FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Christmas is approaching and the group, Peace Seniors Connect & Care needs your help by providing donations that will go directly to the seniors in our community.PSCC is a group of caring people that came together three years ago to touch the lives of seniors in our community. The first year the group helped 86 seniors and this year’s numbers look to be helping 200 seniors as there is a need for this type of campaign.Group Administrator, Vanessa Siemens-Ford says “Seeing the looks on these seniors faces is more then one can handle at some points when on realize that these interactions through the parties we hold may be the only ones they get all year long.” PSCC has asked businesses around FSJ to set out collection bins and now needs the community’s help to fill them by donating items. These donations will become gifts which will be handed out to seniors this Christmas at Abbeyfield, Peace Villa and Seniors Housing.“I am a very lucky individual. I have 3 of my grandparents still living. 88, 89 and 99 years old! The little things and time spent with them is so important for their health. This is a wonderful way of getting involved.” said Annamari Miles of Harvest Wine OutfittersA list of suggested items you can donate;– small bags of nuts or candy (diabetic candy too)– socks– hand cream– gift cards for Cool Beans (cafe downstairs at the hospital), Wal-Mart, Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Shoppers, Grocery stores, etc– hats, toques, mitts– puzzles– playing cards– pajamas, slippers, housecoats– magazines– crossword or word search books– nail polish– scratch or lotto tickets– brain teaser puzzles– Handy Dart passes– lip balm– chocolates, licorice– hair brushes & combs– adult colouring books, crayons, pencil crayons & markers– art supplies– fidget toys– nail clippers and files– change purses– toothbrushes– toothpaste– throw blankets– coffee mugs or teacups– watches– ladies necklaces– calendarsOther items needed for the preparation of gift giving:– gift wrap– tape– gift bags– gift tags– donations of food items for each seniors party, including Abbeyfield, Peace Villa and Seniors HousingPlaces to drop off Donation;Fort Motors: 11104 Alaska Road NorthNEAT: 10003 – 95 AvenueMLA offices: 10104 – 100 StreetHarvest Wine Outfitters: 8221 – 100 AvenueIG Wealth Management (beside Unforgettable Memories )Anna’s Laundry Service: (Taylor 10264 – 100 Street)12-6pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri9-2 SaturdaysVanessa Siemens-Ford’s House: 9103 – 87 Avenue
By Mustafa Salma Oueld Sidi MouloudRabat – On the occasion of his first visit to the region, will the envoy of the international community ask why Sahrawi refugees are denied the right of return?Collective asylum is considered to be an escape from an armed conflict or circumstantial issues due to ethnic, sectarian, or political conflicts. People often return to their homes or homelands after the threat to their life is removed. Is there still a threat to the Sahrawi families living in the camps on the Algerian soil after 25 years of ceasefire? According to the Polisario Front and Algeria’s theory, the presence of the Moroccan administration in the Sahara threatens the lives of the Sahrawis. They try at every opportunity to incite the Moroccan Sahrawis to plot disturbances in the Saharan cities to confirm their theory.But reality proves the opposite. According to the census of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in the Sahara, which was taken after the cease-fire, the majority of Sahrawis live in the Sahara regions. And thousands returned from the camps to Morocco after the census.The Moroccan administration did not penalize or favor them over the rest of the population. It positively favored the returnees by offering them cash grants, housing and employment to facilitate their integration into society.There are Sahrawis who go on visits from Morocco to the camps in support of the Polisario Front, to meet with its military and security leadership. Then ceremonies are held to honor them before they return to Morocco. However, Morocco does not prevent them from returning back or punish them when they return, except for one case 10 years ago when the individuals were released after just a few months in detention.On the other hand, Polisario’s laws prohibit the inhabitants of the Sahrawi camps from returning to their homeland, and describe the act of return to the homeland, which is a universal and human right, as a crime of treason punishable by more than 10 years imprisonment.Algeria has been involved in the crime of preventing the return of the Sahrawis due to its security control over the borders of the camps. Algeria has arrested many of them during their attempts to flee the camps, and handed them to the Polisario, where many of them spend long years in prison and others have been killed or their fate remains unknown to this day. History shows that the Polisario is the only movement in the world that has never called for the return of its refugees to their land.This raises questions about their true intentions towards the Sahrawis. It also confirms that, in addition to the fact that the Sahrawi refugees are trying to get to the offices of the UNHCR to claim their legal status as refugees, the Polisario is exploiting them, like people who use civilians as human shields.The Polisario’s insistence on keeping the Sahrawis as permanent refugees, despite the end of the circumstances which caused them to be displaced (the armed conflict), demonstrates that the Front intends to keep them hostage to protect the interests of its leaders, including making profits by marketing the misery and suffering of the refugees in the camps.Moreover, these refugees are used by the Front and Algeria to threaten the stability of the region. They are the firewood that the Polisario uses as a threat at every occasion whenever they have a narrow margin of maneuver. They are Algeria’s winning card in its intended conflict against Morocco, an internal means of pressure to continue the meeting of its heterogeneous ruling elites, and a justification for its presence and its international blackmail.The international community should not remain idle in the face of the human tragedy that the Sahrawis have been living in for decades because:– There is no justification for the Sahrawis to remain dispersed;– The Moroccan defensive wall is not the cause of dispersal as the Polisario claims;– Morocco does not prevent them from returning to their land;– It has not been proved that Morocco confiscated Sahrawi property or punished the returnees despite their carrying weapons against Morocco;– The Polisario and Algeria are the ones which prevent and criminalize the return of the Sahrawis to their land and their communication between each other;The international community should help the Sahrawis to return to their homeland and restore their normal lives by putting pressure on the Polisario Front to lift its hand off the Sahrawi civilians and enabling the UNHCR to protect and help them in self-determination in a free and independent manner.Mustafa Oueld Sidi Mouloud is the former chief of the Polisario Police.
27 October 2011The UN today underscored the importance of preserving the world’s audiovisual heritage, stressing the vulnerability of sound and film or video recordings to destruction and the need to ensure they are saved for the future. The United Nations today underscored the importance of preserving the world’s audiovisual heritage, stressing the vulnerability of sound and film or video recordings to destruction and the need to pay greater attention to ensuring that they are properly saved for future generations.Marking the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, whose theme this year is ‘Audiovisual Heritage: See, Hear, and Learn,’ the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) noted that countless documentary treasures have been lost since the invention of image and sound technologies.Through the loss, the world lost some of its means of sharing experiences, creativity and knowledge.“Audiovisual records offer unique means of learning, sharing and becoming informed through sound and image,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message to mark the Day.“They are, in form and content, living testimonies to the history of technology, performance and culture. By presenting images and sounds from foreign cultures, historic moments shaping our collective memory, they contribute to cementing the foundations of intercultural dialogue and enriching humanity’s awareness,” she said.Archives around the world marked the Day with activities highlighting the fragility and vulnerability of audiovisual heritage, while celebrating the work of the heritage institutions that have helped to protect it.In Nepal, the UNESCO office in the country held a round-table discussion on safeguarding Nepal’s audiovisual memory and a concert of traditional Nepali music in the capital, Kathmandu.In the Namibian settlement of Tsumkwe, a selection of the John Marshall Ju/’hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection 1950-2000, which has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, was screened, as were sound and film archival material from the National Archives of Namibia.At UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a public screening of short films selected from the agency’s audiovisual archives was held, with all the selected films featuring women characters.Ms. Bokova stressed that the protection of the world’s heritage records is a cultural and educational imperative and that must never be taken for granted.“To protect the audiovisual heritage, appropriate safeguard measures should be instituted and training and support for archive professionals, libraries and specialized institutions provided,” she added.The UN’s own audiovisual archive in New York will be open on the Day. It holds 80,000 hours of audio recording on 70,000 tapes and discs and 37,700 hours of film and video on 25,000 reels of film and 32,000 video tapes. World Day of Audiovisual Heritage: Highlights of UN Audio and Photo Archives, 21 October 2011The archives, which received the 2004 International Documentary Association’s Preservation & Scholarship Award, have organized four guided tours for UN staff, delegates and accredited journalists today. Visitors will be shown the archive vault and multimedia displays in the second basement of the General Assembly Building.The archives also contain 800,000 photos – 300,000 of which are outtakes that have not been digitized. Over 9,000 hours of audio and video and thousands of new photos are added every year.
Other tricks include adding extra elements such as honey, pear or olives to utilise all five tastes – salt, weet, sour, bitter and umami.He was hired by cracker manufacturer Jacob’s to investigate the science behind the tastes of what, until now, many would have considered the least labour-intensive of the Christmas snacks.“It’s about stimulating all the senses at once to complement the flavour of the food,” he said, arguing that a greater array of colours on the cracker, the better the food will taste.His research found the cracker must crunch loudly so needs to be fresh and the cheese must not be less than room temperature.Umami flavours come from strong tasting foods such as prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes and anchovies, and traditionally go best with milder cheeses such as ricotta. The perfect Christmas cracker should be served with cheese covering exactly 72 per cent of its surface, according to a chef and food scientist.The sight of a clear 1-cm rim of cracker around the cheese subconsciously convinces the mind the morsel is going to taste better, says Charles Michel from Oxford University. It’s about stimulating all the senses at once to complement the flavour of the foodCharles Michel, University of Oxford Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Andy Willox was left with severe injuries following the accident Andy Willox needed 48 stitches in his head and 20 above his eye A pedestrian has spoken of the “horrendous” moment he was nearly killed after being struck on the head by a radiator when it was thrown out of a window, leaving him with 68-stitches.Andy Willox was walking home in Hammersmith, London when a clad iron radiator was flung out of a nearby window and landed on his head. The account manager originally from South Africa said he is lucky to be alive after the incident which left him with 48 stitches in his head, 20 above his eye and a fractured neck. The 32-year-old has now spoke of how the freak accident has left him feeling “vulnerable” and wanting answers from those responsible. The object is believed to have been thrown from a residential building that is run by a charity that supports people with mental health needs and learning disabilities. “You imagine bad things can happen, like getting in a car accident, or dangerous sports – but I never thought I’d be injured by someone throwing a radiator out of a window,” said Mr Willox.“When the police arrived and saw how much blood there was the policewoman said to me she thought I wouldn’t survive. I do keep thinking how much worse it could have been. Mr Willox, who has now been discharged from hospital, is planning to travel back to Durban to see his parents. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The couple added that following the accident they also intend to take legal action against “those responsible”.The charity who are believed to run the building were not able to comment. “This could have killed me, and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this. There was a little girl walking behind me, just imagine if it had hit her.”The 32-year-old moved to London last year with his girlfriend of five and a half years Kimberly Dunstan-Smith.When Ms Dunstan-Smith was called by a stranger on May 13 telling her to rush to St Mary’s hospital, she revealed her first thought was that Mr Willox was dead. “The man on the phone didn’t say what had happened, just that he was unresponsive and had been hit over the head,” she said. “When I heard that honestly I thought he was dead. That is all that went through my mind that I’m going to have to live my life without him. “It was so scary I didn’t know what to expect, whether there was going to be brain damage, whether he was going to be in a wheelchair. It’s just a feeling of panic you can’t even describe. It was the most horrendous thing. “I thought ‘someone has changed his life forever, what am I going to do’ – especially with all our family living in South Africa.” The couple now intent to travel back to South Africa to see their family
RelatedPosts Bad luck hurt Korean casino operator Paradise Group’s earnings in August, with revenue for the month down both year-on-year and sequentially despite solid table drop growth.Table drop across the company’s four key properties – Walkerhill, Jeju Grand, Busan Casino and Paradise City in Incheon – increased 6.0% sequentially and 8.7% year-on-year to KRW500.1 billion (US$448.4 million). Jeju gaming decline sees Landing International fall into loss in 1H19 Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Nevertheless, revenue tumbled 17.4% compared with August 2017 and 2.0% sequentially to KRW51.6 billion (US$46.3 million), primarily due to a 17.7% fall in table games revenue to KRW48.1 billion.On a positive note, the increased table drop continued an upward trend for Paradise as its Paradise City IR gradually ramps up and the nation’s tourism industry recovers from last year’s THAAD missile crisis, which saw China cancel tour groups to the country.Table revenue for the first eight months of 2018 is up 19.9% to KRW381.6 billion on the back of a 13.4% increase in table drop in that time to KRW3.7 trillion. RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline
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We got a little insight thanks to the SXSW 2018 panel Now What? Life After Reality TV Singing Shows, held on March 17. Moderated by Yahoo Entertainment Music Editor Lyndsey Parker, the panel, the brainchild of Nakia and selected by attendees using the SXSW PanelPicker, featured three artists perfectly poised to give us the first-hand details. Nakia was featured on the first season of “The Voice,” where he competed on Cee Lo Green’s team and made it as a top eight semifinalist. Cas Haley was runner-up on season two of “America’s Got Talent,” and Blake Lewis competed on “American Idol” on season six, making it all the way to runner-up behind winner Jordin Sparks. Firstly, the panelists cleared up a few misconceptions about reality TV singing shows. Most contestants on the various competition shows are already working recording artists when they decide to compete on TV. It becomes a tool some artists choose to help their careers, not a fast track to instant success.”I think why some people in the music business don’t like these shows is they see it as a shortcut to stardom or having a career, that you didn’t pay your dues,” said Parker. “That actually isn’t the case. The majority of people were doing careers [before TV].”The former contestants reviewed how they got onto their respective shows in the first place. Nakia got an email from a producer on “The Voice,” inviting him to a private audition, which led to his inclusion in the inaugural season of the show. Lewis was convinced by a friend to audition for “American Idol,” though he had never seen the show. 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All three panelists said they were glad to have participated in their respective shows, but they have mixed opinions about how helpful they were to their own careers, or whether it could benefit those interested in participating.When recounting what it was like after his run on “The Voice” was over, Nakia revealed that was initially approached by fans all the time. But as soon as the second season ramped up and fans moved on, he went through a rough time getting back on track.”Nobody cared anymore,” said Nakia. “For me, I’m six years sober and at the time I was seven years sober. It was like withdrawal. I got really depressed, I relapsed. I had a whole year where I was really in a dark place because there was no connection to any of that. … They don’t do anything to nurture you after you’re gone. They don’t help you to stay doing this.”But depending on what you’re trying to accomplish with your music career, it’s undoubtable that being featured on a reality show has its benefits. Though Nakia mentioned that some genres (such as folk) might not benefit as much from the mass exposure, reality TV definitely has its place.”If you’re looking for pop fame, yes. If you’re looking for a bump in some money, sure,” said Haley. “If you’re looking for respect as a songwriter, maybe. You’d have to think about it.”The panelists’ advice for what to do once you step off the national TV stage for the last time? It’s all about persistence and keeping your musical goals top of mind.”My advice to people is actually just to stick with it. Keep going,” Haley advised. “Just keep doing it. Consistency is where it’s at.” As for what they are doing now? The post-TV show careers of these three singer/songwriters sound like the careers of so many other musicians in the industry. They’re hustling, recording, playing live shows, and working to get their music out into the world. 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British scientists have developed a hand-held device that infuses a gentle stream of regular cold water with ultrasound to turn it into a highly effective cleaning tool. They believe the tool could reduce dependence on traditional detergents and help combat anti-microbial resistance.The device, known as “Starstream”, passes a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles. The oscillating effect of the sound field on the bubbles turns them into micro-scrubbers that can remove dirt and germs from most surfaces. These tiny micro-scrubbers are particularly effective at cleaning inside cracks and crevices, which are difficult for conventional cleaning technologies, according to co-inventor Professor Tim Leighton.From his lab at the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Leighton said that he and his team found the gas bubbles because they wanted to build a form of micro-scrubber, which can clean without bleach and detergents, and penetrate inside the crevices and the cracks.”So these gas bubbles underwater; these balls of gas, normally just sit there spherically under water. But if you hit them with a sound field you can make their surfaces ripple. And you get such high sheer and rubbing along the surfaces of these ripples that it can clean very effectively,” he added.The patented technology earned Leighton and co-inventor Dr Peter Birkin, the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in 2011. This gave them the opportunity to develop their prototype model into the current hairdryer-type design for manual cleaning.However, Leighton said the technology could easily be fixed on to other devices of varying shapes and sizes. He further said that Starstream’s effectiveness without the need for heating or additives has the potential to transform the cleaning sector.In laboratory-based tests, “Starstream” was able to effectively remove biological contamination from medical instruments and bacterial biofilms that typically cause dental disease. Leighton believes if the technology could be incorporated into the public’s hand washing routine then it could prove to be a valuable tool in the fight against antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance.”Despite all our efforts we haven’t been able to change the behavior of people to wash their hands properly. So if we can’t change the behavior, we change the water. And our aspiration would be to make that six seconds of washing in cold water without soap – using Starstream- as effective as 20 seconds of warm soapy water. It’s an aspiration, we hope to realize it.” Leighton said.The device is in limited commercial production by company Ultrawave Ltd., but Leighton is seeking further investment to miniaturize the current design and make it a viable new tool for health providers and the general public.
Kamal Hossain. File PhotoClaiming that the government staged a ‘farce’ on 30 December in the name of election, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Friday urged all to be united to ensure the voting rights of people, reports UNB.”…this can’t be called an election. This is a farce. There was a ceremony on 30 December when the government staged a farce in the name of election, deprived the country’s people of their rights, violated the constitution and defamed democracy,” he said.Kamal, also Gono Forum president, made the comments while delivering his concluding speech at a public hearing arranged by Jatiya Oikya Front at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.The public hearing was arranged to depict the ‘irregularities in the 11th parliamentary election before the country’s people and the international community.About the depositions made by 42 candidates in the public hearing, Kamal said, “The speeches all of you delivered here depicted a similar picture across the country. The government had taken all the mechanisms and strategies so that a free and fair election was not held.”He also demanded unconditional release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying the demand is justified and logical.Kamal led a seven-member jury panel at the hearing.Other members of the jury panel were professor Emajuddin Ahmed, ex-judge AKM Anisur Rahman Khan, professor Nurul Amin Bepari, Prof Dilara Chowdhury, professor Asif Nazrul and lawyer Mohsin Rashid.The public hearing was originally rescheduled to be held on 24 February. However, Oikya Front rescheduled it for 22 February as they failed to manage any venue in the capital to hold the programme on 24 February.
Fire kills 9A fire in a gas pipeline at a plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd’s in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday killed at least nine people, the company said.”Nine persons have lost their lives and 14 are undergoing medical treatment,” state-run SAIL, one of India’s biggest steel producers, said in a statement.The fire, which occurred during a scheduled maintenance job at its Bhilai plant, has now been controlled, SAIL said. There was no immediate comment from the company on whether production was affected.”It is very difficult to say how many more have died, as some bodies are charred,” a police official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to media, told Reuters.Shares of SAIL fell as much as 4.2 per cent to a near one-year low on the news.Bhilai Steel Plant is India’s sole producer and supplier of rails for Indian Railways, and a major producer of a large variety of wide and heavy steel plates and structural steel, according to the company’s website.The plant has annual steel production capacity of 3.153 million tonnes, with products including wire rods, according to SAIL.
Indian citizens of Masaladanga enclave queue up to cast their vote at a polling station in Cooch Behar district on 11 April 2019, during the first phase of general election in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Photo: AFPDespite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.Braving the heat, about 12,000 voters from the erstwhile enclaves, a small proportion of the over 18 lakh electorate in the Cooch Behar constituency, queued up since morning to cast their vote and at the same time air their grievances.The dwellers have been complaining of a dearth of jobs, while many of those who chose to migrate to Cooch Behar from the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh territory are yet to get their promised land and are forced to stay in detention camps.”Unlike the panchayat elections, the situation was peaceful today (Thursday). I did not face any difficulty in casting my vote though I had to stand in queue for about half an hour in the morning,” said Brijendra Nath Burman, a 68-year-old resident of the Falnapur enclave.Even after exercising his franchise, Burman, who underwent decades of deprivation, was uncertain whether the promises of giving land rights, jobs for youth and demand for better health, education and basic amenities would be realised.On August 1, 2015, following the implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely held enclaves. As a result, over 14,000 residents of Bangladeshi enclaves became Indian citizens.The erstwhile dwellers had earlier voted twice in 2016 — in the state Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha by-poll.Gaining confidence after seeing central forces in the polling booth, Tozzammal Seikh, a 62-year-old dweller from Masaldanga, expressed his satisfaction after casting his vote peacefully and felt happy to be a part of the largest festival of democracy in the world.”There was enthusiasm among the voters who queued up in the morning. There was no incident of violence,” said Madan Roy, a Trinamool Congress polling agent and a dweller of Bakhalitchhora enclave.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, accused the ruling Trinamool of indulging in rigging in 3-4 booths.”Polls were more or less peaceful but there were sporadic violence when Trinamool goons jammed 3-4 booths and rigged the polls in the enclave areas,” said Diptiman Sengupta, BJP’s Jalpaiguri district observer and Convenor of the Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC).The north Bengal constituency witnessed a four-cornered contest between Paresh Adhikary of Trinamool, Nisith Pramanik of the BJP, Piya Roychowdhury of the Congress and Gobinda Roy of the All India Forward Bloc. However, the real battle here is between the BJP and the Trinamool.
THE LATEST on an Amtrak train derailment in Washington state (all times local):– / 133:50 p.m.U.S. investigators say preliminary information indicates that the emergency brake on the Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state went off automatically.National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters Tuesday that the brake was not manually activated by the engineer.She says they’re reviewing the event data recorder from the lead locomotive after having already retrieved the device from the rear engine, which showed the train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.Dinh-Zarr confirmed two people were in the cab: the engineer and a conductor who was training.Federal officials also say the conductor had been qualified to operate the train in the area in the last couple of weeks, but the NTSB is looking into the process.___2 p.m.Critical safety technology designed to automatically slow or stop trains that are going too fast was not working on a section of track outside of Seattle where an Amtrak train derailed, killing three people.Sound Transit said Tuesday that the company was on schedule to have positive train control installed and operational in the spring, ahead of a December 2018 federal deadline.The system would be able to take over control of a train when an engineer is distracted or incapacitated.Sound Transit spokesman Geoff Patrick said the “vast majority” of equipment needed had been installed but not fully operational along the tracks and trains in the 14.5-mile (23.3-kilometer) section of line where the derailment occurred.___11:30 a.m.A relative says a rail advocate is one of the three people killed in the deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.Rachel Topper said Tuesday that she has been notified of the death of her uncle Jim Hamre in Monday’s crash. Topper said the family has no further comment.In a Facebook post, she said they were heartbroken and that Hamre will be missed by many.Lloyd Flem, executive director of rail advocacy organization All Aboard Washington, says Hamre retired a few years ago as a civil engineer at the Washington Transportation Department. He says Hamre lived with his mother in Puyallup.Another rail advocate, Zack Willhoite, also died when the train plunged off an overpass and onto Interstate 5 south of Seattle on Monday. The train was making its first run on faster route.___11:25 a.m.Authorities say they’re starting to move train cars that derailed outside Seattle and hurtled onto a highway below, killing three people.Capt. Dan Hall with the Washington State Patrol says the cars will be loaded onto trucks starting Tuesday and taken to a secure facility as the National Transportation Safety Board investigates.State Transportation Department spokesman Travis Phelps says Interstate 5 will be closed through Tuesday night and could be shut down for several days as officials finish the investigation at the scene.He says the next step is assessing the overpass and the road below.The Amtrak train derailed during its inaugural run along a new faster route. U.S. investigators say they haven’t determined a cause of the crash but revealed that the train was traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.___10:35 a.m.A U.S. official says investigators are examining whether an Amtrak engineer was distracted when a speeding train derailed, killing three people and sending several rail cars flying off an overpass.The official said Tuesday that in addition to the engineer, there was another employee training in the train’s cab Monday.The official says investigators are looking into whether the engineer lost “situational awareness.”The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Audio dispatch in which a crew member discusses injuries to the engineer mentions a second person in the front of the train, who was also hurt.___9:14 a.m.A victim in the deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state has been identified as an employee of a local transit agency and a rail advocate.Pierce Transit released a statement saying that Zack Willhoite, a customer service support specialist, was killed in Monday’s derailment.Authorities say three people died and dozens were injured when the train plunged off an overpass over Interstate 5 south of Seattle. The train was making its inaugural run.Pierce Transit says Willhoite was “admired by his colleagues.”Lloyd Flem, executive director of All Aboard Washington, says Willhoite was a rail advocate and it was a given that he would be on the trip.Federal investigators say they haven’t determined a cause of the derailment but revealed that the train was travelling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.___8:35 a.m.Crews have removed train cars involved in a deadly Amtrak derailment from a railway overpass in Washington state.Authorities say there are three confirmed deaths. Dozens were injured.The train cars were loaded Tuesday onto flatbed trucks and drive away on Interstate 5.Authorities say a total of 13 train cars jumped the tracks early Monday south of Seattle.The Amtrak train careened off the overpass above Interstate 5 during its inaugural run along a new bypass route. The train carried 85 passengers and crew members.Federal investigators say they haven’t determined a cause of the derailment but revealed late Monday that the train was travelling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. Investigators are on the scene.___Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people.Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation Safety Board member, said at a Monday night news conference that information from the event data recorder in the rear locomotive showed the train was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone when it derailed at 7:34 a.m. Mangled train cars ended up on top of each other – and one hung precariously over the freeway.When the clanging of metal and screeching stopped at first it was quiet. Then came the screams.After the crash, the injured called out as rescuers — including people who had been in cars on their morning freeway commute — rushed to help. One of the train passengers was Emma Shafer, who found herself at a 45-degree angle staring at the seats in front of her that had dislodged and swung around.“It felt oddly silent after the actual crashing,” Shafer said. “Then there was people screaming because their leg was messed up … I don’t know if I actually heard the sirens, but they were there. A guy was like, ‘Hey, I’m Robert. We’ll get you out of here.’”Dinh-Zarr said it’s not yet known what caused the train to derail and that “it’s too early to tell” why it was going so fast.Positive train control — the technology that can slow or stop a speeding train — wasn’t in use on this stretch of track, according to Amtrak President Richard Anderson.In 2015, an Amtrak train in Philadelphia was traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit as it entered a sharp curve and derailed. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train’s seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. Several cars overturned and ripped apart.A track chart prepared by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows the maximum speed drops from 79 mph (127 kph) to 30 mph (48 kph) for passenger trains just before the tracks curve to cross Interstate 5, which is where the train went off the tracks.The chart, dated Feb. 7, was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration in anticipation of the start of passenger service along a new bypass route that shaves off 10 minutes for the trip between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.Kimberly Reason with Sound Transit, the Seattle-area transit agency that owns the tracks, said speed signs are posted 2 miles (3 kilometers) before the speed zone changes and just before the speed zone approaching the curve.Eric Corp, a councilman for the small city of DuPont near the derailment, said he rode the train with about 30 or so dignitaries and others on a special trip Friday before the service opened to the public Monday.“Once we were coming up on that curve, the train slowed down considerably,” he said, adding that “in no way did it make me feel like we were going too fast.”The train was not full. Authorities said there were 80 passengers and five on-duty crew members on board when it derailed and pulled 13 cars off the tracks. Authorities said there were three confirmed deaths. More than 70 people were taken for medical care — including 10 with serious injuries.About two hours after the accident, a U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation said he was told at least six people were killed. The official said he had no new information to explain the discrepancy in the numbers. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.In a statement, the FBI said local police were the primary responders and there was no information suggesting “an elevated risk to Washington residents.”In a radio transmission immediately after the accident, the conductor can be heard saying the train was coming around a corner and was crossing a bridge that passed over Interstate 5 when it derailed.Dispatch audio also indicated that the engineer survived with bleeding from the head and both eyes swollen shut.“I’m still figuring that out. We’ve got cars everywhere and down onto the highway,” he tells the dispatcher, who asks if everyone is OK.Aleksander Kristiansen, a 24-year-old exchange student at the University of Washington from Copenhagen, was going to Portland to visit the city for the day.“I was just coming out of the bathroom when the accident happened. My car just started shaking really, really badly,” he said.The back of his train car was wide open because it had separated from the rest of the train, so he and others were able to jump out to safety.The train was making the inaugural run on the new route as part of a $180.7 million project designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that’s bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.The new bypass was built on an existing inland rail line that runs along Interstate 5 from Tacoma to DuPont, near where Train 501 derailed.___This story has been updated to reflect that authorities said Monday night that three people died. A U.S. official said earlier that six people were killed. Share
By Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated PressIt was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where Black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for.“I said, ‘Wow, that’s a real pretty uniform,’” recalls Thompson, now 94.It took President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 executive order banning discrimination in government and defense industry employment because of “race, creed, color, or national origin” to give the teenage son of Black South Carolina sharecroppers a chance to serve as a Marine during World War II.In this photo taken April 3, 2019, former Montford Point Marine John Thompson talks about his training during an interview at his home in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Just not alongside Whites.The first African Americans admitted to the Marine Corps after Roosevelt’s order were put in segregated units, starting with their training. At a swampy, bug-infested camp called Montford Point, adjacent to but separate from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, they endured indignities — but they also paved the way for others who came after.Thompson, who enlisted in 1943, was among them. The Marines were the only military branch for him, after he saw their uniforms on newsreels at the Black theater where he sold popcorn and after two of his friends joined the Corps themselves.“The Marine Corps is an elite group. I wanted to belong to an elite group. That was my feeling,” said Thompson, who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.Thompson, now a retired teacher, is one of an estimated 400 still living from among the approximately 20,000 men who trained at Montford Point.In Jim Crow-era Kannapolis, N.C., where Thompson was raised, Black men were mostly relegated to low-paying jobs at a textile mill and Black women weren’t hired at all, he recalled. Blacks had to go to a restaurant’s back door to be served.As his friends were drafted, one by one, Thompson told his father he wanted to join the service.“There had been only two Blacks in town to go to the Marine Corps, and that had been within the last five or six months before I first started talking to my dad about it,” he recalled.But racial segregation ruled out Marine training for Black recruits at Parris Island, S.C., where Whites were trained.“During that time, they didn’t want Blacks to belong to elite groups,” Thompson said. “I wanted to belong to an elite group because, at the time, I didn’t think there was a teenager anywhere in the nation any more physically fit than I was.”Thompson and the other Black would-be Marines were sent to Montford Point. Separated from Lejeune by railroad tracks that they weren’t allowed to cross, Thompson said it was like the racial separation back at home.“Mind you, I was in a segregated society,” Thompson said. “I knew nothing else. It was a way of life.”The new recruits’ fatigues weren’t folded and didn’t fit, Thompson said. When their first day’s training was done, they had no real barracks either.“We had huts to live in. The walls were one board thick, and they looked as if you could ram your fist through a wall,” Thompson said. “In the middle of the hut was one oil stove. We had to supply that stove with buckets to keep that stove going.”When their training began, the Black recruits served entirely under the command of White men.“We had white sergeants … Most of them were Southerners with heavy accents. We only had two or three sergeants from the North,” Thompson said. “It was because they wanted to treat us less than any White person who had ever been in the Marine Corps.”Thompson said the sergeants didn’t use outright racial epithets, but they would often refer to the Black recruits as “you people,” which he considered “subtle expressions” of racism.Yet in a training course notorious for weeding out all but the strongest, Thompson endured their rough tutelage and even thrived.“This training lasted for two months,” he said. “I was made a squad leader. I never did have to do any KP while I was in the service because I was a squad leader and squad leaders didn’t go to the kitchen.”He said he and his comrades helped one another stay strong in the face of challenges. When off duty, they would compete against each other on the drill field to see who was fastest.“I always tried to outdo the other guys,” Thompson said.But even a Marine uniform won a Black man no respect.“Everything was done separately. At the bus station, we would get in line to get on the bus. We had to go all the way to the back of the bus,” he said. “We never could sit up front unless the bus was completely full of Black people.”The Black Marines’ duties in World War II were confined mainly to dispensing ammunition and retrieving the wounded from the front lines. Thompson didn’t see combat, but others did.Historians say the government initially planned to discharge the Black Marines after World War II. But in 1948, President Harry Truman issued an order fully desegregating the U.S. armed forces. Today the Marine Corps is about 11 percent Black — still low among the services, but a seismic shift ahead of the World War II-era.Montford Point Camp was decommissioned on Sept. 9, 1949. On April 19, 1974, it was renamed Camp Johnson in honor of the late Sgt. Maj. Gilbert H. “Hashmark” Johnson — a Marine legend and one of the first Black men who eventually were trained as Marine drill instructors. Today it’s the only Marine Corps installation named in honor of an African American. A memorial honoring the pioneering Montford Point Marines was dedicated there in 2016.In 2011, then-President Barack Obama signed a law awarding all Montford Point Marines the Congressional Gold Medal.Some of those medals were awarded posthumously.“We went through a lot and we realized we went through a lot,” Thompson said. “This is just a small token of what we went through.”
Kolkata: In view of monsoon the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has intensified its anti-dengue drive.A drive was carried out in ward No. 109 in Jadavpur. Besides senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s health department, officials of the Sewage and Drainage, Park and Square, Building, Solid Waste management departments were present in the drive. The KMC officials are cleaning the water bodies that have not been touched for decades. The water serves as the mosquito breeding ground. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation has identified 20 vulnerable wards like 1,6,14,36,79,82,81,107,108,109, 131 and 132 among others. Special drives are being carried on the roads where Dengue cases had been detected in 2018. Senior civic officials said so far no Dengue cases had been reported from these areas in 2019. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation had started anti Dengue drive in February. The drives have been divided into three phases. The first phase that started in February will continue till June. The second phase will start from July and end in October. The third phase will be conducted in November and December. A round up phase will be conducted in January and February 2020. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation had launched a massive awareness campaign in January when 144 rallies were held throughout the city. The main rally was held at Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters. It was led by the Mayor Firhad Hakim. People from all walks of life took part in the rally. Senior civic officials said to combat dengue, public awareness is urgently required. They said that people have been asked to clean the containers which are used to store water at least once in a week. But in many cases the house owners refuse to do so. In many buildings the covers of overhead tanks and underground reservoirs are not in proper place. The house owners also do not clean the water of flower vase once a week. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation teams are visiting the houses and inspecting the overhead tanks and under ground reservoirs and whether the garbage has been cleaned regularly or not. The teams are also visiting the offices, hospitals and housing complexes managed by the state and central governments.
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