classical ballet training with The School of Ballet Arizona in 2007. has attended many summer dance programs, including Southwest Classical Dance Institute, School of Ballet Arizona, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, CPYB, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet West. danced with Terpsicore Dance Company under the direction of Danna Parker from 2013-2016. ELLEY REPPOND, playing the role of Stradivarius is excited to be joining us for the first time. Elley has performed in a number of theatrical performances including lead roles in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Jekyll & Hyde, Cats, Sweeny Tod, Oliver, Mamma Mia, Gypsy, and The Producers. Elley has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology. She also enjoys modeling and her two cats.BERNADETTE GAXIOLA has performed in major venues/ festivals around the US and continues to perform/instruct/choreograph. Participation in the festival inspires her to push the boundaries of her craft in fusing Flamenco/Spanish Dance to the beautiful sounds of Vivaldi’s music. This is her 4th Vivaldi Festival. With Alanna Romero and Master Ballet Academy Students: Alicen Carter – Avery Stamm – Catherine Lukner – Erina Ueda – Madison Penney – Wesleigh Dichter *****************************************Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was born in Venice in a family of modest origin. His father Gian Battista, a barber, was a good violinist who introduced his son to music at an early age. At 12, Antonio was playing the violin at services in San Marco, the chapel of the Doge. Ordained a priest in 1703, Vivaldi was hired the same year to teach at the prestigious orphanage of La Pieta, an institution recognized as one of the best music schools in Europe. This position gave the young virtuoso the opportunity to create a large number of works and have them performed by excellent musicians. His involvement in the Venetian operatic scene for 25 years generated 50 operas. The “Red Priest” (because of the color of his hair) was possibly the most famous composer and violinist of his time. However, within a few years after his death in Vienna, his music and his name fell into oblivion. The unexpected discovery of hundreds of manuscripts of his music in the 1920s led to a spectacular revival. Today, Vivaldi’s music is more popular than ever.last_img read more

Minister says systems issues no excuse for medical negligence Updated

first_imgThe state doctors’ union Pasyki on Sunday questioned why two medics were targeted for punishment for the death of a boy aged 10 on Friday due to alleged negligence while no on was pointing the finger at the health ministry for its failings within the system.Stavros Giorgallis, 10, died from a skull fracture, pathologist Marios Matsakis said on Saturday, following a post-mortem examination on the boy. Earlier, Larnaca district court remanded two doctors for five days, following the boy’s death on Friday.The two men, 37 and 65, are a doctor from the emergency department of Larnaca general hospital and the department’s director. The 10-year-old was taken there after sustaining a head injury during a basketball game at school but was soon discharged.His grief-stricken mother, whom reports said had worked as a nurse in the past, accused doctors at Larnaca hospital of not taking proper care of the child and sending him home after about 25 minutes.The doctors conducted an X-ray on the boy’s head and after determining that it revealed no signs of trauma, he was sent home only to be later admitted to Larnaca hospital and then referred to Nicosia hospital where he died on the operating table..The union, in a statement, said medical negligence where it exists needs to be punished but the doctor or doctor involved must not be victims of mob rule and trial by media.“It is not the time for the establishment of popular courts,” it said.“The medical world, knowing that every action involves the risk of death, cannot accept the brutal intimidation and criminalisation that is being attempted today.”Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou later expressed regret over the “inaccurate connection” which the union made between the tragic death of the 10-year-old and the health services“I absolutely agree that it is not the time to set up popular courts. The investigation is taking its course and we should all let justice be done impartially,” he said in response to Pasyki.“No one denies there are problems in the public health sector,” he said, adding that the process of implementing Gesy [the new health system] has already been launched. But until we have tangible results particularly from hospital autonomy, I will not accept using these arguments as an excuse for possible medical errors,” he added.The union wondered whether doctors in the private and public sector should look at patients under police supervision or whether there should be a police station outside every hospital and clinic in Cyprus.At the same time, it questions the extent to which doctors’ responsibility was due to “the downfall of hospitals, cost-cutting, lack of infrastructure and training, and the collapse of public health” and said doctors have repeatedly warned publicly of the huge risk that lives would be lost.“Medical ethics are non-negotiable in terms of the doctors’ commitment,” the union said.It added that medical malpractice and medical error were problems that needed to be tackled and “where medical malpractice and medical error are documented in court, then liability should be attributed to the guilty person,” Pasyki said.The union said that around 90 per cent of medical errors can be attributed to failings in the system and the remaining 10 per cent are down to medical and paramedic staff. “Are there any responsibilities for the ministry of health or is there only a scapegoat,” it added.The minister also said that pending tangible results of hospital autonomy, the government had taken a number of measures, among them, that the budget of the ministry of health was at its highest level since 2012, while the number of doctors in public hospitals had increased by 50.He also said that the agreement on wages upgrades for doctors and other public health professionals had been implemented, while allowances were granted, among other things, to doctors working in A&E as a measure to motivate and increase productivity.Ioannou said he had ordered a probe into the boy’s death immediately “since, from the information I had, without prejudging any outcome, the data at first glance showed it could be possible negligence and/or the inability of the services involved to diagnose and deal with the incident properly”.He said the findings were immediately submitted to the police, as the authority responsible for investigating the incident, and it was the police that had found it necessary to issue arrest warrants, he added.Pasyki  had a dig at police saying it wished they would show “the same devotion when it comes to other investigations that concern real criminals”.“It is not the time for the establishment of popular courts and we urge the authorities to make sure all of the proper procedures are followed and where responsibilities are to be attributed,” the union said, urging that the investigation also encompasses the health system itself.“This tragedy brings home the crime against society, the culling of hospitals, the flight of dozens of excellent and capable doctors to the private sector and the collapse and dissolution of public health,” the union said.“We demand from all those who gave cover to the ministry of health when we warned of hospital burnout and the collapse of hospitals, to accept their part of the responsibility.”It concluded by expressing “deep sorrow and condolences to the family” of the boy due to a “collapsing system”.However the Pancyprian Association of Patient and Friends on Sunday expressed its “intense disappointment, anger and shock for the possible negligence and inadequacy that allowed the unjust loss of a ten-year-old child”.“Unfortunately, the complaints and findings that organised patients have repeatedly disclosed have not been enough to awaken and sensitise health care workers, resulting in yet another tragic confirmation of what we have been saying,” the association said.The association called for an objective investigation, the attribution of responsibilities and exemplary punishment for those who have shown negligence.“There should be no attempt to cover up the responsibilities of anyone with the excuses of understaffing, workload, or any other justification in this and many other similar cases,” a statement said.“There is no excuse… and the state continues to show tolerance of this kind of irresponsibility,” it said, adding that at the same time it was not fair to paint all healthcare workers with the same brush as many perform their duties with conscientiousness and professionalism.“The state must ensure that public hospitals receive the necessary high quality services to serve their patients. Health is not a personal but a national issue and healthcare workers must have the resources they need,” it concluded.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Summit ideal setting for uniting our ideas and strengths

first_imgThe well-established practice of convening the Southern EU Countries Summits provides a unique and ideal setting for uniting our best ideas and strengths and in this way enables us to make a substantial contribution to the formation and advancement of innovative, comprehensive and sound European solutions and policies, President Nicos Anastasiades said in a message about the summit to be hosted in Nicosia next week.“I look forward to welcoming you all in Cyprus on January 29, for the 5th Southern EU Countries Summit, where together with my colleagues from France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Malta, we will have the opportunity to continue our deliberations and exchange of views on the most pressing issues on our European agenda,” Anastasiades said.“I sincerely believe that our well-established practice of convening such Summits provides a unique and ideal setting for uniting our best ideas and strengths and in this way enables us to make a substantial contribution to the formation and advancement of innovative, comprehensive and sound European solutions and policies,” he added.Subjects on the agenda include will discuss migration, Brexit, eurozone reform, Europe’s energy security, climate changes and the 2021-2027 EU Multiannual Financial Framework.Ahead of the summit, President Nicos Anastasiades will hold bilateral meetings with the prime minister of Portugal Antonio Costa – who is arriving on January 28 for an official visit to Cyprus – and with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more