NLC offers several trades and apprenticeships programs, including aircraft maintenance engineering, electrician and power engineering. The new facility will house the carpenter, millwright, plumber, welding and wind-turbine maintenance programs.“Students, their families, local employers and community in the northeast are going to benefit from the new trades training centre in Dawson Creek,” said Melanie Mark, B.C.’s Minister of, Skills and Training. “The new facility that officially opens today means students can stay close to family and their community, without having to travel outside of the region. It’s also equipping those students with hands-on experience to begin their career and help us build the best B.C.”The project includes construction of a 3,995 square-metre trades building that connects to the main building of the Dawson Creek campus via an indoor walkway. Replacing several old structures previously used by the college for trades training, the new building also provides physical capacity for up to 96 new full-time-equivalent spaces – which is a 33 percent increase.$14.6 million in funding was provided through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $16.4 million was provided by the Province of British Columbia. The remaining $3.4 million was provided by NLC and donors.Investments through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund are being used to modernize facilities at Canadian universities and colleges, as well as improve the energy efficiency of these facilities and reduce their impact on the environment.“This new facility is a state-of-the-art learning centre that will provide training opportunities in skilled trades for residents of northeastern British Columbia,” said Bryn Kulmatycki, president and CEO of Northern Lights College. “Northern Lights College is a training centre of choice that serves the needs of students and industry throughout our region and beyond for generations to come.” DAWSON CREEK – Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark was in Dawson Creek today to join students from Northern Lights College for the grand opening ceremony of the college’s new trades training facility.The new facility was built over the past two years at a cost of $34.4 million and opened for classes in September.Mark said that the new facility is providing students with hands-on learning using industry-standard equipment to gain the tools and skills necessary for a career in the skilled trades.
Kolkata: Election Commission has sought a report from the District Magistrate of East Midnapore on the derogatory statement of BJP candidate from Tamluk, Siddhartha Nashkar.During an election campaign in Tamluk, Nashkar allegedly made some derogatory remarks on Friday and allegedly urged the BJP workers to beat up other party activists. Following the incident, various political parties moved to the Commission demanding action against the BJP candidate from Tamluk. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state sought a detailed report from the DM and also the video of the election rally. The Election Commission will examine the video footages of the BJP candidate. They will take a decision after going through the video. It may be mentioned that many BJP candidates have courted controversy in the recent past for their derogatory remarks and it seems to continue unabated. BJP’s Basirhat candidate Sayantan Basu, Dilip Ghosh contesting the elections from Midnapore, Babul Supriyo contesting from Asansol had been under the scanner of the Election Commission for triggering controversies. It may also be mentioned here that some polling personnel from Birbhum have urged the Election Commission to keep an eye on Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool Congress president of the district, on the day of elections as they fear that Mondal may try to intimidate voters.
New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry has told Air India that it should prepare 2018-19 financials for itself and its subsidiaries by end of June as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has decided to speed up the disinvestment process of three of its wings, according to an official document.After a botched attempt to sell Air India in May last year, a panel led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had decided in June to scrap the stake-sale plan for the time being. It was then decided to infuse more funds into the carrier and cut down debt by raising resources by selling land assets and other subsidiaries. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAir India has a total debt burden of around Rs 55,000 crore. On April 1 this year, a meeting was held in the PMO under the chairmanship of Nripendra Misra, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister, to discuss the matter regarding strategic disinvestment of Air India and its subsidiaries. “A meeting was held on April 1 under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to PM in which it was, inter-alia, decided to speed up the process of disinvestment of AIATSL, AIESL and AASL,” civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola told Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani in a letter dated May 6. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAir India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL), Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) and Airline Allied Services Limited (AASL) are subsidiaries of the national carrier. Kharola said that in order to proceed with disinvestment process of Air India and its subsidiaries, audited financials for 2018-19 will be required. “I would, therefore, request you to kindly get financials of Air India and its subsidiaries for the financial year 2018-19 finalised by end of June,” Kharola said. Aviation secretary also said that since the accounts for 2018-19 would form the “basis of bidding”, it is necessary that they are prepared with “utmost caution so as to reflect the correct financial status”. He added that contingent liabilities must be thoroughly verified. Moreover, he added that “account receivables” and “account payables” must be verified and confirmed from the other parties. “A physical verification of the inventories need to be done so as to ensure that the value of inventories shown on the balance sheet matches with the assets physically,” Kharola told Lohani. The secretary also told Air India CMD that a list of all pending litigations have to be drawn up. As a precursor to sale of Air India, the Cabinet on February 28 had approved setting up of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) –Air India Assets Holding Limited–to transfer Rs 29,464 crore worth loans of the national carrier and its four subsidiaries. The four subsidiaries which have been transferred to the SPV are AIATSL, AASL, AIESL and Hotel Corporation of India (HCI).
Rabat – Fortunately, the shocking attack left no one harmed. According to AFP, a driver of a Mercedes struck the doors of Al Wifaq Mosque in the French village of Mons-en-Baroeul near Lille, at night on Friday, August 10. The prefecture released a statement dismissing any “racist motivation.” ???FLASH – Le conducteur d’une voiture a volontairement foncé dans les portes d’une mosquée hier soir à #MonsEnBaroeul près de Lille. Pas de blessé. L’auteur est recherché. Il a été identifié. Ses motivations ne sont pas connues pour l’instant. (France 3 – ?@Ali_Loup) pic.twitter.com/STBliTNAE4— Brèves de presse (@Brevesdepresse) August 12, 2018The hit-and-run act occurred at 11:45 p.m., shortly after the isha (evening) prayer, which gathered approximately 200 people, according to French media. The suspect left his car behind, and ran to escape the crime scene. “The car drove its full length into the mosque. The motives of the suspect, who has been identified will be known when arrested,” said a police source to AFP. The national police services have made it a priority to find the individual.According to television channel France 3, the suspect is a French Muslim who was previously convicted of a criminal offense.
OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic connects on a walk-off two-run home run to beat Northwestern 5-4 on March 27 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterAfter dropping the first game of its three-game series against Northwestern to start out Big Ten play on Friday, the Ohio State baseball team bounced back to grab the final two games and take the series. It took some dramatics in Sunday’s matchup to win it, but regardless, OSU improved to 6-1 on its homestand and 14-7-1 overall.Game 3With the Big Ten opening series on the line in the bottom of the ninth inning, redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a towering two-run walk-off home run to give OSU a 5-4 victory in the rubber match against Northwestern.The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead in the second inning when redshirt junior left fielder R.J. Watters, a Columbus native, hit a single to left, scoring third baseman Connor Lind. They would add two runs to their lead when senior first baseman Zach Jones grounded out to first and OSU senior first baseman Troy Kuhn overthrew the second-base bag trying to turn a double play. But the Buckeyes would not be held scoreless for long, as junior center fielder Troy Montgomery belted a home run to center field in the bottom of the third. OSU senior third baseman Nick Sergakis later hit a solo homer to left field to trim the Wildcats’ lead down to just one. After each team scored a run in the eight inning, the Buckeyes were down 4-3 entering the bottom of the ninth. The first two batters of the inning were set down before Montgomery reached base on a two-out walk. Then on a 2-1 count, Bosiokovic sent the Buckeyes home victorious with his two-run shot over the left field wall.“I was trying to barrel up the pitch,” Bosiokovic said. “I think it was a changeup or a two-seam, something running in, so I was really just trying to put the barrel on the ball, and luckily it took off like that.”Prior to the series against Northwestern, Bosiokovic had missed the previous 10 games due to a nagging hamstring injury. OSU coach Greg Beals said he likes how strong the lineup looks now that Bosiokovic is able to stay in and bat second for his club.“It just means so much,” Beals said. “I mean, the dynamic of the top of that order is ridiculous. With the ability to run and hit that all three of those guys have, one through three, and then to have a senior that is hitting like Sergakis, that is cleaning up everything in that four hole. That is a very formidable four men in the top of that lineup.”OSU players celebrate redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic’s walk-off home run to beat Northwestern 5-4 on March 27 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterSenior left-handed pitcher John Havird once again provided solid pitching for the Buckeyes, tossing six innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts. In spite of his performance, the starter was unable to get credit for the win in this one. Bosiokovic praised Havird for his performance not only Sunday, but throughout the whole season. “He’s pitched well all year,” Bosiokovic said. “Some days you might not always get the hits for him or make the plays behind him.”Despite the slow start, the Buckeyes were able to battle back and come away with the win. For the seventh time this season, OSU found itself in a hole early and had to find a way to battle its way back and win the ball game. “We’re fighters,” Sergakis said.Added Bosiokovic: “We’re never out of the game. Never ever out of the game.”Game 2The Buckeyes did not require much of a comeback to get the win on Saturday against the Wildcats. The home team got its bats going early and came away with the 5-2 victory, its 2,500th all-time win.The Buckeyes allowed some scoring early, as Northwestern scored a run in the top of the first inning off a single by pitcher Matt Hopfner. Yet OSU would answer with a run scoring off an errant throw by the first baseman in a pickoff attempt.From that point on, this game was all Buckeyes. Senior shortstop Craig Nennig and Montgomery each contributed RBI hits in the second inning and redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer provided the Buckeyes with a strong pitching performance. Niemeyer threw seven innings, surrendering two runs (both earned) on nine hits, walking none and tying a career high with eight strikeouts. Part of what made Niemeyer so successful on Saturday was the adjustments he made after the third inning.“(Pitching coach Mike Stafford and I) made an adjustment because they were hunting fastballs early in the count, like first-pitch, second-pitch fastballs,” Niemeyer said. “So we started mixing it up a little more toward the end of the game, starting hitters off with changeups and sliders. I think that really made the difference because they were so aggressive early in the count, early in the game.”The next game for OSU is scheduled to come against Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The first pitch set to be thrown out at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The starter for OSU in that game is slated to be freshman right-hander Ryan Feltner.
If you were an incredibly talented blacksmith, what would you do with those old school skills? If your answer is anything other than “make a set of realistic Wolverine claws” you have failed at being a blacksmith. Tony Swatton is an awesome blacksmith who makes a new iconic weapon every week in the web series Man at Arms. This time it’s Wolverine claws, and you can watch it all on video.The process starts with a cardboard mock-up of the claws to find the right size and proportion. Next, the cardboard pattern is used to cut a piece of quarter-inch 5160 spring steel for each blade (six in total). Swatton has made simpler versions of the Wolverine claws before, but always out of aluminum. These steel versions will be able to do some real damage.After doing some preliminary clean up on the edges, it’s time for the real smithing to begin. Using an induction forge to heat the metal, Swatton begins shaping the taper that will eventually become a deadly-sharp blade.Of course, the blades need to attach to something, so the smithy whips up an ergonomic handle crafted out of a small section of three-quarter by one-inch steel bar. It is shaped to fit in the hand and has cutouts for the blades to slot into. A quarter inch hole runs through the handle so that a rivet can be inserted to hold the claws in place once the build is complete.The final stages involve heating the claws to 1,550 degrees, then cooling them in water to harden the steel. Next, they go back in the heat at 600 degrees for tempering. Then it’s time for the final sharpening and polishing.The Wolverine claws Swatton came up with are 12-inches long and incredibly sharp. That didn’t stop them from having a little fun slicing things up, though.
US judge refuses to rule on Trump’s latest travel ban Judge James Robart said a complaint over the revised ban needed to be filed before he could rule. 29 Comments Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:13 AM File photo. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Share Tweet Email By Associated Press Image: SIPA USA/PA Images A FEDERAL JUDGE in Seattle who issued the order temporarily halting nationwide implementation of President Donald Trump’s initial travel ban has refused to rule on the new order.US District Judge James Robart said that because of procedural reasons he won’t immediately rule on whether his restraining order applies to the new travel ban.Robart’s order stated that motions or a complaint over the revised ban need to be filed before he can make a decision. The states of Washington and Minnesota, as well as the Justice Department, have only so far filed notices.The US Justice Department said in a filing this week that the original order had been revoked and that the court’s restraining order does not limit the government’s ability to immediately begin enforcing the new order.The states of Washington and Minnesota in a response notice argue that sections of the new order have the same effect as the original one and that the federal government can’t unilaterally decide to change a court’s previous ruling.Trump’s revised ban blocks new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries including Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. It also temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program.Unlike the original order, the new one says current visa holders won’t be affected, and it removes language that would give priority to religious minorities.Washington was the first state to sue over the original ban, which resulted in Robart stopping its implementation around the country. The lawsuit says the initial travel ban was unconstitutional and hurt the state’s businesses and universities.Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said earlier this week that the revised travel ban has “the same illegal motivations as the original”.White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday the administration believed the revised travel ban will stand up to legal scrutiny.On Twitter yesterday, the Washington state Attorney General’s Office said Ferguson is reviewing Robart’s order with his legal team to determine next steps.The revised travel ban is scheduled to go into effect this Thursday.Read: Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as foreign agentRead: Republican introduces ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan’ as politicians debate Trump proposals 17,159 Views Mar 11th 2017, 8:13 AM http://jrnl.ie/3282576 File photo. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Marking law firm Slater and Gordon’s 75th anniversary, Managing director, Andrew Grech, launched the company’s multilingual serviceson Tuesday. Mr Grech said the “we speak your language” program aims to break down language barriers and assist people with limited or zero English language skills encountering difficulty in understanding their legal rights. Slater and Gordon will implement a free hotline with nine bilingual customer service operators to assist people of non-English speaking backgrounds in accessing legal information. “People from non-English speaking backgrounds can call our hotline, for free and without obligtion and get help straight away in Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic or Vietnamese,” Mr Grech said, adding that if the firm doesn’t have anyone who speaks the required language on-site they will find someone who does and call the client back. Mr Grech, the son of Maltese immigrants, said the move is a first for a law firm. “We’re aware that our migrant population may miss out on justice or legal help, and that’s because it’s often difficult for non-English speakers to contact a lawyer when they need assistance,” he said. CEO of the AFL Andrew Demetriou and Chairperson of Australian Multicultural Advisory Committee (AMAC), and Foundation House director Paris Aristotle OAM also spoke at the launch, impressing the importance of multilingual services for a multicultural Australia. Mr Demetriou said it is important to reflect a cross section of the community in every area, from sports to the corporate sector, adding that Australia’s approach to multiculturalism should be commended. “We embrace newcomers, we are a compassionate, humane society and that’s something we should be proud of,” he said. He also reflected on how sport was a way of integrating refugees and migrants into Australia and talked at length about the AFL’s Western Sydney multicultural program and the AFL’s commitment to sports without borders. Mr Demetriou highlighted the positive impact of migration to Australia as underscored in AMAC’s report, The People of Australia. Paris Aristotle said communication is a vital ingredient to making a society work and there has previously been very little done in the corporate sector to improve migrant issues. “Multilingual services are necessary; this is an important business decision for companies to make,” he said. “Slater and Gordon embracing these cultures gives people a chance to pursue justice.” Slater and Gordon’s multicultural liaison, Stephanie Lagos, said people want to be able to speak about legal problems in their own language and that this program was leading the way for others. “This sets precedent,” she said.
Une société crée un chewing-gum qui n’adhère plus aux trottoirsUne société britannique a réussi à mettre au point un chewing-gum tout à fait particulier. Biodégradable, celui-ci serait aussi facilement détachable des trottoirs et des pavés où il est abandonné. De quoi ravir les villes qui dépensent chaque année des milliers d’euros pour nettoyer ces déchets adhérents.Qui n’a jamais marché en pleine rue sur un chewing-gum mâchouillé qui s’est mis à coller à sa semelle autant qu’au trottoir ? Si ce bonbon collant rencontre aujourd’hui un succès largement planétaire, avec plus d’1,7 million de kilos consommés rien que depuis le début de l’année, le chewing-gum devient rapidement un véritable calvaire lorsqu’il est abandonné en pleine rue ou sur des surfaces inappropriées. Trottoirs, murs, sols, tables, des milliers de personnes jettent chaque jour leur chewing-gum de manière inconsidérée. Mais plus qu’un problème d’incivilité, ce geste implique surtout de sérieux problèmes environnementaux. Car s’il n’a pas l’air, le chewing-gum avec tous ses composants, gélatine, émulsifiant ou encore colorant, met plusieurs années à se dégrader dans la nature. Un fait plutôt inquiétant lorsque l’on voit aujourd’hui que nos trottoirs sont criblés de ces taches, issues de bonbons qui ont collé puis durci avant d’être foulés à de multiples reprises. Mais il semblerait qu’une société britannique ait trouvé la solution : un chewing-gum qui n’adhère quasiment plus aux surfaces.Si l’idée est loin d’être nouvelle, la compagnie Revolymer est la première à avoir réussi à mettre au point l’invention. Un chewing-gum facilement détachable et biodégradable qu’elle a baptisé Rev7 et qui est déjà en vente aux Etats-Unis et au Canada en deux goûts mentholés. C’est en constatant que les rues américaines étaient envahies par ces taches que l’un des co-fondateurs de la société a décidé de se pencher sur la question. Spécialisé en chimie, il est alors parvenu à créer un nouveau polymère destiné à remplacer le latex qui donne au chewing-gum son caractère adhérent. Des composés capables de retenir l’eauÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’explique le site Fastcoexist, les chewing-gums traditionnels sont en fait formulés pour repousser l’eau, ce qui nous permet de les mastiquer aussi longtemps que notre mâchoire le permet. Or, cette formule a exactement le même effet sur la pluie, ce qui empêche les chewing-gums d’être simplement nettoyés sur les trottoirs et oblige les villes à employer des techniques bien plus drastiques parmi lesquelles utilisation de produits chimiques, de vapeur à haute pression ou encore cryogénisation pour les éliminer. Mais le Rev7 lui ne possède pas cette caractéristique, au contraire il a même plutôt tendance à absorber l’eau, permettant même à celle-ci de former une couche autour du chewing-gum.En séchant, celui-ci se met alors à se gondoler, le rendant bien plus facile à décoller de n’importe quelle surface. Mais ce n’est pas tout car en pénétrant le chewing-gum l’eau lui permet aussi de se dégrader bien plus rapidement que les autres. D’après Revolymer, Rev7 (pour “Revolution” et 7 pour le nombre d’essais qu’il a fallu pour atteindre l’objectif recherché) est ainsi 100% plus facile à nettoyer sur de nombreuses surfaces, y compris des vêtements et des semelles de chaussure.Bientôt en Europe Pour s’en assurer, les chercheurs de Revolymer ont mené des tests sur pas moins de 100 trottoirs différents aux Etats-Unis et en Europe et ont constaté que le trafic piéton et le nettoyage normal des rues suffisaient à éliminer 70% des chewing-gums abandonnés. Des résultats prometteurs qui ont incité l’Europe à également approuver la vente du Rev7 en mars dernier. Si le chewing-gum devrait donc bientôt arriver sur nos étals, n’oublions tout de même pas que le mieux reste que nos bonbons mâchouillés finissent leur vie dans une poubelle.Le 26 juillet 2012 à 11:13 • Maxime Lambert
From Alien to Z Cars, Sir John Hurt is regarded as one of Britain’s finest thespians—an honor echoed among his Doctor Who co-stars.In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, David Tennant, Steven Moffat, David Warner, Louise Jameson, and more pay tribute to the late War Doctor.Known for roles in Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the legendary British actor, died in January, three days after his 77th birthday, following a fight with pancreatic cancer.BBCHurt, who took on the part of the War Doctor at age 73, starred in BBC One’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of The Doctor,” opposite the Tenth (David Tennant), and Eleventh (Matt Smith) Doctors (below), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and Bad Wolf/Rose Tyler (Billie Piper, above).“We were terribly thrilled, and rather in awe of him—to be on set with him and just to be in his orbit,” Tennant said of the special episode.Concocted by writer Steven Moffat, Hurt’s unknown incarnation of the Time Lord—”the one who broke the promise”—faces a moral dilemma in having to save the universe by ending the Time War.“It doesn’t need saying—John Hurt was one of the greatest actors who ever lived,” Moffat told DWM. “That’s not even controversial, that’s just a fact.”BBC“Matt [Smith] and I just sat like children at the fireside, letting him tell us about Eric Clapton and The Beatles, and this extraordinary [life] he had lived,” Tennant reminisced. “About [Fourth Doctor] Tom Baker and [British journalist] Jeffrey Bernard, and about Soho drinking dens.“He was a storyteller. He had such a joy for life that he’d love to communicate, both in his acting and in his personal life, It was a real privilege to be around him.”Despite making only one appearance in the television program, Hurt went on to reprise his character in a series of audio adventures from Big Finish. The fourth and final anthology, “Volume 4: Casualties of War,” launched early this month.Longtime friend and sometimes collaborator Jacqueline Pearce, who played high-ranking Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra in “The War Doctor” audio series, said Hurt’s passing “has created a gap in my life that cannot be filled by anyone else.”“I will always miss him, and I shall always be grateful for the friendship he showed me and the support he gave me,” she told Doctor Who Magazine.BBCCompanion, colleague, or acquaintance, it seems everyone has positive memories of the gravel-voiced star of stage and screen.“I only met him a handful of times, but I can confirm the other thing that everyone else has been saying about him: he was also incredibly nice,” Moffat said. “Now, nice doesn’t seem like much of [a] compliment, but you have to remember that this man was, quite rightly, worshiped by everyone he met. Worship has been known to go to people’s heads—but not John’s.“If a man can remain humble and kind and warm as the world basically genuflects around him, then that is no ordinary man,” the showrunner added. “The Doctor would be proud to be John Hurt—and for one very special day, he was.”(I’m not crying, you’re crying!)Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.
Related Items:#anotherillegalboatlandinginTCI, #magneticmedianews, #onewomancapturedfromillegallanding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 28, 2017 – Providenciales – One woman was captured after that illegal landing in North West Provo on Monday report Police. The illegal sloop, a wooden blue boat was detected three miles off shore and officers are continuing to make checks between Malcolm’s Beach and North West Point where several people were seen running into the bushes.#MagneticMediaNews#anotherillegalboatlandinginTCI#onewomancapturedfromillegallandingPhoto Credit: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
American Business Media has announced the finalists for the 54th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards—the association’s version of the Oscars—for editorial excellence in business-to-business publications. And to those who attend b-to-b awards shows, the list includes some familiar names—IDG’s CXO Media (nominated for five Neal Awards), ALM (nominated for 12 Neal Awards, five for American Lawyer alone)—among the 104 finalists.And, perhaps, a sign of the troubled times for b-to-b magazines: there were no finalists in the “Best Startup Publication” category. McGraw-Hill’s Greensource won the title last year.The awards will be handed out March 14 during a luncheon ceremony in New York City.To see the complete list of finalists, click here. For the list of last year’s winners, click here.
HAVERHILL, MA — More than 1,100 associate degrees and certificates were awarded to students from all over the Merrimack Valley at Northern Essex Community College’s 57th Commencement on Saturday, May 18, 2019.Among the graduates were Wilmington’s Samantha O’Leary and and Katelyn C. Richardson.In his commencement address, Bob Rivers, CEO of Eastern Bank, told the Northern Essex graduates and guests: “In short, you must “aim high”, not only in your chosen field, but in your ideals, in your beliefs, and in your expectations of others and our society,” he said. “And if you happen to fall short, know that you – and our community and our country – will be so much further ahead, so much better, than if you had settled for what others might consider more reasonable expectations.”Rivers is a leader of social justice and sustainability causes, and an advocate for a more inclusive community.In introducing Rivers, NECC President Lane Glenn said, “Bob has consistently used his platform as a bank president to rally support for corporate inclusivity and fight discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.Student Speaker, Yexis Hechavarria, who graduated with high honors and an associate degree in Biology, shared what it was like growing up in Cuba and the culture shock she experienced when she moved to Lawrence five years ago when she was 17.“When I arrived here, I realized my life had drastically changed,” said Hechavarria. “Now that I was in a new country, I had to start from zero with a language that I couldn’t speak and a new culture.”(NOTE: The above announcement is from Northern Essex Community College.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Northern Essex Community CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kelley & Rose Graduate From Lasell CollegeIn “Education”5 Wilmington Students Graduate From Northern Essex Community CollegeIn “Education”
Photo by Jonathan Ernst/ReutersPresident Donald Trump, flanked by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (C), meets with members of Congress and U.S. law enforcement about crime and immigration issues, specifically the MS-13 gang, at the White House in Washington, D.C.A high-stakes Senate debate over immigration got off to a halting start Tuesday, with Republican and Democratic leaders immediately at loggerheads over how to move forward and President Donald Trump warning this was the “last chance” to extend protections to “Dreamer” immigrants.Trump issued the warning in a morning tweet as the Senate opened what was billed as an unusual and open-ended debate on a host of immigration issues. Democrats had pushed for the debate, hopeful they might be able to craft a piece of legislation in real time on the Senate floor — or at least force Republicans on the record on some difficult issues.Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2018But the experiment in legislating hasn’t gotten very far yet.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., began the process by throwing his weight behind legislation based on the president’s priorities.To kick it off, he proposed allowing Republicans to bring up an amendment targeting cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities, so-called “sanctuary cities.” Then, Democrats would bring up legislation of their choosing. Amendments gaining 60 votes would become part of the broader immigration bill.The Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, quickly objected.“To begin the debate as the Republican leader suggests would be getting off on the wrong foot,” Schumer said. “Very partisan.” Schumer wants McConnell to bring up legislation that incorporates President Donald Trump’s priorities and a second, much narrower bill from Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del.His reasoning: The legislation Schumer wants considered would address the population of young immigrants that lawmakers from both parties say they want to help, rather than side issues such as how to deal with sanctuary cities.McConnell replied: “I’m not trying to dictate to them what they offer. They shouldn’t be trying to dictate to us what we offer. We ought to just get started.”The disagreement means there could be several more hours of speeches before any votes occur. That gives a group of moderate lawmakers more time to come up with a package that could generate 60 votes in the Senate.“Until we reach an end there, I still hope that’s the vehicle,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the group’s key participants.Trump, in an early-morning tweet, said Congress must act now to provide legal protections to young “Dreamer” immigrants.“Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle,” he wrote, adding: “This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.”Trump was referring to a deadline he announced last year to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation, formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. But a recent court ruling has rendered that deadline all but meaningless.In an exchange later Tuesday with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Trump again tried to accuse Democrats of not wanting to fix DACA, but then told the senator he was joking.“Everybody’s in there working hard on it right now. I think we have a chance to do DACA very bipartisan. I think that can happen,” he said during a meeting on trade issues with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House. “And I hope we’re going to be able to do that, senator.”One GOP proposal based on principles dictated by the White House would pave a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young “Dreamer” immigrants in the U.S., a lure for Democrats that many Republicans oppose.Trump also wants $25 billion for Trump’s border wall with Mexico and other security measures, as well as curbs on legal immigration — a must for many Republicans.“This proposal has my support, and during this week of fair debate, I believe it deserves the support of every senator who’s ready to move beyond making points and actually making a law,” McConnell said in beginning Senate debate Tuesday.McConnell and other GOP supporters describe the measure as the Senate’s best shot of passing a bill that the president will sign, but many Democrats consider some of the proposals, including limiting the relatives that legal immigrants can bring to the U.S., to be non-starters.Schumer has expressed repeated opposition to Trump’s sweeping approach, pushing for a more narrow focus.“Helping the Dreamers become Americans and protecting our borders. That should be the focus of all our energies,” Schumer said Tuesday.Trump’s overall immigration plan, opposed by many Democrats, stands little chance of prevailing because any measure will need 60 votes. That means proposals will need substantial bipartisan support since the GOP majority is 51-49, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been absent in recent weeks battling cancer.Still, many Republicans are insisting that the bill incorporating Trump’s priorities is a compromise because it gives up to 1.8 million young immigrants a pathway to citizenship.“The president’s framework is not an opening bid in negotiations. It is a best and final offer,” said Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.In a meeting with sheriffs at the White House, Trump continued to frame the debate in a way that depicts many of the illegal immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. as dangerous criminals.“We’re asking Congress to support our immigration policy that keeps terrorists, drug dealers, criminals and gang members out of our country. We want them out. We don’t want them in and right now we’re working on DACA, we’re working on immigration bills and we’re making them tough,” Trump said. Share
Residents of Ward 8 recently assembled to hear D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser deliver her State of the District Address and they were mildly impressed with what they heard but had concerns.In D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s third State of the District Address she outlined the city’s plans to decrease unemployment, increase affordable housing and advocated for political autonomy. (Courtesy photo)On March 30, Bowser (D) delivered her third address detailing the progress that her administration has had since it took office in January 2015. The location of the address was on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia and since that venue was inconvenient for many residents east of the Anacostia River, a number of Ward 8 organizations came together to have a “State of the District Address” viewing party at the Old Congress Heights School located on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., S.E.Commenting quickly on economic development and measures to protect children, the mayor hit her stride when she proclaimed “I am proud to say that we have delivered on promises and the State of the District is strong.”“Without question, the past several years have been an exciting chapter in the ever forming history of Washington, D.C.,” Bowser said. “It’s a growing collection of memories marked by our fight for Home Rule and now Statehood, bust and boom times, flight out of town and flight back into town, a legendary four-term mayor, a triathlon mayor, a bow-tie mayor, a king of the go-go swing. Of blockbusting and desegregation.“Of seekers of LGBTQ rights and immigration justice. Because of our D.C. values, we are the human rights capital.“Our diversity alone doesn’t make us great; our embrace of that diversity does.”The mayor got a few claps when she talked about the District’s need for political autonomy.“So when our friends up on the Hill from Utah or Maryland’s Eastern Shore tell you that they are concerned about D.C., you tell them about their federal obligations in the District,” she said. “And I like to use Trayon White’s words. You tell them, don’t just stand there, do something. But if they ask you about our local issues-you tell them to keep their hands off D.C.”White, who was elected as the Ward 8 council member as a Democrat in November 2016, was present at the watch party but didn’t speak publicly.A few people nodded their heads when Bowser mentioned the unemployment problem in Ward 8.“While the unemployment rate has declined in the District, it is still disproportionately high among people of color and those without a high school diploma,” she said. “You see unemployment in Ward 3 at 4.2 percent and unemployment in Ward 8 is 12.5 percent. The good news is that unemployment in Ward 8 is down from 16.8 percent when I took office.“The bad news is 12.5 percent is still too high, nearly three times what it is in Ward 3. We can and must do better.”The mayor rounded up her speech with plans to increase affordable housing, modernizing schools, praising the work of D.C. Chancellor Antwan Wilson, interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham and D.C. fire chief Gregory Dean. She ended her hour-long address with “I couldn’t be more proud to serve as your mayor.”Jacqueline Kinlow is a political activist who lives in Ward 8. Kinlow seemed impressed with the mayor’s address.“I thought it was strong and she got off to a good start,” Kinlow told the AFRO. “It was a reflection of a positive, forward thinking administration.”However, Jackie Ward, who was a former staffer for the late D.C. Council member Marion Barry, was skeptical.“I thought it was glitzy with no substance,” she told the AFRO. “She only said things that would make headlines. We needed more meat on the bones.”Monica Ray is the president of the Congress Heights Community Association, which was one of the co-sponsoring organizations of the event. Ray facilitated a discussion on the mayor’s speech and longtime political and civic activist Philip Pannell didn’t mince words.Pannell noted that the speech was delivered by a liberal, Democratic, African-American mayor of Washington, D.C. but there were some things lacking.“I noticed she didn’t put much emphasis on the environment,” he said. “You have to clean up the environment so we won’t have trashy streets. I think she missed an opportunity when she didn’t say anything about Anacostia Park, which is larger than Central Park in New York City.”
Spotify said in its complaint in March that Apple had abused its position. “In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience – essentially acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers,” Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek said.Apple responded to Spotify’s complaint by saying that it has “approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app.”“After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem – including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store’s customers – without making any contributions to that marketplace,” said Apple, adding that Spotify “distributes the music you love while making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters who create it – even going so far as to take these creators to court.” The European Union will open a preliminary investigation into Apple following Spotify’s antitrust complaint, according to a report published in the Financial Times.In its complaint filed to the European Commission in March, Spotify, which ranks as the the market leader in music streaming, said Apple was “tilting the playing field to disadvantage competitors” and favor its own Apple Music streaming service through a 30% cut that Apple takes from subscriptions made via the App Store. Spotify also claimed that Apple was blocking their access to products and updates to their app.Quoting unnamed sources, the Financial Times said that the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, was expected to confirm the date for the start of the preliminary investigation in the coming weeks. It will be led by the office of Margrethe Vestager, who has taken aim at tech giants such as Google during her tenure as the E.U.’s antitrust commissioner. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Fancy places need fancy décor. Right? Wrong. Sometimes, a place can be fancy without going overboard on the décor. Which is what I found interesting about Zing at The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa. Minimalistic chic is how Zing has been designed. The outdoorsy feel comes from the swimming pool and the backyard of the hotel that it overlooks. While this isn’t where you would want to come if you have a romantic lunch or dinner in mind, it is just perfect for lunch with the girlfriends over gossip and cocktails. I would give it a thumbs up for business meetings too. The menu is more cafe than fine dining, even though they have a good selection of champagnes, wines, single malts and scotch. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The food on offer is a global platter — so you find everything from Indian to southeast Asian, Continental and more. In mood for Continental? Order some Fish N Chips and Surf N Turf along with lamb chops. Care for Indonesian or Thai? Dig into Nasi Lemak with Bamboo steamed vegetables and Phad Thai. There is Italian too if you so fancy. The star on the menu though, is German. The classic German dish, Curry Wurst, has thankfully not given an Indian makeover here and retains its juicy nature. German sausages, a dash of tomato to add a zing to it and potato salad, this one kind of takes the cake if you decide to stick to Continental. Pair it with a Jack and Coke or Jim Beam — it is filling enough to become one whole meal. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNot fond of whiskey? Grab a Qutub Chinar (tall vodka, rum with rose and lemon) or a Sharabi Gola (gin and sweet vermouth with orange juice) from the bar. They are just as nice. The selection of tea and coffee is also quite interesting. Non vegetarians will relish this place because most of the items on the menu are all about meat. However, leaf eaters can try out the Khaw Suey (recipe left) or Cottege Cheese Brochettes among others. I settled for some Butterfly prawns which are batter fried and served with sweet chilli and garlic sauce with a chilled beer. It was fried yes, (I wasn’t technically thinking of diet) but not oily enough to make it unhealthy. The Zing Club (available in both vegetarian and non vegetarian versions) is quite a meal in itself too. Meat eaters can choose between chicken, turkey and eggs. The desserts section has the usual suspects like brownies and cheesecakes, with a twist (imagine Star anise stewed cherry cheesecake and Kahlua flavoured opera with truffle and butter cream). Be careful of the ice cream though, it is served so chilled that your teeth would freeze. But go to Zing if you care for a simple, fuss-free meal.DETAILAt: Zing, The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, Bangla Sahib Road Timings: All Day Phone: 4250 0200 Meal for Two: Rs 3,500 (Approx Without Alcohol)
Say porcelain and names come to mind – Lucie Rie, Sueharu Fukami, Ogata Kenzan and many more. If Sueharu’s signature qingbai glaze, eloquently represents the ceramist’s development for over more than 20 years – the overwhelming sense of vitality and stretched tension of unfaltering curves have always been fascinating. Delhi Blue unveils a brilliant collection of porcelain ware, created by both established and emerging ceramic artists and the eyes travel and transcend over many pieces of sheer delight. At this point, one must recall and mention that Leena Batra has been one of the greatest ceramic artists creating porcelain ware that cut across boundaries and traversed many cultural symbols and languages. And her husband Ravi Batra with the trustees of Delhi Blue keep this happening engagement going for lovers of ceramic ware. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAditi Sarogi creates hand built porcelain with celadon glaze. Tiny human figures enhance the ideation of design and soft rendering glaze. Anamika’s ‘Emergence’ is a treat for tired eyes – you see the delicate fragile leafy thin layers that she arranges with grace and you know that this is a radical hand of both experience and elegance.Ange Peter’s ‘Koi loves Lotus’ has such a Buddhist appeal even as it whispers of oriental moods. The alacrity with which he creates the fish contours against the satin black makes for a heady contrast. Anjani Khanna has been creating a host of ingenious sculptural ceramics; her white and blue hybrid human with a dog is fetching, if not facile, in its tone and tenor. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRakhee Kane’s platters with earthy strokes speak about stories of the soil, what endures is her precision and perfection in terms of artistry as well as aesthetics. Reyas Bedaruddin plays with the night and day semblance to give a satin smooth finish to his marble toned tableau.The harvest of notions and sighs come from Sabrina Srinivas’s ‘Liquid Matter’ which unravels fluidity and flexibility in contours even as it builds an evanescent eloquence – you know how difficult it is to create this mood in porcelain and that is what makes it enticing. Roger Cockram’s ‘Fish in Water Bowl’ stoneware is the piece de resistance of the show that tells us that ceramics is a global language. The technique is what arrests. In his own words, Cockram says that he starves his kiln of oxygen and this radically affects colours produced. “During this ‘reducing’ phase, the kiln is allowed to reach more than 1300 degrees centigrade, with flames emerging from every crack in the structure. It is actually quite a dramatic and exciting time. Basically, I am attempting to ‘steer’ the forces rather than controlling them, to achieve an impression of the heat and flames when one sees the result. Conversely, the cooling phase is very slow and cannot be rushed,” he said.A ceramic show must do a few things and this show transcends thought; it reflects supple curves and sharp silhouettes; extols the beauty of lines and glaze; showcases a deeper sensitivity to materials, and also defines the beauty and timelessness of tactile experience. A must for ceramic lovers. Runs at Visual Arts Gallery till March 15.
April 27, 2017 568 Views According to the Federal Housing Finance Administration on Thursday, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased nationally from February to March. The FHFA Index showed that the average interest rate on all mortgage loans decreased 13 basis points to 1.12 percent in March, from 4.25 in February.The National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders Index was 4.12 percent for loans closed in late March, down 15 basis points from 4.27 percent in February.The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell 17 basis points in March to 4.24 percent, below February’s 4.41 percent.The average loan amount for all types of loans was $392,700 in March, up from $301,600 in February by $11,100.March is the first month in several months to see a decline in mortgage rates. January and February both saw an increase in rates nationally, though application rates are on the rise. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Builder Applications Survey has shown applications rising throughout March and into April.According to the Survey, year-over-year new home purchases for March 2017 increased 6.7 percent compared to March 2016. Month-over-month, applications grew 23 percent. Average loan size decreased in March, from $330,208 in February to $328,192.The largest percentage of loan applications were conventional loans. 67.5 percent of loan applications were for conventional loans, while RHS/USDA loans composed 1.0 percent and VA loans composed 12.8 percent.As interest rates dropped, prices have been on the rise, as shown in the FHFA’s last House Price Index for February, which released on Tuesday. House prices rose an average of 6.4 percent that month year-over -year, and up 0.6 percent month-over-month. These are the highest prices in several months.Read the FHFA’s Index report here. FHFA interest Prices rates 2017-04-27 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination Share Interest Rates Fall in March
agentscommissionNCLNorwegian Cruise LinesPride of America Norwegian Cruise Line is offering all Australian and Kiwi travel agents a bonus 3% commission on Pride of America bookings as a thank you for their continued support. The bonus commission is valid for bookings made between 1-14 December 2018, for Hawaii sailings departing from 5 January 2019 onwards.The bonus 3% commission is combinable with Norwegian’s long-standing Free at Sea program, with free beverage and Wi-Fi packages now available for the first time on Hawai’i sailings departing from 5 January 2019 onwards. Norwegian guests booking an oceanview, balcony or mini-suite stateroom will now receive three Free at Sea options – increasing from two offers.Norwegian Cruise Line stands firmly behind its commitment to travel partners and has further strengthened this with the announcement of this new offer. Norwegian also offers agents access to a dedicated local call centre, easy payment options and a highly commissionable product, to name but a few. “As we celebrate three years since the opening of our local office, we are excited to announce a bonus 3% commission to all our travel partners on Pride of America bookings. We are committed to a continued investment in these partners, who are an integral part of both the last three years and our ongoing shared success,” said Nicole Costantin, Vice President Sales Australia and New Zealand, Norwegian Cruise Line.Voted the Best Hawaii itinerary 13 years in a row by Porthole Cruise Magazine, Pride of America is the only ship offering an itinerary taking in four Hawaiian islands in seven days. Norwegian guests also enjoy overnight stays in breathtaking Maui and Kaua’i, as well as having more time to explore with nearly 100 hours ashore and no sea days.IMAGE: Pride of America, Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii