Royce White, the Houston Rockets’ first-round draft pick, is away from the team and says the club has been ”inconsistent” in its agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.He was not with the team for Monday’s home game against Miami and also missed Tuesday’s practice.”In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder – due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets,” White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. ”As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”Houston general manager Daryl Morey also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying White ”is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”White’s off-the-court issues were never a secret, but the Rockets felt as though he was worth the risks. In one spectacular season at Iowa State, he became the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), steals (1.2 per game) and blocks (0.9 per game) and led the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years.He missed the first week of training camp, though, to meet with the Rockets about creating an arrangement that he felt would help him balance his anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule. White said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he is ”most defiantly not AWOL” and that the team is aware of the reason for his current absence.”Any other response is inaccurate,” he said in his statement. ”This is important to me, it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights, it is a player-commodity league – the failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.”The Rockets play New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Coach Kevin McHale has also been away from the team since taking a leave of absence on Saturday to return home to Minnesota and deal with a family matter.http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:8460068
TEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, May 14th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Tewksbury Congregational Church will partner with the Tewksbury Police Department to present “The Truth About Vaping.” This 90-minute interactive talk will address the significant rise among teens in the practice of vaping or juuling, a form of smoking with a nicotine-based liquid and an electronic device or e- cigarette. With one in three high school seniors nationwide confirming that they have experienced “vaping” in the past year, parents and caregivers are eager to educate themselves and make informed decisions of how they will address vaping in their own homes.Hosted by Tewksbury Congregational Church (10 East Street), this talk is open to all within the Tewksbury community and beyond and is FREE of charge. Presenters include TPD’s Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, Maria Ruggiero, and the Northeast Regional Manager of Learn to Cope, Kelley Giasullo.A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that teens who used e-cigarettes were 6x more likely to try tobacco cigarettes compared to kids who do not vape. Additionally, vaping is a natural gateway to experimental drug use, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates and other drugs. For these reasons and many more, it is important to better understand the risks associated with vaping.Topics covered during this presentation will include the difference between vaping and “dripping,” why teens are justifying vaping, signs that your child may be vaping, chemical content of vaping liquids, side effects, regulation of products, MA laws pertaining to vaping, the use of THC oil (marijuana) in vapes, and examples of types of vapes and vaping liquids.The intended audience for this talk is parents and caregivers, but all adults are welcome to attend. Tewksbury Congregational Church is located at 10 East Street, across from the Town Common. Please use the side entrance and join us in Fellowship Hall. Should you have questions, please contact Maria Ruggiero at 978-851-7373 x 352.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Tewksbury Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”The Wilmington Insider For May 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”
Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 26 Photos Tags Best Buy stores across the US will now be able to fix your Apple gear. Best Buy Have a busted iPhone but live closer to a Best Buy than an Apple Store? You now have a new option for properly repairing your phone. On Wednesday Apple announced that it would be expanding its repairs program with Best Buy, bringing certified support to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in the US. The repairs are backed by Apple, with the iPhone maker touting that Best Buy’s Geek Squad has “nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians ready to make same-day iPhone repairs or to service other Apple products.” The partnership isn’t the first time that Apple has tapped Best Buy to help with repairs, with the two companies partnering in 2017 to bring Apple’s iPhone screen repair machines into Best Buy’s stores. $999 Apple iOS 13: Top new features See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 1 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 “If a customer ever needs to repair their products, we want them to feel confident those repairs are done safely and correctly,” Tara Bunch, Apple’s vice president of AppleCare, said in a statement. “We’re always looking at how we can reliably expand our network of trained technicians and we’re excited to partner with every Best Buy store so it’s even easier for our customers to find an authorized repair location near them.” The move will also bring more Apple-certified repairs to states that lack Apple Stores, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. When combining the Best Buy expansion with its existing authorized service providers and Apple Stores, Apple says that eight out of 10 customers in the US are now within 20 minutes of a location that can help fix their devices. Read more: Best Buy’s flash sale has some of the lowest iPad prices ever $999 See All Comment $999 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Apple Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it reading • Apple expands repairs to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in US Apple Share your voice See It iPhone Update Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Mobile Phones Sprint iPhone XR: It’s the iPhone you should buy Boost Mobile 6:35
Afghan medical staff treat a wounded women, after a car bomb exploded near the old Interior Ministry building, at Jamhuriat Hospital in Kabul on 27 January, 2018. Photo: AFPAn explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and wounding 151 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.The Taliban-claimed assault — the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week — triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts and blood, and hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of wounded.It came as both the insurgents and the Islamic State group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.An AFP reporter saw “lots of dead and wounded” civilians in the Jamuriate hospital, which is metres away from the blast and where medical staff struggled to treat the bloodied men, women and children lying on the floor in corridors.”The latest toll has reached 63 dead and 151 wounded,” Baryalai Hilali, the director of the government media centre, told reporters.Hilali warned the death toll might rise as some of the wounded brought to hospitals were in a “critical condition”.The blast happened in an area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. Members of the EU delegation in Kabul were in their “safe room” and there were no casualties, an official told AFP.The force of the explosion shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres (more than a mile) away and caused some low-rise structures in the immediate vicinity to collapse.The suicide bomber passed through at least one checkpoint in the ambulance, saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.”At the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden car,” Nasrat Rahimi said.Rahimi told a news conference that most of the victims were civilians. He said the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network was responsible and four suspects had been arrested.Twenty minutes before the blast an AFP reporter saw police checking ambulances several hundred metres from the scene of the explosion, as the drivers and patients stood on the street. Ambulances are rarely checked in the city.The Taliban used social media to claim responsibility for the attack, which comes exactly a week after its insurgents stormed Kabul’s landmark Intercontinental hotel, killing at least 25 people, the majority foreigners.- ‘Massacre’ -Photos shared on social media purportedly of the blast — the deadliest in Kabul since a truck bomb ripped through the city’s diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing 150 people and wounding hundreds — showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky.Near the blast site civilians walked through debris-covered streets carrying wounded on their backs as others loaded several bodies at a time into ambulances and private cars to take them to medical facilities around the city.The Italian NGO Emergency said 131 wounded had been taken to its hospital, with its coordinator Dejan Panic tweeting that it had been a “massacre”.A photo posted on Emergency’s Twitter account showed hospital staff treating injured people in an outdoor walkway next to a garden.A man told Ariana TV he had taken his wounded brother to Jamuriate and Emergency hospitals but had been turned away.”They are asking people with non-life threatening wounds to go to other hospitals,” he said.Aminullah, whose stationery shop is just metres from where the explosion happened, said the force of the explosion shook the foundations of his building.”The building shook. All our windows broke. The people are in shock in our market,” he told AFP.A man told Tolo News he was passing the area when the explosion happened.”I heard a big bang and I fainted,” he said, outside the Emergency hospital.”There were dozens of people who were killed and wounded. There were pools of blood.”The attack was condemned by the presidential palace as a “crime against humanity”. There was international outcry too, with NATO, the US embassy in Kabul and British foreign minister Boris Johnson among those expressing horror at the latest attack.The offices of the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban which has been waging a more than 16-year insurgency, are also near the blast site.”It targeted our checkpoint. It was really huge — all our windows are broken,” Hassina Safi, a member of High Peace Council, told AFP.”So far we don’t have any reports if any of our members are wounded or killed.”A security alert issued on Saturday morning had warned that the Islamic State group was planning “to conduct aggressive attacks” on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners.
US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnIt has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull — Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.US president Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed the summit — a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — would take place in Singapore on 12 June.”We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” he tweeted.It followed a second visit to Pyongyang by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to make arrangements for the summit.The Southeast Asian financial hub was likely chosen due to its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting international summits, observers say.The ultramodern city-state has robust security infrastructure and is widely considered one of the safest cities in Asia.It has tight restrictions over media and public gatherings, which will allow for a controlled environment likely to be preferred by the North Koreans.Singapore is also in the rare position of having friendly diplomatic ties with both Washington and Pyongyang.It considers the US a close partner, while North Korea maintains a fully functioning embassy in the city-state.Singapore and the North have a long history of cooperation — the first law firm and fast food restaurant in Pyongyang were both set up by Singaporeans — even if relations hit a snag last year when Singapore enforced new UN sanctions on trade.Singapore will also be an acceptable choice to China, North Korea’s only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month’s proceedings.”As a neutral, and objective country with much-admired consistent foreign policy principles and a small state with no desire or capacity to harm other states and their interests, Singapore fits that bill well,” said Lim Tai Wei, adjunct research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute.- ‘No baggage’ -By apparently agreeing to meet Trump 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles) away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).Since Kim took over as leader, he has rarely left his isolated nation and has only officially ventured away from home this year, with two visits to China, most recently travelling to the northeastern port city of Dalian where he met Xi.He also stepped across the border into South Korea during a historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in in April, making him the first Northern leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ceasefire in 1953.Remarkable images of the two leaders greeting each other warmly over the Military Demarcation Line that splits their countries, rich with symbolism and high political theatre, were broadcast around the world.Trump had previously suggested that the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas could be a venue for his meeting with Kim, before ruling it out on Wednesday.Nearby Mongolia was also ruled out as a possible neutral third-country venue, reportedly for security reasons.But for Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it “doesn’t have the historical or political baggage,” said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS’s regional security architecture programme.Singapore also has a track record for hosting international summits.In 2015, the city-state played host to a historic meeting between China’s president Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese president Ma Ying Jeou.It hosts the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defence forum regularly attended by heads of state, defence ministers and high level military officials.Now the venue and date have been chosen, it only remains to be seen if Singapore will play host to a meeting that truly builds on hopes for the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.
An error message on the housing voucher waiting list online application on Oct. 22. (Screenshot by Guy Valerie Bosworth)A waiting list for Baltimore’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) had 6,500 applicants within 30 minutes of the application going live online. By noon of the second day, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) had received 44,488 applications for the list. Prior to the application website going live on Oct. 22, HABC had said there would only be 25,000 spots opened on the waiting list, and that they would be filled by a random lottery if the authority received more than 25,000 applications.Applications to the waiting list can only be submitted online at http://www.jointhelist.org, and some residents have reported glitches while trying to apply on the website. Guy Valerie Bosworth, a senior at the University of Baltimore who is currently homeless, received an error message telling her to contact the housing authority the four times she attempted to apply on the first day.Another woman, who said she is 61 and also living in a shelter, e-mailed the AFRO on Oct. 23, claiming the website for the application was down when she tried to access it.Tania Baker, deputy director of communications for HABC, told the AFRO in an e-mail, “There was an issue yesterday (Oct. 22) that was quickly resolved. We have not heard of or experienced any issues today. We would encourage anyone using a PC to use the latest version of Internet Explorer.”The waiting list application will remain active through Oct. 30. It is the first time since 2003 that HABC has been accepting new applications for the email@example.com
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROBuilding Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and Seeds of Change are partnering up to create a “food-focused” accelerator program to narrow the food gap in the District, especially in Wards 7 and 8. The collaboration, strengthened by a $115,000 grant from Mars, Inc., the organization behind the Seeds of Change Project, will provide food literacy programs, nutrition and farming workshops through the upcoming months at THEARC and several other locations.“What the Seeds of Change sponsorship has been able to do is not only support the producing of food, but inspire the next food producers,” said, Scott Kratz, vice president of Building Bridges Across the River, and director of the 11th Street Bridge Park.Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and Seeds of Change have partnered to offer a “food-focused” accelerator program to narrow the food gap in D.C. (Courtesy of Lawrence Green, Time Travel Media)“This is the largest single grant that we’ve received and it allows us to do so much for the community,” Kratz said. “We’re really excited about it.”According to an article by the DC Policy Center more than three-fourths of food deserts are located in Wards 7 and 8. The program will help residents with access to fresh food and offer ways to grow, cook and learn about health foods. There are classes that will focus on composting, herbalism, canning preserving and fermenting and even bee harvesting. Many classes are at THEARC’s main campus located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue S.E. However several classes are located throughout Wards 7 and 8 including The National Children’s Center at 3400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue S.E., and Kelly Miller Middle School located at 301 49th Street N.E.D.C. is the second U.S. city where Seeds of Change is donating grants and creating programming to address food disparities as part of a larger, country-wide initiative, the first being Chicago, according to Sara Schulte, External Communications Manager of Mars, Incorporated.“We got connected with Scott and BBAR with some other community works through Mars,” Schulte said. “We knew we wanted to get involved in the work they were doing.”“When we look for partners, we look for people who share our mission and who are also focused on providing healthier greener communities. So when we talked to Scott it was such a great fit.”Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services, according to their website. In addition, thanks to the SOC sponsorship, BBAR will also be employing an intern to learn about urban agriculture. Tatiana Bogans, 22, a D.C. resident will intern with BBAR until November.“Basically I will be working with the farmers, which includes weeding harvesting, basically keeping the farm together,” Bogans said. “I like working outdoors and I like community work so it was a good fit.”After her internship, Bogans hopes to one day attend the University of the District of Columbia and study environmental science and agriculture.“This is a really good job if you like being outside and giving back to the community,” Bogans said. All the programming is free and open to the public. For a full list of classes and workshops please go to: https://bbardc.org/workshops-classes/
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, an 8-year-old girl from Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas died while enacting a scene that she had recently watched in a television serial.A pall of gloom descended over the family members of the victim and the neighbours as the news of the little girl reached the neighbourhood. Her parents are still to recover the shock they had gone through. The victim, Puja Majumdar (8) was a class II student, who had picked up the habit of watching serials as she used to see her family members involved in a similar activity. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut her parents could never expect that this habit of watching television would be this fatal for the child.It is suspected that she was trying to enact a scene of strangulation when a piece of cloth got stuck around her throat resulting in choking. Police are yet to confirm the exact reason that led to her death. They said the victim girl, a resident of Natunpally area of Bhatpara under Barrackpore sub-division, was alone inside a room when the incident took place. Some of the family members found that he was hanging against a window on Monday evening. She was immediately rushed to Bhatpara state general hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. After being informed, police reached the house and started a detailed probe into the incident. The body was later sent for post-mortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the child was rebuked by her mother on Sunday.On Monday morning, she went to the house of one of her neighbours to watch television.Since her return, she was inside a room and did not talk to the family members. People thought she might have been playing with her toys as she often does.Her mother was away from home on Monday evening while her elder sister was studying in another room when the incident occurred.Police are yet to investigate if the child committed suicide after being rebuked by her mother or it was the result of the enactment of a TV serial scene.Police are also probing whether it is an accident that happened while playing with a piece of cloth. The family members of the victim told the police that she used to watch various crime related serials and often enacted them.