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Jordin Sparks To Perform At Boys Girls Clubs Of America National Keystone

first_imgMore than 1,800 teens will descend on Atlanta March 21-24 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 46th National Keystone Conference, sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.The annual conference is one of the largest, most established youth leadership conferences in the country, and the most anticipated among Boys & Girls Club teens.Themed “ATL—All Teens Lead,” the National Keystone Conference will take place as teen leadership is needed now more than ever in the U.S. Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school each year; 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese; and the teen unemployment rate is at a record high. To address these and other challenges, Keystone Conference participants will discuss solutions and develop action plans for addressing the most pressing issues facing youth in their local Clubs and communities.During the action-packed conference, teens will hear from a wide array of motivational speakers and entertainers, including musical performances by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; hip hop recording artist B.o.B; and pop group OMG Girlz. Motivational sessions will feature rap and hip hop pioneers Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Doug. E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa; professional skateboarder Preston Pollard; and WWE wrestler and actress Eve Torres.Teens will also volunteer throughout metro Atlanta; participate in interactive workshops on everything from bullying prevention, financial literacy and college preparedness to robotics, golf and movie making; and make time for fun through various social activities.“Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes a critical step to ensuring success for teens is to actively engage them and empower them to lead through initiatives like the Keystone Conference,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are excited to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens on another memorable learning and motivational experience for Boys & Girls Club teens.”“The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has supported the National Keystone Conference for more than 15 years, and we are proud of the positive impact this event has had on so many young lives,” said Regina Borda, managing director, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. “It is our hope that by providing experiences like these, we can inspire and enable more teens across the country to achieve Mas, starting with high school graduation.”For more information about the National Keystone Conference, or to request press credentials, email Jetaun Adkins at jadkins@bgca.org or Kinetra Joseph at kjoseph@bgca.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Community garden in Winnipeg seeds hope and nurtures tradition

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAccess to fresh gardens is not always possible for people living in urban settings, and access to traditional agricultural knowledge is sometimes even harder to come by.That’s what one community garden near downtown Winnipeg is trying to change.Despite it’s location on a busy street corner in the city’s West Broadway area, many fail to notice the garden amongst the gravel parking lots and apartment buildings.It might not look like much but beneath the leafy green lined pathway lies thousands of years of ancestral growing practices – and a variety of vegetables ripe for the picking.Audrey Logan built the urban garden from the ground up in 2014.“We don’t have to water much; we don’t have to feed much. We just guide it along and enjoy,” Logan told APTN News.The garden started out as nothing more than a patch of cement.In the past five years it has flourished into a greenspace rich with food and teachings.Logan practices regenerative agriculture, a form of growing which emphasizes recycling and composting.She said it’s all about putting in what you take out.“We give back in the fall a lot of leaf material that we bring in…then the worms eat during the winter and spring. They create soil with their waste and they help permeate any kind of clay materials,” Logan explained.“It’s just such a more natural way.”These practices are traditional to Indigenous communities.According to Logan, when colonization occurred Europeans brought over invasive styles of growing such as digging, stirring and overturning soil.Logan said these ways fail to protect Mother Earth.“I’m not going to slice her open, expose her to the sun, sterilize her and not cover her for winter,” she said.“When you look at it as a living entity…then you need to treat it as such.”Logan spent her life learning the different ways of gardening and farming.It started out with her time as a child in the welfare system when she lived with non-Indigenous farmers.Then it provided a sense of survival when she was on the streets as a teen.“When you’re a homeless kid on the street what are you going to do? You can’t go to the store and steal. I didn’t have that kind of temperament,” said Logan.Logan would go door-to-door and offer her services to people in her area. She would tend to their gardens and would accept food or money in return.Logan now shares her knowledge with others during weekly drop-in classes at the West Broadway Community Organization, where the garden is located.Jozef DeBeer started attending them three years ago.He said the traditional way of working with nature makes gardening more enjoyable.“I do think it is slowly growing and people are talking about it and there are more and more yards popping up.”DeBeer has since taken the practices he’s learned and started his own garden at home.It has connected him to something bigger – a community who delights in learning more and doing more.Logan has regulars, like DeBeer, who help tend to the garden.She hopes the teachings help reclaim the position of Indigenous people as agricultural people.“To help people learn a bit more about the Indigenous cultural aspect of our food has been for me very important because we need to reclaim that,” she said.Drop in classes run Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Appoints Lalla Joumala Alaoui Ambassador to the United

New York – King Mohammed VI appointed on Saturday in Laayoune, Shrifa Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States. She will replace Rachad Bouhlal, who held this position since December 6, 2011. During the Council of Ministers he chaired on Saturday, King Mohammed VI appointed 66 new Ambassadors to several foreign capitals. Though the names of the Ambassadors have not been disclosed as ff yet, a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation confirmed to the Morocco World News the appointment of Lalla Joumala. Before her appointment as Morocco’s Ambassador to Washington D.C., Lalla Joumala held the position of the Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom since January 2009.   In April of last year, she was granted, in London, the prestigious 2015 “Diplomat Magazine” Award for her outstanding contribution to diplomacy.The prize was awarded to the Moroccan Ambassador in recognition of “her outstanding efforts to reinforce diplomatic action.”Lalla Joumala is King Mohammed VI’s cousin. She is the daughter of the late Princess Lalla Fatim Zahra, the eldest daughter the late King Mohammed V and aunt of King Mohammed VI. read more

Norma Kamali Donna Karan to be honoured by CFDA

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2016 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Norma Kamali, Donna Karan to be honoured by CFDA NEW YORK, N.Y. – A slate of familiar names has been announced as nominees for the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.In the womenswear category, the nominated designers are all past winners. They are: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.In menswear, the nominated designers are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone, Tim Coppens, Thom Browne and Todd Snyder.The ceremony will take place June 6 in New York. Designer Norma Kamali will be given a lifetime achievement award, and Donna Karan will receive a Founder’s Award.But what is likely the most anticipated moment of the night will feature an as yet unnamed guest. The Fashion Icon award — which has recently gone to Pharrell Williams and to Rihanna — has not yet been announced. read more

Bus and coach registration data

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Low demand in 2009 drags bus and coach registrations down• Big buses fall 40% at three months to February 2010 on year earlier.• Big coach registrations up 22%; but industry wary on early revival.• Big bus demand to remain very weak in 2010.“Demand for buses and coaches has remained low for many months and this shows in February’s registration data,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “We don’t expect to see a sustainable recovery in registration data for many months.  This means durable growth in business investment and confidence is vital to protect the sector.  The government’s 2010 Budget needs to deliver clear, supportive and dependable policies, including better access to business credit to encourage a recovery in demand for buses and coaches.” read more

Region Struggles Remain with Panthers Photo Gallery

Pinnacle hosted Valley on Friday in Price. The Buffalos got off to a hot start and led 10-1 after three innings. The two teams traded runs down the stretch and Valley left with a 13-4 win.Benjamin Scott led the Panther offense by going 3-3 with a double, two runs and one RBI. Christian McLean came in the game and settled things down on the mound by going three and two third innings, striking out eight and giving up three runs. However, the damage had already been done and the Panthers lost their seventh contest in a row.Pinnacle (3-10, 0-7 Region 19) will remain at home on Wednesday when it plays Panguitch (6-7, 3-3 Region 19). Photos by Jeff Barrett

Project aims for chance to help area youth succeed

Jonathan Nelson, Youth University intern and fourth-year Concurrent Education student, promotes the Youth University project outside the Computer Commons.Youth University at Brock is asking how can we build a better future for Niagara’s youth.The group’s Our Future Project is one possible answer to this question. It is a community development initiative aimed at building self-esteem, developing life and learning skills, and connecting personal interests with career and educational goals among Niagara’s most vulnerable middle-school children.“We’re looking to partner with parts of the region with limited access to services in order to connect kids with university student mentors and instructors who can act as positive role models,” said Kate Cassidy, director, Youth University. “We want to help them see why they’re great, motivate them to stay in school and help them to dream big about their futures.”Programs funded by the Our Future Project include:personalized and long-term interventions like in-school science and technology outreach to low-income schoolscareer exploration and educational planning with university student mentorsin-school tutoring and after-school programming to develop social skills“This initiative has the potential to impact more than 3,000 youth in Niagara and in order to make it happen we’re looking at all of our funding options,” Cassidy said. “Which is why we’ve submitted our idea to the Aviva Community Fund competition where we have the opportunity to win $76,000 to give this project a much-needed boost.”The Aviva Community Fund contest is a voter-based competition that is now in round three of voting. Youth University hopes to generate enough votes for the Our Future Project to reach the top 10 in their category and move on to the semi-final round. Voting for round three ends Nov. 26 and registered voters can vote once a day between now and then.University graduates can earn up to $1.3 million more over a lifetime than someone who has not gone beyond high school. Education level is also linked to steady work, community involvement and overall health.About 55 per cent of Niagara’s population has a high school diploma or less, and only about 10 per cent possess a university degree. Research shows that students begin to set their educational and career paths as sixth grade, and kids who do not have significant role models in their lives who have attended a post-secondary institution are less likely to continue on a path to post-secondary education themselves. read more

Carol Merriam appointed Dean of Brocks Faculty of Humanities

Brock University today announced that Carol Merriam will become the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.Merriam has been serving as Interim Dean of the Faculty since March 2015. She will continue that appointment until June 30, and then on July 1 begin a five-year term as Dean of Humanities.“I am delighted that Dr. Carol Merriam will be transitioning from Interim Dean to Dean, it has been a pleasure working with her over this past year” said Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, who made the announcement.Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is a great community of scholars, teachers, and learners with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud to be a part of it.A Professor of Latin language and literature with a research focus on Augustan poetry, Merriam is also an experienced academic administrator, having served as Brock’s Associate Dean of Humanities from 2011-15 and Chair of the Department of Classics from 2004-07.Merriam, who joined Brock as a part-time instructor in 1994, is herself a graduate of Queen’s University (BA Honours and MA) and Ohio State University (PhD).“I have really enjoyed the year I have spent as Interim Dean of Humanities, and am honoured to have been selected for the permanent position,” said Merriam. “Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is a great community of scholars, teachers, and learners with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud to be a part of it.”In her eventful past year as Interim Dean of Humanities, Merriam was responsible for overseeing the completion and opening of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines. That $45-million project was a huge milestone for the University, representing not just Canada’s most modern centre of excellence for arts education, but an unprecedented off-campus collaboration between Brock and its host communities.Humanities is one of the largest of Brock’s seven academic Faculties, encompassing eight different departments and five centres of research and study. Looking into the future, Merriam acknowledged the recruitment issues facing all universities because of shrinking demographics, and particularly challenges for the Humanities.“But Brock has a lot to offer,” she said, “and this is especially true in Humanities. It is an exciting time to be telling that story, and helping all of our units forward to live up to their full potential.” read more

Mystery diner stuns restaurant with massive tip on £79 bill

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A mystery diner at an Indian restaurant in Northern Ireland left staff gobsmacked when he left a huge tip as a reward for “excellent food”.Stunned staff at the Indian Tree restaurant in Portadown were left a £1,000 tip on top of a bill for just £79, according to the Portadown Times.Chef Babu (Shabbir Satter) cooked the food for the family of five, with owner of the business Luna Ekush praising his “hard work”.“It is a very simple thing to express gratitude, but this has had such a big impact. We are still in shock,” she explained, the BBC reports. “All the staff working that night will split the money as the customer said it was for everyone. I don’t think anyone at the restaurant has ever received such a massive tip, I definitely have not.“I want to thank Babu for his hard work; all credit for the food must go to him.”She added the mystery man was a regular at the restaurant, but would be keeping his identity a secret. Last year, this diner left a hateful note for a shocked waitress instead of a tip.   While this woman battling cancer was stunned by a diner’s amazing act of kindness. last_img read more

Obscure clip reveals the secret disco life of Darth Vader and C3PO

first_imgStar Wars fans, if you can handle a WTF moment of epic proportions, then I beg you – watch this clip. It is disco Star Wars. And no, I’m not talking about a cleverly edited fan video from 2011. No, this is an actual clip from the disco era, apparently from some obscure French TV show in the late 70’s or early 80’s.But its being a vintage Star Wars disco video hardly begins to describe what we have here. It’s the approach they took to disco Star Wars. You won’t see any Luke, Leia, Han, or R2D2 here. No, this disco simply has Darth Vader and C-3PO… getting down. We have disco line force-pushes (including some previously unknown force coming from C3P0, mind you). We even have ballet moves on top of skyscrapers. Wait, what?? Hey, why not? This is unintentional Star Wars comedy at its finest!The only question that is left, then, is whether George Lucas can work this into his next remake of the original trilogy. Hey, if you can add a musical number into Jabba’s Palace, why not throw in a funky disco video on Tatooine? It could be justified as Darth Vader’s way of blowing off steam with his childhood droid.via Topless Robot and Neatoramalast_img read more

Starbucks introduces 1 reusable cup that pays for itself

first_imgStarbucks’ cups are easy to recycle, but you have to choose to dispose of them in such a way as they don’t just become trash. When you consider there’s over 20,000 Starbucks locations around the world, you can see how those used cups soon add up to a lot of waste.To combat this production of waste and the growing concerns over it, Starbucks has decided to introduce a cheap reusable cup in the US and Canada. The plastic cup looks very similar to the disposable ones we’re all used to, except it costs $1 to purchase. That would put a lot of coffee drinkers off buying it, but Starbucks has added an incentive that may see them fly off the shelves.While the reusable cup may cost a dollar, every time you use it Starbucks knocks a dime off the price of your coffee. So after 10 uses the cup has paid for itself and you can continue to save money on the cost of your coffees after that. As the cup is made of plastic, it’s unlikely to fall apart anytime soon.Starbucks says testing the new cups in 600 stores last year saw reuse increase by 26 percent. And if the money saving aspect of the cup isn’t enough to win you over, Starbucks also promises to rinse each cup with boiling water when you get a refill–so you don’t even need to worry about keeping it clean.If you like your coffees big (any Trenta drinkers out there?) then the reusable cup probably isn’t for you–it holds either a tall or grande measure. But if you do decide to purchase one, the biggest problem you’ll probably face is remembering to take it with you.via Pressconnectslast_img read more

Rise in number of migrants crossing the Aegean

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Migrant reception centres on Greek Islands are facing increased pressure, as the number of refugees crossing the Aegean sea by boat is on the rise.According to the Greek authorities, 1,092 people had arrived to Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros since 28 August. As the Ministry of Migration pointed out, during the weekend alone, 576 migrants arrived on Greek shores from Turkey, most of them landing on Lesvos, 29 on Chios and 159 on Samos. This surge increased the migrant population at Lesvos island’s hotspot to 3,7878, even though it has a capacity for 2,300 people. Lesvos is not the only East Aegean Island under stress by the wave of migration. Samos is also overcrowded; its hotspot was designed to host 700 people instead of the 2,369 who are stranded there for months. What’s more concerning is that boats have also arrived to other islands, which lack the appropriate designed spaces for the identification and temporary lodgement of them. But even in islands with adequate infrastructure, overcrowding often results to tensions, mostly between groups of refugees of different ethnicities. This occured last weekend in Samos, where a clash between Syrian and Iraqi migrants led to five of them being hospitalised with knife wounds, Kathimerini reports. Despite these events, the Greek authorities stress out that there is no cause of particular concern, as this increase in arrivals is similar to what happened during the same period last year. What is concerning though, is the fact that there seems to be a freeze in the implementation of the Turkey – EU agreement signed in March 2016, which sees the return of migrant populations to Turkey. This has not happened for the last two months.last_img read more

Mexican footballer was stuck in Venezuela for 75 days

first_imgEx-Pumas Alfonso Nieto couldn’t leave the South American country because there was no paper to print out his son’s passportFor Mexican footballer Alfonso Nieto, the chance to play football outside his country was a dream come true.He was called to play with Carabobo in Venezuela’s Primera Division.Nieto started this adventure in January but was let go by the club in May.That’s where the nightmare started.The Mexican athlete had a newborn baby and couldn’t print his passport to leave the country.The South American country has a shortage of basic materials, and paper is one of them.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“For two months I lived like a Venezuelan, like one of my brothers who helped me in that country,” he told Diario Excelsior in Mexico.75 days after his first try, he was able to get help and get out of the country and is now in Mexico with his whole family waiting for a new chance with football.“It was months, weeks, waiting for a solution.”“At the end, we went to live in Caracas to try to solve this as soon as possible,” he added.3 Meses mi Mati hermoso!! TE AMO ? Nunca caminaras solo hijo! ??? #GraciasDios pic.twitter.com/YqtFXythhs— Alfonso Nieto (@aNieto_23) August 14, 2018last_img read more

5000 Role Models Project welcomes radio host Rickey Smiley

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A surprise guest shared his experiences in show business at a 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project event in Northwest Miami-Dade.Radio host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley stepped out of his radio booth and into William H. Turner Technical Arts Senior High School, Friday afternoon.Smiley shared his experiences with entertainment and offered some words of wisdom to the students.“If you need help, if you need advice, talk to somebody,” he said. “You don’t have to go through stuff by yourself. I know it’s hard, but you can make it.”He also urged the students to stay on track toward college and a career.Smiley has hosted 99JAMZ’s “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” for more than 25 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Walmart To Stop Some Ammo Sales Ask To Not Open Carry Guns

first_imgThe retailer is further requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms at its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores unless they are law enforcement officers. However, it said that it won’t be changing its policy for customers who have permits for concealed carry. Walmart says it will be adding signage in stores to inform customers of those changes. The retailer has long found itself in an awkward spot with its customers and gun enthusiasts. Many of its stores are located in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart to get their equipment. Walmart is trying to walk a fine line by trying to embrace its hunting heritage while being a more responsible retailer. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter said Tuesday it will stop selling handgun ammunition as well as short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style weapons, after it runs out of its current inventory. The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas, and follows back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store. Walmart and Kroger joins a string of other retailers and restaurants including Starbucks, Target and Wendy’s in asking customers not to openly carry their guns when they visit their premises. But they are not enforcing an outright ban because they don’t want to put their employees in confrontational situations. The nation’s largest retailer has been facing increasing pressure to change its gun policies by gun control activists, employees and politicians after the El Paso shooting and a second unrelated shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine people . A few days before that, two Walmart workers were killed by another worker at a store in Southaven, Mississippi. “Walmart deserves enormous credit for joining the strong and growing majority of Americans who know that we have too many guns in our country and they are too easy to get,” said Igor Volsky, executive director and founder of Guns Down America, in a statement. “That work doesn’t end with Walmart’s decision today. As Congress comes back to consider gun violence, Walmart should make it clear that it stands with Americans who are demanding real change.” Walmart’s moves will reduce its market share of ammunition from around 20% to a range of about 6% to 9%, according to Tuesday’s memo. About half of its more than 4,750 U.S. stores sell firearms, or around 2% of all U.S. firearms. Most firearms sales are done through thousands of unaffiliated gun shops or gun shows, not big retail chains. Walmart says it hopes to help other retailers by sharing its best practices in background checks. And the company, which in 2015 stopped selling assault rifles like the AR-rifles used in several mass shootings, urged more debate on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban while also calling for the government to strengthen background checks. Walmart said it sent letters Tuesday to the White House and the congressional leadership that call for action on these “common sense” measures. Last month, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people . The gunman used an AK-style rifle — one that Walmart already bans the sale of — in the deadliest shooting in the company’s history. Texas became an open carry state in 2016, allowing people to openly carry firearms in public. But supporters of stricter gun laws say Walmart’s latest steps should have an outsized influence because of its clout, sending a strong message to Congress as well as other corporations. A number of gun control activists praised Walmart’s moves, while gun manufacturers such as Vista Outdoors and Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands Corp. saw their shares fall. The National Rifle Association posted a tweet attacking Walmart’s announcement.center_img In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, Walmart took an initial step of ordering workers in stores nationwide to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence. But that fell well short of demands for the retailer to stop selling firearms entirely. Critics have also wanted Walmart to stop supporting politicians backed by the NRA. In 2015, Walmart stopped selling semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 style rifle, the type used in the Dayton shooting. The retailer also doesn’t sell large-capacity magazines. Dick’s Sporting Good stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2018. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska. Walmart stopped selling handguns in the mid-1990s, with the exception of Alaska. The latest move marks its complete exit from that business and allows it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only. “It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America’s fundamental freedoms,” it said. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition, while requesting that customers not openly carry firearms in its stores, even where state laws allow it. With its new policy on “open carry,” McMillon noted in his memo that individuals have tried to make a statement by carrying weapons into its stores just to frighten workers and customers. But there are well-intentioned customers acting lawfully who have also inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond. Other companies have responded to public pressure to restrict gun sales. Dick’s Sporting Goods announced in March it would stop selling firearms and ammunition at 125 of its 700-plus locations. Kroger’s said last year that it would stop selling firearms and ammunition at its Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest. Kroger joined Walmart Tuesday in asking customers not to openly carry their guns when they visit its stores. Kroger said late Tuesday that it’s joining those encouraging elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence. Over the last 15 years, Walmart had expanded beyond its hunting and fishing roots, carrying items like assault rifles in response to increasing demand. But particularly since 2015, often coinciding with major public mass shootings, the company has made moves to curb the sale of ammunition and guns. “In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again,” according to a memo by Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon circulated to employees Tuesday afternoon. “The status quo is unacceptable.” Walmart announced in February 2018 that it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and also removed items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Those moves were prompted by the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, October 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand is holding a Community Meeting from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Woburn Street School. This is an opportunity for the community to provide Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend the meeting, including community members who may not have children in the school system.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington Public Schools is taking part in Blue Shirt Day on Monday, October 1. All students are encouraged to wear blue. The campaign is organized by Stomp Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in America.At The Library: Wilmington Community Playgroup at 9:30am. Wilmington Networkers — Articulating Your Accomplishments at 10am. Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Course at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Wii Bowling at 12:30pm. Book Club at 1pm. Quilting at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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 Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 3, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Card skimming case Police suspect involvement of Nigerian gang

first_imgKolkata: The police are suspecting that a gang comprising some Nigerian nationals was behind the unauthorised withdrawal of money from various bank accounts, after skimming of debit cards to get details.The modus operandi of the crime made the police suspect that there could be a “Nigerian” gang behind the entire operation. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the cash was withdrawn using the debit card details from certain places in Delhi. In most of the previous such cases in which money was withdrawn from Delhi, involvement of a “Nigerian gang” was found. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe police have gone through the video footages of surveillance cameras installed in three ATM counters at Mallick Bazar, Golpark and Elgin Road. In these three counters, skimming machines were found fitted at the slot of the ATM machines, where one needs to swipe cards to withdraw money. The video footages have shown a person entering the ATM counter to fit the skimming machine. He had his face covered.Police suspect that the same person had installed skimming machines in all the three ATM counters. In one of the video footages he was found covering his face with a handkerchief. In another he was wearing a cap and in the third ATM counter, he was seen wearing sunglasses. As a result, the police have not got a clear picture of the person and so are preparing his portrait parle. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPraveen Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), said: “We are taking all necessary steps to crack the case as early as possible.”It may be mentioned that till yesterday, the police had received as many as 76 such cases and on Thursday, two more such cases have been recorded. Police suspect that the number of cases could go up.Some bank officials, including an assistant general manager of a nationalised bank, have also fallen victim to it. Around Rs 40,000 was withdrawn from the bank account of the assistant general manager. He was earlier the manager of the Golpark Branch of the bank. In another case, Rs 50,000 was withdrawn from the bank account of RJ Nilanjana. She has lodged a complaint with Alipore police station. The police are also keeping a watch at the online shopping sites to get information if skimming machines are being sold without necessary permissions.last_img read more

Twitter Counters Cyberbullying

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