7th Annual Touched by Cancer Touch Football Carnival

first_imgThis day is a great fun day of social touch. It is a great opportunity to play with friends or family that haven’t played before. All profits from the day go to the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support and Network Group. To date this carnival has raised over $50,000 to support local families afflicted by this disease.Please find attached a flyer with information on the carnival. More information can be found at the website www.coomeracometstouch.comRelated Filestbc_flyer_final-docxlast_img

10 months ago’Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilson

first_img‘Amazing, powerful’ – David Luiz talks up Chelsea target Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz has talked up Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson amid interest from Chelsea.The Brazilian will have the task of marking Wilson when the Cherries take on Chelsea in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola yesterday confirmed the club’s interest in the 26-year-old. And Luiz certainly rates his abilities.”I think he is amazing, a great player,” said Luiz. “He is doing really well. He is a top number nine with power and great movement. “He is scoring a lot of goals, he did well in his first game for England. If he continues in this way, he is a player to play in the best teams in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeat

first_imgWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must learn from defeat to Liverpool.Coady, facing his former club, believes that the clinical manner of the two goals underlines the quality of the Premier League.He said, “They’re top drawer, with their movement and the way that they drag people out of position, so fair play to them, but from our point of view we have to look at the goals and improve, and make sure we’re focusing for the full game.”The first goal is a great finish but we could have stopped that happening by stopping the quick free-kick being taken. However, we’ve switched off there and we’ve switched off when the cross comes in for the second one.”You can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, but they’re at the top of the league and they’re really going to punish you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer tells Man Utd (& fans): I don’t want to leave

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd (& fans): I don’t want to leaveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to keep the job.Victory at Newcastle United meant Solskjaer continued his 100 per cent start as interim manager and he challenged his players to continue that form with tougher tests ahead.He also became the first United manager to win opening four games since Sir Matt Busby 73 years ago.”I don’t want to (leave) – of course I won’t,” Solskjaer said. “It’s such a great bunch of players, fantastic atmosphere, but it’s the next game, it’s the next game.”I’m doing my job as long as I’m here. If you win four you can win another four with this club.”That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we know. That used to be the challenge from the gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson).” last_img read more

Missouri Man Arrested For Posting Threats On Yik Yak Towards Mizzou Students

first_imgyik yak app logo.Twitter/@EMichiganEagles The issues at Missouri continue to escalate, following the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe after a string of racially-charged incidents across the Columbia campus spurred large-scale protests by students. Things took a frightening turn on Tuesday night, when a local man posted terroristic threats towards black Mizzou students on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak. Warning: some of the posts contain explicit language.University of Missouri police arrest suspect for posting online threats https://t.co/Beq5jfNSIK pic.twitter.com/8baXsfJXTu— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) November 11, 2015Update on Missouri University: Anonymous posts death threat towards black students on Yik Yak!#ConcernedStudent1950 pic.twitter.com/cIZGhhfFib— Ray Warren Symposium (@rwsymplc) November 11, 2015screenshotted this before it got removed #Mizzou pic.twitter.com/tK2MjCRvM9— Lara Haft (@badpriestess) November 11, 2015Early this morning, a local 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making the threatening posts, though it has not yet been confirmed that he was the poster. According to reports, he is not a Mizzou student, and was not near campus when the messages were posted.19-year-old Hunter M. Park for making terrorist threats towards the Mizzou campus on social media. pic.twitter.com/wx5YcjqhmW— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) November 11, 2015Have apprehended suspect who used multiple accts to threaten @Mizzou students. He was never physically near campus @MUalert— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015The school sent out this email to students this morning.#Mizzou sent this email to students this morning. pic.twitter.com/PvbiK4YwJp— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) November 11, 2015We hope these issues pass, and Missouri proves to be a safe, inclusive place for all students soon enough. Please stay safe, everyone.last_img read more

Is the right to vegan food a human right Ontario firefighter argues

first_imgAn Ontario firefighter alleges his human rights were violated when he was not provided sufficient vegan food while battling a massive blaze in British Columbia.Adam Knauff has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against his employer, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, over his treatment and subsequent suspension while fighting a fire near William’s Lake, B.C., in 2017.“The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry discriminated against me and failed to accommodate my sincerely held ethical beliefs (creed) when it failed to provide me with food that accommodated my personal commitment to ethical veganism, and then disciplined me and suspended me because I attempted to assert my right to accommodation of that sincerely held ethical belief,” he wrote in his application to the tribunal.The ministry, in its response, denied Knauff’s allegations of discrimination and human rights violations.The case centres on whether veganism is a form of creed — the definition of which was expanded by the Human Rights Tribunal in 2015 to include non-secular beliefs.Knauff, based in Kenora, Ont., has worked with the ministry since 2008 and is often dispatched outside the province. He filed the complaint based on the grounds that his creed was not accommodated.“I am an ethical vegan in that I not only follow a vegan diet, but I extend the philosophy of non-consumption of animal products to all other areas of my life,” he wrote. “I do not think that humans have the moral right to oppress other beings, or to cause them pain and suffering.”Knauff, now 40, arrived in northern B.C. on July 15, 2017, and was one of about 1,000 firefighters battling a massive forest fire — working 14 to 16 hours per day.About 10,000 homes were evacuated in William’s Lake, and the only store open was a Tim Hortons that police were helping run, he wrote in his complaint. He said the ministry had long known about his dietary constraints, and he had also filled out a standard food information form for the trip.“On some days during my deployment to William’s Lake, I was not provided with any food that was vegan or not otherwise contaminated with animal products, and therefore forced to go hungry,” he wrote.On July 16, he ate salad and side dishes. The next day, he wrote, there were no vegan meals, so he ate plain bagels and coffee from Tim Hortons. The day after that he was given “beans, oatmeal and fruits.”“After working 16-hour days for four days with inadequate nutrition I began to feel physically ill and mentally groggy,” Knauff wrote. “Until that point I had been trying to push through my hunger and exhaustion, sustaining myself on nuts and fruits.”He complained to the supervisor who said he’d “work on it,” the documents say.On July 20, he wrote: “The only source of protein in my dinner was a single black bean.” The next two days he had “inadequate dinners.”He asked for personnel to buy tofu during one of their service runs. He got three blocks of tofu, gave it to the camp’s chef, but never saw it again, he wrote.Things came to a head on July 23 when he was looking forward to a big barbecue dinner, where vegan burgers would be served.But, he wrote, the chef handled beef patties before touching the vegan patties with the same gloved hands.Knauff said he swore at the chef, who swore back. His supervisor gave him a warning, he wrote.“No one seemed to take my ethical beliefs seriously,” he wrote.The next night at dinner, he was served stir-fry with no protein. He was promised beans the following day, he wrote.He took his plate to his supervisor and asked him if he could see any protein on his plate. The supervisor offered him protein bars.“I was upset and told him ‘no,’” and then he told him — with a curse word — to fix the problem.“I know that I should not have sworn … but I was starving, exhausted, humiliated and defeated,” he wrote. “I had reached my breaking point.”But the real breaking point came the next day when he picked up his lunch, where, he alleged, half of the food was non-vegan.He poured it out in front of food staff and said, repeatedly, “this isn’t vegan.”That’s when his supervisor sent him home.The ministry says Knauff was sent home and suspended three days without pay due to his “inappropriate, insubordinate, unprofessional and aggressive behaviour.” He was also banned from fighting fires outside the province for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018. The ministry also alleges Knauff threw the non-vegan food at staff, which Knauff denies.Base camp was difficult for all involved, as was trying to feed 1,000 firefighters with the closest towns with open stores hours away, the ministry says.It also argues that Knauff’s “vegan status is a sincerely held lifestyle choice, but does not meet the legal definition of creed.” It further argues that it “supported the employee and accommodated his food restrictions as if it were a component of his health needs or part of a recognized creed.”Camille Labchuk, the executive director of the advocacy group Animal Justice, said it hopes to intervene in the case because veganism in the workplace isn’t limited to Knauff.“Ethical veganism has never been ruled a form of creed,” Labchuk said.“This is a test case, but it’s important to have a clear statement from the tribunal.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Badgers backs run wild on OSU

The Wisconsin offensive line “did a great job protecting and showing, obviously, the run and then passing,” said defensive lineman Dexter Larimore. “But the bottom line is that our D-line didn’t give enough pressure and we, as a defense, didn’t collaborate on third down and get off the field.” Despite the defensive struggles, both Tressel and Heyward said that Wisconsin hadn’t done anything outside of the ordinary, nothing that they hadn’t prepared for. “If I had to bet (what they did on offense) wasn’t anything too earth-shattering, just excellent execution,” Tressel said. “This was probably a lot of their base package.” OSU special teams continued to give up valuable points when David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a Badger touchdown. It sparked a horrendous first half for the Buckeyes. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, OSU held the Badgers from within the 5-yard line for two downs before giving up a 1-yard touchdown to Clay, putting the Badgers up 21-0. After two field goal attempts, the Buckeyes headed to the locker room down 21-3. The defense improved in the second half as the Buckeyes outscored the Badgers by five points, but their efforts were in vain. “To Wisconsin’s credit, when it got to (21-18), they stepped up and kept that 10-point cushion on us the rest of the second half and they came up with the win,” Tressel said. The state of Wisconsin is known for its cheese, but it was Ohio State’s defense on Saturday that looked like a block of Swiss: full of holes for Badger running back John Clay. The senior racked up 104 yards in Saturday’s game, which Wisconsin won 31-18. In last year’s matchup at Ohio Stadium, Clay had 59 yards on 20 carries against the Buckeyes, but after just one quarter in Camp Randall, he had already racked up 71 yards, including a touchdown to put the Badgers up 14-0 early in the game. “Football is a game of execution,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “It’s one thing to talk about football, it’s another thing to draw it up on the board, and the big thing is to execute. They executed.” Senior captain and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward attributed Clay’s success in part to the line’s failure to execute defensively. “They did a pretty good job,” Heyward said. “But we didn’t do a good job of executing as well. But you’ve got to tip your hats off to them, they played their butts off.” After giving up 184 total yards on the ground to the Badgers, Heyward took much of the blame. “We have to learn from our mistakes.” Heyward said. “I didn’t perform as well as I wanted to, I take this loss very personally. If there is ever a finger to be pointed it’s at me. As a leader of this defense I think it starts up front and I don’t think we did a good job at all.” The final nail in the defense’s coffin came after quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeye offense had brought the team within three of the Badgers. Wisconsin had the ball on the OSU 12-yard line and Badgers’ running back James White scored to put Wisconsin up 28-18. read more

Gary Lineker addresses accident at King Power Stadium

first_imgFormer Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker has addressed the horror accident involving Leicester City owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter.The helicopter was leaving the stadium after Leicester’s Premier League clash against West Ham on Saturday evening but for some reason, the helicopter crashed as soon as it took off.The Foxes were held to a one-all draw at the King Power Stadium by visitors, West Ham United.Manuel Pellegrini’s men took the lead in the first half through defender Fabian Balbuena in the 30th minute but were also reduced to ten men, after captain Mark Noble was sent off in the 38th minute for a rash challenge.Nigeria international midfielder Wilfred Ndidi salvaged a point for Leicester in the 89th minute of the game when his long-range strike was deflected past Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Lineker addressed the helicopter crash that has engulfed his favoured team Leicester City, during BBC’s Match of the Day program.He said: “Then, after Leicester played West Ham this evening, the helicopter owned by the Leicester chairman took off from the pitch at the King Power Stadium and a few seconds later crashed outside the ground.”“Clearly, this is a breaking story and we’ll do our best to keep you updated throughout the programme.”“First, this is what happened during the game.”last_img read more

OBITUARY Thomas H Deechan Jr 71

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018. Tom was the beloved husband of Ann (Morgan) Deechan, devoted father of Alison (Deechan) Hajj & her husband James of Methuen and Thomas H. Deechan III of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Brooke Gill, cherished son of Marie (Blair) Deechan and the late Thomas Deechan of Falmouth, dear brother of Ann Reinhagen of California, Bill Deechan & his wife Deb of West Yarmouth, Kathy Roberts & her husband Glenn of Florida and the late Debbie Deechan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. Suite 214, Mission, KS 66202.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 22 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 22, 2019:#1) Free Ice Cream Truck At New England Dental GroupNew England Dental Group (206 Ballardvale Street) is hosting an Ice Cream Truck Event from 11am to 3pm with free ice cream and a chance to enter a free teeth whitening raffle.#2) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#3) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Music & More At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting Music & More at 6:30pm. Bernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3. Register HERE.#5) Teen Board Game Club MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Teen Board Game Club Meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome. Limited space. Grades 6 – 12. Register 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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

FCA leans on Harman and Google for new connectedcar services

first_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 2019 Dodge Durango SRT: A big utility with big performance More From Roadshow More about 2019 Dodge Durango SRT AWD Review • 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Preview • 2019 Dodge Durango: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact null 73 Photoscenter_img Tags Share your voice Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google Auto Tech Future Cars 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 0 In the US, it’s been generally acknowledged that Fiat Chrysler has kept its focus on the older-school elements of the auto industry while others have gone all-in on things like electrification and connectivity. But now, its Uconnect telematics are set to receive a big boost to help adapt to the future of in-car services.Fiat Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it will rely on tech from Harman and Google to build out its connected-car services. This “ecosystem,” as FCA refers to it, is set to launch in the second half of 2019, and it’ll be part of all new FCA vehicles around the world by 2022.Harman’s Ignite cloud platform will serve as the base for the out-of-car side of FCA’s services. With 4G connectivity and tech that fosters “the evolution to 5G,” FCA says its cloud services will work with any service provider worldwide. It’ll cover all the normal stuff that other automakers have in their connected-car portfolios, like fuel and charging station locations, predictive maintenance and over-the-air updates. It should also be capable of working with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.Enlarge ImageHere’s a quick look at the major things FCA wants its new system to deliver. Yes, it’s a lot. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google comes into play inside the car. The next version of its Uconnect infotainment system will run on Android, further bridging the connection between phone and in-car telematics. While this might conjure memories of Volvo’s announcement that it will use Android OS in the upcoming Polestar 2, there’s one key difference. Whereas Volvo’s foray with the operating system includes Google Maps, Google Assistant and other apps and services, FCA’s system won’t have any of those ancillary bits, just the operating system.FCA was quick to note that these new foundations will allow for a number of services specific to electrified vehicles, too — an area where, at least in the US, FCA lags behind its competitors. These platforms will enable remote battery management, EV navigation that keeps range in mind and services that help the vehicle work better with the electrical grid.There’s even more than that in store. FCA has its sights set on alternate mobility methods, too — its system is capable of working with usage-based insurance, varying-term vehicle rentals and even peer-to-peer car sharing. The automaker didn’t say which parts would start rolling out first, but as we push into the next decade (just a few months away!), we’ll get a better idea of what FCA has in store.Originally published April 30, 8:08 a.m. PT.Update, 5:32 p.m.: Clarified differences between Volvo and FCA operating systems.last_img read more

Durex launches campaign for safe sex emoticon

first_imgClose Condom maker Durex says it is calling for the creation of a safe sex emoji and presenting an official submission to emoticon maker Unicode on 1 December, which is World Aids Day.In the run-up to the day, used to unite people around the world in the fight against HIV and Aids, Durex launched a social media campaign to create the first official safe sex emoji, asking users to use #CondomEmoji.In an age of smartphones and tablets, emoticons, the small icons which can express emotions or physical things, were crucial to how young couples communicate, Durex said.Citing its own research, the company said in a statement some 80% of 16 to 25-year-olds find it easier to express themselves with emojis. Meanwhile, 84% felt more comfortable using icons when talking about sex.last_img

OnePlus 7 Pros screen replacement isnt going to be cheap Heres a

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus is going to officially take the wraps off its 2019 flagships, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, on May 14. While rumours are rife about new details of the soon-to-be-launched OnePlus smartphones, the company and some of its top execs have left no stone unturned in adding more to the hype. If you’ve been enjoying the early leaks and teasers of the OnePlus 7 duo, the latest offer on the device is going to make you super-excited.If you’ve made up your mind on purchasing the OnePlus 7 Pro as soon as it is launched, regardless of it being the company’s priciest smartphone to date, here’s some good news. OnePlus has already confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display will bring the best experience of “fast and smooth,” hinting at a 90Hz refresh rate panel. In addition, leaks have already pointed out at a curved display on the premium phone, and together it means the repair cost isn’t going to be light on the pockets of those with butter fingers.If you’re sure you will drop your new phone and refuse to shell out a premium repair cost for a screen replacement, OnePlus has just the solution for you. Pre-booking the OnePlus 7 Pro by purchasing an Amazon e-gift card worth Rs 1,000 will guarantee buyers a one-time screen replacement worth Rs 15,000 for free. The insurance is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase and the pre-booking amount of Rs 1,000 can be redeemed during the purchase of the phone. OnePlus 7 Pro prebooking offerAmazon.inIf you’d prefer walking to a physical store, OnePlus, Croma and Reliance stores will let you pre-book the OnePlus 7 Pro at Rs 2,000, which can be redeemed on the purchase of the device later. The one-time screen replacement warranty of 6 months will be applied here as well.It’s worth pointing out that the free screen replacement will attract a processing fee of Rs 750. If the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen replacement is to cost Rs 15,000, then paying Rs 750 to claim the warranty is a steal. OnePlus 7 Pro display gets highest ratingOnePlusWhile the pre-booking offer is a suitable one for most buyers, the concerning factor is the rising repair cost of OnePlus phones. OnePlus 7 Pro’s price is already turning out to be a huge concern for consumers and critics have been vocal about their opinions. But OnePlus is trying to justify the price hike with features comparable to Samsung, Apple and Huawei flagships. Seeing flagships are now breaching $1,000 easily, OnePlus has a very little margin to remain disruptive without crossing the four-figure mark. Closecenter_img OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

Who Might Be In Donald Trumps Cabinet Plus More About The Transition

first_imgGETTY IMAGESFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon have all been mentioned as possibilities for major roles in the president-elect’s administration. L: Alex Wong, Brett Carlsen, Mandel Ngan/Getty ImagesThe election just ended and the new president doesn’t even take office until Jan. 20. But the transition planning starts now.Who’s going to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state? His chief of staff? His education secretary? Now that the news of Trump’s election has settled, speculation over how the president-elect will fill out his administration has consumed Washington.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Keeping in mind the truism that nobody who knows is talking, and those who are talking don’t really know, here are some of the names being floated, leaked and speculated about.Let’s start with chief of staff, a key position that will influence the filling of many others. The name of Reince Priebus, currently chairman of the Republican National Committee, has often been mentioned. Priebus was a steady backer of Trump, when many in the party establishment wanted nothing to do with the brash businessman, and put the party’s apparatus behind Trump’s campaign.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who quickly gave his support to Trump after being vanquished by him in the primary campaign, has also been mentioned in connection with this job or another post in the incoming administration. Christie has been serving as head of the Trump transition team.Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, was spotted taking a long walk on the White House grounds with Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during Trump’s Oval Office visit with President Obama Thursday, leading some to speculate that he could be in line for the post.Also add to the list of potential chiefs of staff Steve Bannon, who served as Trump’s campaign chief after coming over from the conservative website Breitbart News.Another longtime Trump backer is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Could he be the next secretary of state? Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who acted as Trump’s attack dog on the campaign trail, is said to be interested in becoming attorney general.A couple of members of the U.S. Senate might also be tapped for posts. Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions for secretary of defense? Or maybe Tennessee’s Bob Corker for secretary of state.For homeland security, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas could make the list. Another Texas congressman, Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, is reportedly under consideration as Treasury secretary.Another Trump aide, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that she has been offered an unspecified White House job.And if Trump wants to go rogue, Sarah Palin is among those rumored to be interested in becoming secretary of the interior.Beyond the names, here are five things to know about the transition, including how many jobs the new president needs to fill and whether the Obama administration will need to help.1. Why all this talk about the transition now?Because this is a really big deal. Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, calls it “the most complicated takeover, not only on the planet, but in history.” Handing over the keys of the government means taking control of an operation with some 4 million employees, both civilian and military, and a $4 trillion budget. Huge numbers, even by the standards of Donald Trump. In fact, the Trump and Clinton campaigns actually began work preparing for the transition back in August.2. How many jobs does the new president have to fill?There are some 4,000 political appointments for the incoming administration to fill. Every Cabinet agency needs a secretary and top staff. Each federal agency, an administrator. And of the 4,000 top jobs, one-quarter of them require Senate confirmation.According to the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, “best practice generally dictates having White House positions filled by Thanksgiving, and the most important Cabinet positions ready to announce between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” to give time for the nominees to prepare for their confirmation hearings.3. Is the Obama administration helping or hindering the president-elect’s team takeover?It seems President Obama, who called Trump “temperamentally unfit” for office during the campaign, and Trump, who questioned Obama’s American birth, have moved on, at least publicly. The White House has long said Obama wants to ensure that the transition to the Trump administration is smooth. And federal legislation passed in 2010 ensures a degree of cooperation, including providing government office space for the president-elect’s team as well as IT support. Trump transition team members will soon be visiting individual agencies for briefings with what’s been dubbed “landing teams.” The Government Services Administration, which oversees the logistics of the process, has a website here that explains the transition process.4. Have presidential transitions always been so coordinated?No. In 1960, for instance, President-elect John F. Kennedy didn’t even meet with the man he succeeded, President Dwight Eisenhower, until nearly a month after his election. And until recently the transition process had been sort of an underground operation, to avoid the perception of a candidate “measuring the drapes” of the Oval Office before even being elected.5. How can I get a job with the new administration?Not sure we can help you there, but you might want to check out Trump’s transition website.And this may not help you find employment, but the Government Accountability Office has a list of recommendations here about issues it thinks the new administration should address.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

In Texas Elections As In Schools Participation Is Part Of The Grade

first_imgThe education group’s most visible efforts revolved around a long shot: running little-known Rockwall Republican Scott Milder to oust incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Milder spent most of his time campaigning for educators’ votes — and was crushed, gaining only 24 percent of the vote.Milder first posted his concession statement on Reynolds’ Facebook group on primary night. In the spirit of the block vote, he encouraged teachers to give their vote to Democratic candidate Mike Collier in the general election. “I will be casting my vote for Mike Collier, the rational Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, and will strongly encourage all Texans who voted for me in this race to cast their votes for Collier as well,” he wrote.Some also posit educators were scared away from voting after Attorney General Ken Paxton released an opinion saying educators could not promote specific candidates or measures with public money, school district equipment or on school time. He also said school districts can’t pay to drive students to polling places “absent an educational purpose.” Soon before the primary, Paxton sent cease-and-desist letters to educators at three Texas school districts he said were conducting “unlawful electioneering” by using public money to advocate for political candidates.“I do think it’s disappointing that anyone, let alone the leaders of our state and elected officials, would go out of their way to discourage anyone from voting when there was no evidence of any wrongdoing,” said Laura Yeager, founder of Texas Educators Vote, a civic engagement group encouraging educators to be politically active.State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, who first asked Paxton to weigh in on what he saw as illegal electioneering, said Paxton’s letters did not stop educators from voting. “There’s simply no way that’s intimidating. Unless you’re doing it. And then you’re being told to stop, and nobody’s filing charges on you. They just want you to stop — stop doing it.” Bettencourt said.Retired Spring ISD teacher Margaret Womack started researching candidates for the primary after lawmakers put a Band-Aid on the broken teacher health care system, leaving many retired teachers with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The block voting group sounded like a good vehicle for first-time political involvement, she said. “In 30-plus years of seeing what has happened in education, educators could never quite get themselves together to say, ‘This isn’t right.’ We’d wring our hands and we’d say, ‘Geez, I wish it was different,’” she said.Womack was disappointed but not surprised that Milder didn’t make it through the primary. She said she often votes for Democrats but eagerly voted in the Republican primary to support him. She knows other teachers had a harder time crossing over.Womack said she is still motivated to vote for Collier and will continue to recruit educators to block vote in the general election — but that she is dismayed at the evidence she’s seen on how little research voters do before voting. She said the movement needs to prioritize widespread voter education to be successful. “If we don’t have that, I don’t know. I’m at a loss.” Share Tiffany SzerpickiAn empty classroomWhen Fort Bend ISD board president Kristin Tassin announced in September that she was running for state Senate against incumbent Houston Republican Joan Huffman, public education advocates lined up to support her.Outspoken about the state’s failure to overhaul its school funding system, Tassin won an early nod from outgoing House Speaker Joe Straus and picked up endorsements from former and current superintendents, a parent-led political action committee, and Texas’ chapter of the national teachers’ union. Gov. Greg Abbott, while endorsing her opponent, appointed her to a state committee on special education.Tassin also received the endorsement of a Facebook group, “Texans for Public Education,” which planned to organize its thousands of members to vote in the Republican primary for a set of candidates the group deemed “friendly” to public education.She lost badly. Huffman was the favorite to win, as an incumbent endorsed by the governor — but the race was expected to be competitive. Instead, Tassin received just 27 percent of the vote. “[Block voting] wasn’t effective in my race. The teachers didn’t show up. They didn’t show up to vote,” she said. “If they voted, they voted in the wrong primary.”She said she ran into teachers who said they were block voting — but who registered for the Democratic primary.Tassin argued educator voting groups, despite their efforts, did not motivate a significant-enough faction of teachers to vote. But block vote cheerleaders say the primary elections were a shaky test run for a much larger mission: shedding teachers’ reputation for being politically apathetic or uninvolved and building their political clout in Texas over the next several election cycles.Like Tassin, Granbury ISD Superintendent Jim Largent partly attributed his loss against incumbent Rep. Mike Lang in House District 59 to the failure of teachers to show up at the polls. “The block voting group certainly was effective in a way and was able to get a large group talking about the same things,” Largent said. “There was still low voter turnout.”Troy Reynolds, founder of Texans for Public Education and an administrator at Splendora ISD north of Houston, publicly presented his mission at a rally on the Capitol green in July: to oppose Abbott’s proposed agenda for the summer special session, which educators argued was chock full of unfunded mandates for public schools. He rallied fellow educators to vote based on issues, not party, meaning party loyalists would need to hold their noses and support candidates on the other side of the aisle.“What we’re doing has never been tried before,” Reynolds said after the primary. He argues educators helped tip the vote for more than two dozen moderate Republicans vying for competitive state House seats. But he acknowledges the group’s limited success: “It truly strategically is not realistic to think a new organization can walk in and undo 10 to 15 years of infiltration by these profiteers in one election,” he said, referring in part to Empower Texans, a key conservative activist organization that poured more than $1 million into state-level campaigns this year.last_img read more

Bees helping to monitor air quality at German airports

first_img Explore further Citation: Bees helping to monitor air quality at German airports (2010, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-bees-air-quality-german-airports.html Using bees for biomonitoring of environmental health around airports is a recent development, but insects have been used successfully for some time to monitor water quality at a number of sites.The honey produced at the airports is tested in the laboratory twice a year for heavy metals and certain hydrocarbons, and has so far been found to be comparable to honey produced in non-industrial areas. Volker Liebig, a chemist with Orga Lab, which tests the samples, said more data is needed over a longer period for the results to be conclusive, but he said preliminary results looked promising.Düsseldorf International Airport’s community liaison officer Peter Nengelken said this year’s first batch of honey, harvested in June from the 200,000 bees at the airport, had been tested and found to contain toxin levels far below recommended limits, and about the same as honey from rural areas. This is consistent with the results from the previous years since the bee monitoring began in 2006. Air quality at all the airports is also monitored in more traditional ways.Pollution at airports has a number of sources, including aircraft, cars, buses, and industries, which often cluster in the vicinity of airports. Around the world the air quality around airports is monitored, and the stringent monitoring requirements set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a body of the United Nations, have led to a substantial reduction in pollution at major airports.Pollution reduction has been achieved by the development of cleaner aircraft engines and ground support vehicles, and by improvements in equipment operation procedures. Even so, some community groups remain concerned, especially about lead levels and the presence of ultrafine particles originating from jet aircraft, cars and trucks. In Germany, airport officials view the bees as a simple and easy-to-understand way to demonstrate to the public that airports are much cleaner and safer than they once were.The health effects of ultrafine particles are unknown as yet but there is some research suggesting they may pose a risk because the particles are fine enough to pass through cell walls and may be able to penetrate into the brain and other organs. Ultrafine particle emissions are currently not regulated in the US, but there are limits for vehicle emissions of ultrafine particles in Europe.The bees at Düsseldorf International airport are kept by local beekeepers, and the honey is bottled as “Düsseldorf Natural” and given away. Hidden threat: Elevated pollution levels near regional airports © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Air quality around eight airports in Germany is being monitored with the help of bees, whose honey is tested regularly for toxins.last_img read more

A fine selection

first_imgThe Imperial presents the Sunday brunch with some new offerings this time. Live seared foie gras, display of raw seafood and fish like rainbow trout, clams, mussels, squids, perch, mackerel, scallops (steamed, baked, grilled etc.) are included in the menu.Home cured and preserved cold meats, home smoked duck and home smoked salmon complement the innovatively laid out non alcoholic hangover shots to get over the heavy head from last night’s party. That’s not all hand-made pasta made live and filled with the goodness of whole wheat, home-made fancy cup cakes and vegan ice creams, liquid sandwich/ sugarfee desserts, dainty french pastry – Macaroons, Eclairs, millefieulle, home grown microgreens  – wheat grass, lentils, green peas, red amaranthus, mustard cress, raddish cress etc, are truly a feast to satiate you heart and tummy at the same time.The feast also offers selection one special starter served on your table. Adding to it The Imperial also brings you to some  unbelievable choices of world cuisine, all under one roof.last_img read more

US cable giant Comcast is said to have held talks

first_imgUS cable giant Comcast is said to have held talks with Deutsche Telekom about a potential deal to acquire mobile network T-Mobile US.According to Germany’s Maganger Magazin, which cited unnamed insiders, Comcast is one of a number of interested parties in the US mobile network, with US satellite operator DISH also linked to the firm.The report claimed a Comcast-T-Mobile tie up would provide a new growth opportunity for Comcast, following the collapse of its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable earlier this year.It also said that Comcast’s financial strength, and ability to stage a full takeover of T-Mobile, would make it an attractive bidder.The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that DISH Network is in merger talks with T-Mobile US about a multi-billion dollar deal to combine the two companies.The WSJ report said that DISH and T-Mobile were “in close agreement” about the structure of a combined company, but had not resolved issues surrounding the price of the deal or the mix of cash and stock that would fund it.last_img read more

DVR maker TiVo has reached 7 million subscriptions

first_imgDVR maker TiVo has reached 7 million subscriptions for TiVo-enabled platforms across North America and Europe, it announced.TiVo said that its total cumulative subscriptions have grown by approximately 1.5 million, or 27%, since January 31, 2015.“In a world where more content is being delivered from the cloud, our technology is more valuable than ever when it comes to letting people access the content they want, on the device they want, in the way they want,” said TiVo’s Interim CEO, Naveen Chopra.“The changes we’re making to our business and the sharper focus on execution will continue to fuel innovation, subscription growth, and enhanced profitability. We are very proud of this milestone, and more importantly, we have an incredible amount of opportunity in front of us and a plan for capturing it.”Operators including Virgin Media, Vodafone Spain, RCN, Cogeco and Suddenlink have deployed TiVo’s platforms in North America and Europe.last_img read more

Secretary of State Karen Bradley centre at the D

first_imgSecretary of State Karen Bradley (centre) at the DCMSThe UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has added ‘Digital’ to its title in a bid to reflect that its “remit has evolved”.The department will continue to be referred to as DCMS in all communications, but is now the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said DCMS in a statement.“DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include Digital in the name,” said Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley.“The department has taken on significant new responsibilities in recent years, so that half of its policy and delivery work now covers the digital sectors – telecommunications, data protection, internet safety, cyber skills and parts of media and the creative industries.”DCMS as a whole also covers arts, culture, the creative industries, sport, tourism, heritage, and gambling.last_img read more