MONTREAL – About 150,000 Hydro-Quebec customers remained without electricity as of late Monday afternoon after strong winds and heavy rain caused havoc with the province’s power grid.The utility said the intense depression coming from New England hit several areas of the province, as winds of 90 km/h caused branches and trees to knock down power lines.Some 300 linemen were working to fix problems in every part of the province — the hardest hit as of 4 p.m. ET being Monteregie south of Montreal, where more than 29,000 were without electricity.Other areas badly affected were the Laurentians north of Montreal and the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean a few hundred kilometres north of Quebec City.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also had to deal with the bad weather in Quebec on his way to work Monday.His office said there was some flooding on the street outside Trudeau’s residence in the Gatineau Hills near Meech Lake.A spokesman said that, in order to reach a street that wasn’t flooded, Trudeau had to use an all-terrain vehicle and travel through some back roads.Trudeau couldn’t get to the motorcade that usallly brings him into Ottawa, which is normally about an hour’s drive away, the spokesman said.Meanwhile, Environment Canada meteorologist Ian Hubbard said there were wind warnings across Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and for parts of New Brunswick and western Newfoundland by Monday afternoon.Halifax International Airport reported wind gusts up to 76 km/h as the system headed east across Atlantic Canada.Gusts of 110 km/h were forecast for parts of Newfoundland’s west coast by Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Top speeds of 150 km/h were anticipated for Wreckhouse, N.L., a flat expanse near Port aux Basques between the Long Range Mountains and the ocean. The area is notorious for hurricane-force winds that can blow over tractor trailers.The system was expected to produce comparatively little rain in Atlantic Canada, with no warnings issued by mid-afternoon.
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OTTAWA — Canadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their patrol was ambushed while hunting for militants along the border with Niger.The previously unreported incident marks the first time the Canadians have been asked to help non-United Nations forces in Mali, where the French have been conducting counter-insurgency operations since 2014.Canada has eight helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali, where they have been providing emergency medical evacuations and transporting troops and equipment across a large swath of the remote African country.The Canadians have conducted seven other medical evacuations since August, all of which involved injured UN troops and workers.In an interview with The Canadian Press, the commander of Canada’s task force in Mali said the UN and France have agreed to help each other in extreme circumstances and that his peacekeepers did their jobs by helping save lives.“I wouldn’t want people to presume or assume that we’re supporting counter-terrorism efforts,” said Col. Travis Morehen. “But it’s really at this point about saving allied lives.”News of the French evacuation comes as the federal government is contemplating a formal UN request to extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali, which is currently set to end at the end of July.France has about 3,000 heavily armed soldiers in Mali and the surrounding region hunting militants linked to al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other extremist groups through what is known as Operation Barkhane.While Operation Barkhane has been credited with keeping the numerous Islamic extremist groups in Mali off balance, it has also been accused in some corners of contributing to instability in the region.According to media reports, a French patrol was operating near Mali’s border with Niger on March 10 when they were ambushed by a vehicle packed with explosives and a group of militants on motorcycles.Fifteen French soldiers were reportedly injured, two seriously, before the militants fled.The Canadians first learned about the attack when a French officer at the Operation Barkhane camp in Gao called while it was still happening and indicated an emergency medical evacuation might be required, said Morehen.The French counter-terror mission operates largely independently from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, but Morehen says there is a good working relationship between the two.That includes the French providing air-traffic control services to the UN around Gao, the northern Malian city that is home to several military bases, including one belonging to Barkhane and another where the Canadians are located.The French also boast a more capable hospital than the UN, Morehen said, which is why the Canadians often end up bringing any wounded peacekeepers that they pick up in the field to the Barkhane camp.“So our pilots go over there and make sure that we have our flying procedures correct and we have a technical arrangement with them as well for medical support,” Morehen said.“There’s lots of sharing between us, which is all blessed by our governments.”Three Canadian helicopters were quickly deployed with approval from the UN mission commander in Bamako, Morehen said, and arrived at the scene about two hours later, at which point the fighting was over.Because of the distance, the two smaller Griffon escorts were redirected to a nearby town to refuel while the larger Chinook, which is configured like a flying hospital, continued back to Gao alone with the injured French soldiers.“It does increase the risk,” he said, “but we balanced it against the need to get those wounded back to medical facilities as soon as possible.”While he agreed that it was “the right thing to do,” Walter Dorn, an expert on peacekeeping at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, said the evacuation nonetheless risked linking the UN and French missions in some minds.“The risk is that we are associated with Barkhane and we then become subject to more attacks and the line between peacekeepers and counter-insurgency fighters is blurred,” Dorn said.Morehen pushed back against such suggestions, insisting the evacuation was an extremely rare circumstance and that anyone who wants to target the UN — which has suffered dozens of casualties in Mali — will do so no matter what.“The people that want to do people harm here, they’ve already got it formulated in their mind,” he said. “I don’t see how fathomable it is that we would be targeted because we gave a medevac to French forces.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterLee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
No injuries were reported, however, Kabir Hashim’s camp has condemned the cowardly attack stating that the opposition are resorting to such tactics as they fear a contest in a free and fair election.Hashim stressed that his team and the entire UNP election team would continue to adhere to a gentleman’s campaign. (Colombo Gazette) A hoarding erected in support of United National Party (UNP) Kegalle District Leader, Kabir Hashim, was set on fire in Kegalle last night.Hashim’s office said that unidentified individuals burnt down the hoarding belonging to Hashim last night.
“The Secretary-General urges the Israeli authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstance of his death and appeals for calm,” Mr. Ban said in a statement by his spokesperson.“He expresses his condolences to Minister Abu Ein’s family, the Palestinian people and its leadership.”Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, also commented on Mr. Abu Ein’s death.
Actor Orlando Bloom is doing his part for the refugees arriving in Europe from Syria. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador travelled to the borders of Greece, Serbia and F.Y.R.O.M where he was moved by the scenes unfolding before his eyes. “Witnessing it first hand, it’s hard to fathom really the level of stress which they’ve been under and the pain they’ve experienced,” Bloom said.“They’re travelling with just the clothes on their back, mostly.”The Lord of the Rings star, interacted with both young and old, and was also seen taking selfies with the newly arrived on his phone. He noted that many of the Syrians he met were “very well-educated” and had done research on their route and next destination. In a video for UNICEF, the Ambassador made a point of stressing that the refugees “are in desperate need of our help, desperate need of our assistance”.After Hungary sealed its borders, the Balkans migration route has increased in popularity as a way to enter western Europe.Source: Greek Reporter, Daily Mail Australia Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sampdoria director of sports Carlo Osti has hailed veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella as ‘timeless’ and ‘immortal’.Sampdoria demolished Napoli 3-0 last Sunday. Quagliarella completed the scoring with a sensational back-heel flick goal.Carlo Osti praised Quagliarella and expressed the club’s happiness to have a player of his calibre in their ranks.“Fabio is a great champion the kind of player who is timeless,” Osti told Sky Sports Italia, via Football Italia.“He is immortal. We are very happy to have him at Samp and hope he can stay with us as long as possible.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“After the defeat to Udinese, it was important for us to understand how we’d do against a big side like Napoli. We put in the perfect performance, it all went well, but we know there’s a long way to go this season.“We need to improve upon last term, especially our away form. That means the trip to Frosinone will be very important to test ourselves.”
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A foundation that is making an impact in the fight to cure Type 1 diabetes hosted special gala in Hollywood.The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s seventh annual Hope Promise Dream Gala was held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Saturday night.The event raised funds to support research, treatment and prevention of Type 1 diabetes.“This year is really special for us because we’ve had some wonderful partners in terms of sponsors, including WSVN, our media sponsor,” said Tracey Paige, the foundation’s executive director. “We’ve also partnered directly with the Seminole Tribe, and they have a raised a lot of funds for us, because Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are very prevalent within the tribe, and so we are very much looking forward to helping everybody with Type 1 diabetes tonight.”Guests dined on scrumptious fare and participated in a silent and live auction.7’s own Alex de Armas emceed the exclusive event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Senate could vote Thursday on two amendments to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill to increase defense spending and non-defense spending by adding money to DOD’s uncapped overseas contingency operations (OCO) account.The Democrat-led amendment to add $18 billion to the OCO account for a range of domestic programs is intended to maintain parity with defense spending, which would be raised by the same amount under a proposal from Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.). The Democrats’ amendment, sponsored by Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking member on Armed Services, would pay for U.S. civilian infrastructure, cybersecurity, law enforcement and medical responses to the opioid and Zika challenges, among other programs.Democrats say they won’t support the effort to bolster the military by providing additional troops, more funds for maintenance and training, and new aircraft, ships and tanks left out of the administration’s budget request unless Republicans agree to an equivalent increase for domestic programs.The two amendments may be subject to 60-vote thresholds, which would decrease their chances of being adopted. The amendments would only authorize the federal government to spend money but do not provide funds.McCain is pressuring Democrats to support his amendment even if theirs fails, reported the Hill.“If it does fail, my Democratic colleagues will be left to answer a simple question: Will you vote to give our military service members the resources, training and equipment that they need and deserve?” McCain said.“This vote will be that simple.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
A new study suggests that the harvests of several popular wild berries are becoming less reliable in many areas of the state. The study is a first step in a process that might learn more about the connections between climate factors and berry production.Download AudioAlaska wild berries from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons.Galena school teacher Freda Beasley and her husband Howard are fairly prolific berry pickers, sometimes gathering as much as 20 gallons of blueberries and low-bush cranberries in a good year. But to Freda it seems like the “good years” are getting fewer and farther between.“This year and last year, there were no blueberries; there were no low bush cranberries. And this year, there were a lot of low bush cranberries, so we got quite a bit of those,” says Beasley.It turns out that Freda’s not alone when it comes to fruitless searches for blueberries recently.“Almost 50 percent of the people that responded said [blueberries] had become more variable – there were bigger swings from one year to the next. That’s a fairly strong response. The number of people that responded that berries had become more variable was almost twice as high as any other response. So it suggests that, yeah, something may be going on there,” according to Research Wildlife Biologist Jerry Hupp with the U.S. Geologic Survey in Anchorage – one of the authors of the study.Along with researchers from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the University of Alaska Anchorage, Hupp put out a survey to environmental program managers at tribal groups, asking respondents to identify the berries that are commonly harvested in their area, and indicate whether berry harvests seem to be getting larger, smaller, more unpredictable, or staying the same.Hupp cautions that the study does not try to shed light on why berry populations might be rising or falling, but only to document the perceptions of experienced berry pickers.“Our goal was not so much to understand how climate may be influencing berries – how changes in snow cover or changes in precipitation may be changing berry abundance,” says Hupp. “It was more to simply ask people ‘are you seeing changes? Are there things happening on the ground that might indicate that things are different now than they were in previous decades?’”Ninety-six people from 73 Alaska communities responded. They were specifically asked to compare the berry picking experience of the past 10 years with how berry picking used to be before that.Two berries stand out as both commonly harvested and increasingly variable: low-bush blueberries and cloudberries.The perceived decline of blueberries is most pronounced along the western and northern coasts of Alaska, where 76 percent of respondents experienced lower blueberry harvests or more variability in harvests from year to year. That view was shared by around 50 percent of blueberry pickers in the maritime region of Alaska – ranging from the Aleutians to Southeast – and 40 percent in the Interior.High bush cranberries and crowberries, on the other hand, stand out as more consistent in their availability.For each of the 12 berry species included in the survey, only a handful of respondents perceived an increase in berry numbers.Hupp says that other researchers could expound upon the study to learn more about the science behind berry productivity, and get a better sense of how changes in climate might affect berry populations into the future.“Monitoring studies that would examine relationships between environmental variables and berry productions, or experimental studies that might alter things like snow cover, precipitation, and measure the response of berry species to that” mentions Hupp.The study is published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health.
Senate President Pete Kelly and Sen. Anna MacKinnon meet with House majority leader Christ Tuck and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon just before adjourning the special session in Juneau on the night of July 15, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)State government would no longer provide tax credits that can be traded for cash to oil and gas companies under a bill the Legislature passed Saturday.Listen nowInstead, companies would be able to reduce the taxes they pay in the future, based on the amount they spend to develop fields.The Senate passed House Bill 111 with a vote of 18 to 0, while the House passed it 33 to 6.Anchorage Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel said companies would weigh their investments due to the loss of tax credits. She said it’s lawmakers’ intention that the bill doesn’t cause further job losses.“Make no mistake about it, this bill is a tax increase,” Giessel said.Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, and Sen. Cathy Geissel, R-Anchorage, answer reporters’ questions on House Bill 111. Both chambers passed the bill on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)Lawmakers took until the final two hours of the second special session to pass an agreement.State analysts estimate the bill would save the state $1.34 billion over the next decade. By then, oil companies are forecast to spend roughly $1.5 billion they’ll be able to use to lower future taxes.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr said the bill shows the Legislature is capable of reaching compromise on difficult solutions for the state’s future.“If you didn’t get everything you wanted in this bill, that’s not an exclusive club,” Tarr said. “It went farther than a lot of people wanted and not as far as some others did. So it truly does represent a compromise.”Negotiators worked into Saturday night to work out a compromise. A key provision means that if companies don’t begin production within 10 years of beginning to spend on fields, they would lose some of the value of future tax reductions.The Alaska Oil and Gas Association said in a tweet that the bill will have a negative impact on investment in the state.Make no mistake: HB 111 will have a negative impact on investment in Alaska. 7th tax change in 12 years. #akleg— AOGA (@AOGA) July 16, 2017Gov. Bill Walker praised legislators for the agreement. He said they’ve told him they’ll reach an agreement on a capital budget by July 31. The Senate voted to return for a third special session, but the House didn’t take a similar vote on Saturday.Reps. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, and Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, talk as they leave House Chambers just after midnight on July 15, 2017. The House had just adjourned the special session. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
Saudi Arabia faces an unenviable decision: cut energy subsidies, or concede defeat in its oil price war. Its decision to consider the former will test the kingdom’s pain threshold.Oil prices of around $50 a barrel are a problem for Saudi, which already foregoes a chunk of potential revenue by providing its own people and companies with low-cost electricity, fuel and gas. Based on estimates from the International Monetary Fund, the cost is $107 billion a year — equivalent to $3,395 per person.That is punching a hole in Saudi’s finances. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the Saudi budget could blow out to 20% of GDP this year. Cheap energy has also encouraged heavy use.Demand in the kingdom is rising by an annual rate of 8%, diverting crude oil that might otherwise be sold at higher prices via export. A plan to replace many oil-burning power plants with cheaper natural gas and eventually nuclear is years, and billions of dollars of investment, away.On paper, ditching subsidies would close around two-thirds of the budget shortfall. In reality, things aren’t so easy. Saudis consider paying around 15 US cents per litre for a tank of gasoline almost as a birthright. Gas-guzzling vehicles and powerful air conditioning are in fashion.The kingdom’s power plants can consume up to 900,000 barrels of crude a day during the hottest months, almost a tenth of Saudi’s total oil output.Still, weaning the country off subsidies looks hard to avoid. It would be unlikely to cause severe political unrest, even though higher energy costs would push up inflation that most recently came in at 2.3%.Saudi’s neighbour, the United Arab Emirates, stopped subsidising gasoline in July and the transition has so far been smooth. Plans to reduce energy handouts have been on the Saudi government’s agenda for over a decade.Saudi could always narrow its budget hole in other ways — by using more of its foreign currency reserves, or by curbing its production and allowing oil prices to rise.For now it seems more intent on keeping prices low and squeezing higher-cost drillers to win market share. Cutting subsidies won’t make that battle any easier, but it will allow Saudi to prolong the war a little longer.(Written by Andy Critchlow, a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)
Essar Steel Minnesota LLC, a U.S. affiliate of India’s shipping, natural resources and power conglomerate Essar Global Group, has hired financial and legal advisers to help it restructure its debt, according to people familiar with the matter.The company is in the final stages of building a $1.8 billion iron ore pellet plant in northern Minnesota. Its woes underscore the impact that cheap Chinese imports have had on the price of iron ore and U.S. steel manufacturers.Essar Steel Minnesota has hired investment bank Guggenheim Partners LLC and law firm White & Case LLP as debt restructuring advisers, the people said this week. Essar Steel Minnesota has about $1 billion in debt, one of the people added.The sources asked not to be identified because the appointments are not public. Spokespeople for Essar Steel Minnesota, Essar Global, Guggenheim and White & Case did not respond to requests for comment.Essar Steel Minnesota’s move to restructure its debt comes less than six months after the bankruptcy filing of its Canadian sister company, steel manufacturer Essar Steel Algoma Inc. Essar Steel Algoma also filed for bankruptcy in 2014.Essar Global moved into Minnesota in 2007, shortly after it acquired the Algoma manufacturer. At the time, the company said it was positioning itself to be close to high-value steel markets and sources of iron ore.The plant, whose construction started in 2010, is scheduled to open this year, according to the company’s website. It will permanently employ 350 people once it opens, according to the state.Last year, Essar Steel Minnesota failed to make timely payments to its vendors, according to press statements from the office of the Minnesota governor. The company did not live up to the terms of the original agreement it had with the state, and at the end of last year it accepted a plan to repay Minnesota’s $66 million loan.
Share Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarris County Commissioners Court approves new building restrictions.The Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved new construction requirements. Starting January 1, 2018 all new buildings – homes as well as commercial – must be at least 24 inches above the 500 year flood plain. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett believes these new building regulations are the nation’s toughest.There are some experts that estimate in some areas of the 100 year flood plain, new construction would need to be built almost eight feet above ground. This new building code is for unincorporated Harris County only.The city of Houston is not affected by today’s Commissioner’s vote, however, Judge Ed Emmett said the County needs the City’s help in flood prevention.“That’s something for the city of Houston to decide. Our concern, as you heard expressed this morning, is we don’t have a count of the number of homes flooded in the city of Houston. An accurate count. We don’t know where, we don’t know how deep the water was, and for us to be doing the flood control projects we need that information,” said Emmett. Photo Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge Ed EmmettEmmett said that they didn’t worry about 500 year and 100 year flood plains. “Nobody really cares about that [flood plains], what they care about is how high’s the water going to get,” So with that in mind, they created a building code that would protect as many people as possible. “So, if those maps are wrong [flood maps], we need to error [sic] on the side of caution going forward. I think what you saw was a unanimous Commissioner’s Court, and to the credit of builders and developers nobody’s against it, everybody is saying, yes flood control is job one and we’re going to do it,” said Emmett.
APFILE – In this Monday, June 18, 2018 file photo, Akemi Vargas, 8, cries as she talks about being separated from her father during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. District Court building in Phoenix. Child welfare agencies across America make wrenching decisions every day to separate children from their parents. But those agencies have ways of minimizing the trauma that aren’t being employed by the Trump administration at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is starting up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”Bellor said shelters follow strict procedures surrounding who can gain access to the children in order to protect their safety, but that means information about their welfare can be limited.By law, child migrants traveling alone must be sent to facilities run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within three days of being detained. The agency then is responsible for placing the children in shelters or foster homes until they are united with a relative or sponsor in the community as they await immigration court hearings.But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement last month that the government would criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally has led to the breakup of migrant families and sent a new group of hundreds of young children into the government’s care.The United Nations, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers and religious groups have sharply criticized the policy, calling it inhumane.Not so, said Steven Wagner, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services.“We have specialized facilities that are devoted to providing care to children with special needs and tender age children as we define as under 13 would fall into that category,” he said. “They’re not government facilities per se, and they have very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they’re staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs — particularly of the younger children.”Until now, however, it’s been unknown where they are.“In general we do not identify the locations of permanent unaccompanied alien children program facilities,” said agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe.The three centers — in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville — have been rapidly repurposed to serve needs of children including some under 5. A fourth, planned for Houston, would house up to 240 children in a warehouse previously used for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.Turner said he met with officials from Austin-based Southwest Key Programs, the contractor that operates some of the child shelters, to ask them to reconsider their plans. A spokeswoman for Southwest Key didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment.“And so there comes a point in time we draw a line, and for me, the line is with these children,” Turner said during a news conference Tuesday.On a practical level, the zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed the federal agency charged with caring for the new influx of children who tend to be much younger than teens who typically have been traveling to the U.S. alone. Indeed some recent detainees are infants, taken from their mothers.Doctors and lawyers who have visited the shelters said the facilities were fine, clean and safe, but the kids — who have no idea where their parents are — were hysterical, crying and acting out.“The shelters aren’t the problem, it’s taking kids from their parents that’s the problem,” said South Texas pediatrician Marsha Griffin who has visited many.Alicia Lieberman, who runs the Early Trauma Treatment Network at University of California, San Francisco, said decades of study show early separations can cause permanent emotional damage.“Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels,” she said. “Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities.”Days after Sessions announced the zero-tolerance policy, the government issued a call for proposals from shelter and foster care providers to provide services for the new influx of children taken from their families after journeying from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.As children are separated from their families, law enforcement agents reclassify them from members of family units to “unaccompanied alien children.” Federal officials said Tuesday that since May, they have separated 2,342 children from their families, rendering them unaccompanied minors in the government’s care.While Mexico is still the most common country of origin for families arrested at the border, in the last eight months Honduras has become the fastest-growing category as compared to fiscal year 2017.During a press briefing Tuesday, reporters repeatedly asked for an age breakdown of the children who have been taken. Officials from both law enforcement and Health and Human Services said they didn’t know how many children were under 5, under 2, or even so little they’re non-verbal.“The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” said Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who met with a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a McAllen warehouse where Border Patrol temporarily holds migrant families. “There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages, our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children.”So now, the government has to try to hire more caregivers.The recent call for proposals by the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement said it was seeking applicants who can provide services for a diverse population “of all ages and genders, as well as pregnant and parenting teens.”Even the policy surrounding what age to take away a baby is inconsistent. Customs and Border Protection field chiefs over all nine southwest border districts can use their discretion over how young is too young, officials said. And while Health and Human Services defines “tender age” typically as 12 and under, Customs and Border Protection has at times defined it as 5 and under.For 30 years, Los Fresnos, Texas-based International Education Services ran emergency shelters and foster care programs for younger children and pregnant teens who arrived in the U.S. as unaccompanied minors. At least one resident sued for the right to have an abortion in a high-profile case last March.For reasons the agency did not explain, three months ago the government’s refugee resettlement office said it was ending their funding to the program and transferred all children to other facilities. This came weeks before the administration began its “zero tolerance” policy, prompting a surge in “tender age” migrant children needing shelter.In recent days, members of Congress have been visiting the shelters and processing centers, or watching news report about them, bearing witness to the growing chaos. In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, a dozen Republican senators said separating families isn’t consistent with American values and ordinary human decency.On Tuesday, a Guatemalan mother who hasn’t seen her 7-year-old son since he was taken from her a month ago sued the Trump administration. Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia was released from custody while her asylum case is pending and thinks her son, Darwin, might be in a shelter in Arizona.“I only got to talk to him once and he sounded so sad. My son never used to sound like that, he was such a dynamic boy,” Mejia-Mejia said as she wept. “I call and call and no one will tell me where he is.” Share
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA gate lounge at Manchester Airport has been evacuated after cracks appeared in the wall and the floor ‘dropped’. Travellers waiting to board a flight were caught up in a ‘mad panic’ and confusion as the incident sparked fears of a collapse. They reported hearing loud noises as the floor was seen to drop several times, with cracks appearing in a wall near a steel beam. Following the evacuation, passengers congregated on the tarmac outside the Terminal 2 building. One passenger tweeted a photo of dozens of people gathered outside the terminal. Read MoreMan, 26, dies after walking streets ‘visibly injured’ He wrote: “Mad panic after loud noise. No announcement, everyone just sat (in danger area?) waiting. Not great.” Fellow traveller Andrea Atherton wrote: “Been stood for 20 minutes where the temporary floors sound like they are collapsing. “Finally evacuated outside. Trying to go on my cruise. “Not great communication Manchester airport.” She later tweeted: “The temporary floors at the boarding gate sounded like they were collapsing. They dropped and wall showed cracks.” Read MoreMan, 53, dies following ‘serious road traffic collision’ A spokesman for Manchester Airport said a “small” crack developed in the floor of a temporary gate lounge. He said the incident affected passengers on one flight and the lounge was evacuated as a precaution. The situation was investigated and passengers were allowed back inside a short time later.
February 26, 2015 588 Views New Trulia Survey Shows Americans Dream of Bigger Homes in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Bigger is better when it comes to dream homes, according to a report released Thursday by Trulia called “Dreaming Big: Americans Still Yearning for Larger Homes.” According to the report, dreaming of a bigger homes spans all generations with Baby Boomers, Millennials, and GenXers all surveying they want more space.Trulia’s Housing Economist Ralph McLaughlin said overwhelming number of people wanting a new house isn’t surprising.”If you ask someone if they want a bigger airline seat, they will probably say yes,” he said. “I think the same thing goes for housing. People want more space.”Millennials ranked highest among the generations with 60 percent saying they want a bigger home, while GenXers ranked second with 48 percent, and Baby Boomers coming in at 26 percent. McLaughlin believes many Millennials may not be happy with their current home size because they are still recovering from the recession.”The Great Recession hurt many Millennials. It was a time for tremendous job cuts. In 2007 and 2008 when they were entering the job market there were no jobs for them,” he said. “It’s possible now that job growth is increasing many of them are emerging from their parents’ basements into places where they are sharing a small space with a roommate.”Not surprisingly, Baby Boomers had the highest number of surveyors who would like to downsize at 21 percent, while GenXers had 14 percent, and Millennials coming in last at 13 percent. However, 53 percent of Baby Boomers and 48 percent of GenXers said they are currently living in their dream home.While the trend of more Baby Boomers retiring and wanting to downsize may have a lasting impact on the housing industry, Mollie Wuff at Belmont Partners believes the real estate industry may have to target Millennials in the future.”While Ys (Millennials) comprise only 12 percent of the real estate workforce, they make up 34 percent of the population and have the sheer numbers necessary to replace the retiring Boomers. If companies are to keep pace with industry growth in the years to come, they should adjust their practices to effectively attract and retain this new generation of human capital,” Wuff said.What McLaughlin found most surprising was the demographics expected to want smaller homes all surveyed the opposite. People without kids, living in suburbs, or currently living in an affordable neighborhood all said they wanted bigger homes.About 39 percent of people without kids want a larger home; with 42 percent of people living in suburbs and 40 percent living in an affordable neighborhood also wanting a larger home.McLaughlin said reasons for these finding may differ between individuals because different residents may have different reasons for needing more space.”My parents are retiring to a large home in Arizona because my dad is active and has a home gym and my mom has a room for arts and crafts,” McLaughlin said. Belmont Partner homes Trulia 2015-02-26 Samantha Guzman Share
“Apples are particularly high in the flavonoid quercetin, however consumption of the whole fruit is necessary to obtain the health benefits,” she said.“A large number of studies have shown that dietary flavonoids provide many benefits for cardiovascular health. We have screened the flavonoid content of over 100 apples from the national breeding program based in Western Australia, and identified apples that are high in flavonoids, including Pink Lad and Bravo-branded apples.”Two clinical trials have demonstrated the positive effect of Pink Lady apple consumption on cardiovascular health – one study demonstrated improved blood vessel function within hours of eating apple and the second trial showed these effects are sustained following four weeks of daily intake by people at risk of cardiovascular disease.”Considine, who is intimately involved with the national breeding program, said the original motivation was to demonstrate that apples are a natural ‘functional food’.Research supporting the presentation has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia, the department, UWA, ECU, Pomewest, and Fruit West. You might also be interested in Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C … U.S.: ‘Apples are often on the tariff carousel’, s … August 31 , 2018 Eating apples is good for you, ongoing research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) has reaffirmed.The science behind how apples assist human health by improving cardiovascular health was presented this week at Western Australian Horticulture Update by UWA senior research fellow Michael Considine and adjunct research fellow Catherine Bondonno, a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.Considine said the work began about 10 years ago with the aim of trying to validate the health benefits of apples to add value to varieties developed from the Australian National Apple Breeding Program funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.“The research has three parts: to identify the traits of a healthy apple, develop tools to accelerate the breeding program, and use the outcome as a marketing and promotion tool for WA apples,” Considine said.Bondonno said apples were high in ‘flavonoids‘ (antioxidants), which are concentrated in the skin rather than the flesh of apples. NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B …
In his career, he has 226 tackles and 10 interceptions.The Cardinals had previously been linked to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, and while he visited with the team last week, no deal was signed and both parties may have decided to move on. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals’ search for cornerback depth is leading them in a new direction.According to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers, Mike Jenkins is expected to visit with the team Tuesday.Jenkins, 28, spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after being with the Dallas Cowboys the previous five.The former first-round pick, now 28, tallied 65 combined tackles along with two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed last season.
Go back to the enewsletterSmall group adventure touring company, Natural Habitat Adventures, will reintroduce Australia to its global program from 2020 after an extended hiatus, LATTE can reveal exclusively. The Colorado-based responsible tour operator has developed two brand new itineraries that will explore Australia’s north and south, both over 12 days and 11 nights.The northern itinerary, named Australia’s Wild North, will encompass Kadadu, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree. The southern trip will focus on Tasmania, Kangaroo Island and the Great Ocean Road.Leading the Australian program’s development is Justin Brown, Natural Habitat Adventures’ Director of Field Operations, who said that launching two “big, significant trips” at the same time has its challenges, but that he was excited for the program’s public release.Speaking exclusively to LATTE from Boulder, Colorado this week, Brown said Natural Habitat Adventures’ audience had been calling for the reintroduction of Australia for “quite a while”.“Quite a few dedicated passengers who have travelled extensively with us in the past all over the world kept bringing up Australia. It just got to be that time to give it another go,” Brown said. He personally investigated the destinations and was in Australia last month to complete arrangements.“Australia is a giant continent with a lot of diverse environments and interesting places to see. Trying to cultivate just one single itinerary that ticks all the boxes is impossible really, unless you’re going to be there for three months. We wanted to have a complementary pairing of programs, especially because the seasonality is relatively opposite in the two different locations.”“The northern itinerary is hitting the more tropical-type of environment, and the Great Barrier Reef is an obvious choice for wildlife lovers, and is certainly a bucket-list location. The Daintree being an absolutely naturally beautiful, gorgeous location with really interesting and intriguing wildlife, Kakadu is an incredible spot, and Darwin and the Top End is amazing.”There will be an initial six departures of each itinerary, with the northern program operating from Brisbane to Sydney between May and October, and the southern trip – from Adelaide to Hobart – running between October and March.Brown said the southern trip is probably what more international tourists would come to expect of Australia, at least in terms of wildlife.“That’s where guests will see the very typical Australian species of kangaroos and wallabies, koalas, wombats and Tasmanian devils. It’ll be more that stereo-typical wildlife versus the coral reef, fish, sharks and manta rays, turtles, cassowaries, saltwater crocodiles and all the birdlife that thrives in Kakadu in the north.”Wildlife elements include tracking the endangered Tasmanian devil, searching for echidnas, wombat encounters in the south, marine life spotting in the Great Barrier Reef and ‘birding’ in remote parts of Kakadu on jet boats.Guests stay in a diverse range of accommodation options, from the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, Great Ocean Ecolodge, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Edge of the Bay Resort in Tasmania’s Freycinet, Heron Island Resort, Bamurru Plains, to the Heritage Lodge up north.The Aussie program has been developed so that the two journeys can be linked at the front and back end of each season. Itineraries have gone on sale this week and will be featured in the next annual Natural Habitat Adventures’ catalogue, due to be released in September.While the target audience is primarily American travellers, Brown said he could see Australian’s being interested in the “wildlife heavy” tours as a domestic holiday.Each tour is capped at a maximum of 12 people who will be escorted throughout the trip by Nat Hab expedition leaders. As a result of the vast distances covered, internal flights will be necessary on each trip.The Southern trip is priced from US$9,995 per person double occupancy, plus internal airfares of US$1,195 and a single supplement of US$1,750.The Northern trip (which concludes in Sydney with an overnight stay) is priced from US$10,995 per person double occupancy, plus internal airfares of US$1,570 and a single supplement is US$1,990.Visit nathab.com for more information.Go back to the enewsletter
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