AllAfghan talks bring nations warring sides closer to peace

first_imgKabul: All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan’s warring sides ended Tuesday with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country’s future and ending nearly 18 years of war. Washington’s Peace Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said he is hoping for a final agreement by September 1, which would allow the withdrawal of US and NATO troops. He will begin an eighth round of peace talks with the Taliban later on Tuesday also in Qatar’s capital, Doha, where the two-day conference was held. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingTuesday’s statement said that a post-war Afghanistan would have an Islamic legal system, protect women’s rights “within the Islamic framework of Islamic values,” and ensure equality for all ethnic groups. The much-touted conference was attended by Taliban, Afghan government representatives, women and members of the country’s nascent civil society. It aimed to produce a new level of consensus among Afghanistan’s fissiparous society. No date was given for the tougher negotiations to follow, when the many sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict will sit down to hammer out the details of what an Islamic system will look like, how constitutional reform will come about, and what will become of the many local militias affiliated with the country’s powerful warlords, who are affiliated with Kabul. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThey will also have to tackle how women’s rights fit into the definition of the “Islamic values,” as well as whether to set up an interim administration and when elections should be held. The conference agreed to keep the momentum going with confidence building measures. These included the unconditional release of old, disabled and sick prisoners though there was no mention of the affiliation of the prisoners or whether it included those captured in the war. The warring sides also agreed not to attack institutions such as hospitals and schools, as well as national infrastructure such as hydro-electric dams. They also agreed to be more diplomatic in their references to each other. There was no mention of a cease-fire, which Khalilzad has said the negotiations on the final deal would address. Both sides did agree, however, to do more to protect civilians. The United Nations has expressed growing concern over civilian deaths in the conflict, and has criticised all sides for rising casualty rates, including from stepped up US airstrikes. Even as the conference was ending, an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province killed seven people, six of them children. Early on Tuesday, a strike hit Kotuk Khiel village. The residents carried the bodies of the dead to the provincial capital of Pul-e-Kumri, where Afghanistan National Defense Forces had blocked the road. Safdar Mohesni, the provincial council chief, said the airstrike was carried out by “foreigners,” a reference to the United States. There was no immediate comment from the US military to a request from The Associated Press. The Taliban have also been deeply criticised for their many attacks that have killed or wounded civilians, including a devastating suicide car bombing on Sunday in Ghazni province that killed 12 people and wounded more than 150 others, including many students at a nearby school.last_img read more

We think its wrong Family of slain Aamjiwnaang woman shocked to hear

first_img(Gail Fawcett with her father in an undated photo.)Lucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe family of a slain Aamjiwnaang First Nation woman say they fear her killer is identifying as Indigenous to get away with a lesser sentence.Gail Fawcett’s relatives were shocked and angry to learn that a Gladue report is being written for Gino Langevin.“We think it’s wrong, we feel like it’s another excuse for Gino to get away with this,” said Sheila Fawcett-Yendall, Gail’s sister, who’s also from the First Nation in Sarnia, Ont.Fawcett and Langevin dated for about nine years before he stabbed her to death during a “cocaine-induced psychotic episode” outside their Ottawa home on July 21, 2015.While initially facing first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty to a lesser manslaughter charge.In all the years of attending family Sunday dinners and barbecues together, Fawcett-Yendall said Langevin never mentioned his Indigenous roots.It wasn’t until his sentencing hearing on March 20, when the court heard a Gladue report was being prepared, that Fawcett-Yendall and her family learned he was Indigenous.“This is the first time hearing this, he told us he was French,” she said.A Gladue report is a pre-sentencing document detailing an Indigenous offender’s personal background.If the offender grew up going to residential school or suffered any other socioeconomic injustice as a result of his or her upbringing, then a judge may consider those circumstances in a sentencing decision.  A judge may then recommend restorative justice, such as a healing circle, over incarceration.Every Indigenous offender has the right to a Gladue report, but it doesn’t guarantee they will walk out of court. That’s at the judge’s discretion.Fawcett-Yendall said she still fears Langevin will get a lesser sentence.“To me, it’s like he’s going to walk,” she said. “It’s going to be a slap on the wrist for what he did.”She also didn’t realize until after her sister’s death that Langevin was struggling with drug issues.According to the agreed statement of facts, Fawcett called 9-1-1 on July 21, 2015, around 1 p.m. to report her boyfriend was having a psychotic breakdown.Langevin, who was 45 years old at the time, could be heard saying, “If you don’t come to my world I will shoot you,” as Fawcett whispered to the 9-1-1 dispatcher to “please hurry.”Langevin went downstairs, at which point Fawcett told the dispatcher she feared his erratic behaviour. She said he was struggling with drug problems and had been trying to quit cocaine.Soon after, Fawcett walked outside the couple’s house at 209 Anna Ave. and Langevin followed.Upon hearing sirens in the distance, he ran back inside.Derek Marriner, an Ottawa paramedic, arrived and saw Fawcett in the street, who he recognized from a call to the house the previous day. On July 20, 2015, Fawcett had called 9-1-1 – again for Langevin’s drug addiction problems.That time, her boyfriend agreed to be sent to the hospital for a medical assessment, but he was released later that evening.The next day, he wasn’t as compliant.The court documents say shortly after Marriner arrived, Langevin came outside wielding a knife. He headed for the paramedic, who told Fawcett to run. Marriner then got into his emergency vehicle and locked the doors, sitting in the only available seat as the others were covered with equipment.Fawcett started to run but turned around when she saw Langevin trying to get into the vehicle. She yelled at him to stop, at which point he ran after her, grabbed her and forced her to the ground. He repeatedly stabbed her with the knife and then proceeded to take off her shorts while she lay unresponsive. He then took off all his clothes and kissed her.The paramedic turned on his sirens to try and stop the horrific scene, but it didn’t work. Marriner then drove his vehicle towards Langevin and struck him with the side mirror. Langevin stood up and Marriner instructed him to sit on the curb, kicking the knife out of reach.Langevin stayed seated until police arrived and placed him under arrest for attempted murder.Marriner tried saving the 54-year-old Fawcett, who laid unconscious on the street with a weak pulse, bleeding heavily.She was sent to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:04 p.m. – almost an hour after she dialed for help.Langevin admitted to stabbing his girlfriend, but would not say why. He said he had a “longstanding battle with cocaine use,” according to court documents.“It is agreed that at the time he killed Gail Fawcett, Mr. Langevin was experiencing a cocaine-induced psychotic episode and as a result of this he did not have the required intent for murder,” reads the court transcript from Langevin’s hearing on Dec. 14, 2017.While reading his victim impact statement in court March 20, Marriner said of all the calls he has responded to in his 17-year career, it’s that incident that has left him struggling with guilt and PTSD.Despite this, Langevin is still only guilty of manslaughter, which baffles Fawcett-Yendall.“He affected more lives than my sister’s. It was horrific what he did. And it was because he liked using cocaine,” she said, adding she hopes he undergoes treatment for his drug problems as part of his sentence.“I don’t have faith in the system.”The Gladue report was due April 24, but it has been postponed.Langevin is next due in court June 15.Unlike first degree and second-degree murder which carry a minimum sentence of 25-years, manslaughter does not carry a minimum sentence unless a firearm is involved.lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

Police fire tear gas make several arrests as Kataragama erupts

The Special Task Force had been deployed to provide security to the Kataragama police station. (Colombo Gazette) Area residents who were outraged over the shooting attacked the Kataragama police station last night. Protests were staged near the Kataragama police station today with tires being burnt along the streets.As the situation escalated, the Police fired tear gas towards the unruly crowd and arrested over 63 people including 15 women. The policeman who opened fire was later arrested and remanded till January 30. The Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as Kataragama erupted today following overnight tensions resulting from a shooting incident.A tense situation arose in Kataragama last night after the Police shot dead a motorcyclist who ignored orders and failed to stop. read more

UN interviews another key Iraqi scientist as inspections continue

Members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) interviewed a metallurgist from a high-visibility state company, according to a spokesman for the Agency and the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC).”He provided technical details of a military programme,” spokesman Hiro Ueki said in Baghdad. “This programme has attracted considerable attention as a possible prelude to a clandestine nuclear programme. The answers will be of great use in completing the IAEA assessment.”Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC biological team inspected the Modern Chemical Industries in Hay Babil, a private company that produces industrial alcohol, medicinal-grade alcohol, arak, whiskey and gin from dates.“The company is a declared and previously monitored site, due to the presence of dual-use equipment,” Mr. Ueki said. “The site was closed for the Christmas holiday but access was granted to the offices, production areas and a laboratory the team wanted to inspect for which keys were available.”Two UNMOVIC teams visited the Al Nasser Al Athim (Al Adheem) State Company in Baghdad, a facility for heavy engineering, according to the spokesman. “Although it was a Friday inspection, access to the facility as well as all the buildings designated for inspection was granted,” he added.As one group of UN inspectors continued their “re-baselining” of the site, a team of missile experts held discussions with site personnel, while others inspected buildings on the facility, which undertakes a wide range of metal working for both civilian and military purposes. read more

Plyley aims to keep momentum going in Grad Studies

Michael PlyleyMichael Plyley only has to walk a few feet from his office to see an example of Brock’s commitment to research and graduate studies.The Faculty of Graduate Studies office is a short jaunt from the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. In a few steps, the new Dean of Graduate Studies can look out on the $111-million project that will house research space for various Brock researchers, and ultimately help recruit some of the country’s top graduate students.It’s not just the additional bench space it brings for researchers and graduate students, he said. It’s the concept – one that promotes interaction and the exchange of ideas amongst researchers from various programs.“It’s a relatively small pool of talent we’re after, so we need to be competitive,” Plyley said. “Investments in research facilities and space for graduate students are hugely helpful in this regard. Future graduate students are also attracted to an institution that is committed to their overall development and provides opportunities for the academic exchange of thoughts and ideas from all disciplines.”Plyley assumed his new role on July 1, taking over for Marilyn Rose, who was in the position for seven years. Prior to this, he was Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Graduate studies is nothing new for Plyley, who has served as an associate dean of graduate studies somewhere – whether at Brock or for his former employer, the University of Toronto – since 1998.“I’ve been running a graduate program for a good portion of my career,” he said.That career began in 1979 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He returned to Canada in 1980 and spent 20 years in research and faculty posts at the University of Toronto.He first came to Brock on sabbatical in 2000, when he investigated the feasibility of establishing a centre for aging and mobility at Brock. He returned to Toronto after his sabbatical, but Brock made an impression on him.“The building and expansion process was just starting, but I could sense the energy,” he said. “It seemed like there was an opportunity to be part of building something of consequence to the development of the University.”He came to Brock as an Associate Dean of Applied Health Sciences in 2001. With his colleagues, he helped build the existing Faculty, nurturing new researchers and working for grants and lab space.But his love of graduate studies, and seeing graduate students flourish, drew him to his new position.“There’s always been something about training and mentoring future faculty and researchers that excites me,” he said.Drawing the country’s top graduate students to Brock will require the development of additional scholarships and research infrastructure, he said. That’s where the Cairns Complex comes into play. He sees graduate studies as taking an increasingly visible role at the University.“As we continue to grow as a comprehensive university, graduate studies is going to be at the forefront,” he said. “The research that graduate students do with their supervisors will go a long ways in developing our reputation and our comprehensiveness.”Plyley’s wife Gail is a family doctor in Oakville. They have two children, and his son David graduated from Brock last year with a degree in Community Health Sciences, and is training as a paramedic. Daughter Kate begins PhD studies in law at University of Victoria in September. Plyley’s research involves capillaries, which are the smallest blood vessels in the body, and their functional relationship with muscle fibres in health and disease. read more

Rio Tinto expresses cautious optimism and positive diamond and minerals outlook

first_imgRio Tinto helding an investor seminar in Sydney yesterday that included an in-depth look at its Iron Ore and Diamonds & Minerals product groups. Chief Executive Tom Albanese said “Rio Tinto is very well positioned despite the challenging global economic environment. Today we are highlighting the strong future earnings potential from iron ore volume increases and higher-priced new titanium dioxide contracts. And we are showcasing the excellence of our West Australian iron ore business, which is delivering productivity improvements and holding down the costs of expansion despite the current headwinds.“We are taking further tough action to roll back the unsustainable cost increases of the past few years and are maintaining a relentless focus on improving productivity. We are investing in the highest returning opportunities, delivering major projects on time and are taking advantage of the inbuilt flexibility in our phased investment programmes. We have the ability to respond to changing market conditions and I am confident we have the right strategy to maximise shareholder value in the long term.”Rio believes the short-term macroeconomic outlook remains volatile, with major uncertainties around future US and European economic growth. However, it is guardedly optimistic on China’s prospects. A number of recent macro leading indicators have beaten market expectations, suggesting early signs of economic pickup. Rio expects this to continue in 2013, leading to a slight rise in Chinese GDP growth to above 8% next year.Rio’s strategy of investing in and operating large, long-term, cost-competitive mines and assets is unchanged. It is committed to a strong balance sheet and aims to maintain a single A credit rating.The company says its strong track record in productivity improvement and management of major capital projects continues to deliver increased value:Current nameplate capacity in the Pilbara has risen from 230 (Mt/y to 237 Mt/y through de-bottlenecking and productivity improvement, with minimal capital spend; this increases the capacity of the expansion programme from 353 to 360 Mt/yThe capital intensity of the Pilbara expansion programme from 220 to 360 Mt/y remains at the mid-$150s per tonne level despite a strong Australian dollar; this has been made possible through capital efficiency and productivity improvements including a S$1 billion saving from reconfiguring the mine plan.Rio Tinto is continuing its drive for further cost reductions:It is targeting cumulative savings of more than $5 billion of operating and support costs by the end of 2014 compared with expected costs in 2012, based on current market conditions and stable operating conditionsPlanned spending on exploration and evaluation projects will be reduced by $1 billion over the remainder of 2012 and 2013Capital expenditure on approved and sustaining projects will taper off from current levels in 2013Sustaining capital expenditure will reduce by more than US$1 billion next year.Rio Tinto will benefit from three major sources of production growth in 2013:Expansion of 53 Mt/y of iron ore production capacity as the Pilbara operations reach capacity of 290 Mt/y in the fourth quarterFirst commercial production from the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in the first half, following the successful conclusion of a power supply agreement earlier this monthThe ongoing ramp up of the Yarwun 2 alumina refinery, which started production in the second half of 2012, and is already producing at around 90% of nameplate capacity.As China and other emerging economies become more consumption-led, Rio Tinto is set to benefit from mid- to late-cycle commodities such as titanium dioxide. The business will become a more significant contributor to Rio Tinto earnings from 2013 as long-term contracts expire, increasing exposure to current market prices, which are up to 300% higher than existing contract averages.The longer term picture remains positive, with increasing urbanisation in emerging markets driving strong demand growth across a range of commodities, and a slower supply response from the industry.Other key topics covered at the seminar included those below.In iron ore, Rio expects Chinese steel demand growth to peak at around 1,000 Mt towards 2030. Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) continues to be the Pilbara’s lowest cost, most productive operator. The cash cost of production in the Pilbara was $24.50/t in the first half of 2012; the cost per tonne to deliver to China is $47/t, including royalties, shipping and sustaining capital costs; this is expected to reduce when infrastructure expansions are in place. Expansion of capacity in the Pilbara to 290 Mt/y is on track for the fourth quarter of 2013 and on budget. RTIO is reaping competitive advantage from innovation in technology and automation through Rio Tinto’s Mine of the FutureTM program.Investment in Simandou, the largest undeveloped iron ore deposit in the world, will be phased as the Government of Guinea progresses its financing strategy and grants approvals for the next steps in developing rail and port infrastructure. First shipment of ore is scheduled by mid-2015. The partnership with the Government of Guinea, the Chinalco consortium and the International Finance Corp underpins the development strategy and risk management approach of the project.Global underlying macro-trends are driving mid-late cycle demand growth for minerals. Rio Tinto is the largest producer of high grade titanium dioxide feedstocks with global feedstock capacity of around 2.2 Mt/y. The doubling of Rio Tinto’s stake in the Richards Bay Minerals TiO2 business is value-accretive and is expected to have a positive cash pay back within five years. Co-products, including zircon, rutile, iron and steel, are recovered to generate substantial additional value. A leading resource and technology position provides options to further expand mining and refining capacity by up to 50%, subject to market conditions.Rio Tinto has a strong underlying position in borates, with significant options to grow through projects like the development of the kernite processing plant at Boron in California. Options are being created to expand into complementary sectors. The Jadar lithium-borate project in Serbia has the potential to supply 20% of the lithium market. The potash development joint venture in Canada is targeting a tier one resource suitable for solution mining with promising initial results.In Diamonds, the Argyle underground development is progressing and the first crusher will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2013.last_img read more

Atlas Copco to discontinue former Hartl mobile crushing and screening business

first_imgAtlas Copco, a leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has decided to discontinue its Powercrusher business, in which it manufactures and sells mobile crushers and screeners for quarrying, civil engineering and recycling. The move comes less than five years after Atlas Copco acquired the assets through its purchase of Hartl Anlagenbau GmbH in August 2010. At the time, the then Business Area President of Atlas Copco Construction & Mining Technique stated: “The acquisition increases Atlas Copco’s participation in the customer value chain and makes us a more complete partner to our customers in these segments”, however, with the latest annoucement, Johan Halling, President of Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area states: “we are discontinuing this business as it does not fit strategically for us.”Atlas Copco will stop manufacturing at the plant in St. Valentin, Austria, during 2015 and will arrange for customers getting aftermarket service support for the existing fleet also in the future. Halling added: “we will ensure existing Powercrusher customers will continue to have their equipment serviced in the best way.” The Powercrusher business has about 70 employees and had revenues in 2014 of about MSEK 255 (€28 million). The product line includes track-mounted jaw crushers, impact crushers, cone crushers and screening plants. The jaw crushers (up to 350 t/h) feature a unique quattro movement for maximum processing efficiency.last_img read more

Poll Has the Irelands Ancient East campaign tempted you to go on

first_img Yes (1774) Share12 Tweet Email6 Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 12:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article YesI had been before the campaignNo, but I intend toNo, not at allVote Short URL By Team Poll: Has the Ireland’s Ancient East campaign tempted you to go on it? Give it to us straight. Honest answers only. Poll Results: Cahir Castle in southeast Tipperary is on the Ancient East trail. No, not at all (4126)center_img THIS WEEK A large number of Chinese bloggers and journalists are sampling highlights of the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ trail and sending their images and recommendations back home.The importance of tourism to Ireland is well understood – and the Ireland’s Ancient East campaign by Fáilte Ireland was launched following the fairly successful rebranding of the west as the Wild Atlantic Way.Are those living in Ireland taking notice of the branding? Have you been tempted by the Ireland’s Ancient East marketing to go visit somewhere on that trail that you hadn’t been to before? Jun 7th 2017, 12:38 PM 52 Comments No, but I intend to (1401) I had been before the campaign (1081) Image: Shutterstock/Captblack76 Cahir Castle in southeast Tipperary is on the Ancient East trail. Image: Shutterstock/Captblack76 19,364 Views last_img read more

Domestic violence suspect makes first court appearance

first_imgA Vancouver man reportedly suffering a mental health crisis is accused of stabbing his grandfather in the stomach and trashing his residence Friday night, according to court documents.Terrence B. Joshua, 24, made a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree domestic violence assault and second-degree domestic violence malicious mischief. His bail was set at $500,000, court records show.Joshua’s grandfather, 65-year-old Robert Green, was treated and released from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, hospital spokesman, Randy Querin, said Monday afternoon.Clark County sheriff’s deputies received a call at about 8:44 p.m. from a woman advising them that her son, Joshua, was having a mental health crisis and was off his medication. She wanted officers to know in case they received calls about him, according to an affidavit of probable cause.As the deputy was reading the call, dispatch said it received a call from Green who said Joshua had assaulted him. As deputies responded to his residence at the Crown Plaza Apartments, 10117 N.E. Ninth Ave., another deputy spotted Joshua walking south on Hazel Dell Avenue and then east on Northeast 99th Street, toward the direction of Green’s apartment, the affidavit states.When deputies knocked on Green’s door, they heard him moving things from behind the door as if it were barricaded. He was bleeding near his right eye, which was swollen shut, deputies said, and the left side of his face was severely swollen and bruised, according to court documents.last_img read more

This is what Germany needs according to Bierhoff

first_imgThe legendary German footballer believes that in order to get back to the top, the Nationalmannschaft needs to enjoy football again.2018 was a year to forget for the Germany national team.The defending FIFA World Cup champions did not make it out alive of the Group Stage of the 2018 competition.And then it failed miserably in the UEFA Nations League tournament.Part of the blame is that the Nationalmannschaft is not enjoying football as before, at least this is what legendary footballer Oliver Bierhoff believes.“I am convinced that although it felt that way last summer, German football is not far away from being the world’s best,” said Bierhoff to the official Germany Football Association website.“We need more emotion again. Despite all the systems, we also need to create space for the development of individuals.”“We need more playground mentality again,” he explained.“Together with the league and clubs we aim to establish a successful German way,” he said.“We need to start making the most of our talent pool again, and also develop the boys and girls of our youth teams as best we can.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Our analysis has shown that at least a third of the talent available to us is not developed to its full potential,” he said on what needs to be changed.Germany’s 2018 World Cup run was the worst of any German national team in history.“We have one head coach and two assistants in our youth teams,” added Meikel Schönweitz, head coach of the national youth teams.“With that, with have three coaches in every team and three different types of coaches: the experienced one, the innovative one, and the specialist.”“My job is to help the coaches to further develop their expertise,” he continued.“We’re seeing things that we could take for our own work more and more. The goal is to get through to the players through the coach and fully develop talent. I see myself as a go-to for the players. We’re already looking at who has the upcoming tournaments in their sights and who could help us at EURO 2024.”Happy 28th Birthday to Christoph #Kramer! 🎉#DieMannschaft— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) February 19, 2019last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Abundant Life Christian Schools Class of 2019 Thanks

first_imgDear Editor,Abundant Life Christian School’s Class of 2019 would like to thank the community for your support of our 20th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction held on March 22, 2019. Our event was a big success, surpassing our fundraising goal. The 8th grade class is now enjoying the benefits of their hard work and your generosity and willingness to help.We would like to thank the following donors for contributing to our fundraiser to benefit the 8th grade to trip to Washington, D.C. We are truly grateful to each and every one of you…A Whole Bunch Flower Market; Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center; Academy of Traditional Karate, Inc.; Acres of Wildlife; Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center; Arrow Paper Corporation; Art by Alina; Attitash Mountain Village; Auntie Dog; The Balanced Life with Robin Long; BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course; Behn Basketball Camp; Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture; Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant; Best Choice Products; B.Good; Block Island Ferry; Bob’s Discount Furniture; Bose Corporation; Boston Bruins; Boston College Athletics; Boston Red Sox; Bromley Mountain Ski Resort; Brown University Athletics; Buffalo Wild Wings; Butcher Boy Market; The Butterfly Place; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Camp Berea; Camp Spofford; Cardi’s Furniture; Cedardale Health & Fitness; Charles River Canoe & Kayak; The Chateau; The Cheesecake Factory; Chick-Fil-A; Chipotle Mexican Grill; Chuckster’s Family Fun Park; Clix New England; The Common Man; Concord Museum; Copper Door; Cowabunga’s; Cozi Inc.; Cranmore Mountain Resort; Cumberland Farms; Dartmouth College Athletics; Dave and Buster’s; Davis Familyland; deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Discovery Museum; Donna’s Donuts; Eating Clean, Cooking Dirty; Einstein’s Workshop; Elia’s Country Store; Elite Freestyle Karate; Essex River Cruises; Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk; Focus on the Family; Foxwood’s Resort Casino; The Freedom Trail Foundation; Gardens Alive!; Gaslight; God’s Glory Box; Great NH Restaurants, Inc.; Greater Boston Stage Company; Grotonwood Camp & Conference Center; Grove Collaborative, Inc.; Gymja Warrior; GymStreet USA; Harrows Chicken Pies; Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant; Harvard Museum of Natural History; Harvard Athletics; Heather Sidell, doTerra Essential Oils; Home Improvement Ministries; Hy-Line Cruises; The Institute of Contemporary Art; Jan Brett; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; John Morley; Keurig; Kickstart Reading; King’s Bowling; LaCascia’s Bakery & Deli; Larz Anderson Auto Museum; Launch Trampoline Park; Lauren Daigle; Look What I Made!; Lowell Spinners Baseball; Lucky Nails; The Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Magic Brush Pottery; Mahoney’s Garden Center; Manchester Monarchs; The Margate Resort; Market Basket; Mary Peacock Photography; Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm; Massage Envy; Matthew West; Meadow Breeze Day Camp; Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Mill Falls at the Lake; Miss Betty Fournier; Moonstones; Museum of Science; Nathaniel’s at Hawthorne Hotel; New England Aquarium; Nora Fleming; North Shore Music Theatre; O’Connor Hardware; O’Neil Cinemas; Old Sturbridge Village; One Stop Fun; Oriental Trading Company; Pacific Grove; Panera Bread; Paper Culture LLC; Paper Source; Parker’s Maple Barn; Pats Peak Ski Area; Pawtucket Red Sox; Peabody Essex Museum; PepsiCo; Picaboo; Pizza Mia and Uptown Deli & Catering; Portland Sea Dogs; Potbelly Sandwich Shop; Project Repat Inc.; Puppet Showplace Theatre; Red’s Center Laundromat Cleaners; River Rock Music Festival; Rizzo’s Roast Beef & Pizza; Rocco’s Restaurant; Rock Spot Climbing; Rockport Inn & Suites; Roller Kingdom; The Salon on Haven; Santa’s Village; Savanah’s Sweets; ScrubaDub Wash Centers; Sculpture Garden Sweet Inc.; Shauna Runnion-Bareford, Norwex; New Sound Concerts/Soulfest; Southwick’s Zoo; The Sports Museum; Springfield Museums; Swan Boats; Sweet Peas & Saffron; Toni’s Own Cookies; Total Wine & More; UMass Lowell Athletics; Vera Bradley Sales, LLC.; Wachusett Mountain Ski Area; Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center; Water Wizz of Cape Cod; Wegmans Food Markets; Wheel of Fortune; Wilmington Fire Department; Wilmington House of Pizza; Woburn Bowladrome Inc.; XtremeCraze; The Yoga Loft; and York’s Wild Kingdom.Once again, we want to express our appreciation for your generosity and support for our 20th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction. We are truly blessed to have received your donations.Very truly yoursAbundant Life Christian School Class of 2019Like 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… RelatedAbundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 13In “Education”Abundant Life’s Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction Set For March 22In “Community”Abundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 7In “Community”last_img read more

Powerful storm lashes Japan snarls holiday travel

first_imgTOKYO: A powerful tropical storm lashed Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that injured at least 14 people, prompted warnings of landslides and flooding, and sparked evacuation advisories and travel chaos at a peak holiday period. Severe Tropical Storm Krosa — one notch below a typhoon — was churning slowly through southwestern parts of Japan, packing wind gusts of up to 144 kilometres (89 miles) per hour. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Dramatic television footage showed violent winds uprooting trees, snapping lampposts and spinning pods on a ferris wheel. Meanwhile, high waves smashed into a breakwater, engulfing a 10-metre lighthouse, while swollen rivers broke their banks and swamped nearby roads. Authorities issued a voluntary evacuation advisory to around 580,000 people in the storm’s path although few appeared to have heeded the warning. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Public broadcaster NHK and local authorities said at least 14 people sustained minor injuries and a man in his 50s had broken his leg. “We still have intermittent downpours,” said Takayoshi Sugimoto, a disaster management official in the southwestern province of Tokushima. “We will remain vigilant as more rain is expected in the afternoon,” he told AFP. Advertise With Us The national disaster management agency said a party of 18 people including children got stranded during a barbeque in a valley when the river rose rapidly on Wednesday. They were rescued Thursday morning. Krosa also sparked travel chaos as people returned to major cities following the Obon holiday. More than 720 domestic flights were cancelled to and from cities in western Japan and bullet train services were either scrapped or sharply reduced. Ferries connecting the southern Shikoku island and other parts of Japan were also cancelled as high waves lashed the coast. Krosa weakened significantly from earlier in the week as it stalled in the Pacific Ocean but it boasts an unusually large eye, meaning it is likely to dump rain over a wide area. It was moving north at 30 kilometres per hour and the rain is expected to last for an extended period.last_img read more

Tanu Weds Manu Returns Second Weekend Box Office Collection Kangana Starrer Collects

first_img#TanuWedsManuReturns to cross ₹ 100 cr mark in India today [Monday; Day 11]. The film is UNSTOPPABLE. Next target: ₹ 125 cr. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 1, 2015Meanwhile, “Piku” has been hit by the strong run of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.The Deepika Padukone-Amitabh Bachchan starrer’s total box office collection in India reached ₹77 .33 crore, with ₹45 lakh on Friday, ₹75 lakh on Saturday and ₹1.05 crore on Sunday.#Piku [Week 4] Fri 45 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1.05 cr. Grand total: ₹ 77.33 cr. India biz. SUPER HIT!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 1, 2015 “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”Twitter/ Tanu Weds Manu Returns”Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is now officially the highest Bollywood grosser in India this year, earning ₹98.37 crore in box office collections after the end of its second weekend.Trade analysts predict the collections to cross ₹100 crore by Monday (1 June).Taran Adarsh says the movie collected ₹6.65 crore, ₹9.40 crore and ₹12.25 crore last Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. With this, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” has beaten Akshay Kumar’s “Baby” and “Gabbar is Back”, which earned ₹95.50 crore and ₹86 crore respectively, in India.Adarsh adds the Kangana Ranaut starrer could even earn ₹125 crore.  #TanuWedsManuReturns has a SOLID Weekend 2: Fri 6.65 cr, Sat 9.40 cr, Sun 12.25 cr. Grand total: ₹ 98.37 cr. India biz. BLOCKBUSTER.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 1, 2015last_img read more

Comic Book Convention Brings Thousands of People Millions of Dollars to Houston

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /01:34 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 3ComicpaloozaCosplayers at 2015ComicpaloozaOn Friday morning, the George R. Brown Convention Center hasn’t even opened its showroom doors yet, but people are already lining up outside. A lot of them are in full costume, ranging from action heroes to Harry Potter characters.  It’s Comicpalooza, the event that draws people of all levels of comic book fandom.At this point, hundreds of vendors are still in the process of getting their booths set up.Local artist Toni Shelton has been selling her animation prints here for about four years and is bracing for a busy weekend. “Sometimes there are points when (it’s) so packed, you couldn’t walk across the aisle to the next booth… It’s crazy,” she says.“Events like this are really some of the things that are bread and butter for working artists,” says Comicpalooza founder John Simons. “This sort of event gives them an opportunity to promote their own work.”From the convention’s humble beginnings in the lobby of an Alamo Drafthouse in West Houston eight years ago, it’s grown to fill more than one million square feet in the GRB.Nearly 50,000 people attended last year’s convention and Simons expects at least that many this year. It brings some serious cash to the area, according to a survey by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.“Last year, the economic impact was $20 million,” Simons says.Comicpalooza runs through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.last_img read more

Local School District Says It Will Pay For Campus Security Despite Funding

first_img X Listen Share 00:00 /00:45 The Stafford School District is funded by the City of Stafford. Earlier this week, the Stafford City Council cut funding for three school resource officers.After paying for those officers for years, the Stafford Police Department now says that state law requires the school district to pay.Christopher Caldwell is president of the Stafford Municipal School District’s Board of Trustees. He said they are hoping to work something out with the city and they also want to assure parents their school will be secure.“The first day of school, we will have three officers on campus,” explained Caldwell. “We’re not sure how we’re going to do it but we know we will make it happen.”The district says the cost of the officers amounts to a little over $185,000 a year. Caldwell says if the school has to come up with that money, they may have to make cuts elsewhere.The board is planning a special meeting to discuss the issue on Thursday.We reached out to the City of Stafford but didn’t hear back before deadline. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Xbox One specs 8GB RAM 8core AMD chip 500GB hard drive

first_imgMicrosoft’s new console is on the way, but what exactly is underneath that glossy black exterior?We now have two amazing new consoles on the way to retail shelves later this year, and while Sony was first to announce that their shiny new box was on the way it was Microsoft who actually showed off their hardware first. This new blocky console is very different from the previous Xbox releases. The Xbox looked like a bulging box, ready to burst with the X in the center of the console to further demonstrate that it was coming apart. The Xbox 360, according to the console designers, was slim in the middle to resemble the box after it had exploded, collapsing in on itself. There’s no fun story to be found with the Xbox One, with its flat sides and hard edges.The only distinguishing features on the front of the console are the Xbox logo and the first disc slot in a Microsoft console that isn’t tray fed. There’s no controller slows on the front, as it appears the Xbox One will only have wireless controllers. The console looks like it will sit and just exist, no ring of lights or anything that would encourage you to interact with the console itself aside from inserting or ejecting discs from the Blu-ray player. The back of the console is an ocean of ports, including a pair of HDMI ports to allow video from your television to pass through the console and encourage users to never turn their Xbox One off while they are in the living room.Under that plastic shell is Durango, the code name for this console. An 8-core AMD processor and 8GB of RAM with a 500GB internal hard drive make up the majority of what we know about the console’s internal architecture so far. This 40nm SoC combines the CPU and GPU into a single chip, of which we know little about yet. The storage is no doubt expandable through the use one of the two USB 3.0 ports on the back of the console, which will also likely be how the Kinect speaks to the box. Aside from the ethernet port, the Xbox One has an 802.11n card that also allows for WiFi direct connections with compatible devices.Microsoft focused briefly on the practically silent operation of the console, which is somehow achieved through variable power states. It was made clear that this console was built to last, which served as a brief nod to the early problems had with the Xbox 360 overheating. At the absolute least, as there are currently no lights on the front of the console so there will need to be something to replace the Red Ring of Death moniker.On paper, it looks like Microsoft has put their best food forward. Only time will tell if their next console has what it takes to keep up with Sony and the PlayStation 4. Over the next year, these two companies will be approaching game consoles from what appear to be very different mindsets, and it will be consumers voting with their wallets who decided which is best.last_img read more

Daughters illness was darkest period

first_imgWatching daughter Lily-Rose struggling with bad health in 2007 was the “darkest period” of actor Johnny Depp’s life.The 52-year-old “Black Mass” stars’ daughter, now 16, was hospitalised in 2007 after contracting an E Coli infection that caused kidney failure. She was 7 years old at the time, reported People magazine. “For me it’s a gift. They give me the gift. When my daughter was ill in Great Ormond Street it was the darkest period of my life. I’d always done these visits but after that experience the visits became more and more important. “The kids are so courageous but to be able to bring a smile or a giggle to the parents means everything in the world to me,” Depp said.last_img read more

July is deadliest month of 2012 for US troops

first_imgCasualties have jumped each year in the summer months, when warm weather makes it easier for insurgents to move around the mountainous country and carry out attacks. The three deadliest months of the war for U.S. troops have been in summer: August 2011, 71 deaths; July 2010, 65 deaths; June 2010, 60 deaths. During the winter, the Taliban and other insurgent groups have tended to bed down to wait out the cold.In the past two years, there has also been a surge of insider attacks in which Afghans have turned their guns on their international counterparts. NATO says that 34 international service members have been killed in such inside attacks so far this year.The U.S. started drawing down forces from a peak of nearly 103,000 last year and plans to have decreased to 68,000 troops in Afghanistan by October.Yearly breakdown of U.S. deaths In Afghanistan since start of the war:_2001: 3_2002: 23_2003: 30_2004: 49_2005: 93_2006: 88_2007: 110_2008: 151_2009: 305_2010: 492_2011: 398_2012: 219Monthly U.S. death tolls In Afghanistan since January 2010:_August 2012: 26_July 2012: 40_June 2012: 27_May 2012: 39_April 2012: 34_March 2012: 18_February 2012: 10_January 2012: 25 _December 2011: 15_November 2011: 17_October 2011: 28_September 2011: 38_August 2011: 71_July 2011: 33_June 2011: 46_May 2011: 34_April 2011: 46_March 2011: 27_February 2011: 19_January 2011: 24_December 2010: 33_November 2010: 53_October 2010: 49_September 2010: 42_August 2010: 55_July 2010: 65_June 2010: 60_May 2010: 34_April 2010: 19_March 2010: 24_February 2010: 28_January 2010: 30———-These numbers are based on Department of Defense press releases and include only deaths that occurred from incidents in Afghanistan. Data includes military civilian deaths. It does not include deaths of service personnel from other countries in the U.S.-led coalition. Data is current as of Aug. 16, 2012.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist (AP) – At least 1,961 U.S. service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan over the course of the 11-year war. Casualties rose steadily each year before reaching a peak in 2010 when 492 personnel were killed. There has been a slight decrease in casualties since then, with 398 killed in 2011, and at least 219 so far this year. Even with the downward trend in deaths, however, one U.S. soldier has been killed every day this year on average. July has been the deadliest month of 2012 for U.S. troops, with 40 killed as a result of war-related violence. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Mexico blast a blow to Pemexs improving safety

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Large gaps remain in what is known about the events that led up to the Reynosa explosion, including exactly what the contractors were doing at the facility, said George Baker, a Houston, Texas-based industry analyst who runs an energy newsletter focused on Mexico.“Blaming contractors is an easy out for any company,” Baker said, noting that such accusations frequently mark disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Pemex had been reducing accidents in the 2000s, following a series of incidents in the 1980s and 1990s, according to company figures. The number of accidents per million hours worked dropped by more than half, from 1.06 in 2005 to 0.42 in 2010. That is in line with the international average of about 0.43 per million, according to the U.K.-based International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, which does not independently verify company numbers.But Pemex acknowledged in a report that starting in late 2011, a series of smaller blasts and fires, mainly at refineries and petrochemical plants, had “seriously impacted” its safety rate. It said the rate of injuries per million hours had risen to 0.54. No figures are available yet for 2012. The death of 30 workers in one accident was the largest-single toll in at least a decade for the company.Only about one-sixth of those killed and half the 46 injured were Pemex employees. The rest worked for a half-dozen private companies doing operational and maintenance work at the station, which is next door to a larger and more flammable natural gas-processing plant.Some analysts pointed to Pemex’s huge reliance on subcontractors as a possible contributing factor to the disaster, while others defended the outsourcing.Pemex figures say contractors are slightly less prone to be involved in accidents than the company’s own staff.Carlos Ramirez, an analyst at the Eurasia Group who formerly worked at Pemex, disagreed.“My experience was always that contractors were lagging behind overall Pemex procedures. It was always a challenge to get them up to speed,” he said.Pemex officials have said that an accidental leak appears to have caused the fire and that there were no signs so far of sabotage.Executives said a valve apparently failed as workers performed routine testing where pipelines from gas wells in the Burgos basin converge near the border with Texas. The plant distributes the gas into a processing plant next door that produces fuel for domestic use. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – An enormous blast that killed 30 workers at a pipeline facility in northern Mexico was a big setback for the state-owned oil company, which up to this year had been reporting strides in its safety record at once accident-prone plants.Petroleos Mexicanos and prosecutors were still combing the burned-out rubble and twisted wreckage Thursday at the pipeline metering center near Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. But it was already clear Tuesday’s blast and fire marked a serious reversal in what Pemex has said was a declining accident rate. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Pemex “doesn’t have a bad safety record, or they haven’t had until recently,” said David Shields, an energy analyst based in Mexico City.The company has been under steady pressure to open its operations to outside firms, either through contractors or near-concessions known as “multiple services contracts,” because government investment money has become scarcer and demand is growing for duties that can be performed better or cheaper by non-Pemex workers.A large number of sub-contracted workers were also involved in Pemex’s last big accident in 2007, when a sudden storm hit an offshore oil rig, killing 22 workers. Three-quarters of them were employed by outside contractors. Poor emergency training was faulted as one of the main causes of those deaths.Pemex arranged for an outside investigation, which concluded the company should have had better procedures for anchoring platforms and better weather monitoring systems.Pemex has suffered other enormous accidents, such as a fireball from an illegally tapped pipeline in the central state of Puebla in 2010 that killed 28 civilians, including 13 children. But that and other disasters were not at company facilities and the accidents were caused by illegal acts, such as thieves drilling risky taps into fuel pipelines. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Homebuilders Cite Labor as Top Challenge in Housing Market

first_img February 9, 2016 572 Views Confidence among home builders dipped down slightly in December, but builders remain optimistic about the housing market.For the second consecutive month, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes decreased, this time one point to 61 in December, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported in their Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).“For the past seven months, builder confidence levels have averaged in the low 60s, which is in line with a gradual, consistent recovery,” said David Crowe, NAHB Chief Economist. “With job creation, economic growth and growing household formations, we anticipate the housing market to continue to pick up traction as we head into 2016.”“Overall, builders are optimistic about the housing market, although they are reporting concerns with the high price of lots and labor,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Missouri. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Homebuilders Labor National Association of Home Builders 2016-02-09 Staff Writer Though homebuilding hiring has increased, the number of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector is growing and homebuilders can’t seem to shake one particular worry looking ahead in 2016.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) analysis, open construction sector jobs rose to 207,000 in December from 138,000 in November.”Rising job openings for the overall economy are affecting many business sectors as the unemployment rate has fallen, with employers wanting new workers but holding greater numbers of unfilled positions,” the NAHB noted. “This could bode well for future hiring, but it might also signal that scarcity for labor is becoming a more general concern.”But with fewer construction employees, the NAHB said that builders indicated are concerned about cost/availability of labor in the housing market in 2015 and heading further into 2016, among others:Cost/Availability of Labor- 71 percent in 2015, 76 percent in 2016Cost/Availability of Developed Lots- 58 percent in 2015, 59 percent in 2016Federal Environmental Regulations and Policies- 55 percent in 2015, 57 percent in 2016Regulation of Banking/Financial Institutions- 53 percent in 2015 and 2016Impact/Hook-up/Inspection or Other Fees- 53 percent in 2015, 55 percent in 2016Inaccurate appraisals- 52 percent in 2015, 48 percent in 2016Concern About Employment/Economic Situation- 47 percent in 2015, 55 percent in 2016 Gridlock/Uncertainty in Washington Making Buyers Cautious- 46 percent in 2015, 53 percent in 2016Local/State Environmental Regulations and Policies- 44 percent in 2015, 49 percent in 2016Building Material Prices- 42 percent in 2015, 56 percent in 2016 Homebuilders Cite Labor as Top Challenge in Housing Market Sharelast_img read more