Red Cross Volunteers In Alaska Deploy To California Wildfires

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The American Red Cross of Alaska has deployed volunteers to assist with relief efforts as the California wildfires continue. A total of five volunteers come from Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks and Delta Junction, according to the American Red Cross of Alaska. Those who want to help firefighters or residents impacted by the fires do not have to be in California to help. To volunteer you can visit the local Red Cross website and also donate to the California wildfires. Northern California announced the death toll from a massive wildfire there has reached 29 people, matching the deadliest fire in state history.center_img An estimated 240,000 people have been displaced by the fires that have burned more than 200,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations remained in effect in many other areas, however, including the entire cities of Malibu and Calabasas.last_img read more

Is Your Home Winter Ready

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The comforts of a cozy, warm home in winter can help you forget about the short days and the multiple layers of clothing necessary to brave the cooler months. There’s still a little time to make sure your home is ready for winter. Carver also says it’s important to not obstruct heating ducts, cold-air returns, or any heat source and keep furniture away from baseboard heaters: “Any time we’re using portable heaters, we’d like to see a minimum 36 inches. If people can avoid the use of portable heaters, we really prefer that, but when they are used, we need to keep combustibles away from them at least three feet.” For more information contact your local Fire Department or Central Emergency Service station. Chimneys should be cleaned a minimum of twice a year. Homeowners should be sure to remove soot and creosote buildup, which can be extremely flammable. Central Emergency services has a limited number of chimney brushes that are available for check out to the public.center_img Central Emergency services advises you to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Read the back of the alarm for either manufactured date or expiration date. 10 years old? Time for a new one. According to CES, you should have one in the bedroom, hallway outside bedrooms, and kitchen area. Kenai Fire Marshall Tommy Carver says it’s time for homeowners to start some crucial home fire safety maintenance:  “I recommend first of all that people get their chimneys cleaned, those that use wood as a heat source. Another big one, because we’ve had a few fires in the last year or two, furnaces and boilers. We want people to get those serviced by a qualified technician. Because they actually get inside them and make sure they’re cleaned out and everything’s working efficiently.”last_img read more

RBI Tells Third Party Buyers to Wait for Shuttered Titles

first_imgMore and more of the 23 shuttered Reed Business Information titles are finding new lives as deals continue to pop up that have their former RBI managers assuming ownership.RBI confirmed Tuesday that HOTELS publisher Dan Hogan acquired the title along with Foodservice Equipment and Supplies. Late last week, newly-formed CFE Media—headed by former RBI group publishers Jim Langhenry and Steven Rourke—acquired Control Engineering, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Plant Engineering. And the four titles that were published under RBI’s Supply Chain Group have been acquired by Peerless Media, a company formed by ex-group publisher Brian Ceraolo and backed financially by EH Publishing.Financial terms of these deals—including whether or not the acquisitions were grouped together with severance packages—were not disclosed. But interested buyers of those shuttered brands who aren’t former RBI managers are being told by the company’s top management that no offers will be entertained until the company completes an internal auction process. In an e-mail obtained by FOLIO:, RBI executive vice president and CFO John Poulin tells one potential buyer that the company has been actively working with RBI management to “give them the opportunity to purchase the [intellectual property] associated with the publications before we considered any third party offers.” “To date, we have closed three transactions and have a few more to close this week,” he writes. “This will leave us with only a few unsold brands.”When contacted by FOLIO:, two other third parties who have expressed interest in acquiring some of the shuttered brands confirmed receiving the same e-mail. An RBI spokesperson declined to comment.In the e-mail, Poulin says RBI will contact interested buyers by May 10 in regard to purchasing any brands left unsold.RBI shuttered the titles last month after announcing nine months earlier that it was putting the majority of its U.S.-based properties back on the block. RBI sold off 20 titles which it says collectively accounted for approximately two thirds of the overall revenue of the portfolio it was divesting. Following the closures, a Reed spokesperson said the company would be open to discussions with potential purchasers of the intellectual property associated with any of the folded brands. But sources with direct knowledge of the sale process told FOLIO: that Reed never brought the 23 titles it shuttered to the open market.last_img read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidTraffic Improvement Project — Federal Street at Middlesex Avenue — Deadline: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10amRedevelopment of (15) Gravel Packed Wells at Brown’s Crossing Wellfield — Deadline: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at] with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

Badla total box office collection Upset Amitabh Bachchan gets into funny banter

first_imgBadlaTwitterSujoy Ghosh’s Badla has become a huge success with its superb collection at the worldwide box office. However, Amitabh Bachchan is apparently upset with Shah Rukh Khan for not acknowledging its success.Badla is a small budget mystery thriller film that was made with a budget of Rs 10 crore. Released in the theatres on March 8, the movie has collected Rs 100.60 crore gross in India and Rs 35.05 crore in the international markets. Its global total stands at Rs 135.65 crore gross and it has become a massive success.But not many including its producers and distributors acknowledged the success of Badla. A fan named Ankola Ekta tweeted, “It’s a very interesting movie. Something is wrong with the industry this days. They don’t compliment such good movie nor do they support the release of a movie like PM NaMo. Badla is a perfect thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Best wishes from Australia.”Responding to fans, Amitabh Bachchan took a dig at its makers and distributors for their silence over the success of Badla. Big B tweeted, “… about time someone started talking about this silent success..!! because neither the Producer, nor the distributor, nor the on line Producer, or any else in the Industry, in general.. has even spent a nano second to compliment the success of this film #Badla .. thk u.”Shah Rukh Khan has bankrolled Badla with Gauri Khan, Sunir Khetarpal, Akshai Puri and Gaurav Verma. The actor-cum-producer retweeted Amitabh Bachchan’s post and said in fun that he is waiting for the party outside his residence Jalsa every night. The Bollywood superstar tweeted, “Sir hum toh wait kar rahein hain ki aap party kab de rahein hain hum sabko! We r waiting outside Jalsa every nite!” Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh BachchanTwitterAmitabh Bachchan tried to be sweeter in his reply, but his anguish was visible in the words निस्वार्थ योगदान (selfless contribution for its promotion). The senior actor tweeted, “oye .. फ़िल्म में काम हमने kiya , produce आपने किया , promotions में निस्वार्थ योगदान humne diya , अब party भी हम दें !!!??? .. outside Jalsa every night koi nahin aata!!”Continuing this funny banter, Shah Rukh Khan told Amitabh Bachchan that Badla would not have been such a huge success if he was not there in the film. SRK replied, “Sir film aapki hai…acting aapki hai…Hit aapki wajah se hai…aap na hote toh film hi na hoti. Toh party…bhi??”last_img read more

3 NGOs barred from Rohingya relief operations

first_imgThe government on Wednesday forbade three NGOs from distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Wednesday forbade three non-government organisations (NGOs) from distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh fleeing Myanmar.The three NGOs are Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief and Allama Fazlullah Foundation, officials informed a parliamentary panel on Wednesday.It was alleged at the meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the foreign ministry that these NGOs were doing ‘something else’ in the name of relief operations.“We went to Cox’s Bazar and came to know that a few NGOs were engaged in doing something else on the plea of distribution of relief materials among the Rohingyas,” committee member Mahjabeen Khaled said to Prothom Alo after the meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.“We asked all to stop publicise something else in the name of distribution of relief materials,” she added.The ruling party member of parliament also said they have asked the authorities to check the identities of all whoever comes to distribute relief. “All have been asked as well to distribute relief materials through the coordination committee,” Mahjabeen added.Another member of the standing committee said, “Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas, but we must not show a welcome gesture  to them. Their repatriation is already a tough task.”The MP also insisted that Bangladesh should ask other countries that proposed to build dwellings for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, to take them to their countries.The parliamentary body recommended vigorous diplomatic efforts to compel Myanmar to take back Rohingyas, said a press release of the paliament secretariat.The meeting was chaired by committee chief Dipu Moni.last_img read more

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees arrive from Myanmar after crossing the Naf river in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf. AFP file photoPressure tightened on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the country’s military, which is accused of driving out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated “ethnic cleansing” campaign.The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York, with the ongoing crisis in Myanmar billed as one of most pressing topics.The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children.There are acute shortages of nearly all forms of aid, with many Rohingya huddling under tarps as their only protection from monsoon rains.Myanmar’s government hinted Sunday that would not take back all who fled across the border, accusing those refugees of having links to militants whose raids on police posts in August set off the army backlash.Any moves to block the refugees’ return will likely inflame Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, who will press the UN General Assembly for more global pressure on Myanmar to repatriate all of the Rohingya massing in shantytowns along her border.Human Rights Watch also called for the “safe and voluntary return” of the displaced as it urged governments around the globe to punish Myanmar’s army with sanctions for the “ongoing atrocities” against the Rohingya.Call for arms embargo“The United Nations Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims,” the group said in a statement.It called on the UN General Assembly to make the crisis a priority, urging countries to issue travel bans and asset freezes on Myanmar officers implicated in the abuses, as well as expand arms emargoes.“Burma’s senior military commanders are more likely to heed the calls of the international community if they are suffering real economic consequences,” said John Sifton, HRW’s Asia advocacy director.Myanmar’s government has defended the military campaign as a legitimate crackdown on the Rohingya militants, who first emerged as a fighting force last October.On Sunday Myanmar’s Information Committee accused those who fled to Bangladesh-more than a third of the Rohingya population-of working in cahoots with the Rohingya militia, a rag-tag group of fighters armed with mostly rudimentary weapons.“Those who fled the villages made their way to the other country for fear of being arrested as they got involved in the violent attacks,” the statement said.“Legal protection will be given to the villages whose residents did not flee,” it added.The violence has gutted large swaths of northern Rahkine in just over three weeks, with fires visible almost daily across the border from the Bangladesh camps.Some 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also been displaced by the unrest.While the world has watched the refugee crisis unfold with horror, there is little sympathy for the Rohingya inside mainly Buddhist Myanmar.Many Buddhists revile the group and have long denied the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.last_img read more

Record in Hilsa production State minister for Fisheries

first_imgHilsa fish. Prothom Alo File PhotoState minister for fisheries and livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khosru on Wednesday said that the country has exceeded the previous record in producing Hilsa, bagging the first position in the world, reports BSS.“For the first time in history of 46 years after independence, the country has surpassed the previous record of Hilsa production which was 299,000 tonnes in 2008-2009. In the current fiscal 517,000 tonnes of Hilsa was produced,” he told a press conference marking the 27th National Fisheries Week at the Department of Fisheries (DoF).The state minister said that besides holding the first position in producing Hilsa, Bangladesh now stands fourth in producing Tilapia, third in producing open water fish and fifth in cultivated fisheries.He said that with the directions of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, a ‘Hilsa Development Trust Fund’ involving Taka 30.5 million has been established, for sustainable production of Hilsa in the country.The fund will also provide emergency financial security to the fishermen, he added.The state minister said the government has taken initiative to introduce 10 long-liner commercial fishing trawlers and seven purse seiners to catch deep sea fish side by side with increasing production of Hilsa.The conference was told that for the first time on 26 June this year, 3,188 square kilometres in Nijhum Dwip in Hatiya has been declared as ‘Marine Conservation Area’, for the conservation of the biodiversity there.Moreover, recent research and artificial breeding of rare fish has increased their availability in the market.Earlier, at 8.00 in the morning, a colourful procession led by the state minister was brought out from the fisheries department.To mark the ‘National Fisheries week-2019, the prime minister is expected to distribute ‘National Fisheries Award 2019’ at 10.00am today (Thursday) among 17 institutions and individuals for their contributions to the sector.A weeklong fishery fair will be held on the premises of the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) in Dhaka.Besides, three-day fisheries fair will be organised at the district level. A five-day technology based fisheries fair will be held at Mymensingh.Fish fries will also be released in ponds, haors, canals and rivers across the country during the week.last_img read more

Family of Woman Killed on DC Metro Train Files 50 Million Lawsuit

first_imgMarcus and Anthony Glover, the two sons of D.C. Metro accident victim Carol Glover, and attorney Patrick Regan (left) announce a $50 million lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on Jan. 30. (AP)The sons of a woman who died of smoke inhalation in an accident on a Yellow Line Metro train filed a $50 million lawsuit on Jan. 30 against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.Carol I. Glover, 61, died Jan. 12 when a train bearing her and hundreds of other passengers encountered heavy smoke near the L’Enfant Plaza station. Glover, who suffered from asthma, was overcome when smoke filled her train car and could not be revived despite the efforts of fellow passengers. 80 others were hospitalized.Marcus W. Glover and Anthony R. Glover II were joined at press conference announcing the lawsuit by their attorney, Patrick Regan of Regan, Zambri & Long PLLC in Northwest D.C.“This is a very important day, we want to make sure this will never happen again,” Marcus Glover said. “We want to seek justice for our family, but for everyone in this city – we are not bitter, we seek justice.”“My family has been devastated by this tragedy,” Anthony Glover said.  “We are completely and utterly devastated by the loss of my mother.”Anthony Glover said he remained in close contact with his mother during his service in the Marine Corps and through three deployments in Iraq.Hundreds attended a Jan. 19 memorial service for Glover at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Northeast D.C. She was a Washington, D.C. native and resided in Alexandria, Va. at the time of her death.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident; completion of a final report is expected to take several months. According to The Washington Post, a preliminary report found that an “electrical arcing incident” caused smoke to fill the tunnel.The 10-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. cites negligence on the part of Metro responders in following safety measures and evacuating the stricken train in a timely manner.“As a direct and proximate result of Defendant WMATA’s negligence, Ms. Glover was trapped, helpless, in Train 302 for nearly forty-five minutes as it filled with smoke,” the lawsuit states, “during this time she fought, ever more agonizingly, to breathe as the smoke gradually sapped the life from her body.”“She was a fabulous type of woman, Carol was; as a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and citizen,” Regan told the AFRO following the press conference. “She was fantastic.”“I had asked her sons to do the press conference on what was lost in this senseless tragedy on Jan. 12,” he added. “Carol had three grandchildren, one on the way and that was the purpose. The family is not greedy or vindictive but they want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else on this subway system.”“Metro should have evacuated the passengers off that subway train long before anyone was injured or killed,” Regan said.last_img read more

Carl Edward Murphy Smith Father Brother Friend

first_imgCarl Edward Murphy Smith, oldest great grandson of AFRO founder, John H. Murphy Sr., died Dec. 15 after a long illness. The Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate spent most of his career with Bell Atlantic and Verizon, and was an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Over the years Smith served as a member of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Board, Chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse, Vice Chairman of the Baltimore City Planning Commission, The Baltimore City Social Services Commission and the Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness.  Smith also coached basketball in the Project Survival Youth Program.Carl Edward Murphy Smith (Photo credit: Jackie Van Ly)He was much more than a mere cousin, it was said of Smith who had the distinction of having been among the oldest of the Murphy cousins. “He was the big cousin we all looked up to,“ said the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church. “He was a faithful friend who cherished our family.”Another cousin, Robert Murphy Matthews Sr. called him, “our go-to guy for Murphy family history,” also remembering Smith as “all our babysitter.”The brother of AME Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Smith also is the father of, Qiana Jehan Murphy Smith, Jonee’ Murphy Coates Brown, Michelle Denise Howard and Blair Carl Murphy Smith.  He is a former member of the AFRO American Newspapers board of directors.“An initial Celebration of Life Service for Carl Edward Murphy Smith will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 (Smith’s birthday) at The Clubs at St. James, 3779 Members Club Blvd, Southport , NC 28461.   For more information, please call Blair Carl Murphy Smith at (917) 608-3994.A second Celebration of Life Service will be held in Baltimore beginning on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. for the family hour, with the service following at noon, at Payne Memorial AME Church, 1714 Madison Ave,. Baltimore MD 21217”Please click here for a slideshow of some photos reflecting some of the joys of Carl Edward Murphy Smithlast_img read more

Giant rocky raft to help restore the Great Barrier Reef

first_img What are the CDC recommendations regarding vaccine for shingles? See for the answer. AllMedX We recommend Source: Queensland University of Technology AllMedX AllMedX Sailing through Pumice near VaVa’u Why is the shingles vaccine important? Discover the reasons why at What should healthcare providers know about zoster vaccination? See for answers. AllMedX Privacy policy The two sailors collected samples of the pumice for Professor Scott Bryan, a geologist at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as scientists from other institutions. The raft is now drifting east, and is expected to float past New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and other islands before reaching Australian waters in about seven or eight months’ time.And when it does, the pumice will most likely bring a treasure trove of life with it. The porous structure of the coral gives tiny organisms plenty of places to latch onto to make the long journey.“At the moment the pumice will be bare and barren but over the next few weeks it’s going to start getting organisms attached to it,” says Bryan. “Then they’re going to grow and diversify, to ultimately wash up here in Australia.”This boost of life should help replenish the Great Barrier Reef, which has been struggling in recent years due to climate change. The Reef suffered back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which killed off large swathes of coral. And sadly, its ability to recover has been called into doubt.Scientists have hatched many plans to try to help, using robots to deliver coral “babies” and kill off coral-destroying pests, designing floating films that could cool waters, and altering the seawater chemistry to pre-industrial conditions.Now, with the rocky raft incoming, it looks like nature itself is lending a hand to the restoration efforts. The pumice is floating down at just the right time of year, during the main coral spawning season. Hopefully that means more passengers will jump aboard.“It’s the right timing,” says Bryan. “So it will be able to pick up corals and other reef building organisms, and then bring them into the Great Barrier Reef. Each piece of pumice is a rafting vehicle. It’s a home and a vehicle for marine organisms to attach and hitch a ride across the deep ocean to get to Australia.”Scientists will continue to track the huge pumice raft as it continues its journey over the next few months. Check out the video shot by Shannon Lenz below. Powered by AllMedX Sailor Michael Hoult holding samples of the pumiceSurf Sail Roam AllMedX Google Analytics settings A huge raft of volcanic rock has been spotted floating in the South Pacific Ocean, and it’s due to reach Australian waters in a matter of months. Strange as it sounds, this is good news – scientists say the pumice will help restock the ailing Great Barrier Reef with coral and sea creatures collected during its voyage.The “raft” is made up of pumice, a porous type of rock that has such a low density that it can float on water. The rock was produced in underwater volcanic eruptions on August 7 near the island of Tonga. Pumice rafts like these happen fairly regularly in the area, perhaps every five years or so, but this one is particularly big – it reportedly stretches for 150 km2 (58 mi2).An up-close look at the raft came a few days later, when Australian sailors Michael Hoult and Larissa Brill, of Sail Surf ROAM, entered the rocky field. En route to Fiji on their catamaran, the couple reported that they came across the pumice raft on August 15, and reported it to authorities as a hazard for other vessels.Hoult and Brill said that the slick extended as far as they could see, and was made up of rocks ranging from marble-sized to basketball-sized. A video shot by another sailor, Shannon Lenz, shows an eerie, undulating surface that looks like gravel but moves like ocean. I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Is the shingles vaccine effective? Find out at How effective are zoster vaccines in older adults? Find out on Everyone older than 50 should get the shingles vaccine, Visit for details. Yes Nolast_img read more

Connected TV settop provider Roku has become the

first_imgConnected TV set-top provider Roku has become the latest US over-the-top video specialist to launch in the UK. Two of its streaming players can from today be pre-ordered from Amazon in the UK and Ireland, the first time the devices have been made available to European customers.The devices currently offers more that 40 channels of content including on-demand films and content from Netflix, which launched its own UK service on Monday, giving users the chance to watch Netflix content on TVs. Roku said it would announce “major content” partners for the UK and Ireland by the time the devices ship to customers in those countries at the end of January.Roku also offers live and on-demand sport from MLB.TV and the Ultimate Fighting organisation, music from Classical TV and Tuneln, photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr, news and entertainment from WSJ Live and along with various games including Angry Birds.“Roku launched the first ever streaming player to deliver Netflix to consumers in the US and now we are among the first to bring Netflix to residents of the UK and Ireland,” said Clive Hudson, vice-president and general manager for Europe at Roku. “In addition to Netflix, we are launching with a variety of entertainment channels and look forward to expanding our content selection in the same way that we have in the US where we have more than 400 channels today.”The Roku LT is the cheaper device with a retail price of £49.99 (€60). It connects to TVs and to the internet via WiFi and supports up to 720p HD video. The Roku 2 XS costs £99.99 and offers the same content found on the LT but with the addition of games. It comes with a motion-controlled games remote and a MicroSD slot for additional game storage. It supports up to 1080p HD video and comes with a USB port.last_img read more