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Supreme Court Lets Flint Water Lawsuits Continue

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that two separate class-action lawsuits relating to the Flint water crisis may proceed. The suits were filed by residents of the city, who are seeking civil rights claims against state and city officials because of how the city’s water supply became contaminated with lead.

The court’s decision confirmed a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio back in July of 2017, which overturned a lower court ruling that threw out the cases. In its decision, the Supreme Court denied appeals that were filed by officials representing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the city of Flint and the Genesee County’s drainage commissioner.

In the earlier decision, the circuit court ruled that the lawsuits could proceed because they did not run counter to a statue in the Safe Drinking Water Act that precludes individuals from seeking monetary damages against government bodies because of unsafe drinking water.

The city of Flint, which is mostly black, changed its source of public water from Lake Huron to the Flint River back in April of 2014. They did this to save money, but because the water from the river was so polluted it caused lead contamination when it interacted with the city’s pipes. Lead contamination can stunt cognitive development in children, and no amount of lead — no matter how small — is considered safe.

In October of 2015, the city switched its water supply back to Lake Huron, but the level of lead in the city’s water supply exceeded federal standards until the early part of 2017.

Many lawsuits against government officials have been filed because of the water crises, including against the state’s governor Rick Snyder.

Neither government officials nor the plaintiffs in the cases issued statements in regards to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Young Girl’s Family Deals With Her Death After Parkland Shooting

A 14-year-old girl died after someone started shooting at a Florida school on Valentine’s Day. There were 16 other people who were killed by the shooter. Most families have tried to move on from the event, dealing with their emotions the best way that they can. Alyssa Alhadeff’s family has left her room just as it was before she went to school that day in Parkland County. The young girl leaves behind her parents and her brothers. They haven’t managed to go into her bedroom to make any changes. There are still books on the floor, nail polish on her desk and clothes on her bed. It’s as though Alyssa is still coming home from school, but her parents know that she won’t be back to the home to put up her belongings or talk to any of her family members.

Alyssa’s mother has sat on the floor of her daughter’s bedroom, crying and wearing her daughter’s clothes to try to cope with why someone entered a high school in Parkland and started shooting. Alyssa’s mother tries to spend time in the bedroom because it makes her feel close to her little girl. She uses her daughter’s perfume. She can’t eat like she did before the shooting, and she doesn’t get out of the house. Alyssa was smart and took many honors classes in school. When Alyssa’s mother received a message about the shooting, she knew that her daughter was in trouble. Officers pushed her back to the crowd that formed outside the school, not letting anyone inside the building. A few hours later, she knew that her daughter had been killed. A nonprofit organization has been established to help with the funeral costs that the families have as well as other monetary assistance because some parents have taken time off of work to cope with their losses.

Dr. Saad Saad’s Key Life Lessons and Academic Background

Dr. SaadSaad is highly venerated in the field of medicine, thanks to his vast experience and training. The now retired pediatric surgeon boasts over 45 years working experience. Recently, Dr. Saad held an interview with Blogwebpedia and discussed many things, among them his motivation to become a physician and most important life lessons. With a focused mindset, the good doctor believes anyone can achieve whatever they set out to accomplish. He encourages any individual looking to achieve success to avoid targeting anything less. Using his own example, DrSaad said he set out to become a pediatric surgeon during his high school years. While visiting his brother in Kuwait, the heat wave brought emanating from the hot summer took its toll causing him to fall sick and faint. DrSaad eventually decided that outdoor labor or activity wasn’t something he wanted to do.


Interestingly, the hot Kuwaiti summer is what inspired him to become a medic. DrSaad came to the US as a Palestinian refugee and followed through his dream to become a surgeon, and not only that but one who is innovative, successful and experienced. He also appreciates his father for the guidance and the discipline he instilled in him. Dr. Saad’s second life lesson is a resolution that says, do not postpone an accomplishment or task to a later date if you can complete it today. Having lived by this rule, DrSaad decided to make the most out of each day while observing strong work ethics. When he immigrated to the US, DrSaad’sfirst set his sights on becoming a US Board Certified pediatric surgeon. He knew this was not going to be easy, but was fully committed. With hard work, Dr. Saad became the only board certified pediatric surgeon in the US in the mid 80’s that was fluent in English and Arabic.


Upon graduation, DrSaad took up a pediatric surgeon’s job offered to him by the Saudi Royal family. He came back to the US and spearheaded a number of innovations, including overseeing minimal surgical procedures in children. Under his watch, over 2,000 children benefited from the program. A Healthgrades overview offers a detailed summary of Dr. Saad’s academic background and practice. The pediatric surgery has been operating out of Eatontown in New Jersey for over 30 years, specializing in thoracic and pediatric surgery. After his undergraduate studies, DrSaad went to the Cairo University Medical Hospital and graduated from the Medical School in 1971. He completed his first hospital residency in 1979 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He followed this through by completing his fellowship hospital at American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Surgeons in 1984 and 1989 respectively. Learn more:


Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Saad Saad

Dr. Saad Saad, is a pediatric surgeon raised in Kuwait and born in Palestine. Studying at Cairo University in Egypt he where he received his medical degree. Soon after graduating second in his class with honors, he came to the United States to do what he learned from Cairo University, completing his residency in pediatric surgery while developing new pediatric surgical procedures. In a 40 year span, Saad Saad has successfully performed thousands of surgeries on infants, young children, and even teenagers, whether they can afford the surgery or not. For example, Dr. Saad Saad has traveled to Jerusalem eight times on a medical mission to complete surgery on children that was too complex to be done locally, so he was willing to take out his time to save lives at no cost to the people. He took into account a statement from Abraham Lincoln that “We are all created equal in the eyes of God.” What that means to him being a surgeon is, all of the children were created with the same body parts that he works on, so there is no discrimination when it comes to the quality of life.


Some of his training that led to being able to perform these complex surgeries came from his mentor American Dr. H Biemann Othersen, the most accomplished pediatric surgeon in the United States. The most important lesson Dr. Saad Saad learned from his mentor was that, before you even perform surgery you must love to treat all children the same no matter where they are from, and no matter the background. His standard is always to be honest and kind, especially being aware that the child and the family dealing with such a difficult time are going to be more receptive and optimistic that the surgery will turn out well when you choose to carry yourself this way.


To this day, Saad Saad is consistently researching innovative ways to keep expanding his knowledge regarding pediatric surgery, making him even more valuable in the medical field. What he recommends for others after what he experienced in life is, to become successful in any venture just make sure you persevere with hard work and everything else will take care of itself! Learn more:

Joakim Noah To Be Traded After Practice Incident

Former Chicago Bull and University of Florida Gator Joakim Noah had an altercation with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek last week that has led to the team and Noah deciding it would be best if her was traded our of New York Yahoo News reports

The 6’11” center has not seen many minutes with the Knicks this year, with centers Kyle O’Quinn and Willy Hernangomez being utilized most by Coach Hornacek due to Noah’s recent knee surgery and drug related suspension.

The two time NBA All-Star has spend most of his 10 NBA seasons in Chicago where he averaged 9.3 points, 1.4 blocks, and 9.4 rebounds. He had become a staple in the city but was traded when the team went through a rebuilding phase after the Derrick Rose era.

It is unclear which team will pick up Noah at this time but given his performance statistics it is safe to say that this past years misfortunes will be overlooked with the hope of a speedy recovery for the two time NCAA champion. Though analyst Tim Cato has his doubts

The New York Knicks are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference just ahead of the Charlotte Hornets and two games behind the Detroit Pistons with a record of 22 – 8. NBA sophomore Kristaps Porzingis has been a standout averaging 23 points per game. The Knicks play the 18 – 32 Brooklyn Nets tomorrow at 5:30 pm. It’s probably a safe bet to assume Joakim Noah will be sitting this one out.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco Wins 2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Luiz Carlos Trabuco is one of Brazil’s most powerful and celebrated businessmen. For over 45 years, he has worked at one company, the Brazilian banking giant Bradesco. Today, he sits as CEO of the firm, having rose through the ranks all the way from the lowest position in the company to, ultimately, its highest.

Although Trabuco’s reign at the top has been uneven, marked by periods of stagnation and serious decline in the stock price, in 2015, he was able to pull off a bona fide coup in the Brazilian banking sector. His firm, Grupo Bradesco, had slid into a distant second-place in the country’s banking sector, after rival banks Itau and Unibanco merged in 2009. This left Bradesco highly vulnerable in an uber-competitive environment. The constant consolidation of the Brazilian banking market meant that there were really only two major players left, and Bradesco suddenly found itself at a serious disadvantage. Trabuco and many industry insiders rightfully thought that Itau Unibanco would use its size to crush Bradesco into oblivion, a Rockefelleresque move that would have left Itau Unibanco with a hard monopoly over all of Brazilian retail banking and a large part of its financial sector as a whole.

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Trabuco Turns The Tables

Then, in 2015, after years of slow decline and the stock price at a decade-long low, Trabuco as president and CEO pulled off what many considered to be impossible. In the early part of that year, HSBC Brazil, a subsidiary of the global banking giant, started putting out feelers on a possible sale of all of its assets. The company had struggled to turn a profit in the ultra-competitive Brazilian banking market and, after almost a decade of failure, was ready to throw in the towel.

This was music to Trabuco’s ears. He quickly put together a deal that would see Bradesco acquire all of HSBC Brazil’s assets outright for an all-cash deal valued at $5.2 billion. By mid-summer, it was apparent to everyone that the deal was in motion. By the fall, the transaction had closed, marking the largest single purchase in Brazilian history and rocketing Bradesco back to the number-one spot in many different categories.

The deal shocked many, especially those at Itau Unibanco, who didn’t believe that Trabuco would be able to pull it off. Suddenly, the bank that was the huge underdog and virtually guaranteed to continue losing market share and declining was now back in the driver’s seat. Now it was Itau Unibanco who had a great deal to worry about.

The power move immediately sent Bradesco’s stock soaring. With Trabuco being widely hailed in the business press as having finally lived up to his formidable reputation, the celebratory air was topped off with the Isto E Dinheiro Entrepreneur of the year Award, a coveted Brazilian prize that is given to the most influential and daring businessmen in the country.

But the real fun has yet to begin for Bradesco. The firm is now in a position of dominance across many different categories in the Brazilian banking sector. With over 5,000 branches, it is the largest retail bank in the country. The firm also has the most loans outstanding, the most assets under active management and the most employees of any bank. This is a remarkable and sudden transformation from their prior position.

Many industry experts familiar with Trabuco have asserted that he will definitely use this positional advantage to his bank’s favor. Trabuco has a reputation for being a highly astute strategist and even somewhat ruthless. In the near-term future, some analysts believe that he will take major shots at Itau Unibanco, engaging in price wars, stealing market share and using Bradesco’s many economies of scale to seriously damage the bank’s largest competitor.

If Trabuco can smash Itau Unibanco into submission and force it out of Bradesco’s territory, Trabuco stands a good chance to oversee the creation of the first hard monopoly on Brazilian banking, an outcome that could net shareholders no small fortune.

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Richard Mishaan Design Continues Impressive Career

Richard Mishaan Design is almost defined by their inability to be defined. At the celebratory dinner for Mishaan’s newest book, hosted at the Margaux at the Marlton, guests took turns talking about their experience with Mishaan’s work. A former client as well as a new friend, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, elaborated on this concept by saying: “You never walk in and say ‘This is a Richard Mishaan room'” Pevaroff-Cohn closed out her statement on Richard Mishaan Design by saying, “Richard can make something beautiful, and make it yours, not his.”


Richard Mishaan has routinely found himself at the center of attention thanks to his elaborate modernist rooms that seek to push the limits while embracing what makes old school artwork impressive. Mishaan is never afraid to blend textures, mix and match eras, or bring up something bold to the forefront of a room. Mishaan’s work is most notably on display in the Cartagena house in Colombia as well as the St Regis suites, which he helped to put together in 2010.


Richard Mishaan Design is a testament to the fact that artwork can be embraced at the highest level of any field. Richard Mishaan continues to impress and he continues to land on top fo Architectural Digest’s Top 100 List.

North Carolina’s Finest : Doctor Imran Haque of Asheboro and Ramseur

Dr. Imran Haque works out of his offices in Ramseur, Asheboro and the surrounding areas to provide top medical care for his patients. He is highly respected as an internist and his experience covers a span of fifteen years. Dr. Imran Haque offers numerous services including weight management, 360 resurfacing, laser hair removal, Venus body contouring and physical exams.


Dr. Imran Haque attended the medical program offered by the University of Virginia Internal Medicine Roanoke-Salem where he earned his medical license. He is licensed in North Carolina and is enrolled in the Certification Program for Internal Medicine. The maintenance programs keeps him aware and proficient in the latest medical developments.


Dr. Imran Haque is highly rained, experienced and in possession of the specific knowledge required in the performance of routine physical examinations. He additionally performs a wide array of services. Dr. Imran Haque offers treatments for diabetes including services for weight management. He takes care of patients interested in Venus body contouring, laser hair removal and 360 resurfacing.


Dr. Imran Haque has patients coming to his offices for specific treatments as well as his services as a primary care physician. He has the experience and training to be able to diagnose numerous common illnesses and ailments and provide a referral to a specialist when required. Dr. Imran Haque has the ability to provide many of his patients with the treatment they require right in his office and has in office ultrasound and laboratory services available.


Dr. Imran Haque is specifically sought out for his experience in treating diabetes. Diabetes causes an individuals blood sugar levels to spike because their body is no longer properly producing glucose. The bodies insulin is what processes sugar but some people stop producing insulin in the correct amounts or are not utilizing it correctly. Diabetes is a lifetime condition whether it is type one or type two. If the condition is not diagnosed and treated correctly, serious medical problems can result. Dr. Imran Haque helps a lot of people suffering from diabetes. He is licensed, board certified and able to treat the condition with compassion and skill.


Dr. Imran Haque also offers weight management treatments to his patients. This helps them lose weight without gaining it back. He educates his patients regarding proper nutrition and diet medications to help them succeed. Any individual who either needs to lose weight, consistently loses then gains weight or has concerns about their weight should consult with a doctor. Dr. Imran Haque understands the concept of weight management and the difference eating nutritionally and exercising makes in the lives of his patients. He takes the time to consider the lifestyle choices his patients have made and the impact they have on weight. Dr. Imran Haque even takes it a step farther by offering cosmetic procedures to help people enhance their bodies.


Dr. Imran Haque offers procedures to give his patients confidence, peace of mind and improved health and appearance. His office are conveniently located for anyone who needs a qualified physician.

Cassio Audi, the Best of Brazil

We take a look at the Brazil economic environment for the past five years, a place where financial counselors and executives like Cassio Audi have been highly influential.


The Brazilian economy has been experiencing a massive decrease in strength, the primary concern with this drop in resources and working force is one of the main concerns of Latin America because Brazil used to be a great economic power a few years ago. Brazilian economic growth has been suffering from a slow pace of around 7.5% in the last five years. The main struggle has come from the Banco Central do Brasil which has dramatically reduced inflation by dropping their interest rate from 11 to 7.25 percent. That’s why investors that come with a fresh set of ideas and hunger for success struggle to hit the jackpot due to the precarious economic atmosphere that spreads through the country right now.


These new investors always see themselves under the need of getting financial advice from many official financial counselors who tell them everything they need to know about the best investment opportunities. All financial advisors who can officially advise all the newbie investors are the main reason why the Brazilian economic market hasn’t completely died. It’s the work they put in the main reason why investors still regard Brazil as a place for growth opportunity.


That’s where outstanding financial investors such as Cassio Audi come into play; he has over 23 years of previous experience in the financial area. Cassio is a highly skilled and accomplished professional who is an expert in taking care of all issued linked to financial counseling. His work as a financial advisor has given him credit as the main contributor of many start-up companies, as well as public and private enterprises, multi-billion companies, and equity funds around the country. Cassio Audi s also officially experienced in accounting and financial management; he is a professional at decision support, controllership, growth strategy development, business planning, and even resource management.


Cassio Audi’s Experience


After studying a graduating from the University of Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Cassio also finished an MBA in Finance. He began his career as a trader back in 1992 at JP Morgan; then he joined Dow Chemical as a Senior Financial Analyst. In the past, Cassio has worked for prestigious firms such as Brookfield Brasil Real Estate Partners Inc., Rossi Residencial, Gillette, Rossi Commercial Properties, and GVMI. Cassio is one of Brazil’s leading financial management executives who has outstanding skills in interpersonal relationships and communication. Audi is also incredibly results-driven which makes him a top professional in his area.


It’s people like Cassio Audi, the ones who have Brazil slowly getting back to the remarkable financial situation they were before the crisis that struck them a few years ago. Professionals like him are the main reason why Brazil as a country can be proud to say they are amongst the few hopes in Latin American countries from a financial standpoint. There is still a lot of work to be done in Brazil as an economic force, but with Cassio leading the resistance against every obstacle they can feel secure.

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Workers at the Broken Oroville Dam Spillway Executing a Complex 7-Day Plan While the Weather Holds

The City of Oroville, California, with its population of about 18,000 is battling the consequences of an infrastructure failure of the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway. However, with the weather forecast promising seven to ten continuous days of sunny weather, the workers at the Oroville Dam are furiously executing a plan they hope will ease the situation.


The three immediate objectives are to restore conditions around the Hyatt Power Plant in order to resume operations, lift the emergency evacuation warning for the people who live in areas below the dam, and release water into the Feather River from the entire Oroville complex, which involves a series of dams.


The Oroville River Reservoir is now down to a record low of 838 feet and the first step in the plan was accomplished when they reduced the flow from the Oroville Dam onto the emergency spillway to zero.


When the mid section of the emergency spillway gave way, rock and debris washed down and accumulated in the Thermolito Diversion Pool below the dam, causing water to backup in this area. Because the water level in this Pool is now unacceptably high, the Hyatt Power Plant had to be shut down.


By removing the debris in the Pool, engineers calculate that the water level in this area with fall below the power plant’s turbine level, where is should be, and the plant will be able to be safely put back into operation.


Step two of the plan involves floating barges and excavators working furiously on three sides of the rock and debris to clean it out of the Thermolito Diversion Pool. Some of this excess water that will be released will be diverted to the Feather River to keep the fish and ecosystems alive.


Around the clock monitoring of the emergency spillway area is being conducted with government drones, helicopters, engineers and emergency personnel. Remaining on schedule while no precipitation is forecasted is critical to the success of this operation.


If successful, the power lines that were disconnected because they were in the way of the broken emergency spillway will be reconnected in order to get electricity from the Hyatt Power Plant to area residents. In addition, the situation will be considered manageable, even with the broken spillway, and the evacuation warning will be cancelled.