Labours shadow minister for disabled people has c

first_imgLabour’s shadow minister for disabled people has called on her party to come up with its own alternative to the government’s flawed universal credit benefit system.Marsha de Cordova (pictured) moved further this week than any of her shadow frontbench colleagues at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool towards the idea of scrapping universal credit completely.She told Disability News Service (DNS): “I believe Labour needs to come up with its own alternative.“The party are not quite as close [as I am] to saying stop and scrap but you know what, if something isn’t working maybe there is no value in tinkering at the edges.”She said that Labour’s policy – to “pause” the rollout of universal credit and fix its flaws – was set last year, before the country had seen a “hollowing out” of the new system that had caused “so much pain and misery to the people I represent and disabled people”.She was speaking after her boss, shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood, was criticised by disabled activists for a “lacklustre” conference speech in which she called on the government to “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws”.Activists, led by the grassroots group Disabled People Against Cuts, have been calling for Labour to change its position and promise to scrap universal credit (see separate story).De Cordova said the “massive cliff edge” caused by the imminent “managed migration” process – which will begin next year and will eventually see hundreds of thousands of disabled people forced to end their existing employment and support allowance (ESA) claims and apply instead for universal credit – had to be a campaigning priority for her party.Greenwood also announced this week a lengthy review of the party’s social security policy, which de Cordova said was “quite a brave and bold move”.She said: “It is saying the system is broken, let’s not tinker, let’s have a real free think about what it should look like.”In a fringe meeting earlier in the week, she had told Labour supporters that the social security system “should be viewed in the same light as the NHS. That’s how important it is.”She also said that she wanted Labour to mark in some way the 10th anniversary of the introduction of ESA and the hated work capability assessment (WCA), which will take place on 27 October.She told DNS that ESA/WCA had not been perfect when the New Labour government had introduced it in 2008, but the Conservative-led coalition had sought from 2010 to turn it into “something that was a cruel and inhuman process that disabled people had to endure”, while the government had tried to “demonise” claimants, creating “a hostile environment for disabled people”.She had earlier told a Disability Labour fringe meeting: “Like many of you here, we know that that assessment regime has caused pain, has caused suffering and more importantly has taken people’s lives and we cannot let that day go past without marking it in some way.“But also we cannot let it go past without calling out and shaming this cruel, evil Tory government for what they have done with that work capability assessment.”De Cordova appeared to go further than last year’s general election disability manifesto on the question of benefit sanctions.The party’s policy is to replace the government’s “punitive” sanctions regime but not to scrap all sanctions.But de Cordova told DNS: “There’s no evidence out there that suggests sanctions work for disabled people.“With that evidence before you, therefore, you should respond and act accordingly.”When DNS asked whether that meant she was suggesting there should be no sanctions for people claiming ESA or any equivalent benefit, she said: “That’s something I would like to see happen, personally, absolutely.”De Cordova had also been outspoken in a meeting held as part of The World Transformed, the festival organised by the left-wing group Momentum on the edges of the Labour conference.She had told the meeting that the government should feel ashamed for creating a “hostile environment” for disabled people and that it had been “hell bent on demonising disabled people for the last eight years”.But she then said that she blamed “the last Labour leadership” for the government’s lack of shame over its actions.De Cordova said: “I blame the last Labour leadership for that because they chose not to be the voice for the voiceless.“That’s why I sit here and say I will do my very best to be your voice.“Three years ago, the Labour leadership voted against preventing cuts to social security for disabled people.“It’s shocking that that happened but believe me, I was there, it did happen.”She was referring to a crucial Commons vote on the government’s welfare reform and work bill, in which 48 Labour MPs – including Jeremy Corbyn (now the Labour leader), John McDonnell (now shadow chancellor) and Greenwood – all defied the party whip and voted against the bill, when interim leader Harriet Harman had ordered them to abstain.Two months later, Corbyn was elected Labour leader.A key element of last year’s disability manifesto was Labour’s pledge to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into UK law.This would mean providing a legal right to independent living, and a commitment to move towards a fully inclusive education system and the closure of all special schools, as well as many other policy commitments, such as significant reform of discriminatory laws on detaining people with mental health conditions against their will.But De Cordova told DNS that it was unrealistic to put a time limit on how long all of this would take to incorporate into UK law, and she accepted that it would be a “long-term project” and an “aspiration”.She said: “If we are talking about creating a fully inclusive society for the many and not the few, then that has to be the aspiration.”On the need for a right to independent living, DNS told her of the case of Laki Kaur, a young disabled woman who has spent more than 100 days in an east London hospital since being told she was well enough to be released after treatment for blood poisoning, because of the lack of suitable wheelchair-accessible housing.De Cordova said: “Imagine that in our society, under a Tory government.“That is what is happening to disabled people every day across the country. It’s a shame, it’s a disgrace, it’s a scandal.”She had earlier told the Momentum fringe meeting: “There is a light at the end of that tunnel because Labour in government will ensure that we incorporate the UNCRPD into domestic legislation so that we can travel and use public transport, so that we can access the social security system, so that we can go into work and stay in work, and we will aim to remove those barriers to discrimination when in work.”She told DNS that she wanted to see a change in employer attitudes to disabled people.One of her hopes is that a Labour government will ensure that all employers with more than 250 employees will have to report on how many disabled people they employ.Labour has already said that it wants to see an expansion of the Access to Work (AtW) scheme, extending it to cover those in self-employment and volunteers, she said.And she reminded a fringe meeting this week that a Labour government would have to look at removing the “arbitrary” AtW cap, which led to the government being challenged in the high court under the Equality Act.Asked if there had been too much carrot and not enough stick from the government when it came to pushing employers to improve their policies on employing disabled people, she told DNS: “All the focus from governments, the Tories especially, is always on the individual. Not much effort has gone on employers.”She pointed to the government’s “shoddy” Disability Confident jobs scheme, which allows employers to sign up to the programme without employing a single disabled person.DNS reported in July how nearly 7,000 employers that signed up to the scheme had promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them.The scheme has three levels – Disability Confident Committed (the entry level), Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader (level three) – but it is only at level three that employers’ pledges and claims on employing disabled people are assessed independently.De Cordova suggested that Labour would replace Disability Confident, or at least overhaul it.She said: “Any initiative that Labour would have would have to have good independent evaluation as part of it, there has got to be some good quality assurance, it’s got to be of good quality, and actually it’s got to be something that disabled people and employers feel confident about, and actually have some teeth.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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JAMES Roby and James Graham have been named in the

first_imgJAMES Roby and James Graham have been named in the Frontline Index Team Select for Round 5.The duo were named following their impressive perfomances in the 27-16 defeat to Harlequins last Friday.Leeds’ full-back Brent Webb was crowned Frontline Index Player of the Round with 982 index points.Points are calculated from every action made by players, every involvement is given a points value depending on the importance and frequency of the action. For example a try would be the highest scoring value, with actions such as tackles and carries scoring smaller values. Mistakes such as handling errors or penalties conceded would incur negative values.At the end of a match, all the players’ actions will be added together to give a game score. The 13 individuals with the highest scores in each position on the field of play will earn inclusion in the Frontline Index Team of the Week with the highest scoring individual earning the Frontline Index Player of the Week title.The player with the single most outstanding performance during the regular season will win the Frontline Index and be presented with a £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner.Frontline Index Team of the Round1. Brent Webb (Leeds Rhinos) 9822. Jermaine McGilvary (Huddersfield Giants) 6183. Tony Clubb (Harlequins RL) 7414. Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 7305. Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 5626. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 7677. Blake Green (Hull KR) 7468. Paul Johnson (Wakefield Wildcats) 6739. James Roby (St Helens) 94510. James Graham (St Helens) 64111. Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves) 69212. Jason Baitieri (Catalan Dragons) 63913. Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC) 698last_img read more

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The Rodizio Bar and Grill which is based in Liver

first_imgThe Rodizio Bar and Grill, which is based in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, will become our Official Restaurant Partner for the 2017 campaign.Inspired by the high end rodizios found across South America, Fazenda brings the true essence of a gaúcho experience, blending all the tradition behind the unique way of serving – ‘churrascaria-style’.Saints’ General Manager Dave Hutchinson said:“Saints are very grateful for the support of Fazenda for the new season, and with venues in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds we look forward to offering some great promotions to our loyal fans to sample the delights of these great restaurants.“The club relies heavily on support from commercial partners, and we are proud to have such a prestigious brand that not only the club but our fans and members can enjoy too.”Tomas Maunier, Sales & Marketing Director for Fazenda Group, said:“We are extremely passionate about sports at Fazenda, so to be partnered with one of the most successful rugby league teams within the country is an honour for us.“We’re looking forward to a fantastic season and to supporting the team throughout.”www.fazenda.co.uklast_img read more

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Activists special interests call state investigation on GenX partisan blame game

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Activist groups are concerned that removing gen-x from our drinking water has become a political issue.Local groups joined the Raleigh special interest group Progress NC Action over the issue of when did former Governor Pat McRory know about Gen-X. They revealed an email thread that was sent last November to several department of environmental quality staffers. The email does not show the governor’s office was directly informed.- Advertisement – “It boils down to partisan Raleigh politics as usual,” says Gerrick Brenner at the news conference.The email thread alerted the environmental department of the chemical compound. It was sent by NC State professor Detlef Knappe. The main message of the news conference was to challenge lawmakers in the Republican leadership to look into it.“The legislature at this point is involved in a partisan blame game and it’s not serving the public,” says Brenner with the group Progress NC Action.Related Article: TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from youLocal lawmakers we heard from plan to look into the email as well as a long list of other instances surrounding the chemical discharges into the Cape Fear River by Chemours.“We will be looking into the entire timeline starting thirty seven years ago when the first permit was issued under the Hunt administration,” says Brunswick County Republican Representative Frank Iler.The latest regulations bill giving money to UNCW and the CFPUA instead of to the DEQ also has lawmakers and activists claiming the issue is becoming political.“What are they going to do for us? They’ve lost my trust,” says Women Organizing or Wilmington member Stacey McPherson talking about CFPUA.“We need subpoena power, the power of the police, the power of the investigation and those regulatory agencies have that. Cape Fear Public Utility Authority does not have that,” says New Hanover County state Representative Deb Butler.“DEQ is asking for two and a half million dollars, well you have to ask the question, we didn’t do the job with two hundred and twenty eight million in the current budget,” says Rep. Iler.Representative Iler says ensuring clean drinking water will be a collective effort from government. His Democratic colleague Deb Butler thinks now with Chris Millis leaving office vacating a space on the House committee investigating GenX, lawmakers can prove water quality is not partisan politics.“If you truly say that water is a bipartisan issue, it’s proving not to be by the way but if you think that can be the case and it should be the case. Why not put everybody who’s got the energy and the desire to do the work,” Rep. Butler asks.Representative Butler informed us today that she heard from the Speaker’s office. They tell her they are reviewing her request to fill in Millis’ vacated seat for the committee.last_img read more

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Shrimp boat still stuck days after washing ashore in Holden Beach

first_img00:00 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 Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Days after washing up along the coast of Holden Beach, shrimp boat Big Earl is still stuck in the sand.Boat Captain Virgil Coleman said he, along with another person, had just started shrimping Thursday when the winds caused a net to get stuck in the boat’s propeller. The current winds pushed the boat closer to shore and eventually beached the boat on the east end of the island.- Advertisement – “This is killing me,” Coleman said. “It really is. I’m really beat down pretty bad.”Throughout the weekend the community has been rallying to help any way possible.Dozens gathered Saturday to attempt to pull out the stuck boat but had no luck.Related Article: When will bridges close due to bad weather?The owner of Big Earl rented equipment to try and dig out sand around the boat Monday morning, but unfortunately that did not last long. In order to dig on the beach the town says you must have a permit, especially since it is sea turtle nesting season.Fortunately, that process only took a few hours and the machinery was back into motion this afternoon.U.S. Coast Guard set up a barrier around the boat Monday for safety reasons.“Endangered species hibernate in this area frequently,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class, Christopher Parker said. “It’s a concern for other agencies and resources to make sure these nests and nesting grounds are safe.”After several solid attempts this evening to get the boat off the sand, they were still unsuccessful.“It can’t take too many more nights up here,” Coleman said. “You know what I mean, it’s gonna start falling apart.”Coleman said the plan now is to continue digging around the boat throughout the night and try again Tuesday morning at high tide, which is around 8 a.m.If the mission does not work soon, the Coast Guard will take over.“If the vessel is unable to be removed by the help that he is getting or by other means then yes. Or is the vessel becomes unstable and the pollution threat becomes higher than yes we will step in,” Parker said.Coleman said he has been shrimping for more than 40 years and has never experienced anything like this.last_img read more

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Area Vietnam veterans honor fellow and fallen soldiers

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An event was held in downtown Wilmington Thursday to honor Vietnam veterans.Held by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 885, the event kicked off with the pledge of allegiance, speeches from chapter members, and the national anthem, featuring the color guard from Camp Lejeune.- Advertisement – Two veterans say they were just kids when they went to war and it changed them forever.They add many soldiers did not make it back to the United States and those who did were not treated well.“To have an event like this on a day like today where we remember our brothers and sisters who did not come home, and then we look at each other and we welcome each other home,” Curt Farrison said. “That’s big medicine for us. Very big.”Related Article: US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move“This is to honor some of the veterans that did make it home, but have fallen by the wayside as all of us will one day,” Kenneth Jones said. “Just to honor them and thank them for their service.”The event included a room dedication for the veterans who did not make it back from war and were missing in action.last_img read more

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Pender Co Schools looking for community input on makeup days

first_img According to the post, Pender County Schools missed up to 30 instructional days as a result of Hurricane Florence. The State has waived up to 20 instructional days which means PCS must make up at least 10 instructional days.The survey gives you four options to choose from: adding minutes to the school day, changing some non-student days to student days, extending the school year by 1 week or using Saturdays as student make up days.Click here to see the survey and give your input. PENDER COUNTY SCHOOLS, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools leaders are looking for input from the community on how to address make-up days from Hurricane Florence.The school district posted a survey on its Facebook page asking for help.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Casa in favour of European Commissioner for press freedom

first_imgEuropean Union – David Casa at EMPL CommitteeEuropean Union – David Casa at EMPL Committee PN candidate for the European Elections David Casa said that he supports the idea of having a European Commissioner responsible for the freedom and protection of journalists, originally suggested by the organisation Reporters without Borders.“The EU needs to increase its resources to help defend press freedom, and should be ambitious to address the threats which journalisrs face”, said Casa.‘Muscat won’t debate Delia on Xarabank’ – PNPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) stated that although the Leader of Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat wanted to create a scenario where the upcoming elections are between the Leaders of the Parties, Muscat did not want to participate in a live debate this evening during the television programme Xarabank.During a statement, PN said that Delia was willing to debate. “Joseph Muscat does not want to debate on the manifesto of his friend Frans Timmermans and that of the European Socialists who want to impose abortion and want to restrict us from choosing ourselves how we handle our taxes”, stated PN.According to PN, Muscat is depriving the electorate from an “important” debate days before the election. “This is how a Socialist Government creates a democratic process in our country”, said PN.A vote for PL is a vote for Timmermans – AgiusPN candidate for the upcoming European Elections Peter Agius said every vote for every Labour candidate is a vote for Timmermans to become the President of the European Commission.Agius said that it was made clear by Timmermans that he wants one communal tax system throughout Europe. “This is a direct threat to Maltese investments and employment” said Agius.440 persons missing their vote – PuliPN General Secretary Clyde Puli stated that there are 440 citizens who are missing atleast one vote. This was said during a news conference. “It looks like the electoral commission did not distribute the votes as should be to atleast 440 persons, and has failed to remedy the situation”, said Puli.Puli said that 440 citizens that went to collect their votes at police stations were given one document instead of two. 100 people were given the European Elections document, while 300 received only those for Local Councils elections.Director of Office Elcom Anġelito Sciberras said that there has been an increase of 34,000 people whose votes were not delivered. He said that this is not normal.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Contes shadow looms over Gattuso

first_imgReports in the Italian press indicate that Antonio Conte could replace Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan. The former Juventus coach was sacked by Roman Abramovich after winning the English Premier League and the FA Cup in his two-year spell at Chelsea.Gattuso signed a contract until 2021 just four months ago but his role at Milan is now under threat. The Serie A side are under new ownership and Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli and Chief Executive Marco Fassone were dismissed after a disappointing season in which the club failed to finish among the top four. Former Milan coach Leonardo is set to replace Mirabelli as further changes are expected to take place in the Italian club’s hierarchy.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Wim Vanhelleputte to Resume Duties as MTN Uganda CEO

first_imgMTN Uganda Chief Executive, Wim Vanhelleputte addressing press at one of the telcos gathering in Kampala. Advertisement Deported MTN Uganda Chief Executive, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte will resume his duties, after H.E President Museveni exercised his executive discretion to allow him return in the country.Both the Senior Press Secretary to the President; Don Wanyama and MTN Uganda confirmed this on Thursday afternoon.“Following discussions with MTN Group top management, President Museveni has exercised his executive discretion and allowed MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, back into the country. He is expected to resume his duties,” Wanyama wrote in a tweet. – Advertisement – The telco’s Group CEO Rob Shuter, replied to the tweet saying, “We are very grateful for the support and goodwill that has made this possible. We are so pleased that Wim can be reunited firstly with his wife and family and secondly with his MTN Uganda family. Welcome home Wim.”The telco has also showed its gratitude to the President in an appreciation tweet that read;“MTN wishes to express its gratitude to His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, all government officials, Ministries, Departments and Agencies for their support and goodwill for making this possible,” writes MTN Uganda in a tweet.To recall Mr. Wim was deported back to his home country Belgium in Feb. 2019 over allegations of “engagement in acts which compromise the country’s national security.”His deportation came three weeks after three of telco’s senior staff; Olivier Prentout (French), Annie Bilenge Tabura (Rwandese) and Ms. Elsa Mussolini (Italy) were deported back to their respective countries on the same allegations — “comprising national security”.Since the deportation of the telco’s senior staff, President Museveni has on some occasions seen meeting the company’s top executives — MTN Group Chairman Phuthuma Nhleko and Rob Shuter, The Group CEO.Mr. Gordian Kyomukama has been the Acting CEO of MTN Uganda since the deportation of Mr. Wim. He was appointed Act. CEO on Feb. 15th temporarily leaving his position as the telco’s Chief Technology Officer.During his time as CEO, we have to appreciate the work(s) and efforts he has put in the telco.last_img read more

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WORLD CUP PREVIEW France v Honduras 8pm

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f it had been a boxing bout the judges would have had it as a tie but I didn’t get paid on the DRAW last night As for England’s chances of qualifying it’s evens with Star Sports which sounds about right.The Uruguay match will clearly be the pivotal match and a lot will come down to whether Uruguay can improve their game because if they played as badly as they did against Costa Riva then England will be in the last 16.Three more matches today and the focus is on Group E in which France are odds-on to win.Champions in 1998 and 2006 finalists France have a great World Cup record, and could well be running into form at the right time for this year’s competition having only lost one of their 10 games this season.It’s a first ever clash for France against Honduras who have failed to score in their last four World Cup games.France (-2) at around 9/4 looks the bet for me.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)6 points FRANCE (-2) at around 9/4 on the three way handicap with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: PROFIT 0.6 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Royal Ascot Wednesday

first_imgNot a terrific first day but there’s a long way to go in this most Royal of weeks.2.30pm The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)Godolphin have four serious contenders and of those Ickworth has shown the most demonstrable ability with her eye-catching maiden win and then her impressive victory in the Marble Hill Stakes when she beat colts with no small amount in hand. The way she got the better of the long odds on favourite King Neptune, a previously impressive winner himself, suggested that Willie McCreery has a group class animal on his hands here. In what is a typically competitive renewal she can get the better of her team mates, the Wesley Ward pairing of Kimari and Anna’s Fast, and Lambeth Walk.3.05pm The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)Of those at the head of the market, Norway makes the most appeal. He was eighth in the Derby but he has always looked more of a stayer and if that run hasn’t left a mark he can take the beating here. Last year’s Zetland Stakes winner looked as if he needed further than 12 furlongs when he was second in the Chester Vase and his biggest worry is the ground, which looked testing enough yesterday. Jalmoud, who finished very strongly to take the Prix De L’Avre at Longchamp, and Moonlight Spirit, third in the Prix du Lys, give Godolphin a strong hand here.Nate The Great, third behind Anthony Van Dyck in the Lingfield Derby Trial, is of major interest here having run well for a year at listed level, although there is a slight ground question with him too.Eminent Authority is unproven on ground such as this but even when finishing late in the King George V Cup caught the eye and is one of a few likely improvers.3.40pm The Prince of Wales’ Stakes (Group 1)One of the best races we’ve seen all year. Crystal Ocean, an impressive winner over both 10 and 12 furlongs this season, gets the vote to defeat the top class fillies Magical and Sea of Class and the Prix Ganay winner Waldgeist. He might be a tad better at 12 furlongs, but that argument can be made for his rivals too and over a testing 10 furlongs, he will be likely to finish better than any of his rivals. Zabeel Prince, a game winner of the Prix D’Ispahan, also came into consideration whilst Deidre, fourth in the Dubai Turf, has a lot of high class form but adverse ground conditions.4.20pm The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)This feels like an open renewal. Pretty Baby is five from seven and whilst she’s tackling a mile for the first time here, the attitude she showed to win the Chartwell Stakes’ on soft ground suggests that she’l handle the trip alright and if so she might be the value in the race. Radaa ran a screamer when pushing Lah Ti Dar very close in the Middleton whilst I Can Fly has a big chance on her QEII second to Roaring Lion last October. Veracious, third in the Coronation last year, has promise but has also disappointed twice this season. Anna Nerium, the winner of the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom (Veracious behind) is a soft ground winner who deserved plenty of respect, with this course looking ideal for her.5.00pm The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)This always fiercely contested, sometimes impossible race is complicated further by the soft ground. New Graduate has no such qualms on that score but he’s up 15lbs for his Ripon romp and the market has very much found him to boot.Robin Of Navan ran a fine race when third in the Paradise Stakes here and then had no chance with a horrible run through at Newbury in a decent handicap last time. In his group class days, he was a regular on ground more testing than this and If he gets a good run through he should be amongst those finishing strongest.Three of Mitchum Swagger’s top five efforts have come on soft ground or worse, and in the 2016 Hunt Cup he was third off practically the same mark here. He’s been highly tried in three starts this season but is worth having onside.5.35pm The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)Temple Of Haven won a competitive Newbury conditions event from Fort Meyers (fourth in the Coventry) and Well of Wisdom (ninth) and he can go close here. Platinum Star needs to get to a quick start but his debut second to Pinatubo looks strong form after what he did at Epsom and this track ought to suit him more than Leicester.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)14:30 The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)BACK Ickworth 1.5 pts each/way at 8/1 with starsports.bet15:05 The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)BACK Nate The Grate 1.5 pts each/way at 12/1 with starsports.betBACK Eminent Authority 1.5 pts each/way at 9/1 with starsports.bet15:40 The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)BACK Crystal Ocean 2 pts win at 4/1 with starsports.bet16:20 The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 1mBACK Pretty Baby 1 pt each/way at 9/1 with starsports.bet17:00 The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 1mBACK Robin Of Navan 1 pt each/way at 9/1 with starsports.betBACK Mitchum Swagger 1 pt each/way at 25/1 with starsports.bet17:35 The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5fBACK Temple Of Heaven 2 pts win at 5/1 with starsports.betBACK Platinum Star 1 pt each/way at 9/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 185.18 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, England v Afghanistan)last_img read more

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ConocoPhillips supports expansion of Rice University

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: stark@rice.eduConocoPhillips supports expansion of Rice University’s model science labsElementary Science Lab to train Houston-area teachersConocoPhillips and Rice University recently announced a plan to expand Rice’s Elementary Model Science Lab (REMSL) program.  The program promotes science education by providing training to elementary school teachers about the latest science concepts and new teaching methods aimed at students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Research shows that if students do not develop an interest in science by the fifth grade, they are unlikely to develop an interest in science at all.  “ConocoPhillips recognizes that science and math are important for students of all ages,” said Jim Mulva, ConocoPhillips chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to join with Rice University to help teachers instill a sense of excitement about science among the youngest of their students.” “This is a wonderful example of how three community partners can work together for a common and important cause — helping prepare science teachers,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Rice has set as one of its priorities contributing to K-12 education in Houston, and this partnership is an important step in implementing that.”Leebron thanked ConocoPhillips for the donation and the Spring Branch Independent School District for the lab space. “Their commitment, combined with expertise of Rice University faculty and researchers in the Center for Education, will significantly enhance the science education of our students, which is vital to the success of our city and nation,” he said. Housed in the Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD), the ConocoPhillips Rice Elementary Model Science Lab will train more than 80 teachers from the Greater Houston Area during the 2008-2009 school year.“Unfortunately, many elementary teachers lack the latest knowledge about science, and hence may lack confidence teaching it, because they are not continually exposed to it themselves,” said Wallace Dominey, Rice Center for Education research scientist, who developed the REMSL. “We hope to provide a unique professional development opportunity for teachers in the Houston area so their students discover the joys of learning about the natural world in which we live.” The 2008-2009 ConocoPhillips Rice Elementary Model Science Lab will expand the program Rice developed with Houston Independent School District teachers at Sanchez Elementary School. Dominey said achievement scores for the students of the REMSL-trained teachers have increased significantly — as high as 41 percent.“Quality science education is a critical focus area for Spring Branch,” SBISD President Mike Falick said. “As a result, we are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Rice to create this incredible opportunity to benefit our science teachers and science teachers from other districts. Collaborations of this nature support elementary science education across districts, and we look forward to fulfilling our critical role, as hosts, in broadening the impact of better science education among so many schools across this city.”ConocoPhillips, an international, integrated energy company with interests around the world, is a member of the Energy Forum at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The company funds an endowed scholarship at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and supports multiple initiatives in the George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences.  The company also supports the Rice Summer Business Institute, an outreach program for minority high school students interested in pursuing careers in business. ConocoPhillips also matches its employees’ philanthropic contributions to Rice.  For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.  last_img read more

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Rice researcher available to discuss benefits of duallanguage education

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs/News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice researcher available to discuss benefits of dual-language educationHOUSTON – (June 3, 2015) – More than a third of students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) are not fluent in English, according to a new survey from Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) and HISD. The survey found that the best way to help these students learn English involves teaching them in their native tongue.HERC is part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which published a blog highlighting the survey today. Ruth Lopez Turley, a professor of sociology at Rice and the director of HERC, said that while this dual-language approach to education might seem counterintuitive to some, native Spanish speakers have more success learning English when instructors continue to teach them in Spanish as well. Students enrolled in HISD’s “two-way” dual-language program (which includes instruction in both English and Spanish) had the best Spanish skills as well as the best English skills.Turley said the findings suggest HISD should continue with its efforts to expand its dual-language programs.To read the full blog, visit kinder.rice.edu.To arrange an interview with Sandra Alvear, a Rice graduate student who conducted analyses of the survey results, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” click here.last_img read more

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Mays Professor Arvind Mahajan Awarded for Excellence in Teaching

first_img About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Last Updated May 31, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Houston RelatedRutgers Business School Professors Among Winners of 2014 Faculty AwardsThree Rutgers Business School professors were among 35 faculty members across Rutgers University who received awards on May 7 honoring them for teaching, scholarly excellence and leadership. Professor Jeffrey Robinson, who is part of the Management and Global Business faculty, was chosen to receive the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. The award provides…May 14, 2014In “Featured Home”Columbia Business School Announces Recipients of the 2014 Eccles PrizeColumbia University Business School Professors Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya have been awarded the 2014 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. They were recognized for their recent book, Why Growth Matters (PublicAffairs, 2013), in which the professors argue that the best way to bring prosperity to India’s…April 14, 2014In “Featured Home”MBA Scholars Award at Mays Honors 4.0 MBA GraduatesThe Texas A&M University – Mays Business School recently honored ten business students with the MBA Scholar Award, a new award intended to honor MBA students who graduate with a 4.0. The first recipients of the new award were honored with a celebration at CityCentre Houston which was attended by Mays…January 18, 2017In “Featured Region”center_img Arvind Mahajan, Finance Professor at the Texas A&M University – Mays Business School has been selected as a recipient of the Piper Professor Award for excellence in teaching.The award has been honoring excellent educators in the state of Texas since 1958, and Mahajan is the second Mays faculty member to receive the honor in over twenty years. The last recipient, the late Professor Jeffrey Conant, took the award in 1994. Just a year ago, Mahajan was honored as a Presidential Professor Teaching Excellence for Texas A&M, and this year honored with the Piper Award after selection by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. Each university in Texas is eligible to submit a nomination for the foundation to consider.“I was quite excited to be nominated by the university and humbled to be selected at the state level,” Mahajan commented on the awards. “There is nothing in higher education that is bigger than this.Mahajan has served a number of roles throughout the years, teaching finance and corporate finance at the undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA levels. He was also responsible for developing and teaching in one of the first doctoral-level seminars available in the United States on international finance. Currently, Mahajan acts as the associate dean for graduate programs at Mays.“Dr. Mahajan is one of our most tireless colleagues—always willing to do what is needed to take our students to the next level and to advance the business school’s progress,” said Mays Dean Eli Jones. “This level of recognition is rare, and long-lasting, as he will retain this and the Presidential Professor titles for the remainder of his career.” Mays Professor Arvind Mahajan Awarded for Excellence in Teachinglast_img read more

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Parents Say 10YearOld Kills Herself After Alleged Bullying

first_img“I saw my daughter was scared,” Ashawnty’s mother, Latoshia Harris, was quoted by the news outlet as saying, referring to the video. In the clip, her mother said her daughter was confronting a bully.“She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly,” father Anthony Davis told the station. “My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet,” he added.Two weeks later, the girl died.Her parents alleged that Ashawnty was the victim of “Bullycide,” to which Davis added, “We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids.”“I want other parents to know that it’s happening,” Harris noted. “That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.”According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, citing U.S. government data figures, one out of five students reported being bullied in 2015, while adding that some 64 percent of children who were bullied didn’t report it to school authorities, while only 36 percent reported it.It adds, “The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%).” 10-year-old commits suicide after alleged bullying incident caught on camera https://t.co/jOFtFu0Z2p pic.twitter.com/pIQvSYYok8— FOX6 News (@fox6now) November 30, 2017 Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) Share Share this article Show Discussion A Colorado couple said their 10-year-old daughter killed herself over a bullying incident that was recorded on video.Ashawnty Davis, a fifth-grader, got into a fight at school in October, her parents told KDVR. The fight was recorded by another student before it was posted on the Musical.ly social media app. Parents Say 10-Year-Old Kills Herself After Alleged Bullying By Epoch Newsroom November 30, 2017 Updated: November 30, 2017 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   And while you’re here…Dear reader, we have a little favor to ask of you. We work hard to deliver important and interesting articles to you, but we can’t do it without ad revenue.Please help support independent journalism by sharing this article with your friends and family. It takes less than a minute. Thank you!last_img read more

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Fewer Russian Spies in US but Getting Harder to Track

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A sign at the gated entrance of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 26, 2018. (Reuters/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo) Fewer Russian Spies in US but Getting Harder to Track By Reuters March 28, 2018 Updated: March 28, 2018 US News Sharecenter_img Show Discussion Share this article WASHINGTON—The U.S. decision to expel 60 alleged spies is unlikely to cripple Russian spying in the United States because others have wormed and hacked their way into American companies, schools, and even the government, current and former U.S. officials said.Moscow’s spy services still use the cover of embassies and consulates, as Washington does. But they also recruit Russian emigres, establish front companies, dispatch short-term travelers to the United States, recruit Americans, and penetrate computer networks, the officials said.“Russia used to have one way of doing things. Now, Putin is—let a thousand flowers bloom,” a former senior U.S. official said in a recent interview, describing Moscow’s move to a more multifaceted approach under President Vladimir Putin, a former Soviet spy himself.The FBI follows the movements and monitors the communications of suspected foreign spies, but the increased Russian presence and the advent of commercially available encrypted communications are an added challenge to the FBI’s counter-espionage force, said the officials, some of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive topic.As one U.S. official put it when asked if Russian spying is a harder target: “It’s more complex now. The complexity comes in the techniques that can be used.”While the CIA tracks foreign spies overseas and the National Security Agency monitors international communications, the FBI is responsible for spy-catching inside the United States. The White House on Monday said it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, 12 of them at the U.N. mission, and close the Russian consulate in Seattle as part of a multi-nation response to the Kremlin’s alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.Briefing reporters, a senior U.S. official said there were “well over” 100 Russian spies posing as diplomats in the United States before the expulsion order. A Russian flag flies atop the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 26, 2018. (Reuters/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo)A veteran U.S. official charged with keeping tabs on Russian espionage said the administration downplayed the number of suspected Russian spies working under diplomatic cover to avoid giving the Russians a clearer picture of how many people are under surveillance.The actual number varies over time, but “it averages more like 150 or so,” the official said.“We’ve got a very, very, very good counter-intelligence apparatus,” said Robert Litt, a former general counsel for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. “There are a lot of people in the FBI whose job it is to track these people—and they’re very good at it.”Takes Ten to TangoStill, it can take 10 or more U.S. trained FBI and local law enforcement officers to keep tabs on one trained spy for a 24-hour period—covering back entrances to buildings and multiple elevators, and being alert for changes in clothes, cars and even hairpieces, the same official said.One Russian tactic is sending a large number of people, including just one or two intelligence officers, streaming out of a diplomatic mission at once, making it harder for the FBI to decide whom to follow, said a former U.S. intelligence officer, also speaking on the condition of anonymity.Microsoft Corp. was one target of the Russian espionage operation in Seattle, U.S. officials familiar with the expulsions said. One goal was identifying targets for recruitment in the company’s coding operations because the company’s products are used in so many applications, they said.Microsoft declined to comment.In 2010, Alexey Karetnikov, a 23-year-old Russian spy who had worked at testing computer code in Microsoft’s Richmond, Wash., headquarters, was deported by an immigration judge.Several of the officials traced the Kremlin’s more aggressive spying approach to Putin’s 2012 return to the presidency, and Moscow’s 2014 seizure of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine.“We observed a commensurate uptick in Russian intelligence and espionage activity in the U.S. and across Europe, although few analysts connected the dots,” said Heather Conley, a former State Department official now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.Michael Rochford, a former FBI chief for espionage, said the mass expulsion of suspected spies posing as diplomats will affect Russia’s security services and dent morale at their Moscow headquarters.After past expulsions, he said, Russian spies have handed their operations over to officers who remain behind, or to “illegals” – long-term agents with no demonstrable connections to the Russian government.The risk, he said, is that when Moscow replaces the expelled personnel, it will not be clear who the new spies are.“Sometimes it’s better to know who they are and follow them,” he said. last_img read more

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2018 Emmy Awards Viewers Hit AllTime Low Monday Night

first_img Show Discussion Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   2018 Emmy Awards Viewers Hit All-Time Low Monday Night By Annie Wang September 18, 2018 Updated: September 18, 2018 Share this articlecenter_img Film & TV Michael Che speaks onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 17, 2018. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards saw a downturn on its ratings on the night of Sept. 17, even with the draw of winners from hit shows like “Game of Thrones,” and the Monday time slot having no competition with Sunday Night Football.70th Emmy Awards - Press Room Cast of Outstanding Drama Series winner ‘Game of Thrones’ poses in the press room during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 17, 2018. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)The 70th Emmy Awards on NBC received a 7.4 out of 13 in metered market ratings with 10.172 million viewers. The number is 10 percent lower than last year’s telecast, where Steven Colbert hosted the show on CBS, reported Deadline. Nielsen ratings were at 2.4 among adults 18-49, which is a record low for the Emmys.In 2014, the show had 15.59 million viewers watching Seth Meyers host the ceremony, and it’s said to be the last time the Emmys had more than 12 million viewers.66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Show Actress Amy Poehler (L) and host Seth Meyers speak onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Calif. on Aug. 25, 2014. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Deadline also reported that the ratings of the show peaked from 8:45-9:00 p.m. with the number 7.8. Meanwhile, Monday Night Football by ESPN peaked in the 9:30-9:45 p.m. period with a result of 9.1, with the Chicago Bears beating the 2014 Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks.Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears Danny Trevathan #59 of the Chicago Bears strips Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks of the the ball at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Sept. 17, 2018. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Based on the stats revealed by Deadline, viewers are believed to have tuned out of the Emmys long before the awards such as Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Comedy, and Outstanding Limited Series were announced. last_img read more

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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force C

first_imgAir Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein brief the media at the Pentagon on November 9, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Heather Wilson’s Big Ask to Expand `Too Small’ US Air Force By Bloomberg October 17, 2018 Updated: October 17, 2018 US News Share this article Sharecenter_img Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is preparing to make her case for billions of dollars in funding that she says her service will need to deliver on the U.S.’s national security strategy.“The Air Force is too small for what the nation is asking us to do,” Wilson said Oct. 17 in a roundtable with editors and reporters at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. “The difference between what is needed and what is available is measured in risk.”She said that in March her service will detail to Congress the need to increase the Air Force to 386 airplane squadrons by 2030 from 312 today. She said the expansion is necessary under the Trump administration’s national security strategy, which calls for countering major powers such as Russia and China as well as rogue states and terrorists. The comments underscore rising tension as the military services compete for funding.The Government Accountability Office cautioned last week that Air Force funding must compete with other concerns. Among those is the Navy’s push to expand to expand its fleet by 25 percent to 355 vessels at a cost of about $800 billion, plus the $1.2 trillion proposed to modernize the nation’s nuclear arsenal.While pushing to expand, Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico and an Air Force veteran, is thinking smaller as well—looking beyond the big defense contractors in an effort to “buy things faster and smarter” under new authorities from Congress, she said.Same-Day AwardsThe Air Force set up the Space Enterprise Consortium in January to reach nontraditional contractors, an initiative that has already yielded 32 contracts totaling $100 million. Later this month, the Air Force plans to award 50 contracts to new suppliers in a 50-hour span. Entrepreneurs have been asked to submit proposals to address certain problems facing the service. If the Air Force likes the idea, it will offer a one-page contract and transfer money on the spot through PayPal, Wilson said.The event is “a little gimmicky,” Wilson said, but it’s intended to send a message that the Air Force wants to reform its acquisition process.“Small companies with innovative ideas can’t wait around for our contracting process,” she said. “We are trying to change the paradigm to drive innovation and work with businesses.”By Richard Clough & Tony CapaccioFrom Bloomberg  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img
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A damaged structure is seen at Saipan Internationa

first_imgA damaged structure is seen at Saipan International Airport after Super Typhoon Yutu hit the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S., on Oct. 25, 2018. (Brad Ruszala/Reuters) Share this article Show Discussion Share U.S. Pacific Islands Brace for Long Recovery After ‘Catastrophic’ Typhoon By Reuters October 26, 2018 Updated: October 26, 2018center_img Authorities in the Northern Mariana Islands called for urgent supplies and equipment on Oct. 26, and were preparing for weeks without power after being hit by their most powerful typhoon in half a century, killing one woman and causing widespread destruction.Super Typhoon Yutu, a category five storm, struck the U.S. Western Pacific territory overnight on Wednesday, pulling down hundreds of electricity poles, damaging homes and commercial properties and the international airport on Saipan, located about 6,000 km (3,700 miles) west of Hawaii.On the island of Tinian, which took a direct hit from Yutu, the mayor asked for tools, machetes and chainsaws to help clear debris and urged residents to be patient and conserve fuel, food and water as emergency supplies had yet to arrive.“Please be calm, help is on its way,” mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas said in a Facebook Live video.“Our stores are not opening, restaurants have been destroyed and we are left with what we have in our refrigerators in our homes. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of emergency of military aircraft.”Ceiling panels debris cover ground Ceiling panels and other debris cover the ground inside Saipan International Airport after Super Typhoon Yutu hit the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S., on Oct. 25, 2018. (Brad Ruszala/Reuters) With winds of about 270 kph (168 mph), Yutu was the strongest typhoon seen in the archipelago of 52,000 people since 1968, according to governor Ralph Torres.He said a long recovery period was ahead and he was pressing the central government for a major disaster to be declared and approved by U.S. President Donald Trump, so the Marianas could receive federal disaster assistance.Torres said a 44-year-old woman in Saipan had been killed while sheltering in an abandoned building that collapsed.“This is an unfortunate incident,” he said, adding that authorities were focusing on saving and preserving lives.“Our first responders remain vigilant and (are) working around the clock.”Damaged cars Super Typhoon Yutu Damaged cars are seen after Super Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S., on Oct. 25, 2018. (Brad Ruszala/Reuters)U.S. health secretary, Alex Azar, declared a public health emergency for the islands on Thursday to boost access to medical care after what he described as a “catastrophic” storm.Water pipes were damaged and all flights to Saipan’s airport halted. Images on social media showed some buildings near the airport leveled by the storm, beneath them crushed vehicles and debris scattered over large areas.Some 200-300 power poles had been toppled, and 400-500 were leaning. Authorities requested at least 700 replacements and transformers, and said restoring power to pump water was top priority.Yutu was traveling at 20 kph on Friday, with winds of 180 kph and gusts 220 kph and headed toward the northern Philippines, where the state weather agency said it could make landfall early on Wednesday.by Martin Petty  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News last_img read more

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