first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management (BOM) closely considered the format, structure, and future of the National Touch League (NTL) at their April 2007 BOM meeting. After considerable input and deliberation from Permits, key stakeholders, and constituents since the 2007 March NTL, the Touch Football Australia BOM has resolved to continue the NTL Open tournament in its current format for 2008.The format for the Senior NTL for 2008 will be reviewed in the near future after consultation with existing permits, whilst the 20 Years NTL will be conducted in September 2008 to meet with selection requirements for the 2009 Youth World Cup. Please click on the below correspondence from Touch Football Australia’s Events and IT Coordinator Mr. Jon Pratt for further illumination on information regarding the 2008 National Touch League format for Opens, 20s, and Seniors, and pertinent issues that will be deliberated upon in the near future. Further information will be supplied as it becomes available.Related Filesntl_2008-2011_-_020507__2_-doclast_img read more

Moroccan Professor Researcher Mohamed Benchrifa Dies at 88

Rabat – Benchrifa’s funeral took place after the Friday prayer at the Achouhada cemetery in Rabat, Moroccan media reported.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani offered his condolence to  Benchrifa’s family in a tweet.Benchrifa “died … after [pursuing] a career marked by science and bestowment. He is the author of valuable works and research in language, literature, and the history of Moroccan and Andalusian civilization. May Allah have mercy on him,” El Othmani wrote. توفي أمس الخميس الأستاذ محمد بنشريفة عن سن تناهز التسعين عاما، بعد مسيرة حافلة بالعلم والعطاء. وهو صاحب المؤلفات والتحقيقات القيمة في اللغة والأدب وتاريخ الحضارة المغربية والأندلسية. رحمه الله وغفر له وأسكنه فسيح جناته وألهم أهله الصبر والسلوان. وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون— رئيس الحكومة -المغرب (@ChefGov_ma) November 23, 2018Benchrifa was born in 1930 in Laatamna, El Jadida province, near Casablanca.Benchrifa was a professor of Andalusian literature at Mohammed VI University in Rabat between 1970 and 1995 when he retired.The researcher was among the first Moroccan students to receive a BA in literature in 1960 and Masters degree in literature in 1964 from the ٌFaculty of Letters in Rabat. He obtained a PhD in Literature from Cairo University in 1969.Benchrifa was also author of several valuable books and studies.Read also: Ali Squalli, Author of Moroccan National Anthem Dies at 86The 88-year-old researcher was awarded several prizes, including the King Faisal International Prize for Arab Literature for his paper of “Arabic literature in Andalusia” in 1988 and the Maghreb Grand Prix for his study “Abu Tammam and Abu Tayeb in Moroccan literature” in 1987.Benchrifa was member of the Royal Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Royal Academy of History in Spain, and the Arabic Language Academy in Damascus. read more

Cabinet approves proposal to purchase more power committee appointed

Cabinet also approved the proposal to award the contract of supplying 24 MW to the Hambantota Grid Sub Station at Rs.28.43 per 1 KW and 24 MW to the Horana Grid Sub Station at Rs. 28.70 per 1 KW to V Power Holdings Ltd of Hongkong. Cabinet has approved a proposal to purchase more power while a committee has also been appointed to submit recommendations to address the power crisis.The cabinet approved a proposal presented by Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake to award the contract of supplying 24 MW of power to the Pallekele Substation and 10 MW to Gall Sub Station at Rs.30.20 per 1 KW to Aggreko International Project Ltd. Meanwhile, cabinet also approved a proposal to appoint a committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to submit recommendations to address the power crisis.The committee will include the Ministers of Finance, Power, Energy and Business Development, Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development, Ports, Shipping and Southern Development. (Colombo Gazette) A proposal to award the contract of supplying 10 MW to the Mahiyanganaya Grid Sub Station at Rs.30.58 per 1 KW and 8 MW to the Polonnaruwa Sub Station at Rs. 30.63 per 1 KW to Altaaqa Alterrative Solution Global FZE of United Arabic Emirates. read more

Mother Nature Saves Savannah State Against Florida State

Savannah State just could not keep up with Florida State.Clearly, Mother Nature has a heart. How else do you explain that thunderstorms forced the premature end of the carnage of Savannah State’s meeting with Florida State, a match up many believed should not have happened in the first place?The Tigers from the quaint Georgia coastal town had to feel like a condemned prisoner receiving a reprieve. Florida State led 55-0 with still 8:59 left in the third quarter. Clearly, the Seminoles were on their way to covering the largest betting line in college football history, which at one point last week reached 70 ½ points.But two long delays because of severe thunderstorms of 56 minutes and 40 minutes – and a forecast for more – forced officials to call the game, a reprieve of sorts for Savannah State.Yes, the Tigers lost 55-0. But it could have been worse. It likely would have been worse.Worse, even, than the 84-0 crushing Savannah State suffered last week at Oklahoma State. Why would the small school from the historically black college conference, the MEAC, endure such beatings?It was paid $860,000, that’s why. That goes a long way toward meeting its $5.1 million athletic budget. So, from a Savannah State business perspective, the end justified the means.“It would be really good for my perspective at Savannah if those two teams play for the national championship and you guys call me for my evaluation of the game because I’m the only one who has seen them both,” Savannah State coach Steve Davenport said. “But like I said before, it’s really a helpless feeling. Those two programs and those players are really, really tremendous players.“We knew we were coming in a bit overmatched. Now we just hopefully got to get this thing turned around.”But what about those who bet on the game? According to pregame.com, a sports gambling website, all wagers on the game will be refunded — college football bets aren’t official until 55 minutes have been played.Before weather jumped in to save Savannah State, Florida State racked up 255 yards in the first quarter while the Tigers were minus-20 yards.Florida State led 28-0 seven minutes into the game, 35-0 in the first quarter and 48-0 at halftime. The out-manned Tigers could do nothing to stop the No. 6 team in the country. But Mother Nature did. read more

The Warriors Dynasty Is Different

CLEVELAND — After three titles in four seasons — two straight with Kevin Durant winning Finals MVP — it seems fair to begin questioning where Golden State sits in the conversation about the best teams of all-time. But the more compelling thing to analyze now might be whether the Warriors are better positioned to win at this level for a longer amount of time than the other modern-day dynasties the league has produced.And in looking at the vast array of things that make Golden State so dominant — from the club’s versatility and balance on both sides of the ball, its unselfishness on and off the court and its largely magic touch from a managerial standpoint — that feels like a real possibility.“Sometimes you come across those dynasties where you’re just outmatched, and it’s just their time,” Cavaliers guard George Hill said after his team had been swept on its home court.Stylistically, it is so difficult — arguably impossible — for anyone to truly replicate what the Warriors do. Even before the addition of arguably the league’s best pure scorer in Durant, Golden State possessed a point guard with the sort of 35-foot range that most players would only see in a practice setting. In the same backcourt, the Warriors had another guard who was arguably an even more accurate shooter, with a release that is the quickest in basketball — so fast that he doesn’t even need to have his feet set before he shoots.Put another way, this is the best shooting team the sport has ever seen. Golden State breaks defenses regardless of how well positioned or prepared they are. The Warriors were the best jump-shooting club in the NBA when left wide open this past season. And a closer look at the numbers shows the Dubs were also the best jump-shooting team in situations where a defender was draped all over them. Because of that, there really is no surefire way to guard this team.More often than not the Cavaliers, like the Rockets in the round before them, sought to use switches on defense to blanket Golden State’s offense. But in Game 2 of the Finals, the Warriors countered that predictable gameplan (and then changed things up in Game 3 in anticipation of a counterpunch), by using dump-off passes to spring give-and-go opportunities, or to set up lobs for JaVale McGee and Jordan Bell, who were often left all alone in the paint.The latter highlighted how the Warriors, in Bill Belichick fashion, have quietly been a chameleon of sorts by relying far more heavily on their bigs than most observers realize — even as they continue to be viewed as a club that relies solely on its dynamite 3-point shooting.Because of that constant evolution and comfort playing with different styles, the challenge of dethroning the champs could become even more difficult for challengers like the Rockets, who are so heavily vested in a singular type of play that it’s too difficult to adjust to something different if that style stops working in the middle of a postseason series.While the young average age of Warriors’ core would seem to be a plus in their quest to become the best team of all-time, they’re actually not all that unusual when it comes to how young they are when compared to modern NBA clubs that have won three titles in four years. TeamYear of Third Title WinTop Four Players By Win ShareAVG. Age Source: Basketball-Reference Lakers1988Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy, A.C. Green26 Bulls1998Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper, Toni Kukoc33 Warriors2018Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson28 The Warriors aren’t as young as you thinkTeams that won three titles in four seasons by the age of their core players in the last title season, 1976-2018 Lakers2002Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher29 Bulls1993Michael Jordan, Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, B.J. Armstrong27 If there’s something that makes this team different — and gives it better odds of winning for a greater amount of time — it’s that this group of highly talented players doesn’t seem as likely to be torn apart by the retirements, contract issues and jealousies that trouble other clubs in this spot.The Lakers of the late 1980s began running out of steam when then-coach Pat Riley resigned, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired and then halted entirely when Magic Johnson abruptly left the game following his shocking HIV diagnosis. No one knows how many consecutive titles the Bulls might have won had it not been for Michael Jordan’s retirements from the Bulls. And the infamous infighting between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant shortened what likely could have been a longer run of success with the two Los Angeles superstars in the early 2000s.By contrast, the Warriors have already become the new-age San Antonio Spurs, as a number of their players have acted in the best interest of the team by taking much smaller deals than they could have. That attitude, illustrated by Durant, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala1Iguodala did this with his initial deal to join the Warriors. This past summer, he actually maneuvered to have the Warriors pay him more than what they initially expected to fork up. and Shaun Livingston, makes some of the long-term salary math more feasible in a league where these sorts of things can create strain on a star-laden club. (With Curry having just signed a five-year deal last July, and Durant saying he’ll stay with Golden State this summer, the next key player to look at is Thompson, who is slated to be a 2019 free agent. But even that may not be a concern, as he’s reportedly spoken with the Warriors about the possibility of taking a deeply discounted extension that would see him leave up to $50 million on the table.)The players’ willingness to often take less than market value, even for bit pieces like Zaza Pachulia, has allowed the Warriors to improve the roster on the margins each year — sprinkling in specific attributes that the team lacks. With McGee in particular, Golden State took a minimal risk by signing (then cheaply re-signing) a player who had a less-than-stellar reputation around the league, but was incredibly long and athletic — two things the Warriors lacked in a traditional center. Fast forward to this year’s Finals, and the one-time castaway was pestering LeBron James, the best player in the world, anytime he sought to get to the basket.James, whose own upcoming free agency could play a role in nixing the Warriors’ dominance the next few years, pointed out another advantage Golden State possesses: Brainpower. “Everyone’s trying to figure it out: How do you put together a group of talent, but also a group of minds, to compete with Golden State and compete for a championship?” James asked.Ascending teams may not like the idea of waiting out Golden State’s reign. Aside from how young the team’s core is, the players who compose it don’t depend much on raw athleticism. It’s likely they will age gracefully, given how well they shoot from outside and play off the ball.Injuries are a different story, and they can always come into play; particularly with Curry, whose presence has always been a deciding factor with this club. But short of that, the team is full of two-way talent and should be fine on D as long as it’s anchored by Draymond Green and long, versatile wings that make it possible to switch the way the Warriors do. (Still, Golden State would be wise to try to start the process of locating a younger, less polished version of Iguodala, given how different the Warriors looked at times without the 34-year-old this postseason.) The club has ranked in the top 10 defensively each of the past four seasons it reached the Finals.Coach Steve Kerr has made no secret of the other factor that could eventually catch up with his team, which at times struggles with complacency. Specifically, he’s talked about the weight of expectations, and the toll that comes with taking every opposing team’s best shot for years on end. And this season, Kerr said, was the toughest playoff run he’s overseen with Golden State.“I remember sitting in this room three years ago, and it seemed like a dream. This feels more like reality,” Kerr said Friday, perhaps a realization of the fact that titles are now expected as opposed to being hoped for. “And I hope that doesn’t sound arrogant. It’s just that the talent we have, and that’s the experience we’ve gained.”There are any number of things that could turn out to be the Warriors’ downfall. But Golden State also has a handful of factors to hang its dynastic hat on for the time being.— Neil Paine contributed research. read more

Wealth of Irelands super rich rises in the latest Sunday Times Rich

first_img Alannah and her mother Hilary Weston Wealth of Ireland’s super rich rises in the latest Sunday Times Rich List The minimum wealth needed to qualify for this year’s 300 richest people in Ireland is €57 million. 87,829 Views 66 Comments Alannah and her mother Hilary Weston Image: The Sunday Times Image: The Sunday Times Share245 Tweet Email3 By Cónal Thomascenter_img THE COMBINED WEALTH of Ireland’s wealthiest people has grown by 10% in the last year, according to the Sunday Times Rich List which was published today.Top of this year’s list of Ireland’s 300 wealthiest people for the 11th successive year is Dublin-born Hilary Weston and family which has global retail and hospitality assets valued at €11.9 billion – up €512 million from last year.Their wider chain of companies include stores Primark (Pennies), Brown Thomas and Selfridges.Coming in second this year are Stripe founders brothers Patrick and John Collison with a joint estimated fortune of €5 billion – up €2.6 billion from 2018 making John Collison the youngest euro billionaire.The minimum wealth needed to qualify for this year’s 300 richest people in Ireland is €57 million, up from €52 million in 2018.With 33 new entrants on this year’s list, the combined wealth of the 300 stands at €87 billion.Businessman Dermot Desmond comes in 5th on this year’s rich list with an estimated fortune of just over €2 billion while telecommunications billionaire Denis O’Brien’s wealth has dropped by €1.8 billion placing him in 6th.Strong performers on this year’s list include golfer Rory McIlory (€157 million) and MMA fighter Conor McGregor (€115 million).  The Sunday Times Top 10 Source: The Sunday TimesU2 topped the list of Ireland’s wealthiest entertainers this year with an estimated wealth of €662 million and have increased their worth by €15 million compared to last year, according to the Sunday Times.This follows a 60-date tour of North America and Europe that sold 923,000 tickets and grossed €113m – making them one of the highest-earning acts in the world last year.Liam Neeson, Enya and Sir Van Morrison also feature on the list, while Bob Geldof is a new entry to this year’s entertainment top 10, at eighth place, with an estimated value of €57m.  Niall Horan and Sir Daniel Day-Lewis are on the list of Ireland’s top 10 richest entertainers – but both fall just short of the €57m entry point for the overall 2019 list of Ireland’s richest 300.The Sunday Times Irish Rich List surveys the wealth of the 300 richest individuals and families on the island of Ireland in a variety of areas including entertainment, sport, business, technology and construction. Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 12:32 PM https://jrnl.ie/4558175 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 24th 2019, 12:32 PM last_img read more

ÉtatsUnis une première greffe totale du visage a été réalisée

first_imgÉtats-Unis : une première greffe totale du visage a été réaliséeA Boston, aux États-Unis, des chirurgiens ont réalisé la première greffe totale du visage sur un jeune homme de 25 ans dont le visage avait été brûlé par une ligne à haute tension.En 2008, Dallas Wiens voit son visage complètement brûlé après que sa tête touche une ligne à haute tension durant son travail. Dans cet accident, l’homme perd les traits de son visage mais également la vue. Aujourd’hui, le jeune homme a bénéficié d’une greffe totale du visage, une première nationale qui s’est déroulée à Boston, à l’hôpital universitaire Brigham and Women. “Cet exploit a été possible grâce à toute l’équipe de chirurgie plastique de l’hôpital mais aussi grâce au don d’organes, le plus beau cadeau qu’un être humain puisse faire à un autre” a fait savoir lors d’une conférence de presse, Betsy Nable, présidente du centre hospitalier.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerL’opération a nécessité la mobilisation d’une équipe composée d’une trentaine de personnes sous la direction du chirurgien Bohdan Pomahac explique l’AFP. L’opération a duré 15 heures, une durée nécessaire pour rétablir “le nez, les lèvres, la peau mais aussi tous les muscles et les nerfs qui permettent à ces organes de ressentir des sensations”. Selon l’Agence France Presse, l’opération aurait coûté 300.000 dollars, un coût totalement pris en charge par le ministère américain de la Défense et ce, dans le cadre de son soutien à la recherche pour les mutilés de guerre. Aujourd’hui, Dallas Wiens n’a pas retrouvé la vue, mais il se porte bien. Cette greffe inédite intervient moins d’un an après la première greffe total du visage avec système lacrymal et paupières réalisée en France en juin 2010.Le 22 mars 2011 à 13:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police respond to barricaded subject in Goulds

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have responded to reports of a barricaded subject in the Goulds neighborhood of Southwest Miami-Dade, Friday.Officers could be spotted at the scene near Southwest 216th Street and 119th Avenue just before 12:30 p.m.According to Miami-Dade Police, the subject is a man threatening to harm himself.Police also said the Special Response Team is also responding to the scene.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Updated Firefighters Assist In Stopping 25Acre Brush Fire In Ninilchik

first_imgEight wildland fire personnel from the Division of Forestry assisted firefighters from the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department, Ninilchik Emergency Services and Central Emergency Services to stop the spread of the fire. The fire was declared contained at approximately 4 p.m. With warmer-than-normal temperatures and early snow melt this spring, pre-green-up conditions on the Kenai Peninsula and most other areas around the state are very dry and vulnerable to wildfire. The dead, dry grass and brush are receptive to any ignition sources and residents should use caution with any kind of burning and other activities that could spark a wildfire. The fire was reported at 1:18 p.m. The fire started in a subdivision in the area of Oil Well Road and Bluff Drive.Ninilchik Emergency Services was first to arrive on scene and the fire was burning in grass, moving northeast up a bluff toward several homes. At least two homes immediately threatened by the fire were evacuated and the fire damaged siding on one home as it passed by. Firefighters were able to douse the fire before the structure became fully involved. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Local fire departments and the Alaska Division of Forestry helped keep a 2 ½ -acre brush fire in check Saturday in the area of Oil Well Road and Bluff Drive, in Ninilchik. center_img No structures were lost in the fire and there were no injuries. The evacuation order was lifted at approximately 3:30 p.m. It was a human-caused fire but the specific cause is under investigation. For more information about safe burning practices in Alaska, go to https://dnr.alaska.gov/burn.last_img read more

B2B Growth Screeches to a Halt in 2014

first_imgPrint accelerated its steady decline, falling off a cliff in the first 6 months. Revenue was down 7.1 percent over 2013—a drop nearly two-thirds further than the industry suffered in either of the last two years. Alone, the second quarter was even worse. Print revenue was down 9.9 percent in Q2. B2B growth was almost nonexistent for the first half of 2014, according to the latest BIN report from ABM.Overall, raw revenue was up 2.5 percent year-over-year to $13.4 billion. Adjusted for inflation, the gain was just 0.4 percent. While still in positive territory, the slow first half all but negates the momentum from a strong 2013—revenue was up 4.8 percent for the full year, including a 4.4-percent bump in the first half. No one’s gasping at print declines, but the slowed growth of events, digital and data products raise eyebrows.Events still account for almost 45 percent of overall industry revenue (roughly, $6 billion), but grew just 2.2 percent through June. That’s half the rate of growth from two years ago. The report blames “weak exhibition performance in the construction, business, education and non-profit sectors” for the decline.See also: The 2014 B2B CEO Survey Digital advertising had the strongest start to 2014 with a 15.7-percent growth rate, though even that fell off from prior marks—revenue from digital rose a whopping 24.8 percent in the first half of last year. Increases that high weren’t sustainable, but this much of a regression is notable.Digital’s overall share of revenue has increased 5 percent since 2012 however, now accounting for more than 20 percent of all B2B earnings. It’s on pace to out-earn print by the end of the year.Data services fell into the same pattern. At 4.5 percent, growth was down significantly from the first halves of 2012 and 2013. It’s still a small slice of the overall pie at 10 percent of total revenue.last_img read more

Wilmington Little League To Hold Rock N Roll Bingo Fundraiser On May 17

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Little League is holding a Rock ‘N Roll Bingo fundraiser on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury).This “Parents Night Out” will feature DJ Dave Glinner’s Rock ‘N Roll Bingo, raffle baskets, and a 50/50 raffle. Outside food may be brought into the facility, but not beverages as there will be a cash bar.Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased on the Little League’s website through the channel that is used for player/coach registrations. There are options for individual tickets or an entire table which can accommodate up to 10 people. (For multiple tickets, simply add multiple “registrations” to your checkout.)Email Jaret Balter at wllprez@outlook.com with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League To Hold Parent Night Out With Rock ‘N Roll Bingo On May 17In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, May 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”CEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday May 18 2019

first_img#3) Women’s Roller Derby At Shriners AuditoriumBoston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Doors open at 2:30pm.  The action begins at 3pm with Boston Common vs. Central Maine, followed by the Cosmonaughties vs. Wicked Pissahs at 5pm, followed by Nutcrackers vs. Harbor Horrors at 7pm. An After Party will take place at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the double-header, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package.  Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE.  Learn more about the league HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Town Yard Waste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 9am to 3pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.PLUS: Shawsheen River Clean-Up DayThe Shawsheen River Watershed Association is holding a River Clean-Up Day from 9am to 2pm. Instructions: At the end of Grace Drive in Wilmington, you will see signage for town land. The kayak put-in is several feet into the woods. We will paddle upstream to what remains of the Middlesex Canal aqueducts to create navigable space in areas with downed trees. Wear appropriate clothing. Helpful items: gloves, small hand saws, loppers. Navigable passage in this area will allow for a clear paddle from Akeson Park in Billerica, through Wilmington, to The Shawsheen Launch (2000 Whipple) in Tewksbury. Contact Laurie Hartwick hartwicklaurie@yahoo.com or Maria Fleming mariafleming05@comcast.net with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, May 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild Presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ On May 17-18In “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, May 18, 2019:#1) WHS Lamplighters Presents The Drowsy ChaperoneThe WHS Lamplighters present The Drowsy Chaperone on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7pm and Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2pm and 7pm in Wilmington High’s Joanne Benton Auditorium (159 Church Street). Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and military. Please note this play is not appropriate for children under 12.Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperoneis a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.When arriving for the event, please enter Wilmington High through the right rear event entrance. Free parking is available in the high school parking lot (entrance from Adams Street) and across the street near the 4th of July Building parking lot on Middlesex Avenue.#2) Lemonade Stand For To Benefit March For Babies2-year-old Landon Armata will be hosting his first Lemonade Stand from 10am to 1pm at 26 Shady Lane Drive in Wilmington. Proceeds will benefit the The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s NICU and March for Babies. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please visit www.LandonsLemonade.com.last_img read more

Man commits suicide after killing wife 3 kids

first_imgGhaziabad:  A man, who suspected his wife of adultery, killed her and their three kids and later committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, police said on Friday. The incident occurred late on Thursday night, they added. Parents of the couple, who used to live with them, informed Masuri Police Station that the deceased did not wake up despite repeated knocking on their room door, which was bolted from inside. They then peeped in through the window to witness the gruesome scene, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ghaziabad Sudhir Kumar Singh. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us According to him, a police team reached the residence in New Shatabdi Nagar and broke open the door to recover the bodies of Pradeep (41), his daughters Mansvi (8), Yashaswi (5) and Ojaswi (3). Pradeep’s wife Sangeeta (40), who was earlier a nurse in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), was found breathing so she was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The parents told the police that Pradeep had recently lost his job at a private company, owing to which relations between the couple became tense. He had also started drinking. “The crime scene suggests that Pradeep first a administered poisonous substance to his wife and children. When they started becoming unconscious, he wrapped their mouths and noses with a four-inch wide tape and hit their heads with a hammer. At last, he himself consumed heavy dose of poison and committed suicide, Singh said. “A suicide note was also recovered in which the man stated that he suspected his wife of having an illicit affair due to which there were frequent quarrels between them. The note said tired of the fights, he killed his wife and children,” said SSP Singh. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.last_img read more

Thousands of EU diplomatic cables hacked

first_imgThe EU announced an urgent investigation Wednesday after hackers with possible links to China accessed thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables.In the latest embarrassing data breach to hit a major international organisation, the New York Times reported that hackers using similar techniques to the Chinese military gained entry to EU communications.The cables from European Union diplomatic missions around the world reveal anxiety about how to handle US president Donald Trump as well as concerns about the behaviour of China, Russia and Iran.The leak, discovered by cybersecurity firm Area 1, recalls the publication by Wikileaks of a vast haul of US State Department cables in 2010, though in the EU case the trove is much smaller and consists of less secret communications, the NYT reported.EU officials said they have begun a probe into the leak, which comes with Europe on high alert for malign online activity in the run-up to key parliamentary elections in May next year.”The Council Secretariat is aware of allegations regarding a potential leak of sensitive information and is actively investigating the issue,” the EU Council, which represents member states, said.”The Council Secretariat does not comment on allegations nor on matters relating to operational security. The Council Secretariat takes the security of its facilities, including its IT systems, extremely seriously.”In one cable, the EU’s diplomatic mission in Moscow describes the controversial summit in Helsinki in July between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin as “successful (at least for Putin)”.Another gives a detailed account of a meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in which he rails against Trump’s trade tactics, saying the US was “behaving as if it was fighting in a no-rules freestyle boxing match” and vowing not to give in to “bullying”.There are extensive reports on the situation in Ukraine, where a conflict rumbles on between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, including a warning dating from February that Moscow may already have deployed nuclear warheads in Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.The NYT said that, according to Area 1, the techniques used by the hackers over the course of three years were similar to those used by an elite Chinese military unit.The hackers apparently gained access to the diplomatic communications network after a simple “phishing” campaign targeting EU officials in Cyprus with mails designed to trick them into downloading hacking tools.Many of the cables are run-of-the-mill weekly reports from missions around the world, detailing conversations with leaders and officials, the NYT said.More sensitive, classified communications are handled on a different, more secure system.last_img read more

Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman to Get Statues in MD State House

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comSome of the most nationally recognized Marylanders happen to be Black, were slaves and made a huge impact on American history; yet they’re just now getting statues in the Maryland State House.  Abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, who famously helped over 300 slaves escape the South into freedom, will be memorialized in the Old House of Delegates Chamber, and while people are pleased about the decision, some lawmakers are critical of how the statues are coming to be.The Maryland Board of Public Works, which includes Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and Treasurer Nancy Kopp (D), voted 3-0 to erect statues in honor of Douglass and Tubman.Abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, who famously helped over 300 slaves escape the South into freedom, will be memorialized in the Old House of Delegates Chamber. (Courtesy Photos)Maryland House of Delegates speaker Michael Busch (D- District 30A, Anne Arundel County) remarked on the importance of including Douglass and Tubman in the State House.“The Maryland State House tells the story of our state and our country,” Busch said in a statement according to The Baltimore Sun. “But there has been a critical component missing inside the walls of the State House: the important contributions of African-Americans to that story. These statues will fill that missing gap and I’m pleased to see this project moving forward,” said Busch, who has been advocating for the statues since 2016.The Department of General Services recommended that $575,000 be awarded to The Christman Co. of Sterling, Va., which would be contractually responsible for completing the statues in 390 days.  A sculptor from StudioEIS, a firm from Brooklyn, NY will be tasked with the creation of the statues.Despite the excitement surrounding the decision to erect the bronze memorials, certain lawmakers were concerned with the businesses the state is choosing for the project as well as the time the pieces will take to construct.Del. R. Julian Ivey (D- 47A, Prince George’s County) raised concerns about not using a minority business when considering who to collaborate with for statue construction.“If the state of Maryland is going to honor Ms. Tubman and Mr. Douglass, we need to do it the right way,” Ivey wrote in a letter to the board according to a Baltimore Sun report.Board member Franchot agreed with Ivey and felt that a Maryland artist would have been a stronger option as well.“Couldn’t we find a very talented sculptor right here in Maryland?” Franchot said.Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-27, Calvert County) expressed his concern in the length of time it will take the company to construct the statue.“I’ve been asking for them for two years,” Miller said, who had been advocating for the statues with Busch. “They were supposed to be ready and installed in March. They tell me it’s going to be another year. What kind of nonsense is that?”Ivan Schwartz, director and founder of StudioEIS, who plans to present designs of the statue next month when he meets with General Services Department and the Maryland State Archives, said the work takes time and precision.“You have to do it well,” he said. “There’s a very high level of skill and craft. In terms of representation, we try to go back to source material,” he said.StudioEIS also did a George Washington statue that stands in the Maryland State House, which is part of the reason their services were recommended again. “I’ve measured George Washington’s clothing. I’ve photographed some of Frederick Douglass’ clothing,” Schwartz said, about his process in ensuring the historical accuracy of the statues.Miller is anxious about the construction of the statues to ensure all of Maryland’s history is shared with those who visit the historic State House.“We want a place where students walk from the Senate chamber, have the picture taken with George Washington, walk over to the House chamber and have their picture taken with Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, which is important because — guess what — Maryland rejected the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendment,” Miller said according to The Baltimore Sun. “They denied those rights, but we want to make sure people understand where we were then and where we are today.”last_img read more

Traditional shapes and the modern perspectives

first_imgCapturing the essence of minimalism and the poetic fluidity,of straight lined forms and ethereal shapes, potter Anju Kumar flagged off the festive season with the show Luminous Earth on 15 October. The focus is on sculptures which leave an impression on ones memory with their detailed cuts and folds. Vases, urns with detailed filigree and jaalis that look stunning as floor lamps are being displayed at the show. A series of Buddhas in various moods take the works to a realm where art and inspiration blur the boundaries of art. The collection also displays a series of tables, sculpted garden settes, pillars, mandirs and much more. Where: Studio Anmol, Gurgaon When: On till 21 Octoberlast_img read more

6 Google Ad Extensions to Supercharge Your Clickthrough Rate

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In their book Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, online advertising and Google AdWords experts Perry Marshall, Mike Rhodes and Bryan Todd offer information that will help you get more clicks from Google for less money, convert more visitors to buyers, and make your online business more effective than ever. In this edited excerpt, the authors explain how adding extensions to your Google ads can increase your clickthrough rate. Ad extensions boost clickthrough rates — these extra links and lines of copy make your ads more visible and more relevant at the same time. And when you improve your visibility and relevance, you increase your clickthrough rate (CTR).Here are six of the extensions available and how to make the best use of them:Ad Extension No. 1: Sitelinks. If your ad is showing in one of the top three premium spots, you can show sitelink extensions. These appear as additional links underneath your main ad. They don’t cost any extra, they offer more specific and relevant options for your prospect to click on, and they let you take visitors directly to the most relevant page.Best of all, they take up more space on the Google results page, pushing your competitors and the organic search listings further down and out of the way.Let’s say your website sells a particular brand of men’s shirts. You bid on the brand name as a keyword and write an ad that specifically offers a deal on long-sleeve crewnecks. With sitelinks, you can also add in three or four additional links in your ad that take visitors to offers for turtlenecks, short sleeve shirts or even hoodies, all from the same brand. Or you can highlight other information that may be of particular interest to the searcher, such as your “About Us” page, or your “Shipping and Returns Policy” page.Ad Extension No. 2: Call Extensions. In late 2013, Google adjusted their editorial guidelines so you can no longer include a phone number in the headline or text of your ad. That’s actually a good thing, because the phone number option is now available through the call extensions feature instead. Activate this, and the phone number of your choice will appear underneath your ad as an additional free line. That buys you extra space for ad copy and allows your ad to catch more eyeballs by taking up more space on the results page.Call extensions are especially powerful when they show on mobile phones: You can set it so users click on your phone number and connect to you directly from your ad. That’s particularly handy if you have a site that doesn’t display well on mobile devices; better still, if the primary call-to-action on your landing page is to call your phone number. Your contact number will show at the top of your ad in place of your headline, highlighted in blue to indicate that it’s clickable.Ad Extension No. 3: Location. This is similar to call extensions except that, instead of showing your contact phone number, Google will show your physical location. This is an excellent feature for local brick-and-mortar businesses that want to increase foot traffic to their location.Ad Extension No. 4: Images. If you want to increase the visibility of your ads, this is arguably the most effective of Google’s ad extensions. Plus, very few AdWords advertisers make use of image ads. That’s a huge advantage for you.When you activate this extension, three images appear above your ads, featuring your product or brand. This is a great opportunity to simultaneously improve your visibility, your branding and your CTR. But it’ll take some work to get this extension up and running. This only activates for ads in top position on the page, and you’ll have to talk to your AdWords account representative to organize the setup process.Ad Extension No. 5: Reviews. This specifically refers to reviews, not by individual buyers, but by reputable media outlets or blogs. This is another extension that’s tricky to set up. To qualify for this, you’ll need the URL of the webpage that contains your review, then either select a direct quote or write a paraphrased version of no more than 67 characters, including the source name. You then need to provide Google with the URL of the third-party site on which the review can be found. And you’ll need to post the same quote on your landing page.If you’re willing to do the dance, once you activate it, this extension will display the review quote as an extra line below your ad.Ad Extension No. 6: Annotations. Annotations are additional snippets of text or information that appear below your ad. They come in three types:1. Seller ratings. If your product or service is featured on renowned independent review sites (such as Yelp, Bazaarvoice, PriceGrabber, Shopzilla, etc.), Google will compile the results and show your average rating out of five stars. You need to have had at least 30 unique reviews during the previous 12 months and an aver­age score of at least 3.5 out of 5. Be proactive with this, and ask your customers to leave reviews of your product.2. Social. If your AdWords account is linked to your Google+ page, this annotation will display your number of followers or fans. This will increase your visibility by making your ad stand out. Plus, if you have a significant number of followers, it will add social proof, which can in turn increase your CTR and your conversions. To qualify for this extension, you must have a verified URL from your Google+ page, the domain of your Google+ page must match the domain in your ads, and your Google+ page must have what Google calls “high-quality posts and a signifi­cant number of followers.” “Significant,” in this instance, generally means 100 or more.3. Previous visits. This feature is controlled entirely by Google. 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