Sovcomflot Returns to Profit amid Improved Market Conditions

first_imgzoomIllustration; LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Russia’s shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF) reported a turnaround in the first half of 2019 attributed to success in industrial projects and improved market conditions.The company’s net profit reached USD 91 million for the six-month period ended June 30, against a net loss of USD 57.8 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Gross revenue was up by 16.6 percent to USD 828 million, compared to USD 710.1 million, while time charter equivalent (TCE) revenue increased by 19.1 percent to USD 609 million, compared to USD 511.3 million.Sovcomflot’s EBITDA for the first half of the year surged to USD 381.2 million compared to USD 267.7 million, representing a rise of 42.4 percent.“The company achieved significant growth in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, exceeding our budget plans. The successful operation of SCF’s vessels serving industrial oil and gas projects, together with the growth of revenues from fleet operations in the conventional tanker market segments (oil and petroleum products), reflected certain improvements in the freight market, although spot rates did not reach their historical averages,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot said.“Based on the supply-demand ratio forecasts for tanker tonnage, and taking into account the seasonality factor, we remain cautiously optimistic about the results for the second half of the year, as well as the prospects for 2020.”last_img read more

EOW probes case related to fraudulent transfer of shares

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police is now probing a case of fraudulent transfers of shares by other shareholders of real estate company.Confirming the development the Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary told Millennium Post that a case has been registered in this regard and investigation is going on. Additional CP further said that the case was registered on the complaint of one Anil Dwarika Prasad. The complainant alleged that he was a 50 per cent shareholder in the company identified as Mahamaya Buildcon. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Other shareholders fraudulently transferred his shares by forgery with intent to usurp the company,” said Addl CP Suvashis Choudhary. Two persons are named as suspects in the case. “On January 2016, the suspects have in connivance of each other illegally without the consent of the complainant have transferred the 5000 shares of the complainant in the favour of one of the suspects with the intent to usurp the company as well as to usurp the properties owned by the company (including the land measuring 10,700 square feet in Aligarh worth approx Rs 30 crores,” the complainant told the police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further told police that no signature or acknowledgement of any such transaction was signed or ratified by the complainant, no transfer deed was signed or executed by him in respect to shares of the complainant in the company. Police have registered a case under sections 406,420,468,471 and 120 B of IPC at EOW police station. Cheating case against vehicle showroom In another case, EOW has started their probe in the case of cheating allegedly done by a motor vehicle showroom situated in South East Delhi. The complainant in the case told the investigators that in the year 2018 he booked a car and paid money. The showroom assured that the vehicle will be delivered in last week of February. “When I reached there to take the delivery I found the showroom locked and employees there told me that the showroom is locked for last one week,” the complainant told police adding that he had come to know that many others have also been cheated like him. A case under sections 420,406 and 120 B registered at EOW police station.last_img read more

34 of Canadians would support law enforcing Right to Repair electronic devices

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Fixing a broken phone or appliance can be extremely expensive, so much so, many people often just throw them out and buy new ones.But a new poll suggests three quarters of Canadians would support a “Right to Repair” law in Canada, forcing manufacturers to make it easier to mend things on the fritz.Rodrigo Samayoa is with Open Media, an organization that advocates for open internet. He says the inability to repair an electronic device is often built into the design.“We have seen a trend in the past decade or two, where manufacturers are making it increasingly difficult to repair products you own, whether this be your smartphone, a computer, or even things like watches,” he says.Companies like Apple and John Deere are notorious, Samayoa says, for using things like restrictive design and software locks to make it difficult for independent repair shops and consumers to fix their items.“They are using restrictive design, for example using non-standard screws or glues to make it impossible to open your device,” he explains. “They are also using software logs to make it impossible to add new generic parts to the products you get.”Manufacturers can also monopolize parts and repair information. Samayoa says this gives big companies too much control over the things that consumers own, and it’s also putting repair companies out of work.“It’s increasing the price of repairs, it’s putting a lot of small businesses out of business, and it’s making it harder for us to repair our products, which means we often have to resort to buying new ones, creating a massive e-waste problem.”last_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Special Photography Collection

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that a special collection of 25 photographs donated by renowned photographers, estates, and collectors will be featured as part of Christie’s April 2017 Photography Sale on April 6, 2017.This special sale helps to commemorate the Foundation’s 25th year, and all proceeds from the sale of the 25 photographs will benefit EJAF’s lifesaving work. EJAF is profoundly grateful to Christie’s for working so diligently to help make this sale a great success.“This year marks the 25th year since we launched the Elton John AIDS Foundation back in 1992,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “From modest beginnings at a friend’s kitchen table in Atlanta, I am so proud that over the last 25 years this Foundation has emerged as a leading force in the AIDS response across the world. This wonderful photography sale will help us continue our efforts to end AIDS once and for all.”This group of photographs includes works by many of the greatest photographers of the early 20th century to present day, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Misrach, Cindy Sherman, and Vik Muniz, with estimates ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. Highlights from the collection include Irving Penn’s 1,000 Year Old Eggs (A), New York, 2003 and Alison Rossiter’s Eastman Kodak Elite, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1980’s, processed 2016. Further details of the sale and catalogue will be available in March.Over the past 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has worked to end the AIDS epidemic by standing up for the dignity of all people, no matter who they are, who they love, where they’re from, or what they do. Right now, the future of our nation’s effort to end AIDS has taken a sudden and unexpected turn. The health and even the safety of the people EJAF supports have become more uncertain than we would have ever thought possible. People are at risk of losing their health insurance, and with it, their access to the medical care and treatments that keep them healthy and help prevent HIV transmission. We’re already seeing a darker discourse on race, women’s health, immigration, and LGBT rights unfold before our eyes. Over-policing of vulnerable communities, hate crimes, and violence are on the rise. All of these issues contribute to the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS.“EJAF remains steadfastly committed to addressing all of the societal ills that contribute to the spread of HIV,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “We are profoundly grateful to all of the wonderful artists, estates, and collectors who donated their amazing work to this photography sale to help support EJAF’s ongoing work. And we cannot begin to express how fabulous the entire team at Christie’s has been in helping us to organize and implement this special project. They have been just unbelievably helpful and enthusiastic.”last_img read more

Law and Order becomes first TV series filmed at UN HQ

9 March 2009The historic United Nations Headquarters building in New York played a starring role in the hit television series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit this weekend. The cast and crew of the crime drama were at the landmark east side location on Saturday, 7 March, to film scenes for an episode that involves children in armed conflict as well as refugees. Emmy-nominated actor Christopher Meloni, who plays tough cop Detective Elliot Stabler in the show, and Stephanie March, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot, were part of the 200 person production, which marked the first time network television has been given access to film in the historic UN building.The episode is slated to air on Tuesday, 24 March at 10 pm Eastern Standard Time and will showcase shots of the traffic circle outside the Secretariat, the Visitor’s Entrance Plaza, and the Public Lobby.The collaboration with NBC Universal represents the first official project under the Secretary-General’s newly established Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), which aims to raise the profile of critical global issues in partnership with the international film and television industries Sydney Pollack’s 2005 film, The Interpreter – a political thriller featuring Nicole Kidman, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM) – was the first feature film to be shot in the building. read more

Modigliani masterpiece of female nude could bring 100 million at Christies auction

This image provided by Christie’s Images shows the painting “Reclining Nude,” created in 1917 to 1918 by Amedeo Modigliani, that caused a scandal nearly a century ago. The painting is going on the auction block for the first time and will be the highlight of Christie’s Nov. 9, 2015, sale in New York. (Courtesy of Christie’s Images via AP) Modigliani masterpiece of female nude could bring $100 million at Christie’s auction in NYC by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2015 10:48 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A painting of a female nude by Amedeo Modigliani (ah-mah-DAY’-oh moh-deel-YAH’-nee) that caused a scandal nearly a century ago is going on the auction block for the first time.“Reclining Nude” was created in 1917 to 1918. It will be the highlight of Christie’s Nov. 9 New York sale.The work’s presale estimate is over $100 million. That would exceed the current artist record of nearly $71 million.It’s one of Modigliani’s best-known works.It was among a series of female nudes created for his friend and dealer Leopold Zborowski (sbuh-ROH’-skee). They created a public outcry at Modigliani’s first and only one-man show, at a Paris gallery.It’s been exhibited at major museums worldwide, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.The painting comes from a private Swiss collection. read more

Tim Hudak wants Ontario to legalize Uber and encourage sharing economy

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2015 8:46 am MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says the Uber ride-hailing service should be legal across Ontario, and the province should embrace the new sharing economy enabled by technology.Hudak says clear, consistent, province-wide rules would encourage more app-based businesses to set up in Ontario, and would put an end to the “guerilla warfare” in some cities over Uber and its impact on local taxi services.“The province needs to take the lead as opposed to leaving it to municipalities,” he said. “Send a signal that we’re an economy that is open for innovators, for new ideas, and would take a leading role in supporting technology.”Hudak’s private member’s bill would also give a green light to new companies like AirBnB and Rover with apps that let people share their homes or parking spots. The apps help some people save money and others earn some extra cash, added Hudak.“A million riders a month can’t be wrong,” he said. “Uber’s obviously doing something right, and I think we have to allow that to happen rather than stand in the way.”Premier Kathleen Wynne said Ontario “absolutely” has to grow the new technology-enabled sharing economy.“It’s certainly something that we have to talk about,” she said. “We can’t pretend that the sharing economy isn’t going to exist. We have to figure out a way to interact with it and do it in a way that protects consumers.”Under Hudak’s bill, municipalities would not be able to ban Uber.“There’s still municipal licensing, but there’s a new category called the Transportation Networking Company, and there’s consumer protection initiatives and public safety in there,” he said.Esther Nerling, who is semi-retired, is driving for Uber in Toronto to help raise money to pay for her daughter’s university education in Sweden.“Uber gave me the ability to earn money at my own pace, on my own schedule, and as much as I needed or as much as I want, and I’ve had an absolute blast,” said Nerling. “Every week I know I can drive to the tune of making $500 or $1,000, and it’s just freed up my life and my time.”The new Rover app designed to let Toronto homeowners offer up their parking spot for $2 an hour could help ease traffic gridlock, predicted Hudak.“They say that 30 per cent of congestion is often people who are just going around looking for a parking spot,” he said. “So if we send a signal that we are open to new businesses and new ideas, we’ll see companies like Rover come here and grow.”Chase Winters said his parking space at his central Toronto home, right on the Yonge subway line, was sitting empty all day until he joined Rover.“I signed up on a Wednesday night and sitting at work Thursday an email comes through saying there’s a Chevy Cruze parked in my driveway,” said Winters. “It’s been a really great experience, and just kind of money from doing nothing.”Private member’s bills rarely become law in Ontario, but Hudak said he’s working with municipalities and the Liberal government to help get his legislation passed.“My goal here really is to spark a debate,” he said. “I think it’s important that we take advantage of the sharing economy for the benefits it brings for average people for their rainy day fund.”Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Tim Hudak wants Ontario to legalize Uber and encourage sharing economy read more

Competition Bureau of Canada gives 44B CoucheTard deal green light

Competition Bureau of Canada gives $4.4B Couche-Tard deal green light LAVAL, Que. – The Competition Bureau of Canada is giving the green light to Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX.ATD.B) to purchase its American fuel and convenience store rival CST Brands Inc., provided the company sell some of CST’s Canadian assets to Parkland.In a statement Tuesday, the company based in Laval, Que., said the Competition Bureau gave them the clearance for the acquisition of CST Brands, and the transaction with Parkland Fuel Corp. (TSX: PKI).Couche-Tard says the closings of both transactions are expected Wednesday.The Competition Bureau says Couche-Tard’s proposed deal would lessen competition in numerous markets in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.But the government agency says to address the concern, Couche-Tard agreed to sell 366 gas stations and gasoline supply contracts to Parkland and one gas station to Philippe Gosselin & Associes Limitee.The Competition Bureau says Parkland has also agreed to sell nine gasoline supply contracts to MacEwen Petroleum Inc. or McDougall Energy Inc. in Ontario.On Monday, Couche-Tard won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to buy CST Brands on condition that it sell up to 71 stores in the U.S. The stores are located in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas.Empire Petroleum will also have the opportunity to purchase an additional site owned by Couche-Tard. This transaction is expected to be finalized by the beginning of September.Couche-Tard is the largest convenience store operator in Canada and has more than 8,000 convenience stores throughout North America, which are mostly branded as Circle K and Mac’s. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 6:45 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Worst case scenarios could become reality without more funding for El Niño

With 60 million people across the world affected by droughts, floods and other extreme weather events triggered by El Niño, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to act now to address urgent humanitarian needs and support building communities’ resilience to future shocks.“I am here to sound the alarm. Again. We must act today to help people whose entire way of life and survival is threatened,” Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said in Geneva during a conference on responding to El Niño. “We are here today to make a global call for support and action. Sixty million people already require our urgent assistance today, tonight, tomorrow. Together we can avert the crisis from worsening. But the longer we wait, the longer and more costly our response will need to be,” continued Mr. O’Brien, underscoring that inaction also risked undermining decades of investments to development. As a reminder, and to put that into perspective, he recalled that the El Niño of 1997-98 killed around 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth $36 billion.“In this crisis we are not held back by political barriers, violent attacks or major access challenges. We must respond quickly to immediate, life-threatening needs, but we must also help people to become more self-reliant, and build individual and community capacity to respond to future shocks,” he stressed.According to the UN, the current El Niño is one of the strongest on record affecting an estimated 60 million people including some of the most vulnerable in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific. The impact of El Niño-induced droughts is picking up in late 2016 and early 2017, and the situation could become even worse if a La Niña event – which often follows an El Niño – strikes towards the end of this year.“El Niño has already severely affected the health and food security of so many families and communities across the world. I am deeply worried about rising acute malnutrition among children under five and the increase in water- and vector-borne diseases. People urgently need food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as health services,” Mr. O’Brien added.Over the past months, UN agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other relief partners have stepped up El Niño-related preparedness and response work. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicated that response plans have been completed in 13 countries, requesting some $3.6 billion to meet critical needs for food and agricultural support, as well as nutrition, health and emergency water and sanitation needs. But OCHA says the funding gap for the combined global El Niño-related response stands at over $2.2 billion. As some countries have not yet finalized their humanitarian response plans, this figure is expected to rise. In Somaliland and Puntland, close to two million people are affected by the drought amid the El Niño phenomenon. WFP/Petterik Wiggers UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator, Izumi Nakamitsu, said it is critical to invest now to help ensure vulnerable communities can cope better with the next El Niño or other crises.“This shows again the importance of humanitarian and development agencies working together to support national and local governments during crises, to identify the risks for future disasters and build resilience. We can predict most crises, which gives us an opportunity to invest in prevention, preparedness and disaster risk reduction to reduce or end humanitarian need,” Ms. Nakamitsu said.Mr. O’Brien added that the World Humanitarian Summit, to be convened by the UN Secretary-General in Istanbul in a month’s time, on 23 and 24 May, provides a critical opportunity for the international community to change the way it manages climatic risks, including future El Niño and La Niña events. read more

Ohio State mens wrestling readying itself for National Duals after loss to

The No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team is trying to bounce back after losing its regular season finale against No. 1 Penn State, 29-18, as it heads into the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen “Mat Mayhem” National Duals. The Buckeyes, which received an automatic bid to the event’s finals because they are among the top four returning dual-meet teams, finished the regular season 11-3 and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The automatic bid finalists were awarded based on their performance and rankings from the 2011-2012 season. OSU sophomore Hunter Stieber, ranked No. 2 in the 141-pound weight class, said that he likes the team’s chances in the postseason. “I feel pretty good,” he said. “Team-wise, I think we’ll be all right. We bounce back pretty well. We’re an older team so it should be good.” The Division I National Duals will feature a new format this year with eight teams in the finals instead of the traditional four. The addition of four automatic bid finalists increases the initial pool of competitors from 16 to 20. The teams that did not receive automatic bids are divided up into four different regions: Cornell University Region: Cornell, Hofstra, Virginia, Nebraska Kent State University Region: Kent State, Oklahoma State, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin Oregon State University Region: Oregon State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Michigan University of Missouri Region: Missouri, Maryland, Wyoming, Purdue The automatic bid finalists are Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Each region will host a one-day competition Sunday. The winners will move on to join the four automatic bid teams at the University of Minnesota for the finals on Feb. 22-23 in Minneapolis. Sophomore 149-pounder Cam Tessari said he is looking to pick up where he left off coming off a big 3-1 win against then-No. 7-ranked sophomore Andrew Alton of Penn State. “I’m excited for it (the National Duals),” he said. “I was a little rocky at the beginning of the season but I think I’m starting to hit my stride.” OSU coach Tom Ryan said there are a few kinks the team needs to work out between now and the tournament, but he has high hopes. “I feel great about this team,” he said. “Up and down the lineup we have good guys. We have to fight a little harder, but we’re going to be ready to go.” Last year, OSU failed to make the finals of the National Duals when it lost to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. This year, they’ll look to avenge that loss. The Buckeyes’ first match is set to start at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The finals will conclude Feb. 23. read more

Great British Break Off Mary Berry quits as BBC plots rival to

first_imgMary Berry arrives home in Buckinghamshire, after she announced that she will not join The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 Berry said it had been a privilege and honour to be ‘part of seven years of magic in a tent’Credit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals  Berry, pictured arriving at her home in Buckinghamshire on Thursday, has vowed to stay with the BBCCredit:Hannah McKay /PA Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc Former Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh, who was wrongly accused of flirting with Hollywood when she was on the show in 2013, slammed Hollywood as a ‘peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is’.In a series of tweets she wrote: ahhhhhh a peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is, i am shocked— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) September 22, 2016 Hollywood said: “Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.“The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other. Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel GiedroycCredit:Mark Bourdillon Mary Berry will step down as a judge on The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 as the BBC plots a rival, it was revealed on Thursday.Berry bid “farewell to soggy bottoms” and said her decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to the broadcaster that gave the show its start.Meanwhile, fellow judge Paul Hollywood has announced he will make the move to Channel 4. The Telegraph understands he turned down a role on Top Gear to complete the switch.Berry said: “What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter. “It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.“So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.” “My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one.”I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.”I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms.”Her decision follows the shock announcement by hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to stay with the BBC. Mary Berry waves to photographers outside her home in Buckinghamshire The BBC is believed to have offered Love Productions, the producers of the popular baking show, £15 million a year to keep the programme.But the amount is reported to have fallen £10 million short of what the corporation would need to retain it.Channel 4 has signed a three-year agreement with Love Productions.The BBC had said it “made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money”. Sue Perkins, left, and Mel Giedroyc, right, said they would not move to Channel 4Credit:BBC/Love Productions Hollywood was spotted arriving at Channel 4 for what has been described as a “secret meeting”.According to MailOnline the 50-year-old showed up at the channel’s London office in a blacked-out car – and waited to be chaperoned into the building via the back entrance.Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, welcomed the baking queen’s decision, which comes after days of speculation about whether she will move. Sue Perkins, left, and Mel Giedroyc, right, said they would not move to Channel 4 Mary Berry waves to photographers outside her home in BuckinghamshireCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals  Mary Berry with her dog outside her home in Buckinghamshire on September 22 Perkins and Giedroyc released a joint statement last week to reveal they were not moving.”We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was,” they said. “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak. ahhhhhh a peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is, i am shocked— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) September 22, 2016 “We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.”We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.” “Mary is an extraordinary woman, loved and adored by the British public, and the BBC is her natural home,” Ms Moore said.”I’ve been very lucky to have had the pleasure of working with Mary over the last seven years and I’m so pleased that relationship will continue.”She is an inspiration to generations, a real icon and I can’t wait to cook up more unmissable shows with her in the future.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Wilmington High StudentParent Fall Sports Night To Be Held On August 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Fall Sports Night will be on Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm in the WHS Auditorium.This is required for all students who will be trying out for fall sports, plus one guardian for each participating student.Important information will be discussed and students and families will break off by sport to learn about team expectations and tryout procedures. Permission forms will be distributed and should be returned to the coach on the first day of tryouts. A valid physical (within the last 13 months) should be on file in the Athletic Office if one is expired or needed. If a new physical is needed, a form must be submitted before a student can participate.Dr. Ruth Potee has been secured as a guest speaker as part of the night. The talk is titled “Athletes, Opioids & Addiction” and will last about 45 minutes. Learn more about the talk HERE. Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA. In addition to practicing full- scope family medicine, she is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District as well as the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County. Dr. Potee engages communities in discussions surrounding substance abuse through her wide ranging series of talks.Ice Bucket Challenge NoteAll students are encouraged to attend the Wilmington Rotary Club’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 18 at 10am at Rotary Park. Last year, more than 140 students and coaches participated. It is a great event to support.(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NOW HIRING: Wilmington High School Hiring Freshman Volleyball CoachIn “Sports”Important Info For WHS Students Wanting To Play Fall SportsIn “Sports”last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Town Discusses Rollout Of Plastic Bag Ban

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The town’s upcoming plastic bag ban may be nearly three months away, but Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse has already begun her push to inform the public and storeowners of the coming change.In a memo to Town Manager Jeff Hull, which was shared with the Board of Selectmen at its Monday night meeting, Newhouse outlines several steps she’s already taken relative to the rollout of the plastic bag ban.“All retail food establishments have received a notice in their renewal application form reminding them of the plastic bag ban. This went out in December 2018,” reported Newhouse. “Postcards will go out to other major retailers reminding them of the upcoming ban.”Newhouse also wrote up a Q&A for the Town Topics newsletter, the town’s website, and social media, including the town’s Twitter account. Wilmington Apple recently ran this Q&A, which can be read HERE.Newhouse noted she’s getting some assistance from several Wilmington community organizations.“The Wilmington Rotary Club ordered 500 reusable bags and have been giving them out through the Senior Center an the Library. They have 100 bags left, which are earmarked for Deming Way. Their next order will probably be for 1,000 bags,” wrote Newhouse. “The Wilmington Community Fund is working with the Wilmington Farmers Market to distribute bags.”New dog waste bags will be purchased for distribution at designated kiosks, according to Newhouse.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Begins Taking Steps To Prepare For Plastic Bag BanIn “Government”TOWN MEETING NEWS: Voters Approve Plastic Bag Ban At Grocery & Retail Stores In WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (September 24)In “Government”last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings May 2526

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9am-3pmWhere: 825 Main StreetDetails: Multi Family Yard Sale. Household items, clothes, DVD’s, games, something for everyone. [Source: Craigslist]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 24-25)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 3-4)In “Community”last_img read more

AIDEA inches closer to choosing an Interior fuel supplier

first_imgThe Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will select a partner for the Interior Energy Project by the end of the year. AIDEA chose finalists earlier this month following a request for proposed plans to supply Fairbanks with natural gas this summer.  An earlier public-private partnership yielded a North Slope gas plan that proved to be too expensive. A review committee will consider the latest proposals and how state financing can be used to leverage a project.Download AudioTwo of the five finalist companies, Harvest Alaska and Salix, have offered Cook Inlet gas supplies, while Wespac Midstream proposes tapping either Cook Inlet or imported Canadian gas.Two others: Phoenix Clean Fuels and Spectrum LNG are offering North Slope gas supplies. AIDEA Energy Infrastructure development officer Nick Szymoniak  says all five companies can technically get the job done, and the issue is finances.Natural gas has long been sought by Interior residents as a lower cost cleaner burning alternative to oil, coal and wood, but gas requires distribution lines and conversion of heating and power generation systems, elements that undermine potential demand and have inhibited private sector interest in the project.The state legislature allocated over $330 million in financing aimed at lessening the risk of investing in a gas processing plant and other infrastructure.AIDEA’s Syzmoniak says the challenge is using the financing to enable a gas supply that works for private industry, local utilities and consumers.The five finalist companies being considered as partners for the Interiors Energy Project have been charged with fine tuning their proposals by October 16th. A committee, which includes representatives of local energy utilities, will then analyze the proposals and select a partner by December 17. Szymoniak says its possible AIDEA could partner with more than one company.last_img read more

Mika Singh enthrals ISI officials Dawoods relatives in

first_imgNew Delhi: The much-hyped and controversial ‘Mika Singh Night’ at the plush Karachi bungalow of billionaire businessman Adnan Asad on August 8 had VIP guests which reportedly included family members of India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, who presently operates from Pakistan. Asad, a cousin of former Pakistan dictator, Gen Pervez Musharraf, had hosted ‘Mika Singh Night’ on occasion of the ‘Mehndi’ ceremony of his daughter Scellina, at 23, Beach Avenue, Phase VIII of Defence House Authority (DHA), a place not very far from where D-company members Anees Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel reside in Karachi. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us A senior journalist associated with a leading Karachi daily told IANS that Asad, a small time tissue paper manufacturer, rose to become a prominent industrialist of Karachi, during his cousin, Gen Musharraf’s tenure. Asad has close proximity with top erstwhile cricketers which include now Prime Minister Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us Due to his closeness to the Prime Minister, Asad succeeded in procuring visas for Mika Singh and his 14-member troupe, and went on to host the Bollywood night on August 8 in Karachi, despite a blanket ban by the Pakistan government on shows performed by any Indian artiste or film personality. The journalist revealed that besides top bureaucrats, army and police officials, family of star cricketers, including Miandad’s, were also invited in the show which began after midnight. Miandad’s son Junaid is married to Dawood’s daughter Mahrukh. Advertise With Us The journalist acknowledged Miandad’s relations with Dawood Ibrahim but avoided answering any further queries related to whereabouts of D-Company boss or his nexus with the Pakistan establishment. Owner of the multi-billion Venus Group, Asad’s Facebook profile boasts of his closeness with star cricketers and army top brass. Former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Ahmed Shuja Pasha also happens to be on his selective friend list. During Pasha’s tenure as head of the spy agency, ISI-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008 in which 174 people, including foreign citizens, were killed and over 300 injured. About presence of Dawood’s daughter and his other family members at ‘Mika Night’, IANS tried to contact Asad on his landline number in Karachi, but the person receiving the call refused to reveal any information. Indian intelligence sources in New Delhi did confirm Asad’s association with Pakistan army officers and cricketers including Miandad but had no clue about his proximity with Dawood’s family members. Due to Eid holidays, Asad’s office at Hawkesbay Road, Karachi seemed to be closed as several phone calls were not responded to. The Mika night in Karachi went viral on social media on Saturday when some guests leaked video clips on Twitter. On both sides of the border, critics disapproved the entertainment spectacle amid escalating tension between the two countries.last_img read more

Arte Público Press Interview Dr Kathleen Contreras

first_imgArte Público PressDr. Kathleen Contreras – Author of Harvesting Friends Arte Público PressHarvesting Friends by Dr. Kathleen ContrerasGardening, generosity, redemption and delicious food all come together in the new bilingual children’s book Harvesting Friends/Cosechando amigos by Dr. Kathleeen Contreras. Lupe loves to work with her mother in their salsa garden. Lupe notices that some of their tomatoes are missing and eventually comes upon a young boy from her school attempting to steal the tomatoes.  Lupe offers him a deal – share the labor and share the bounty. Pretty soon the entire neighborhood is participating in their new community garden, making new friends and enjoying delicious food together.   Listen More information available at www.artepublicopress.com 00:00 /19:56 Houston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Dr. Contreras.   X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Is this leaked World of Warcraft movie trailer legit

first_imgIt appears the Warcraft movie trailer has leaked and is flooding the web like a Scourge outbreak, and it’s drool-worthy even in its super low video-on-video quality. And yes, this looks like the real deal.Warning! There be spoilers ahead.The footage was posted on a Romanian server, complete with Cyrrlic subtitles (grab that Google translate app if you want to know what’s going on!). The video appears have been recorded off a computer monitor from a mobile device. It has water marks all over it, but despite the less-than-theatrical quality, if you have an insatiable hunger for all things Warcraft, this might only make things worse — because you’ll want to see this in full 1080p glory.As for the trailer, it’s your typical action-packed, might-and-magic and CGI slugfest we’d expect from a Warcraft movie. It does seem to be pretty Orc-centric in terms of what’s shown, but we get some good looks at the human faction. With WETA involved, there will be some pretty impressive practical armor and effects too, so don’t expect everything to look like a super-charged video game. But with what might be the most epic movie made based off a video game, maybe looking hyper real will add to its appeal.Of course, some people are already questioning if this is real, fan-made, a hybrid, or maybe a figment of their imagination. Comparing the armor shown at San Diego Comic-Con with this shot from the trailer, it’s pretty spot on.Now keep in mind, the story is more based off the original Warcraft games, not Blizzard’s massively multiplayer time consumer, World of Warcraft. At San Diego Comic-Con, it was confirmed this would be an origin story as to how the Alliance and Horde factions came about. If it follows the original Warcraft games, the central plot will revolve around the humans and orcs and a massive campaign known as the First War. In the original Warcraft game, the orc warchief Blackhand (played by Clancy Brown in the film) leads his armies against the Kingdom of Stormwind and the heroic Knight  Lothar (Travis Fimmel).The movie will also feature Robert Kazinsky as Orgrim Doomhammer and Toby Kebbell as Durotan — two of the most iconic orcs in Warcraft lore. We know from IMDB that Gul’dan will also make an appearance. His role is significant in that the former orc shaman-turned-warlock eventually becomes leader of the Horde faction of orcs and spreads the plight of the Burning Legion through Azeroth. Which, of course, opens up huge plot points for later films. Judging from the scenes in the leaked trailer, we get our first look at Gul’dan as well.The trailer is rumored to come out sometime this November, most likely concurring with BlizzCon, the major video game showcase that is all things Blizzard. If you want to see the leaked one, head on over here before it disappears. Warcraft the movie is set to come out March of 2016.last_img read more

Kolkata South Bengal to experience rain from Monday

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Saturday predicted rainfall in all the South Bengal districts including the city for three days from Monday.According to a senior MeT official, rain will be accompanied with a strong breeze measuring around 45-50 km per hour. There is also a prediction of heavy thundershowers in various North Bengal districts. The city may witness intermittent rains for the next three days from Monday onwards. The districts which are expected to receive maximum rainfall are North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseFor the past few days, the city’s temperature climbed up by a few notches and a spell of dry weather is prevailing. “Some North Bengal districts may receive heavy downpour, accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms on Monday. The situation may intensify on Tuesday and Wednesday resulting in more rain. There is also a possibility of hailstorms in North Bengal. People in the city and other South Bengal districts may witness moderate spells of rain three days from Monday,” a senior official of the MeT office said. The official also said the situation will improve from Wednesday evening. It may also be mentioned that the spells of rain early this week led to a drop of temperature by a few notches.last_img read more

Brandin Cooks Surprising the Rams Custodian with Super Bowl Tickets is What

first_imgNFL teams aren’t just made up of the players on the field, it takes an army of behind the scenes employees to make organizations run on a daily basis.For the Rams, one of those employees is their custodian Alfonso Garcia, and wide receiver Brandin Cooks decided to thank him for his contributions to the organization by surprising him with two tickets to the Super Bowl, including air fare and hotel accommodations. As the video shows, Mr. Garcia couldn’t believe it.With so much negativity nowadays, it’s good to occasionally see something that’s 100% positive  and – at least briefly – restores some faith in humanity. This is all of that. Enjoy it Alfonso.It takes a team to achieve the dream. @brandincooks had a little surprise for Alfonso, who keeps our facility in tip-top shape. 💙 #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/rzx92ROUi8— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 24, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more