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Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says he would shelve oilbyrail deal

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says if he wins the spring election, his government will do everything it can to cancel a $3.7-billion deal to ship more oil by rail.Kenney is urging Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway not to invest too much in the agreement given that it could be shelved.Premier Rachel Notley announced on Tuesday that the province plans to lease 4,400 rail cars to get more oil to foreign markets while the government works to increase pipeline capacity.Shipments are to begin this summer and increase to an estimated 120,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.Kenney says it’s a reckless “corporate welfare” solution that Alberta can’t afford given its multibillion-dollar deficits and rising debt levels.He says the answer needs to be driven by industry and sound economics, and suggests that private companies will move more oil by rail when it makes sense to do so.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

 

Lauren Conrad Calls for Action to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

first_imgTelevision star, author, and fashion designer Lauren Conrad stars alongside newly-hatched sea turtles in a PSA campaign released last week by ocean conservation non-profit Oceana.Lauren Conrad and TurtlesConrad is joining Oceana’s campaign, launched last week, which urges the U.S. government to take action to protect endangered sea turtles in its southeast shrimp trawl fishery.Video: Lauren Conrad Wants to Save the Sea TurtlesKemp’s Ridley sea turtles, featured in the PSAs, are the smallest and most endangered species of sea turtle. Oceana and Lauren Conrad are working to address the biggest threat to their survival at sea – incidental capture in fishing gear. This unintended capture, known as bycatch, could kill an estimated 50,000 endangered and threatened sea turtles every year in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, with Kemp’s constituting 82 percent of those killed.Oceana is seeking a requirement for all shrimp trawlers in the southeast shrimp trawl fishery to use Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), specialized metal grates inserted in trawl nets that allow captured sea turtles to escape.“I feel so lucky that I had a chance to witness the hatching of these sea turtles,” Lauren Conrad said. “These incredible animals deserve our protection and respect, and it’s encouraging to know that a simple policy change could save thousands of them every year. I encourage everyone to visit Oceana.org/SaveSeaTurtles and take action today.”Oceana is encouraging the next generation of sea turtle lovers to write to President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker, telling them why they love sea turtles and why they should be protected. Oceana and One More Generation will collect the letters and present them to the U.S. government on World Sea Turtle Day, June 16, 2016.The PSAs were shot at the Rancho Nuevo Sea Turtle Sanctuary in Tamaulipas, Mexico, during a mass hatching in June 2015. There, Oceana worked with Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) to patrol beaches for nesting turtles and release hatchlings into the Gulf of Mexico. Rancho Nuevo is the nesting site for 95 percent of the world’s Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, which arrive in great numbers in the spring and early summer.According to CONANP, approximately 97,000 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles emerged from more than 2,000 nests, which were monitored by CONANP during their incubation. CONANP’s work to protect this important Kemp’s Ridley nesting site is part of a collaborative bi-national program between Mexico and the U.S., with the Gladys Porter Zoo administering the U.S. field portion.The PSAs and online resources are available at www.Oceana.org/SaveSeaTurtles. The PSAs will air in print and on national television beginning today.last_img read more

 

Nia Long Named Nothing But Nets Champion To Fight Malaria

first_imgThe United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced actress Nia Long and San Antonio Spur’s assistant coach Ime Udoka as new champions in the fight against malaria.In their first activity as Nothing But Nets champions, Long and Udoka are asking fans and family to help protect children and refugees from the disease by donating to the campaign. You can make a difference and save a life by donating $10 to purchase a net for a child and family in need.“Ime and I wanted to find an organization that spoke to us on a personal level; we both have family members who have been affected by malaria and we are dedicated to giving back to those in need,” Long said. “It is inconceivable that children are still dying from a disease which is completely preventable and treatable. We are proud to partner with the Nothing But Nets campaign to help raise awareness. A simple bed net can make all the difference for a child and family to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.”Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa, to ensure vulnerable populations, including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict, are protected from the disease.“We are thrilled to welcome Nia and Ime into the ranks of Nothing But Nets champions working across the country and around the world to raise awareness, funds, and voices to protect families from malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We’re committed to working towards the day when no child dies from a mosquito bite.”Today, there are more than 65 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.Now in its tenth year, the Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families from the threat of malaria.Fans can join Long and Udoka in saving lives with Nothing But Nets by visiting NothingButNets.net/NiaLong.last_img read more

 

Regime has fallen shouts jubilant Sudanese crowd

first_imgKhartoum: Huge crowds of jubilant Sudanese thronged squares across the centre of Khartoum on Thursday as the army promised an “important announcement” after months of protests demanding the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir. Thousands more chanted “the regime has fallen,” as they poured into the open ground outside army headquarters where defiant protesters have braved tear gas to keep up an unprecedented sit-in now in its sixth day. There was still no sign of the army’s promised announcement by afternoon but state media announced that the security agency was freeing all political prisoners in the meantime. “The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” the state television anchor said, without elaborating as martial music replaced normal programming. Sources and witnesses told AFP that soldiers had raided both state television and the offices of a group linked to Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party. Army vehicles carrying troops were seen deploying across the centre of Khartoum. Troops raided the offices of the Islamic Movement, the ideological wing of Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party, witnesses told AFP. Protesters cheered the passing army trucks as expectations mounted that top brass were poised to meet their demand. Outside army headquarters, dozens of joyful protesters climbed on top of landcruisers and armoured vehicles that had been posted to protect them from intervention by other branches of the security forces. Braving the searing 42 degree Celsius (108 degree Fahrenheit) heat, protesters hugged and kissed soldiers in the crowd. Sudan’s feared intelligence service said it was freeing all the country’s political prisoners, state media reported. “The National Intelligence and Security Service has announced it is releasing all political detainees across the country,” the official SUNA news agency said. But in the eastern cities of Kasala and Port Sudan, protesters stormed NISS buildings after the releases failed to materialise, witnesses said. Protesters approached the NISS building in Kasala demanding that officers free their prisoners, a witness told AFP by telephone from the city. “But NISS officers fired in the air after which protesters stormed the building and looted all the equipment inside,” he said. Protesters chanting slogans against Bashir’s 30-year rule also stormed an NISS building in Port Sudan, a witness said. The raids on NISS buildings came despite a call by protest organisers for demonstrators to refrain from attacking government figures or buildings. “We are calling on our people to control themselves and not to attack anybody or government and private properties,” the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), the umbrella group that is spearheading the protest movement, said in a statement. “Anyone found doing this will be punished by law. Our revolution is peaceful, peaceful, peaceful.” The protests, which erupted in December over the government’s tripling of the price of bread, have become the biggest challenge yet to Bashir’s iron-fisted rule. “We are waiting for big news,” one protester told AFP from the sit-in. “We won’t leave from here until we know what it is. But we do know that Bashir has to go. “We had enough of this regime — 30 years of repression, corruption, rights abuses, it’s enough.” Demonstrators have spent five nights defiantly camped outside the sprawling headquarters complex, which also houses Bashir’s official residence and the defence ministry. There has been an often festive mood at the sit-in, with protesters singing and dancing to the tunes of revolutionary songs. The AFC said the sit-in would continue until Bashir steps down and makes way for sweeping reforms. “We have to continue to gather at the sit-in area until the conditions of our revolution as agreed by our alliance have been met,” it said. The demonstrators have braved repeated volleys of tear gas from members of the NISS since they began camping outside the complex on Saturday, protest organisers say. But for the first time on Tuesday night they did not face any “threat” from security agents, said a protester who requested anonymity for security reasons. That came after 11 people, including six members of the security forces, were killed on Tuesday during demonstrations in the capital, government spokesman Hassan Ismail told the official SUNA news agency.last_img read more

 

Politicians business experts call for end of Sidewalk Labs project

TORONTO — Politicians and prominent business and technology leaders say plans for a high tech Toronto community led by Waterfront Toronto and an Alphabet Inc.-backed entity should be scrapped.They are calling on the project to be revisited after a leaked report last week that revealed Sidewalk Labs’ interest in laying claim to developer fees and taxes usually routed to the city in exchange for funding Toronto’s waterfront transit and providing infrastructure to an area hundreds of acres larger than originally proposed.City councillor Gord Perks says Sidewalk’s pitch to fund transit confirms the public’s “worst fears” about the project and he wants the three levels of government involved in approving it to halt the process.He says the governments should consult the public on what they want done to the hundreds of acres of waterfront land in question and then move forward by separating what needs to be privately developed from what could benefit from public development.Longtime Sidewalk Labs critic Bianca Wylie also called for the project to be cancelled because she says it lacks transparency and she is concerned about the breadth of sectors over which the company seems to want to exert its influence.Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto tell The Canadian Press in emails that whether the project moves forward is up to residents and the government, but they value feedback and are keen on continuing to seek advice from the public.The Canadian Press read more

 

TSX advances as Fed meeting looms

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher Tuesday as traders hope a two day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve will yield some guidance on the future of the central bank’s stimulus measures.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 70 points to 12,358 with all sectors positive save for the gold component.The Canadian dollar was lower amid a stronger greenback, down 0.3 of a cent to 97.96 cents US.U.S. indexes were also higher as traders also looked to data showing that U.S. builders began construction on more single-family homes and apartments in May.The Dow Jones industrials were ahead 42.45 points to 15,222.3, the Nasdaq composite index gained 9.06 points to 3,461.19 and the S&P 500 index added 2.49 points to 1,641.53.The Commerce Department says builders increased housing starts 6.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000, below expectations of 950,000. That followed a 14.8 per cent decline in April. Housing starts are still below March’s pace of more than one million, which was the highest in five years.Applications for building permits fell 3.1 per cent in May to a seasonally adjusted 974-thousand. That’s still close to the five-year high hit in April.Other data showed that the consumer price index ticked up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 per cent last month, only the second increase in seven months. Consumer prices fell 0.4 per cent in April in the largest decline in four years. In the past 12 months, prices have increased 1.4 per cent.Market players are slowly getting used to the idea that the U.S. economy could be at a point where the central bank can start to slowly let up on its program of bond purchases, which has been aimed at keeping interest rates and yields low. The program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion of bonds every month, has also helped fuel a strong rally on stock markets that has seen the Dow industrials surge about 15 per cent year to date.Markets have been volatile since late May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mooted the possibility of the central bank tapering its bond purchases. Triple digit moves have become almost commonplace as traders grapple with whether the Fed will cut back and if so, when and by how much.Toronto’s main index and the Dow industrials ran ahead about 100 points on Monday. But that was off session highs after investors were spooked by an opinion piece in the Financial Times that said Bernanke will use a news conference Wednesday to signal the bank will start to cut back on its bond purchases each month.The telecom sector was the biggest percentage advancer, up about one per cent with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ahead 67 cents to $35.60.Commodity prices headed lower with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead 52 cents to US$98.29 a barrel.The energy sector was ahead 0.9 per cent amid news that Ottawa is proposing new legislation that would see the liability cap for companies operating in Atlantic Canada’s offshore rise to $1 billion from the current $30 million. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver also announced that liability in the Arctic will increase to $1 billion from $40 million. Oliver says the move is aimed at aligning Canada’s accountability regime with current international standards in the event of an oil spill.Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) rose 47 cents to C$28.64 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) was ahead 29 cents to $40.46.The financial sector climbed 0.4 per cent and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) improved by 19 cents to $16.22.The metals and mines sector was up a slight 0.1 per cent while July copper fell three cents to US$3.17 a pound.The industrials sector also provided lift as transport giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) announced that it has received an order worth up to US$1.035 billion from VistaJet, which operates a fleet of private business aircraft. VistaJet placed firm orders for 20 Challenger 350s and acquired options for 20 more of Bombardier’s long-range business jets during the second day of the Paris Air Show, a major event for the aviation industry. Its shares climbed four cents to $4.74.The gold sector led decliners, down about 0.8 per cent as August bullion gave back $11.60 to US$1,371.50 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 16 cents to C$19.59.In other corporate news, Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) has appointed a new vice-chairman and president. The national retailer says its current president, Bonnie Brooks, has been named to the position of vice-chairman and Liz Rodbell, its executive vice-president and chief merchant has been promoted to president. Its shares were off 14 cents to $16.61.European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.83 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was flat and the Paris CAC 40 eased about 0.26 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei stock average shed early gains to fall 0.2 per cent. Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was nearly flat while South Korea’s KOSPI index gained 0.9 per cent. read more

 

Indian fishermen clash with Lankan fishermen

The Tamil fishermen were handed over to the Lankan Navy, along with the boat. The Lankan Navy formally arrested the eight Tamil fishermen and took possession of their fishing boats. The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested eight Tamil fishermen from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu following a skirmish in mid-sea with Sri Lankan fishermen, the ANI news agency reported.The Tamil fishermen from Akkarapettai in Nagapattinam district were fishing near Mullatheevu when their boat collided with the boat of Sri Lankan fishermen, which sank in the mid sea as a result of the impact. The Sri Lankan fishermen cornered the fishermen from Nagai and with ropes and dragged the fishing boat to Sri Lanka, ANI reported. This incident has created lot of tension in the fishermen hamlets of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. Tamil fishermen are urging the government to secure the release of fellow fishermen and more than 62 fishing boats detained by Lanka.Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the matter of freeing 84 Tamil fishermen languishing in Lankan jail. read more

 

Womens basketball Ohio State looks to avenge tournament loss to Purdue on

Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives against Penn State’s Teniya Page (11) in the second half at the Schottenstein in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 30. The Buckeyes won, 94-64. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWith five victories in its last six games, No. 16 Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) looks to capture another win against Purdue 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. This will be the two teams’ first matchup since last season when Purdue ended the Buckeyes’ run in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. The Boilermakers (17-10, 8-5 Big Ten) don’t have a dazzling record, but certain wins stand out. Four of their victores have come against ranked teams, and Ohio State has lost to three of those teams. With two games left this season, this game has two added layers of significance: a chance at redemption for Ohio State and Senior Day for five players, including Big Ten all-time leading scorer Kelsey Mitchell.Mitchell shot a woeful 3-of-22 in the two teams’ previous meeting. She said Senior Day takes a backseat because of the Buckeyes’ opponent.“It has nothing for me, it has nothing to do with senior night, it has to do with all about the fact that we lost to Purdue last year,” Mitchell said. “[We were] at a point where we had a chance to get to the championship in the Big Ten Tournament and we lost to Purdue.”Mitchell was even surprised to find out Purdue upset Maryland, which holds a 22-4 record and is the tenth-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.“Wow, really? They’re good, I’ve always thought they were good. We have really good teams in the Big Ten, especially teams that sneak up on you, when you feel like things are going so well,” Mitchell said. “It makes it even more of a game that we got to focus on. As a leader, as a point guard, you got to focus on.”Purdue is currently second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 62 points per game. On the other hand, Ohio State ranks first in scoring with 85.5 points per game. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said the Purdue defense will cause a challenge for his usually prolific-scoring offense. “They play a great zone, they don’t give you anything easy, they really try and keep ball away from the basket and make you score from the perimeter,” he said. “So if you’re a little off there they can be really tough on you. They’re very discipline and deliberant on offense.”The Boilermakers currently have three players who average more than 10 points and another averaging 9.7. The focus will have to be on forward Ae’Rianna Harris, who is third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game while shooting 75 percent from the court. She also brings in 8.7 rebounds per game along with 3.1 blocks.These last two games are important for Ohio State and the Big Ten tournament. With some help down the stretch, it has a chance to come out and place with the first seed. While it isn’t a very likely scenario, with all the amount of upsets this season, it isn’t too far of a stretch.Senior celebrationSunday’s game comes with some extra emotion attached to it, for it is the team’s senior day. Mitchell has set numerous records not only in the Big Ten, but in all divisions of college. As the final chapter of her impressive collegiate career enters its final pages, Mitchell said senior day still “means a lot.” “You don’t get a chance to play here no more in regards to regular season games,” Mitchell said. “You don’t get a chance to play on the Ohio State court no more. Everything you’ve been through has finally come to an end in regards to the four years. I don’t know when it’s actually gonna hit me. I don’t know what’s actually gonna happen or how i’m gonna feel about it, but I’m gonna enjoy every moment, so we’ll see.”Since becoming Ohio State’s head coach, this class essentially became the first which he developed and coached as freshmen through seniors.“The thing i’ve enjoyed most is they’re great kids, I’ve enjoyed watching them grow and develop,” McGuff said. “And thinking about what they have each of them, because they’re going to be incredibly successful on and off the court. That’s the thing I’ve probably enjoyed the most about them.” read more

Injured Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of London Olympics

Calling it one of the saddest days of his career, reigning Olympic men’s tennis gold medalist Rafael Nadal announced in a statement that he has pulled himself from the London Games because of an unspecified injury.“I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the Games,” said Nadal, the third-ranked player in the world.“(This) is one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the Games in London, cannot be,” Nadal said. “You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision.”Nadal did not mention any specific injury, but he has been battling knee pain off and on throughout his illustrious career. In fact, he canceled a charity match in Madrid on July 4 because of tendon problems in his left knee.He did not use knee troubles as an excuse in his last performance, but he seemed hampered. Nadal  has not played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol, one of the most surprising results in the tournament’s long history.Treatment and rehabilitation apparently have not wrought Nadal the results he needed to defend his title in London.“I have to think about my companions, I can’t be selfish and I have to think of what’s best for Spanish sport, especially tennis and Spanish players, and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete,” he said. “I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be.”Nadal, who won the singles tournament at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was set to be the flag bearer for Spain during the opening ceremony, an honor he coveted. read more

 

Tressel preaches importance of not overlooking Ohio

Thanks to the legs of Terrelle Pryor and the stingy silver bullet defense, Ohio State carries an unblemished record into Saturday’s home contest with in-state foe Ohio University. Although the Buckeyes are coming off a high-profile victory over the Miami Hurricanes, coach Jim Tressel said his team can’t dwell on the win. “It was just a great atmosphere against a very good team and gives us a lot to learn from and grow from and if we’ll roll up our sleeves and go to work, we can have a good football team,” Tressel said. “If we sit back and say, ‘gosh, that was wonderful, we won in the Ohio State-Miami game and we’re satisfied,’ we’re in trouble, and that’s the reality and I think our guys will respond the right way.”  Barnett possibly out for year When it looked like the Buckeyes were approaching 100 percent health, the defense took a major hit Saturday when starting strong safety C.J. Barnett suffered a knee injury in the second half. “C.J. was really playing well,” Tressel said. “He took advantage of an opportunity in preseason to get a lot of reps when Orhian Johnson had a calf pull and really did well and we thought played very well through the first game and three quarters. Unfortunately, I think (Tuesday) he’ll be having surgery and probably won’t have him the rest of the year.” With the loss of Barnett, Tressel said that Johnson, Aaron Gant and Zach Domicone will be in the mix to help fill the void left by Barnett’s injury. On the bright side, defensive end Nathan Williams returned against Miami and was able to contribute more of his services than the coaches had expected. “We were thinking he might play 20, 22 (snaps), so he exceeded our expectations there and played well, played with a lot of burst,” Tressel said. “I’d like to think he’ll do nothing but get stronger as time goes here.” Chekwa, Barclay earn Big Ten honors Rising to the occasion Saturday were cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and kicker Devin Barclay, who each garnered Big Ten honors this week as defensive player of the week and co-special teams player of the week, respectively. Pulling in two of the defense’s four interceptions, Chekwa’s solid play also earned him national defensive player of the week recognition. “Defensively, it was Chimdi Chekwa who came up with a couple big plays and continues to lead back there and play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and play like a senior,” Tressel said. “You know, we’ve said a million times that you can have a good team if your seniors have their career-best year and Chimdi certainly is on task to perhaps make that happen.” For Barclay, it was his career-high five field goals that helped snag him conference accolades. The battle of the Posey brothers When the Bobcats come to town this weekend, No. 1 receiver DeVier Posey will face a different sort of challenge as his older brother, Ohio cornerback Julian Posey, will be the one attempting to stop him. “I’m sure that will be interesting,” offensive lineman Justin Boren said. “It’s interesting me playing with my brother, I can’t imagine playing against him. Especially like going one-on-one the entire game.” Tressel said the jawing back and forth will add to the intrigue. “I think Julian and DeVier worked out a little bit against each other and they’ll be talking trash,” said Tressel. “Those guys talk trash to people they don’t even know. I can’t even imagine what they’ll be doing when they face one another. “I told DeVier, I said, if big brother shuts you down, it’s going to be a long lifetime for you.” Struggling in the red zone Although the OSU offense racked up 36 points on the Hurricanes defense, 15 of them came from field goals. Having settled for field goals three times from inside the 10-yard line, Boren insisted that the offense has to be able to get in the end zone. “When we get inside the 10-yard line, we have to score touchdowns,” Boren said. “We need to have seven points instead of three points in those types of games.” Special teams blunders The Canes’ speed exploited what appeared to be a glaring weakness for OSU, special teams. After giving up both a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown, Tressel was not shy about admitting that OSU’s kick coverage has to improve. “If you err on the line as a kickoff coverage guy, there’s a 10-yard issue, and if there’s a fast guy running through that 10-yard issue, everyone else is in trouble,” he said. “So we’ve got to understand what the fundamentals are at every stage, and that’s where I think special teams sometimes become difficult. “So what can you do? You can do it right, just like any other play, but it’s really magnified in the special teams.” In an attempt to help alleviate this problem, Tressel said that employing the help of return specialists Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry on kickoffs might be one potential solution. “This week we’ll find out who ought to be the 11 guys that get to run down or who are the guys that need to stay in front of the punt returner even when they think he might fair catch,” he said. “And those two have done a good job because they’re both good running backs. And just like anything else, when you want more, the answer to getting more is do well with the few you get. “And those guys are doing a good job with the few opportunities they’re getting. So now they should get more responsibility.” read more

 

Coroner finds George Michael died of natural causes

first_imgCoroner finds George Michael died of natural causes The coroner said there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries. Short URL By AFP 30 Comments Mar 7th 2017, 1:07 PM 22,427 Views Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 1:07 PM Share232 Tweet Email Image: PA Wire/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3274975 Image: PA Wire/PA Images POP ICON GEORGE Michael, who was found dead at his home on Christmas Day, died of natural causes, a coroner has announced.The cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, west of London.The investigation is now closed with no need for an inquest, he added.An initial post-mortem examination on the 53-year-old, who enjoyed a 35-year career punctuated by years of drug-taking, proved “inconclusive” pending further tests.Dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by substance abuse, affects the heart’s ability to pump blood due to the muscle becoming enlarged and weakened. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart wall.Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz said he had found the star “lying peacefully” in bed at his home in the village of Goring on the River Thames west of London.The singer’s funeral can now take place after three months of tests.Michael’s publicist had been keen to quell reports of foul play, saying “there were no suspicious circumstances”.Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in north London in 1963, Michael shot to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million records in his career.He met Andrew Ridgeley at high school and the pair went on to form Wham! in 1981.- © AFP, 2017Read: Fury in France over ‘degrading’ Saint Laurent ad campaign> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

 

736 people died directly as a result of drugs in 2016

first_img Friday 8 Mar 2019, 7:49 AM Mar 7th 2019, 7:44 PM 49 Comments Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4529478 736 people died directly as a result of drugs in 2016 Of the total number, 549 were male and 187 were female. Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie 10,066 Views center_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Share36 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A TOTAL OF 736 people died as a result of drugs in 2016, a rate of two people a day, new figures from the Health Research Board show.The number is an increase of one person from 2015, and relates to people who have died in Ireland as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use.Of the total number, 549 were male and 187 were female. The total number of deaths from drug poisoning decreased slightly in 2016 to 354 (from 365 the previous year). Of the deaths from poisoning, alcohol was in implicated in 132 (37%) while it was solely responsible for 56 (16%).Opiates were the main drug groups implicated in poisonings. Heroin was implicated in 72 deaths in 2016 compared to 83 in 2015, while methadone was implicated in almost one-third of poisonings (103) in 2016.Deaths related to cocaine dropped slightly to 41 in 2016.Meanwhile, prescription drugs were implicated in 258 (73%) of every poisoning death.  Benzodiazepines were the most common prescription drug group implicated.Methadone (an opiate substitute) was the most common single prescription drug, implicated in 103 (29%) of all poisonings.Pregabalin related deaths (anti-epileptic drug which is also prescribed for chronic pain and some anxiety conditions) increased from 49 deaths in 2015, to 65 in 2016.In relation to non-poisoning deaths, the number increased slightly with 382 deaths in 2016. Non-poisoning deaths were either trauma (172 deaths) or medical causes (210 deaths).Commenting on the figures, Dr Darrin Morrissey, Chief Executive at the HRB, said the number of deaths represented the “impact that drug use has on families and society”.“Behind these figures are lives lost and lives cut short. This HRB report clearly illustrates the impact that drug use has on families and society,” he said.“The collection of data on drug deaths is essential to understand trends and help service providers design appropriate interventions and help save lives.”Paula Byrne, CEO of homeless and addiction charity Merchants Quay Ireland, said the numbers were a “tragic reflection of a country failing some of its most vulnerable citizens”.We are seeing more and more people in addiction left behind, and the longer we leave people in addiction, the more likely their mental health and drug use will worsen.Ana Liffey Drug Project CEO Tony Duffin stressed that each one of those 736 deaths is “someone’s child, someone’s son, daughter or friend”.“What is particularly concerning is that the average age of those that died was just 42, meaning a lot of years of life lost unnecessarily. In modern societies we don’t expect people to die at 42.”We know that people can and do recover from substance use issues in their lives, and we need to make sure that our policies increasingly support that happening.”Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon has made several public calls for the decriminalisation of people who use drugs. Responding to these latest figures he said:“Look, treating people who use drugs as criminals does not work and needs to change. Over 700 people died as a result of their drug use in 2016, yet if any of those people had come into contact with the state while in possession of drugs our response would have been to prosecute them using the criminal law.That makes no sense – at the moment we’re treating people who use drugs as criminals and yet more people are using drugs than ever before, more people are dying than ever before.The government launched its National Drugs Strategy, titled Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery in 2017. The strategy explicitly supports moving towards a “health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland”.last_img read more

 

Open seminar on the writings of Seraphim Phocas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Researcher Dr Dimitrios Varvaritis is set to present a seminar on the published writings of one of Australia’s first Greek leaders, Orthodox priest Reverend Seraphim Phocas.Born in the mid-19th century in Madytos (Eceabat), Gallipoli peninsula, Reverend Phocas received his training in Theology in Jerusalem and subsequently served as a priest in the Patriarchate of Alexandria before venturing to Australia. During his life, he penned books, articles and reports in Greek scholarly journals, which to this day remain largely unstudied. However, an examination of this body of work reveals a profound commitment, on the part of the Reverend, to Orthodox tradition and indeed a particular strand of sectarianism in his thought.This seminar, taking place at the Greek Centre, will present and critically examine these writings while arguing that they must be seen within a critical juncture of a number of broad historical factors affecting both Orthodox Christianity and Australian colonial society at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.These factors include the continuous exchanges, chiefly at a high clerical level, between Protestant Anglicans and Orthodox Christians; the permanent settlement of Orthodox Christians in the various Australian colonies; and finally, the continued sectarian rivalries and cleavages within Australian colonial society.Currently an independent researcher, Dr Varvaritis has contributed to the edited volume Sephardi Lives: A documentary history 1700-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2014) and has co-authored, together with Professor Ioanna Sapfo Pepelasis, an article that will appear in the Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business.Educated in Australia and Britain, he holds a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Sydney and an MA in History from the London School of Economics; and was awarded his doctorate in History from Kings College London. His main area of research concerns the political and economic history of Modern Greece and the wider eastern Mediterranean region, and for the academic year of 2016-2017 he will be a Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.The seminar will take place on Thursday 21 July at the Greek Centre (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00pm. Attendance is free. * During the course of the year considerable expenses are incurred in staging the seminars. In order to mitigate these costs individuals or organisations are invited to donate against a lecture of their choice. You too can donate for one or more seminars and (optionally) let your name or brand be known as a patron of culture to our members, visitors and followers, as well as the broader artistic and cultural community of Melbourne. For more information, email info@greekcommunity.com.au or call (03) 9662 2722.last_img read more

 

Ubisofts Olivia Alexander on the Colorful Wasteland of Far Cry New Dawn

first_imgStay on target Last week, I attended an event where I got to go hands-on with Far Cry: New Dawn. For a little over three hours, I explored the post-apocalyptic Hope County which had no shortage of sidequests, collectibles, stunning vistas, and crazed maniacs. I was already onboard when the Far Cry 5 spinoff was officially announced, but the extended demo I experienced sealed the deal. Far Cry: New Dawn is now one of my most anticipated games of 2019.During the event, I had the chance to speak with Scriptwriter and Narrative Designer, Olivia Alexander. We discussed Far Cry: New Dawn‘s, unique setting, its visually arresting art design, what motivates the individual characters, and more.Previous Far Cry spin-offs featured outlandish adventures unrelated to the titles they spun from. Far Cry: New Dawn, however, is a proper sequel. Why did you decide to make a sequel to Far Cry 5 instead of creating something in the vein of Far Cry: Blood Dragon or Far Cry Primal?We’ve wanted to do a post-apocalyptic setting for quite a long time and the ending of Far Cry 5 facilitated that in an organic way. We were actually in early concepts for Far Cry: New Dawn while we were wrapping up Far Cry 5. It’s something we were really excited to do.Despite its post-apocalyptic setting, Far Cry: New Dawn features a lush and vibrant world. It doesn’t seem possible the world would look this way after a nuclear war. What inspired the visual direction and what is it based on?We knew it had to be a world no one had ever really seen before. A lot of our inspiration comes from science and real-world research. We did a lot of our own research and we also consulted with two meteorologists who specialize in volcanic work and the potential side effects of a nuclear event. Both of those things tend to have similar effects on the atmosphere.Super bloom is a real world phenomenon we incorporated because one of the side effects of such a nuclear event is desertification. The water cycle changes, geography changes. We took the phenomenon of super bloom that happens in deserts in real life and put it in the temporary desert that was Hope County. We have this visual representation of life bursting out of the ashes of death. That was definitely the direction we wanted to go.Why is the game specifically set 17 years after Far Cry 5? Why not 50 or 100 years later?It is a really specific number, isn’t it? We wanted to have it in a place where it was very clearly about a new world and not necessarily the death of the old one. You could still see the old world and see the traumatic experience the collapse was; the events that were sort of left behind in the 17 years we were apart. This is the sweet spot between the sun and the rain returning to earth, and human beings having enough food, shelter and energy to feel like human beings again rather than just animals struggling to survive.Far Cry 5 touched on, or alluded to, events happening in the modern world. Far Cry: New Dawn is completely removed from what we know, yet it’s still set in our world. How is it relevant to today?I think a lot of the themes in Far Cry: New Dawn are very relevant to our times. There’s themes of change and how different people handle big changes. Everyone is living in a world that is irreversibly changed from what it had been for generations beforehand. Culture, facilities, infrastructure, all those things are completely reset. How different people see that, how people who survived from one world into another see it versus people like Carmina who’ve literally known nothing else.Then there’s also the idea of people who never want to experience that old world again because it brought them to such a traumatic event. There’s people who don’t care either way and just want to enjoy what they have left of their lives. The writing team thought about the many philosophies people would go toward after an event like that.Far Cry has a lot of memorable villains. Despite being evil, you can almost relate to them. Will the new villains, the twins, be in the same vein as previous antagonists? What motivates them?All the Far Cry villains are well-rounded, maybe not well-adjusted, but they are well-rounded. A good villain always believes they are doing the right thing and they do whatever it takes to get there. Mickey and Lou were definitely shaped by the world they came up in. They were just children when the bombs fell. They watched their own parents deal with it in completely separate ways. As they came of age and as the world grew with them and recovered, they had a world-view not dissimilar from Carmina. They had the idea of the world becoming a little bit better. There’s wiggle room to experience life. But that’s not the way their dad, who started the Highwaymen, saw the world.Eventually the twins came upon a philosophy that there are only two kinds of people left in the world: people who make problems and people who solve them. Their dad became someone who was making a problem… and they solved it. Since then, they expanded the Highwaymen into chapters all across the country. All the people who they adopt into their band of Highwaymen are about living for today. They’re about the party side of nihilism, where nothing matters so you may as well enjoy yourself even if it’s at the cost of people around you.Gameplay-wise, how did you make it feel fresh and new but also familiar to fans of previous games?We were really intent on the idea that someone who had never picked up a Far Cry game before could pick up Far Cry: New Dawn and feel at home. It’s very evident something big happened before and people are reacting from the fallout. People are always the result of their setting. People make the place. We really wanted to establish this new and exciting world and how it affects these people who are both recognizable to fans and also sympathetic to people they have never met before.What can you tell me about the world map? Is it the old Far Cry 5 map? How has it changed since the bombs fell?The geography of the region has been irreversibly changed. This is due to a lot of things. There are parts of Montana that are completely uninhabitable due to different changes in the water table and things like that. There are parts of Montana that are flooded. This affected the shape of the map we have from Far Cry 5.The setting and the geographical changes, both visually and how they feel, is a metaphor for everything that happens in the game in terms of the people and their reactions. It is a completely new setting. It is recognizable but very scarred. Things are either half buried or overgrown or completely contorted by Highwaymen occupation.The Highwaymen occupy different parts of America. What other locales besides Montana can players expect to see?There will be recognizable biomes from around America. One particular expedition is set in a carnival in the bayou, for example. There are three layers of time all at once. The first layer which is pre-collapse. The second layer is post-collapse, where everything is covered in water, overgrown, and filled with wildlife. Then the third layer is the Highwaymen’s occupation where they’ve taken crocodiles and hung them from the carousel, because that’s their idea of a joke. There’s really wonderful visual storytelling in all of the different expeditions.What inspired the Highwaymen?After you’ve experienced something that’s really hard and traumatic, it’s easy to look at the world and say: “I don’t think what I do matters. I could die tomorrow so what matters to me is feeling good right now.” Their philosophy is: “I don’t care if someone else cries when I take their stuff, I want the stuff and that’s going to make me feel good today.” What would a group of people look and behave like if that’s what they believed in? That’s what inspired their creation.Where did the color palette come from?It came from our inspiration for the Highwaymen. They essentially have a brand, a recognizable visual brand that would let people know it’s Highwaymen territory. If they were in that territory, people could either give up their stuff and walk away with their life or expect a lot of trouble. It is very beautiful but it also serves a function for the Highwaymen to warn people: “This is mine. What’s yours will be mine.”More on Geek.com:Hands-On: ‘Far Cry: New Dawn’ Is a Post-Apocalyptic WonderlandPlay These Nintendo Switch Games in 2019Most Exciting Video Games of 2019 Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Father accused of killing 7yearold daughter in Oceanside

first_imgFather accused of killing 7-year-old daughter in Oceanside Posted: July 31, 2019 July 31, 2019 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) – An apparent homicide is under investigation at a home in the 3500 block of Las Vegas Drive in Oceanside, according to police. The father is being accused of killing his 7-year-old daughter. KUSI’s John Soderman has more on the story. Updated: 10:30 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

 

Sixteen Online Ad Networks To SelfCertify with IAB

first_imgThe Internet Advertising Bureau has said 16 online ad networks have committed to self-certification against IAB’s “Networks & Exchanges Quality Assurance Guidelines,” which provide information for acquiring inventory, contextual taxonomy and targeting, inventory vetting and data disclosure. The guidelines also establish a common vocabulary for targeting and data. A full breakdown of the guidelines is available here.Participating networks include:24/7Real Media GoogleAudienceScience ScanScoutAdify Specific MediaAOL/Advertising.com Traffic MarketplaceBurst Media Tremor MediaCasale Media Yahoo!ContextWeb Inc./ADSDAQ Exchange CPX InteractiveFox Audience Network ValueClick Medialast_img read more

 

Apple is pushing privacy protections forward CEO Tim Cook says

first_img Security Internet • Share your voice Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Apple beefs up privacy controls on iOS 13 Apple CEO Tim Cook rejects the idea that the company is trying to make privacy a luxury good. CBS News Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company isn’t trying to wage a war with tech rivals over privacy or make it a luxury commodity, as some have suggested.A few hours after introducing Sign In with Apple, a new device authentication option, Cook rejected the notion that the company’s privacy moves were aimed at embarrassing Facebook or Google, two companies that have come under fire recently for missteps in handing their users’ data.Cook specifically noted during the feature’s unveiling at WWDC 2019 on Monday the that logins from Facebook and Google are used to track people online, but with the new tool, you can use your iOS device to authenticate your login credentials.  “You know, we’re not really taking a shot at anybody,” Cook said in an interview with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. “We focus on the user. And the user wants the ability to go across numerous properties on the web without being under surveillance. See All WWDC 2019 3:34 Apple beefs up privacy controls on iOS 13 Cook also said more users are becoming aware of privacy and the danger inherit in a lack of it.”It’s not good for our country,” Cook told CBS News. “You can imagine an environment where everyone begins to think there’s no privacy. And if there’s no privacy, your freedom of expression just plummets. Because now you’re going to be thinking about that everybody’s gonna know every single thing you’re doing. “This is not good for our country, not good for democracy.”In May, Google CEO Sundar Pichai implied that Apple is turning privacy into a “luxury good.” Apple has taken high-profile actions in support of user privacy. In 2016, for instance, it refused to alter its software so that the FBI could access an iPhone 5C tied to the San Bernardino terrorist incident, arguing that the change would create a back door to all other iPhones. Last year, it unveiled features for its Safari browser that could disable tracking tools Facebook and Twitter use to keep tabs on people’s browsing habits.Representatives for Google and Facebook didn’t respond to requests for comment.More of O’Donnell’s interview with Tim Cook will air on the June 4 edition of CBS Evening News. Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music nowcenter_img 3:34 Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Now playing: Watch this: “We’re moving privacy protections forward. And I actually think it’s a very reasonable request for people to make,” he said.(Disclosure: CBS News is owned by CBS, the parent company of CNET.)But Apple did have a tense moment with Google and Facebook earlier this year, when it temporarily yanked enterprise certificates — digital signatures that both the tech giants need to run software on iPhones and iPads, shutting down internal apps that employees at Google and Facebook used to communicate with their co-workers. Apple made the moves after it was revealed that Facebook had taken advantage of an Apple program that lets companies design apps for private corporate use, as well as test apps before they’re available to you. Meanwhile, Google came under fire for an app called Screenwise Meter that invited users outside the company to earn gift cards in exchange for letting Google monitor and analyze their data. reading • Apple is pushing ‘privacy protections forward,’ CEO Tim Cook says 0 WWDC 2019 Apple Event Privacy Tim Cook Apple Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

Twitter suspends accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by US counsel Mueller

first_imgPeople holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken on 27 September 2013. Photo: ReutersSocial networking site Twitter Inc on Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Donald Trump.Twitter said on Saturday it had suspended the accounts @DCLeaks_ and @Guccifer_2 that were named in the indictment, which alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy involving sophisticated hacking and staged release of documents.The indictment alleges that from around June 2016 the conspirators released tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents “using fictitious online personas, including ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0.’.”In a statement on Saturday, a Twitter spokesman said: “The accounts have been suspended for being connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of our rules.”Twitter in recent months has purged suspicious user accounts in a bid to prevent the dissemination of fake news and “encourage healthy conversation,” the company said this month.Friday’s indictment was the first by Mueller that directly charges the Russian government with meddling in the election. The Kremlin denies it interfered.Speaking at a cyber security conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the indictments proved that the United States “will not tolerate interference with our democratic processes and that there will be consequences for foreign meddling.”last_img read more

Car Rams Police Vehicle On Famed Paris Avenue Attacker Dies

first_img Share A man on the radar of French authorities was killed Monday after ramming a car carrying explosives into a police vehicle in the capital’s Champs-Elysees shopping district, prompting a fiery blast, officials said. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation.No police officers or passers-by were hurt, the Paris police department said. It is unclear why the attacker drove into police, though officials said the incident was apparently deliberate.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the man was killed after an attempted attack on a police convoy, saying that shows the threat is still very high in the country and justifies a state of emergency in place since 2015. He said he will present a bill Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting to extend the state of emergency from July 15, its current expiration date, until Nov. 1.Public told to avoid Champs-Elysees area of Paris as car crashes into police van pic.twitter.com/C5EM8x8px7— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 19, 2017He says the current situation in France shows a new security law “is needed” and the measure would “maintain a high security level.”Two police officials told The Associated Press that a handgun was found on the driver, who they said was badly burned after the vehicle exploded. They identified the man as a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil who had an “S″ file, meaning he was flagged for links to extremism.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal details of the incident, the second this year on the city’s most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists from around the world.Attacker who rammed police van in Paris is dead, French official says. The man’s car had explosives https://t.co/nx8LmbuiR5 pic.twitter.com/kpoEmuwvBJ— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 19, 2017An attacker defending the Islamic State group fatally shot a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in April, days before a presidential election, prompting an extensive security operation.On Monday, police cordoned off a broad swath of the Champs-Elysees after the latest incident, warning people to avoid the area.Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the incident was apparently deliberate.Police “pulled an individual out of the vehicle who had struck the car in front (of the convoy, “ Brandet told reporters. “Large numbers of police converged on the scene, firefighters to extinguish the fire.”A man could be seen lying on his stomach on the ground immediately after the incident, wearing a white shirt and dark shorts.Hours later, access to the avenue remained blocked, while bomb squads combed the area.A man rammed his car into a police vehicle in Paris, prompting a fiery explosion, and was killed in the incident https://t.co/UdBf8tDIx8 pic.twitter.com/Zn8KsRpROI— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 19, 2017Eric Favereau, a journalist for Liberation newspaper who was driving a scooter behind the gendarmes, said he saw a car blocking the convoy’s path, then an implosion in the vehicle. Favereau wrote that the gendarmes smashed open the windows of the car while it was in flames and dragged out its occupant. Other gendarmes used fire extinguishers to put out the flames. The account didn’t say what happened to the occupant of the car afterward.Visitors to a nearby Auguste Rodin exhibit were confined inside the Grand Palais exhibit hall for an hour after the incident.Victoria Boucher and daughter Chrystel came in from the suburb of Cergy-Pontoise for a Paris visit and weren’t afraid to go to the famed avenue.“We were better off inside than outside,” Chrystel said. But both agreed as the mother said, “unfortunately we now are used to this.”“The show must go on,” the daughter said in English. “They won’t win.”last_img read more

Kashmere High Looks for Positive Change in Turnaround Plan

first_imgBush previously was the principal at Kashmere Gardens Elementary, which, under his leadership, went from several years of “improvement required” to meeting state standards.Kashmere High wasn’t rated last year because of Hurricane Harvey, but it has the longest streak of low performance in Texas.The Houston school board could also decide to hand over the most struggling schools temporarily to an outside partner, such as a charter school operator. The deadline for that is in early February. At Thursday’s meeting, however, school leaders and their trustee, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, were confident that positive change will continue at Kashmere.“If we bring an outside agency in, many of them will be from outside the community in which they want to serve,” said Keith Downey, who’s the chairman of a community council for the Kashmere feeder pattern. “I’m not saying they’re not able to serve, but will they take the time to get to know the needs of the students that they’re looking to help?”Downey said that students in Kashmere Gardens need help with challenges outside of school, including hunger, homelessness and ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaKashmere High School’s new principal, Reginald Bush, introduced members of his team at a community meeting Thursday, October 25, 2018.In Northeast Houston, Kashmere High School is one of four struggling Houston public schools that must improve — or they could be closed or outside managers appointed by the state could take over the school board next year.It’s a scenario that the Houston school district managed to avoid last school year, because enough schools improved or received waivers on accountability ratings. However, the state law, known as HB 1842, could still trigger those sanctions.Those scenarios didn’t come up at a turnaround meeting at Kashmere High School Thursday night.Instead, the principal from Kashmere and leaders from its feeder schools talked about positive change on their campuses. Those include increased enrollment and attendance and a new surge of school spirit at Kashmere High.“One thing I can assure you, the results will be different than they’ve been in the past,” said Reginald Bush, who’s in his first year leading the school. X 00:00 /00:47center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more