South African Test skipper Hashim Amla resembles England off-spinner Moeen Ali

first_imgHashim Amla(left) and Moeen AliThe current Investec Test match series between India and England features a bearded cricketer of Pakistani descent. His name is Moeen Ali and he plays for England.Ali, who sports a long black beard along with a shaved head, resembles South African Test captain Hashim Amla closely. Ali, 23, recently scored a fighting hundred (108 not out) against the victorious Sri Lankan side and managed to cement his place in the English cricket team as a lower order batsman and off-spinner.The similarity, though, ends with the looks. Here are other vital statistics of the two Test cricketers.last_img read more

Tate Martell Reacts To Being Granted Eligibility

first_imgtate martell holds a football during a campCORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, the NCAA finally weighed in on Tate Martell’s eligibility for the upcoming season. The former Ohio State quarterback-turned-Miami transfer is eligible to play for the Hurricanes this fall.After Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State, Martell didn’t wait long before announcing his transfer from the Buckeyes. The former Georgia quarterback was granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State, and now Martell has followed suit.Following the announcement, Martell took to Twitter to share his excitement.“We aren’t ready yet.. but we will be! oh btw… I’M ELIGIBLE TO PLAY!” Martell said on Twitter.we aren’t ready yet.. but we will be!oh btw… I’M ELIGIBLE TO PLAY!— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) March 19, 2019Here’s Miami’s statement on the NCAA’s decision:“We are pleased with this ruling and appreciate the NCAA recognizing that this waiver met the criteria under the membership established guidelines,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “We would like to thank the NCAA, as well as Ohio State University, for their assistance and support throughout the waiver process. We look forward to seeing Tate compete for the Hurricanes this season.”Martell looked to be the front-runner for the starting role in Columbus after Dwayne Haskins announced his plans to enter the NFL draft. However, after Fields transferred to Ohio State, Martell decided to take his talents elsewhere.last_img read more

Kerry Washington To Be Honored At FirstEver Bronx Childrens Museum Gala

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Bronx Children’s Museum, Carla Precht announced the Museum will honor three bright Bronx stars Richard Abrons, Rafael Collado and Kerry Washington at the Museum’s first-ever gala on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.The event will be hosted by Board member Sunny Hostin (co-Host of ABC’s The View and Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst for ABC News). Special guest appearances will be made by renowned Bronx-born educator and jazz pianist and composer, Dr. Valerie Capers; comedian, Tracy Morgan; and Sounds by Swizz Beatz. “It will be a historic event” said Precht “with former Bronx children coming back to their roots to support the only cultural institution in the Bronx whose sole mission is to inspire and celebrate the children of the borough. “The gala will feature a live auction including a visit to the set of Scandal in Los Angeles, a morning on the NYC set of The View, premium tickets for four to top-rated Broadway shows including Hamilton and Kinky Boots, a meet-and-greet at Jennifer Lopez’s “All I Have” show in Las Vegas, and rides in fully-restored WWII plane owned by honoree Rafael Collado.“When we learned a decade ago that the Bronx was the only New York City borough without a Children’s Museum, we were stunned” said Hope Harley, President of the Bronx Children’s Museum Board of Directors. “Not only are we bringing equity to the Bronx, we are re-defining what it means to be a children’s museum in the 21st century. We started from the ground floor—working in neighborhood schools, parks, shelters, etc., rather than from a building. We see more than 15,000 children annually with nine successful dynamic outreach programs including a “Museum on the Go!” bus and will soon start construction on our site near the Yankee Stadium. “The Museum will always operate with and without walls… and we will have our walls by the end of 2018.”Honoree Kerry Washington and Bronx native shared “Growing up in the Bronx shaped my mind, my heart and my creative soul. I was fortunate to have parents who always encouraged my artistic pursuits and passions. I know how vital it is to provide kids with places that inspire them to think, create and dream. I am honored to support our very own Bronx Children’s Museum..” Kerry’s mother, Valerie Washington serves as a board member for the Museum and will be presenting her with her award.Richard Abrons is a playwright, author, and activist. He was a founding partner of First Manhattan Co., an investment management company. He is the author of twenty published short stories, one of which won a National Magazine Award, and five produced plays. Mr. Abrons is past president and vice chairman of the Henry Street Settlement, and a director of both GrowNYC and the Bronx Children’s Museum. His Plant-A-Lot program for GrowNYC has created more than 90 community gardens. Mr. Abrons’s parents lived in the Bronx for many years.
Rafael Collado has founded, built, managed and sold three companies, including: Inabox, a web-based software company dedicated to website creation tools (acquired by in 2000); BERN Associates, Inc., that provided Internet consulting, network services and content development tools to telephone companies (acquired by Prime Cellular in 1996); and Sigma Research, a software company (acquired by FastComm Communications in 1993). Mr. Collado also founded and was CEO of Protocom Devices, which he took public in 1985. Mr. Collado is working on projects including SaraGEO, which enables users to quickly and easily design collaborative, data-driven maps and GetMyBoat which allows users to easily rent and charter boats in over 126 countries and 3,000 locations. He grew up in the South Bronx and is married to his Bronx sweetheart. They have three children and a grandchild.
Bronx native Kerry Washington stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal. She broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Ms. Washington has received wide public recognition for her portrayal of Olivia Pope, the lead character in the Peabody Award-winning series, along with two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, two NAACP Image Award wins, and a People’s Choice Award nomination. Ms. Washington was most recently seen in the HBO TV movie Confirmation, which she stars in and executive produces.“Our aim is to give the children of the Bronx a safe and educational haven to be inspired, dream, create, explore their surroundings, embrace their culture and heritage, and find their place in the world,” said Precht. “We are more than just what can be found within the walls of a building – we are creating experiences everywhere we go under our Museum banner, always using the Bronx as our inspiration, to ensure our relevancy in the lives of the children and to connect children and their caregivers to the world around them. “The Gala sponsors include The Boston Consulting Group, GetMyBoat, Kimelman & Baird LLC, The Perry Foundation, Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, Protocom Aviation and The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation. Board of Directors includes Hope Harley, President, Richard Abrons, Arlene Bascom, Amanda Collado, Takisha Dozier, Kate Green, Hon. Stanley B. Green, April Horton, Asunción “Sunny” Hostin, Dodge Landesman, Paul Lipson, Emily Menlo Marks, Jeanne B. Mullgrav, José A. Rodriguez, MD, Alannah Sheerin, Lauren Stanich, Richard L. Stein, Damion Townsend, Ellie Meek Tweedy, Sapan Vyas, CFA, Valerie M. Washington, Ed.D and Kathy Glick Weil, with Sandra Priest Rose, Honorable Member, and Rubén Díaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President, Ex Officio.For more information about the Bronx Children’s Museum Gala please visit: or read more

Lowes to close 31 locations across Canada

first_imgHome improvement retail giant Lowe’s has announced it will close 31 locations — mostly under the Rona banner — in Canada.In a release, the company said the stores being closed are under-performing.“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, said in a statement.“We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”Three stores in the GTA have been marked for closure: two Rona locations in Mississauga and the Lowe’s at Centrepoint Mall.In total, there are 31 sites that are closing: two regional support centers, a truss plant, a block plant and 27 stores. Within those 27 stores there are 24 RONA stores, 1 Reno-Depot store and two Lowe’s locations.Lowe’s said is expects to close the impacted stores by the end of the company’s 2018 fiscal year — Feb. 1, 2019.There has been no word on how many jobs will be lost due to these closures.In addition to the 31 Canadian locations, Lowe’s is also planning to close 20 locations in the United States.It was just over a year ago that Lowe’s bought fellow Canadian home improvement retailer Rona.For a complete list of locations in the U.S. and Canada that will be closing, click here.The story above was updated to reflect incorrect information related to the Canadian closures.last_img read more

Next round of UNbacked Western Sahara talks slated for next week

14 January 2011The next round of informal talks between the parties to the conflict over Western Sahara will take place from 21 to 23 January in New York, the United Nations announced today. Participating in the talks will be delegations of the parties to the dispute – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – and the neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania. At the last round of talks in mid-December, the parties initiated discussion on innovative approaches to create an environment that could be more propitious for progress to be made. At the next meeting, the parties have been asked to make concrete proposals on these approaches.The meetings are being held at the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, within the mandate given by the UN Security Council. The UN has been involved in efforts towards a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. read more

Citing high HIV infection rates UN report urges chain of prevention to

“Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young adulthood” presents, for the first time, data on HIV infections among young people and identifies factors that increase risk of infection as well as opportunities to strengthen prevention.According to the report, people between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for 41 per cent of new infections among adults in 2009. Worldwide, an estimated 5 million (4.3 million to 5.9 million) young people in that age group were living with HIV in 2009.“For many young people HIV infection is the result of neglect, exclusion, and violations that occur with the knowledge of families, communities, social and political leaders. This report urges leaders at all levels to build a chain of prevention to keep adolescents and young people informed, protected and healthy,” said Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “We must protect the second decade of life, so that the journey from childhood to adulthood is not derailed by HIV – a journey that is especially fraught for girls and young women,” he added.The report attributes the increased risk faced by young women and adolescent girls to biological vulnerability, social inequality and exclusion. Globally young women make up more than 60 per cent of all young people living with HIV. In sub-Saharan Africa that rate jumps to 72 per cent.The agencies note that early adolescence is a window of opportunity to intervene, before most youth become sexually active and harmful gender and social norms that increase the risk of HIV infection are established. Family members, teachers, community leaders have a role to play in setting norms for responsible behaviour, and in advocating for the full range of services needed for young people to stay healthy, they add.“Indeed, reducing the level of HIV incidence requires not one single intervention, but a continuum of prevention that provides information, support and services throughout the life cycle,” the agencies stated, stressing the need to empower young people with knowledge, prevention services and health care to effectively protect them from infection.“Young people are not only tomorrow’s leaders, they are the leaders of today,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “If young people are empowered to protect themselves against HIV, they can lead us to an HIV-free generation.” 1 June 2011An estimated 2,500 youth are newly infected with HIV every day, with women and adolescent girls facing a disproportionately higher risk, according to a new joint report by the United Nations and the World Bank that calls for a “chain of prevention” to protect young people. read more

UN says Somali famine over but warns action needed to forestall new

3 February 2012The UN declared an end to famine conditions in Somalia today, but warned that the crisis in the Horn of Africa is not over and requires continued efforts to restore food security and help people resume normal lives. The United Nations declared an end to famine conditions in Somalia today, but warned that the crisis in the Horn of Africa is not over and requires continued efforts to restore food security and help people resume normal lives. The number of people in need of emergency humanitarian assistance in Somalia has dropped from 4 million to 2.3 million, or 31 per cent of the population, according to a new report by the United Nations and the United States Government. Additionally, 325,000 children are acutely malnourished.“Long-awaited rains, coupled with substantial agricultural inputs and the humanitarian response deployed in the last six months, are the main reasons for this improvement,” José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, after visiting southern Somalia.“However, the crisis is not over,” he added. “It can only be resolved with a combination of rains and continued, coordinated, long-term actions that build up the resilience of local populations and link relief with development.”A severe drought ravaged the Horn of Africa last year, causing food shortages that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people in Somalia and led to the declaration of famine by the UN in six areas of the country. At the height of the crisis, 750,000 people in the Horn of Africa were at risk of death. A famine is declared when the following measures of mortality, malnutrition and hunger are met: at least 20 per cent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 per cent; and the death rate exceeds two persons per day per 10,000 persons.The number of people still requiring emergency assistance in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, according to FAO, stands at 9.5 million – down from 13.3 million in September last year. The FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) attributes the improved situation in Somalia to a combination of adequate rainfall in late 2011 and substantial humanitarian assistance. This allowed farmers to produce and buy more food, according to a news release issued by FAO, which as part of its emergency response, distributed seeds and fertilizers to Somali farmers. The agency also rehabilitated 594 kilometres of irrigation canals and treated 2.6 million livestock at risk of diseases and infections associated with drought.In the last six months, FAO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also operated cash-for-work and food-voucher programmes, instead of relying only on food and input handouts. “While sustained humanitarian efforts and a good harvest have helped to mitigate the crisis, we must not forget that the progress made is fragile,” warned UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos. “Without continued and generous support from the international community, these gains could be reversed. Continued conflict and lack of access to people in need remain major operational challenges,” added Ms. Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “We also need to focus on building up people’s ability to cope better with future droughts and food crises. We must keep our attention firmly focused on Somalia and ensure that we do not fail the most vulnerable.”The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, voiced similar concern that the country could “easily slip back into very severe conditions,” unless the current levels of assistance and support are maintained. “We mustn’t give the impression that we’ve solved the problem,” he told UN Radio. “What we’ve done is actually reduced the very high levels of mortality and malnutrition which caused so much suffering. And we are now in the position to make even further progress to help people get back to normal lives. But we’ve still quite a long way from a return to normal and secure situations.”Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that expectations of upcoming seasonal rains and improved farming prospects in parts of Somalia have prompted some 7,000 Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya to temporarily return home. “Some told us they were going back to Somalia to take advantage of upcoming seasonal rains to resume farming in their villages,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “They also say they left their women and children in the refugee camps but plan to rejoin them once the harvest is over, as they fear it is not safe to stay in Somalia.”UNHCR stressed that any return to Somalia must be well-informed and voluntary, and that the country’s situation is not yet conducive for organized repatriation. “While famine and drought conditions have eased across Somalia, insecurity continues to cause displacement within the country,” noted Mr. Edwards.More than 293,000 Somali refugees fled conflict and famine into the neighbouring countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen since January last year. read more

Rampant Veszprem smash Kiel for Sparkassen trophy

Gergo IvancsikRoland Mikler Hungarian champions MKB MVM Veszprem won the Sparkassen Cup 2015 in Germany for the third time after brilliant final match in which Antonio Carlos Ortega boys smashed THW Kiel 32:19. The final clash of the first pre-season tournament was also the replay of the VELUX EHF F4 semi-final with the same winner at the end.However, it was much easier for Nagy, Ilic and Co. this time. Ivanscik was a top scorer with seven goals, Ilic added five, while the only worth to be mentioned in “Zebras” roster was Dahmke, who netted eight times.The third place won Fuchse Berlin after beating PPD Zagreb 27:26, while on the fifth finished Frisch Auf Goppingen ahead of Romanian champions Baia Mare 30:21.The MVP is Gergö Ivancsik, while his team-mate Roland Mikler is the best goalkeeper. ← Previous Story Fuchse Berlin sign Faruk Vražalić! Next Story → DOHA CALLING: Issam Tej to El Jaish Sports Club read more

Man and wife die hours apart after 65 years together

first_imgA COUPLE WHO were married for almost 65 years died within hours of each other in separate nursing homes in North Carolina last week.According to the Charlotte Observer, Eleanor and Frank Turner were born less than a month apart in July 1926.They were married in on Christmas Eve in 1948 and had been together ever since.The pair had met at a car dealership and were married a few months later. Frank worked for Associated Press and so the family – they had two children – moved around a lot, but ultimately settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.When Eleanor and Frank both began to show signs of dementia they moved into a nursing home.A few weeks ago they both suffered strokes within a few days of each other and they met for the last time as he was being released from hospital, and she was being admitted.Family members took pictures of the last time they held hands: Source: WBTV Eleanor was discharged to a local hospice, while Frank was brought to a nursing home.Eleanor died in the early hours of last Friday morning, and Frank died around 9 hours later. Their daughter Linda told the Charlotte Observer that she had not told her father that his wife had passed away.Linda told WBTV: She went first and she got to heaven and she hollered for Frank. And he decided to come too. He wasn’t going on without her.Frank and Eleanor’s obituaries appeared beside each other in the newspaper, both bearing the same picture. Source: WBTVThis story bears a striking resemblance to the tale of Harold and Ruth Knape, who died within hours of each other in August. They too had been married for 65 years.Can you help this New Zealander find the Cork girl he met last weekend? Ohio couple married for 65 years die 11 hours apart>last_img read more

UK to get 300Mbps broadband courtesy of BT

first_imgAccording to the UK’s broadcasting regulatory authority Ofcom, the average Internet connection speed to a home in the UK is around 7.6Mbps. If that was a minimum, it would be acceptible, but an average means lots of homes still have to manage with much slower connections.The future does look bright, though. Virgin Media has recently announced it is doubling the speed of its existing connections, that’s some 4 million customers who will enjoy up to 120Mbps connections before 2012 is over. But Virgin’s biggest rival isn’t sitting still, and has just announced the introduction of a 300Mbps service by early next year. BT originally touted the super-fast broadband as arriving this year, but clearly that now isn’t going to happen.Unlike Virgin Media, BT‘s 300Mbps service will be very limited initially. It relies on FTTP on demand, which requires fiber be available to use between the exchanges and the cabinets that link our streets to the network. This has already been done at 29 exchanges, but there are thousands across the country.If your exchange doesn’t support FTTP on demand yet, then you may be in line to get a speed bump from 40Mbps to 80Mbps, which BT is starting to rollout in the coming months. But again, it won’t complete that upgrade until 2014 and may still leave those in the more remote areas relying on slower connections.BT’s efforts at least show some investment is being made and the UK is slowly getting faster broadband around the country. For the time being though, Virgin Media looks to be the faster option, and it has already started rolling out 1.5Gbps connections to a very limited few.More at BT, via Pocket-lintlast_img read more

Get rid of Trump Democrats united on some things but divided on

first_img 17,141 Views Source: ABC News/YouTubeFORMER US VICE President Joe Biden put in a combative display last night, as he clashed with rivals in the third Democratic debate of the 2020 White House race.Chief among them were Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and the three frontrunners all had their say on health care reform, climate change and the current occupier of the White House, President Donald Trump.The 76-year-old Biden managed to snatch most of the speaking time as the other nine candidates on stage fought to put their case forward.On healthcare, the former vice president accused Sanders and Warren of pushing pipe dreams without a plan to fund them. Sanders (left) clashed with Biden in the debate. Source: David J Phillip/PA Images“I lay out how I can pay for it, how I can get it done, and why it’s better,” the former vice president said of his health plan, which builds on the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.Warren, a rising star in the race, and Sanders, a liberal fixture from the 2016 campaign, each put up a spirited defense.“I know what’s broken, I know how to fix it and I’m going to lead the fight to get it done,” promised Warren, who has impressed voters with her policy platforms.On health care reform she vowed “those at the very top” would bear the cost, while Sanders pledged to make sure “every American has health care as a human right”.Their three-way battle kicked off an almost three-hour showdown, as the rival Democrats highlighted differences on immigration, trade tariffs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Elizabeth Warren (left) and Kamala Harris. Source: David J Phillip/PA ImagesBiden also defended Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, who came in for criticism from the some candidates for deporting immigrants and not going far enough on health care reform.“I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good bad and indifferent,” Biden said.But all candidates stood united on one key point: ousting Trump – who several candidates attacked as racist – from the White House.“There’s enormous, enormous opportunities – once we get rid of Donald Trump,” Biden said.Texas hopeful Beto O’Rourke called Trump a white supremacist while California senator Kamala Harris said Trump’s social media output provided “the ammunition” for recent mass shootings. “President Trump, you have spent the last two-and-a-half years full time trying to sow hate and vision among us, and that’s why we’ve gotten nothing done,” Harris said.‘Go to hell’While the debate was going on, President Trump gave a speech to Republicans and took digs at his potential rivals in the 2020 presidential election, calling Biden “Sleepy Joe”, Warren “Pocahontas” and Sanders “Crazy Bernie”. “Our country will go to hell if any of these people get in,” Trump warned.All eyes had been on Biden in debate number three, after a number of gaffes and verbal miscues in previous debates raised doubts he could do the top job at the age of 76.Seeking a breakout moment, low-polling candidate Julian Castro challenged Biden, accusing him of “forgetting what you said just two minutes ago” – drawing boos from the crowd. The ten hopefuls line up. Source: Eric Gay/PA ImagesThe former vice president avoided any blunders last night in Houston and parried further attacks from Sanders, who accused him of the “big mistake” of voting for the war in Iraq.Biden maintains a grip on pole position with 26.8% support, despite a recent dip, according to a poll average compiled by RealClearPolitics.Sanders, 78, is on 17.3% support, narrowly ahead of the 70-year-old Warren at 16.8%.With reporting from AFP Share Tweet Email Fri 6:58 AM 45 Comments Short URL Friday 13 Sep 2019, 6:58 AM By Sean Murray ‘Get rid of Trump’: Democrats united on some things – but divided on others – as Biden leads debate The former US vice president clashed with frontrunners Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in last night’s debate. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Camas police ask for publics help IDing burglary suspects

first_imgAnyone who recognizes the burglary suspects in this picture is asked to call Officer Steven Forgette at 360-834-4151. (Camas Police Department) Camas police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in a burglary that occurred earlier this month.A homeowner interrupted a burglary in the 100 block of Northwest 35th Avenue around 9:30 a.m. on July 4, the Camas Police Department reported.The burglar had entered the home through an unlocked door and taken several items including jewelry and credit cards, Camas police said.The victim’s stolen credit cards were used later that morning at the Fred Meyer’s in Vancouver’s Fisher’s Landing neighborhood.The agency has released the surveillance footage of a male and female suspect seen using the stolen credit card.Anyone who recognizes those pictured is asked to call Officer Steven Forgette at 360-834-4151.last_img read more

Washington unemployment rate holds steady at 46 percent

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington’s unemployment rate last month was unchanged from the previous month’s rate of 4.6 percent.According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the state added 13,800 jobs in September after the private sector gained 6,000 jobs during the month and the public sector gained 7,800 jobs.Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn’t include those who have stopped looking for work.The national unemployment rate was 4.2 percent last month. The rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area increased slightly to 3.8 percent in September from 3.7 percent in August.last_img read more

Six flurelated deaths reported last week bringing seasons total to 308

first_img Posted: March 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A half-dozen influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season’s total to 308 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.This has been a particularly severe flu season in the region and across the country. At this time last year, 72 deaths had been reported.There were 682 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, up from 602 the week before. That brings this season’s total to 19,483, compared to 4,956 at this time last season, according to county data.The number of influenza cases being reported is still elevated, a sign that the flu is still here and making people sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “People should continue getting vaccinated.”Wooten has extended until April 30 an order for unvaccinated health care professionals to wear a mask while they’re in patient care areas. She said she may need to extend the order further if flu activity remains elevated.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit or call 211. Six flu-related deaths reported last week bringing season’s total to 308last_img read more

Burglar caught on video breaking into Miami auto dealership

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a bold break-in at a Miami auto dealership over the weekend.According to Miami Police, a burglar used a brick to break through a glass door at Machado’s Auto Sales, located along Northwest 27th Avenue and Ninth Street, Friday night.The burglar was caught by surveillance cameras rummaging through desks and cabinets. The subject then ransacked several vehicles parked in the parking lot.One of the business owners said the overnight break-in shattered her sense of security. “It was kind of frightening, and it was a little bit disrespectful,” said Eileen Machado. “You feel a little violated, like, this is a safe space. We come here to work hard.”If you have any information that could help police, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

21st Three Kings Toy Giveaway held in Downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Christmas has come and gone, but for Miami-Dade officials, that’s no reason to stop giving to the county’s children.Giving is exactly what happened in Downtown Miami during the 21st Annual Three Kings Toy Giveaway, Sunday.About 2,000 children and their families stood in line in the parking lot of Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro’s office.For the commissioner, who hosted the giveaway in conjunction with The Barreiro Foundation, the event aims to bring the joy of Three Kings Day to local families in need.“We’ve been doing it for the past 21 years,” said Barreiro. “After New Year’s, the Three Kings Festival in Hispanic culture, in most of our Central and South American countries, that’s when the toys are given away, and we try to keep that and maintain that.”Lines wrapped around the corner as families waited patiently for toys ranging from race cars to sports sets to dolls.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Khaleda says prayers at Sylhet shrines

first_imgLeaders and activists welcome BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia when her motorcade reaches Bhairab upazila of Kishoreganj. Photo: Saiful IslamBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia said prayers at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) in Sylhet on Monday evening as a Dhaka court is set to deliver the verdict on Thursday in a graft case against her.The BNP chief went to the graveyard of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) in Sylhet city around 6:00pm and performed Magrib prayers at a room reserved for women there, reports UNB.Later, Khaleda went to the shrine of Hazrat Shah Paran at Khadim Nagar, 7km away from the city around 7:20pm.The BNP chief also said prayers there.Earlier, the BNP chief who started her journey for Sylhet from her Gulshan residence in the capital by road around 9:15am reached the Sylhet Circuit House around 4:30pm.After taking lunch and rest for a while at the Circuit House, she resumed her journey for the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R). But it took her nearly 50 minutes to reach the graveyard, a 2-km journey, as hundreds of people stood on both sides of the road welcoming her.Activists of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) faced obstacles from the ruling party activists and the law enforcers on Monday while welcoming their chairperson Khaleda Zia at several points on her way to Sylhet.last_img read more

UN rights chief wants crimes against Rohingya referred to ICC

first_imgZeid Ra`ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights addresses a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 9 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe top United Nations human rights official called on Friday for allegations of atrocities committed against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also urged Myanmar’s government to allow monitors into northern Rakhine state to investigate what he called suspected “acts of genocide” against the Muslim minority.”What we’re saying is…there are strong suspicions, yes, that acts of genocide may well have taken place. But only a court, having heard all the arguments, will confirm this,” Zeid told a news conference.”It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a court would make that finding in the future,” he said.The United Nations defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part. Such a designation is rare under international law, and Zeid noted that the threshold is high.Rohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersNearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state into Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown in August. Many have provided harrowing testimonies of executions and rapes of civilians by Myanmar security forces.Myanmar wants to see clear evidence to support accusations of ethnic cleansing or genocide, National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Thursday.Zeid, asked about the remarks, said that Myanmar authorities were “serial deniers of the truth”, adding: “To suggest that nothing serious has happened in Rakhine, I mean it’s preposterous, ridiculous. How can they say such a thing?”Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersMyanmar has not allowed Yanghee Lee, the UN investigator on human rights in Myanmar, to visit the country to investigate.She said on Friday she was “increasingly of the opinion that the events bear the hallmarks of genocide” and said she would press for prosecutions for crimes committed against entire ethnic and religious groups.”The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable,” Lee said in a report based on her interviews with survivors in Bangladesh.last_img

Anacostia Playhouse Hosts Young Playwrights nofilter

first_imgWASHINGTON — High school is full of fun events, like prom and football games. Rarely, however, do adults have the chance to see a student outlook on the heavy issues of homelessness, depression, and death. Four young, Black high school students are showing their stories on an array of issues that are important to them, from suicide to pop-stars, in plays that are set to make audiences cry, laugh, and perch on the edge of their seats. After selecting through thousands, these dynamic plays will be performed by professional actors at Anacostia Playhouse during a free event 7 p.m. Feb. 10.The four plays will focus on what each young playwright sees when taking a look at modern life in D.C. in a production titled, “New WritersNow! #nofilter.” Quanisha Mitchell, Nakia Greene, Lawrencia Odoms and China Warren have all written their plays through Young Playwrights Theater, a school program that teaches the art of writing. The company has paired the students with professional actors so that they can see what it is like to work in the theater industry. The plays will be acted out in a stage reading, which is when the actors act out the play in front of an audience, without the set and wardrobe. Many professional playwrights use this process to develop their work and understand how audiences will respond. This experience usually is not available to young people. These students will be able to experience it first-hand as their work is brought the light.“Our playwrights have such strong voice and important things to say that we know we just need to give them a platform to be heard,” said Nicole Jost, artistic director of Young Playwrights Theater. “That’s why we’re calling this show #nofilter, because we want to showcase their visions in a way that is true and uncensored.”Young Playwrights Theater is the only professional theater company dedicated to arts education in D.C.’s. Located in all eight wards, the organization gives over 2,000 students the opportunity to express themselves through writing. Their In-School Playwriting Program enters the English classrooms of elementary, middle, and high schools throughout D.C. once a week and teaches students the art of playwriting. Plays are selected for events throughout the year, where professional actors and directors bring the concepts to life.“The students get to write about anything on their minds, no censorship. There are so many times where the students say ‘anything, I can write about anything?’” said Brigitte Moore, executive director of Young Playwrights. “… and it’s so powerful when the students are able to work with professionals.”This production is particularly significant for Young Playwrights Theater. It is in honor of Black History Month and the 20th anniversary of the company. Wild Women Theatre, which is a theatre company focusing on Black womanhood, has also partnered with the company to produce the event and work with the four young women playwrights. {Javon’s Dream}, written by Quanisha Mitchell, a junior at Woodrow Wilson High School, is about a homeless teenager who dreams to find love and a home.  “I realized that a lot of teens are homeless nowadays, so I did some research and wrote about it,”said Mitchell. “The audience should expect a lot of funny and serious moments and some parts that will be shocking and make you a little teary-eyed.”The second play, written by Nakia Greene, a junior at Bell Multicultural High School, is called {Despair}. Her play focuses on a group of students who get locked inside their boarding school after one of their classmates is murdered. This one is set to have the audience laughing and on the edge of their seats, as it is a darkly comedic murder mystery.“These stories are pretty cool and it’s going to be really fun,” said Moore. “It is really important to come out a support these young people because they put a lot of work into them.”Lawrencia Odoms, a senior Ballou High School, wrote a play called {P.S. Problems}, which takes a more serious tone. The play centers around a female student living with mental health issues who ends up at a mental hospital. It will show the young woman’s experiences in the hospital and how she deals with her depression and cutting herself. Odom particularly liked working with the professional actors because the experience helped her develop the characters more.“The first time it was ever read by older people, I was super nervous, but they loved it,” said Odom. “I really thank them for it because the characters weren’t how I envisioned in my head. It really helped me, and they were excellent to work with.”{Saving Scarlett}, written by China Warren of Ballou High School, deals with a young lady who runs away from home. She goes on to meet a pop star who helps her out. {Saving Scarlett}, along with {P.S. Problems}, will be produced by Wild Women’s Theatre, with a mission to showcase multiple dimensions of Black womanhood. This is second joint venture of Young Playwrights Theater and Wild Women’s Theatre.“It’s nice to be able to work and expand with people that are a lot younger than us and to see the things that their dealing with that we probably weren’t, or were, dealing with at their age,” said Farah Harris, co-founder of Wild Women’s Theatre and program associate at Young Playwrights Theater.  “We’re consistently impressed by the insight of the youth, the humor through all their characters and all of the multilayers. It’s a great feeling to be able to bring their work to light.”The professional stage readings will be at Anacostia Playhouse and are free and open to the public. “New Writers Now! #nofilter” will feature a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. with free snacks and drinks, until the show starts at 7 p.m. There will be a talkback with the playwrights after the performance along with the display of a mural created by the artists and audience at “Silence is Violence,” a previous event held to inspire a continued dialogue about Black Lives Matter.For more information on “New Writers Now!#nofilter,” visit read more