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Flash flooding strikes Texas, while Hurricane Humberto moves away from US

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Imelda made landfall Tuesday in Freeport, Texas, as a minimal tropical storm with winds of 40 mph.No longer a tropical storm as of Wednesday, the system is just a heavy rainmaker — call it remnants of Imelda.The highest rainfall total so far was in Turkey Creek, Texas, just southeast of Houston, where a whopping 9.16” already fell.Some outer bands of Imelda brought storms to Baton Rough, Louisiana, where gusty winds up to 70 mph flipped small planes at the airport.On Wednesday morning, a flash flood watch continues for Texas and Louisiana, including the areas of Houston, Galveston and Lake Charles.This remnant low will continue moving slowly north and bring more heavy rain to Houston, then north to Lufkin and into western Louisiana. Locally, an additional 6-10” of rain is possible.Flash flooding is the biggest threat over the next 48 hours.Hurricane Humberto is now a major hurricane with Category 3 winds of 115 mph as it continues to move away from the United States. However high surf will continue for the entire East Coast.The tallest waves will be in the Carolinas, where waves could be as high as 11 feet.Humberto is forecast to pass to the north of Bermuda Wednesday evening, bringing gusty winds and heavy rain. Just in case, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for the Bermuda for Wednesday evening.Finally, a newly formed tropical depression in the middle of the tropical Atlantic Ocean has become Tropical Storm Jerry.It’s forecast to move northwest just to the north of Caribbean islands as it becomes a Category 1 hurricane by Friday.The National Hurricane Center says there is no threat to land from this storm.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Website of the week:

first_img Previous Article Next Article It’s a shame that more sites aren’t as upfront with their mission statementand labelling as Workplace Violence, since the Web would be a much easier placeto navigate. The site states clearly and prominently on its home page that itaims to reduce the incidence and impact of violence in the workplace byproviding a focal point for managers and frontline staff to share ideas andpractical solutions. It does just that. The site has been developed inpartnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors and one of thedriving forces behind it is workplace violence specialist consultancy Maybo (italso has the backing of the CBI, CIPD and Alarm – the Association of LocalAuthority Risk Takers. All information offered is free and featured areasinclude Management Strategy, which looks at how to deal with the violence andwhy it may occur, Sector Studies, covering the different kinds of workplacesaffected, highlighted with case studies, and an interactive clinic, which letsyou ask specific questions. There are also practical tools as well as safetytips and a checklist that can be printed.nt financial advice group Website of the week: 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scaling of body temperature in mammals and birds

first_imgWe examine variation associated with phylogeny in the scaling of body temperature in endotherms, using data from 596 species of mammal and 490 species of bird. Among higher groups of mammals there is statistically significant scaling of body temperature with mass in Marsupialia (positive), Ferae and Ungulata (both negative). In mammalian orders where data are available for at least 10 species, scaling is negative in three orders (Carnivora, Erinaceomorpha and Artiodactyla), positive in one (Chiroptera) and not significant in seven others. There is no relationship apparent between the scaling of body temperature and the existence of gut fermentation. As expected, monotremes exhibit the lowest body temperatures, but within marsupials diprotodonts have a mean body temperature higher than several placental groups; the traditional ranking of body temperatures in the sequence monotremes – marsupials – placentals is thus misleading. In birds, scaling relationships are significant only for Ciconiiformes (strongly negative) and Passeriformes (weakly positive). When allowance is made for phylogenetic effects, there is no significant relationship between temperature in body mass in mammals overall, but an inverse and almost significant relationship in birds. This study indicates a complex relationship between body mass, body temperature and metabolic rate in mammals and birds, mediated through ecology.last_img read more

News story: National celebration of engineering held at Westminster Abbey

first_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 This special occasion gives ICE an opportunity to celebrate its bicentenary and to thank its members for the positive impact they have made to all our lives. Civil engineers have transformed people’s lives for the better and will safeguard the future for their families. As we come together to celebrate the passion, creativity, and commitment which exists across all engineering, we also recognise the importance of inspiring and nurturing a new generation of engineers. Andrew Wyllie CBE, ICE President, said: The vast contribution engineers make to society was in the spotlight as Westminster Abbey played host to a special national service today (22 November 2018) to celebrate the engineering profession and its work in inspiring the next generation.The service, the first of its kind, was led by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, to mark the government’s Year of Engineering and the bicentenary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The event was jointly organised by HM Government, ICE, and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).Representatives from across the engineering community, engineering charities and government gathered together to celebrate great British engineers past and present, including Thomas Telford and Robert Stephenson, who are buried at the Abbey, and the inspiring engineers working at the forefront of innovations that will shape our future.Students from local schools were also invited to attend, with the service providing a chance to reflect on how industry and government have joined forces throughout 2018 to bring engineering to life for young people from all backgrounds – and the importance of this continuing in 2019 and beyond.The service included personal testimonies from engineering ambassador Roma Agrawal MBE, Associate Director at AECOM and famed for her work on The Shard, and Colonel Deborah Porter, Deputy Commander of the Defence Medical Group, on how engineering had changed their lives and enabled them to help and inspire others through their work.Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: Year of Engineering enquiries Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Find out about the Year of Engineering, including activities, events, videos and school resources. Engineering expertise will be critical to tackling the global challenges we face in the years to come. Engineers will play a central role in addressing the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, and in ensuring that our growing population will have access to food, water, clean energy and affordable healthcare. We hope future generations will be inspired by the opportunities engineering offers to shape their world, to discover new ways to improve lives in the future and to help meet the needs of the twenty first century and beyond. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 In a year which has seen government and industry join forces to raise the bar for inspiring the next generation of engineers, what could be more fitting than to come together to celebrate the contribution that engineers have made and will continue to make to all of our lives? The Year of Engineering has been a chance to show young people across the UK all that this profession has to offer them – and to spread the message that engineering needs talented young people from all walks of life to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face. I hope today’s service serves as an important reminder not just of our proud engineering history but of the role young people will play in writing its next chapter. Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:last_img read more

Ocado sales growth slows

first_imgOnline grocery company Ocado this morning reported a gross sales increase of 9.9% for its third quarter and added that year-to-date sales are running ahead by 11.3%.   It explained that both both the number of orders taken and the average order size are up and that, at 5 August, it had cash and cash equivalents of £67.1m, compared with £83.1m at the same stage last year.However, its sales growth did slow slightly in the third quarter, a move that was attributed to people’s attention being diverted by the Olympics.Ocado, which unveiled profit downgrades last year, cautioned in June that the Jubilee events had impacted trading, but said it still expected sales growth in the second half overall and added that it anticipated an increase in the rate of sales growth in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

It’s Carnival Time! Glen David Andrews To Bring Mardi Gras To The Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Brooklyn Bowl’s Mardi Gras Celebrations (Your Show of Choice)!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> On February 12th and 13th, the streets of New Orleans will be overrun by the sites and sounds of Carnival. Horns will blare from every corner, beads will fall like rain, and people throughout town will trade in their worries for costumes until the Ash Wednesday hangover rears its ugly head. Mardi Gras—or Fat Tuesday if you prefer to keep things Anglophone—may seem like a quintessentially New Orleans celebration, but the people of New York City will get their own taste of the party when a slice of the Big Easy comes to the Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th.Leading the charge will be New Orleans staples Glen David Andrews, the Soul Brass Band, and John Michael Bradford, who are slated to perform that Monday—also known as Lundi Gras. Soul Brass Band will return to the Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday night, this time with support from Michael Watson Presents: The Alchemy and the James Martin Band. With a lineup like this, it’s safe to say the good times will be rolling just fine over 1,000 miles from the French Quarter.“We’re gonna bring the spirit of New Orleans to New York City,” says Glen David Andrews. “The thing about New York is that you gotta bring your A game every time you come. No matter who comes to see you or who’s watching, it’s New York. Everything goes, but if I’m coming I need to bring my A game. So I’m not worried about what I’m going to do, I’m worried about whether or not I’ll be able to contain myself and keep from doing too much.”Glen David Andrews Second Lines Through Manhattan – 6/4/2015[Video: Marc Millman]It’s hard to find somebody more New Orleans than Andrews, who hails from a prominent musical family that includes his cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Often called the Crown Prince of Treme, Andrews has been rocking the trombone since he was a kid growing up around New Orleans icons like Jessie Hill, Danny Barker, and Tuba Fats. For years, his annual set at Jazz Fest’s Gospel Tent has been the kind of thing that turns tourists into festival regulars, though he’s more than happy to bring his show on the road.“The thing about New Orleans music is that it carries all over the world,” Andrews explains. “By the time I get to New York, I’m going to have traveled to three countries and more than 25 cities since Christmas. New Orleans music is like a good virus. You catch it and it becomes the music of your soul.” “I’m very grateful to be headlining the Brooklyn Bowl. I’ve been there several times with my friends Galactic, but this is the first time I’ll be headlining,” he adds. “New York is one of those places that I’ve built my name up over the years, so I can really see how things have changed in my career and in my life. I remember going to New York eight years ago to play Joe’s Pub, and there were eight people there. Now I’m too big, so to speak, to play Joe’s Pub.”Andrews will be in good company when he brings Mardi Gras to the Brooklyn Bowl later this month. Joining him on the bill for Monday, February 12th—and headlining on Tuesday, February 13th—will be the Soul Brass Band, a relatively new addition to New Orleans’ unique musical landscape. Led by drummer Derrick Freeman, the project came together in 2015 while Freeman was working as a consultant on the video for Cee-Lo Green’s “Music to My Soul”. When the producers asked Freeman to field a brass band for a jazz funeral scene, the Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers drummer put together an ad hoc group he dubbed the Soul Brass Band. It’s been nearly three years since that consulting gig, but the band—and the name—have stuck around.“It won’t take long to bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to New York,” Freeman declares. “We’ll probably having them dancing by the first song, so once that happens the spirit will take over. We have no control over it once we get the ball rolling. It’ll flow through there like wind, I’m ready for it.”While Andrews comes from long line of both old-school New Orleans innovators and traditionalists, Freeman and the Soul Brass Band have a decidedly modern take on the New Orleans sound. They can play the stuff everyone knows, of course. They just might throw a Juvenile, Snoop Dogg or Nirvana cover in there to keep the crowd on its toes.Soul Brass Band – Nirvana’s “In Bloom” – Bayou Boogaloo – 5/21/2016[Video: AB Garrod]“People always ask me if I’m missing Mardi Gras, and I’m not really missing it because it’s Mardi Gras right now. I played four parades this week,” Freeman says with a laugh. “But this is the third year in a row that I’ll be out of town on Mardi Gras Day, and it’s fine because I like bringing the spirit of it to other places. I like letting them experience what we experience, or at least a little bit of it anyway.”A little bit of Mardi Gras is exactly what Andrews, Freeman, and company will be offering when they take over the Brooklyn Bowl. Whether you’re a curious New Yorker or a New-Orleanian-in-exile, a little bit of Mardi Gras might be just the thing your soul is looking for. After all, it was 1949 when the great Professor Longhair famously sang, “If you go to New Orleans, you ought to go see the Mardi Gras.” This year, however, New Yorkers won’t have to travel that far to get a taste of the magic.Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl’s upcoming Mardis Gras Monday and Fat Tuesday celebration on Monday, February 12th, and Tuesday, February 13th are on-sale now. You can snag a two-day pass to the event here, or individually purchase Monday and Tuesday tickets. You can also check out Glen David Andrews’ upcoming tour dates ahead of his arrival in New York City below or on his website here.last_img read more

Whither Egypt

first_imgAs the euphoria of the successful street revolution in Egypt fades, the country faces the harsh reality of forging a new social contract for governance. Not even the deputy chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, who visited Harvard Law School (HLS) Thursday (April 14), could predict with absolute certainty that Egypt will successfully make the transition to a stable, fully participatory democracy.“For so many years, the average person [in Egypt] never had political ambitions in mind,” said Adel Omar Sherif, who spoke during a panel discussion in Austin Hall on “The Nile Revolution: Constitutional Promises and Challenges,” just a day after Egyptian police detained the country’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, and his two sons. Indeed, the thought of being active in public politics was “even unthinkable,” he said.Now, however, many have a sense of pride and a belief that a corrupt regime will change, he said. The people were not able to overthrow the Mubarak regime without the army, but “in fact it was a revolution started by the people and then backed by the army,” Sherif said.Using careful language in a deadpan style befitting a judge, Sherif detailed the various political and military forces at play in Egypt, and expressed concern that current efforts to amend or rewrite the constitution are proceeding without adequate input from the public. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF, which in effect now runs the country, held a referendum in March over amending the constitution. But then on March 31 the council voided the document and quickly instituted its version of an abbreviated temporary constitution.A committee formed to draft a new constitution is seen as lacking in public participation, Sherif said. To achieve democracy, “all sectors of society have to work together.”Still, Egypt may be undergoing a true “constitutional moment” when institutions and social contracts undergo massive change, said Chibli Mallat, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, who moderated the discussion.Three factors have made this a decisive moment in Egyptian history, said Baber Johansen, professor of Islamic religious studies and 
director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. These are the advent of instantaneous, spontaneous communication, mobility of cultural resources, and the presence of a city stage or public space for people to gather.“Even if the movement fails, it will be remembered as a decisive moment in history,” Johansen said. “It sets limits on the government’s potential to exclude people from the government. The three elements that have made it so important will not go away.”A real test of the new free speech, Sherif noted, was whether people have become truly convinced of its value and future leaders allow it. Ominously, a 26-year-old blogger was recently sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing military rulers.Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, which in previous decades served as a key bastion of liberal legal activism, will likely play a role in determining which recent laws are deemed constitutional in a new political atmosphere. However, it is unclear what constitutes the ultimate legal authority, as several panelists noted. The country’s 1971 constitution has been substantially amended over the decades.“Imagine that a case came before the constitutional court, questioning the validity of the act of the SCAF on March 31,” said Frank Michelman, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at HLS. “Against what set of constitutional norms would you test it?” Would it be the 1971 constitution? Would it be the amendments that followed it?“It seems to me there’s a kind of game going on here,” said Roger Owen, the A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History. “In a republic, sovereignty comes from the people, but it’s very possible to manipulate the notion of ‘people.’ ”Vicki Jackson, the Thurgood Marshall Visiting Professor of Law, noted that in South Africa a constitutional court was charged with determining the constitutionality of the new constitution, after the apartheid system was finally ejected. The result was a successful, relatively nonviolent transition — a process that took four years. It’s difficult in Egypt now because “you’re in a moment where you don’t know where to start,” she said.Sherif indicated that Egypt has well-established traditions that the constitution cannot be contested and that the high court will not challenge the constitutionality or validity of the constitution itself.A real test of the new free speech, Sherif noted, was whether people have become truly convinced of its value and future leaders allow it. Ominously, a 26-year-old blogger was recently sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing military rulers.Sherif was asked several times about impact of Islamists on any new government and whether there would be increased pressure to enforce Shariah law more widely. Article 2, added to the constitution in the 1980s, makes Shariah the principal source of legislative rules.Sherif downplayed the impact of Article 2, emphasizing that secular rule of law supersedes religious law. But he said that the court has always had a good relationship with Islamic leaders and they are often consulted on matters of Islamic law. “When it comes to a final decision, the final decision would be by the court, not by the religious institutions,” he said.Thursday’s event was sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program, the Provost’s Fund for Interdisciplinary Research, CMES Workshop on the Social Sciences in Egypt, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center, International Law Journal, and the Middle East Law Students Association.last_img read more

Elkhart teen used faith, hope to beat cancer

first_img *** It was every mother’s worst nightmare. Tonya Ebright of Elkhart was only 22, juggling a toddler, an infant and a full-time job when her daughter started sleeping more than usual and complaining that her bones hurt. When she took 3-year-old Destinee Smith to the doctor’s office, she was told her daughter had strep throat. Another time, it was scarlet fever. But Ebright knew something more was going on. Eventually, Ebright obtained an appointment at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. There, Ebright got an answer: her daughter had leukemia. “It was a huge life adjustment,” Ebright said. “Your normal becomes different.” After the diagnosis, Destinee had to be taken to the hospital three times a week for treatment, and was often hospitalized for days at a time as she battled high fevers. During those bouts of fever, Destinee sometimes experienced hallucinations. “That was very scary … She told me one time that she was talking to her angels,” Ebright said. “I was like, ‘Please don’t take her home right now.’” As her treatment progressed, Destinee lost her hair more than once. “That was hard,” Ebright said. “It would come out in clumps and she would just cry.” Sometimes, hospitalizations could last up to a week, during which Ebright would drop everything to stay with her daughter. Meanwhile, she had a full-time job and was still breast-feeding her six-month-old son.   “My son couldn’t be around Destinee at all, because he had been exposed to chicken pox,” Ebright said. “As a mom, that was the hardest part, was trying to be the mom to both of them and be with Destinee the whole time, and then be with him too.” Ebright said her family’s Christian faith and support from loved ones helped her family stay positive during Destinee’s illness, but there were moments when she feared her daughter wouldn’t make it. At one point, Destinee’s blood counts got dangerously close to zero. Ebright had been told that when that happened, that would be “the end.” “We just immediately got on our knees and started praying,” Ebright said. Smith has lived out that message in her 17 years, and is determined to take advantage of what she views as a second-chance.   “I have big dreams and goals that I want to see come true,” she said. Smith wants to turn her love of cooking – she makes a mean lasagna and chicken enchilada – into a career, and plans to go to culinary school after high school. She hopes to open her own bistro one day, striving for the perfect mix between Starbucks and Panera Bread. Smith said her family now goes on with life as normally as possible, letting her battle with cancer fade into a memory. Like most mother-daughters, Smith and Ebright strive to find a balance between independence and staying safe, and next weekend, Smith will attend her junior prom. But since a high school friend died of leukemia a few weeks ago, Smith said her fight with cancer has been on her mind more than usual. “It’s just kind of a ‘That could have been me’ kind of thing. It kind of just gives me a different perspective to live every day to the fullest,” she said. “I want to make sure that I do everything that I’ve set out to do, just because I could not have had that chance.” Ebright said she thinks there is a certain serendipity to Smith’s experience and her namesake. When Ebright first became pregnant, she decided on the name “Destinee” because she felt God had given her a child for a purpose. But in watching her daughter fight leukemia so early in life, Ebright sometimes wondered what that purpose was. Now, Smith’s namesake has come full circle. “I think she’s still a work in progress, but I know she has a purpose and there is a reason for her to be here,” Ebright said. “I, at one point in time, said, ‘I know what her destiny is.’ I think that she really will be a good helper and mentor to others because of things that she has gone through in her life.” And Smith shares her mother’s vision. “I just want to see that something good comes from me staying here,” she said. Contact Sarah Mervosh at [email protected] *** That was 14 years ago. Now, Destinee Smith is a cancer-free high school junior who relishes her long, brown hair. She’s what her mom calls a “fighter.” And she’s also a giver, as she volunteers to help those currently fighting their own battles against cancer and other medical conditions.   She will speak tonight at the kickoff event for The Bald and the Beautiful, an annual event at Notre Dame where students donate their hair to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. “I like giving hope to those that are going through it, to know that it doesn’t all end badly,” Smith said. “There is still hope that they’ll make it through it, and live the life that they want to live.” Seventeen-year-old Paige Robison, who also overcame childhood leukemia and was in South Bend Memorial Hospital’s pediatric oncology program with Smith, will attend the event as well. Both girls experienced hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatment. “I remember definitely being taunted, being called a boy and stuff,” Smith said. “I always wore a bow on my head so they would know that I was a girl.” Robison said as a young girl, she found an upside to being bald. “The best thing about it was that my mom would take gel pens and would draw on my head,” she said. “It was just the coolest thing, I loved it.” Robison said students shaving their heads and donating hair through The Bald and the Beautiful means a lot to children who are currently battling cancer. “I just think that makes it so much easier for them,” she said. “They can see older adults supporting them, and I think that just makes all the difference.” Both Robison and Smith have previously donated their hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit that provides hairpieces to children suffering from medical hair loss. Smith said she did it “to give back,” but added, “I love having long hair now that I can have long hair.” When Smith speaks at The Bald and the Beautiful tonight, she hopes to share a message with children in attendance fighting battles with cancer. “Have hope. [Don’t] let it bring you down, because there is always a fighting chance that you are going to make it,” she said. “Be happy, and live life as much as you possibly can and experience everything that you want to do. To just celebrate [life] because it could be taken away from you.”last_img read more

Student-balanced Budget

first_imgNon-essential agencies of the federal government were shut down in October 2013 because politicians could not agree on how to fund them. Although balancing the federal budget may seem difficult, a University of Georgia economics professor taught his students how to do so in just one semester.UGA’s First-Year Odyssey Seminar program was established in 2011 seeks to broaden students’ horizons by placing them in small class environments with other first year students and engaging them with faculty, who may teach outside of their normal field of study.“They realized this all actually matters to them,” said Jeffrey Dorfman, a professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who teaches the U.S. budget class. “It’s their money [and] they’re the ones (that are) going to get stuck with the bill.”In the most recent session of “Balancing the Federal Budget in Fifteen Weeks,” a UGA First-Year Odyssey class, 16 students learned about the federal budget then researched and evaluated proposals on ways to balance it. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that for the current fiscal year the federal government will spend $650 billion more than it makes. This imbalance would add to the national debt, which is estimated at $16 trillion.Existing proposal ideas range from increasing taxes on gasoline and income to cutting spending on programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. The UGA students’ proposal offered a savings of $702 billion; this would eliminate the $650 billion spending debt and leave a $50 billion budget surplus. Their ideas included immediately raising the age for Social Security eligibility to 70, decriminalizing and taxing marijuana, and cutting defense spending by 10 percent.To develop their plans, the class met once a week for 50 minutes and students were split into groups; each group chose to adopt current ideas and to present new ideas. Unlike existing proposals that projected a balanced budget within a few years, the Dorfman’s students’ ideas were required to reflect immediate savings.There are few to no impartial sources for examining federal budget reform. So Dorfman requires the students to note which proposals carried a conservative bias and which carried liberal bias. The students based their proposals on basic principles of economics and their own feelings about fairness, but had to include calculations demonstrating how much money each change would save.Dorfman offered feedback and verified that legitimate, reputable sources with correctly calculated savings were used. The students’ suggestions were split into three categories: revenue increases, spending, and program cuts. The class voted as a whole on which ideas to include in their final proposal.Houston Gaines, a first-year political science and economics major, was already interested in the topic but said it was nice to be able to look at actual numbers and determine a balanced budget. He was surprised by some of the findings.“Lots of shocking things,” Gaines said. “It may seem that we’re in trouble but we’re really in really deep trouble.”The partial shutdown in October lasted for 16 days and experts say it could happen again in 2014 if an agreement among Congress is not reached. Dorfman hopes to teach the class again in fall 2014.“I don’t think they’ll balance the budget this year,” he said, “so I think we can safely do the class again.”To read more about UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics visit read more