WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding FEU was off to a hot start and mounted a 19-point lead, 30-11, at the start of the second quarter and that early burst was enough for the Tamaraws to hold on until the final buzzer.“That’s what we addressed after our loss to La Salle that we can’t allow ourselves to be down big in the earlier stages of the game,” said Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We did fairly well last game but we were down big at the start and what happened today was the exact opposite of what happened last time.”Ron Dennison paced FEU with 16 points while Prince Orizu put up 15 points and grabbed 16 boards. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments The trio of Richard Escoto, Barkley Ebona and Arvin Tolentino had 11 points apiece to intensify the Tamaraws’ offensive fire.Clark Derige had a game-high 22 points to lead the Red Warriors in the losing effort. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University easily brushed off University of the East, 90-83, to claim its first win in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws, after losing to defending champion La Salle, 95-90, on Sunday, are now at 1-1 while the Red Warriors are yet to win after two matches.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Ateneo beats UP, claims 2nd win in UAAP women’s basketball LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
The Indian contingent is still awaiting a communication from the Olympic Games organisers on how an unidentified lady was allowed to gatecrash into the team’s march past at the Opening Ceremony even as media reports claimed to have identified the “mystery woman”.The Indians have submitted a letter on this embarrassing issue to the organisers on Saturday night and acting Chef-de-Mission Brig P K Muralidharan Raja said that no response has come yet.”We have submitted the letter expressing our strong resentment on the matter to the organisers last night. We are still waiting for their response,” Raja said.A day after photos of the ‘mystery woman’ appeared in newspapers and went viral on social networking sites, a newspaper claimed to have identified the young lady as Madhura Honey, a post-graduate from Bangalore.Deccan Chronicle, quoting sources, said that her friend from the college was also baffled seeing her with the Indian contingent. She has been living in London and before she went with the Indian team, she had displayed her Olympic passes on her Facebook account. But once this became an issue, she had deactivated her Facebook account.The Indian contingent, however, was willing to wait for an official confirmation about the identity of the person.”I am also aware of these reports. But I can’t comment on newspaper reports. We want something from the organisers,” Raja said.The young lady in red shirt and blue trouser was seen leading the Indian contingent in the march past alongside Beijing Games bronze medallist Sushil Kumar and her unwanted presence has not gone down well with the Indians, who had no clue as to who she was.advertisement
DENVER — The New York Mets roughed up the Colorado Rockies by the exact same 14-9 score for the second straight day, with Juan Uribe homering to start an eight-run burst in the third inning Saturday night.The NL East leaders got a season high-tying 21 hits, including 10 for extra bases. Every New York starter had at least one hit, with pitcher Jonathon Niese (8-9) delivering a two-run single in the big third.Coming off his first career shutout, Chris Rusin (4-6) went two-plus innings and allowed 11 runs and 12 hits, eight of them doubles.It was 14-3 in the fifth inning before Colorado began a comeback that fell short.TweetPinShare0 Shares
African All Stars Dede speaks on Swansea return, ambitions and memories Prince Narkortu Teye Last updated 1 year ago 00:04 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tony Marshall/Getty Images African All Stars Swansea City Premier League The attacker sheds light on rejoining the Jack Army after a spell at West Ham New Swansea City acquisition Andre Ayew has set his sights on helping the club win their relegation fight after completing a move to Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.The Ghana international signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Jack Army in a club record deal reportedly worth £18 million.He returns to the club, who are currently caught up in a relegation fight, two years after leaving for West Ham in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am very happy to be back,” Ayew told Swans TV.“Things have changed at the club, but the faces are still the same and I am happy to see everyone. Now I need to do the job.“What’s important is that we keep the club up.“The club have shown a lot of trust in me and a lot of determination to bring me in.“Now I need to give back to them on the field. My goal and my challenge is to do everything possible to help the club stay up – the same as it is for all the players and the staff.“That’s what I am here for and I will do everything I can to make sure it happens.”Swansea dangerously sit second from bottom on the league table ahead of matchday 26.“The season is going to be long and there will be a lot of tough games,” Ayew added.“It’s not going to be easy – everyone wants to stay up and when you look at the table, 20th place to ninth or 10th is very, very tight.“But when you know the players who are here you know the quality they have.“Sometimes in football you can have some bad results, but I think we have the quality of players to play in the Premier League.“We want to stay at this level and we need to do everything possible to make sure we don’t let the city down and we don’t let the fans down.”Ayew’s first spell was largely successful as he netted 12 goals in 34 league outings, finishing the season as the Jack’s top scorer“I had a great moment at the club last time,” the 28-year-old said.“I had a great feeling with my team-mates and a great relationship with the fans.“I had a few others to look at, but when the opportunity to come back to Swansea came up, I wanted to take it.“I felt the fans wanted me back, the chairman wanted me back and the gaffer wanted me, so I am really pleased.”
How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Attention all outdoorsmen, coffee lovers, and smoothie enthusiasts: the travel mug you’ve been waiting for has arrived. The Cauldryn mug is a hand-held powerhouse of a travel mug for anyone who has experienced the let-down of cold coffee, the hassle of blended drinks, or the unique challenges of campfire cooking. What could be so special about a travel mug? Well, we’re glad you asked.The mug itself is akin to your standard, high-quality travel mug. It’s comfortable to hold, nice to look at, and easy to sip from. It’s the included attachments that make the Cauldryn mug truly unique. A heating element (the Fyre) attaches to the bottom of the mug and harnesses the power of its rechargeable battery to keep your drinks at their ideal temperature. That’s not all it can do, though; The Fyre heating element has four settings (hot, extra hot, brew, and boil) that can reach up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and let you do everything from boiling water for sterilization to making soup, cooking freeze-dried meals, and brewing coffee and tea. Consider such a wide variety of uses and you begin to see how invaluable this baby could be for your next hiking or camping trip.The heating element is extremely effective but completely unobtrusive. Toting the mug around with it attached to the bottom doesn’t look or feel all that different than carrying the mug solo. The mug also comes with an AC base so you can plug it directly into power when it’s available, and you have the option of getting a DC base if you prefer. The mug itself includes a built-in LCD display to help you track battery life and temperature of its contents.All this heat just wasn’t enough for Cauldryn though, which is why they decided to release a Blender and Battery Combo Pack that takes the whole set-up to a whole new level. The new kit comes with the Cauldryn Mug, Fyre heating element, and a blender attachment that lets you whip up shakes, smoothies, and margaritas in addition to your favorite toasty beverages.If you’re sick of being slowed down by clunky blenders, disappointed by room-temperature coffee, and frustrated by campfire cooking, the set is worth checking out. The combo kit is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship out at the beginning of September.If simple travel mugs are more your flavor, we’ve rounded up all the best options for you to make your morning routine just that much easier. How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish
MGM Resorts International today announced the release of UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite.UNIVERSAL LOVEMGM Resorts is a global entertainment company with a deep-seated belief that entertainment is fundamental to human fulfillment. The company’s passion for the UNIVERSAL LOVE project reflects its profound commitment to embracing humanity and the impact music can have on the human experience.UNIVERSAL LOVE offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack for their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships.The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most-beloved artists. Bob Dylan, one of the most influential and successful recording artists in American history, is among the visionary artists participating in this unprecedented project. Dylan re-recorded “She’s Funny That Way” as “He’s Funny That Way.” The album features five additional stellar artists whose involvement is a testament to the urgency of equality in entertainment: Kesha (“I Need a Woman to Love Me”), St. Vincent (“And Then She Kissed Me”), Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“And I Love Him”), Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (“My Guy”), and Valerie June (“Mad About The Girl”).Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said, “We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace. It is an immense honor for MGM Resorts to spearhead this inspirational project which celebrates LGBTQ dimensions of the universal emotion of love.”UNIVERSAL LOVE is a natural extension of MGM’s two decades of advocacy work with the LGBTQ community and the company’s desire to advance initiatives that unite humanity. More than a decade before same-sex marriage was legalized, same-sex commitment ceremonies were performed at chapels at MGM Resorts’ properties. In 2004, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees, and MGM was a founding partner of the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2004.MGM Resorts is a leader in all aspects of the entertainment industry (hospitality, gaming, live events, etc.) and believes in the transformational power of entertainment for all. MGM’s launch of UNIVERSAL LOVE reinforces an inclusive vision of unions that more closely mirrors the incredible diversity of today’s relationships.The compilation album was produced by MGM Resorts in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann and will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. UNIVERSAL LOVE is available on all streaming platforms beginning today.UNIVERSAL LOVE TRACK LISTING01 “HE’S FUNNY THAT WAY” • BOB DYLAN02 “AND THEN SHE KISSED ME” • ST VINCENT03 “MY GUY” • KELE OKEREKE 04 “MAD ABOUT THE GIRL” • VALERIE JUNE05 “AND I LOVE HIM” • BENJAMIN GIBBARD 06 “I NEED A WOMAN TO LOVE ME” • KESHA
30 October 2009The United Nations Special Coordinator today met with a senior Hizbollah official to discuss the recent incident in which a rocket was fired from a southern Lebanese village into northern Israel, prompting Israel to return fire. Michael Williams had discussions with Ammar Moussawi, the head of Hizbollah’s international relations department, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists.Mr. Williams said after the meeting that the UN remains very concerned by the rocket fire and is warning that the recent events could easily destabilize the situation in southern Lebanon, where a UN peacekeeping force (known as UNIFIL) is based, and increase the threat of potential conflict erupting in the region.Israel and Hizbollah fought a month-long war in mid-2006, and in a report issued earlier this week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the disbanding of Lebanese militias – especially Hizbollah – was of “vital importance” to Lebanon’s future democracy and sovereignty.Mr. Ban called on the leaders of the militant group to transform Hizbollah into a purely political Lebanese organization.Lebanon held parliamentary elections on 7 June but has been deadlocked since then over the formation of a national unity government, and in recent weeks Mr. Williams has held a series of meetings with top political figures in the country to urge them to reach an agreement.Yesterday he met with Samir Geagea, the leader of the Lebanese Forces political bloc, to discuss the possible formation of a new government and ways to overcome the deadlock.
Speaking to correspondents at the UN Headquarters in New York, Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said in both Liberia and DRC, children were among the many killed in recent clashes. “We’ve heard many reports of attacks on schools and hospitals. There is rampart recruitment and use of children as child soldiers and we have reliable reports of widespread abduction and grave sexual violence against girls in particular,” Mr. Otunnu said. The lack of humanitarian access, which could have provided medical care, food and security to those in need, also made children particularly vulnerable, he added. There was also massive displacement of the population, including children separated from their parents, internally and cross-border.Mr. Otunnu underlined that the described abuse and committed atrocities violated the Rome Statute governing the International Criminal Court (ICC) – which defined attacks on schools and hospitals, recruitment and use of children as soldiers and committing sexual violence as war crimes. They also violated the African Charter on the Rights and Well-being of Children, the International Labour Convention and four Security Council Resolution on Children and Armed Conflict.Stressing that the situation in the two countries presented sub-regional problems, the envoy warned that the situation in Liberia could easily undo the new-found peace in Sierra Leone and could affect Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea as well. He said the attitude and conduct of neighbouring countries also had a significant impact on what was happening in Ituri, DRC.Mr. Otunnu called on the parties involved in the Liberian conflict to cease activities affecting children and warned that they risk being held accountable. He also supported the call for a more robust UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) mandate and for an increased military presence.
Ferrystat, the annual ferry review published by IRN research, reported that nearly 8.8 million cars were transported on UK ferry routes to and from Britain and the Continent, the Republic of Ireland and on British domestic routes in 2000. www.irn-research.com In 2000, an annual season ticket for Winchester station car park cost £403. This car park has 582 spaces which fill to capacity by 10 am each working day. There are more than 15 commuter towns on the South West Trains’ Southampton to Waterloo line. Each has its own car park. A new report published by SMMT shows that a car generates more than five times its showroom price during its life. Called Who’s Milking the Motor Car?, the report tracks the financial beneficiaries of a car from new in 1992 to its end of life in 2000, logging different income streams year on year.The findings reveal that the biggest single winner is the Treasury. The Chancellor takes more than 23 per cent of total income generated. This comes from VAT on new and used sales, Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), petrol tax and insurance premium tax. Exceeding the showroom price by more than £3000, the report shows the government receives over £11,000 during the car’s nine-year life.Other sectors can expect income from the car too. Finance houses and insurers pool a massive £8,000, 16 per cent of the total. Used car dealers and private sellers benefit from its re-sale value. Assuming just five changes of owner, the total income from used sales hits £13,900. There are also less obvious beneficiaries, including car parks, cross channel ferry operators and even rail companies.Commenting on the report, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We all know the enormous social benefits that the car has brought to millions of people. What this report shows is that each car has a very real economic value too, not just for those involved in its manufacture and first sale, but for all those who depend on its significant life span as a major source of income.’ends. Notes to editors In addition to the taxes listed above, since April 1998 all new car sales have been subject to a £25 first registration fee. In 2000, over 2.2 million new cars were sold in the UK generating an additional £55.5m for the Treasury. The model used for this report is a standard mid-range saloon. The price new is assumed to be £9,400 inc VAT. During its life the car travels an average 12,000 miles per year. Fuel consumption is assumed to be 33 miles per gallon. The car has six owners from new in 1992 to its end of its life in 2000. A copy of the full report including model assumptions and sources is available (on this web site ) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
WILMINGTON, MA — Greg Bendel is one of the six candidates competing for two 3-year Selectmen seats in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below are Bendel’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; links to his supporters’ letters to the editor; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentDear Fellow Residents:For the past three years I have had the honor of serving the residents of Wilmington as a member of the Board of Selectmen and I would like the opportunity to continue volunteering as a member of the board for the next three years. I grew up in Wilmington and have been the beneficiary of a lot of the wonderful things Wilmington has to offer. As an adult I have made it a point to give back to the community I love in any way that I can. I want to continue to represent residents in the same positive and respectful way that I always have. I am proud of the things that we have done over the past three years, but we still have much more to do. I recognize that like most communities in Massachusetts we have challenges that lie ahead, and we all know what they are. I want to be part of the solution to these challenges and I know that working together we can do more.When I first ran for Selectman, Andrea and I had no children. Two years later we are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Grace. They have given me a new perspective and have reaffirmed and even elevated, my commitment in working to ensure that Wilmington remains a great place to live, work, and raise a familyIt is an honor to serve the residents of Wilmington on the Board of Selectmen and it is a role I take very seriously. I take great pride in the way that I conduct myself and I like to believe that I lead by example. I am always willing to listen to others and never look to tear anyone down regardless if we differ in opinion. I have always been polite and treated others with respect, values that my parents instilled in me at a young age.I have been incredibly lucky to have the support of so many of my friends and neighbors. I can’t tell you how much your encouragement has inspired me over the past few years. Families have welcomed me into their homes, invited me to speak at different events and even held a rally on my behalf. I am thankful for everyone who has reached out to me via the phone and email and grateful for the two hundred homes and businesses who have requested to put a sign on their lawn. I really appreciate all the people who have stood out in the cold and held signs, despite the recent wet weather.Like most things in life, I know that very little gets done working alone. I believe that I have proven to be a team player and I look forward to continue working with others to get things done and keep the town moving forward in a positive direction. Our residents deserve nothing less. I humbly request you consider me for one of your two votes for a three-year term on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen this coming Saturday, April 27th. For more information about my candidacy and to find out where I stand on the major selectmen issues, please visit gregbendel.com.Thank you,Greg BendelOn The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Do I believe Wilmington is headed in the right direction? Yes, I do. Wilmington is a great place to live and we are fortunate to be able to offer something for everyone who lives here. Like many communities we do have challenges that we face. But, I believe that with the combination of a good Town Administration, countless volunteers and residents who are engaged in local government, we are prepared to face these challenges head on. First and for most Wilmington is a safe place for us to live thanks to the brave men and woman of our police and fire departments who work tirelessly day and night to keep us safe.For years Wilmington has taken a very fiscally conservative approach to budgeting which has resulted in a consistently strong bond rating, a healthy reserve in our rainy day accounts and we continue to be a great position when it comes to borrowing. Unlike most of the surrounding towns we have been able to offer many services to residents without additional fees such as free all day kindergarten, no fees for trash and recycling, no school transportation fees, no athletic user fees, top notch veteran, DPW and senior services in addition to a strong public school system.The current challenges we face are clear and I believe we have a plan to confront each one going forward. There are many areas in which we can improve on, and by working together and continuing to take proactive approaches to challenges, I’m confidant that we will keep moving forward successfully.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).One of the best things about Wilmington is that everyone does their part to get involved and volunteer their time in one way or another. I grew up in Wilmington and have been the beneficiary of a lot of the wonderful things Wilmington has to offer. As an adult I have made it a point to give back to the community I love in anyway I can. In addition to my full time job as a teacher and a coach at Shawsheen Tech, I am a proud member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. I was proud to work with the Local Heroes organization for may years packaging gifts for our brave troops stationed around the world. In 2011 I volunteered for the Wilmington 4.0 Committee with the goal of bringing a new Wilmington High School to town. I am an active member of the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association’s Alumni Committee. I volunteered for the Wilmington Housing Authority from 2011-2016 and served as the board’s chairman from 2014-2016. During that time I worked with others to oversee Wilmington’s state run affordable housing, which is mostly located at Demming Way.In 2016 I was elected to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen where I have volunteered since. In my time as a Selectmen, I was proud to be a small part of the Wilmington Public School’s 2018 Superintendent Search Screening Committee and I was recently appointed to the town’s new Economic Development Committee which aims to promote Wilmington as a great place to operate a business. Over the years, I have volunteered for many local organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the Wilmington Rotary Club, the Wilmington Relay for Life and the Brady Foundation to name a few. My wife and I take great pride in attending as many of the major events in town and helping out in anyway we can. As new parents, I look forward to volunteering in new ways like in the schools and in youth sports, just as my parents did before me.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Over the past year I have heard arguments for and against this particular project. I listened carefully to different points of view, and watched all of the Board of Appeals meetings very closely to stay informed. It is important to note that as the appointing authority of the Board of Appeals, any lobbying of the Board of Appeals members by a Selectman could undermine the Board of Appeals’ decision. It could also put the Town at risk of a lawsuit by the applicant.In general, I support the right of any proposed business that wants to come to Wilmington to go through the Town’s regulatory process. In the case of the proposed detox facility, the regulatory process included a review by numerous Town departments and public hearings before the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals, so that residents could give their input or voice concerns, and of course give the applicant the chance to state their case. The application for 362 Middlesex Ave was ultimately denied by the Board of Appeals and as their appointing authority, I support their decision. To those residents who disagree with my approach, and to those who agree, I would say the same thing. If the Board’s decision is challenged by the applicant, I will defend the Board of Appeals decision in consultation with counsel.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?On August 13th 2018, I was proud to vote for the signing of a proclamation to declare September 2018 “Revive Civility Month” in the Town of Wilmington. We live in an time where we need more civility in our country. If re-elected I will continue to do my part by being a positive role model for others. It is an honor to serve the residents of Wilmington on the Board of Selectmen and it is a role I take very seriously. I take great pride in the way that I conduct myself and I like to believe that I lead by example. I am always willing to listen to others and never look to tear anyone down regardless if we differ in opinion. I have always been polite and treated others with respect, values that my parents instilled in me at a young age. I have and will continue to encourage others to exercise civility so that we can work together to keep moving Wilmington forward.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?I believe that Wilmington’s next two future municipal building projects should be the construction of a North Wilmington Fire Sub Station and the construction of a new Buzzell Senior Center. A North Wilmington Sub Station is vital to the safety of the residents who live in that area. Specifically for those residents who live north of the train tracks, decreased response times could be the difference between life and death. Our Senior Center is bursting at the seams, and currently space is very limited. Built in 1935 as the Buzzell School, the current building is only 8,308 square feet in size and does not have room for all of the robust programs we currently offer and the facility lacks adequate parking. As our population gets older, participation at the Senior Center is growing rapidly and we have outgrown our current Senior Center. I believe we need to create the new and larger Senior Center that our senior population deserves. If I had a very close third choice, it would be the construction of a new Wildwood Elementary School. Built in 1955, it is the oldest of all of our schools, and our students will someday need to a new elementary school. This issue will need to be addressed in the very near future as well. I recognize that these projects will cost money, but they are crucial to our town’s future and we are fortunate that Wilmington has done a good job of preparing for capital improvement projects like these by putting money away in reserve accounts. These reserve accounts will allow us to take on a major project like one of these with very little or perhaps no added costs to residents.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? There are many important articles on this year’s Town Meeting Warrant. I encourage all residents to attend our annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 5th which will be held in the Joanne Benton Auditorium located within Wilmington High School. The Town Manger has determined that the proposed land in Article #46 is not surplus land and therefore should not be sold. I look forwarded to hearing more about the other petitioned articles from residents and having the opportunity to ask questions to the petitioners. I look forward to hearing the recommendations from the Finance Committee and the Planning Board on the petitioned articles as well. The article which I would encourage voters to support is our annual town budget which is Article #5. It is crucial that our town budget is passed so that we can continue to fund all of the services we provide to residents. Funding for our Police & Fire Departments, our School Department, DPW and all of our Human Services Departments depend on passage of Article #5.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?If re-elected the first thing I would do is maintain the level of civility that I have displayed since day one in office. Residents elected me to make tough decisions, sometimes decisions that some will disagree with. Those residents deserve to be treated with the same respect, regardless if we differ in opinion. I take great pride in knowing that I have always treated people with respect and I believe I have been a positive role model for others. I will continue to do what I believe is best for all of the people of our town, listen to residents feedback and make informed decisions, just as I have for the past three years. Like most things in life, I know that very little gets done working alone. I have proven to be a team player and I look forward to continue working with others to get things done and keep the town moving forward in a positive direction. Our residents deserve nothing less.I would continue to be a strong advocate for conservative budgeting. Massachusetts is an expensive place to live and Wilmington is no different. What makes us different is that we budget conservatively, spend wisely and save for the future. I want us to continue these things so that we can keep providing excellent services to the residents at no additional costs. Unlike most surrounding towns we do not pay fees for all day kindergarten, trash pickup, transportation to school and participation in athletics, just to name a few. Our residents get top notch services from our Elderly Services Department, Veteran Services Department, Recreation Department as well as our Library. The DPW does a great job of plowing our streets and keeping all of our parks clean in addition to so much more. Here in Wilmington we are fortunate to have the finest Police and Fire Departments around that keep us safe each and every day. I want to help maintain all of these high level services. Additionally, our savings in reserve accounts will position us to take on a large capital improvement project such as a North Wilmington Sub Fire Station, a new Wildwood Elementary School or a new Senior Center with little or no additional impact on residents. We have positioned our selves well to tackle whatever project the residents see fit to start planning for next.I plan to continue to be an advocate for upcoming infrastructure projects in our town. I voted to support three major infrastructure projects that will help with traffic issues and make some of our main roads more attractive to new businesses. The entire stretch of Rt. 38 from the Rt. 62 bridge to the Woburn line is being redone, the Butters Row Bridge is scheduled to be redone, and the intersection of Woburn Street and Lowell Street is scheduled to be redone, all in the next five years. Each of these projects are being paid for largely with state and federal money. I will continue to advocate for improving our roads and creating ways for residents who live on unaccepted ways to have thee opportunity to have their roads improved too. I will continue to support efforts to improve conditions at our North Wilmington Train Station. These are all examples of concerns that I have heard from residents over the past few years and I plan to continue addressing residents concerns going forward. I plan on accomplishing these things by working together with other elected officials, town employees and residents.If you would like to find out more about my candidacy please visit gregbendel.com.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?As a school teacher myself, I know that grades are not given, they are earned. Like all of us, myself included, there is always room for improvement. I know for a fact that our Town Manager puts in very long hours everyday and sometimes on weekends too. I would give our manager high praise for his work ethic and conservative budgeting. During our last negotiations with the manager I believe we came to a another conservative agreement which also includes a performance evaluation tool that the town never had before. Admittedly, the manager and I have had some disagreements over certain issues, but they have always been civil and we have always treated each other with respect. I have seen first hand that being the Town Manager is not an easy job and requires juggling many balls at once. I have also learned that the manger has an unbelievable staff that work with him behind the scenes everyday. The people who work in Town Hall and for our town departments are very hard working people who are extremely dedicated to our town. Without their help, the manager would not achieve the same successes he does now. Running a town requires a total team effort and the manager is just one part of that team. I believe the team of people we the residents have assembled are working very hard on our behalf, I support them, and they deserve high marks.If you would like to find out more about my candidacy, please visit gregbendel.com.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. 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The Alaska House of Representatives has passed legislation outlining the state’s Arctic policy.The bill lays out the state’s values concerning the Arctic, and provides a general sense of direction for how lawmakers would like to see it developed. It acknowledges the “risks of a changing climate,” but also declares that the Legislature is “optimistic” that a “new era of economic and resource development” could benefit Alaska.The bill offered on Friday also recognized the importance of the state’s indigenous cultures and the value of preserving them, but it did not specifically mention the state’s Native languages. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Ketchikan Independent Dan Ortiz offered an amendment to specifically mention language in the bill, noting the declining numbers of speakers.“They feel that a huge part of their culture is imperiled,” said Kreiss-Tomkins. “I think it’s very important for us in a policy sense and also as an institution to recognize that the Native language are of an immeasurable cultural value to the state and who we are as a people.”While one objection was raised that the amendment was redundantly, the measure was ultimately adopted unanimously.An amendment offered by Eagle River Republican Lora Reinbold that would have stripped language supporting ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty failed 9 to 25. Reinbold argued that participation in that treaty would cede some of the nation’s sovereignty.The Arctic policy bill passed 32 to 2, with North Pole Republican Tammie Wilson and Wasilla Republican Lynn Gattis voting against it.The legislation will now be considered by the Senate.
Wikimedia CommonsKerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac on Friday, March 3, presented the 68th state budget in the Assembly. The Budget 2017-18 had an anti-climax as the opposition staged a walkout at the end of the budget presentation alleging that the budget papers were leaked.Check live updates and highlights of Kerala Budget 2017-18 here: Budget allotments – HighlightsSmart City mission – Rs 100 crore Karunya scheme- Rs 350 crore Suchitwa Mission – Rs 127 crore Scientific landfills – Rs 50 crore Soil and land conservation – Rs 201 crore Water conservation – Rs 150 crore Drinking water – Rs 1,858 crore Crematorium cleaning – Rs 100 crore Coastal development – Rs 216 crore Vizhinjam port project – Rs 90 crore Fish farm promotions – Rs 500 crore Welfare of differently-abled people – Rs 250 crore Security pensions fixed at Rs 1,100 Ration subsidy – Rs 900 crore Anganwadi teachers’ honorarium – Rs 350 crore Primary milk society – Rs 30 crore Dairy development – Rs 97 crore Pepper and cardamom farming – Rs 10 crore To stabilize rubber base price – Rs 500 crore Mid-day meal scheme – Rs 640 crore rape victims’ rehabilitation – Rs 5 crore KSRTC – Rs 3,000 crore Kudumbashree – Rs 161 crore Transgender pension, relocation – Rs 10 crore12.22 p.m.: It was not the budget documents, highlights prepared for media was circulated on the web, says Isaac.12.20 p.m.: Finance Minster Thomas Isaac meets the press after his eighth budget presentation.11.50 a.m.: Budget speech ends. Opposition demands an explanation from the government.11.45 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac tables Budget 2017-18 in the assembly.11.44 a.m.: CM Pinarayi Vijayan hands over a note to Speaker.11.43 a.m.: Chennithala reads out budget paper outside the Assembly.11.43 a.m.: Chennithala sys, “budget leaked for the first time in the history of Kerala.”11.42 a.m.: Leader of opposition meets press at the media room.11.41 a.m.: BJP MLA O Raja opal also joins UDF and walks out.11.40 a.m.: TM Thomas Isaac continues budget speech.11.38 a.m.: Opposition resorts to sloganeering in the assembly.11.37 a.m.: BJP MLA O Rajagopal walks out.11.36 a.m.: Poonjar MLA PC George stays in the assembly. 11.35 a.m.: Oppositions boycott assembly.11.34 a.m.: Government announces Rs 61 crore for NoRKA.11.32 a.m.: Finance Minister resumes budget presentation.11.31 a.m.: Speaker intervenes, says the allegations to be probed.11.30 a.m.: Chennithala says Thomas Isaac is “a man of social media” and the budget leaked from FM’s office.11.29 a.m.: FM resumes Budget 2017-18 speech in the assembly.11.27 a.m.: Finance Minster Isaac seeks permissions to resume the budget presentation in the assembly.11.25 a.m.: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan responds to the accusation made by the opposition in the assembly.11.24 a.m.: Ruckus in Kerala assembly following the Leader of Opposition’s statement.11.23 a.m.: Sanctity of budget lost. Kerala 2017-18 budgets compromised; secret papers are out in the social media platforms,” says opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.11.17 a.m.: Rs 203 crore announced for farmers’ relief11.16 a.m.: Rs 30 crore for drought relief11.15 a.m.: Government allots Rs 10 crore for transgender pension, relocation11.14 a.m.: Announces taluks, revenue divisions; New taluks in Kunnamkulam and Payyanur11.13 a.m.: New department has been announced for the welfare of women. Rs 161 crore has been allotted for Kudumbashree11.11 a.m.: FM invokes MT Vasudevan Nair’s Randamoozham in the budget before announcing the projects and fund allocations for women safety in the state.11.10 a.m.: ONV memorial to get Rs 5 crore.11.09 a.m.: Isaac announces increase in Pravasi kshema pension.11.06 a.m.: Kochi biennale and film festivals to get permanent venues.11.05 a.m.: Budget avails Rs 724 crore for health service.11.01 a.m.: 10,000 young artists to get Rs 10,000 per month11.00 a.m.: Allotted Rs 265 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan10.59 a.m.: Announces Rs 3,000 crore for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)10.56 a.m.: Education loan repayment support scheme to be formed to give relief to the students. Rs 640 crore for mid-day meal scheme10.55 a.m.: Rs 5 crore allotted for rape victims’ rehabilitation10.54 a.m.: 381 crore for Kerala varsities for different projects. 2 rescue homes to be set up and Pink control rooms to be allotted with Rs 12 crore.10.53 a.m.: Allots Rs 1,858 crore for drinking water.10.52 a.m.: Avail Rs 70 crore for Japan drinking water project.10.51 a.m.: Rs 15 crore allotted for minor irrigation projects.10:50 a.m.: Government allots Rs 600 crore for the construction of check dams and regulators10.49 a.m.: Sabarimala master plan for Rs 25 crore10.47 a.m.: Rs 682 crore credit for metro/transport projects10.45 a.m.: Announces solar and water projects. Solar power project in Kasaragod set to commence its operations this year.10.42 a.m.: Allots Rs 900 crore for power transmission network projects.10.40 a.m.: All street lights in Kerala to be made LED.10:35 a.m.: All districts in the state to set up parks for autistic children.10.34 a.m.: Special investment (chit fund) plans by KSFE for non-resident Keralites.10.29 a.m.: Kerala to invest Rs 3,500 crore for hill-highway project (1,267 km)10.27 a.m.: The Finance Minister foresees Rs 50,000 crore worth road projects in next five years.10.26 a.m.: Government has plans to expand mineral sand mining in public sector 10.25 a.m.: Rs 111 crore for Kinfra.10.24 a.m.: Palakkad to get a life science park.10.24 a.m.: Government allots Rs 482 crore for industries, Rs 51 crore for textile mills.10.23 a.m: Announces Rs 20 crore for tourism marketing projects.10.22 a.m.: The government allots Rs 5 crore to promote boat race (Vallamkali) in Kerala.10.18 a.m.: Government aims to make the state of Kerala an IT hub, announces free Internet for 20 lakh people. 10.13 a.m.: Kerala Beedi employees’ welfare to get Rs 20 crore.10.08 a.m.: Kerala Budget 2017-18 announces Rs 90 crore for Kasaragod project.10.04 a.m.: Budget allots 97 crore for dairy development, 30 crore primary milk society and Rs 150 crore for value-added agro parks.10.00 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 2,600 crore for SC welfare and Rs 750 crore for ST welfare.9.57 a.m.: Budget allots Rs 10 crore compensation for endosulfan victims.9.54 a.m.: Thomas Isaac announces Rs 250 crore for the welfare of differently-abled people.9.52 a.m.: Finance minister TM Thomas Isaac promises infrastructure projects worth Rs 25,000 crore worth in 2017-18.9.41 a.m.: CPI (M) office in Kozhikode was set on fire last night after a bomb was hurled at the RSS headquarters.9.40 a.m.: Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac is presenting his eighth budget.
The new Wipro logoSpecial arrangementIndia’s third-largest IT software services exporter Wipro has issued 4.08 lakh equity shares in the past 15 days under employee stock options (ESOPs), according to the company’s regulatory filings with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The shares have been issued under Restriction Stock Unit Plan (RSU) 2004, 2005 and 2007.On May 11, the company issued 1,57,334 shares, followed by 52,581 shares on May 16 and 1,98,374 shares on May 19.The company, it may be recalled, declared 1:1 bonus shares while announcing its Q4 and FY2017 results on April 25.On Wednesday, Wipro shares closed flat at Rs. 525.90 apiece on the BSE. Over a six-month period, the stock has rallied 16.6 percent (Novemer 24 closing price – Rs 450).The company is yet to publish its annual report for 2016-17 while Infosys has already put its annual report in public domain, publishing salary and other details of its top executives, including CEO Vishal Sikka and COO Pravin Rao.In a related development, HCL Technologies informed the BSE that the company will be buying back 3.50 crore shares at Rs. 1,000 per share, a 17 percent premium to its Wednesday closing price of Rs. 855. The buyback would constitute about 2.48 percent of the company’s total paid-up capital as of March 31, 2017. The total value of the buyback programme is Rs. 1,000 crore.On Wednesday, the BSE Sensex closed 64 points lower at 30,301.While Wipro announced a second buyback programme this year, TCS came out with its Rs. 16,000 crore offer earlier this year while Infosys has allocated Rs. 13,000 crore as part of its capital allocation policy for a probable share buyback programme or higher dividend.”TCS will be buying back up to 5,61,40,351 equity shares for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs. 16,000 crore…being 2.85 percent of the total paid up equity share capital, at Rs. 2,850 per equity share,” the company had said in February this year. A private security guard stands at the exit gate of the headquarters of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, India October 13, 2016.Reuters file
Syrians walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Douma that witnessed government raids for continue despite the United Nations confirmation a few days earlier that Moscow formally asked its ally Damascus to stop launching strikes during the Geneva negotiations, which began earlier in the week. Photo: AFPRussia and China on Tuesday vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use, in the first clash at the Security Council since US President Donald Trump took office.The twin vetoes came as peace talks in Geneva showed no signs of progress on ending the nearly six-year war in Syria.It was the seventh time that Russia, Syria’s top military ally, has used its veto power to shield the Damascus regime. China has backed Moscow by using its veto six times on Syria.Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ahead of the vote that imposing sanctions on Syria was “completely inappropriate” while talks were ongoing in Geneva on ending the war.US Ambassador Nikki Haley shot back: “This resolution is very appropriate.”“It is a sad day on the Security Council when members start making excuses for other member states killing their own people.”“The world is definitely a more dangerous place,” she told the council after the measure was rejected.The resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States won nine votes in favor, while three countries opposed it—Bolivia, China and Russia. Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained.UN resolutions require nine positive votes and no veto to be adopted.‘Moment of truth’The resolution would have put 11 Syrians, mainly military commanders, and 10 entities linked to chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015 on a UN sanctions blacklist.It included a ban on the sale of helicopters and of chemical agents to the Syrian armed forces or the government.A UN-led investigation concluded in October that the Syrian air force had dropped chlorine barrel-bombs from helicopters on three opposition-held villages in 2014 and 2015.French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the vote was a “moment of truth” for the council, arguing that chemical weapons use was a “negation of all civilization.”In Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault took aim at Russia, saying it bore a “heavy responsibility toward the Syrian people and humanity as a whole.”British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called China and Russia’s veto “deeply disappointing.”“The Security Council’s own investigation has found attacks were committed by the Syrian regime and Daesh on the Syrian people. Despite support from the majority of the Security Council, Russia, along with China, has chosen to prevent action,” Johnson said in a statement.The joint panel by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) also found that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas in an attack in 2015.US joins Britain, France at UNThe vote marked the first major council action by the new Trump administration, which is seeking warmer ties with Russia.The United States has backed rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and leads a military coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.Britain and France had circulated the proposed measure in December and the new US administration joined as a co-sponsor of the draft resolution this month, indicating that it was ready to confront Russia on Syria.Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov echoed Putin’s view that imposing sanctions would have undermined peace talks and described the draft resolution as a “provocation” by the Western “troika”.Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi argued that sanctions were premature and that the UN-OPCW panel should be allowed to complete its investigations.“At present, investigations are still ongoing and therefore it is too early to reach a final conclusion,” Liu told the council.Aside from China and Russia, Britain, France and the United States are the other veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council.The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the war that has killed 310,000 people since March 2011.UN-brokered talks that opened on Thursday in Geneva ran into hurdles after Russia insisted that counter-terrorism be added to the agenda—putting pressure on opposition groups with ties to Islamist fighters.Putin—whose military intervention in Syria helped turn the tables in favor of Assad—lamented that the negotiations in Switzerland are “not going as smoothly as hoped.”
An underground Catholic church overlooks the village of Huangtugang. Photo: ReutersIn 1996, a tiny village with a huge Gothic-style church in China’s Catholic heartland of northern Hebei province was the scene of a tense stand-off between the ruling Communist Party and the faithful.Authorities surrounded Donglu village’s Our Lady of China Catholic Church, blocking thousands of pilgrims and detaining Vatican-ordained Bishop Su Zhimin, who was a member of the “underground” Church, not the state-backed official Church which did not recognise the pope’s authority to name bishops.Despite repeated appeals to Chinese authorities from Vatican officials and underground clergy, it is unclear whether Su, who would now be 86, is still being held or is even alive.Decades on, the Donglu church’s ties with officials are now convivial, according to Diao Ligang, a local priest, reflecting a generational shift towards acceptance of the ruling Communist Party’s authority over China’s Catholics.“Before, it was as if they kept wanting to see what we were hiding in our fist,” said Diao. “But then we opened it and they realised there was nothing dangerous in there in the first place.”Last month’s secretive deal with the Vatican, which gives the Holy See a long-sought and decisive say over the appointment of new bishops, sets the stage for Beijing to recognise some underground congregations. Details of how and when this process might happen have not been released.Interviews with five underground priests and two dozen believers in Hebei suggest previously stark divisions between underground Catholics loyal to the Vatican and churches officially registered with the Chinese authorities have blurred in recent years.The coming together reflects growing, if grudging, acceptance of government oversight by the faithful, as the Vatican pushes for a reconciliation with Beijing and many of the older generation that had expressed staunch opposition to the party are either silenced or dead.Still, Cardinal Joseph Zen, 86, the outspoken former archbishop of Hong Kong, has led an international chorus of conservative critics who say the deal is a sellout to the Communist Party and an insult to those who had suffered under oppression.He and other opponents of the secretive deal warn the expected gradual folding of unofficial churches into a government system of control risks abandoning a group of “loyalist” bishops and priests, who for decades resisted joining the Catholic Patriotic Association, as the state-backed church is known, and have been punished as a result.BLURRED LINESChina says there are six million Catholics in the country, across 98 officially approved dioceses. The Holy Spirit Study Centre, run by the diocese of Hong Kong, estimates that there are 10 million believers spread over 144 dioceses.Such discrepancies have been the subject of closed-door negotiations for more than a decade between Beijing and the Vatican, which wants to preserve and expand the Catholic community in China.The Vatican went ahead with the provisional deal, despite it failing to address some outstanding points of contention, because it feared the two Churches would split even further apart, resulting in a schism that would become irreparable, Vatican sources told ReutersAt four recent services attended by Reuters journalists, three official and one at an “underground” church, there was little that was discernibly different between those at churches loyal to Beijing or the Vatican.Donglu is now run under the leadership of Bishop An Shuxin, who had been an “underground” coadjutor bishop alongside Su, meaning he had been granted right of succession by the Vatican.An was also detained in the 1996 crackdown but reappeared a decade later, and in 2009 announced he had joined the Patriotic Association. In 2010, he became the officially recognised bishop of Baoding diocese, where Donglu is located.An declined to be interviewed when contacted by Reuters, citing health problems.For Diao, the village priest, An’s experience and that of the local Church in Donglu represents hope for an end to the divisions that have riven the church in China since Beijing in 1951 cut ties with the Vatican and banished its diplomatic mission.“These divisions are made by people who want to say they have more faith than others,” Diao told Reuters during an interview in Donglu church, built in 1992 to replace the original shrine destroyed by Japanese bombers during World War Two.“If people have faith, then they have faith. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also follow the law.”The church remains one of China’s most important Catholic pilgrimate sites and thousands travel there every May to celebrate a claimed miraculous appearance of the Vigin Mary in 1900.A depiction of Our Lady of China and the Baby Jesus, a painted image of a Chinese woman holding a baby, both dressed in the yellow imperial robes of the Qing dynasty, which ruled China until 1912, hangs in the church.Since 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a tightening of restrictions on religious belief in China, with Muslims and Christians being targeted most.Regular weekend classes and week-long summer camps for children at one church had been cancelled by the authorities over the summer, one underground priest from a village near Hebei’s Zhangjiakou city said, declining to be named for fear of retribution from the authorities.In light of the Vatican deal, he preached patience and acceptance of government restrictions: “I told my parishioners, this is not about the millions of us who already believe; it is about those who do not yet believe. We must have the foresight to think about how to let them find faith.”FRAGILE ACCORDThe deal between Beijing and the Vatican was struck without resolution of some long-held Church concerns over clerics in detention, Catholic Church sources familiar with the substance of the deal have told Reuters.As part of the deal, the Vatican approved seven excommunicated Patriotic Association bishops ordained without church approval, meaning all Beijing-approved Bishops have now been accepted by the Holy See.It is unclear what, if any, immediate change the deal made for Beijing’s attitude towards China’s approximately 30 underground bishops, whose uncertain fate could still scupper the accord, said Yang Fenggang, a professor at Purdue University in the United States specialising in religion in China.“This is a baby step and the relationship looks very fragile,” he said.However, the acceptance of government-backed bishops by the Holy See had already started to blur the lines, as more bishops were seen as both Vatican and Beijing-approved, he added.Wang Meixiu, an expert on China-Vatican relations at the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said for the agreement to move forward the pope will have to call for unofficial churches to “abandon former hatred” and be good citizens.“The eyes of the government are still on those churches that have not registered and those underground clerics that have not been approved,” she said.
A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the “right path” after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days, the chief of the US district said on Friday.Under the emergency, Rockland County banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading.Planned for 30 days from midnight Wednesday, the emergency comes during a US surge in measles cases, linked to an anti-vaccination movement.”We have already seen over 500 (new vaccinations) in the last couple of days,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said on CNBC TV.”People simply understand now that we are serious about this,” added Day, whose district is 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of downtown New York.”We believe we are on a right path now to get at least a 93 percent immunization rate with the first shot,” close to the level considered necessary to end the outbreak.Although measles was declared officially eliminated from the United States in 2000, outbreaks have occurred in five states this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The outbreaks are linked to travellers who brought the illness back from other countries, and the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated, the CDC said.The World Health Organization has warned that the growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations constitutes a top-10 global health threat.The phenomenon has adherents in several Western nations, including Britain and France, but is particularly high profile in the US.Between 1 January and 21 March, there were 314 cases of measles in the United States, the CDC said.Rockland County, with a population of more than 300,000, had registered 157 cases as of Friday.Despite major vaccination campaigns since the outbreak began in October, around 27 per cent of minors aged one to 18 in the county remained unvaccinated, Day said earlier in the week.The worst affected neighborhoods are those with a high ultra-Orthodox Jewish population, where many oppose vaccines on religious grounds.Many vaccines are theoretically mandatory for children to attend school in the United States. But 47 out of 50 states allow exemptions on religious, moral, or personal grounds.Washington state, in the country’s northwest, in January declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of measles, an airborne infection causing fever, coughing and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases.Day on Friday called for a tightening of the school vaccination legislation and said a draft law to that effect was being discussed at the state level.
(Phys.org) — One of the big disappointments of the computer age is the distinct lack of robots in our everyday lives. For years we’ve all been teased by the possibilities of robots in SciFi movies and television shows, and still, the only robots in our lives are those little Roomba vacuum cleaners. Soft-bots: Research challenges traditional image of robotics This particular demonstration by the team is meant to convey to those that watch HERB in action that the goal of the Institute is to do research on real-world robotics applications rather than focusing on technology that is used for industrial, military or “cutesy” purposes. Their goal is nothing short of creating a robot that truly can do the things we all really want them to do, such as taking care of the laundry, cooking, washing the dishes, or perhaps most importantly, fetching a cold beer from the fridge for us as we sit back in kingly fashion in our easy chair watching football on the telly. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Citation: New robot butler “HERB” can microwave your dinner (w/ Video) (2012, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-robot-butler-herb-microwave-dinner.html Now, though, it looks like we might finally be getting somewhere thanks to the efforts of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute – started and run by Siddhartha Srinivasa, all courtesy of a grant from Intel. There, a research team has been hard at work trying to create robots that do stuff that everyday people might consider useful. Their latest creation is the Home Exploring Robot Butler, aka HERB.HERB, has arms and hands (more like claws) and of course a lot of sensors and sits atop a Segway base that allows it to move around. For situational awareness in an unpredictable environment, such as the typical home, HERB has been armed with a spinning laser that provides “him” with a 40,000 points per second data stream. All of that allows the robot to move around in an unknown environment without bumping into things. But HERB has a lot of intelligence built in as well, and that’s how the research team has taught him to retrieve a frozen meal from a counter top, open a microwave oven door, slip in the meal, close the door and then run the microwave to properly heat the meal. Once it’s finished heating, he can retrieve the meal for consumption by its human master. All without a word of encouragement. HERB can also recognize and fetch requested items from a group of other similar objects.
Forbidden Fruits is a story of six women who go on an unapologetic cathartic journey, enabling them to break through from psychological blocks of their past and find redemption.Taking on patriarchy, religion, spirituality, gender-roles, sexuality and sexual politics in society, they come to terms with themselves and battle their inner demons with humor, wit, sarcasm, love, tears, joy, and unabashed bitchery.Forbidden Fruit pushes not only artistic boundaries, but also cultural and socio-political ones. The six women are portrayed as tragically beautiful characters who are flawed, but embrace it with unapologetic candor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nothing is left untouched, for not only is the mystique of womanhood unveiled in more ways than one, but the play is peppered with numerous ‘truth bombs’ on a wide range of topics – from circumcision to orgasm.Zorian Cross is a award winning actor and playwright. His first original play, The Coming Out, not only became a local but also won him the Best New Talent award for acting and writing.The play went on to be performed in five different cities across the world, winning five awards in Bangalore and Sydney. Since then, he has penned seven original plays, all of which have been critically appraised at various workshops and performed as dramatised readings. With the aim of promoting original work and discovering and nurturing fresh talent, Zorian Cross plans to conquer the world one round of applause at a time. So mark your calender and head over!When: May 2 – 3Where: Akshara Theatre
The Vatican has expelled Costa Rican priest Mauricio Víquez from the clergy, the Metropolitan Archdiocese of San José announced Monday.Víquez has been accused of at least nine cases of sexual abuse of minors.“Rev. Father Mauricio Víquez Lizano, priest of the archdiocese of San José, has been imposed the permanent and expiatory punishment of expulsion from the clerical state,” said the Vatican statement, read before journalists by the spokesman of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of San José, Jason Granados.The expulsion of Víquez takes place at a time when the accused is a fugitive from justice following the international arrest warrant issued by Costa Rican prosecutors.Granados confirmed that the Vatican resolution was sent to the residence of Víquez but could not be delivered because his whereabouts are unknown.Local media corroborated that the priest had entered Mexico in January, but he has not been located.“In the abuses, we see the hand of evil that does not forgive even the innocence of children; there are not enough explanations for these abuses against children,” read the statement, which was released late at night.Granados explained that the decision implies an acknowledgment of Víquez’s guilt and was adopted after listening to all the parties involved.Under Costa Rican law, sexual abuse of minors is punished with up to a 10-year prison sentence.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor Priest accused of sexual abuse arrested trying to leave Costa Rica Archbishop minimizes fall in reputation of the Church, predicts ‘high participation’ during Holy Week Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest
The younger member of the English Cypriot Stavros Flatley dance duo was reportedly arrested on Sunday after police found a cannabis factory in his London flat.According to the Daily Mail, Lagi Demetriou, 20, who became famous after appearing on the popular Britain’s Got Talent show in 2009, was arrested after a police drugs bust after firefighters stumbled upon a watering system for 460 plants at the apartment in Enfield, London when they were investigating reports of a leak.The cannabis factory is said to be worth £56,000. Although Lagi is thought to have told police he has nothing to do with the plants as he rents the flat out.A friend told the Sun that Demetri Demetriou was devastated when he heard of his son’s arrest and broke down in tears as he is very much against drugs.It is believed that Lagi bought the flat with proceeds from the shows.In 2009, the rotund pair – shirtless and usually in wigs – performed a comedy dance turn which they describe as “two fat versions of Michael Flatley – with a Greek twist”.They finished fourth in the finals of the TV show.As recently as 2013 the two performers delighted Paphos audiences with two performances for which they flew to the island.Lagi and his father Demetri have recently been in the public eye on TV weight loss show Sugar Free Farm.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola