Halifax Regional Municipality, road closures Roads next to Queensland Beach and Kennedy’s Beach are closed because of surf on the road. Sections of Route 333 are closed because of surf coming over road and downed trees. A section of Trunk 3 is closed because of downed trees Peggy’s Cove Road is closed except to local traffic. Power lines, trees, branches and leaves are down in several parts of the province. People are asked to avoid driving in storm areas and to use extreme caution if driving is unavoidable. -30-
Thiruvananthapuram: With rains and subsequent floods battering Kerala for the past few days, Eid celebrations in various parts of the state on Monday was a low key affair, which started and ended with prayers. Of the 3.34 crore Kerala population, Muslims account for 88.73 lakh. A large number of Muslims live in districts like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode which are the worst flood affected areas. Over 1,25 lakh people are living in relief camps. Hence, it was just the routine morning prayers for them. Clerics across the state addressed the gathering at mosques and urged them to extend a helping hand to the flood victims.
TORONTO – The City of Toronto is considering a review of its municipal golf courses as it struggles with rising maintenance costs and declining interest in the sport.In a recent report, the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation proposed hiring an external consultant to examine industry trends and come up with recommendations that will allow the city “to determine the best model for golf service delivery” for the next 20 years.The proposed review would be completed by early 2019, the report said.Toronto owns seven golf courses, two of which it leases out to private operators. The city manages the other five courses, but contracts out minor operations like ticket sales, cart rentals, pro shops and food sales.The city-managed golf courses typically bring in $4.5 million to $5 million per year — not enough to recoup the costs of running them, the report said.“Including overhead expenses, the golf operations incur a net loss on an annual basis,” the report notes.The losses are likely to continue in the years to come.Toronto’s 2018-2026 capital plan has identified $9.7 million in improvements needed for municipal golf courses, including upgrades to building roofs and windows, sanitary fixtures, pavement, mechanical and electrical systems and irrigation.Municipal courses have stiff competition for the attention of local golfers.There are over 100 courses open to members of the public in the Greater Toronto Area, plus several private clubs, the Parks reports said, and the city’s courses have experienced a marked decline in use.The number of rounds played at municipal golf courses decreased by about 15 per cent between 2007 and 2016, from 187,000 to 157,965.“It is anticipated that without significant investment in city-run golf courses, this downward trend in rounds is expected to continue,” the Parks reports says.The proposal to conduct a review will be considered by a city’s government management committee on Jan. 11, and then go to city council on Jan. 31.“The point of the report going to committee is to get the extension for the contracts and to let council know that we will be undertaking the review,” city spokeswoman Jane Arbour said, adding that no decisions will be made until the review is over.The report noted that many Canadian municipalities have been exploring “alternate service delivery and alternate use options for their golf operations” over the past decade.Vancouver is currently reviewing its entire 25-year plan for public parks, including its municipal golf courses. In 2014, the City of Thunder Bay sold one of its courses to a contractor for $650,000.University of Toronto political science professor Margaret Kohn, who specializes in issues of urbanism and public space, said Toronto city staff should ask themselves two questions when considering the future of this public land: Does the land serve citizens who are unlikely to have easy access to public recreation space? And can the space be used for multiple purposes?“Open spaces or recreational spaces are best when they can be used by different users in different ways. I think of parks in my neighbourhood where you have a baseball diamond but then when baseball players aren’t there, it’s an off-leash area for dogs, or people are playing Frisbee,” she said. “Golf courses, as I understand it, are not open to alternative uses.”Golf is also a sport typically reserved for people with the money to pay greens fees, which can cost up to $69 for 18 holes.“It’s not like golf is enjoyed only by a tiny elite of the population, like polo or something, but it is pretty costly to be able to use even public golf courses,” Kohn said.“Essentially the taxpayers are subsidizing something that generally people who are more affluent tend to use and that’s not really consistent with my vision of public space,” she added.
VANCOUVER — The National Energy Board would require the creation of a marine mammal protection program for the Trans Mountain pipeline in a series of draft conditions it has laid out before it considers the project.The Federal Court of Appeal overturned the federal government’s approval of the pipeline expansion last year, saying the process was flawed because it didn’t consider the project’s impact on the marine environment.The board says the Trans Mountain marine protection plan should be in place three months before it starts operations and should describe how it will incorporate Indigenous traditions and knowledge in developing its programs. The board, which has to have its final recommendations in by Feb. 22, also recommends a number of measures be taken to offset the increased underwater noise and potential risk posed by ship strikes of marine mammals including southern resident killer whales.Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the draft recommendations and conditions are an “important step towards meeting the reasonable timeline that we provided, and the type of progress that Canadians expect to see.”The board is seeking comment on its draft conditions.Ottawa recently purchased the $4.5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion because it says it wants to ensure it gets built.The pipeline expansion would triple the amount of oil being carried from the Edmonton area to a marine shipping terminal in Burnaby, increasing the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver waters seven-fold.Trans Mountain could not immediately be reached for comment.The Canadian Press
Four Toronto women making up an award-winning rock band will make their national TV debut tonight.‘The Beaches’ played halftime as the Ticats take on the Roughriders at Tim Horton’s Field.Phil Perkins has more.
MONTREAL — MTY Food Group Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. in a deal it valued at roughly US$190.0 million or C$253.2 million, including debt.Under the transaction, Montreal-based MTY will pay US$6.45 in cash for each share of Papa Murphy’s, which is about 32 per cent above Wednesday’s closing price of US$4.89.Papa Murphy’s sells fresh, hand-crafted pizzas ready for customers to bake at home, as well as salads, side dishes and desserts.As of the end of 2018, it had 1,331 franchised and 106 corporate-owned stores in 37 U.S. states, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.MTY is a franchisor and operator of a broad range of restaurants.Its banners include shopping mall food court staples such as Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok, as well as full-service restaurants such as Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores.Companies in this story: (TSX:MTY)
Kings XI recruited Rahul after Royal Challengers Bangalore opted against retaining the India batsman and he showed why they forked out INR 11 crore for his services by smashing 51 off only 16 balls at PCA Stadium.Rahul took just 14 deliveries to reach 50 and Karun Nair also made a half-century as the new-look Kings XI reached their target of 167 with seven balls to spare in the second game of the tournament.New Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir top scored with 55 as his side posted 166/7, but 17-year-old Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb delivered on his IPL bow in a promising start for Kings XI.HISTORY-MAKER MUJEEB HITS THE GROUND RUNNINGMujeeb Ur Rahman took a wicket with his third ever ball in the IPL (Getty Images)Mujeeb is now the youngest player to feature in the IPL aged 17 and 11 days and he could be around for some time on the evidence of his debut.The tweaker wasted no time in making an impact, trapping Colin Munro leg before wicket when the New Zealand batsman got himself in a mess attempting a switch hit.After striking with only his third ball, Mujeeb ran the well set Gambhir out and removed Rishabh Pant for 28 when the wicketkeeper-batsman was going along nicely to reduce Delhi to 111-4 in the 14th over.Mujeeb finished with impressive figures of 2-28 from his four overs, while captain Ashwin took 1-23 and Mohit Sharma 2-33.GAMBHIR GIVES IT AWAYEvergreen opener Gambhir led by example at the top of the order, timing the ball exquisitely to make a half-century for his new side.The former India opener took a liking to Axar Patel, smashing the spinner for a huge six over mid-off and hitting 14 off just three balls of the fourth over.Gambhir’s excellent knock came to an end with a soft dismissal, the left-hander ambling through for a single and failing to make his ground as Mujeeb ran him out with a direct him from short fine leg.Chris Morris flexed his muscles with a quickfire unbeaten 27 to give new Daredevils coach Ricky Ponting hope of making a winning start.RAHUL RUNS RIOTPonting could only watch on as a brutal onslaught from Rahul left the Kings XI wondering what had hit them, the opener dealing in boundaries as he raced to a half-century in a flash.He took only two off the first three deliveries, but struck Trent Boult over the ropes with disdain and hit the next two balls for four in an opening over which cost 16 runs.Mohammed Shami also came in for some treatment and Rahut was raising his bat in the third over after dispatching Amit Mishra (0-46) for two sixes and three fours.Boult returned to bring an end to the Rahul fireworks, but Nair (50 off 33) took the baton with a great display of clean striking before David Miller (24 not out) and Marcus Stoinis (22) got Kings XI over the line. India’s KL Rahul during a training session ahead of their test match against South Africa at Feroze Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Dec 1st 2015. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)(SportsMax) There was no Chris Gayle in the line-up as KL Rahul blasted the fastest Indian Premier League half-century and teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman excelled on his debut to help Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: Gayle announces Kings XI arrival in brutal styleApril 16, 2018In “Sports”IPL: KL Rahul unbeaten, but Royals beat rest of Kings XIMay 8, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Mujeeb denies Iyer in dramatic last-ball win for Kings XIApril 23, 2018In “Sports”
Tharisa, the PGM and chrome co-producer, hasentered into a five-year strategic co-operation agreement with Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Co Ltd (TISCO’s) joint venture (JV) company Shanxi Taigang Wanbang Furnace Charge Co Ltd. Tharisa will be supplying the JV with a minimum of 240,000 t/y at market prices starting in September 2017. This represents approximately 25% of Tharisa’s forecast FY2017 production of 1 Mt of metallurgical grade chrome concentrate.More stringent environmental regulations in China have meant the ferrochrome industry has started switching from open and semi-closed furnaces to more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies such as those that use sintering and pelletising. TISCO produces approximately 4 Mt of stainless steel a year and through its JV has installed 700,000 t/y Outokumpu ferrochrome (FeCr) sintering and pelletising capacity, with an annual producing volume of 300,000 t FeCr. The stainless steel producer is considering a phase 2 expansion of the Outokumpu FeCr sintering and pelletising plant, which would increase its FeCr production to 450,000 t/y and subsequently increase its requirements for metallurgical chrome concentrate.Increased stainless steel production has been the driver of improved ferrochrome prices with spot currently being above US$200/t. Commenting on the TISCO agreement, Phoevos Pouroulis, CEO of Tharisa stated: “Tharisa is pleased to have formalised its relationship with TISCO, a long-time client. The co-operation agreement further cements our position in the Chinese market and bolsters our order book.”
Deficiencies in ambulance service putting patients in Dublin at risk, says Hiqa Hiqa said that a detailed plan for ambulance services across Dublin didn’t exist. Short URL Friday 24 Mar 2017, 1:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 24th 2017, 1:02 PM 7 Comments Share22 Tweet Email3 6,522 Views The status quo puts patients at risk and cannot be allowed to continue.In a statement, the HSE said it appreciated Hiqa’s acknowledgement that it made changes to address the concerns raised in 2014, but said it was aware that further improvements were required.The changes that have been implemented include the transition of control functions to the National Emergency Operations Centre which adheres to international standards, improved visibility of all ambulances and emergency vehicles at any given time across the country and increased funding which has gone towards replacing an aging fleet.Damien McCallion, HSE national director for the national ambulance service, said that the service was in its second year of implementing a five-year strategic plan which was developed with a range of stakeholders including the Dublin Fire Brigade.He added: “NAS accepts that more needs to be done in some areas of work”.The HSE said that it was continuing to work with Dublin City Council and the Dublin Fire Brigade to address issues identified by Hiqa, such as call taking and dispatch in the Dublin area.Read: 21 reports of abuse in a month prompts inspection of Dublin disabilities centreRead: HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit for purpose Image: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3304576 A REPORT FROM the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has said that the ambulance service Dublin has “significant shortcomings’ that “put patients at risk”.Hiqa’s review of recommendations it made back in 2014 said that, while a number of improvements have been made, the National Ambulance Service “still lacks necessary capacity” and remains “reliant on overtime to maintain services”.Overall, the report found that more needs to be done to ensure that a modern, effective emergency ambulance service is provided by Ireland’s two publicly funded services: the National Ambulance Service and Dublin Fire Brigade.Instances where a Dublin Fire Brigade resource may continue to be dispatched to such a call in a situation where a nearer National Ambulance Service may have been better placed to respond were identified.Sean Egan, Hiqa’s acting head of healthcare regulation, said: “While lines of communication, formal governance arrangements and working relationship at senior management level within the HSE and Dublin City Council were much improved, a detailed plan for the delivery of emergency ambulance services in the greater Dublin area still does not exist.Furthermore, as things stand, if a patient with a potentially life threatening condition in Dublin calls 112/999 for an ambulance, current arrangements for call handling and dispatch can result in a delay in response due to the process for transferring calls from Dublin Fire Brigade to the National Ambulance Service. By Sean Murray Image: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The million dollar reward by the Victorian government for solving the 1997 murder of Mersina Halvagis is now up for grabs following Peter Dupas’ failed appeal.The key witness whose testimony helped convict serial killer Peter Norris Dupas over the 1997 murder of Mersina Halvagis is among several people now eligible for a share of the million-dollar reward.Dupas’ appeal against conviction was dismissed on Friday, prompting expectation that former lawyer-turned-author Andrew Fraser, along with several other people who gave evidence that led to Dupas’ conviction, will reapply for the reward.Mr Fraser testified that while he was serving a jail term for cocaine offences in the same protection unit as Dupas, the killer mimed the fatal stabbing in his cell. He also made several incriminating statements about the murder, which took place as Ms Halvagis tended her grandmother’s grave at Fawkner Cemetery.His evidence provided the breakthrough in the case that police and Ms Halvagis’ long-suffering family had longed for. Former director of public prosecutions Paul Coghlan has stated: ”Without Fraser’s evidence of Dupas’ confession, there would not have been a prosecution.”But Mr Fraser told Fairfax that he was not the story. ”This is about the Halvagis family who now get to spend their first Christmas in 15 years with some peace, so it would be inappropriate for me to comment.”Dupas, now 59, was first convicted in 2007 of murdering Ms Halvagis, 25, but was granted a retrial on appeal.A second jury then found him guilty in November 2010, but he launched another appeal, claiming that he had been denied justice.A bench of five judges unanimously rejected the appeal.Outside court, Ms Halvagis’ younger brother, Bill, said this Christmas would be a special one, as the ”thing” who murdered his sister had lost what is expected to be his final battle to wriggle free of responsibility for her brutal killing.”Finally Mersina can lay to rest and we can get on with our lives and remember her … and cherish the moments we had with her,” he said.Asked if there was anything he would like to say to Mr Fraser, he said: ”He did his part.”The reward for information that led to a conviction was increased to $1 million in 2005.Mr Fraser and others applied after his first trial but any payout was put on hold pending the appeal process. Any reward applications will be processed and passed on to Chief Commissioner Ken Lay for assessment.Dupas is serving three life sentences without parole for Ms Halvagis’ murder and the 1997 and 1999 murders of Margaret Maher and Nicole Patterson. He is a suspect in several other unsolved murders.Source: The Age
The “Momo Challenge,” a creepy viral game taking over people’s tech devices, is causing much distress in communities worldwide.On Tuesday, the “Momo Challenge” prompted school officials in Brick, New Jersey to warn parents about the game after a group of first graders were reportedly bullied, according the Asbury Park Press. “We are working with the parents. It’s not finished,” Gerard Dalton, Brick Township Public Schools’ superintendent, told the Asbury Park Press. “We’re trying to do everything we can to address it.”The game, which appears on popular social media apps such as WhatsApp, features an eerie avatar of a woman, who has bulging eyes and a haunting face.To play the game, social media users can message a “Momo” account on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other apps, where they are challenged to follow destructive instructions or be killed. Participants could be asked to engage in self-harming behaviors or hurt others throughout the game. It’s unknown how the game was created and why it went viral on social media. According to News.com.au, the “Momo Challenge” picture comes from a sculpture created by Link Factory, a Japanese special effects company. The name of the artwork is dubbed “Mother Bird,” and it was displayed at Vanilla Gallery, a horror art gallery in Tokyo. The creepy sculpture wasn’t intended for the game, and no one knows why the image appeared there.The sculpture was thought to be created by Midori Hayashi, a Japanese artist known for his bizarre doll artwork, however, News.com.au reported that Link Factory and Hayashi were not connected to the sinister “Momo Challenge.”This isn’t the first time the “Momo Challenge” has caused harm to children and young adults. In late August, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy took their lives in Colombia after playing the “Momo Challenge,” Fox News reported. Police took the children’s phones to investigate, which were said to contain “Momo Challenge” messages.If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.More on Geek.com:Ripped Kangaroo and Internet Star, Roger, Dies at Age 12Cuba Rolls Out Internet Service to Citizens for the First TimeWatch: YouTube Rewind 2018 Recaps the Year in Viral Videos, Memes, and Trends 11-Year-Old Gets ‘Scammed’ Into Paying $4K for TikTok InfluencerFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ Counts Stay on target
Global financial asset manager Ken Fisher swept into Camas on Thursday, but if you expected him to talk about emerging markets or U.S. central bank policy, forget it.Instead, the founder of Woodside, Calif.-based Fisher Investments visited the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce evidently to blow people’s minds about the fact that their minds won’t be able to comprehend what’s coming.And what’s coming, Fisher said, is the “singularity.”The concept, popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil, says in 20 years or so we’ll have computers that are powerful enough to simulate the human brain.Eventually, those computers will become far more powerful than the human brain. As a result, information will be shared at hyperspeed. National borders and institutions will fall. The singularity, Fisher said, will knock doctors out of the process of obtaining medicine and render media as we know it nonexistent.Got that?Or, as Fisher interjected often during his speech: “You follow me?”At times, Fisher, who’s building a collection of office towers on 120 acres in Camas, was flippant. “I don’t take what I say that seriously,” he said at one point.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hallandale Beach man admitted, Thursday, that he posed as a doctor while running an illegal medical clinic out of his apartment.Juan Acosta pleaded guilty to two federal charges of receiving silicone with intent to defraud or mislead.The 44-year-old admitted to performing multiple “aesthetic enhancement” procedures while running the illegal clinic out of his apartment.He remains free on bond until his sentencing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Gunfire tore through a City of Miami neighborhood when, police said, the victim of an attempted carjacking confronted the armed thief.City of Miami Police responded to the scene of the incident near Northwest Seventh Avenue and 79th Street, at around 7:30 p.m., Sunday.Investigators said the victim told officers he was attempting to place his bicycle in the rear of his pickup truck when the subject entered the vehicle.Police said there was a struggle between the two men, leading to shots being fired.Officials said the subject fled in an unknown direction, leaving his gun behind.The victim only suffered minor injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Bhadrachalam: The priests of Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple performed special pujas on Friday. A special Abhishekam was conducted at Goddess Lakshmi Ammavaru temple where a large number of women devotees took part in the Kunkuma puja. Meanwhile, the celestial wedding of Lord Rama with his consort Sita was held at Beda Mandapam.During the wedding, the deities were attired in silk clothes and flowers. A large number of couples attended the celestial wedding.
Sagor was beaten dead tying him to an electric pole. Many saw it, and filmed it with their cell phones, but didn’t resist. The photo was taken from video.A young boy has been beaten to death tying him to an electric pole for an alleged theft at Char Sreerampur village in Gauripur upazila of Mymensingh district.The killers fled leaving the body in a field of long feathery grass in front of a house in the locality.About 30 hours into the incident, police recovered the body from around 12:00pm on Tuesday.According to police, the deceased is Md. Sagar, 16, son of Md Shipon Mia. Sagar used to live in a railway slum at Nataghar area of Mymensingh town.Sagar used to earn livelihood by selling abandoned things after collecting them from different areas of the district.Shipon Mia said Sagar left his home with a rickshaw-van early Monday to collect abandoned things like every day and but didn’t return home Monday evening.Then Sagar’s family started searching for him in different parts of the neighbourhood and informed Kotwali Model police station about the disappearance.Some of the villagers alleged hatchery owner Akkas Ali and his people beat up a young boy allegedly for stealing a water machine from his Gauchia hatchery on the Mymensingh-Kishoreganj highway early Monday.They alleged the killers attempted to take the boy to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital when his condition deteriorated as they beat him up mercilessly tying him to an electric pole.On the way to hospital, Akkas Ali and his accomplices sensed that the boy succumbed to his injuries and then they dumped the body in the field of long feathery grass.The villagers couldn’t recognise the boy.Sagar’s father claimed that his son can’t engage in theft.A photo and video footage depicting how the boy was beaten to death tying him to the electric pole went viral on social media Facebook on Monday night.Gauripur police station officer-in-charge Delwar Ahmed said they are making preparations to file a murder case in this connection.Police has started an operation to arrest those involved in the killing.
Twenty students died after trees fell on them while swimming in a river during a storm in Ghana, emergency officials said Sunday.Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said the “unusual incident” happened on Sunday afternoon, when a group of high school students were swimming at the Kintampo waterfalls, a popular tourist destination in the Brong-Ahafo region.Anaglate told AFP that a brewing storm caused trees to topple and fall on the teenagers while they were in the water.”They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees and they had fallen on some of them — those who were apparently swimming,” Anaglate said.18 students died at the scene while two others died in hospital, Anaglate said, adding that 11 more were receiving treatment, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.”We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured,” said the country’s tourism minister Catherine Abelema Afeku in a statement.Accidents ranging from deaths caused by mass flooding to petrol tanker explosions happen sporadically in Ghana because of lax regulations and disregard for rules.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoTerming the 11th parliament as a “fake and stigmatised” one, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday announced to form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital on Wednesday, protesting the start of its maiden session, reports UNBThe party will also hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 8 February, demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, marking the first anniversary of her jailing.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a media conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office in Dhaka.”The new parliament, formed with fake votes, is going into session tomorrow (Wednesday). This parliament is a ghost of an entity that snatched people’s democratic and voting rights,” he said.“This parliament is an anti-people one and a gossip club of mass enemies of the illegal government which exerted its unlawful power on unarmed voters,” he said.The BNP leader said the 11th parliament will be considered everywhere as an assembly of non-mandated power greedy people of history.“As the parliament’s first session is set to start, the BNP will form a human chain from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Wednesday in front of the National Press Club to register protests against this stigmatised parliament of fake votes.”The maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin at 3:00pm on Wednesday, within 31 days of the national election held on 30 December with the participation of all the registered political parties.Awami League, led by Sheikh Hasina, formed the government for the third consecutive term following its landslide victory in the national elections.Turning down the election results with the allegation of ‘massive vote robbery’, country’s principle opposition party the BNP demanded re-election.Eight MPs of the party and its alliance partner Gano Forum elected in the election have not taken oath yet.
AP Photo/David J. PhillipPolice cars are parked outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Meanwhile, in the wake of the shooting, many Houston-area and surrounding school districts have released statements discussing their plans to increase security measures.Multiple school districts, including Houston ISD, Katy, Klein and Pasadena ISDs – just to name a few, are expanding the number of police officers they have at the schools as precautionary measures.At Aldine ISD, metal detector checks will take place for all students at intermediate through high school campuses as an added layer of security. While over at Cy-Fair ISD, officials urge students not to wear trench coats or other heavy clothing that could conceal weapons.At Bay City Junior High, students will not be allowed to bring backpacks starting this week through May 25. Share