Navassa Police investigating armed home invasion

first_img Sgt. Scott Perez says a family was at home when two men with guns came inside.The men took money and a handbag.No one got hurt.Related Article: Police announce arrest in 1996 Wilmington rape caseIf you know anything, call the Navassa Police Department. Town of Navassa and Genx concerns (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — Navassa Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery.It happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Sunday at a home on Brooklyn Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PHOTOS Bald Head Island close to welcoming residents back after storm

first_img Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) 1 of 12 Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents will soon be permitted to return to Bald Head Island nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence came ashore in southeastern North Carolina.Until now, the only people allowed on the island were those assisting with the recovery process.- Advertisement – Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Chris McCall, Village Manager for Bald Head Island, said some business owners have also been allowed on the island because they were considered “essential to the recovery process.”center_img Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) As of Thursday morning, power had been restored to more than 40 percent of the island and McCall said he hoped Duke Energy crews would be able to significantly boost that number by the end of the day.The good news is that no homes were a total loss on the island but many have minor storm damage.  At least six residents remained on the island during the height of the category 1 storm.Related Article: New Veterans Affairs Secretary visits center after Hurricane FlorenceMcCall said the primary reason why homeowners have not been allowed to return to the island is due to excessive flooding issues. Since the island is only accessible by golf carts, many of the roads were flooded and covered with vegetative debris.Even if residents had been allowed back onto the island immediately following the hurricane, McCall said they would not have had any means to get from one point to another.McCall said prior to the hurricane and every day since, he has sent out a personal email to residents updating them on recovery efforts to restore infrastructure throughout the island.On Wednesday, the mayor sent a message saying they were close to having the island open for residents to return and check out their property.By this weekend, McCall said he hopes to have the ferry service back in service and residents should be allowed to return home.“We’re so close and we want everyone to come back,” McCall said. Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery)last_img read more

Britts Donuts in Carolina Beach reopens Friday for 2019 season

first_imgBritt’s Donuts (Photo: Instagram) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Hot, glazed, and gooey goodness! Who is ready for Britt’s Donuts in Carolina Beach to open for the season? Well, you don’t have to wait too much longer!The famous donut shop, located on the boardwalk, reopens for the 2019 season at 4:00 p.m. Friday. They will stay open 10:00 or until they run out of donuts.- Advertisement – Store officials say they will be open on weekends until Memorial Day weekend. Hours on Saturday are 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The shop will run on this same weekend schedule with the exception of Easter weekend at which time Britt’s will be open Easter Sun 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Mon 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or until donuts run out.The shop will be open 7 days a week starting the Memorial Day weekend.Related Article: ‘Rock star for a day’: New Orleans celebrates Mardi GrasHappy eating!last_img read more

Pizarro returns to Werder Bremen for one last time

first_imgClaudio Pizarro has decided to rejoin the Bundesliga side for a fourth time and is expected to retire at the club he first joined in 1999. The Peruvian, who is the highest-scoring foreign player in Bundesliga history with 192 goals in 446 matches, has signed a performance-related contract.Pizarro has also had two successful stints at Bayern Munich, a forgettable time at Chelsea and spent last season at Cologne were he scored 1 goal in 16 appearances. Despite being prolific in front of goal throughout most of his career, Pizarro was overlooked by Peru’s national coach for this year’s World Cup.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

Xiaomi planing to launch a smartwatch to take on Apple Watch

first_imgAdvertisement Xiaomi, which is considered to be the Apple of China is working on its own smartwatch to take on the Apple Watch.The Chinese company will be partnering with Huami a company known for developing wearable tech products for its upcoming smartwatch that will feature a large dial to make pulse wave velocity identification possible.The watch will be able to read the heartbeat of the wearer and will act as a password for payments and other purposes. – Advertisement – However, the technology might be difficult to implement due to its high power consumption and light pollution.Huami’s CEO Huang Wang, is confident that his company’s engineers have been able to bypass these difficulties.Xiaomi’s smartwatch will be made with brushed metal similar to the one that is used on the HTC One M9The report also revealed that Huang talked about the upcoming Xiaomi Band 2 which is a fitness wearable from the company.He said that the upcoming wearable will feature a sporty and light design, and will be available in a multitude of colors.Via iPhone Hackslast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Cheltenham Open Day Two

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]remendously competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham this afternoon with all 20 declared runners set to do battle over two and a half miles at 2.25pm.Despite the open nature of the race – it more often than not is won by a horse prominent in the market. Only one of the last eight winners has started at greater than 10/1.Martin Pipe enjoyed a virtual monopoly on this race from 1996 with an incredible 7 winners from 10 renewals and David Pipe gave the stable another winner in 2011 with Great Endeavour.Pipe’s main hope this year would appear to lie with Kings Palace who has Tom Scudamore onboard. The seven-year-old has won three of his four chase races (in small fields) and hasn’t been seen since disappointing here at the Festival when a well beaten sixth to Don Poli in th RSA Chase. He’s capable of running well fresh, but the stable current form is something of a concern.An each way option in the race for me is Cocktails At Dawn for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville. He made all to win at Chepstow last time out and comes here on a hat-trick having previously excelled at Sandown when jumping well and winning by 26 lengths. This will be much tougher but his sound jumping will count for plenty and at around 16/1 simply looks too big.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK COCKTAILS AT DAWN for 3 points each way at SP with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 126.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

£25 FREE BET Man City v Watford

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Study Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduStudy: Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta Dams will not reduce flow of sand to Mississippi River Delta for centuriesHOUSTON — (April 20, 2014) — The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are slowly sinking and rapidly eroding, but new research from Rice University and the University of South Carolina has found the river’s supply of sand — the material engineers most need to rebuild the delta — will stay constant for centuries.The new study, which appears online this week in Nature Geoscience, is encouraging news for scientists and government officials who are working to shore up southeastern Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing wetlands. The delta sinks each year as its soil settles and becomes more compact. While floodwaters from the untamed Mississippi River formerly provided a steady supply of sediment to counteract this subsidence, engineers have fought for nearly a century to contain the floods, which threaten the lives and livelihood of millions. Flood-control measures have eliminated about half of the annual supply of sediment that flows downriver, but the new study finds that sand — they key ingredient for rebuilding marshlands — is still abundant.“It’s true that the total amount of sediment has diminished, but river sediment contains both fine-grained mud and course-grained sand, and our research found that upstream dam construction has not reduced the amount of sand in the lower Mississippi and won’t for at least 300-600 years,” said study lead author Jeffrey Nittrouer, assistant professor of Earth science at Rice University.Nittrouer and co-author Enrica Viparelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Carolina, analyzed sediment loads in the lower Mississippi and found that while the total amount of sediment — both sand and mud — has diminished, the amount of sand trapped by upstream dams is offset by “mining” of new sand downstream.“When clear water is released from the floodgates at upstream dams, it churns dormant sand that has long been deposited and carries it downriver,” Nittrouer said. “This ‘mining’ of ancient sand makes up for the sand that is trapped by upstream dams, and our numerical models suggest that the sand load in the lower Mississippi River channel will not decline for at least 300 years. Looking even further into the future, we found that 600 years from now, the lower Mississippi River’s sand sediment load will have declined by less than 20 percent from today’s levels.”Nittrouer, whose research focuses on the sediment transport, hydrology, basin evolution and stratigraphy of lowland river systems, has studied the Mississippi River for the past decade. His previous work included a 2012 study of the land-building processes that took place during the historic flooding of 2011. In one of the largest floodwater diversions of the past century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway, a 7,000-foot-wide “safety valve” that diverts floodwater directly to Lake Ponchatrain.Nittrouer and colleagues found that even though the 42-day diversion siphoned off less than 20 percent of the water flowing downriver, it diverted about 40 percent of the river’s sand load into Bonnet Carré. In analyzing how this occurred, Nittrouer and colleagues were able to show what factors the corps should consider in designing sediment diversion projects for wetlands replenishment.“Our previous work showed how large volumes of sand could be deposited in specific locations, and our latest research shows that significant volumes of sand will be available for land-building for several centuries,” Nittrouer said. “Each of these are important because studies at Wax Lake Delta and other sites have shown that sand — even though it makes up less than 20 percent of the overall river sediment load — is the key ingredient for land-building.”The research was funded by Rice University.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0421_SAND-satellite-med.jpgCAPTION: These satellite images show a portion of the Mississippi River downstream of Memphis, Tenn., in August 2012 (top) and August 2011 (bottom). During the drought of 2012, record low-water levels revealed vast amounts of sand that are typically hidden below water. New research finds that the river’s supply of sand — the material engineers most need to rebuild the shrinking Mississippi Delta — will stay constant for centuries.CREDIT: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA Earth Observatoryhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0421_SAND-BonnetCarre2011-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researcher Jeffrey Nittrouer on an exposed dune field in the Bonnet Carré spillway in Louisiana in July 2011. Nittrouer and colleagues found that about 40 percent of the sand being carried down the Mississippi River was diverted through the spillway during a flood diversion that year.CREDIT: J. Nittrouer/Rice UniversityA copy of the Nature Geosciences paper is available at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2142Located 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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

NAFTA renegotiations in focus at Rices Baker Institute April 17

first_imgShare1MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.eduJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775NAFTA renegotiations in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute April 17HOUSTON – (April 12, 2018) – Karen Antebi, economic counselor for the Trade and North American Free Trade Agreement Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 17 on the latest developments in the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations, including potential new provisions for the energy sector.A panel of experts will also provide perspectives from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico on the drivers of growing cross-border energy trade and investment within North America and how this could be enhanced or inhibited by the potential outcomes of the NAFTA negotiations.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Mexico Center as well as the Trade Leadership Coalition, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.Who: Featured speaker Karen Antebi, economic counselor, Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.Panelists Hector Castro Vizcarra, representative of Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, Embassy of Mexico in Washington; Aaron Annable, energy counselor, Embassy of Canada in Washington; Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, vice president of federal government affairs, Sempra Energy; and Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute.Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.What: An event titled “NAFTA Negotiations and North American Energy Trade.”When: Tuesday, April 17, 9-11:30 a.m. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1939. A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

Business in Capitals Immersion Takes MBAAmerican Online Students to Brussels

first_img regions: Washington, DC About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedWhat Are The Best Washington DC Online MBA Programs?Modern business students have a multitude of options when it comes to MBA programs, including: on-campus full-time or part-time programs; evening or weekend courses for working professionals and accelerated programs for those who want to earn their MBA in condensed amount of time. But for those who prioritize online flexibility and…February 23, 2017In “Featured Home”Emory Goizueta Initiates Pilot Program to Enhance Global Immersion ExperienceGlobalization is a key feature of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. There’s an eye on international business throughout the university, coming in many forms. In lectures, students spend hours pouring over case studies from around the world. In addition, 17 percent of the current Class of 2021 are international students…June 27, 2018In “Atlanta”#1 Ranked IU Kelley Online MBA Undergoes Major Curriculum UpdateSponsored Content Already ranked #1 by the U.S. News & World Report, the IU Kelley Direct Online MBA has revamped its program for a more customizable experience. Now, their online program is even more robust while still offering the same flexibility and strengths that have made Kelley Direct a long-time business leader. As…June 12, 2019In “Chicago” Last month, a group of Kogod School of Business students took part in an academic and a cultural immersion to Brussels, Belgium. The study experience was the first official MBA@American international trip, bringing together 60 MBA candidates from across the country to explore the European business landscape.The Business in Capitals immersion, part of the online MBA@American program, offers students the chance to expand on their online studies and learn in an entirely new setting, lasting three to four days. Students are required to complete two immersions during their program.“The immersions are eye-opening opportunities because they get students out of their day-to-day lives,” Maureen Breslin, Director of Partner Facing Online Programs, said in a recent story. “They offer the opportunity to network with classmates, learn, and have cross-cultural experiences.” After a trip to European Parliament, the group visited MindGate, a business region located in Leuven, about 25 kilometers east of Brussels. There, students learned about different local and international organizations, and toured different businesses. Students met with company representatives and learned about the challenges they face.It wasn’t all work, no play in Belgium. Students still had time to visit local cultural sites and explore Brussels though walking tours, and visits to breweries and chocolate factories.Students on the trip agreed that the Brussels trip was an all-encompassing experience that exposed them to a foreign business landscape, and encouraged them to embrace new perspectives. “Seeing how other people are exploring business’ opportunities and challenges gets students thinking about the amazing opportunities out there,” Breslin said. “I can’t wait for what’s to come for our students.”The trip was part of Kogod’s Online MBA program. According to Kogod, the program is designed for domestic and global business professionals who want to start or advance their careers across the broad domain of business, including accounting, finance, marketing, international business and analytics, in preparation for a managerial career path.Upcoming international immersions sponsored by MBA@American include Mexico City (September 2017), Madrid (June 2018) and Seoul (September 2018).center_img “Business in Capitals” Immersion Takes MBA@American Online Students to Brussels Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

James Clapper US Intelligence Chief Resigns

first_img Share this article Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) James Clapper, US Intelligence Chief, Resigns By Epoch Newsroom November 17, 2016 Updated: November 17, 2016 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a House committee on Thursday that he has submitted his resignation Wednesday night.“As required of all appointed Administration officials, DNI Clapper has signed a letter of resignation effective at noon on Jan 20, 2017,” the agency tweeted on Nov. 17.Clapper addressed the matter in Congress. The 75-year-old was expected to step aside since President-elect Donald Trump is expected to appoint his own officials.“(I) submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good,” he said, reported CNN. “I have 64 days left and I’d have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that,” Clapper told California Rep. Adam Schiff.As required of all appointed Administration officials, DNI Clapper has signed a letter of resignation effective at noon on Jan 20, 2017.— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) November 17, 2016All members of an outgoing administration have to submit a resignation at some point. Clapper, meanwhile, told the House intelligence committee on Thursday that Russia will probably continue to conduct information warfare against the U.S., according to The Associated Press. Clapper said the intelligence community has less insight into how Wikileaks obtained the emails.Related CoverageStand Up to Russia, Obama Advises TrumpHacked emails from Democratic Party officials were released by Wikileaks during the presidential campaign, revealing details embarrassing to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The intelligence director and the Department of Homeland Security said in October that based on the “scope and sensitivity” of the hacking efforts, only Russia’s “senior-most officials” could have authorized the hacking. Russia has denied involvement.Clapper presided over 17 different agencies, which includes the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The Associated Press contributed to this report. US center_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Microsoft Vows to Keep MS Paint—Kind Of

first_img After an outpouring of support for Microsoft’s Paint feature on Monday, the company announced that it would no longer phase out program in its next update—at least not completely.MS Paint will still be available in the Microsoft app store for free, but it will no longer be part of the MS suite of products that comes installed on Microsoft devices.“If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans,” the company said on its blog. “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”The company said in March that the program, which was first launched in 1985, has 100 million monthly users.MS paint will be replaced by Paint 3D, which was released last October, and will be the new artistic feature of the Microsoft 10 Creator’s Update, due out this fall.In addition to adding another dimension to the classic paint program, it allows digital artists to share their work with an online community. Paint 3D has similar tools as MS Paint, such as photo editing, line and curve tools, and a 2D pallette, Microsoft says, and it will continue to get new feature updates.The outpouring of support for Microsoft’s basic art program came after news spread on Monday that MS Paint had been put on a list of “deprecated” features that would not be actively developed and could eventually be phased out.People posted pictures of Paint-drawn gravestones, and “paint” was trending around the world on Twitter.While Microsoft said the program will remain as an app, it did not say whether it would be updated.Other programs Microsoft said were slated to be removed in its Creator’s Update were Outlook Express and its Reader app, which will be merged to be a part of its Edge Web browser.From NTD.tv  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion Microsoft Vows to Keep MS Paint—Kind Of By NTD Television July 25, 2017 Updated: July 25, 2017center_img Microsoft Paint as seen on July 25, 2017. (Naeim Darzi/The Epoch Times) Share Tech last_img read more

McDonalds Salads Have Infected 507 Customers to Date

first_img Share this article US News An outbreak of cyclosporiasis caused by contaminated McDonald’s salads has sickened 507 customers since May.The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the multi-state outbreak has affected people in 15 states, though the infected salads were apparently only sold in 11 states.At least 24 people have had to be hospitalized. There have been no reported fatalities.The latest numbers may be higher, according to the CDC. Cyclospora takes up to six weeks to mature and cause symptoms, so anyone infected after the second week of July may not have developed symptoms yet.Cyclospora is mainly transmitted through infected feces in food or water. It is unlikely for cyclospora to pass directly from one person to another, according to the CDC.Symptoms include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, intestinal gas, nausea, and fatigue, according to the CDC. Some patients may start vomiting or develop low-grade fevers, but these are less common. File photo: A display for McDonald’s Asian Salad in a McDonald’s restaurant in Oakbrook, Illinois, on June 25 2006. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)McDonald’s Salads the Source of the IllnessThe Illinois Department of Health reported on July 12 that “The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants.”On the same day, McDonald’s Corporation posted this statement in Nation’s Restaurant News: “Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to voluntarily stop selling salads at impacted restaurants until we can switch to another lettuce-blend supplier.“We are in the process of removing existing salad blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers—which includes approximately 3,000 of our U.S. restaurants primarily located in the Midwest.”Unfortunately, these measures have not appeared to be sufficient.Business Insider reported that on July 27, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook told investors on a conference call, “All those restaurants have been fully replenished with a new supply and we continue to trade fully,” meaning salads were back on the menu.While investors may have been relieved, McDonald’s customers continued to fall ill.McDonald's Salads McDonald’s like this one in San Rafael California, may serve billions around the world, but as far as anyone knows, only Trevor Walker was served drugs in his drink. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)FDA Finds Probable SourceThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that bags of Fresh Express vegetable mix containing carrots and romaine lettuce were contaminated with cyclospora on July 26.This salad mix was likely the source of at least some of the contaminated McDonald’s products. Earlier lots from the same source could have been involved at the beginning of the outbreak, but it is too late to be certain.Fresh Express, located in Streamwood, IL, sold some the contaminated product to Caito Foods LLC of Indianapolis, which used the vegetable mix in prepackaged salads and wraps that it shipped to various retailers.The contaminated salad mix bags were dated for expiration on July 19. The salads and wraps had expiration dates ranging from July 18–23.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert about the contaminated products, and published a complete list online.It is likely that all the contaminated salads have been discarded as they went past their expiration dates.Watch Next: A Mother Shares the Story of Her Son’s Heroin Overdose  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share McDonald’s Salads Have Infected 507 Customers to Date By Chris Jasurek August 25, 2018 Updated: August 25, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Video Shows Water Rushing Over Failed North Carolina Dam

first_img#BoilingSpringLakes is a complete disaster zone. People here are essentially trapped. No power, eater, cell service. They’re running out of food. Please share to get wore out so we can get them some help. pic.twitter.com/EwQwEF1Lh2— Alex Guarino (@AlexWECT) September 17, 2018 “Crazy, crazy. We’ve been through storms but I’ve never seen it being devastated like this,” added resident Diane Griffey told WECT. “Never seen roads just flood out, break out, the dam gave. Residents that live in the back can’t even get out. It’s really just crazy. It’s overwhelming.”At least one family was left collecting rainwater in buckets to drink because water systems had been cut off in some areas. Rescuers were working to get to people who were trapped by floodwaters, they told the broadcaster on Sept. 18.“Most of our units are back there in the flooded out areas, inaccessible areas. We’ve got high clearance vehicles right now getting those that want to come out. And getting them to the shelters we have set up here in town South Brunswick, West Brunswick, North Brunswick,” said Lyle Johnson, deputy director of Emergency Management Services with Brunswick County.Read More‘Be Patient, Be Alert,’ Trump Urges Ahead of Visit to Flood-Stricken North CarolinaRescuers Save Rabbit Left Stranded by Hurricane Florence2 Mental Patients Chained in Back of Sheriff’s Van Drown During FlorenceAuthorities have requested food and water for the city, as residents said they’re already running low.“Coming up this way it blows your mind because we’re such a small little town, a little community that hopefully we’ll all pull together but it’s scary,” said Griffey. “They’re saying maybe two weeks before we even have power and electricity. Everybody’s getting low on food, gas.”Video Credit: Rob Thompson via StoryfulFrom NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Show Discussion Share Video Shows Water Rushing Over Failed North Carolina Dam By Zachary Stieber September 19, 2018 Updated: September 19, 2018 Town DevastatedBoiling Spring Lakes, a town of around 5,300 people about 8 miles inland from the Cape Fear River and just a few more miles from the coast, was devastated by Florence.The sections of roadways destroyed by torrential rain and flooding left many people stranded and others trying to navigate around the city.“You can’t get out of town. You can’t get into town. So I think the last thing I was notified about was if you leave Brunswick County, you’re not getting back in,” Boiling Spring Lakes resident Mike Maedje told WWAY. Another road in Boiling Spring Lakes completely washed out and destroyed by Florence flooding. One family is collecting rainwater in buckets to drink as few supplies are able to get in and out. This is a crisis zone. @wectnews pic.twitter.com/WcCwCxFiJG— Ben Smart (@BenSmartWECT) September 17, 2018 US News center_img Share this article Devastating video taken just now in Boiling Spring Lakes. This house or shed sliding down from flooding @wectnews pic.twitter.com/1mP1ddPcKd— Ben Smart (@BenSmartWECT) September 17, 2018 Video footage shows water rushing over a failed dam in North Carolina following the deluge of rain brought by Hurricane Florence.The footage from Instagram user Rob Thompson shows a dam in the city of Boiling Spring Lakes in Brunswick County failing.Thompson said he and his family had “just driven over” the section of road that was washed away by the floodwaters, but when they arrived back at the area on their way home they found it gone.The video, recorded on Sunday, Sept. 16, shows the power of the water, digging deep into the dam and cutting into the banks by the railroad tracks at the foot of the dam. Three lakes drained when the dam failed, and the storm destroyed several other roads in the area.Read MoreNorth Carolina Governor Pleads With Storm Evacuees to Be PatientMom of 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in Florence Flood Speaks Out Prior to Florence hitting the area, Boiling Spring Lakes Mayor Craig Caster ordered a number of preparations, including a citywide voluntary evacuation combined with a mandatory evacuation for people living in substandard homes and/or in low-lying, flood-prone areas.Caster also ordered the Big Lake lowered to about one foot below the spillway, reported the State Port Pilot. That effort to avoid the dam being breached failed, though.Florence deluged the Carolinas after hitting on Sept. 14, leaving some areas with more than 5 feet of rain.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Rescue workers were finally able to access homes in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC after 4 days of floods. They evacuated dozens of residents and their pets after their homes became islands. ⁦ pic.twitter.com/Wyc4YS4suC— Natalie Valdes (@nvaldes7) September 17, 2018 QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more

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first_imgA drone flies during a product launch event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, on Aug, 23, 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Share this article Show Discussion Share US News center_img Top US Officials Say Drones Increasingly Pose a National Security Threat By Bowen Xiao September 26, 2018 Updated: September 26, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Top officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are warning Congress to modernize obsolete federal laws to help curb the increasing threat of drone attacks from terrorists or drug cartels.DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that new legislation must be passed immediately. The DHS is hoping to gain more legal powers to stop any future attacks.“The threat from drones is real & it’s here,” Nielsen wrote on Twitter Sept. 26. “Outdated laws prevent us from setting up defenses we need to protect events, federal facilities, and other targets from airborne threats. I urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation giving @DHSgov authority to keep Americans safe.”In a speech earlier this month, Nielsen warned that malicious drones are now “a major national security concern in our homeland.” She said criminals can spy on sensitive facilities and disrupt communications, or steal data.A proposal introduced in July by Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas) sought to provide DHS with the necessary legal authority to detect, track, and mitigate threats from small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).The proposal, dubbed the “Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018,”  gained strong support from the Trump administration. “The bill would provide DHS and DOJ the specific authority to develop, test, and deploy within the United States counter-UAS technology to mitigate the threat posed by careless, threatening, or malicious drone operations,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in June.Sanders said current federal laws inhibit the government’s ability to “to fully evaluate and use essential detection, tracking, and mitigation technologies to counter these rapidly advancing threats.”Growing RiskCustoms and Border Protection (CBP) officers monitor drones used by drug cartels or terrorist organizations that attempt to spy on or attack the United States, DHS Under Secretary David Glawe said.Terrorist groups such as ISIS have in their possession grenade-launching and mortar-dropping drones, as well as flying decoys, according to Defense One. ISIS deploys a number of drones that can be bought online but mostly uses quadcopters for surveillance or explosive-dropping purposes.“If you want to move people, narcotics, God-forbid weapons of mass destruction, or anything else over the border, you have a surveillance location that can be now automated with drones at a very inexpensive cost by organizations outside of the United States,” Glawe told CBS News.A prime example of such an attack happened in August when explosive-laden drones detonated close to where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was speaking; Maduro and top officials managed to escape unharmed.Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also supported legislation that would counter drone threats. In a Sept. 25 statement, he called for Congress to pass the Preventing Emerging Threats Act.“This new tool [drones] can also be used to wreak havoc by criminals, terrorists and other bad actors” Sessions said. “That is why the Trump administration has worked on legal reforms to enable law-abiding people to use this technology for good, while protecting them from those who would use it for ill.”“We need this authority today,” Sessions added.The McCaul proposal, which was approved by a Senate committee, has been bogged down as civil-liberties organizations say it could infringe on citizens’ rights.Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch told CBS that the drones they’ve spotted along the border already have the ability to carry weapons.Federal agents currently aren’t allowed to shoot down a drone. They can only track it and try to catch it when it lands.“There are drones now that have the ability to carry up to 300 pounds, if not more of a payload. So that is a significant risk for law enforcement officers and agents in this country,” Karisch said. Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 last_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Heightened Alert After Threat Locks Down Columbine By The Associated Press April 17, 2019 Updated: April 17, 2019 US News Share this article Show Discussion Share LITTLETON, Colorado—Public schools in the Denver area will be closed Wednesday after authorities said a young woman who is “infatuated” with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School made threats just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people.Authorities are looking for Sol Pais, 18, who is thought to have made undisclosed threats that prompted Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver to lock their doors for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon.All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed “credible and general,” said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.Sol Pais Columbine school 2 An officer from Jefferson County, Colo., Schools listens on his radio as students leave Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 16, 2019. (David Zalubowski/Photo via AP)The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI say Pais traveled to Colorado from Miami on Monday night and bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition.Denver Public Schools said that all facilities and programs will be closed Wednesday, and there will be no afternoon activities or athletic competitions. The district said the decision to close campuses was in collaboration with other Denver metro-area school districts due to the ongoing safety concern. On Tuesday, some schools released their students after additional security was called in and canceled evening activities or moved them inside. This combination of undated photos released by the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office on April 16, 2019, shows Sol Pais. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP) “We always have heightened awareness close to high-profile anniversaries like this,” Billinger said.Pais was last seen in the foothills west of Denver, was considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached, authorities said.“This has become a massive manhunt … and every law enforcement agency is participating and helping in this effort,” Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the FBI in Denver, said late Tuesday night.The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force issued a notice Tuesday describing Pais as “infatuated with (the) Columbine school shooting.” The alert also said police who come into contact with her should detain her and evaluate her mental health.Sol Pais Columbine school 3 Students leave Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 16, 2019. (David Zalubowski/Photo via AP)Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Taplin said the threats she made were general and not specific to any school.The Denver Post reported that a call to a phone number listed for Pais’ parents in Surfside, Florida, was interrupted by a man who identified himself as an FBI agent and said he was interviewing them.The Associated Press left messages at two numbers listed for Pais’ relatives in Florida, while another number was disconnected.Sol Pais Columbine school 4 School police officers look on as students leave Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 16, 2019. (David Zalubowski/Photo via AP)The doors were locked at Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area as the sheriff’s office said it was investigating threats against schools related to an FBI investigation.Columbine students continued attending classes in the afternoon and left school on time, but after-school activities were canceled on the campus in Littleton, Colorado.Two teenage gunmen attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher.By Kathleen Foody and Colleen Slevin last_img read more

US fighter planes intercepted Russian bombers an

first_img U.S. fighter planes intercepted Russian bombers and fighters that entered Alaska’s airspace on May 20, said the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on May 21.NORAD said that Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and Su-35 fighters were intercepted by two F-22 fighter planes as they entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.Later, two Tu-95s and two Su-35s were intercepted by two more F-22 fighter jets while a NORAD E-3 aircraft provided surveillance, said NORAD. The Russian planes were “positively identified,” the agency wrote. US News The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the incident in a tweet on May 20.The ministry said its Aerospace Forces “made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands.” Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   NORAD fighters intercepted Russian bombers+fighters entering Alaskan ADIZ May 20. 2x Tu-95s were intercepted by 2x F-22s; a second group of 2x Tu-95+2x Su-35 was intercepted later by 2 more F-22’s; NORAD E-3 provided overall surveillance. The aircraft remained in int’l airspace pic.twitter.com/VrNuSWFOQm— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) May 21, 2019 An E-3 AWACS, 2x F-22, 2x CF-18 fighter jets from NORAD positively identified 2x Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers entering the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone on January 26, 2019. Bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter sovereign territory pic.twitter.com/utKe26SRBB— U.S. Northern Command (@USNorthernCmd) January 26, 2019 Our ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens and vital infrastructure starts with detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft our airspace. We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – Gen. O’Shaughnessy, Commander NORAD— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) May 21, 2019 The North American Aerospace Defence Command says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers. The Russian planes were said to be entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force at the time, The Associated Press reported.General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement that “NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. “Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace,” O’Shaughnessy said.The Associated Press contributed to this report. center_img Four #Tu95MS strategic missile carriers of the Russian #AerospaceForces made scheduled sorties over the neutral waters of the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the western coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands pic.twitter.com/gS5egx5IeA— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) May 21, 2019 “At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were escorted by F22 fighter jets of the USAF. The total flight time exceeded 12 hours,” the ministry said in a statement. “Long-range pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian seas, and Pacific Ocean.”The ministry claimed that the flights were “carried out in strict accordance with the International Airspace Management System without violating the borders of other states.”Other details about the incident were not provided.In January, U.S. and Canadian fighter planes were scrambled to escort Russian jets near the North American coastline. Share this article A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber and missile carrier (L) is seen being accompanied by a U.S. F-22 fighter jet in international airspace off the coast of Alaska, on May 21, 2019. (NORAD) US Fighter Planes Intercept Russian Bombers Near Alaska, Says NORAD By Jack Phillips May 21, 2019 Updated: May 21, 2019 Share As a result, the Russian aircraft remained in international airspace.In a later statement, NORAD said its “ability to deter and defeat threats” begins with “detecting, tracking, and positively identifying” non-American aircraft in U.S. airspace.“We are on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” the statement continued.last_img read more

Ride of Silence May 20 in Bend Oregon

first_img Google+ 0 LinkedIn Twitter Tumblr E-Headlines Share. Facebookcenter_img (Photo courtesy of CBN)The Ride of Silence has been absent in Bend for some time but returns this year to raise awareness in cities around the world, as cyclists gather to ride in silence to honor cyclists’ right to ride on the road and to honor the fallen cyclists no longer with us.It’s a rally that advocates for the living friends and family of victims, as well as a celebration of those who incorporated the bicycle into their lifestyle. You ride slowly (12 MPH) and silently in hope to end the tragedy on our roads.The Ride of SilenceMay 20, 20157pm start and finish at Mirror Pond PlazaThe 2014 Ride Of Silence315 locations world wide49 U.S. states22 Countries7 continents0 words spokenA million powerful memoriesAccording to Jeff Monson of Commute Options: “You are part of a wave of growth for The Ride Of Silence, as we strive to embrace the world, realizing the same bicyclists’ rights problems extends far beyond our own streets. If we can band the cyclists of the world together, we hope that we can affect change in our immediate neighborhoods. With each person’s and location’s help, one person at a time, one location at a time, we can make a change. It helps us realize we ARE making an impact, we do matter, and people will see it.“This is an important date for your community. Cherish it. Through its people, your town has taken a giant step in the right direction toward cyclist safety. As you probably do, we see this as a very significant event, if only because it is held worldwide on the same day, at the same time. But more so, because it remembers those lost doing what is a legal right.On one night in cities around the world, cyclists gather annually to ride in silence to raise awareness of cyclists’ right to ride on the road and to honor the fallen cyclists no longer with us. It’s a rally that advocates for the living friends and family of victims, as well as a celebration of those who incorporated the bicycle into their lifestyle. We ride slowly (12 MPH) and silently in hope to end the tragedy on our roads.”Jeff MonsonExecutive DirectorCommute Options50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4Bend, OR 97702www.commuteoptions.org 541 330-2647 Ride of Silence May 20 in Bend, Oregon Email on May 14, 2015 By CBN Pinterestlast_img read more

Congress Targets Small Business Tax Compliance Burden

first_img Google+ Twitter Tumblr Facebook Congress Targets Small Business Tax Compliance Burden Pinterest Share. E-Headlinescenter_img In a coordinated broadside at the complexity of the tax code for small business owners, both the House and Senate held hearings Wednesday with similar themes.The House Committee on Small Business titled its hearing “How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth,” while the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing was called “Targeted Tax Reform: Solutions to Relieve the Tax Compliance Burdens for America’s Small Businesses.”“Making the tax code simpler is particularly important for American small business owners as they are disproportionately affected by tax complexity—a finding that unfortunately, has not changed with time,” said House Committee on Small Business chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio.He cited a study by the Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration that found small companies pay 67 percent more to comply with the tax code than large firms do.“A recent update to those Advocacy studies found that firms with less than 50 employees pay, on average, $1,518 per employee in tax compliance costs, whereas firms with more than 100 pay $647,” he said.Stephen Mankowski, national executive vice president and national tax policy chair of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners testified in relation to a recent GAO report, “Small Businesses – IRS Considers Taxpayer Burden in Tax Administration, but Needs a Plan to Evaluate the Use of Payment Card Information for Compliance Efforts.”The committee members on both sides of the aisle were in basic agreement that the tax code has gotten much too complicated and something needs to be done, Mankowski observed.” The problem is how to simplify it. Without doing a total rewrite, it’s not an easy fix,” he said. “Several of us commented that the extenders should be passed early, with some of them being made permanent.”As an example of the importance to the economy of these, one Congressman noted that one of his constituents sold 11 drilling rigs last year. “Six of the 11 were sold during the last three weeks of the year, as a result of the extension of the enhanced Section 179 deduction,” he said.Mankowski was asked to testify specifically about Form 1099-K and the use of payment card information for compliance efforts.In recent years, there has been a change in the way that business is conducted, he observed. Businesses that formerly accepted only cash or checks now accept credit cards. “The related fees have simply become yet another cost of doing business—and another element of taxpayer burden,” he indicated.“Even after researching the processing firms to obtain the best processing rates, they learn that MasterCard and Visa have different merchant fees when compared to American Express and Discover,” he said. “If the consumer uses a credit card that includes member programs or ‘points,’ an even higher processing rate may be charged by the merchant bank.”Under a 2008 law, the processing companies had to begin reporting credit card receipts to the IRS and the merchant in 2011 and had to add the reporting of the number of monthly transactions for 2012.Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third Party Network Payments, must be issued by a payment processor once a merchant has 200 transactions and sales of at least $20,000 annually.“The Form 1099-K has been a new source of taxpayer burden for the small business owner,” Mankowski maintained. “Trying to accurately track revenue in the same way as the 1099-K presents data would result in an accounting nightmare. To further complicate the record keeping, businesses receive a Form 1099-K for each specific payment processor.”Of course, the form does not account for gratuities, sales tax or returns. “For example, if my wife buys me a snow shovel and I decide to return it because it doesn’t have the bend in it to help my back, there’s no way for the merchant to reflect this on Form 1099-K,” he said.The IRS instituted a pilot matching program for the 2015 filing season called the Payment Mix Comparison Tool. The PMCT program compares payment data from payment settlement entities such as credit card companies with income reported by small businesses. However, the IRS has not clearly defined the stages of the pilot or measurable goals that it can use to determine when the pilot moves from one state to the next, or if it should move, according to the Government Accountability Office.“PMCT accesses the IRS database and compares various ratios for a business with a specific MCC [Merchant Category Code] against the Form 1099-K,” Mankowski said. “The result tells the CPA if the results are within specifications of the database.”He noted that if the payment processor applies an incorrect MCC code for a business, the PMCT results could be beyond the standard deviation, which may result in an IRS notice. Practitioners viewed with suspicion the program because they believed the IRS could use the data in the future to zero in on noncompliance.“The PMCT, unfortunately, did not get the expected usage due to a few practitioner concerns,” said Mankowski. “Specifically, the name of the tool was not the best, many practitioners did not believe that the IRS was not tracking the results and the fact that PMCT did not go live until the beginning of February 2015, after most CPAs have completed their training and had already begun preparing tax returns.”The tax compliance burden faced by small businesses can vary considerably depending upon a number of factors, according to the GAO, which testified at the hearing. “Through its research and outreach activities, IRS is cognizant of the compliance cost to taxpayers and explicitly considers this burden in administering the tax code. IRS’s new payment card matching program has the potential to enhance the agency’s ability to identify noncompliant small business taxpayers while minimizing taxpayer burden. However, IRS has a long road ahead in determining whether, and how, the payment card pilot program and its many activities can be fully implemented.” By Roger Russell from accountingtoday 0 LinkedIn on July 30, 2015 Emaillast_img read more