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first_imgNew Delhi: A fun track titled “Bhaari” for plus-size people is in the works. Rhapsody Band, an Indian multi-genre band that participated in “India’s Got Talent”, will be unveiling the track in July. “We have a lot of plus-size friends who talk about how their families and friends keep shaming them or making fun of them about the way they look and we hear them ranting about this a lot,” band member Ashish Palanna, who is a singer, dancer, musician, music teacher and an entrepreneur, told IANS. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “One day, we sat together to work on something new and this idea of making a song for plus-size people suddenly came to our minds. Since it’s a very touchy topic that can go both ways, we came up with a fun and funky way to portray a character who is talking about all the comments that people make on her on a daily basis,” he added. But the song isn’t just about her talking about her problems. “It is about her lovingly embracing what she is and she puts out a message saying that she knows she is beautiful and amazing and she loves her body for what it is, no matter what people say about her. She is also getting back at the people picking on her,” said Ashish. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Ria D’Souza, voice of the band that also consists of Antony Lobo, Varun Rao, Karan Chitra Deshmukh and Aditya Ahir, shared that the song also consists of Rajasthani rap by Lalit Bohra, who has also penned the lyrics. “It was so much fun making this song. We had one of our childhood friends, Sumanth Shetty, on board who produced this fun track. His thinking is so out of the box which made our recording process less like work and only fun,” said Ria.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: About 25 developing countries will be participating in a meeting to be held in the national capital from May 13-14 to discuss various issues related to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), an official said. The commerce ministry has already received approval from the Election Commission to hold this mini-ministerial meet. EC’s nod is necessary since the model code of conduct is in place. The meeting assumes significance as several countries are raising questions over the relevance of the Geneva-based global trade body. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMany countries are also taking protectionist measures, impacting global trade. Member countries could deliberate upon issues such as reforming the WTO, the official said. Recently, the WTO cautioned that the global trade will continue to face strong headwinds this year and in 2020 after growing slower-than-expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. India has time and again stressed the importance and relevance of the WTO for promoting global trade. This will be the second mini-ministerial meet to be organised by India. In March last year, over 50 nations participated in a meeting here to explore options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO.last_img read more


29 August 2007Angelina Jolie, actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador, today wrapped up her first visit to Iraq and Syria, where she spoke with Iraqi refugees who have fled the violence in their home country. After witnessing the suffering and resilience of Iraqi refugees first-hand, she voiced her continued support for UNHCR and “their tireless work for the people of Iraq.” On Monday, she arrived in Damascus, the Syrian capital, where she visited the UNHCR centre where some 2,500 Iraqi refugees are registered every week. Proving their refugees status gives them access to UNHCR-subsidized medical and food assistance. At the centre, Ms. Jolie played with Iraqi youngsters in a children’s play room, and met a young refugee girl named Zahara, who shares the same name as the Academy Award winner’s own adopted daughter from Ethiopia. She sat in on a registration clerk’s interview with a man and his family who fled Baghdad after one member narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt. They depend on the meagre income earned by their 17-year-old son who irons clothes in a laundry. Afterwards, Ms. Jolie visited the family in their small rented room shared by 13 people between the ages of eight months and 67 years. One of the women remarked to the Ambassador that her extended family lived under the roof of a spacious house in Baghdad, but now cannot afford to purchase diapers for her children. “I can’t imagine how I could manage to take care of my children in these circumstances,” Ms. Jolie, the mother of four, told the refugee woman. UNHCR estimates that over 4.2 million Iraqis have been uprooted, with two million fleeing to neighbouring countries and 2.2 million displaced within their home country. Yesterday, Ms. Jolie visited Al Waleed camp, which houses 1,300 refugees, in Iraq, where there is no running water or electricity. She met with sick children and refugees, and also toured a site where UNHCR plans to build a school for the camp’s children. read more


TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange ended the day higher on Thursday, helped by strength in the energy stocks as some big names in the sector announced plans to cut costs in releasing their quarterly results.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 80.98 points to 14,382.78 as Suncor Energy said it plans to cut its capital spending and Cenovus Energy slashed its dividend and announced job cuts.Roland Chalupka, chief investment officer of Fiduciary Trust Canada, a unit of Franklin Templeton Investments, said investors are looking for oil company earnings to improve in the third quarter as the year-over-year comparison begins to reflect the slide in oil prices that began in July 2014.“Oil investors have been punished in recent months and I think this is a little bit of somewhat unexpected good news that the worst is over,” he said.Cenovus said in its earnings report on Thursday that it will cut 300 to 400 workers from its Calgary office, on top of 800 positions it eliminated in February, as well as reduce its dividend by 40 per cent.Suncor said it will trim capital spending by $400 million for the year as it announced its quarterly results on Thursday. The energy sector of the TSX gained 0.94 per cent on the day. The price of oil has fallen by more than half since this time last year.In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average fell 5.41 points to 17,745.98, while the Nasdaq climbed 17.05 points to 5,128.78 and the S&P 500 slipped 0.06 points to 2,108.63.The loonie fell 0.4 of a cent to 76.86 cents U.S. as the greenback gained strength from positive economic data.On Thursday, the American government said its GDP rose at an annualized 2.3 per cent in the second quarter and revised its estimate for the first quarter from a small loss to a larger gain.“It’s not so much a Canadian dollar weakness story as it is a U.S. dollar strength story,” Chalupka said.The Canadian dollar could hold steady at this rate as long as economic growth stays relatively in line with American results, he said, but the spread could widen as the U.S. central bank looks to raise interest rates in the fall.On the commodity markets, the September contract for crude oil fell 27 cents to US$48.52, while the September natural gas contract fell 9.6 cents to US$2.768.The December gold contract, which showed the heaviest volume of trading, slipped US$4.60 to US$1,088.70.Gold miners Goldcorp Inc., Kinross Gold and Agnico Eagle all promised to cut costs and focus on efficiency as they reported quarterly earnings this week. The gold sector is feeling the effects of the continued slide of the commodity, which has lost 40 per cent of its value since 2011. read more


President Maithripala Sirisena was among those who raised concerns over the CC and the 19th Amendment. Parliament was split on the Constitutional Council (CC) and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.While members of the Government defended the Constitutional Council (CC) and the 19th Amendment, most members of the opposition, especially the joint opposition raised concerns over it.


Sherritt drops to second-quarter loss as weak commodity prices impact revenue by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 4:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Sherritt International (TSX:S) dropped to a second-quarter net loss of $10.7 million as lower commodity prices wore into its results, and the firm made plans to reduce its capital spending budget.The mining and energy company said Wednesday the loss was worth four cents per share, falling from a profit of $40.8 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue dropped to $338.5 million from $377.1 million as it was pressured by the erosion of demand for nickel, cobalt, coal and oil, which has pulled down prices.Sherritt’s spending on capital and intangibles for the quarter was down to $53.5 million from $62.8 million a year ago.“We continue to recognize a positive medium- and long-term outlook for all of our businesses, especially our base metals,” said president and CEO David Pathe said in a release.The company intends to cut its capital spending by 13 per cent, or $37 million, to help counter the declines.“The spending reductions will be spread across the businesses and will not compromise the ability to operate safely and efficiently,” Pathe added.Sherritt produces nickel from operations in Canada, Cuba, Indonesia and Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa.The company is also the largest producer of thermal coal in Canada and the largest independent energy producer in Cuba, with extensive oil and power operations across the island. read more


first_imgBandit country? No, Wimbledon CommonCredit:FLYDC While in Colombia, Ramsay reportedly had time to visit the Criterion, one of the continent’s “best 50” restaurants, run by Jorge Rausch, with whom he posed for pictures which were later.The Colombian chef told the MoS: “He just stopped by in Bogota for one night.“He came to make a documentary somewhere in Colombia but it was a secret.“We talked about many things but not about that.”A statement by ITV said: “This was filming for a conceptual marketing trail, not for a documentary.” Ramsay rides in the back of a mocked-up police vehicle, as if in ColombiaCredit:Gordon Ramsay Wearing a bulletproof vest and flanked by gun-toting ‘Policia’, Gordon Ramsay looked ready to plunge into the jungle in search of Colombia’s notorious drug cartels last week.But the TV chef’s chosen location for filming his latest “treacherous” documentary was no more dangerous than Wimbledon Common.Dog walkers and passers-by looked on in bemusement as the foul-mouthed star shot a scene that appeared to depict him travelling through bandit country crawling with guerrillas. They’re putting me under a trauma test for the sake of being shot and kidnappedGordon Ramsay before filming the documentary Earlier this year Ramsay told the Mail on Sunday he was preparing for “something pretty hostile”.“We’re going into Colombia,” he said.“They’re putting me under a trauma test for the sake of being shot and kidnapped.”The celebrity, who made his name haranguing guests on Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, was spotted by patrons of the Windmill Tearooms having ‘mud’ applied with a paintbrush by a make-up artist, sources told the newspaper. Bandit country? No, Wimbledon Common The two-part documentary, which is scheduled to be screened in the Autumn, promises to explore the impact of the drugs trade that has cost the South American country more than 20,000 lives in 30 years. Ramsay rides in the back of a mocked-up police vehicle, as if in Colombia Clad in mud-spattered combat trousers, Ramsay was filmed being driven in the back of a military-style Land Rover bearing the word POLICIA, followed by a second vehicle carrying men with fake assault rifles and uniforms identical to those worn by the Colombian police.ITV has insisted the scenes shot on the peaceful South-West London common will only be used in the series trailer, and that the documentary proper was filmed in Colombia. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


first_imgWhether it has been driven by the science fiction aspect of entertainment in our lives today, or a general interest about our neighboring planets, we’ve always wanted to know if there is life on other planets. According to NASA, fueled by the research with by the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, there was a time when Mars was capable of supporting life.A resent NASA conference (available below) explored the results of experiments conducted during the exploration of Mars with Curiosity and Opportunity, two of the rovers that have been sent to the Red Planet for remote analysis. The most recent rover, Curiosity, was sent with what is essentially chemistry lab on wheels, as well as a massive laser for more in-depth experiments on the surface of Mars. The discovery of an ancient streambed by the Curiosity team has allowed them to state definitively that there was a time when microbial life could have thrived on the surface of Mars.Curiosity’s SAM and CheMin instruments have been working with sampled picked up from the streambed, and have discovered what are considered key chemical ingredients needed to support life. The Gale Crater sediment was found to contain hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur among other necessary ingredients. This information leads scientists to believe that there was a time where the surface of Mars was wet, and these materials would have existed in clay that lay under the water. At some point, a dramatic change led to the harshly acidic and salty surface that covers Mars today.NASA scientists are now able to picture an ancient Mars that would have been grey with life instead of the red that exists now. The Mars Science Laboratory notes that these discoveries are just the beginning to reveal the history of this planet, and what may have existed on the surface well before we started looking up and wondering if we were alone in the Universe. Curiosity has everything on-board needed to continue researching the surface for years to come.Watch the full 70 minute video here:last_img read more


first_img‘There will be people lying in doorways and parks this Christmas’: Homelessness in regional towns There has been a 100% increase in the number of people registered as homeless in Co Louth in the last two years. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TWO YEARS AGO, TheJournal.ie published an extensive study of homelessness in Ireland. Since then the issue has gained traction and is of huge national concern.This week, we are examining homelessness beyond the capital. What is the situation around the whole of Ireland? And what is being done to improve it?HOMELESSNESS IS ON the rise in Irish cities, but regional towns are also seeing an increase in people at risk of losing their homes.There has been a 100% increase in the number of people registered as homeless in Co Louth in the last two years. In Sligo, meanwhile, more and more families are seeking help in a bid to avoid ending up without a roof over their heads.Mary Jameson, project leader in at Focus Ireland’s Sligo office, says her team are “helping more families in last couple of years”, particularly in relation to repossessions.“We would never have dealt with that until three or four years ago,” she tells TheJournal.ie. Mary Jameson Source: Focus IrelandJameson says there is no sign of rent stabilising in Sligo, like many other places in Ireland.Focus owns 14 apartments in the town and manages a further 23 on behalf of Sligo County Council.A lot of people want to stay close to town so they are close to services, especially people who need access to mental health and addiction-related services.“Some people might be managing their mental health issues quite well, but still need some level of support. Others don’t have these issues, but can’t find affordable housing.”Jameson says, in her experience, landlords are reluctant to engage with the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).The scheme, which will replace the rent supplement payment for those with a long-term housing need, sees local authorities making payments, subject to rent limits, on behalf of the HAP recipient directly to the landlord in respect of rent.The HAP recipient will then pay a rent contribution to the local authority. The rent contribution is set by the local authority and based on income and ability to pay.Jameson says the centre also get calls from people in other counties such as Mayo, saying there is a lack of services available to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of this, noting: “We can only offer advice over the phone.”Read: ‘I have never seen anything like this’: Homelessness in Galway hits crisis pointHousing Minister Simon Coveney told the Dáil that, as of September, 134 households had been “supported by HAP in the administrative area of Sligo County Council, with an average of four tenancies being set up per week in 2016″.Local Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin told him there are long delays in processing HAP applications in Sligo County Council due to staff shortages. Housing Minister Simon Coveney Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieIn reply, Coveney said: “Each Chief Executive of a local authority is responsible for staffing and organisation arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible.“My department works closely with all local authorities and all have been invited to submit staffing sanction requests to facilitate the delivery of housing services. Each staffing sanction request is examined, on a case-by-case basis having due regard to the continued delivery of key services in the context of staffing and budgetary constraints.”Social housing Some 20 social housing units have been approved in Strandhill and a further 28 units on Knappagh Road.Construction is due to start in early 2017.Local councillor Seamus Kilgannon welcomed the news, but noted it will be the first social housing built in the county since 2009. He said 22 houses on On Fr Flanagan Terrace were approved in 2011 but have been “waiting for the green light for a long time”.The delay is frightening at times.He says the lack of houses being built in Sligo and other places was the result of “a difficult time”, noting: “There just wasn’t enough money.”He said the Rebuilding Ireland initiative would indicate a “willingness on the part of the government to support local authorities” to start building again given the level of the crisis.It has become a crisis in nearly every large town now. Thankfully it seems as though the government is taking it more seriously now, it will take years to address.Under the plan, the government aims to build 25,000 homes a year by 2020 and provide 47,000 new social housing units, at a cost of over €5 billion.Kilgannon is the chair of Finisklin Housing Association, a housing department and HSE-backed scheme that helps homeless people who may have additional needs such as a substance problem, a disability or an illness. Séamus Kilgannon Source: Fianna FáilThe Fianna Fáil councillor says the association supports “people down on their luck … to get them into the habit of living independent living so they are able to move on and live independently”.Kilgannon says some people are also struggling to keep up with increasing rents – not just in the town itself, but burrough areas such as Ballisodare.Living City Initiative Last month, the Heritage Council called for a scheme modelled on the Living City Initiative to be introduced in towns around the country.The current scheme, which applies to certain “special regeneration areas” in the centres of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny, offers a tax-incentive to homeowners to refurbish vacant houses.The Heritage Council’s architecture officer Colm Murray, noted that provisional figures from this year Census found that there were more than 10,000 vacant houses not being used as holiday homes in 17 of the larger provincial towns, many of which are within commuting distance of Dublin and other cities.Bringing this housing stock back into habitation would help revitalise and conserve the fabric of these towns, and the conservation costs involved would be much less than to construct new homes on greenfield sites. Nov 30th 2016, 8:30 PM 11,451 Views 40 Comments Share299 Tweet Email2 center_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3097445 “Re-inhabiting even half of these housing units that were vacant on Census night would also make a positive, and relatively speedy, impact on the Government’s housing objectives to deliver 25,000 units per annum as set out in its Rebuilding Ireland plan,” Murray said. File photo of a ghost estate in Co Leitrim Source: Mark StedmanSpeaking the Dáil about the possibility of extending the scheme to towns, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said: “Changes were announced to the initiative in the budget which aim to get the design of the initiative right so that it can be more effective.“Once this is achieved and evidenced, it will then be possible to consider how, or if, the initiative could be extended to other locations.”Read: ‘I look at photos of my grandchildren to keep me sober’: beating homelessnessIn Sligo, there are 1,365 (15.5%) such houses. There are 1,050 households on the council’s housing waiting list.Kilgannon said many of the vacant house are buy-to-let properties in mortgage arrears, noting: “Certainly a lot of people gone into financial difficulties as a result of property collapse.”He said the government could potentially but some of these houses so they could be occupied by people in need.As for extending the Living City initiative, he told us: “As a public representative, you have to welcome anything that will get people housing, you would have to look at it seriously.”In a statement, a spokesperson for told us the council avails “of every opportunity in public policy to grow the social housing stock”, adding: “Since the curtailment of new construction some years back, the council relies on acquisition of units to expand stock.”Louth On Monday, the Dundalk Democrat reported that a homeless man died in sub-zero temperatures in the town last week.Local TD Imelda Munster raised the increase in homelessness in Louth in the Dáil earlier this month.Almost 4,000 households are on the council’s housing list. Within the county there are 157 people (28 families) in emergency accommodation. Of these, 60 people (11 families) are in Drogheda.Munster said: “There are also 1,000 people with no other option but to go onto the housing assistance payment (HAP) scheme.She there has been a 100% increase in the number of people registered as homeless in Louth in the last two years – up from just one person in 2014.That is 100 people without a roof over their head who are lying in doorways or without any shelter or park they can find coming into the winter and Christmas.“When that total is combined, we are talking about almost 6,000 people,” the Sinn Féin TD said, adding that many people have been on the housing list for several years.Some €300,000 has been approved for Louth County Council to make void and derelict houses livable.The census found that there are 758 (10.1%) and 710 (12.9%) vacant houses not being used as holiday homes in Drogheda and Dundalk respectively.Homeless men Drogheda Homeless Aid (DHA) runs a 25-bedroom hostel for homeless men that is open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Most of the rooms are single, with one shared room with four beds. DHA provides a number of other services, including two transitional houses and three long-term houses, prevention services for people at risk of homelessness, and resettlement services.The resettlement team offers home visit support to clients. DHA has resettled over 1,400 men in the last 15 years.DHA has a capacity of 25 beds in its emergency accommodation facility and is currently at full capacity, as are the transitional and long-term units.Some 133 men presented as homeless to the DHA in 2015. To date in 2016, 111 men have sought help. File photo Source: Shutterstock/Photographee.euLouth County Council makes referrals to the DHA, as well as other homeless hostels and refuges in the area.Maureen Ward, DHA’s manager, told us: “It is great that the issue of homelessness in Louth has been raised and we welcome this”, adding that Dublin is not the “only area which is badly affected by this problem”.Land banks Munster said there are 54 acres of land banks in the county that could be used for social housing provision, if the government provided funding to local authorities.In reply, junior minister Catherine Byrne said the Rebuilding Ireland programme “clearly identifies that the local authorities will play a significant role in developing social housing right across the country”.The local authorities have been identified and asked to make sites known – where these have become available – to the minister and to the department so that the process to make land available for the building of social housing, affordable housing and private housing can begin.Byrne said a site located at Dunleer, about midway between Dundalk and Drogheda, will be delivered through a public private partnership (PPP) programme and “yield between 70 and 95 social housing units”.The Fine Gael minister said PPP projects generally take “an estimated 37 to 48 months to deliver”.“It is anticipated that the first units will be ready to move into in mid-2019. My department is working in partnership with local authorities and the National Development Finance Agency, NDFA.”She added that planning processes are expected to begin in mid-February.Our #Homeless Ireland 2016 series continues all of this week on TheJournal.ie. Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM By Órla Ryanlast_img read more


first_imgDowntown Camas’ visual arts scene has undergone myriad changes since the recession hit, with the number of galleries dropping from three to one.Recently, however, there’s been an infusion of new life.Camas artist Elida Field opened a mixed-use space in downtown last summer. It’s both a place for artists to exhibit their work and an opportunity for community members to flex their creative muscles.Second Story Gallery typically features a different artist each month. This month’s exhibit highlights the paintings and raku pottery of Camas couple Dave and Boni Deal. April’s exhibit will feature Camas oil painter Bryn Howell. The gallery is located inside the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.Elida Art Studio & Gallery also rotates exhibits monthly. For March, owner Elida Field displayed work by her young art students. Next month, she’ll spotlight Vancouver acrylic painter Lori Salzer. Elida Art Studio & Gallery is at 421 N.E. Cedar St. in downtown Camas.Field and the volunteers behind longtime Camas staple Second Story Gallery are teaming with local merchants and the Downtown Camas Association to revitalize the local arts scene and reinvigorate the monthly First Friday events.“We’re in kind of a difficult patch at the moment,” said Donna Roberge, a Camas resident and Clark County arts commissioner. “I think when the economy turns around, we’ll see a vibrancy again in the city of Camas.”last_img read more


first_imgDIY store chain B&Q is to raise the hourly pay of 90% of its shop floor workers to at least £7.66 an hour from 1 April 2016.Shop floor employees currently receive a minimum of £6.70 an hour.The new pay rate is higher than the statutory national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour for employees aged 25 and over, which will come into effect from April 2016.Under the changes, there will also be a reduction in bank holiday working hours and pay for some staff.A spokesperson for B&Q said: “Our people are very important to us and B&Q is committed to being a good payer and remaining so in future. The proposed changes will make B&Q’s pay simpler, more consistent and more effective, and enable us to recruit and retain the best people, so we can continue to serve our customers to the highest standards.“There is also a lot that is not changing; it’s not just about basic salary. The reward package for all employees includes holidays, pension contributions, discount card, share schemes, childcare vouchers, life assurance, performance bonuses, as well as career development, training programmes and enhanced maternity and paternity leave.“We’re mindful it’s a challenging situation for some and are continuing to consult with the elected representatives on our proposals to compensate those affected.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 1/22Audio PlayerTuesday-0122.mp3VmTuesday-0122.mp300:00RPdCity Officials Caught Off Guard By BOF Reversal Of 2020 UCI Meeting Location, Soldotna Director of Economic Development Awarded 2018 ‘Planner of the Year’ Monday 1/21Audio PlayerMonday-0121.mp3VmMonday-0121.mp300:00RPdHandgun Fired Accidentally Injures Woman At Soldotna Kaladis, What’s Going To Happen To The Mural At The Airport?, Troopers Warn Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement Wednesday 1/23Audio PlayerWednesday-0123.mp3VmWednesday-0123.mp300:00RPdKenai Peninsula Delegation Request BOF To Rescind Decision To Move 2020 Meeting, Dunleavy Outlines Plan To Gain Back The Trust Of Alaskanscenter_img Thursday 1/24Audio PlayerThursday-0124.mp3VmThursday-0124.mp300:00RPdDunleavy Proposes Bills To Repeal, Replace SB91, Borough Establishing Plan To Collect Sales Tax On Online Purchases, Revenue Commissioner Looks At New direction For AK LNG Project Friday 1/25Audio PlayerJennifer-Friday-.mp3VmJennifer-Friday-.mp300:00RPdWhite House And Congressional Leaders Reach Short-Term Deal, Dunleavy Accepts Resignation For John Quick, Last Day To Register To Vote In Special Election Is February 3last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, April 22, 2018:Police received report of a party lingering in the Shell gas station parking lot. Police responded. Situation checked OK. Man was looking for a pack of cigarettes he lost. (2:59am)Animal Control Officer removed a bat from a Parker Street residence. (8:32am)A Horseshoe Lane caller reported her car was keyed sometime between 5pm yesterday and noon today. (12:18pm)Police notified DPW of potholes in need of repair on Birch Street. (3:23pm)Police advised parties on 2 dirt dirtbikes and a quad on Eleanor Drive not to drive on the roadways. (3:33pm)Police notified Comcast of a wire on the ground on Westdale Avenue. (9:37pm)Police notified Public Buildings Department that a ‘No Parking Anytime’ sign at Shell Gas Station is on the ground. (10:51pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 14: Unlocked Vehicles Entered Overnight; Trouble At Group Home; Street Sign & Mailbox VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more


first_imgThey came from as far away as Nigeria, Algeria, Peru and Pakistan to showcase their collections at the Feb. 23 finale of DC Fashion Week at the Historical Society of Washington D.C.The designers showed winter garb ranging from wooly, furry tops to wispy velvet evening gowns to loose-fitting silk chiffon pants. The models were Black, Brown, brunette and blonde, tall and skinny, with uniform long straight hair. They strutted the runway in outfits that ranged from a few hundred to several thousand dollars as photographers’ bulbs’ flashed and 150 or so who had gathered for the show oohed, aahed and clapped their appreciation.In previous years, the DC Fashion Week finale was held at the Embassy of France, but DCFW Executive Director Ean Williams said he moved it to the Carnegie Library, home of the historical society, because he “wanted a place that is symbolic to Washington.” The fashion show culminated a week of events that placed fashion center in the nation’s capital.”All week long we’ve had exciting events at fabulous places,” Williams told the audience. “…I’m glad you all were a part of it.”The fashion show opened with three international designers showcasing their work. African designer Maryam Elijah displayed stunning evening gowns from her brand, Rikaoto.“For this collection, I just looked at different fabrics to get my inspiration,” Elijah said. “I don’t even have a name for this collection. I got invited, again, to show at this year’s DC Fashion Week, so I just started sewing.”Elijah designed and sewed the collection in only two weeks. Her evening gowns were draped with tulle, adorned with sequins, and finished with velvet and mesh in all colors. Each dress was fashioned with sheer paneling to expose skin or give the illusion of bare skin–handmade with intricate detail. Rikaoto garments are sold in the Lagos showroom in Africa, London, Paris, Milan, New York and online.“Her incorporation of fabrics, textures in a very cohesive and fabulous manner is why the Nigerian [Rikaoto] collection is my favorite,” said Mia Simms, Miss Black D.C. 2014 U.S. Ambassador. “It was very eclectic, and many designers don’t connect [their] heritage in that way.”The event was emceed by founder Williams, who stunned the crowd when he closed the show with his own collection. His debut collection, called Corjor International, named after two of his sons, Corey and Jordan, features lines for women and men, as well as a collection of men’s briefs called Magnum C.I.With heavy use of wild orchid, the Pantone color of the year for 2014, Williams showed pants, dresses, separates, fur scarfs, and more. He used such materials as silk, chiffon, patent leather, rayon blends, organza, feathers, faux and real fur.“I started [working] as a model. Then, I began designing,” he said.The six designer fashion showcases wowed guests and fashion lovers as they anticipate DC Fashion Week in September 2014.Special guests at the DCFW finale included fashion show producer EmoreJ Couture, Shy Magazine Founder Sebastian Bruce and renowned photographer Phelan Marc and others.last_img read more


first_imgA multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.The longer story of the lawsuit is well told by Andy Greenberg over at Wired, but the decision is eloquent on its own. The fundamental question is whether making 3D models of gun components available online is covered by the free speech rights granted by the First Amendment.This is a timely but complex conflict because it touches on two themes that happen to be, for many, ethically contradictory. Arguments for tighter restrictions on firearms are, in this case, directly opposed to arguments for the unfettered exchange of information on the internet. It’s hard to advocate for both here: restricting firearms and restricting free speech are one and the same.That at least seems to be conclusion of the government lawyers, who settled Wilson’s lawsuit after years of court battles. In a copy of the settlement provided to me by Wilson, the U.S. government agrees to exempt “the technical data that is the subject of the Action” from legal restriction. The modified rules should appear in the Federal Register soon.What does this mean? It means that a 3D model that can be used to print the components of a working firearm is legal to own and legal to distribute. You can likely even print it and use the product — you just can’t sell it. There are technicalities to the law here (certain parts are restricted, but can be sold in an incomplete state, etc.), but the implications as regards the files themselves seems clear.Wilson’s original vision, which he is now pursuing free of legal obstacles, is a repository of gun models, called DEFCAD, much like any other collection of data on the web, though naturally considerably more dangerous and controversial.“I currently have no national legal barriers to continue or expand DEFCAD,” he wrote in an email to TechCrunch. “This legal victory is the formal beginning to the era of downloadable guns. Guns are as downloadable as music. There will be streaming services for semi-automatics.”The concepts don’t map perfectly, no doubt, but it’s hard to deny that with the success of this lawsuit, there are few legal restrictions to speak of on the digital distribution of firearms. Before it even, there were few technical restrictions: certainly just as you could download MP3s on Napster in 2002, you can download a gun file today.Gun control advocates will no doubt argue that greater availability of lethal weaponry is the opposite of what is needed in this country. But others will point out that in a way this is a powerful example of how liberally free speech can be defined. It’s important to note that both of these things can be true.This court victory settles one case, but marks the beginnings of many another. “I have promoted my values for years with great care and diligence,” Wilson wrote. It’s hard to disagree with that. Those whose values differ are free to pursue them in their own way; perhaps they too will be awarded victories of this scale.last_img read more


first_imgLadysmith police have noted that vehicles parked in the street or in open parking lots situated at blocks of flats are more vulnerable to theft. In particular, blocks of flats situated in Alexander Road, Forbes Street and Quality Street have seen incidents of theft out of motor vehicles. In most instances, multiple vehicles have been targeted overnight, with the owners only realising what has happened the following morning.While police have stepped up activities in these areas, an appeal is made to the public to park their vehicles in a secure location overnight so that the opportunity to commit theft out of or from motor vehicles can be reduced.Remove any valuable possessions from the vehicle and ensure that nothing is visible from the outside, which may tempt someone to break into your vehicle. An effective alarm system can also be a great deterrent.Report any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood to police.If you are in the unfortunate position of being a victim of crime, call police immediately. Protect the crime scene – refrain from touching anything and prevent others from doing so too. Limit movement across the crime scene and on arrival of police, point out anything out of the ordinary you may have found or any potential evidence you may have spotted. Do so without picking up or removing these items.Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more


first_img 6 Comments   Share   While several storylines will emerge from camp, the one everyone will be watching is the battle for the 53-man roster.Key dates to watch are Sept. 2, when clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list prior to 1 p.m. There’s also the day after on Sept. 3 when the claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction expires at 9 a.m. and one hour later, teams may form their practice squad of 10 players. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Follow Mike Jurecki on Twitter (@mikejurecki) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here’s the fifth and final version of my 53-man roster projection:OFFENSE (25)QUARTERBACKS (3): Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine GabbertThe Cardinals will keep three quarterbacks on the active roster. Undrafted free agent quarterback Trevor Knight will handle the majority of the final preseason game.RUNNING BACKS (4): David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny.It looks like it will come down to Chris Johnson or Ellington for the final spot. T.J. Logan underwent wrist surgery and is likely out a total of 12 weeks. Depending on his recovery time he could return in Week 8 against the Rams in London.Undrafted free agent running back James Summers will likely get a heavy load in the final preseason game against the Broncos.RECEIVERS (7): Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, Brittan Golden, Aaron Dobson.Jeremy Ross is fighting for a roster spot. Dobson has the ability to become a down-the-field threat because of his size and deceptive speed.Carlton Agudosi, Krishawn Hogan, Chris Hubert will likely be waived when cuts are announced and a couple could be options for the practice squad.TIGHT ENDS (3): Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas, Ifeanyi Momah INSIDE LINEBACKERS (5): Karlos Dansby, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Josh Bynes, Scooby Wright.It could come down to Bynes or Philip Wheeler for one spot. Wright will make the team strictly on special teams. Wheeler, Zaviar Gooden and Tre’Von Johnson are also competing for one of the inside linebacker spots.CORNERBACKS (4): Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams, Tramon WilliamsSAFETIES (5): Tyrann Mathieu, Antoine Bethea, Tyvon Branch, Budda Baker, Rudy Ford.Harlan Miller and Ford are competing the final safety spot. If Miller clears waivers he would be an option for the practice squad.SPECIALISTS (3): LS Aaron Brewer, K Phil Dawson, P Matt Wile. (The Cardinals are reportedly interested in Panthers punter Andy Lee)Matt Wile has the advantage going into the final preseason game and provides experience after being on the roster late in 2016. Arizona will continue to evaluate other punters.Players are eligible for the practice squad if they clear waivers. Teams are allowed to up to 10. Here are some likely candidates:TE Ricky Seals-JonesWR Krishawn HoganWR Carlton AgudosiS Rudy FordRB Elijhaa PennyCB Sojourn SheltonCB Gump HayesCB Ironhead GallonOT Ulrick JohnOT Givens Pricecenter_img Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watches his team during NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Momah is trending to secure a roster spot. Hakeem Valles, Gerald Christian and Ricky Seals-Jones are eligible for the practice squad. I believe the Cardinals will continue to look for another tight end after roster cutdown day.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8): D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Evan Boehm, Jared Veldheer, Cole Toner, Dorian Johnson, John WetzelCuts: Will Holden, Kaleb Johnson, Tony Bergstrom, Givens Price, Jonathan McLaughlin, Daniel Munyer. Ulrick John could be the odd man out at swing tackle.The Cardinals really like Munyer, who is a natural center with good size. Holden was a fifth-round pick.One or two could be options for the practice squad between Munyer, Holden, McLaughlin, Price, John or Johnson.DEFENSE (25)DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7): Frostee Rucker, Corey Peters, Josh Mauro, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Olsen Pierre, Xavier WilliamsPasoni Tasini, David Moala, Peli Anau and Ed Stinson are all expected to be released, and the Cardinals will likely keep seven at the position. Tasini would a perfect fit for the practice squadOUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4): Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, Kareem Martin, Cap Capi (Looking at other outside linebackers)Jarvis Jones is a wild card considering all the time he’s missed. Terance Waugh and Alex Bazzie will need to show their worth in the final preseason game to garner a roster spot. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


first_imgItalian energy giant ENI expects the results of exploratory drilling in Cyprus’ offshore Block 11, to determine its next drilling target within the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Sources told Cyprus News Agency that ENI was preparing for two drillings, which should be completed by the first quarter of 2018, but the targets had not yet been determined. The company wants first to evaluate the results of drilling by Total /ENI Consortium in Block 11.The company has applied to secure all permits for drilling for three blocks, 8, 6 and 3 which include an environmental study, the offshore protocol and a licence from the department of labour for the safety of the drilling.According to the same sources, the next drilling by ENI will take place between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, but the exact time has not yet been determined. However, by the end of the first quarter of 2018 two successive drillings should be carried out by the company.The environment department has already posted on its website the environmental, social and health impact assessment study on exploration drilling in Eratosthenes South 1 in block 8, which is one of the potential targets. Similar studies are expected to follow soon for blocks 3 and 6.According to ENI’s Environmental study the start of drilling activities is foreseen in the fourth quarter of 2017 for a total estimated duration of 36 consecutive days. The main objective of the drilling phase is to determine whether the prospects identified, during the seismic exploration contain hydrocarbons in commercial quantities.The drilling operations will be performed through the ultra-deep water drilling ship Saipem 12000 supported by a logistic base located onshore, in the area of the Limassol port.Blocks 8, in the Levantine Basin, is situated at a minimum distance from the Cyprus coastline of about 44 km. The block covers an overall surface of about 4,550 km2, with water depths varying from about 730m to 2560m. The lower value representsthe top of the Eratosthenes Seamount.On January 2013 ENI International BV with Kogas (Eni 80 per cent – Kogas 20 per cent) signed the Exploration and Production Sharing Contracts with the Republic of Cyprus for blocks 2, 3 and 9. On February 2013 the cabinet approved the assignment and change of operator from ENI International BV to ENI Cyprus Ltd.Two exploration wells were drilled by ENI Cyprus in 2014-2015 in block 9 and the activities were afterwards suspended. The EPSC for blocks 2, 3 and 9 were further extended to 2018 in order to allow for a better evaluation and recalibration of the geological model of the region and identification of new prospects.In 2016 a further licensing round was announced by the ministry of energy. On December 2016, ENI Cyprus was selected for assignment of two blocks and is operator of blocks 6 and 8, with a share of 50 per cent (other 50 per cent share belonging to Total) in block 6 and a share of 100 per cent for block 8.The expected overall planned activities in the Cypriot EEZ are two committed exploration wells in blocks 2, 3 and 9, one exploration well in new block 6 and two exploration wells (plus possibly one more) in new block 8.Meanwhile Turkey’s energy minister Berat Albayrak was quoted as saying that by the last quarter of this year Turkey will have acquired the means to carry out gas drilling in the Mediterranean.Albayrak told daily Haberturk that his country will be intensifying oil and natural gas exploration in the Mediterranean as well as in the Black Sea.He said Turkey intends to and will acquire a drilling platform, which they would deploy in the last quarter of 2017.“We shall try out our luck. We must,” Albayrak was quoted as saying.He did not specify where in the Mediterranean Turkey would be drilling.Ankara currently lacks a drilling platform, but has made noises about purchasing one.Turkey claims that part of Cyprus’ block 1, as well as the northern sections of blocks 4, 5, 6 and 7 fall within its continental shelf.Ankara also supports the breakaway regime’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field.   You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced a 72-year-old man to three months in prison after he was found guilty of fatally stabbing dog Max in 2015.Giorgos Constantinou had been sentenced last May to a 45-day prison sentence with a three-year suspension and was ordered to pay €150 in court fees, but the Animal Party, feeling the penalty was too lenient, asked the Attorney-general to reopen the case. The AG appealed the case and a new procedure was launched at the Supreme Court.“The Supreme Court rejected the initial sentence and sentenced the 72-year-old to three months in prison,” the head of the Animal Party, Kyriacos Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail.The stabbing took place in June 2015 near a park in Larnaca when the dog owner who is deaf and mute went to take Max, his German shepherd, for a walk.The dog had reportedly run out of the gate towards Constantinou who was passing by with his own dog and who took out a small knife and stabbed the animal twice, once in the neck and once to the left side of its thorax.After the incident, he said he had feared being attacked and called the police, while the dog owner took his dog to a vet where it died from its injuries.The party had said last May when the initial sentence was announced, that it was astonished by the court’s leniency especially after it had admitted the case was serious and had rejected the defendant’s claim that he was acting in self-defence. The court had also accepted the owner’s statement that the dog had simply gone up to the defendant to play.Kyriacou expressed his party’s satisfaction at the Supreme Court ruling.“Those who abuse animals and are found guilty should go to prison,” he said.The Supreme Court said in its ruling it had found Constantinou’s entire course of action – carrying a knife and his subsequent behaviour – to be “cold blooded” and that it leaves no doubt that his intention was to seriously injure the animal rather than to scare it.The court stressed the impact of the dog’s death on his owner as Max was a trained guide dog and that Constantinou had been aware of that.It said in its ruling that this was “another cold and merciless human action against an animal, a German Shepherd, injured by a knife in front of the eyes of his owner and his niece, who witnessed the incident from the window of her bedroom”.Despite Constantinou’s age and his clean criminal record being mitigating factors, court said, this does not overshadow “the need for punishment and deterrence, which is strongly prompted by the rise of such offences, which are increasingly coming before the courts”.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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