Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is to report on an energy solution to facilitate the re-opening of the Alpart and Kirkvine bauxite plants, when he speaks in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate.The Government has been engaged in months of intense negotiations with Russian-based aluminium company, UC Rusal, for the resumption of operations at the facilities, which closed in 2009.Addressing a sitting of the Standing Finance Committee last week, Minister Paulwell said that the high cost of energy is a major issue affecting the re-opening of the plants.While UC Rusal is investing US $100 million in a coal-fired electricity generating system for Ewarton, the Minister said “they are maintaining that gas is the energy solution for both ALPART and Kirkvine and I am to report on that fully in the Sectoral Debate”.The Minister informed that the plants are being maintained, and are ready for operation. “In fact, I did a tour recently, just to satisfy my mind that the possibility exists for them to be re-opened within a short timeframe,” he stated.A downturn in the global aluminium market forced UC Rusal to cease its operations at Kirkvine, Ewarton and Alpart in 2009. The Ewarton refinery, located in St. Catherine, was re-opened in July 2010 and the Government, in 2012, as able to secure a deal with UC Rusal, to maintain operations at the refinery and save the 600 local jobs at the facility.As part of the agreement, Ewarton, as of 2015, will become a base producer of alumina for UC Rusal’s aluminium smelters overseas, with the Kirkvine and Alpart refineries, located in Manchester and St. Elizabeth, respectively, to be so designated, once they resume production.This means that Jamaica will no longer be regarded as a “swing location” and so vulnerable for closure during times of recession.UC Rusal entered Jamaica’s bauxite and alumina sector in 2007. The company has 93 per cent stake in WINDALCO, which owns and operates Ewarton Works and the Kirkvine Alumina Refinery, and has 100 per cent ownership of the Alpart refinery.By Latonya Linon, JIS Reporter
April 27, 2018 Sexually violent predator to be placed in home near Jacumba Hot Springs KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 27, 2018 Updated: 10:12 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A sexually violent predator granted conditional release in San Diego County must be placed at a home in Jacumba Hot Springs by June 4, a judge ruled Friday.Herman Smith, 71, was convicted of forcible rape and other sex crimes in 1993 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was found to be a sexually violent predator in 2009 and was committed to the Department of State Hospitals to undergo treatment.Last year, Smith petitioned the Superior Court to be released through the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders and, after a trial, Judge Howard Shore found Smith amenable to being released.David Jimenez, who currently lives near where Smith is going to reside on Desert Rose Ranch Road, told the judge he didn’t think it was fair that Smith was being placed in Jacumba Hot Springs. Jacumba Hot Springs is located in the far reaches of southeastern San Diego County.“I’m very uncomfortable,” Jimenez said outside court. “I do think Jacumba is a dumping ground for predators.”Jimenez, who is moving closer to the city of San Diego for health reasons, said another sexually violent predator lived in the same home on Desert Rose Ranch Road previously and caused no problems, but he believes Smith moving in will drop the value of his home as he tries to sell it. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
June 26, 2018 Dave Scott, Posted: June 26, 2018 North County Sprinter connects Escondido and Oceanside 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEANSIDE (KUSI) – It’s one of the only ways in San Diego you can get straight to the beach, by taking the sprinter. KUSI’s Dave Scott tried it himself, taking the sprinter from Escondido to the beach in Oceanside. Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Rockville, MD—B-to-b media company Access Intelligence announced today the acquisition of Red 7 Media, owner of Folio: Magazine and several other leading media brands. With the acquisition, AI strengthens its position in the media communications markets and will create a new division combining the Folio: and min brands. The new unit, AI’s media and event marketing group, will be led by Red 7 Media CEO Kerry Smith and his senior management team. Smith will continue in his role as president of the expanded Red 7 Media group and become a senior vice president of Access Intelligence.“The ability to round out our leading position in the consumer magazine market with Red 7’s events, online communities and a leading magazine while expanding into the dynamic events business is a truly exciting prospect for Access Intelligence, our employees and customers,” said Don Pazour, president and CEO of Access Intelligence. Smith founded Red 7 Media in 2002 and grew the Norwalk, CT-based company into a market leader, attracting more than 7,000 executives and 500 sponsors to its events and more than 800,000 unique visitors to its Web sites. Other Red 7 brands include Event Marketer, Event Design, Audience Development, Expo and Best Events. The Red 7 Media group will serve the media and events industries through conferences, consulting, magazines, newsletters and online communities. Together with AI’s positions in cable television programming, public relations, and digital graphics, this transaction, representing about a third of the company’s revenue, makes Access Intelligence a major voice in media communications.The acquisition marks Access Intelligence’s continued investment in high-performing properties with engaged audiences and best-in-class products and services. Smith noted that he has an existing relationship with Pazour through SISO—the Society of Independent Show Organizers—and through Veronis Suhler Stevenson, the media-industry private-equity firm that has investments in both companies. “Don’s team and ours share a vision for creating high-value business resources around market-leading brands. Integrating Red 7 Media into Access Intelligence will provide Red 7 with deep resources and capabilities that will enable us to accelerate our growth strategies and better serve our customers and employees,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a leader or company that would be a better fit for our brands, our vision, and our employees.”
ABCD: American Born Confused DesiTwitterYoung actor Allu Sirish has announced the release date of his upcoming Telugu movie ABCD: American Born Confused Desi, which will hit screens a week after superstar Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi.Allu Sirish is one of the young actors from the noted mega family in the Telugu film industry. Unlike other star kids, he has made it big with low budget films. He is all set to return with his next movie ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi, which is a remake of 2013 Malayalam comedy film of the same name starring Dulquer Salmaan.ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi is about two spoilt brats from New York, who are tricked into going to Kerala. How they rebuild their lives from scratch, when they get into trouble there forms the crux of its story. Its promos have struck a chord with the audience and generated a lot of curiosity about the film.Allu Sirish took to his Twitter account today to announce the release date of his upcoming movie. The elated actor tweeted, “Please mark the date on your calendar. ABCD – American Born Confused Desi arrives on the 17th May 2019. Trailer will be out soon. See you soon at cinemas!”ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was initially slated for release in the cinema halls in March, but it was said to have been postponed to avoid its clash with Lakshmi’s NTR and few other movies. Now the movie will have to compete with Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi, which is slated for worldwide release on May 9.The Malayalam version of ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was made on a budget of Rs 4.5 crore and it has collected about Rs 12.5 crore at the box office. Now, its Telugu version is also made on a small budget, but it should be seen whether the movie would get a much-needed big break to Allu Sirish.
Obaidul Quader, Mahbubey AlamAbout the suspicion of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s personal physicians that she has suffered a mild stroke, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said she fell sick for low blood sugar level, reports UNB.Meanwhile, the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, also echoed Quader saying Khaleda’s physicians were “spreading it just to get court sympathy”.”I’ve talked to the home minister and IG prisons over the matter. Though Khaleda’s physicians said she might have suffered from mild stroke, the physician of the jail said it is because of fall in her blood sugar level. It’s not a mild stroke,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.Obaidul was talking to reporters while visiting Dhaka-Tangail highway at Chandra of Gazipur.”We don’t support any negligence in Khaleda’s treatment and she has been requested to go abroad for treatment and undergo medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital,” claimed the minister.Talking about the road condition and Eid journey, Quader said the four-lane Chandra-Elenga road will be opened to traffic on 12 June, aiming to ensure the smooth journey of homebound people.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the road after Eid, he said.Addressing a press briefing at his office after the High Court adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda seeking bail in a Cumilla arson case, attorney general Mahbubey Alam dismissed Khaleda’s personal physicians’ claim.”It’s not true that she [Khaleda] had a mild stroke. It’s also not true that she became senseless or remained senseless. She had dizziness following a fall in her blood sugar level.” The BNP chairperson’s four personal physicians on Saturday met Khaleda at the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road.”Khaleda Zia collapsed on the ground on 5 June but she cannot recall anything of the incident. We think she suffered a mild stroke,” professor SM Siddique of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s medicine department told reporters.”I talked to the Inspector General (Prisons) before going to court today when he told me that Khaleda Zia’s sugar level dropped just before iftar on 5 June. But it’s not true that she became senseless. She had just giddiness. Instantly, she was fed with chocolate,” said the attorney general.”The IG (Prisons) and the Civil Surgeon would have been informed surely had she become senseless. They (BNP) are trying to mobilise public opinion using the issue,” he said.Mahbubey Alam smelt something fishy in physicians’ visit to the BNP chief just one day before the hearing on a case. “It’s shameful that physicians who should not be involved in politics are saying that she [Khaleda] remained senseless for 7-8 minutes,” he added.Meanwhile, law minister Anisul Huq and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be sent to BSMMU for medical tests following her personal physicians’ claim of mild stroke.
Courtesy The Montrose CenterA rendering of a planned LGBTQ senior center. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Houston.Construction is slated to begin early next year on what is being hailed as the first-ever LGBTQ senior living facility in Houston.The Montrose Center, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource organization in Houston, is leading the project, known as “There’s No Place Like Home.”Project leader Kent Loftin says this new retirement facility will help those seniors who face continued stigma from traditional affordable housing providers.“We were discovering our seniors going back into the closet,” Loftin says. “Hiding photos of their partners – not being able to invite their friends to come and visit because they were in senior facilities that weren’t LGBTQ affirming.”The 112-unit facility is set to be built on Cleburne Street near the 288 Freeway. That’s just blocks away from Montrose in the Third Ward – another area Loftin notes would be ideal for improved access to senior living.“In the Third Ward, there were more seniors being displaced from census to census than any other neighborhood,” Loftin says. “So it’s LGBTQ affirming, but it’s open to all and it’s being built for Third Ward seniors as well as seniors in Montrose.”Right now, “There’s No Place Like Home” has a $3.5 million land grant from the Midtown Redevelopment Authority to purchase the property. The remaining $20 million to build the facility will come from a combination of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) funds, tax credits and raising about $7 million through a host of community-sponsored events and donations.The fundraising campaign launches June 3rd with an event at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.Courtesy The Montrose CenterA rendering of a planned LGBTQ senior center. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Houston.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed from an earlier version to clarify how much money will be raised from the public for the project. X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15
Danny Jones says that Loving Arms Shelter helped put him on the right track. (Photos credit: Facebook/Danny Jones)Danny “Virgo” Jones lived homeless in Baltimore for nine years. Ever since he was eight years old, his family has been homeless. At 15, he struck out on his own and found a home at Loving Arms.“I had nowhere to go,” Jones, now 20, to the AFRO. “My mom was dealing with some stuff with herself and it was hard for her to keep her own space so we would always be in and out of different spaces.“I got to Loving Arms and they took care of me. At first I was a little uncomfortable around a bunch of strangers, but somehow they pulled it off to make me feel so comfortable. Everybody was warm. I had structure,” said Jones.Loving Arms is a basic care, emergency shelter located in Windsor Hills for unaccompanied homeless, throwaway, and runaway youth. It was founded by Cindy Williams in 2009 and is the only federally-funded shelter in the state of Maryland that exclusively houses young people under 18 who are homeless.The shelter offers crisis intervention, life skills education, community services and prevention education for youth and adults, and individual and family counseling. Williams says the preferred outcome is family reunification, but the crippling effects of poverty on families and faulty public systems still at work, Williams contends, the portal of homelessness will continue to widen in Baltimore City.“The foster care system is clogged and has lost its focus,” Williams told the AFRO. In cases like Jones’ there are no public support services set up for families who just don’t have the means to support their children–or themselves. Williams has seen plenty of cases where the parent or caregiver is also homeless and the children are turned away from the Department of Social Services. The foster care system is not equipped to handle situations like this, she said, which have unfortunately become all too common place. “These young people have basically been thrown away,” said Williams. “If we don’t get a grip when it comes to supporting parents and strengthening families, we are not going to end homelessness in this city.”Loving Arms is also a place of refuge for youth who become homeless after aging out of or running away from the foster care system–those youth who become homeless when their juvenile status expires and the subsidy checks stop.“These people are paid to take care of these kids. Their job is to prepare them for independence, [and] help them transition into something stable–not warehouse them until their 18th birthday,” said Williams. Loving Arms is funded to house young people for up to 21 days. But for the most part, young people can stay as long as it takes for the staff there to pool together resources to transition residents into a viable, permanent living situations. For Jones, it took a little over three months. Today, the self-proclaimed musical genius is renting a room, attending Baltimore City Community College, works as a party promoter and is thriving on his own. “After 21 days I ain’t know what to say to [ Mrs. Williams],” said Jones. “She knew I still had nowhere to go, and she let me stay. She figured some things out for me and every since then I’ve been fine. I’ve been better than I’ve ever been in my life.”Jones is headed to Morgan State University to live on campus next fall. He’s not sure whether he’ll major in psychology or business management, but he knows he’s going to be an entrepreneur. “I’m still dealing with myself, trying to gain confidence to a level where I can really go out in the world and be myself–not ashamed of where I came from,” he said. Williams says she will continue to fight the good fight if it means more success stories like Jones’ but is tired of butting heads with a broken system. In 2015, Williams acquired two additional properties to extend Loving Arms’ reach throughout the Baltimore. One shelter is not enough. “Our kids deserve stability and permanency in their lives,” said Williams,” they need to be loved on–hard.”
The University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studio is scheduled to hold a final exhibition of Lanier Heights research and design proposals on July 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Potter House, 1658 Columbia Rd, NW. Eleven students have spent six weeks researching and designing in preparation to present their designs to the community. The event is scheduled to feature the release of a booklet, What’s UP, Lanier Heights?, and the presentation of student residential designs. Admission is free. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.What’s Up Lanier Heights? by University of Maryland Summer Architecture Studio
SAINTS head over to Leeds this evening for what is set to be a pulsating First Utility Super League clash.Last 10 meetings:Leeds 20, St Helens 13 (SLSF, 2/10/15)Leeds 18, St Helens 32 (SLS8-R4, 4/9/15)Leeds 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 31/7/15) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)Leeds 46, St Helens 18 (SLR20, 3/7/15)St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15)Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14)Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14)St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14)Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)Super League Summary:Leeds won 28 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005, 2013 and 2015 play-offs)St Helens won 31 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Try-Scoring Runs:Matty Dawson (1-2-1) has scored tries Saints’ last three matches.Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 18 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on July 3 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 102 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 93 Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 84 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 65 = Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 5Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 282 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 213 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 19Goals Percentage: 1 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 95.00 (19/20)2 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 83.33 (10/12)3 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 80.95 (17/21)4 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 80.00 (12/15)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 79.16 (19/24)Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 722 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 503 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 434 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 425 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 40