SF Altar Honors Orlandos 49 Pulse Nightclub Victims

first_img 0% The altar was created by longtime San Francisco resident Carlos Wilson and designer Lanz Brooks. After Omar Mateen’s attack on the Orlando gay club, the LGBTQ community awoke to the remaining perils of simply being themselves, Wilson said.“It really impacted me and activated me,” said Wilson, who is gay. “And I’m surprised it hasn’t activated more people.”He was disappointed by how fast the wave of indignation deflated.Carlos Wilson holding up the bridge. Photo by Laura NewberryWilson didn’t want the memories of those who died in Orlando to fade. So he decided to erect a bridge of brightly colored paper flowers, meant to mimic a rainbow, for the Day of the Dead festival year. The altar features one candle – a traditional veladora – for each of the Orlando shooting victims.As Wilson placed candles on the altar that others had lit, he stopped to consider what the moment meant to him.“I feel like catharsis is finally hitting me,” he said. “I don’t feel alone anymore.”By nature, Dia de Los Muertos is an emotional holiday. But the rainbow moved those who came upon it, especially Latinos and the LGBTQ community.For Wilson, an Ohio native of Guatemalan descent, the altar allowed him to unite the struggles of the two communities under one flag.“These two communities have points of shared mourning around the Orlando losses,” he said. “Marginalized communities are not as divided as we think we are.”Wilson’s empathy toward a community where “people are seen as targets” went as far as to advocate for a 50th candle for the altar: Omar Mateen’s. Information released by investigators has indicated that Mateen may have been gay.Photo by Laura Newberry“The shooting itself was a product of homophobia and religious culture,” Wilson said.“He’s a victim as much as we are, if not more.”Cari Lee of Alameda understands what it means to be a member of a targeted community. As she walked beneath the rainbow clutching her girlfriend’s hand, she was grateful that the victims were being honored, she said. But it was also a reminder of their vulnerability. That could have been them.“We have a lot more work to do as a culture,” Lee said.Jay Zaloum, an activist who helped create the altar, noted that the gay community began to feel more secure in recent years, especially with the approval of same-sex marriage.“Not that long ago, security in gay clubs used to be tight, and you didn’t get in without a password, and we would have security in the parking lot,” he said. “We became too safe.”The altar also impacted passerby concerned with gun control, and how the lack thereof could affect those they love.After lighting his candle, Mission resident Berne Fitzpatrick stared at the photo pasted onto it. It was of Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, who moved to Orlando to pursue dancing and choreography three years ago. He was 25 when he was killed.“Actually lighting a candle and just looking into the eyes of that person … “ Fitzpatrick trailed off, his eyes filled with tears.“Growing up in the area, I had so many gay friends and family,” he went on, after taking a moment to collect his thoughts. “It’s personal wherever you are, but especially here. It could have happened here.” Tags: day of the dead • dia de los muertos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img As Rebekah Sitty approached the corner of Harrison and 26th streets in the Mission, a 12-foot tall rainbow welcomed her into the Day of the Dead altar festival.Sitty, who was joined by her partner and her two-year-old son on Wednesday night, has been coming to the celebration for 25 years. The first feelings that hit her were happiness and a sense of inclusion. Then she realized what the arch, constructed with PVC pipe and paper flowers, represented: the 49 lives taken, most of them Latino, most of them gay, at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.“It makes me think about how I’ll have to explain that to our son someday,” Sitty said, referring to the June 12 shooting.With her son by her side, Sitty lit a candle – decorated with a photo of one of the Pulse victims – and walked beneath the rainbow.last_img read more

Stabbing leaves man critically injured witness targeted for reporting SF Mission assault

first_img Tags: crimes • robbery • stabbing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 29-year-old man who was targeted in a stabbing early Thursday remains in life-threatening condition. The man was walking near the intersection of 25th and Mission streets at 3:15 a.m. when he was approached from behind by a man estimated to be in his early to mid-20s.The suspect stabbed the victim and fled the scene. According to police reports, the victim sat at the scene of the incident until medics arrived and transported him to San Francisco General Hospital.At 10:09 p.m. on Tuesday, police were notified of a robbery at the intersection of 16th and Mission streets. The victim was a 22-year-old woman, who had witnessed a person being punched near the intersection. The woman took out her cell phone to call police, but was thwarted in her efforts by the suspects, two men estimated to be in their late teens.One of the suspects knocked the woman’s phone out of her hands. As the victim reached for her phone, the suspect punched her. The second suspect then walked over and punched the woman as well. Both suspects fled with the woman’s phone. The woman declined medical attention, and police have not reported an arrest. Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. center_img 0%last_img read more

KYLE Amor chose the perfect time to break his duck

first_imgKYLE Amor chose the perfect time to break his duck after his try helped send Saints to the Semi Finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.The big prop bagged his first of the year to put the cup favourites in charge with less than 20 minutes to go.Until then Widnes had answered everything thrown at them and were good value for their 20-18 lead.Cunningham’s men were 18-12 up at the break thanks to long range efforts from Adam Swift and Mark Percival – who was outstanding throughout and grabbed 20 points – and a free flowing move that saw Matty Dawson break his season duck.Widnes hit back but Amor’s marker and a real show of strength from Jordan Turner sealed Saints’ passage.The dilemma facing the coaching staff was who to pitch into the full back spot following Shannon McDonnell’s injury.Percival was the one anointed, with Josh Jones moving into the centres to cover the loss, and he didn’t disappoint.The youngster was targeted from the off, taking a high ball under a heap of pressure in the first minute.And two minutes later Kevin Brown was under the posts – and the Vikings’ fans celebrating – but Jon Wilkin hauled him down with about three inches to spare.But on six minutes Percival collected another high ball and created one of the best tries you will see at Langtree Park this season.Percy drew the man and sent Swift on a mazy run which saw him go in and out of wouldbe tacklers – and the full length of the field.The full back adding the conversion.Chris Clarkson was held up over the line on 11 minutes but Widnes’ pressure paid off as Joe Mellor slipped out of two tackles.Danny Craven levelling the game up before Percival took it out 8-6 half way through the first half.Widnes continued to threaten and Saints had James Roby to thank after he felled Rhys Hanbury – again just inches from the line.In all fairness it was the Vikings doing all the pressing but they failed to take their chances.And Saints picked them off with another try right out of the top drawer. Mose Masoe offloaded in Saints half; it was taken up by Roby, Burns and Walsh before Wilkin sent it to Turner.He drew his man, found Swift who thus turned it back inside for Percival.Superb… and the best part of 80 metres too.Widnes boomed the restart out on the full and Saints duly turned the screw.Fantastic handling from Roby kept the ball alive before it was sent right and into the hands of Matty Dawson.Danny Craven replied for Widnes as the half entered last knockings – to set up a pulsating second half.And Widnes got the best possible start to the half when Gil Dudson’s run set up a great Patrick Ah Van try.He created the space for Brown to fire out a great line ball for Ah Van to stroll over with no one anywhere near him.It looked a tad forward but there was no doubting how much it split the defence.Saints looked rattled and weren’t helped by a series of handling errors that gave the Vikings territorial advantage.And such a passage of play saw ex-Saint Chris Dean cross to give Widnes the lead after 53 minutes.Like the last try it was a little fortuitous – the home side on the harsh end of a couple of calls in the build up – but there was no excusing the visitor’s ruthlessness.Saints toiled against a rough and tough Widnes pack but once Alex Walmsley and Kyle Amor got on the field, they finally started to force their way.Walsh and Wilkin were beginning to get on top with their kicking game too – and it led to Saints going back in front.A simple drop off ball to Amor and he was in under the sticks.Jordan Turner then took advantage of a knock on to seal the win – showing great strength to go through Paddy Flynn  and Stefan Marsh.Mark Percival adding a penalty and a superb try late on.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Swift, Percival (2), Dawson, Amor, TurnerGoals: Percival (6 from 8)Vikings:Tries: Mellor, Craven, Ah Van, DeanGoals: Craven (1 from 2), Ah Van (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 7Vikings: 3HT: 18-12FT: 36-20REF: Rob HicksATT: 8806Teams:Saints:17. Mark Percival; 22. Matty Dawson, 4. Josh Jones, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 12. Jon Wilkin, 21. Joe Greenwood, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe,  15. Mark Flanagan,  19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.Vikings:1. Rhys Hanbury; 2. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 14. Chris Dean, 5. Patrick Ah Van; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor; 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 25. Alex Gerrard, 17. Chris Clarkson, 28. Matt Whitley,  24. Macgraff Leuluai.Subs: 13. Hep Cahill, 16. Willie Isa,  21. Danny Craven,  35. Gil Dudson.last_img read more

Hoggard football fans send off team ahead of big game

first_img The Vikings are playing at Scotland High School Friday night at 7:30.The team is undefeated on the season and they are only two wins away from a state championship. Hoggard is looking for its first state title since 2007 and it would be the first under head coach Craig Underwood.It meant so much to the players and coaches for their fans to come out and support them before their big night.Related Article: Hoggard High shelter closes, 200 evacuees move to new location“The Hoggard football community has really rallied around this team. It’s such a special thing to be a part of and them showing up today, I know the boys were really excited about it. We’re very grateful for how blessed we are to have the community support we have here,” said Underwood.Hoggard defensive end Logan Romano’s mother, Melissa Settlemyre, said, “It’s a really dedicated group of players and families and our motto the whole season has been ‘one team’ and I think this definitely solidifies that motto for our team.”The first Full Court Press show of the season is Friday night at 11 on WWAY, but Dustin Dorsey and Joe Catenacci will also have all the highlights from the gridiron. Hoggard football fans send their team off before their game against Scotland High School (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover, Wallace-Rose Hill, and Hoggard all have big football games Friday night.We caught up with the Vikings as they boarded the buses for their game in the state playoffs. Their fans gathered at the school for a big send off!- Advertisement – last_img read more

Saturday night shooting leaves property damage no injuries reported

first_img She says officials found some property damage, but no injuries were reported.Thompson says there were people in the house at the time of the shooting.Officers are still investigating the case. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police responded to a shooting on the 1100 block of S. 7th St. Saturday night.WPD spokeswoman Linda Thompson said the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img

Investment firm buys Melita Ltd

first_imgEQT, a leading investment firm, has signed an agreement to acquire Melita Ltd. from Apax Partners and Fortino Capital.EQT is a leading investment firm with more than €61 billion in raised capital across 29 funds and around €40 billion in assets under management.This firm has stated that it intends to support Melita’s growth by further upgrading its fixed and mobile networks and opening an additional data centre location on Malta. It will also support Melita’s internationalisation strategy including its expansion in Italy as well as its innovative IoT connectivity proposition. Melita will continue to operate under the leadership of CEO Harald Rösch.Melita Ltd. And EQT have agreed to not disclose the sum of the transaction.Thomas de Villeneuve, partner at Apax Partners, said that “under the leadership of Harald, Melita has heavily invested in its network and its digital transformation to become a world class operator”.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Two arraigned after thefts from vehicles in Gozo

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Two men have been accused of theft from vehicles in Gozo.In a press release, the Police explained that the two men, one a 36-year-old from St. Paul’s Bay and the other a 19-year-old from Nadur, were accused of thefts that occurred between the 2nd and 3rd July in Gozo. They have been accused of stealing objects from two cars, as well as damaging other people’s property.The 19-year-old was also accused of committing a crime despite already being under probation with reference to another case. The 36-year-old, on the other hand, was accused of having committed a theft on the 25th June and of being a recidivist, among other accusations.The accused pleaded not guilty but they were not granted bail. The prosecution was led by Inspector Bernard Charles Spiteri.WhatsApplast_img read more

Israel holds its first competition for physicallychallenged surfers

first_img SharePrint <> Israel held its first championship for physically-challenged surfers on Friday in the Mediterranean Sea off the port city of Ashdod, organisers said.Twenty-one competitors, some of them amputees, paraplegics, deaf or blind, rode the waves assisted by volunteers of the Organisation for Advancement of Surfing and Sea Sports in Ashdod.Family and friends cheered on from the sandy beach as the competitors, smiling triumphantly, returned to shore.“It was difficult, almost impossible – but definitely worth the effort. We made history,” said Yaron Klein, one of the organizers of the event.WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

US Senate to grill Facebook over plans for Libra cryptocurrency

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen on representations of virtual currency in front of the Libra logo in this illustration picture, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Dado RuvicFILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen on representations of virtual currency in front of the Libra logo in this illustration picture, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are set to grill Facebook Inc on its cryptocurrency plans on Tuesday, as the project continues to draw intense scrutiny from financial regulators and politicians across the globe.Facebook is fighting a rearguard action to get Washington onside after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with an announcement on June 18 that it was hoping to launch a new digital coin called Libra in 2020.Since then it has faced a barrage of criticism from policymakers and financial watchdogs at home and abroad who fear widespread adoption of the digital currency by the social media giant’s 2.38 billion users could upend the financial system.Critics have expressed anger that the company would have got so far in its plans for such a potentially groundbreaking project without extensive input from policymakers, especially when it is already in the spotlight over privacy issues.The Senate Banking Committee will question David Marcus, the company’s top executive overseeing the project, on issues ranging from how Libra could affect global monetary policy to how customer data will be handled.Marcus, who was president of PayPal from 2012 to 2014, will try to assuage concerns by promising that Facebook will not begin offering Libra until regulatory issues are addressed, according to prepared testimony the committee posted on Monday.“We know we need to take the time to get this right,” Marcus, who is also due to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, will say.Marcus is likely to get a frosty reception from Democratic lawmakers who already believe the company is too large and careless with consumer data.He is also likely to face scepticism from Republicans after President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also voiced concerns.“They’re going to have to convince us of very high standards before they have access to the U.S. financial system,” Mnuchin said on Monday.UNDER WRAPSFacebook allocated a small fraction of its vast workforce to work on the project, Kevin Weil, who runs product for the Libra initiative, told Reuters on June 18.One former employee told Reuters the company tried to keep the project under wraps even internally – staff who were not involved knew little about it, not even that it was operating under the name Libra.Rumours had surfaced as early as last year that Facebook was working on a digital currency, but news that the project was in its advanced stages started to emerge only in recent months.In the weeks leading up to the announcement, the company began reaching out formally to key regulators including the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. But two people with knowledge of the discussions said the conversations remained vague, with key details of the project discussed only on a theoretical level.Some lawmakers specializing in financial services policy have been frustrated by the lack of clarity from Facebook before and since June 18, three congressional sources said.For example, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee sent Facebook a letter on May 9 seeking information, including how the company would protect consumers’ financial information. But Facebook did not write back until July 8, the committee said.After receiving the response, the lead Democrat on the panel, Senator Sherrod Brown, said in a statement he still needed “real answers.”One Democratic aide described the company’s contacts with lawmakers as “inept and entitled.”In its defence, Facebook has said that it announced the project in its early stages to get feedback from stakeholders.WhatsApplast_img read more

Mueller defends inquirys integrity says he did not exonerate Trump

first_imgREUTERS/Jonathan ErnstREUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday defended the integrity of his Russia investigation during a dramatic congressional hearing and reiterated that he had not cleared President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice or, as the president has said, totally exonerated Trump.Mueller appeared for eagerly anticipated testimony at the first of two back-to-back congressional hearings that carry high stakes for Trump and Democrats who are split between impeaching him or moving on to the 2020 election.The former FBI director, who spent 22 months investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and Trump’s conduct, appeared first before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.The committee’s Democratic chairman, Jerrold Nadler, praised Mueller and said no one, including Trump, is “above the law.” But Republicans tried to paint Mueller’s investigation as unfair to Trump, with conservative congressman Louie Gohmert heatedly telling him “you perpetuated injustice.”Trump has claimed that the Mueller inquiry resulted in the president’s “complete and total exoneration.” Asked by Nadler if he had exonerated Trump, Mueller said, “No.”Mueller, accused by Trump of heading a “witch hunt” and trying to orchestrate a “coup” against the Republican president, said his inquiry was conducted in “a fair and independent manner” and that members of the special counsel’s team “were of the highest integrity.” Trump has accused Mueller of having conflicts of interest. Mueller noted that Justice Department ethics officials confirmed he had no such conflicts.“Let me say one more thing,” Mueller said. “Over the course of my career, I have seen a number of challenges to our democracy. The Russian government’s effort to interfere with our election is among the most serious.”Mueller, 74, was surrounded by news photographers as he took his place in the packed hearing room, showing little apparent emotion as he scanned the scene. Mueller faced a series of rapid-fire questions from lawmakers in both parties, several times asking them to repeat their questions and often referring them to the text of the report itself. Some Republicans interrupted Mueller as he was trying to answer questions.“That went a little fast for me,” Mueller told Doug Collins, the committee’s top Republican, at one point.In a comment sure to disappoint Republicans, Mueller said he would not answer questions about the origins of the Russia probe in the FBI before he was named to take over the inquiry in 2017 or about a controversial dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent. Republicans have tried to portray the investigation as a politically motivated attack on Trump.Mueller was set to testify later in the day before the House Intelligence Committee. Democrats control the House, while Trump’s fellow Republicans control the Senate.The hearing provided Democrats a chance to air publicly and in plain language the key findings of the sometimes dense Mueller report. Democrats entered the hearings hoping Mueller’s testimony would rally public support behind their own ongoing investigations of the president and his administration. Democrats are deeply divided over whether to launch the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution for removing a president from office for “high crimes and misdemeanours.”Mueller’s inquiry detailed numerous contacts between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia at a time when the Kremlin was interfering in the 2016 U.S. election with a scheme of hacking and propaganda to sow discord among Americans and boost Trump’s candidacy.Mueller’s investigative report said the inquiry found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia. The report did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice in a series of actions aimed at impeding the inquiry, but pointedly did not exonerate him.Democrats repeatedly asked Mueller about actions by Trump, including at one point telling his White House counsel to remove the special counsel.“Obstruction of justice strikes at the core of the government’s efforts to find the truth and to hold wrongdoers accountable,” Mueller testified.Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, subsequently cleared the president of obstruction of justice.The Justice Department has a longstanding policy against bringing criminal charges against a sitting president.‘PRINCIPLES OF FAIRNESS’In his opening statement, Mueller reiterated that his team had decided not to make a determination on the question of obstruction. “Based on Justice Department policy and principles of fairness, we decided we would not make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime. That was our decision then and remains our decision today,” Mueller said.Nadler said in his opening statement that Mueller conducted the inquiry with “remarkable integrity” and was “subjected to repeated and grossly unfair personal attacks.”“Although department policy barred you from indicting the president for this conduct, you made clear that he is not exonerated. Any other person who acted in this way would have been charged with crimes. And in this nation, not even the president is above the law,” Nadler said.But Republican congressman John Ratcliffe accused Mueller of exceeding his authority in the report’s extensive discussion of potential obstruction of justice by Trump after the special counsel made the decision not to draw a conclusion on whether Trump committed a crime. Ratcliffe agreed that Trump was not above the law, but said the president should not be “below the law” either.Collins said the facts of the Mueller report are that “Russia meddled in the 2016 election. The president did not conspire with Russians. Nothing we hear today will change those facts.”“The president watched the public narrative surrounding the investigation assume his guilt while he knew the extent of his innocence,” Collins said. “The president’s attitude towards the investigation was understandably negative, yet the president did not use his authority to close the investigation.”Republican Representative Steve Chabot said Wednesday’s hearing was the “last, best hope” by Democrats “to build up some sort of groundswell across America to impeach President Trump. That’s what this is really all about today.” Chabot also told Mueller some people thought his report was “a pretty one-sided attack on the president.”Republican Representative James Sensenbrenner noted that Mueller’s report never referred to actions by Trump as potentially impeachable conduct.Before the hearing, Trump complained on Twitter that Mueller had not investigated various of the president’s foes including 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and, referring to the former special counsel, “HIMSELF.”Trump has accused Mueller of having conflicts of interest and called the special counsel’s team of lawyers “thugs” with a Democratic political agenda. Trump is hoping to move beyond the Russia investigation as he runs for re-election in 2020, with a large field of Democratic candidates competing for their party’s nomination to challenge him.Mueller’s investigation led to criminal charges against 34 people and three Russian entities. People who were convicted at trial or pleaded guilty included Trump’s former campaign chairman and other aides.The Justice Department on Monday sent a letter telling Mueller to limit his testimony to merely discussing what is written in the report, a directive that the two committee chairmen rejected as exceeding the department’s authority.Mueller appeared for his testimony reluctantly and only after being subpoenaed.Until Wednesday, Mueller had not faced questioning in public about his findings. He remained silent when the Justice Department on April 18 released a redacted version of his 448-page investigation report, which the special counsel had submitted to Attorney General Barr the prior month. Mueller made a nine-minute statement to reporters on May 29 at the Justice Department but took no questions.Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013 under presidents in both parties, was named as special counsel by the Justice Department in May 2017 to take over the FBI’s Russia probe after Trump fired James Comey as the agency’s chief. Mueller’s inquiry lasted 22 months.With a no-nonsense reputation, Mueller is a Marine Corps combat veteran from the Vietnam War who later served as a federal prosecutor and became the architect of the modern FBI after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

85 MW solar Power Facility launched in Rwanda

first_imgAdvertisement An 8.5 MW solar installation in Rwanda by Gigawatt Global has been launched, making it the first utility-scale solar project to come online under the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) program, which is now an integral part of Power Africa.The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance expands electricity generation capacity by more than 6 percent in a country where more than 80 percent of the people live without access to electricity, and is providing enough grid-connected power to supply 15,000 homes.With continually decreasing costs, minimal maintenance, and no fuel costs, renewable energy makes more sense now than ever before, especially in remote settings. – Advertisement – Gigawatt Global with the support of the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency through ACEF, underscore that the best path to energy access and economic development is also the sustainable path of clean energy.last_img read more

Poll When Sevo App meets BikwaseKyagulanyi – Which App Would You Consider

first_img(Photo Courtesy: YouTube Images) Advertisement Yes! these two were talking about here are both Presidents, one being the President of the Republic of Uganda and the other being the Ghetto President of Kamwokya; a location within the city of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest metropolitan area.So, recently a graduate from Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) developed an Android mobile application dubbed BikwaseKyagulanyi for the newly elected MP for Kyaddondo East, Hon. Robert Kagulanyi Sentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine. The app has been making all kinds of rounds on blogs, and social media like a speed of light and even though the app isn’t that well off or let’s say more of user friendly, we caught up with the developer and he mentioned to us that the app will be revamped as soon as possible.“Getting it to Play Store before perfection, I just wanted people to know that “we” Bobi Wine fans, and the people of Uganda at large, get to know of an app that can easily connect us with the Honorable – “Omuntu Wa’bantu (People’s person)”, to help us fight corruption in our country, Israel Mika’n Kasingye; the developer of the app told this website.” – Advertisement – Notably, as we tried looking on play store to see if we could come across any other political leader’s app that we could compare to the BikwaseKyagulanyi app but only managed to get the Sevo app (which could be interesting since Robert has been having an solved issues with H.E the President of Uganda). The other apps we came across were of Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi which were more of voting apps that were developed last year during that time of presidential elections.Anyhow, we ain’t here to talk about politics because it’s not we do. We want to see which of the two politician’s app would you consider downloading –  is it one of them or simply both.BikwaseKyagulanyi App Developed by Click The Globe Software Uganda allows users to send political, economic, or social questions to the Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu that can be aired to the parliament of Uganda, and some/few that can be answered by the Honorable himself. In addition, updates users with news features, inspiring quotations, and advice from him.Sevo App Developed by Fabhair Limited is an interactive entertaining, fact based mobile application that gives users an insight into the life of the President; H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The app was developed under the theme “get to know your candidate” as it allows you to follow his journey from when he was an undergraduate through to liberating Uganda and there after his uphill climb to a steadily developing Uganda.The app also has a quiz section, that tests to know how well you know your President (Haha..! Funny stuff).[related-posts]last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Italy v England

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ven the most hardened cynics of England (of which I am a fully signed up member) would struggle to disagree that their performances since the Brazilian nightmare have been more encouraging but their performances at the highest level, when the chips are down, is still debatable.The chips are hardly down tonight, being another friendly, but they do at least face more creditable rivals in Italy and it will be a chance to see if the green shoots continue to grow or get trampled on in Turin.Plenty has been made of England’s performance against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday but the reality (sorry to be negative) was surely that Lithuania were very poor?Nevertheless, if England are a team in transition, then so too are the Italians who also under-performed in Brazil despite beating England 2-1 in the Group D opener.The Italian coach Cesare Prandelli announced his decision to step down after a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay spelled a second consecutive World Cup group stage exit for the four-time champions.Harry Kane is very much part of England’s future and the Spurs striker will make his first England start alongside captain Wayne Rooney at the Juventus Stadium. Kane made a sensational start to his England career with a goal scored just 79 seconds having been brought on as a substitute on Friday.England will be without forward Danny Welbeck, midfielders Raheem Sterling and James Milner and defender Leighton Baines.Italy v EnglandInternational Friendly7.45pm LIVE ON ITVHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jun 2014 World Cup England 1-2 ItalyAug 2012 International England 2-1 ItalyMar 2002 Jun 2012 Euro Championships England 0-0 ItalyMar 2002 International England 1-2 ItalyNov 2000 International Italy 1-0 EnglandOct 1997 World Cup Italy 0-0 EnglandJun 1997 International England 2-0 ItalyFeb 1997 World Cup England 0-1 ItalyJul 1990 World Cup Italy 2-1 EnglandNov 1989 International England 0-0 ItalyThe Azzurri are strong in defence, conceding just four goals since the World Cup and best bet for me is the draw – at around 21/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 21/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 81.35 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Garbine Muguruza v Agnieszka Radwanska

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nd then there were four….We’re down to four in both the Mens and Ladies tournaments at Wimbledon and thankfully they include my two ante-post picks:BACK ANDY MURRAY for 8 points at around 11/4 with Star SportsBACK MARIA SHARAPOVA for 4 points at around 10/1 with Star SportsSo far so good. I’m still happy with both selections but the reality of tennis betting is that the odds are pretty much as they were (Sharapova has contracted a couple of points) because of the one sided nature of the earlier rounds.It’s Ladies semi-finals day today and the big test for Sharapova will be Serena Williams and this has always been the potential pot hole for Sharapova backers. Get through this and she’ll be an odds on chance to lift the trophy on Saturday.The stats say she can’t win – she’s on a losing run of 16 against the younger Williams sister and is a 4/7 chance to lose in straight sets.The only hope is that Serena Williams gets off to a slow start, which sometimes happens, and that Sharapova can start to build some early pressure. Whilst the stats are not positive some of the more recent head to heads between these two have been closer and Williams looked out of the tournament against Heather Watson – a result I wish hadn’t gone her way in the end – given I’m clutching a Sharapova ante-post ticket.The second Ladies semi-final looks far more interesting and competitive from a punting angle.Garbine Muguruza v Agnieszka Radwanska are first up on Centre Court at 1pm and the pair are seeded 20th and 13th respectively.I’m keen on Muguruza for the mini-upset. The 21-year-old Spaniard reached the last eight at Roland Garros last year which included a shock defeat of Serena Williams.Despite dropping a couple of sets earlier in this tournament she beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the fourth round and Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets in the quarter finals.The rising star could prove too strong for Radwanska.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MUGURUZA for 10 points at around 4/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 26.51 POINTS (two Wimbledon ante-post bets outstanding)What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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Rice University expert who conducted Groupon research available to comment on new

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: druth@rice.eduRice University expert who conducted Groupon research available to comment on new Google ventureAfter failing to reach a deal worth billions of dollars to acquire Groupon, Google is now testing and poised to launch its own online coupon venture. According to media reports, the project is tentatively called Google Offers. Social promotions such as those offered by deal-of-the-day website Groupon are wildly popular with shoppers, but they might not be as big a hit for businesses, according to a recent study by Utpal Dholakia of Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.According to the study, Groupon promotions were profitable for 66 percent of the businesses surveyed for the study, but they were unprofitable for 32 percent. More than 40 percent of the respondents indicated they would not run such a promotion again.Groupon is a social promotion site that features a daily deal for each city in which it operates and offers consumers a significant discount for a local good, service or event. The discount is valid only if a minimum number of consumers purchase the deal.Utpal Dholakia, author of the study and associate professor of marketing at the Jones School, conducted surveys with 150 businesses spanning 19 U.S. cities and 13 product categories that ran and completed Groupon promotions between June 2009 and August 2010. The study provides evidence that “satisfied employees” is the most important factor for the Groupon promotion to work successfully for a business. If employees remain satisfied through the promotion, the likelihood of its profitability is significantly higher. The percentage of discount offered and the number of Groupons sold did not predict the deal’s profitability, nor did the percentage of Groupon users who purchased beyond the Groupon’s value or purchased again at full price.“Because the Groupon customer base is made up of deal-seekers and bargain shoppers, they might not tip as well as an average customer or be willing to purchase beyond the deal,” Dholakia said. “So employees need to be prepared for this type of customer and the sheer volume of customers that might come through.A large number of social promotion sites have launched in the last year, and Google Offers is the latest in this line. ”The social promotion industry reminds me of the Internet boom’s heyday. We are in the midst of a dynamic and exuberant period, and once the dust has settled, I expect the industry will look vastly different than it does today, with consolidation and savvier small-business customers,” Dholakia said.Other findings include:Groupon promotions offer the most benefit for businesses in which the promotion does not cannibalize sales to existing customers. Among the service businesses (restaurants, educational services, tourism and salon and spa), restaurants fared the worst and salons and spas were the most successful. Businesses with unprofitable promotions reported low rates of spending by Groupon users beyond the Groupon’s face value and low rates of return to the business again at full price. Respondents indicated they had largely negative perceptions of Groupon’s competitors. “I think these findings show that social promotion companies need to better balance consumer appeal with positive outcomes for the small businesses offering them,” Dholakia said. “Right now, these deals are tilted too far in consumers’ favor.”The complete study can be found at http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~dholakia/. To interview Dholakia, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu.last_img read more

Fastspinning spheres show nanoscale systems secrets

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2018/02/0205_DROPLETS-3-WEB-24l5krl.jpgRice University graduate student Elaa Hilou (left) and Professor Sibani Lisa Biswal set up an experiment in a device that combines a rotating magnetic field and a microscope. The researchers are studying the effects of a spinning field on magnetic particles. Their findings could help researchers model colloids for cosmetics as well as catalysts for chemicals, among other applications, in a physical system. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long Description Share1NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to videos and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFast-spinning spheres show nanoscale systems’ secretsRice University lab demonstrates energetic properties of colloids in spinning magnetic fieldHOUSTON – (Feb. 7, 2018) – Spin a merry-go-round fast enough and the riders fly off in all directions. But the spinning particles in a Rice University lab do just the opposite.Experiments in the Rice lab of chemical engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal show micron-sized spheres coming together under the influence of a rapidly spinning magnetic field. That’s no surprise because the particles themselves are magnetized.Particles rotated in a spinning magnetic field of 8 gauss, a measure of magnetic strength, stay loosely connected, simulating a droplet dissipating into a gas at its edges. Courtesy of the Biswal LabBut how they come together is of interest as the particles first gather into a disorganized aggregated cluster and then into a crystal-like regimen as the magnetic field becomes stronger.Results of the work led by Biswal and graduate student Elaa Hilou appear in Physical Review Materials. The researchers hope it will inspire ways to look at, model and create novel two-dimensional materials like tunable catalysts or colloids that can change their surface area on demand.Particles rotated in a spinning magnetic field of 11 gauss and 20 Hz merge and reorganize themselves to quench a grain boundary, which is forced to the outside of the array and eventually eliminated. Experiments revealed boundaries, shapes, phase transitions and the creation and resolution of crystal-like defects as between 300 and 1,500 magnetized spheres followed their energetic impulses under the moving field’s influence.“I have been presenting this as a miniaturized version of a fidget spinner where we use the magnetic field to generate an isotropic interaction around the particles,” Biswal said. “We can create particle ensembles that are loosely to very tightly packed by the strength of that interaction.” FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Micron-sized magnetic particles are set to go for a spin in a custom rig used by Rice University to study the effects of a spinning magnetic field on materials. https://youtu.be/5XPFxoOwXsEParticles rotated in a spinning magnetic field of 8 gauss, a measure of magnetic strength, stay loosely connected, simulating a droplet dissipating into a gas at its edges. (Credit: Video by the Biswal Lab) https://youtu.be/9Xc4aiWe_hIParticles rotated in a spinning magnetic field of 11 gauss and 20 Hz merge and reorganize themselves to quench a grain boundary, which is forced to the outside of the array and eventually eliminated. (Credit: Video by the Biswal Lab)Related materials:Biswal Lab: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~biswalab/Biswal_Research_Group/Welcome.htmlRice Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: https://chbe.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: Rice University graduate student Elaa Hilou sets up an experiment to study the effect of a spinning magnetic field on a colloid of micron-sized magnetic particles. Videos show how the particles organize themselves in fields of different strength. http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/02/0205_DROPLETS-1-WEB-1v4ubit.jpgRice University graduate student Elaa Hilou sets up an experiment to study the effect of a spinning magnetic field on a colloid of micron-sized magnetic particles. Videos show how the particles organize themselves in fields of different strength. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University graduate student Elaa Hilou sets up an experiment to study the effect of a spinning magnetic field on a colloid of micron-sized magnetic particles. Videos show how the particles organize themselves in fields of different strength. Photo by Jeff FitlowThat interested Biswal and Hilou, but not as much as what they saw happening around the edges, where line tension formed by the outermost particles determined the ultimate shape of the arrays.“Think about a soap bubble,” Biswal said. “It always forms a sphere, even when you try to deform it. That’s because surface tension wants to minimize its surface area. It’s the same for our system, but in two dimensions. The interactions are always trying to minimize what we call the line tension.“Elaa finds the Gibbs interface and measures the energy at that interface where it goes from many particles thick (at low magnetic field strengths) to nearly a single particle thick by changing the strength of the interaction,” she said. “She’s done a lot of analysis of the line tension and how it relates to the energetics of the system.”The next step is to create physical, movable models for real systems to see how the constituents react when perturbed. “There’s a lot of interest in trying to create models for atomic and molecular systems,” Biswal said. “Most of that has been done through computational simulations, but here we have an experimental system that can realize structure and processes such as coalescence.”“For example, in catalysis, if you want to increase the surface area, you want more voids in order to facilitate contact between a catalyst and a reaction,” Hilou said. “By increasing the concentration and controlling the field, we can start to see voids and control the interface relative to the bulk.”The technique could model emulsions, she said. “Say you have oil and water and you want to phase-separate them,” Hilou said. “In the case of cosmetics and the food industry, you want the emulsions to be stable. We want to be able to mimic their dynamics by controlling particle size and the field strength.” http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/02/0205_DROPLETS-2-WEB-21ndn6h.jpgMicron-sized magnetic particles are set to go for a spin in a custom rig used by Rice University to study the effects of a spinning magnetic field on materials. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Rice University graduate student Elaa Hilou (left) and Professor Sibani Lisa Biswal set up an experiment in a device that combines a rotating magnetic field and a microscope. The researchers are studying the effects of a spinning field on magnetic particles. Their findings could help researchers model colloids for cosmetics as well as catalysts for chemicals, among other applications, in a physical system. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University graduate student Elaa Hilou (left) and Professor Sibani Lisa Biswal set up an experiment in a device that combines a rotating magnetic field and a microscope. The researchers are studying the effects of a spinning field on magnetic particles. Their findings could help researchers model colloids for cosmetics as well as catalysts for chemicals, among other applications, in a physical system. Photo by Jeff FitlowBiswal said the technique might also be used to model systems in which temperature, rather than electromagnetism, is the driver. In fields like metallurgy, defects are removed “by turning up the temperature to give molecules more freedom to move grain boundaries and voids,” she said. “Then they decrease the temperature to lock in the structures.“What we have is a dial that not only mimics the effects of temperature with a magnetic field but also offers the ability to watch through a microscope what happens in an actual system,” Biswal said.Rice graduate alumnus Di Du, now a research statistical analyst at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and graduate student Steve Kuei are co-authors of the paper. The National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://journals.aps.org/prmaterials/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.025602Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideos: Rice University graduate student Elaa Hilou sets up an experiment to study the effect of a spinning magnetic field on a colloid of micron-sized magnetic particles. 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Rice expert available to discuss Texas runoff elections May 22

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice expert available to discuss Texas runoff elections May 22HOUSTON – (May 15, 2018) – As Texans prepare to head to the polls for May 22 runoff elections, Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss the races. Mark Jones Return to article. Long DescriptionMark Jones photo courtesy Rice University“In contrast to the quiet chirping of crickets that normally characterizes Texas Democratic Primary runoffs, the 2018 Democratic runoffs feature a raucous cacophony of loud sounds at the congressional, state and county levels,” Jones said. “At the state level, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is facing a serious challenge from Houston businessman Andrew White in the race for the party’s gubernatorial nomination.”In addition, for the first time this decade, Texas Democrats have a realistic opportunity to flip three Republican-held congressional seats, Jones said.“All three races involve highly watched runoffs: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher versus Laura Moser in Houston’s 7th Congressional District, Colin Allred versus Lillian Salerno in Dallas’s 32nd Congressional District and Gina Ortiz Jones versus Rick Treviño in the 23rd Congressional District, which stretches from San Antonio to the outskirts of El Paso,” Jones said. “The national Democratic establishment has largely lined up behind Fletcher, Allred and Ortiz Jones, with Moser, Salerno and Treviño challenging their rival from the left.”Jones said Democrats also have congressional primary runoffs in eight other districts, including two where some of the most optimistic Democrats (but not most neutral observers) believe the Democratic candidate could potentially upset their GOP rival.“Joseph Kopser is facing Mary Wilson in the 21st Congressional District, which runs from San Antonio to Austin, and MJ Hegar is running against Christine Eady Mann in the 31st Congressional District, which runs from Round Rock to Temple/Killeen,” he said.Although the Texas Republican Party does not have any statewide runoffs, it does have six congressional runoffs, five of which are in relatively safe Republican districts, meaning the victor will be the heavy favorite, if not a lock, to win in November, Jones said.“Two of the contests (Ron Wright versus Jake Ellzey in Fort Worth’s 6th Congressional District and Chip Roy versus Matt McCall in the 21st Congressional District, which runs from San Antonio to Austin) are lopsided affairs where one candidate is widely favored over the other,” Jones said. “The other three races feature pitched battles between two relatively equal rivals (Kevin Roberts versus Dan Crenshaw in Houston’s 2nd Congressional District, Lance Gooden versus Bunni Pounds in the 5th Congressional District, which runs from Dallas into East Texas, and Bech Bruun versus Michael Cloud in the 27th Congressional District, which is centered on Corpus Christi, extending northward to the outskirts of Austin and eastward to the outskirts of Houston).”Jones said the primary runoff features an unusually large number of races — eight total — where the winner has a realistic chance of being elected to the U.S. House in November.“In a state congressional delegation with only three women (and 33 men), almost half (eight) of the competitors in the 10 highest-profile congressional runoffs are women (one Republican and seven Democrats),” he said. “Also noteworthy among this group of women is Ortiz Jones, who is a strong favorite to win the Democratic primary in the 23rd Congressional District and an even-money bet to win in the fall against Republican incumbent Will Hurd. If Ortiz Jones is victorious in May and November, she will simultaneously become the first Asian-American and openly LGBTQ person to represent Texas in the U.S. Congress.”At the state legislative level, Jones said, most of the focus will be on six GOP House primaries that feature candidates on opposite sides of the GOP divide, with a movement conservative candidate competing against an establishment conservative. The victors in all but one case will be virtual shoo-ins to win in November, due to the Republican advantage in their districts.“With the decision of Speaker Joe Straus to not seek re-election, these six primary races take on added importance, since their outcome could have a significant impact on the balance of power between establishment conservative and movement conservative forces within the Texas GOP House Caucus, which will meet in early January to attempt to select the next speaker,” Jones said.On the Democratic side, Jones said, there are also seven races.“In two, the Democratic victor will be the heavy favorite in November, in two the Democratic victor has an outside prospect of victory in the fall and in three the Democratic victor has little hope of winning in the general election,” he said.Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and professor of political science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is also a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He is a leading expert on Texas politics and a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets. His research on the Texas Legislature has been cited widely in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns.To schedule an interview with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Mark Jones bio: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/mark-p-jones/Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005center_img AddThislast_img read more

Weather Channel SUV Almost Floats Away in Irma Floods

first_imgThe skyline is seen as the outerbands of Hurricane Irma start to reach Florida on Sept. 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Share this article An SUV from the Weather Channel was caught on camera trying to drive through what looks like waist-deep water in  Miami.An WSVN 7News reporter was shooting the scene when the Suburban came down the street and into a particularly deep part of the street that had been inundated by Hurricane Irma.The reporter said they had seen another vehicle get through there, but that there were some deep parts where the vehicle could easily get stuck.“I guess they know what they’re doing. They’re the Weather Channel,” he said as he watched them drive by.The Weather Channel, a subsidiary of the Weather Company, is a private forecaster based in the United States. US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share The reporter tried to flag the driver down to warn him or her, but said the driver was on a cellphone and didn’t see him.“To see the Weather Channel doing this kind of stuff is kind of surprising,” said the anchor back at the station.The wind is so strong, the ripple from it on the water is clearly visible in the video. The reporter said he wouldn’t go out into the middle of the street because the current was so strong.In addition to the wind and water, he said that debris from construction sites had been falling along the street, and that the tall buildings make it worse because they act like a funnel for the wind.“This is not an area you want to be exploring now,” the reporter said.From NTD.tv Weather Channel SUV Almost Floats Away in Irma Floods By NTD Television September 11, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Mitt Romney Successfully Treated for Prostate Cancer Source

first_img Show Discussion Republican Mitt Romney, strongly considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah, underwent successful treatment for prostate cancer last year, a source close to Romney said on Monday.Romney, who lost the 2012 U.S. presidential race to Barack Obama, was treated surgically by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California and his prognosis is good, the source said. “He was successfully treated,” the source added. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks after a dinner meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Jean-Georges inside of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York, U.S., November 29, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)Romney advisers say the 70-year-old former governor of Massachusetts is weighing a run in the November congressional election for a Senate seat from Utah, a Republican-dominated state where Romney has a home.“Last year, Governor Mitt Romney was diagnosed with slow-growing prostate cancer. The cancer was removed surgically and found not to have spread beyond the prostate,” the source said. Share this article US News Share Former Republican U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivers a speech criticizing current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., March 3, 2016. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo) Merry Christmas from our family to you and your family. pic.twitter.com/kep6SnNysO— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 25, 2017 Romney would be seeking to succeed Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who has announced he will retire rather than seek re-election.President Donald Trump had urged Hatch to run again in an apparent attempt to head off Romney, who initially opposed Trump’s presidential candidacy. Trump and Romney spoke by phone last week. A White House aide said Trump wished him well.Recommended Video: Melania Trump’s First Year as First Lady  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Mitt Romney Successfully Treated for Prostate Cancer: Source By Reuters January 8, 2018 Updated: January 9, 2018last_img read more