Bad weather alert for Houston

first_img Share Accuweather has activated a significant weather alert  for the South Harris County area and South Houston until 2 p.m.Other areas included are Pasadena, Eastern Pearland, League City, Baytown, Texas City,Friendswood, La Porte, Deer Park, Alvin, Dickinson, La Marque, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Galena Park, Jacinto City, Webster,Hitchcock, Beach City and Kemah.Torrential rainfall is also occurring with the storm, and may leadto localized flooding. last_img

DC Drug Court Gives Graduates New Lease On Life

first_imgEllis Caudle is not ashamed to admit that he used and sold drugs on and off for most of his life—until he entered the District of Columbia Superior Court Drug Intervention Program last year. Caudle, 58, graduated from the program on Sept. 20, and the Maryland man is hopeful his story of redemption inspires others to kick their own issues with substance abuse.D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to graduates of the District’s Superior Court Drug Intervention Program. (AFRO Photo/Lenore Adkins)“We’re all human, we’re not perfect people,” Caudle told the AFRO after the graduation ceremony. “The only perfect one is up there in heaven.” Caudle was one of five graduates from the in-house treatment program, commonly known as “drug court” and now in its 27th year of operation. The program is overseen by the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, in association with the Superior Court for non-violent drug offenders. Attendees spend at least 24 weeks undergoing drug treatment and are periodically drug tested—those who graduate have been drug-free for 90 days, said Paul Cummings, the program’s coordinator. People who finish the program’s misdemeanor track get their cases dismissed, Cummings said. Those who complete the program on the felony track have a chance of receiving probation, he added. Drug courts offer a proven track record of success, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Nationally, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free for at least two or more years, according to the association. Drug courts’ net cost savings range from $3,000 to $13,000 for every client. Those savings come from reduced prison costs, fewer revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization. There are more than 2,700 drug courts operating nationwide, with at least one in every state and U.S. territory, serving approximately 135,000 people a year. In D.C., 67 people graduated from the program in 2017, and 57 people in 2016.  While graduations from the D.C. drug court take place every month, the ceremony held on Sept. 20 occurred during National Recovery Month, which the drug court recognized with a barbecue at North Michigan Park Recreation Center in Northeast D.C. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to the graduates about his own family members who have battled addiction. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham also attended the ceremony.Racine asked the graduates to call his office if there’s anything they need—the office, he said, will serve as informal assistants to help the graduates get any assistance they require. He also called on the “fab five” graduates to use their wisdom and potential to help others suffering from addiction. “You all are the living embodiment of what we all here, hope we have in us, and that is the ability for when the chips are down to really turn it around,” Racine said. Caudle said he opted for drug court after he was arrested with the intent to sell drugs. He said he had been periodically using and selling cocaine and heroin since he was 16 to cope with stress and to make extra money when work slowed down. “Sometimes the Devil can get in your head and you make the wrong decision,” he told the AFRO. Racine’s words inspired him though, and he said he plans to reach back and help others suffering from substance abuse. Caudle wants people to know there’s help and support out there, whether it’s drug court or group meetings. He added that he hopes to go back to school for computer training. “It just doesn’t stop here, I do have a plan and some things I’d like to keep doing,” Caudle said.last_img read more

How to get to Western Australia for less

first_imgTake advantage of being a student How does that work? For example, if you fly Qantas to Australia, you can access Qantas Explorer Fares, which could cost you a lot less than booking domestic flights separately. Aerial view of Elizabeth Quay, Perth. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Step back and think, “what do I really need?” As long as you’ve got the essentials – swimwear, sandals, sunglasses, sturdy shoes and a sweater – you’ll be fine. You can wash clothes instead of bringing too many. And remember, you can buy most items – like sun lotion or insect repellent – or rent gear when you’re there. Check all UK airports for cheap Perth flights Choose the right time to book flights… Ready to start planning your adventure? You can find more Western Australia inspiration checking out these articles: Not only does this mean avoiding fees for extra or overweight luggage, it also means you don’t have to wait for a suitcase, pay for a taxi or lug a towering backpack. It’s also much less hassle to pack and unpack between your stops! Earn your stay in Western Australia When’s the best time to visit Western Australia? It really depends on what you want. Australian Spring, for example, is a great time for hikers and explorers. It’s also when you get to see the state’s vast seas of wildflowers in full bloom. But if your main priority is a getting a good deal, you can see when’s the cheapest month to visit. You can search for multi-city flights below, and compare them to see which ones get you to Perth for less: For those who want to get more serious about work, here are a couple of reasons why spending a gap year here boosts your CV, and a few cool jobs that you could take on while you’re on a working holiday in Western Australia. RelatedWorking hard or hardly working? Here’s 9 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western Australia​In partnership with Fancy getting paid to swim with wild dolphins? Or wrangle camels? How about being able to contribute to conservation projects in stunning national parks while you earn money to spend on craft beer and cocktails? Finding your dream job could be as simple as applying for a…How to holiday in Australia for less than £1,000With breathtaking beaches, extraordinary wildlife and some seriously rugged scenery, Australia makes a dream holiday location. But this epic destination doesn’t need a big budget. Australia’s West Coast is its most accessible part and a trip here won’t break the bank. We’ve teamed up with Student Universe to bring you…Flight deals to Perth and Western Australia from £518*Looking for the cheapest way to travel to Western Australia? Look no further! We have created your ultimate flights saving list! Lancaster Wines, Swan Valley. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Cottesloe Beach, near Perth. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia Don’t limit your search to well-known airports (for example, the London biggies) or those closest to where you live. You never know where you’ll find a better price. Obviously, don’t forget to factor in how much it’ll cost – and how long it’ll take – if you’re travelling to an out-of-town airport. You don’t want to end up spending more while trying to save! Look into multiple destination and one-way options to find cheap flights to Perth You can also go to Student Universe to explore more about working holidays – plus some useful tips and tours. OK, so this one’s technically not a money-saving tip. But it’s still a great way to cover costs. Volunteer via an association like WWOOF Australia (as in, worldwide opportunities on organic farms) and you can swap a few hours work per day for a place to stay and meals, as well as a great chance to experience the local life. If you want to squeeze as much adventure and bucket list experiences as possible into one trip, Western Australia is the perfect choice. In partnership with Western Australia, Experience ExtraordinaryDiscover much morecenter_img Flights to Perth are already a budget-friendly way to get to Australia. They’re time-savers too – London to Perth flights clock in at 17 hours (around 4 hours less than Sydney). And if you’re a student, you might be able to find even more discounted flights to get your Western Australia journey started. Friends in a vineyward in the Margaret Wine Region – Tourism Western Australia ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Travel light – and save on time and space as well as money Cape to Cape track, near Indijup Beach. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia It can also sometimes save you money to first fly to an Asian hub like Singapore or Indonesia, then connect to Perth with a cheap flight. And if you’re planning on flying onward inside Australia, airline passes from the likes of Qantas and Virgin Australia will be your friend. It doesn’t hurt that it’s easy to find cheap flights to Perth either. In just a few days, you can visit the Instagram darling quokkas of Rottnest Island, walk the lunar landscapes of the Pinnacles, meet wild dolphins in Monkey Mia, and try out surfing (or a Chardonnay) in Margaret River. Emma Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park – Tourism Western Australia However, you can save quite a bit by asking, when is the best time to book my flights? Seven weeks before you fly appears to be the optimal time for flights to Australia. You can also set a price alert to track flights and see if prices drop. Find cheap flights to Perth Booking direct flights and return flights might be more convenient. But they won’t always get you the best deal. It’s worth doing some digging into one-way flights, as you might find better offers by booking your departure and return flights separately. And don’t forget to widen your search beyond well-known UK airports – like those in London – as you never know where you’ll find the lowest price. Compare flights to Western Australia Looking for Perth accomodation? … and choose the right time to visit Flights to Perth are often the cheapest route into Australia from the UK. Prices stay relatively stable throughout the year, but watch out for spikes around periods like school holidays and Christmas. We get it. It can be quite a lot to think about what to pack for Western Australia. Do you need two pairs of flip-flops? Three? What about t-shirts; is twenty too many? How about ‘night out’ clothes? Should I bring my own surfing board?? As you can see, you get a lot of incredible nature and wildlife for your money here. But with these tips from Student Universe, you can find the very best deals and make a dream holiday to Western Australia even more budget-friendly. Wildflowers in spring, Coalseam Conservation Park. Image Copyright: Tourism Western Australia The best of Perth on a budgetTop day trips from Perth15 ways to get closer to nature and wildlife in Western AustraliaBig adventures for small budgets – action-packed Western Australia tours Last minute flight deals to PerthHow to holiday in Western Australia for less than £1000 The most Instagrammable road trip everGap year goals: Working Holiday in Western AustraliaBig Adventures on a Small Budget in Western Australia Find the best Perth flight dealslast_img read more