Stars Attend World Of Children Awards 2017

first_imgLast week, World of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, celebrated the 2017 Honorees at the annual World of Children Awards 2017 ceremony at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.Lauren Bush Lauren attends World of Children Awards 2017Credit/Copyright: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for World of ChildreOver 400 guests gathered for a special evening of stories and celebration recognizing five extraordinary individuals who have dramatically improved the lives of children around the world. Emceed by Alina Cho (Editor at Large, Ballantine Bantam Dell), the evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner program, and special performance by the United Nations International School (UNIS) Middle School/High School Choral Club and a special performance by soloists Schuyler Johnson and Jenna Gold.Celebrities, VIP guests and World of Children supporters in attendance included Victoria’s Secret Angels Martha Hunt (dressed in Off-White), Lindsay Ellingson (dressed in Rachel Roy), and Daniela Braga (dressed in Lurelly), plus Andy Adler (Sports Anchor, Honorary Chair), Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren (Honorary Chairs), Mariane Pearl (Journalist & Author), Stephanie March (Actress, World of Children Board Member, Honorary Chair), Rachel Roy (World of Children Celebrity Ambassador, Fashion Designer), Caryl Stern (President of U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Faye Bentahar (Designer), Heidi Nahser-Fink (Designer, James Banks Jewelry), Hillary Schafer (CEO, Jefferson Awards Foundation), Kay Isaacson Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (World of Children Co-Founders, Event Co-Chairs), Sharen Jester Turney (Former President & CEO, Victoria’s Secret), Veronica Grazer (Board Member), and more.The 2017 World of Children Honorees included Humanitarian Award Honoree Winnie Baron (Makindu Children’s Program in Kenya), Protection Award Honoree Jackie Branfield (Operation Bobbi Bear in South Africa), Health Award Honoree Dr. Üstün Ezer (LOSEV in Turkey), Education Award Honoree Maureen Rover (The Reading Team in New York), and Youth Award Honoree Teagan Stedman (Shred Kids’ Cancer in Connecticut). The ceremony also honored Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour) and Ann O’Malley (World of Children Board Member) with World of Children Board of Governors Awards, which were each presented to them by Mariane Pearl and Sharen Jester Turney, respectively. The Board of Governors Award is in recognition for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates.World of Children, celebrating its 20th anniversary, receives thousands of nominations from around the world every year and uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to select Honorees, including an on-site investigation and independent audit of each finalist. The 2017 Honorees each received a specially designed medallion, World of Children Award trophy, and a grant to help their program grow and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.Since 2013, James Banks Designs has brought to life World of Children-inspired jewelry. For this year’s Awards Ceremony, two new additions were designed for the collection: Emerald and Earth. Each of these exclusive bracelet sets were created with emerald-shade stones, traditionally used to celebrate a 20th anniversary, which emulate hope, strength, integrity, comfort, security and healing. A $350 donation for a bracelet set can provide one month of daily, hot meals for 30 children, and guests can double their impact with two sets to provide 10 days of health care costs for a child with leukemia. Additional sets are now available online.last_img read more

Some 750 illegal immigrants attempt to storm into occupied city of…

Nador – Some 750 illegal immigrants attempted on Thursday to storm into the occupied city of Melilla at the Rochtro Gordo and Morales sites under the rural commune of Beni-Chiker, said a statement by the Nador province. The immigrants did not comply even after firing warning gunshot and started throwing stones, wounding two law enforcement officers, it added.669 candidates for illegal immigration were arrested during this attempt while 20 people were rushed to the Hassani hospital of Nador to receive the necessary health care after being injured by the barbed wire fence surrounding the occupied city.

UN agency sounds alarm as droughtstricken herders in Ethiopia face massive livestock

The drought has led to a significant number of animals dying or falling ill, particularly in the southern and south-eastern regions of the country, as other areas recover from previous seasons’ El Niño-induced drought,” warned the Food and Agriculture Organization of the (FAO). FAO pointed out that drought-hit pastoralists face reduced milk production, rising malnutrition, and have limited income-earning capacity and severely constrained access to food. “Some 8.5 million people – one in 12 people – are now suffering from hunger; of these, 3.3 million people live in Somali Region,” said the UN agriculture agency. The current food and nutrition crisis is significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods. For livestock-dependent families, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for children, pregnant and nursing mothers, for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition. With up to two million animals lost so far, FAO is focusing on providing emergency livestock support to the most vulnerable pastoralist communities through animal vaccination and treatment, supplementary feed and water, rehabilitating water points, and supporting fodder and feed production. “It is crucial to provide this support between now and October – when rains are due – to begin the recovery process and prevent further losses of animals. If we don’t act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among pastoral communities,” said Abdoul Karim Bah, FAO Deputy Representative in Ethiopia. By providing supplementary feed and water for livestock, while simultaneously supporting fodder production, FAO seeks to protect core breeding animals and enable drought-hit families to rebuild their livelihoods. In addition to FAO-supported destocking and cash-for-work programmes to provide cash for families, animal health campaigns will be reinforced to protect animals, particularly before the rain sets in – when they are at their weakest and more susceptible to parasites or infectious diseases. Funding appealFAO urgently requires $20 million between August and December to come to the aid of Ethiopia’s farmers and herders. FAO has already assisted almost 500,000 drought-hit people in 2017 through a mix of livestock feed provision, destocking and animal health interventions, thanks to the support of the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden through FAO’s Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, as well as FAO’s own Early Warning Early Action fund and Technical Cooperation Programme. read more

Football Ohio State unveils alternate uniforms for Saturdays Penn State game

Ohio State will wear alternate uniforms against Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsNo. 6 Ohio State will don alternate grey uniforms Saturday when it steps on the field to take on No. 2 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.This will be the first time the Buckeyes wear alternate uniforms this season. They last wore alternates during last year’s 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan. Ohio State will wear black helmets with red buckeye leaves and red cleats. #GoBucks #BeatPSU— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 23, 2017

Mary Berry photobombed by student after speaking at Cambridge Union

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mary Berry was invited to speak at the Cambridge Union, the university’s debating society, on Monday evening .The celebrity cook, who was dressed in a sparkly dress, was photographed after the event with a member of the university union lurking in the background.The 82-year-old has been speaking at a number of events to publicise her new cook book, Everday. On the subject of student cooking, she told the students a lot could be done with a single pan. Mary Berry speaks at The Cambridge Union Jonah Surkes, the speakers officer for the Cambridge Union, posed in the background of the photo after sharing the stage with her for the evening event.The 20-year-old Human, Social and Political Sciences student at Clare College has met a number of celebrities during his time as speakers officer. He also has an amateur photography website showcasing his photographs and giving advice on taking high-speed snaps.Last week he posted a photograph with TV presenter Piers Morgan, who had agreed to be interviewed by students.center_img @piersmorgan @cambridgeunion thanks for being a fun interviewee!— Jonah Surkes (@jonahsurkes) May 5, 2017 Mary Berry speaks at The Cambridge UnionCredit:Chris Williamson/Gettylast_img read more

Barcelona begin ASOBAL with a highscoring victory

Barcelonabm barcaGudjon Valur Sigurdssongurbindojael jallouzKiril Lazarovpascualperez de vargaswael jallouz Barcelona opened the new ASOBAL campaign in which they are absolute favorites with a high-scoring 42-25 victory over the young team of BM Aragon. New additions Jallouz and Sigurdsson were top scorers for the Catalans, Sigurdsson scored 8 while Jallouz contributed with 6 goals, along with Kiril Lazarov who scored 7 goals. BM Aragon’s best scorer was Arino with 7 goals.42 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Saric, m.31); Víctor Tomás (3, 2p.), Gurbindo (-), Sorhaindo (3), Sarmiento (2), Jallouz (6), Ariño (4) -siete inicial- Sigurdsson (8), Noddesbo (3), Karabatic (3, 1p), Raúl Entrerrios (2), Lazarov (7, 1p), Viran Morros (-), Oriol Rey (-) y Saubich (1).25 – Aragón: Alvaro Fernández (Olano, m.43 to 60); Camas (1), Del Valle (6), Asier Antonio (-), Val (2), Sorli (2), Ariño (7) -siete inicial- Sergio García (1), Clavería (3), Castro (-), Sergio Martínez (-), Millán (1), Tuquet (1), Larcuen (1p.) e Iorban (-). ← Previous Story BUNDESLIGA ROCKS: HBW Balingen beat THW Kiel! Next Story → Swiss NLA: Champion Kadetten defeated by Thun read more

The end of EHF EURO 2016 for Marta Mangue

← Previous Story Sensational night in Stockholm – France beat Germany! Next Story → Karacic’s buzzer-beater for draw in SEHA derby in Veszprem Spain will have to fight for the placement at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 Main Round without first star and team captain – Marta Mangue. The 33-years old Spaniard got knee injury during first half of their match against Serbia 23:25. The first prognosis talk about broken ligaments, which means that tournament, but also a whole season is over for legendary back player.Spain have to beat Slovenia in Round 3 on Thursday if want to stay in Sweden. Marta Mangue

A Definitive Ranking of Irish Christmas Chocolates From Worst To Best

first_imgHERE AT, we know what matters around Christmas time.So today we have painstakingly ranked all the varieties of Christmas chocolate.* From worst to best.This ranking is final and definitive.* By ‘all’, we mean ‘some of the main ones’.13. Lindt ‘reindeer’ Source: ImgurOK, so we all know Lindt chocolate is delicious. But let’s just get down to some core issues here and say straight out: these are not reindeer. They are bunnies. They are the Lindt bunny from Easter, with antlers drawn over his ears.Are we really no better than this, people? Are we this easy? These go to the bottom of the list because frankly we should all have a little more pride in ourselves.12. Lemon’s Seasons Greetings Source: DailyEdge.ieSeasons Greetings take a scattergun approach to the Christmas chocolate market with an assortment of chocolates AND jellies AND hard candies AND toffees AND whatever you’re having yourself. Sorry guys but… choc of all trades, master of none.11. EmeraldsA lot of people have love for Emeralds because for a while in the 1980s, they were the only thing out there. They OWNED festive. But all things must pass, and it’s time for Ireland to realise that these guys taste like they were made in an era of wartime shortages.Basically, Emeralds are like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. They’re still kind of badass, but the glory days are long gone and when they get munched it sort of feels like a mercy.10. Celebrations Source: Andy Barrow PhotographyThe brash newcomer of the Christmas chocolate world, Celebrations turned up at the party in their stretch Hummer circa 1997 and have been trying to introduce themselves into other people’s conversations ever since.Ultimately, their quest for acceptance is doomed no matter how delicious Mars Bars are, because Galaxy chocolate will always be slightly trashier than Dairy Milk.9. Heroes Source: stuballscrambleNice, but as a new kid on the Christmas block they will never have quite the same festive oomph as, say, Roses. They don’t even come in a real tin fer Chrissakes.8. Tunnock’s Tea Cakes Source: Worldmarket.comA polarising festive confection. Some say they are the world’s best way to give yourself a marshmallow moustache; others argue that they taste like loft insulation. Owing to this divisive nature, they’re holding down a solid place in the middle of the list.7. Black Magic Forever your auntie’s favourite chocolate, and thus worthy of respect.However, they let themselves down in the Christmas stakes by trying to be ‘seductive’. Everyone knows Christmas chocolate isn’t about being seductive, it’s about stuffing your face while lying semi-horizontal. Like a dying whale washed up on a beach of sweet wrappers.6. Ferrero Rocher Source: EvelynGigglesFerrero Rocher are exciting because your mam would never buy them. If they’re in your house, it’s because they were brought by A Guest. (Or because they’re about to be taken to someone else’s house, in which case they’re enticingly off limits.)Plus they are so overpackaged, it automatically makes them feel fancy. Basically eating them is the chocolate equivalent of putting on a tuxedo.5. Snowballs Source: DailyEdge.ieSnowballs really bring the Christmas spirit. Not only because they are a uniquely Irish creation, and because you can actually feel the foamy marshmallow stuff thickening your artery walls, but also because they feature a photograph of this man: Source: DailyEdge.ieAKA the spirit of Christmas himself.4. Quality Street Source: garryknightLook, let’s just get this out of the way. Quality Street have a lot going for them – the toffee penny and the crunchy orange one, for a start – but they will never be as good as Roses. Deal with it. Quality Street are the Garth to Roses’ Wayne, and that’s the way it will always be.3. Selection Box Source: Neil TThe definition of Christmas magic. Why? Because chocolate bars out of a Selection Box always taste better than they do normally, even though they’re exactly the same. Especially the old kind in a plastic stocking with netting over them.Essentially, Selection Boxes prove that Santa is real.2. After Eights Source: thebarrowboyAfter Eights are wonderful. Festive perfection. Literally the problem with After Eights is when wrong-headed people put the little envelopes back in the box after eating the chocolates, which can lead to bitter family disputes and someone having to go to Centra for more.1. Roses Source: nic*eThere are the ones that you hate, the ones that you avoid until you’re absolutely forced to engage with them, and the ones that you love more than anything but never see enough of.Yes, a tin of Roses is exactly like your family.And that is why they are, without question, the ultimate Christmas chocolate. Happy Christmas everyone!More: A Definitive Ranking of Christmas Films from Worst to Best>Chocolate bars: A definitive ranking, from worst to best>last_img read more

Pimps taking advantage of delay in new prostitution law

first_imgNURSES AND MIDWIVES have criticised a 12-month delay in new legislation which would see buyers of sex punished, claiming pimps and traffickers have been taking advantage of the downtime.Edward Mathews, Director of Regulation and Social Policy with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said his organisation is disappointed that a year has passed not and “nothing has happened”.Campaigners are asking TDs to act on the recommendation from the Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee in June last year to bring in the laws which would switch the focus off prostitutes and onto those buying sex. The recommendations enjoy support across the political sphere and also have the backing of 70 Irish organisations through the ‘Turn Off the Red Light’ campaign.“In the void, the pimps have continued their work unabated,” Mathews commented. “They exploit women and girls in their hundreds in order to make millions. That is a crime and it is estimated that this criminal trade makes between €180 million to €250 million from Ireland every year.”He said failure to show political leadership on this issue is a “betrayal against victims of human trafficking”.Read: Drugs and prostitution will be used to measure Ireland’s GDP>Column: Sex buyers are the last link in chain of trafficking, abuse and rape>last_img read more

Geek deal Quadcore Dell Vostro 460 bundle for 529

first_imgDesktop computers these days are generally commodities: the same basic design with the same basic specs and at some pretty low prices to boot. You can still get high-powered systems with any variety of design and technology features, but of course these will run you thousands of dollars. Those are pretty much just for enthusiasts and gamers though, where most people are happy with much more basic offerings.The most common system around these days is the value package, generally under $500 and sporting last generation’s processing technology. This is where today’s deal stands out: you get the newest Intel 2nd generation Core i5 processor and chipset packed into Dell’s Vostro 460 mini tower.AdChoices广告The quad-core Core i5 runs along at a speedy 3.1GHz and the Vostro 460 includes all the usual features you’re looking for in a desktop. There is even an optional USB 3.0 add-in card for a few extra bucks that will go a long way towards insuring your system is at least more future proof. But the real kicker here is that for just $30 over the base system price, you can add in a Dell 20-inch E2011H monitor.That makes this Vostro 460 bundle just $529 with quad core Sandy Bridge and a 20-inch LCD. This system is not only a no brainer for the average user, but this would do nicely for us power users too.Buy the Dell Vostro through LogicBuylast_img read more

Sasha Banks suffered postconcussion symptoms Mickie James gives update on Alexa Bliss

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Videos Articles Pinterest Xavier Woods Update (October 26, 9:35 a.m. ET): For whatever reason, the clip of Banks talking about her post-concussion symptoms has now been removed from YouTube. A quick look at the YouTube channel does show two other clips remaining featuring Banks.—During an appearance on “Conversations with Maria Menounos”, WWE star Sasha Banks revealed she was recently diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms. This explains why she was off WWE television recently, which was previously described as undisclosed.“I went to several neurologists and they just pretty much told me I have maybe like post-concussion symptoms so just rest, rest, rest. I was like, am I going to make Evolution?”Banks noted she had several meetings with WWE officials before returning.“I was like, I’m not okay. I can’t function. I can’t wrestle. I can’t drive. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. So, I need to go get checked out. But thankfully, I’m okay. I feel back to normal and I’m ready for Sunday.”Mickie James gives update on Alexa BlissDuring an appearance on “Busted Open”, WWE star Mickie James addressed the rumors regarding Alexa Bliss being out of the ring recently and her status for Evolution.James confirmed Bliss will definitely be in the ring this Sunday night when they team up to take on Trish Stratus and Lita in a tag team match.”I have no doubts that regardless, we’re all going to be out there and it’s going to be amazing.”@MickieJames gives an update on @AlexaBliss_WWE injury concerns, why @itsBayleyWWE would fit in well in her era & wanting to work with @SashaBanksWWE #RAW #WWEEvolution— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) October 24, 2018 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 5.80%0:01Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Sasha Banks Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Now Playing Up Next International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Google+ What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Twitter Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next RAW Women’s Championship match added to WWE Clash of Champions in two weekslast_img read more

ASAWISHH Donates Soy Flour to Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

first_imgFrom left to right: Isaac Asare, Leticia Amoakoah-Twum, Fidelis Ocloo and Franklin Apea-Bah of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, along with ASA/WISHH Office Manager Nneka Tandoh and Regional Director Josh Neiderman pictured with the CHS donated Honeysoy defatted soy flour.The American Soybean Association World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) presented a 50 pound bag of CHS Honeysoy defatted soy flour to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) this week.In November 2015, the commission approached ASA/WISHH about a research study for the Ghanaian market to formulate and test a blended gari (cassava flour) and soy flour product for use on the local market.There are a number of producers of full-fat soyflour/gari blends being sold in local communities. The GAEC has been commissioned to study improvements of these blends with the inclusion of U.S. produced defatted soy flour.last_img read more

McCain Amendment to Reignite Debate over Use of War Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR When Senate debate on the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill begins next week, one of the most high-profile amendments lawmakers consider will be Armed Services Chairman John McCain’s proposal to provide an additional $18 billion in war spending to pay for new weapons and higher Army force levels that the Obama administration did not request.The Arizona Republican’s amendment would “reverse short-sighted cuts” and “halt dangerous reductions to the end strength of the military services” by adding the funds to the department’s uncapped overseas contingency operations account, according to a written statement. Earlier, McCain had said he would provide the extra funds by seeking to raise the statutory cap on defense spending.The amendment would authorize $2.4 billion to increase the size of all four services, reported CQ Roll Call. “We cannot change course soon enough. This amendment is the Senate’s opportunity to do just that,” McCain said.McCain’s plan differs somewhat from the funding approach included in the House version of the annual defense policy bill. The House measure calls for shifting $18 billion from the OCO to base budget items, a move that would require the next administration to request supplemental funds for overseas operations before next May.Last week, Senate Democrats objected to a motion to start consideration of the bill, forcing the chamber to postpone debate until it returns from its Memorial Day recess June 6.Democrats indicated they wouldn’t support McCain’s proposal without an agreement to provide an equivalent funding boost for domestic programs. The amendment would upend the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last year to lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending.There are “serious discussion now going on among the caucus about what’s the best approach,” said Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee.last_img read more

IFPI Global Music Report Streaming Ed Sheeran Top 2017

first_imgNews Email Facebook In 32 global markets, digital is now more than half of all revenues. Physical sales and downloads have continued to decline. Without counting video, streaming is 33 percent of all revenues. In 2017, adding video back in bumps that 5 percent up to 38 percent from all digital. If the value gap wasn’t holding back fair music revenue for video streams, that video bump would be much more substantial.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more International recording industry organization reviews a year of continued strong growth, but music still has not recovered its former market strengthPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2018 – 2:52 pm On April 24, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its Global Music Report 2018, reviewing and tabulating the business fortunes of the recording industry last year worldwide. The music industry grew overall in 2017 by more than 8 percent to $17.3 billion, led by streaming revenues which grew more than 41 percent. “We’re not getting complacent,” said Warner Music Group CEO of international and global commercial services Stu Bergen at the report’s release event in London. “We’ve fought too hard to get here and, after 15 years of decline, there’s still plenty of room to grow.” Last year was the third consecutive year of growth for the first time this century.The IFPI report credited Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” as last year’s top song followed by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.” While top sellers and the 176 million subscribers paying for premium music accounts make for good news, IFPI chief executive Frances Moore warned that “there is a structural fault in the system” because of the value gap. Combining paid and ad-supported streaming for music, revenues total $5.6 billion with 272 million users overall. On the video side, revenues are $856 million, much less, with more than 1.3 billion users, much more. “Until we fix that structural defect to the market it will always be a struggle,” said Moore. IFPI Finds Streaming And Ed Sheeran Led 2017 ifpi-global-music-report-streaming-ed-sheeran-top-2017center_img Twitter The ‘value gap’, a mismatch between the value that online user upload services extract from music and the revenue that they return, is currently the biggest policy challenge facing the music industry. Read our State Of The Industry report at 👈#GMR2018— IFPI (@IFPI_org) April 24, 2018 IFPI Global Music Report: Streaming, Ed Sheeran Top 2017 read more

Wilmington Library Unveils New Outdoor Seating Area

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library is pleased to announce it now has a lovely outdoor seating area in the green space directly behind the library. There are two picnic tables and two benches on a concrete patio surrounded by flowers and shrubs with a nice view of the adjacent wetlands.It’s great to see visitors using this space to read, have a snack, or just relax during a quiet time. The space offers some shady areas and wifi access will be available in a few weeks. If you bring a snack, please note that there are no trash barrels and staff asks that you comply with “carry in and carry out.”The funding for this project came from the 2017 and 2018 Friends of the Library Annual Appeal. Thank you to all who generously contributed.In addition, state aid funds and gift monies were also used to pay for the construction and furniture of this outside space. The library hopes many will enjoy this new outdoor seating area.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)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 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Town Wide Yard Sale on June 8; History of Silver Lake on June 17In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”last_img read more

Nintendo says it wont reveal cheaper Switch at E3

first_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 0 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Consoles HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo 7 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $520 at HP $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Nintendo,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice 3:19 Turo Apple iPhone XS Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $155 at Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) What we want to see in the new Nintendo Switch $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $60 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. We may have to make do with regular Nintendo Switch for a bit longer. Sarah Tew/CNET Perhaps that cheaper Nintendo Switch won’t be coming as soon as we’d hoped.The Japanese game company’s president apparently poured cold water on reports that it’d launch a new version of its portable console by the end of June, Bloomberg reported Thursday.”As a general rule, we’re always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it,” Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters in Japan. “But we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.”Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.On a positive note, the company revealed that mobile game Mario Kart Tour will have a closed beta from May 22 to June 4. It’s restricted to Android devices, and you have to be in the US or Japan to take part. If you tick those boxes, you have until May 7 to sign up.First published at 4:43 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:03 a.m. PT: Adds Mario Kart Tour details. 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2 explosions kill 12 in Bolivia

first_imgPeople gather next to the site where a new explosion occurred in Oruro, Bolivia, on 14 February 2018. Reuters 2 explosions kill 12 in BoliviaChildren returned to school Thursday and nervous adults tried to get back to normal after being stunned by two deadly explosions during this mining city’s exuberant Carnival celebrations.People remained on edge as authorities sought explanations for the two blasts in normally peaceful Bolivia. A crater gouged into the ground at one site and splintered chairs scattered on a nearby street provide grim reminders of the 12 people killed and 50 injured.Police have blamed a bomb made of dynamite, ammonium nitrate and fuel oil for a Tuesday night blast that killed four.After the blast, officials said they were re-examining an explosion two blocks away that left eight dead late Saturday and was initially blamed on a food vendor’s leaking gas canister. Local prosecutor Mario Rocha said Thursday that investigators had not found any pieces of a gas canister.As residents called for answers, officials sought to determine if the blasts were connected and who might have been responsible for the explosions in Oruro, which is the capital of President Evo Morales’ home province. Three people detained for questioning after Tuesday night’s explosion were released Wednesday.“Nothing has been ruled out, not even a political motive,” said Rocha. “We’re still carrying out the investigations and there is no deadline. There are no arrests.”A political attack would be a startling development for modern Bolivia. No guerrilla or major violent groups operate in the Andean country of 11 million people, where violence is mostly confined to drug dealer turf wars. The last bombings occurred more than 35 years ago during a 1980-1981 dictatorship.“It’s strange and atypical … in a country that is not used to bloody acts,” said Franklin Pareja, a professor of political science at Public University of La Paz.People in a poor neighborhood held a wake Thursday for 3-year-old Alex Quekana, who was killed by Tuesday’s explosion. His father, mother and a brother are hospitalized for serious injuries.“We’re poor. We’re innocent. Our whole family has been destroyed,” said a grandmother, Maxima Solares. “If there’s no justice, I will demand it from Evo Morales.”The boy’s mother, Demetria Massi, had not been told her toddler son died.Oruro is about 135 miles (220 kilometers) southeast of La Paz, and its Carnival draws thousands of people who dance through the streets in elaborate, colorful costumes while brass bands blare.Street vendors were offended when authorities blamed the first explosion on a food vendor’s gas canister.“That’s not true. We think it was an attack,” said Elizabeth Herrera, a street vendor whose daughter and two of her granddaughters were killed by the first blast.“We’re the victims,” she said.The crater left by the second blast has been cordoned off by police, but the streets remain largely unpatrolled and residents worry about the safety of their loved ones as the city gets back into its normal routines.“Who did this?” Rosario Roque asked near the site of Tuesday night’s explosion. “I walk by the streets every day. Now, we’re scared to send our children to school.”last_img read more

Millions Own Gas And Oil Under Their Land Heres Why Only Some

first_imgMarie Cusick/StateImpact PennsylvaniaJim Barrett stands next to a well pad on his farm in Bradford County, Pa. He accuses Chesapeake Energy of cheating him out of royalty money.The U.S. is one of only a few countries in the world that allow private individuals to own the minerals under their land, a policy that dates to the Founding Fathers as they sought to elevate private interests over those of the British Crown. This financial incentive to allow new drilling goes a long way in explaining the nation’s natural gas boom. The National Association of Royalty Owners estimates some 12 million American landowners receive royalties for the exploitation of oil, gas and other mineral resources under their property.But as U.S. production reaches record levels — it recently surpassed the previous high point in 1970 — a complex web of laws and court rulings is evolving over how these royalties are distributed. That’s creating vast differences in how much money property owners actually get, and prompting a number of lawsuits accusing energy companies of shortchanging them.A tale of two mineral ownersThis disparity is playing out across Pennsylvania’s gas-rich Marcellus Shale.When natural gas companies approached Charlie Clark and Jim Barrett, two farmers living in neighboring counties, both decided to let them drill.Clark says it felt like he “won the lottery,” and he’s grateful every day for the two gas wells drilled on his dairy farm. He estimates he receives about $10,000 per month in the form of gas royalties.“This is what we’ve done with our gas money,” Clark says, standing in his new barn filled with cows. “This barn here cost $40,000 to build it, and we were able to build it out of our pocket.”Growing up in rural Susquehanna County in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, his family used to scrimp and save just to buy basics, like new shoes.That all changed when the drilling rigs rolled into town and he started receiving royalty checks.“We’re living like we used to, but without the stress,” Clark says. “The bills are all paid. Your kid’s gotta go to college? No problem.”He’s a good example of when the royalty process works. It goes like this: Gas companies and landowners sign a lease agreement before drilling begins. The royalty is money paid to the mineral owner, like Clark, for the right to use his resource. It’s negotiated to be a certain percentage of the revenue from the sale of the gas.Clark is leased to a company called Chief Oil and Gas. The company gets gas it needs, and Clark gets paid. But he knows other people with similar gas wells are striking out.“I thank God every day that it happened here,” he says, and not a few miles to the west.Marie Cusick/StateImpact PennsylvaniaDairy farmer Charlie Clark bought a new hay baler with the royalties he received from natural gas development on his land.Striking out That’s where Jim Barrett lives, about 40 miles away in Bradford County on what he describes as “a pretty typical mountain farm.”Like Clark, he’s grateful for the drilling.“It kept Bradford County alive,” he says. If not for the gas industry, he says his community “would have been a ghost town in 2008 or 2010” after the Great Recession.But for Barrett, the gas boom has not panned out the way he hoped.He claims Chesapeake Energy, which operates four wells on his farm, is stealing from him, and he has joined a class action lawsuit against the company. Chesapeake, which declined to comment for this story, is defending itself against lawsuits in at least seven states for allegedly underpaying royalties.By Barrett’s calculations, Chesapeake owes him hundreds of thousands of dollars for the gas it has pumped out of his farm. The company has said in the past that it’s committed to working with its royalty owners to answer questions.Clark and Barrett might have started out with similar hopes, but their different experiences show how tough it can be for landowners to navigate the gas business, and how resolutions are hard to come by.Why the disparity?Much of the controversy surrounding royalty money boils down to a concept known as post-production costs: the expenses of moving and treating gas through a network of pipelines. To cover the costs, drillers might take deductions from royalty checks.Some landowners agree to that, while others negotiate a lease that prohibits it, says attorney John McFarland, who represents landowners with the Texas-based law firm Graves, Dougherty, Hearon and Moody. Many others sign leases that don’t address it at all. Even when possible deductions are addressed, McFarland says the lease language can be vague. That leaves room for a gas company to take deductions even if a landowner objects.Disputes over post-production costs have popped up all over the country as oil and gas production has soared, the result of new horizontal drilling and fracking technologies that allow drillers to tap into shale rock.By 2014, the United States was producing so much oil and gas that it led to a global oversupply. That’s when complaints over these deductions really started to roll in, says Gary Preszler, vice president of the National Association of Royalty Owners board.Many energy-producing states took a hit during the downturn, as companies went bankrupt, workers got laid off, and tax revenue collected from oil and gas dropped. In most of them, like North Dakota where Preszler lives, wells produce both oil and gas. When prices plummeted, oil suddenly wasn’t worth what it used to be, he says, but the gas still needed to be transported and treated, and that cost stayed constant.“That’s when people saw their checks being reduced significantly,” he says. Some even received statements with a negative balance, meaning they wouldn’t receive more royalties until the balance turned positive again.In Pennsylvania, wells produce mainly gas, so landowners like Barrett noticed right away if companies took out big, unexplained cuts. Some Pennsylvania landowners have been complaining for years about exorbitant deductions. Still, many never have a reason to complain. Charlie Clark, for example, says he feels his deductions are reasonable.A patchwork of court rulings, allegations of cheatingOver the years, some landowners sued when they felt they were being cheated. That has led to a patchwork of court rulings in many states, determining how leases are interpreted.Some landowners hire a lawyer to negotiate a lease with explicit language that prohibits deductions or spells out exactly which costs can be taken out. The greater stake an individual has in a well, the more bargaining power he or she has to negotiate a lease that works in their favor, says University of Texas law professor Owen Anderson.But not all go that route.“As often happens, these landowners and mineral owners sign these leases the company offers without negotiating terms and without getting legal advice,” Anderson says.Later, if they believe they’re not getting paid fairly, their options are slim. They can hire an expert to audit their royalties and go to court, but some can’t afford to do that.Preszler says the better option is to prevent landowners from signing bad leases.“It’s a lot easier to try to get the terms correctly done at the front end than to try to manage and fix a problem later,” he says. His group is developing a seminar to better educate landowners.In Pennsylvania, a decades-old law guarantees a minimum 12.5 percent royalty. But the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that deductions can still be taken, even if they cut into that rate. For four years, mineral owners have pushed to keep that from happening, but so far the legislature has not passed a bill.It’s a different story in West Virginia, where royalty owners just scored a victory. Lawmakers did step in after the state’s Supreme Court sided with energy companies in a case last year. Now, the governor has signed a new law prohibiting gas and oil companies from deducting post-production expenses in certain types of leases.Meanwhile, lawsuits are playing out in several states, including one brought by Pennsylvania’s attorney general. He accuses several gas companies of stiffing thousands of landowners by promising royalty money that was never paid. So far, he’s not agreed to an offer by Chesapeake Energy to settle its royalty cases in the state for $30 million.Back on his farm in Susquehanna County, Clark says even though he’s pleased with his gas royalties, he thinks the law should ensure everyone is paid fairly.“I guess I really don’t understand why the government hasn’t stepped in and done a little bit more, because it would benefit them too,” he says. “Any extra money we’d get, we’d be taxed on.”Over in Bradford County, Barrett just wants to protect his family’s legacy. “Every farmer would say they want their farm to continue,” he says.Barrett’s land was passed down from his great-grandfather, and he hopes to hand it over to his grandchildren. But without the royalty money he expected, he and his wife may have to sell the farm to retire.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Oil Prices Are Down Again But Industry May Be Better Prepared

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Just when it seemed things were looking up for the complete recovery of Houston’s oil economy, prices have dropped in recent months.The year started with oil trading at around $60 a barrel. By early October, Brent Crude was above $80.Prices have fallen sharply since, with West Texas Intermediate at just above $50 a barrel so far in December.Even OPEC’s decision last week to cut production, which usually sends prices upward, hasn’t had much of an impact on that.But at least on the surface, oil companies don’t seem to be too affected.That’s because they have been cautious since the oil downturn, Bill Arnold, professor for oil management at Rice University and a former Shell executive, said. “I think the good news is that because they didn’t bloat staff again that the impact on employment here will probably be muted,” he said, “and be a little more stable than has been in other cycles.”Arnold said that while 10 years ago $50 oil would have been a big problem, many oil companies are now able to do well with that price.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. 00:00 /04:00 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaRice University energy management professor Bill Arnold says oil companies have learned to be productive with lower oil prices. Listencenter_img Share Xlast_img read more

Uber introduces Fusionjs a pluginbased web development framework for high performance apps

first_imgUber has revamped their monolithic framework design with a brand new Fusion.js web framework. This plugin-based open source web framework makes it easy to develop lightweight and high-performing apps. Fusion.js is a JavaScript framework that comes with modern features like hot module reloading, data-aware server-side rendering, and bundle splitting support. It also supports popular libraries like React and Redux. Why was Fusion.js required? Uber has been in the app-development business for quite some time now. With the quickly changing web technologies, they wanted to build a high quality framework with modern features which also kept up with the dynamic nature of their web platform. Specifically, they wanted their new framework to address the following pain points: Complex configuration and required boilerplate of multiple tools needed for server-side rendering, code splitting, and hot module reloading Lack of good abstractions for implementing and sharing features that involve different aspects of server-rendered React applications Tight coupling of code located in different places Testing difficulties arising from side effects and singletons Lack of flexibility of a monolithic framework Fusion.js addresses all of these problems. What are the benefits of using Fusion.js? On top of the benefits of a pre-configured, optimized boilerplate, Fusion.js also provides a flexible plugin-based architecture which makes it appropriate for building single-page applications and web apps that depend on complex service layers to meet quality requirements. Fusion.js applications allow apps to have a single entry point file and it’s possible to reuse code on both the server and browser. The single entry point architecture allows plugin developers to co-locate snippets of code based on the library the code pertains to. Plugins use dependency injection so they can expose well-defined APIs as services to other plugins, and a plugin’s dependencies can easily be mocked during tests. For middleware management, Uber uses Koa, which provides a unit-test friendly context-based API. It has a lightweight abstraction for request lifetime management based on the concept of downstreams and upstreams. Fusion.js provides testing tools for developers to test plugins in addition to supporting modern testing tools such as Jest, Enzyme, and Puppeter. The fusion-test-utils package allows mocking the server itself, making it possible to quickly run integration tests between plugins and mocks. For now, over 60 repositories of Uber are using Fusion.js since its internal release. Next in the roadmap are the addition of more performance optimizations, test-oriented tooling, and better flow support. You can checkout the documentation and Github for further information. Read Next Masonite 2.0 released, a Python web development frameworkIs web development dying?Meet Sapper, a military grade PWA framework inspired by Next.jslast_img read more