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20th Annual Steak Lobster Dinner and Dance

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Saturday, May 11th, 2019 the 20th Annual Steak & Lobster Dinner and Dance will take place at the Legion.Hosted by the PPCLI 2276 Army Cadets, the doors will open at 5:00 pm with dinner being served at 6:00 pm. The evening will be headlined by the band TrainWreck from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. There will also be silent and live auctions as well as 50/50 draws.Tickets for the event are $50 per ticket and can be purchased from the Legion or by contacting Tina Edwards; 250-329-7379. To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img

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UN intercultural initiative helping world get through troubled times – SecretaryGeneral

The Alliance of Civilizations “is helping us to get through these troubled times,” he told a ministerial meeting held at UN Headquarters. He said the Alliance, launched in 2005, is building trust among diverse cultures, supporting reconciliation and reducing tensions between communities. “We in this room have long understood that this effort is central to foreign policy… that it is essential to diplomacy… and that it helps to lay the foundation for lasting peace,” Mr. Ban stated.“We know that where there is conflict, we need more than signed peace accords, we need trust… the kind of trust the Alliance is fostering.”But the Alliance is much more than a tool for helping countries and regions torn apart by conflicts, the Secretary-General noted, adding that it has a growing role to play in soothing tensions caused by economic inequality.“This is all the more important as the world copes with a global economic crisis,” he said. “The international response is rightly focused on economic measures. It is important to help markets. But we also have to help struggling people. And that includes promoting tolerance.“The painful truth is that when there are fewer jobs to go around, people often blame minorities. Although no one group caused the current crisis, we are seeing a backlash against many cultural and religious minorities,” Mr. Ban stated, noting that this is particularly true for migrant workers.Responding to this issue, the Alliance will hold a roundtable in a couple of days on how to better integrate migrants into society. It will also hold a video festival on migration and diversity, which will feature short videos by youth from around the world.Mr. Ban noted other projects initiated by the Alliance, including a fellowship programme for emerging leaders from the Muslim world and the West and a clearinghouse on education about religions and beliefs.“Let us continue developing the very concrete initiatives that are giving meaning to the Alliance’s lofty aims,” he said. “By doing that, we can help improve relations – neighbour to neighbour, community to community and country to country.” 26 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the vital role the United Nations initiative to promote inter-cultural understanding plays in building trust and reducing tensions in a world facing multiple crises. read more

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Two STF officers killed after train hits car in Balapitiya

Two Police Special Task Force (STF) officers were killed after a train crashed into a car at a railway crossing in Balapitiya today.The Police said that a woman was also critically injured in the accident.

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Open warrant issued for the arrest of Jaliya Wickramasuriya

An open warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya,The warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate over Wickramasuriya’s alleged involvement in the misuse of state funds. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) had sough the warrant for Wickramasuriya.Wickramasuriya is out on bail and was granted permission to travel overseas last July but he failed to appear before court since then. (Colombo Gazette)

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Annan deplores West Bank violence that killed seven Palestinians and wounded 12

The violence, which killed seven Palestinians and wounded a dozen more yesterday and today, came during an Israeli military raid in which a suspected militant was killed. Three of the dead were teenage children. A statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan called on the parties to refrain from action of violence, provocation and retaliation. “He remains convinced that the use of force, irrespective of its target, will not yield victory for either side of this terrible conflict,” the statement said. “Violence only deepens anger, bitterness and distrust, while making more distant the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” Emphasizing that a political settlement remains the only viable solution to the conflict, the statement called on both sides to honour their obligations under international law and adopt every possible measure to protect civilian life. read more

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ECOSOC meets with world financial institutions on development projects

Attended by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the ministers who took part in the spring meeting in Washington, the session aimed to maintain the political momentum for implementing the Monterrey Consensus, adopted by the International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico. It was part of the key follow-up role assigned to ECOSOC by the Consensus, which established a working agreement on development principles between developing and developed countries and recognized that development advances are a precondition for world stability and security. ECOSOC President Gert Rosenthal, of Guatemala, said he hoped the meeting would clarify the ways in which everyone could mutually reinforce each other in implementing the Monterrey Consensus and attaining the UN-endorsed Millennium Development Goals, which among other things set specific targets for reducing poverty. UN General Assembly President Jan Kavan, of the Czech Republic, said the meeting “constitutes a vital step in our efforts to stay engaged in the Monterrey follow-up process.” For her part Mary Whelan, Chair of the WTO Trade Policy Review Committee, noted that trade-capacity building was another issue that should drive forward coherence between multilateral organizations, bilateral donors and developing-country partners. Eduardo Aninat, IMF Deputy Managing Director, called for urgent progress in a number of areas, including agriculture, where better market access and lower trade distorting subsidies were particularly important for developing countries. Zhengman Zhang, Managing Director of the World Bank, said the Bank and IMF agreed that only by allowing countries to shape their own strategies would coherence be achieved in development policy. Referring to ongoing trade negotiations, Francisco Thompson-Flores, WTO Deputy Director General, said countries had been presented with tremendous opportunity, including the welfare gains from the elimination of trade barriers, which could amount to $250 billion annually, with as much as half accruing for developing countries. read more

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Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya Presidency Council Chair

Ramtane Lamamra, Deputy Prime Minister of Algeria, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak He said the situation in Libya is of interest to the entire world and the country is grateful for all the assistance it has received to get through this difficult period. To unify the State, he recalled the importance of the separation of powers. Efforts had been made to bring together the voices of the country. “The Government will continue peaceful dialogue and cooperation and thanked all international partners for their support,” Mr. Serraj said, adding that adequate financial resources are needed to achieve peace and unity. Libya remains committed to strengthen cooperation and dialogue and would welcome the re-establishment of diplomatic missions in the country, he added. “We are aware of the security concerns, but we are serious about the restoration of security in the country,” he said, and all appealed to all Libyans: “Come join us, those of you who believe in a strong State with a strong army that will defend you of any aggressors.” Regarding the fight against terrorism, the President condemned the scourge, including Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL], which aims to exploit the country’s natural resources. He added that it is necessary to mobilize efforts and cooperate to fight effectively against terrorism. In this regard, he requested the lifting of the arms embargo on Libya. Regarding the issue of human rights, he said the Libyan Parliament passed various laws to ensure respect for human rights. He warned that the current situation makes it difficult to enforce these rights but this did not prevent the government to lead a fight against impunity campaign. In his address to the Assembly’s annual general debate, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra called for urgent UN reform to tackle the multiple challenges now facing it, a cause championed by the Non-Aligned Movement of which Algeria is a long-time member that seeks to expand the 15-member Security Council and overhaul other UN bodies. “We have to answer a simple question,” he said. “Are the mechanisms conceived in the aftermath of the Second World War at a time when the vast majority humankind still lived under foreign domination, when the political underpinnings and world balance were quite different, still valid today?” He also called for redoubled efforts to bring peace to Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and other hotspots and for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the territory seized by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. read more

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Cam Newton Never Had A Chance

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; Chart by Allison McCann Packers72127137.620528.4 Seahawks65814021.320731.5 Cardinals71231344.022431.5 Broncos79431439.5%27334.4% Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Texans64320832.318929.4 Falcons60013722.813823.0 Browns55814225.414125.3 Panthers84823627.824829.2 Now here’s a slope chart, with the left column being Newton’s QBR on unmolested attempts, and the right his QBR when pressured: Bengals74714219.021829.2 Chiefs76618524.221728.3 This may be compelling evidence that Carolina simply stumbled in the big one, having just clubbed the second- and third-best pressure defenses in back-to-back playoff games. But Seattle and Arizona are both hugely different defenses from Denver. The Seahawks are a low-blitz team that relies on a killer secondary. The Cardinals also relied more on coverage before free safety Tyrann Mathieu went down for the year, but they also leaned heavily on blitz packages; their one-on-one pass-rushing was so anemic that 35-year-old Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks — and no other Cardinal had more than five.As you saw Sunday, that is not at all how the Broncos play defense. Raiders70023934.118125.9 This is a pie chart: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Vikings65517226.320431.1 Redskins65914421.915523.5 Giants67817626.017826.3 Buccaneers58516428.015426.3 Photo by John Leyba / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann TEAMDROPBACKSBLITZESBLITZ RATEPRESSURESPRESSURE RATE Titans56624443.115226.9 Ravens60717629.015625.7 Bears58212221.015326.3 To illustrate this, I’ve created a series of charts and graphs. Here’s a simple line chart showing various opponents’ pressure against Newton over the course of the game: Colts64024137.718328.6 Eagles68917124.817926.0 Chargers56117831.714425.7 Lions59319933.615526.1 For regular season and playoffsSource: TruMedia On the first fumble of the game, the one that set things spinning, Von Miller wheeled around the edge, sized up right tackle Mike Remmers like he was riding down on a quintain, and crashed past him and into Newton, knocking the ball out and into the end zone, all within something like two-and-a-half-Mississippi.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dk0KqS2Pb4Miller circled back around on Remmers often enough to run up 2.5 sacks, 2 more hits and a half-dozen more near-thumpings. We have stats that can reflect what a player does in a game, but not as much what he does to it. The old Bill James line is that baseball stats can acquire the powers of language, telling a story or calling a game all on their own. Those Broncos numbers are burly enough to carry luggage, but they don’t quite have the powers to tell you how different the game looks when the pocket collapses before the snap finds the center’s ass.This works the other way around as well. Cam’s numbers aren’t getting any prettier no matter how you slice them. But at least twice Sunday he carried a defender on his back as he wound up and got a throw off toward the sticks — incomplete pass, but not a sack. They were hand-to-God some of the most impressive feats of strength I’ve witnessed. There aren’t stats for that, at least not in the ESPN database, as there aren’t any for something like whispering a third-quarter pass 30 yards in the air, over the shoulder of the defender and into Jerricho Cotchery’s breadbasket at the 5-yard line, only for the defender — a linebacker sprinting 25 yards downfield — to close at the last second and knock it out. It was just Cotchery’s third drop of the season; it also happened to be his third drop of the game. The streaking ‘backer was Miller, naturally, who was named the game’s MVP.After the game, receiver Devin Funchess was one of the few Panthers to serve up more than platitudes — if just barely — about preparing for Miller and the rest of Denver’s defense. “You can’t do that in practice,” he said, asked about preparing for the rush versus actually having to play against it. “Our guys can’t mimic that.”It’s true of the stats just as much as it is of the players. Other teams may have pressure numbers that resemble what this Denver defense put together this season, but only because our tools of observation remain imperfect. Near as we can tell, the Broncos are the best defense the Panthers faced in a postseason flush with top units. But for really unusual teams, our best guesses can often be far enough out that we can’t fully appreciate what it is that we’re watching without accepting that greatness affects the game in ways we can’t yet fully capture.Or, as Madden might tell you just as easily, When you have great players playing great, well, that’s great football.4An actual Maddenism. Denver’s defense was a force of nature Steelers77526133.719825.5 Dolphins58612721.715326.1 SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1ESPN Stats & Info defines a “pressure” as any instance in which a QB is sacked, hit, forced from the pocket, forced to alter his throwing motion, forced to move within the pocket or otherwise hassled by a defender in his line of sight. In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and in those cases, their QBR is 7.9.2Since 2010, one of the first years for which “pressure” data is reliable. QBR is ESPN’s measurement of quarterback performance. Some of you will never warm to QBR, which is fine. I’m falling back to it here for two reasons. First, it’s the best we have for big-bucket quarterback stats. Second, the ancillary stuff QBR picks up — rushing, fumbles, bad throws, lousy decisions — are precisely the sort of things we want to see when we’re talking about QBs escaping the rush. This is very bad. It is, to shine a little point of reference, JaMarcus Russell on an off day, and helps reverse engineer a John Madden quote: When a quarterback is being harassed, he doesn’t have much of a chance.3Not a real Maddenism, but it sounds like one. Great.As it happens, Cam Newton did not have much of a chance in Super Bowl 50. Stats & Info has him down for 48 dropbacks, of which 21 were pressured. His QBR on those 21 plays was 2.6; for the game, it was 16.9 — just a hair over his 15.6 mark on pressured plays for the season. He was sacked six times, hit 15 times (five on plays that didn’t generate a “pressure”) and blitzed 25 times. He threw an interception, and a few other balls sailed high, and he gave up two fumbles in his own red zone that would result in 15 points for the Broncos. It was, as our MaddenBot might say, a very bad day for Cam Newton.(Peyton Manning was pressured on 11 of 28 dropbacks, and had a similarly miserable 2.5 QBR on those plays.)Days like Sunday didn’t happen to Newton very often this season. Through the league championship, he was pressured 179 times in 654 dropbacks, or 27.4 percent. (His QBR on those plays was 15.6.) Going by pressures per dropback, the Panthers played only four top-10 pressure defenses this season. During the regular season, the Texans, Seahawks and Colts each played the Panthers tight and held Cam under 50 QBR (and under 80 in the traditional passer rating), but the Panthers defense and general mediocrity of those teams carried Carolina on through. In the divisional round rematch against the Seahawks, defensive end Cliff Avril — one of Seattle’s best pass rushers — left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Seahawks pressured Cam just twice all game. The Cardinals brought pressure six times in the conference championship, a season-low for them. A histogram showing the distribution of pressure plays by scoring margin: Jaguars65418227.815123.1 Saints59816026.814023.4 49ers60016327.216928.2 Rams66825538.219128.6 As the data shows, Newton was well and truly, uh, accounted for. Cowboys55911720.915026.8 Patriots75914318.820026.4 Jets66729243.819929.8 Bills63819831.015223.8 This one is a stacked bar chart, in two segments: read more

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Greek Australian accused of five murders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Australian citizen of Greek heritage was arrested in Athens on Thursday accused of being connected with the murder of five men in Ayia Napa, Cyprus last June. His name has not as yet been released. Neos Kosmos understands the 27-year-old man originates from Melbourne. He stands accused of conspiring with others, to murder five men on June 23 – four of whom worked as security guards for Famagusta businessman Phanos Kalopsidiotis. Three other men suspected of being contract killers remain in police custody in Cyprus, after being arrested earlier this month on suspicion of planning to murder Kalopsidiotis.The Greek-Australian in custody is suspected of gunning down five men on June 23 in the heart of Ayia Napa’s nightclub district. Four of the victims were security guards for Kalopsidiotis, who police believe was the target for the attack.Three Cypriots aged 28, 33 and 35, and two Romanians aged 25 and 33, were killed in their black BMW after being shot near the popular Red Square bar.last_img read more

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Incendies enfin une accalmie au Portugal

first_imgIncendies : enfin une accalmie au PortugalPortugal – Les pompiers se battent depuis le début de la semaine contre les incendies qui balaient le nord et le centre du Portugal. Ce jeudi matin, ils constataient enfin une légère accalmie.Ce matin en effet, l’Autorité nationale de la protection civile ne dénombrait plus que six incendies “significatifs” dans les districts de Viana do Castelo, Porto, Vila Real et Aveiro. Plus de 200 pompiers, aidés de quatre avions et d’un hélicoptère, sont mobilisés pour lutter contre les flammes. L’accalmie observée est encouragée par une diminution des températures.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasMardi, en une seule journée, le pays a enregistré quelque 459 départs de feux. Il en dénombrait 419 mercredi, et ce sont quelque 5.500 professionnels qui ont dû être mobilisés. L’incendie le plus important, qui s’est déclaré hier après-midi à Nogueirinha, dans le district de Porto, continuait ce jeudi de progresser sur deux fronts, comme l’a précisé la protection civile.Si le ministre de l’Intérieur Rui Pereira a assuré que le pays était “préparé” pour faire face à la situation, le Portugal a tout de même dû faire appel à ses voisins, et notamment l’Italie qui a envoyé hier deux avions Canadair en renfort. La France et la Grèce ont elles-aussi promis de l’aide, l’Italie ayant répondu en premier car elle n’est pas confrontée à des incendies.Le 29 juillet 2010 à 16:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une sélection artificielle des souches de riz des milliers dannées avant notre

first_imgUne sélection artificielle des souches de riz, des milliers d’années avant notre èrePubliée dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, une étude génétique de différentes variétés de riz, effectuée par des chercheurs japonais, suggère une sélection très précoce des caractères les plus ‘rentables’ de cette plante, par les cultivateurs du Néolithique.Le Dr Masanori Yamasaki, de l’Université de Kobe, au Japon, a comparé le génome du riz sauvage avec celui de deux sous-espèces de riz domestique. Il a constaté, chez l’une de ces deux dernières seulement, une mutation très particulière et ‘stable’ d’un gène appelé SD1, gène présent dans les trois types mais qui présente, dans la nature, un taux de variabilité assez important. Or, cette modification génétique donne des tiges plus courtes, plus robustes et plus riches en grains.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLe scientifique estime que ces résultats suggèrent fortement une sélection et un maintien artificiels de ce caractère, qui remonteraient à plusieurs milliers d’années. Nos ancêtres, les premiers cultivateurs du Néolithique, sans connaître, bien sûr, le génie génétique, avaient donc déjà ‘la main verte’, cherchant à favoriser la pousse du riz le plus intéressant pour eux.”Au cours de cette domestication, les anciens humains ont soumis ces caractères agronomiques à la sélection artificielle, ce qui augmente la taille des graines ou des fruits, améliore la synchronisation de la croissance et de la floraison, limite la perte ou la dispersion des graines, entraîne des changements dans l’architecture des plantes et d’autres caractéristiques. Ces traits ont contribué à une culture plus efficace, des rendements plus élevés et des produits plus précieux pour l’usage humain”, explique le chercheur.Le 13 juin 2011 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Police Related Shooting – Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Investigation Team

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The two Police Officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service arrived on Providenciales on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 and have now commenced their independent investigation into the incident which culminated in the fatal shooting of Mr Lavern Smith on Monday 1st January 2018 in Aviation Drive Providenciales.    The Royal Cayman Islands Team consists of one Detective Inspector and one Police Sergeant.Detective Inspector Joseph Wright who is the lead Investigator wants to assure the community that his enquiry will be conducted in a frank and diligent manner.   To facilitate this, the detective Inspector is making an open appeal to members of the public who were at or in the area of Aviation Drive between midnight and 7am on 1st January 2018 to come forward and speak to the investigation team.Detective Inspector Wright said ‘ I am aware that the incident on the morning of 1st January 2018 was witnessed by several members of the local community who were in attendance at a public event at Aviation Drive at a public event.   To ensure transparency and fairness to every one concerned am appealing to all members of the public who were present at the event at Aviation Drive to come forward and speak to us.   Members of the investigation team can be contacted on 232 0966 or 232 8419’Press Release:RT&CPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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State wants No Child Left Behind exemption

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington’s top education official is making another attempt to get the state exempted from requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, his office announced Monday.Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn asked the U.S. Department of Education in June if Washington schools could avoid sending letters to parents saying if schools are not making adequate yearly progress and explaining that kids can transfer to a school that is. It appears to be Dorn’s latest effort to retain the state’s exemption from some elements of the federal education law. Washington state was the first to lose a waiver granted to 43 states and the District of Columbia. The waivers are stopgaps until Congress reauthorizes the federal framework for the nation’s schools.Dorn says the letters sent to parents at least 14 days before the start of the school year don’t serve a useful purpose because nearly every school in the state is not making adequate yearly progress, a measurement under the No Child Left Behind Law.Under the waiver, Washington was exempt from sending the letters and also had permission to use some federal dollars in creative ways to improve student achievement. Now, the state needs to set aside that money — about $40 million — to transport students who want to go to a different school and provide outside tutoring for families that request it.last_img read more

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BNP Media Buys Architectural Record

first_img “This transaction signals Dodge’s focus on our core business: providing information, intelligence and data‐driven insights to empower our customers in the construction industry,” Mike Petrullo, CEO of Dodge Data & Analytics, says in a statement. “ENR and Architectural Record, both published for over 100 years, have a long, storied history of journalistic excellence and leadership in the marketplace, and we wish them continued success under BNP’s stewardship.”  Architectural Record, a monthly magazine, is the centerpiece of the deal, with an audited circulation of more than 93,000 and close to 300,000 unique monthly visitors to its website. BNP Media purchased three magazines from Dodge Data & Analytics Friday—Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record and SNAP. Engineering-News Record has around 62,000 readers of its weekly print publication, and also about 300,000 website visitors. Dodge—formerly, a division of McGraw Hill Financial—was sold to a Palo Alto-based private equity firm for $320 million in September. Terms weren’t released. The titles add to BNP’s already substantial architecture and engineering portfolio that includes 16 brands. The company also says it will add to its Troy, Mich. staff to support the acquisitions. The deal effectively terminates Dodge Data & Analytics’ relationship to traditional media, with the company’s remaining holdings focused squarely on business intelligence for the construction and engineering communities. “The publications, events and continuing education business we have acquired have a magnificent reputation, unparalleled reach, and limitless opportunity. And, they complement perfectly BNP’s strong presence in the construction, engineering and architectural industries,” says BNP Media co-CEOs Harper, Mitchell and Taggart Henderson, in a release.  “By integrating these businesses into BNP Media and executing the same centralized management techniques applied across all of our brands, we ultimately will help strengthen the design, construction and building industries by expanding the publications’ offerings to professionals through additional intellectual capabilities such as continuing education and more.”last_img read more

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Wilmington Farmers Market Seeking Volunteers

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Farmers Market To Hold Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser On September 29In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 7In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market is looking for volunteers to help with its 2019 season, which kicked off this past Sunday and runs through October 13, 2019 on Sundays, 10am to 1pm.The Market need help with setting up tents and tables, and with staffing its Kids Table.If you have a half hour to spare on a Sunday morning, meet the Market organizaers at the Swain Green around 9/9:30am, and the organizers can show you how easy it is to put up an EZ UP!Or come at 12:30pm, get your shopping in, and help organizersbreakdown the whole shebang and load up the trailer.If you have a few hours, then have some fun helping the Market’s littler customers create some crafts at the Kids Table.Adults and youth (yep, this qualifies for service hours at Wilmington High) welcome.Sign up HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Farmers Market.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Visakhapatnam Protect girl child from sexual predators

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Members of National Federation of Indian Women, All India Students Federation, All India Youth Federation and students from various colleges staged a protest against growing atrocities on children at GVMC in Visakhapatnam.After the alleged rape followed by murder of the nine-month-old girl baby in Telangana, the women representatives said the recent gang rape of the 17-year-old girl in Ongole was another gruesome act against girl children. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us They demanded stringent punishment for the accused and urged that the laws should be effectively enforced in guarding the girls against rape and murder. The representatives of various organisations also demanded complete ban on liquor and porn sites. The women during the protest said that the existing laws should be implemented strictly to ensure child safety and concrete steps should be taken to protect girls and children from sexual predators. Andhra Pradesh Mahila Samaikhya district general secretary A Vimala, among others were present.last_img read more

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Valve releases Source Filmmaker into beta

first_imgEarlier this month we reported that Valve had licensed its Source game engine for use in an animated movie. It made a lot of sense in terms of saving money as the Source engine is a very capable piece of software with the ability to produce movie-quality visuals.Well, it turns out Valve had much bigger plans than just licensing the engine for a single movie project. Today, they have launched into beta a new set of tools for anyone to animate, create high-quality posters, and produce movies with. It’s called the Source Filmmaker.If you’ve played any Source engine Valve games in the past several years then you’ve witnessed some of the cutscenes they include. The animators and filmmakers working at Valve used those pieces of work as a technology test for a storytelling tool they were building within the Source engine. 50 shorts later, that tool has been perfected and is what we will all have the opportunity to use under the name of Source Filmmaker.Valve has decided to open up access to Filmmaker because it realizes gamers want to do more than just play games. They can already create their own levels and add their own gameplay, but with an animation and storytelling toolset they can now surround the game they create with story and progression shorts.The features on offer within Source Filmmaker are pretty impressive. Valve boasts they have the complete toolset of a typical animation studio condensed down on to a single PC. That includes the ability to edit 3D scenes on the fly, modify existing animations, as well as add completely new ones. Once your action is setup, you can light a scene and then position the cameras as you see fit. Then just keep on tweaking until you have the perfect short.It’s not just about character animation, though. Valve has implemented a GPU-accelerated facial animation system so characters can show emotion. On top of that their is a feature-film quality lip-syncing solution, meaning when your actors talk, it’s all going to match up perfectly.As a toolset it certainly has the potential to add a whole new level of detail to what gamers can achieve within Valve’s own games, but also offers an opportunity for budding animators and movie makers to get their hands dirty with a professional toolset completely free.Source Filmmaker has just entered beta and you can sign up for a free invite by following the link below.Read more at Source Filmmakerlast_img read more

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Nine on nine

first_imgLast hurried glance at the mirror, patting errant hair into place. Slipping one’s shoes on at the front door. Struggling with the key in the lock.Well nine artistes have joined hands to showcase their works on the same theme. Each artist has a story behing his art work. participating artistes for this exhibition are Gireesh G V, OP Parameswaran, Preeti Gupta, Priyanka Dua, Darius Chinoy, Gaurav Chawla, Rekha Bajpe Aggarwal, Ruchi Chadha, Shashi Kr. Paul. Artist Darius Chinoy entered the world of photography in 1996 and over the last sixteen years he has travelled the length and breadth of India. The result was a view to life he would never have experienced had he not taken up the lens.  Artist Gaurav Chawla never had any formal training in art. Art has always been his passion. He has experimented across various mediums. Even with an attack of optical neuritis in December, 2009, a right eye that can barely see, loss of colour, he remains inspired and active and determined to paint. His works remains one of brightest in terms of colour mixture across most art shows.When: 1 February Where: Dhoomimal Art Gallerylast_img read more

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Fifth Harmonys Lauren Jauregui offers encouragement to LGBT fans

first_imgIt all started when she shared a user’s tweet that included screenshots of responses people had replied to: “What will you do if your son comes out as GAY.”The responses to the initial tweet were negative and homophobic, leading to Jauregui to say how disgusted she was with them.Sharing the post, she tweeted: “This is such a disgusting display of toxic masculinity & a deep ignorance of the expression of human sexuality.“It is a spectrum that has no shame.“It will be painful but it will lead you to your true family. Anyone who can wish this on something they created is deeply troubled.”She then replied to a user who said he: “Would love him regardless as long he’s a good person he could love who ever he wants”, saying: “Shine king”.Jauregui then comforted another user who tweeted about being terrified to coming out to their parents as bisexual, tweeting: “Do not be terrified.Your truth is not shameful, and anyone who shames you for living your truth only does it because they are ashamed of who they are.”(Twitter)Another user tweeted: “It‘s sad that people who are a part of the LGBTQ+ still have to be scared or worried about coming out.People shouldn‘t feel like they are worthless or wrong for being themselves and for loving someone”.Jauregui simply replied: “Ever.” Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui discusses life after coming out as biLGBTI favorite Riverdale stole the show at last night’s Teen Choice AwardsHalsey’s explicit clapback at anti-LGBTI people at her concerts is incrediblePINK NEWS- (Twitter)She then responded to a user who tweeted that they had been harassed in the hall at school.Describing the bully she said: “He doesn’t hate gay people, he hates himself and who he has to pretend to be to be the right kind of “male” “(Twitter)In response to a user who’s parents read through their private text messages and outed them to their whole family without permission, she tweeted: “I’m sorry you had to go through that kind of shame and embarrassment, love.“You didn’t deserve it.“I hope you’ve found people who love you for exactly who you are, because you are perfectly you.”(Twitter)She then ended her series of tweets with a message on tackling ignorance, tweeting: “To an extent. Some people aren’t ever exposed to other opinions and are raised and abused their whole lives by toxic people.“We must bring light to ignorance, not cast them further into their shadow selves”.(Twitter)This is not the first time Lauren Jauregui‏ has been an advocate for the LGBT+ community.Last year she has opened up about being bisexual and protested President Trump’s transgender ban.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui took to Twitter last night to expose the ignorant and offer support to members of the LGBT+ community.Identifying as bisexual herself, Jauregui came out to the public in late 2016. last_img read more

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Tamil Federation hosts cultural extravaganza at Civic HallTamil Federation hosts cultural extravaganza

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite One item that really wowed the crowd was a group dance conducted by learners from Acaciavale Primary School, which was received by a standing ovation from all in the crowd.The Ladysmith Bhakti Sangeet conducted a few devotional songs and the Ramakrishna Centre rendered a group dance.However, the highlight of the day was the songs sung by Indian-born and renowned artist Veeramani Kannan, supported by dances performed by the Suja Kannan Music & Dance Academy.He had the crowd clapping and stamping their feet to a string of Tamil songs, both old and new.Local lad Rushen Naidoo of the HTSGT made a guest appearance with Veeramani Kannan and sang two popular Tamil songs.All performers and speakers were given a certificate of appreciation by the local organising committee, and lunch was served to all present.It was a well spent day and all the mothers present seemed to enjoy themselves.Thank you goes out to all sponsors and donors who made the event a success.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Sunday was a day filled with endless cultural entertainment as the Tamil Federation of KwaZulu-Natal (TFKZN) hosted a ‘Cultural Extravaganza’ at the Civic Hall on Mother’s Day.The event was a collaborative effort between community organisations in Ladysmith and the TFKZN.The programme started with a prayer conducted by Guru Krishnamoorthi from the Hindu Thirukootam & Shree Ganesha Temple.The programme was hosted by an energetic and refreshing Dr G Murugan, popularly known as Bull Murugan. He had the crowd enthralled with over 50 years of experience in promoting the Tamil culture in South Africa.There were speeches by Richard Govender (president of the TFKZN), Mervan Reddy (secretary of the SATF) and a welcome speech by Vasen Govender (president of the HTSGT and chairperson of the local organising committee).The organising committee consisted of the Hindu Thirukootam & Shree Ganesha Temple as the host organisation, the Ladysmith Association for the Aged (Lafta), Ramakrishna Centre, Young Hindu Cultural Service Society (YHCSS) and Shree Siva Subramanayar Temple.After the speeches, local star artist Kumarie Deepika Naidoo (representing the YHCSS) started off the extravaganza with a traditional Bharadanatyam dance which had the crowd engrossed.The elderly mothers of Lafta made the town proud with a rendition of two songs dedicated to all mothers present at the event.last_img read more