Summer Adventure for Nova Scotia Youth

first_img For BROADCAST USE: A group of Nova Scotian teenagers are on the adventure of a lifetime — sailing from Mystic, Connecticut to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the nineteenth century schooner, La Amistad. Three fifteen-year-old African Nova Scotians (Shacawn Clayton, Ryan States and Jeremy Tolliver) were choosen to fly to Connecticut, board the Freedom Schooner Amistad and sail back to Halifax. The youth are part of the Freedom Schooner Amistad’s educational sailing program which promotes improved relationships between races and cultures. During the sail, students participate in twenty-four-hour watches, ship routines and educational activities. The youth will return to Halifax on Sunday, (July 30th). -30- A group of Nova Scotian teenagers are on the adventure of a lifetime — sailing from Mystic, Connecticut, to Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the nineteenth century schooner, La Amistad. Three 15 year-old African Nova Scotians, Shacawn Clayton, Ryan States and Jeremy Tolliver, were choosen to fly to Connecticut, to board the Freedom Schooner Amistad and sail back to Halifax. They joined the Sankofa Sail program, an educational initiative inspired by the Amistad incident. In 1839, fifty-three Africans were illegally kidnaped aboard La Amistad. They revolted, took over the ship, and after a historical U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the survivors won their freedom. “This is an amazing opportunity for our young people,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The schooner is a floating history lesson. It keeps the legacy of the Amistad incident alive, which at its heart is a story about diverse groups working together through adversity to accomplish a common goal”. The program’s mandate is to create and encourage dialogue on issues of human rights and diversity by using the Amistad’s history as a teaching point for lessons of freedom, justice perseverance, cooperation and leadership. The education programs focus on the youth and promote improved relationships between races and cultures. “The Amistad is a gift and responsibility. Looking at what happened in 1839 makes us look into ourselves,” said Eliza Garfield, captain of the Freedom Schooner Amistad. “We don’t just remember the past, we inspire young people to overcome difficult personal circumstances. It’s a character building experience.” During the sail, students participate in 24-hour watches, ship routines and educational activities. After the first few days of sailing, students are expected to take on responsibility for the ship until they are ready, just as the original Africans, to sail the ship overnight. The three youths will return to Halifax on Sunday, July 30. They communicate daily with their friends and family using the internet. “This is my second day on the ship. It seems to be going by really quickly, and I am really starting to get use to it. Although some of the tasks are hard to understand, and do. For the most part everything they asked I am willing and able to do,” said Shacawn Clayton, in an excerpt of his online journal. “It’s a great learning experience for the boys. Shacawn was ready to go. He read all about the Amistad and watched the film, he was ready to sail,” said Pamela Clayton, Shacawn Clayton’s aunt. “I spoke to him and read his journal on the website he seems to be enjoying the adventure.” To follow the journey of Shacawn, Jeremy and Ryan see the Sankofa Sail website at http://sankofasail.org/ . Marcus James, a youth coordinator at the Halifax North Memorial Library on Gottingen Street in Halifax, accompanied the boys to Connecticut and he sees the trip as a great opportunity for the teenagers to put African Nova Scotian history into context. “There is a strong link between the Amistad and African Nova Scotians, this is part of their heritage. They will definitely have stories to tell when the come back,” said Mr. James. “I told the boys, it’s a big trip for them and I know it’s hard for them being away from home for the first time but if they can succeed at this they can succeed at anything.” The Freedom Schooner Amistad will visit Halifax from Sunday, July 30, to Monday, Aug. 7. Once the schooner docks in Halifax, others will be able to take part in a series of daily youth discussion forums on racial diversity and leadership. There will also be a limited number of spots available for youth to tour the ship and go on sailing excursions. When Amistad America, Inc., the owners of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, decided to sail to Halifax Habour, they were determined to connect with the African Nova Scotian community. The schooner’s first stop is the site of the former African Nova Scotian community of Africville, now Seaview Park. The schooner will arrive and anchor off Seaview Park in the afternoon and be welcomed by former residents of Africville and the African Nova Scotian community. The park is located off Barrington Street in Halifax, on the shores of the Bedford Basin. The Amistad will dock at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, located at 1675 Lower Water St. in Halifax. For a copy of the program of events see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa/specialevents.asp and click the program of events link. For information on daily tours contact 902-424-1839.last_img read more

SL collapse vs Afghanistan before rain intervenes

first_imgCardiff (United Kingdom): Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi ran through a panic-stricken Sri Lanka top order in the World Cup on Tuesday with an astonishing spell before rain stopped play. Sri Lanka came out of the blocks quickly under leaden skies in Cardiff, reaching 144 for one before the halfway point of their innings and were on course for a morale-boosting big score against their unfancied opponents. But Nabi, who had earlier removed captain Karunaratne for 30, turned the match in the Welsh capital on its head, with three wickets in five balls as Sri Lanka slumped to 146-4. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunShell-shocked Sri Lanka kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, with extras the second top-scorer when rain stopped play after 33 overs. The turning point of the match was the dramatic 22nd over. Nabi bowled Lahiru Thirimanne for 25 before having Kusal Mendis caught by Rahmat Shah in the slips for two runs. Angelo Mathews was next to go, for a duck, also caught by Shah. Fast bowler Hamid Hassan then had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind for nought by Mohammad Shahzad to leave Sri Lanka in deep trouble. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThisara Perera was run out for two before Isuru Udana was bowled by Dawlat Zadran for 10. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan joined the party, having opener Kusal Perera caught behind by Shahzad for 78. Rain then intervened, forcing the players from the field, with Sri Lanka 182-8 after Nabi had taken four for 30 in nine overs. Earlier, Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat, hoping to take advantage of the favourable conditions for bowlers. But openers Karunaratne and Kusal Perera settled quickly as they shared a stand of 92 for the out-of-form side.last_img read more

Canada is losing its online edge because companies are too slow to

OTTAWA — A new report warns that Canada is losing its international edge on the Internet because businesses are slow to take up digital technology.The Internet Association points out that Canadians are among the biggest users of the Internet in the world and have embraced online retail services.The report says despite this, Canadian businesses aren’t using digital technology to nearly the same extent as competitors in other countries.For example, only 3% of the Canadian retail economy is online compared with 23% in the United Kingdom.How to take control of your business’ digital brandingAs Walmart Canada declares ‘war’ in online retail, free shipping may soon become the new normalThe government recently unveiled its long awaited digital strategy, called Digital Canada 150, but the Internet Association says it must move quickly to make up for lost time.The report recommends a Digital Renovation Tax Credit to help businesses adopt digital technologies, as well as a more business-friendly approach to online privacy laws. read more

Football Season Is Here No The Other Football

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 8, 2017), we’re joined by Mike Goodman of The Double Pivot podcast for an all-soccer show. First, we discuss the $260 million, record-breaking transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. Can that fee possibly be worth it for PSG? Next, we preview the English Premier League as the start of the season looms. Is reigning champion Chelsea in a bad spot? Can Manchester United win its first title since 2013? Plus, a significant digit on Major League Soccer’s expansion.Here are links to what we discussed on this week’s show:If you can’t get enough soccer, be sure to check out more of Mike Goodman on The Double Pivot podcast and on Twitter.The Neymar deal was eye-popping, but was it smart? Michael Caley investigates for FiveThirtyEight.SF Gate’s Sam Johnston identifies five teams to watch out for in the EPL.Significant Digit: 22, the number of MLS teams in the league. That’s up from 10 teams in 2004. This rapid expansion had Deadspin’s Neil deMause asking: Is the MLS a Ponzi scheme? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code read more

Hybrid drive technology displayed by Siemens at BAUMA

first_imgTrucks equipped with hybrid drive technology called the eHighway system was displayed at bauma 2013 and provides an energy efficient method of connecting pits and mines to storage and transhipment areas. Mines can reduce demand for fossil fuels and achieve greater reliability with regard to energy costs due to the electrification of mine equipment. The concept is based on trucks equipped with hybrid drive technology for electrical operation on an overhead contact line. The vehicles feed their regenerative braking energy back into the power network and thus make it available to other hybrid vehicles. Hybrid trucks will use a conventional drive system such as a diesel motor on non-electrified road sections and will use an intelligent current collector to transmit the electric energy from the overhead contact line to the vehicle. Travel within the electrified traffic lane is thus compensated automatically. The trucks can connect or disconnect from the overhead contact line in standstill mode or at usual truck speeds.The full performance and suitability of this electromobility concept for daily use has already been tried and tested during trips on a test route specifically set up for the related system tests – independent of the load and environmental conditions. The studies and tests undertaken so far have clearly demonstrated that the concept has potential to provide an economically and ecologically sustainable solution for heavy road freight haulage in the mid-term. What matters now is to further develop the tested technology towards series production. Integrating the current collector technology into vehicles, testing the drive components and setting up an integrated overall system including suitable automation and control is the next step for Siemens.last_img read more

AG Copenhagen wants to play EHF CL matches at Stadium

AG Copenhagen After fantastic experience from the Danish Championship Final, when AG Copenhagen won the title against BSV Silkeborg in front of more than 36.000 fans at Parken – national stadium in Copenhagen, Management of the team planning to use Stadium for the upcoming matches in the EHF Champions League, where AG will have a debut this season:– We’ve talked about that. We want to use half of the Stadium’s capacity. There will be place for 15-18000 spectators who are all going to sit close to the track and get a good experience – says Soren Colding to sporten.tv2.dk. ← Previous Story Djeric, Vojcic and Kukic become “Trier Cats” Next Story → THW Kiel wins Orlen Handball Cup – Momir Ilic is the MVP

Polish 16 for the EHF EURO 2016 start

Rafał GlińskiGórnik Zabrze29.12.1982181 cm / 90 kgback Kamil SyprzakFC Barcelona Lassa23.07.1991208 cm / 116 kgline player EHF EURO 2016Poland Piotr GrabarczykHSV Hamburg31.10.1982200 cm / 91 kgline player Przemysław KrajewskiKS Azoty Puławy20.01.1987184 cm / 79 kgwing Michał DaszekOrlen Wisła Płock27.06.1992180 cm / 70 kgwing Sławomir SzmalVive Tauron Kielce02.10.1978190 cm / 90 kggoalkeeper ← Previous Story Cristina Neagu: “I really believe in the power of this team” Next Story → Omeyer and Sigurdsson with 8 EHF EURO tournaments Jakub ŁucakŚląsk Wrocław18.09.1989181 cm / 84 kgwing Michał JureckiVive Tauron Kielce27.10.1984202 cm / 102 kgback Adam WiśniewskiOrlen Wisła Płock24.10.1980192 cm / 90 kgwing Piotr WyszomirskiMOL-Pick Szeged06.01.1988193 cm / 87 kggoalkeeper Bartosz JureckiChrobry Głogów31.01.1979193 cm / 100 kgline player Karol BieleckiVive Tauron Kielce23.01.1982202 cm / 100 kgback Bartosz KonitzOrlen Wisła Płock30.12.1984195 cm / 95 kgback Michał SzybaRK Gorenje Velenje18.03.1988196 cm / 97 kgback Piotr ChrapkowskiVive Tauron Kielce24.03.1988203 cm / 90 kgback Polish head-coach Michael Biegler announced the “16” for the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 start. The opening match host team in Krakow will play against the old rivals from Serbia at 20.30 hrs.SQUAD: Krzysztof LijewskiVive Tauron Kielce07.07.1983198 cm / 94 kgback read more

Miloslav Chmeliar TATRAN improved their credit in the EHF Champions League 20162017

The Slovakian champions TATRAN Presov finished their journey in the EHF Champions League 2016/2017 last weekend. In the 10th round of Group C in the EHF Champions League TATRAN Presov impressively beat Spanish vice champions Naturhouse La Rioja 30:27 in TATRAN Handball Arena, Presov, Slovakia. The Eastern Slovakian team significantly improved their credit and managed to reach 5 points more compared to the previous EHF Champions League campaign 2015/2016. In the EHF Champions League Group C TATRAN finally finished 4th securing 9 points for 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses this season.The owner of TATRAN Presov Miloslav Chmeliar is convinced that performances delivered by his club in the EHF Champions League 2016/2017 overcame expectations of handball experts and public: “Last Champions League 2015/2016 season we played mostly with 8 players. Most of them did not stay in the club in the beginning of this season. Experienced players Vasja Furlan, Radoslav Antl, Andrej Petro, Michal Kopco, Alexander Radchenko, who played a lot of time in the games of the EHF Champions League, left the team. Ivkovic, Bozic and Poganyi left too. Before this season 2016/2017 we renewed the team by the players of not such a high quality compared to the players who left. Despite that we managed to get completely different and better results in the EHF Champions League 2016/2017. Last season we finished the bottom of the group. This season we took 4th place of Group C with 9 points. If we had not allowed an unfortunate goal in the last second of the game in Elverum, and also had kept 25:22 lead over Norwegian champions at home court 7 minutes to go, we would have played the decisive game vs La Rioja to qualify for the next stages of the EHF Champions League last Saturday. I personally think if we had played 3 other games vs Elverum at home, we would have won them all. Overall, I evaluate our display in the EHF Champions League 2016/2017 as successful one.”TATRAN Presov are traditionally the biggest favourites to win the Slovakian title. Winning another title should guarantee TATRAN a better place in the EHF Champions League 2017/2018 draw in June 2017. However, the owner of TATRAN Miloslav Chmeliar is a pragmatic person and knows that his team cannot afford to underestimate any of their rivals: “At first we have to succeed in the Slovakian Extraleague. Today no one can tell us, provided we win the Slovakian title, if we have to play the qualification for the group stages of the EHF Champions League 2017/2018 or we are directly seeded into the group stages of the EHF Champions League 2017/2018. We will patiently wait if 9 points, which we obtained in Group C of the EHF Champions League 2016/2017, help us to guarantee a direct place in the group stages of the EHF Champions League next season. However, the first step is to win the Slovakian title once again.”The owner of TATRAN Presov Miloslav Chmeliar was satisfied not only with performances of the starting squad of the team, but also with performances of the substitutes who proved their potential and quality too in the course of the entire group stage of the EHF Champions League 2016/2017. However, he would like to highlight performances of his 2 team leaders: “The first one is our goalkeeper Igor Chupryna and the second one is our left back Oliver Rabek (the best scorer of TATRAN with 52 goals) . Both of them are the players with top European parameters. However, other players joined them in many games – line player Leon Vucko, both wingers Jakub Hrstka (2nd best scorer of the team with 46 goals) and Tomas Cip. We cannot forget excellent and reliable performances of left back Dominik Krok and centre back Lukas Urban. Right back Alexey Peskov also played several outstanding matches. Those were the players we could definitely rely on.”The owner of TATRAN Presov Miloslav Chmeliar is sure that 5-year participation of the Slovakian champions in SEHA Gazprom League, which belongs to the best European handball leagues, contributed to the better results of his team in the EHF Champions League 2016/2017: “TATRAN have been playing in SEHA Gazprom League for five years. This multinational league brings a lot of tough and high quality games throughout its season. In SEHA Gazprom League we have to play 18 demanding matches in the regular season. Every encounter in SEHA League has the same quality as the EHF Champions League games. In SEHA League our players gain valuable experiences and resistance against these strong teams they play. SEHA Leagues certainly helped TATRAN a lot. As for the EHF Champions League, it is difficult for us to compare ourselves to the best European clubs. On the other side, I can provide an excellent example of the top rival. Naturhouse La Rioja have been the second best team of Spanish Liga ASOBAL for a long time. Spanish Liga ASOBAL ranks among 4 best handball leagues in the world together with German Bundesliga, French Lidl Starligue and multinational SEHA Gazprom League. Despite that we managed to beat Naturhouse La Rioja in TATRAN Handball Arena and win the 1st half in Logrono, which we have to appreciate a lot.”The biggest long time problem of TATRAN Presov is a huge number of games they have to play throughout one season. The Slovakian champions should get rid of this burden if they do not participate in the regular season of the Slovakian Extraleague. But it is not possible according to the owner of TATRAN Miloslav Chmeliar: “It is true we have to play more than 80 games in 4 different competitions every season. It is a big problem for us because we do not know if we are going to play in the EHF Champions League. We will know it after the EHF Champions League draw in summer, if we have to play the qualification for the group stages of the EHF Champions League or we are directly seeded into the group stages of the EHF Champions League. Then it is logical we can never say in September we will not play in the Slovakian Extraleague, which is usually prepared in the beginning of calendar year, so we have to send an application for next Slovakian Extraleague season. At that time we do not know if we play or do not play in the EHF Champions League. I will provide a simple example. If we were not directly seeded into the group stages after the EHF Champions League draw, we would have to play the qualification. We would need to win it in order to qualify for the group stages of the EHF Champions League. If we did not succeed in the qualification, what could we possibly play further? We would not play in the Slovakian Extraleague. We would not play in the group stages of the EHF Champions League because we would not qualify. We would play in the 3rd round of the EHF Cup at the turn of November and December. If we would qualify from the 3rd round of the EHF Cup, the group stages of this cup would be played in spring. To sum up, in such a case we would play only in the SEHA Gazprom League. It is true that SEHA League is the only top handball league whose strong sponsor pays clubs for everything. There are exact duties and rights for the clubs in SEHA League. As for the duties, clubs have to secure sport halls at least for 3000 spectators, special handball surface Gerfloor, special LED panels for advertisements, live coverage of SEHA League games. As for the rights, SEHA League pays completely for everything – travelling and accommodation costs for clubs, referees and delegates, and other things connected with it. No one handball league is so materially secured as SEHA Gazprom League. I do not like the only thing about SEHA League. Veszprem can serve as the best example. In the previous SEHA League season 2015/2016 the Hungarian champions were allowed to play 4 games in advance in August. Later on in December they could play 3 postponed matches after they played all their games in the group stages of the EHF Champions League. It results from all above mentioned facts that TATRAN could possibly play only 10-12 games in autumn because they would not play in the Slovakian Extraleague, they would not play in the EHF Champions League. They would only play in the 3rd round of the EHF Cup at the turn of November and December and several matches in SEHA League, which would not be postponed. There is only one strange thing about SEHA League. Many games are usually postponed or timetable is changed, so you never know which team and when you are going to play. All above mentioned facts discourage us not to play the Slovakian Extraleague.”The owner of TATRAN Presov Miloslav Chmeliar is an experienced and successful top manager who thoroughly makes plans for the next season 2017/2018: “The Slovakian Extraleague should be replaced by the Czech – Slovakian League next season. We do not expect any problems for us. It is even closer to travel to Moravia for us in comparison with travelling to Bratislava. Four trips to Prague along the highway is also easy. We want to play in the Czech – Slovakian League and SEHA Gazprom League. We will see, if we manage to defend the Slovakian title. If we win it, we have to wait for the EHF decision, if we are directly seeded into the group stages of the EHF Champions League or we have to play the qualification for the group stages of the EHF Champions League. We have to go step by step. The first one is to win the Slovakian title. As for the composition of our team in the next season 2017/2018, we will continue in giving opportunities to our home grown players of TATRAN. The actual question is if we establish a new junior team of TATRAN (TATRAN Presov B) because we have a lot of skilful youth players in our teams. We have already analysed this issue with our youth coaches. When Czech – Slovakian League is launched, there will be also 1st Slovakian League, in which TATRAN Presov B with our youth players (at the age of 19-20 and younger) could play. It is very important for these young players to be in a good training and match pace. At the present time our biggest problem is the fact we have to play more than 80 games per season. It means there is no space for trainings sometimes. Young players do not play in the tough games in the EHF Champions League or SEHA League because there we “play for life”, so youngsters do not get a lot of space. They do not train properly with the senior team too because there is no time to train. New junior team TATRAN Presov B should secure these youngsters a lot of time to play on the court. As for our new reinforcements before the next season 2017/2018, we are interested in 2-3 high quality players who will fulfil European parameters.”Author: Richard FechFOTO: Viktor Zamborsky ← Previous Story Thriller in Plock: Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is battling Wisla for the final spot in TOP 16 Next Story → La Rioja to keep Jota Gonzales on the bench for 11th season in a row! read more

Fujifilm releases a slew of new cameras including the noteworthy HS20EXR F550EXR

first_imgFujifilm just released at least 16 new camera models (that we know about) and a few of them are worth taking note of. Most of the announcement is comprised of the run-of-the-mill point-and-shoots you’ll find at big box retailers, but a few of the models will actually interest the geeks out there.The first model, pictured above, is the FinePix HS20EXR. It’s a high-end fixed lens superzoom with a 16 MegaPixel EXR-CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom, 1080p video recording, 8 frames-per-second still shooting, and a 320 fps high-speed mode. If you are looking for a reason not to buy a DSLR, this is it. The full details are available from Fujifilm.AdChoices广告The HS20EXR will be available in late March 2011 and will sell for $500.The next Fujifilm that caught our eye is the FinePix F550EXR. This has 15x optical zoom and a 16 MP EXR-CMOS, proving that Fujifilm does not believe the Megapixels Wars are over yet. This camera also has 1080p video capture, 12 fps burst shooting, and 320 fps high-speed video, plus it has GPS on-board so you’ll be able to geotag your photos. In addition to the F550EXR there is the F500EXR which drops the GPS and shoots at up to 11 fps. More details here.These cameras will sell for $349 (F550EXR) and $329 (F500EXR). Expect to seem them available in mid-March 2011.The final notable camera (though far from the final camera) from Fujifilm is the XP30. This is a rugged camera with an interesting shape and built in GPS. This model features “four-way” protection and is water-proof to 16.5ft, shock-proof to 5ft, freeze-proof to 14°F, dust-proof. It shoots at 14MP, has a 2.7-inch display, has 5x optical zoom, and comes in a number of colors including green, black, blue, and orange. It shoots video at 720p. The lesser model–the XP20–is the same camera but drops the GPS. All the details are here.The XP20 will sell for $200 and be available late March 2011 while the FinePix XP30 will be $240 and ship in mid-February.last_img read more

Fundawear aims to make long distance relationships more pleasurable

first_imgLong distance relationships can be quite difficult. Aside from not being able to share a special dinner, or watch terrible TV on the couch until you fall asleep on your partner, there are more intimate activities on which you’re also missing out. Considering a portal gun or teleportation device won’t be invented and put on the consumer market anytime soon, Durex is experimenting with ways to help alleviate the strains long distance tends to put on relationships. The condom manufacturer’s newest experiment, Fundawear, could be the device to get you through those months until airfare becomes affordable enough for a visit from that special someone.With the help of a smartphone app, people wearing the underwear can not only turn on vibration from across the internet, but can control the vibration’s level of intensity. Using something of a GUI slider, you can also direct the vibration to various locations on the undergarments, as well as dictate the vibration’s travel patterns. Fundawear comes in a set for either gender: Bra and panties for the ladies, and boxer briefs for the dudes, though switching that up shouldn’t be too much of a problem should you like to get even more experimental than phone-controlled underwear.No, nothing is stopping you thrill-seekers from wearing Fundawear to places you probably shouldn’t be wearing it.As Durex’s own explanation says, they placed the sensors “right on the money,” so you can be sure Fundawear will hit the spot. Currently, Fundawear is in a testing phase, for which you can sign up. Similar to Google’s If I Had Glass campaign, Durex is asking that you give them ideas on how you would use Fundawear with your partner. Dear Penthouse.last_img read more

Farm Groups Support Estate Tax Repeal

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) was among 32 agricultural groups that signed onto a letter to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) indicating support for full repeal of the estate tax. The groups urged that the estate tax repeal be included in any tax reform package passed this year. In addition, the letter expresses support for maintaining the stepped up basis provisions in current law, which limit the amount of property value appreciation that can be subjected to capital gains taxes when inherited assets are sold.Comprehensive tax reform is a top priority for Congress in 2017 and the House intends to move forward on a package in the coming months. ASA will also be weighing in with policymakers on other tax issues that impact soybean farmers, such as continuation of the cash accounting method for farm operations, an option to allow full and immediate expensing of capital investments, maintaining 1031 like-kind exchanges and extension and restructuring of the biodiesel tax credit.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

42nd Basic Training Academy Class Takes Oath Joins Ranks Of Middlesex Sheriffs Office

first_imgSTONEHAM, MA — Nearly 200 people gathered in the Stoneham Town Hall auditorium on Friday, December 7, to watch twenty-four men and women be sworn in as the newest members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO).“The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has a storied history spanning over three centuries, and you join its ranks at a time of incredible progress and opportunity,” Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian told the newly-minted officers. “This agency – our agency – has been recognized nationally for a wide number of innovative programs. These initiatives succeed because of the talent and work ethic of our officers, those who see a population in need and seek to help, and our future remains bright because of the energy and commitment each of you will bring to this endeavor.”Former Boston Police Department Commissioner Edward F. Davis provided keynote remarks at the graduation ceremony. As the former Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, Commissioner Davis noted the evolving responsibilities of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies nationwide.“Public safety is about public service, and few exemplify that as well as Sheriff Koutoujian and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office” said Commissioner Davis. “In choosing this career path, each of you have committed to something larger than yourselves. Beginning today, you have the opportunity to serve an organization committed to the highest ideals of integrity and excellence.”The ceremony also featured welcoming remarks from State Representative Michael S. Day (D – Stoneham) who shared the appreciation of his hometown for those who swore an oath to public safety.“I thank all of the men and women who made this commitment to public service today,” said Representative Day.  “I am confident that the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, already a national leader and a model for other offices in Massachusetts and throughout the country, will be further strengthened because of the talents and dedication these new officers will bring to the job.  I was honored to welcome them to our hometown for this ceremony.”District Attorney Marian Ryan and Stoneham’s Acting Town Administrator Debora Pettengill also attended the ceremony. The 42nd Academy graduation marked the eighth during Sheriff Koutoujian’s seven-year tenure, with over 275 academy-trained officers joining the ranks of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in that time.Those who graduated Friday received 12 weeks of classroom and practical training focused on interpersonal communications, corrections and criminal justice systems, transportation procedures, defensive tactics, firearms and first responder training, among other areas. Graduates had to successfully pass classroom, physical fitness and firearms tests, and participate in on the job training at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Helps Collect 120 Unwanted Guns During Regional Gun Buyback InitiativeIn “Police Log”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Reliance Jio targets broadband ecommerce push with Rs 20000crore war chest

first_imgReliance Jio is planning an assault on the broadband and e-commerce markets with a war chest of Rs 20,000 crore that Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) plans to provide.(Representational Image)twitterThe decision of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to infuse Rs 20,000 crore into telecom arm Jio promises to heat up the broadband and e-commerce scenes. The fresh capital infusion will help Jio, now in the second position in the market share of mobile telephony, challenge Vodafone Idea’s top position and expand broadband and e-commerce operations. The company is also hoping to make a splash in 5G services, the trials of which are set to begin in the next couple of months.Reliance Jio will issue 4 billion non-cumulative optionally convertible preference shares to its parent at Rs 50 each for cash, a report in the Mint website said, citing unidentified sources. “The capital would be used to expand operations of Reliance Jio. The non-cumulative optionally convertible preference shares carry an interest rate of 9 percent,” the sources said.”Capital requirement for the telecom sector will stay high thanks to the constant infrastructure upgrading and the proposed 5G expansion. Jio is now focused on reaching out to India’s underserved homes and enterprise connectivity market. Its mobility services along with GigaFiber fixed-broadband services is where it is focusing now,” the report said, quoting an analyst.Jio continues to invest to build capacity, for which it is borrowing heavily. The outstanding debt of RIL as of March 31 is estimated at Rs 2.87 lakh crore, which rose by Rs 69,000 crore this year due to investments in Jio. Apparently, RIL held cash reserves of about Rs 1.33 lakh crore as of March 31.Jio is tackling the debt issue by hiving off the fiber and tower arms to two infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) – Digital Fibre Infrastructure Trust and Tower Infrastructure Trust. RIL plans to invite external investment in these, the report said. The arrangement is expected to help Jio reduce the debt and also become an asset-light digital services company with leaner books. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, smiles as he attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018.REUTERS/Denis Balibouse”In our view, the InvIT has effectively allowed RIL to replace Rs 71,000 crore of external debt with very-long-term (20-year) money and thereby remove any refinancing need on this amount of debt. It also gives more balance sheet flexibility and allows RIL to further increase spending across its consumer business if it chooses to do so,” according to a JPMorgan report.Within three years of launch, Jio has garnered 306.7 million subscribers and a revenue market share (RMS) of 31.7 percent as of March 31, against Vodafone Idea’s RMS of 32.2 percent and Airtel’s 27.3 percent, the report says.RIL is successfully cleaning up its books in contrast to the younger sibling Anil Ambani’s continuing problems in reducing the debt. Anil Ambani has slipped from the billionaire club while he grapples with the financial woes of various group companies. A landmark move to transfer the spectrum assets of troubled Reliance Communications (RCOM) to elder sibling’s Jio fell through following regulatory issues.last_img read more

Polls suspened in 2 centres

first_imgRuling Awami League activists stamp ballot papers in favour of their candidate and stuffed them into ballot box during Khulna mayoral polls on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloThe voting was suspended at two polling centres during Tuesday’s Khulna City Corporation elections following forceful stamping of ballot papers.The returning officer suspended voting at the Iqbalnagar Government Secondary School centre (meant for male voters) around 12:00 noon. A group of 20-25 youths entered the polling centre and started stamping the ballot papers at booth 7 around 10:30am.Kakoli Khan, the BNP polling agent at booth 7, and Sajeda Sultana, an agent for Jakia Sultana who is contesting for the post of a woman councillor in a reserved seat, alleged that all the men wore shirts that had a badge with the boat symbol.”They just came and asked the other candidates’ agents to leave. Then they took the ballot papers and sealed on the boat symbol, the Awami League-backed councillor’s pushcart symbol, and reserved seat councillor candidate’s glass symbol,” one of them said.Presiding officer Khalilur Rahman had to suspend voting afterwards. He said he had sought help from the police, but he could not confirm whether the police had taken any action.The policeman standing next to him said they had no such information. He did not have any badge, however. He said his name was Noyon Mia.Yunus Ali, the returning officer, said all the ballot papers had been seized.The same thing happened at the Ward Councillor’s Office centre around noon. A group of young men entered the centre and sealed on the boat symbol of AL candidate Asaduzzaman Rasel. They did so for half an hour till the police arrived.Alim Hossain, the presiding officer at the centre, claimed the miscreants could not drop the ballot papers finally and he suspended the voting around 2:00pm.last_img read more

Queen Will Suspend UK Parliament At Boris Jo

first_imgQueen Will Suspend U.K. Parliament At Boris Johnson’s… Markus Schreiber https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190828_me_johnson_suspend… by NPR News Shannon Van Sant, Bill Chappell 8.28.19 10:48am Updated at 10:15 a.m. ETBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament, infuriating his political opponents and others who accuse Johnson of circumventing the democratic process. The move would likely allow Johnson to bypass lawmakers and push through a no-deal Brexit.Within hours of Johnson’s request, the queen agreed to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament for several weeks in September and October. Johnson asked the queen to suspend Parliament during the second week of September, soon after lawmakers return from their summer recess. Under his plan, the body would not meet again until Oct. 14 — just two weeks before the deadline for Britain’s planned departure from the European Union.Parliament had been scheduled to meet during the first two weeks of September and reconvene on Oct. 9.Johnson insists he wants Parliament suspended so he can develop an agenda for his new government. He adds that a queen’s speech has now been scheduled for Oct. 14, when he will present his agenda.Critics, opposition politicians and some members of Johnson’s own Conservative party say his maneuver would give lawmakers little time to push back on a no-deal Brexit, which a majority of the Parliament opposes.In an interview at 10 Downing Street, Johnson said, “We’re not going to wait until October 31st before getting on with our plans to take this country forward.””This is a new government with a very exciting agenda,” Johnson continued.Member of Parliament Anna Soubry called Johnson’s move “outrageous.” She tweeted that Parliament “will be shut down at a moment of crisis as we face crashing out of the #EU with no deal & for which there is no mandate. Our democracy is under threat from a ruthless PM elected by less than 100K Con members. Email your MP now & demand Parliament sits.”Yvette Cooper, an opposition Labour lawmaker, tweeted, “Boris Johnson is trying to use the Queen to concentrate power in his own hands — this is a deeply dangerous and irresponsible way to govern.”Conservative Member of Parliament Philip Hammond reacted by saying, “It would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament were prevented from holding the government to account at a time of national crisis.”The move, Hammond added, was “profoundly undemocratic.”Johnson threw his plan to suspend Parliament into action one day after he reiterated his commitment to take Britain out of the European Union on the Oct. 31 deadline.”Jeremy Corbyn wants to cancel the referendum and argue about Brexit for years,” Johnson said via Twitter. “I am committed to leading our country forward and getting Britain out of the EU by October 31st.”The term for suspending Parliament in this way is “prorogue” — to formally end a session of Parliament by royal prerogative without dissolving it. According to the official Parliament website: “A prolonged prorogation reduces the influence of Parliament over the way the country is governed. While Parliament is prorogued, MPs and Peers cannot formally debate government policy and legislation, submit parliamentary questions for response by government departments, scrutinize government activity through parliamentary committees or introduce legislation of their own.”In the U.K., there are longstanding precedents to prorogue Parliament before a queen’s speech, “albeit generally more briefly, and rarely, if ever, at such a constitutionally charged time,” the BBC reports, citing royal correspondent Jonny Dymond.The news agency adds that under Johnson’s plan, Parliament would be closed for 23 working days. According to the House of Commons Library, prorogation periods since the 1980s have rarely lasted longer than two weeks.The idea that Johnson might resort to prorogation to get his way on Brexit was seen as a possibility earlier this summer, before he formally replaced Theresa May. One week before Johnson took office, the House of Commons approved an amendment seeking to block any attempts to prorogue Parliament — in a vote that saw more than a dozen defections from Johnson’s party.In the House of Commons’ background paper about the process, it notes that because prorogation is a royal prerogative power, “there is no obvious legal mechanism by which Parliament could prevent its exercise otherwise than by passing legislation to constrain it.”When asked what levers might be used by angry lawmakers to ensure they can work on a Brexit deal, NPR’s Frank Langfitt reports from London that the options include approving legislation to postpone the Oct. 31 deadline, or perhaps seeking to oust Johnson himself.”He’s only been in office since July,” Langfitt notes, “It would be extraordinary to call a no-confidence vote this early. But this is where we are in the Brexit process.”Noting the high stakes involved, Langfitt adds, “People are very angry, and they say this is beyond Brexit — it has a lot to do with democracy.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Montana Men Who Lied About Military Service Or

first_img Tamir Kalifa by NPR News Vanessa Romo 8.28.19 8:14pm When Ryan Patrick Morris and Troy Allan Nelson appeared in court after violating the terms of their respective (and unrelated) probations last week, Montana’s Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinksi added a unique list of punishments to their sentences — including an order to wear a sign saying “I am a liar” — for pretending that they had served in the military.Ultimately, the judge sentenced Morris to 10 years in prison for a felony burglary charge with three years suspended, and Nelson received five years for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with two years suspended, the Great Falls Tribune reported. But before either man can be eligible for parole, Pinski decided, Morris and Nelson must demonstrate remorse for their lies by writing letters of apology to the American Legion, AMVETS and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, among other groups. They also have to handwrite the names of all 6,756 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they have to pen obituaries of the 40 Montanans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pinksi also ordered each man to complete 441 hours of community service — one hour for each of the Montanans killed in combat since the Korean War. The self-flagellation must continue even after their release. Pinski mandated that every year during the portions of their suspended sentences they’ll each have to visit the Montana Veterans Memorial for eight hours on Memorial and Veterans days wearing a placard that reads, “I am a liar. I am not a veteran. I stole valor. I have dishonored all veterans.””There are certain people — shameful people — who have not put their lives on the line for this country who portray themselves as having done so,” Pinski told the defendants, according to the newspaper.”I want to make sure that my message is received loud and clear by these two defendants,” Pinski said. “You’ve been nothing but disrespectful in your conduct. You certainly have not respected the Army. You’ve not respected the veterans. You’ve not respected the court. And you haven’t respected yourselves.”Pinski’s sign-wearing punishment follows similarly public punishments in recent years that have forced other lawbreakers to publicly parade their misdeeds. In 2012, a Cleveland woman was ordered to stand on a street corner holding a sign that read, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” A year later, an Ohio judge made one man hold a sign outside a police station that said, “I apologize to officer Simone & all police officers for being an idiot calling 911 threatening to kill you. I’m sorry and it will never happen again.” Morris and Nelson had asked to have their cases moved to veterans court in the hopes of receiving more lenient sentences. Veterans courts have been set up as an alternative to the traditional justice system, seeking to provide treatment plans to address underlying issues unique to service men and women that may have led to crimes, including PTSD, anger issues and substance abuse problems. In Morris’ case he fabricated a harrowing and inspirational story. In 2017, the Tribune reported, he told the judge he had served seven combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and now suffered from PTSD. He said his hip was replaced after surviving an improvised explosive device incident and that after returning home he had joined an outreach team to help homeless veterans in his hometown. None of it was true, and it was his own father who eventually outed him. Nelson’s lie was less detailed, but he did manage to enroll in Veterans Treatment Court before he was discovered as a fraud, the paper found. Despite Pinski’s evident disdain for the men’s lies, neither was charged with stolen valor, which makes it a federal crime “for an individual to fraudulently hold oneself out to be a recipient of any of several specified military decorations or medals with the intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit.” The two men apologized in court for lying about their nonexistent military service.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Montana Men Who Lied About Military Service Ordered To Wear… last_img read more

The Merchant of modern times

first_imgThe jury is still out on the genre of The Merchant of Venice, one of the most debated and complex plays by William Shakespeare. While some argue it’s a comedy there is still a debate on it being a tragic comedy or a problem play. However, when Vikram Kapadia decided to direct The Merchant of Venice for Aadyam theatre, he was sure that his adaptation of the Bard would be a black comedy. “It is open to many interpretations. But for me, it is a black comedy. It’s always a challenge to adapt the Bard’s work. Since playing around with dialogue means killing the play, I have only made it contemporary with the costumes and the set,” Kapadia told in an interview.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Adapted in a contemporary setting, it is a universal tale showcasing the games people play. There is deception, treachery, love, hatred and revenge. For Kapadia, the play is politically and socially relevant than ever before. The satire on society is also an exciting thriller. Venice and Belmont are now recast as worlds of great gamblers, rich business men, socialites and the prodigal youth. It’s a world where morals and conscience are replaced by opportunism and convenience. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play opens with a cross-dressed singer (very central to many Shakespearean plays) crooning in a night club, introducing the audience into a heady world of cocktails and casinos. It’s in the bar that Antonio (Luke Kenny) a rich merchant promises Bassanio, his young friend 3,000 ducats for wooing beautiful heiress Portia.The play revolves around two main plots— Bassanio’s adventures playing the lotto to win Portia and Shylock’s pursuit of Antonio’s ‘pound of flesh.’ Shylock, the central character, is the heartbreaking villain, an unmerciful Jew moneylender. The most successful banker in Venice, he is regularly slighted by the Jews and is constantly in competition with Antonio. In his modern take on the play, Kapadia tried to portray Shylock more sympathetically, like most of the contemporary renditions.Shylock is played by the director himself. Sporting a magnificent beard (minus the red hat) he makes a poignant performance. Kapadia’s Shylock comes across as a wounded person with a sense of pride and pulled off the predicament of Shylock with ease and elan.However, one wonders if Kapadia was successful in bringing out the human side of Shylock. The director also failed to show the intensity of the relationship between Shylock and his daughter Jessica, who elopes with Lorenzo, a Christian, which shatters Shylock. Another character who took the centerstage is Portia. She is stubborn, vindictive, wealthy and beautiful, a character with many shades. Yuki Ellias as Portia was at her best at the court scene, which is very melodramatic. Despite Rajeev Siddhartha’s good looks, he failed to make an impression as Bassanio. The Moroccon king (Neil Bhoopalam), Portia’s unsuccessful suitor put on a brilliant show, as did Jim Sarbh as Gratiano, Bassanio’s friend.Somehow, Kapadia fumbled at places, where he tried to induce a contemporary flavor to the narrative.  His idea of modernity highlighting a night club, actors in bikinis and bottom slapping of women didn’t fit the plot.last_img read more

Exergames can improve fitness in autistic kids

first_imgActive-play video games used for exercising can improve physical and mental fitness in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).”We think that the exertion of participating in this type of game helps to improve the neural connections in the brains of these children,” said one of the researchers Claudia Hilton, associate professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, US.The findings suggest the use of exergames —video games that are also a form of exercise —has the potential to serve as a valuable addition to therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders who have motor and executive function impairments. Executive function is the higher level of intelligence that helps us to plan and organise. It is used to redirect higher thinking when changing plans and suppressing inappropriate behaviours. It is important for being able to live independently as adults. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researcher investigated the use of the Makoto arena, a triangular shaped arena with pillars at each point, each with lights and sounds at various levels of the pillars for improving fitness of kids diagnosed with autism. Children with ASD often experience executive function and motor impairments. They also experience lower rates of physical activity than children without ASD. The findings appeared in the International Journal for Sports and Exercise Medicine.last_img read more

4 injured as portion of OPD ceiling falls in city hospital

first_imgKolkata: Four persons waiting in the out patient department (OPD) of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital were injured after a chunk of concrete came off from the ceiling and fell on them Friday, police said. The incident happened in the waiting hall of the ophthalmology department’s OPD around noon. The four, after preliminary medical treatment, were released, police said. “Because the building is quite old, there are some rooms where the ceiling is not in good condition. We have closed the room,” a senior doctor at the hospital said.last_img