WILMINGTON, MA — According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a Wilmington teenager has been missing since May 19, 2018.Kathrine Morona, who also went missing in March and was found safe, is a 16-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3″ and 130 pounds. Her nose is pierced and may be wearing glasses. Kathrine may be in the company of an adult male.If seen, please call 911, 1-800-THE-LOST, or the Wilmington Police Department at 978-658-5071.Kathrine MoronaLike 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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CHILD: Have You Seen This Wilmington Teen?In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: Have You Seen This 14-Year-Old Girl Missing From Wilmington?In “Breaking”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Have You Seen These 2 Missing Billerica Children?In “Photo of the Day”
Vladimir TiagunovPR HandoutAll maestros have one thing in common. They love their art above everything and practice it till they are near-perfect at it. Achieving a maestro status is no easy feat. You need to dedicate yourself to the art, train hard and have enough perseverance to ensure you are the best at it. The same was the case with Vladimir Tiagunov—acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and piano professor.Tiagunov was lucky to be trained since the tender age of 6. His father, an engineer by profession, had a good ear for the piano and taught his son the basics. His parents also encouraged him to build his mastery of the piano and practice on his own. And as fate would have it, Tiagunov fell in love with the piano and was very interested in excelling at it.He enrolled in the Nizhny Tagil College of Music in Russia where he would begin his lifelong journey with the instrument. Just three years later, at the age of 9, he would perform a solo piece for the first time.Tiagunov’s passion for playing the piano grew as he learnt to convey a range of emotions through music. He went on to further his musical education at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, Russia, under the tutelage of the world-famous musician, Professor Yevgeny Levitan. He completed the course with flying colors.However, as luck would have it, his path to success was paved with many obstacles. His professional studies suffered due to problems surfacing in his personal life. This hampered his concentration and affected his studies, but he rose above these problems and excelled at his education thanks to his undying passion for playing the piano.All of that hard work paid off in 2010 when Tiagunov won his first award at the international level – the ’21st Century Art’ International Music Competition in Ukraine, just as he turned 21. After this feat was achieved, there was no looking back. He went on to acquire a Master’s degree and then moved to New York, to hone his skills.He won many accolades and performed at several important performance venues along the way. He joined the Artist Diploma program at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York, under the expert guidance of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.Vladimir Tiagunov has travelled all over Europe, Russia and the United States as a solo performer and chamber musician. He performed complicated pieces like Mozart’s Fantasy No. 3, Bach’s Partita No. 2, Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op.10. He especially had the pleasure of performing the most difficult of Chopin’s Etudes one after the other.He quotes, “I’ve played the etudes a few times at recitals, including my graduation concert at Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture in Russia.” This revolutionary style of playing the piano has changed Tiagunov’s life. Although many acclaimed pianists have attempted the etudes by Chopin in their repertoire, only a few can perform all 12 Etudes Opus 10 in a cycle at a concert, simply because it is immensely challenging to do so.Tiagunov started his teaching career when he set out to be a solo pianist. He currently spends his time between performing and teaching. He teaches at the Long Island Conservatory, ensuring the magical language of music continues to enrich others’ lives.
Asaduzzaman Khan KamalHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Tuesday that the government would take BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for conducting necessary wellness check if her party wants.“Khaleda Zia will be taken to the CHM for necessary medical checkups if BNP denies taking her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College Hospital (BSMMU),” he said at his Secretariat office.“We have prepared a proposal to bring Khaleda Zia to the CMH for conducting wellness check and there is no scope for them to deny the hospital as it is an affluent one,” he said.“I will request personal and trusted physicians of Khaleda Zia to be present at the time of conducting Khaleda Zia’s physical examination,” he said, adding that he could not understand why Khaleda Zia doesn’t want to go BSMMU Hospital as it is a well-equipped and modern hospital.The minister said this upon filling a petition over sending Khaleda Zia to the United Hospital for conducting health checkups.A three-member representative of BNP led by Khaleda Zia’s younger brother Shamim Iskander today submitted the petition after meeting home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at his office.“The government has taken the highest effort for Khaleda Zia’s physical examination in accordance with the jail code and she will be treated as per the advice of civil surgeon and physicians of prison,” he added.
Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Naval Station Norfolk from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he has “complete power to pardon,” as his administration confronts ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.In a series of early morning Twitter messages, Trump aired renewed frustration with his attorney general, the special counsel leading the Russia probe, and Republicans in Congress who are struggling to advance his legislative agenda.But Trump’s comment about pardons, tucked into an attack on the media, raised the possibility that he was considering his options if the investigations do not turn out the way he hopes.Trump did not specify who, if anyone, he might consider pardoning. His tweets appeared to be written in response to a report by The Washington Post this week that Trump and his legal team have examined presidential powers to pardon Trump aides, family members and possibly even himself.Reuters has not confirmed the newspaper accounts.“While all agree the US President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS,” Trump wrote.The Washington Post, citing current and former US officials, reported on Friday that Russia’s ambassador to the United States was overheard by US spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters with Trump adviser Jeff Sessions last year, when Sessions was a US senator.Sessions now leads the Justice Department as Trump’s attorney general.“These illegal leaks…must stop,” Trump tweeted.At the Senate confirmation hearings for his Cabinet position, Sessions initially failed to disclose his 2016 contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and later said they were not about the campaign.In March, Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe. During an interview with The New York Times this week, Trump lashed out at Sessions, saying he would not have chosen him for attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself.Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election but continues to use her as a foil, questioned why Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller were not investigating former FBI Director James Comey or Clinton, for her email practices as secretary of state.“So many people are asking why isn’t the A.G. or Special Counsel looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 emails deleted…,” he tweeted.Presidential AuthorityScholars have raised questions about the scope of the president’s legal authority in issuing pardons. If Trump moved to pardon himself sometime in the future, the US Supreme Court might have to decide on the constitutionality, some have speculated.Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing by federal investigators who are probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.Mueller is looking into any relationships or contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians during the election. Congressional committees also are exploring Russia’s influence on the US election.Trump traveled on Saturday to Norfolk, Virginia, where he spoke at a commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R Ford, named for the Republican president who held the White House from 1974-1977.In his remarks, Trump made no mention of the Russia controversy, focusing his speech on the need for more robust US military spending.After the trip, Trump retreated to his golf course near Washington and had lunch with his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, policy adviser Stephen Miller and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, a White House official said.Priebus’s presence in the entourage came a day after Trump named a new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, reportedly over Priebus’s objections.The weekend trip comes ahead of a busy week of Russia-related activity.The Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort had agreed to negotiate whether to be interviewed by the panel in its Russia investigation.Trump Jr, Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and now one of his senior advisers, all met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016. That meeting was held in Trump Tower in New York after the lawyer offered damaging information about Clinton.The White House is also working on Trump’s campaign promise to US healthcare system.In his Saturday tweets, Trump had words for Republican senators who have not been able to agree on a way forward to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, which has become known as Obamacare and which Trump promised to do away with as president.“The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote to Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN!” he tweeted.
00:00 /00:45 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 2City of Houston employees are driving all around the city documenting the flood damage caused by tropical storm Harvey and they are helping Houstonians who are applying for federal assistance.The workers, many of whom work for the City’s Department of Neighborhoods, check the condition of homes, apartment complexes and governmental and commercial buildings.They assess how the roofs fared the storm and other things, such as what kind of debris homeowners are putting on the curb.“We can know if they tore out some of the flooring, so the water had been coming inside the houses and sometimes we do see the water level on the outside of the houses,” explained Ernesto López, a code enforcement officer with the City, as he evaluated the situation in a subdivision located southwest of downtown.Lopez detailed that they catalogue structures that got more than 18 inches of water as major damage.Jerry and Sammye Larson live in the subdivision López assessed on Thursday.“Most of the furniture is ruined and, so, we are going to have basically rebuild the house from the inside out,” Sammye Larson noted.In a week, City employees have assessed 13,000 flood damaged structures and the reports are forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).City officials anticipate the inspections will go on for several weeks. Share
00:00 /30:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Friday’s Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner is giving an update on the implementation of Proposition B today. We bring you the latest.And Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill to formally create a medical school at the University of Houston. The school’s inaugural dean, Dr. Stephen Spann, joins us to discuss the goals of the College of Medicine and its place in the region.Also this hour: We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.And comedians Ramy Youssef and Dave Merheje talk about Ramy, their new comedy series on Hulu.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen
Erica Morales of Phoenix is among the thousands of women who die each year during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth from pregnancy-related complications. (Courtesy photo)The nation mourned the loss of Erica Morales, a Phoenix woman who died just moments after delivering quadruplets earlier this year. Morales, who had undergone fertility treatment in order to conceive, began to experience signs of preeclampsia, a condition that causes blood pressure to rise, 31 weeks into her pregnancy. While the actual cause of death is still under investigation, Morales’ blood pressure was documented as 190/90 and she posted a message on social media explaining her doctor’s concern about a potential stroke. Following her death, several research bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began efforts to reassert the connection between high blood pressure and other chronic conditions and maternal deaths.High rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and inadequate prenatal care cause death from childbirth more often for African-Americans in the United States than for Whites and other ethnic groups. Worsening this trend are the increasing numbers of Cesarean sections that result in deadly complications for overweight women or those suffering from hypertension or other ailments.Nationally, Blacks have a four times greater risk of pregnancy-related death than Whites – a rate of 36.1 per 100,000 live births compared with 9.6 for whites and 8.5 for Hispanics, according to the CDC report.Caryl Mussenden, a Lanham, Md.-based obstetrician and gynecologist said that the overall health of Black women before pregnancy plays a vital role in maternal mortality rates. “Health conditions that are not being managed well before pregnancy often become chronic diseases during pregnancy, especially obesity, which increases rates of diabetes and high blood pressure,” Mussenden said. “Something like uncontrolled hypertension becomes particularly problematic because it can easily develop into preeclampsia, edema and swelling, all of which compromise the body’s organs, especially the kidneys.”A recent California study supports Mussenden’s observations, finding that of 386 women who died in the state during childbirth in 2002 and 2003 in cases of Black maternal deaths, the women were more likely to have been overweight or obese and to have risk factors identified in the prenatal period, including hypertension. High rates of obesity or excessive gestational weight gain were contributing factors in one of four deaths.Further, cardiomyopathy, or heart disease, was assessed as the leading cause of pregnancy-related death for African-American women and accounts for 36 percent of deaths in that group. Another 65 had undergone emergency C-sections in order to save the life of the mother or child and died from related complications. In most cases, the study concluded, maternal mortality was preventable.Southeast resident Steve Shorter’s girlfriend, N’Zinga Bridgeman suffered a stroke shortly after giving birth to their son, Trey, after trying unsuccessfully to manage her hypertension. Shorter said she endured debilitating headaches during the last three months of her pregnancy and was induced nearly five weeks prematurely.“The pregnancy was rough on her because she couldn’t get her pressure right,” Shorter said. “She kept saying she was craving certain foods, but it was like everything she ate gave her headaches – lots of take out and stuff. Then her feet and legs began swelling and then her fingers and face.”Bridgeman’s poor health and 270 pound girth (50 of which she gained during the pregnancy) made the pregnancy dangerous and a C-section necessary. Shorter believes had Bridgeman’s weight and hypertension been managed before the pregnancy, the stroke would not have occurred. Bridgeman and their son now reside in South Carolina with her parents.Mussenden said that the old adage, you are what you eat was most apropos for Black women – even before conception begins. Obesity among Black women may not only be a major risk factor in maternal mortality, but also a juggernaut for reproducing obesity-related conditions in unborn children.“If we eat sugar, we gain weight and get fat. In pregnant women, the sugar not only impacts the mother’s glucose levels and contributes to weight gain, but also causes rapid overgrowth of tissue in the baby, who develops conditions like heart defects and clef pallets,” Mussenden said. “Out of control sugar habits can also cause these big babies – fat babies that are at increased risk of fetal distress and contribute to the rapid rise in deliveries by C-section.”Similarly, with high blood pressure the fetus is not getting enough blood supply through the placenta and does not grow enough, according to Mussenden.“It’s like starving a baby or putting the embryo on a diet so they are born weighing only 5 or 6 pounds. If the nutrition is compromised, the babies are forced to be delivered early because they begin to show signs of fetal distress,” she said.Dr. Kerry M. Lewis, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University’s College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, said, “I deal with a gamut of high-risk problems, but complications from obesity are an underlying problem in all of them. Even young patients when they come in for prenatal visits have very elevated rates of high blood pressure. It really starts with obesity, so when they become pregnant, it places them at a higher risk for infections and other complications,” Lewis said.As pregnancy-related mortality rates in some states begin to rival those in under-developed nations, researchers have begun to insist solutions focus on access to proper health care information and resources, rather than on technological advances. Said Michael Lu, an associate professor of obstetrics and genecology and public health at UCLA, the U.S. spends more money on health care for mothers and babies than any other country in the world, but without the associated health outcomes.“If you look at mortality as an indicator of community health, we’re doing pretty poorly.We’re not producing maternal and child health to the extent that we need to and it is not a problem of technology. It’s a systems problem. It’s an access problem,” Lu said.Under Affordable Care Act addendums, beginning in 2014, all maternity care will be covered by new individual, small business, and government exchange plans. “This will provide an extraordinary opportunity to improve women’s health not only during pregnancy but before, between, and beyond pregnancy, and across the life course,” said Lu.
Kolkata: In a significant stride towards overhaul of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the state, the Technical Education department has decided to review the process of selection of the private companies with which the state has joined hands in running some of these institutes. There have been complaints of improper administration, particularly against those ITIs that are run under public-private mode.There are 76 ITIs in the state that are run under public-private mode. As per terms and conditions, the state allocates the building, designs the course curriculum, earmarks the fees and arranges Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeadmission for 80 percent of the students in these institutes. The equipment, faculties and other infrastructure are provided by the private body that is selected through tendering.”We have withheld tenders of as many as 19 ITIs after there were complaints regarding administration. We are conducting a probe and there will be re-tendering. Some private companies were having administrative control of a number of institutes and in the process, were unable to run them in proper manner. A single company will not be allowed to run four or five institutes,” Basu said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official of the department indicated that heads will roll at the top level of some of these institutes.It may be mentioned that state Technical Education minister Purnendu Basu had himself conducted visits at a number of ITIs across the state, to devise means of overhauling the infrastructure of ITIs, wherever needed.Technical Education has seen a major infrastructural boost under the Mamata Banerjee government since 2011. “When we assumed office there were 80 ITIs. Now we have 248 ITIs – both government and private,” the minister added. The department has also decided to upgrade the course curriculum at the ITIs keeping in pace with market demand. “A number of machines are lying defunct at workshops of some of our old ITIs. We will repair some of those and will replace the outmoded ones,” Basu maintained.Upgradation of the hostels are also under the radar of the department with segregation of the students of first year. “Sometimes there are complaints of ragging by first year students against the seniors. So we have decided to have separate hostel facilities for first year students wherever possible,” the minister said.
Kolkata: A tremor was felt at some places in South Bengal districts, including Hooghly and West Midnapore.The magnitude of the tremor was 5.0 on the Richter scale and the intensity was moderate. According to the regional meteorological department, the time of origin of the earthquake was 6.33 pm and its epicenter was somewhere near Khanakul block in Hooghly district, at a depth of 10 km.Concerned officials of the state Disaster Management department have initiated collecting information about the situation in the districts after the tremor was felt.
Kolkata: Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the former to excuse her for not attending the function.Earlier, Banerjee had decided to attend the function in Delhi and was scheduled to leave for the national Capital on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bengal BJP has decided to take the members of 54 people whom they termed as “martyrs” to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataReacting sharply, Banerjee said the BJP’s claim that 54 people died in political violence is “completely untrue.” There have been no political murders in Bengal and the persons might have died due to family feud or personal enmity or other disputes. She remarked that the swearing-in ceremony is “an august occasion to celebrate democracy” and should not be devalued by any political party that wants to use it as an opportunity “to score political points.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShortly after cancelling the trip to Delhi, she tweeted: “Congratulations, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. It was my plan to accept the “Constitutional Invitation” and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us. So I am sorry Narendra Modi ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony.” She further mentioned: “The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.” Political experts felt that as the administrative head of the state, Banerjee has taken the right decision. It is an insult to her to share the same dais with the family members of the deceased as to accept it will mean a stamp on BJP’s tall claims. The saffron party claims that 46 party workers had died during the Panchayats election held in 2018 and five during the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election.