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Sherbrooke Serves Up the Best Chowder

first_imgFolks around Sherbrooke know that nothing beats a bowl of steaming hot seafood chowder. But who makes the best chowder in the community? Which restaurant makes the best chowder in the Antigonish-Eastern Shore tourism area? These questions will be answered on Saturday, Aug. 25, when Sherbrooke Village hosts the second annual St. Mary’s Chowderfest and Sherbrooke Shindig. After a successful launch last summer, organizers expect this year’s event to be packed with family fun, and, of course, copious amounts of the classic East Coast seafood dish. The day’s events start at 10 a.m., with a community yard sale at the Sherbrooke Village Performance Centre until 3 p.m. The seafood chowder competition starts at 3 p.m., with entrants registered in both local domestic and commercial categories. A panel of judges includes radio personalities Don MacKenzie from 1320 CKEC and 780 KIXX Country’s Frank Lowe. The Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society will sell bowls of its delicious chowder, with proceeds supporting improvements of the historic site. At 5 p.m., there will be a pie-eating contest open to the public. A good old-fashioned shindig will start at 5:30 p.m., featuring Side Kixx, a Halifax-based country band led by Frank Lowe. Sheet Harbour’s Fraser Newcombe and the Mountain Memories Bluegrass and Old Time Country Band will open the evening’s entertainment. Food concessions, amusements and many activities within the Sherbrooke Village site will also take place throughout the day. The festivities will be capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. The day’s entertainment is free. Those interested in entering the Chowderfest competition, or booking a yard sale table may contact Lynn Hayne at Sherbrooke Village toll-free, 1-888-743-7845. Chowder competition pre-registration deadline is Aug. 17. For further information, including online registration, competition rules and regulations, and a complete schedule, visit read more

Modi turns 69 leaders across political spectrum greet PM

first_imgKevadiya (Guj)/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday and spent his birthday in his home state of Gujarat offering prayers to goddess Narmada at the Sardar Sarovar dam filled to capacity for the first time, visiting the Statue of Unity and sharing a meal with his nonagenarian mother.Modi, who was greeted by leaders across the political spectrum, also addressed a public rally in Kevadia where he lauded the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, saying his government drew inspiration from the country’s former home minister for its decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir in an attempt to find solution to a decades-old problem. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, top Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati, chief ministers of West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha and Delhi–Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrasekhar Rao, Naveen Patnaik and Arvind Kejriwal respectively–were among others who greeted Modi on his birthday. Shah described Modi as a leader with strong willpower and a symbol of decisive leadership and hard work while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the prime minister’s “visionary leadership” and said it has helped India scale new heights of glory. On his 68th birthday last year, Modi was in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi and spent time with school children. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA 569-kg ladoo was also unveiled at an event organised in Delhi by Sulabh International, a non-profit organisation, to mark Modi’s birthday as ‘Swachhta Diwas’ (Cleanliness Day). Modi met his mother Heeraben at her home in Gandhinagar after his public engagements. TV visuals showed the prime minister greeting his mother with folded hands to seek her blessings. Modi then sat down to have a birthday lunch with her. The TV images showed the mother and son enjoying what appeared to be a Gujarati thali.last_img read more

Cinema Against AIDS XX Raises Almost 25 Million

first_imgA trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio, a private performance by legendary rock icons Duran Duran, and a family portrait sitting with Annie Leibovitz: these were just a few of the items sold at amfAR’s most successful benefit event to date.Cinema Against AIDS XX on May 23 exceeded all expectations, raising nearly $25 million in a single night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS.amfAR has long been known for its global reach, but Cinema Against AIDS XX marked its first foray into outer space fundraising, with three seats aboard Virgin Galactic alongside Leonardo DiCaprio selling for a combined total of €3 million. This truly once in a lifetime opportunity, secured by amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, raised more than any other single auction item ever seen at an amfAR benefit. Harvey Weinstein, a longtime chair of Cinema Against AIDS, helped to lead the live auction at the record-breaking charity event, held in conjunction with the Cannes International Film Festival on May 23 at the famed Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France.amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone said in a statement, “Tonight in Cannes we’ve made AIDS history. We’ve made $25 million with the very people who seeded the pediatric AIDS fund. We’re grateful, and we’re grateful to that one little girl in Mississippi who was our first child cured. To you, we dedicate this evening, because you are the girl who’s taking us forward into the future, when this cure will be here not only for the 330,000 children who have AIDS, but the 34 million people who are living with AIDS. Tonight is for you. We love you. Our hope belongs to you.”Stone was a Chair of the event, along with Weinstein and amfAR Ambassadors Janet Jackson and Milla Jovovich, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Jessica Chastain, Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Aram Shishmanian, Michel Litvak, Roberto and Eva Cavalli, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, and Boris Collardi, who were all in attendance.amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Harvey Weinstein took the stage together during the night to reflect on how much the Cinema Against AIDS event has grown since its inception at the Cannes film festival in 1993, largely due to the passionate support of the film, music, and fashion communities. At the end of the night, Cole and Weinstein announced the $25 million raised to the audience, and thanked everyone involved for bringing amfAR a step closer to curing AIDS.Guests included Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrien Brody, Thom Browne, Rosario Dawson, Lily Donaldson, Goldie Hawn, Eva Herzigova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jeremy Irvine, Stacy Keibler, Karlie Kloss, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Melanie Laurent, Annie Leibowitz, Olivia Palermo, Zachary Quinto, Aishwarya Rai, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Liberty Ross, Anja Rubik, Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Irina Shayk, Joan Smalls, Audrey Tautou, Stefano Tonchi, Giambattista Valli, Stefanie Van Der Laan, Paz Vega, Dita Von Teese, Christoph Waltz, and Zhang Ziyi, among many others.Some of the highlights in a truly unforgettable evening included live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Duran Duran, who have sold more than 100 million records throughout their storied career, had guests at Cinema Against AIDS dancing in the aisles. Joined by dozens of top models on stage, they played their cult classic “Girls on Film,” giving their only public performance of 2013. Dame Shirley Bassey made a special appearance to sing a number of her much loved and celebrated songs, including “Goldfinger,” and brought the house down with a commanding performance. Ellie Goulding, one of the UK’s most exciting singer-songwriters, opened the evening with a stripped-down acoustic rendition of “Lights.” Rounding out the line-up was American Music Awards winner Hot Chelle Rae, who performed their mega-smash hit “Tonight, Tonight.”“The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show” was one of the most dynamic moments of the night. Curated by Carine Roitfeld, forty top models walked in the spectacular runway presentation of one-of-a-kind gold looks, accessorized with gold jewelry from emerging and established designers. The entire collection was auctioned off for a total of €1.2 million. The show was streamed live on auction opened with an Academy Awards Weekend package that sold for 1.5 million euros. The lot included tickets to some of the most exclusive Hollywood awards season parties. Leonardo DiCaprio generously donated a pair of tickets to the upcoming premiere of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which he stars. Heidi Klum offered the unbelievable addition of going along as the winner’s date. The package was so popular in the room that a second set of tickets went for €500,000, minus Ms. Klum.amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone led an appeal that raised more than €1.25 million for amfAR’s Pediatric AIDS Initiative.A private, in-home performance by Duran Duran was another of the evening’s priceless auction items. This one-of-a-kind experience sold for €400,000.Goldie Hawn auctioned off a stay at Donna Karan’s Parrot Cay retreat and a pink gold and diamond Shamballa Jewels Royal Bracelet. The package sold for €200,000.Adrien Brody and Rosario Dawson auctioned a stunning motorcycle specially commissioned by Redemption Choppers as a tribute to the 20th edition of Cinema Against AIDS, which sold for €600,000.Zachary Quinto helped to sell a priceless opportunity to play soccer alongside Zinedine Zidane and take in a Real Madrid match with the world-famous footballer in his private box at Real Madrid Santiago Bernabou Stadium, which sold for €380,000.Other artworks in the auction included an Andy Warhol print of amfAR Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, “Liz, 1964,” a Damien Hirst piece entitled “DL-Octopamine,” and an original plate portrait by Julian Schnabel.A rare bottle of 1893 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection sold for €50,000 and was presented by Jeremy Irvine.Cinema Against AIDS XX featured an exhibition by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also donated coveted items to the live auction. Her Niagara Falls print sold for €320,000, and the chance to sit for a private family portrait with Leibovitz sold for €450,000.Longtime amfAR supporter Roberto Cavalli was responsible for the design and décor for the gala dinner. The famed Italian designer created a spectacular setting for the event, dressing every table and chair in his dazzling signature prints.Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.last_img read more

Vanessa Carlton Performs For Musicians On Call

first_imgOn September 10, Musicians on Call NYC YPC held its annual Marquee Event featuring an intimate performance from Vanessa Carlton.The event raised over $5,400, enough to sponsor a hospital floor for one year where a Musicians On Call volunteer performs weekly.Vanessa performed songs from her upcoming album to be released next year and shared her own Musicians On Call volunteer experience. John McCauley from Deer Tick joined her on stage for a special surprise duet.Source:Musicians On Calllast_img

Was told I wasnt good enough

first_imgNew Delhi: She made a stunning debut with Dangal, but Fatima Sana Shaikh says getting a perfect launch pad was not a cakewalk as people told her she did not have the “looks” of a heroine like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Fatima, who started her journey in the movies as a child actor with Kamal Haasan’s 1997 film Chachi 420, says the rejections shifted her focus from waiting for a conventional lead role to searching for a good character. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I have been a child actor. I quit but making a comeback after that was difficult. I was not getting any work. People used to tell me I don’t look like Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif. They said, since I didn’t have the looks of a heroine, I should do whatever I’m offered. There have been many incidents where I was told that I was not good enough,” Fatima said. The actor says her desire to perform in front of the camera was so strong that she did not pay heed to what people thought of her. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”I only had acting on my mind. The reason why I used to go for every audition was because I would get to perform in front of the camera, even if the set-up was small.” The success of Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, however, made things easier for Fatima as it gave her the option to choose. “Before Dangal, I never had the chance to choose my projects. I even did ‘Dangal’ because that was my only option at that time. Every actor goes through this. That’s how things function. But I am happy that post the film and especially after ‘Thugs of Hindostan’, I have the space to choose,” she says. Citing an example of Rajkummar Rao, her co-star from Anurag Basu’s upcoming anthology, the actor says there is no formula for success. “There is no single rule that applies to everyone. But now there are so many opportunities because of Netflix, Amazon and other platforms. Influx of different mediums has given actors a lot more options.” Fatima says even though her aim is to establish herself as a sought-after performer, she does not believe in planning “too much”. “Where I want to reach it might take two or maybe six years. But I am happy that at least I’m on my way.”last_img read more

After years of debate ICC Member States agree on definition of aggression

Member States of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have agreed on what constitutes the crime of aggression, a long-running source of contention in international law, after nearly one decade of discussion.Nations agreed to amend the Rome Statute, which set up the Court, to define the crime of aggression as “the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position effectively to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a State, of an act of aggression which, by its character, gravity and scale, constitutes a manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations.”Under the resolution adopted at the end of the two-week-long ICC review conference in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday, blockades of ports or coasts of a State by armed forces of another State, as well as an invasion or attack by troops of one State on the territory of another, are considered as acts of aggression under the statute.Nations agreed that the ICC can exercise jurisdiction over crimes of aggression, but only over those committed one year after 30 States Parties have ratified the newly-made amendment.This is will not happen until at least 2017, when States meet against to review the amendment, according to the new resolution adopted in the Ugandan capital.It also noted that if the ICC Prosecutor wishes to move forward with an investigation of possible cases, he or she will take the case to the Security Council. Once that body has determined that an act of aggression has taken place, the Prosecutor will move forward with a probe.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, welcomed what he described as “the historic agreement” on the definition of aggression.“The compromise text is a significant step forward in the fight against impunity and towards an age of accountability,” the statement noted.The Rome Statute, adopted in 1998, included the crime of aggression – along with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – as the four categories of crimes over which it has jurisdiction. But it said the ICC could not exercise its rights in that area until a definition had been agreed upon.So far 111 countries have become parties to the Statute, while 37 others have signed but not yet ratified it. But some of the world’s largest and most powerful countries, including China, India, Russia and the United States, have not joined.At the start of the Kampala conference, Mr. Ban underlined that a new “age of accountability” is replacing the “old era of impunity.”The ICC, he said, is now “permanent, increasingly powerful, casting a long shadow. There is no going back.”In this new age, those committing the worst of human crimes – be they rank-and-file soldiers or top political leaders – “will be held responsible,” Mr. Ban emphasized.Former Serbian president Slobodan Milo?evic and former Liberian leader Charles Taylor are among those who have already been called to justice. “Not long ago,” he said, “this would have been unimaginable.”But for the ICC to have the reach it needs, it must have universal support. “Only then will perpetrators have no place to hide,” the Secretary-General said. 14 June 2010Member States of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have agreed on what constitutes the crime of aggression, a long-running source of contention in international law, after nearly one decade of discussion. read more

Lack of nutrition having a crippling effect on Kyrgyz children – UN

30 June 2011Nearly one in every four deaths of young children in Kyrgyzstan is caused by under-nutrition, and the physical and mental development of many other boys and girls is being delayed in the Central Asian country, according to a United Nations report launched today. The joint report of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank finds that, despite improvements in the past decade, at least 22 per cent of all deaths of children under the age of five are the result of under-nutrition.Under-nutrition is having a serious impact on the Kyrgyz economy, leaving estimated losses of as much as $32 million each year, the report notes.It calls for scaled-up investment in nutrition, particularly in ensuring that all salt that is sold is iodized and all stocks of wheat flour are fortified with iron, folic acid and other B vitamins.UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who has been visiting Kyrgyzstan this week, said the country’s authorities, UN agencies and their development partners have the opportunity to drastically reduce the number of children who suffer from stunting and other effects of under-nutrition.“These children learn less, and they will earn less – deepening the cycle of poverty,” Mr. Lake said. “Investing in good nutrition is the smart, cost-effective thing to do, helping to save more children’s lives and accelerate progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equity.”The World Bank has estimated that at least $6.2 million of Kyrgyzstan’s economic losses from under-nutrition could be eliminated by scaling up the country’s existing nutrition projects, especially those on the iodization of salt and the fortification of flour.UNICEF is also promoting good nutritional practices such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, the timely introduction of complementary feeding programmes and an increase in the intake of vitamins and minerals among young children. read more

Laboratory equipment and text books headed to Iraq in UNsponsored project

The consignment, due to arrive in Baghdad before the end of the month, consists of $4.6 million of equipment and materials for medical and related disciplines as well as for engineering and $1 million in textbooks. It was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq initiated by Qatari First Lady Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad. “Iraq’s universities and technical institutes are in a dramatic situation,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “Some 24 years of conflict and unrest – first with Iran in the 1980s and then with the Gulf wars and the situation that has followed – have seen tens of thousands of young Iraqis killed, the exodus of many intellectuals and the virtual isolation of those who remained. “The institutions themselves have suffered severely from war damage and neglect and are a pale image of what they used to be,” he added. Despite the difficulties, nearly 240,000 students, or 83 per cent of the entire Iraqi student body, returned to their college campuses to attend classes in 2003, reflecting the tradition of pursuing higher education in Iraq, which once boasted the best universities and technical institutes in the Arab region. read more

Frances new Socialist government to lower retirement age to 60 from 62

PARIS – France’s new Socialist government moved Wednesday to lower the retirement age for certain workers to 60 years old from 62, bucking the trend in developed countries in a gesture to unions that critics say is a costly mistake.Governments from North America to Europe have been pushing retirement ages higher and higher in recent decades, as people are living longer and spending more years on state-sponsored pension checks.Canada, for instance, recently announced its intention to postpone the retirement age to 67 from 65, although the changes won’t take effect immediately.Raising France’s general retirement age by two years to 62 years old was a key reform of Nicolas Sarkozy, who was defeated in France’s presidential election.The 2010 measure was aimed at reducing heavy government debts as Europe sunk into a continent-wide debt crisis — and many economists said it didn’t push the retirement age high enough.Hollande, who unseated Sarkozy last month after riding a wave of voter anger at austerity measures, pledged during his campaign to reconsider the retirement reform.On Wednesday, Hollande’s government presented a draft decree at a Cabinet meeting that reverses the retirement age to 60 for some workers, such as those who enter the workforce at 18 or 19 years old, or mothers who leave the workforce to have three or more children.The hard-left CGT union hailed the move as a “striking decision that breaks with policies everywhere in Europe.”The government said the decree, affecting about one in six retiring workers, will be finalized later this month and take effect in November.The government says the costs — estimated at 1.1 billion next year — will be financed by a small rise in payroll charges paid by employers and employees. The government did not release a global cost for the measure.The Socialist Cabinet is making the change by decree, amending an existing decree on workers who serve especially long careers, instead of via a law, which would need the approval of the parliament, currently dominated by conservatives. France is holding parliamentary elections starting Sunday, and Hollande needs to secure a leftist majority to accomplish much of what he pledged on the campaign trail.France’s leading business lobby, MEDEF, criticized the measure as “worrying for the financial future of the pension systems and for the competitiveness of businesses.” by Cecile Brisson, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2012 2:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email France’s new Socialist government to lower retirement age to 60 from 62 for some workers read more

Yorkshire burglars caught after DNA found on their flat caps

first_img The suspects were said to be wearing flat caps, and a vigilant witness spotted two men in caps behaving suspiciously in a vehicle.The vehicle was later located by North Yorkshire Police, and investigators were able to link the DNA of two men to two flat caps found inside.Glass experts also analysed the caps, and found samples of glass from one of the burglary scenes in both of them.Mobile phone data and fingerprints also provided evidence for the case.At York Crown Court on Wednesday July 4, Richards, from Doncaster, North Yorks., pleaded guilty to five distraction burglaries. He was jailed for four-and-a-half-years. Riddiough, also from Doncaster, pleaded guilty to the burglary and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.DC Sam Harding, of the Op Gauntlet Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team, said: “This was a complex investigation in which each agency played a key role. Richards’ and Riddiough’s offending left their victims extremely distressed, and it is right that they are both now behind bars.”Burglars often target the most vulnerable people in our communities, tricking or breaking their way into homes and stealing sentimental or valuable property. These awful crimes can have a huge impact on the victims and their families.”Residents can, however, be reassured that a number of agencies are working together to tackle this type of crime in North Yorkshire, and bring offenders to justice. We also want to encourage people – particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable – to be vigilant against this type of crime. Do not let anyone into your home if you are not certain who they are. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim of distraction burglary, or who has strangers at their door acting suspiciously, should report it to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.” Two burglars have been caught out – after police in Yorkshire linked them to a series of burglaries through DNA found on their flat capsShane Richards, 30 and Carl Riddiough, 30, were caught by eagle-eyed witnesses who spotted them in their flat caps after a police appeal.The thieves targeted elderly people in a series of distraction burglaries, which involved telling the vulnerable victim that they had kicked a football into their garden.One of the men would then help look for the imaginary football while the other raided the houses of the victim for valuable property between August 1 and August 3 2016. Flat cap burglar Shane RichardsCredit: Flat cap burglar Carl RiddioughCredit: 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.last_img read more

Nintendos MiiVerse now web accessible can share screenshots

first_imgNintendo’s latest console hasn’t experienced the most successful launch ever, but those that use the Wii U continue to enjoy it. As a result, Nintendo has expanded the MiiVerse social network to the web, and they did a great job.MiiVerse was designed to be a place where Wii U users could come together and talk about all things related to the new console. Each game and product has its own community where you can go and chat with other people doing the same thing you are doing. If you’re watching something on Nintendo TVii, or playing the latest game, you have instant access to a group of people doing the same thing you are doing on the same console you are using. It’s a great idea, and has worked pretty well for Nintendo so far. To increase adoption and make for better conversations, Nintendo has expanded the service to include posting from the web, and in doing so created a MiiVerse website that runs well on computers and mobile browsers alike.Point any browser to and you’ll be able to login and participate in nearly the same way you would from the console itself. There are a few things that you lose by posting this way, like the ability to hand draw notes that you can draw on the GamePad. What you do gain is the ability to pull screenshots that you have posted to MiiVerse and share them with other social networks. Granted, it means sharing to MiiVerse and then downloading from the website only to upload it again somewhere else, but the ability exists all the same.This isn’t a feature that is going to change the fate of the Wii U by any stretch, but it’s a great addition for those who made the leap to the new console and a great way to make sure the conversation keeps going on MiiVerse. Nintendo’s continued feature rollout demonstrates their claims that they think the Wii U will eventually become more popular and eventually compete in the same way their original Wii did in the gaming market.last_img read more

Weather Eye A great fall week awaits after chance of rain Monday

first_img The arrival of autumn Friday was nearly uneventful with fair weather overhead. We almost made it up to 70 degrees but fell short of the average high for the date of 73 with our high of 69 degrees.Saturday, the first full day of autumn, was rather still with light winds and lazy temperatures meandering up to the 70-degree mark. A weak system brought light showers to the coast early Saturday but nothing measurable locally. Today, we will have some morning fog here and there and maybe some scattered clouds but another calm day.Another weak system drops down Monday from British Columbia for more clouds and a risk of a shower but mainly along the coast and in Puget Sound. After that, we enjoy a great fall week with highs warming into the 70s and with predicted easterly winds Tuesday and Wednesday into the 80s.I was looking at what I wrote three years ago on Saturday, and I was informing everyone to batten down the hatches as a juicy fall storm was moving our way. On Sept. 23, 2014, the satellite picture showed a large low-pressure system looking more like a giant cinnamon roll out in the Pacific. Yep — that time of the year where we can get large storms.However, I do not foresee any rainfall the rest of the month. Yes, a slight chance Monday, but for the most part, none. We still will end up near normal on the rainfall for September thanks to the heavy rains last week.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

Executive Changes At ALM

first_imgALM, the legal services and information media company, has promoted Kevin Michielsen to the newly created position of chief operating officer. The change is at the tip of a host of other management changes as the company works through a new structure that president and CEO Bill Carter says will make it better positioned to meet customer information needs. In his new role, Michielsen will essentially oversee the company’s efforts in capitalizing on new growth opportunities across magazine brands, regional newspapers and research and information services. Additionally, Aric Press, formerly vice president and editor-in-chief, will shift into an external “senior ambassador” role that will represent the company to the legal and business communities. David Brown, editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal, will take the role of vice president and executive editor at ALM, overseeing day-to-day corporate editorial operations. “The primary theme of the management changes announced this week is that we’re organizing the ALM organization and its 800 employees to be more aligned with how our customers use our news, legal research tools and information solutions,” Carter says. “These changes will allow us to spend more time engaging with our customers, connecting with the markets we serve, and making sure that we’re bundling and delivering ALM solutions in a way that is consistent with their needs and expectations. By structuring ourselves in a way that is market-facing, not product-focused, we’re better positioned to provide our customers with the information products they need in order to be more successful.” The company is also undergoing structural changes across marketing, sales, legal and digital operations and, says Carter, has been adding new managers across those channels as well. “We expect to add more talent to our management team later this summer as we continue to put in place the organizational structure we need in order to capitalize on the business opportunities we foresee,” he says.last_img read more

TewksburyWilmington Emblem Club To Hold Fall Shopping Fair On November 3

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Tewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club is happy to announce its 3rd Annual Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 3, from 10am to 1pm, at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury).Confirmed vendors include LulaRoe, Red Aspen, Rodan & Fields, Younique, Young Living, Scentsy, Color Street, Tupperware, Pure Haven, and Pampered Chef, plus lots of independent crafters.This event is open to the public, so come down and get some holiday shopping done. The Emblem club will have a bake sale table with home-made sweets and breads as well as some light refreshments.There will also be two raffles avaialble, 50/50 and door prizes.All proceeds from this event go towards local charities.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Tewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club via Facebook.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Cootie Party & Sundae Fundraiser On August 4In “Community”Tewksbury & Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Fall Shopping Fair On November 4In “Community”Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”last_img read more

Push or pause Near Iditarods midpoint mushers decide when to rest

first_imgA team travels on the Iditarod trail to Tanana. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)It’s break time on the Iditarod trail, as teams hunker down for 24 hours of uninterrupted rest along the Yukon River or consider pushing down the trail to a later checkpoint. As the race approaches the halfway point mushers try to plan how to get the most from their tactical breaks.Listen nowAs Jason Mackey laid out beds for his team’s rest he bangs tug line clips against one another to break off frozen dog poop.Mackey is racing at the front of the pack and arrived 6th into the checkpoint Thursday morning.“I’ve been feeding beaver meat all year,” Mackey said. “I don’t know, maybe the temperature wasn’t adequate for it; but, I’ll tell you what, it wasn’t pleasant when these girls were getting rid of it.”Mackey calls this year’s team boisterous.“These guys have been looking good and getting stronger every step of the way; they had been until this last run,” Mackey said. “Maybe it did have something to do with the beaver meat. They were a little bit flat. They do look good, but these guys have a spark to them like not many teams.”Mackey said that means it might be time for a day off at the Galena checkpoint. As the race detours off the Yukon river for a sharp, out-and-back loop up to Huslia, several contending teams are on their 24-hour rests or are getting close to it.Yukon musher Michelle Phillips is pushing ahead and stops only briefly in Galena to snack her dogs frozen chunks of meat and drop one dog.She left seconds behind Jessie Royer with a full bale of straw to have camping options along the way.Jeff King bringing water to his team in Galena (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Mushers’ individual plans for 8- and 24-hour breaks are spreading teams across hundreds of miles of trail. Some have yet to take the long breaks, like Mitch Seavey, who is racing towards Huslia.Jeff King already did his 8-hour break in Tanana, which he said was less about banking rest and more about getting his team on circadian rhythms in which they rest overnight and run in milder, daytime temperatures through the deep freeze of the early race. The exhausted four-time champion plans to take his 24 hour break in Galena.“I want to make sure I get the full benefit from my 24,” King said. “If you go too far before you take it, it’s real hard to get it back.”Overall, it’s a relatively tight race, with the entire field on the section of trail between Huslia and down river of Tanana. As some mushers push to get to their long, 24-hour rests, others aren’t far from coming off their breaks and hitting the trail with fresh teams.last_img read more

UH Mens Basketball Scores First Top Ten Ranking Since 1980s

first_img 00:00 /05:43 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xcenter_img Listen University of Houston/FacebookUH players celebrate the Cougars’ victory over No. 25 Cincinnati on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The University of Houston men’s basketball team is now ranked No. 9 in the nation in the Associated Press college basketball poll.This is the first time the Cougars have been ranked in the Top Ten since the “Phi Slama Jama” teams of the 1980s that made it to the national championship game at the end of the 1984 season.The Cougars are 23-1 after a win Sunday over Cincinnati. They’re in first place in the American Athletic Conference and have won 32 consecutive games at home, dating back to last season.In the audio above, sportswriter Jeff Balke updates Houston Matters on the Cougars’ season and the latest local sports stories, including the Rockets acquiring Iman Shumpert in a three-way deal, pitchers and catchers for the Astros reporting to Spring Training Thursday, and potential rule changes being proposed for Major League Baseball.Balke writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.last_img read more

Lego Voltron is Coming to Defend Your BrickBuilt Universe

first_imgStay on target Make some room in your Lego budget, folks. They’ve just announced the latest round of Ideas approvals, and Lego is going to bring us that epic buildable Voltron set!We got our first look at it back in May of last year, and it didn’t take long for designer Leandro Tayag to amass the 10,000 supporters he needed to get his creation in front of Lego’s reviewers.It took the 41-year-old software designer  just three short weeks, no doubt partly due to the popularity of Voltron: Legendary Defender… but when an Ideas set looks this great and taps into 80s animation nostalgia, well, it’s going to attract a lot of attention. I remember how awesome I thought the die-cast version from the mid 80s looked when I was a kid, and I felt the same way all over again when I saw this one pop up on Ideas.The images in our original post didn’t include a banana for scale, so here’s one of Leandro holding his fully-assembled, 2100-plus piece Voltron to give you some idea of how great it’ll look on display:Image: Lego IdeasNow, as with all the announcements Lego makes about Ideas submissions getting the green light, it’s important to note that the finished product may not look exactly like what was pitched.Let’s hope they don’t have to make too many tweaks to Leandro’s design to get this one on store shelves, because he really hit the ball out of the park. You’ll be able to find it early in 2018 in stores and on the Lego web shop in the Ideas section.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream last_img read more

Could app rentals lead to a breakthrough in iOS gaming

first_imgAfter sifting through the latest version of iTunes 10.5 (beta 9), Twitter user @sonnydickson has revealed references to something that may surprise you: iOS app rentals. While the possibility of renting apps is certainly interesting news in itself, it gets really intriguing when you imagine what Apple’s motivations for the move could be. Could it be related to a big step forward in iOS gaming?First, here’s the code for you to see for yourself. With lines like “Apps are automatically removed from your iTunes library at the end of the rental period,” it clearly refers to the renting of applications:The first question that I had after hearing about app rentals was “why would anyone want to rent an iOS app?” With the vast majority of paid apps costing under $10 (many of those under $5), why bother renting one?One of the more obvious examples would be for navigation apps, that typically ring up in the $30-50 range. If you’re looking for GPS for your annual road trip, the prospect of renting it for, say, $5 could be appealing to budget-conscious iOS users.With Apple, though, it’s often wise to wonder if there’s a bigger plan behind changes like this. Would they bother bringing in a major new service just so travelers can rent an app that they might otherwise buy for the full price? I have serious doubts about that.With the (almost certain) addition of an A5 processor in the new iPhone (and with the iPad 2 already toting the A5), iOS gaming is set to take off like never before. We already have near console-quality games in Infinity Blade, Dead Space, and the myriad of Gameloft console clones (9mm and Backstab come to mind). Perhaps Apple sees this as the time to take the next step into more advanced mobile gaming?With the superstars of their iOS hardware lineup — the iPhone and iPad — soon to be both sporting more powerful components, perhaps the only thing keeping iOS gaming from jumping to the next level is customer expectations. Specifically, the expectation that iOS games are going to cost less than $10.If Apple wants to encourage developers to create games that start to rival the PS3 and Xbox 360, it isn’t going to work if nobody is willing to pay more than $8.99 for each of them. Could app rentals be a way to ease customers into pricier gaming?We tend to want eternally-advancing capabilities, but we generally don’t like being asked to pay more for them. Considering the amount of development that goes into a console-level game, a few bucks seems like a meager price to sell each copy for. But if we’d be willing to pay $20-40 for one of them, it stands to reason that we could see some things happen on the iPhone and iPad that dwarf what the current cutting-edge iOS games bring.Would we also see lots of crappy titles that used to cost $5 now costing four or five times as much? Sure. But wouldn’t it be worth sifting through all of that garbage to see a full Grand Theft Auto or Batman: Arkham game on the iPad? I’d take that trade-off any day.Who wouldn’t want John Marsden on the iPhone?Now the A5 isn’t quite on par with current generation consoles, but if – with the right development – it could have games that come much closer to that than we’ve seen yet, wouldn’t that be worth the price of a PSP or 3DS game? And speaking of Sony, don’t you think Apple would just love to eat the Vita alive before it even launches?Back to the rentals: this could be a clever strategy on Apple’s part. If I’m initially appalled at the idea of $40 iOS games, I might give it a shot if I can rent it for $5. Then when I see that it’s a much more advanced gaming experience than anything else on iOS, I might be more inclined to drop $40 for it. If Apple also offered to cut the initial rental price off of the full purchase price when bought during a few days of the rental period, that could push things along even more.Of course we have no evidence that these alleged app rentals relate to advanced iOS gaming. But when you add this code to the more advanced gaming capabilities that a legion of iPhone users are about to have, it isn’t out of the question.Stay tuned to Geek for coverage of Apple’s announcement tomorrow, and we may find out.last_img read more