Houston Immigration Protest

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Photos Courtesy: CBP, Associated Press, ABC

One day after President Trump signed an executive order to unite immigrant families separated at the border, First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to a children’s shelter in Mc Allen, Texas today.  Congress also considered bills to deal with the immigration crisis at U.S. borders.  However, the protests continued.

On Thursday, a protest was held in Houston, Texas to stop the opening of another  shelter for immigrant children separated from their parents at the border.  Kiersten Kelly from Houston and Abbie Setterbo, a mother from Atascocita were among those who voiced their concerns on the Trump Administration’s current zero-tolerance immigration policy.

The Associated Press reported tonight an administration official said 500 children separated at the border have been reunited with their parents since May.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner remains strongly opposed to allowing Austin-based non-profit Southwest Key to open shelter at 419 Emancipation Avenue for migrant infants and children detained at the U.S. border.  The mayor wants Southwest Key and its landlord to abandon plans to use the former homeless shelter for that purpose.

 

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Houston Galveston Weather

On the first day of summer, more people at Galveston beach today. Red Flag warnings continue. The Galveston Island Beach Patrol Advisory warns beach visitors and swimmers of strong rip currents in the Gulf of Mexico.   Photo Courtesy: Galveston Beach Camera

On Wednesday, heavy downpours caused street flooding in the Bear Creek neighborhood in West Harris County, KPRC-TV reported.

https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Click on link above for latest National Weather Service forecasts on Houston-Galveston weather.  Watch local broadcast stations and follow social media for weather updates, too.

For a look at current NWS Houston-Galveston radar, click on link below:

https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=HGX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes.

Radar Courtesy: NWS

“Austin-Brazoria Islands-Brazos-Burleson-Chambers-Coastal Brazoria-
Coastal Galveston-Coastal Harris-Coastal Jackson-
Coastal Matagorda-Colorado-Fort Bend-
Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula-Grimes-Houston-
Inland Brazoria-Inland Galveston-Inland Harris-Inland Jackson-
Inland Matagorda-Madison-Matagorda Islands-Montgomery-
Northern Liberty-Polk-San Jacinto-Southern Liberty-Trinity-Walker-
Waller-Washington-Wharton-
356 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of Southeast Texas..

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms today will be capable of producing
locally heavy rain across Southeast Texas. This threat is expected
to diminish by this evening.”

–National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Hazardous Outlook 

If you’re driving and see water ponding,  turn around to avoid drowning on flooded roadst.

The National Weather Service Houston-Galveston forecasts 60% thunderstorms likely today. The daytime high temperature to climb to 90 degrees, 77 degrees tonight.

On Friday, the NWS forecast is 20% slight chance of showers with daytime high temperature of 94 degrees, 78 degrees in the evening.

After days of rain and showers, mostly sunny skies on Saturday, 92 degrees, 79 degrees Saturday night.

On Sunday, the NWS forecasts a 20% slight chance of thunderstorms, 92 degrees daytime high temperature and 79 degrees Sunday night.

 

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The National Weather Service forecasts more heat in California and parts of the Southwest.

The National Weather Service advises the public to recognize the signs of heat illness and take precautions to not get sick from the heat.  These include taking frequent
breaks if working outdoors, wearing lightweight and loose-fitting
clothing and drinking plenty of water.

The NWS also reminds everyone to check the backseat for children and pets.

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Houston Officials Against Immigrant Child Separation

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Photos Courtesy:  Mayor’s Office

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and community leaders spoke out today to oppose the Trump Administration Policy that separates immigrant children from their parents and relatives at the Texas-Mexico border. Southwest Key, a social services non-profit group, has leased the building at 419 Emancipation Avenue outside of downtown Houston as a place to house and feed the children caught in the middle of the zero-tolerance immigration policy that has outraged many Americans, Democrats and Republicans.

Immigrant children at a center in McAllen, Texas on June 18, 2018. Photo Courtesy: Border Patrol and Associated Press

KTRK-TV reports 2,342 immigrant children have been separated from their families crossing the Texas border since May 5, 2018.

The New York Post reports the Trump Administration hired Texas contractor Southwest Key to care for the migrant children and is paying the nonprofit $458 million.

“Southwest Key cannot combine its good work with a bad policy and come out smelling like a rose,” Mayor Turner said. “I do not want to be an enabler in this process. I do not want the city to participate in the process.”

A news release from the Mayor’s Office identified David Denenburg as the property owner who leased a former warehouse and homeless shelter near downtown Houston to Southwest Key.

Mayor Turner said he will ask the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to deny a child care facility license to Southwest Key. Mayor Turner also said city departments will decide whether to grant local permits to the property for dormitory use, fire safety and food service.

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Community Events

Hurricane season is underway. Make a plan, be prepared and stay informed on weather in your area.  June is Immigrant Heritage Month in Houston, Texas.

For cheapest gas prices, visit http://www.gasbuddy.com

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and/or Small Business Recovery Centers are open in areas hard-hit by hurricanes and other disasters. Visit https://www.fema.gov

For pollen count today, https://www.pollen.com

Thursday, June 21 –First Day of Summer

Wednesday, July 4th — Happy Birthday and Independence Day, America!

Houston’s July 4th celebration is the “Citco Freedom over Texas” at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston parks.  The event includes live music and fireworks and runs from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Tickets are $8 general admission adults; $10 at the gate on July 4th.  Children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission ticket.

http://www.houstontx.gov/july4/

Summer Break — Visit national, state, local parks, beaches and indoor attractions. Visit http://www.nps.gov or http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks

Yosemite National Park                   Galveston, Texas

Space Center Houston

July 4 — Celebrate America’s Birthday and Independence.

August 8-11 — Asian American Journalists Association National Convention at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Houston, Texas.    Visit http://www.aaja.org to register.

September 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins.

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes.  For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com

 

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World Cup 2018

On Father’s Day,  soccer fans stopped in to watch the World Cup Soccer Games and order food or Boba tea drinks at Tapioca House in Houston’s Chinatown.

“Soccer is very popular in China,” said L Z, who was watching the Brazil vs. Switzerland game there as storm clouds loomed outside. L Z is from mainland China and has been a huge soccer fan since 1998.  Although China and the United States are not playing in this year’s World Cup,  L Z said he’s rooting for Argentina to win.

Argentina and Iceland tied 1-1 in their Sunday match at World Cup Russia.

Mexico upset world champions Germany with 1 to 0 win in their Sunday match. An earthquake was detected from victory celebrations in Mexico City, CBS Sports reported.

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day

 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!  Our father has passed on, but we will always be grateful for the sacrifices he made in coming to America from a rural village in southern China so that our mother, sisters, brother and grandchildren could have a better life. Our parents became U.S. citizens. Above, a day at the pier in Galveston during Dad’s retirement.

We thank God for him and the time he spent with us on his days off from work and all he did for us.

Have a blessed, joyful and restful Father’s Day!

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Houston City Employees Pay Raises

The City of Houston and the Houston Organization of Public Employees have tentatively agreed on salary increases over the next 3 years.  The city has 12, 522 municipal civilian employees.

The tentative agreement has 3% across the board pay raises in fiscal year 2019, 2% in 2020 and 1% in 2021. Another 1% across the board increase will be added if property taxes and sales taxes collected meet the revenue goal in the budget for fiscal year 2021.

“Our goals for raising salaries for our civilian employees and creating a bargaining unit inclusive of employees serving City Council and the offices of the mayor have been achieved,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release.

“I intend to put the meet and confer agreement on the agenda for City Council to approve, upon HOPE’s notification that the agreement has been ratified by its membership,” Mayor Turner added.

City Council approved the FY2019 budget last week.  The budget  provides funding for the salary increases.

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Top 10 Stolen Vehicles May 2018

Thinking about a new car or truck for your high school or college graduate or before you go on vacation?  Houston Police released this list of the 10 most stolen vehicles reported to them during the month of May.

 

1. Chevrolet Trucks 184
2. Ford Trucks 175
3. GMC Trucks 64
4. Dodge Trucks 49
5. Toyota Cars 44
6. Chevrolet Cars 43
7. Ford Cars 31
Honda Cars 31
8. Dodge Cars 27
Nissan Cars 27
9. Honda Trucks 24
10. Toyota Trucks 18
Nissan Trucks 18


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Kilauea Volcano

Photo: USGS

For more than a month, the Kilauea volcano has been a slow moving disaster on the big island of Hawaii. The lava has destroyed hundreds of homes, Kapoho Bay, a popular vacation spot and blocked roads as Kilauea spews dangerous lava, gases and ash with glass in the air. Evacuations continue on the island. The lava flows have entered the ocean. There were new explosions on Tuesday.  The Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3rd.

Below are highlights of the USGS report on Kilauea:

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 10:28 PM HST (Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 08:28 UTC)
KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED

Kīlauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Persistent lava fountaining at Fissure 8 is reaching heights of 150-180 feet. This eruptive activity continues to feed a channel transporting lava to the east to the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area. Minor breakouts along the channelized flow have been very small and stagnated before travelling any significant distance. HVO’s late afternoon overflight showed that the Fissure 8 flow is continuing to form a lava delta with limited continuing advances into the surviving parts of the Kaphoho Beach Lots and Vacationlands neighborhoods. The northernmost lobe of the Fissure 8 flow is advancing very slowly to the northeast. No other fissure vents are active.

Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Trade wind conditions are bringing vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii. Afternoon easterly winds may bring vog to communities in the Volcano area.

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Hazards include walking on uneven, glassy lava flow surfaces and around unstable, vertical sea cliffs. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. In several instances, such collapses have also incorporated parts of the older sea cliff. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates “laze”, a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past few days and the number of located earthquakes remains low. Seismicity remains relatively low with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor.

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

USGS/HVO continues to monitor the lower East Rift Zone activity 24/7 in coordination with Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Kīlauea Volcano Summit

Earthquake activity dropped after Tuesday morning’s small explosion but is slowly rising now, following the pattern of previous events of this type. Monitoring data indicate that subsidence at the summit continues. The mid-day observation flight showed additional Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema`uma`u.

Locally felt earthquakes are expected to continue, and further ash explosions are likely.

Over the last week, sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano’s summit have decreased, but emission rates remain high enough to impact air quality in downwind regions. Additional bursts of gas released with intermittent explosive activity are also transported downwind and may temporarily affect air quality as well.

For forecasts of where ash would fall under forecast wind conditions, please consult the Ash3D model output here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/activity_2018.html

Information on volcanic ash hazards and how to prepare for ash fall maybe found at http://www.ivhhn.org/information#ash (health impacts) OR https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ (other impacts).

 CONTACT INFORMATION:

askHVO@usgs.gov

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is one of five volcano observatories within the U.S. Geological Survey and is responsible for monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes in Hawai`i.

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Hot Weather Tips

The Houston Health Department urges residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses during the summer.

“The high heat and humidity could result in illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” said Dr. Joanne Schulte, HHD’s deputy health authority in a news release this weekend.

High body temperatures can damage the brain or other vital organs and cause death. In 2017, seven people in the Greater Houston area died from heat-related illnesses last summer.

The Houston Health Department has the following tips to avoid getting sick from the high heat and humidity:

  • “Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid those with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can result in the loss of body fluid.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
  • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: multi-service centers, malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc.
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air-conditioned.
  • Stay alert to heat advisories. The National Weather Service declares a Heat Emergency when the heat index, a computation of the air temperature and humidity, reaches 108 degrees on two or more consecutive days. A heat index of 108 is a potential health threat for all people and is particularly dangerous for high-risk groups.”

HHD says people most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses are the elderly, infants and children up to age 4, those who are overweight and people with heart and respiratory illnesses.

“Heat-related illness can also occur at lower temperatures if people over exert themselves or don’t stay hydrated,” the HHD news release says.

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