Bassa Craves for ETU, More Ambulances

first_imgIf the Ebola Virus Disease, that is steadily engulfing Grand Bassa with over 21 confirmed deaths and about 50 confirmed cases, must be contained and eradicated from the county, there is a need for an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to be constructed,  stakeholders in the county have said.The Grand Bassa County task force on Ebola last week said with the situation in the county is steadily worsening, there is a need for central government and its numerous partners to ensure that an ETU is constructed and other supports provided for ensure  immediate and effective responses.The county task force, through its chairperson, Dr. Joseph Kerkula, said in order for the virus to be contained and hopefully eradicated from the county, these structures need to be put into place and adequately supported for sustainability.Briefing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week in the Port City of Buchanan, Dr. Kekula said that the referral system in the county is non-functional.President Sirleaf had gone on a daylong visit to the county to get first-hand information at the various health facilities about the Ebola situation in that part of the country.She said her visit was to acquaint herself with situation  affecting those at the health centers and to identify with them.Grand Bassa is the sixth worst hit county after Nimba, Bong, Margibi, Lofa and Montserrado Counties in suspected, probable and confirmed cases. Grand Bassa has 29 suspected cases, 34 probable and 43 confirmed cases totaling 106.Dr. Kerkula stressed the need for the construction of an Ebola treatment and holding center in the county, due to the over-crowdedness of existing temporary treatment centers there.Dr. Kerkula, who is also the County Health Officer (CHO) for the county, also spoke of the inadequacy of ambulances in Grand Bassa. He named those among many other challenges facing the county, which he said is impeding the work of the task force.The Grand Bassa County task force boss pleaded with the Liberian President for the provision of four ambulances for the four districts for quick response to the Ebola crisis.He called for support to the burial team in terms of vehicles and other equipment to enhance the work of health workers.At least 21 persons have died from the deadly Ebola virus in the county, Dr. Kekula disclosed.  There are 44 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus with Districts 1 and 2 being the most affected.The Grand Bassa CHO also pointed out that among the 21 deaths, sixteen died in various communities while six died in hospital. This situation, he stressed, indicates that the community structure needs to be strengthened and a robust contact tracing be put into place.Meanwhile President Sirleaf during her daylong visit, toured several parts of Grand Bassa County and health centers in the county,  including Bokay Town,  Dowein, Barclayville, the Diahn Pleh Holding Center near Compound #1, the Lloydsville Health Center and the St John Clinic in Fortsville.She also visited the St. Peter Claver Health Center, the former LAMCO Hospital, now the ArcelorMittal Health Center, and the Liberian Government Hospital, all in Buchanan.President Sirleaf lauded health workers for what she termed their “sacrificial services to humanity.”  She promised that government would do everything possible to meet some of their immediate needs.She lauded the staff of the various health centers for their commitment at the time when the nation is facing its difficulties. In spite of these  difficulties, President Sirleaf added, “Liberia will overcome the ongoing Ebola epidemic with the help of partners who are assisting the Liberian government and people.Meanwhile, the President has presented a brand new vehicle to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan. The pick-up is to be used by authorities of the hospital as it continues to fight against the Ebola virus. The pick-up was made available by the Fula Community in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Penza: The good and the bad of the San Francisco Giants’ pitching staff

first_imgMy recent voyage down to the Bay Area allowed me to rest, but also do some catching up on baseball that wasn’t so Humboldt County-themed. Basically, I got to actually watch games rather than following along on my phone for once.And, as I’ve pretty much thought all season long, two main thoughts continued to pop into my head as my feet were kicked up in the recliner.One, the Giants’ frontline starters, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, are really, really good.Secondly, the Giants’ bullpen, …last_img read more

US, SA partner to strengthen colleges

first_img20 October 2009The United States has partnered with South Africa to strengthen academic programmes, skills development and student support at 12 selected further education and training (FET) colleges in the country.The US-South Africa Partnership for Skills Development, which brings together South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training and the United States Agency for International Development, was launched in Waterberg in Limpopo province this week.The US$6.7-million (about R49.1-million) programme, which will operate over a three years at FET colleges in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, will be implemented by the American Council on Education and American Association of Community Colleges.The programme will work to strengthen the FET college sector’s institutional capacity in student support services programmes. It will offer a wide range of professional development programmes for college lecturers, while providing consultative support through partnerships with the private sector and exchange opportunities with US colleges and universities.Transforming educationThe programme will build on past US and South African government cooperative efforts to strengthen the role of FET colleges to help train and provide employment opportunities for South Africa’s underemployed, particularly those under the age of 25.“We are delighted to have this opportunity to help build new bridges between the US and South African higher education communities, and in doing so, help South Africa tap into lessons learned from US community colleges to expand the learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth,” the American Council of Education’s Madeleine Green said in a statement.Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education in the US, enrolling close to half (46%) of all undergraduates.“We hope that this collaboration will help the South African FET colleges transform the way education and services are delivered to students and establish new relationships with their communities,” added the American Association of Community Colleges’ James McKenney.‘Key institutions’In his State of the Nation Address earlier this year, President Jacob Zuma identified FET colleges as primary sites for skills development over the next five years.In addition, FET colleges have been identified as key to broadening post-school education and training opportunities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Infographic: Budget 2017 in numbers

first_imgA new tax bracket for the super rich, a sugar tax and an increase in the tax threshold for lower income earners: Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 budget was about bringing the marginalised into the economy. Here, we present to you a visual summary of what the budget’s numbers that matter most to you. For more on the budget, check out:VIDEO: Budget 2017- word on the streetBudget 2017: Radical economic transformation for inclusive growthBudget 2017: Where does the money come from? How will it be spent?Full text: South Africa’s 2017 budget speechWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid offDETROIT (AP) — The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.___Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears; J&J nosedivesNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fall sharply on Wall Street, shaving 496 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as traders worry about signs of weaker economic growth in China and Europe. Disarray mounts surrounding Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. Johnson & Johnson plunged after Reuters reported the company has known for decades that its talc sometimes contained asbestos, a claim the company denied.___Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China’s policiesWASHINGTON (AP) — By detaining two Canadians in an apparent act of retribution, China is making itself look like the country its harshest critics say it is: one unbound by the laws, rules and procedures that govern other major industrial nations. Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese technology executive at the request of the United States has set off a diplomatic furor with Beijing.___Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women’s rights groupsNEW YORK (AP) — CBS is pledging to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that forced the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves. CBS said Friday that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.”___J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powderNEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is forcefully denying a media report that it knew for decades about the existence of trace amounts of asbestos in its baby powder. The report Friday by the Reuters news service sent company shares into a tailspin, suffering their worst sell-off in 16 years.___EU leaders approve small steps to buttress euro currencyFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European leaders have agreed to press ahead with a limited, common eurozone budget and other steps to strengthen the currency union’s resistance to downturns and crises. The budget proposal leaves its size undefined. Friday’s deal appeared to fall short of more sweeping ideas pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron.___China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto partsBEIJING (AP) — China has announced a 90-day suspension of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its trade cease-fire with Washington. The suspension follows President Donald Trump’s agreement to postpone planned U.S. tariff hikes on Chinese imports for 90 days while the two sides negotiate over American complaints about Beijing’s technology policy and trade surplus. The Chinese tax agency said the suspension takes effect Jan. 1.___US industrial production climbed 0.6 per cent in NovemberWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production climbed 0.6 per cent on surging output at mines and utilities. But manufacturing production was flat. The Federal Reserve says that utility output rose 3.3 per cent as power companies were busier because of unusually cold weather. Mining output rose 1.7 per cent on higher production at coal mines and oil and gas drillers.___Bug may have exposed photos from 7M Facebook usersNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in theory include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn’t yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind.___Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violencePARIS (AP) — French President Emanuel Macron is calling for calm as authorities prepare for a possible fifth straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris. Officials plan to deploy armoured vehicles and thousands of security forces against the “yellow vest” demonstrators, who have been angered by high taxes and a sense that the government is detached from the everyday struggles of workers.___The S&P 500 index lost 50.59 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 2,599.95. The Dow retreated 496.87 points, or 2 per cent, to 24,100.51. The Nasdaq composite slid 159.67 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 6,910.66. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 21.89 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 1,410.81.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.6 per cent to $51.20 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 1.9 per cent to settle at $60.28 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline lost 3 per cent to $1.43 a gallon. Heating oil fell 1.7 per cent to $1.85 a gallon and natural gas dropped 7.2 per cent to $3.83 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pierer Industrie in talks with Bajaj Auto for 48 pc stake in

first_imgNew Delhi: Bajaj Auto and Austria’s Pierer Industrie AG have started discussions to assess the possibility of transferring Bajaj’s 48 per cent stake in KTM AG to KTM Industries AG, with the Pierer-Group continuing to retain the controlling majority over KTM Industries AG. “Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj will now evaluate the proposals in detail. The transaction decision is targeted to be made in the second quarter of 2019,” Bajaj Auto said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At present, Pierer Industrie AG holds approximately 62 per cent of the shares of KTM Industries AG. The listed company KTM Industries AG holds approximately 51.7 per cent of the shares of KTM AG. “If Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj decide to execute the transaction, KTM Industries AG will examine the legal and economic requirements and conditions of a capital increase by contribution in kind from the existing authorised capital of the company. The authorised capital enables a capital increase of up to 50 per cent of the existing share capital,” the filing added. Bajaj Auto said if the transaction is executed, KTM Industries AG’s stake in KTM AG would increase from current 51.7 per cent to approximately 99.7 per cent.last_img read more

Pakistans senior Muslim clerics denounce forced conversion of Hindus

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s senior Muslim clerics and representatives from different religions have condemned forceful conversions, saying Islam doesn’t allow such acts and Muslims must provide better environment to minorities in their areas, according to a media report. The remarks made during a joint meeting of the Mutahida Ulema Board (Punjab) and Pakistan Ulema Council on Sunday came amid the nationwide outrage over the alleged forced conversions of Hindu girls in Sindh province. “Islam doesn’t allow forceful conversion of non-Muslims,” the religious leaders said. They agreed that the issue of alleged forced conversion and marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and other subsequent matters should be settled in accordance with the law and justice, the News reported. The meeting – presided over by Chairman Mutahida Ulema Board and Pakistan Ulema Council Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi – underlined that Islam is a religion of peace, harmony, stability and its teachings have categorically defined rights for non-Muslims residing in Muslim countries. The senior religious leaders also condemned terror activities being carried out on account of Islamphobia and demanded constitution of a judicial commission to probe the killing of Bahawalpur professor to avert such extremist incidents in future, the paper said. A third-year student at Bahawalpur’s Government Sadiq Egerton College last month allegedly stabbed a professor to death over what he vaguely described as the academic’s “anti-Islam” remarks.last_img read more

Tyvis Powell making dreams a reality as an Ohio State Buckeye

Redshirt-sophmore safety Tyvis Powell (23) makes a tackle during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorTyvis Powell is living a dream.The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one.“This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,” Powell said. “Your heart is always going to be with that team. The only place I felt like I would give 100 percent effort all the time would be here.”Once in Columbus, however, Powell said he had thoughts about leaving OSU after being redshirted in 2012.“My redshirt year I struggled a lot,” he said. “Adjusting to college and everything, watching everybody else, all my teammates that came in with me were actually playing and me being a redshirt, it was kind of frustrating. I had some doubts about even being here in the first place, I can honestly admit that.”Powell said a talk with his high school coach Sean Williams helped him to realize OSU was the right place for him.“I had a serious conversation with my mentor, my high school head coach, about what I was going through,” Powell said. “He just kind of reminded me why I came here in the first place, and it kind of triggered some stuff off in my head. I just realized that if you really want something, you got to work for it. They are not just going to give it to you.”Just a year later, Powell was appearing in games for the Buckeyes, starting five as a redshirt-freshman and totaling 48 tackles.Powell said he stepped up his work ethic to earn playing time because he did not want to be just another footnote in OSU football history.“People get here and they say, ‘Oh I arrived, I am just happy with being here.’ I kind of fell (in) with that a little bit, but then, like, I wanted more,” Powell said. “I wanted to be known, I wanted to make plays.”His biggest play as a redshirt-freshman came against Michigan when he stepped in front of a pass from then-redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner on a two-point conversion that sealed a 42-41 OSU victory.The play is considered by some to be one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history, but Powell said he was only thinking about one thing when he made the catch.“I just thought it was something that would help get my seniors get their last pair of gold pants,” Powell said.The gold pants being an accolade Buckeyes receive following a win over Michigan, in the form of a small charm that usually bears the players initials and score of the game.Now a redshirt-sophomore and a full-time starter, Powell has made his presence felt again this season as he is currently second on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied with three other players for first on the team for interceptions with two.The second interception proved to be one of the biggest plays of Saturday’s game against Penn State as Powell dove in front of a pass from sophomore Christian Hackenberg in the second half of a 31-24, double-overtime win.Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said he was particularly impressed with the play Powell made.“I thought that interception Saturday night was spectacular,” Coombs said. “Coming across the field, running in front of the receiver, laying out and making that play. That’s just typical of what Tyvis is doing right now.”Heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Ohio Stadium, Coombs added that the improvement of Powell from last season to this season has been exceptional.“I noticed, I think we all have, in Tyvis tremendous leaps and strides in this season,” Coombs said Monday. “Knowing that he is coming in, he is going to be a starter. There’s a difference when you are fighting to get a job and when you have a job. And he has got a job and so he can take another step, I think, in his development.”Powell said his development has resulted in a practice drill being named after him by the coaches.“We got a drill on Tuesday that he (co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash) calls the ‘Tyvis Powell drill’ where we (just) tackle,” Powell said. “He calls it that, because at first I dreaded it, but now I love it. I embrace it. You got to embrace the things that suck.”Now, being one of OSU’s leaders and having a drill named after him, he still credits Williams for helping him achieve his dream.“At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a reality, but then me and my high school head coach came up with this plan,” Powell said. “I told him I wanted to come here, he said ‘Tyvis, you have the talent to get there and I can show you the way.’ He showed me some things, he created the work ethic inside of me that I didn’t know that I had and that ultimately helped me get here.”Powell said being in Columbus was the only choice entering college, adding he would have walked on as a Buckeye before accepting a scholarship elsewhere.“(It was) OSU or nothing,” Powell said. read more

Valverde dismisses contract talks

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed he is not worried about his future at the club as he dismisses speculation regarding signing a new contract.The former Athletic Bilbao manager’s deal with the Catalan club expires at the end of the season and the 54-year-old has continually been unwilling to speak about a new contract.Valverde won the league and cup double in his first season in charge but Barca suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final exit to Roma in 2017-18.The former Barca player was asked about his future again after the club’s 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday, however, he insists his focus in on the upcoming clashes with Inter and fierce rivals Real Madrid.“My future at Barca does not matter to me, I do not care,” said Valverde, according to FourFourTwo.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m focused on the two matches that come and the noise that there is always around the team is the usual and you cannot do anything.”Barcelona’s win against Sevilla came at a heavy cost after captain and talisman, Lionel Messi fractured his arm at Camp Nou.The Spanish champions, who are a point clear atop LaLiga, next face Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Camp Nou before entertaining Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico.last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Meeting On Monday January 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, January 14, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9). An Executive Session begins at 6pm. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Town Manager Jeff Hull will announce the appointment of a new Assistant Town Manager.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the North Wilmington train station situation.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the formation of an Economic Development Committee.Town Planning Director Valerie Gingrich will discuss the draft of a proposed inclusionary zoning bylaw and the market study analysis conducted on a portion of Route 38 in Wilmington.RMLD General Manager Coleen O’Brien will provide her annual update to the board.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the FY2020 budget and the Finance Committee meetings to review the proposed budget.Selectmen will consider executing agreements with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1370 and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 1703, Unit 1.Selectmen will hold an “information hearing” relative to the Manager, Owner and Directors of Michael’s Place. (There is apparently questions surrounding the restaurant’s ownership that arose during the recent license renewal process.)Selectmen will consider the request of Joshua Canfield, who appears to be the new owner of Sweet Pizza for a Common Victualer License.Selectmen will consider the ratification of the Town Manager’s appointment of Brooke Green and Cheryl Slater as members of the town’s Commission on Disabilities.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (August 13)In “Government”last_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil 3 launch Is this the date when Kamal Haasans

first_imgKamal Haasan in Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutAfter two successful seasons, Bigg Boss Tamil is ready to entertain the audience again. With the channel releasing a teaser of Kamal Haasan-hosted show on Sunday, May 19, the excitement around the show has increased manifold.Even as fans curiously await the show to take off, here is some update about its launch. Sources say that Vijay TV is likely to start it in the fourth week of June. With the ICC World Cup kick-starting by the end of May, Vijay TV plans to launch on a Sunday where there is no match involving India.Tamil Nadu, like rest of India, is a cricket-crazy state and the World Cup is expected to witness a record viewership, thereby taking a toll on the TRPs of GECs. So, channels will prefer safe dates so that shows gets a good start.The Men in Blue will be taking on Australia on June 9, Pakistan on June 16 and England on June 30. It means only June 2 and 23 are the only dates with no India matches.With June 2 being too early, June 23 looks like an ideal date for the launch of Bigg Boss Tamil 3.Further, the ICC tournament would have almost crossed the half-way mark and June 23 could be the best date to go on air for Kamal Haasan-hosted show. The first season of Bigg Boss Tamil was launched on 25 June, 2017 and the second was kicked off on 17 June.last_img read more

2 siblings lose lives for cell phone

first_imgTwo siblings died after inhaling toxic gas in a latrine at Kashemnagar village in Borolekha upazila on Thursday.The deceased are identified as Nabil Ahmed, 22, and Badal Mia, 17, sons of Bacchu Mia of the village.Quoting locals, Borolekha police station officer-in-charge Shahidur Rahman said Badal, younger brother of Akib Uddin, fell into a latrine while trying to pick up a mobile phone set of Akib around 5:30pm.At one stage, Nabil also fell into the latrine while trying to save Badal.On information, a firefighting unit went there and recovered the bodies of the two brothers.last_img read more

One dead in US school shooting near Columbine

first_imgCassanda Sadusky, survivor of the attack, looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, US on 20 April. Reuters File PhotoA teenaged student was fatally shot and multiple others were wounded Tuesday in a school shooting by fellow pupils in the US state of Colorado, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country’s modern history.”It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter, putting the deceased victim’s age at 18.Sheriff Tony Spurlock had earlier said several of the wounded students — of whom there were a total of eight — were in critical condition, including some in surgery. No staff or teachers were known to be hurt. The youngest injured student was 15.Two suspects were in custody — an adult man and a male youth. Both attended the school. There were no further suspects.The two individuals “walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” the sheriff added, noting the shooting took place at the high school, where students spend the last four years before college.”We have no information about anyone being targeted.”A handgun was recovered at the scene.Spurlock said the school notified first responders “almost immediately” and deputies arrived to the scene about two minutes later.Quick response”I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives,” the sheriff said.The STEM School Highlands Ranch, a kindergarten through 12th grade institution in central Colorado with a student population of around 1,800, is located around five miles (eight kilometers) by road from Columbine High School.The school was closed for several hours as a large police contingent was deployed at the site. The lockdown was lifted around 3:00 pm (2100 GMT).Security measures were taken at several area schools and parents of STEM students were asked to pick up their children at a site near the school.”I’m just trying not to vomit or cry,” one mother told The Denver Post.Brian Jones, whose son is in second grade (about age seven or eight) said: “It’s nerve-wracking… There were lots of parents and lots of kids crying.”Two heavily armed teens killed 12 students and one teacher at Columbine in 1999 — at the time the deadliest such attack in US history.Spurlock said that the two suspects in the latest shooting had not been on the radar of law enforcement.”This is a terrible event,” he said.”We’re going to investigate that and we will get to the bottom of it to figure out how and what has occurred.”Fierce debate, more killingsThe Columbine shooting sparked a fierce national debate over gun rights and violence. Yet 20 years later, it seems no closer to resolution.School shootings have since become a frequent occurrence in the US, where firearms killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.Since Columbine, an estimated 226,000 children in 233 schools have been exposed to the sight or sound of gunfire, according to a Washington Post investigation.The worst shootings to date were those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 (20 young children and six adults were killed) and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year (17 dead).The number of firearms in circulation has continued to grow (now at 393 million in a nation of 326 million people), and mass shootings have become a disturbingly regular part of American life.Despite the scale of gun violence across the nation, efforts to address it legislatively have long been largely deadlocked at the federal levellast_img read more

Political Roundup Protecting Robert Mueller And The Response To Migrants At The

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /16:49 Listen From potential legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Pres. Trump, to more legal trouble for Paul Manafort, to the tear gas response to migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico, our local experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.In the audio above, Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast and political analyst Nancy Sims join host Craig Cohen to break down these and other stories. Sharelast_img read more

Harris Campaign Focuses on Black Colleges for Support

first_imgBy JUANA SUMMERS Associated PressORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically Black college as “one of the most important aspects” of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters.Not only is she one of only two Black candidates in a field that’s expected to grow to more than 20 candidates, she’s also the only candidate who attended a historically Black college or university, commonly called an HBCU. And she’s the first major-party candidate to have graduated from an HBCU — Washington’s Howard University — since Jesse Jackson ran for president in the 1980s.To be sure, she is not the only candidate focusing on such institutions.Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority South Central Regional Conference in New Orleans, Friday, April 19, 2019. Harris is tapping into a network of historically black colleges and universities to mobilize her supporters (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke have campaigned at historically Black colleges. So has the other Black candidate in the 2020 race, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.At a CNN town hall last month in Orangeburg, home to two of South Carolina’s HBCUs, Booker noted that his parents and grandparents were educated at historically Black institutions and that “the majority of Black doctors, Black lawyers, Black generals are produced by HBCUs.”But Harris’s campaign has visited more historically Black colleges than any candidate, and she is burnishing her personal ties to this community, and not just to current students.“Presidential candidates are recognizing HBCUs as a political and cultural center for the broader Black community,” said Aimee Allison, the founder of the political network She The People, which plans a candidate forum Wednesday at Texas Southern University, a historically Black college.Allison said that holding events at these schools is an “essential part of a long-term strategy to build trust and relationships” with Black voters.Harris’s focus on historically Black colleges could be particularly important in South Carolina, home to eight HBCUs. Black voters are vital to success for Democratic primary candidates anxious to win the South’s first primary.In Orangeburg, Harris’s town hall Saturday night was moderated by Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative who recently endorsed her campaign.Turning to a group of South Carolina State students seated on bleachers, Harris talked briefly about the value of attending a historically black institution.“At an HBCU, everything you are told is that you can be whatever you want to be, and there will be no barriers to that success,” she said. “And you are told as a young black student that you do not need to make choices and fit into anyone’s narrow definition of what it means to be a young black person in America.”Harris added later that historically black colleges “teach us that there will always be a community that will support us, whatever we will decide to do,”Including, perhaps, running for president.Joann Berry, a 66-year-old who worked at South Carolina State for more than two decades, said that historically black colleges don’t just give diplomas, “they’re more like family.” She said that the fact that Harris had attended an HBCU could give her an advantage with connecting here.While Berry has yet to decide who to support in South Carolina’s primary, she said Harris is among the candidates she’s considering.“I’m proud of her. I have faith in her just like I had faith in Barack Obama,” said Berry. “A lot of people said he couldn’t do it — and he won.”Harris’ campaign has made a number of overt appeals, in South Carolina and elsewhere, to the network of HBCUs.One of Harris’s early congressional backers, California Rep. Barbara Lee, held events at Benedict College in Columbia on her behalf.Harris also waded into the local issue of Denmark Technical College, which primarily serves residents of rural Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties, and has been battling declining enrollment.Her first significant policy rollout, aimed at increasing teacher pay nationwide, specifically calls for the federal government to support programs dedicated to teacher recruitment, training and professional development, particularly at HBCUs.Harris’s first news conference as a presidential candidate was held at her alma mater, with the leaders of the Howard University Student Association on hand. She recalled that she had run her first political campaign as freshman class representative.“This is where it all began,” she said.On Twitter, her campaign even took note of Beyonce’s “Homecoming,” which was released this past week and paid homage to the musical legacy of historically black colleges. Harris said “Homecoming” ”exemplifies and rightly celebrates the spirit and legacy of HBCUs.”“She brought our culture and tradition to the world stage and as a proud Howard graduate, I can’t wait to watch,” Harris wrote.Other times, the exchanges come unprompted.On an earlier trip to South Carolina, Harris was addressing a gathering of more than a dozen female leaders in Columbia when 83-year-old Marjorie Hammock arrived. Hammock, wearing a crew-neck Howard University sweat shirt, slowly made her way through a throng of reporters and onlookers.When Harris noticed her, she immediately called to her.“Hey, Bison, I know you,” Harris said, referencing Howard’s mascot, as the women laughed.“We both went to Howard,” said Harris, 54, and joked, “I was there before her.”Hammock, who attended Howard in the 1950s, said later that Harris’s campaign “gives me also hope for this country” and that seeing a Howard graduate run for president “reinforces the fact that the legacy continues.”last_img read more

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first_imgApple, however, is a wholly new potential player, with Van Amburg or Erlicht entering the fray in Toronto on behalf of the company for the first time. They joined Apple last year, ending long tenures as presidents of Sony Pictures Television. Apple has since aggressively pursued high-profile series projects, such as a comedic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and a revival of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” The company has, however, been less aggressive on the film front thus far, and has yet to reveal plants for the platform on which it will mount all the content it is developing.Netflix has long been a player at festivals such as TIFF, establishing the precedent of direct-to-consumer services shaking up the traditional festival marketplace. Hulu as well is a regular presence at TIFF, where this year it will be represented by two film-acquisition execs and documentaries head Belisa Balaban. Popular on Variety Apple is going shopping in Canada.Variety has learned that at least one of the digital giant’s top entertainment-programming executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, will head to the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Execs for the streaming giant will arrive with checkbooks in hand as they look to make potential acquisitions that could fill out the content pipeline for the company’s still-under-wraps entertainment service.Apple leaders won’t be the only deep-pocketed digital executives in Toronto. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who joined the company earlier this year, will make her first trip to the festival as a potential buyer. Salke is expected to arrive in Toronto today.Amazon has in recent years been a presence at festivals. Under previous entertainment head Roy Price, the company was an aggressive buyer at Sundance and SXSW last year. But with Amazon Studios in transition earlier this year following Price’s ouster in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations and amid a lengthy search for a replacement, the company was not active at either festival this year. Salke, a television veteran who previously served as NBC entertainment president, is a new presence on the film side, where she is a looking for a new top deputy to replace departed Amazon film chief Jason Ropell. ““I think you’ll be seeing expansion over there,” Salke told Variety in June of her film plans. “I think we might not necessarily be making a ton more movies, but I think the way we make movies might evolve a little bit.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more