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(WSJ) In a blow to its recent recovery momentum, Samsung Electronics Co. launched a voluntary global recall of its latest smartphone due to a potentially dangerous battery flaw in a few devices.

The company said it had halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 phone after receiving reports from customers of batteries exploding during charging.

“It has been confirmed that it was a battery cell problem,” Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s handset division, said.

Samsung said it had shipped 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 since its launch on Aug. 19. Mr. Koh declined to comment on the estimated cost for the exchange program, but said that the amount is so big “it breaks my heart.”

Full report here:http://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-to-recall-galaxy-note-7-smartphone-1472805076




Education on responsible firearm safety and storage is the first step towards preventing firearm accidents in the home. With this in mind, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will join the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Constable’s Office to host a special media and public event to provide free firearm safety kits (including a gun lock and safety information) to the community.

Law enforcement representatives will demonstrate how to properly install the locks on various firearms and Project ChildSafe will discuss its new safety video for parents: “How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety.” The video, starring champion shooter, veteran and mother Julie Golob, serves as a first-of-its-kind resource to guide parents in conversations about gun safety with children and teens.

WHAT: Project ChildSafe Firearm Safety Event and Gun Lock Distribution

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 9:30 AM

WHO: Bill Brassard, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Constable Ron Hickman Harris County Constable Pct 4
Chief Alan Bragg, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Police Department

WHERE: Salute to Law Enforcement: Sam Houston Race Park – Pavillion Centre (inside)
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, Tx 77064

WHY: Instilling awareness about firearm safety and proper storage, especially in the minds of young people, is the first step towards preventing firearm accidents, theft and misuse. This event will provide free gun locks to help area residents responsibly store their firearms when they aren’t in use, while encouraging families to start the important conversation about firearm safety in their homes.

VISUALS: Gun lock demonstration / safety kit distribution / Speakers will be available immediately after the
event for interviews.

Project ChildSafe will also provide its new educational video for parents, “How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety”


Fox 26 news has learned a Sugar Land company has temporarily shut down after some employees were exposed to radiation.

A spokesperson for Thermo Fisher Scientific confirms at least 5 employees were exposed to what they call some radiological material last week.

The Gillingham Drive location was shut down Friday and all employees were told to stay home.

A rep for Thermo Fisher says the exposure happened in an isolated section on their campus and the employees affected have been tested. A statement further states the workers were not exposed above regulatory limits.

We’re told the facility will remain closed this week while a third party conducts a safety and health assessment of the full site.

The Sugar Land site manufactures gauging devices used in the oil and petrochemical industries.

A source in the company says some workers are concerned about the time line.

The time when the employees were exposed and when the rest of the staff was finally told about the incident.

We’re told by that insider the period of time was from Tuesday to Friday, a 4 day period.

But a statement from Thermo Fisher indicates all appropriate goverment agencies have been notified.

A check with the city of Sugar Land and Doug Adolph says they had not been informed of the exposure but he says the company has to only report it to the state.



Mayor Parker will speak about the ties strong business and cultural ties between Houston and India when she appears at the World Trade Center Mumbai today.  The speech, which has been publicized to more than 50 media outlets, will mark the mayor’s first official appearance since arriving in India early Sunday morning.  Mayor Parker, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston are leading a week-long investment and trade mission to Mumbai and Delhi, India.

“It is my goal to introduce Indian business leaders to the leading business officials of my administration,” said Mayor Parker. “I want them to come away from this meeting with a name, a face and contact information of someone in Houston who can support them in their efforts to do business in our city.”

Greater Houston Partnership Chief Economic Development Officer Bob Pertierra will also address the WTC.

Monday’s schedule also includes a briefing by U.S. Consul General Thomas Vajda and meetings with Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Mumbai.  In addition, the mayor and Pertierra will sit down for one-on-one media interviews about Houston with several India based reporters.

The delegation will be in Mumbai until Tuesday when they travel to Delhi for more business meetings during the last half of the week. 

The group of business leaders traveling with the mayor includes KBR Director of Business Development, Sales and Technology Arup Ganguly; Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston President Ashok Garg; Past IACC President Sanjay Ramahadran; Gunda Corporation President Ramesh Gunda; EmagineNET Technologies Co-founder Arif Momin; Universal Weather and Aviation Regional Vice President Charles Mularski; Emediscript President Pankaj Patel; Isani Consultants Principal Bobby Singh; Asset Management Consultants Principal Dr. Karun Sreerama; Strategic Infrastucture LLC Partner Mini Timmaraju; Geotest Engineering President Ravi Raj Yanamandala and two Port of Houston Commissioners.

The trade mission is sponsored by Gunda Corporation, AECOM and Universal Weather and Aviation.



A'Darrion Christie and his mom Christine Gray

Three young athletes around the country died on the Football field this week alone.

This has prompted the Factor to interview Houston high school athlete A’Darrion Christie about safety on the field.

Christie is the quarterback for Kashmere High school in Houston.

He says he’s concerned about his safety but the win comes first.

That’s where the 18 year old’s mother comes in.

Christine Gray says she is more focused on her son’s safety and health than he is.

Gray says that’s why she is in constant contact with his coaches because there is always life after the game.

FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston


Rules for football safety from: wwwhttp://kidshealth.org.kidshealth.org

Why Is Football Safety Important?

Because of its violent nature and the sheer numbers of people who play, football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. Aside from minor aches and pains, common football injuries include ankle sprains, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, and concussions.

Fortunately, many football injuries can be prevented by wearing the right equipment, playing within the rules, and using proper technique.

Gear Guidelines

You’ll need a lot of protective gear to play football, and you’ll need to remember to wear all of it each time you play. If you show up for a practice or game without a necessary piece of equipment, tell your coach, and don’t try to play until you fix the situation.

At a minimum, you should never take the field without the following gear:

Helmet. All football helmets should have a hard plastic outer shell and a thick layer of padding. Helmets should meet the safety standards developed by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Ask for help from your coach or a trained professional at a sporting goods store to make sure you get a helmet that meets these standards and fits well.

Helmets also should have a rigid facemask made from coated carbon steel. Check your facemask to make sure it is properly secured to the helmet. There are different face masks for different positions and purposes. Ask your coach which one would be appropriate for you.

Finally, all helmets should have a chin strap with a protective chin cup. Always keep your chin strap fastened and snug whenever you play.

Pants with leg pads. Some football pants include pads that snap into place or fit into pockets within the pants. Other pants are shells that you pull over your pads. Regardless of which style you choose, you should have pads for your hips, thighs, knees, and tailbone.

Shoulder pads. Football shoulder pads should have a hard plastic shell with thick padding.

Shoes. Different leagues have different rules dictating the type of shoes and cleats (non-detachable or detachable) you can use. Check with your coach and consult your league’s guidelines regarding which types of shoes are allowed.

Mouthguard. All football leagues will require you to use a mouthguard. Be sure to get one with a keeper strap that attaches it securely to your facemask.

Athletic supporter with cup. Worn properly, this essential piece of equipment helps male athletes avoid testicular injuries.

Additional gear. Other items that you might want to consider using for protection include:

padded neck rollsforearm padspadded or non-padded gloves”flak jackets” that protect the ribcage and abdomen

If you need to wear glasses on the field, be sure they’re made of shatterproof glass or plastic.

Before Kickoff

Get yourself in shape before the season starts. Ideally, you should eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise year-round, but if you can’t, be sure to start preparing for the football season by working out and eating right during the summer. This will help you be a better player and help prevent injuries.

Have a pre-season physical exam. Many schools won’t let athletes play unless they’ve had a sports physical. If your school doesn’t require or schedule an exam for you, ask your parents to take you to your own doctor to get checked out.

Warm up and stretch before every game or practice. Start by doing jumping jacks or jogging in place for a few minutes to warm up your muscles, then try some sport-specific dynamic stretching.

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after games and practices. This helps you avoid dehydration and overheating, especially when it’s hot out.

Work with your coach and teammates to learn proper techniques. You’ll want to know how to avoid unsafe play before you participate in a game or full-speed practice. Once play begins, things will happen quickly. If you aren’t knowledgeable about what’s going on, you’ll be more susceptible to getting hurt.

During Games and Practices

Know and obey the rules of football. There’s a reason why things like tripping, clipping, grabbing the facemask, blocking below the knees, and helmet-to-helmet contact are illegal. They can be dangerous to both you and others. The point of the game is to hit opposing players, but if you don’t do it in a legal manner, you will cost your team on the field and greatly increase the risk of injury.

When making a tackle, keep your head up and never lead with the top of your helmet. Known as “spearing,” this is not only illegal, it also greatly increases your chances of a traumatic head or neck injury. Practice tackling with correct form until you are sure you can do it safely in a game.

Know your vulnerabilities. If you will be playing an offensive “skill position” such as wide receiver, running back, or quarterback, you’ll find yourself in a vulnerable position as defenders try to tackle you. Learn how to absorb contact and protect yourself when you have the ball or are making a throw or catch.

Be aware of where you are on the field and what is going on around you at all times. Football can seem a little chaotic, but if you pay attention to what you’re doing, you can usually avoid accidental collisions that might otherwise lead to injuries.

If you have any pain or discomfort, take yourself out of the game. Never try to play through pain. It only increases the severity of an injury and keeps you out of action longer. Don’t start playing again until the pain goes away or you get cleared to play by a doctor.

If you feel like an opposing player is deliberately trying to injure you, don’t start a fight or try to retaliate. Let your coach and the referee know, and let them handle the situation.

Stop at the whistle. Give it your all when a play is in progress, but be sure to stop as soon as you hear the whistle. It’s not uncommon for a player to get hurt when one player keeps going after everyone else relaxes at the whistle.

A Few Other Reminders

Make sure there is first aid available at the fields where you play and practice, as well as someone who knows how to administer it. This can be a coach or other responsible adult. Have a plan for emergency situations, and be sure there is someone available to take injured players to the emergency room or contact medical personnel to quickly treat serious injuries.When you are on the sidelines waiting to go into a game, stand well back from the playing field so you don’t find yourself in the way if a play spills out of bounds.Study the playbook and know what you are supposed to be doing on every play. Then practice, practice, practice until you have your responsibilities down pat. The more confident you are in what you’re doing on the field, the less likely you are to get hurt.