PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Businesses and government offices are slowly reopening in Haiti after more than a week of violent demonstrations.People began lining up to buy food, water and gas and public transportation resumed on Monday in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Crews were clearing barricaded streets where tens of thousands of Haitians had protested to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise amid anger over rising prices and and allegations of government corruption.Moise has refused to step down, though his Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant said over the weekend some government budgets would be cut by 30 per cent, and he vowed to investigate alleged misspending tied to a Venezuelan program that provided Haiti with subsidized oil.However, schools remained closed on Monday amid concerns of more violence.The Associated Press
“Too often, the humanitarian implications of climate change and the need for adaptation to the new, more dangerous reality of more frequent and intense natural disasters are forgotten as the world focuses on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said at the African Union (AU) Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kampala, Uganda.Addressing a panel on “Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Food Security,” he noted that displacement is prompted by natural disasters and climate change, with the resulting food and water shortages promising to be “one of the greatest – if not the greatest – challenge many countries will face in the years ahead.”Many African countries, Mr. Holmes pointed out, have already experienced the effects of more frequent and intense natural hazard events, including floods and storms, brought on by climate change.Last year, there were 104 globally reported natural disaster, 99 per cent of them climate related, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The number of people impacted in Africa has doubled in the past two decades, up from 9 million in 1989 to nearly 17 million in 2008.Those most vulnerable to climate change will be hardest hit, Mr. Holmes pointed out, calling for intensive water retention measures in drought-prone areas and other actions to be taken.The AU gathering, which began today, is expected to adopt the Convention on Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, which would be the first legally-binding regional treaty recognizing the multiple causes of internal displacement and that natural disasters and conflict are drivers of this phenomenon.During his five-day visit to Uganda, Mr. Holmes will also tour areas of the north of the Great Lakes nation where nearly 2 million people have been driven from their homes by over two decades of fighting between the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). 22 October 2009Climate change will lead to ever greater numbers of people being uprooted in Africa, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today, calling for enhanced and swift actions to reduce disaster risk and step up mitigation.
The final Exercise of the CBRN Course No-2 ‘Ex-Sahayogaya’ was conducted in the presence of a large gathering. The Sri Lanka Army has been trained in the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) course to respond as early as possible in the event of a chemical attack or any accident since CBRN incidents across the world are posing a threat to the human existence. The Sri Lanka Army has undergone training to face a chemical attack.Troops belonging to different ranks have been trained in this regard, the Army said. The Sri Lanka School of Military Engineering at Embilipitiya as a supportive follow-up of the 7th Army to Army Staff Talks (AAST) concluded its second Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Course recently, the Army said.
June stats put Canada on track for best year of auto sales since 2002: economist by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 11:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians are poised to buy more vehicles this year than they have since 2002, an economist said Wednesday, after data from June showed sales inched 1.3 per cent higher.“We’re basically on pace to have a record year,” said Carlos Gomes, an economist at the Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS).He predicts 1.72 million light vehicles will be sold in Canada by year’s end, with pickup trucks and crossover vehicles, such as small SUVs, continuing to drive sales due to their practicality and good fuel efficiency.“On the pickup truck side, it’s really more of a business product,” said Gomes. “You’re seeing contractors and businesses renewing their fleet, which they haven’t done for a long time.”On Wednesday, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported that strong demand for trucks have driven auto sales higher in June, even as sales of passenger cars hit the brakes compared with a year ago.Sales of light vehicles totalled 171,608 last month, compared to 169,459 vehicles sold in June 2012.While light truck sales climbed 6.7 per cent to 96,587 and passenger car sales fell by 4.9 per cent to 75,021.It said that last month was the “best June yet seen in Canada” for auto sales.“The Canadian vehicle market inched upwards from last year’s chart-topping June sales to set another monthly record in June 2013,” DesRosiers said in a statement.However, DesRosiers also noted that sales results were “inconsistent” as Ford Motor Co. of Canada came in as the top seller in June, even though the automaker saw its sales decline by six per cent compared to a year ago.Ford said it sold 28,713 vehicles last month, down from the 30,543 it sold in June 2012. Truck sales climbed 1.1 per cent to 21,284, while sales of passenger cars slid by 21.7 per cent to 7,429.Ford said year-to-date, sales were up by 3.2 per cent to 146,700 total vehicles.The Canadian auto sales data followed a similar trend in the U.S., which recently reported the highest level of sales since the recession, bolstered by growing consumer confidence.Sales in the U.S. from January to June topped 7.8 million, while June sales were 1.4 million, up nine per cent compared to last year, according to figures released Tuesday.The upswing in the U.S. is much more dramatic because sales north of the border are already at record highs, said Gomes.“The increase that you’re seeing is not as large as the gains in the United States, and that’s because they’re still way below what was normal over the past decade,” he said.Chrysler Canada and GM Canada both saw improved sales last month compared to June 2012.Chrysler sold 26,222 vehicles last month, helped by strong demand for its passenger cars and Jeeps.That’s 11 per cent higher than the 23,705 vehicles it sold in June 2012.Chrysler said passenger car sales rose 46 per cent to 5,458, while sales of trucks, which typically have higher profit margins for automakers, edged up four per cent to 20,764.Year-to-date sales were up 6.9 per cent to 139,234 vehicles.“2013 marks the best half-way point in the year for Chrysler Canada since 2000,” said chief operating officer Dave Buckingham.“With the record growth we are experiencing on the car side of our business, we’ve really rounded out our portfolio and established ourselves nicely in all vehicle segments.”GM Canada’s sales for June totalled 24,707 vehicles, an eight per cent increase from the 22,869 it sold a year ago.GM has sold 121,398 vehicles year to date, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago.Meanwhile, Kia Canada Inc. said it sold 7,775 vehicles last month, down from 7,782 in June 2012.Toyota Canada Inc. also reported a decline in sales compared to a year ago. The automaker said it sold 18,338 vehicles in June, down four per cent from June 2012.But the company said truck sales increased by 12.6 per cent to 8,716 in June.Honda Canada Inc. saw its June sales climb 10 per cent to 14,971 vehicles, while Nissan’s sales slid 10 per cent lower to 8,889 vehicles.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Thousands of people came to Atlantic City to see Miss America last month, but not enough of them ventured into a casino to boost the gambling halls’ monthly revenue.Atlantic City’s casinos saw their revenue fall by nearly 13 per cent in September compared with the same month last year.The city’s 12 casinos won $240.2 million from gamblers, a decline of 12.9 per cent from September 2012.Table games revenue was $62.9 million, down nearly 19 per cent from a year ago, and slots revenue was $177.3 million, down 10.6 per cent from a year ago.State regulators said the slot decline was partly due to gamblers betting nearly $4 million less in promotional credits last month.The return of the Miss America pageant was seen as a catalyst for increased tourism in the resort; 20,593 people attended the four nights of competition at Boardwalk Hall. But those visitors did not translate into increased gambling revenue.Eleven of the 12 casinos posted monthly declines. Only the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel showed an increase, up nearly 4 per cent for the month to $12.3 million.The biggest decline was at Caesars Atlantic City, down 28.5 per cent to $23.8 million. Close behind was Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, down 28 per cent to $6.4 million, and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, down 18.9 per cent to $22.6 million.Bally’s Atlantic City was down 18.1 per cent to just over $20 million; the Showboat Casino Hotel was down 16.8 per cent to $16.1 million; and Revel Casino Hotel, which announced a new president on Thursday, was down 11.9 per cent to $14.8 million.Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City was down 9.8 per cent to $29.5 million; the Golden Nugget Atlantic City was down 6.8 per cent to $10.7 million; and the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa was down 6.5 per cent to $51.7 million.The Tropicana Casino and Resort was down 6.1 per cent to $20.2 million, and Resorts Casino Hotel was down 2.7 per cent to $11.5 million, a figure Resorts president Mark Giannantonio said was due largely to a very lucky month at table games for gamblers. He said the newly opened Margaritaville complex, as well as other new offerings rolled out in recent months, have driven new revenue to a casino that was on the verge of having to close three years ago. Resorts saw its slot machine winnings increase by more than 10 per cent last month, to just over $10 million.“We are very happy with our volume overall and customer response to our product,” he said.For the first nine months of the year, the casinos won $2.2 billion, down 9.3 per cent from a year ago.Atlantic City’s casinos reached a high of $5.2 billion in revenue in 2006, just before casinos started popping up all around it in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. Last year, revenue had fallen to just over $3 billion, and it could fall below that mark without a strong showing in the final three months of this year.October and November are likely to show increases this year, mainly because Superstorm Sandy forced the casinos to shut down for up to a week last year.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC Atlantic City casino revenue down almost 13 per cent in Sept.; all but 1 casino saw declines by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 12:55 pm MDT
DOWNLOAD1. Liberal Democrats pass policy motion on green transport2. SMMT hosts Liberal Democrat breakfast roundtable event3. UK car manufacturing grows 16.2% in August4. EEF publishes analysis of industrial strategy5. Visiting Fellowship scheme launched by EPSRC6. CBI: Manufacturing recovery continues to strengthen7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Brock’s Department of Facilities Management is preparing for planned power disruptions this weekend.Brock’s annual substation maintenance is slated for May 9-10. Starting May 9 at 9 p.m. and ending May 10 at 10 a.m., the following areas of Brock will be affected:• All of Mackenzie Chown, including Inniskillin• Earp Residence• Student Centre• Taro Hall• PlazaFor more information, contact Dave Corbett, Electrical Services manager.
Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.The U.S. women’s national team begins World Cup play Monday, opening their set of group-stage matches against Australia. Despite having drawn the “Group of Death,” the U.S. team is still heavily favored in each of its three Group D matches, and its odds of surviving to the knockout rounds look promising.According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, the USWNT has a 68 percent chance of beating Australia (19 percent chance of a draw). But what if the U.S. goes down by a goal early? When should you start to panic?Consider the following your in-game cheat sheet for the U.S. game against Australia — a guide to when to start worrying and when it’s safe to start looking ahead to the next match. Using play-by-play data compiled from recent seasons of top league play,1Data comes from matches from the following women’s soccer leagues: Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s Primera Division, Sweden’s Damallsvenskan, and the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. we built an in-game win probability model for women’s soccer. The model calculates win/draw/loss probabilities as a function of game time, score and, most importantly, the pre-match odds.When it comes to the availability of data in women’s sports, inequality reigns. When building a similar model for men’s soccer, I collected play-by-play results for 3,000+ matches while hardly breaking a sweat. The win probability model for women’s soccer is built from a much smaller sample, about 950 matches, and that data required significantly more effort to compile. As a result of this smaller sample size, the modeling shared here may be more prone to noise, and may be less precise than one built from a more robust data set.Data issues aside, what can we do with such a model? For one, it can tell U.S. fans how safe an early lead is if a heavy underdog like Nigeria starts strong. Or, when the score is tied, the crucial point in a match when a draw becomes more likely than victory for the USWNT.One of the nice things about being a heavy favorite is that victory is rarely out of reach, even if you’ve fallen behind early, or remain deadlocked in a draw late in the match. Let’s take Monday’s game against Australia. For a tie game, the USWNT’s chances of defeat hold relatively steady for most of the match. With loss probability largely fixed, the U.S. is effectively trading win probability for draw probability the longer the match remains tied. At about 62 minutes in, a U.S. win and a draw are equally likely, and after that a draw increasingly becomes the most likely outcome.What if the U.S. falls behind? When trailing by a goal, the match probabilities develop in a much different fashion. The draw and loss probabilities practically move in lockstep until about 75 minutes in, when they shoot off in opposite directions. It seems that the 75th minute marks a crucial turning point for many matches, at least according to our 950-match dataset. Bonus Hot Takedown Podcast: FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann talks with ESPN’s Julie Foudy and USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Subscribe on iTunes.Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/hottakedown_150504_wwcspecial.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Illegal mining has been cited as the cause for most, if not all, of the recent mining fatalities that occurred during the first quarter of 2019.Commander of “F” Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis, told <<
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: 2 other bandits confirmed dead in Police shootout at Black Bush PolderMay 19, 2019In “Crime”3 bandits shot by Police in Black Bush Polder, 1 confirmed deadMay 19, 2019In “Crime”Corentyne triple murder: 4th suspect likely to be charged soonSeptember 19, 2016In “Court” Police in Berbice have apprehended a man who is believed to have been a part of the notorious gang that has been terrorising residents on the Corentyne.Vinod GopaulThe intelligence-led operation which started on Wednesday evening and ended on Thursday morning, led to the arrest of two-time prison escapee Vinod Gopaul, 29, who was found hiding in an abandoned house at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder.Gopaul was wanted by the police following the fatal shooting of three bandits on May 19, 2019, at Black Bush Polder.Thursday’s operation also involved members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.Gopaul was charged for several counts of armed robberies. Most of the robberies were allegedly committed in the Black Bush Polder area and on the Corentyne Coast.In June 2011, he escaped from custody. At the time he was serving a sentence for the 2004 murder of his father whom he shot and killed.He was also among 18 prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street Prison in 2007 and was recaptured shortly after and charged while some of the other prisoners were shot dead.Further, he escaped again in June 2011 along with notorious high seas pirate, Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford Le Fleur, and Vijay Seenarine of Skeldon.However, following several robberies on the Corentyne, police ranks raided the backlands of Johanna in the Black Bush Polder with the aim of capturing the wanted bandits.
A family of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is now traumatised after they were attacked by a lone gunman during the wee hours today.Police at the scene of the incident this morningMarcia Fredericks, 49, was standing in her yard at around 03:00hrs calling a taxi to take her young nephew to Parika.It was at that time that the suspect, who was masked, jumped the fence and grabbed the woman by her hair.The perpetrator forced the woman into the house and began to hit her on the head with a gun, as he demanded cash.The woman’s two daughters began to scream.INews understands that the elder daughter ran to the back of the house while the younger girl, who is just 18-year-old, began to battle with the suspect.She told this publication that the gunman then turned the gun on her and threatened to shoot.“I told him we don’t have any money and then he just left,” she explained.As the man was leaving, a gunshot went off.According to the elder daughter, she thought her mother had died.“When I hear the gunshot I thought they [he] killed my mother,” she recalled.The ordeal lasted just a few minutes. The suspect, who escaped on foot, managed to steal a cell phone.When the gunshot went off, neighbours were alerted and rendered assistance.The Guyana Police Force was contacted however ranks only showed up until around 06:00hrs.The family says they don’t feel safe and are contemplating moving.Just a few months ago, several persons had attempted to break into their home. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits rob, terrorise Pouderoyen familyJuly 12, 2016In “Crime”Lone gunman terrorises, robs C.I familySeptember 28, 2018In “Crime”Cornelia Ida family traumatized as bandits invade their homeOctober 27, 2016In “Crime”
By Rónán Duffy Image: PA Images Short URL 8,672 Views Updated Apr 5th 2019, 8:57 AM EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #TERROR WATCHLIST: A Syrian national barred from a Dublin mosque has fled Ireland after he allegedly attacked a man with a hammer.2. #BREXIT: European Council President Donald Tusk is proposing to offer the UK a 12-month “flexible” extension to its Brexit date. (BBC News)3. #RECORD SETTLEMENT: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, has agreed a divorce settlement with his wife MacKenzie worth $35 billion.4. #CHRISTCHURCH: The man accused of killing 50 people at two Christchurch mosques has been ordered to undergo mental health assessments to determine if he’s fit to stand trial.5. #POSTAL ADDRESS: An Post has launched what it calls Europe’s first free personal address and mail collection service for people who are homeless. (RTÉ News)6. #ELECTRIC CARS: The government has announced a €20 million investment to provide 50 electric car charging hubs across the country.7. #TIMMOTHY PITZEN: The FBI has declared a man’s story a hoax, one day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.8. #FROM THE DEEP: The fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale with four legs, webbed feet and hooves has been discovered in Peru. (BBC News)9. #WEATHER: And in weekend weather, Met Éireann is forecasting a wet few days with more rainfall than is normal for this time of year. No Comments Image: PA Images Share1 Tweet Email The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. https://jrnl.ie/4577791 Apr 5th 2019, 8:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 5 Apr 2019, 8:57 AM
The differences between the IMF and Troika during the summit of eurozone leaders may have finally resolved.After 16-hours of negotiations, the Belgian PM tweeted simply that “Finance ministers will as a matter of urgency discuss how to help #Greece meet her financial needs in the short term (bridge financing).”Mr Tusk then added that “Following national procedures, the #Eurogroup will work with the Institutions to swiftly take forward the negotiations. #Greece.”EuroSummit has unanimously reached agreement. All ready to go for ESM programme for #Greece with serious reforms & financial support— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 13, 2015 Manos Giakoumis, a representative for the Cyprus government said: “it seems we have a deal.”It’s official!#Greece #EuroSummit #ESM https://t.co/tMg0ZcXdXx— Manos Giakoumis (@ManosGiakoumis) July 13, 2015 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens was asked to pass a series of sweeping reforms by Wednesday or face exiting the euro but it seems there has been a breakthrough in talks aimed at securing a new bailout deal for Greece.Greece seeked a new loan of €53.5bn over three years to avoid financial collapse and a potential exit from the single currency, however, officials in Brussels argued the figure would have to be up to €86bn – insisting on tougher austerity measures.Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras held out against the involvement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in any bailout as well as the request of €50bn (£35.8bn) worth state-owned assets in a fund for eventual privatisation.But in a sign of division among the leaders, a document sent to them by finance ministers also included an option for Greece to temporarily leave the euro if no deal was agreed – a potential “time-out”.Not all ministers endorsed that idea, which a senior EU source said was illegal and would not make it into the summit statement.The Greek government has apparently agreed to a series of demands it previously criticised. In the document, Greece agreed to carry out “ambitious” pension and tax reforms and “significantly” increase its privatisation programme.And it has also accepted it will push reforms into law this week on a first set of measures as it tries to avoid a “Grexit”. But stumbling blocks remain.It includes the Greek parliament, which may decide Mr Tsipras has gone too far in the negotiations.His own labour minister said early on Monday that the bailout plan that was emerging was “not viable”.The government believes some of the measures demanded by creditors, such as the requirement to put €50bn worth of state-owned assets into a fund for subsequent sell-off, are intended to “humiliate” them.One diplomat said it was tantamount to turning the country into a “German protectorate”, stripping it of more sovereignty.The list of demands has led to a social media backlash against Germany, with #ThisIsACoup the second top trending hashtag on Twitter.The draft said Greece needs €7bn (£5bn) by 20 July, when it must make a payment to the European Central Bank, and a total of €12bn (£8.6bn) by mid-August when another ECB payment is due.Greece’s proposals for a new bailout, backed by parliament, are aimed at offering to bring in tax rises and spending cuts in return for another loan.Greece has already had two bailouts worth €240bn (£172.2bn) from eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund since 2010.Source: bbc.com, www.news.sky.com
An unidentified man severely injured in a Jan. 3 shooting in the neighborhood of Ellsworth Springs remains hospitalized, according to the Vancouver Police Department.Detectives continue to investigate the shooting, in which two men apparently shot at and injured each other, and have been unable to interview the person who sustained the more-serious injury, police department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email.The man was in serious condition over the weekend, Kapp said. He is expected to survive, she said. Police are not releasing the man’s name at this time.The shooting occurred sometime before 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night. That’s when officers and medics responded to the 10400 block of Southeast 10th Street on the report of a disturbance, police said.Responders found two gunshot wound victims — the severely injured man and another man, 22-year-old Andrew C. Morris, who had been struck in the leg, police said. Investigators determined the men “fired their weapons at each other at some point, resulting in both parties being shot.”
During the week of December 4th the ASA’s WISHH Regional Director of Africa Josh Neiderman traveled to Senegal for meetings with market development partners. Alongside the WISHH West Africa Representative Mamadou Bousso, Mr. Neiderman met with multiple stakeholders that participated in the USDA funded Global Based Initiative (GBI) conference, held in September, in order to follow up on new market development activities. Neiderman and Bousso visited multiple GBI attendees, including representatives from the Institute of Food Technology (ITA), USDA/FAS, the Senegal School Feeding Program, Counterpart International, and the food company Patisen.ITA is a food research and business incubation group based in Dakar, Senegal. WISHH has been working with them to develop their technical capabilities for incorporating soy ingredients into local foods. In November WISHH sent soy foods technology consultant Suresh Itapu to train ITA representatives on the use of soy in blended cereals, beverages, and baked goods (pictured).Additionally, visits were made to multiple feed producers that will be involved in the upcoming poultry and aquaculture feeding trials, sponsored through USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP). Animal feed value chain partners Avisen, NMA Sanders, GMD, Sedima, IPAS and the National Aquaculture Agency were visited to discuss their interest in importing U.S. soybean meal.Photo Caption: Suresh Itapu works with Senegalese bakers from ITA on how to adapt their recipes to include varying amounts of defatted soy flour. Neiderman and Bousso met with ITA representatives to identify the next steps in this market development activity.
Erika Delgado is the weekend morning meteorologist at WSVN.She began her career in Boston forecasting for various locations across the country as an on-air bilingual meteorologist with the Weather Company. Covering cities from coast to coast allowed her to gain a comprehensive understanding of the nation’s weather – droughts in the west, blizzards in the northeast, tornado outbreaks in the Midwest and hurricanes on the East Coast. Erika had her first stint in local news at WCSH in Portland, Maine as a freelance meteorologist.As a South Florida native, Erika’s passion for the weather can be traced back to 1992 when Hurricane Andrew came barreling through South Florida. While her father was busy boarding up their Hialeah home, she pleaded with him to leave a small opening in one window so she could experience the full power of the storm. Upon witnessing the devastating aftermath, Erika decided to make it her career mission to forewarn people of impending natural disasters.In 2013, Erika found her way back home to South Florida where she worked as a weekend meteorologist for NBC6. She then worked as a freelance meteorologist in South Florida for a year until she joined the 7 News Weather Team.Erika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Florida International University and then continued on to Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Meteorology and a Master’s degree in Geosciences. She is honored to be able to work in her hometown as part of the 7 News Weather Team & welcomes any opportunities to work with local charities and organizations in order to give back to the same community that has given her so much.In her free time, Erika is a spinning instructor, maintains an active, healthy lifestyle, spends as much time out on the water as she can & enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
7. Magazine Publishers Kill a PirateSay what you will about magazine publishers, but unlike the music industry, they know a pirate when they see one. We just published our annual predictions feature and year in review—usually two of my favorite pieces to produce. Not this year. Perhaps not surprisingly, all of the blood that was shed in 2008 has left many people who are lucky enough to still have a job bloodied, bruised, and cynical about the magazine industry. And rightfully so.But there were some glimmers of hope in 2008 which were, at least from my perspective, inspirational. Maybe they don’t all have direct implications for the swift return of the print magazine business, but at least they were a welcome diversion from all of the slashing and burning we saw this year.1. Seasoned Print Editors Go it Alone—OnlineFrom ex-PC World editor Harry McCracken to Tina Brown’s inner-Beast to a pair of ex-ElleGirl editors with Daily Candy-like aspirations, 2008 could was the year that old-school print editors collectively said “&%@# it” and forged ahead with their own businesses online, many competing for the same audiences—and ad dollars—of the publications they left. And based on some of your 2009 predictions, this career trajectory is going to become more common—not less. 5. Political Blogger Finishes What She StartedAnaMarie Cox, the ex-Wonkette-turned-Time political blogger who became theWashington editor of Time.com, decamped for Radar in September to coverthe election. When Radar foldedin October, Cox was left with credentials to cover the campaign (shewas embedded with the McCain camp) but no one to pay for her travels.Undeterred, she launched an online a pledge drive. (For $250, Coxwould pose your question to a senior McCain advisor; for $1,000, you’dget a “post-election dinner debriefing.”) Cox raised over $8,000, and was able to cover the rest of the campaign for her personal blog. That scent you smell? It’s called is “future book deal.” 6. Magazine Executives Stop Lying to Each OtherMagazine publishers—finally—took off the rose-colored glasses and put down the cups of Kool-Aid. At an event in New York, Hearst president Cathie Black described the industry’s malaise this way: “It’s tough. It’s terrible. I think we’ve all stopped lying to each other.” 2. Festival for D.I.Y. Nerds Draws 50,000The third installment of Make magazine’s Maker Faire do-it-yourself-themed event, held in May at California’s San Mateo Fairgrounds, attracted 65,000 people—more than triple the attendance of its inaugural event in 2006. Make pulled in “well over” $1 million in revenue, associate publisher Dan Woods told FOLIO:, proving yet again that a cultish, rabid and, yes, nerdy fan base (Star Trek, Simpsons, the Dead et al) is worth its weight in gold. 3. E-Ink Makes an Appearance on a CoverThere was plenty of criticism over Esquire’s 75th anniversary issue—remember, the one with the cover flashing “The 21st Century Begins Now” across it—and its editor’s apparent monthly desire to break free of the shackles of editing a print magazine. But it marked the first time e-ink—a technology we’ve been hearing about for years now—made its way onto a magazine cover. So what if the result was as exciting as an Etch A Sketch? It’s called progress.4. New Magazines Actually LaunchIt’s hard to believe—with all of the layoffs and cutbacks and magazine closings—someone would willingly launch a magazine this year. But depending on who you believe, as many as 634 did. And while I wouldn’t exactly hang my hat on a magazine devoted entirely to the Jonas Brothers, it stands to reason that someone is buying them—at least for one issue.
Kapil Sharma, Ginni Chatrath attend a friend’s baby shower along with The Kapil Sharma Show crew membersInstagramKapil Sharma will soon embrace parenthood with his wife Ginni Chatrath who is currently in her second trimester of pregnancy. The soon-to-be parents recently came back to India after spending a quality time on their babymoon in Canada. And while there’s no limit to Kapil’s happiness, Ginni is currently blooming with her pregnancy glow. The couple recently attended a friend’s baby shower wherein Ginni was seen flaunting her baby bump flashing a million dollar on her face while posing for a group picture. She was accompanied by Kapil and the crew of The Kapil Sharma Show including Kiku Sharda, Krushna Abhishek, Sumona Chakravarty, Rochelle Rao and others. Ever since Kapil Sharma learned about Ginni’s pregnancy, he had made a lot of changes to his busy shoot schedule to be with his long-time girlfriend and now wife. During the initial days of pregnancy, Kapil used to quickly wind up his work and would rush to home to take care of Ginni. Krushna Abhishek and wife Kashmera Shah, on their twins’ Rayaan and Krishaang’s second birthday bash on June 2, had said that they are very happy and excited for Kapil’s baby to arrive. Kapil and Ginni’s first baby is reportedly due in December.