The DC Comics coverIndia has got its own superheroine Rakshasi on a DC Comics cover, titled The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, in its tenth issue. The blue-bodied character is described as India’s nuclear woman and sports golden headgear straight from Indian mythology. India’s officially sanctioned ‘Firestorm’ also triumphs,The DC Comics coverIndia has got its own superheroine Rakshasi on a DC Comics cover, titled The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, in its tenth issue. The blue-bodied character is described as India’s nuclear woman and sports golden headgear straight from Indian mythology. India’s officially sanctioned ‘Firestorm’ also triumphs over her opponent in true Indian style-with one foot on his chest, as she stands blazing over him on the cover.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes that the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will make opponents wary of the country’s team at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.”Every side will be wary of Australia”, said Waugh referring to the inclusion of Smith and Warner into the team.Smith and Warner spent a year out of their national team, serving bans for the ball-tampering scandal. During the period of the ban, which ended on March 28, both cricketers underwent elbow surgeries and came out stronger to re-start their international careers.Recently, Warner displayed his destructive form in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he top scored with 692 runs in 12 innings, including one hundred and eight fifties.Smith, too, gave an insight of his prime form during the three warm-up games against New Zealand XI, scoring unbeaten 89 and 91 last week.”Every side will be wary of Australia. They know the potential of the Australian side. There’s been turmoil in Australian cricket over the last 12 months, but that has been put aside now. We’ve got our best players available to be picked in Smith and Warner,” ICC quoted Waugh, as saying.Australia, defending champions and five-time World Cup title winners, raised their game in time going into the marquee event, starting May 30. The team won just three of its 18 ODIs in 2018.With its limited-overs tour of India, trailing 0-2, Australia registered a hat-trick as they came-from-behind and clinched the series 3-2 against India. The Aaron Finch-led team then flew to the UAE and swept 5-0 over Pakistan.advertisement”Their form was very poor, but all of a sudden, they’ve won their last eight matches, and they’ve got Smith and Warner in the team. And that is ominous for other sides, they know how good these sides are,” Waugh said.”Australia will be one of the teams… probably not the favourite for the tournament, but the team that other sides will be probably most fearful of. They could do some damage. So I think Australia could go really deep in the tournament,” he added.Australia will play against England and Sri Lanka in the warm-ups before opening its World Cup title defence against Afghanistan at the Bristol County Ground on June 1.
UNC coach says softening of football could bring down America and military US sports Share via Email Trump’s rants appeared to rattle NFL owners and they panicked. Apparently terrified of a fan exodus, a ratings collapse and advertiser revolt, the owners threw together a flimsy, passive-aggressive anthem policy that satisfied no one. And yet for all of Trump’s rage, the owners’ terror and their cowering responses, it turns out the NFL is just fine. We know this because the Green Bay Packers released their annual report this week. Because the Packers are the league’s lone community-owned team they are required to open their books. It is the best window the public gets into the NFL’s actual financial health. And the Packers financial records suggest the NFL is doing well. According to the report, the amount of money the NFL distributed to teams grew from $7.8bn in 2016 to $8.1bn in 2017, meaning the league added to its estimated $14bn in overall revenue. This was a 5% increase and far from the great economic rot referenced by Trump. The report pointed to a $50m streaming deal with Amazon as a sign of the NFL’s continued financial boom. In fact, the Amazon deal has been expanded two more years for a total of $130m. We also know the NFL is thriving because the sale of the Carolina Panthers was completed earlier this month for a record $2.275bn, according to the league’s website. The price appears extreme given that Charlotte, North Carolina, is the nation’s 24th-largest television market, but it’s also a sign that owning an NFL team remains attractive to extremely rich people. The previous record price for a team was $1.4bn, when Terry Pegula bought the Buffalo Bills in 2014. An interesting side note is that the NFL picked Pegula over Trump, who told Sports Illustrated in 2015 that he “bid $2bn all cash on the table,” for the Bills. His boast is, of course, impossible to verifiy, but it leaves one to wonder if running a football team might have taken enough of his time to squelch his itch to run for president in 2016.But the biggest proof that the league is far from failing, despite Trumps’s rants, came on Wednesday when Forbes released its latest rankings of the world’s most valuable sports franchises. Twenty-nine of the NFL’s 32 teams made the top 50 list, which was topped by the Dallas Cowboys whose worth is estimated to be $4.8bn, more than double the $2bn Forbes valued the team at in 2013. Share on Pinterest The NFL machine restarts this week with the opening of training camps. And, if Donald Trump is to be believed, the league is close to collapse, with a crumbling fanbase and plummeting television ratings, all because some players kneeled in protest during the national anthem last season.“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN,” Trump tweeted last September. “Boring games, yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.” “At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up,” he tweeted in November.“The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!” features Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Messenger NFL Share on WhatsApp ‘Your racist side slipped out a little’: How the anthem protests split one small town Support The Guardian “NFL owners are minting money thanks to hefty TV contracts and a favorable labor deal with the players,” Forbes gushed in its report, noting that the $3.2bn in income the league took in last year “is $500m more than the combined earnings” of all NBA, NHL and MLB clubs. In non-financial terms, Trump couldn’t have been more wrong in his Twitter rants last year. Despite player protests, the league continues to make money. Even the negative factors he tried to reference – falling television ratings and declining attendance – have explainers. Yes, TV ratings were down close to 10% during the 2017 regular season, but the decline mirrored a fall in television viewership across the board. Ultimately, the NFL supplied six of the seven most-watched television programs last year (with only Trump’s Congressional address keeping the NFL from a complete sweep). The league’s teams did sell 535,246 fewer tickets last season but almost all of that loss came from two teams in transition: the Los Angeles Rams who saw the novelty wear off on their return to the cavernous LA Coliseum, and the Chargers whose move from San Diego to a soccer stadium in the LA suburb of Carson turned out to be a disaster. The player protests, started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, have drawn considerable attention and have ignited nationwide conversations about racism. While they became a talking point for Trump and Fox News, they have not hurt the NFL’s revenue, TV ratings or attendance – that’s worth remembering if players protest again this season. On Wednesday, just as Forbes released its report, Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurnell Casey told CNN he plans to kneel for the anthem this season. “I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” he told the network during an NFL promotional event in London. “I’m going to protest during the flag”When he does, when other players follow and the protests of the past two seasons continue, just remember that Trump was wrong. The NFL remains the most lucrative sports league in the world – and it’s getting richer by the year. Reuse this content
zoomImage Courtesy: BW Group Singapore-based BW Group has increased its stake in gas carrier owner Epic Gas to 82.58% with the completion of its voluntary unconditional offer.On April 16, BW Group received acceptances for 9.69 million shares, corresponding to around 13.7% of the outstanding shares and voting rights in the company. Under the offer, BW Group has received acceptances for a total of 27.88% of shares and voting rights or 19.64 million shares.Together with the 38.54 million shares BW Group already owned, it now owns and holds the rights to a total of 58.19 million shares, representing 82.58% of the outstanding shares in Epic Gas.Epic Gas will maintain its listing on Merkur Market and will continue to operate independently from BW Group.“We are pleased to have the continued support from those shareholders that elected to remain and see this as an endorsement of our strategy to further expand our leading position in the pressurised LPG sector. The world needs LPG and we have a strong global platform, focused on the delivery of high quality, safe, long-term solutions for our customers,” Charles Maltby, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Epic Gas, said.
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi Monday filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court after a notice was issued to him on a contempt case for his remarks on the Rafale case verdict and again expressed regret for attributing the “chowkidar chor hai” remarks to the apex court. The Congress President also sought dismissal of the contempt petition filed by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi, saying it was an abuse of the process of the court. In his counter affidavit, Gandhi expressed regret for the “chowkidar chor hai” remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while referring to the Rafale judgment. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “It is also clear that no court would ever do that and hence the unfortunate references (for which I express regret) to the court order and to the political slogan in juxtaposition the same breath in the heat of political campaigning was ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion on that issue,” he said in his affidavit. The apex court had on April 23 issued notice to Gandhi on a criminal contempt petition filed against him by Lekhi for his remarks. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In his affidavit, Gandhi said he did not have the slightest or remotest intention to bring the court into political arena, or bring it into disrepute by attributing something which the court had not said. “At the outset, it is clarified that the answering respondent (Gandhi) did not have the slightest or remotest intention, desire or even thought process to bring the court into the political arena, or bring it into disrepute or attribute to it deliberately or wilfully that which the court has not said or meant,” he said Gandhi said, “Several limbs of the government and of the ruling party” have repeatedly stated that the December 14 last year’s order of the apex court constitute a clean chit to the government. “The answering respondent (Gandhi) would also submit that his statement on April 10, 2019, had also been made in that context, purely politically, to counter the aforesaid misinformation campaign being led by senior functionaries of the BJP as well as the government that the judgement of this court dated December 14, 2018, was a clean chit to the government regarding all the aspect of the Rafale deal,” he said. “It is also noteworthy that the Rafale issue which had been and continues to be one of the most prominent political and social issues in this country for many months and despite the matter being sub judice it has been the subject of incessant discussion in civil society and the media,” he said. The counsel appearing for Gandhi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and said they be allowed to file a reply on the contempt notice. The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, allowed advocate Sunil Fernandes, who was appearing for Gandhi, to file the counter affidavit. The apex court had earlier said it will hear the criminal contempt petition on April 30.
Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the operation involved seven places around Klang Valley, including Wangsa Maju, Damansara, Sri Kembangan and Sepang. Two Sri Lankans have been arrested in Malaysia after the police shut down a drug lab producing Syabu and ecstasy.The Rakyat Post quoted the Narcotics Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff as telling reporters today that the police shut down the drug lab and nabbed eight suspects in a drug sting. The operation, conducted by Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime investigation department, special tactical intelligence narcotics group (Sting) and Selangor Narcotics Crime investigation department, also seized RM10 million worth of drugs and drug processing items. The drug lab, which was producing Syabu and ecstasy, was discovered in Sri Kembangan.“Of the eight suspects, five were Malaysian citizens, two from Sri Lanka and one from India,” he told reporters at a press conference at Bukit Aman today.
New Brunswick premier promises to deliver shale gas blueprint in this session FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Premier David Alward is promising to deliver a blueprint this fall that will lay out how his government plans to proceed with shale gas development, an issue that has triggered roars of protests for months.Alward made the commitment in his throne speech Thursday to kick off the fall legislative session, just as supporters and opponents of the shale gas industry rallied outside the provincial legislature.He said the oil and natural gas blueprint will ensure a regulatory system is in place that includes adequate monitoring and enforcement before the province allows the industry to grow.“Those are all things that we need to address to ensure that if we are able to develop natural gas in the future that we are going to have as big a benefit as we possibly can for New Brunswickers,” Alward told a news conference before Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas delivered the speech.The possibility of shale gas development brings the promise of jobs and could be an economic boon at a time when the Progressive Conservative government grapples with a $10 billion debt, a $356 million deficit and an unemployment rate of 11.6 per cent — the province’s highest in nearly a decade.As the speech was delivered, outside a large crowd of people — both for and against shale gas development — marched on the front lawn of the legislature.“New Brunswickers have not given consent to moving forward with a shale gas industry,” said Mark Darcy.“More than 20,000 New Brunswickers signed a petition a year ago, and we’re still waiting for government to have public consultation before moving ahead with the industry.”But Lynn Farmakoulis said the province needs the shale gas industry if it is to get out of its financial mess.“I think it’s time we develop our resources and use them,” Farmakoulis said.“We have people who are working in oil and gas out west and I think we have a responsibility to look at this very seriously.”Following the speech, Liberal Leader Brian Gallant repeated his party’s call for a moratorium on shale gas development until more research is done to protect the environment.“New Brunswickers have a lot of questions that have yet to be answered and they are good questions,” Gallant said.“Developing our economy is a priority, but so is our drinking water.”Alward also used the throne speech to encourage NB Power to seek all avenues — including a possible lawsuit — in efforts to recoup the $1 billion in cost overruns for the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant.“If a lawsuit is something that makes sense, then that should be one of the options that is evaluated,” he said.The idea has been floated before by Alward and the previous Liberal government under Shawn Graham, but it has so far gone nowhere.Point Lepreau returned to commercial service on Friday, more than three years after the project was supposed to be complete.Alward also promised in the throne speech to strike a ministerial committee on jobs and the economy.NDP Leader Dominic Cardy was critical of that announcement, saying the cabinet should be setting the agenda for job creation, not creating a committee to do it.“It’s as though this government is a spectator at a NASCAR race rather than realizing it’s their job to be in the driver’s seat and take the province in a different direction,” Cardy said.Gallant also called on the government to stop consulting and start making decisions on job creation.“It’s great to talk about plans, committees and studies, but at the end of the day we have to start creating jobs for New Brunswickers,” he said.Alward said he also wants to introduce efforts aimed at boosting the number of people moving into New Brunswick, as well as increasing the value of commercial exports leaving the province.The throne speech made no mention of a catastrophic drug plan and the government’s plans to balance the books by 2014, both of which were key promises the Tories made during the 2010 election.Alward said his priority is dealing with the fiscal realities of today.“Right now, we are focused on the work we need to do with this fiscal year and then to be able to build a budget for next year,” he said.The government also said it will deliver a three-year capital budget during this session and a five-year health plan next year. It also promised to consider recommendations of a committee that reviewed the Official Languages Act and introduce legislation next year. by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2012 4:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Civmec says it has signed a contract with BHP that will see the ASX-listed engineering company fabricate and modularise key components for the under-construction South Flank iron ore project, in the Pilbara of Western Australia.The award of the South Flank module fabrication and assembly package #3 covers the supply and assembly of 23 fully-equipped ‘smart modules’, including the supply and installation of the required mechanical and electrical equipment up to no-load commissioning for each module, Civmec said. The scope comprises conveyor shuttle modules, sample station, pump skids, train loadout and feeder modules, all of which will be fabricated and assembled at Civmec’s facility in Henderson, Western Australia, before being transported to site for installation.Work will commence immediately, with completion anticipated by mid-2020, according to Civmec.Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Tallon, said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of what will ultimately become its flagship mine. The award of this scope of work complements the packages already in production for thyssenkrupp, in the supply, manufacture, trial assembly, surface treatment and pre-assembly of stackers, bogies and equalisers for the rail mounted machines for the South Flank project.”When fully operational, South Flank will be one of the world’s largest iron ore operations integrating the latest advances in autonomous-ready fleets, digital connectivity and modular design, Civmec said.BHP is targeting first ore extraction at the operation in 2021 and expects to ramp up to 80 Mt/y of output. This will replace production from the existing Yandi mine, which is reaching the end of its economic life. The company carried out the first blast at the project in September.The combined value of these packages for South Flank is around A$48 million ($34 million).
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Tuesday reiterated his proposal for army facilities in the southern Aegean to be made available for use by NATO units as part of the fight against terrorism.Kammenos, who had expressed a willingness during a recent trip to Washington to allow the creation of a NATO base in the southern Aegean, reaffirmed his belief in such a move during a speech at a navy training centre.The defence minister’s previous references to such initiatives have prompted complaints from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s office, which has argued that Kammenos’s proposals are not official government policy.Source: Kathimerini
Sécheresse : en Chine, le plus grand lac d’eau douce disparaîtSitué dans la province du Jiangxi, dans le sud-est de la Chine, le lac Poyang était la seconde plus grande surface d’eau du pays, après le lac Qinghai. Mais après deux mois de sécheresse, le lac est aujourd’hui totalement asséché, laissant place à une étendue de boue craquelée.Long de plus de 160 kilomètres et large de 16 kilomètres, le lac Poyang, la plus grande étendue d’eau douce de Chine, est aujourd’hui presque totalement asséché. Voilà plus de deux mois qu’il n’est pas tombé une goutte de pluie dans la région, et comme le rapporte le site Rue89, le lac n’est plus qu’une immense étendue de boue séchée et d’herbe.À lire aussiLe monstre du Loch Ness : Écosse, lac, ce qu’il faut savoir sur la légendeLa Chine est depuis des semaines frappée par la sécheresse la plus grave qu’elle ait connue au cours des cinquante dernières années. Plus de 34 millions de personnes vivant dans les provinces du Jiangsu, de l’Anhui, du Jiangxi, du Hubei et du Hunan sont aujourd’hui touchées par le manque de précipitations, a indiqué le ministère des Affaires civiles. Plus de trois millions d’hectares de champs agricoles seraient également affectés par la sécheresse, engendrant une importante inflation du prix des légumes. Et si la situation ne s’arrange pas dans les semaines à venir, c’est la récolte de riz qui sera menacée, a averti le gouvernement.Mais pour beaucoup, la situation a été mal gérée, et l’assèchement du lac Poyang n’est pas seulement le fait du manque de pluie. Certains dénoncent le manque d’entretien des systèmes d’irrigation, la pollution des eaux, mais aussi l’impact des barrages, et notamment celui des Trois Gorges. Construit en 2006 dans la province du Hubei, ce barrage aurait engendré d’importants dérèglements de l’écosystème du fleuve Yangtze, qui est le plus long d’Asie. Ces dommages, le gouvernement lui-même les a reconnus, admettant que le barrage a gravement nuit à l’irrigation et aux ressources en eau.Le 12 juin 2011 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Evergreen school board positioned themselves Thursday as a longtime teacher with intimate knowledge of classroom needs and a sitting school board member with broad knowledge of the district.Incumbent Julie Bocanegra and Megan Miles, a music teacher at Hockinson Heights Elementary School, met with The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Thursday. A third candidate, Clark College student Dennis Jeppson, did not attend.Miles, 38, has been a public school teacher for close to 12 years. She told the editorial board that her experience, as well as her time organizing school community events and her role as co-president of the Hockinson Education Association, gives her a needed perspective on the Evergreen Public Schools board.“I do think there needs to be more voices from education going into these positions,” she said. ” I really feel it’s important to have a variety of perspectives.”Bocanegra, 45, is running for her second full term on the school board after being appointed in 2012 and winning the 2013 election. She is also a board member of the Evergreen School District Foundation Board of Directors, and a school volunteer through several organizations.
Burnley forward Sam Vokes says they are planning to frustrate Chelsea at Turf Moor on Sunday.Chelsea travel to Burnley on Sunday to play Sean Dyche’s side and Vokes has revealed that they plan to frustrate the visitors.Burnley suffered a heavy 5-0 loss last weekend at the hands of Champions Manchester City, while Chelsea are still unbeaten so far in the Premier League this season.Chelsea 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.Speaking ahead of the game, Vokes told Sky Sports: “You obviously have to look at the opposition and we do a lot of analysis before the game, but we know what they’re about and how they play,”“It’s just important for us to look at how we play against them and concentrate on ourselves, especially at home we need to take the game to them.”“I’m sure they’ll be looking at coming here with confidence after their start to the season so for us it’s about frustrating them, getting into them and making it a game for ourselves.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation continues into a fatal car accident in Fort Lauderdale where a 35-year-old woman was killed, on Sept. 11.According to The Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Natalie Pinto was killed after her 2015 Nissan Altima collided with a gray, 2007 Toyota Camry, near Northwest 31st Avenue and 19th Street, just before 5 a.m.Police said Pinto’s vehicle struck a cement light pole, which resulted in severe injuries to Pinto and a person sitting in the passenger seat of her Altima. Both Pinto and the other occupant were transported to Broward Health Medical Center. However, Pinto later succumbed to her injuries.The passenger remains in critical condition, at this time.The occupants of the Toyota were also transported to Broward Health Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.No charges have been filed at this time, as officials are still investigating who may be at fault.Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information on this crime is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, September 1, 2019:#1) Wilmington Farmers MarketThe Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, September 1, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.September 1 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmsGaouette FarmSeafood Express CoCupcake City-ReadingPurple Carrot Bread Co.Tewksbury HoneyHawaiian Jim’s Shave Ice & Co.Ma & Pa’s Pickles ETC.Beads by BarbaraFlor de CaféHappy Apples#2) Free Cookout At Wilmington’s Love The ReefLove The Reef, an aquarium store located at 3 Church Street in Wilmington, is holding a Labor Day Weekend Cookout on Sunday, September 1, 2019, from 9am to 4pm.The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It will feature burgers, hotdogs, soda and snacks; games and prizes; raffles and sales; an interactive touch tank; and a free home aquarium info session.#3) DEADLINE TODAY: Nominate A Wilmington Child For Kindness Award & Free Trip To Disney WorldThe Mary Jo Brown Foundation needs your help to find a very special, deserving, unsung hero from our young generation to receive our 2019 Spreading Smiles Award.Do you know a child or young adult that helped a neighbor or family member in need? Someone that stood up to bullying? Or maybe requested that donations be made to a worthy cause in lieu or Christmas or birthday gifts? The person we select to receive the Spreading Smiles Award will embody the ideology the Mary Jo Brown Foundation is built upon…it will be someone who puts others first, someone who takes action to make the world a better place through acts of kindness…and who looks for nothing in return. Their actions are selfless, the rewards they receive are purely the joy they bring others.Please help the Mary Jo Brown Foundation’s board seek out these young heroes by nominating someone you know for the Spreading Smiles Award. Simply, tell us the story of selfless kindness that describes why your nominee deserves to be recognized and submit it by September 1, 2019. The nominee must be a legal US resident under 18 years of age as of 12/31/19. The online nomination form can be found HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.
Salman Khan, Aishwarya RaiTwitterThe bond of friendship between Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to everyone. The two are now coming back on the silver screen with Inshallah which also stars Alia Bhatt in the lead. But there was a time when the two friends had turned into sworn enemies all thanks to Aishwarya Rai starrer Guzaarish.It is being said that when Salman showed Bhansali a DVD of Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, the movie became an inspiration for the filmmaker to make Guzaarish. Apparently, Salman was keen on doing the film opposite his ex-girlfriend. But things turned awry between Salman and Bhansali when the latter decided to cast Hrithik Roshan opposite Aishwarya Rai in the film.Bhansali’s decision had angered Salman to such an extent that he even went on demean his friend-turned-foe on a public platform. At an event, Salman openly took sleazy potshots at Bhansali when he was asked about his views on Guzaarish.”Arre, usme toh makhi udd rahi thi, lekin koi machhar bhi nahi gaya dekhne. Arre, koi kutta bhi nahin gaya. (Even though there’s a fly buzzing around the film, not even a mosquito went to see the film. Not even a dog went),” Salman had said in an old interview with The Times Of India.When a girl asked Salman about how to make it big in the Bollywood industry, Salman replied, “Jaake usko milo. Voh tumhare pe picture bana dega, khud khoob kamayega, lekin tumko kuch nahin dega,” (Go and meet Bhansali, he’ll make a film on you. He’ll make pots of money but won’t pay you a dime).” Salman Khan, Hrithik RoshanTwitterMeanwhile, Hrithik Roshan, who had always considered Salman as his mentor, expressed his disappointment with Salman over his sleazy remarks on his film.”I’ve always known Salman to be a good man, someone I’ve looked up to and admired and still do. He’s always been a hero and always will be. But yes, it’s not heroic to laugh or make fun of a filmmaker just because his box office collections are not up there with yours.”I will be hurt if anyone talks like this about Mr Bhansali (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, director of Guzaarish). In my opinion a hero never gloats. When you are super successful, it should in fact make you more gracious and loving,” Hrithik had said.The bitterness between Salman, Bhansali and Hrithik continued for years until they have sorted out their differences.
Thomas A ShannonUS under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas A Shannon will arrive in Dhaka on a two-day visit on 5-6 November, according to UNB.He will also visit, and Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-7 November, according to the US Department of State.While in Dhaka, from 5 to 6 November, the under secretary Shannon will co-lead the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis, with government and non-government officials.Under secretary Shannon will then travel to Colombo on 6 November, where he will co-lead the US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue and meet government and non-government officials.
Share Wednesday, February 27, 2019Top afternoon stories:Galveston County Sheriff’s OfficeDimitrios Pagourtzis.Judge Moves Trial Of Santa Fe High School Shooting Suspect Out Of Galveston CountyThe judge overseeing the upcoming trial of the alleged Santa Fe High School shooter decided on Wednesday the trial will be moved out of Galveston County.Judge John Ellisor, who presides over the 122nd District Court in Galveston County, granted a change of venue motion filed by the attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis.Nicholas Poehl, one of Pagourtzis’ lawyers, said this week his client should receive the same treatment as others accused of mass murder. He cited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer Ted Bundy, who received changes of venue.Pagourtzis, 18, is accused of opening fire at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, killing 10 people and wounding 13 others. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis August 25, 2018, photo shows a voting sign in Harris County.Texas Blocked From Purging Voters In Citizenship ReviewA federal judge has put a temporary stop to the process of reviewing the citizenship of tens of thousands of registered Texas voters, making it clear that no Texas county should move forward with efforts to purge voters or issue letters demanding proof of citizenship “without prior approval of the Court with a conclusive showing that the person is ineligible to vote.”The Wednesday order from U.S. District Judge Fred Biery comes a month after the Texas secretary of state flagged nearly 100,000 voters for citizenship review — and a flurry of civil rights groups filed three separate lawsuits to block state and county officials from working off of what has proven to be a deeply flawed set of data.Biery ordered that while the litigation continues, counties can “continue to find out if in fact someone is registered who is not a citizen” — some have done so by comparing registered voters with those made citizens at recent naturalization ceremonies, for example — but may not communicate directly with any particular individual on the list.Tens of thousands of the individuals on the list compiled by the secretary of state’s office were naturalized before registering to vote — making casting a ballot perfectly legal. The number of voters in that group is expected to grow as efforts to review the list proceed.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaAndrea Duhon leads a rally to preserve the Harris County Department of Education.Activists Concerned About Future Of Harris County Department Of EducationPublic education activists are asking the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) board to rehire a consulting firm that lobbies for the agency in the Texas Legislature and commit to funding special education and early childhood education programs.Andrea Duhon is one of the activists and spoke to Houston Matters on Wednesday. She said the board’s recent decision to cancel the HCDE’s contract with HillCo Partners “left the entire department of education vulnerable to shutting down.”Duhon referenced several bills that State Representative Paul Bettencourt filed in 2017. One of the bills proposed to analyze a potential shutdown of the HCDE.Members and supporters of civic groups such as Indivisible Houston, Black Lives Matter and FIEL held a press conference before the board’s Wednesday meeting to talk about their concerns and demands.The board president didn’t respond to Houston Matters’ request for comment.NTSB PhotoNTSB investigators search Trinity Bay for recorders from the cargo jet crash in Texas.DOJ Warns Public Not To Pick Up Wreckage Of Plane That Crashed Near AnahuacThe Department of Justice is warning the public that knowingly withholding any parts of the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed near Anahuac on Saturday is a federal crime.In a news release, the DOJ said an individual convicted of withholding part of a civil aircraft involved in an accident could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.The FBI, which has sent an evidence recovery team to the site of the accident, also distributed the warning. The FBI has urged anyone with information, photos or videos regarding the incident or with knowledge of debris from the crash to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.The NTSB and the FBI have asked area residents and businesses to check security cameras for possible video of the crash.
By James Washington, The Dallas Weekly News and NNPA Newswire ContributorOne of the hardest things to understand in this life and then, to do, is to love yourself. God even commands us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Without Christ in your life, I believe that concept of self love can be distorted and, in some cases, perverted. Love with humility is an awesome thing. When love is set free within you, life takes on a whole new meaning.A reader called me last week and found an error of fact in one of my columns. I referred to the greatest commandment as love thy neighbor when we all know it is to love the Lord our God. I want to thank her for the notification and apologize to anyone else offended by my mistake.The concept of self love can be distorted and, in some cases, perverted. Loving with humility is an awesome thing. When love is set free within, life takes on a whole new meaning. (Stock photo)This week, allow me to talk about freedom. The freedom I’m talking about is the freedom afforded you when you come to Christ. There is something quite liberating when you know or realize that you’ve been, as they say, “set free.” Have you ever thought about what that really means? The word, release, comes to my mind. Others claim relief. However, you want to characterize it, I think the revelation of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior removes the burdens and barriers, we, as human beings, place upon ourselves.That’s why I believe when people come to Christ, they are overcome by a fresh perspective on life; an enlightened one, particularly when they look back over their own lives. In a real sense, addictions are cured, feelings are healed, guilt is removed, and insecurities conquered just to name a few, when Christ enters the picture.One of the biggest things that happens when Christ enters your life is that your fears are conquered. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we all have fears. I know I do (or did).It can be the fear of being alone, or of being ostracized, or humiliated, of being found out, not accepted or yes, even the fear of dying. The knowledge of Christ in all of these situations cancels those fears. That’s what I believe people mean when they say, set free. That’s how I’ve come to understand real joy.In the context of the spiritual awareness of being blood bought and saved, I have been set free from fear, anger, greed, selfishness and even personal self doubt. These things have hopefully been replaced with integrity, strength of character, honesty, hope, truth, the promise of life everlasting and yes above all love.One of the hardest things to understand in this life and then, to do, is to love yourself. God even commands us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Without Christ in your life, I believe that concept of self love can be distorted and, in some cases, perverted. Love with humility is an awesome thing. When love is set free within you, life takes on a whole new meaning.You no longer have to live in the shadows of pretense. Rather, you and I exist in the light of truth. I can be who I really am. I can strive to be who God made me to be and not what the world tries to make me. You can then show the world real you and not what you think the world needs to see. I am who God made. If that’s good enough for God, then it surely is good enough for me and anyone who thinks they want to deal with me.I’m free and it’s wonderful. Freedom is my gift from God, paid for by Jesus Christ His one and only Son. As such what you see of me is what you get, and I’m thrilled about it. You should be too.May God bless and keep you always.James Washington is publisher of The Dallas Weekly News and contributor to the NNPA Newswire.
September 17, 2018 It doesn’t matter if I’m trying to read tweets or a blog; intrusive, irrelevant ads that kill the experience, waste my time and cause distractions are a constant pain. I’ve tried ad blockers, complaining directly to Twitter and the new Brave browser — and in every case, for whatever you gain, you also lose something. After all, that’s how businesses make money — or is it?At the height of the Facebook scandal, the #deletefacebook movement gained momentum — yet few people actually deleted their accounts. Facebook actually enjoyed a rise in their shares a few months later. In spite of an alternative, people are forced back to the same old, risky and intrusive systems. But that is about the change.Related: Clicks Are Not the Only Online Marketing Metric and They May Not Even Be the BestProblematic ads.I rarely buy something online. If the service providers knew this, they would probably stop wasting my time with their ads. But the main question is, how many dollars are wasted on showing these ads to me? And is this the most efficient way of advertising?Google’s algorithm tries to tie ads with keywords from search results, while Facebook uses its deep knowledge of demographics to make efficient targeting. But there’s another way that’s more efficient than both — subscribers.The current model is based on display advertising. The advertiser needs to show me something, called an impression, and if I click on it, I will be redirected to their site — that’s called a click through. The problem is that advertisers don’t have enough knowledge on where their customers really are, and their ads either land on irrelevant websites or become target for fraudulent bots.On the other hand, users are offended by ads so many times that they instantly ignore or close anything that looks like an ad without a second thought. Yet they still have to pay for the bandwidth and lose their phone battery on them.This model is not doing publishers any good either, as Google and Facebook take 73 percent of all ad revenue and 99 percent of all growth.Spying ads.The Facebook Pixel was brought under spotlight during Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing for tracking people even when they are not using the platform. This technique is heavily used by Link Retargetting. Essentially this means the company will track you by attaching a cookie to your browser so they can recognize you when you are back. But after the GDPR, which explicitly requires that users give consent when they are tracked, these methods are becoming less efficient — and ads are becoming less relevant too.Effective ads.Anyone with a YouTube channel knows the value of subscribers. When someone subscribes for a service, they are much more valuable as they are craving the offered service. That’s much different from a random visitor.Related: Solve Your Most Bothersome Facebook Campaign Problems With These TipsThe subscriber advertising model suggests that ads should be served only to subscribers of a certain service — meaning a much more targeted audience with similar interests. When targeting the right ads to the right audience, conversion rates are much higher, and the audience is still happy and engaged.The problem is that the centralized systems do not support this model. Their aim is to make profit for the ad service providers, not the advertisers, publishers or users. Here is where blockchain can play a decisive role.The blockchain supremacy.Blockchain completely removes the centralized body. As such, advertisement costs significantly decrease, which means more revenue for the publishers and better ROI for the advertisers. And since it’s on the blockchain, the payments are instant, and publishers don’t need to wait months.However, the users are the primary winners. Blockchain allows users to fully own their data. As such, they can choose if they want to see ads or not. If they choose to see ads, they can be rewarded and paid in return. This unique model not only respects the users’ privacy but also incentivizes them for watching ads. It also dramatically increases relevancy since the users can pick what they want to see and what they don’t.To make this work, we must determine how users are actually interacting with ads. There are two ways to do that:1. User interaction time.In this model, the time a user spends watching an ad is measured. This model takes the amount of pixels actually visible into account when doing so. As such, this model only works with certain browsers that have this feature built-in to them.Related: 3 Key Changes to Facebook Advertising After a Year of Scandal and Regulation2. Analytics.The other approach is to look at Google Analytics traffic. While this model does not reveal how much users have interacted with an ad on page, it does reveal the actual value of a publisher’s subscriber list. This information can be combined with other well-converting methods to target that audience, push notifications and emails. As such, online ads are completely removed, while only relevant ads are served directly to the users.Once we get rid of the irrelevant, irritating ads, we will have a system that is profitable and enjoyable for all parties. Eventually, ads let us use many great services free, but blockchain allows us to enjoy the experience too. In an ecosystem like this, even I would turn on a few ads, just to earn tokens. And if they are relevant, who knows. Maybe I’ll change my habit. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 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