Ohio Gov. Kasich to deliver Kennedy School graduation address

first_imgOhio Governor John R. Kasich will deliver the graduation address to the Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2018, Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced today.Kasich was elected governor of Ohio in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. During his time in office, Kasich has worked to improve the state’s economy and has closed an $8 billion budget shortfall while reducing state income taxes and eliminating the state’s estate tax. He has also prioritized state infrastructure projects, innovation in education, and tackling the opioid epidemic. Ohio has added almost 500,000 jobs during Kasich’s tenure.“Governor Kasich is a truly committed public servant who has gained respect from citizens and colleagues on both sides of the political aisle over a long and distinguished career,” Elmendorf said. “We are honored and delighted that he will deliver the graduation address to the Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2018.”The graduation address will be delivered at 2 p.m. on May 23 at Harvard Kennedy School. It will be live-streamed on the School’s website: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/commencement. Journalists interested in covering the address should contact the School’s Communications Office at 617-495-1115. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Duckenfield faces Hillsborough charges with five others

first_imgHILLSBOROUGH match commander David Duckenfield, former chief constable Sir Norman Bettison and four other individuals have been charged with offences relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter-terrorism division, said Duckenfield has been charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 and Bettison is accused of four counts of misconduct in public office.Former South Yorkshire Police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster, as well as force solicitor Peter Metcalf, are charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, and former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell is charged with three offences relating to health and safety and safety at sports grounds.Ms Hemming said a further file from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on the conduct of West Midlands Police still needs “additional investigative work”.She added: “Additionally, just this week, the IPCC has referred two further suspects which are unconnected to the matters sent to us in January; these subjects are subject to ongoing consideration by the CPS. We will announce our decisions in due course.“The suspects referred to the CPS included individuals and organisations.Following these thorough investigations and our careful review of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have decided there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences.”All the defendants, except Duckenfield, will appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on August 8.Barry Devonside, whose son Christopher, 18, was killed in the disaster, pumped his fist as he emerged from the meeting with the lawyers and other relatives of the 96.He said: “Everybody applauded when it was announced that the most senior police officer on that particular day will have charges presented to him.”A spokesman for Sheffield Wednesday said the club had no comment to make.Current South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Stephen Watson said: “Decisions concerning the bringing of criminal charges are rightly for the CPS.(Yahoo Sport Uk)last_img read more

Healthy Homes Program – Helping Local Residents Create Healthier Living Spaces

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Healthy Homes ProgramThe Healthy Homes Program offers free, voluntary, and confidential home visits to help reduce housing-related health risks like mold, asthma triggers, exposure to toxins, and more. This program relies on trained volunteers to conduct these visits. Healthy Homes is holding a free training for new volunteers starting January 14. As a Healthy Homes Volunteer, you will gain practical life skills and help members of your community create healthier living spaces!Who can become a Healthy Homes Volunteer? YOU! No prior experience is necessary. The 30 hours of hands-on training will equip volunteers with the knowledge to create healthier living spaces for themselves and Thurston County residents. The training is fun, engaging, and useful. Once the training is completed, volunteers are asked to give back 30 volunteer hours to the program. Volunteers can perform Healthy Home Visits in pairs, staff booths at community events, assist with community outreach, and more.Training Schedule: Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. January 14 – March 25, 2015Training Location: Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, 412 Lilly Rd. NE Olympia. Across from Providence St. Peter Hospital, served by bus route #60.Volunteer ApplicationContact: (360) 867-2674 or [email protected]last_img read more

‘House M.D.,’ ‘Monk’ actor John Berg dead at 58

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ VAN NUYS – Television character actor John Berg, who appeared in shows such as “House M.D.” and “Monk,” was found dead in his Van Nuys home, authorities said today. The body of the 58-year-old actor was discovered shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday in the residence in the 6500 block of Nagle Avenue, said Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. An autopsy was pending. Authorities went to the actor’s residence on a “welfare check” call, Winter said. Berg has also appeared on shows such as “NCIS,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Law & Order.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Iconic Donegal footbridge damaged by Storm Lorenzo

first_imgThe iconic footbridge over the Glen River in Carrick suffered significant damage as a result of the extreme rain that accompanied the passing of Storm Lorenzo last night.In the early morning it became clear that the flooding in the Glen River had reached unprecedented levels.At its highest, the water level was actually above the bridge’s surface, and flowing onto the adjacent road. A large amount of debris, mainly consisting of branches collected by the swollen river, had backed up against the bridge. The protective railings have suffered significant damage, with only short sections at either end still remaining. It is still unclear what damage has been done to other sections of the bridge.The bridge links the Carrick River Walk to the picnic area and fishing spot at the Salmon Leap. The walk is a very valuable amenity and has now even got its own listing on TripAdvisor. “Walking in Paradise”, “Lovely Evening Stroll” and “Refreshing” are some of the comments used in the reviews.Agnes Cunningham, secretary of Coiste Forbartha na Carraige (Carrick Development Committee) said the area is concerned following the damage.She said “We were very saddened this morning that the ‘wee’ bridge was severely damaged by the floods last night, making it unsafe for public use. The bridge serves as the lower access point to the Riverwalk which is very popular with locals from surrounding areas, visitors and fishermen alike. It is a huge loss to our community and it is viatal that it be repaired by the authorities as soon as possible.” The bridge, which was erected by the Fisheries Board, is used by anglers to access several of the best fishing spots on either side of the river.Paddy Maloney, of Sliabh Liag Angler’s Association, said “The bridge was useful to anglers, tourists and locals alike and will prove a major loss to everyone in the locality”.Assessment of the extent of the damage will now need to be undertaken. It is hoped by everyone locally that repairs can be carried out and that it will be open again before long.Iconic Donegal footbridge damaged by Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aussie team doctor warns athletes of dengue at CWG

first_imgThe medical director of the Australia’s CWG team Dr Peter Harcourt says at least a couple of athletes would catch the dengue fever during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.The deadly fever has claimed many lives in the host city. Health remains a concern for international athletes and many of them have pulled out of the sporting event only due to this reason.British diver Peter Waterfield is the latest athlete who withdrew from the Games citing health concerns.Harcourt hoped the number dengue cases was below than the Kuala Lumpur Games, where six or seven caught the fever.”I’m assuming I’ll get a couple of cases and I’m hoping that’s all there is,” Harcourt quoted as saying by the ‘Age’.Heavy rains in the past few days has added to the woes of the organisers as the basements at the Games Village are still waterlogged.An under-construction overbridge also collapsed just outside the main venue Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium.Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit yesterday said it was a bit difficult to dry up the water-logged basements.CGF chief Mike Fennell also said today the waterlogging remains a concern for them.Olympic silver-medallist swimmer Eamon Sullivan said the Aussie athletes are well-prepared to deal witb the dengue threat in in the Indian capital.”I think everyone seems to be forgetting about the mosquitoes, that’s going to be a very interesting one, you definitely have to take precautions,” Sullivan told reporters in Sydney.”We’ve got mosquito nets, we’ve got mosquito repellent, we’ve got long sleeve clothes, we’ve got wash that puts repellent on your clothes, we’ve got hand sanitizer, we’ve got the works,” he said.advertisementThe Australian contingent today headed to Kuala Lumpur for a pre-Games camp before landing in Delhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

eGov Jamaica Testing Electronic Verification System for NIDS

first_img Senior Technical Specialist, eGov Jamaica, Walt Brown, said that the framework for the web-based system has been completed and is undergoing testing. Story Highlights Work is advanced in developing the technology architecture that will be utilised for the electronic verification of persons under the National Identification System (NIDS).center_img Work is advanced in developing the technology architecture that will be utilised for the electronic verification of persons under the National Identification System (NIDS).Senior Technical Specialist, eGov Jamaica, Walt Brown, said that the framework for the web-based system has been completed and is undergoing testing.He was speaking at a Think Tank at the JIS’s Half-Way Tree Road headquarters in St. Andrew on Tuesday (July 24).NIDS will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of citizens.Under the system, which will have anti-fraud features, every Jamaican or person ordinarily resident in Jamaica, will be issued a National Identification Number ((NIN) and National Identification Card (NIC) that will be used as the primary source of identity assurance and verification.“Whatever engagement you have with Government or private enterprise, you will be able to have your identity electronically verified,” Mr. Brown noted.Explaining the authentication process, he said that once a person presents their NIC, “there is a system that interfaces with the NIDS, to which Government will be linked to allow for verification, once consent is given”.“The system will confirm if the person presenting the ID is a valid person on the NIDS, and if they are, in fact, the person on the ID being presented,” he pointed out.He noted that NIS further allows for match-on-card biometric authentication through the touch of a fingerprint.“If someone presents a card, there is a device where the person will stick the card and place their finger on it,” Mr. Brown explained.“The system will then indicate whether or not the person, who puts their finger (on the device), is the owner of the card, as the owner’s fingerprint image would have been stored on the card,” he added.NIDS also has capabilities for data retrieval against a national ID that is presented.Meanwhile, Mr. Brown told JIS News that e-Gov Jamaica will be implementing the “best possible security that is available in the information technology industry” in order to safeguard the portal.“We have taken the steps to ensure that we take on board all the best technical expertise worldwide,” Mr. Brown said, citing specialists from countries with high levels of security such as Estonia, France and Uruguay.last_img read more

US current account deficit hits 1231 billion

first_imgWASHINGTON – The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade rose to the highest level in more than eight years this spring, reflecting in part a drop in fines and penalties paid by foreign companies.The deficit in the current account increased to $123.1 billion, up 8.5 per cent from an imbalance of $113.5 billion in the first quarter, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest deficit since a gap of $150 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008.The current account is the most complete measure of trade because it includes not only goods and services but investment flows and other payments between the United States and the world.President Donald Trump has promised to reduce America’s trade deficit, contending it costs U.S. factory jobs.One of the biggest contributing factors to the larger deficit in the April-June quarter was a decline in receipts from foreigners after they had risen sharply in the first quarter. The government attributed the $5.2 billion decrease in receipts of secondary income from foreigners to a decline in fines and penalties paid by foreign companies. That category had risen sharply in the first quarter.Exports of goods and services increased $2.2 billion in the second quarter. Exports are getting a lift from a pickup in global growth and a drop in the value of the U.S. dollar against other currencies. A weaker dollar makes American products more competitive on foreign markets.Imports of goods and services were also up in the second quarter, rising $11.8 billion, reflecting rising domestic demand from stronger U.S. growth.The rise in the current account deficit put the imbalance in the second quarter at a level equivalent to 2.6 per cent of the total economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, up from 2.4 per cent in the first quarter. By comparison, the largest current account deficit in relation to GDP was in the fourth quarter of 2005 when the deficit totalled 6.3 per cent of GDP.Trump says America’s trade deficits have been caused by bad trade deals and abusive practices by China and other U.S. trading partners. He has pledged changes that he says will reduce the deficit and bring back American factory jobs.last_img read more

TransLink pauses campaign featuring Morgan Freeman after allegations surface

first_imgVANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver’s transit authority is pressing pause on a promotional campaign featuring Morgan Freeman, following a report detailing allegations of misconduct against the actor.TransLink said in a statement Thursday that it has decided to halt public announcements voiced by Freeman that had been set to play in the transit system as part of a Visa Canada advertising campaign.“In light of information we’ve learned this morning of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements,” the statement said.“We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”The allegations are based on a story from CNN, which said it spoke to 16 people about Freeman; eight said they had experienced harassment or inappropriate behaviour, and eight said they had witnessed such conduct. The reported allegations include making comments about women’s bodies and unwanted touching.After the allegations were made public, Freeman issued a statement through his publicist apologizing to anyone who may have felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behaviour, saying that was never his intent.The actor’s distinctive voice was to be broadcast for a limited time at certain SkyTrain stations and bus routes in Vancouver to encourage commuters to tap their Visa cards as part of TransLink’s recently launched “contactless” payment system, which accepts credit cards and mobile wallets.Visa Canada said in a statement Thursday that it is “aware of the allegations that have been made” against Freeman.“At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured,” spokeswoman Jessica Culp said in an email.Freeman narrated a series of online ads posted on the credit card company’s YouTube page touting the new “tap-to-pay” feature, sharing local trivia and reminding riders about transit etiquette.“Did you know that California rolls were invented in Vancouver?” he says in one video. “If you’re off to the latest sushi spot, know that you can now tap your Visa to go anywhere TransLink takes you.”As the controversy unfolded Thursday, Vancouver-raised comedian Seth Rogen offered to lend his voice to local transit.“If they need a replacement now let me know,” Rogen tweeted. TransLink replied to the actor on Twitter, offering to start a direct-message conversation.Freeman won the 2005 Oscar for best supporting actor for “Million Dollar Baby.” He was nominated four other times, including for “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” and is renowned for his prolific voiceover work.— with files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

As online shopping surges so too does Cyber Mondays riches

first_imgNEW YORK — Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is spreading out into a week-long shopping fest, with Amazon, Walmart and Target calling it “Cyber Week.”Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online sales at 80 of the top 100 retail sites.Other things to know on Cyber Monday:BIG EXPECTATIONSOnline spending is expected to reach $7.8 billion on Monday, an 18 per cent increase from a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics. About 20 per cent of the day’s spending is expected to happen late Monday, starting at about 10 p.m. Eastern, when shoppers are home from work and rushing to catch some deals before they’re gone.SMARTPHONE SHOPPINGInstead of trekking to the mall, more people are picking up their phones. More than $2 billion in sales are expected to take place through smartphones on Monday, according to Adobe Analytics. On Black Friday, more than $2.1 billion was spent using smartphones, a record number.Retailers have spent money updating their apps, making it easier for people to browse and pay, says Charlie O’Shea, lead retail analyst at Moody’s.At Macys, for example, mobile sales are expected to hit $1 billion for the first time by year end, said Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette.AMAZON STILL TOPSAmazon is expected to dominate — grabbing as much as half of all online sales by the end of the year, according to consulting firm Bain & Co. But that doesn’t mean others aren’t putting up a fight. Target, for example, is temporarily offering free two-day shipping for the holidays by dropping its usual $35 minimum purchase requirement. Amazon responded by dropping its $25 minimum, but Walmart is still sticking with its $35 requirement.Kathleen McKenna of Manahawkin, New Jersey, says half of her shopping this holiday season will be online.Her plans for Cyber Monday: “I’m shopping off of my son’s wish list on Amazon,” she says.Joseph Pisani And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more