Star and executive producer, Donald J. Trump, named Leeza Gibbons as winner of season 7 of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”Leeza Gibbons Wins Season 7 of Celebrity ApprenticeIn Monday’s live finale, award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera faced off against best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons in the exciting boardroom conclusion held in New York City. The event was followed by a star-studded party at Trump Tower, hosted by finale task sponsor Universal Orlando Resorts.As “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Gibbons’ designated charity will receive the $250,000 prize, which will be added to the show’s $2 million total charity earnings for the season. “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised approximately 15 million total dollars for charity over the years. Gibbons raised a total of $714,000 for Leeza’s Care Connection, while Rivera raised a total of $725,184 for Life’s WORC.”“We had an incredible season and an incredible set of players this year. However out of the 16 contestants Leeza clearly demonstrated that she had the ultimate skills necessary to be called the next Celebrity Apprentice,” said Mr. Trump. “The Celebrity Apprentice has proven time and time again to be the toughest reality show on television today. Leeza was able to win $714,000 for her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection. I congratulate Leeza on her win and welcome her as the second woman to the elite group of winners including Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels, John Rich, Arsenio Hall and Trace Adkins. I’d also like to congratulate Geraldo on his tremendous effort and impressive game play.”“Mom always told me to stay in my lane and focus on my own race. That’s what I tried to do,” said Gibbons. “My goal was simple to show the kind of strength my mother had as she battled Alzheimer’s disease and to honor those families who are care-giving. I hope I did. With my winnings from the show, Donald Trump has made it possible for me to open a new Leeza’s Care Connection in my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Thank you to the Trump family, Mark Burnett and his incredible production team, NBC and all of my cast mates for making this a once in a lifetime experience.”Trump’s last and most challenging task for the final two contestants was to create a commercial for vacation packages to Universal Orlando Resort. The commercials were then judged at a New York red carpet event based on creativity, brand message, money raised selling vacation packages and overall presentation. Six celebrity contestants returned to help the two finalists who had to work together to bring star power and sale skills to an overall presentation.In addition to Universal Orlando Resorts, this season’s sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Cosmo Body, King’s Hawaiian, the Neat Company, Luvo, Chock Full O’Nuts, Trump National Doral and the Ivanka Trump Collection.When the season began Jan. 4, the women included Gold Medal Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; movie star Vivica A. Fox; best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons; reality star and best-selling author Brandi Glanville; TV personality, author, and mother of eight, Kate Gosselin; world-class gymnast and gold medal Olympian Shawn Johnson; Kenya Moore, former Miss USA and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”; and television icon Keshia Knight Pulliam.The men included two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon; actor and legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried; Sig Hansen, the star of “Deadliest Catch” and Captain of the Northwestern; Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum musician Kevin Jonas; Golden Globe-nominated actor Lorenzo Lamas; NFL great Terrell Owens; award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera; and television and movie actor Ian Ziering.This season, Mr. Trump’s advisors included Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and George Ross as well as former “Celebrity Apprentice” winners Piers Morgan and the late Joan Rivers.“The Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by United Artists Media Group (a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment), in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers.Please visit NBC.com’s official show site.
Madrid – The adoptive family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer in the Tindouf camps (in Algeria) by the Polisario, said they fear for her after she received death threats in case she attempts to escape, as voices in Spain and elsewhere are raising to call for her immediate and unconditional release.“Mahjouba is held against her will. Whenever she was able to contact us, she asked us to help her get out of the Tindouf camps. We fear for her life”, Batiste Llopis, Mahjouba’s adoptive father, told Spanish national TV TVE.“Her biological parents have asked us to take care of Mahjouba since she was 8 and that’s what we did. She obtained the Spanish nationality in 2012. Now she is desperate and she wants to be out of the camps”, emotional Batiste added, denouncing the attitude of the Polisario leaders who are holding several young women against their will in the Algeria-based camps. Veronica, Mahjouba’s adoptive sister, said that the young 23 year-old woman has appealed everyone to help her get out of the Tindouf camps, warning against the conditions of her confinement.As the case of the young woman, which was submitted to the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, stole the limelight, a platform of support urging the immediate release of Mahjouba has been established, while Moroccan and Spanish NGO’s in several Spanish cities organized sit-ins to protest against the detention which breaches basic principles of human rights and freedom of movement.Several international human rights watchdogs, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), have called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Spanish young woman.In a special report on human rights conditions in the Tindouf camps presented Saturday in Algiers, HRW said the Polisario “should enable the young Mahjouba to exercise her freedom of movement”The front Polisario, which “governs the camps should ensure that the woman is able to exercise her right to freedom of movement by leaving the camp, if she wishes, and return to Europe”, the international human rights watchdog stressed.Mahjouba, who has been working for the London-based “Marie Curie Foundation Care” and intended to pursue her studies in the British capital, visited last summer the camps of Tindouf in order to visit her biological parents. Once she arrived there, she was stripped of her passport and money to prevent her from returning to Europe as scheduled on August 18.
4 January 2012Reports from people fleeing two troubled Sudanese states indicate food insecurity and rising levels of malnutrition, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned today. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator met with Sudan’s Social Welfare Minister Amira Al Fadil in Khartoum, the capital.In a press statement, she stressed the need for “a long-term political solution” to the crisis in the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, which have been riddled with ethnic and political conflict since May last year.The ongoing fighting has pitted Government forces against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), a rebel group aligned with forces in South Sudan, and was previously confined to Southern Kordofan state before it spread to neighbouring Blue Nile.The humanitarian situation in both states was exacerbated when fighting disrupted the major crop season last year, causing people to flee at the start of the planting season in Southern Kordofan and abandon their crops in Blue Nile when conflict erupted there later. Coupled with erratic rainfall, the shortage of food stocks have led to a doubling of prices.After her meeting with the minister, Ms. Amos outlined a four-point plan promoting cooperation between the UN and Sudan in an effort to halt the escalating food crisis in the restive states.“We have agreed with the Government of Sudan to share information and data pertaining to the humanitarian situation in the two states in order to ensure that we meet the needs of the people,” she said, noting that the Government would establish a mechanism to ensure continuous dialogue between Khartoum and the UN. Ms. Amos added that the UN and Khartoum would “continue to discuss ways to reach those people in SPLM-N held areas who are currently not able to access any help or support” as the humanitarian indicators in those areas were “particularly alarming.” Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, which lie on the border between Sudan and its newly-independent neighbour of South Sudan, have been the scene of deadly fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people over the past year. UN officials have repeatedly called on all parties to cease hostilities and to ensure access so that humanitarian workers can reach those in need.
He said the opposition wanted the government to send out the invitations the day nominations for the polls were called for.Elections for the Northern Provincial Council will take place on September 21. (Colombo Gazette) The leader of the opposition United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking to reporters in Chennai today, said that his party wants national elections next year.He said that the UNP is disturbed by some of the incidents which took place in the country recently which affected not only the Tamils and Muslims but the Sinhalese as well. Wickremesinghe said that the UNP and opposition parties are looking forward to the elections in the North in September. However he said they are disappointed that foreign election observers were not invited at the very beginning to monitor the polls. Attacks on Indian fishermen disturbs Sri Lanka’s opposition leader299 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Share VideoCopiedAttacks on Indian fishermen disturbs Sri Lanka’s opposition leader299 viewsNewsChennai, Aug 18 (ANI): Leader of the opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday that he was disturbed by the attacks on Indian fishermen by the island nation___s naval forces. According to an Indian fishermen association, as many as 3,000 fishermen, who gave up their work fearing attack by Sri Lankan Navy in Rameswaram, have moved to neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka states to earn their livelihood.Ventuno Web Player 4.51
SAO PAULO — Brazilian police say they are seeking to arrest the CEO of a beer maker who is accused of paying kickbacks to politicians disguised as donations.Federal police said Wednesday that Grupo Petropolis chief Walter Faria has not been found yet. Three othere suspects have been arrested so far.The case is part of the sprawling “Car Wash” corruption probe that has ensnared top politicians and businessmen over the last few years.Grupo Petropolis is the maker of beer Itaipava, one of the most popular in Brazil. Investigators believe Petropolis operated as front company for constructor Odebrecht to pay bribes.The brewing company has seven plants in five Brazilian states.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in July, pushed higher by more expensive gas, medical care and housing.The Labor Department says the consumer price index increased 1.8% compared with a year earlier, up from 1.6% in June. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices moved up 0.3% in July and 2.2% in the past year.The figures suggest that inflation is picking up slightly, though it remains modest. The economy is in its 11th year of growth, unemployment is low, and wages are growing modestly. These are trends that typically accelerate price gains. But many companies are reluctant to charge more in the face of online competition.Most major categories of goods and services saw price gains last month. Housing costs have jumped 3.5% in the past year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
The World Food Programme (WFP) is working hard to preposition food in areas that will be cut off by snow in a couple of weeks, agency spokesperson Lindsey Davies told reporters in Islamabad. With one metre of snow reported in the Anjuman pass leading to the Panshir Valley, “trucks are still able to operate, but the fear is that with worsening conditions, the window of time for them to operate unimpeded is closing,” she said.For the first time in the history of its emergency efforts in Afghanistan, the agency has hired a so-called “harsh environment” expert from Canada to help establish a logistics base camp near the tip of the Anjuman pass to keep it open as long as possible.Among other efforts, WFP today dispatched 55 commercial trucks carrying some 550 tonnes of food to deliver food supplies to northeast Afghanistan and the Panshir Valley. Plans are under way to airdrop food to areas affected by snow. The airdropped packages are snow-proof and coloured black so that they will easily be seen.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it has received unconfirmed reports from the Iranian Red Crescent Society that some 3,000 Afghans are living out in the open near the Makaki camp on the Afghan side of the border in Nimroz province. When they arrived at Makaki, they were given some food and other assistance, but were not admitted to the camp filled to capacity. In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that its national staff members have started an assessment in the eastern region of Afghanistan, following reports that an estimated 40,000 internally displaced persons have recently arrived in the region from Kabul, Jalalabad City and villages of Nangarhar Province. “The assessment will verify the reports and ascertain areas of concentration,” said UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun.
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2014 8:08 am MDT In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 photo, Jesus Rodriguez grinds steel at the IDEAL Group in Detroit. The Commerce Department releases factory orders for March on Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories advanced strongly for a second month in March while demand in a key category that signals business investment plans increased by the largest amount in more than a year.The strength was further evidence that the economy was rebounding after a harsh winter.The Commerce Department says orders increased 1.1 per cent in March after increasing 1.5 per cent in February. Those gains followed two months of declines in December and January.Orders for core capital goods, considered a good proxy for business investment, jumped 3.5 per cent in March, rebounding from a 0.9 per cent drop in February. It was the biggest increase since January 2013.Economists say rising demand will boost factory production in coming months, helping the overall economy emerge from a winter slowdown. US factory orders increase 1.1 per cent in March with business investment jumping 3.5 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
As the storm started to clear to the east, a human shamrock formation appeared in Trafalgar Square, as part of Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in association with the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen campaignCredit:David Parry/PA If you are considering having a flutter from the comfort of having a roof over your head, Betting Reporter Ross Clarke has your tips here. Storm Gareth, in picturesSend your Storm Gareth pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org A photographer braves the winds of Storm Gareth and the high tide at BlackpoolCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Met Office forecaster Alex Burhill said: “We’ve got some very strong winds. The strongest in the morning rush hour are probably going to be around Northern Ireland and also western coastal parts, particularly western Scotland and north-west England.”Eastern areas might start getting some very strong winds by that point, but generally across much of the UK it’s going to be very windy this morning.”People need to be aware that there could be some travel disruption because there could be delays to things like ferries and aircraft and also bridges may need to be closed.”Heavy showers with some thunder were also expected across the northern half of the UK as the storm moves across throughout the day.Dozens of flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency in England, including two warnings for the River Ouse at York.Storm Gareth swept in across Northern Ireland on Tuesday, causing problems on the roads with fallen trees and the cancellation of ferries.Met Eireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, also warned of “severe and damaging gusts” as the storm moved over the country.The storm is expected to have moved out into the North Sea by Wednesday evening, although another band of wet and windy weather is expected to arrive from the west on Wednesday night.Goats and emu escape due to Storm GarethStorm Gareth blew a herd of goats into a busy town centre – as strong winds drove them from their hillside. Dozens of the Kashmiri goats sought shelter on lower ground as they escaped the gusty gales and heavy rain.The 122-strong herd usually live on the hilly grasslands of the Great Orme in Llandudno, north Wales, but moved into the town centre because of the bad weather.The goats were seen crossing roads and holding up traffic and climbing into gardens to nibble on flowers.A spokesman for Conwy Council said: “The goats come down to much lower ground because of the bad wet weather.” A ferry battles the weather as it comes into the Port of DoverCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA A tree which has destroyed a fence after falling in high winds in HaringeyCredit:Dinendra Haria/LNP The herd of Kashmiri goats eating bushes in LlandudnoCredit:George Good/Daily Post Wales A herd of wild goats went trip trapping in Llandudno town centre as Storm Gareth hit the regionCredit:George Good/Daily Post Wales A photographer dodges a wave in the winds of Storm Gareth and the high tide at Blackpool Credit:Getty Meanwhile in Kent, an emu went on the run after leaping over a fence when she got scared by high winds.Owner Jan James said the bird, which can run at more than 30mph, said the female emu made a break for it on Tuesday.Writing on Facebook, calling on locals on the Isle of Sheppey to look out for the 6ft-tall flightless bird, Jan wrote: “Please message me if you see our beautiful Emu. She’s jumped our perimeter fence as the high winds have freaked her out.”She’s not dangerous, but please don’t chase or approach as she’s nervous of people she doesn’t know and will run even further away.”She’s running around the fields that go down to the bird reserve and Leysdown beach. Hopefully she will come back on her own and jump back over but I would appreciate any sightings.” It is meant to be the first major meet of the spring season, but Cheltenham threatens to be somewhat of a washout this year. Storm Gareth whipped strong winds and heavy rain across the racecourse on Tuesday morning.The going was initially announced as being good to soft, but as the rain continued to hammer Gloucestershire, it was reclassified as soft before midday. “Despite atrocious weather, Sennen Cove Lifeboat launched but due to 5-6 metre (16-20ft) waves on scene and storm force winds, it was impossible for either the fishing vessel or the lifeboat to establish a tow with La Fanette,” the MCA said.”The six crew on board were airlifted from the fishing vessel by Newquay Coastguard Rescue Helicopter.”Storm Gareth is expected to continue moving across the country throughout the day, gradually easing later on in the afternoon as the storm moves out to the North Sea.Transport links were at risk of being impacted as the squally weather blows through – while racing at the Cheltenham Festival could also be affected.Commuters using trains in Wales, Scotland, the north of England and East Anglia were warned that services could be disrupted by high winds during the morning rush hour, with speed restrictions in place across a wide area.Trains between Durham and Newcastle were halted on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were damaged, impacting LNER, CrossCountry, Northern and Transpennine Express services.Meanwhile, some Virgin Trains services between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and some trains between Glasgow Central and Preston were cancelled.There were also reports of trees blocking roads and some exposed routes in the north-east of England being closed to high-sided vehicles. Update from Simon Claisse, Clerk of the Course ahead of racing. It’s currently wet with no issues expected today, but we are monitoring the gusts forecast for tomorrow. #CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/j2jpvIOlf1— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 12, 2019 After scenes like these this morning, it’s no surprise the going at @CheltenhamRaces is now SOFTWatch the #CheltenhamFestival LIVE on @ITV from 1PM pic.twitter.com/Oduqd2tSLv— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 12, 2019 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. Lorries queue at the entrance to the Port of Dover in Kent as bad weather causes cross Channel ferry delaysCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Storm Gareth’s strong gales and heavy rain have been causing disruption, with rail and road links across the country affected.The Met Office has issued two yellow warnings for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland.Gusts of up to 75mph were recorded in Scotland on Tuesday night, while winds of over 60mph were seen widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of Wednesday.The conditions were severe in Scotland, where three climbers died in an avalanche on Ben Nevis on Tuesday. Six crew members were airlifted from a stricken French fishing boat off Lands End in “atrocious” 20ft waves and storm-force winds, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.HM Coastguard was alerted at around 10pm on Tuesday night that La Fanette, a 79ft fishing vessel, had suffered engine failure.Another fishing vessel went to help and a lifeboat was launched. Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day survives stormThe second day of the Cheltenham Festival – Ladies Day – will go ahead as planned aafter fears it could be called off due to Storm Gareth. Organisers said Wednesday’s racing could be under threat “due to wind speeds of around 50mph, which might affect temporary structures at the racecourse”.Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse said: “We wanted to give everyone an early insight into conditions for tomorrow as the forecast is looking challenging, with strong gusting winds throughout the day.”We are continually monitoring the situation and will keep racegoers informed as the conditions present themselves.”Ladies Day is traditionally one of the busiest and most popular days of the festival. The second day of the meet in 2008 was also called off due to stormy weather. But 2019’s Ladies Day survived the weather when organisers confirmed the wind speeds had become more moderate and the health worries were therefore alleviated.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that detectives have arrested a taxi driver for questioning in relation to the murder of Roy Rowland, whose body was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head at Marigold Street, South Ruimveldt Gardens.Dead: Roy RowlandINews understands that ever since the taxi driver was taken into Police custody, he has been giving conflicting accounts of his interactions with the now deceased man. The driver is reportedly claiming that Rowland requested to be dropped at a location in West Ruimveldt and instructed him (the driver) to collect him after dropping home his child mother.However, he told ranks that after dropping home Rowland’s child mother, he went back to collect him, but he was nowhere to be seen. He attempted to phone him several times, but all the calls went unanswered.He said he went away and it was not until Wednesday morning, he learnt of the man’s demise. The Police will continue to interrogate the suspect.The body of the 27-year-old seaman, of Lot 25 Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown, was discovered about 06:30h by a resident who went to take out his cattle. He immediately raised an alarm and the Police were summoned.During investigations, a 9mm spent shell was found at the scene. The Police are working on the theory that the man might have been killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the area, since residents did not hear a firearm being discharged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops hold one over brutal murder of Tuschen taxi driverOctober 6, 2016In “Crime”Labourer charged for shooting ‘Baby mama’s’ Taxi DriverJune 10, 2014In “Crime”One more charged for murder of Pegasus Taxi DriverMay 16, 2014In “Crime”
With Google having all but halted sales of the Nexus 4, the successor can’t be that far off. As more leaks for the updated Nexus pour in, we get a much better look at the sides of the device.The FCC filing for the Nexus 5 showed us the front and back of the phone in top down photos, but there wasn’t much in the way of detail or anything to compare the phone to. Even in the original accidental leak from Google in their Kit Kat video, it was clear that the new Nexus was going to be a little different, but there wasn’t a ton to go by.As we piece all of these photos together, combined with the specs that leaked recently, the phone really begins to take shape. This Nexus 5 appears to be the first since the Nexus One with a soft touch coating on the back and what now appears to be very thin volume and power buttons that lay flush against the bezel of the phone, similar to the Nexus 4.The soft texture and curved back to the Nexus 5 will be a wildly different experience from the Nexus 4, whose glass backing created a very boxy feel. The person responsible for the photo claims that the phone has very little bezel on the front, but that the screen was just OK compared to the Galaxy Note 3. This is likely a statement made in comparing IPS LCD to Super AMOLED, which is a common preference conversation among smartphone enthusiasts.The LG LCD panels have historically performed better than Samsung’s AMOLED panels in direct sunlight and offer much more when it comes to viewing angles, but it is also possible that this new Nexus is not using the same kind of panel that the LG G2 is using.The wait for Google to officially announce this phone and the next version of Android can’t be too far off now, so we’ll know for sure soon enough.
Le puma de l’est américain officiellement déclaré éteintLes autorités environnementales américaines ont déclaré officiellement éteinte la sous-espèce de puma (ou couguar) dite “de l’est” hier, après avoir passé en revue documentation scientifique et témoignages sur ce félin, supposé disparu dès les années 1930.”Nous reconnaissons que de nombreuses personnes disent avoir vu des couguars dans la nature ces dernières décennies, sur l’habitat historique du couguar de l’est, mais nous ne pensons pas que ces félins soient des couguars de l’est, et nous n’avons trouvé aucune information [scientifique] qui confirmerait leur survivance”, a déclaré Martin Miller, le responsable du service des espèces menacées pour la région nord-est des Etats-Unis, selon qui les animaux observés appartiennent à d’autres sous-espèces du grand fauve américain.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieL’administration américaine de la pêche et de la faune a donc déclaré officiellement éteinte cette sous-espèce de puma, vraisemblablement disparue depuis les années 1930, et a recommandé de la rayer de la liste des animaux menacés d’extinction. Une décision fédérale qui n’affecte pas le statut des autres sous-espèces de puma (Puma concolor).Le nombre de celles-ci est d’ailleurs sujet à controverses. Si certains scientifiques distinguaient 30 à 35 variétés du grand félin, une étude génétique a, en 2000, ramené ce nombre à 6, sans dissiper totalement une certaine confusion en la matière. Le 3 mars 2011 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
The San Diego Police Department has closed the following roads due to flooding from Thursday’s storm. List of road closures in San Diego due to flooding Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: February 14, 2019 Several roads around the city are closed due to flooding. Please avoid these areas if possible. #sandiegowx #cawx pic.twitter.com/cZXugCzyGQ— City of San Diego (@CityofSanDiego) February 14, 2019More closures: Via De La Moda in Fashion ValleyAvenida Del Rio from Camino De La Reina to Riverwalk DriveSan Diego Mission Road between Rancho Mission Road and FairmountAirway Road at La Media Road – 2000 block of Saturn Blvd – 2600 block of Hollister Street10th Ave at C Street – 3600-3800 block of Midway Dr, WB #2 lane6000 Carroll Road, WB5600 Carroll Canyon RoadSorrento Valley Road at Carroll Canyon RoadSorrento Valley Road at Carmel Mountain RoadHighland Valley Road at Pomerado RoadCarmel Mountain Road between Paseo Cardiel and Freeport RoadMuir Ave at Cable StreetFlooding and closures by division:Central: 10TH /C STREET, WATER OVER THE CURB AND SIDEWALK UPAS (EAST & WEST LANES) CLOSED FROM TEXAS AND LOUISIANA26TH STREET CLOSED FROM PERSHING TO RUSSEastern:• SAN DIEGO MISSION RD BETWEEN RANCHO MISSION RD AND FAIRMOUNT FLOODED• 10800 SAN DIEGO MISSION RD 6 INCHES OF WATER• 5300 MISSION CENTER, FLOODED ROAD CLOSED• CAM DE LA REINA BTWN CAM DE LA SIESTA AND AVNDA DEL RIOS CLOSED COMPLETELY• CAMINO DEL RIO NORTH AT SR-163 CLOSED Barricaded• SOUTHBOUND LANES HAZARD CENTER ROAD AT MISSION CENTER ROAD CLOSED• CAM DEL ESTE/STATION VILLAGE LN FLOODINGMid-City: GRIM AVENUE AT UPAS, USE CAUTION DUE TO POTENTIAL FLOODINGWestern: • SEFTON FIELD, ROAD CLOSED WITH CONES• 678 SILVER GATE AV, FLOOD RELATED SINK HOLE DEVELOPING• 4837 CORONADO AVE, CORONADO CLOSED BTWN SUNSET CLIFFS/CABLE, TREE FELL ON HOUSE• SEFTON PARK IS FLOODED• VIA DE LA MODA, FLOODED AND BLOCKED OFF• AVENIDA DEL RIO, 60 FT OF THE ST IS COVERED, WATER IS APPROX 50 FT FROM THE RIVERWALK AND 120FT FROM CAM DE LA REINA• 3600-3800 MIDWAY, WB #2 LANE FLOODED• MUIR/CABLE, ALL INTERSECTIONS ALONG CABLE HAVE FLOODING• 1200 FASHION VALLEY RD FLOODED AND NOT PASSABLE• CAMINO DE LA REINA UNDER SR-163, CLOSED• CAMINO DE LA REINA/CAMINO DEL ESTE INTO FASHION VALLEY MALL, CLOSED/BARRICADED ON NORTH END• FASHION VALLEY RD/RIVERWALK CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, BARRICADED• FASHION VALLEY ROAD/HOTEL CIRCLE NORTH, HOTEL GUEST ONLY• CAM DEL RIO N/CAM DEL ESTE BARRICADED ON NORTH END – RIVER OVERFLOW• HOTEL CIRCLE N/FASHION VALLEY BARRICADED – RIVER OVERFLOW• RIVERWALK/FASHION VALLEY RD BARRICADED – RVER OVERFLOWSouthern: • 2000 SATURN BL, HEAVILY FLOODED, ROAD CLOSED• 2600 HOLLISTER, COMPLETELY FLOODED• AIRWAY/LA MEDIA STILL, FLOODED• 2400 HOLLISTER, BARELEY PASSABLE. NOT ADVISEDSoutheastern:• 54TH ST/MARKET ST FLOODED WITH MUD AND DEBRISNorthern:•ORTHERN WICOPEE/CAFLUR, FLOODED NOT PASSABLE• MT ACADIA BL/COWLEY WY 20-25 FT TREE DOWN BLOCKING WB LANESNortheastern:• 12500 HIGHLAND VALLEY, COMPLETELY FLOODED• 13500 HIGHLAND VALLEY, COMPLETELY FLOODED• 10000 CARMEL MTN RD, FLOODING STARTING• 10400 CARMEL MTN E/OF ARMSTRONG, HEAVY FLOODING• 10560 ROOKWOOD DR, 100FT EUCALYPTUS TREE FELL AND BLOCKING ENTIRE STREET• 12400 HIGHLAND VALLEY RD, FLOODING NOT PASSABLENorthwestern:• 11200 ROSELLE ST, FLOODED• 5600 CARROLL CANYON, FLOODED• 6000 CARROL RD, WB FLOODED WB BLOCKED OFF• CARMEL MTN RD/SORRENTO VALLEY RD, INTERSECITON COMPLETELY FLOODED• 10170 SORRENTO VALLEY, MUD SLIDE IN THE INTERSECTION AND STREET FLOODED 2 FT DEEP, STORM DRAINS ARE CLOGGED, WATER IS GETTING DEEPER• 3300 CARMEL MTN RD WB BLOCKED• 11800 SORRENTO VALLEY NB BLOCKED• ROSELLE ST/ESTUARY WY FLOODED AND NOT PASSABLE• 6000 CARROLL ROAD, FLOODED AND NOT PASSABLE Mike McKinnon III Updated: 6:37 AM February 14, 2019 Mike McKinnon III,
Nicki Minaj Tops Billboard Gospel Chart nicki-minaj-hits-no-1-billboard-gospel-songs-chart Email Facebook News Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 On Billboard Gospel Songs Chart The rapper makes a surprise splash with feature on Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new single “I’m Getting Ready”GRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 5:38 pm Nicki Minaj has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart!The rap star is featured on GRAMMY-winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new single “I’m Getting Ready,” the first off of Cobb Leonard’s latest album Heart. Passion. Pursuit.Minaj raps: “Beach house vibes maneuver the jet ski/ Because I serve a God that parted the Red Sea/ Multi-million dollar commercials for Pepsi/ From food stamps to more ice than Gretzky.”The track arrived at No. 1 on the Gospel Digital Song Sales chart with 5,000 downloads sold during the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen Music, and has garnered over 842,000 in on-demand audio streams.While many have criticized Minaj’s inclusion on the song, Cobbs Leonard’s label Motown Gospel says that “…Ready” will be promoted to gospel radio, with Minaj’s vocals intact.Read More: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available Twitter
Pilgrims stage demonstrations at hajj camp. Photo: Ashraful AlamA group of intending hajj pilgrims on Saturday staged demonstrations in front of the Ashkona hajj camp in the capital, demanding punishment of hajj agencies for fraudulence.Shortly after the Zuhr prayers, the aspirant hajj pilgrims who could not yet fly for Makkah apparently either mismanagement or fraudulence of the hajj agencies, brought out a procession carrying a banner.Officials in the hajj agencies said the uncertainty whether as much as 3,000 pilgrims will at all be able to reach Saudi Arabia to perform hajj is not over as yet.Some 127,198 pilgrims were scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private management, following the restoration of its quota that was suspended for four years due to renovation work on the Kaaba premises, during which the number fell to 101,000-102,000.During the demonstration, intending pilgrims accused several hajj agencies including Madina Air International Aviation, Al Balak, Sanjid Travel, and Eco Travel of fraudulence.They alleged that these agencies took money from them but were yet to issue them the air tickets.They also staged demonstrations earlier on Friday in front of the Ashkona hajj camp.Talking to newsmen at Hajj Director’s office, parliamentary standing committee on religious affairs ministry chairman Bazlul Haque Harun said general diaries have been filed against the hajj agencies accused of fraudulence.“The general diaries will be turned into cases if they don’t send the pilgrims in a day or two,” he said.Of 127,198 scheduled intending pilgrims, 951 could not submit their passport for visa even by the last date, albeit the Saudi authorities extended the timeline for two days, and thus lost all the chances to get the visa this time.As of Friday, a total of 109,096 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia. The national flagship carrier, Bangladesh Biman Airlines, will operate its last flight today, Saturday, and Saudi Airlines will carry pilgrims until next Monday.And by this time, some 17,157 pilgrims will have to be carried to the holy city of Makkah.
US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore 12 June.US president Donald Trump on Friday said he wished people would “sit up at attention” for him like North Koreans do for their leader Kim Jong Un, a joke that sparked instant outrage on social media and cable news.It was the latest example of a Trump remark about strongmen leaders – delivered in a deadpan style – to fall flat and fuel perceptions among his critics that the president admires autocrats.Trump was asked during a Fox News Channel interview outside the West Wing if he would invite Kim to the White House. The two met earlier this week to begin to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear program, a summit marked by what Trump said was friendly chemistry between them.Trump indicated a White House visit by Kim was possible: “Hey he’s the head of a country,” Trump said.“He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same,” Trump said, pointing to the West Wing.Kim is suspected of ordering the assassination of his half-brother in February and the execution of his uncle in 2013. UN investigations have also reported human rights violations, the use of political prison camps and the widespread use of starvation as a tool to enforce political loyalty.Trump was later asked by reporters what he meant by the remark. “I’m kidding. You don’t understand sarcasm,” Trump said.The joke was reminiscent of one he made at a private dinner with donors in March, when he noted that Chinese president Xi Jinping no longer faced term limits.“I said, ‘president for life. That sounds good. Maybe we are going to have to try it,’” he later said, recounting the outrage that followed.“But I’m joking,” he said, complaining about the reaction. “I’m joking about being president for life.”At a rally in February, he said Democrats in Congress were treasonous because they did not clap at his State of the Union speech.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said he didn’t mean it: “The president was clearly joking with his comments,” she said.Trump’s controversial quips draw fire from the quick-to-tweet media because they feed into a caricature created by his opponents, said Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist.“They believe that Trump is somehow this autocratic despot and they’re waiting for any words that fill in that narrative,” Barron said in an interview.“If Trump says something and it can be read two ways, immediately the benefit of the doubt is against Trump,” he said.But David Litt, a speechwriter to former president Barack Obama, said blaming the listener for not getting the joke is a way to avoid responsibility for going too far.There are some topics that presidents should just not joke about publicly lest they make allies nervous or embolden adversaries, Litt told Reuters.“Maybe Donald Trump is the kind of dry, deadpan humorist who does great material about how terrific dictators are – but if that’s the case, he should wait until he retires as president to start breaking out that particular part of his act,” Litt said.
Tips for homeowners in cold weatherThe Met Office has put together a list of handy tips for homeowners in the cold weather: 1. GET YOUR FLU JAB 2. TOP UP YOUR VEHICLE ANTI-FREEZE/SCREEN WASH 3. CHECK YOUR TYRES 4. THINK ABOUT A WINTER KIT FOR YOUR CAR 5. CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE COMMUTING PLANS FOR SEVERE WEATHER 6. CHECK YOUR HEATING – YOUR HOME SHOULD BE HEATED TO AT LEAST 18 °C 7. CONSIDER HOW YOU WOULD ACCESS VITAL INFORMATION IF A STORM TAKES OUT POWER AND PHONELINES 8. CHECK YOUR PIPES ARE INSULATED 9. KNOW WHERE YOUR STOPTAP IS 10. THINK ABOUT WHAT MAY BE IMPACTED BY STRONG WINDS – GUTTERING, PIPES, ROOF TILES/SLATES, GARDEN ITEMS 11. CHECK WHETHER YOU ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING 12. FREEZE A LOAF OF BREAD AND PINT OF MILK FOR TIMES OF BAD WEATHER Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow for 48 hours in Stoke-on-Trent next week – as the weather front nicknamed the ‘The Beast from the East’ approaches. The first yellow weather warning covering comes into force in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire at 00.05am on Tuesday and lasts until 11.55pm that evening – with a second beginning shortly after midnight on Wednesday and again continuing until 11.55pm Parts of south and eastern Staffordshire, including Tamworth and Burton, are also covered by an earlier warning for snow which is in force from 2pm until 11.55pm on Monday. The warnings on Tuesday and Wednesday cover most of the UK – with the Met Office warning travel disruption is possible. A spokesman said: “Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday. “Heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday. “There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. “Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.” UPDATE: An Amber Weather Warning is now in force for some parts of east and southern Staffordshire on Tuesday morning – more on that here The Met Office Chief Forecaster said there was ‘uncertainty’ over the extent of snow that would fall. Read MoreBeast from the East approaches as Met Office Amber Cold Weather Alert issued The forecaster said: “Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, with the potential for a more organised band of snow to push south-west across many parts of England and Wales through the day. “There is uncertainty in the extent of snow. However, there is the potential for 5-10 cm of snow in places where showers become more frequent, or in association with the more persistent band of snow. “Nearby locations may see much less snow and only small accumulations of 0-2 cm in places. Strong winds will lead to drifting of lying snow, with lightning an additional hazard, particularly near North Sea coasts.” Read MoreCandidates for council by-elections announced A separate Amber Cold Weather Alert is also in force throughout the week. West Midlands Ambulance Service advised people to keep warm. A spokesman said: “It’s set to be a chilly week so if you feel the cold, it’s a good idea to put on some extra layers and have plenty of hot meals and drinks to help keep warm during cold weather to help prevent colds, flu and more serious health conditions from developing.” StaffsPrepared, which is operated by the Civil Contingencies Unit, said people should take extra care when driving. The group said: “Yellow warnings for snow in place across the UK from Monday to Wednesday affecting Staffordshire. Make sure you’re winter ready. Check on elderly relatives, take care when driving and wrap up warm.” A spokesman for Age UK also warned elderly people to be careful due to the Amber Cold Weather Alert. He said: “The Met Office has forecast severe cold weather in all regions of England and is likely to last until Thursday March 1. “Exposure to the cold can have a devastating impact on older people, who are particularly vulnerable to the impact of low temperatures. “As people get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for health. Breathing in cold air lowers the body temperature, and raises the risk of chest infections, heart attacks and strokes.” What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld an internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam, state-linked news websites reported Sunday.The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the sentence of Raif Badawi, a 31-year-old father of three who was lashed in January in a public square, is final and cannot be overturned without a royal pardon. Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life Saudi Arabia’s Western allies, including Washington, have called on authorities to rescind the punishment. The kingdom maintains its judiciary is independent and has rejected international pressure as interference in the country’s internal affairs.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Badawi, imprisoned since 2012, initially was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for breaking Saudi Arabia’s technology laws and insulting Islamic religious figures through a blog he created.After an appeal, a criminal court in Jiddah last year stiffened the punishment to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He also was banned from traveling abroad for 10 years after his prison term and fined $266,000.In January, security officials flogged Badawi outside a mosque in Jiddah. Saudi rights activists said it was meant as a warning to others who think to criticize the religious establishment, of which the ruling family derives much of its authority.Subsequent floggings were halted as the Supreme Court reviewed the case. A person close to the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said that because Badawi’s flogging has been halted since January, the Supreme Court ruling may exclude lashings. It was not immediately possible to clarify the details of the judges’ ruling.The lashes had been scheduled to be administered over 20 weekly sessions, with 50 lashes each week, according to the London-based rights group Amnesty International. The rights group has launched a global campaign to call for Badawi’s release and said Sunday that he remains at risk of being flogged.
Etihad Airways passengers will soon be able to enjoy the premium service of the airline’s new accommodation options.The Residence will be available on the airline’s A380s from December with the first flight from Abu Dhabi to London.The new 787 accommodation options – “First Suite”, “Business Studio” and Economy Smart Seats will be available on the a flight from Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf on 1 December 2014.On the airline’s A380 planes, The Residence will be a forward upper deck cabin with a single or double occupancy room, a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room and guests in The Residence will also have a personal butler.The A380 planes will also feature the new “First Apartment” product in their upper decks, with a separate reclining lounge seat and full length bed, mini-bar, personal vanity and wardrobe.For the Boeing 787, the airline has revealed the “First Suite”, adding new features including a chilled mini-bar.Each suite will have large ottoman and seat upholstered by Poltrona Frau.Both planes will also include larger Business Studios for corporates and business people and the 787s will have a new Economy Smart Seat with lumbar massage options and a 11 inch personal screen monitor.Etihad is also introducing a new Panasonic eX3 entertainment system across both fleets, with 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, and improved gaming experience and HD screens.The A380s will also have a full Wi-Fi and mobile service and the Boeing 747 Dreamliners will have a Wi-Fi service.Etihad Airways chief executive officer James Hogan said that The Residence product will change customers expectations of in-flight service.“Etihad Airways’ A380 and B787 will deliver the most advanced airline cabins in the industry, while meeting all weight, range and cost targets at our desired seat count,” Mr Hogan said.“This will allow us to offer products unparalleled in quality and style, yet at competitive prices across all three cabins.”Etihad created its own Design Consortium for the design of the new accommodation products and held market research sessions in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, London and New York.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale