Tropical Storm Cindy: Drenching rains, flood threat on coast

Tropical Storm Cindy: Drenching rains, flood threat on coast

Cindy also caused widespread coastal highway and street flooding and several short-lived tornadoes, but no other deaths.

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Wednesday and tragically killed a 10-year-old boy in the coastal town of Fort Morgan.

The young boy was later identified as Nolan McCabe of who was visiting the area from St. Louis.

Residents in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and MS experienced moderate to severe flooding from Cindy’s heavy rain and strong storm surge.

“All arms of the state’s emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well”, Edwards said in a statement. Another had been issued for Tuscaloosa and Bibb Counties elsewhere in the state as remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy pushed through the Southeast.

The Louisiana National Guard dispatched high water vehicles and helicopters into flood-prone areas.

Georgians have endured an abnormally high amount of rainfall over the past week, which Minton said was of a tropical nature, but not linked to Tropical Depression Cindy. “We haven’t heard of water getting into homes”, said Ashley Buller, an assistant in the parish emergency office.

Significant damage was found near the Western Hills Mall, and least four people were injured in that area.

While most of the rain from Cindy has fallen on south Alabama, everyone needs to stay weather alert as creeks, rivers and lakes start to rise.

Cindy’s remnant circulation and its moisture will get absorbed by a cold front marching toward the East Coast on Friday and Saturday, producing areas of heavy rain along the way. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and determined that this was an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 135 miles per hour.

Heavy rainfall is still in the forecast for states along Cindy’s latest path toward central Tennessee, where it is expected to arrive Friday. Rivers considered most prone to reaching the flood stage are the Coal River near Tornado and the Little Kanawha at Grantsville and Glenville. But Lane noted that flash flooding is a very likely threat.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Nick Dyer, police chief in Fairfield, where one tornado hit.

“And, ratings are good”, Clewley added of the news broadcast outlets.

Still a flash flood watch remains in effect through late tonight for much of the coalfield region, including McDowell, Buchanan and Wyoming counties.

The Next Step on North Korea

The Next Step on North Korea

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have again escalated since the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier on Monday, after he was evacuated to the USA following 17 months of detention in North Korea. The attendees included Ambassador Joseph Yun, the US special envoy who traveled to Pyongyang to bring Warmbier back.

Investigators also were continuing to review radiological images and awaiting additional medical records requested by the coroner, Zornes told Reuters. Preliminary autopsy findings had been expected later on Tuesday or on Wednesday.

The agency did not provide further details on how Mr Warmbier was treated under detention or what might have caused him to lapse into a coma.

China and the USA agree that North Korea’s nuclear program represents a major threat to peace and security and has called for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the U.S. secretaries of state and defense said after meeting their Chinese colleagues.

A ban on Americans visiting North Korea would only slightly add to Pyongyang’s isolation and loss of revenue.

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. “A tragic example of North Korea’s disregard for human life”.

Rob Portman called North Korea an worldwide “pariah” in a Wednesday address to the United States Senate, echoing language used by the parents of deceased former North Korean detainee Otto Warmbier.

Warmbier returned to the US last week in a coma.

The North Korean regime has embarked on a flurry of ballistic missile tests, nuclear weapons tests, assassination of relatives in foreign airports, and flying drones over South Korean territory.

No cause of death has been determined for Warmbier, 22, who was detained for almost a year-and-a-half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma last week.

Tourism to North Korea “helps to fund one of the most brutal and despotic regimes in the world”, said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA.) in a statement to USA Today.

Warmbier was “probably terrified” during his ordeal, Bae said.

Vagonis, who had dated Warmbier for more than a year prior to his detainment, said at the vigil that it was the support of her friends and family that has helped her through the heartbreaking months.

After the tragic death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier following his release from North Korea, Arizona Senator John McCain wants to reform the system of tourism to the totalitarian country.

Warmbier’s treatment was “appalling”, U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH told reporters outside the memorial. “Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the result would have been a lot different”.

The Yomiuri ShimbunIf China truly aspires to work in partnership with the United States, it must strengthen the pressure being applied on North Korea and put the brakes on Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development.

He was sentenced two months later to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.Warmbier’s treatment was “appalling”, U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH told reporters outside the memorial.North Korean officials told U.S. envoys that Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

He was sentenced two months later to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said. Three Americans remain detained in North Korea.

North Korea says USA student’s death a ‘mystery to us as well’

North Korea says USA student’s death a ‘mystery to us as well’

Pyongyang’s chilling threat comes weeks after Pope Francis warned, the world would be destroyed if North Korea and the United States went to war.

Even direct talks with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un – which seem less likely after the death of Otto F. Warmbier, the US college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week – could leave China without a say in any negotiated outcome.

A University of Missouri professor who has been studying North Korea’s illicit cash flow for more than a decade said the Trump administration will likely need to go after that money before Kim is interested in negotiating with the US, though Sheena Greitens warned it wouldn’t be a simple task.

North Korea has tested a rocket engine that could be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, a USA official said, in an apparent provocation ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and the leader of South Korea.

“Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime”, he said.

North Korea has denied it cruelly treated or tortured a USA student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma.

South Korea’s military plans to deploy the Hyunmoo-2, which is created to hit targets as far as 800 kilometers (497 miles), after conducting two more test firings. To prevent future deaths and protect US national security, Congress should ban USA tourist travel to Kim Jong Un’s reclusive police state.

The North’s unnamed ministry spokesman said that such accusations were part of a smear campaign to slander the country that had given “medical treatments and care with all sincerity” to a person who was “clearly a criminal“.

Defectors and analysts have claimed abuse like that inflicted upon USA student Otto Warmbier is a routine experience for those in North Korea’s concentration camps. “To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident”.

The test is the latest in a series carried out this year as North Korea steps up its weapons programme amid heightened tension with the US.

United States doctors said Mr Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Warmbier’s family objected to an autopsy, so the Hamilton County coroner’s office conducted only an external examination of his body and is still trying to determine his cause of death.

This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows mourners at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017, as they attend the funeral for Otto Warmbier.

After returning from a five-day trip to North Korea on June 17, former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman suggested on Friday that his visit may have had something to do with Pyonyang’s decision to send the student home.

Moon said he has “high expectations” for the upcoming summit with Trump next week and said the priority the two leaders have placed on North Korea has raised the possibility that the nuclear issue will be resolved.

He was released earlier this month in what North Korea described as a “humanitarian gesture”.

Tell your senators to kill secret health care bill

Tell your senators to kill secret health care bill

Sen. Johnson sat down with NBC26 Friday morning and said he’s pushing back on what he calls an “artificial deadline” because he needs more time to make an informed decision. As Medicaid became more costly, payments by the states to doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers dropped.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare’s expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill’s cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. “Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate“.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects to release its analysis of the Senate plan early next week.

“It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America”, Obama said on Thursday in a 1,000-word post on Facebook.

“For years, Republicans railed against the Affordable Care Act and claimed that they would repeal and replace it with something better”, Menendez said on Friday. The Senate Republicans’ plan puts a lid on that by rolling back the Obama-era expansion of the program and then granting states a set amount of money for each person enrolled.

While the conservative senators are ultimately expected to vote for the bill, Heller is a much harder no, and if he gets his way, it will be tough to create a compromise that works for the minimum number of Republicans required to pass the bill. Fixing the bill to save Medicaid’s expansion theoretically wouldn’t convince any of them to change their vote, while further cuts could alienate other so-called “moderate” Republicans like Heller.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill’s cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. “We’ve got to fix the unmitigated disaster that is Obamacare”. He said the state’s uninsured rate declined from 23% before the Affordable Care Act to 11 or 12% afterward. Obamacare, in the meantime, provided tax subsidies to help people with a certain level of income; the Senate Bill being largely in line with it. Obamacare also aided young people to get insured by allowing them to stay on their parent’s insurance until they turn 26. The enhanced federal financing that pays for the expansion would disappear entirely in 2024.

The Senate bill is similar to the version of the House measure that passed last month. The Senate version offers more financial assistance to some lower-income people to help them defray the rapidly rising cost of private health insurance. Under the Senate bill, these enrollees would no longer be covered after 2023.

Democrats turn on party leader Nancy Pelosi after Georgia election defeat

Democrats turn on party leader Nancy Pelosi after Georgia election defeat

Ryan mounted a challenge previous year to California Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s House leadership, and following the losses of Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s special election Tuesday and Archie Parnell in South Carolina’s, he said he would have made a different push for them.

“As we sit here, they’re running caricatures of me in Georgia”, Pelosi said.

In addition to mentioning her district, she stated that the attacks on her were due to her effectiveness and her abilities as a “master legislator” and “strategic, politically astute leader”. “And for a long time now, since I was elected whip and leader, it was always about ‘do you support gay marriage?” My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I’m able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say.

Ossoff was seen to have a 7 percent lead in some surveys recently, but relentless conservative attacks on the former Obama official-linking him to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and even the comedian Kathy Griffin-seemed to galvanize the GOP base. “We spent $20 million plus in Georgia and only a couple hundred thousand in SC”.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power.

“This is certainly something that we have to discuss, because it’s clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic party we need new leadership”, said Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton on CNN. “We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting a winning strategy is a change in leadership”, Rice said on CNN. “If we don’t, then I think it’s incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be”.

After both parties poured millions of dollars into a special election in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel won Tuesday’s race, fending off upstart Democrat Jon Ossoff.

On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!

Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn’t actually written it himself because “it’s a classic Republican line”.

She is, after all, a millionaire San Francisco party-line liberal incapable of understanding what most of America wants and needs.

Ziegler added that the police had even been called on Ossoff volunteers on a number of occasions. During Wednesday’s caucus meeting, Pelosi reportedly stressed to her fellow lawmakers that while the results have been disappointing, the party was making headway in districts that have been largely Republican-controlled for years. Rather, the president said having the California Representative in charge of Democrats is good for the Republican party. “What I am trying to do is move us in a direction where we have a conversation that is so necessary right now”. Instead, Pelosi had to spend time defending her continued leadership of the Democratic caucus.

Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that there are 71 districts that will be more favorable for Democrats to contest than the one in Georgia. “We don’t agonize. We organize”. Tax reform. That’s the kind of things we’ve got to get done.

Global oil markets expected to tighten in Q3

Global oil markets expected to tighten in Q3

Crude oil prices have dropped this week in response to several reports that show rising output and lackluster demand, with market players questioning the effectiveness of OPEC’s production cuts.

The EIA said USA crude inventories fell by 1.7 million barrels in the week ending June 9, against a market expectation of a 2.7 million drawdown and compared to yesterday’s 2.7 million barrel increase reported by the American Petroleum Institute.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for July delivery fell 0.04% to $44.44 a barrel, while on London’s Intercontinental Exchange, Brent was last quoted at $46.91 a barrel.

“OPEC 2017 year-to-date exports are only down by 0.3 million barrels per day (bpd) from the October 2016 baseline”, analysts at AB Bernstein wrote.

The recovery in the price of oil from last year’s lows has, however, made it profitable once again for US shale oil companies to ramp up production.

Oil has declined nearly 8 percent this month amid speculation that rising U.S. supplies will offset output curbs by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russian Federation.

Both contracts hit their lowest since May 5, driving them into technically oversold territory. Production rose by 12,000 barrels a day to 9.33 million barrels per day.

The problem for the Saudis is that it appears fellow OPEC members aren’t doing as much to help the cause of rebalancing oil markets and therefore boosting prices. By its estimates, total crude oil inventories in industrialized economies are 292,000 barrels above the five-year average.

The move is meant to drain the market of excess supply.

On June 15, the US Energy Information Administration said global oil markets are expected to tighten in the third quarter of 2017, then loosen through 2018.

The IEA has revised its forecast upwards for United States oil production this year, and said Brazil and Canada were also expected “to make further gains”.

US drilling activity has continued apace, driving up USA output by more than 10 percent since mid-2016 to above 9.3 million bpd.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to extend that deal that began in January through March 2018, but ongoing growth in USA production, along with exemptions for non-members Nigeria and Libya, have offset those cuts to some extent.

SRCC, Ramjas declare first cutoff, dip for BCom (h), Eco (h)

SRCC, Ramjas declare first cutoff, dip for BCom (h), Eco (h)

The second cut of list of Delhi University will be released on 1st July 2017 and the document verification will be from 1st July 2017 to 4th July 2017.

The DU First cut off list will be displayed. This was slightly lower for both the subjects from past year which was 98 and 98.25 percent respectively.

Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC): Economics and B.Com (Hons) at 97.75%. SC students need 92.00% for B.Com. and 95.00% for BAA Economics.

Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College threw a little surprise with a 98.25 per cent cut-off for Economics (Honors).

In Janaki Devi memorial College for BA History (Hons) cut off raised from 85 to 90 percent.

All the main courses from LSR saw dip in cutoffs including BA English (H), BA History (H), BA Political science (H) and BCom (H), reported HT. Now the Delhi University had released DU 1st cut of list 2017 on the official website. For OBC candidates in same courses, cut offs stand at 95.25% and 95.75%. For B.A. (Honors) English, it set an enviable cut-off of 98.75 per cent, higher than the rest. Science stream offered are Chemistry (hons) with 97.33% cut off and Physics (hons) with 97% cut off. Maharaja Agrasen has also published first cut off.

Hindu, Lady Shri Ram (LSR), and Kirorimal College set their cut-offs for Economics (Honors) at 97.5 per cent. Previous year it was set at 99.25 per cent, this time though the college has lowered the cut-off by 1.75 percentage points for B Com (Hons).

Delhi University offers popular programmes at under graduate and post graduate level thus attracting a large number of students from across India. Around 1500 seats are filled through entrance tests by Delhi University.

Analyst say the first cut off issued this year is closer to reality. Various actions are taken by government and education experts from time to time to take measures to help aspiring students study courses they want in educational institutes of repute.

While the prevalent agreement is that the cut off for DU schools would continue as before as a year ago, it is not an alleviation for students as a year ago the shorts did not touch the centennial check but rather were still high.

The cut-off will be on the basis of best of four subjects, according to Delhi University criteria.

Momentum crucial for first Lions Test

Momentum crucial for first Lions Test

“We won’t stop being aggressive defensively and to play against the All Blacks you’ve got to have a strong set piece because they’re traditionally very dominant in those areas”. For fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland, that start time will be 8:30 a.m. British & Irish Lions first Test match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article.

With the headaches brought on by exercise, Coles has been unable to re-establish his fitness base, however, Hansen named him in the All Blacks side for the Lions series anyway. “It is a really impressive record”, Murray said, “but if there ever was a team that has the potential – if we click, we’d be excited about what we can do”. Eastern Daylight Time, 12:30 a.m.

But coach Warren Gatland has also indicated he is open to instinctive play, highlighted by the selection of the attacking Liam Williams, Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson as his back three.

Or will the back-to-back World Cup champions New Zealand All-Blacks continue their dominance at the stadium, where they have not lost in more than two decades, to claim the first Test match of the Lions’ busy tour?

“They have picked a form team”, the All Blacks number eight said.

The VR film promises to take viewers on “the intimate journey of a young Maori man exploring the ancient cultural traditions that drive the roots of rugby in New Zealand“. The Lions, who are aiming to beat the Kiwis for the first time since their
solitary success in 1971, have only ever once bounced back from an opening Test defeat
to win a series before – the
Finlay Calder-led class of 1989 in Australia.

“You would hope Axel Foley [the Munster Head Coach who passed away this season] would be proud”.

But the 38-year-old had no chance to impress in the Tests when the Lions last toured New Zealand in 2005, being on the receiving end of an illegal tackle by All Blacks pair Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu. To sign up and watch the rugby union match for free, visit this link.

Blackhawks get Saad back in trade with Blue Jackets

Blackhawks get Saad back in trade with Blue Jackets

The Arizona Coyotes have traded defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin to the Blackhawks for longtime defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.

The Blackhawks traded Panarin and Tyler Motte to Columbus in exchange for Brandon Saad and Anton Forsberg on Friday.

As we know, there really isn’t much difference between a fifth- and sixth-round pick.

Columbus enters this weekend’s NHL Draft without a pick in the first two rounds. Was Bowman able to achieve financial or contractual goals?

The Coyotes were also in the mix for a starter and GM John Chayka is hoping Antti Raanta can be for Arizona what fellow Henrik Lundqvist understudy Cam Talbot has been for Edmonton.

For answers, we’ll turn to the data.

So why did The Blackhawks make these moves if they didn’t clearly improve the team and they didn’t create much cap space? The Blackhawks are clearly trying to address the unexpected loss of Marian Hossa with this deal, as Saad’s larger frame enables him to play a more complete two-way game, but Panarin will continue to be an elite scorer while skating in a top-six role with the Blue Jackets.

And Bowman did do well to get a little younger. They aren’t exactly sure what they are going to do without him.

A whirlwind day for the Chicago Blackhawks has proved to be a benefit for the future. But let’s look at the stats for this trade, if you’re so far unconvinced.

Goals above replacement, commonly referred to as GAR, is a single number valuation of all the ways a player contributes on the ice – shots, goals, assists, shot suppression, penalty taking and penalty draws, faceoffs, etc… He also holds the franchise record for most playoff games played by a defenseman at 128. The Hawks bowed out of the playoffs in part due to their defense and after losing Hjalmarsson, and Trevor van Riemsdyk to the expansion draft this week, the defense is going to have a different look. All told, 20.8 goals above replacement were dispatched in the duo of deals. He was dealt to Columbus after the latter title as part of a seven-player trade and quickly signed a six-year, $36 million extension with the Blue Jackets.

Time will tell if Murphy or Dauphin can contribute enough to take away the pain of losing Hjalmarsson.

The Bread Man, as many call him, is a 25-year old who played left wing in Chicago.

That’s two good defensive defensemen for the price of one great older one.

Chicago has been looking to clear cap room, but bizarrely, this deal adds to their long-term spending. Panarin would have received plenty of interest in free agency in two years after tallying 151 points in his two-year National Hockey League career. Positions do not matter in the model but TOI is a factor. The team owned a 49 percent playoff probability and performed like a team that had just scratched their way into the playoffs, getting swept out by the Nashville Predators in round one. Pending UFAs were left in place to isolate the impact of the newly-acquired Blackhawks.

As usual, Bowman is stuck spending his summer struggling with the salary cap. Saad and Panarin are switching places in a deal that only lived in the blogosphere as a “what if” scenario until today. Sometimes that requires some infusion of young players.

As for the Blackhawks, the swap brings back a familiar face in Saad. In my opinion, the Hawks have really shot themselves in the foot and must be insane to think they can still win a Cup with an aging, performance declining core, although they are still special players, but let’s be realistic.