first_imgChief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday hit back at Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, saying it was the previous SAD government that had “shamelessly and willfully heaped humiliation” on the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs. Ms. Badal had on Saturday slammed the Congress government over the issue of joint celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, accusing it of having “gone blind in arrogance” to the extent that it “considers” itself above the Akal Takht. For 10 years, the Akalis, including Ms. Badal, had been “totally drunk on power”, sparing neither the Akal Takht nor the people of Punjab from their “tyrannical control”, Mr. Singh said. He said the Union Minister should stop indulging in “such blatant falsehoods” for her “petty political gains”. Ms. Badal had also charged Mr. Singh with “challenging” the supremacy of the Akal Takht by deciding to hold a parallel stage to mark the 550th ‘Parkash Purb’ celebrations at Sultanpur Lodhi next month. Mr. Singh said his government has always treated the supreme Sikh temporal seat with “exemplary respect”.‘Sheer arrogance’ “Everyone knows how you (Akalis) maliciously ill-treated Akal Takht Jathedars, out of sheer arrogance, and continue to abuse the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee by dictating terms of them,” he said, reacting to Ms. Badal’s allegations. “The previous SAD government had shamelessly and willfully heaped humiliation on the Jathedar of the Akal Takht,” Mr. Singh alleged. “She (Badal) has no scruples, none of the Akalis have,” the Chief Minister further alleged.last_img read more

first_imgSeventy-seven persons have been arrested across Uttar Pradesh for posting “offensive” content on social media regarding the Ayodhya verdict, the police said on Sunday.The police have been monitoring social media for posts that it says could “spoil communal harmony.”Apart from the 77 arrested, the police have also registered 34 cases. Of these, 22 FIRs were lodged and 40 persons arrested in the past 24 hours.The police took action against 8,275 social media posts, including 4,563 over the past 24 hours, the U.P. DGP headquarters said in a statement. The action included removing the posts, asking the users to delete “offensive” posts and also suspending the profiles, if needed.Most on TwitterThe posts were mostly put up on Twitter, as per the police data, with action taken against 2,869 of them since Saturday. A total of 1,355 posts on Facebook and 98 videos and profiles on YouTube were also flagged. “The monitoring of offensive posts and videos on social media and action against them will continue,” the police said. DGP O.P. Singh on Saturday hailed the people of Uttar Pradesh for showing restraint and keeping the State “totally peaceful”.“All sections of society have risen to the occasion and displayed exemplary solidarity, respect, restraint & cooperation,” the DGP tweeted, while appealing for communal harmony.last_img read more

first_imgJamnagar (Guj), July 6 (PTI) The police at Jamnagar in Gujarat today arrested a 16-year-old youth after an SUV (sport utility vehicle) driven by him allegedly knocked down an elderly woman, resulting in her death.The hit-and-run incident had taken place on Sharu Section road in the city yesterday.The minor son of a shipping contractor was allegedly behind the wheel of Audi Q3 which hit the woman, police said.The driver fled from the spot with the car without bothering to help the woman, said inspector Samir Sarada of C-division police station.”Kumudben Solanki, who was badly injured, was taken to city civil hospital where she died this afternoon,” he said.”The youth, son of a shipping contractor from the city, was driving at a very high speed when it hit Solanki who was crossing the road with her husband. The youth escaped and drove home. We seized the car today and arrested him,” inspector Sarada said.A case under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code was registered.The accused was also booked under sections 134 (not securing medical attention for the injured), 181 (driving without licence) and 184 (driving at high speed) of Motor Vehicles Act, Sarada said. PTI CORR KA PD KRKlast_img read more

first_img24.45 Using the Rivals Team Recruiting Rankings, I went back to 2002 (because that’s as far back as they go) and came up with each of those teams’ average finish in those standings. Note:  I began writing this post prior to Pistolsguy’s post yesterday.  Also, when I say you should care about recruiting, I mean from a standpoint that it correlates to on-field production.  If you get emotionally involved in a high school kid’s college decision, I think you need help.Another Note:  Congrats to Laquon Treadwell on making his college decision.  Of course I was hoping he’d be a Cowboy, but it’s a win any time a guy signs his name on that line to accept a college scholarship offer. I understand as much as anyone that the number of stars next to a guy’s name isn’t a true representation of his future career.  You don’t need to throw Justin Blackmon at me accompanied with the fact Rivals had him ranked as the 91st best wide receiver (okay…wow) in the 2008 recruiting class. They missed on him. Almost everyone missed on him.If that’s your case for recruiting rankings being a complete farce, I’ll point out that Julio Jones and AJ Green ranked first and second in that wide receiver class respectively.You cannot hand select one guy, or even a group of them, to make your argument.  We can go back and forth about guys who panned out (Markelle, Randle, Dez) and guys who didn’t (Reid, Cole, XLK), but neither address recruiting from a team standpoint.Ten teams have played in the past ten BCS National Championship games:  Alabama, LSU, Auburn, OU, Texas, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, Florida and Ohio State. 1 8.55 Championships 8.27 22.73 2 Michigan State Ohio State 2 2 3 26.82 Georgia 4.18 Team Title Game Appearances 3 13.73 Oklahoma State 13.55 8.45 1 0 LSU USC 1 0center_img 3 2 13.09 Auburn OU Avg Rivals Ranking Georgia isn’t part of that first group, but you can’t tell me they’re not a Top 10 program. Before looking at these numbers, I would have told you Georgia is far and beyond the best program of the four, and the other three have been on a similar level as far as success.  The history of their recruiting classes tell the same story.Sure we get that occasional Justin Blackmon or Kendall Hunter, but programs whose success relies more on bringing in the best available talent rather than finding hidden gems have outperformed the second tier programs, such as OSU.  If recruiting correlates to winning, then why should we not care about it?Please tread carefully though because there’s a line between caring and obsessing.*I used for all recruiting information in this postIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 0 Alabama 9.00 7.36 2 36.27 1 Those averages mean nothing by themselves, so let’s compare them with four other schools, including Oklahoma State. Florida Texas 1 Avg Rivals Rankings Team 1 Clemson 2 Notre Dame 31.73 Oregon 0 3last_img read more

first_imgzoom TGS will commence acquisition of a new multi-year, multi-client 2D program offshore Northeast Greenland.The project will be fulfilled over a maximum of four seasons, bringing TGS’ total multi-client database in Northeast Greenland to more than 36,000 km.Data acquisition for the first season will commence in August 2014.“This data will provide companies with dense coverage over awarded license blocks and will lead to better regional understanding,” said Stein Ove Isaksen, Senior VP Eastern Hemisphere for TGS.Data processing will be performed by TGS using its proven proprietary broadband technology, Clari-FiTM.The first season of data will be available to clients in 1Q 2015.The survey is supported by industry funding.June 25, 2014last_img

first_imgRaipur: NMDC in association with Chhattisgarh Govt. runs an education initiative named “Choo Lo Asman” for supporting students of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh for preparing them technically and academically competent to pursue higher studies in different disciplines like Engineering and Medical courses. To encourage and support the successful candidates from Bastar region of Chhattisgarh in the premier entrance examinations like IIT-JEE and AIIMS, NMDC has started a scheme for sponsoring their studies in IIT & AIIMS with an amount of `5.00 lakhs for each student. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe sponsored amount of `5.00 lakhs will be provided to these talented students during the entire course in equal annual installments. For the present year, NMDC is going to sponsor four students of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh who have cleared JEE, Advance Entrance recently in 2019. These students are: 1. Santhuram Kunjam 2. Kiran Baghel, 3. Harish Baghel, 4. Ved Prakash Som NMDC has always been in the forefront to improve educational facilities in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh under various educational schemes such as establishment of education city, Siksha Sahyog Yojana, Balika Siksha Yojana, Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsMid-Day meal scheme, Choo Lo Asman etc. It is pertinent to mention here that a hub of educational facilities has been established in the EDUCATION CITY, Dantewada District in partnership with the CG State Government with institutions ranging from primary level educational facility to professional institutions having a strength of 5000 students. Among others it includes Astha Gurukual, a residential school and Saksham, a 100% specially-abled friendly residential school etc. NMDC`s focus areas under CSR activities are Education, Health & Sanitation, Infrastructure, Integrated Village development, Skill development for gainful employment, etc.last_img

first_imgGurugram: Citing illegal activities that are occurring in the underpasses, the NHAI has proposed the two vital underpasses along Rajiv Chowk and IFFCO Chowk to be closed for the pedestrians. If implemented, this may jeopardise the security of pedestrians who will have no option but to risk their lives in crossing the busy route.It has been mentioned by the officials that how the underpasses are being used by the unruly elements for the consumption of liquor and even drugs. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThere is however criticism that rather than taking action against such unruly elements the public agencies are planning to close the underpasses that will provide safety to the pedestrians. According to sources, the underpasses that are not being maintained well by the authorities is already not being used by the pedestrians. Rajiv Chowk and IFFCO Chowk are two of the most traffic junctions along the Delhi-Jaipur expressway. In the past, not only the pedestrians but even the motorists have been hurt or died in accidents along the route. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe state of condition underpasses is just another illustration of how poorly kept underpasses and foot over bridges and footpaths is creating a lack of facilities for the walkers in the city. According to an official date, in the last three years from 2016-2018, there have been 545 deaths of pedestrians. In 2018, 168 people who were walking on the roads lost their lives. In a city where eight people on an average die daily due to road accidents, a major complaint about long has been that how facilities like footpaths and Foot over bridges are not being set up by the urban planners. Even as FOB’S are being set up on major roads now the apathy over its maintenance still persists. Incomplete FOB’s coupled with lack of maintenance is now resulting in these FOB’s not only being used to dump garbage, being defaced by putting local advertising posters but also being used by addicts and drunkards to indulge in open drinking and consumption of drugs. In the past, the district authorities were forced to build Foot over Bridges (FOB’s) by the local residents owing to the death of pedestrians. “What is the use of making a world-class city if it cannot take care of its pedestrians? There were tall claims that were made by the authorities earlier that facilities will be created for cyclists and walkers. Yet, there is no progress that has been made. There are just no footpaths and FOB’s which are there and those which are there are in such a dilapidated state that no one wants to use them,” said Sanchita Chawla, a city resident.last_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, The Voter Participation Center joins with Balcony Films for a release of a new music video and original song, “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge),” urging women and other unregistered voters to head to the ballot box on November 6.Video: L.O.V.E. Let One Voice Emerge: The Music Video“Let one voice emerge, let your voice be heard” at the voting booth, the song reminds voters. Unmarried women, persons of color and young people – the Rising American Electorate – comprise 53 percent of the voting eligible population, and yet represent 63 percent of all unregistered citizens.“We felt a music video with incredible star power in recognition of National Voter Registration Day would be an attention-getting way to encourage all eligible Americans to participate in our great democracy,” says Page Gardner, President of the Voter Participation Center. “The message is simple: Get registered and get to the polls on November 6. Let the voice of one join the voices of millions and be heard.”“L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge)” was co-written by Grammy-winning artist Patti Austin, Grammy-winner and twice Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Siedah Garrett, five-time Grammy-winning producer/composer Mervyn Warren, and Grammy and Tony-nominated songwriter/artist Brenda Russell. The song was produced and arranged by Mervyn Warren. The new music video features hit artists Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Keke Palmer (actress/recording artist), Patti Austin (entertainer/song writer), Siedah Garrett (song writer and performer), Sheila E (musician/actress), Brenda Russell (songwriter), Judith Hill (singer/songwriter), Lalah Hathaway (R&B artist), and Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”).Renowned producer Julie Bergman Sender and Oscar-nominated director Stuart Sender, through their production company Balcony Films, developed the L.O.VE. project and music video with director David Galvez, Jr. The L.O.V.E. music video and additional PSAs feature an array of committed celebrities, including Fergie, Kate Walsh (“Private Practice”), Alexa Vega (“Spy Kids”), Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets), Regina King (actress), Seth Green (actor), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), Reborn (Christian rap artist), Cody Horn (actress), Sophia Bush (actress), Amy Brenneman (actress), Amy Smart (actress) among others.In developing the project, producer Julie Bergman Sender explained, “We wanted to create an anthem – to show this group of American women how valuable their voices are to the health of our democracy and the power that one voice – each and every voice – really has. L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge) is our answer to the question ‘Why does my voice matter?’”The music video directs viewers to a new website,, where visitors can view a special message from Dr. Maya Angelou, download the song for free, view outtakes from the recording and alternative versions, and register to vote through the Voter Participation website Visitors to the site may choose to support the effort by donating to the Voter Participation Center and the song will be available on iTunes, music and other major online music distributors.“This is our L.O.V.E. song to America,” says L.O.V.E. co-writer and acclaimed vocalist and performer Patti Austin. “When I discovered that nearly 20 million unmarried women don’t vote, I had to do something. So I went to three of the most talented people I know to work with on this. We have never collaborated together before and I couldn’t think of a more auspicious reason to come together.”Also participating in the campaign are Rachel Leigh Cook (actress), Josh Hopkins (“Cougar Town”), Michael B. Jordan (“The Wire”), Sharon Lawrence (actress), Alyssa Milano (actress), Patrick Muldoon (actor/singer), Chris Olsen (actor), Danielle Panabaker (actress), Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), Reborn (Christian rap artist), Jessica Szohr (“CSI: Miami”) and many others.last_img read more

Rabat – The Interior ministry and Qatar’s embassy in Morocco signed, on Tuesday in Rabat, an agreement of a special grant worth 23.5 million dirhams given by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to Morocco’s electricity and drinking water facility (ONEE) to carry out a project of supplying the Guelmim province with drinking water.The agreement was signed by ONEE head Ali Fassi Fihri, wali director general of local authorities at the Interior ministry Abdellatif Benchrifa, and Qatar’s ambassador to Morocco Abdullah Bin Falah Bin Abdullah Adussari.The grant will supply 11 villages of the “Plage Blanche” commune with drinking water. It consists of building a pumping station, the installation of water conveyance along 25 km, the construction of a 100 m3 semi-underground tank, the building of a 75 km distribution network and the installation of 300 individual connections.   The project will contribute to improving inhabitants’ living conditions and health and promoting the socio-economic development of the villages of Sidi Aissa Ou Ali, Maitour, Chaaibate, Ain Rahma and Joui Manasse, Agoujgal, Ajoui Azkara, Lafouija Charkia and Gharbia, Rass Tari Charkia, Ras Tait Gharbia, Kheing Soltan and douar Fouijate Sidi Ahmed Alkehal. read more

TORONTO — Trading of shares in Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) has been halted ahead of the Toronto Stock Exchange’s open at 9:30 a.m.The agency that regulates Canada’s stock trading says the halt is pending news from the department store operator.Halts are routinely issued when key developments could affect a company’s share price.Sears Canada’s stock has already fallen dramatically amid questions about its future.Last week, the company announced “significant doubt” about its ability to operate in its current form.Sears Canada has said it could be sold or restructured but hasn’t commented on a report it might seek court protection from creditors.Shareholders rank after lenders and creditors in bankruptcy proceeding, so company shares could plunge if it does go the court route.

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kelvin Chan And Joanna Chiu, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 6:41 pm MDT Hong Kong protesters stage massive, defiant rally despite attacks, warnings to clear streets HONG KONG – Pro-democracy protesters were defiant in the face of attacks by opponents and warnings by the Hong Kong government to clear the streets, staging a massive rally Saturday evening in the downtown business district they’ve occupied for a week.“Democracy now! Democracy in Hong Kong!” thousands chanted as speakers from the movement seeking wider political reforms for this former British colony urged them to persist in their campaign. The rally lasted hours, with participants at times clapping and cheering as a stream of speakers and singers addressed them and performed popular songs.“We are not seeking revolution. We just want democracy!” said Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student leader. “We hope there will be no violence,” he said. “It would be unfortunate if this movement ended with bloodshed and violence.”Standoffs between the protesters and their antagonists grew uglier during the day, as the two sides traded insults and at times taunted police. The city’s leader said streets occupied by the protest must be cleared by Monday.Although the mostly student-led protesters stuck to their pledges of non-violence, holding up their arms to show peaceful resistance, some shouted abuse at people who gathered to challenge their occupation of a major street in the gritty, blue-collar Mong Kok district, which is home to many migrants from the Chinese mainland.“Go back to the mainland,” some shouted, cursing them in Cantonese.Minor skirmishes broke out constantly, broken up by police or bystanders. Adding to the disorder, some residents dumped water from their apartments onto the people below.The students accused police of failing to protect them from attacks Friday by mobs intent on driving them away, shouting “Black Police!” — a reference to their claim that the police had allied with “black societies,” or criminal gangs, to clear out the protesters. The claim was vehemently denied by the government.The city’s top leader, Chief Secretary Leung Chun-ying, appeared on television Saturday evening to once again urge everyone to go home, saying things needed to get back to normal by Monday.“There are many problems to be resolved in society, but the right way is through rational communication to seek common ground while holding back differences,” he said. “Not fighting on the streets, which makes things worse.”On Friday night and early Saturday, police arrested 19 people during a night of running brawls in which at least 12 people and six officers were injured. Eight men were believed to have backgrounds linked to triads, or organized crime, said Senior Superintendent Patrick Kwok Pak-chung. Those arrested were facing charges of unlawful assembly, fighting in public and assault, Kwok said.Officials vehemently denied rumours they might have co-ordinated with the gangs to clear the streets.“Such rumours linking us to ‘black societies,’ are utterly unfair,” Hong Kong’s visibly agitated security chief, Lai Tung-kwok, told reporters.Cheung Tak-keung, the deputy police superintendent, said the police were trying their best to maintain “buffer zones” between people of opposing views.“The situation was not easy to handle. There were thousands of people,” Cheung said, noting that many of those gathered were just onlookers who could get caught up in a “very high risk activity.”“We strongly condemn all violent acts,” he said, cautioning people to avoid such areas because “unsettled people’s emotions may cause more confrontations.”The confrontations led protest leaders to call off planned talks with the government. Students and other activists object to China’s decision to require a committee of mostly pro-Beijing figures screen candidates for the city’s first-ever election of its top leader in 2017. They are also demanding Leung’s resignation.With the talks suspended, the next steps were uncertain. Police have repeatedly urged everyone to clear the streets but have shown tolerance after the use of pepper spray and tear gas to disperse protesters last weekend just drew larger crowds.The standoff in Mong Kok, across Victoria Harbor from the activists’ main protest encampment, was tense with opponents at times chanting “Pack Up!” at the mostly youthful protesters. At least some of the opponents are residents fed up with blocked streets and related inconveniences.The opponents of the demonstrations are using blue ribbons to signal their support for the mainland Chinese government, while the pro-democracy protesters are wearing yellow ribbons.Some people on the “blue ribbon” side rallied in Kowloon’s waterfront Tsim Sha Tsui. “Love Hong Kong” and “Support Police” they chanted, holding up flags and heart-shaped signs with the slogan, “Alliance in support of our police force.”“Now the students are trying to control the government,” complained a man who gave only his first name, Jackie. “If there was a riot on Wall Street in America they wouldn’t tolerate such troublemaking.”The Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the groups leading the protests that drew a peak crowd of tens of thousands of people earlier, said they saw no choice but to rescind their agreement to the talks Leung proposed. They demanded the government hold someone responsible for the scuffles Friday.The allegations that organized crime members were involved fueled jitters at the movement’s main camp, outside government headquarters.“Many people are gathering here and they are very determined to unite against the triad members,” said Amy Ho, 21, who was studying translation at university.___Associated Press writers Wendy Tang and Elaine Kurtenbach contributed to this report. read more

first_imgThe violence we are witnessing has had devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of already vulnerable children, women and men. The danger is that the impact on internally displaced people will increase over the coming weeks.He also announced that €75,000 is to be allocated to Christian Aid Ireland which will be used to procure food and essential non food items for internally displaced persons affected by the violence.Costello said he must again call upon all those involved in the current conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law to ensure that civilians are protected.Read: Elton John wants to visit with Putin to talk about gay rights>Opinion: An opponent like ISIS cannot be defeated through standard military action> IRELAND IS TO dispatch urgently needed supplies to those that have been displaced by violence in Iraq.Supplies such as blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans and shelter supplies are being sent to the country from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai.The airlift, worth €220,000, will be distributed by Goal who received the funds from the Irish Government to provide the emergency relief.The supplies will go to those most in need in areas such as Ninewa Governorate in Northern Iraq.Speaking about the airlift of supplies, the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello said:last_img read more

first_imgThe current plan is to spread the derby over two weekends, from September 14–16 and the following weekend on September 21–23. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-second-annual-silver-salmon-derby.mp3VmJennifer-on-second-annual-silver-salmon-derby.mp300:00RPd According to Johnna Beech the President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce they were able to extend this years to more days after how successful last year was. Last year took place for five days from September 13-17. This years proceeds will go to the Kenai Community Foundation, a non-profit based in Kenai. The Kenai Community Foundation intends to utilize the funds for management and protection of river banks and other riparian zones in the City of Kenai, including improved wetland access and educational signage and development, development and improvement of bird-viewing platforms in riparian areas, and improvements to Cunningham Park. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce is partnering once again to put on the city’s second annual Silver Salmon Derby. The rules for this years derby will be listed on the Kenai Chamber of Commerce website closer to the time of the event. Beech gave the final numbers for last seasons wrap up: “It was success! We had 266 fish brought into to be weighed, we had at least 10 kids participating, and I think adults we had 135.”last_img read more

first_imgThe other top editorial award, Top Editor of 2017, went to AARP’s editor-in-chief, Bob Love. The two other top awards of the day, Top Designer and Design Team of the Year, went to Ink Global’s Jamie Trendall and Time Out North America, respectively. The Eddie & Ozzie Awards has become the most comprehensive magazine media award programs, with hundreds of highly-competitive entries each year. And while magazine media continues to evolve and reinvent its core product, the awards program follows that lead by celebrating outstanding editorial and design content in both print and digital platforms. To see the complete list of finalists and winners, click HERE. New York—More than 200 magazine media professionals gathered to recognize and celebrate the industry’s best achievements in editorial and design, in both print and digital, at Folio:’s 2017 Eddie & Ozzie Awards Luncheon.More than 250 awards were handed out to consumer, B2B, regional and association magazines. And changes in the industry were reflected by a more comprehensive focus given to apps and digital editions.Several titles were honored with multiple awards this year. Multiple winners included AARP, Harvard Business Review, The Red Bulletin and Baltimore Magazine, among others. Baltimore Magazine had a particularly successful afternoon and took home the coveted Top Editorial Team of 2017.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, March 15, 2019:#1) Wilmington Youth Center Preview NightAttention all 5th graders living in Wilmington!  Have you heard about the Wilmington Youth Center?  Are you curious as to what the 6th, 7th and 8th graders are doing?  Are you waiting anxiously until you become a member?The Youth Center Board invites you to a Preview Night on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm, to give you the opportunity to come by and check out the Center!  The Center is located in Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), behind St. Thomas Church.The Youth Center offers a variety of activities, including:Board GamesJuke BoxFoosballPing PongBilliardsVideo Games for: PlayStation 3 / PlayStation II / WII / X-Box KinectVideo Arcade Room and Arcade-Style BasketballThrough the season, the Center sponsors craft nights, whiffle ball, and DJ dancesPizza, soda and candy are also available for purchase each weekThe Wilmington Youth Center has responsible adult supervision on duty from the time the Center opens until after the children have been picked-up. There is no registration fee for this “Preview Night.” Parents are asked to accompany their children in on this evening to leave a contact number with the Center.#2) Registration For Children’s Theatre Workshop OpensThe Wilmington-based Children’s Theatre Workshop recently announced details of its 2019 summer season on its Facebook page:“Junie B. Jones The Musical JR” is the elementary main stage production. The session will run from June 24 to July 5, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. (No camp on July 4.) Performance dates are July 5 and July 6.“Frozen JR” is the Middle School production. The session will run from July 8 to July 19, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Performance dates are July 19 and July 20.A high school production session will run from July 22 to August 2, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Performance dates are August 2 and August 3. The title will be announced shortly.Registration for all summer sessions will open on Friday, March 15, 2019. Learn more information about each summer session HERE.#3) Drop-In Preschool Storytime At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a drop-in preschool storytime at 10am. Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#4) St. Patrick’s Day Celebration For SeniorsTo celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Buzzell Senior Center will be having a delicious homemade corned beef and cabbage luncheon at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall at 1pm. Come relax and enjoy an excellent afternoon with good food and friends. We will also have live entertainment by Joe Leary—back by popular demand! This lunch is sponsored by Peter MacLellan. We are so fortunate for Peter’s continued generosity. We are also very lucky to have this meal prepared by our specialty chef Lou Cimaglia. We will have a THANK YOU card at front desk for everyone to sign.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.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? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Center To Hold Preview Night For 5th Graders On March 15In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, September 6In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgSuriya’s NGK has done well at TN box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s much-awaited NGK has ended its first weekend on a positive note despite opening to a mixed talk. The actor’s star power was the major factor for its good performance at the Tamil Nadu box office.The Kollywood film, which was released in over 450 screens in Tamil Nadu, is estimated to have grossed around Rs 9 crore on the first day in Tamil Nadu. Suriya’s good fan following and a pre-release talk helped the film to register above average opening.The following day NGK witnessed a normal dip as the Suriya-starrer earned around Rs 6 crore to take it two-day total tally to around Rs 15 crore. The film earned over Rs 5 crore on Sunday to end its first weekend collection at around Rs 20 crore in Tamil Nadu.In Chennai, NGK registered Suriya’s best-ever opening as it minted Rs 1.03 crore on the first day. It came out with flying colors on its second day by raking in Rs 1.07 crore to take its two-day total to Rs 2.10 crore. On Sunday, the Selvaraghavan-directorial has made a collection of Rs 97 lakh.The three-day total collection of NGK is Chennai is said to be Rs 3.07 crore.The estimated value of Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of NGK is about Rs 35 crore and the film should gross over Rs 65 crore to be considered a profitable venture, as per the trade trackers. With a decent word-of-mouth and Eid holiday this week, the Tamil flick is expected to do well in the days to come.NGK is a political thriller in which Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female lead. Suriya’s performance is the major highlight of the flick, which has been criticised for the slow narration and logical loop holes in the second half.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi.IANSOn the 75th day of his second innings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his exclusive interview with the news agency IANS spoke extensively about Kashmir and the last 75 eventful days where he has hit the ground running.After successfully piloting the revocation of the contentious Article 370 and Article 35A in a systematic and seamless manner which has not only blindsighted Pakistan but also flummoxed them in an unequivocal manner, the Prime Minister compressed his report card to 75 days, instead of the initial 100 days benchmark.IANS began by asking him what makes Modi 2.0 different. Straight off the bat, the PM spoke in clear-cut terms: “We have set an unprecedented pace within just the first few days of our government. What we have been able to achieve is the result of ‘Spasht Neeti, Sahi Disha (clear policy, right intentions)’. In just the first 75 days of our government, a lot has happened. From children’s safety to Chandrayaan-II, from action against corruption to freeing Muslim women from the scourge of Triple Talaq, from Kashmir to Kisan, we have shown what a resolute government with a strong mandate of the people can achieve. We have taken a head-start in tackling the most pressing issue of our times with the formation of Jal Shakti Ministry for a mission mode and integrated approach to improve water supply and augment water conservation.”Did the return to power with an even stronger mandate than the first time have something to do with a catalogue of expeditious measures? Was he conscious of the fact that the people who voted for him needed to be given a snapshot of what is coming in the next five years? The PM accepted this axiom saying, “In a way, it is also the result of the government coming back with a stronger mandate. What we were able to achieve in the first 75 days was the outcome of the robust base we were able to build in the last 5 years. Hundreds of reforms in the last 5 years have ensured the country is now ready to take off, powered by the aspirations of the people. The push has come not just from the executive but from the muscle in Parliament….” PM Modi addressing a rally in Kurukshetra, Haryana.Twitter/ANIThe PM said the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has been a record-creating one — it was the most productive session since 1952. “This is not a minor achievement but, in my view, a historic turn for the better and one which will make our Parliament much more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people. Many momentous initiatives have been taken such as pension schemes for farmers and traders, reform of the medical sector, important amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, beginning of labour reforms…I could go on and on. But the gist of the matter is that when the intentions are right, there is clarity of purpose and implementation, and there is people’s support, then there’s no limit to what we can do. There has been no time wasting, no mulling over things for too long, instead a calibrated plan to execute, implement and take bold decisions, none bigger than the one on Kashmir.There have been controversies too and the government has dealt with those too. For instance, medical reforms which have not gone down well with common folk. There has been some noise on the medical reforms front from various quarters.Do you think the changes you have brought in are well thought through? He countered without batting an eyelid, “When we formed the government in 2014, there were many concerns about the existing system of medical education. Earlier, courts have used strong words for the institution overseeing medical education in India, calling it a ‘den of corruption’. A parliamentary committee did rigorous study and took a very dull view of the state of affairs in medical education. It pointed out mismanagement, lack of transparency and arbitrariness. Earlier governments, too, had given a thought to reforming this sector but could not go through with it. We decided to go through with it because this is not a matter that can be taken lightly, as it concerns the health of our people and future of our youth. So, we set up an expert group to look into what is plaguing it. The expert group studied the system carefully and brought out the problems and improvement areas. It is based on the suggestions from experts that we came to the current bill.”Explaining the granularity of his standpoint, the PM said, “The National Medical Commission is a far-reaching reform in this space and seeks to correct the prevalent problems. It contains multiple reforms that curb avenues of corruption and boost transparency. At a time when nations are looking at India to power the next wave of growth in the world, we realise that this can happen only with a healthy populace. Freeing the poor from the vicious cycle of poverty that lack of health perpetuates is very important. The NMC serves this purpose well too. It will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. It aims to lessen the burden on students, increase the number of medical seats and reduce cost of medical education. This means more talented youth can take up medicine as a profession and this will help us increase the number of medical professionals. Ayushman Bharat is bringing about a revolution in the healthcare sector. It is increasing awareness as well as affordability of quality healthcare, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 towns.”We are also working to ensure that there is at least one medical college between every 3 districts. With rising awareness about healthcare, rising incomes and greater focus on aspirational goals among people, we will need thousands and thousands of doctors to fulfil the demand, especially in rural and urban areas. The NMC seeks to address these issues for a better outcome for all stakeholders. You must have also read that the academic year 2019-20 will see the biggest addition of medical seats in government colleges in a single year with the creation of around 2 dozen new government medical colleges. Our road map is clear — a transparent, accessible and affordable medical education system leading to better healthcare outcomes”.last_img read more

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence. File PhotoAuthorities on Wednesday withdrew police protection from the Gulshan residence of imprisoned former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, claims her press wing officer Shamsuddin Didar.Didar said the policemen were withdrawn around 3:30pm.“Three constables, led by assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Md Jafar, had been ensuring securities to Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence, Firoza, for a long time. Today [Wednesday] they were withdrawn,” he said.Gulshan police station officer-in-charge Abu Bakar Siddik told Prothom Alo that he knew nothing about the withdrawal of police protection from Khaleda Zia’s residence.He further said Gulshan’s diplomatic zone police look after the matter.Rebutting the OC’s words, a high official at Gulshan’s diplomatic zone police said their duty is to ensure securities to all the diplomats in the diplomatic zone.”We [Gulshan’s diplomatic zone police] do not look after the security of Khaleda Zia’s residence,” he added.On 8 February, a special court in Dhaka convicted Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to the dilapidated old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.last_img read more

first_imgChris Cander/InstagramDeath Valley plays a role in Chris Cander’s novel, The Weight of a Piano. So, the writer has taken pictures of a miniature one there and elsewhere, which she posts to Instagram. Maybe there’s an object in your life that carries a lot of emotional or sentimental weight. Maybe it was given to you by a loved one that’s since passed away — or it’s something that’s been handed down that takes up space, and you’re not exactly sure what you should do with it. So it gets carted around each time you move.Well, the latest novel by Houston writer Chris Cander touches on that experience. It’s called The Weight of a Piano. And, yes, the object with both literal and figurative weight is indeed a piano. In this case it’s a type of German-made upright piano called a Blüthner.Northwest PianosAn example of a German-made Blüthner piano.The piano is essentially a character in the story, along with two women – one for whom the instrument is a burden and another for whom it’s a prized possession. It changes hands and wanders around Europe as the story unfolds.Cander got the idea for the story from something she overheard a woman say at one of her book-signing events.“She said to a friend of hers that she had finally found someone to take this piano that she had had for 50 years off her hands,” Cander said. “And the way she said it — the kind of emotional freight in her voice — was like a magnet.”Cander asked for permission to eavesdrop on the woman’s conversation, and — with some details and the woman’s permission — she had the seed for a story.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaHouston’s Chris Cander is the author of several novels, including The Weight of a Piano.Objects As CharactersCander says writing with an object as a central figure is basically the same as focusing on a person.“In my imagination, this Blüthner is like a person,” she said. “Obviously, it’s an object, but the way I thought of it was as a her with a very rich history, with emotion, with a journey. And so to write about that was like writing about a human character.”Making The Character SpeakSince the book is about a musical instrument, there’s plenty of music referenced in it – including an original piece called Die Reise, which means “the journey” in German.So, instead of just describing it, Cander teamed up with Atlanta-based composer Konner Scott to actually create and record the piece.MORE: The Weight of a Piano – Spotify PlaylistScott says it was a unique challenge.“I can safely say I’ve never written a piece to accompany a book before,” he said. “That was a new one.”Emotional ApproachBut Cander sent him some early chapters of the novel and walked him through the emotions she wanted the piece to convey — melancholy, loss, and acceptance.Scott says when he’s commissioned to create a work, he is often told how to go about his work using technical terms — tempo, specific styles, etc. But he prefers approaching from an emotional standpoint, like he did with Cander.Konner Scott/InstagramAtlanta-based musician and composer Konner Scott wrote original music based on Chris Cander’s novel, The Weight of a Piano.“She was looking for something that reflected the mood of the piece,” Scott said. “And, for me, that’s really fun because that opens up the boundaries of it and kind of lets me do what I want — but to still fit within the emotional framework of whatever the person is going for. And that’s a unique challenge.”Coming To Life OnstageFor Cander’s book launch event with Brazos Bookstore, actors will interpret key scenes from the novel along with original music performed by Scott. The event is Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral.“The whole experience of creating this novel over a few years it felt like such a multi-sensory experience,” Cander said.She says that’s because she spent so much time listening to music, talking to musicians, and even visiting locations featured in the story like Death Valley National Park.“So, it felt very rich, and it lived in my imagination in a much more 3D way than some of my other books have,” Cander said. “And so I thought when I present it to people for the first time rather than just expose them to the book I want to share with them that experience of what it was like to create the book.”In the audio above, Cander and Scott talk with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about the book and their collaboration.– / 8 00:00 /10:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen X Sharelast_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Once released by the New York Jets, Antonio Cromartie was a free agent able to sign with whatever team he wanted. After less than two weeks on the open market, he signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.“I think the biggest part I was just surprised by not having, once I got released, the activity,” Cromartie admitted to Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “That wasn’t there.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Antonio Cromartie, Cardinals cornerback The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Except from Cardinals.“Once I got a call from Arizona and a few other teams started calling in, but Arizona just made me feel at home.”In Cromartie, the Cardinals have a player who has been to three Pro Bowls — including the last two — and who has 28 career interceptions over eight seasons with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets.But he battled through a hip injury last season, which he says affected his performance on the field and likely led to the lack of interest in his services. He knows last season wasn’t a great one for him, as he failed to live up to expectations in the Big Apple.Now healthy, the 29-year-old (who will be 30 by Week 1) expects to bounce back and have a big season in the desert.“Right now I’m feeling 100 percent, and I’m just getting ready to go.”last_img read more