Texas firefighter arrested for allegedly having multiple wives

first_imgKTRK(HOUSTON) — A Texas firefighter was arrested on Monday after his wife told police that he was legally married to several other women and had never finalized a divorce with any of them.Nathaniel D’Amato was taken into custody at a fire station in Magnolia, Texas, about 44 miles northwest of Houston, after the woman told police that he had several common-law ex-girlfriends, according to ABC’s Houston station KTRK.Deputies say he has been married to a Michigan woman since 1998, KTRK said. She reportedly traveled to Texas to provide police with proof that she was still married to D’Amato.Police had been searching for D’Amato ever since April when his wife first reported him. The woman said she kicked him out of her home after she received word from several women who claimed to still be married to him.“She had started receiving phone calls from other females, basically indicating that they were married to the same individual she had just gotten married to,” Harris County Constable Mark Herman told local reporters Monday.D’Amato is a firefighter with Needham Fire and Rescue in Montgomery County, Texas, and a volunteer firefighter with Magnolia Fire Department, authorities said.It was unclear if he had obtained an attorney as of Tuesday morning.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

News Scan for Aug 21, 2017

first_imgAlmost 1,000 Salmonella cases now linked to backyard birdsA total of 961 cases of Salmonella illness have been linked to exposure to backyard poultry, according to an update today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreaks have occurred in 48 states and resulted in 215 hospitalizations and 1 death.The CDC and officials from multiple states are investigating 10 outbreaks involving 10 different Salmonella strain. Seventy-four percent of interviewed patients reporting they had contact with backyard birds in the week before falling ill.Since the last update on Jul 13, 172 more people have been diagnosed as having Salmonella poisoning tied to exposure to backyard flocks of poultry, including chicks and ducklings from multiple hatcheries. Illnesses started from Jan 4 to Jul 31.The CDC recommends that no children under the age of 5 handle live poultry without supervision. The CDC also recommended careful handwashing after handling backyard birds, their eggs, or anything in their environment. Aug 21 CDC outbreak update New polio cases reported in Afghanistan, SyriaThe Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), in its weekly update today, reported 4 new cases of polio: a wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case in Afghanistan and  3 new circulating vaccine-derived polio type 2 (cVDPV2) in Syria.The vaccine-derived cases in Syria include two in Deir-ez-Zor and one in Homs governorates. Syria has now reported 33 cases of cVDPV2 this year, all but 2 in Deir-ez-Zor governorate. Onset of paralysis of these cases occurred between Mar 3 and Jul 10.According to GPEI, an initial vaccination campaign with the oral polio vaccine 2 in Deir-ez-Zor was carried out from Jul 22 to 26, with independent monitoring showing coverage of 88.4%. A second round, which will include oral polio vaccine and injected vaccine, is planned for Aug 19 through Aug 23.The new WPV1 case in Afghanistan raises its total in 2017 to 6. Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria remain the only countries in which wild poliovirus still circulates. In the most recent case, the patient was from Zabbul province and began having symptoms on Jul 10. Aug 21 GPEI update Study: Rebel areas bearing brunt of Yemen’s cholera outbreakThe hardest-hit areas in Yemen’s cholera outbreak are in rebel-controlled regions affected by Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, researchers from Queen Mary University of London reported in an Aug 18 letter to The Lancet Global Health.The team compared the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) latest information about Yemen’s outbreak with maps showing areas of government and rebel control, finding that the cholera outbreak disproportionately affects areas controlled by Houthi rebels. More specifically, they found that 77.7% of cases and 80.7% of deaths occurred in Houthi-controlled areas compared with government-held areas, which had 15.4% of cases and 10.4% of deaths.The researchers said both sides of the conflict have been accused of disregarding citizens’ wellbeing and breaching international humanitarian law, but they added that Yemen’s government and the Saudi-led coalition that supports it command far greater resources and that the airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure such as hospitals and public water systems. The fighting has put displaced people into crowded conditions and blocked humanitarian aid.The group also said countries such as the United States and United Kingdom, Saudi allies that have supplied Saudi Arabia’s military, have helped create conditions fueling the spread of the disease.Yemen’s cholera outbreak, the world’s largest, has now resulted in 537,322 suspected infections, 2,000 of them fatal, according to an Aug 20 update from the WHO.Aug 18 Lancet Glob Health letter Aug 18 Queen Mary University press release Aug 20 WHO daily epidemiologic updatelast_img read more

Food and trees for Africa

first_img14 May 2002Forget ‘I believe I can fly’. ‘Sustainable development’ is the new mantra to gyrate to as the World Summit approaches, and earnest environmentalists and other NGO-types are suddenly far hipper than any aspiring Pop Idols.Jeunesse Park, CEO of Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), a dynamic and fast-growing NGO which promotes greening and food security through permaculture, notes with some amusement: “There’s a huge rush of interest in sustainable development and related issues.“Suddenly people are fascinated by what we do – from all levels of government to the private sector, international NGOs and the general public. Everyone is expressing the desire to plant a tree.’But Park hasn’t waited around for the limelight to catalyse her into action. What her fast-growing NGO has quietly accomplished these past 12 years could fill several books.“Everything we do,’ she says, “is about sustainable development’.FTFA, formerly known as Trees for Africa, has three key programmes: Trees for Homes, Eduplant, and the Urban Greening Foundation. A multitude of projects fall under each of these programmes.All over the country, thanks to the education and support programmes offered by FTFA, hundreds of people – from three-year-olds to school children to the sick and elderly – are hard at work planting, reaping, creating and selling their homegrown or recycled wares.‘A house is not a home without a tree’Trees for Homes, which espouses the view that “a house is not a home without a tree’, aims to improve the quality of life of the poor by providing plant material, environmental awareness and education for those living in low-cost housing developments.Although South Africa’s sprawling and dusty townships are a legacy of its apartheid past, the majority of its disadvantaged people continue to live in these poorly designed and impoverished urban and peri-urban housing settlements.Growing trees and other plants in the townships brightens the environment, prevents soil erosion, and provides wind breaks, as well as food, income and activities for many unemployed people.FTFA does far more than simply provide plants for greening. It spreads awareness about the importance of greening, and trains volunteers to become community-based educators on greening the environment themselves. They share their knowledge with neighbours, and soon the entire community is involved in the business of gardening.As part of its urban greening project in Kyalami, FTFA trained numerous volunteers to start their own gardens, and handed over 3 000 trees to 3 000 Kyalami residents on 4 May.PermacultureEduplant is an eight-year-old nationwide project which teaches schools about permaculture – a system of farming and gardening that combines animals, plants, buildings, local people and the landscape in way that recycles nutrients and waste, replicates nature as much as possible and generates more energy than it uses.Now hundreds of schools have started their own income-generating organic food gardens. Often the entire community gets involved, with unemployed parents helping out.Schools have come up with innovative plans to grow food, recycle waste and improve their school environments. Eduplant holds a competition every year for the best school permaculture projects.Urban greeningThe Urban Greening Foundation was established in response to a clamour of requests from local governments and communities to help with urban greening initiatives – from streets to homes to community food gardens.“We try to build capacity at both community and local government level’, says Park. When the link between these two is strong, the chances of a project becoming sustainable are far greater, she adds.To make greening a popular pastime, FTFA often creates “green heroes’ of prominent people like former President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Whoopie Goldberg, all of whom have been invited to plant trees with communitiesThe sustainability of the SummitPark believes the World Summit is a wonderful opportunity for South Africa in general and Johannesburg in particular, whose citizens stand to benefit from the additional infrastructure and all the hype generated around development issues. <p. “The Summit is undoubtedly catalysing interest in sustainable development initiatives around the country,’ says Park.Hopefully lots of programmes and environmentally sound practices initiated around the Summit, like hotels recycling their organic waste, will continue long after the Summit is over, she adds.One such Summit-related activity, FTFA’s tree planting event during Arbour Week, which will see delegates planting trees along the Jukskei River in Alexandra, will reap rewards for many years to come.The plan, which is part of the Alexandra Renewal Project’s seven-year greening plan for the township, is to plant trees all the way along the river to Hartebeespoort Dam.Park is critical of the fact that bureaucracy and the high cost of engagement will prevent many ordinary people from participating in the Summit. “To have a presence there, you need money,’ she says.She also fears that environmental concerns are already being pushed aside by the broader financial interests of governments. “This Summit will be unique if it comes up with more than trade agreements. The environment is now at the bottom of the list of priorities, but in my view it’s the basis of everything.“Without a healthy environment we won’t have a healthy economy or political stability. The key to sustainable development is giving people capacity to grow their own food. It’s about natural resource use and management.’It is more important, she adds, to support the systems that poor people put in place to survive than to “pay consultants huge sums of money to come up with advanced programmes that exist only on paper’. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

Germans invest in boiler-making

first_img7 June 2007German-based civil construction and industrial services group Bilfinger Berger has approved a R100-million investment to construct a pressure part manufacturing facility near Pretoria.Engineering News reported last month that the plant would be equipped with the latest technologies and be operational by the first quarter of 2008, with the capacity to produce three giant boilers a year.The investment will be undertaken by Bilfinger Berger’s South African operation, Steinmuller Africa.According to Steinmuller Africa’s chief executive Hermann Brummer, the investment ensures that engineering skills are retained and improved, ensuring local manufacturing capability for steam-generating equipment in the region.“We are very pleased that the Bilfinger Berger board agreed to our vision that South Africa can again become the hub for the engineering and fabrication of steam-generating plant,” he said.“This will open up new opportunities to train and attract highly specialised engineering and artisan skills and will put South Africa firmly back on to the map as a substantial player in this industry.”Engineering News reports that the company is part of a consortium with Alstom that was bidding for major contracts related to the R66-billion Medupi coal-fired base load power station being built outside Lephalale in the Limpopo province.According to the paper, Steinmuller Africa has been an original equipment manufacturer supplier to Eskom, supplying boilers to six coal-fired power stations.Brummer also told Engineering News that the decision to invest in manufacturing capacity had been made independently of the Medupi contract, and that the company foresees significant demand for its products both locally and regionally.Source: Engineering Newslast_img read more

Play Your Part Campaign launches app in support of active citizenship and Mandela Month

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday, 6 July 2015 – Brand South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the Play your Part for Madiba campaign earlier today to encourage citizens to make everyday a Mandela Day. This is aimed at building a spirit of active citizenship among all South Africans which is required to drive the implementation of the National Development Plan.• Download press releaseThe Play your Part for Madiba month-long campaign seeks to uphold the ideals, values and actions of President Nelson Mandela’s legacy by encouraging South Africans to play their part towards the creation of positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of Ubuntu and social cohesion.Speaking at the launch of the Play your Part for Madiba campaign Brand South Africa’s board member Mr Geoffrey Rothschild said: “We acknowledge and thank all South Africans who commit themselves to ensure that Mandela Day is a huge success.”These sentiments were shared and also expressed by LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee who added: “Every day should be a Mandela Day. No action is too big or small. Active citizenship is an ongoing activity and we need to continue to embrace Madiba’s legacy.”In support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa, has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed an app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans. These include, amongst others, the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development, which all South Africans will be able to support.Once an individual has participated in assisting a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime/data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.David Shields, GEM Project Co-Founder said: “The app is a social development drive, that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise. Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate GEMs so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.”Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Sithembile Ntombela said: “This partnership is an extension not only to the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans, but we hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone. This is our call to action so that everyday can become a Mandela Day!”Follow the conversation during Mandela Month @Brand_SA #MandelaMonth2015 and #TimeToGivelast_img read more

Firefox 4 Beta 2 Introduces Web Apps…Err… App Tabs

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google has long since moved on from basic pinned tabs and now plans for a built-in Chrome Web Store, which will feature apps like those from Google itself (Gmail, Calendar, Docs) as well as choice selections from across the Web, such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, and others. The store is open to all developers and will feature both free and paid applications. Where’s the Firefox Web App Store?While writing about Google Chrome’s Web Store in the comments, one reader suggested that the store is just another “rework of speed dial and pin tabs.”Another commenter pondered, “For the life of me, I cannot tell what the difference is between the ‘web app’ and the regular Gmail I’ve been using since before time.”What? You didn’t see the cute floating icon?OK, we jest… but we have to agree. Google Chrome Web apps are very much a newfangled combination of pinned tabs and speed-dial favorites. The genius is in the Store itself and the business model behind it. Since Chrome is positioned as an iPad-alternative on netbooks and tablets, Google is betting on the Web for its app store. It’s enticing developers to make Web apps instead of iTunes apps, since Chrome HTML5-enabled Web apps work anywhere Web standards are supported…including the iPad. While precise details on the cut Google plans on skimming off the top are still scarce (the latest news is that it will be “similar to existing app stores”), it wouldn’t be surprising if that cut was considerably less than the one Apple takes now. Meanwhile, the folks at Mozilla are still pondering what an “open” Web app store should look like – the implication being, of course, that Chrome’s isn’t as open as it could be. But while Mozilla drags its feet, Chrome’s Web Store is nearly a go for launch. And it’s open enough for most developers, considering how many have already embraced it. Tags:#Browsers#Google#web App Tabs are Just Pinned Tabs – No Web Apps HereIn Firefox, the ability to pin tabs – that is, make them into smaller tabs represented only by a favicon – has long been possible through the addition of a Firefoxadd-on. In Firefox 4 Beta 2, it’s now a native feature. And while, yes, this is progress, it’s also a somewhat disappointing reminder of how far Firefox has fallen behind Google Chrome, which has always had the “pin tab” feature in place, but shrank it down to favicon size back in October of 2009. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img The latest release of the Firefox 4 beta has arrived, and among the handful of new features introduced this round is the addition of App Tabs. These favicon-sized tabs let you pin your most frequently used programs to the top-left side of your tab bar. In an introductory video, Mozilla suggests tabs for email, calendar, IM and streaming music – you know, Web applications. But this new feature isn’t a copycat of competing browser Google Chrome’s forthcoming Web app support and accompanying Chrome Web Store, sadly. It’s a copycat of Chrome’s simple “pin tab” option instead. sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Scaachi Koul to write and executive produce the comedy series inspired by

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter The bestselling debut essay collection from Buzzfeed culture writer Scaachi Koul, One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None of This Will Matter (Doubleday Canada), is being adapted into a comedy series by the recently launched TV division of Toronto’s First Generation Films.Koul will write and executive-produce the scripted half-hour series with FGF’s Christina Piovesan and Machenzie Lush. It marks the author’s first time writing for TV.“I’m very excited to work with First Gen on bringing my book — and more pressingly, my father — to television,” Koul says in a press release. FGF adds: “Scaachi’s singular voice is at once fearlessly bold yet incredibly vulnerable and she’s exactly the kind of artist whose stories we want to be telling. She paints such a vivid and hilarious portrait of what it means to be an outsider that we immediately connected with her story and think audiences will too.” Login/Register With: Advertisement The deal for adaptation rights was arranged by Ron Eckel at the Cooke Agency in association with Jeff Alpern at the Alpern Group.FGF is also mid-production on a number of other screen adaptations of Canadian books, most notably Kate Beaton’s picture book The Princess and the Pony and Jeff Lemire’s graphica trilogy, Essex County.By Becky Robertson LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Expat Workers seek help at TCI Human Rights Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – Providenciales – A workers’ complaint dating back to 2015 is back in the news as unresolved according to the men who have been fighting the company which according to them is guilty of a number of infractions including making them pay for work permits, which if true is against TCI law.  The men are from Haiti, working for Environmental Arts, a landscaping company based in Providenciales and they believe their former boss took advantage of them and so the group sought legal help.“We made a claim, the claim was from November 14th, 2015 and we asked about the overtime and work permit money, the owner don’t want to pay.  After two years she fired everyone.”The men – some of whom are long standing employees – told the media that they were unfairly dismissed, all 15 terminated after they went public with their complaints and sent away with nothing.  The matter made it to the Labour Tribunal, but after a string of no shows and date changes there has been no movement in the trial which has been in limbo since April 2017.“They attend it in secret, they don’t tell nobody nothing, and then when you go there with one letter he put the judgement will be on April, 2015.”The men, who were on this day at the Human Rights Commission in the hopes of getting a fair hearing say they want to be compensated a redundancy according to law, to get their owed overtime pay and reimbursement for the years of deductions made from their salaries to pay for work permits.  The Human Rights Commission is expected to organize some meetings to assist the men, who contend that they have been terribly wronged.#MagneticMediaNews#expatworkersseekcompensation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#expatworkersseekcompensation, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Jewish Family Service to provide immigration legal services at SDSU CSUSM

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California State University Chancellor’s Office announced Wednesday that Jewish Family Service of San Diego will provide immigration legal services to students, staff and faculty at Cal State San Marcos and San Diego State University.CSU announced partnerships with four immigrant-rights organizations around the state to roll out legal services to all but one of its 23 campuses over the next six months, the exception being the California State University Maritime Academy. CSU is funding the partnerships with $7 million in state money, according to the chancellor’s office.“I am delighted that we will be able to increase the availability of immigration legal services to the California State University community,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said. “We remain committed to ensuring that all CSU students have the opportunity to pursue their higher education goals regardless of their country of origin.”Through the partnership, attorneys, paralegals and JFS representatives will regularly visit the CSUSM and SDSU campuses to provide services like general consultations, renewals of green cards and protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and “know your rights” presentations.The campuses will provide private meeting areas for students and faculty, schedule appointments with legal consultants and inform students about the collaboration through workshops and outreach events.“Jewish Family Service of San Diego applauds California State University’s systemwide plan that provides immigration legal services to students and employees,” said JFS lead higher education legal services attorney Jairo Castaneda. “It’s especially important for everyone on campus to know they have this support, whenever they need it.”According to the chancellor’s office, roughly 9,500 CSU students are undocumented at the university system’s 23 campuses. Students without documentation will be prioritized for legal assistance over students with legal immigration issues and university staff and faculty.Students and faculty can also visit the CSU immigration resources website at www2.calstate.edu/attend/student-services/resources-for-undocumented- students/pages/default.aspx. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 28, 2019 August 28, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jewish Family Service to provide immigration legal services at SDSU, CSUSMlast_img read more