Rahul Gandhi is liked by Pakistan Smriti Irani

first_imgAmethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying that it is not for the first time that Pakistan is finding support from him. While talking to the mediapersons here on Wednesday Irani said, “When the Union Home Minister is talking about one flag, one constitution for the entire country, the Congress, following the “hints and directions” from Rahul Gandhi, is echoing the views which tend to divide the country.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”It is not for the first time that Pakistan is finding support from Rahul Gandhi. If you remember, earlier also his views were liked by Pakistan. It would be better for the country if Rahul Gandhi stops igniting the fire of separatism. It is really unfortunate for India that today there is a leader in the country who doesn’t think much about the Tricolour, undermines the Tricolour and is loved by the enemy country,” said the women and child development minister. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K I appeal to the Congress that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country. Those living there wish to see development under the leadership of PM Modi, she added. Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya also criticised former Congress president. He said, “Rahul Gandhi is speaking in the tone of Pakistan. After the US President Donald Trump refused to mediate the Kashmir issue, Pakistan is boasting of being a nuclear country.” Maurya even said that the previous member of Parliament from Amethi used to talk about the poor but the current member of Parliament works for them. Maurya said, “After Smriti Irani became member of Parliament from Amethi, the development in the constituency has happened at fast pace, if the previous MP of the constituency would have done even half of the development work the situation would have been different. When we won the Amethi seat, I was sure that now Article 370 will also be abrogated.”last_img read more

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Kofi Annan Looks Forward To 2014 With The Elders

first_imgKofi Annan has wished supporters of The Elders all the best for the new year in an email newsletter.“I hope that you and your loved ones have enjoyed the holiday season,” he wrote. “We ended 2013 with the celebration of the life of an extraordinary person. Joining millions of people across the world, The Elders marked the passing of our dear friend and founder, Nelson Mandela.“Reflecting on his life and legacy at his memorial service in South Africa, my fellow Elders and I were reminded of his wisdom and uncommon humanity. Through his words and actions, he showed the world that even the most entrenched of injustices can be overcome; that bitterness can be replaced with compassion; and that jailers and their prisoners can one day be friends.“It was with this spirit of hopefulness and determination that Madiba brought The Elders together in 2007 and charged us to ‘support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair.’“Six years on, his words remain the guiding principle of our group. We remain steadfast in our commitment to fulfilling his vision for our world – one where people live in peace and equality, free from poverty and fear.“Our work in 2013 has taken us around the world, speaking out on a range of issues and listening to those – especially women and young people – who are too-often ignored by those in power. We emphasised the importance of building strong, inclusive societies during visits to Myanmar and Côte d’Ivoire and discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts with decision makers in Washington and London.“Internally, this past year was one of considerable change for The Elders. As you will know, Archbishop Tutu stepped down after more than five years as our Chair – I was honoured to be chosen to succeed him. We also welcomed two new Elders, Hina Jilani and Ernesto Zedillo.“As Elders, we have always drawn attention to the human costs of war. As I write, the conflict in Syria continues unabated. The harsh winter is bringing even greater suffering to the people of Syria, many of whom lack the basic necessities of shelter, food and medical care. So far, the international community has failed in its duty towards them.“Our fellow Elder Lakhdar Brahimi has been working quietly but persistently to bring the parties together and end the conflict. We hope that the impasse can be overcome and that all those involved will commit themselves to a peaceful transition for Syria.“Until then I will recall one of Madiba’s greatest lessons: his deep belief in our shared humanity. He embodied, more than anyone in our time, the idea that the greatest enemies could liberate themselves from hatred to build a better future.“As millions of Syrians can tell you, we have never needed this more.”last_img read more

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DR Congo UN reports clashes and abuses in east despite overall calm

31 January 2007Certain army elements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue to harass and terrorize civilians in the east of the vast country while renegade forces who refuse to join in the demobilization and reintegration process have engaged in rape and other “intolerable violations,” the United Nations mission reported today. But the overall situation remains calm. “No major event has occurred to threaten the stability and security despite some isolated incidents in the east,” UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) spokesman Kemal Saiki told the weekly briefing in Kinshasa, the capital.“MONUC remains worried by the behaviour of certain elements of the Congolese armed forces who, despite calls for discipline, continue to harass and terrorize the civilian populations,” he said.MONUC’s main military concern is the strife-torn eastern province of Ituri, due to the slow progress of demobilization and the activities of a local warlord, Peter Karim, and his militia, the Front des Nationalistes and Intégrationnistes (FNI).“Incapable of evolving towards peace, he is a vestige of the past,” MONUC military spokesman Lt.-Col. Didier Rancher said, calling Mr. Karim “a veritable dinosaur” whose FNI has reneged on all promises of joining in the demobilization process, most recently on Sunday while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the country.“Instead, incidents with civilians around Fataki took place, including rape and other intolerable violations. All outstretched hands, all offers of dialogue from the Government, helped by MONUC, have failed with Peter Karim, who resembles a museum piece in his refusal to join the demobilization process,” he added.MONUC has overseen the DRC’s transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives in fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II, to gradual stabilization, culminating in the first democratic elections in over four decades last year, the largest and most complex polls the UN has ever helped to organize.In South Kivu province during the past week, clashes occurred between army troops and a hundred partisans of the so-called Moramvia Group, in which five people are believed to have been killed and 15 wounded on both sides. MONUC forces are patrolling the area to stop the violence from spreading and unleashing a new flood of refugees. The confrontations have prevented humanitarian workers from reaching the area, MONUC’s assistant spokesman, Jean-Tobie Okala said. Together with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other partners MONUC will send an assessment as soon as security allows. In North Kivu province, skirmishes occurred last week near the villages of Myurambi and Luke between army troops and deserters refusing to reintegrate due to unfounded fears over their families. “A MONUC mobile operation bases has been set up in Luke to follow the situation closely and prevent a resumption of fire,” Lt.-Col. Rancher said. read more

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UN goes for gold on development goals during Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Sport is not just about winning medals or trophies, Wilfried Lemke, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said at an event in the Canadian coastal city, just hours before the start of the opening ceremony.Sport also instils values and skills, including respect, discipline, fair play, leadership, self-confidence, tolerance and teamwork, he underscored.It can specifically help to reach the MDGs – eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon world leaders with a 2015 expiration date – by motivating children to attend school, boost employability, empower women and curb the stigma of HIV and AIDS, the official noted.Today’s event was hosted by the non-governmental organization Right to Play, which is run by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medal winning speed skater and former Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).In total, 15 UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies have set up agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), including the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which has created a toolkit for athletes taking part in the XXI Winter Olympics.The agency will distribute HIV education, prevention and awareness packages containing male condoms to volunteers, workers and Olympians, as well as at venues including hotels and bars.Earlier this week, the world body appealed for the traditional age-old truce during the Games, urging warring parties to lay down their arms as the Games’ ancient Greek founders did some 2,700 years ago.“The Olympic Truce brings hope of at least a temporary respite from violence and armed conflict,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on the ancient Greek tradition of born in the eighth century BC.“It also draws attention to a terrible paradox. At the Olympics and throughout the year, we rightly honour the outstanding achievements of the human body and the positive social values of competitive sport, including team spirit and fairness. Yet all too often, through the carnage of war, we do damage to that same human body, and to our shared values.”For his part, General Assembly President Ali Treki recalled the 192-member body’s call in a 1993 resolution for all Member States to observe the Olympic Truce from the seventh day before the opening to the seventh day following the closing of each Olympic Games. 12 February 2010With the Winter Olympics kicking off today in Vancouver, a senior United Nations official is spotlighting the important role that sport can play in promoting development, as the finish line looms for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

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Creating the ultimate burger in a showcase of Canadian beef

by Jonathan Muma Posted Apr 6, 2016 1:28 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Here’s an event many Calgarians can get behind: A celebration of beef!Canada Beef is hosting a showcase of Canadian Beef Wednesday night, which will be highlighted by country music star Paul Brandt.Marty Carpenter, Director of the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence, says the feast will feature culinary competitors facing off to create the ultimate burger.He adds, a lot of people could use a hand when it comes to selecting cuts and how to cook their beef.Carpenter says they can help with that.“Things like our round up app which helps consumers connect with the beef product at the grocery store. They can look up cuts, recipes, etc.,” says Carpenter.Anyone can tune in to watch from 6 – 9 p.m. online at Periscope. Creating the ultimate burger in a showcase of Canadian beef read more

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Boris Denic offered to resign – Slovenian Management Board to decide

← Previous Story Velimir Petkovic to leave Frisch Auf Goppingen after 10 years! Next Story → Richar Kappelin to replace Sjostrand in Aalborg! Boris DeničSlovenian handball Nobody expected that Slovenia won’t qualified for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark after fantastic winter time in which team of head-coach Boris Denic finished fourth at the WCh 2013. Young coach has signed contract until 2016 with Slovenian Handball Federation, but after defeat against Belarus, he offered to resign. The final decision will be made by Management Board of Federation on Friday.You can express your attitude about this question HERE.Boris Denic is also a new coach of Belarus champion HC Dinamo Minsk. It was planned that he lead both teams in the upcoming years…

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Evidence points to Greece and Bulgaria as birthplaces of mankind

first_imgAccording to a study by Professor Nikolai Spassov and his team at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, the first hominid species has been traced back to the Eastern Mediterranean, challenging the long-held belief that mankind started in Africa.Two apelike fossils with human-like teeth were discovered in Greece and Bulgaria that traced back to some 7.2 million years ago, predating the hominin found in Africa.The findings published in the journal Plos One, claim the fossils are solid evidence that evolution started in the Mediterranean 200,000 years earlier than it did in Africa.“This study changes the ideas related to the knowledge about the time and the place of the first steps of the humankind,” Professor Spassov told The Telegraph regarding the creature, which has been named Graecopithecus freybergi (El Graeco).“Graecopithecus is not an ape. He is a member of the tribe of hominins and the direct ancestor of homo. “The food of the Graecopithecus was related to the rather dry and hard savanna vegetation, unlike that of the recent great apes which are living in forests. Therefore, like humans, he has wide molars and thick enamel. “To some extent this is a newly discovered missing link. But missing links will always exist, because evolution is an infinite chain of subsequent forms. Probably El Graeco’s face will resemble a great ape, with shorter canines.”According to lead researcher Professor Madelaine Böhme, a computer visualisation of the internal structures of the fossils showed the roots of an upper premolar tooth were fused.“While great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the roots of Graecopithecus converge and are partially fused – a feature that is characteristic of modern humans, early humans and several pre-humans,” she said, and added that if accepted, the theory would change the beginning of human history as we know it.“Our findings may eventually change our ideas about the origin of humanity. I personally don’t think that the descendants of Graecopithecus die out, they may have spread to Africa later,” Ms Böhme said.“The split of chimps and humans was a single event. Our data support the view that this split was happening in the eastern Mediterranean – not in Africa.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Homo sapiens sestil comporté en cannibale face à Néandertal

first_imgHomo sapiens s’est-il comporté en cannibale face à Néandertal ?Publiant leur hypothèse dans la revue Quaternary International, des chercheurs espagnols suggèrent (à nouveau) que le cannibalisme aurait pu faire partie des facteurs par lesquels l’arrivée de l’Homme anatomiquement moderne en Eurasie a entraîné la disparition de l’Homme de Néandertal voici environ 30.000 ans. Ayant déjà contribué à l’extinction de 178 espèces de grands mammifères, Homo Sapiens peut, dans certains contextes, être considéré comme “une espèce exotique invasive”, disent Policarp Hortolà et Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, de l’Université de Tarragone (Espagne). Et l’un de ces contextes, selon eux, c’est la façon dont, voici quelque 40.000 ans, l’Homme anatomiquement moderne, venant d’Afrique, a colonisé l’Eurasie, entraînant 10 à 12.000 ans plus tard la disparition de l’Homme de Néandertal. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais Sapiens, sans doute concurrent direct de Néandertal pour l’accès aux ressources alimentaires, aurait-il été jusqu’à… dévorer son cousin ? C’est la question que ces chercheurs relancent dans un article de la revue Quaternary International. “La seule façon de tester [cette théorie] est de trouver des preuves directes de consommation alimentaire par des humains modernes sur des restes néandertaliens, comme des marques de découpe ou de brisure sur les os (…)”, disent les scientifiques espagnols.Toutefois, ceux-ci admettent n’avoir à l’heure actuelle, aucune preuve irréfutable étayant cette hypothèse. Reste que celle-ci, rappellent-ils, avait déjà été évoquée en 2009 par Fernando Rozzi, du CNRS, qui avait établi la nature néandertalienne d’une mandibule trouvée dans la grotte des Rois, en Charente. Il avait également montré que cette mâchoire portait apparemment des marques de découpe identiques à celles laissées par Homo sapiens sur les herbivores qu’il chassait et consommait…   Le 3 juin 2013 à 18:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Book Your Botanicals Free Room, Board at London Plant Hotel

first_img China Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s SurfaceGenetically Engineered Trees Can Avoid Spreading Too Far Stay on target Online plant shop Patch has opened a London hotel exclusively for houseplants.Let friends and neighbors off the hook during your next vacation, and instead take precious botanicals to the Patch Plant Hotel.The all-inclusive resort is free to book: A seasonal menu of 100 percent organic and vegan food, access to the Plant Spa, and climate-controlled “rooms” are on the house.Plant parents can rest easy knowing the Battersea-based accommodation employs a team of specialists, including an in-house wellness team.“The hotel is a sanctuary for your beloved plants. They will be in great company and looked after with the respect and love they so richly deserve,” hotel manager Rose Grower (really) told House Beautiful. “So many of us have asked a friend or family member to water the plants when we’re away, only to return to disappointment.“The hotel not only saves your plants, but your relationships, too,” she added.One hundred “rooms” are available for booking through Sept. 5: Enter the arrival and departure dates and how many plants—indoor and outdoor—you want to check in.When booking, don’t forget to notify staff of special requirements: “Penny is known to get burnt in the midday sun and partial to a drink in the evening. Bob can’t handle his drink; if he has too much, he’ll go all weird.”“We all know the crushing disappointment when you return from holiday to find your plant has gone from green lusciousness, to a burnt, dry bunch of twigs,” Freddie Blackett, CEO of Patch, said. “We wanted to open the hotel to give a helping hand to the increasing number of ‘plant parents.’”More and more millennials are trading pets for shrubbery: They’re quieter. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a landlord who won’t allow a countertop cactus.Sure, you’ll look a bit bonkers loading up a taxi with a bunch of ferns, yucca, a dragon tree, and two trailing spider plants.But, honestly, how is that really any different than loading your reluctant labrador retriever into the family van on its way to the kennel?There’s no word on whether Patch plans to franchise its (frankly brilliant) plant hotel.More on Geek.com:First Plant to Grow on the Moon is Probably DeadGenetically Modified Houseplant Cleans Toxins From AirThis Plant Hormone Could Help Grow Potatoes in Spacelast_img read more

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Macau poker rooms close as confusion reigns over China policy

first_imgMacau’s poker industry has taken a series of devastating blows this month with the closure of two poker rooms and the cancellation of a new tournament series in the wake of a recent crackdown on online poker applications by the Chinese government.And there could be more pain on the way with the World Series of Poker – which held the very first WSOP China in Sanya late last year – seeking clarification amid rumors that the 2018 event could be cancelled. RelatedPosts City of Dreams brings the bizarre garage of TheArsenale to Macau Load More 50 years young Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul In what is undoubtedly the biggest setback Macau poker has suffered in years, the popular PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams – host of the Macau Poker Cup, APPT Macau and the Asian Championships of Poker – is currently looking for a new home after Melco Resorts & Entertainment chose not to renew its contract. Despite the recent Macau Millions main event attracting a record field of 2,499 players, staff were seen breaking down and removing poker tables just a day after the event finished – bringing to an end PokerStars’ five-year tenure at City of Dreams after first moving there in 2013.Neither PokerStars nor Melco Resorts replied to requests for comment, however it is believed that a re-imagining of the main gaming floors ahead of City of Dreams’ upcoming Phase II launch is behind the decision. Melco Resorts recently relocated former Studio City Property President David Sisk to City of Dreams to overhaul mass and premium mass.Inside Asian Gaming has been told that PokerStars spoke briefly with neighbouring MGM COTAI about a possible partnership but that prospect was quickly scuppered.Meanwhile, Galaxy Macau has also shut down its poker room. The modest eight table room – used exclusively for cash games rather than tournaments – was refurbished and re-launched just over a year ago but failed to gain any real traction with the broader poker community.Meanwhile, a new event scheduled for the week of 16 to 20 May, the International Poker Tour Macau, has been cancelled as a direct result of China’s poker crackdown.Organizer Alisports released a statement last week informing players that the event had been postponed “after careful consideration.” IPT Macau’s business model was largely centered around Chinese players qualifying for the tournament via the Alibaba poker app.In April, Chinese authorities announced that poker would no longer be recognized as a competitive sport and simultaneously banned the promotion of Texas Hold’em via social media applications.The ban will require all apps offering any form of social poker game to be shut down and removed from app stores by 1 June. Social media channels such as WeChat will also be banned from promoting any form of Texas Hold’em product.Given that poker in China largely exists via these social media apps, the ban was always expected to be a devastating blow for players and the companies that enable them. Among the companies likely to be hit hardest are Ourgame – owners of the World Poker Tour – and Boyaa Interactive, whose Boyaa Poker Tour relies heavily on players qualifying via its app.Boyaa’s 2017 Annual Report indicated a 73% increase in “average revenue per paying user” via its mobile Texas Hold’em Games – the biggest jump across any of the company’s segments. It is understood that Texas Hold’em games account for up to 70% of Boyaa’s interactive revenue.Likewise, Tencent was quick to remove its Tencent Poker app from app stores after the announcement last month, however rumors circulating on Chinese social media this week that WSOP China has also been cancelled are wide of the mark.The WSOP signed a historic 10-year partnership agreement with Tencent in 2017 that saw them host the inaugural WSOP China at the Shangri-La in Sanya in December – a series of 12 “free to play” events in which all players qualified via the Tencent app.A WSOP spokesman confirmed to IAG on Monday that there had been no announcement made on the future of WSOP events in China but added, “We’re all waiting for clarity from the Chinese government to see what the impact may be.”The WSOP and Tencent had announced last year their intention to host similar events to the inaugural WSOP China in major cities around the country.In the meantime, Macau is currently left with just one regular tournament poker venue – the Macau Billionaire Poker Room – which last week hosted the APT Macau Championships 2018 at Babylon Casino.last_img read more

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McMurry to Launch Luxury Title

first_imgAs one of the largest custom publishers, McMurry is used to generating magazines for someone else. Now, the company is launching a magazine for itself. 6 (the name refers to six “passion points” of the readership, which include wealth, style, travel, design and body and health) debuts with a November/December issue targeting 100,000 select households with average net worth of $25 million. “McMurry wanted to do a magazine without a sponsor,” says editorial director Catherine Gundersen. “This isn’t just a magazine with a static extension into a Web site. This is about how can we make it fresh and build something that advertisers and readers told us they want.” With no shortage of luxury magazines in the marketplace, McMurry says it needed to make sure its reader base really represented the affluent, rather than the aspirational readers, it says many of its luxury competitors cater to. The publisher began building its target audience by accumulating lists through a variety of different data sources and ended up with a list of 300,000 names, which it pared down to get down to a target list of 100,000. McMurry then hired MMR to extract names from the list on a random basis and conduct a survey to help validate the list. 6 also will feature an experiential component (to go along with the tagline, “Experience the Extraordinary”). A concierge at experience6.com will plan high-end trips for readers. The debut issue will package an article about Macallan scotch—which retails for $85,000 a bottle—with an exclusive, customizable trip to the distillery in Scotland, which is not open to the public. Twelve years later, participants in the trip will receive a bottle of Scotch that they helped create. The cost will be $75,000 per person, with a maximum of four people per group. McMurry hopes to offer up to 36 such trips per year. 6 offers three advertising packages, including the Six Package, which includes a four-color ad page plus a Web listing for $27,451 gross; a Private Showings Package that includes the ad page, the Web listing and the opportunity to be displayed alongside other high-end advertisers in a private online trunk show for $32,941; and a Sponsorship Package that offers exclusive sponsorship of a 6 event.McMurry was mum on advertiser and revenue goals for the launch but expects 6 to turn a profit in its first year. “One of our advantages is we are based in Phoenix,” says vice president of client services Tom Garrett. “We don’t have to pay for a building in Midtown Manhattan like a Condé Nast.”last_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Selectman Lou Cimaglia Endorses Bendel Caira For Selectmen

first_imgDear Fellow Wilmington Residents,Anybody that knows me, knows I love our Wonderful Town of Wilmington for so many reasons. Volunteerism, commitment, compassion and of course Patriotism are just a few. I have had the pleasure to work with many men and women throughout my thirty plus years in town that have volunteered decades of their time to help others. Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel are two men that truly exemplify the heart and soul of our town. Kevin and Greg and their families have volunteered decades to the Town of Wilmington, whether it be with one of the many fraternal organizations in town or on a board, committee or event for the town, these two gentlemen are always there, ready to roll up their sleeves and help.If I had to say there is one thing in town I am not proud of, it is definitely the way some people have handled themselves throughout this current election season. I have seen good men have their names slandered, and their families have had to come to their defense, all because their opposition wants to replace them on the Board of Selectmen. Please don’t get me wrong, I sat on that Board for nine years and I admire anyone that wants to volunteer on the BOS or any other board in town. However, I do not believe anyone has the right to personally attack the men that currently sit in the seats, just because they want to replace them. Kevin and Greg have made every decision with the best interest of all the residents in mind. You may not agree with all of their decisions and that is okay, but it does not give anyone the right to attack their character.Setting up a fake social media account is not a good campaign strategy for anyone, and I wish people would just knock that stuff off. From some people who want change, I have heard, “The residents in town are getting disrespected,” but I am quick to remind them that respect is a two-way street. And as far as I am concerned, a small group of people have treated the current members of the Board of Selectmen with anything but respect. In an effort to discredit these gentlemen for their owner political purposes, I have read and heard numerous references to the “political elite”. Who is the “political elite” anyway? Is it the people that have been popularly elected by the residents of Wilmington, based on their track record of public and volunteer service? Is it really a bad thing that someone is popular because he has spent years of his time volunteering for the betterment of the Town, rather than spending most of his waking hours trying to tear other people down on social media?As a resident, I believe Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira have done an outstanding job for our town. As the Director of Veterans’ Service for the Town of Wilmington, a job that I have been honored to have for the last fourteen years, I would like to publicly thank both of these men for supporting, and being there for, all the Veterans that live in Wilmington and surrounding communities. Greg and Kevin are the only sitting Selectmen or candidates for Selectmen that have made it a point to attend every Veterans event, parade and dedication ceremony even before they were elected to their current position. I have never seen some of the current candidates for Selectmen at any Veterans events–and I mean EVER. Both of these men truly care about the Veterans of Wilmington and have proven to be supporters for many years. I believe it is disingenuous at best to say you support Veterans if you have never been to a Memorial or Veterans Day event. Clearly some of Greg and Kevin’s critics disagree, but in my book, respect is earned and following a chain of command is everything. I have the upmost respect for Mr. Kevin Caria and Mr. Greg Bendel. They are proven leaders and I hope you will join me voting for both of them for Selectmen on April 27th.Peace,Lou CimagliaLike 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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE: Greg Bendel Holds Successful Campaign Rally With Positive MessageIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

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2 SSC examinees held over shooting Ctg cop

first_imgInjured policeman Abdul Malek undergoes treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital. File Photo: Prothom AloPolice on Saturday arrested two SSC candidates in an allegation of opening fire on a policeman at a police check post in Sholashahar in Chittagong, reports UNB.The arrestees are Rakib and Prottoy, this year’s SSC candidates. Another youth of 19-year of age, Abdul Hakim, was held from the spot earlier.According to the statement of the arrestees, five teenagers aged between 18-19 opened fire on an assistant sub-inspector Abdul Malek while the cop barred them crossing the check post, said Mahiuddin Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Pachshail police station.Leaving their motorcycle on the spot, the accused fled the scene soon after the shooting on the cop, the OC added.The ASI sustained bullet on his leg and was undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.Read more:Cop sustains bullet injuries in Ctglast_img read more

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Houston Mayor Appoints Four New City Department Directors

first_imgFlorian MartinFrom L to R: Art Acevedo, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Samuel PeñaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed four new city department directors, including a police and fire chief.It took Turner almost a year, but he has finally filled the two top public safety positions for the city.He tapped Art Acevedo as Houston’s new police chief. Acevedo had led the Austin Police Department since 2007. Turner called him a “cop’s cop.”“He joined the department at a time when relations with minorities were strained due to questionable police shootings.  He has been credited for a commitment to police legitimacy, accountability and community policing and engagement.”Once he’s confirmed by the Houston City Council, Acevedo takes over for interim Chief Martha Montalvo, who Turner said did a great job during a difficult time for the police department for the last nine months.Houston Police Officers Union President Ray Hunt said the union would have preferred the next chief to come from their own ranks.But said he he supports Acevedo.“I know that he’s going to have a tough road to get the embracing of the troops, but I believe with his energy and his attitude that he’ll be able to do it,” Hunt said.For the city’s fire chief, the mayor appointed Samuel Peña, who has been a firefighter since 1995 and led the El Paso Fire Department for the past three-and-a-half years.“He has previous experience as a firefighter, paramedic, media spokesperson, advanced medical coordinator, combined search and rescue team member, hazardous materials and special rescue task force member and the academy training chief,” Turner said.Peña replaces Rodney West, who had been interim fire chief since October of last year.Turner said he waited so long to fill these key public safety positions because he first wanted to reach a deal with the fire and police pension boards.“There was some issues that we need to take care of that were very sensitive and I did not want to add to it, to the difficulty of resolving the pension issue,” he said.The deal addresses the long underfunded city employee pensions. Last month, all three of the city’s pension boards agreed on a deal.Marty Lancton, Houston’s firefighter association president, said union members wish Peña well, but urge him to challenge Houston City Hall.“Job one for Chief Peña will be to better balance his obligations at City Hall against those he will have to the 4,000 firefighters who have earned his support,” Lancton said.Houston City Council member Brenda Stardig, who chairs the city’s public safety committee, said she’s impressed with the new chiefs after asking them some hard questions.“I felt the professionalism. I also understood the direction that they wanted to go and I look forward to the technology and professionalism that they’re going to bring forward in the leadership that they bring. The expertise is what I think I’m really looking at,” Stardig said.Turner pointed out that both new chiefs are fluent in Spanish.Turner also appointed a new presiding municipal court judge, Elaine Marshall, a permanent director for the housing department, Tom McCasland, and reappointed the first transgender municipal judge in Texas, Phyllis Frye. Sharelast_img read more

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Yes you can bring your sonic screwdriver onto the plane

first_imgAccording to the TSA website, normal screwdrivers less than seven inches in length are also allowed in carry-ons and checked bags. Granted, screwdrivers of a non-Gallifreyan variety are more of a hazard for being sharp.This isn’t the first “geeky” item the TSA has had to field questions about. As the TSA also points out, please don’t try to check sword canes. Despite being hidden and sheathed, they are still swords. Please don’t bring swords onto planes. Most of the time, the Doctor doesn’t have a reason to go through TSA security, but in the off chance that the TARDIS isn’t working, he will be allowed to bring his sonic screwdriver on a plane.Okay, so maybe not a real sonic screwdriver that uses alien technology to do, well, anything, but as long as he didn’t start waving it around and showing what it could do, the TSA would allow it in his carry-on luggage.According to the @AskTSA Twitter account, and as reported by CNET, one user was curious about whether they could bring their sonic screwdriver in their carry-on bag. The answer was yes, in case you were wondering. If you’re going to a geek convention, there are some items you should be wary of bringing into airports. For example, if you’re cosplaying and have weapon replicas, don’t bring them into your carry-on bags. Most replicas and self-defense weaponry (such as throwing stars, nunchucks, and brass nuckles) are allowed in checked baggage. However, anything that looks like an explosive or incendiary are prohibited in all bags. The TSA website has a list that covers most basic categories.A good rule of thumb if you’re flying to conventions and want to bring along some cosplay parts or other swag: look up the TSA’s policies on weapons and keep in mind the convention’s rules. Sometimes even fake weapons can get you in trouble.last_img read more

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Thoughtful abstraction

first_imgThe 14th Solo Painting Exhibition of Pallab Kanti Mitra was held in the national Capital, at Lalit Kala Akademi from February 21-27. The event was inaugurated by eminent artist Paramjeet Singh, who is also the chairman of All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society. Honorable Justice of Supreme Court Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Ram Pravesh Savita, Director Conservation of National Museum, Ministry of Culture were also present at the inauguration. There were 44 paintings in all for display, which are inspired from the artist’s view on life. Mitra, who has also been a poet, explained: “Poetry is language bound, therefore everyone may not be able to understand the meaning, but paintings have a universal appeal. A painting is only successful when one can decipher the meaning through the three-dimensional perspective of the work.”One of his renowned works, titled ‘Colouful Journey’ is a work of acrylic on paper, which expresses a colourful and hopeful journey ahead in life. He explained that his ideas are based on realms of social & environmental consciousness.last_img read more

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Alcohol Drives Use of Uber and Lyft

first_imgMarch 15, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global For Uber and Lyft, being the designated driver is great for business.Americans are willing to shell out for rides from those companies when they have no other way to get home. At all other times during the weekday, this ridesourcing technology is the least used sort of shared mobility transportation, behind buses, trains and carsharing options such as Zipcar or car2go. For most people, the likes of Uber and Lyft are not used to commute to and from work.Related: Transportation ‘Supersharers’ Are Also SupersaversThis is according to new research by the public-interest advocacy group, Shared-Use Mobility Center, released today that was performed for the national public transit advocacy group, American Public Transportation Association, and paid for with money from the Federal Transit Administration.Click to Enlarge+Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterThat’s because overwhelmingly, ridesourcing technology, such as Uber and Lyft, are seen as transportation tools for recreational and social activities.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterMore than 100 survey respondents said that their alcohol consumption was a “major consideration” in their decision to hail an Uber or Lyft ride.Interestingly, the research did not explicitly ask about alcohol consumption. The 100 survey respondents volunteered their proclivity to turn to ridesourcing technology when they are drinking. The researchers, therefore, predict that number of survey respondents who say that alcohol use is a determining factor in selecting one transportation variety over another would have been much higher had the question been asked.Related: This New App Lets You Summon Your Grandma (or Tinder Date) Via a Prepaid Uber RideFor the research, about 4,500 Americans who use some sort of shared transportation responded to the survey across seven cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.center_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Costa Rican exporters report Route 32 closure cost them an extra 800000

first_imgOfficials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) on Friday morning approved the reopening of the Braulio Carrillo Highway, or Route 32 between San José and the Caribbean province of Limón after landslides had closed it for nearly 80 hours. At 5 p.m., two new landslides again closed the road.Approximately 70 percent of Costa Rican exports leave the country through Caribbean docks, and according to estimates by the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO), the four-day road closure cost exporters a total of $800,000.The figure includes mainly fuel costs, as trucks were forced to use alternate routes. Most traveled to Limón via the old Turrialba route in the province of Cartago, east of San José.CADEXCO Executive Director Luis Vargas Bolívar on Friday evening said that according to a survey conducted among its members, the highway closure on average cost each local exporter additional expenses of up to 30 percent.Vargas said some 3,500 container trucks had been stranded since Monday at the docks in the Caribbean port cities of Limón and Moín. He also said the export sector is concerned about bad weather the previous week that also affected the docking of several cargo boats.Chamber leaders and MOPT officials have been meeting in the past weeks to assess the situation, but they have not reached an agreement on a possible solution, Vargas said.Passage of vehicles on Route 32 on Saturday morning remained closed, a situation that happens repeatedly during Costa Rica’s rainy season from May to November. Facebook Comments Related posts:Chinese contractor says cost of expanding Route 32 could rise Costa Rica exports down 16 percent in first six months of 2015; ‘Intel effect’ continues Moín cargo terminal will not be ready in January Landslides block Route 32 to Limón, delay traffic and murder triallast_img read more

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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within hours.The takeover also expanded the extremists’ hold, making them the single group controlling the most territory in Syria.“The Syrian regime appears to be in terminal decline, and the Islamic State group in its timing is capitalizing on recent losses by government forces in the north and south,” said Amr Al-Azm, an antiquities expert and professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility They are the remnants of an Arab client state of the Roman Empire that briefly rebelled and carved out its own kingdom in the 3rd Century, led by Queen Zenobia, with Palmyra as its capital. Before the war, it was Syria’s top tourist attraction, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year.It includes a 3,000-seat amphitheater overlooking a colonnaded main avenue where plays, concerts and youth festivals were staged.With the capture of Palmyra, the Islamic State militants now control half of Syria and most of the country’s oil wells, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, making it the group with the most territory under its authority among the myriad factions fighting in the country’s civil war.Its vast terrain inside Syria stretches from the group’s westernmost strongholds in Aleppo province to its core territory in northeastern Syria down to central Syria, with footholds in Damascus.Palmyra’s location in Syria’s heartland offers the militants several important advantages, said Faysal Itani, a resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. The town can now be used as a launching pad to threaten government positions and supply lines south of Aleppo and east of Homs and Hama, and open up a new approach to Damascus, seat of Assad’s power. Top Stories The militants overran the famed archaeological site early Thursday, just hours after seizing the nearby town in central Syria, activists and officials said.They also captured Palmyra’s airport and the notorious Tadmur prison, delivering a startling new defeat for President Bashar Assad, whose forces quickly retreated. Hundreds of Palmyra residents fled the town of 65,000, and many more were trying to escape, said Talal Barazi, the governor of central Homs province, which includes Palmyra.An oasis set in the Syrian desert, Palmyra is a strategic crossroads linking the capital Damascus and cities to the east and the west. Its capture raised alarm over some of the world’s most important ancient ruins, whose fate remained unknown Thursday, and no photos or video emerged from the militants.“We are in a state of anticipation and fear,” said Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museum Department in Damascus. “The city is now totally controlled by gunmen and its destiny is dark and dim.”A UNESCO world heritage site, Palymra boasts 2,000-year-old towering Roman-era colonnades, temples and priceless artifacts that have earned it the affectionate name among Syrians of the “Bride of the Desert.” “I am extremely worried about what happens in Palmyra,” UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said. “Palmyra is an extraordinary world heritage site in the desert and any destruction to Palmyra is not just a war crime, but … an enormous loss to humanity.”Al-Azm said he expected the militants to turn to looting and excavating the town’s antiquities, selling the artifacts on the black market before eventually destroying the site.In taking Palmyra, IS also seized control of the notorious Tadmur Prison, freeing some of those imprisoned inside, said Bebars al-Talawy, a Homs activist. The government had already transferred thousands of detainees from the prison to a jail near Damascus as IS attacked the city, al-Talawy said. Thousands were believed to still be inside, he said, but he couldn’t provide precise figures.The prison survives in the collective memory of Syrians as the place where dissidents were held for decades and prisoners tortured.A report by a local Lebanese station that 27 Lebanese prisoners, including some jailed since the 1980s, were among those freed from Tadmur triggered confusion in Beirut among families of missing Lebanese, many of whom believe their loved ones have been languishing in Syrian prisons for decades. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories The Kurdish fighters captured much of the Abdul-Aziz Mountain near the village of Tel Tamr on Wednesday, according to the Observatory and the Kurdish forces known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG.The Observatory said YPG fighters were backed by airstrikes of the U.S.-led coalition, which has been bombing IS positions in Syria since September.___Karam reported from Beirut. Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Sameer Yacoub in Baghdad contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants seized parts of the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday after fierce clashes with government troops, renewing fears the extremist group would destroy the priceless archaeological site if it reaches the ruins. (SANA via AP, File) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Quick workouts for men IS can also threaten regime supply lines to the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, where government forces are still holding out against the militants.“If IS manages to cut off Deir el-Zour, it is likely that the city would fall, essentially ending regime presence in that province, and consolidating IS’ core territory,” he said.The fall of Palmyra follows major setbacks for Assad in northern and southern Syria. “This is simply an indication of how overstretched the regime is,” Itani said.The militants’ capture of Palmyra came just days after Islamic State fighters seized the strategic Iraqi city of Ramadi, illustrating the extremists’ ability to advance on multiple fronts at opposite ends of a sprawling battlefield that spans the two countries, where it has declared a caliphate or Islamic state on the territory it controls.At the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest described the developments in Palmyra and Ramadi as setbacks, but insisted the U.S.-led air campaign was making progress overall “in degrading ISIL capabilities.”The head of the U.N.’s cultural agency called on Syria’s warring factions to immediately end hostilities around the archaeological site. An amateur video posted online purported to show IS fighters inside the Tadmur Prison setting fire to a giant poster of Assad and cheering. The video and its location could not be independently verified but appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events.Palmyra’s fall came at a deadly toll.The Observatory said Thursday that according to its estimates, 462 people have been killed since IS began its offensive on Palmyra and nearby areas on May 13. It said the dead included 241 troops and pro-government gunmen, as well as 150 IS fighters. The rest were civilians, presumably killed by IS or in cross-fire.Meanwhile, Islamic State militants made further inroads in Iraq’s Anbar province, seizing the Iraqi side of a key border crossing with Syria after Iraqi government forces pulled out, according to Athal al-Fahdawi, a local councilman. The fall of the al-Walid crossing will help the militants to shuttle weaponry and reinforcements more easily across the Iraqi-Syrian borders.Despite the Islamic State’s stunning victories in Palmyra and Iraq, the extremists suffered a setback in Syria’s northeastern province of Hassakeh, where they have come under attack by Kurdish fighters.last_img read more

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What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories After graduating from Kansas State in 2010, the undrafted rookie found himself on the practice squad for all of last season. Due such a dominating preseason, Powell is now expected to be named one of the last players added to the 53 man roster today by head coach Ken Whisenhunt. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell has finished the preseason as the NFL’s leading rusher. Powell, who had 249 yards and 3 touchdowns on 42 carries, has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise rough Cardinals preseason. Aside from leading the league in rushing, Powell also gives the Cardinals an option as a kick returner.As a senior at Kansas State in 2010, Powell was second in the nation averaging 34.6 yards per return. In the preseason, he returned 10 kicks for a total of 290 yards, including one that went for 53 yards. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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