Typhoon Lekima death toll in eastern China rises to 33

first_imgShanghai: Thirty-three people were killed and 16 others were missing after super typhoon Lekima made landfall in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, leaving a trail of destruction, local authorities said on Sunday. Lekima, the ninth typhoon and the strongest this year, hit Wenling city on Saturday afternoon, packing winds of 187 kilometers per hour and bringing heavy rainstorms. Most of the deaths occurred in Yongjia County, administered by Wenzhou City, where torrential downpours caused a landslide that blocked a river. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe barrier lake burst and flood waters swept people away. Local media reported 33 people were killed and 16 remained missing. According to the provincial flood control headquarters, nearly 1.08 million people have been evacuated to safe places, and close to 5 million people in Zhejiang were affected, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. In Zhejiang, the typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and 34,000 houses. The direct economic loss amounted to 14.57 billion yuan (about 2.1 billion U.S. dollars), the headquarters said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRescue operations are underway. On Saturday, heavy downpours flooded the 1,600-year-old town of Linhai, which is about an one-and-half hour drive north from where the typhoon hit. The town was completely inundated, and rescue workers had to navigate on inflatable boats and evacuate residents. Floodwater started to retreat on Sunday, rescuers said. Over 16 civilian rescue teams have volunteered to rescue stranded residents in Linhai, local authorities said. With the typhoon sweeping through Shanghai, about 253,000 people in the city had to be evacuated to safe places, Shanghai flood control authorities said. On Sunday, Lekima was moving northwards and will churn up the east coast of Shandong Province, officials said. It is expected to make a second landing along the coastline in Shandong late Sunday, bringing strong wind and heavy downpours, the National Meteorological Center warned. Around 3,200 flights have been cancelled due to the typhoon, state broadcaster CCTV has reported.last_img read more

Meghalaya minister quits to contest for Speakers post

first_imgShillong: Meghalaya Tourism and Water Resources Minister Metbah Lyngdoh on Tuesday tendered his resignation to contest the election for the Assembly Speaker’s post. Lyngdoh, a senior United Democratic Party (UDP) leader and a three-time legislator, also filed his nomination papers for the election. He was accompanied by the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, ministers and MLAs during the filing of nominations. The Opposition candidate, Winnerson D. Sangma of the Congress, was also accompanied by a host of Congress legislators when he filed his nominations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The election was necessitated following the demise of Assembly Speaker, Donkupar Roy on July 28. Roy, who was the President of the UDP, was elected to the post of Speaker on March 12, 2018. The election of new Speaker will be held on September 13, the last day of the Assembly’s autumn session. “With the support of colleagues in the MDA, there’s no doubt why I should not win the Speaker’s election,” Lyngdoh said. In the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of 59, the National People’s Party, which leads the coalition government, has 21 members, the United Democratic Party has eight, People’s Democratic Front four, there are two members each from Bharatiya Janata Party and Hill State People’s Party, one member each from Nationalist Congress Party and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement besides one independent member. Going by the numbers,Lyngdoh is expected to comfortable defeat Sangma as the MDA government has a total of 40 MLAs. However, Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma voiced confidence that the opposition candidate may win the election. “Though the Congress has only 19 MLAs, but the Opposition has put up the candidate to win the election. Politics is like a game of chess,” he said.last_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

Asteroid warning Space rock speeding at 23100 kilometres per hour approaching Earth

first_imgAsteroid formation through planetary collisionDon Davis via University of FloridaAs NASA is busy developing their planetary defence weapon, a giant asteroid measuring 650 metres in diameter will whizz past Earth on September 14, 2019. This rogue space body named 2000 QW7 is apparently travelling at a speed of 23,100 kilometres per hour, and it will be flying past Earth at a safe distance of 3.3 million miles.NASA’s asteroid tracking department considers all rogue bodies passing at a distance within 92.9 million miles as near-earth objects (NEO). It means that even a small change in trajectory could elevate the vulnerability of a possible hit, and if such an event happens, a catastrophe on a global scale will be triggered.It should be noted that several factors in space are capable of increasing the possibilities of the earth being hit by rogue space bodies like asteroids. One such factor is a gravitational keyhole. A gravitational keyhole is an area in space where rogue space bodies get affected by the gravitational pull of nearby planets, and if 2000 QW7 passes through this keyhole, this asteroid could plummet right into the Earth’s surface resulting in massive devastation.A few days back, SpaceX founder Elon Musk had claimed that humans are not capable enough to defend themselves from possible asteroid hits that may happen in the near future. The South African billionaire made these remarks on Twitter when one of his followers asked whether asteroid Apophis will hit the earth in 2029. Musk assured that earth will be hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other, but current human technology is not developed enough to combat these threats.Earlier, Dr Iain McDonald, a top scientist Cardiff University’s school of earth and ocean sciences had also suggested that earth will face catastrophe due to a doomsday asteroid. As per McDonald, catastrophic events like asteroid hits are not confined to the past, and it will happen in the future too.last_img read more

Annapolis Focuses on Citys Surging Violence

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA hearing to address violence in Baltimore held in Annapolis this week featured a litany of accomplishments related to new programs aimed at curbing crime. But it was unclear if the discussion between legislators and city officials would result in any new legislation during the upcoming session.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby both testified during an Annapolis hearing convened by Sen. Bobby Zirkin, chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. (Courtesy Photo)The hearing was convened by State Senator Bobby Zirkin, who characterized the recent surge in violence as troubling.“The violence is in a proportion I haven’t seen,” Zirkin said. “No one bill is going to cure what’s going on.”Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby discussed in detail what they were doing to combat another record year of mayhem which has put the city’s per capita homicide count well above the far more populous New York.Speaking for nearly an hour, Pugh provided an in-depth, and at times somewhat rambling, account of a variety of city programs and initiatives that she said were part of her overall crime plan.  Among them: installing more street lights; providing wrap around services for the city’s homeless; more city sponsored youth jobs and reentry assistance for residents returning from jail.“I certainly did not campaign without a plan,” said Pugh, “I think that we have taken a holistic approach”Pugh also argued the police department was understaffed, noting that the number of sworn officers has dropped significantly over the last five years.“This police department has been under invested for a long time,” Pugh testified.  “There was a time when we had almost 3,000 police officers and today we had about 2,200,” she said.She also touted a recently proposed tax credit for police and firefighters to encourage them to move into the city, and a just passed gun law that would require a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession of a firearm near a school, church, or government building.Police Commissioner Kevin Davis focused in part on the uptick of juvenile crime, noting that roughly 1,100 juveniles had been arrested thus far in 2017.  However, Davis argued the city needed to make a distinction between teens who commit minor crimes and youth involved in more violent and destructive behavior.“Nearly 90 percent of juveniles charged as adults end up back in juvenile courts, that requires a discussion,” Davis said.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the number of caseloads were an issue for her agency, particularly in the homicide division where prosecutors are overwhelmed.“The national average a prosecutor should be dealing with is approximately 20 cases,” Mosby said, “My prosecutors on average have about 54.”Despite the high caseload, Mosby said her office has won convictions in 81 percent of the murder cases tried this year.Looming over the hearing was a report by the Baltimore Sun that the Justice Department would not pursue civil rights charges against the six officers charged but later cleared in the death of Freddie Gray.  The announcement means that the criminal phase of the case is over.Last week the city scheduled administrative hearings for five of the six officers starting in October.   The hearings are part of the department’s internal disciplinary process.The officers requested what’s known as a ‘trial board’ after an independent investigation by the Montgomery County police found they had violated departmental policy during Gray’s arrest. Investigators recommended that Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Caesar Goodson, and Sgt. Alicia White face termination.The administrative trial of Goodson, the driver of the van in which Gray suffered fatal injuries, is scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Lt. Brian Rice’s trial is Nov. 13-17; Sgt. Alicia White’s is Dec. 5-11, Officer Garrett Miller’s is Dec. 18-19, and Officer Edward Nero’s is Dec. 20-21.last_img read more