North Caicos Parents in jail in Provo second child at Social Services

first_img PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute No medical report yet in Capron death Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – North Caicos was on Friday rocked with news of the arrest of the parents of that five year old boy who was found dead in his bed on September 30. Some are finding it hard to believe the couple could have killed their son, who was a student of the Adelaide Omeler Primary School. Magnetic Media is informed that the autopsy shows that the child’s neck was broken and Police are checking the parents out first in the investigation. Over the weekend, there were many disturbing allegations about the family and a report that the younger son, a three-year old is now with Social Services. At the time of the death discovery, the father of Joas St Louis shared with media his surprise that his young son was dead. The mother and father are being held in jail in Provo now. Related Items:dead, joas st. louis, North caicos, parents jail Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego students create play about human trafficking

first_img April 30, 2019 Updated: 7:10 PM KUSI Newsroom, San Diego students create play about human trafficking Posted: April 30, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today was the culmination of months of hard work for some students at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.Teenagers created and produced a play about human trafficking for their peers.Why? Because more and more children are being lured into what’s being described as modern-day slavery.KUSI News Elizabeth Alvarez has the details.It’s called Tapped. A simple yet powerful play put on by students at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. It’s about a very dark and dangerous crime that is rampant in San Diego.“The Department of Justice and the (San Diego Human Trafficking) Task Force approach us and said ‘we have a need. We’re finding that younger children are being pulled into human trafficking rings.’” Said Roxane Carraso, SCPA Teacher.“They wanted us to help them create a play for awareness, a softer way to explain to younger children how this happens and how to avoid making this happen.”MaeLin Janus, student production lead explains the story is about a girl Sage and a boy named Dylan. “He makes her feel safe then things start getting pretty dark. It goes from Instagram to text messaging to exchanging pictures and they start FaceTiming it gets really involved fast.”Students worked with a professional play right to create a play based on the eight stages of what happens in the human trafficking world.Trapped was created and produced by students for students.It was the vision of the San Diego human trafficking task force.The students involved in the production all went through a seminar to learn about the problem. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Jennifer Lopez Drops Dinero Featuring Cardi B And DJ Khaled

first_img Facebook Jennifer Lopez’ “Dinero” With Cardi B, DJ Khaled jennifer-lopez-drops-dinero-featuring-cardi-b-and-dj-khaled Hear J-Lo’s new upbeat, bilingual single featuring two of music’s hottest namesNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 7:34 am One day after teasing her latest mega-collaboration by revealing the song’s artwork on her Instagram, Jennifer Lopez has now dropped her new single, “Dinero,” featuring Cardi B and DJ Khaled.In her upbeat, bilingual new song, Lopez trades verses with rapper Cardi B, celebrating the desire for — and joy of having — money, with DJ Khaled providing the hype track. The song arrives ahead of its live debut on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. Email Jennifer Lopez Drops “Dinero” Featuring Cardi B And DJ Khaled My new single #DINERO ft. @djkhaled and #CardiB is available NOW!!!💰💰💰(Link In Bio) pic.twitter.com/ern2GVNJIW— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) May 17, 2018center_img Twitter News https://twitter.com/JLo/status/997090080270385154 The new single comes just three weeks after Lopez’ Spanish single, “El Anillo,” which dropped on April 27. The singer also released “Us” featuring Skrillex back in February. The GRAMMY-winner’s most recent full-length album is 2014’s A.K.A.Cardi B is having a breakout year with the arrival of her debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, and a staggering list of features to her credit. Not to be outdone, DJ Khaled led all nominees for the BET Awards on the strength of his album Grateful and its single, “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.Lopez continues her Las Vegas residency through Sept. 29 at Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino. Tickets and other information is available via Ticketmaster.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is a galactically stupid title

first_img Comments 16 Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… That’s a joke, right?— rick (@ricktimmerman88) April 12, 2019 And the actor jumped right in with guesses as to which member of his fictional family the title is referring to.”Is that Skywalker KYLO? LEIA? ANAKIN? LUKE?” he wrote. “A previously unknown SKYWALKER? Is REY a Skywalker?”Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (really!) opens Dec. 19 in the UK and Australia, and Dec. 20 in the US. Skywalker is the new Jedi Order. Rey starts it, maybe with Kylo.— Unite or Die #TTP (@shadowdragontwt) April 12, 2019 TV and Movies Also, doesn’t the new title just scream spoiler? In one of two ways, apparently. With Rey all over the trailer and the words THE RISE OF SKYWALKER emblazoned on the screen, are we just all admitting now that we know she’s obviously a Skywalker relation, whether Luke’s kid or not? Let’s hope that’s just too obvious. So on the other hand, is Kylo Ren, whose mother Leia was a Skywalker, the family member on the rise?Some fans liked it, with writer Kris Tapley putting it solidly in the middle of a title ranking, above the 1977 original and below The Phantom Menace. Not everyone was on board with the title.”Which Star Wars isn’t the rise of Skywalker …. he rose 10x already,” noted one Twitter user. Tapley also has thoughts about the title’s meaning, writing, “I think there’s zero chance that title refers to Rey.” No, it’s not an adult-film parody title, or a coffee table book about George Lucas’ movie ranch. Episode 9, the next Star Wars movie, is really called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. it’s called the rise of skywalker because anakin raises from the dead to drop-kick kylo into a sun— moms against dio brando (@C0REZI) April 12, 2019 77 Photos More Rise of Skywalker 2:04 Star Wars star Mark Hamill, who played O.G. Skywalker Luke, weighed in about the new title Friday, nothing that it wasn’t his suggestion: Episode IX: A Bunch More Stuff Happens. Some fans had theories about what was rising, and who, and why.”Skywalker is the new Jedi Order. Rey starts it, maybe with Kylo,” wrote one Twitter user. Awful. Is this real?— David Bernardi (@david_bernardi) April 12, 2019 Originally published April 12. Ranking Star Wars episode titles! (TITLES)1. The Phantom Menace2. The Empire Strikes Back3. Return of the Jedi4. Attack of the Clones5. The Rise of Skywalker6. The Force Awakens7. A New Hope8. The Last Jedi9. Revenge of the Sith— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) April 12, 2019center_img The fact that Palpatine was laughing at the end of the trailer and Episode IX is titled The Rise of Skywalker… it’s so f-ing blatant you guys. Ben is going to finally make things right and heal the wounds in his family line. #bendemption #episodeix #theriseofskywalker— raven-maiden (@raven_maiden3) April 12, 2019 Which Star Wars isn’t the rise of Skywalker …. he rose 10x already— jaime xumi 🔦 (@jaimelasticity) April 12, 2019 It’s not #EpisodeIXFromHisNap or even my suggestion: #EpisodeIXABunchMoreStuffHappens- It’#EpisodeIXTheRiseOfSkywalker! It’s time for the 8 months of speculation to begin. Is that Skywalker KYLO? LEIA? ANAKIN? LUKE? A previously unknown SKYWALKER? Is REY a Skywalker? #CoolTitle👍 https://t.co/avfffLvC1z— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 12, 2019 The title ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ has got everyone thinking of Rey, maybe J.J. is retconning what Rian did with Rey’s lineage. No, no, no.I think the Skywalker title is referring to Kylo. Maybe he will have a redemption arc in this story. Fight to defeat Palpatine. pic.twitter.com/4JOefF1j5L— terrellegrahamreviews.com (@TerrelleGraham) April 12, 2019 Tags Don’t get too excited. The Palpatine cackle at the end of the #EpisodeIX trailer is just Kylo Ren’s ringtone.— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) April 12, 2019 I think there’s zero chance that title refers to Rey.— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) April 12, 2019 I’m confused, I thought one of the goals of this new trilogy was to end the Skywalker saga, then again The Rise of the Dark Knight was the end of the Batman trilogy so there’s that— Pozzible Movies (@Pozzible_movies) April 12, 2019 Confused by title. pic.twitter.com/w6KI1ylrlg— 6reg (@Darthgreg78) April 12, 2019 Rise of Skywalker sees Emperor Palpatine rise again Meet new Star Wars character Jannah Share your voice Either Rey is a Skywalker or Ren is gonna rule the galaxy.— Auswald (@groovyspaceP) April 12, 2019 Some fans were more interested in a familiar laugh from the new teaser trailer. Hello, Emperor Palpatine, welcome back. Maybe the title should’ve been, “The Rise/Return/Revenge/Whatever of Palpatine.” Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over We finally got the title Friday morning at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and yes, these things take time to get used to. But I can’t be the only Star Wars watcher who thinks it’s about as appealing as the Sarlacc.I’ve said it before: I was rooting for Star Wars: A New Order. That worked on every level. Short, appealing, direct and a nice throwback to the 1977 original Star Wars film, which I saw in theaters when it was just called Star Wars but was later dubbed A New Hope. Star Wars, Skywalker, Palpatine, #EpisodeIX, #TheRiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/eMb9YlDWj9— Leugim🌺🌸 (@Leugim_3) April 12, 2019 Star Warslast_img read more

Facebook Instagram hit by apparent global outage

first_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy Rylo Tags Angela Lang/CNET 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. 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. Facebook is down for many on Sunday. Angela Lang/CNET Many users of Facebook and Instagram are unable to access the social networks’ services Sunday in an apparent global disruption.The issue apparently began around 6:30 a.m. PT, according to Down Detector.Instagram users complained of not being able to log in to their accounts, while Facebook users said they were having trouble sharing status updates and media such as photos and video. Users across the US, Canada, Australia and parts of Asia complained of not having access.”Every comment I make is being deleted for ‘going against community standards,'” Christine Caro wrote Sunday morning on Isitdownrightnow.com.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Amazon 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). Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review See It Post a comment $59 at eBay Facebook Instagram,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. Boost Mobile Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express $999center_img $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Tech Industry See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 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. 7 Share your voice $520 at HP 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. See at Turo 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See It 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. $60 at Best Buylast_img read more

Gold prices rally in India to cross Rs30000 Sensex slumps 300 points

first_imgGold prices rallied on Friday to cross Rs. 30,000 per 10 gm after staying below the psychological mark for three days. The yellow metal gained Rs. 200 to close at Rs. 30,050 per 10 gm in Delhi bullion market even as silver shed Rs. 600 and ended at Rs. 40,500 per kg.Hardening prices have kept consumers away in India, the world’s second-biggest consumer of gold. The yellow metal had less takers this Akshay Tritiya mainly due to prices prevailing high.”This week’s demand was better than last week as consumers were making purchases for Akshaya Tritiya. Year-on-year basis demand was much lower during the festival due to higher prices,” Reuters quoted Aditya Pethe, a director at Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers, as saying on Friday.Gold demand in India saw a 39 percent decline during the quarter ended March 2016. The fall in the jewellery segment was higher at 41 percent and hit a seven-year-low, according to the World Gold Council.The fall was attributed to high prices and a long strike by gold jewellers to protest against the re-introduction of one percent excise duty.The fall in retail sales has led to a domino effect on the trade.”Jewellers have slowed down purchases. Retail demand is not picking momentum despite various promotional schemes launched by them,” Reuters quoted a Mumbai-based bullion dealer with a private bank as saying.Globally, gold prices are expected to hover in the range of $1,200 to $1,300 an ounce, according to financial news website MarketWatch.The rise in gold prices on Friday coincided with the fall in Indian stock markets due to disappointing retail inflation and factory output data released on Thursday after trading hours.The Sensex closed at 25,489, down 300 points, or 1.17 percent, from its previous close.last_img read more

Expediaowned Trivago files for IPO worth 400 million

first_imgTrivago, a hotel booking website owned by Expedia, has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the United States. In a regulatory filing, the company said it plans to list its depository receipts on Nasdaq.According to Bloomberg, Trivago will have two classes of shares after the IPO — Class A shares and Class B shares. It plans to sell its Class A shares to the public, while the Class B shares will be retained by Expedia. Class A shares are currently held by Trivago’s management.However, in its regulatory filing on Monday, the company did not reveal how many shares it planned to sell or its expected price.Four years ago, the US-based Expedia bought a 62 percent stake in Trivago for about $531 million. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia CEO, had told investors in July that the management and founders of Trivago had agreed to go public in a bid to value Trivago as a standalone firm, Reuters reported.Chances are the final size of the IPO could be different. The company plans to use the symbol TRVG for its listing.For the first nine months of the present fiscal, the Dusseldorf-based Trivago reported a net loss of $57.8 million on income of $425.6 million. Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are leading the deal.last_img read more

Relief ministry officials holidays cancelled Maya

first_imgDisaster management and relief minister Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Monday said the holidays of the officials of his ministry have been cancelled to ensure smooth relief distribution in the flood-hit areas during Eid-ul-Azha.”The decision has been taken so that relief could be distributed properly among the flood victims,” he said at a relief distribution programme at Jajira upazila in Shariatpur district, a handout said.Maya said adequate relief materials have been sent to the flood affected areas to lessen the sufferings of the victims and if necessary, more food grains will be sent there.He said seeds, fertilisers and pesticides will be distributed among the farmers of the flood-hit areas free of cost, and damaged infrastructures in erosion-prone areas will be repaired.Shawkat Ali, MP, BM Mozammel Haque, MP, Nanana Akter, MP and disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal, among others, were present.last_img read more

Republicans fail again to kill off Obamacare

first_imgProtesters before a hearing on repealing Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: ReutersUS Republicans on Tuesday fell short yet again in their seven-year drive to repeal Obamacare, in a bitter defeat that raises more questions about their ability to enact President Donald Trump’s agenda.The party was unable to win enough support from its own senators for a bill to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act and decided not to put it to a vote, several Republicans said. The bill’s sponsors vowed to try again, but face steeper odds after Sunday, when special rules expire that allow them to pass healthcare legislation without Democratic support.“We basically ran out of time,” said Senator Ron Johnson, a co-sponsor of the measure with Senators Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham and Dean Heller.Republicans have now repeatedly failed to deliver on their longtime promise to roll back former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment.They have yet to achieve any major domestic policy successes in Congress this year, which could hurt their efforts to retain control of the Senate and House of Representatives in the November 2018 congressional elections.Republicans widely view Obamacare, which provides coverage to 20 million Americans, as a costly government overreach. Trump vowed frequently during the 2016 election campaign to scrap it. Democrats have fiercely defended it, saying it has extended health insurance to millions.After falling short in July, Senate Republicans tried again this month with a bill that would have given states greater control over the hundreds of billions of dollars that the federal government spends annually on health care.As before, they ran into objections from members on the right and the center who opposed repeal for essentially opposite reasons.Senator Susan Collins, a moderate, complained it undermined the Medicaid program for the poor and weakened consumer protections. Senator Rand Paul, a conservative, said it left too many of Obamacare’s regulations and spending programs in place.Democrats said it was time for Republicans to work with them to fix Obamacare’s shortcomings, and Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said he would resume talks with Democratic Senator Patty Murray to shore up the law’s insurance subsidies.Shares of healthcare providers ended broadly higher. Hospital company HCA Healthcare Inc rose 1.8 percent, while insurer Centene Corp, which focuses on Medicaid, rose 2.2 per cent.The insurance industry, hospitals, medical advocacy groups such as the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, the AARP advocacy group for the elderly and consumer activists opposed the latest bill.TRUMP DISAPPOINTEDTrump said on Tuesday his administration was disappointed in “certain so-called Republicans” who did not support the bill. The Republican president said later he still had not given up hope that the law would eventually be repealed. “It’ll happen,” he told reporters while traveling to New York for a fundraiser.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate and at least three senators – Collins, Paul and John McCain of Arizona – had publicly rejected the bill.Republicans crafted special rules earlier this year that allowed them to pass a bill with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber. After those rules expire at the start of the new fiscal year on Sunday, they will need at least 60 votes to advance most legislation.John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership in the Senate, said the party would likely not try to undo Obamacare again until it was clear there were enough votes for it. He said the party would now focus on overhauling the US tax code – another complex undertaking that could meet with stiff resistance from a wide range of interest groups.A CBS poll on Monday showed 52 per cent of Americans disapproved of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, while 20 per cent approved.“I will readily admit that the Republican Party has done a bad job of explaining what we’re for in terms of replace on Obamacare,” Republican Senator Ben Sasse said on the Senate floor.Six protesters staged a “die-in” on the floor of a Senate office building, lying on the ground and covering their heads and bodies with a white shroud to represent what they said would be lives lost if the bill passed.The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the number of people with health insurance covering high-cost medical events would be slashed by millions if the latest Republican bill had it become law.The CBO also found that federal spending on Medicaid would be cut by about $1 trillion from 2017 to 2026 and that millions of people would lose their coverage in the program, mainly from a repeal of federal funding for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.last_img read more

Physician says Quader to be shifted to cabin next week

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Qauder is now doing well after open heart surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore and expected to be shifted to a cabin next week, physician Abu Nasar Rizvi said on Thursday, reports UNB.”He’s now at ICU (Intensive Care Unit). Physicians hope if the improvement continues, he’ll be shifted to a cabin in the middle of next week,” he quoted a member of the medical board as saying.Abu Nasar Rizvi is a physician of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), underwent a successful bypass surgery at the hospital on Wednesday.Quader was admitted to BSMMU on 3 March following breathing complications and tests revealed three blockages in his coronary arteries.He was flown to Singapore the next day for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.last_img read more

N Korea still serious and imminent threat Japan

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 29 August, 2017, soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defence Force set up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Bace in Tokyo. Photo: AFPNorth Korea still poses a “serious and imminent threat”, Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since an outbreak of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.Japan’s 2018 defence white paper also took aim at China’s rise as a military power, saying Beijing was sparking “strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan”.Last year’s defence review was published at the height of the tensions with North Korea, amid nuclear and missile tests and US president Donald Trump threatening to rain down “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it kept up its threats.But since then, a spectacular diplomatic detente has taken place, culminating in the historic summit between Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on 12 June.Nevertheless, Tokyo insisted on Tuesday: “There is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles.”Pyongyang continues to post “an unprecedentedly serious and imminent threat to Japan’s security and significantly damage the peace and security of the region and the international community”, according to Tokyo.Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera acknowledged in the document that North Korea had begun “dialogue” with former foes the US and South Korea.“But we cannot overlook the fact that, even to this day, it possesses and fully deploys several hundred missiles that put nearly all of Japan within range,” stressed the minister.In response, Japan is steadily upgrading its capacity to shield the nation from the North’s arsenal, including a plan to spend some $4.2 billion over the next three decades on installing and operating US radar systems.Despite the historic handshake in Singapore, there has been little progress in denuclearising the Korean peninsula and Washington-Pyongyang relations appear to have taken a turn for the worse, with Trump abruptly scrapping a planned visit to the North by secretary of state Mike Pompeo.The white paper also reiterated its worries about China’s increasing military spending and expanding naval ambitions.It complained that Beijing was trying to “change the status quo by coercion”, referring to such actions as building up disputed islands in the South China Sea and expanding naval activities around East China Sea islands in dispute with Japan.last_img read more

Secrecy Provision Prevented Public Input On Houstons 2 Billion Deal To Fix

first_img Share public domainUPDATE (July 17, 2019): Mayor Sylvester Turner delayed the vote by one week to give the public an opportunity to review the agreement. According to the Mayor’s Office, the $1,000 fine for disclosing information from the document was in accordance with state law.After years of negotiation, Houston is finalizing an agreement with the EPA to curb sewage spills that violate the federal Clean Water Act. City Council is expected to vote on the deal on Wednesday. If approved, the consent decree would be filed in court followed by a 30-day public comment period. It would then go to a judge for approval.According to local officials, Houston will spend $2 billion over 15 years to stop sewer overflows. The city reported more than 9,000 of those discharges over a five-year period, according to the local advocacy group Bayou City Waterkeeper. Houston will also pay $4.6 million for sewage violations going back to 2005. It’s unclear how the upgrades will affect water bills, but Mayor Sylvester Turner said rates would be expected to remain below the EPA’s affordability threshold, which means the rate could not exceed 2% of median household income. The city announced the agreement last week, but details were kept confidential about which infrastructure projects would get top priority or when they would be completed. After public pressure from advocates, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office agreed on Tuesday to make the consent decree public ahead of the City Council meeting. Following the release of the consent decree, Councilmember Dwight Boykins told News 88.7 he plans to delay the vote for one week, so advocates have an opportunity to view the agreement prior to the Council vote. (You can read the consent decree, here, on the City Council agenda.) At-large Councilmember Jack Christie confirmed he and his colleagues had faced a penalty for disclosing information to the public, prior to the release of the decree Tuesday.“I think maybe a $1,000 fine or something,” Christie said. “But that doesn’t bother me.” He said he couldn’t recall seeing another confidentiality penalty in his eight years on city council. “But this is a major settlement with the federal government and the EPA. So again it doesn’t bother me to have the information but not give it out until after it’s voted on,” Christie said.Tracy Hester, an environmental law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, said the penalty wasn’t business as usual for EPA agreements.“I haven’t heard of that before. I’m unaware of any other prior consent decree on a major environmental enforcement action that’s had a similar type of secrecy provision,” Hester said. City Attorney Ron Lewis presented the consent decree before a council committee meeting last week. District J Councilmember Mike Laster asked Lewis if the document was confidential because it contained controversial plans. Lewis responded, “We’re trying to work with our regulatory bodies in a way that is consistent with our collective belief about what’s in the best interest of the public.” Other councilmembers raised questions about whether confidentiality would impact public participation, though Lewis dismissed those concerns.“Once the decree is lodged and there’s an opportunity for public comment you may hear from the public about whether they agree with the technical assessments about what the system really needs,” Lewis said. “But I don’t anticipate that the long-term improvement of the system can be a function of such a process.” Jordan Macha, the executive director of Bayou City Waterkeeper, argued the consent decree should be made public before the vote.“It is our understanding that there is no legal barrier for this to become public to the citizens of Houston today,” Macha said. “This is a choice made by the EPA and the city of Houston, and if City Council and the city wanted to make this public they could. And we would very much welcome the opportunity to review this consent decree.” Hester said after City Council approves a decree, the public comment period is a narrow opportunity to make changes in the agreement. “Once the decree has been lodged at the court, to be honest it’s hard to get changes made to it fairly readily,” Hester said. “The court typically gives it a fairly lax standard of review. It’s not going to be a close, probing scrutiny. It’s going to be just making sure that the agreement is fair, legal, and meets the requirements.” According to Hester, it’s typical that the public has only a limited role in this type of negotiation, though the stakes are high for the terms of the $2 billion deal. “You want to make sure the consent decree is written in a way that it puts the most important work first, and make sure that the money available for that work gets allocated, and that there are some actual binding commitments that it gets done in a way that actually makes a difference,” he said. “It’s also important that if the consent decree prioritizes what work gets done where, that there’s attention paid to environmental justice concerns, and that neighborhoods that are perhaps not as wealthy or have communities of color are receiving the protection that they deserve. All of those need to have transparency and input from the public.” Hester said a city typically isn’t required to keep the document confidential under the terms of the agreement. “If the city chooses to, they could certainly normally share that information. That’s what makes the penalty provision here such an interesting twist,” he said.last_img read more