County wraps up budget talks

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comCameron County got one step closer to a final budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year as over a month of money talks continued during Tuesday’s Commissioners’ Court meeting.Before things kicked off in earnest, County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. offered a comment to commend County staff for their work on the budget. “A few months ago, the administration and management was looking at a shortfall for this fiscal year,” Treviño said. “A $5.2 million budget deficit.”“Our general fund budget looks to be $87 million and based upon the most recent numbers, we are right at a balanced budget,” Treviño said.The Court has considered several requests from County departments, including requests for additional staff, reclassification of certain law enforcement officers, and additional funds to cope with expanding underfunded services, such as at the newly expanded animal shelter, or within the veterans affairs department.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedBalancing ActTo approve budget, County raises taxes, dips into general fund By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press After months of deliberation, the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved a tax increase and the appropriation of monies from the general fund in order to balance its 2017-2018 fiscal budget. Property taxes will…September 22, 2017In “News”County gets clean audit reportBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Despite a slight increase in revenues, the Cameron County general fund was down in 2017, with much of the budget going towards law enforcement and public safety. That was the report delivered by Carlos Barrera, a certified public accountant with Brownsville-based Long Chilton,…April 20, 2018In “News”County talks beach nourishment, budgetBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press During a regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved a grant application for a beach nourishment project at application. The Court also continued financial discussions amid final preparations for its vote on the 2017-1018 fiscal budget scheduled for later…September 8, 2017In “News” Sharelast_img read more

The Model Minority Myth and Asian American Heritage Month

first_imgThis Blog should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to specific factual circumstances. It is Asian American Heritage Month.  As we celebrate the many contributions of Asian Americans, let’s also bury the “model minority myth.”  The myth hurts Asian Americans and here’s why:If you are a model minority, you are not likely to get the help that you very well may need.  When we assume all individuals in a group are stellar, the individuals who need support are less likely to get it.If you are a model minority, then there is an implication that you may be stronger than others.  This can result in bias against individuals who are white or members of other minority groups who, in fact, are stronger when it comes to a particular job opportunity. With the model minority myth may come higher expectations.  Being good is not good enough.  We expect more:  why isn’t this person as successful “as they should be?”  This may result in bias against Asian Americans because of the inflated expectations.When individuals talk about Asian Americans as the model minority, there can be a tendency to focus on math and science.  This may hurt Asian Americans when they apply for jobs that require strong interpersonal skills such as HR.  That is, the myth may create silos for Asian Americans.Let’s acknowledge how much better our world is because of the contributions of Asian Americans without stereotyping about them in a way that sounds benign but is anything but.last_img read more

Steven Adams, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder to rout of Pistons

first_imgBig 3 Durant, Curry, Thompson lead Warriors to 128-111 win over Atlanta SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Adams made his first seven field-goal attempts, along with five free throws, and forced Drummond and Zaza Pachulia to the bench with four fouls each. The Pistons finished the third quarter with Griffin at center and 6-foot-7 Stanley Johnson at power forward.TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City is 15-5 against the Pistons since leaving Seattle. … The Thunder, who came into the game with the league’s best defensive rating, are now 4-0 when holding their opponents under 90 points.Pistons: Detroit fell short of its first seven-game home winning streak since March 14-April 4, 2008. … Drummond went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line and has now missed 19 of his last 24 attempts.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Thunder: At the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Another case filed vs Cardema Blake Griffin led Detroit with 20 points, while Andre Drummond added 13.Detroit came into the game having won six straight at home, including the first five games on its current homestand, but fell six points short of its previous season low.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Thunder led 50-40 at halftime behind 14 points from Adams and 10 from Jeremi Grant. Griffin had 15 points for Detroit, which shot 34.7 percent from the floor.Detroit’s offense continued to struggle in the second half without Reggie Bullock, who left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury. The Thunder took a 71-51 lead midway through the third quarter and led by 28 at the end of the period. In the fourth, Oklahoma City led by as many as 35. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Read Next Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder forward Abdel Nader (11) runs into Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT— Steven Adams scored 21 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder ended the Detroit Pistons’ five-game winning streak with a 110-83 victory Monday night.Paul George added 17 points for the Thunder, who are 15-3 since losing their first four games.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy View commentslast_img read more

European shares hit threeweek low as SAP slides

first_img(Reuters) – Technology stocks pushed European shares to three-week lows on Thursday after software firm SAP reported poor results, the latest company to warn about damage from protracted trade tensions as gloom about earnings spreads across global equities. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/StaffShares in Europe’s most valuable tech company (SAPG.DE) dove 6% after it said investors would have to wait till next year for a major improvement in margins as the business software group reported a 21% fall in quarterly operating profit. That added to nerves around the first batches of corporate results in Europe and the United States this week and sent Germany’s DAX .GDAXI to a one-month low. The pan-European stocks benchmark index fell 0.5% by 0832 GMT. “SAP’s results show a trend that traders have been expecting,” said Cityindex analyst Ken Odeluga in London. “A precipitation of some of the economic slowdown caused by the trade dispute that has sent a chill through the global trade environment and disrupted supply chains.” Global stock markets have been recovering strongly from a sharp correction in May driven by concerns about the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China on growth. But a combination of earnings nerves, and some slightly stronger economic numbers which may prevent central banks from weighing in with more monetary policy pump-priming, have weakened sentiment globally in the past week. The Wall Street Journal reported overnight that progress towards a U.S.-China trade deal has stalled while the Trump administration determines how to address Beijing’s demands that it ease restrictions on Huawei Technologies. That, along with some other disappointing earnings, including those for video streaming leader Netflix on Wednesday, drove losses on both Wall Street and Asian markets. The European tech sector was down 2%, and was on course to post its worst day in almost two months after the SAP and Netflix results. “The technology sector in the U.S. is a big part of what is happening in markets now. The failure of Netflix to meet its already low subscriber target in the second quarter should wash over to the Europe as well,” Odeluga said. In a bright spot, Novartis (NOVN.S) rose 2.8% after the Swiss drugmaker lifted full-year sales and profit targets. Reporting by Susan Mathew and Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Patrick GrahamOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

A Sunken Soviet Sub Is Raising the Radioactivity of the Norwegian Sea

first_img Image Gallery: Stunning Shots of the Titanic Shipwreck A Cold War Soviet nuclear submarine met disaster 30 years ago when it sank in the Norwegian Sea, leading to the deaths of 42 sailors. But instead of lying peacefully at the bottom of the sea, that sub, called the Komsomolets, is leaking radioactive material deep beneath the waves. Several samples collected by an underwater robot from and around the sunken sub’s ventilation duct show that it’s leaking high levels of cesium, a radioactive element, according to the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR). Some of the cesium levels are 800,000 times higher than normal levels in the Norwegian Sea, according to the institute. However, this radiation does not pose a risk to people or fish, the IMR noted. [Photos: WWII Shipwrecks Found Off NC Coast]These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  The Soviets launched the 400-foot-long (120 meters) Komsomolets, which means “member of the Young Communist League,” in May 1983, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. While the Komsomolets was on patrol in April 1989, a fire broke out on board, leading to the sub’s eventual demise. As the Komsomolets sank, its two nuclear reactors and at least two torpedoes with plutonium-containing nuclear warheads fell to the bottom of the sea. Since then, the Russians and Norwegians have monitored the wreck, noting its radioactive leaks. “We took water samples from inside this particular duct because the Russians had documented leaks here both in the 1990s and more recently in 2007,” Hilde Elise Heldal, the expedition leader, said in the IMR statement. “So we weren’t surprised to find high levels here.” An analysis showed that one sample had 100 becquerels per liter, compared with the usual 0.001 becquerels per liter normally found in the Norwegian Sea. (A becquerel (Bq) is a unit of radioactivity that represents decay per second.) But Heldal said it was important to put this number into perspective. For instance, following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, regulations were set for how much cesium would be allowed in foods. “After the Chernobyl accident in 1986, Norwegian authorities set this limit to 600 Bq/kilogram,” she said. So, even though the cesium levels from parts of the submarine “were clearly above what is normal in the oceans,” they still “weren’t alarmingly high,” Heldal said. Moreover, samples taken a few yards from the duct didn’t have any measurable levels of cesium in them. “We didn’t find any measurable levels of radioactive cesium there, unlike in the duct itself,” Justin Gwynn, a researcher at the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, said in the statement. Strange cloud But the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), called the Aegir 6000, did catch a strange sight on film: an eerie cloud emanating from the submarine’s duct. After detecting the cloud, the ROV took a sample, which was later found to contain high levels of cesium. Then, the ROV took another sample from a cloud seen rising from a nearby grille. This reading also had high radioactivity levels. Now, the researchers are wondering if this “cloud” is related to the high radioactivity levels in those areas. “It looks very dramatic on video, and it’s definitely interesting, but we don’t really know what we’re seeing and why this phenomenon occurs,” Gwynn said. “It’s something we want to find out more about.” [Photos: WWI-Era German Submarine Wreck Discovered Off Scotland Coast] The researchers plan to study the many samples the ROV collected from the submarine. In the meantime, Heldal stressed that seafood eaters have little to worry about. “What we have found during our survey has very little impact on Norwegian fish and seafood,” she said. “In general, cesium levels in the Norwegian Sea are very low, and as the wreck is so deep, the pollution from Komsomolets is quickly diluted.” Even so, scientists plan to monitor the vessel for years to come, especially since it’s the only known source of radioactive pollution in Norway’s waters. “We need good documentation of pollution levels in seawater, seabed sediments and, of course, fish and seafood,” Heldal said. “So, we’ll continue monitoring both Komsomolets in particular and Norwegian waters in general.” In Pictures: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami In Photos: WWII-Era Shipwrecks Illegally Plundered in Java Sea Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Anandiben Patel takes oath as Governor of Chhattisgarh

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENT August 15, 2018 Chhattisgarh SHARE Published on Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon passes away Madhya Pardesh Governor Anandiben Patel is given additional charge of Chhattisgarh. File Photo   –  The Hindu COMMENTS Balramji Dass Tandon died yesterday after suffering a heart attack Madhya Pardesh Governor Anandiben Patel, who has been given the additional charge of Chhattisgarh following the death of governor Balramji Dass Tandon, was sworn in at a ceremony here today. Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi administered the oath of office to Patel during a simple function at the Raj Bhawan here.Chief Minister Raman Singh and other senior state officials attended the swearing-in ceremony.Tandon (90), one of the founding members of the BJP’s parent organisation, the Jan Sangh, died yesterday at the government-run Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital here after suffering a heart attack.President Ram Nath Kovind gave Patel the additional charge of Chhattisgarh following the demise of Tandon, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said yesterday. Patel will discharge the additional duties until regular arrangements for the office of the governor of Chhattisgarh are made, he had said.last_img read more

Anup Kumar Dubey Sushil Kumar appointed special directors in EDAnup Kumar Dubey

first_img COMMENT SHARE Senior bureaucrats Anup Kumar Dubey and Sushil Kumar were on Sunday appointed special directors in the Enforcement Directorate (ED), according to a Personnel Ministry order. Both Dubey and Kumar are Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officers. Dubey has been appointed as Special Director, ED in Delhi and Kumar in Chennai, the order said. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS March 11, 2019last_img

Tech and chiprelated stocks lead gainers

first_img Tags / Keywords: Related News Markets MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.05% in early deals, with Australian shares dipping 0.16% and Japan’s Nikkei stock index trimming 0.11%.At Bursa, chip-related KESM and Unisem rose nine sen each to RM8.30 and RM2.46 while Elsoft added 8.5 sen to RM1.01 and Vitrox gained six sen to RM7.Cuscapi rose 3.5 sen to 22 sen with 28.55 million shares done, MyEG added six sen to RM1.55 and Prestariang two sen higher to 50 sen.Petronas Dagangan added 14 sen to RM25, Paramout seven sen to RM2.40 and Muhibbah six sen to RM2.84.Nestle fell RM1.10 to RM147.70, F&N lost 40 sen to RM34.10 and Heineken 10 sen to RM22.70.Among the plantations, PPB Group lost 10 sen to RM18.68, United Plantations eight sen to RM26.52 and IJM Plantations four sen to RM1.48.Maxis fell five sen to RM5.70. Business News 10 Jul 2019 Gold slips as dollar strengthens ahead of Powell’s testimony KUALA LUMPUR: E-service providers, tech and semicon-related stocks led Bursa Malaysia higher early Friday but the FBM KLCI was just slightly higher on lack of buying support from funds.At 9.19am, the FBM KLCI was up 0.82 of a point or 0.05% to 1,680.07. Turnover was 390.97 million shares valued at RM183.86mil. There were 252 gainers, 132 losers and 244 counters unchanged.Asian shares pulled back as worries over renewed US-China trade tensions weighed on sentiment ahead of the release of June trade data from China, though expectations of a Federal Reserve rate cut later this month kept losses in check, Reuters reported.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated on Thursday that a rate cut is likely at the Fed’s next meeting as businesses slow investment due to trade disputes and a global growth slowdown.center_img Related News Markets 10 Jul 2019 KLCI wavers as Asian markets subdued, UWC in limelight Markets 11 Jul 2019 Small cap stocks lift Bursa, KLCI barely higher {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more