Six-yr-old Muslim girl tops Bhagavad Gita recitation contest in Odisha

first_imgAt a time when a controversy is raging over 40 Muslim clerics taking exception to the singing by reality star Nahid Afrin in Assam, a six-year-old girl from the Muslim community has taken everyone by surprise with her immaculate recital of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita — a Hindu holy book — in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.Firdaus won the Srimad Bhagavad Gita chanting competition in a sub-junior group in Kendrapara this week. Showing exemplary courage, Arifa Bibi, mother of Firdaus, stood by her daughter throughout the competition held at a temple premises in Kendrapara.“When we came across news of the participation of a Muslim girl in the recital of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, considered a taboo in the minority community, we took precautions keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the issue. We sought the consent of her parents. To our utter surprise, Firdaus’ mother not only gave her consent, but also remained present all through the competition,” said Akshaya Pani, one of three judges.A total 46 children participated in the chanting of the Gita. The participants were judged on their ability to memorise slokas, presentation, audience preference, voice and involvement in the recital. “Firdaus scored 97.5 out of 100 in the competition,” said Mr. Pani.Part of prayer classFirdaus has been put up at Sobhaniya Sikshashrama, a residential school in Kendrapara town. Recital of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita was part of the prayer class. Urmila Kar, headmistress of the school, said the girl is a very bright student.“As a Standard I student, she cannot read slokas. But she has memorised the slokas chanted during prayer classes as we lay emphasise on moral education,” Ms Kar said.last_img read more

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Photo: Kentucky Fan Gets “40 And Oh Well” Tattoo After Final Four Loss

first_imgjohn calipari tattooed on a persons fore arm.john calipari 40 and oh well tattooBefore this past year’s NCAA Tournament began, a number of Kentucky fans got a bit ahead of themselves, getting “40-0” tattoos, predicting that the Wildcats would run the table and become the first 40-0 squad in men’s college basketball history. As we all know, that didn’t happen, as UK fell to Wisconsin in the Final Four.One fan – named Cory Eaves – waited until after the season ended to get his commemorative tattoo. Cleverly, he decided to go with “40 And Oh Well” instead, with head coach John Calipari’s face above the phrase.I casually have John Calipari’s face on my body for the rest of my life. Casual.— Cory Eaves (@CoryEavesAP) April 25, 2015Hilarious, yes. Something you’d want on your body for the rest of your life? Debatable.[Kentucky Sports Radio]last_img read more

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Mercator Offloads Veteran Bulker

first_imgzoom Singapore-incorporated Mercator Lines has sold its 1997-built bulk carrier M/V Vrinda to Best Oasis Limited from Hong Kong.The company said that the sale would bring it USD 4.25 million in net proceeds, which Mercator plans to use to repay outstanding debts.The sale is expected to be completed by April 6, 2018, subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.The Indian-flagged Panamax bulk carrier features 69,200 of dwt.Based on the data from VesselsValue, the sale took place on March 14 and will see the bulker get demolished at an unknown yard.In October 2017, the High Court of the Republic of Singapore appointed liquidators of Mercator Lines as the shipping company moved forward with the winding up of its business.The company applied for winding up of its business in September 2017 after it spent months under judicial management.During this time the Judicial Manager Yit Chee Wah held discussions with several potential investors to explore transferring the company’s listing status and/or its restructuring. However, these attempts failed.Faced with liquidity shortage and poor business performance, Mercator Lines decided to exit the dry bulk business and sell its fleet of 11 dry bulkers at the beginning of 2016.According to VesselsValue’s data, Vrinda was the only live vessel in the company’s fleet.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Army chief tells troops not to get involved in politics

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has told his troops in the North not to get involved in politics.Addressing troops in the North, the Commander underlined the importance of discipline at all levels as Army personnel, dedicated to the national security of the country. He also pointed out the need to maintain excellent relations with civilians in respective areas and launch projects that would help promote ethnic harmony, understanding and reconciliation. Senanayake made his first formal visit to the Security Force Headquarters – Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) upon assumption of his office, the Army media unit said today.In conformity with military formalities, a Guard Turnout plus a salutary Guard of Honour was presented by the troops of 14 and 23 Sinha Regiment greeted the day’s Chief Guest, soon after Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, arrived at the SFHQ-MLT main entrance. The visiting Commander was warmly welcomed by Major General Dushyantha Rajaguru, Commander, SFHQ-MLT.Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake received a briefing on the roles and tasks of the SFHQ-MLT and a comprehensive account of ongoing development and reconstruction projects, being assisted by the troops in the area. All General Officers Commanding and Brigade Commanders under the SFHQ-MLT were present during the formal briefing.Sticking to the day’s itinerary, the Commander later on visited the relocated office of the Forward Maintenance Area – Mullaittivu (FMA-MLT). There, the Commander was welcomed by Brigadier Channa Atipola, Commander, FMA-MLT and listened to a briefing. (Colombo Gazette) The Commander of the Army also highlighted the theme of the Army for the year 2018, ‘Rata Rakina Jathiya – Sri Lanka Army’ and urged everyone to commit to the organization and help develop the country in the future. “Best welfare is the training and all of us after retirement should not get involved in politics and one should not forget the past war and incidents”. He also urged all members not to fall prey to illegal acts since it would tarnish the image. read more

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Alumni Relations iPad winner announced

Charlene Roarco (BA ’10) with her new iPad. Congratulations Charlene Roarco (BA ’10).Roarco is the winner of a new iPad, the prize in the Brock Alumni Relations’ second Update Your Contact Information contest, held from May 1 to July 3, 2012.More than 1,000 alumni updated their contact information for a chance to win the new iPad, an overwhelming increase over last year’s contest. Alumni were contacted via email and asked to submit their current contact information for a chance to win.“It’s pretty cool to win the new iPad. It’s nice that Alumni Relations does this for people who haven’t been to Brock in a while,” Roarco said when she received her prize. “I just signed up to get alumni updates and I’m looking forward to enjoying the benefits.”Alumni are encouraged to stay in touch by updating their contact information to receive exclusive alumni correspondence. They receive Brock’s alumni publications, Surgite magazine and Brock Alumni Connect e-newsletter, invitations to exclusive networking events, and career and volunteer-related information.By updating employment information, alumni help current and future Brock students explore their career choices and add value to their degrees by enabling Brock to receive crucial accreditations, such as AACSB and MBA rankings.“There are a variety of events, volunteer opportunities and publications that alumni will have an interest in. So, it’s crucial that we have a way to let them know about all these opportunities,” explained Christine Jones, director of Alumni Relations.Didn’t win? Don’t fret. Our next contest runs Oct. 1 to Nov. 31, 2012. For a chance to read alumni correspondence on a new iPad like Charlene’s, look for details in the October issue of Brock Alumni Connect. You can also update your current contact information here. read more

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Ban highlights Algerias great progress while raising alarm on situation in Libya

“My first visit to Algeria was very painful,” the UN chief told reporters at a press conference in the capital, alongside the country’s Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ramtane Lamamra. In December 2007, a car bomb destroyed UN offices in Algiers, killing 17 UN personnel as well as many Algerian citizens. More than nine years later, Mr. Ban praised the country’s President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for progress made under his direction, and noted that what he has learned about “rahma” politics, meaning “pity,” has impressed him. “Instead of letting themselves be divided by terrorists, Algeria united in solidarity,” he highlighted. “History has shown many times that any violent strategy against terrorism that isn’t based on the respect for human rights is doomed to fail. Respect for human rights is both a moral obligation and a tactical advantage.” The Secretary-General also noted that he and Minister Lamamra discussed their “deep concern” regarding the situation in Libya. “There is alarming information coming from Libya about grave acts that could amount to war crimes,” Mr. Ban warned. “All external actors need to use their influence to appease the situation. If things don’t improve on the political front, the humanitarian crisis will worsen and threats to people’s security, including attacks by Daech [ISIL], will multiply and expand.” In addition to thanking Algeria for hosting UN-led talks on Libya, he also welcomed the country’s engagement towards Mali, for its role as one of the main mediators of the peace process. Turning to the issue of Western Sahara, Mr. Ban recalled his visit yesterday to the town of Tindouf where he met with refugees who have been suffering for generations due to the ongoing regional conflict. He reiterated that no real progress has been made in negotiations towards a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, based on the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.” “I am deeply saddened by this humanitarian tragedy,” Mr. Ban said. “The world cannot continue to neglect Sahrawi refugees. They’re hoping for the support of the region, the UN, and the international community. We must act.” Meanwhile, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, the UN chief today planted a tree of peace. He also spoke at a foreign ministry symposium after meeting with President Bouteflika. Speaking at a press conference following the encounter, Mr. Ban said he was encouraged by the adoption of a revised constitution on 7 February, and insisted on the importance of investing in Algeria’s “dynamic and determined” youth. He is expected to visit the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) located in Laayoune, Western Sahara. read more

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Wales secures November sweep with 2011 win over Springboks

CARDIFF, Wales — Wales scored two early tries to beat South Africa 20-11 and secure its first clean sweep in a November rugby series on Saturday.Prop Tomas Francis and fullback Liam Williams went over for the Welsh tries inside the first 20 minutes, setting up a fourth straight win over the Springboks and a ninth straight for Wales against all opposition.That run is Wales’ best in 19 years.South Africa came back briefly to close it to 14-11 in Cardiff with a try in the corner by centre Jesse Kriel and a penalty by replacement Elton Jantjies.But Dan Biggar came off the bench to kick two late penalties to give Wales four out of four in the autumn internationals for the first time, which also included another big southern hemisphere scalp in Australia.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

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Womens Lacrosse Maryland rolls Ohio State winning 205 in Buckeyes final home

Maryland senior attack Megan Whittle controls the ball during the Terrapins’ 20-5 win against Ohio State on April 15 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team could not withstand a downpour — of both rain and Maryland goals — and fell 20-5 to the Terrapins in its final home game of the season Sunday.Maryland (14-1, 4-0 Big Ten) took an early lead with three unanswered points in the first seven minutes of the game. It took five shot attempts before the Buckeyes (5-9, 1-4 Big Ten) scored in the first half. Junior attack McKayla Conti brought the score to 3-1 after a feed from sophomore midfield Liza Hernandez. Hernandez closed the Terrapins lead to one goal when she scored, picking up her second point of the game with the help of junior attack Sara Dickinson. The Terrapins then went on a 7-0 run led by Maryland sophomore attack Kali Hartshorn, who picked up six draw controls and scored two goals during the rally. Hartshorn extended Maryland’s lead to eight with a pair of goals before the end of the first half. Hernandez completed a hat trick with her third goal on a free-position shot after a foul by Maryland junior defender Shelby Mercer. But Terrapin junior midfield Jen Giles quickly followed up with a goal. “For the most part I think we did a pretty decent job. We kind of hung around a little bit in that first 20 minutes of the half,” head coach Alexis Venechanos said. “I didn’t like how we cleared the ball. I thought we had some good stops and just threw the ball away.” Ohio State senior attack Lauren Sherry closed out the half 11-4 with her fifth goal of the season. At the start of the second half, Hernandez took advantage of a turnover by Maryland senior attack Megan Whittle and scored to cut Maryland’s lead to six. That was the final Buckeye goal of the game.“Liza is a gutsy, phenomenal player,” Venechanos said. “She has a lot of courage to take those shots. She’s been working really hard so I’m glad she’s had a little bit of a breakout game.” The Terrapins capped off the game with 9-0 run to put away the Buckeyes and remain undefeated in the Big Ten. “I thought we had some opportunities we didn’t capitalize on,” Venechanos said. “I like the team’s focus [and] I like our ability to want to stick to the game plan, now we just gotta work on the execution.”Hartshorn finished the game with 11 draw controls out of Maryland’s 18 total. Ohio State picked up nine draw controls and sophomore goalie Jill Rizzo had nine saves compared to the Terrapins’ seven. The Buckeyes will travel to Baltimore to face Johns Hopkins in their final game of the season at 5 p.m. Friday. read more

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Column What is Urban Meyers legacy

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions after announcing his retirement after the season at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Urban Meyer era is over.After seven seasons as head coach at Ohio State and 17 seasons overall as a collegiate  football head coach, Meyer announced on Tuesday he will be retiring following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1 against Washington.After that, Meyer said he believes he will not coach again.“I can’t tell you the exact time, walking off the stadium against our rival in that last game, things started to cross my mind. Going into Indianapolis, started to cross my mind,” Meyer said. “I hope to stay involved.”Ohio State will move forward with Ryan Day as head coach, who is the current offensive coordinator and served as interim head coach for the first three games of the 2018 season.But what does Meyer leave behind? What does one of college football’s most successful coaches of all-time — after an offseason of controversy that led to a 12-hour meeting about his future, ultimately leading to Meyer missing the first quarter of Ohio State’s season — leave as a legacy?“I hope it’s the truth. The truth is that you have a football coach who has devoted 33 years of my life to the love of student-athletes and not just on the football field,” Meyer said. “I hope that’s our legacy. And we won a lot of games and represented this great university and great state the right way.”On the field, his legacy is nothing short of exceptional.The Toledo native came back to his home state and has won 82 of 91 games as Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes have won four of their six bowl games under Meyer — with the potential for a fifth on New Year’s Day — including the 2015 National Championship in the first ever College Football Playoff. He went 7-0 against rival Michigan.Meyer has never had more than two losses in a single season at Ohio State, and has peaked at No. 3 or higher in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll every season.The .901 win percentage is the highest of any coach in program history, aside from Day, who is 3-0 in his head coaching career.“I think in trying to build the most comprehensive premier program in America, you also want to hand it off to someone at some point so it can get even stronger,” Meyer said. “My witnessing of the work Ryan has done and [making] this decision, not as difficult as I thought.”Meyer’s success is unparalleled, but his off-the-field record does not leave Columbus unscathed.Eight years after resigning from Florida following an 8-5 season in controversial fashion in 2010 — after multiple Gator players were arrested for off-the-field issues — Meyer was investigated for keeping on staff former wide receivers coach Zach Smith after alleged domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015.Smith was fired on July 23 and Meyer was asked questions on what he knew at Big Ten Media Days on July 24.His answers in Chicago started the downward spiral of one of college football’s most successful coaches.“I got a text late last night something happened in 2015. And there was nothing. Once again, there’s nothing,” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days. “I don’t know who creates a story like that.”The investigation into Meyer’s knowledge on Smith’s domestic violence history resulted in a three-game suspension. But the punishments from the situation might have hurt Meyer longer than those three weeks.Meyer thinks it will have a negative impact on his legacy as a whole, but it is not something he has thought about extensively.“I’m sure it will,” Meyer said. “That was a disappointing time, obviously. But I think today, this is about celebrating a new football coach. This is about a very strong program and a group of players that just won back-to-back championships.”Ohio State’s 2018 campaign has been a rocky one by the program’s standards. Even after sitting at 12-1 as Big Ten champions and a trip to Pasadena on the horizon, it’s not the playoff, and it did not come in a fashion the Buckeyes are used to.The 49-20 defeat to 6-6 Purdue is the game that defines the lack of success this season, but close wins against 4-8 Nebraska and 5-7 Maryland, the latter of which could have ended in a loss with a remotely good pass from Terrapins quarterback Tyrell Pigrome, showed an Ohio State team that was vulnerable.But Meyer made the Buckeyes into one of the few programs that have the luxury of calling a one-loss season a disappointment.Meyer took over a team that, under interim head coach Luke Fickell, went 6-7 in 2011, the first sub-.500 season for Ohio State since 1988. In his first season, the 2012 season, Meyer went 12-0.“To compete with Urban-coached teams, the Big Ten colleagues have had to elevate their programs. Urban has a very, very special gift. He’s an elite coach,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “You rocked it, brother. We did what we talked about. So thank you so much, Urban Meyer.”Meyer is hanging up the headset in less than a month as Ohio State moves forward with Day, who at 39 years old is the youngest coach the Buckeyes have had since Woody Hayes was hired in 1951 at the age of 38.So what is Meyer’s legacy?He leaves behind a legacy of consistent success, always putting his team in the conversation for a national title, always setting the bar for expectations sky high in the program.Meyer will exit his final game with one of the most impressive resumes of any coach in college football.But for someone who wants to be remembered by “the truth,” it is the “truth” that might permanently tarnish Meyer’s legacy, regardless of the success he accomplished on the field. read more

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GR Engineering gets the Abra leadsilver DFS gig

first_imgGalena Mining has retained Australia-based GR Engineering Services to carry out the bulk of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Abra lead-silver project in Western Australia.The engineering company will undertake key portions of the DFS related to plant design, capital and operating cost estimation, and process and non-process infrastructure evaluation.The commencement of the study comes following an “excellent” prefeasibility study for Abra, according to Galena. This envisaged a 1.2 Mt/y underground mine and conventional flotation concentrator for the project, producing a high-grade lead-silver concentrate containing some 91,000 t/y of lead and 760,000 oz/y of silver over a 14-year mine life.GR Engineering Managing Director, Geoff Jones said: “GR Engineering was involved in the Abra PFS and we are pleased to have been engaged to deliver key aspects of the DFS and to assist Galena to realise the significant potential of the Abra base metals project.”The DFS is targeted for completion in mid-2019. In the meantime, Galena expects to make progress on a number of other milestones including an updated resource, a review of the Abra ore reserve and underground mine design/schedule, permitting, and continuation of discussions related to offtake and project finance.Galena is targeting commencement of construction at Abra in 2019, followed by initial production in 2021 and the first full year of steady-state commercial output in 2022.During the past 11 years, GR Engineering has completed more than 40 design and construction projects and over 160 feasibility studies including a number of Australia base metals projects, Galena said.last_img read more

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Police Man was shot at while serving papers

first_imgAn Amboy man is accused of shooting at a man who was serving him with legal papers Sunday.Jason R. Baird, 32, appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Friday.Judge John Nichols held him on $25,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Bob Yoseph to defend him.When the victim, Steven Peterson, served Baird with legal papers at Baird’s residence in the 25000 block of Northeast Fern Drive, Baird allegedly confronted Peterson with a .22 caliber pistol. He fired the weapon at least three times in Peterson’s direction “with the intent to intimidate Peterson,” according to a court affidavit. None of the bullets struck Peterson.Clark County District Court records indicate that Columbia Collectors Inc. filed a small claims suit against Baird and his wife, Jessica, on Feb. 12 related to a medical debt. The collection company asks for a payment totaling nearly $1,419, plus interest, to be divided accordingly among Columbia Anesthesia Group, Vancouver Clinic, Rebound & Neurosurgical Specialists, registered nurse Julie Blomdahl and Southwest Washington Regional Surgery.Court records indicate Baird reports having knee and shoulder problems, though it’s unclear whether those are related to the medical bills.last_img read more

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SELECTMEN RACE QA Candidates Discuss Their Involvement In Wilmingtons Community  Politics

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, and challengers Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Dan Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan, are running for TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Greg BendelOne of the best things about Wilmington is that everyone does their part to get involved and volunteer their time in one way or another. I grew up in Wilmington and have been the beneficiary of a lot of the wonderful things Wilmington has to offer. As an adult I have made it a point to give back to the community I love in anyway I can. In addition to my full time job as a teacher and a coach at Shawsheen Tech, I am a proud member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. I was proud to work with the Local Heroes organization for may years packaging gifts for our brave troops stationed around the world. In 2011 I volunteered for the Wilmington 4.0 Committee with the goal of bringing a new Wilmington High School to town. I am an active member of the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association’s Alumni Committee. I volunteered for the Wilmington Housing Authority from 2011-2016 and served as the board’s chairman from 2014-2016. During that time I worked with others to oversee Wilmington’s state run affordable housing, which is mostly located at Demming Way.In 2016 I was elected to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen where I have volunteered since. In my time as a Selectmen, I was proud to be a small part of the Wilmington Public School’s 2018 Superintendent Search Screening Committee and I was recently appointed to the town’s new Economic Development Committee which aims to promote Wilmington as a great place to operate a business. Over the years, I have volunteered for many local organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the Wilmington Rotary Club, the Wilmington Relay for Life and the Brady Foundation to name a few. My wife and I take great pride in attending as many of the major events in town and helping out in anyway we can. As new parents, I look forward to volunteering in new ways like in the schools and in youth sports, just as my parents did before me.Greg BendelKevin CairaI am proud of the fact that my entire family has been immersed in the volunteer network of our community. As for me, I am completing my first term as a member on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen. Currently, I serve as the Board’s Chairman, having been unanimously elected by my colleagues. While on the Board, I served as a member of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee. As Chairman, I am serving on a committee with our legislative delegation, various Town Department Managers and MBTA representatives to address issues at the North Wilmington Train Station that effect public safety.I served the Town as Vice Chairman of the Yentile Farm Recreational Development Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Nine Cross Street Fundraising Committee. It is also worth noting that the Yentile Recreational Facility recently received two major awards; the first in Engineering Excellence, receiving the Silver Award given by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and the second being the 2019 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Associations Design of Facility Agency Award. Congratulations to my fellow committee members on this achievement. I am a founding member and Vice Chairman of the Wildcat Athletic Alumni and Friends Association and serve as its fundraising coordinator to provide funding for Wilmington High School Athletic programs. Other volunteer activities have included coaching in the Wilmington Little League, Senior League and summer baseball programs. I served as a volunteer basketball coach for the Wilmington Recreation Department and with the department, initiated a new basketball program for high school juniors and seniors. I also coached Wilmington High School football and softball.I have been a longtime supporter of the Wilmington Band Parents programs, a member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus and the former president of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, where I spearheaded numerous programs and fundraising drives in support of many important Town initiatives. Currently I serve as the Chairman of the Wilmington Sons of Italy Roncalli Trust, which has contributed over one million dollars to various charitable endeavors including supporting numerous Town projects and programs. My organizational and leadership skills have resulted in my election to many prominent positions in the Sons of Italy including that of State President, National Vice President, and currently National President of the Commission for Social Justice. I am proud to have been instrumental in securing a grant from the Italian Consulate for Wilmington High School to reestablish the Italian language program as a part of its curriculum.I believe that each one of us has an obligation to help our community. I am honored and privileged to be given that opportunity to serve Wilmington as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and I encourage residents to reach out to me with their questions or concerns via my phone number (978-657-7734) or email address ( CairaRob FasuloI attended Wilmington Public Schools and am a 1994 graduate of Shawsheen Tech.In 1998, I joined the Wilmington Auxiliary Police, which was a volunteer position where we were tasked with patrolling the school and town buildings and property in the off-hours. I maintained my position with the Auxiliary Police until 2002 when I became a full time officer for another agency.I currently have one child at the West Intermediate and one child in the Shawsheen Elementary School.Being a member of the Mass Maple Producers Association and my proximity to the city of Boston, I have been fortunate enough to be called on by many organizations to volunteer to teach children and groups outside of Wilmington about maple sugaring and beekeeping.Since my run for the Board of Selectmen last year, I have remained active in town politics attending most Selectmen’s meetings and several ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) and other departmental meetings. I have been a vocal advocate for transparency in our government after finding that the town was unwilling to provide public documents upon request.Rob FasuloMark MaselliI volunteer my time at various school functions, help various fundraising for different school groups. I have been donating and volunteering at numerous ice cream socials at our schools over the last 12 years. I also volunteer in Wilmington youth sports as a coach as well as with Boy Scout Troop 56 at their Christmas tree lot and their 4th of July booth. I have also volunteered with the St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving event. I have not served in Wilmington’s town government.Mark MaselliSuzanne SullivanI have been volunteering for the last 20 plus years.I served on the Board of Selectmen from 2003 – 2007, the Master Plan Advisory, the Affordable Housing, the Comprehensive Water Resource Management Plan, and the Open Space committees. I also served on and helped form the Community Advisory Panel, which was charged with hiring the Town’s environmental consultant, GEO Insight. I served on the Upper Ipswich 21E Committee, which was a citizen liaison group with the MA DEP to review and take action on contaminated sites in Wilmington. I coached youth soccer for approx. 10 years when my children were younger. I volunteered for the Outdoor Life program at Camp 40 Acres and helped run the Vernal Pool Workshop.I currently am the Vice President of the Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (for the Olin Superfund Site). I also currently am a co-vice president of the Ipswich River Watershed Association and co-chair of the Headwaters Stream Team. I also am on the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Advisory Committees and in 2014, for the 15th year anniversary of getting no answers from the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study, I participated in the Buzz For a Cure and raised just shy of $2,000.00 for One Mission. I intend on doing so again this year to mark, and bring awareness to, the 20th year of the study with still no answers.Citizen Science – I conduct water quality monitoring of the Ipswich River the last Sunday of every month and have for the past 22 years and have participated in the largest citizen science project in the country the Christmas Bird Count. We have recorded well over 30 species of birds in Wilmington during the count. I also volunteer for the Mass Association Of Conservation Commissions and am their “official photographer.”Suzanne SullivanDan MurphyNo response provided.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Bendel & Caira Win Re-Election, O’Mahony Joins The BoardIn “Breaking News”VIDEO: Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan Discusses Her Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”VIDEO: Selectman Greg Bendel Discusses His Re-Election Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Texas Google begins testing selfdriving prototype cars in Austin

first_imgClose Google has begun testing its self-driving cars in Austin, Texas, hoping to gather information on how the prototypes interact with traffic, road conditions and people.Google has been in the self-driving car game since 2009, testing the cars mainly around its Silicon Valley headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google, along with other carmakers, hopes the technology will be ready by 2020.Google is sending a second specially equipped Lexus prototype this week to Austin. In June, the company began testing tiny, bubble-shaped self-driving prototype vehicles of its own design on public roads around Mountain View.But most major multinational carmakers are developing their own so-called automated vehicles that are designed to control major functions such as steering, brakes and throttle without human effort.The Google self-driving cars have humans on board who can assume manual control of the vehicles if necessary.Both Google and Apple maintain offices in Austin, an emerging technology hub in the south west of the US.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday April 28

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: day after parts of West Baltimore erupted in violence, looting and arson after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the energy at Pennsylvania and North Avenues, “Ground Zero,” of the uprising, is still incredibly intense. We’ll have a full report on The Baltimore riots and the aftermath. It’s coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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A flight of fantasy

first_imgRecently artist and illustrator Sumedha Sah successfully showcased a selection of her artworks, The Umbrella Bar at Cafe Turtle. Udaan by Nandini Thirani Mehta is the latest in line to be showcased at the cafe, and is a reflection of the artist’s experiences while travelling to different parts of the world – Cambodia, Italy, Spain, Jordan and South India. ‘On my journeys I found that art, like music, brought the most diverse sets of people together. My work and perspective as an artist allowed me to build common ground and strike up conversations with people from all walks of life,’ says Nandini Thirani Mehta.  ‘The bright colours and textures in the paintings represent parts of me that I have left with the people I met along the way,’ she says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist’s interest in art has been profoundly shaped by her early experiences studying under the late Padma Shree artist Badri Narayan. She had him as her art teacher in the second and third grade. She tells how amazing his teaching style was, ‘he would tell us fascinating stories drawn from mythology and ask us to draw what we imagined when we were listening to them. At that early stage, I knew that I was happiest when I was drawing and painting.’Her photography is hugely inspired by Raghu Rai. His work introduced her to the magical world of black and white photography. Chirodeep Chaudhari’s amazing ability to capture the essence of street life is another big inspiration. So head on and fly! When: 5 – 11 July Where: Cafe Turtle, N block GK 1last_img read more

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Its still important to be Earnest – we should all see Oscar

first_imgRupert Everett says Oscar Wilde wouldn’t have used Grindr – here’s why The play remains one of English writer’s Oscar Wilde’s most enduring pieces of work.His stories are back in the limelight thanks to the recent Rupert Everett biopic of his life.But seeing Earnest was particularly poignant this Pride season considering his queer undertones were suppressed at the time his work was published.He would later go on to be shunned and prosecuted over of his sexuality, despite being a celebrated writer.To add another layer of queer – the All of Nothing version of the play re-imagined the setting of this classic. It was set instead to the backdrop of 1980’s Thatcher era.Bringing together Wilde’s plays and Queen songs sand by a camp man on ukulele was fab – and it was part of a series remembering the 30th anniversary of Section 28. It was the UK law that banned schools from promoting homosexuality.And the play left me walking out with a renewed sense of why it’s so important to reflect back on queer history – and historical LGBTI authors work.[embedded content]Everybody’s talking about EarnestSpeaking to Simon Stewart, Founder & Director of All or Nothing Repertory Theatre Company, he tells me it’s one of Wilde’s most enduring plays because of its simple absurdity:‘It is a parody of the ridiculousness of life that is still allowing audiences to laugh at reflections of themselves.‘In the years since Wilde wrote and it was first produced the audience at the theatre changed and more people from different walks of life got to see this piece, their ideas of the upper classes as frivolous and petty were confirmed and that is always very satisfying.Like much of his work, its a show with many queer undertones:‘Earnest is a play all about realizing who you are and celebrating being the truest version of yourself.’The story follows Jack Worthing who begins the play not knowing his true history. But he does know who he loves, and he is determined that they should be married.‘He would move mountains to make this loving relationship a reality. And he thinks that he must change who he is to fit in that world.’And here comes the full queer undertone:‘However, it turns out that he need only have been himself the entire time, something I think a lot of queer people can relate to.’Rehearsals of the Importance of Being Earnest with the actors who play Cecelia, Left and Gwendolyn, Right | Photo: All or Nothing Theater CompanyThe importance of telling stories about our queer historyIn my time as the GSN Young Voices editor, I’ve long screamed about the importance of us all knowing more about our history. Something Simon wholeheartedly agrees with:‘Visibility is crucial to the progress of our equality in the LGBTI community. We have a duty as a community to know our own history. Both the good and the bad. We must remember that we are only ever one step away from a section 28 and losing it all. GAYSTARNEWS- ‘We also need to realize that it was not just white gay men who got us to this point. It was Marsha P Johnson who led the Stonewall uprising. Then there was the incredible work that Lesbians did for gay men with AIDS during the epidemic in the 80s and 90s.‘The only way we can truly support all of the community is to acknowledge the efforts of every single member of it. To do that we must know our history.As a young gay person in multicultural London, there are moments where it can seem easy to be queer. Especially when you compare how it was to 30 years ago.But seeing the recent #PrideMatters campaign by Pride in London, and watching judging eyes as me and my boyfriend walk the streets of what is regarded as a welcoming city, is a daily reminder – our fight is not over.We regularly have conversations about if this is an area we can hold hands.Just this week, the UK released the results of a survey that shows we are not alone in that behavior. Over two-thirds of LGBTI Brits say they too fear to hold hands with their partner in public.Watch the emotional advert by Pride in London showing the impact of anti-LGBTI abuse on people’s lives:Make it your Pride resolution to pick up a book by an LGBTI authorWalking out of the fab performance last night I was left with a reminder of the importance of knowing our history.The last time I wrote about the importance of knowing your history, was following a visit to an exhibition at the British Library. The curator Steven Dryden told me:‘History is not static; you can go back to it and interrogate it in a multitude of ways.‘Until you do that, and examine where you’ve come from – you can’t project yourself forward and think ahead.‘It’s as basic as knowledge is power.’Those words are as true today. So I urge you to pick up a copy of anything that helps grow your understanding of the shared history the LGBTI community has, not just locally, but worldwide.And if that isn’t reason enough for you? As Gwendolen says in Earnest says:‘One should always have something sensational to read in the train.’That’s a good enough reason alone to pick up anything by Oscar.Rehearsals of the Importance of Being Earnest | Photo: All or Nothing Theater CompanySeeing Wilde’s work produced by a queer theater company truly allowed this great gay writer’s work to be truly celebrated – a veritably camp and enjoyable performance. See more from the All or Nothing run and follow information about upcoming works. The Remember the Clause season is part of the Pride in London festival.Read more from Gay Star News:Who was Oscar Wilde? Watching the Importance of Being Earnest last night was hilarious. But it was also a massive tease for me to go and find out more about his work. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Rupert Everett, right, stars as Oscar Wilde in new biopic | Photo: Lionsgate Who was Oscar Wilde?Emotive trailer drops for Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy PrinceRupert Everett’s The Happy Prince shines light on forgotten gay historyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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2M slated for Puerto Ricans with HIVAIDS

first_imgIt’s unclear exactly how many patients are waiting for their medication.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Comments   Share   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico is slated to receive more than $2 million in federal funds to help those on a waiting list for HIV/AIDS medication.Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said Tuesday that the money will target patients lacking health insurance. The announcement comes after the U.S. territory recently received $17 million to boost prevention and treatment programs in metropolitan areas.More than 44,000 people on the island of nearly 4 million inhabitants have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

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Survey Identifies Top ARM Trends for 2014

first_img January 23, 2015 504 Views in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2015-01-23 Tory Barringer Falling interest rates and demand for hybrid offerings were once again among the most dominant trends in the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) market in the last year, according to a recent survey.Freddie Mac released Thursday the results of its 31st Annual ARM Survey of prime loan offerings, conducted earlier this month.Collecting responses from dozens of ARM lenders, the company identified four major trends that shaped the direction of the market in the past year:Hybrids held on to their popularity: Lenders reported that hybrid ARMs continued to be the most popular adjustable-rate offering for borrowers, and nearly all of the ARM lenders responding to the survey offered some hybrid product. Hybrid ARMs adjust annually after starting with an extended fixed-rate period.According to Freddie Mac, the 5/1 hybrid, which offers a five-year fixed-rate period before resetting, was the most common among borrowers, followed by the 7/1, 3/1, and 10/1. Less popular were ARM products where the repricing frequency was fixed for the entire loan life, such as the 3/3 ARM (which adjusts once every three years) and the 5/5 ARM.Hybrid ARM borrowers save thousands of dollars early on: As of early January, the average interest rate for a 5/1 hybrid ARM with a 30-year term was about 0.75 percentage points lower than the 30-year fixed-rate average. For a $250,000 loan, Freddie Mac estimates the monthly principal and interest payment for a 5/1 hybrid would be about $103 less than that of a 30-year fixed-rate loan over the first five years of the mortgage.”Because consumers who choose an ARM often are taking out a higher-balance loan, their payment savings can add up over the first few years of the loan,” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac. The average loan size for a conventional home purchase ARM was more than $400,000 during 2014, about double the average for a fixed-rate loan.Treasury-indexed loans offered a lower index and higher margin than others: Of the 84 unique ARM lenders surveyed, 70 offered Treasury-indexed ARMs, while 14 offered London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)-indexed ARMs, Freddie Mac reported. (However, because larger lenders are more likely to offer LIBOR-based products, those accounted for about half of ARM originations.)Comparing the two: Treasury-indexed ARMs generally had a lower index (about 0.4 percentage points), a similar initial interest rate, and a higher margin (about half a percentage point).Average interest rates on ARMs fell compared to 2013: In keeping with the overall trend of mortgage rates dropping in 2014, average initial ARM rates slipped to 2.39 percent for a one-year, 2.98 percent for a 5/1, and 3.71 percent for a 10/1 Treasury-indexed ARM, Freddie Mac said.While ARM rates have continued to fall in this year’s first few weeks, borrowers shouldn’t expect that to last.”Today’s low mortgage rates will not be around forever,” Nothaft said, citing expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by year-end.However, those same forecasts also apply to fixed-rate mortgages.”If fixed-rate loans become more expensive and home values rise further, we expect more consumers to take another look at ARMs and project the ARM share rising to 12 percent of the conventional home-purchase market in 2015,” Nothaft added.center_img Share Survey Identifies Top ARM Trends for 2014last_img read more

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