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Driver, aide hailed as heroes after bus carrying special needs students hit by tractor-trailer YORK) — A South Carolina school bus driver and aide are being hailed as heroes following a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a school bus carrying children with special needs.Dramatic dashcam video of the incident was released by the Greenville County School District.The two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when the tractor-trailer hit a pole and crossed over into oncoming traffic on the opposite side of the road, South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis told ABC News.Four children from Sara Collins Elementary School and Washington Center in Greenville were on board the bus along with the driver and an aide. Miraculously, there was only one minor injury in the crash.“A 10-year-old was transported for non-life-threatening injuries,” Hovis said.In the video, aide Carletta Cyrus is seen checking on the children soon after the crash, as is the driver, Tammy Cummings.Cummings advised the children to stay on board the vehicle and consoled them, joking with one of the students about a video game he had on his phone, according to Adam James, the director of transportation for the Greenville County School District.Cummings is no stranger to crisis, James said. She is also the school bus safety trainer for Greenville County Schools.“What we see is training going into action. They did exactly what they’re trained to do. For us, it validated the training,” James told ABC News. “The driver saw what had happened ahead of her and had she not stopped the bus when she did, I believe it could’ve been a lot worse.”James said the school district transports 27,000 children daily, covering 41,000 miles a day. He called Cummings and Cyrus’ actions heroic.“I would call both of them heroes,” James said. “We’ve heard from each parent on that bus. One mother in particular, she just couldn’t thank the driver enough calling her a hero and thanking us for the training.”The driver behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer has been charged with driving left of center, Hovis said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


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Towards an inventory of the great ice sheets

first_imgIn view of the global effects of climatic change there is an urgent need to detect even a small mass imbalance in the polar ice sheets. The relative merits of possible methods of achieving this are compared. No current and no planned experiments can provide a reliable answer. However, satellite altimetry could measure even small changes within a few years.last_img

NFL’s Washington Redskins to change name following years of backlash

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(ASHBURN, Va.) — The NFL’s Washington Redskins have decided to change their team name.“On July 3rd we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. … Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the team said in a statement on Monday.The team has not released what the name is being changed to — the team said owner Dan Synder and coach Ron Rivera will “develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”The decision comes amid the Black Lives Matter movement — which has sparked a cultural awakening — and after decades of debate over its name and logo, which many say are offensive towards Native Americans.“July 13, 2020 is now a historic day for all Indigenous peoples around the world as the NFL Washington-based team officially announced the retirement of the racist and disparaging ‘Redskins’ team name and logo,” the Navajo Nation said in a statement after the decision was announced. “For generations, this team name and logo has misrepresented the true history and events that define the term ‘redskins.’”Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, previously said the team would “never” change its name, and argued that it actually honored Native Americans. But in a statement last week, he announced they would consider changing their name “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community.”“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” he added after receiving pressure from FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the stadium where the team plays in Landover, Maryland.But FedEx wasn’t the only corporate sponsor who supported the change. Nike and PepsiCo also followed suit, with Nike allegedly removing all of the Washington team’s merchandise from their online store.According to Adweek, 87 investment firms and shareholders asked the three companies to terminate their relationship with the organization unless it changed their name.Washington is not the only sports team that considered a name change following complaints about cultural appropriation. The Cleveland Indians baseball team is also conducting a review about whether to change its name — the team removed their former mascot, “Chief Wahoo,” two years ago amid criticism.The Atlanta Braves and NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks announced they would not change their team names.President Donald Trump has made it clear he is not behind the name changes. Last week, he tweeted it was a shame that “two fabled sports franchises,” were being forced to change their names “in order to be politically correct.” They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct. Indians, like Elizabeth Warren, must be very angry right now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. July 13, 2020 /Sports News – National NFL’s Washington Redskins to change name following years of backlash Beau Lund Written bylast_img read more

Estate agency giant adds its 160 branches to growing comparison service

first_imgHome » News » Estate agency giant adds its 160 branches to growing comparison service previous nextProptechEstate agency giant adds its 160 branches to growing comparison serviceLeaders Romans Group joins several other leading agencies on Rentround including Belvoir, Century21, Foxtons, Haart and Purplebricks.Nigel Lewis23rd February 20211 Comment1,387 Views A game-changing landlord leads service for letting agents has landed a major coup after signing up the entire 160-ranch network of the Leaders Romans Group.This includes all its four brands including Leaders, Romans, Scott Fraser, Outlook Property and Moginie James.Rentround, which already has Belvoir, and Century21 signed up to its service, connects landlords with letting agents by offering the opportunity to compare agent fees, services, locations, and regulatory affiliations.Landlord use its website to canvass local agents near to their properties and see which ones offer the best service as voted by other landlords, and also see ‘best offers’ on price.It had 300 agents when it launched in 2019 and was charging £30 a month to agents to receive leads from three postcodes. But in some areas it is offering them a free supply of landlord leads if they try out the service.Founder Raj Dosanjh (pictured) says: “Already we’re seeing a large proportion of landlords using our comparison selecting the brands as their agent.“The Leaders Romans branches in Bristol, Manchester and Kenilworth in particular are proving popular with landlords.“Adding the group to our platform continues our strategy of adding the best letting agents to our platform, widening the selection of agents we show to landlords.”Rentround says it is also joining the fray within the overall estate agent comparison market and will be launching a service to compete with GetAgent and NetAnAgent next month.“The growth into that market is an obvious step for us, which we’re expediting because of the demand from our agents,” he says.Read more about Rentround.Raj Dosanjh GetAnAgent rentround GetAgent netanagent February 23, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentRaj Dosanjh, Rent Round Rent Round 23rd February 2021 at 10:59 am🙂Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USCGC Polar Star returns from challenging Antarctica mission

first_img View post tag: USCGC Polar Star Authorities View post tag: US Coast Guard Share this article The US Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker, USCGC Polar Star, returned to its homeport in Seattle on March 16 after completing a mission plagued by several “engineering challenges”.The crew of the cutter overcame flooding and engine failure to accomplish their mission supporting operation Deep Freeze, the US military operation to resupply the US Antarctic Program.Polar Star supported the National Science Foundation (NSF) by cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea and escorting supply vessels to the continent.“Although we had less ice this year than last year, we had several engineering challenges to overcome to get to the point where we could position ourselves to moor in McMurdo,” said Capt. Michael Davanzo, the commanding officer of the Polar Star. “Our arrival was delayed due to these challenges, but the crew and I are certainly excited to be here. It’s a unique opportunity for our crewmembers to visit the most remote continent in the world, and in many respects it makes the hard work worth it.”On Jan. 16, Polar Star’s shaft seal failed causing flooding in the cutter’s engine room at a rate of approximately 20-gallons per minute. The crew responded quickly, using an emergency shaft seal to stop the flow of freezing, Antarctic water into the vessel. The crew was able dewater the engineering space and effect more permanent repairs to the seal to ensure the watertight integrity of the vessel. There were no injuries as a result of the malfunction.Flooding was not the only engineering challenge the crew of Polar Star faced during their trek through the thick ice. On Jan. 11, their progress was slowed after the one of the cutter’s three main gas turbines failed. The crew uses the cutter’s main gas turbine power to breakup thick multi-year ice using its propellers. The crew was able to troubleshoot the turbine finding a programing issue between the engine and the cutter’s 1970s-era electrical system. The crew was able to continue their mission in the current ice conditions without the turbine.“If the Polar Star were to suffer a catastrophic mechanical failure, the Nation would not be able to support heavy icebreaker missions like Operation Deep Freeze, and our nation has no vessel capable of rescuing the crew if the icebreakers were to fail in the ice,” said Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, California. “The crewmembers aboard Polar Star not only accomplished their mission, but they did so despite extreme weather and numerous engineering challenges. This is a testament to their dedication and devotion to duty.”The cutter refueled at McMurdo Station Jan. 18 and continued to develop and maintain the ice channel in preparation for two resupply ships from U.S. Military Sealift Command, Ocean Giant and Maersk Peary. The crew of Polar Star escorted the vessels to the ice pier at McMurdo Station, an evolution that requires the cutter to travel about 300 yards in front of the supply ships to ensure they safely make it through the narrow ice channel. The crew escorted the Ocean Giant to the ice pier at McMurdo Jan. 27 and conducted their final escort of the Maersk Peary to Antarctica Feb. 2. The crew escorted Maersk Peary safely out of the ice Feb. 6 after supply vessel’s crew transferred their cargo.Polar Star is homeported in Seattle and carries approximately 150 crewmembers, 1.5 million gallons of fuel and enough food stores to last one year in the ice should it be necessary. Polar Star is 399-feet long, 13,500 tons, 84-feet wide, has a 34-foot draft (same as an aircraft carrier), 75,000 horse power and nine engines (six diesels, three jet-turbines). The ship can break continuously through six feet of ice and up to 21 feet of ice by backing and ramming. The 41-year-old cutter is expected to reach the end of its extended service life by 2023.The US Coast Guard plans to award a contract for design and construction of a new heavy polar icebreaker in fiscal year 2019.center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today US icebreaker Polar Star returns home from challenging Antarctica mission US icebreaker Polar Star returns home from challenging Antarctica mission March 19, 2018last_img read more

Press release: PM launches new mission to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda

first_img Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness, which is why tackling this burning injustice has always been a personal priority for me. But we should never accept a rise in mental health problems as inevitable. It’s time to rethink how we tackle this issue, which is why I believe the next great revolution in mental health should be in prevention. The measures we’ve launched today will make sure at every stage of life, for people of all backgrounds, preventing mental illness gets the urgent attention it deserves. Today the Prime Minister will visit a school in South West London to meet with pupils learning about the importance of developing healthy habits for life-long good mental health.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, the mental health charity, said: Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: The new measures launched today will build on the largest expansion of mental health services in a generation under the NHS Long-Term Plan.Today marks one year since the Prime Minister announced a record £33.9 billion a year cash funding boost for the health service, including £2.3 billion more a year in real terms on mental health care to support an extra 345,000 children, at least 380,000 more adults with common mental illnesses, 370,000 adults with serious mental illnesses, and 24,000 more new and expectant mothers. The plan will make sure that funding for mental health services will grow as a share of the NHS budget. £1 million to the Office of Students for a competition to find innovative new ways to support mental health at universities and colleges research following the government’s Children in Need review to build new evidence on the best ways to support children who have faced adversity, abuse and neglect greater transparency in how money is spent on mental health services, with a commitment to independent audits to ensure that the funding committed under the NHS Long-Term plan reaches the front line support given to new parents from health visitors and other professionals will be modernised to better support their babies’ behavioural and emotional development training for all new teachers on how to spot the signs of mental health issues, backed up by updated statutory guidance to make clear schools’ responsibilities to protect children’s mental wellbeing all 1.2 million NHS staff encouraged to take suicide prevention training from the Zero Suicide Alliance, which we have already committed to support with £2 million of government investment support for school mental health leads so they can help children struggling with self-harm and risk of suicide access to world-class teaching and training materials for all teachers to use in classrooms to meet the new requirements for mental health education for all primary and secondary pupils extra funding to support local authorities to strengthen and deliver local suicide prevention plans so that they better meet the needs of the people they serve updated professional standards for social workers across England to increase their knowledge and skills when helping those with mental health issues Theresa May deserves credit for drawing attention to those with the most severe mental illnesses yet who are the most overlooked. The recommendations of the review of mental health legislation that she commissioned have been warmly welcomed from all sides but now need to be acted on. Today’s announcements are a further welcome step towards that goal. Further plans to drive a step-change in public awareness around looking after your mental health include a new national awareness campaign called Every Mind Matters, launching in October.From 2020 parents will also get access through the campaign to targeted advice on how to deal with issues like stress, online bullying and self-harm.Vulnerable people are known to be at greater risk of mental illness, including those who face financial difficulties such as problem debt. Government will launch a new breathing space scheme to provide respite from debt collection while people seek support to help prevent the onset of mental health problems – with special access for those receiving crisis treatment.As part of this prevention agenda, the Prime Minister has also announced: Today’s package of changes will also fast track action against undignified and unequal treatment for those in mental crisis – including by committing to overhaul the Mental Health Act to make it fit for modern society.This legislation will include banning once and for all the use of police cells as a place to detain people experiencing mental illness, following the Prime Minister’s work to stamp out this practice in the treatment of under-18s.Today she has also confirmed that a White Paper will be published before the end of the year in response to Sir Simon Wessely’s review of the Mental Health Act, setting out the steps taken to tackle unequal treatment faced by ethnic minority groups.Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Chair, Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, said: Every new teacher will be trained in how to spot the signs of mental health issues, under a new prevention plan unveiled by the Prime Minister today (Monday 17 June).Theresa May will pledge better access to education, training and support across communities as part of an overhaul of society’s approach to mental illness.The wide-ranging package of measures will make sure people have the confidence and skills they need to identify mental health issues before they become critical, particularly in young people.Today’s announcement means schools, social workers, local authorities and healthcare services will receive extra support to make sure people know how to promote good mental health in the same way that they look after physical wellbeing. These measures include: We welcome the sustained momentum from the Prime Minister and government to improving support for people with mental health problems. It’s particularly positive to see such priority given to young people’s mental health – our recent work in schools has shown us the true scale of the need and, as most mental health problems start in childhood, decent support as early as possible is key. We also welcome progress on the Mental Health Act review. Finally, it’s encouraging to see government acknowledge the enormous impact that financial problems can have on mental health, and recognition that improving the wellbeing of the nation is about more than getting NHS services right alone. We strongly welcome today’s announcements from the Prime Minister. Her commitment to parity of esteem for mental health will lead to better care for people with a mental illness. We fully support the need for a greater investment in prevention so that people can live happier, healthier and more independent lives. The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act was an important step in making sure that people get the support and care they need when they are at their most vulnerable. It is good to see the start of the implementation of the recommendations from the review particularly in the area of equality. But success will depend on continued commitment from future prime ministers to drive sustained investment and improvement across government departments.last_img read more

Norwich postpones fall sports season

first_imgNORWICH (WBNG) — Norwich City School District has announced it will postpone the fall sports season. The school’s athletic department shared the news on Twitter: Oneonta and Norwich are the only two Section IV schools to postpone the fall season as of September 3.center_img This decision comes hours after Oneonta High School announced it would push the fall season to spring. last_img