Cross country storms to hit South and East with more ice, snow

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Multiple storms will move across the U.S. this weekend into next week bringing snow and ice from coast to coast.Thursday’s storm hit the South with freezing rain and sleet and turned roads dangerous from Texas to Virginia.In Fort Worth, Texas, at least six people died and 65 others were injured in a massive freeway pileup that involved over 100 vehicles. Fort Worth police said the icy roads likely contributed to the crash.Some areas in central and western Texas got up to 1 inch of ice accretion. There were also widespread reports of half an inch of ice accumulation in Arizona, Tennessee and Kentucky.Now, that storm is moving through North Carolina and Virginia with snow and ice. Raleigh is under a winter weather advisory for freezing rain and sleet.On Friday morning, 36 states, from Oregon to Maryland, are under some sort of snow, ice or cold alert.Meanwhile, a second storm is already wreaking havoc in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, where snow, ice and gusty winds are causing treacherous road conditions.A winter storm warning is set for Portland, Oregon, and a winter storm watch is set for Seattle, which is expected to see heavy snow and gusty winds. There is even a blizzard warning for the Columbia River Gorge.Part of that western storm is moving quickly east, and will bring an icy mix to the Mid-Atlantic by Saturday evening into Sunday, where a winter storm watch has been posted for Washington, D.C.By Sunday night into Monday, a third storm will move out of the West and slide south into Texas and Oklahoma.A winter storm watch has been issued for Dallas, Oklahoma City and nearly all the way down to the Mexican border. Heavy snow and gusty winds are expected there.This third storm is then expected to move to the East Coast. It will bring an icy mix to the I-95 corridor and heavy snow inland.With all these storms coming up over the next five to seven days, almost all lower 48 states will see some sort of wintry precipitation accumulation, even as far south as San Antonio, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi.Apart from that, dangerous cold air will pour into the South, reaching Texas by Sunday into Monday.Wind chills could reach below-zero temperatures even as far south as Dallas and Austin, Texas.The North will also see some cold. Winds chills could dip as low as -60 degrees and frost bite could set in on exposed skin in as little as five minutes.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

BJMP-Kalibo rolls out measures vs COVID-19

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The Bureau of JailManagement and Penology (BJMP) in Aklan is stepping up to the challenge ofcontaining the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As the virus may quickly spread inplaces like prisons, PDLs and jail guards have been always reminded to practicegood hygiene such as washing of hands frequently.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) BJMP-Aklan imposed restrictions and othercoronavirus-related protocols for the well-being of the persons deprived ofliberty (PDLs). Although there have been no reports of the COVID-19 in theAklan District Jail, the facility could possibly become the hotbed of the virusif no preventive measures will be taken. On March 11, BJMP-Aklan suspendedindefinitely the jail visits of family members, relatives and friends of PDLsin Aklan District Jail to minimize their risk of being infected. The jail guards assigned in checkpointsoutside the BJMP-Aklan facility, on the other hand, will not be allowed to workinside.center_img Aside from hand sanitizers, protectivegears are also required for jail guards working in case they need to respond toa potential outbreak of the COVID-19 inside the Aklan District Jail. In addition, jail guards are assigned todo 12-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. to secure thefacilities. Although there have been no reports of the coronavirus disease-2019 in the Aklan District Jail, it could become the hotbed of the virus if no preventive measures will be taken. AKLA DISTRICT JAIL/ B.CARILLOlast_img read more

Angels vs. Mariners: Sunday game time, TV channel, starting pitchers

first_imgMARINERS at ANGELSWhen: 12 p.m. TV: Fox Sports WestWhere: Angel StadiumTHE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP PARKER BRIDWELL (9-3, 3.87)vs. Mariners: 1-1, 4.00At Angel Stadium: 4-3, 4.33Hates to face: Robinson Cano, 4 for 9 (.444)Loves to face: Jean Segura, 1 for 9 (.111) MARINERS LHP JAMES PAXTON (12-5, 3.03)vs. Angels: 4-2, 2.26At Angel Stadium: 2-1, 2.00Hates to face: C.J. Cron, 4 for 12 (.333)Loves to face: Mike Trout, 3 for 25 (.120), 11 Kscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Revamped Aids council launches

first_imgThe South African National Aids Council has responded to recommendations for a new structure, and has reformed and relaunched. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library) Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe addresses the inaugural South African National Aids Council plenary meeting held at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on 4 October.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Fareed Abdullah  CEO, South African National Aids Council  +27 12 395 9103 RELATED ARTICLES • Aids activist gets Clarins award • Board game makes Aids education fun • HIV testing drive for SA students • Taking HIV testing to the masses • Software speeds HIV diagnosisSource: Plus NewsAfter a troubled past, a revamped South African National Aids Council (Sanac) was recently unveiled, coinciding with the announcement that the country has achieved universal access to HIV treatment. South Africa must now ramp-up prevention, said Dr Fareed Abdullah, the new Sanac CEO.The newly reformed body has embarked on a wide range of initiatives to improve its effectiveness and the country’s HIV prevention efforts, including increasing national funding for prevention activities, reinvigorating provincial Aids councils and broadening representation within the body’s leadership.In 2010, Sanac released a mid-term review of the country’s national strategic plan on HIV, which found that the national Aids body was not user-friendly, failed to coordinate provincial HIV responses, and faced shortcomings in provincial monitoring and evaluation. The report proposed a new Sanac structure to make it “fit for purpose”.Responding to these recommendations, and to criticism by civil society, Sanac was reformed over the last 18 months.The body will now hold a new, annual meeting comprised of representatives from the research community, labour unions and people living with HIV. At this meeting, participants will discuss major policy issues and review progress on the country’s current national plan to address the twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis.Sanac leaders, representing diverse groups including women, sex workers and businesses, approved the restructuring on 17 August 2012. New leaders, following nomination and selection, will undergo an orientation at the end of October, according to South African deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, who chairs the body.The inaugural session of this plenary body took place on 4 October in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, which Motlanthe has described as the epicentre of the country’s HIV epidemic. Treatment grows but prevention lags At the meeting, Sanac announced new figures showing that two million South Africans are now on antiretrovirals; this figure covers about 80% of those estimated to need treatment in the country, surpassing the country’s 2006 universal access target, according to a UNAids report.The country funds about 80% of its HIV response domestically, and about 70% of this is earmarked for treatment – leaving less than 20% for prevention. In the first quarter of 2012, the country only met about 30% of its condom distribution target, handing out 84-million condoms – about one condom per month for each of South Africa’s estimated 24-million males.According to Abdullah, Sanac has begun negotiating with the treasury department to try to allocate more money towards prevention. Resurrecting provincial AIDS councils? Provincial AIDS councils have been historically ineffective, but Sanac will be helping to strengthen these, Motlanthe said in a statement.“Each province has unique economic, social, infrastructural and cultural characteristics. There are population dynamics, health and community systems, and human resource issues that determine the impact of programmes, thus requiring context-specific approaches… for success,” he said. “This underpins the importance of having functional and efficient Provincial Councils on Aids to better monitor the provincial responses.”According to Abdullah, Sanac will now be providing resources to provincial Aids councils and has been advocating for high-level politicians to join these groups. Already, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize has begun taking an active role in his province’s council, drawing the attention of several other premiers, Abdullah told Irin News.last_img read more

The Dual Caregiver: Grief and Loss

first_imgGrief and loss – makes you think of death, right? It might remind you of a time you mourned for a loved one who passed away, or the feeling you get when you think of a friend, or family member that has passed.Did you know that grief and loss are natural feelings that come with caregiving? I had no idea until about a year ago. I’m still trying to figure out why I didn’t realize this sooner. Why wasn’t ‘grief and loss’ being discussed in caregiver groups that I had attended? Why have I not heard about this topic in the caregiving community; a community that I have been part of for over eight years? Why hadn’t any prior counselors I’ve sought help from shared this crucial piece of information with me…until I met Andrea Cangiano, a therapist with the Southern Caregiver Resource Center in San Diego, CA.The Time I First Met AndreaAndrea Cangiano and Nikki StephensI found myself foggy and depressed sitting in a waiting room, getting ready to meet Andrea. This was my first official visit with her, in a counseling setting. I had met her previously at a committee meeting where I shared by personal experiences as a military caregiver and caregiver to my son with autism. Andrea wasn’t your average therapist, she specialized in caregiving and has worked with caregivers from all walks of life.When I walked into the therapy session, Andrea’s raspy voice greeted me, accompanied by a huge smile. She was just as friendly as I remembered her from our committee meeting where we first met.As soon as I sat down in front of Andrea we began talking about my caregiving journey. I just talked, never really knowing where to begin and where to end. The continual “word vomit” left me with little room for breath, unless it was to gasp for air, all in the hopes that she could decipher my verbal mess and offer some sort of feedback and support. I tried giving her a brief background on John (my veteran husband) and Kealan (my son with autism). I shared about all my kids and how stressed and overwhelmed I had become.I tend to be that person who acts as though all is right within the world, when in reality I feel the world is crumbling before my very eyes. I’m not sure why I do this, but I always have. I have often associated it with my upbringing, which happens to be a whole other can of worms. I wonder if this is a coping mechanism I picked up long ago?Back to my conversation with Andrea – I felt unusually safe with her. After I finally stopped talking for a moment for her to get a word in, she very nonchalantly mentioned, “Have you heard of grief and loss as it pertains to caregiving?”. I paused, confused by her statement. After a couple of moments of trying to process I asked, “What do you mean?”.As Andrea began describing the feelings of grief and loss and providing examples, as well as talking about the states of grief and loss, I realized that in this very moment she had put a name to what I was feeling: sadness, anger, frustration and a sense of lack of control. All these feelings could be attributed to my grief and loss. I was angry that others’ lives are moving along as usual and mine wasn’t. Are all of my feelings associated with anger? All these years I had perceived these emotions as something else entirely. I had very naively confused grief and loss, as resentment.I’ve always been aware of the ugliness of resentment and the many feelings; negative feelings that can evolve. For the last several years I had struggled with the idea that I resented my husband, but in actuality, it wasn’t resentment at all!In that moment, the largest lump in my throat grew, the kind of massive lump that you get when you’ve been sideswiped by an emotional typhoon. I had my “Ah-Ha” moment. I was not resentful – I was grieving. Grieving the life that I thought my husband and I would have when we first married, just as I’m sure he does too.RecognitionWithin a few minutes I realized how relevant this topic of grief and loss was not only to my relationship with my husband, but to my son who is autistic. Often times I think about what differences there may be between Kealan and his twin brother, how their abilities would differ and how Kealan’s autism will affect them in the future. What does an adult with autism look like? Will Kealan marry? Will he ever experience the love that his father and I experience with one another?I grieve for my other four children as well because of the challenges that come with living with someone with autism, as well as having a father that has a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress (PTS). Normal outings to the movie theatre or a day at an amusement park happens few and far between. It is something we are always working toward, but can be difficult for my son and husband.In the past I always felt that if I were to express my sadness or grief in regards to what I feel, with what I face both with my son and husband, that it would be viewed as mean and unkind and not understanding. Who am I kidding? I still struggle with this. But Andrea has helped me realize that these are normal feelings that most caregivers experience and face at some point in their caregiving journey. This realization has been a relief, and quite empowering for me.Tips for My Fellow CaregiversUnderstanding that my misinterpretation between resentment and grief and loss, simply came from the idea of always associating grief and loss with death. And because I am caring for two people who are very much alive, those two simple terms did not correlate with me. It was kind of an oxymoron.For my fellow caregivers, know that you can mourn for many different reasons and loss can be felt in many different ways. The degree of grief and loss that one might experience varies from person to person, as does the time experienced. I think it is important that we are able to name our grief, identify it and move forward with it.Having the ability to speak openly about my feelings of loss with someone I trust has been much needed. Sharing with others what your grief looks or looked like and how you learned to cope and move forward offers support to the caregiving community, who may not have yet identified that feeling on their journey. Just know that at some point you will feel grief and loss on this journey, but always remember, you are not alone. For more information on the various types of grief and symptoms, I would suggestion checking out the Family Caregiver Alliance’s site on Grief and Loss.Much love!Nikki StephensJoin me as I continue to share my journey as a “dual” caregiving to my wounded warrior and child with special needs. You can find my biography and links to blog post at: Nikki Stephens, “The Dual Caregiver.”last_img read more

The Cavalry Isn’t Coming

first_imgYou’re on your own. The cavalry isn’t coming. No one is going to save you. Instead, you are going to have to save yourself.Humans have lived on this planet for about three and a half million years, give or take. From the very beginning of our time here we’ve been responsible for taking care of ourselves. If you wanted to eat, you had to hunt and gather. If you wanted shelter, you had to carve it out of the earth with your bare hands. If you were going to survive–and thrive–it was up to you.But we’ve lost our memory as to our responsibilities. Why did we lose our memories?For a very short period starting some time in the middle 20th Century, a bargain was struck. You become an employee of the the Big Industrial Age Corporation, and in exchange for 47 years of your labor, you’d receive a decent wage, guaranteed health care, and a retirement. If you were in management, you might even get a nice plaque, a gold watch, and a retirement lunch.But the world, as it is wont to do, changed. And those changes started to take a toll on the Big Industrial Age Corporations. Many of them had every intention of keeping the old bargain. They preferred the status quo. But at some point the bargain became too difficult to keep. Maybe it was 1980. Maybe it was the 1990’s. Some are still trying desperately to hold on.A lot of people want to see that bargain transferred to the Federal Government. But a lot of smart people in smart countries have tried to make and keep those bargains and failed. More are failing still. That’s not a bet you can safely make either.We are returning to the way things were for all of three and half million years, minus a short detour that we took towards the end of the Industrial Age. We’re now firmly at the jumping off point of the Disruptive Age. Industrial Age beliefs and behaviors no longer serve you. The beliefs and behaviors that allow you to succeed now look more like the beliefs and behaviors that worked before the Industrial Age bargain was struck.The cavalry isn’t coming. Accept it and start saving yourself.last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: UST turns back La Salle, heads to Final 4 with twice-to-beat edge

first_imgFILE – UST Tigresses vs La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas carried out a shock and awe-inducing victory over three-time defending champion La Salle, 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, Wednesday to move just a win away from the UAAP women’s volleyball finals.Imposing the firepower which happens to be the most explosive in the league, the Tigresses employed a fast-paced, no let-up assault and hardly allowed the Lady Spikers a chance to gain their bearing at the full-packed FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Exciting times as Perlas Pilipinas welcomes influx of talents in biggest pool yet Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sisi Rondina fired 28 points for the Tigresses, who are now just one win away from clinching the final since Season 73, the same year they last enjoyed a twice-to-beat incentive.La Salle suffered second straight defeat and now slid to No. 3 in the Final Four. It will need to beat UST twice to nail a finals slot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis marks the first time in 10 years that the Lady Spikers will not have a twice-to-beat shield.RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

BCJ Digital Media Presentation Deemed a Success

first_imgThe Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica’s (BCJ) recent digital media literacy presentation at Mona High School, St. Andrew, has been hailed as a major success by several students who participated.Representatives of the Commission, led by Executive Director, Cordel Green, delivered wide ranging presentations on several topics during sessions held with Grade 10 and 11 students and their teachers.These included: the impending digital switchover process; cable channel ratings and the children’s code for programming.Two of the students indicating the benefits they derived are Cedric Moodie, whose stage name is ‘Militant’, and Iokoyi Ellis, both budding deejays, who are keen on pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. At the end of the presentations, Cedric, who performed one of his songs for the Executive Director, told JIS that he was appreciative of the information, which has greatly enlightened him.“It was a great presentation because it taught me a lot that I didn’t know about. I want to be a musician, so it has given me more knowledge about the music world,” Cedric said, while contending that every student should be afforded the opportunity to learn more about the digital media landscape, as well as the role of the Commission. Cedric advised that, to date, he has recorded two songs. One, he said, is titled: “Guidance”, which he said currently enjoys a fair amount of airplay on local radio stations and overseas.“I have a song playing on Hitz 92 FM and it is also playing in England and the USA,” he revealed.The Grade 10 student, who comes from a musical family, said he has been singing since age nine, and decided that he wanted to do music compositions when he entered high school, citing this as “my passion, and my heart and soul”.“I do a lot of thinking and writing. For me, I have to put all my thinking into my music. I don’t write just for the sake of writing. I have to think about it first and see what connects and what makes sense,” he reasoned.Iokoyi Ellis, whose stage name is ‘Yokie’, said her father, who is now deceased, was instrumental in her decision to take up singing as a career, noting that he would always sing with her. For that reason, singing became a regular activity for Iokoyi after her father’s passing, when she was eight years old. Noting that she sings every day, Iokoyi intimated: “that’s the first thing that I do; in the bathroom I sing. I would be singing and then take a pen and paper and just start writing. It just comes naturally.”“I took to singing more because I wanted to make my father proud and because I have a good voice,” she proudly declared.Iokoyi currently uses the YouTube social media channel to market her song: “Broken Heart and Soul”, written after her father’s passing. Despite the sad memories the song conjures, Iokoyi is excited about the response the single has been receiving from persons on the social network.“Since January it has gone over 1,000 hits and that is very, very good. I am so thrilled about that and a lot of people know me. It is very very nice,” she said.Iokoyi said, in the future, she wants to study music at university. However, for now she will continue to study hard in order to obtain high grades in Religious Education, Home Management, Mathematics and English, the subjects she plans to sit in the upcoming Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) examination.By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporterlast_img read more