High court ruling allows longterm expats to vote in February byelections

first_imgColin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Expat Canadians with ties to one of three ridings now in the throes of byelections may be eligible to vote no matter how long they’ve been abroad given last week’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling.While the government got ahead of the high court ruling with new legislation passed last month, most provisions of Bill C-76 were only slated to take effect after six months — in good time for October’s general election. However, the Supreme Court decision on Jan. 11 took immediate effect.Elections Canada wasted little time advertising the change after the high court struck down a 1993 law disenfranchising Canadians abroad for more than five years as unconstitutional.“A Canadian elector living abroad who has previously resided in Canada is entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections regardless of how long they have been living abroad,” Elections Canada said. “Elections Canada is currently updating its online forms and information to reflect the ruling, which came into effect immediately and is therefore applicable in the current three byelections.”On Feb. 25, voters living in Ontario’s York–Simcoe, Burnaby South in British Columbia and Outremont in Quebec get to choose a new member of Parliament. All interested Canadians abroad over the age of 18 with certain ties to one of the ridings are now also eligible to vote by way of a “special ballot.”To receive a ballot, expats are required to register with Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 19. Among other things, they must show either that they were living in one of the ridings before leaving Canada or that a spouse or relative does.Jamie Duong, one of two Canadians who launched their challenge of the old law eight years ago, said on Friday that he was pleased Elections Canada had updated its registration forms less than a week after the Supreme Court decision.“I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to cast my ballot in the upcoming Outremont byelection,” Duong, 35, of Ithaca, N.Y., said on Friday. “Now that I’ve won back my voting rights, I fully intend to exercise them.”While the Supreme Court decision enfranchised an estimated one million or more Canadian expats, only a relative handful have so far asked to vote in the byelections. Latest Elections Canada figures indicate fewer than 100 Canadians abroad have registered to vote, with about two-thirds of those doing so in Outremont.When Bill C-76 is in full force, non-resident voters will only be able to vote in the riding in which they themselves last lived before leaving Canada.“Once registered at an address in an electoral district, the elector cannot change the address as long as they remain registered on the international register of electors,” said Ghislain Desjardins, a senior adviser with Elections Canada.In a separate opinion, Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Rowe agreed the five-year limit was unconstitutional even if its impact might have been minimal in terms of actual election results.“There is almost no evidence of the impact that long-term non-residents would or could have had either locally or nationally if permitted to vote,” Rowe said. “The evidence that exists suggests that the impact would likely be negligible, since a very small number of Canadians living abroad who are currently eligible to vote choose to exercise that right.”last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball blows out Buffalo in NCAA tournament opening round

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe week leading up to the Big Ten tournament was incredibly rough on the Ohio State women’s basketball team. The team endured two road defeats after struggling through four grueling overtime periods, a deflating feeling heading into postseason play.After disposing of Rutgers, the Buckeyes headed into a semifinal matchup with the Michigan State Spartans with hopes of setting things straight before the NCAA tournament. However, OSU suffered two defeats against the Spartans: a near-20-point loss and the realization that the sprained right wrist suffered by senior guard Ameryst Alston the game before would prevent her from being too involved in the offense.That instability heading in could have been a reason for the No. 3-seeded Buckeyes’ apparent unreadiness to start Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament contest against No. 14 seed Buffalo. Eventually, however, the OSU offense overcame the early-game nerves, sending the Bulls packing with an 88-69 victory at St. John Arena.“It just felt like and looked like we got back to playing more like the team we’re capable of being,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.With Alston on the bench, sophomore guards Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss paved the way offensively for the Buckeyes, tallying a game-high 27 and a career-high 16 points, respectively. A pair of forwards, sophomore Alexa Hart and junior Shayla Cooper, provided the opposite with a punishing presence for the Buckeyes down low. Hart came up big for the Buckeyes with five rebounds, five blocks and two steals.As a team the Buckeyes shot 52.4 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three, with the distribution of scoring being divided mostly between Mitchell, Doss and Cooper, who netted 17 points.The defensive pressure fueled by the full-court press resulted in Buffalo shooting just under 30 percent from the field. The Bulls hit the offensive boards hard, but their inability to finish around the rim erased their efforts in the paint. Sophomore guard Joanna Smith finished the day with a team-high 23 points.“I think that their length and their size just got the better of us for a bit,” said Buffalo freshman forward Courtney Wilkins.The Buffalo defense heavily contested the Buckeyes at the start of each quarter. OSU would hit their stride at the end of every period, but the break in between allowed the Bulls ample time to adapt and break the Buckeyes’ rhythm.The first few minutes of the first and second quarters were troublesome for the Buckeyes. Buffalo opened Friday’s contest with a 7-2 advantage, but the OSU women stifled the Bulls over the final five minutes of the first quarter.“I thought our defense did a good job with attacking them aggressively the first couple minutes of the game, but then after that they have guards that still did a good job at attacking,” Smith said.Despite allowing the Bulls to get the upper hand early on, the Buckeyes were extremely dangerous on Friday once they hit their stride. Unanswered runs of 22 and nine points in the first and second quarters, respectively, thwarted any previous Buffalo efforts toward an upset.“I feel like we had to pick (our defense) up a lot, and we emphasized that in practice,” Doss said.Doss sparked the initial run by the Buckeyes, hitting the second of back-to-back 3-pointers to give OSU its first lead of the game with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the first period. From that point on, the Buckeyes never trailed again.Mitchell and Doss were the spark plugs for the offense on Friday, shooting a combined 53.6 percent from the field. The backcourt duo was often the initiator in overwhelming Buffalo with the offensive onslaught that was present at most times throughout the season.The difference in Friday’s scoring dominance centered around the absence of Alston. The senior guard being confined to the sidelines was noticeable at first, but OSU found its groove in patches.When the team was completely in sync, the Buckeyes seemed like one of the most dangerous forces in the country.However, the spell of droughts, which only came in small pockets, presented some trouble.“Buffalo, they got off to a quick start, and our kids didn’t panic,” McGuff said. “We just kind of kept doing the things that make us good.”The Buckeye defense stepped up immensely whenever the offense sputtered, keeping tabs on Buffalo’s offense all day long. During OSU’s uncontested runs, the Bulls missed on all 16 of their shots, while the Buckeyes forced four turnovers and blocked five shots.The defensive pressure the Scarlet and Gray forced upon the Bulls throughout the course of the game eventually wore the visitors out. Once the Buckeyes started to push the pace of the game with an effective press and forward-thinking up-court visibility, they never let up.The drive that was on display for most of Friday’s game was what most were used to seeing throughout the course of the Buckeyes’ campaign. Even though the home team was missing Alston, a key component to the team’s regular-season success, the team chemistry became fluid as the game progressed.“I think what was different compared to today’s game and previous games is our intensity and our focus and our concentration on a lot of stuff that needed to be focused on,” Mitchell said.OSU led by 34 points at one point but let its foot off the gas during the final period of play. The runs that the team put together in the first half put the team in a position to cruise to the end of regulation.“We got a little bit lackadaisical in the second half, and it’s always upsetting as a coach to see that, especially when we played so hard in the first half,” McGuff said.Buffalo did chip into the Buckeyes’ lead at times during the second half, but Mitchell continued to step up as one of the nation’s top scorers to keep the Bulls out of striking distance.With the advancement to the second round, the Buckeyes are set for a Sunday matchup with No. 6 seed West Virginia. Tipoff time at St. John Arena has yet to be announced. read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State to play homeandhome with Notre Dame after Hurricane

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Former Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was meant to compete in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Conway, South Carolina, this weekend. However, the tournament has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings of Hurricane Irma which may affect the area over the weekend.Ohio State will instead be hosting Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m., who will then host the Buckeyes on Sunday at 1 p.m., due to Hurricane Irma threats in South Carolina.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish were two of the four teams scheduled to take part in the South Carolina tournament. Florida International and Coastal Carolina, the host, were the other two teams in the tournament.Although admission to both matches will be free, Ohio State will be collecting cash donations at Friday night’s game for the Red Cross hurricane relief fund. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State claims Big Ten regular season title

Senior forward Mason Jobst races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternDespite losing its first game of the series, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten)  tied Michigan (13-12-7, 9-8-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, securing the regular season Big Ten title.Game 1In a tight, grueling battle on Friday, Michigan would take the 4-2 win against Ohio State in Game 1 of the weekend series.  In the third period, what proved to the the turning point of the game, Michigan scored three times, twice within the last four minutes, ending its tie with the Buckeyes and securing them the win. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, were only able to net one goal in the third period when junior forward Tanner Laczynski, with an assist from senior forward Freddy Gerard, shot a puck past the Michigan defense.Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst managed to score the first goal of the night, his 17thgoal of the season, within the first five minutes of the second period, giving the Buckeyes the upper hand after nearly 25 minutes of stalemate. Michigan responded with only 2.4 seconds left on the clock, however, and managed to tie it up. In the first period, Ohio State came out on top in terms of shots, doubling Michigan’s shot total 10-5.Game 2After recording a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, Jobst recorded a goal in a one-on-one matchup against Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann in second overtime, earning the point to secure Ohio State’s Big Ten regular season championship.  In the second period, Ohio State senior forward Brendon Kearney broke the 1-1 tie and scored with 17:07 left in the period. This was followed up minutes later when senior forward John Wiitala scored Ohio State’s last goal of the night on a power play. The Wolverines only managed one goal in the last half of the second period, keeping them down 3-2 going into the third.Ohio State was again able to score the first goal of the night.Following Michigan receiving a major penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer started the night off in a convincing manner when his puck found its way past the Wolverines defense and into the net 11:54 into the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, though, Michigan was able to tie the game up 1-1 heading into the second period.Halfway through the third period,, the Wolverines netted their last goal of the match. While Ohio State was not able to score any goals in the period, it was able to kill a major penalty in the last five minutes despite being down a player, securing the Buckeyes a tie game at the end of regulation,Ohio State will end the regular season against Michigan State at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. read more

Report Ozil turned down offers of £1m per week for Arsenal

first_imgMesut Ozil reportedly rejected offers in the region of £1m per week in favour of staying at ArsenalThe German playmaker signed a new lucrative three-year contract with Arsenal in January.Ozil now earns £350,000 per week and is the highest-paid player in the club’s history.However, the Evening Standard claims that Ozil had received offers of over £50m per year from foreign clubs.Now Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has spoken on his client and stated that money wasn’t the biggest factor for Ozil in choosing to remain with Arsenal.The 30-year-old had been dangerously close to leaving in the summer as a free agent before he put pen to paper on a new deal.“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers,” Sogut told the Evening Standard.“But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.He added: “Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation.“The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.“Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers (sales) were the largest at the club.“At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.“So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup.“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.“We were free to sign with other clubs and, in the end, Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”Ozil has managed four goals and one assist in 12 appearances for Arsenal this season.last_img read more

Bahamian Cultural Icon passes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 6th 2017 – Nassau – Bahamas has now lost a cultural icon. Cleophas Adderley, founder and director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) passed away yesterday after a long illness. Adderley was 62 years of age and had spent most of life showcasing Bahamian talent of the arts worldwide. He was a well-known musician and composer, and led the National Choir to perform for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, the late Nelson Mandela, the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and so many others.Adderley also recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards in June. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Michel Pintard expressed his condolences to the family and said, ““He was a unique and iconic cultural character who dedicated his life to music and to the people of the Bahamas. His life experience led him to be involved in many facets of the community where he touched the lives of thousands through music.”Adderley started the BNYC in 1983 as part of Bahamas 10th Independence anniversary celebrations. Over the past three decades he had trained hundreds of young people, and led the BNYC to win and participate in numerous competitions both locally and internationally.Adderley also composed “Our Boys”, the first Bahamian grand opera, which was also the first opera to have been written and performed in the English-speaking Caribbean; and the composer of the first Bahamian Concert Mass, “Missa Caribe”.Adderley was the son of former Member of Parliament, late Cleophas E. Adderley and the grandson of the later R. M Bailey.Adderley will be remembered by many as a “distinguished” and “talented” scholar and musician and will be especially missed by his National Youth Choir family.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

An Anchorage House Member Has Introduced A Gun Bill

first_imgThe bill would allow authorities to temporarily take guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. The bill has been pending for over a year but is just getting attention now following the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.  The bill was introduced in 2017, after an Anchorage man was charged in the shooting deaths of five people at a Florida airport. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Matt Claman says formal requests must be made for a bill to be heard and he doesn’t think one was made until after the shooting. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced the bill that will go before the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon at 1 p.m. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage area representative has introduced a bill that would permit family members or law enforcement to remove guns from someone they believe could harm themselves or others. House Bill 75 reads: “An Act relating to gun violence protective orders; relating to the crime of violating a protective order; relating to a central registry for protective orders; relating to the powers of district judges and magistrates; requiring physicians, psychologists, psychological associates, social workers, marital and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors to report annually threats of gun violence.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-hb-75-noon.mp3VmJennifer-on-hb-75-noon.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

The Kenai Dipnet Season Is One Week Away No Retention Of King

first_imgDipnetting on the Kenai River is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day, from July 10 through July 31, 2019. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2019 Resident Sport Fishing license are required to participate. Only Alaska residents can participate Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享July on the Kenai is synonymous with dip net fishing. The City of Kenai City personal use dip net fishery is just over a week away from the official opening day of July 10.  Any king salmon caught incidentally during the fishery may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately unharmed to the water. Beech: “Here, in Kenai, we have the dip netting season, which is July 10th to the 31st, so we’ll see a huge increase of numbers here in the Kenai area. But there are some places that their tourism peaks in the first part of July and they’re tapered off and already starting to close by Labor Day. We have a pretty nice shoulder season, especially with the winter being so mild. We were starting to see RV traffic in the first part of May.” The personal-use dipnet fishery in the Kenai is set to open on July 10. This opening follows the Kasilof dipnet fishery which began on June 25.center_img The 2019 Kenai River late-run king salmon preseason forecasts is for a below average run, resulting in restrictions of inriver sport fisheries. ADF&G will continue to monitor the Kenai River run as it develops and additional actions may be taken depending on the run strength. Johna Beech, Executive Director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce said although the fishery has its challenges, the annual influx of fishermen extends Kenai’s profitable tourist season.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 21, 2018 and June 27, 2018:Thursday, June 21NoneFriday, June 22NoneSaturday, June 23Angelo R. Speranza (55, Wilmington) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Possessing Open Container of Alcohol In A Motor Vehicle (Arrest)Sunday, June 24NoneMonday, June 25Erik M. Miltrano (31, Burlington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked or Suspended License and Warrant (Arrest)Tuesday, June 26NoneWednesday, June 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Texas Oil Economy Continues Recovery But Future Uncertain

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Florian MartinPetroleum economist Karr Ingham briefs reporters on the midyear Texas Petro Index.Predicting the course of the oil economy isn’t easy – there are too many unpredictable factors.But Texas Alliance of Energy Producers economist Karr Ingham’s Texas Petro Index provides a pretty good picture of the state of the industry. It’s based on indicators such as oil prices, jobs and number of drilling permits issued.“The rig count is dramatically higher than it was at its low point last year,” Ingham said at a midyear press briefing at the Petroleum Club of Houston. “The number of drilling permits has sharply improved this year compared to last, and we’ve added 20,000 plus employees to that industry after losing over 100,000 of them in the two years before that.”Ingham expects the momentum to continue for the remainder of 2017.He wouldn’t try to predict where the price of oil is going but pointed out it hasn’t changed substantially in more than a year.“I think the industry can probably do pretty well at 40 to 50 bucks a barrel in terms of crude oil,” he said. “And they have proven this by expanding activity levels to the extent that they have. But it’s not going to last forever.”He said Texas is on track to set all-time oil production records. On the flipside, he said, this is keeping the price per barrel low, even as OPEC countries have cut production. Sharelast_img read more

At University Of Houston Harveys Shadow Looms As Classes Restart

first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneUniversity of Houston student Heather Williams, who is studying marketing, picks up her two kids, including Clover, 5, from a daycare set up by the university after Hurricane Harvey on September 5, 2017.At first glance, it looked like a typical day of classes at the University of Houston’s student rec center. People were playing basketball and lifting weights. Some were even studying. But one handball court in the back of the building betrayed that this wasn’t just a normal day.Several dozen children ages 5 to 12 were playing games like tag and Red Light/Green Light in the noisy gym. They had all been hastily dropped off there by UH students, staff and faculty who, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, needed somewhere to keep their kids.“We didn’t have any other place to go,” said Ana Pena, an employee at the college of optometry, as she picked up her foster daughter for lunch Tuesday afternoon. “This is a life-saver.”Tuesday was the first day back at class for UH, the biggest public university in a city still reeling from the hurricane that flooded miles of streets and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. The campus just south of downtown sustained barely any damage, aside from a handful of flooded buildings that are expected to be repaired within days. But like their city, many students, faculty and staff are facing months or years of recovery. Many lost homes or cars. Almost all suffered through a hellish week during which their city practically shut down.But administrators were determined to get the school back up and running quickly. There were no vigils or grand gestures of unity on campus Tuesday. Instead, students and staff seemed to be trying their hardest to return to normal. Many classes were near full. The line for food in the student union snaked around the building. And sororities and student groups were recruiting new members on the sidewalks.Administrators were hoping for that sense of normalcy after having to cancel the first full week of class. (School started at UH on Aug. 21.) If things didn’t pick up soon, the semester risked being wasted.“We have to pull together and start building up our community,” said Renu Khator, the school’s president and chancellor.The childcare situation highlighted how much of a challenge that would be. Houston’s K-12 schools are closed for another week, and many of the daycare facilities around town haven’t reopened. Khator encouraged supervisors to allow parents to bring their children with them to work.Administrators scrambled to turn the recreation center into a makeshift daycare facility. An announcement went out Saturday, and the center’s employees manned a phone bank Sunday and Monday to take reservations. Parents described making repeated calls for over an hour to land one of the limited spots.Once the kids arrived, the staff had to find activities for them. The children spent much of the time watching movies, drawing pictures and running around the gym.But even with that problem solved, people on campus understood many more challenges remained. Eight classrooms and one university-run student apartment complex remain unusable. Professors have to figure out how to deal with that week of missed class. And students have to find their focus after a harrowing few days. “It has been a little bit weird,” said Heather Williams, a marketing major. “Everyone is a little shell shocked.”Williams said her home wasn’t damaged in the storm. But she does hair and makeup for weddings, and has already had three weeks of bookings canceled by the storm. That will be a big financial hit, and will only make the semester more challenging for the mother of two.Professors have been urged to be flexible. Many of the 2,500 students who rode out the storm on campus were able to transition back to school quickly. Others lost their homes. Cathy Horn, a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, said she has spent the last few days helping students and faculty figure the answers to a variety of questions. How do people get to campus if their car was destroyed? How do they study if their textbooks were damaged?Some faculty members, she said, are trying to figure out how to move more of their courses online. Others are temporarily homeless themselves. University officials estimated that about 10 percent of the faculty couldn’t make it to work on Tuesday, though many found substitutes to handle their classes.But amid the confusion, students and faculty said they had been inspired by the outpouring of support. Horn helped organize a Facebook group called “Faculty Helping Faculty During Hurricane Harvey.” More than 60 professors have offered spare rooms or other living space to colleagues who had been displaced. Dozens, she said, took those professors up on the offer. And students from the UH honors college helped clean out or repair about 30 professors’ homes in the last five days.“We are an amazingly generous community,” Horn said. “I have never felt so loved by friends and strangers alike.” Sharelast_img read more

Is It Harder To Distribute Aid in Puerto Rico Than In Other

first_img Share Angel Valentin for NPRCrowley shipping containers with running refrigeration systems are lined up at in the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. They’ve been there for days, goods locked away inside.As thousands of containers with food and other basic supplies sit undistributed at Puerto Rico’s ports, we asked Houston Community College‘s Professor of Logistics James Battieste whether moving the aid in a devastated island is more complicated than in mainland, and what would be the best course of action.Millions of Puerto Ricans– who are U.S. citizens– are stranded in the island without food, running water, electricity, or fuel, many days after category five Hurricane Maria devastated the territory. The Mayor of  San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, publicly begged for help from Washington. Last week she expressed her gratitude for the relief efforts but also indicated that FEMA ‘s bureaucracy and  other logistics inefficiencies had created a bottleneck in the distribution system. Professor Battieste says that the starting point to assess this kind of situation is: Who is in charge of the management of these emergencies?“In order to answer that question, let examine each of these crises to identify that role, if any.A week prior to the storm in South Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, information was provided by the national weather agencies regarding Harvey’s potential impact, direction, speed, and estimate time of arrival. This information was disseminated to public, private, federal, state, and local government agencies.   As a result, electrical exchanges, medical and local businesses, public utilities developed their emergency response plans. In addition, public transportation, communication networks chemical and telecommunication entities develop emergency plan to address the impact to their industries, such as refinery, electrical exchange, transportation infrastructures, railroads, harbors and airport systems. In the case of South Texas, the role of leading this effort was a combination of private, public and government entities collaboration.Houston Community College’s Logistic Professor James Battieste. Oct. 2nd, 2017Now compare that synergy/effort to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Island and the Caribbean emergency plan, if there was any plan or collaborative effort! What plan or contribution did any Federal agencies contribute to the developing or supporting this crisis? They may have had their individual emergency plans, but as such there was not of a collaborative plan to administer a cohesive coordinated effort that would remediate Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands crisis. Let’s define logistics: Logistics is development and implementation of procedures and processes, which control the efficient and effective forward and reverse flow of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements. Humanitarian logistics is the process and systems involved in mobilizing people, resources, skills, and knowledge to help people who have been affected by either a natural or man-made disaster.Logistics affect how well (or how poorly) an entity and its associated partners can achieve goals and objectives. As a result of the lack of a comprehensive emergency plans in place we have the crises confronting Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.What would be a recommendable system/chain of command in a situation like this? Logistics management utilizes the system approach to business problems. The systems approach acknowledgement that all entities, federal, local agencies, private enterprises, public and corporate partners recognize their mutual interdependency. System approach requires that the goals and objectives of the collaboration will ensure that all human, social, and services are available immediately.FEMA does not manage emergencies. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. FEMA roles is in conjunction or in collaboration with private enterprises, public entities, federal, state and local government agencies in addressing crises such as what happen in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas storms and flooding.”To the question of whether helping an island or group of islands make logistics more complicated, Battieste’s answer is: “No.”“The recommended entity to lead Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island relief campaign would be the National Guard. The National Guard is comprised of citizen soldiers with various business expertise and skills. Their command center operation possess the communication and administrative capacity required to provide appropriate assessments and responses in order to coordinate all plans. Support, such as trucks, gas storage units, helicopters, boats, medical services, construction and communication system, and material handling expertise is available through their units.”last_img read more

Cross continent magic

first_imgThe British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, brings to India Folk Nations Co?ncerts. This troupe is an outcome of Folk Nations, a programme by British Council that highlights folk culture across the UK and India through music. The three-city India tour, starting off with Delhi and ending with Shillong, will witness performances by renowned musicians Patsy Reid (Scotland), Hannah James (England), Georgia Ruth (Wales), Saurav Moni (India), Suhail Yusuf Khan (India) and James Mackintosh (Scotland). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Folk Nations is a British Council project that was devised to foster creative exchange and collaboration between traditional artists from the UK and the Indian Sub-continent. Following a week-long residency in February 2013 by British Council & English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) inviting a group of UK and Indian folk musicians, the musicians shared their folk music traditions and heritage, collaborated and immersed themselves in a week of intense music making. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe six member group travelled to perform at Celtic Connections and London’s Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre. The troupe represents a delicate weaving of UK and Indian folk that speaks immediately to the cultural heritage of these regions as well as its place in the contemporary music industry. Indian audiences will witness this showcase of original folk music collaborations among musicians from Scotland, England, Wales and India in Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. For these concerts the British Council is pleased to partner with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Arts and Culture.WHEN: 15 October, 6.30 pm WHERE: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

The event is hosted by Highway 69 Chamber of Comme

first_imgThe event is hosted by Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.FEATURED BANDS: Traditional Bluegrass Reunion • Potato Patch Band Back Porch Bluegrass Bandits • Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band • James Reams & the Barnstormers • Greenwood Sidee • Sound System by Old Blue SoundFREE INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP: Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass will host a free full day workshop with guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and wash-tub bass for children and adults. (Free with admission)Admission: $10 advance / $12 at the gate(Children 7-12: Half price / 6 and under: Free)For more information and tickets, please contact:
(928) 632-4355 or highway69chamber [at] gmail [dot] com May 3, 2013The crew is preparing for the third ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, tomorrow, Saturday May 4, 2013. It will start at 10 am – 6 pm.The wind has finally calmed down and a large parachute was installed this morning over the audience area in the Colly Soleri amphitheater. Covers for the stage will be installed this afternoon.This is a wonderful event and we look forward to great music and fun for the whole family. You don’t want to miss this.[photo by Young Soo Kim in 2011]last_img read more

Portuguese IPTV provider Optimus Clix has added 3D

first_imgPortuguese IPTV provider Optimus Clix has added 3D on-demand movies to its offering, available to all customers equippe with a 3D-ready TV.Titles on offer from Optimus Clix, the service operated by Sonaecom, in 3D include Immortals, The Three Musketeers, Conan, Spy Kids 4 and Step Up.Optimus Clix recently extended the rental period of its on-demand movies from 24 to 48 hours.last_img