Chennai water crisis DMK stages protests as govt ramps up efforts to

first_imgTamil Nadu’s main opposition party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), is staging protests across the state Saturday against the acute water crisis. The party’s cadre held protests in Dindigul, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuramnto urge the government to take action to address the issue. Tamil Nadu is plagued with a severe water crisis. Advertising The DMK claimed the issue reached the point of a crisis due to the AIADMK government’s “negligence” and “administrative failure”, reported news agency PTI. Chennai has been affected the worst as the four reservoirs around the city, which supply drinking water, have dried up. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceChief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami Friday held an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation. Addressing the press, Palaniswami said the government had allocated Rs 65 crore to transfer by rail water from Jolarpettai near Vellore to Chennai. For the next six months, the government will use rail wagons to bring in 10 MLD (millions of litre per day) of water from Jolarpettai, he said.Apart from this, Palaniswami said senior officers were monitoring the situation and coordinating water supply. “Wherever there is a shortage, we have a coordinated system to ensure supply now,” the Chief Minister said.He added that in rural areas, water was being supplied from Andhra Pradesh’s Krisha river. While about 11 TMC water was supposed to have come, TN was receiving only 2 TMC water.with inputs of The Indian Expresslast_img read more

Woman charged after allegedly returning to collect drugs left in hotel roomcops

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – A woman has found that returning to claim drugs she allegedly left behind in a hotel room may not have been the best decision.Police in Guelph, Ont., say staff at a west-end hotel found crystal meth and cocaine in a room after the occupants checked out on Saturday.Investigators say a woman returned saying she wanted to collect items that had been forgotten in the room and was arrested.A 33-year-old London, Ont., woman faces two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.last_img read more

Valcourt rejects Bellegardes invitation to meet with AFN executive

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has turned down an invitation offered by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to meet with the organization’s chiefs executive early next week.Valcourt’s office said late Wednesday afternoon the minister would not accept Bellegarde’s invitation, but instead send his department’s deputy minister Colleen Swords.“While the minister can’t attend, he has asked that his deputy minister attend on his behalf,” said an emailed statement from Valcourt’s office.Bellegarde issued the invite as an olive branch to Valcourt during a meeting between the two men in Quebec City this past Monday.Valcourt’s office described the meeting as “productive” and that “both parties agreed to keep in touch on issues that matter to First Nations.”The minister’s rejection of the invitation seems in line with the more aggressive posture Valcourt has taken toward the AFN and on his portfolio in general.It was unclear as of this article’s posting whether the AFN executive, which is comprised of chiefs representing 10 regions from across the country, would accept to meet with the deputy minister instead of Valcourt.APTN National News could not immediately reach the AFN for comment.The AFN executive is meeting next Monday and Tuesday.Bellegarde sent a note to the chiefs executive Monday following his meeting with Valcourt saying he had issued the invitation to the minister.“The purpose of the meeting was to open lines of communications and to outline priorities,” wrote Bellegarde, in the note, which was obtained by APTN.Bellegarde said in the note he planned to provide a more detailed update during next week’s planned chiefs executive meeting.Privately, however, Bellegarde has told chiefs the minister was cordial but “kind of cold” during their encounter.Bellegarde was scheduled to meet with NDP leader Thomas Muclair Wednesday evening.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Heavy smog worsened by weather raises alarm across Asia

first_imgBANGKOK — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia.In Bangkok, a combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants has taken air quality to unhealthy levels in recent days.The Thai Pollution Control Department said Monday that a low pressure system was partly to blame, leaving the smog concentrated over the country’s biggest city. A department official said about half of the high levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs, was due to diesel engine emissions.In South Korea, the ultrafine dust levels prompted emergency measures to reduce the health hazard.Pollution often is out of control by the time countries take action. India’s cities are among the smoggiest and it is just starting to tackle the problem.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Marrakech’s Public Prosecutor Opens Judicial Investigation Following Tuesday’s Sexual Assault Video

Rabat – The Public Prosecutor in Marrakech’s Court of Appeals announced the opening of an investigation on Wednesday on the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault against a young girl in Bouchane.After the arrest of the alleged suspect on Wednesday, the court of appeals is carrying out a judicial investigation to determine the circumstances of the filmed incident that has been shaking social media since Tuesday.The incident took place in Bouchane, a small town and rural commune in Rehamna Province of the Marrakech-Safi region. The Royal Gendarmerie made their arrest earlier today and placed the defendant in custody while investigations are underway. The incident occurred back in January, and the victim has now been identified.The 55-second video has stirred backlash and concern among Moroccan citizens on social media. A hashtag is now being used to decry the incident. The hashtag “#Wash_Maandakch_Khtek” (translation: “Don’t you have a sister?”) echoes the young woman’s pleas, heard in the video as she tries stop her abuser.Seven months ago, similar graphic footage was released of a group of teenagers sexually assaulting a mentally ill-girl on a bus in Casablanca.The incident resulted in public protests in Morocco’s major cities, including Rabat and Casablanca, to denounce the lack of public safety. read more

UN mission in DR Congo rushes rescue teams to site of deadly

Survivors reported that the goods train was speeding when eight of its carriages derailed near Kakenge in Western Kasai province, while en route from the town of Ilebo to the provincial capital of Kananga.Kemal Saïki, a spokesperson for the UN mission (MONUC), said official Government figures placed the death toll at 100 after earlier estimates gave the number of dead as 68. At least 120 others are seriously wounded, and many remain trapped in the wreckage.“It was a massive accident, and we are trying to assist as much as we can,” Mr. Saïki said.MONUC chief William Lacy Swing said the mission would contribute “all of its available resources” to help in the rescue efforts.“We are appalled by the loss of life, especially in a country which has already suffered so much,” he said.The lack of serviceable transportation in the DRC, combined with the dilapidated state of the roads and railways, means that many Congolese people often ride on goods trains – sometimes on the roofs of carriages – to reach distant towns and cities. It is not known exactly how many passengers where aboard last night’s train.The mission dispatched a helicopter today from Kananga carrying four Congolese doctors and three nurses to treat the injured, as well as medical kits, UN police officers and other UN staff to help with the relief efforts. Those staff are going to conduct an assessment of the humanitarian needs in the wake of the crash.Tomorrow MONUC will send further medical and emergency supplies, and will also transport high-level Congolese officials to the crash site.The rescue operation is being hampered by the fact that local authorities do not have the technical equipment to lift the carriages, under which some people are believed trapped, or to cut through the heavy wreckage.The nearest hospital is 12 kilometres away, and the first people rescued had to be transported by foot or bicycle.MONUC is in the DRC to help the country rebuild after its five-year civil war, starting in the late 1990s, engulfed the Great Lakes region. Some four million people died in that conflict or because of related hunger or disease. 2 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is sending doctors, nurses, emergency workers and rescue equipment to the centre of the vast country, where a train derailed last night, killing about 100 people. read more

Ban presents next steps to move ahead on plan to rid world

Speaking at a meeting in New York focusing on his five-point action plan to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Mr. Ban cited “encouraging” developments over recent months, including the renewed commitment by the leaders of the United States and Russia, a breakthrough in the Conference on Disarmament, and the “historic” Security Council summit in September.“We need to sustain this momentum, and build on it,” he stated, noting that the review conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to be held in May 2010, is just a few months away. “Now is the time.” The Secretary-General’s action plan, presented in October 2008, begins with a call for the parties to the NPT to pursue negotiations on nuclear disarmament, either through a new convention or through a series of mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a credible system of verification. In addition, it is based on the following key principles: that disarmament must enhance security; be reliably verified; be rooted in legal obligations; be visible to the public; and must anticipate emerging dangers from other weapons. “My Action Plan on Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Non-proliferation is founded on a fundamental principle: nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation are mutually reinforcing and inseparable,” Mr. Ban stated. “They should be pursued in tandem.”To build on recent momentum and “move the ball forward,” Mr. Ban urged States to facilitate the adoption of agreed measures on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and encouraged them to consider the proposal by Costa Rica and Malaysia for a nuclear weapon convention. Second, noting that the Security Council Summit should not be a one-time event, he encouraged the 15-member body to meet annually, at the Foreign Minister level, to discuss nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament.“The Council’s nuclear-weapon States might also wish to consider the adoption of a joint declaration for the 2010 NPT Review Conference addressing nuclear disarmament issues,” he suggested. He also called for greater efforts to advance the rule of law in the field of disarmament, and to enhance transparency and accountability. Lastly, he called for complementary measures while pursuing nuclear disarmament.“The world should pursue several related measures, including eliminating others weapons of mass destruction; combating WMD [weapons of mass destruction] terrorism; and bans on missiles, space weapons. We also must not lose sight of conventional weapons disarmament.”In addition, he encouraged Member States to consider convening a session of the General Assembly to examine the impact of armed violence on development at next September’s summit meeting on the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 8 December 2009Highlighting recent progress in efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged nations to build on the momentum, laying out a number of steps to move the process forward. read more

UN backs lawmakers call to do away with travel bans based on

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have also urged the implementation of legislation to protect people living with HIV from discrimination.Currently, 52 countries, territories and areas have some form of HIV-specific restriction on entry, stay and residence – including banning tourists or study – based on positive HIV status.“Travel restrictions for people living with HIV do not protect public health and are outdated in the age of universal access to HIV prevention and treatment,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director.He highlighted the vital role that parliamentarians can play in removing discriminatory laws and restrictions.In January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNAIDS congratulated the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States for lifting “discriminatory” travel limits that previously prevented people living with HIV from entering both nations. 29 March 2010The United Nations agency tasked with fighting the spread of HIV has supported a call made by the world’s parliamentarians to lift travel restrictions for people living with the disease. read more

Now a price formula for imported milk powder

Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development P. Harrison had proposed to implement the price formula through the Consumer Affairs Authority.The Government has already introduced a price formula for fuel. (Colombo Gazette) A price formula is to be introduced for milk powder following approval obtained from the cabinet.The Government said that cabinet approval had been obtained to introduce the formula for imported milk powder. read more

Nevada I80 wildlife crossings win environmental award

ELKO, Nev. — The Federal Highway Administration has issued an environmental excellence award to state wildlife and transportation officials for creating wildlife safety crossings on special highway overpasses in northeast Nevada.The award recognizes nine safety crossings installed on Interstate 80 in Elko County between Wendover and Wells, and U.S. Highway 93 north of Wells to reduce potentially dangerous vehicle-animal collisions.The overpasses are covered with native soil and vegetation to replicate the natural environment and encourage crossing by mule deer, elk and other animals.Nevada’s departments of transportation and wildlife worked together to identify the most critical deer migration and roadway-crossing points, including GPS collars to track the migratory movements of hundreds of deer.In total, roughly 60 miles (96 kilometres) of eight-foot-high (2.5-meter-high) wildlife fencing was installed on both sides of the roadway to help direct animals to the crossings.The Associated Press read more

Fort McMurray rebuild to pump 53B back into Albertas economy

Fort McMurray rebuild to pump $5.3B back into Alberta’s economy by Mike Tarasko Posted Nov 15, 2016 6:52 am MDT An aerial view of Fort McMurray wildfire damage (Source: Twitter @JustinTrudeau) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Fort McMurray wildfire earlier this year led to major loss for the city, the province, and home and business owners, but a new report says there’s a silver lining.The Conference Board of Canada predicts $5.3-billion will be injected into the economy through 2019 as nearly 2,000 homes and businesses are rebuilt.It says the spending will increase Alberta’s GDP by 0.4 per cent next year, 0.2 per cent in 2018, and 0.1 per cent in 2019, and it will also help to slightly reduce unemployment in the province by creating about 9,000 jobs.About $3.6-billion of the spending will be covered by insurance payouts, while governments will be on the hook for about $1.5 billion in firefighting, relief and rebuilding costs.The board says the fires cost Alberta $456-million in GDP this year, thanks to oilsands projects being shut down. read more

Central American migrants must be protected urge UN experts

Nine UN experts pointed out that the migrants are seriously vulnerable, facing challenges such as shortages of healthcare, water, sanitation, food, and shelter. They are also at increased risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation.“Rather than fueling tensions with hate speech and threats, Governments should work together to tackle inequality, poverty, social exclusion, violence, insecurity, environmental degradation and persecution as the main drivers of migration in Central America,” they underscored.Since mid-October, between 12,000 and 14,000 migrants have passed through the Guatemalan and Mexican borders heading to the US. While most are from Honduras, increasing numbers are joining from Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador – including a significant number of families; single mothers with children under age five; some 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI); and people with disabilities.On Sunday, US government agents on the Mexican border used tear gas on a crowd of migrants who made a desperate attempt to cross over, in the city of Tijuana, during a protest march. Hundreds have been sheltering in the city since arriving, hoping to seek asylum.“Rather than fueling tensions with hate speech and threats, Governments should work together to tackle inequality –  UN experts Those caravans will not be the last ones unless the situation from which the migrants are fleeing, which for many includes extreme human rights violations, is considerably improved,” the UN experts said, adding that cooperation between Central American States “is urgently required to develop more accessible, regular, safe and affordable migration channels.”In separate letters to the Governments of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States, the UN experts voiced their concerns and called on them to abide by international law.Hatred and xenophobiaThe UN experts also raised the alarm over racist and xenophobic language, and US practices in terms of border control, which they say, fly in the face of international human rights equality and non-discrimination standards.In addition to violating international law, the experts accused the US of stigmatizing migrants and refugees, by accusing them of importing crime and disease, fueling a climate of intolerance, racial hatred and xenophobia.“This has detrimental effects on the right to mental health not only of migrants, but of the general public,” warned the experts. “It is of particular concern that such rhetoric is expressed by high-level authorities, leading to the escalation and normalization of hate speech, incitement to hatred and discrimination in the political and public sphere.”The experts also voiced concern over sending military personnel to secure the US border.“Experience shows that when armed forces are used to perform tasks that they are not trained to do, this usually leads to serious violations of human rights,” they stressed.In addition to the considerable risks the migrants face on their way to the US, upon arrival they must confront legal and asylum obstacles, as well as being possibly returned to face prosecution in their native country.Asserting that origin countries should take measures to tackle the root causes of the mass migrations that links to violence and socio-economic insecurity, they argued that “threats to cut aid to the countries of origin of the migrants is counterproductive, as this may only worsen the living conditions from which these migrants were fleeing in the first place.”The UN experts are: Obiora C. Okafor – Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity.Dainius Puras – Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.Leilani Farha – Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in .this context.Michel Forst – Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.Felipe González Morales – Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.E. Tendayi Achiume – Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.Nils Melzer – Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.Maria Grazia Giammarinaro – Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.Ivana Radačić – Chair of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice. read more

How Our 2017 NFL Predictions Work

A good deal of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL coverage this season will use Elo ratings, a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game. As we’ve done in the past few years, we’re using those Elo ratings to calculate NFL predictions that include win probabilities and point spreads for every game in this season’s NFL schedule, as well as continually updating team rankings.How do our Elo ratings work? FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote a detailed FAQ about the formula a few years ago, and almost all of it still applies. Teams gain and lose ground based on the final score of each game and how unexpected the result was in the eyes of the pregame ratings. Under Elo, teams pick up where they left off: The initial team ratings for 2017 are by definition the same as last season’s end-of-year ratings, only more compressed because of regression toward the mean. (Specifically, we regress each team’s rating to the mean by one-third, with the league average team clocking in slightly above 1500.)This means that going into Week 1, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are again the NFL’s highest-rated teams, albeit with lower Elo ratings than when they faced off last season in Houston for Super Bowl LI. Why? Like other well-designed predictive rating systems, including ESPN’s Football Power Index, Elo is appropriately cautious early in the season; a team must prove itself to warrant a very high or very low rating. Combine that with the luck inherent in the NFL — the best teams don’t always win — and even the Patriots have just an 18 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. That forecast is actually quite high by Elo standards; indeed, it’s the highest preseason Super Bowl win probability we’ve had since we began publishing these numbers. But at the same time, 18 percent will seem conservative to the NFL fans who assume the Patriots have a 95.5 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl until Tom Brady retires or Bill Belichick resigns.It’s important to note that Elo does not reflect injuries or personnel changes, which helps explain why the forecast for the New York Jets, who spent the summer getting rid of all their players with talent, may seem rosy. We currently have the Jets with a 17 percent chance of making the playoffs; that is very optimistic compared with the long-shot odds that a Las Vegas sportsbook is giving the Jets to win the Super Bowl (1,000-to-1!). Don’t get too excited, Jets fans: Their Elo rating will catch up with them in no time if they are as bad as billed. read more

Force says serious crimes for January down by 19

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMonthly crime stats: Serious crimes down by 7%- PoliceSeptember 12, 2018In “Crime”Police report 60% increase in robbery with violence, larceny from personJune 16, 2017In “Crime”Monthly crime stats: Rape, robbery under arms increase by 14 & 13%, murder down by 26%May 17, 2018In “Crime” According to the police the grand total of cases made when other offences were added to traffic violations is 8201. Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles were highlighted as the main causes of the fatal accidents.Meanwhile, the police detailed that 4921 cases were made for 15 specific traffic violations  in January of 2018, with speeding taking the bulk of the cases at 1,612 and persons failing to wear a seatbelt coming second with 626. According to the police in a statement, there were seven murders in January of 2018, the same amount which the police said occurred in January of 2017.Moreover, the police recorded 45 robbery under arms, with the same amount being registered in 2017 for the month of January.For the nine other serious offences, such as robbery with aggravation, burglary etc, the police said that they recorded a decrease of 50 per cent in most cases with the exception of robbery with violence increasing to 45 percent and rape decreasing by 24 per cent when they compared it with January of 2017.Additionally the Force detailed that 19 firearms were seized for January of 2018.As it pertains to accidents, the police said that they recorded a 20 percent increase in fatal accidents and a 14 per cent decrease in deaths at the end of January, 2018, relative to the corresponding period last year. The Guyana Police Force says it has recorded a 19 per cent decrease in serious crimes at the end of January, 2018 relative to the same period last year. read more

Gorica Acimovic to Krim Mercator

The best Austrian handball player with Serbian origin, Gorica Acimovic (26) decided to leave Scandinavia and TOP team, Viborg and signed contract with Slovenian champion, Krim Mercator, to come closer to her husband, who playing in Austria. She spent two seasons in Denmark and with Jurak, Popovic and others won the EHF Champions League 2010. Before that, Acimovic, who can play at all back positions, her career built in Austrian Hypo from 2004 to 2009. Denis KrivoshlykovGorica AcimovicHypo handballKrim Mercator ← Previous Story Zeitz to end his career in THW Kiel Next Story → Omeyer in Makarska at Goalkeeper’s Camp: “Extraordinary idea” read more

Les nouveautés du nouvel iTunes 106

first_imgLes nouveautés du nouvel iTunes 10.6Apple est plus que jamais présent sur le marché. La firme vient d’annoncer son iPad 3, sa nouvelle Apple TV et une nouvelle version d’iTunes gérant notamment les films 1080p.Pour rendre tous ces produits compatibles (Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Mac Book Air…) avec l’iCloud, il fallait une nouvelle version d’iTunes pour pouvoir gérer un film HD, par exemple, sur plusieurs supports. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avec iTunes 10.6, vous pourrez donc acheter un film en Full HD 1080p via votre ordinateur, puis le revoir sur le “Nouvel iPad” sans problème. Cependant, sur notre territoire, le contenu Full HD est encore difficile à dénicher, alors un peu de patience.Cette nouvelle version de l’application Apple offre également une meilleure gestion de Match, service  permettant de synchroniser ses morceaux de musique avec iCloud, avec plus de rapidité, un meilleur téléchargement et affichage des pochettes. iTunes 10.6 corrige aussi quelques soucis de coupure lors d’écoute de titres musicaux via iCloud.Vous pourrez télécharger la nouvelle application directement sur le site d’Apple, à cette adresse. Le 8 mars 2012 à 15:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Reform California launches campaign opposing proposed TransNet changes

first_imgReform California launches campaign opposing proposed TransNet changes Posted: May 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) – A group of local elected officials and advocates against tax increases launched a campaign Thursday to mobilize public angst against the San Diego Association of Governments’ recent proposal to increase funding for public transit projects.Reform California, a political action committee that primarily opposes tax increases, plans to launch the campaign to channel voter unrest over SANDAG’s recent proposal to amend the 2004 TransNet tax extension ordinance, which promised to fund repairs to certain thoroughfares around the county, like state Routes 52 and 78.Former San Diego City Councilman and Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio has threatened to recall officials on the SANDAG Board of Directors who vote in favor of the amendment.County Supervisor Jim Desmond, Santee Mayor John Minto and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells are expected to join DeMaio to launch the campaign and release a list of SANDAG Board members who have publicly supported the amendment proposal.“It is time that voters band together and speak out loudly to demand an end to the raid on our road repair funds,” DeMaio said. “Any politician on SANDAG that votes to raid our road funds should prepare to face a recall against them and removal from office.”SANDAG released a revised regional plan April 26 that would vastly change the way goods and people move throughout the county. The plan, which SANDAG officials stressed is still mostly conceptual, would essentially replace the agency’s 2019-2050 Regional Plan, which had been in development since 2017 and was scheduled to go into effect later this year.The revised plan would increase the use of technology in the county’s network of roadways and increase access to and frequency of public transit to both wean residents off personal vehicles and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. SANDAG officials expect to release more details about the plan later this year and have yet to set anything in stone.SANDAG Board members and officials from local public transit agencies praised the plan for its efforts to innovate the county’s public transit system. The revision irked some officials around the county, however, especially those representing areas of north and east county that have not yet seen the infrastructure repairs promised in the TransNet extension.Desmond, who represents north county areas like Vista, Carlsbad, Borrego Springs and Valley Center, called the regional plan revisions a bait- and-switch attempt and argued that roads and freeways are a necessity for residents who live in the county’s non-urban and rural areas.Desmond and fellow Supervisor Kristin Gaspar submitted a letter to the county Board of Supervisors last week calling for the board to oppose any changes to the TransNet extension. The board voted 3-2 to approve the letter, with Supervisor Dianne Jacob joining Desmond and Gaspar in favor. KUSI Newsroom May 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Getting Wired and Getting Funded

first_imgIf you’re a journalist who believes, as I do, that the best way to improve your skills is to teach yourself rather than wait for the boss to invest more money in you, there are a couple of interesting announcements today.First, check out Wired Journalists, a social-networking and information-sharing site born in the wake of Howard Owens’ call for non-wired journalists to learn the skills of new media.Wired Journalists has been in beta for a few weeks now. (I was the seventh person to join.) But now it’s open to the world.You can read Howard’s announcement here. Read Ryan Sholin’s take here. Check out Zac Echola’s thoughts here. I’m looking forward to seeing more folks from the world of B2B journalism on the site soon. So if you’re willing to share what you know, and willing to learn more, join Wired Journalists.Second, longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of WordPress, the content-management system popular with thousands of bloggers. I’ve long argued that WordPress and similar open-source systems are vastly superior to the systems used by most publishers.Now comes news that WordPress has landed $29 million in new financing … including an investment from the New York Times.Check out Matthew Ingram’s thoughts on the deal here. Read Wall Street Journal coverage here. For an earlier post of mine on WordPress, click here.last_img read more

Minor girl raped in Sherpur

first_imgA Class-III girl was violated allegedly by a man in Dashkahniya village of Sherpur sadar upazila on Friday afternoon.Victim’s mother said that Jasim Uddin, a resident of the same village and father of two children, chased the 11-year girl while she was returning home from a local market in the afternoon.He forcibly took her in a paddy field and raped there, she added.After being rescued by locals, the victim was taken to her house.As her condition deteriorated, she was admitted to Sherpur Sadar Hospital.A case was filed at night against Jasim.last_img read more

Your Smartphone Owes A Debt To Some Perfectionists From The 1800s

first_img Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston is a city full of engineers whose skill and expertise make so much of our modern lives possible. But a lot of that precision is a relatively recent invention. So much of engineering nowadays is super-precise – objects cut to specifications in the microns. It’s what allows things like our cell phones, computers, and cars to be fitted together with hyper-precision. And a lot of that technology also relies on precision timing to work correctly.But that level of perfection only goes back as far as the 1800s, as writer Simon Winchester found in his book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. In it, he explores the origins of precision in the Industrial Age and introduces us to the scientific minds who helped usher it into modern production.Winchester is in Houston May 15 for an event with River Oaks Bookstore at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.Prior to his visit, he told Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the story of how precision engineering began, how it proliferated, and about its drawbacks.center_img Listen Pexels 00:00 /13:29last_img read more