Alyssa Milano Continues St Jude Fundraising Campaign

first_imgAlyssa Milano is continuing with her efforts to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of her son Milo’s first birthday.Recently, Alyssa reached out to St. Jude about Gonzalito, a four-year-old Peruvian boy who suffered from leukemia. Golnzalito’s parents brought him to the United States to find treatment, but unfortunately could not afford the services he needed. Due to St. Jude’s generous supporters, Gonzalito is now receiving full treatment in Baton Rouge for free.Now that Gonzalito is finally getting the help he deserves, Alyssa is asking that people donate money on Indiegogo to St. Jude, for her son’s special day. She hopes to reach her goal of $50,000, so that the treatment and research facility can continue to provide life-saving services to children. The campaign has already raised $17,181 and still 12 days left.To find out more and make a donation, click here.last_img read more

Moroccos Economic Budget Marks MAD 52 Billion Surplus in January

Rabat- The Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance announced that the country’s budget surplus during the month of January 2015 amounted to MAD 5.2 billion, compared to a deficit of MAD 141 million during the same month last year.According to a report of the Kingdom’s public treasury under the Ministry of Economy and Finance, budget revenues reached about MAD 16.6 billion in January, compared to MAD 16.5 billion during January 2014, marking an increase of 0.6%.According to the Ministry’s report, expenses amounted to about MAD 14.4 billion during the last month, compared to MAD 17.2 billion during the same month last year, which marked a decrease of 16.6%. The ministry added that the budget surplus was the result of higher revenues compared with the expenses, in addition to some revenues from private accounts.The report added that the value of the government’s investments amounted to about MAD 8.3 billion during January, compared to MAD 8.6 billion during the same month last year, a drop of 6.7%. read more

Conference will explore revitalization in postindustrial cities

Brock University is hosting a one-day conference, entitled “Public Space/Urban Crisis,” that will bring together architects, artists, urban specialists, city managers and others to address issues of revitalization in post-industrial cities.* What: “Public Space/Urban Crisis” one-day public conference* When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.* Where: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent, St Catharines, Ont.This public event is open to everyone and will feature panel presentations under three main themes: urban space and architecture; food deserts, urban gardening movement and farmers’ markets; and the management of cities.Conference highlights include:* Jan Campbell Luxton, owner of De La Terre organic bakery in Vineland will reflect on the discrepancies between food policy at a local, provincial and national level, and the aspirations of many small businesses and food security advocates. (10:45 a.m., Panel: “Food Deserts, Urban Gardening Movement and Farmers’ Markets”)* Michael Fenn, Former Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Ontario) and CAO for Burlington and Hamilton-Wentworth and founding CEO of Metrolinx, will present a talk that looks at Smart Growth initiatives in Ontario and asks the question, “Have our solutions achieved Smart Growth’s objectives?” (1:30 p.m., Panel: “Management of Cities”)* Jane Marchessault, Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization, York University, will deliver one of the conferences’ two afternoon keynote addresses. Her talk will focus on the role of public art in creating new kinds of critical learning and social activism. (3:15 p.m., Panel: “Afternoon Keynotes”)This conference is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Brock University’s Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS).To view the conference poster, click here.For more info: Leah Bradshaw, professor, Political Science, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x4282; read more

Metro grocery business posts higher profit revenue in fourth quarter

Metro grocery business posts higher profit, revenue in fourth quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2012 5:41 pm MDT MONTREAL – Metro Inc. is looking to spend $250 million on capital expenditures in its coming year as it continues to revamp its produce sections, upgrade its stores and open its first Adonis banner in Ontario next spring, the grocer said Wednesday.The plan follows about $282 million that was spent in its 2012 financial year that went toward the opening of seven new stores as well as 19 renovated locations.“We continue to focus on improving our fresh offering and are pleased with the result so far,” said president and chief executive Eric La Fleche, who noted Metro closed 11 stores in its 2012 financial year.The company has completed the updating of the produce section in the Metro stores in Ontario and revamped the produce department in nearly 100 stores in Quebec. An additional 30 stores are planned for this fiscal year.“We’re also improving produce in our discount stores with more than half of the Super C stores and about 20 per cent of the Food Basics stores redone,” La Fleche said.Metro plans to increase its total square footage to grow about 1.5 per cent in the coming year compared with growth of 0.2 per cent in its just completed financial year.The first Mediterranean-style Adonis store is slated to open in Mississauga, Ont., next spring. Metro and its minority partner operate five Adonis stores in the Montreal area and plan to open a couple of new stores in Quebec and Ontario annually to reach a total of 12 to 15 locations over five years.Adonis and its distributor, Phoenicia Products, earned $236.6 million in sales in the past year, including $63.3 million in the fourth quarter.In addition to a wide array of fresh vegetables and marinated and grilled meats, Adonis sells Lebanese-style dishes ranging from kibbeh to stuffed zucchini and Greek-style desserts like baklava.Metro reported a fourth-quarter profit of $145.1 million or $1.46 per share, up from $84.4 million or 83 cents per share in the same period last year.Part of that increase was due to Metro’s investment in Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B), a Montreal-area company that operates convenience stores and gas bars in Canada, the United States and northern Europe.Couche-Tard contributed $25 million to Metro’s net profit in the quarter after the supermarket chain did not participate in the convenience store company’s recent share offering.Metro’s adjusted net earnings after excluding a one-time item from Couche-Tard were $123.4 million or $1.24 per share, up from $98.9 million or 97 cents per share a year ago.Metro’s overall sales in the 13 weeks ended Sept. 29 were up 11.1 per cent to $2.9 billion, while same-store sales from locations open at least a year were up 1.1 per cent.Analysts had expected Metro’s adjusted earnings to increase to $1.18 per share on $2.88 billion of revenues in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.RBC Capital Markets analyst Irene Nattel called the results a “solid beat.”“We believe Metro’s solid fourth-quarter results despite intense competition reinforce management’s ability to drive both its offering and cost base to deliver for investors,” she wrote in a report to clients.Nattel noted the strong results will provide the company with a “nice operating tailwind” as it heads into next year.The stiff competition among supermarkets is set to become even more intense next year with the arrival of Minneapolis-based Target Corp (NYSE:TGT) in Canada.Target, which will have limited food offerings, joins an already crowded marketplace that includes an ever growing number Wal-Mart Supercentres.Last month, Metro announced the sale of its Distagro foodservice division, which supplies restaurants and gas station convenience stores, to Sysco Canada for an undisclosed price.The transaction is slated to close in mid-December and will see 140 employees at its warehouse in Boucherville, Que., transferred to the subsidiary of Sysco Corp. (NYSE:SYY).Metro (TSX:MRU) will retain its warehouse in St-Jean-Port-Jolie, Que., which employs less than 100 people and provides food to a series of small convenience and grocery store banners.It has rolled out its new “fresh” food program in an attempt to boost sales.Metro is Quebec’s leading grocery chain with nearly 34 per cent market share. It has more than 65,000 employees in Quebec and Ontario.The company operates a network of close to 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, GP, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Brunet Plus, Clini Plus, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.Shares in the company closed up 42 cents at $59 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the results were from the third quarter, rather than Metro’s fiscal fourth quarter. read more

British Columbia tech firm guards virtual worlds from cyberbullies

CEO Chris Priebe and COO Karen Olsson of the Kelowna, B.C. tech firm Community Sift are shown in this handout image. As online communities come under the attack of cyberbullies, racist hate speech and spam, a British Columbia tech firm is crusading to keep the trolls under the bridge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Community Sift British Columbia tech firm guards virtual worlds from cyberbullies VANCOUVER – As online communities come under the attack of cyberbullies, racist speech and spam, a British Columbia tech firm has developed technology to keep the trolls under the bridge.Community Sift, based in Kelowna, has built digital armour for social media and gaming companies trying to protect their virtual worlds. The chat filter and moderation tool examines real-time website commentary, chat room conversations and banter between game players.“We’re not just talking about four-letter words,” said CEO Chris Priebe, a senior programmer and security specialist. “We want to get rid of bullying across the entire Internet.”The firm’s technology advances a global campaign against digital abuse in part spurred by the 2012 suicide of Amanda Todd, a teenager from Port Coquitlam, B.C., who was victimized by online sexual exploitation.“The Amanda Todds of the world, we want to prevent that,” said Karen Olsson, the firm’s chief operating officer. “We want to be part of the solution.”Based on the firm’s analysis of four billion messages sorted daily, less than one per cent of social users behave badly yet they’re causing the bulk of harm. Offensive material is classified into categories such as bullying, sexting, racism and bomb threats.The firm has catalogued more than one million phrases used frequently by trolls, for example, “u r so ugly,” Priebe said.The technology takes context into account when identifying toxic behaviour. It combines machine learning and human verification by employing artificial intelligence and 30 language specialists. Priebe said online users are shielded from cyberbullies like anti-virus software protects computers.“We’re looking for social viruses that are causing social destruction of social products and social lives.”About 30 global clients are already using Community Sift. The flexible technology is tailored to client specifications, such as modifying content filters to be age appropriate.An internal database query by the firm estimated it has protected at least 34 million users over a recent two-week period in its U.S. data centre alone.Online cruelty inflicted on a Kelowna teenager was also part of the impetus for Community Sift, Priebe said. The teenager was goaded into uploading a selfie that trolls turned against her, generating pages of comments urging her to kill herself.The technology sifts the posts to emphasize positive comments from the 40 per cent of online users who are normally well-behaved to derail the attacks.“They’re going to say, ‘You’re beautiful, you’re wonderful, you’re helpful,’” Priebe said. “Now she’ll have two voices inside her head and she can build the ability to handle all this bullying.”The firm builds reputations for users participating online, and detects when someone crosses into a high-risk threshold. Consequences may include limiting identified trolls to certain queues where a moderator can decide if the content is inflammatory, silencing them automatically or banning them outright.“We always joke you can put them in the basement with all the other trolls and let them harass themselves,” Olsson said.Others have also taken up the cause.A 13-year-old Illinois girl designed software that detects hurtful language as a Google Global Science Fair project. Trisha Prabhu’s program ReThink prompts posters to think twice before hitting send. She found more than 93 per cent of teens alter their posts.Programmers with the National Youth Mental Health Foundation in Australia have also developed a Google extension called “reword” that flags potential insults by crossing them out with a red line.Community Sift identifies the tone of online communities rather than policing the Internet, Priebe said. It gives users options to choose settings for avoiding unwanted content, in the same way moviegoers can select films based on ratings.An emerging social world, called, has deployed Community Sift to protect its users as they interact and post personal stories.“We want to provide the best place for people to freely and openly express themselves,” said Greg Gueldner, who implements the startup’s trust and safety protocol.Priebe has boosted online security before by co-developing safety and moderation tools for Club Penguin, a virtual world where it’s safe for children to play games and interact. The company partnered with Disney in 2007 and has a user base of 300 million.The B.C. programmer, who has his own painful story about being bullied into his teens, said people currently believe they’re powerless against trolls.“When people realize that it’s a solvable problem,” he said, “they won’t put up with it anymore.”— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected version of a story originally published April 3. The earlier story erroneously reported that Chris Priebe co-founded Club Penguin. by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New UN initiative seeks to give children better start by boosting nutrition

The new initiative, from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), aims to reduce the number of low birth weight babies and stunted children, who, as a result, grow up plagued by health problems and experience a detrimental impact on their learning and economic potential. “When a mother consumes a nutritious and balanced diet before and after giving birth, her baby thrives,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said in a news release. “Providing women, particularly adolescent girls, with access to nutritious food cements the next generation’s opportunity for a healthy and productive future.”The partnership supports the “1,000 Days” initiative, which focuses on improving nutrition in the first 1,000 days between the start of woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. “As the global community enters a final push to achieve the MDGs, maternal health remains the goal that lags furthest behind,” said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, referring to the set of global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals that world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. “Maternal nutrition can play an essential role to improve pregnancy outcomes for both the mother and her newborn child,” he noted. “Evidence suggests that programmes designed to improve access to healthy foods and support positive eating behaviour amongst young women can decrease maternal and child mortality, and also provide adolescents energy and strength to stay in school and better prepare them to enter the workforce.”The agencies are planning to roll out pilot programmes in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Zambia, where they will focus on improving nutrition among women prior to, during and after pregnancy, continuing until the child reaches 6 months of age. At the same time, the new programme will explore ways of providing adolescent girls with more general nutritional support, which is essential, the agencies stated, to empower them, allowing them to make healthy reproductive choices, stay in school and avoid early marriage. The new partnership is being launched ahead of tomorrow’s “Nutrition for Growth” summit in London which aims to address the nutritional needs of women throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. read more

Peter Kobelt Kevin Metka fall in NCAA Mens Doubles Final

Junior Kevin Metka returns the ball during a match against North Carolina Feb. 28 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternFour match points for the Volunteers proved to be one too many for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State men’s doubles duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka fell in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Doubles Championship Monday afternoon in Athens, Ga., to Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of the University of Tennessee in three sets, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6).The match was a close one, as each set was determined in a tie breaker, with Kobelt and Metka falling just short of the title.After losing the first set, thanks to the match’s first tie breaker, the Buckeyes found themselves in an hole as the Volunteers had multiple opportunities to secure the second set and the National Championship with a single point.OSU fought its way back and forced another tie breaker in the second set, this time earning the win in the tiebreaker and sending the match into the third set.Kobelt and Metka got an early lead in what proved to be a back-and-forth final set, before the Volunteers forced yet another tie breaker – this one to determine the National Champion.In the tiebreaker, Libietis and Reese took a quick 3-0 lead, but the Buckeyes bounced back yet again and staved off another match point to tie things up at 6-6.A Tennessee winner forced the Buckeyes to fend off another match point, but Libietis and Reese proved to be too much as they earned the elusive match point and won the National Championship.Kobelt was a win away from holding the single-season school record of 45 wins, but remains tied for the top-spot with Chase Buchanan, who played for the Buckeyes from 2008 to 2012. Kobelt also holds the OSU record for most career doubles wins with 142 career victories during his four years in Columbus. read more

Extremist admits planning to blow up London mosque in suspected revenge for

An anti-Islamic terrorist has admitted planning to blow up a mosque with a home-made bomb to avenge the killing of an eight-year-old girl in the Manchester Arena bombing.Steven Bishop, 41, tampered with fireworks and bought a detonator on the dark web.He was arrested by counter-terror police at his mother’s home in Morden, south London, last October after admitting that he planned to attack the local mosque.Bishop, from Thornton Heath, south London, initially denied one count of possession of an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property contrary to the Explosives Substance Act 1883 but changed his plea to guilty on the first day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court.Simon Drew, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing that Bishop was a “dangerous and unpredictable man who has a violent past.”He was said to have had an “obsession” with the Manchester terrorist attack in 2017 and the death of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, the youngest of the 22 killed in the bombing. Saffie Rose Rousso, the youngest victim, only 8 years old. pictured at a family wedding in 2011Credit:Facebook/Facebook Judge Peter Lodder QC  said there was ‘clearly a terrorist context’ to the offence.He adjourned sentencing until Wednesday and Bishop was remanded in custody. Saffie Rose Rousso, the youngest victim, only 8 years old. pictured at a family wedding in 2011 Bishop is said to have told his recovery worker, assigned to help him overcome drug and alcohol addiction, that he had purchased an app that meant no one could trace his mobile phone.He also showed her a Wikipedia page about how to make a bomb and told her he was going to build one and blow up a mosque in a suicide mission. He told her that he had purchased Semtex and a detonator on the dark web and showed her the receipts.Police recovered a suitcase from a shed at his address that was found to contain a lightbulb, battery and firework fuse, for use as an improvised detonator. Among various handwritten notes was found a recipe for thermite, a high explosive.A remote-controlled firework firing system was delivered to his house after his arrest.Bishop had previously pleaded guilty to possession of information likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism, specifically a handwritten note on how to make explosives.The court heard that he has a history of mental health problems and a number of psychiatric reports had been prepared ahead of his trial.He appeared in the dock in a white shirt and spoke only to confirm his identity and enter his guilty plea. A few days before his arrest, he searched online for the Manchester bombing and looked for “Saffie Rose memorial,” according to reports.The following day, he reportedly used Facebook to send a message referencing the little girl before adding: ”Don’t worry something bad is going to happen soon mark my words.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Irishman shortlisted for world photography award

first_img(Image: Ivor Prickett)IRISH PHOTOGRAPHER IVOR Prickett has made it onto the shortlist for the prestigious 2014 Sony World Photography Awards.The Irishman was been shortlisted in the People category of the professional competition – designed for serious photographers and judged on a body of work. His series ‘Kurdistan is booming’ documents everyday life in the region a decade after the allied invasion of Iraq.His work was selected by a panel of experts from almost 140,000 submissions by photographers from 166 countries – the highest number of entries in the awards’ history.Four images by other Irish photographers were also commended across the ten open categories for enthusiasts, judged on a single image.Prickett’s shortlisted images will now go on show at Somerset House, London, from 1-18 May this year.The 14 Professional category winners of the awards and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title and $25,000 prize will also be announced a ceremony in London on 30 April.See: 22 of the most unforgettable war photos you will ever seeMore: Violence, addiction, funerals…How Mexico’s drugs war impacts regular people>last_img read more

Facebook is testing a way to let you purchase items directly from

first_imgFACEBOOK HAS REVEALED that it is testing a feature that would let users make purchases by simply pressing an on-screen “Buy” button.The test was limited to a few small- or medium-sized businesses in the United States.“People on desktop or mobile can click the ‘Buy’ call-to-action button on ads and page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook,” the California-based Internet titan said in an online post.The intent was to gauge the potential to drive retail sales through the Facebook news feed or on pages at the online social network, the post indicated.SafeguardedCredit or debit card information will be safeguarded by Facebook, which will provide the option of storing personal financial information to make future purchases speedier, according to the social network.Gartner analyst Brian Blau viewed the experiment as an effort by Facebook to find out how easy and desirable it can make shopping on the social network.“I think it is foreshadowing a time in the future when Facebook is going to be more serious about commerce,” Blau said. Facebook in the past has dabbled with ways its members could send real-world gifts to friends or make donations to causes.- © AFP, 2014Read: Questions are being asked about Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp >More: 12 brilliantly sarcastic comebacks to Facebook posts > They have repeatedly tried to figure out the best angle for them.last_img read more

Les Italiens se prononcent contre le nucléaire

first_imgLes Italiens se prononcent contre le nucléaireLes Italiens ont participé hier à un référendum qui devait décider de l’avenir du nucléaire en Italie. C’est à une écrasante majorité que les transalpins se sont prononcés contre la reprise du programme nucléaire.Le gouvernement italien avait provisoirement suspendu son programme nucléaire suite à la catastrophe de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon, relancé l’an passé par Silvio Berlusconi. Le résultat du référendum qui a eu lieu hier en Italie est sans appel : 95% des 57% d’Italiens à avoir participé au vote se sont prononcés contre la reprise du nucléaire. Ce scrutin intervient alors qu’EDF et l’Italien Enel devaient fournir quatre réacteurs à l’Italie et que le groupe français Areva avait été retenu. GDF était également très intéressé par le marché, indique Reuters.À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiAvant même que le résultat du référendum ne soit rendu, le président du Conseil italien avait déclaré “nous devrons probablement dire adieu à la possibilité de centrales nucléaires et nous devrons nous engager fermement sur la voie de l’énergie renouvelable”. Dans le même temps, la Bourse de Milan voyait progresser le cours des actions des entreprises du secteur des énergies renouvelables.La pression augmente sur les exploitants de centrales alors que l’Allemagne annonce son intention de sortir du nucléaire d’ici à 2022. Les Suisses, de leur côté, ont décidé fin mai d’abandonner le nucléaire et la dernière de leurs centrales devrait fermer en 2034 a annoncé le Conseil fédéral. De même, au Japon, 74% des sondés se prononcent en faveur d’une sortie progressive du nucléaire indique le quotidien Asahi.En France, le réseau Sortir du nucléaire s’est dit satisfait du “message fort envoyé par le peuple italien”. Dans un communiqué publié hier soir, le groupe indique qu’alors “que la Suisse, l’Allemagne et l’Italie tournent le dos au nucléaire, il est plus que temps pour la France aussi de changer d’ère et de sortir de l’atome au plus vite. Les résultats de ce référendum sonnent le glas de l’accord entre le français EDF et l’italien Enel impulsé en avril 2010 par MM. Sarkozy et Berlusconi”.Le 14 juin 2011 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chelsea to reject Hazard offers

first_imgChelsea have decided that they will be rejecting any offers made for winger Eden Hazard from either Real Madrid or Barcelona, claims The TelegraphThe Belgium captain has impressed at the World Cup and has become a rumoured transfer target for both Real and Barcelona this summer with both squads keen to reinforce their attacking options for the new season.With Hazard just having two years left on his current deal and having recently rejected a new contract, keeping the 27-year-old represents a risk for Chelsea and the London club may have to be resigned to losing him for nothing if they are not careful.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But, while unclear as to how long, it appears that the Blues are confident of holding on to Hazard this summer and have made it clear that they will be turning down offers for the Belgian.Since arriving in 2012 from Lille, Hazard has scored 89 goals in 300 appearances for Chelsea and could feature in their opening Premier League game of the season in an away trip to Huddersfield Town on August 11.last_img read more

VIDEO Shawsheen Tech 2018 Graduation Ceremony Now Online

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Congratulations to the following 52 Wilmington students graduated from Shawsheen Tech on Thursday, June 7, 2018:David AndersonSarah BavotaThomas BlackwellMarissa BlonigenTodd BonneyRyan BrewerJacqueline BroderickShane CallaKelli CarewAnthony CelataBrendan CeresMark CompaneschiAidan ConnorAshley ConnorsMatthew CookThomas DeschenesSeth DuarteIsabella FebboJulia GaffeySarah GibbMarissa GiorlandoConnor GrabowskiRebecca GullottoTyler HumphreyRosemita KnottFrank LakeBrittney LarffarelloKevin MallinsonShawn MarshallChristopher McGondelDavid MullettDevan MunsieShannon O’GradySydney PelletierEmily PreisJohn PustizziNicole RobertsNicholas SantosHunter SavageTimothy ScaleseJosselyn SiegelDustin SmartChristopher SoutoCalvin StaffordLucas StanfordJayme StoneThomas StrowJacob SultanKendra SwiftJessica TurnerGrace WalshRachel WarrenWatch the video of the Commencement Ceremony, courtesy of Billerica Access TV, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—If the video doesn’t play above, click the link HERE to go directly to BATV’s video.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 52 Wilmington Students Graduate From Shawsheen TechIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 106 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Students Win 30 Medals At SkillsUSA State ConferenceIn “Education”last_img read more

Following Trump visit Chinese president stops in Anchorage to meet with Walker

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrive in Anchorage. They were greeted by Governor Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)By Elizabeth Harball and Wesley EarlyUPDATE, 1:30 p.m. Saturday – by Elizabeth Harball:Gov. Bill Walker said he discussed issues ranging from Alaska’s long-proposed gas line project to the state’s potential as a winter training spot for Chinese Olympic athletes with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the head of state’s short stop in Anchorage on Friday.Walker described the meeting during a press conference Saturday morning.“It was a very special moment for me,” the governor said, adding that he and his delegation had the opportunity to meet not only with Xi, but also with 14 high-level ministers in the Chinese government. “If we had traveled to China, we could not have had a meeting like this.” Press Conference: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Alaska from Alaska Governor Bill Walker on Vimeo.Walker said the conversation — during their meeting and the salmon dinner that followed — mainly focused on trade, including Alaska’s fisheries, tourism, air cargo services and the massive natural gas pipeline project the governor is pushing to build.“We are somewhat a good fit with China on natural resources,” Walker said. “We have way more energy than people, and they have way more people than they have energy. So our excesses are somewhat complementary.”Walker said Xi mentioned President Donald Trump also brought up the gas line project during the leaders’ two-day meeting in Florida this week. The Walker administration hasn’t previously emphasized China as a major target of its efforts to market the gas line, which have instead focused on Japan and South Korea.Xi also broached the subject of climate change, Walker said.“Certainly it appears that there’s a strong interest in China as far as what to do on climate change,” Walker said. “It appears with the shift from the U.S., perhaps a bit less,” Walker added, referring to the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back Obama-era climate initiatives. ”They [China] may be taking over that position on leading on that.”One topic that didn’t come up: North Korea. That nation has conducted missile tests in recent days, but Walker said the conversation remained focused on “Alaskan issues.”“As Governor of a state, we stuck to topics I have an impact on,” Walker said.That apparently included the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Walker said Xi expressed an interest in having Chinese athletes train in Alaska.At the close of the conference, a reporter who identified himself as a Taiwanese-Alaskan blogger asked a series of questions about the internationally contentious topic of Taiwan’s political status.“You want to develop indigenous lands so China’s authoritarian government can turn a profit. How do you justify that?” the blogger asked.The governor didn’t answer the question, and the press conference ended.UPDATE, 10 p.m. Friday – by Elizabeth Harball:Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Gov. Bill Walker Friday evening at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage. Xi made the surprise visit to Alaska on his way home from a summit with President Donald Trump in Florida.The governor took the opportunity to tout the state’s effort to build a major natural gas pipeline from the North Slope. During a photo-op with President Xi before the meeting, Walker spoke extensively about the project.“Alaska can provide China with a new and reliable source of LNG [liquified natural gas], a strategic investment in the U.S. of A [and] an opportunity to participate in a regionally strategic infrastructure project,” Walker said during public remarks.Chinese president Xi Jinping met with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker during a short visit to Anchorage on April 7, 2017. Xi stopped in Alaska on his way home from a summit with President Donald Trump in Florida. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)“This project can address the balance of trade issue, [and] provide a clean source of energy to China for a generation,” the governor added. “The project is a 20-million-ton project that can replace 50 million tons of coal.”In his own brief remarks, Xi acknowledged Alaska as an economic partner, but mainly focused on the state’s natural beauty.“In the eyes of many of the Chinese people, Alaska is a land that brings a lot of mystery in our minds and it is a place where our people like to go – it’s like Shangri-la to us,” Xi said through an interpreter.“The very fact that we have now been here, I believe, will serve as a good advertisement for your state,” Xi said. “I believe there might be a boom of Chinese visitors traveling to your state as tourists — I will be happy to see that if that is true.”Neither leader took questions from the press during Friday evening’s meeting, and reporters were ushered out as the Chinese president was speaking. The governor’s office has announced that Walker will hold a press conference Saturday morning to discuss the visit.Before the meeting, Xi and his delegation drove down the Seward Highway to take in the view from Beluga Point on Turnagain Arm, south of Anchorage. Alaska State Troopers and the Anchorage Police Department closed a portion of the the Seward Highway for about 30 minutes to accommodate the visit.ORIGINAL STORY, 6:50 p.m. Friday – by Wesley EarlyChinese President Xi Jinping landed in Anchorage today after meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.Xi is scheduled to meet with Gov. Bill Walker this evening.Members of the Chinese media and other passengers deplane from President Xi Jinping’s plane. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Xi was accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, and greeted at Ted Stevens International Airport by the governor and First Lady Donna Walker, along with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and his wife Toni.The Chinese government informed Walker that Xi would be stopping in Anchorage about a month ago, and requested a meeting, the governor’s office said.Chinese president Xi Jinping’s plane as it arrived at Ted Stevens International Airport (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“China is one of our largest trading partners, and I am eager to tell President Xi about the abundance of Alaska’s resource development opportunities,” Walker said in a press release. “We have tremendous potential in our oil and gas, tourism, fish, air cargo and mineral resource industries.”Walker and Xi will hold their meeting at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage.Check back for more – this story will be updated.last_img read more

Drainage water cleared

first_imgNarayankhed: The officials of municipality responded to a news appeared in these columns. A news item ‘Drainage water inundates road’ appeared on Saturday depicting the hardships faced by the commuters at Ilahi mosque in the town. The officials sent a team of workers and cleaned up the drain. Residents of the colony expressed happy over the development and praised The Hans India for bringing the issue to fore.last_img

Oil prices fall Brent drops away from 70

first_imgBarrels are pictured at the refinery of Austrian oil and gas group OMV in Schwechat, Austria, October 21, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileOil prices fell on Friday, with Brent slipping away from the $70 mark after briefly rising above that level in the previous session, as traders fretted about progress in U.S.-China talks to end a trade war.International benchmark Brent futures dropped 23 cents, or 0.3 per cent, to $69.17 a barrel by 0040. On Thursday, they closed 9 cents higher after touching a session high of $70.03, the highest since Nov. 12.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 2 cents at $62.08. The contract fell 36 cents in the previous session, having hit $62.99 on Wednesday, its highest since November.U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a trade deal with China was getting very close and could be reached in about four weeks, but he said sticking points included tariffs and intellectual property theft.”A summit in April is looking unlikely despite the comments from both sides on how well the negotiations are going,” Alfonso Esparza, senior market analyst at OANDA, said in a note.”After much talk, there is still nothing to show for it, which is once again putting downward pressure on energy demand going forward,” Esparza said.Brent has gained nearly 30 per cent this year, while WTI has risen nearly 40 per cent, underpinned by U.S. sanctions on Iranian and Venezuelan crude, OPEC production cuts and rising global demand.But bearish economic indicators this week, including lower German factory orders, maybe putting a cap on those gains.German industrial orders fell in February by the sharpest rate in more than two years, according to data released Thursday.Orders were hit by a slump in foreign demand, compounding worries that Europe’s largest economy had a weak start to the year.last_img read more

Amazon India receives Rs 2010 crore capital infusion from parent entity

first_imgE-commerce firm Amazon India has received the single largest fund infusion of Rs 2,010 crore from its parent entity as the e-tailer plans to rev up competition with its domestic rival Flipkart.According to a report in the Economic Times, total capital invested by Amazon in its Indian unit has gone up to over Rs 7,000 crore in the last 12 months.”We will invest what it takes to become the customers’ preferred choice in India, and are encouraged that we are India’s largest and fastest-growing ecommerce marketplace,” the report quoted an Amazon India spokeswoman as saying.”In an industry reportedly flat or negative, Amazon India has continued to show remarkable growth of over 100 percent this year,” the spokeswoman added.Meanwhile, the report quoted two unnamed sources saying that the Jeff Bezos-owned online marketplace had lost over Rs 1,000 crore in October on the back of special offers and discounts.”It is losing about Rs 600 crore every month (non-sale months),” the report quoted one of the sources as saying. Notably, the Seattle-based company is likely to burn up around $1 billion this year for its Indian unit as it aims to topple Flipkart from the top position in domestic retail market.As per analysts, after such large scale fund infusion by Amazon, Flipkart will have to raise capital to contain increasing competition from Amazon. So far, the Bengaluru-based firm has raised around $3.4 billion to support business growth.The Bengaluru-based company, backed by New York Investment firm Tiger Global, has raised about $3.4 billion so far. “Flipkart was in investment mode in 2015, which it has cut down in 2016. It will need to raise capital before it can start matching Amazon’s spending,” the report quoted Satish Meena, an analyst with Forrester Research as saying.Interestingly, Flipkart cofounder Sachin Bansal and Ola’s cofounder Bhavish Aggarwal have recently demanded policy support from the government to Indian start-ups to counter what they claim is ‘capital dumping’ by foreign players.last_img read more

Pakistan blast kills 10 injures 60

first_imgPakistani policemen and volunteers move the bodies of victims at the site of a bomb explosion in Lahore on 13 February, 2017. Photo: AFPA powerful explosion killed at least 10 people and injured 60 when it ripped through a protest in Pakistan’s Lahore Monday, officials said, shattering a growing sense of security in the provincial capital.Police had cordoned off the area on Mall Road, one of the city’s main arteries, as witnesses fled amid fears of a second blast, with images of the injured being carried away shown by local media.Rescue official Deeba Shahnaz said at least 10 people had died in the explosion, while some 60 other wounded people had been rushed to city hospitals, in figures confirmed by hospital sources.“The blast was so powerful. I saw the injured and bodies, saw flames surrounding the blast site, people were crying,” witness Muhammad Tariq told AFP.The incident occurred as hundreds of chemists protested a new law near the Punjab provincial assembly building, Rana Sanaullah, the provincial law minister, told AFP.“We fear many injured,” he said.Lahore, the country’s cultural capital, suffered one of Pakistan’s deadliest attacks during 2016, a Taliban suicide bomb in a park on Easter that killed more than 70, including many children.But blasts have generally been rare in the teeming city in recent years, as casualties from extremist attacks in Pakistan dropped significantly in 2015 and 2016.No group immediately claimed Monday’s explosion, but the same faction of the Pakistani Taliban responsible for the Easter blast recently vowed it would continue carrying out attacks.Social media users were quick to suggest the blast was meant to derail plans to hold the highly-anticipated final of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore.The second year of the Twenty20 tournament is currently being held in the United Arab Emirates out of security fears, but after a military crackdown on extremism officials were confident enough to plan for the final to take place in the cricket-mad city.last_img read more

Eskaton double murder case verdict 30 Jan

first_imgBakhtiar Alam Rony. File PhotoThe verdict in the New Eskaton double murder case against Bakhtiar Alam Rony, son of former Awami League MP Pinu Khan, will now be delivered on 30 January, reports UNB.Dhaka additional metropolitan session’s judge Manjurul Imam fixed the date on Tuesday after closing fresh law-point arguments from both sides.The court was supposed to pronounce its judgment on 4 October 2018. However, it deferred for the second time the verdict date in the double murder case as the prosecution filed a petition to summon the investigation officer of the case for rehearing.Following the petition, judge of the Dhaka additional metropolitan session judge’s court-1 Md Monjurul Imam asked IO Dipak Kumar Das to present a mobile call list to the court on 17 October last year.The court was set to deliver the verdict first on 8 May 2018. The judgment in the case was deferred on the day as judge Md Al Mamun said he could not prepare the judgment. So, he decided to defer the delivery of the judgment.On 13 April 2015, Bakhtiar Alam Rony, said to be a drug addict, opened fire on people indiscriminately near Janakantha Bhaban in New Eskaton area from his car, leaving two people — rickshaw-puller Abdul Hakim and Janakantha’s auto-rickshaw driver Yakub — injured with bullets.Hakim succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on 15 April while Yeakub died at the hospital on 23 April.On 15 April, a case was filed with Ramna police station against unidentified people in this connection.On 1 June, law enforcement arrested Rony from his Dhanmondi residence in connection with the firing.last_img read more

Abortion Debate Ratchets Up In The Texas Capitol

first_imgTexas State Library and Archives Commission/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)The House is debating a bill that would require separate insurance premiums for non-emergency abortions.Rhetoric from both sides of a contested abortion bill raged on for hours on Tuesday at the Texas State Capitol, with Democratic state representatives pushing back against a Republican-led bill that would require women to pay a separate health insurance premium to get coverage for abortions that are not deemed medical emergencies. It’s one of several abortion-related measures making headway during this legislative special session.State Representatives Donna Howard (D-Austin) and House Bill author John Smithee (R-Amarillo) hold opposing viewpoints on the proposed legislation and each provide a sample of their parties’ position on the bill.First up is Rep. Howard, who says state Republicans have turned the debate on women’s health into a political opportunity and have once again found a way to obstruct women’s access to safe, legal abortions.On the main concerns Rep. Howard has about the emotionally charged bill: “In this 30-day special session, this is our third abortion-related bill. These things seem to have more of a political purpose than an actual public health purpose. Right now, most insurance plans cover abortions for rape, incest and the health of the mother. They do not cover the so-called elective abortions … just like they don’t cover eye lifts that are not medically necessary.”How Howard views the aspect of faith a measure like House Bill 214, which is designed to keep people with moral, religious and philosophical objections from having to pay for abortions: “The whole point of an insurance pool is that it brings everyone into it regardless of whether you actually use that particular health benefit or not. There are people who have moral or religious objections to a variety of health-related procedures. We can’t start going down that slippery slope of saying what we can and cannot cover based on someone’s religious beliefs. To suggest that a family would have to pre-determine that their daughter might be the victim of a horrific sexual assault or incest and … that they might need to have supplemental insurance to cover an abortion as a result … is really unconscionable.”What Howard sees playing out in the final week of the Texas Legislature’s special session: “There are a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiating going on right now to see if we can get certain things through or if we can block certain things. It’s a lot of plate-spinning right now — we’ll see which ones fall off and which ones go through.”Rep. Smithee weighs in next on his reasons for filing HB 214, which would require women obtain separate insurance coverage for certain abortions.Why Smithee is pushing his separate insurance requirement proposal: “There is a vast percentage of people in the state of Texas who find abortion in most instances to be wrong – either morally or ethically – based on religious grounds or philosophically. And they’re being put in positions of having to pay for coverage for a procedure that they would prefer not to. So, as a matter of economic freedom, we’re simply saying, ‘If you want to pay for coverage, you can, but the government’s not going to force you to carry it.’”On Smithee’s response to Howard’s argument that since most insurance policies currently don’t cover non-emergency abortions, his bill is unnecessary: “Some [policies] do. In fact, I would say many do. We had done a survey and found that there’s a variety of types of procedures that are covered. But [the bill] is going to provide choice to the consumer. I think Rep. Howard has a point from the standpoint that this is typically not a relatively expensive procedure. And I would say in the vast majority of cases, the cost of the procedure does not even rise to the deductible of the insurance coverage. So, even though the procedure may be technically covered, there’s no insurance payment made.”How Smithee, who said, “The act of rape very rarely results in a pregnancy,” sees the government’s role in the decision to make exceptions in legislation for cases of rape, incest and fetal abnormalities: “People can make that decision right now under existing law. This question is just who’s gonna be forced to pay for the procedure. People have tried to make this a debate over the legality or accessibility or availability of abortion procedures. It has nothing at all to do with that. And, as a matter of fact, very seldom is the procedure even paid for by insurance.”On what Smithee predicts will happen over the session’s last days: “Both sides are gonna have to make a lot of progress because there really hasn’t been legislation that’s passed both houses. Finally, today on House calendar, we have some Senate bills. But both houses have been passing a lot of bills that have just gone across to the other side that haven’t really met in the middle. So, we’re running out of time and it certainly doesn’t appear that the entire agenda the governor laid out is gonna pass. It’s still up in the air.”Written by Louise Rodriguez Sharelast_img read more