Rabat – South Africa and Algeria remain determined to hamper the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) until the Sahara issue is resolved, the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) based in Pretoria said in analysis published on November 24.The strategy implemented by Morocco to ensure its return to the AU will not be an easy exercise, says the institute in an analysis, stressing that South Africa and Algeria, supported by Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea, are determined to hinder this process pending resolution of the Sahara issue.According to Pretoria and Algiers, “the end of the occupation of the Western Sahara remains the last anti-colonial struggle that the AU must deliver,” the source said. Referring to Morocco’s application for membership of the AU, the think tank noted that it was officially received by the AU Commission on 22 September, but the letter was not sent until 3 November, “A delay that some believe intentional,” says the ISS.Morocco announced its intention to reunite with its African family last summer. During the 27th summit of the African Union held in Kigali (Rwanda) last July, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to the participants, in which he stressed Morocco’s intention to return to the African Union.“This well-thought-out decision to come back is endorsed by all of the nation’s forces,” King Mohammed VI said in the letter addressed to the AU, adding that “the time for ideology is over” and the African peoples need concrete, tangible action.“One cannot change geography, nor can one escape the burden of history,” the Sovereign noted, stressing that for this reason Morocco should not remain outside its African institutional family and should regain its natural, rightful place within the AU.Following the announcement of Morocco’s decision to rejoin the AU, 28 countries supported its decision and submitted a motion in which they called on the organization to suspend the membership of the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Caterpillar closing 5 plants, cutting 670 jobs Caterpillar says it plans to close five plants, causing a net reduction of about 670 jobs in Illinois and several other states, as part of a broader cost-cutting campaign announced last year.The mining and construction equipment company will cut about 230 jobs for office and production workers at a major manufacturing campus in East Peoria, Illinois, where Caterpillar says it’s consolidating some manufacturing and transferring some work to outside contractors. Another 120 employees there will be placed on indefinite layoff.Caterpillar is also closing factories and cutting about 250 jobs in Thomasville, Georgia and Santa Fe, New Mexico — although the company said it will consolidate some operations and add about 160 jobs at an existing plant in Pontiac, Illinois.The company will close a forest products facility in Prentice, Wisconsin, resulting in about 220 job cuts. Other moves will affect plants in Indiana, Mississippi, Texas and China.Caterpillar Inc. said most of the moves are part of a broader consolidation effort announced last year, which was expected to affect about 10,000 jobs over three years. Caterpillar currently has about 106,000 workers around the world.The Peoria, Illinois-based company reported an $87 million loss in the fourth quarter on sales of about $11 billion. It’s been struggling with weak demand for mining equipment because of lower mineral prices around the world. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 1:20 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“It is deeply regrettable that the DPRK has shown no indication that it is willing to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions adopted in response to its two nuclear tests last year,” said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano in his opening statement to a regular meeting of the agency’s Board of Governors.“I again call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions, to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country,” he said. According to news reports, it fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest on Monday.On Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action since January 2016, Mr. Amano said the IAEA is continuing evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in that country. Wide view of delegates attending the 1453rd Board of Governors Meeting. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 6 March 2017. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma The Board, a policymaking body, meets five times a year at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.On nuclear safety and security, Mr. Amano emphasised the importance of building on the Action Plan for Nuclear Safety that was adopted following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi that occurred when an earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011.“We will consider ways of further strengthening our work in nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety,” he said, adding that the IAEA will continue to focus on regulatory effectiveness, safety culture and capacity-building.In that regard, he stressed the importance of a peer review process under the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), drawing attention to the seventh review meeting of contracting parties to CNS that will take place in Vienna from 27 March to 7 April while encouraging all countries that have not yet done so to join the CNS. On nuclear energy, Mr. Amano underscored the significant contribution of nuclear power to meeting the goal set under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change of holding the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSecretary-General António Guterres (centre) at the General Assembly event commemorating the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly, said: “There are many things to say today. But, I want to start with the simplest, and hardest, message of all. Which is, that we failed. We failed Rwanda. We failed to keep our promises. And, simply, we failed to do our jobs.”“The United Nations cannot run from this. We must face it – head-on,” he continued, stressing that not only do must the international community focus more on people, it must also work to prevent their suffering.“This means stronger early warning systems. It means better mechanisms to flag – and respond to – early indicators of genocide, including human rights violations. And it means jumping into action – much sooner, and much faster, than we have in the past.”Estimates of the number of people killed vary from 800,000 to more than one million. The latest General Assembly resolution designating 7 April as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda cited more than a million people killed during the genocide, including Hutu and others who opposed it.Also participating in today’s commemoration were Issa Konfourou, Permanent Representative of Mali to the UN, in his capacity as Chair of the African Group; Consolee Nishimwe, author of ‘Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope’; and Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN. The event was moderated by Alison Smale, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. Speaking at an event commemorating the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, he also said reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions.“Rwanda has learned from the events of 1994. So must the international community,” said the Secretary-General.Mr. Guterres said he was concerned about the rise of racism, hate speech and xenophobia around the world, such as the violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar, unimaginable suffering in Syria, and the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.“Today, people are being killed, displaced and abused in many parts of the world,” he noted, underscoring that States must uphold their fundamental responsibility to protect their people.In parallel, preventing genocide, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law is a shared responsibility, he added.“It is a core duty of the United Nations [and] our Human Rights Up Front strategy and several UN mechanisms aim to do just that – protect people’s lives and sound an early warning before abuses turn into atrocities,” said Mr. Guterres, urging countries to pay heed to the warnings and follow-up with preventative actions to save lives.
Purpose of the Post:To promote the UK automotive industry internationally, and to assist UK automotive companies to do business successfully in global markets.To provide support for all forms of Communications and International Department activity.Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Ability to understand business needs, and develop relationshipsSelf-motivated and disciplinedSound education including university degreeWillingness to handle a wide portfolio of duties and ability to prioritise own workloadGood range of computer skills, particularly word processing, excel spreadsheetsFlexibility and capacity to respond positively to pressureOutgoing and positive personalityLanguages an advantageMain duties include:Building in-depth knowledge of specific overseas markets and/or industry sectors, through market visits and close contacts with government, local industry and trade associationsDay to day organisation and responsibility for visits to nominated markets and/or exhibitions, events. International travel required. Preparing bids to government for funding to support these activitiesCollection and dissemination of market data/intelligence, including active pursuit of good business leadsIdentification of new membership opportunities for SMMTDay-to-day international advice to member companies where appropriateRegular member visits and liaison with industry contacts and service providersSupporting International Managers in the execution of their projects, both in the UK and overseas. Dealing with enquiries, member outreach, company recruitment for overseas trips, invoicing, and providing on the ground support for members overseas. Liaising with other SMMT department eg Membership to recruit companies for overseas eventsProduction of market reports, news features and promotional material for International Department activities. Assist with all marketing aspect of international events. Contributing written articles to member newsletter International UpdateAttendance and presentation at other SMMT committee meetings where required.Responsibility for the organisation of the Customs and Tariff working group including event arrangements and minute takingDepartmental administration duties where requiredAssist with arrangement and speaker outreach for the International Automotive SummitLiaising with Communications team on media activities internationally. Arranging interviews with media overseas for SMMT spokespeopleSalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after 6 months).Deadline for Applications:10 July 2015Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail email@example.com with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Little Stars is a campaign set to inform and promote the value of pediatric palliative care for children with life limiting conditions and for their families worldwide.It is estimated that 20 million children worldwide could benefit from children’s palliative care but access to services remains an issue (ICPCN).It showcases the stories of children and young people accomplishing the extraordinary in the face of serious illness and comprises a one hour television documentary and 25 short films for distribution on television, online and on DVD. The Little Stars campaign, is produced by Melbourne & Tasmanian based production company Moonshine Movies in collaboration with Al Jazeera Documentary that will broadcast the one hour film to over 30 countries (www.moonshinemovies.comaims).Little Stars is presented by Acclaimed British actor David Suchet CBE and is currently is being distributed by Flame Distribution based in Sydney, London and now Athens. In attempt to provide children with healthcare in very low-resource settings in Greece, the team Merimna led by Danai Papadotu has been offering palliative care services providing critical support to families with children suffering life-limiting illnesses.Currently, Merimna is facing the prospect of closing one or more of it’s services due to a lack of funding as a result of the financial crisis. To highlight the programs run by Merimna and save the organisation in Greece, Little Star producers Mike Hill & Sue Collins are self-funding their trip to Greece in mid 2015 making it part of the worldwide campaign.However, the project stills needs support to enable its full realisation.The team has created a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $17,825 to produce 2 short films highlighting Merimna’s Children’s Home Care Service in Greece.To contribute to their cause and find out more about the project, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/little-stars-greece
New Italy manager Roberto Mancini has announced that he plans to talk with Mario Balotelli over a potential comeback to the national teamThe Italian coach managed Balotelli at both Inter Milan and Manchester City, before Mancini sanctioned his move to AC Milan in 2013 due to the forward’s poor disciplinary record at the Premier League side.The last time Balotelli played for Italy was in the 2014 World Cup after his struggles with both Liverpool and Milan (in what was his second spell in 2015) meant he was left out by Antonio Conte and then later Gian Piero Ventura.However, the 27-year-old has rediscovered his best form at Nice in his two seasons in France and has scored 43 goals in his 65 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side since joining in August 2016 as a free agent.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.After Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, there have been calls by the media to reinstate Balotelli to the national side and Mancini has now confirmed that he intends to speak with him.“Mario is an Italian player. We will definitely talk. He is one of those players we should take a new look at,” said the 53-year-old, according to Sky Sports.Mancini will take charge of his first game for Italy on May 28 against Saudi Arabia in an international friendly.
Friends, co-workers and others who knew Tatyana Tupikova are waiting for more information on what happened to the 22-year-old woman whose body was found off state Highway 503 earlier this month.A passer-by reported seeing a woman’s body around 3 p.m. May 11 in a ditch off the east side of Northeast 117th Street between Eaton Boulevard and Main Street in Battle Ground. The following day, Battle Ground police identified the body as Tupikova’s and said they believed she died after a hit-and-run.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Tupikova died as the result of blunt-force trauma.A witness reported seeing Tupikova walking around 9 p.m. May 9, in the area where her body was later found, city spokeswoman Bonnie Gilberti said. Gilberti would not say which direction Tupikova was seen walking.Police have received tips from the community but need more, Gilberti said.“That’s the focus now,” she said of community involvement. “Anyone who thinks they might know something, even if they’re not sure, needs to let us know.”Police haven’t shared any information with family or friends other than to say they are still looking into the case, said Roseann Pruitt, friend and co-worker.
What: A New Birth of Freedom: Vancouver Barracks During the Civil War.”When: Runs through March 30.Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site visitors center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 was a pivotal event in the Civil War. Less than five months later, its battlefield fatalities — including a general who’d served at Fort Vancouver — were the focus of another historical milestone when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19.The 150th anniversary of that speech is being observed in Vancouver’s historic core, where some soldiers who fought at Gettysburg spent parts of their Army careers.Union Gen. John Reynolds, who died on the first day of the battle on July 1, 1863, served at Fort Vancouver earlier in his career; so did Confederate Gen. George Pickett, whose name is linked with the battle’s most famous charge.Two Union generals at Gettysburg, O.O Howard and John Gibbon, both commanded Vancouver’s Army post after the war.The anniversary observance will be a chance to highlight many Northwest aspects of the Civil War, including Lincoln’s influence on this state.Items on loanFort Vancouver National Historic Site’s exhibit — “A New Birth of Freedom: Vancouver Barracks During the Civil War” — is on display at the Visitors Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., at the east end of Officers Row.The exhibit is presented in partnership with Clark College, which offered a Mature Learning course Tuesday on the Gettysburg Address.The exhibit features artifacts from Fort Vancouver’s collection and 10 items on loan from Gettysburg National Military Park.One of the Gettysburg artifacts is a pocket-sized Army manual that belonged to Leander Gage King, the 31-year-old captain of C Company, 16th Massachusetts Infantry. Measuring about 51/2 inches by 31/2 inches, the 250-page book includes rifle-drill instructions, diagrams of battle formations and sheet music for bugle calls. King was killed July 2, 1863, the second day of battle.
$299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $6 at Tidal Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $210 at Best Buy See it See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sprint Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the Rylo camera preview See It Apple iPhone XS Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo 20 Photos Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate Share your voice Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Slimy, spindly nightmares hauled from the Australian abyss Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comments See at Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET See It $60 at Best Buy 7 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Boost Mobile Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags Share your voice $155 at Google Express 2 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 Read the AirPods review $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) This is what Sollasina cthulhu would have looked like on the seafloor. Elissa Martin, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Scientists have discovered a new species of ancient sea cucumber after creating a 3D computer reconstruction of the creature from a 430-million-year-old fossil. The discovery was made by a team of international paleontologists, led by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, using a fossil discovered in a site in Herefordshire, England. After reconstructing the image of the tentacled creature from the fossil, the team dubbed the species Sollasina cthulhu, after the terrifying monster Cthulhu from H.P. Lovecraft lore. Researchers ground the fossil, layer by layer, to create a 3D reconstruction of Sollasina cthulhu (the tube feet are shown in different colors). Imran Rahman, Oxford University Museum of Natural History The team at Oxford created the 3D image by grinding away thin layers of the fossil, taking individual photographs at each stage to create a “virtual fossil.”The creature had multiple “tube feet” tentacles that it used to crawl over the seafloor and capture food, according to the research team. The 3D render also revealed an internal ring — a first-time discovery for this group of extinct creatures — that most likely formed part of a vascular system of “fluid filled canals” the creature used to move and feed. While the fossil is only 3cm wide (just over 1 inch), researchers say “its many long tentacles would have made it appear quite monstrous to other small sea creatures alive at the time.”The research was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B and conducted by researchers from Oxford University Museum of Natural History, University of Southern California, Yale University, University of Leicester and Imperial College London. Amazon
This story will continue to be updated throughout the day as information becomes available. Creeks, Bayous and Rivers UpdatesMajor flooding is still occurring along creeks and rivers in North Harris County.Cypress Creek is still out of its banks in Hockley, Cypress, Spring and at the Montgomery County line near Humble, according to NOAA.Listen to Houston reports Further north, Spring Creek is causing major flooding just south of The Woodlands.To the east, the San Jacinto River near Humble and also south of Lake Houston near Sheldon is over its banks.Other areas of concern include the Brazos River in Richmond and further south in Rosharon.Officials say it will take days for the creeks and rivers to return to normal levels following the historic rains earlier this week. Other Area Openings and ClosingsIf you have a jury summons for today, you must appear. Harris County District and county courts will be open. People summoned for jury service should report at their scheduled time.Montgomery County officials are also working to get a federal disaster declaration for the area. They too are asking residents to report damage.If you live in Fort Bend County, here’s where to go to report damage. Area shelter and volunteer information can be found here. NWSWeather Forecast Watches and WarningsThe National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Some parts of the Houston area could receive up to 2-to-4 inches of rain, with even heavier amounts possible from slow-moving storms. That has officials concerned that it could make things worse in Cypress, Spring and other areas hit hard by the historic flooding across Greater Houston. The ground is saturated, creeks are swollen and there’s no more place to put the water and avoid further flooding.NWS/Alert HoustonAreal Flood WarningAn Areal Flood Warning has been extended to 9:15 a.m. this morning. This mostly affects homes and businesses near bayous in Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties. Those bayous and creeks are still handling massive amounts of water that continue to drain from Monday’s storm.And the National Weather Service has extended an Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until late Sunday night, or until further notice.NWS/Alert HoustonFlood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto RiverAs of last night, the river was about 7 feet above flood stage, and the Houston City Office of Emergency Management says major flooding along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River is expected to continue for the next several days. Harris County UpdatesHarris County Judge Ed Emmett lists some areas that officials will be monitoring closely today, but it’s really up to Mother Nature at this point.“We are going to pay particular attention to underpasses, places that we know are high water areas, try our best to keep people out of those,” Emmett explains. “The flood control people are monitoring, but all we can do really is monitor. If you’ve got a watershed and it’s full, there’s nothing else you can do. The water’s got to go somewhere.”A particular area of concern is the Addicks Reservoir out in West Houston. It’s up to near capacity and that has led to some flooding behind it. “In some areas, it’s going to take several days, if not a week or more,” Emmett explains. “The Addicks Reservoir is a particular circumstance because the Corp of Engineers is only allowed to release a certain amount of water at a time, because you run the risk of flooding the downstream areas of Buffalo Bayou. Even if we get no more rain, the street flooding behind the Addicks Reservoir is going to be there for quite a while, because we can’t release that water. The Corps can’t release that water.”County officials are still working to get a federal disaster declaration for Greater Houston. They have confirmed that 744 homes and 400 apartments have been flooded and expect the number to grow to.Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies are in search and rescue mode again in areas of Spring and Cypress to evacuate stranded residents. Transportation UpdatesHouston Metro says the 217 Cypress Park and Ride will remain closed today. But the 214 (Northwest Station) and 216 (West Little York) are operating normally.TranStar is reporting 33 high water School Openings and ClosingsStudents in the Houston Independent School District return to classes this morning. Make-up days have been set for May 26 and May 27.Other school districts that are also open so far this morning are Spring Branch ISD; Conroe ISD; and Fort Bend ISD. The University of Houston campuses are also open. But some students across Greater Houston will get at least one more day off. The Tomball, Klein and Spring school districts will all remain closed today. Lone Star College has also canceled classes.For a complete list of closures, click here. – / 6 Share
Eric Gay/APCody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas.Cody Wilson, the Austin man at the center of a debate of 3D-printed downloadable guns, is charged with sexual assault.Austin Police say Wilson arranged to meet a 16-year-old girl through a website called Sugar Daddy Meet dot com last month.He drove her to a hotel, where they had sex.Wilson paid her $500 and the girl later told a counselor, who reported it to the police.Austin Police Commander Troy Officer said detectives opened an investigation and “they were able to confirm each step of the victim’s story with video tape and interviews.”Wilson has been in the news in the past few months after he announced a settlement with the federal government that allowed him to make designs for 3D printable guns available online.Those plans were put on hold last month by a federal judge.Wilson is not in custody and police say he was last known to be in Taiwan. Share
Kolkata: Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Monday that space constraint has delayed the construction of foot overbridges in the city, which have been planned to curb accidents.Responding to a poser from BJP councillor Tishta Biswas (Das) of ward 86, regarding stoppage of work in a couple of foot overbridges on Gariahat Road and in front of Ballygunge Siksha Sadan at the monthly session of KMC, Chatterjee said, “The foot overbridges that we have proposed to construct will have escalators, along with other modern amenities to facilitate the movement of pedestrians. This requires a reasonable amount of space.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We are in constant touch with Kolkata Police and are holding meetings on a regular basis to overcome this paucity of space, which has resulted in delay of work. We are hopeful that things will be sorted out soon,” Chatterjee said.It may be mentioned that KMC is facing problems with space constraints not only at Gariahat Road and Ballygunge Siksha Sadan, but also at Exide crossing. The Mayor said that KMC and Kolkata Police have to ensure that construction of these foot overbridges causes no hindrance to the smooth flow of traffic in the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that KMC has earmarked some spots in the city for construction of these foot bridges under PPP mode, for the safety of pedestrians. The places include – Deshapriya Park, Ballygunge Siksha Sadan, Gariahat Road, South City, Exide Crossing, Turf View Road and Alipore Zoological Gardens. The spots were selected on the basis of their proximity to frequent road accidents.However, KMC and Kolkata Police are worried that the foot overbridges existing in the city are severely underutilised. “Despite the presence of elevators in some of these FOBs, people hardly use them. So we have plans to put up guard rails on the divider to make people use them,” an official in KP’s traffic wing said.The civic body is also planning to take a tough stand to make pedestrians use the FOBs. “We will urge KP to impose fine to the extent of Rs 2,000, to curb this practice,” a senior KMC official said.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read December 4, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now It was one small step for man, but a giant leap for Elon Musk’s startup SpaceX. Late yesterday, the company successfully launched its first satellite into orbit.SpaceX’s launch vehicle, the Falcon 9, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday evening. Half an hour later, the mission was completed without a hitch, the company said.The mission — the first from SpaceX’s own Florida launch pad — was the second of three flights required to certify the Falcon 9 to fly missions for the U.S. Air Force. Once certification is complete, SpaceX will have the opportunity to bid on all National Security Space (NSS) missions.Yesterday also marked the first commercial launch from Cape Canaveral in more than five years.To date, SpaceX has nearly 50 launches under its belt, more than 60 percent of which were for commercial customers.”The successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry’s highest performance standards,” SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said in a statement.Related: Mind Control Technology, Elon Musk’s James Bond Submarine and a Real-Life Bionic Man This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
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China Eastern is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing its entrance into an airline alliance, with many local media outlets reporting that a decision will be made in the next few days.It’s come down to a choice between oneworld and SkyTeam, with an entrance into SkyTeam reportedly the current favourite, China Eastern will be able to further cooperate with China Southern, current SkyTeam member.This will also allow the airline to better compete with heavy hitter Air China, who is a current Star Alliance member.If this deal goes ahead all three major Chinese airlines will have aligned themselves with an airline alliance, which will be a huge blow to oneworld – the only alliance without a mainland Chinese airline.oneworld see Cathay Pacific, and its subsidiary Dragonair as its members, but has been eyeing a foothold into the Chinese market for a few years now. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29fd8/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>
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