Government Confirms Plane Crash

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 5 (JIS):Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has confirmed preliminary reports that a plane crashed 14 miles North East of Portland, today (September 5).The Jamaican Government, she said, has dispatched a Search and Rescue Team and a military helicopter. “The Authorities are in constant touch with the United States (US) Southern Command, which we understand has also dispatched a rescue team,” Senator Falconer added.The Minister will provide additional information as it becomes available. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:portland, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconerlast_img

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TCIs own returns to take Clinical Psychologist post in Public Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – Countries suffer an unfortunate brain drain when its most talented achievers do not return home after successful stints in college and university and while it has been about a decade since Anya Malcolm lived at home in the Turks and Caicos; she is back and she is taking on a significant role in the Ministry of Health and Human Services. Dr. Anya Malcolm is quite accomplished with degrees and training and work experience that made her an easy hire for the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams who said: “I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Malcolm to the Turks and Caicos Islands civil service and most proud of her accomplishments. She has continued to excel throughout the years, performing exceptionally well at both the secondary and tertiary levels and has always made quite clear her devotion to these islands…” Dr. Malcolm is the new clinical psychologist in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department. The Clement Howell High graduate holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology (Magna Cum Laude Honors), a Terminal Master’s degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology.She has previous experience in private practices and community mental health clinics across Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. Dr. Malcolm has worked with Emmaus Services for the Aging; Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax; Associated Clinical Services; New Perspective Psychotherapy and Consulting and with Community Counseling and Mentoring Services, Inc. At 28 years old, Dr. Malcolm has already started work within TCIG. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Five ambulances due in country by August Related Items:Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology, dr. anya malcolm, Ministry of Health and Human Services Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Health Minister encourages register of Disabled; Govt support availablelast_img read more

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Mental giants Liverpool stun Barcelona to scream into UEFA Champions League Final

first_imgIt was perhaps the one of the most outrageous comebacks in Champions League history as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit to hammer in four goals at Anfield to leave Barcelona in ruins and stunned. Jurgen Klopp’s men have now screamed into their second successive UEFA Champions League final.This result was even more stunning as Liverpool went into the game without star attacking duo of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. This, however, did not deter the home side as Divock Origi — who got to start –, as well as Georginio Wijnaldum, both found the back of the net twice to leave Barcelona stunned and out of Champions League.The move that changed the game was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross that picked out Wijnaldum perfectly and was hammered by him under Marc Andre ter Stegen. Later, Xherdan Shaqiri lobbed a perfect cross to Wijnaldum which was also knocked into the back of the net to seal the win and a spot in the Final. WijnaldumReuters”With any other team, I wouldn’t think it was possible. They are really mentality giants,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “It is unbelievable the season we had, the games we had, the injuries we had now.”Going out there and putting in a performance like this on the pitch is unbelievable. I am really proud to be the manager of this team. What they did tonight was really special. I will remember it forever,” he further added.They now await the winner of the game between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspurs in the final on June 1 in Madrid as the Reds will aim for their sixth European title.The stunning Barcelona collapse Jurgen KloppJulian Finney/Getty ImagesThe scenes were in complete contrast on the other corner as Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was left floundering around for words. This was his second major setback in Europe in two years. Last year, the La Liga champs were ousted by Roma after they wilted in the second round of Quarter-finals despite leading 4-1 in the first-leg.”The most hurtful thing is to repeat it. When you have a collapse of this nature we will have a few horrible days ahead,” said Valverde.Liverpool legends reactFor Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, this comeback was nothing short of spectacular as they saluted the effort and mental strength of the side and the belief of the players.”You know when you talk about the great nights, this is the best ever. It’s absolutely incredible. Before the game, we were talking about all the superlatives we can about Messi. We can run out of superlatives for Liverpool,” Fowler told BT Sport.Michael Owen was ecstatic and echoed the sentiment that the fantastic season was not over yet and that it was only football which could have done this.”The emotions that this place evokes on nights like these, there hasn’t been a better night than this. They took it out of Barcelona’s hands – the spirit, the heart shown by this squad, and that all starts from the top. That starts from Klopp,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand jumped in with the accolades.It was not a perfect start to begin with as Andy Robertson was off action at half-time and was replaced by Wijnaldum which made James Milner to hop across to left-back. In the end though, it all turned out to be perfect for the home team. If only, they can repeat this kind of showing in the Final, they might be unstoppable.last_img read more

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On First Anniversary of Harvey Harris County Votes on 25 Billion Flood

first_img Share 00:00 /03:46 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force, Tech Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.Saturday marks exactly one year since Harvey made landfall in Texas. It’s also the day Harris County is asking voters to approve a $2.5 billion bond to pay for flood mitigation projects. The vote comes after weeks of public meetings in all 22 of the county’s watersheds, each of which experienced some degree of flooding during Harvey.“These folks that we were visiting with live and work and recreate in these watersheds, and so their input was very valuable,” says Russell Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District.The running theme of that input was speed. Residents want the county to move faster, and on more projects, than the federal government has.“We do have some money in there to help us make sure we leverage as many federal dollars and partnership dollars as we can,” Poppe says. “But we also know that because of various reasons that those federal dollars may not be appropriate for all of the projects that we know we need to do. And therefore I think we’ve got around $1.7-$1.8 billion in projects that we’re proposing to do all our own, locally.”On the basis of those meetings, the flood control district put together a list of 237 potential projects. They include channel improvements, construction of new storm water detention basins, and voluntary buyouts of homes too deep in the flood plain to be protected.“I’m more encouraged than I’ve ever been with respect to flood response in the county,” says Philip Bedient, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center. He’s spent years pressing for Harris County to do more to combat flooding.“Three’s the charm,” Bedient says. “The ’15, ’16, and ’17 [floods], three years in a row, I think, finally lit the fires under the powers that be to move aggressively, and I think they have.”But can they convince voters to move aggressively too? “Normally when you have a bond election, people look at the bond and they say, ‘What’s in it for me?’” says Rice University political scientist Bob Stein. “That’s not what’s happening here.”The University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs recently conducted a survey and found overwhelming support for the bond among likely voters. Stein was one of the lead researchers.“We find evidence that people do believe that this is a general threat to the quality of life and to their own economic well-being,” Stein says, “that is, if flooding continues in our community unabated, if homes are destroyed, people will not want to move to our community, people won’t want to buy homes in our community, property values will decline, and it’ll cost more to provide the services we already have.”But the survey also found that even the bond’s supporters are skeptical that it will help. Many fear the money would wind up benefiting politically connected developers. Others just don’t think the government has any better idea about how to deal with flooding than they do.“The phrase I’ve been using is. ‘People have the courage of their confusions.’ They’re courageous about doing something in the presence of not knowing exactly what to do,” Stein says.One point that local officials make over and over: $2.5 billion will address the region’s most urgent flood control problems, but that’s a fraction of what’s needed to fix them all.“I think the idea that $25 to $30 billion is required over the long term for the bigger fix here, I don’t know that that’s really well understood by the general population,” says Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston.The bond’s fate is likely to rest with a sliver of the county’s registered voters. Fewer than 6 percent had cast ballots as of the close of early voting on Tuesday. Xlast_img read more

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Washington TV Newswomen Stage Breast Cancer Fund Raiser

first_imgLesli Foster of WUSA9 News, along with FOX 5 News’ Shawn Yancy and ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Rebecca Cooper, headlined breast cancer fundraiser at the Powerhouse.Many familiar faces seen daily and nightly on local Washington D.C. news television stations were dressed in all hues of pink at the D.C. Newsbabes Bash fundraiser for breast cancer.  More than a dozen female news anchors, and special guest Dr. Jill Biden hosted a swanky fundraiser to benefit Survivors Offering Support (SOS) June 11 at the Powerhouse in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C.The classy two-hour event united major area anchorwomen in a sea of pink solidarity across the D.C. metropolitan area all in one room, as they raised funds for breast cancer survivors.  The on-air news hosts included Lesli Foster and Andrea Roane of Gannett’s WUSA 9 and Allison Seymour , and Shawn Yancy of FOX 5 News of FOX 5 News.Dozens of pink spotlights shined along the walls of the three-level venue as specialty cocktails were served, hors d’oeuvres were passed, and sweet treats including cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcake and gelato by Dolci Gelati.  In 2009, a group of friends working in the television news industry provided the idea to create an event to benefit a widely known cause that has now continued for six years.  This year’s sponsors included Spilled Milk Catering, Bethesda Row, Powerhouse, and Glassman Wealth Services.“This is a group of dedicated and competitive women, uniquely working together for an amazing cause. Now, that’s newsworthy,” said President Barry Glassman a sponsor who donated a whopping $10,000 to the Newsbabes Bash organization on behalf of Glassman Wealth Services.Although Washington pro football  star Robert Griffin III was not in attendance, he donated a pair of flashy pink football cleats he wore in October for breast cancer awareness month.  The autographed cleats were auctioned at the event with bids beginning at $500.In addition to anchorwomen, more familiar faces including 45-year NBC 4 news anchor Jim Vance, WPGC 95.5’s Tati of the Pablo Morning Show, and Oprah Winfrey Network’s OWN TV star Bershan Shaw supported the breast cancer awareness bash. Shaw, a two-time breast cancer survivor kept her first diagnosis private.  Upon finding cancer in her body a second time, the OWN TV reality star now shares her personal struggle with the disease.According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African-American women with an estimated 27,060 new cases expected to surface from 2013. African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival span for most cancers compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.last_img read more

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Govt ups petroldiesel excise duty again oil firms to bear burden

first_imgThe move, which comes amid declining prices of crude oil in the international market, will boost government revenue and help it contain the fiscal deficit. The revised excise duty on petrol and diesel came into affect from Tuesday, official sources said.The move will have no impact on retail prices of petrol and diesel, they said.This is the second hike in excise duty in three weeks. On 12 November the government had raised the excise duty by Rs 1.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel but that did not have any impact on the retail prices. In view of the declining prices of crude, oil marketing companies had on Monday cut petrol price by 91 paise a litre, the seventh reduction since August, and diesel by 84 paise per litre, the third straight cut. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile the fall in global rates and the resultant cuts in retail prices have led to lower realisation on account of customs and VAT, particularly in case of state governments, there wasn’t any loss to the central government on account of reduction in petrol and diesel prices as excise duty on the two fuels is fixed and not ad valorem.Unbranded petrol at present attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.70 per litre, a special additional excise duty of Rs 6 a litre and a road cess of Rs 2 per litre. Unbranded diesel attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.96 a litre and road cess of Rs 2 per litre. The total excise duty on unbranded petrol will rise from Rs 10.70 to Rs 12.95 per litre and that on unbranded diesel from Rs 4.96 per litre to Rs 5.96. Brent rates, the benchmark grade for more than half of the world’s oil, have dropped to $68.34 a barrel, the lowest level since October 2009. Prices declined 18 per cent last month and are 38 per cent lower in 2014. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsState-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), following the fortnightly review practice revised rates on Sunday. Petrol price was cut by 91 paisa a litre and diesel by 84 paisa. The seventh reduction in price since August has meant that petrol costs Rs 63.33 a litre in Delhi, Rs 10.27 per litre less than what it cost in July.The third reduction in diesel rates in one month has led to the price coming down to Rs 52.51 a litre. Oil firms revise rates of petrol, which was deregulated in June 2010, and diesel on 1st and 16th of every month based on average international oil price and rupee-US dollar exchange rate.last_img read more

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Third explosives haul in a week at Bankura

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized huge quantity of explosives from Bankura on Sunday. This is for the third time within a week, the CID has found explosives here.According to CID officials, on Saturday sleuths got a tip-off that a truck loaded with explosive materials will enter Bankura. Working on the information CID sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot asked for documents from the driver. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive material. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, was arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives was destined to Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonator, 6250 kg gelatin sticks (power gel) and 11,450 kgs ammonium nitrate from the truck. Previously on Wednesday CID had seized huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora. The explosive material was stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths have seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with one abandoned SUV and a bike from there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials was procured to be used in illegal stone quarries. CID had found explosive materials from a person’s house at Boga village of Indpur in Bankura on Friday night. The owner of the house has been arrested. During search sleuths had seized approximately 800 electric detonators, 200 packets of gelatin sticks (power gel) and around 100 kg of ammonium nitrate. Seeing the huge recovery within a week panic triggered across the Bankura district. Sleuths have also took a serious note in this regard and stepped up the security across the district to maintain law and order situation.last_img read more

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