Resource Discovery: Universal Design for Learning

first_imgEarlier this week, Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D. presented on “Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.”Throughout the presentation, Dr. Mahadevan provided many examples of the different principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Representation, Action and Expression, and Engagement. To watch a recording of this webinar please click here – Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.This presentation provided resources to help participants better understand what UDL is, and ways in which parents/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms. 1.  A Parent’s Guide to Universal Design for Learning (UDL): This resource from the National Center for Learning Disabilities was designed to give parents and guardians a better understanding of the background and benefits of UDL, a breakdown of the three UDL principles, as well as information on how UDL and Assistive Technology and Accommodations can work hand-in-hand. 2.  Universal Design for Learning Checklist: Mahadevan’s printable checklists helps parents, guardians, and educators identify which UDL practices they are currently using, which UDL strategies they would like additional training on, and which UDL practices they would like to add to their current instruction. Additional resources were provided with the presentation and can be found at Universal Design for Learning Resources.Another great place to learn about available resources is our Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What Resources are Available to You webinar presented by Dr. Mahadevan earlier this year.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 1, 2017.last_img read more

I am not qualified to become BCCI president, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain and incumbent Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly said on Friday that he does not meet the qualification criteria required for the Indian cricket board’s top job.Shashank Manohar quit as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president on Tuesday and it is currently looking for his replacement. Manohar was on Thursday elected unopposed as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.Ganguly needed to attend atleast three Annual General Meetings (AGM) to be in the race for BCCI’s top post. He formally took over the reins at the CAB on October 15 last year after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.”I don’t think I meet the qualification criteria, have only been the CAB president for 6-7 months,” Ganguly told reporters at the inauguration of Bandhan Bank’s Park Street branch.Asked as to who he believes will eventually succeed Manohar, the 43-year-old said: “Difficult to say. There are a lot of experienced people who can take up the job, I am not thinking about it.”The former India skipper was recently in the news for raising a question about present India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Ganguly has asked if the selectors see Dhoni as the leader till the 2019 World Cup.But on Friday, he was seen lauding the efforts of the prolific wicket-keeper batsman. Dhoni is presently leading Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rising Pune Supergiants who so far have had a disastrous season.”He is an unbelievable captain (Dhoni). It is just a tournament (IPL). It is a new franchise and a lot of their key players have been injured. Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh all have had injuries, so it becomes difficult for a side to perform without a settled line up,” Ganguly said.advertisementlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara slam 100s in Vizag Test, Adam Voges suffers concussion and more

first_imgRed-hot Virat Kohli smashes 14th hundred in 50th TestVirat Kohli cracked his 14th hundred and third this year as India took firm control of the second Test against England in Vizag.Cheteshwar Pujara continues purple patch with third successive Test hundred Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his third consecutive Test hundred and 10th overall as he and Virat Kohli shepherd India to a commanding position on day one of the second Test against England.Adam Voges hit by bouncer, suffers concussion Voges will take no further part in the current four-day Sheffield Shield match and it is not clear whether he will be available for Australia’s third Test against South Africa.I wish selection committee had more international experience: Dilip Vengsarkar to India TodayDilip Vengsarkar, former chairman of selectors, spoke against BCCI’s decision to appoint an inexperienced selection committee for the Indian cricket team.World Tour Finals: Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori in thrillerAndy Murray prevailed in a brutal encounter 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4 against Kei Nishikori to stay on course for his first title at the year-ender.last_img read more

Jallikattu row: Locals demand permanent solution, won’t let Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam inaugurate event

first_imgEven as Tamil Nadu gears up to organise jallikattu today, residents of Alanganallur in Madurai have vowed to continue their protest. Alanganallur is the same village where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam is scheduled to inaugurate the banned bull-taming sport at 10 am today.The villagers, not happy with the Ordinance that was cleared by Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday, are demanding a more permanent solution to the issue. The Ordinance allowing jallikattu will stay in effect for only six months. CM Panneerselvam has promised that the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly session will pass a new law that will allow jallikattu to be held permanently without any hindrance.’WON’T ALLOW CM TO ENTER’On Saturday, protesters prevented the Madurai district collector and SP from entering the village. The two officials had reached Alanganallur to make arrangements for today’s inauguration.The locals say they won’t hold jallikattu today and have even vowed not to let Chief Minister Panneerselvam enter their village today. ‘We cannot protest like this every time we want to hold jallikattu which is why we are asking for a permanent solution,’ is the common refrain among the locals.A neighbouring village, Avaniapuram, also plans to boycott today’s jallikattu celebrations with the locals issuing calls for citizens of the Madurai district to join them in their continuing protests.Also read: Jallikattu: After AR Rahman, music maestro Ilayaraja also extends support STATE GEARS UP FOR JALLIKATTU Tamil Nadu has seen nearly a week of massive, state-wide protests over demands that jallikattu, banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, be legalised. Several celebrities and personalities came out in support of the protesters and Chennai particularly captured the imagination of the country after protesters spent multiple days and nights at the Marina beach.advertisementThe impasse finally seemed to have neared an end with Governor Rao’s go-ahead for the jallikattu ordinance paving the way to hold the centuries-old bull-taming sport.Following this, the Tamil Nadu state machinery moved quickly to announce that CM Panneerselvam will inaugurate jallikattu in Alanganallur on Sunday at 10 am. Other state ministers are expected to inaugurate the sport in their respective districts at 11 am.Also read: Jallikattu Ordinance gets TN Governor’s concurrence, CM Panneerselvam will inaugurate eventAlso watch: Jallikattu: Protests to continue till permanent Ordinance is in placelast_img read more

Mohammad Nabi records best bowling figures for Afghanistan in World Cups

first_imgAfghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi today (June 4) recorded the best-ever bowling figures by an Afghan player in World Cup history against Sri Lanka in Cardiff. Nabi missed out on becoming the only Afghan bowler to have taken a five-for in a World Cup as rain prevented him from completing his full quota of 10 overs. Nabi finished with figures of 4/30 off his 9 overs but his spell will mostly be remembered by his 5th over wherein he took 3 opposition wickets to derail the Lankan innings. Before Nabi, Shapoor Zadran held the record since he took 4/38 against Scotland in Dunedin during the 2015 World Cup.When Sri Lanka were coasting along at 144/1 at the end of 21 overs, Nabi bowled a phenomenal over in which he took 3 wickets to change the course of the match completely and in Afghanistan’s favour.On the 2nd ball of the over, Lahiru Thirimanne bowled a beauty to sneak through the batsman’s defense. All Thirimanne could manage was an inside-edge dragging it onto the stumps. The very next ball, he could have had the wicket of Kusal Mendis whose edge flew inches past the diving slip fielder.But Nabi accounted for him with the very next ball having him edge to slip in an almost identical fashion as the previous ball. However, the biggest dent was yet to come.Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka veteran and their talisman on many occasions, was the next one in and straightaway defended his first ball of the backfoot. On the last ball of the over, Nabi bowled another arm-ball that took Mathews’ and brushed the wicketkeeper’s gloves before nestling comfortably in Rahmat Shah’s hands at slip.advertisementAnd just like that, Nabi stamped his authority on the biggest stage of the sport, all in a space of six balls.After bowling out Sri Lanka for 201, Nabi said that he had planned to have a slip in place which bore rich dividends for him and his team.”Feel very good, if you see the pitch there is nothing for spinners but I tried my best to loop the ball. Most of the batsmen are left-handers, so that’s good.”Totally a plan (having a slip in place), had a slip in for the new batsman and it worked. We’ll try our best to achieve this total. We’ll try to keep wickets intact in the first ten overs,” Nabi signed off by saying.Also Read | World Cup 2019: How Pakistan defied odds to shock overconfident EnglandAlso Read | Don’t need to answer Kagiso Rabada in a press conference: Virat Kohli on immature commentlast_img read more

Marotta not worried about Dybala

first_imgJuventus Marotta dismisses need for big Dybala buyout clause Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 18:37 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paulo Dybala - cropped Getty Images Juventus Serie A Paulo Dybala Juventus v Crotone The Argentine star will not be following in the footsteps of compatriot Lionel Messi, who has a €700 million release clause in his contract Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta claims the club does need not to follow the example of Barcelona and, as such, will not insert a huge buyout clause in the contract of Paulo Dybala.Intended to ward off any unwanted interest in a prized asset, what appeared to be a prohibitively expense release clause of €222 million did not prevent Paris Saint-Germain from sensationally luring Neymar away from Barca in August.Juventus 6/4 for Serie A title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Liga giants have responded by increasing Lionel Messi’s buyout clause to €700m in the latest deal signed by the star forward on Saturday.Dybala has been linked with a move to join Messi at Camp Nou and may also find himself the subject of interest from other heavyweight clubs across Europe.But Marotta, when asked about the future of the 24-year-old former Palermo star, feels the Scudetto holders would not benefit from following a similar strategy to Barca.”I am against the [release] clauses, because when a player wants to leave, he does everything to achieve that goal and breaks that fundamental trust [necessary so that] the relationship can continue,” he told Mediaset Premium.Dybala has enjoyed a superb 2017-18 so far, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists in just 14 Serie A games.last_img read more

Rural Leaders Conference Offers Ways to Grow Healthy Communities

first_imgLeaders from agricultural and rural organizations will gather in Halifax to discuss how they can strengthen rural communities in Nova Scotia. The second annual Rural Leaders Conference, Growing Healthy Communities, will be held March 4-6. “The goal of this conference is to promote social and economic health within the rural communities in Nova Scotia,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “It will also create awareness and recognition of the potential for co-operative growth through networking, skills development, resources, community commitment, as well as identifying partnerships that will help grow our communities.” The two-and-a-half-day conference includes workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and profiles of rural success stories and potential partnership opportunities. Participants will attend workshops and team building activities on a variety of topics to help improve rural communities and strengthen their role in the organizations in which they are involved. Topics being covered include community leadership, buying local foods, rural development, volunteer recruitment and retention, communications, changing demographics, fund raising, teamwork and the keys to maintaining vibrant rural communities. The fee is $150, which includes meals, conference sessions, and is based on shared accommodations. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 26. Funding has been provided by the departments of Economic and Rural Development, Agriculture, and Health Promotion and Protection, and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. For more information, contact Cheryl Chandler at 902-945-2902, e-mail or visit read more

Make yoga integral part of life PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged people to make yoga an integral part of their lives and also to inspire others to do the same. In a tweet, he shared an animated video where he is doing Trikonasana — a yoga pose. Emphasising that the benefits of yoga are tremendous, he said: “On June 21, we will mark Yoga Day 2019. I urge you all to make yoga an integral part of your life and also inspire others to do the same.” The government has been organising various yoga events on the day since it was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.last_img

Health Ministrys proposal to classify ENDS devices as drugs sent to AG

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Health ministry’s proposal to classify ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” in order to ban their manufacture, sale, distribution and import, has been sent to the Attorney General for his opinion, officials said Thursday.Banning such alternative smoking devices like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and e-nicotine flavoured hookah among others, is one of the priorities of the Health ministry in the first 100 days agenda of the second term of the Modi government, an official source said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The proposal which has been approved by the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the government’s top advisory body on technical matters related to medicines in the country is now awaiting opinion from the Attorney General,” the source said. The Union Health Ministry’s proposal pertains to classifying ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. A high-decibal debate is on globally over the harm-reduction aspects of ENDS with some organisations claiming that these devices help in smoking cessation and are less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes, while the government is seeking to ban them contending that they pose health risks to users, similar to those of conventional cigarettes. ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), under the health ministry has proposed that manufacture, sale and distribution of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and similar products, should be prohibited under Section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.last_img read more

You will be in trouble if anything is done to Aravalli, SC warns Haryana government

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court warned the Haryana government Friday that it will be in “trouble” if it has done “anything” with Aravalli hills or forest area by passing amendments to an Act to allow construction there.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed this after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Haryana, said he will satisfy the court that amendments in the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900 were not done to “help somebody”. “We are concerned with Aravalli. If you are doing anything with Aravalli or Kant Enclave (where the top court had ordered demolition of buildings due to illegal constructions in forest area) you will be in trouble. If you are doing anything with the forest, you will be in trouble. We are telling you,” the bench told Mehta. On March 1, the bench had come down heavily on the Haryana government for passing amendments to the law and said the state would not act on it without the court’s permission. On February 27, the Haryana Assembly had passed amendments to the Act opening up thousands of acres of land to real estate and other non-forest activity in the area that was protected under it for over a century. The amendments to the Act were passed by the state assembly amid vociferous protests and a walkout by opposition parties. Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar had said that the Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2019, was the “need of the hour”, and had added that it was a “very old” Act and much has changed over a period of time. This issue has cropped up in the court which is dealing with a matter in which it had earlier directed demolition of illegal constructions in the forest area of Aravalli hills in Haryana. During the brief hearing on Friday, Mehta told the bench that the Assembly has passed the bill but it has not become an Act yet. He also said that media reports which claimed the amendments was passed by the state government to favour real estate developers were not correct.last_img read more

Brexit talks collapse as UK Opposition blames ‘weak’ Theresa May

first_imgLondon: A day after British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to set a June timeline for her exit from Downing Street, the Opposition Labour Party ended the cross-party Brexit talks on Friday without arriving at any agreement. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May to declare an end to the process, blaming the “weakness and instability” of her government as a leadership contest gets underway within the ruling Conservative Party. “The increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us,” Corbyn wrote. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “As you have been setting out your decision to stand down and Cabinet ministers are competing to succeed you, the position of the government has become ever more unstable and its authority eroded,” he noted. Stressing that his party had conducted the exercise in “good faith” and that some constructive effort had gone into finding a possible consensus, there has been growing concern within the Opposition ranks about the government’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The Labour Party has been in favour of a form of a common customs arrangement with the European Union (EU) that keeps the UK aligned with its European neighbours on trade tariffs post-Brexit. Some Labour MPs have also insisted they would not back a deal with the government unless it includes another referendum. Both scenarios have caused anger among Brexit-backing Conservatives, who claim a customs union would stop the UK negotiating its own trade deals around the world and who believe another public vote is undemocratic. In his letter to the British PM, Corbyn noted: “Not infrequently, proposals by your negotiating team have been publicly contradicted by statements from other members of the Cabinet. “In recent days we have heard senior Cabinet ministers reject any form of customs union, regardless of proposals made by government negotiators.” The Labour leader is equally clear about the party’s opposition to May’s unchanged Withdrawal Agreement, which is set for a fourth House of Commons vote in the week beginning June 3. “I should reiterate that, without significant changes, we will continue to oppose the government’s deal as we do not believe it safeguards jobs, living standards and manufacturing industry in Britain,” Corbyn said. The compromise talks were convened around six weeks ago, when May lost the third vote in Parliament on her EU Withdrawal Agreement rejected repeatedly by MPs over the controversial Irish backstop clause. The latest Labour stance means May’s deal looks even more unlikely to secure the parliamentary arithmetic required for the Withdrawal Agreement to be enforced in time for the new October 31 Brexit deadline. On Thursday, after a crucial meeting with the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbench MPs, it was announced that May would set out a clear timetable for her resignation as Tory leader and make way for a new prime minister by next month. Former Cabinet minister and hard Brexiteer Boris Johnson is seen as a frontrunner in the race, with a number of other Cabinet ministers set to throw their hat in the ring. Meanwhile, May is likely to offer a set of binding indicative votes in the Commons as she had indicated when she announced the cross-party talks. These votes are likely to take place within days as the UK Parliament is set for a break from next Thursday before reconvening in early June.last_img read more

UN goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow visits bombblasted children in Gaza Israel

United Nations (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow ended a six-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel over the weekend, in which she focused on the suffering of children traumatized by conflict.“The children talked to me about the violence, their fear and their dream for peace,” the United States actress said on a visit to the Israeli town of Sderot, just a few kilometres from Gaza’s northern border, where she met with school children and a group of parents whose children had been killed or injured by Palestinian rocket-fire in recent years. She also met with parents and children living in a nearby kibbutz, and with the Israel National Committee for UNICEF, one of 36 such non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide that advocate for children and raise funds to support UNICEF’s workLast week, Ms. Farrow spent two days in Gaza where she witnessed first-hand the hardships children still face nine months after the three-week war between Israel and Hamas. “The children appear traumatized,” she said then. “The teachers say that when they hear a loud noise they look to the sky and cry out and weep. They don’t know what the future holds. They deserve better.”The fighting killed more than 1,400 people, including at least 350 children, and injured over 5,000 people, among them 1,600 children.“Children here are deeply traumatised and terrified of what will happen next,” she said. “Homes, hospitals, schools and whole communities have been devastated. This is unacceptable and defies the principles of human rights, in particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and common decency.”After visiting Sderot, Ms. Farrow went to Ramallah, in the West Bank, where she was briefed on conditions faced by children who had been detained by the Israeli military and subsequently sentenced to prison. She travelled to a nearby village to meet with a former child detainee, and also talked with former child detainees processed through the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs.She was briefed on the closure regime enforced across the West Bank, including some 600 physical obstacles to movement such as checkpoints and roadblocks, as well as the 710-kilometre barrier that Israel is building largely on Palestinian land. “Daily life is agonisingly difficult for Palestinians, with barriers and checkpoints separating them from their families, farmlands, schools, hospitals and places of work,” she said.Officials she conferred with during her trip included Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli Social Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog. 19 October 2009United Nations (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow ended a six-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel over the weekend, in which she focused on the suffering of children traumatized by conflict. read more

Philippines UN experts calls for probe into killings of indigenous rights defenders

In a news release, they acknowledged the announcement made by the Philippines about ongoing probes into the murders and stressed the need for carrying out independent investigations. “We take note of the announcement made today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva by the delegation of the Philippines that an investigation is underway,” said the Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst. “We urge the Philippines authorities to ensure that such investigation into these tragic events be carried out independently to identify and bring perpetrators to justice, to ensure the safe return of the indigenous peoples displaced by the recent violent events, and guarantee redress to the victims’ families in compliance with their indigenous traditions and the demilitarization and restoration of peace in regions affected by armed conflicts including in Surigao del Sur and Bukidnon,” they said.One of the human rights defenders was found murdered in a classroom of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development, where he served as director, according to the news release. The Philippine Army and alleged members of paramilitary forces occupied the school and had detained the director before killing him. The forced occupation led to about 2,000 residents to evacuate to the neighbouring Tandag city. “Military occupation of civilian institutions and killing of civilians, particularly in places such as schools which should remain safe havens for children from this type of violence, are unacceptable, deplorable and contrary to international human rights and international humanitarian standards,” the Special Rapporteurs said.The other two victims were representatives of the Manobo community, including a tribal chief and Chairperson of MAPASU, an organization fighting against human rights violation in indigenous communities. Last month, five members of an indigenous Manobo family where brutally murdered, allegedly by members of the Philippine Army in Mendis, Pangantucan, Bukidnon. The victims included a 72-year-old blind person and two children. Mr. Forst expressed grave concerns about the increasing numbers of killings of human rights activists in conflict-prone Philippines. He also urged the Government to accept his request to visit the country to assess the situation of human rights activists in Philippines through dialogue and cooperation.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Folic acid will be added to flour to prevent birth defects

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Folic acid will be added to all flour to stop thousands of children being born with birth defects, such as spina bifida, it was reported last night.The government is expected to announce a u-turn within weeks after resisting the move for 26 years.In 1991 the largest trial of its type at the time established a link between the diseases, known collectively as neural tube defects (NTD), and low levels of folic acid in mothers during the early part of pregnancy.Eighty-one countries, including the US, subsequently introduced the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid because only approximately one third of women follow advice to supplement their diet.Britain did not follow suit, partly on the basis of a study by the American Institute of Medicine which indicated a risk of neurological damage if folic acid levels become too high.However following pressure from scientists, and ongoing recommendations from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), Downing Street is to make fortification mandatory, according to The Guardian. The Royal Society of Medicine also said that the decision was ‘long overdue’ while charities said it was ‘gamechanging.’Every day in the UK, on average two women have a termination of pregnancy because of a neural tube defect and every week two women give birth to an affected child. In Chile, which has the highest levels of fortification, the measure is believed to prevent up to 80 per cent of potential NTD cases.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said it “would welcome the introduction of mandatory fortification across the UK with the appropriate safeguards, such as controls on voluntary fortification by the food industry and improved guidance on supplement use”.“A government decision to introduce mandatory fortification will mean a major positive impact for the health and well-being of babies born in the future,” said Kate Steele, Chief Executive of charity Shine, which helps families of children with neural tube defects.“In many cases, it will be the difference between life and death.”A Department of Health and Social care spokesperson said: “Ministers are considering expert advice and will respond in due course.” read more

Hot dry weather a challenge on Oregon wildfire lines

first_imgBROOKINGS, Ore. — Firefighters are confronting extremely hot and dry weather on the fire lines of two large blazes burning in southwest and central Oregon.A fire about five miles from the coastal town of Brookings was 168 square miles Monday.There is no containment on the fire burning in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area near the California border. Officials have set a containment date of mid-October.The weather forecast calls for gusty and erratic winds and extremely low humidity in the area and the smoke column from the fire could grow taller.Near Sisters, another fire has grown to nearly 30 square miles and is about one-third contained.Temperatures there are also warm, with low humidity and significant smoke in the air.last_img

Several cars burn at Portland tow lot

first_imgPORTLAND — Several cars burned about 10 p.m. Sunday at a southeast Portland car lot.The Oregonian reports it’s a tow lot.Portland fire and rescue says an electric fence was an added hazard. Extra firefighters were called because of limited fire hydrant availability.There were no reported injuries, and there is no word yet on the cause or a damage estimate.last_img

MGM Cotai ramp drives MGM China to 26 increase in net revenue

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August MGM China saw its net revenues increase 26% year-on-year in the three months to 30 June 2019, driven by ongoing ramp at MGM Cotai and the addition of new supply in both the VIP and mass market segments.MGM reported net revenue of US$706.1 million in 2Q19, including US$315.9 million at MGM Cotai – up from US$184.7 million 12 months earlier. The uptick was aided by the addition of 50 new-to-market gaming tables at the start of the year, helping push mass volume up 5% to US$2.04 billion and win by 36% to around US$458.3 million thanks to a 508-basis point increase in win percentage. MGM said that 80% of its profit for the period was accrued from mass gaming. RelatedPosts Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load More The launch of VIP operations at MGM Cotai also aided the high-end segment, with VIP turnover increasing 6% year-on-year to US$10.96 billion and win by 22% to around US$285 million.While MGM Cotai comprised the majority of MGM’s improved performance, MGM Macau also enjoyed a slight increase in net revenues for the period to US$390.2 million, up from US$376.6 million.MGM China’s Adjusted Property EBITDA grew 43% to US$171 million with an Adjusted Property EBITDA margin of 24.2% compared with 21.4% in 2Q18.The Macau results helped MGM Resorts achieve a group-wide 13% increase in net revenues to US$3.2 billion, with Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA up 9% to US$756 million.last_img read more

Car catches fire at North Miami body shop

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire crews responded to an auto body shop in North Miami after, officials said, a vehicle caught fire at the business, Sunday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the blaze sparked at the body shop located near Northeast 130th Street and 15th Avenue.Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. #MDFR #bodyshop vehicle fire is under control— Fire Alarm (@MDFRDispatch) February 12, 2017Officials said the damage was mostly contained to the inside of the building.No one was injured. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Hand dryers collect feces particles spray them on you study says

first_img“Within a large building, potentially pathogenic bacteria including bacterial spores may travel between rooms, and subsequent bacterial/spore deposition by hand dryers is a possible mechanism for spread of infectious bacteria including spores of potential pathogens if present,” the study said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Washing your hands is vitally important to your health, but a new study says you should avoid restroom hand dryers at all costs!A study published by Applied and Environmental Microbiology says hand dryers suck up feces when toilets are flushed and then spray the bacteria all over your hands.Scientists compared normal bathroom air to air blasted from hand dryer nozzles. The study found that restrooms with hand dryers had up to 254 bacterial pathogens present.“Bacteria in bathrooms will come from feces, which can be aerosolized a bit when toilets, especially lidless toilets, are flushed,” study author Peter Setlow told Newsweek.According to the study, up to 60 bacteria colonies can be blown out of the dryer in a 30-second span.The scientists tested the efficacy of filters when installed or retro-fitted in the dryers, finding the HEPA filters only blocked about 75 percent of bacteria.Researchers say the hand dryers are not only just spreading bacteria to your hands. It’s also being spread to other areas. last_img read more

OBITUARY David E Richards 84

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — David E. Richards, age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.David was born on May 10, 1934, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late William and Dorothy Richards. David was raised in Reading, MA and attended Reading Public Schools.In June of 1952, David enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served the Country during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Picking Naval Ship which was recommissioned in response to the Korean War; David served overseas for more than three years before returning stateside to Long Beach, CA. He was honorably discharged from active duty on June 1, 1956 and returned home to his family in Reading.Following his return home, David, enrolled at the Culinary Institute in Connecticut and began his long career as a chef. David loved to cook and make people with his culinary creations. He worked in several restaurants and country clubs before taking a position at an assisted living center. David continued to take classes throughout his career and earned his associate degree in occupational therapy.In 1957, David married his sweetheart Shirley Henderson; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964 where they raised their family. David was a very devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he enjoyed attending the countless sporting and school events of his children and grandchildren throughout the years. David always beamed with pride as he spoke of his family; they were truly the light of his life.David will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, his love of all Boston sports teams and the pride he had as he wore his “famous” Korean War hat. David was greatly loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.David was the beloved husband of Shirley J. (Henderson) Richards, devoted father of Donna L. Aronofsky of Wilmington, David E. Richards, Jr. of Billerica and the late Thomas E. Richards. Loving “Grampa” of David Aronofsky, Michael Aronofsky, Tom Richards & his wife Kaci, Tyler Richards and great-grandchildren Lucas & Olivia Richards. Cherished son of the late William E. and Dorothy M. (Babine) Richards, dear brother of Dorothy Heselton & her husband James of Bedford, NH and Laura Warren of Peabody.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Charles G. Reekie, 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John H. Nee, 93In “Obituaries”last_img read more