Helping Nova Scotians Get Work Experience Jobs

first_imgMore Nova Scotians are getting valuable on-the-job experience, helping them get good jobs here at home, through the province’s START program. The province announced today, Aug. 7, plans to expand the program, which encourages businesses to hire and provide work experience to Nova Scotians. Beginning next year, the province will increase funding to support recent graduates to get experience they need to launch careers here. “Nova Scotia has thousands of new graduates ready to start work in their field of study, but for many of them, the first hurdle is gaining some experience and getting a foot in the door,” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett said at Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. START has connected 557 young people, recent graduates, apprentices and unemployed Nova Scotians with work experience. As of June, 92 per cent of those are expected to become long-term jobs for the new employees. “Through the START program, we are helping more Nova Scotians gain that experience so they can find good jobs and put down roots in their communities,” said Mr. Corbett. “We’re making it easier for families to build the life they want right here at home.” START was introduced as a pilot program in October. “As a result of the START program, I’ve found a great place to gain work experience in my field of choice,” said Alexis White. “The training I’ve received as a cook at Playschool Day Care will no doubt set me up for my future.” Ms. White’s employer also benefits. “The province’s START program has been a huge help for our non-profit day care. It’s a win-win situation providing us with the support to hire staff, while offering excellent job experience to some of our employees,” said Janet Campbell, director of Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. “Through this funding, we were able to hire and train Alexis as a cook. She’s proven to be dependable, competent and is eager to learn.” More than 382 employers have taken part in START, which helps cover costs such as training and wages for new employees. The province is increasing the funding by $500,000 per year for a total of $1.5 million over the next three years. “Participating in the co-op and START programs helped me secure the job I have and love today,” said Katelyn MacDonald, marketing and events co-ordinator for the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce. “With the opportunity to connect with employers here in my community, I was able to find a great job at home.” To find out more, or apply, visit http://careers.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

JMB man an IED expert was known as Bomaru Mijan

first_imgKolkata: The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist Ejaz Ahmed alias Ezazul, who was arrested on Monday from Bihar, is an expert in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).During interrogation police came to know that he had gone several training under the JMB leaders. Also, he was planning a bomb blast a Buddhist temple. He was brought to Kolkata on transit remand and produced at the Bankshall Court on Tuesday. Later, was remanded to police custody till September 10. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, Ahmed was recruited in JMB by Kausar also known as ‘Bomaru Mijan’, who was the prime accused of Khagragarh blast. Since recruitment Ahmed became one of the most efficient members of JMB and soon he gained capabilities of holding critical operations planned by the terrorist outfit. Police got hold of some codes using which he used to contact with other members of JMB and with Kausar before his arrest. Several more objects such as laptops, satellite phones and other documents were seized from Ahmed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAhmed was nabbed from Gaya in Bihar on Monday with the help of Bihar police and Intelligence Branch (IB) in Bihar. A few months ago, STF officials came to know that Ahmed was hiding somewhere in Bihar. However, Kolkata Police sought help from IB and Bihar Police to locate Ahmed. Approximately 20 days ago, Bihar IB informed STF about Ahmed’s location. After the information arrived, a special team was formed and members of the team were briefed accordingly. All the members were asked to carefully proceed in the case after reaching Bihar as arrest of Ahmed was essential in order to know their further plans. Following confirmation of Ahmed’s location and some other information, STF team approached Bihar Police for assistance. Details of Ahmed along with other information given by the Bihar Intelligence Branch was also provided to the police. Following that a team was formed by Bihar police which would assist the STF to nab Ahmed. Also, a plan was chalked out on how to raid the hideout. In order to confirm the success, a recce was done in and around the area where IB had located Ahmed. On Monday morning police personnel in plaint cloth surrounded the house where Ahmed was staying at Pathantoli village of Buniyadpur in Gaya.last_img read more

Former Fort St John resident in custody following home invasion robbery in

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A former Fort St. John resident is in custody and facing multiple charges following an early morning home invasion robbery of a senior citizen in Prince George.According to Prince George RCMP, at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, a lone male suspect entered the patio door of an apartment in the downtown area of Prince George. The apartment was occupied by an elderly female who was asleep in her bed at the time.Police say the suspect forced his way through the apartment, assaulting the victim in the process. A number of items including a small quantity of cash were taken when he fled a few minutes later. The suspect was located a short distance away and was taken into custody.37-year-old Phillip Christopher Wood, currently of Prince George, has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:• Break & enter to commit robbery• Robbery• Assault causing bodily harm• Fail to comply with UndertakingRCMP say the victim was transported to hospital by paramedics for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Wood is expected to appear in court at a later date.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Visit Saudi Arabia

Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, April 29th, news website Elaph reported.The Moroccan monarch will travel to Saudi Arabia from Abu Dhabi where he will be attending the closing ceremony of the third edition of the Arab Family Award which named him “Personality of the Year for Family Cohesion.”According to the same source, the King will hold talks with King Salman bin Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia on the latest developments of the situation in Yemen. The Sovereign will also inquire on the Moroccan forces fighting alongside Saudi Arabia and its allies against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the military operation codenamed Decisive Storm.King Mohammed VI is also expected to travel to the holy city of Mecca to perform Umrah, Elaph added.

Grains mostly higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery was up 8.20 cents at $4.7740 a bushel; Jul corn rose 6.40 cents at $3.8860 a bushel; July oats gained 3 cents at $2.9660 a bushel; while Jul soybeans fell 9 cents at 8.3420 bushel.Beef mixed and pork lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle rose .50 cent at $1.1162 a pound; May feeder cattle was off .42 cent at $1.3418 a pound; Jun lean hogs fell .30 cent at .9170 a pound.The Associated Press

Senior UN envoy to Sudan holds talks on problems in northsouth peace

27 November 2007The senior United Nations envoy in Sudan held talks today with one of the country’s Vice-Presidents on how to resolve the remaining obstacles to implementing the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) that ended the long-running civil war between north and south. Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, met with Ali Osman Taha in Khartoum, according to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).Their discussions focused on the efforts of the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the parties to the CPA, to resolve the pending issues from the agreement and revive their partnership in a Government of National Unity.Mr. Qazi then headed to Juba, southern Sudan, for a two-day visit during which he is scheduled to hold talks with Salva Kiir Mayardit, the First Vice-President of Sudan and the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, and other senior officials in the region. He is also expected to meet SPLM Secretary-General Pagan Amoum.UNMIS said these talks will also focus on resolving the pending issues between the two parties so that the integrity of the CPA can be resolved and the current crisis between the NCP and the SPLM can come to a swift end. Last month the SPLM had withdrawn from the Government of National Unity. read more

Reports China accuses luxury eretailer of smuggling

BEIJING, China – The founder of a Chinese luxury online retailer has been extradited from Indonesia to face charges his company smuggled goods into China by having travellers pretend they were personal belongings, news reports said Monday.Ji Wenhong of Xiu.com joins a growing number of Chinese fugitives who are being returned from abroad to face charges of corruption or financial misconduct.Ji faces charges of smuggling goods worth a total of 438 million yuan ($65.5 million) into China while failing to report their true value, the news reports said, citing government officials.The reports said Ji was accused of arranging for his company to buy designer clothing from Europe and the United States and have it shipped to Hong Kong. They said the company arranged for travellers to carry it to the mainland in their baggage, avoiding import duties.Ji left China in May 2016 after being charged with smuggling, according to the China Daily newspaper. He was returned Saturday by Indonesian authorities.In a statement, Xiu.com said some individuals at the company were under investigation but didn’t mention Ji. It said the company was operating normally. Reports: China accuses luxury e-retailer of smuggling by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 12:49 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Facing meningitis outbreak UN and South Sudan announce vaccination campaign in Upper

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and South Sudan today announced they will carry out a vaccination campaign to address a meningitis outbreak in the Upper Nile state that has killed three people.The campaign will target 150,000 people out of 220,000 living in the city of Malakal. The first case was reported by health officials on 12 April and the state ministry of health declared the outbreak on 30 April. Eighty-seven people are currently receiving treatment. “Partners are boosting capacity at the Malakal hospital, including by establishing an isolation ward, and are monitoring neighbouring counties for an eventual further spread of the outbreak,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan said in a report. WHO medical officer Tesfaye Zewde said the agency is supporting the health ministry with testing and drugs. “WHO has supported the state ministry of health in taking samples to Nairobi for testing,” said Dr. Zewde. “We are also helping in transporting the vaccines.” A community outreach campaign would also be implemented to increase communities’ awareness of meningitis and help identify new cases as early as possible, OCHA said. read more

Ban Security Council condemn terrorist attack on Yemeni mosque that leaves more

“Such attacks against places of worship are not justifiable under any circumstances,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. The attack, which took place on 2 September during evening prayers, left more than 30 people dead and almost 100 injured.“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and expects that the perpetrators of these reprehensible acts will be swiftly brought to justice,” said the statement.Yemen’s hostilities, which began in March 2014, have only exacerbated its existent humanitarian crisis; 80 percent of the country’s population is currently in need of critical aid.Later in the day, the UN Security Council issued a press statement also condemning the attack, which the body’s members recalled was also on the same day of 2 staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen. In the statement, the members of the Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured “by these heinous acts,” as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross.Urging all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of relief aid to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of assistance, the Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law and to urgently work with the UN and aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country. read more

Video: The Shield reunites once again on RAW, New match announced for Fastlane

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Twitter The Miz WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins The Shield has reunited once again.During tonight’s RAW from Philadelphia, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose officially reunited as The Shield following the return of Reigns last week.As announced on RAW, they will take on the team of Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley this Sunday at WWE Fastlane.Also already announced for Fastlane this Sunday night, Becky Lynch will take on Charlotte Flair for the vacated RAW Women’s Championship per Stephanie McMahon.IT’S OFFICIAL: @WWERomanReigns @WWERollins & @TheDeanAmbrose will do it one more time as #TheShield battles @DMcIntyreWWE @BaronCorbinWWE & @fightbobby at #WWEFastlane! #RAW pic.twitter.com/RcHvRoaM1l— WWE (@WWE) March 5, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WhatsApp Triple H Facebook Videos Articles Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Pinterest Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Architecture company Burns & McDonnell completes expansion of Vancouver office

first_imgIf you live in Southwest Washington or the Portland area, the odds are pretty good that you’ve seen some of the work of the architecture firm Burns & McDonnell — although you might not have realized it at the time. It might have been a power substation, or a data center or a section of the Portland airport.“We do everything from start to finish on projects,” says senior vice president Mark Lichtwardt, who manages the Burns & McDonnell offices in Denver and Vancouver.The Missouri-based design-build firm has had a hand in a large number of Pacific Northwest utility projects stretching back to the 1960s. And in 2011 the company opened the branch office in Vancouver to better serve local clients. The office completed a 3,200-square-foot expansion late last year as the company prepares to ramp up its Washington and Oregon operations.One of the original 5,500-square-foot office’s rear walls was removed, connecting it to the new previously separate section of the building, which includes new cubicle space and conference rooms. The connecting hallway between the two wings is also being upgraded into a relay lab to help the team design and test electronics. The completed office is 8,700 square feet.“Some clients have relay labs, so this allows us to do that service,” says project manager Rick Nye, who works at the Vancouver office.last_img read more

Tornadoes tear through Dallas area

first_imgAmerican Airlines has canceled service to and from Dallas/Ft. Worth for the rest of Tuesday, including departures at 12:15 p.m. and 3:10 p.m., and arrivals at 7:15 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. For up-to-date info, visit flypdx.com.DALLAS — Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tearing roofs off homes, tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots.The National Weather Service confirmed at least two separate “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Several other developing twisters were reported as a band of violent storms moved north through the metropolitan area. Officials had no immediate information about injuries.Footage from highway video cameras showed a large, dark funnel cloud moving on the ground not far from a major interstate early Tuesday afternoon. Crumpled orange tractor trailers were later visible in a Dallas County parking lot, as well as flattened trailers along the sides of highways and access roads.In Lancaster, south of Dallas, local television footage showed homes without roofs while other buildings were flattened. Plywood was strewn on the grass and on top of buildings. Residents could be seen walking down the street with firefighters and peering into homes, looking at the damage after the storm passed.last_img read more

Protesters toss rocks bottles at Seattle police

first_imgSEATTLE — Police say about 50 protesters marched in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday night, starting at a juvenile detention center. Officers say the demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at them.KOMO-TV reports that at least one squad car had a door dented and paint tossed on it.One handcuffed demonstrator told KOMO he was protesting juvenile detention.Others said they were with a group called Anonymous.Police did not have a final arrest count. No injuries were reported.last_img

South Florida animal groups help pets left homeless by Hurricane Maria

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Animal groups are lending a helping paw to pets seeking shelter after Hurricane Maria.The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Wings of Rescue have teamed up to bring 51 cats and dogs left homeless by Hurricane Maria from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Florida.The animals will be housed in three shelters across the state, including one in Broward County, where they’ll soon be put up for adoption and hopefully find forever homes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Midpack and backofthepack Iditarod mushers meet adventure on race trail

first_imgSpirits in Takotna were high Thursday morning, with a cluster of well-fed and rested mushers getting set to end their 24-hour rests. The front-runners who rested here like Mitch Seavey and Pete Kaiser roared back onto the trail late last night. The mushers camped out now, like Ryne Olson, are on a different pace.Download AudioVeteran Ryne Olson, pictured here at the Willow start, rested in Takotna in the 2016 Iditard. (Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.)“It’s interesting because we’re trying to do about an equal run, equal rest schedule, which I always thought was a middle of the pack schedule. But I’m coming to find that it’s actually a back of the pack schedule,” said Olson.Olson is not trying to win, she just wants to get the bulk of her team familiar with the trail to Nome for Iditarods yet to come. And with that, the burden of competing is off a bit.“There’s a certain camaraderie with back of the pack that you don’t get at the front of the pack. Everyone relaxed, and having a good time. So, by no means do I say that it’s a bad thing, I’ve had a really good time traveling with everybody,” said Olson.That leeway made it easier for Olson to not get discouraged when an unplanned accident surprised her on her en route to Nikolai.“We were running through the [Farewell] Burn and we actually saw the bison. There’s no snow, so there’s no way to stop. My 15 dog team was just flying after it and I was trying to slow them down, and I’m assuming it happened then. But one of my dogs left, he got a stick to his privates, poor guy. But it was just a flesh wound, so they were able to suture it up at Nikolai, and he’s good to go,” said Olson.Olson is caring for her dogs one spot over from the musher who reached Takotna one place ahead of her, rookie Tom Jamgochian of Nome. A few days in, Jamgochian says the trail has been a mix of high highs, and some very low lows.“Coming into Nikolai I hadn’t slept at all in the race, it was day two or three, and I was wildly hallucinating heading in. And I felt like my dogs were crap, and this race was crap, and everything was terrible. And I got in, and my wife’s uncle is the checker and the first thing he asked was ‘What took you so long?’ Which didn’t improve things,” said Jamgochian.Rookie Tom Jamgochian pulled into the checkpoint at Takotna to 24 just minutes after Mitch Seavey left after his 24. (Photo by Zach Hughes, KSKA.)Jamgochian says he felt better after getting a quick nap. But a pile of mushers was roused from their spot about two hours after he closed his eyes.“We were sleeping in a shop room in the school, and they told us they had to build a coffin for a pending funeral, so they said ‘you have to leave,’ so that’s why they woke us up,” said Jamgochian.Race Marshal Mark Nordman confirmed that a ceremony is being planned in Nikolai for a young woman who recently passed. Jamgochian says all the mushers were understanding, and those who needed to keep resting relocated.“People just slept in a room that seemed like an entryway to a bathroom,” said Jamgochian.Jamgochian is planning on breaking up his run to the Yukon with short camping stops along the way. The Berington twins, Anna and Kristy, were prepped for some camping along the trail as they got ready to depart Takotna.Anna Berington, pictured here at the Willow start, is racing to Nome in her fifth Iditarod. (Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.)“Because we’re not at the front of the pack or in it to win a bunch of money it does kinda feel like we’re just going on a trip.” “yeah, it does,” said Anna and Kristy Berington.The sisters are traveling together at this point, which they say makes the miles more enjoyable.“It’s fun to run ideas past someone, or if you have a dog issue or maybe if it’s really bad weather you take turns breaking trail, stuff like that.” “Do you guys train together, too?” “Yeah,” said Anna and Kristy Berington.Mushers in Takotna were feeling positive as they face two-thirds of the trail yet to come.last_img read more

Sheila Dikshit cremated with full State honours

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was laid to rest on Sunday with full state honours at Nigambodh Ghat. A host of political leaders across party lines attended the last rites of veteran Congress leader, who died of cardiac arrest on Saturday. Top Congress leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were present at the funeral. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain were among those who attended the last rites. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Earlier in the day, Dikshit’s mortal remains were brought to AICC headquarters at 24 Akbar Road where party leaders, including Manmohan Singh, Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath, paid their respects. Later, the body was taken to the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the city unit which she was heading at the time of her death. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Dikshit, who was the Delhi CM for 15 years from 1998 to 2003, had been out of power for six years, except for a short stint as Kerala Governor in 2014. She worked with Central governments under both NDA and UPA, with many BJP leaders on Sunday calling her a true statesman who went above party lines to ensure Delhi’s development. Condoling Dikshit’s death, Sonia Gandhi said, “She was a friend…almost like an elder sister. This is a big loss to the Congress party.” Advertise With Us Kejriwal, a bitter political foe, said: “Delhi will miss her… Even though we were from different parties, she was always affectionate. There will be a vacuum in Delhi politics. Unhone Dilli ke liye achha kaam kia.” On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote: “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti.”last_img read more

The Texas Primaries 6 Takeaways To Kick Off The 2018 Election Cycle

first_img Share Drew Anthony Smith/Getty ImagesA pedestrian walks past Austin City Hall, an early voting center, on Tuesday in Austin, Texas.Launching the 2018 election cycle, Texans cast ballots in primaries on Tuesday — leaving several races headed for runoffs.Election night in Texas offers several takeaways of note, as we look ahead. Here are six to consider:1. Texas is still Texas. Turn Texas blue? Not so fast. For all the attention on Democratic turnout — and turnout was high for Democrats — they were swamped by voters on the GOP side. Check out the the total vote in the big statewide races, for example. More than 1 million Democrats turned out for the Senate primary that has gotten so much national attention because of the candidacy of Rep. Beto O’Rourke. That was double the Democratic primary turnout in the last midterm. But look at the GOP side: There was 50 percent higher turnout for the uncontested GOP Senate primary featuring incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. (That was even up slightly from 2014 for Republicans.)Wayne Slater, retired senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News, says he is skeptical of a statewide Democratic wave in Texas, because of the voters who are fueling both parties. The Democratic vote was up in the 15 most populous counties, but the rural vote is still overwhelmingly Republican. Two-thirds of the Democratic vote came from more populous counties, he said, while just 55 percent of the Republican vote did. Tuesday night proved, he said, “Rural Texas still substantially gives it to Republicans.” So until that changes, or until Latinos in South Texas truly get fired up for a favored Democratic statewide candidate, “This whole stuff about a blue wave coming, don’t hang your hat on that,” Slater said.Dems’ turnout spike was far from evenly distributed on the map. Biggest jumps relative to ’14/’10 came in major metros/wealthy suburbs. That bodes well for Dems in #TX07 & #TX32 and maybe #TX23. Less so in statewide races.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 7, 20182. No sure Bet-o. Cruz got double the votes of O’Rourke, and a largely unknown, underfinanced 32-year-old named Sema Hernandez got nearly a quarter of the vote in the Democratic primary. That doesn’t bode well for O’Rourke. Expect Cruz (and his sharp-elbowed operatives) to run a tough campaign, targeting O’Rourke, including that his given name is Robert and Cruz’s is Rafael in Latino-heavy Texas and that O’Rourke is too liberal for Texas. In fact, the Cruz campaign is already up with a radio ad with the line, “If you’re gonna run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man …”3. The suburbs are still the key to the House — and Democrats are faring well there. For all that cold water for Democrats statewide in Texas, at the same time there is this silver lining for them — turnout in the three Republican House districts they hope to flip was on par or outpaced that of Republicans. Yes, those were competitive primaries for Democrats while the GOP is running three incumbents who faced token opposition, but those districts are still in play — and they’re happening in the suburbs, where Trump’s approval rating is suffering. Specifically, Democratic turnout surged in major metropolitan areas — and the wealthy suburbs, as The Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman points out.4. The power of female Democratic candidates is real. We’ve written about the record number of women running for office in 2018. Well, the power of women was felt in the Democratic primaries Tuesday night. Nearly half of the candidates who finished first in Democratic primaries were women (17 of 35). What’s more, Texas is more than likely to send two Latinas to Congress. Remarkably, Veronica Escobar, an El Paso County judge running to fill O’Rourke’s House seat, and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, running to replace Democratic Rep. Gene Green in Houston, are the overwhelming favorites to be the first Latinas sent to Congress from Texas. That is really quite something in a state where nearly 4 in 10 people are Latino.5. The anti-establishment sentiment is as strong as ever. If anyone thinks either party will be able to put a thumb on the scale for any candidate this year, Texas provided a few flashing red lights. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee published opposition research on congressional candidate Laura Moser, highlighting that she wrote she wouldn’t want to live in Paris, Texas, again. It tried to undercut her — because it believes she would lose in a general election in a winnable seat in the Houston suburbs — but this, instead, backfired. The gambit raised her profile and helped propel Moser into a May 22 runoff. And a Democratic candidate endorsed by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was edged out by a political novice, who is a pastor and former math teacher. (They will face each other in a May 22 runoff, though.)6. Money can’t necessarily buy you primary love. There was a time when the candidate with the most money could be seen as the favorite. And when that candidate raised $1 million or more before a primary, he or she was really seen as a favorite. But the energy clearly was not with those candidates Tuesday night in Texas — on both sides. In four races, those candidates missed even making it to runoffs. A candidate who put in $6 million of her own money in the GOP primary in the 2nd Congressional District finished third and got just 12,000 votes. In the 7th District GOP primary, another who raised $1.1 million finished fourth with just 5,000 votes. On the Democratic side, in the 16th District, a candidate who raised just shy of $1 million finished second — but with only about 11,000 votes missed the runoff; and a candidate in the 32nd District also raised almost $1 million and finished third with just 5,500 votes. That’s $9 million for 33,500 votes, or $269 a vote — and four losses.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Typhoon causes flight disruptions at Tokyos major airports

first_img Posted by Share The Canadian Press Monday, August 22, 2016 TOKYO — Strong winds from a typhoon forced air traffic controllers to temporarily abandon the control tower at Narita International Airport on Monday, shutting down one of Tokyo’s two main airports for about an hour. Hundreds of domestic flights were cancelled at the city’s other major airport.Narita was closed at 2:20 p.m. after the controllers left the tower when wind speeds reached 126 kilometres (78 miles) per hour, said a Transport Ministry official at the airport who would give only his surname, Matsumoto. The airport reopened around an hour later.It was the first time the tower had been closed because of a typhoon. It closed once before, because of shaking during the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami in March 2011.Typhoon Mindulle, which made landfall south of Tokyo early Monday afternoon, brought heavy rain and strong winds to Tokyo and surrounding areas.Eleven people were injured, three seriously, said Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?South of Tokyo in Kanagawa prefecture, a woman was unconscious after being washed away on a flooded road, and another woman, in her 80s, was blown over by strong winds and seriously injured. Further southwest on the Izu Peninsula, a man in his 30s was knocked over by winds and broke a rib bone.Narita, which is located outside of Tokyo, said that 88 international and 34 domestic departures and arrivals had been cancelled. More than 400 domestic flights were cancelled to and from Tokyo’s other major airport, Haneda.Mindulle had sustained winds of 108 kilometres per hour Monday evening, down from 126 kph when it made landfall, and gusts of up to 162 kph (100 mph). It was forecast to move north over the Tohoku region and reach Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Tuesday.Japanese television showed scattered damage around the region. One house had lost much of its roof. A train on a small commuter line in western Tokyo had to be evacuated after the earth under the tracks gave way, leaving the tracks, train and overhead lines tilted, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. No one was injured.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Heavy rains have swollen rivers, and authorities warned of the possibility of flooding and landslides. Typhoon causes flight disruptions at Tokyo’s major airports << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

LONDON – Call him Sir Ringo now or Sir Richard to

first_img LONDON – Call him Sir Ringo now, or Sir Richard to be more precise. Either way, it’s a fitting honour for the former Beatles drummer, who has waited decades for the recognition.The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William Tuesday. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event.He said the honour “means a lot”. It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards.The other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, was knighted in 1997.“I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we’ve ended up in the palace and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir Richard,” said Starr. Former Beatle Ringo Starr, speaks with Britain’s Prince William after receiving his knighthood at Buckingham Palace during an Investiture ceremony in London Tuesday March 20, 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) Drumroll please: It’s Sir Ringo as ex-Beatle knightedcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2018 8:44 am PDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more