10 months agoCrystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abraham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season. last_img read more

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Youth found dead in Golf Green identified

first_imgKolkata: The identity of the deceased youth, who was found dead on Sunday morning at a housing complex in Golf Green has been established. The youth was identified as Santosh Singh Adhikari (27) of Jorhat in Assam.Police came to know that the youth used to stay at a paying guest facility at Bikramgarh in Jadavpur. Adhikari an architect and used to work in Goa. He was an drug addict and has been to a rehabilitation centre for a few months in Delhi. However, during his stay in Goa, Adhikari was named in a criminal case for which he lost his job. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApproximately one and half months ago he came to Kolkata searching for a new job. But as he did not find any, Adhikari was depressed. His roommates told police that on Saturday night he consumed liquor and went to sleep. Around 4 am he woke up and went out of the house and since then he was untraceable. It was alleged during night hours antisocial activities are carried out in the area. Deputy Commissioner of South Division Sudeep Sarkar on Tuesday night along with police force conducted raids. During his visit to the area, he interacted with locals and heard their problems and grievances. Several rough bikers were detained and prosecuted.last_img read more

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Engineers have approved a plan to begin removal of crane toppled by

first_imgHALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s labour minister says work will begin this weekend to remove a huge construction crane that collapsed in Halifax during Hurricane Dorian.The twisted, yellow structure is draped over a building that was under construction in the city’s downtown.Labi Kousoulis says the building may have been compromised, so crews will go floor to floor this weekend to add extra supports to ensure the building doesn’t collapse while the crane removal takes place.He says it will then take up to four days to pin and strap the crane to the building before another crane is brought in to begin removing the damaged machine piece by piece.Kousoulis says the work should take about two weeks.The minister says the crane collapse could have been much worse, but fortunately it fell on the only unoccupied space possible and no one was hurt.Kousoulis says he’s confident other construction cranes on the Halifax skyline are safe, but inspections will be done as a precaution.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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24 HOURS with … Alessia Cara

first_img“I did hear Camila left,” said Cara.“I feel like everyone is so dramatic about it. It’s kind of like when Zayn left One Direction. I can imagine, ‘cause when you’re dedicated to a group for so long, you would be sad. But it’s important to always do what’s best for you. So if that’s what makes her happy then people should just accept it.”We caught up with Cara who arrived back in Toronto early Monday morning at Sick Kids to take part in the Canada-wide Duracell campaign, now in its tenth year (duracell.com/CMN for more information).Why did you decide to join the Duracell campaign?I actually was a patient [at Sick Kids] growing up. Canadian R&B-pop star Alessia Cara understands the drama over Camila Cabello leaving American girl group Fifth Harmony to pursue a solo career.But she also empathizes with the need to follow your own bliss.The 20-year-old Brampton, Ontario singer-songwriter is fresh off her last gig of 2016 at the Miami Jingle Ball Sunday night where she shared the bill with Fifth Harmony, who also had their last performance with Cabello. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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What Does Kevin Durants Injury Mean For The Warriors

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. This week’s show was taped live at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. On this episode (Mar. 8, 2017), we talk to Baltimore Raven John Urschel, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT during the offseason. Next, we break down what Kevin Durant’s injury means for the Warriors’s postseason prospects. Finally, we investigate some interesting NHL trades and ponder the merits of building a hockey super team. Plus, we turn our regular significant digit segment into a quiz!Links to what we discussed:John Urschel explained his decision to head back to school for The Players’ Tribune last year.Urschel was recently named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner wrote about why Kevin Durant’s injury showed how much the Warriors needed him.The Kevin Shattenkirk trade was a no-brainer for the Capitals, notes The Washington Post’s Steve Allen.Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky says that the Ben Bishop trade was startlingly smart. read more

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Crew enters home playoff contest in need of goals

An unmistakable confidence has pervaded Columbus Crew training sessions in the week leading up to this Saturday’s home-leg playoff match against the Colorado Rapids, despite trailing 1-0 in total goals scored. “We are very confident that we can overcome this deficit,” said Columbus head coach Robert Warzycha on Thursday. Warzycha’s assertiveness has rubbed off on Crew players. Andy Gruenebaum, who will be the Crew’s starting goalkeeper Saturday, is relishing the pressure. “We’re all very confident, it is true,” Gruenebaum said. “No one is freaking out, there’s no frantic behavior. This is what we play for, to be the higher seed and to have this game at home.” The Rapids were aggressive and took advantage of defensive miscues by Columbus en route to a 1-0 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the opening leg of the series on Oct. 28. Gruenebaum hopes to guide the Crew to a stronger defensive showing Saturday. “As a defensive unit, we need to keep a high line and maintain pressure on the ball and their big playmakers like Conor Casey and [Omar] Cummings,” Gruenebaum said. Robbie Rogers started in the midfield for the Crew in the first leg match at Colorado and provided insight into Saturday night’s must-win contest. “It’s positive in the locker room right now, we’ll be keeping the ball better and we’ll tighten it up on defense,” he said. With the Crew organization expecting a sizable turn-out for Saturday’s match, Rogers sees the loyal Columbus fan base as the final piece of the winning equation. “Just being here at home with all the fan groups is special,” Rogers said. “We have a close connection with all the people in this stadium. They’re the best in the MLS, so the atmosphere is going to be in our favor. This is in our hands.” read more

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Commentary Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio reflects on Ohio State footballs season

As members of the student-run Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, we have been given a tremendous opportunity. Sports broadcasting is a rather exclusive field, and when we graduate from Ohio State, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever get another chance to broadcast another Ohio State sporting event. It’s even more unlikely that we’ll ever get a chance to broadcast a Buckeyes football game ever again. That’s why this particular weekend is going to be a special one for all of us on the football crew for Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio. The football game against Michigan is always the most important sporting event in Columbus every year, but this weekend it’s about more than just bragging rights. This Saturday marks the end of a long (but not long enough) journey for this OSU football team, as players look to finish off an undefeated regular season against that hated school up north. As Woody Hayes once said with tears in his eyes, “It’s Michigan! It’s Michigan!” There shouldn’t need to be any reason other than that, for this to be the most important game of our lives. This year you can throw in the chance OSU has to be one of just two undefeated programs (depending on what Notre Dame does) and a potential Associated Press national championship. This is easily the most important regular season game we’ve had the privilege to broadcast, and as always with these rivalry games, there is a lot at stake. Not many people get the opportunity to even attend a game this important, let alone broadcast it out to the world. In our time covering this team, we’ve been able to follow them through the highs and lows of the last couple seasons. We were present for Devin Smith’s unbelievable game-winning catch against Wisconsin last year, we were there as the defense nearly collapsed in the final minutes against Indiana, and we were there as backup quarterback Kenny Guiton led the team down the field in the final seconds to force overtime, and ultimately win, against Purdue. It’s been an awesome journey, and this Saturday is sure to be a thrilling climax. As much as we love following the team in this capacity, it can be a humbling job sometimes. Since we broadcast online at our website OhioStateSports.net, we get listeners from all over the world. After the Nebraska game this year, we were lucky enough to receive a couple emails from active military members who listened from the Middle East. It was truly awesome to see. For the three seniors who will be on the call for the game, this is it for football. The one sport we all dream to broadcast and take a little more to heart. We worked hard, competing with other very capable and dedicated broadcasters just to get a chance to call a football game. But as many football fans know, this isn’t just a football game, it’s The Game. It’s up to every listener to decide how good a job we do when we put on the headsets every Saturday, but we do know it’s been nothing but a blast broadcasting OSU football this season, just as it is every season. It’s sure to be an exhilarating atmosphere Saturday in the Horseshoe, and we can’t wait to be there for all the excitement. No matter what happens, we will be able to say that we were the only OSU students that broadcast the Buckeyes’ shot at an undefeated season. That is pretty darn cool. read more

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Pellegrini compares Wilshere to Italian legend

first_imgWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has compared the club’s midfielder Jack Wilshere to former Italian great Andrea Pirlo.Former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce criticized the club’s midfield pairing of Wilshere and Mark Noble but Pellegrini insists the pair are a good fit together.The duo have failed to convince so far, as West Ham began their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 loss at Liverpool and a 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth.But, asked about Allardyce’s comments, Pellegrini said, according to Sky Sports: “That is the opinion of Sam Allardyce. I know him and I respect him and everyone has his opinion.”“One opinion is that you can play one good player with the other one and the other is that they can play 4-4-2.”“If you need fast players they cannot do it. If you need good technical players that they don’t lose any balls, they can play together.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“In football there are a lot of things you can do. Remember Juventus, around four or five years ago, played with one holding midfielder. It was Andrea Pirlo.”“And Pirlo is the same as Jack. He has the same characteristics as Jack. I think that every good player can play with others.”The England international spent 10 years with the Gunners and, although he has been hindered by injuries at times, Pellegrini says Wilshere can still reach the heights which once saw him earmarked as a potential superstar.“I’m sure about that,” said Pellegrini.“Because he is just 26 years old, and because he knows better how he must manage his physical work, so as not to be injured.”“In the last two seasons he played a lot of games. This season we’ve been working with him from July 1 and he’s not having any problems.”last_img read more

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Rain continues flooding stops business as usual

first_img National Heritage Month ends Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rain creates nasty weather and dangerous conditions throughout TCI TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Recommended for you Related Items:Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, enid capron primary school, flooding, rain Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2015 – The rain continued today across the country with localized flooding still an issue which is impacting business operations. Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl which sits on the beach in Five Cays and reports that rain did force the mainly outdoor eatery to close up early yesterday, but that business is still open.Meanwhile, residents have taken to social media once again to express frustration at the lack of drainage, including in schools where the playground at the Enid Capron Primary, for example, easily resembles a lake. last_img read more

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Rudiger HudsonOdoi has asked me about Germany

first_imgGerman defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.last_img read more

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Opec keeps oil output policy unchanged

first_imgClose The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided to keep its production levels of 30 million barrels per day (bpd) for the next six months, which resulted in a 1.4% decline in the price of Brent crude oil.Opec, which comprises 12 oil producers, held its biannual meeting in Vienna on Friday (5 June).Oil hit its lowest price in six years in January, when it stood at $45 (£29.49, €40.51) a barrel and has since climbed up to trading near $62.Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Irans oil minister, told reporters he did not think prices would fall again when Iran re-enters the oil markets after Western sanctions imposed out of fear for Irans nuclear power.He told CNBC: I dont believe that we will witness a new fall in the oil price in the market, but the main issue for Iran I should emphasis is to achieve the traditional market share of Iran in the oil market.Irans expectation to be able to export oil again in the near future, and Libyas hope to fully re-open its tap, despite a continuing civil war, fuelled fears that oil prices would plummet because of high demand.Opec seemed to ignore concerns about rising supply and a threat of declining demand because of the rise of shale from the US.Dr Gary Ross, executive chairman of PIRA Energy Group, told Reuters: The markets are moving in Opecs favour. Prices are stimulating robust demand growth and slowing capex. This was the objective of the Saudi strategy and its working.These are the OPEC member states:AlgeriaAngolaEcuadorIranIraqKuwaitLibyaNigeriaQatarSaudi ArabiaUnited Arab EmiratesVenezuelaIndonesia, which now imports more oil than it exports, used to be a member state and hopes to re-enter again, saying it could ease communication between producers and consumers.last_img read more

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TwentyFirst Century interested in Paramount deal Source

first_imgTwenty-First Century Fox Inc is interested in acquiring a minority stake in Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures, a source close to the situation said on Wednesday.The company would be interested in exploring a deal that would create synergies for Paramount but not in being a pure financial investor, according to the source.The New York Post first reported on Wednesday that Twenty-First Century was interested in buying a stake in Viacom’s Paramount Pictures.Viacom has so far given Fox the cold shoulder, the newspaper said.Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman said in February the company was considering selling a “significant” minority stake in its Paramount Pictures movie studio.Earlier this month Dauman said that Viacom had received interest from three dozen companies for the stake.Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc also said this month it would be interested in a merger with Paramount Pictures.last_img read more

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We must defeat ruling evil force to restore peoples rights

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday alleged that the government deliberately denied the party permission for visiting its founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave on the occasion of ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’ on the pretext of the ongoing CPA conference, reports UNB.”We think the government did it deliberately on the pretext of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference. They could have kept that place (Zia’s grave) out of purview of the restriction,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also said their party leaders and activists, led by its chairperson Khaleda Zia, paid homage to Zia every year on 7 November in the past.”But, we’ve been deprived of it this time. Imposing section 144 in the name of the CPA conference, the government deprived us of going there to pay tribute to him [Ziaur Rahman].”The BNP leader said the government did it as it does not want political parties to exercise their democratic rights.BNP is observing what it says the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on Tuesday, marking the ‘civil-military uprising’ in 1975 with various programmes.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia together with party leaders and activists was scheduled to place wreaths at Zia’s grave in parliament area at 10:00am today, Tuesday, marking the day.But, the government slapped ban on any sort gathering in the areas as per Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and it will remain in force until 11:00pm on Wednesday due to the CPA conference.Fakhrul said they have appraised the parliamentary teams of different countries joined the CPA conference of the state of Bangladesh’s democracy.”We’ve already informed them through various ways about the circumstances of our country and democracy. A Canadian parliamentary team also met our leader Khaleda Zia. A Malaysian team will meet her tomorrow [Wednesday]. So, unofficially we’ve informed the Commonwealth and its members about it,” he said.Fakhrul said the current government has obliterated democracy, the freedom expression and the rule of law, and snatched people’s all rights.”We must defeat the current ruling evil force to restore people’s rights and install a pro-people government.”last_img read more

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Bangladeshs returning migrants struggle at home

first_imgSurvivors of a boat carrying migrants that sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, gather at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May 2019. AFP File PhotoLike many poor Bangladeshis, Komol Shohlagar thought moving overseas for work would change his life. It did – but not in the way he hoped.Shohlagar, 33, travelled to Libya with people smugglers in the hope of reaching Europe, but when he got there, the smugglers held him captive to extort money from his family.He was only freed after they paid $14,000 to get him back – money they had to borrow from loan sharks. When he finally returned to Bangladesh last year, he was jobless and saddled with huge debts – a situation that left him feeling suicidal.”I was really depressed. My family had borrowed a lot of money to save me,” Shohlagar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”The lenders came home every other day and threatened us. There were times when I thought about taking a rope and hanging myself.”Charities in Bangladesh say thousands of returning migrants face such struggles and little official help is available.Many are victims of trafficking, but have little redress for the crimes they have suffered in Bangladesh. The country depends heavily on foreign remittances and has an official policy of encouraging citizens to look for jobs abroad.According to official data, at least 1 million Bangladeshis secured jobs overseas in 2017 – the highest number ever recorded.But the system depends largely on unlicensed brokers working in rural areas and opens the door to trafficking and cheating.Last month, 64 Bangladeshi migrants hoping to get to Europe had to be rescued from a boat off Tunisia. In May, 37 drowned in the same region when their boat capsized.”The state does not have a proper system to support the returnees,” said Shariful Hasan, who heads the migration department of Bangladeshi aid group BRAC.”All our policies are focused on sending people abroad. We don’t even have a system that can count the total number of returnees every year.”Abu Bakar Siddique, the civil servant who leads the home ministry’s anti-trafficking work, acknowledged the government needed to develop a system of support for the returnees.One of the survivors of a boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, rests at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May 2019. AFP File Photo”For now, what we do is, we ensure that the victims reach their families,” he said. “With the kind of capacity that we have, this is what’s possible.”We do work with girls who were trafficked to India. We also have shelters for victims. But as far as counselling is concerned, it’s not something that we have not managed to do effectively. We have to develop our system.”False PromiseThere is no official data on how many migrants are defrauded, but charities say thousands return to Bangladesh every year after being cheated abroad.A 2017 study by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, a migrants rights group, found 51 per cent of returning migrants had experienced fraud or degrading treatment while abroad.Nearly one in five of those who paid to be taken abroad did not even make it out of the country, it found.Stories like Shohlagar’s are common.The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which helps repatriate migrants, said many were left with little choice but to go abroad again to try to pay off their debts.”Due to the mounting pressure from the money lenders to pay back the loan, they (migrants) are unable to stay in their house upon return,” said Pravina Gurung, the IOM’s head of migration and development.”The result of an inability to achieve economic self-sufficiency, social re-integration and psychosocial suffering often lead them to another unsafe migration attempt, further debt, and even suicide.”One of a migrants, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast after they had left Libya, is seen inside a local Red Cresent chapter in Zarzis, Tunisia on 11 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoMohammad Jakir Hossen, 40, worked as a technician in a garment factory before he paid a broker to take him to Italy in search of more lucrative work.Instead he was taken to Libya, where he was made to work by traffickers who took a cut of his salary, holding him there with the false promise that he would eventually make it to Italy.Since he returned to Dhaka he has been running a roadside fruit stall, with little hope of making back the $5,000 he borrowed to pay for the trip. But he said he would do the same again.”You may think that I am crazy, but if I get a chance to go outside, I will take a loan again,” Hossen said. “Five people including my old mother depend upon me right now. And what I earn is clearly not enough.”BRAC, one of the few local organisations that provide support to the returnees, follows a three-fold approach, said Hasan, offering practical help with their return, financial help, and counselling.Kamal Chowdhury, an associate professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology at Dhaka University, has counselled migrant returnees.Some had been raped or sexually harassed and all need help, he said, urging the government to make assessments of returnees mandatory.”Migrant workers return home with dreams that are broken,” he said.last_img read more

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HoustonArea Teachers Helping Students In Shelters

first_imgRaise Your Hand TexasHouston-area teachers are eager to offer their services for kids in shelters who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.Teachers Volunteering in Shelters is a newly formed group of Houston-area teachers who are organizing to help children in the flood-ravaged areas of Southeast Texas brought on by Hurricane Harvey. They only enlists certified, experienced teachers who can provide high-quality childcare and learning opportunities to children and teens of all ages. The group has already dispatched teachers to the George R. Brown Convention Center, NRG Center and Church of the Apostles Houston.Simone Kern, Director of Literacy Interventions at YES Prep Public Schools, started the group on Facebook. Kern, who is currently recovering from surgery and cannot volunteer in the shelters herself decided to put her administrative skills to work by organizing teachers and connecting them with shelters in need.“We know more than 200 shelters are operating in the Houston area. Parents in those shelters need high-quality childcare they can trust, so that they can take a shower, call the insurance company, work on their house, and know that their kids are in good hands,” said Kern. “Our kids are very vulnerable right now and we want to make sure childcare is safe, effective, and therapeutic—and working with certified teachers is a great way to do that.”Kristen McClintock, a member of the group and a special education teacher at West Side High School in Houston I.S.D, felt the need to do something to help children after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area. As a special education teacher, McClintock was especially aware of the needs of children with autism, learning disabilities or other special needs.“I was ready to begin the school year this week and after Hurricane Harvey hit, I knew I had to do something to help our students,” McClintock said. “One of the first things I thought about were those children with autism who are sensitive to noise. It’s really loud in the Convention Center, so I started out by setting up a ‘sensory space’ that would allow these kids to calm themselves. We’ve also had a lot of noise cancelling headphones donated, so that also helps.”The group would like to coordinate with other area shelters and relief efforts to ensure that its teachers can provide their childcare and educational services in an effective, safe way to as many children as possible. Shelters and relief organizations can contact the group via Facebook or e-mail at teachervolunteershouston@gmail.com. Sharelast_img read more

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Its Been A Bad Year for Texas Wildfires It Will Probably Get

first_imgMIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. FOR KUTA view of the 2015 Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County.Four large wildfires have broken out in Central Texas in just about a week. It’s part of a bad year for Texas fires, and climate researchers say the uptick in fires bares the fingerprints of climate change.Statewide, it started early in the Panhandle, then the fires crept south and east into Central Texas.“Resources are getting overwhelmed,” says Texas A&M Forest Services spokesman Logan Scherschel. More recently, he says the state has brought in resources from out of state to assist us with fighting these fires – including volunteers from out-of-state departments to fight the Park Road Fire in Burnet County, which also just received a grant from FEMA to help battle the blaze.So why is this year so bad in Texas? It’s not just drought. Extreme heat is also to blame – especially here in Central Texas.“One of the big contributors to that has been these last two weeks of temperatures over 100 degrees,” says Geeta Persad, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists.  “It has allowed the fuel in that area to dry out really quickly.”She says climate change is partly to blame for that heat, meaning heavy wildfire years like this may become more or less normal in the near future.“I feel very confident in saying Texas is in the bull’s-eye of climate change,” says Donald Falk, a forest ecologist at the University of Arizona.Falk recently worked on a paper that suggests the burn area of wildfires will double, or even increase by as much as eight times, in parts of the Southwest over the next few decades.  That has implications for all sorts of things, from where people live, to how we allocate firefighting resources when there are more fires to fight. “That’s the big issue we’re running into right now,” says Scherschel. “It’s getting hard to get extra resources from other states, because the states in the Pacific Northwest, California and out west are taking up a lot of resources in that area, and they’re not available to come assist us.”Some policymakers advocate things like better forest management, increasing firefighting capabilities and creating housing policies to get people out of harm’s way.But, Falk says, there’s only one big way to prevent forest fires.“The lesson from our research is very, very clear,” he says. “You cannot fix the fire problem without getting real and confronting climate change. Period. End of story.” Sharelast_img read more

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