The arrests of two men in Richmond Hill Ont not related to

first_imgRICHMOND HILL, Ont. — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the arrests of two men in Ontario charged with possession of an explosive device is not related to national security.The comment came moments after York Regional Police announced the arrests of the men at a home in Richmond Hill, Ont.They said the investigation was launched last Thursday after a tip from Canadian border guards and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Police say officers searching the home found hazardous, explosive materials as well as a detonator device.The two men — identified as Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, and Mahyar Mohammadiasl, 18 — were charged with possession of an explosive device.Goodale said the arrests and the investigation is “a local matter” under the jurisdiction of the York Regional Police.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Charitybuzz Announces 2nd Annual Holiday Givt Guide

first_imgOnline luxury auction house Charitybuzz today announced its 2nd Annual Holiday Givt Guide, to highlight the importance of giving when gifting.The campaign will run from November 29, 2016 through December 15 with more than 100 experiences. The Holiday Givt Guide will once again reveal new experiences daily and feature items crossing the worlds of adventure, lifestyle, sports, and music. It is a curation of some of the top experiences and luxuries Charitybuzz has to offer, curated from around the world.“We are redefining what it means to give. Givt isn’t just a guide but a movement to shift the way we give and emphasize the importance of adding meaning to our holiday gifts,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Charity Network chief marketing officer. “Givting is something that can happen anytime of the year and given voluntarily to show favor toward someone or honor an occasion that also benefits a charitable organization.”Last year CharityBuzz changed the holiday gifting landscape by introducing “givting”as an opportunity for family and friends to give and receive extraordinary experiences during the holiday season while raising funds for charity through Charitybuzz’s online auction platform. The first ever Givt Guide was a remarkable success and raised nearly $6MM for charities by auctioning experiences including:● A private concert in your living room from Jeff Tweedy sold for $135,000 
○ Benefitted: Onward Neighborhood House
● Five night for 12 cruising the Caribbean on the M/Y Lady Joy for $120,000 
○ Benefitted: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research 
● Lunch for two with Larry David in Los Angeles sold for $56,000 
○ Benefitted: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 
● A walk-on role in season two of Outlander in Scotland sold for $47,500 
○ Benefitted: SeriousFun Children’s Network Founded by Paul Newman 
● A two-week holiday to India with roundtrip airfare, accommodations and more sold for $40,000 
○ Benefitted: Learning Matters 
● A meeting with Lionel Messi at a Barcelona FC home game sold for $37,500 
○ Benefitted: Forever Dream Foundation 
● A stay on Richard Branson’s Island during Celebration Week sold for $28,500 
○ Benefitted: Virgin UniteThis year, Charitybuzz and its impressive roster of partners will offer a slate of equally incredible auction items that simultaneously provide an opportunity to benefit charities and treat loved ones to one-of-a-kind memorable experiences including:Adventure 
● Enjoy an exclusive 2-Night Stay at Ol Jogi in Kenya for up to 8 guests 
○ Benefitting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights● Have a nature preserve in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains named after you & enjoy a 1-week RV getaway in Alaska 
○ Benefitting Safe Port InitiativeLifestyle 
● Meet Petra Nemcova and enjoy 2017 New York Fashion Week 
○ Benefitting Tibet House US Entertainment 
● Host an At-Home Canapé Reception for up to 20 from Eric Ripert with a performance by Philip Glass 
○ Benefitting Tibet House US● Dine with Fran Drescher and Cyndi Lauper in NYC 
○ Benefitting Cancer Schmancer● Dinner with the Cast of Scandal at the LA Home of Star Katie Lowes on March 12 
○ Benefiting IAMA Theatre CompanySports 
● Attend the biggest sporting event of the year, Superbowl 51 in Houston 
○ Benefitting George Mark Children’s House● Score New York Mets premium games tickets & meet announcers Howie Rose and Josh Lewin 
○ Benefitting US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more

Australias Commonwealth Banks 2H profit falls to 33B

CANBERRA, Australia — The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recorded a drop in statutory net profit in its latest half-year to 4.6 billion Australian dollars ($3.3 billion) as the nation’s biggest lender was hit by costs for misconduct, lower profit margins and a downturn in the housing market.The profit for the six months ending Dec. 31 reported Wednesday was 6 per cent below the AU$4.9 billion earned in the same period a year earlier. But cash profit rose 1.7 per cent to AU$4.68 billion. Cash profit, which excludes one-off gains and losses, are the banks’ preferred measure.Broker Chris Weston says the result was lower than the market had expected.The Associated Press read more

Renewed violence drives thousands out of Somali capital – UN

25 April 2008Some 7,000 people have fled the Somali capital Mogadishu after a new round of fighting this week that killed a significant number of civilians and reportedly wounded 200 people, including women and children, the United Nations refugee agency announced today. “The exodus from the war-ravaged city further aggravates the situation in a country where over 1 million people are already internally displaced,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva, adding that some 700,000 left Mogadishu last year alone. “The latest violence also prevents the internally displaced living in areas surrounding the city from returning to their homes.”He pointed out that international aid agencies, including UNHCR, are impeded from providing affected populations with the protection and assistance they need. Furthermore, aid workers encounter problems at checkpoints, including demands for money in exchange for passage.Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces fought with insurgents, and according to eyewitness reports, over 1,000 families fled their homes in two neighbourhoods north of Mogadishu following heavy shelling of residential areas.“Scores of civilians have reportedly been killed or wounded over the past few days, among them worshippers brutally killed in a mosque, sparking fresh fears and renewed exodus of civilians from the city,” Mr. Redmond observed.Many of those who have left Mogadishu are seeking safety in the bush or on the road leading to Afgooye.That town, which is 30 km west of the capital, is already sheltering over 250,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of whom who escaped violence in Mogadishu last year.UNHCR reported that since yesterday, the fighting has stopped in Mogadishu, but people continue to leave the city, though the numbers are falling.As soon as the security situation allows, the agency will distribute non-food items – including sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and plastic sheets – to settlements for up to 14,000 families, or 84,000 people, along the road between Mogadishu and Afgooye. Earlier this week, an independent UN human rights expert condemned the killing of civilians in Somalia, including a number of religious leaders, and called for an immediate end to the violence that has flared up in recent weeks in the Horn of Africa nation.In a statement, Ghanim Alnajjar, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, condemned in particular the alleged deliberate killing of numerous clerics belonging to “Altabligh Group” at the Al-Hidaya Compound/Mosque. “The killings have to be investigated expeditiously and impartially, and any lasting peace in Somalia must be based on justice, truth and accountability,” he stated. read more

Lebanon and neighbours need to make more progress – UN envoy

“Unfortunately, there remain many areas of 1701 where there has been little progress,” Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, told reporters after briefing the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the resolution’s implementation.Resolution 1701 called for, among other matters, renewed respect for the Blue Line separating the Lebanese forces and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.Mr. Williams noted that, despite repeated criticism by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israeli air violations of the Blue Line continue “unabated and on a daily basis.” In addition, no date has been set for a withdrawal of the IDF from the northern part of the village of Ghajar, as required under resolution 1701.As noted by Mr. Ban in his report, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) submitted a proposal one year ago to facilitate the full withdrawal of the IDF. The Lebanese Government said last August that it was ready to accept the proposal. While Israeli officials reaffirmed their commitment to resolving the issue, they said they were not in a position to provide a definitive response since the new Government was undertaking a comprehensive policy review. The Special Coordinator said the issue of Israel’s withdrawal from Ghajar is going to be one of the main areas of work in the coming months. “We believe now with a new Government in Israel, the formation of a new Government in Lebanon, the hard work of UNIFIL, that the atmosphere may be more propitious to a settlement.” He added that he believed the Ghajar issue “is far more achievable in the short run” than that of the Shab’a Farms area, which Lebanon and Syria have yet to resolve. The establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two neighbours over the past year, he noted, provides a “sound basis” on which to tackle their border issues.“We believe that with the successful implementation of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria, and other positive developments in the relations between the two countries… that the next step to be taken will be the delineation of the common border between the two countries.”Mr. Williams said a “deeply disturbing” development in recent months was the uncovering of alleged Israeli spy networks in many parts of Lebanon.“If these allegations are confirmed in court, this would constitute a very serious violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and, consequently, undermine relevant Security Council resolutions,” he stated. As for allegations that UNIFIL was facilitating the passage of individuals involved in the spy rings across the Blue Line, Mr. Williams described them as “without foundation.” Despite these developments, he said he believed that, “three years after the 2006 war, with the renewal of a democratic mandate for the new Government of Lebanon that Prime Minister Saad Hariri is trying to form, there is a sound basis in the coming months for proceeding with the further implementation of 1701.” 8 July 2009The formation of new Governments in Lebanon and Israel bodes well for the implementation of the Security Council resolution that helped to end their 2006 war, a senior United Nations envoy said today, while lamenting the lack of progress on several key outstanding issues. read more

Local company growing to a tea

A local company is quickly becoming an international success.It’s called “Steeped Tea” and it recently expanded into the United States with plans to sell tea products around the world. Mia Gordon shows us how the company’s owners took this business from their basement to the world.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Kepler Telescope Finds Over 1000 Planet Candidate

first_imgAccording to new numbers from scientists, NASA’s Kepler observatory has identified some 1,235 transiting planet candidates since in launch in March 2009. Most intriguing in these new numbers are the 54 planets that fall within the the “habitable zone,” putting them the proper distance from their stars to offer liquid water. Fifteen of the candidates have been confirmed as planets by terrestrial telescopesThe above image features the stars for the transiting planets on the top row. Our sun is on the row below, with the planets following after that.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Up to 70 people renting in dangerous unhealthy and cramped Dublin house

first_img By Ray Managh Image: Shutterstock/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share85 Tweet Email3 DOZENS OF SOUTH Americans and Eastern Europeans are unlawfully being rented “living space” in a single Co Dublin house in dangerous, unhealthy and cramped conditions, a court heard today.Barrister Liam O’Connell told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that next Friday he would be asking her to order Richard Stanley to immediately end the use of his property at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely, “as what can only be described as an unauthorised hostel.”O’Connell, who appeared in the Circuit Civil Court with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s law agent Dorothy Kennedy, said the overcrowded private dwelling was considered a fire and health risk.“It has come to the council’s notice that the three-storey dwelling is being used as other than a private dwelling with up to 17 individuals in one room and about 36 people housed in the basement,” O’Connell told the court.Aonghus O Neill, a planning inspector with the local authority, told the court in a sworn affidavit that the Lehaunstown house, on four levels, was registered at the Land Registry in the name of Richard Stanley as owner. It comprised a basement with two rooms, a ground floor, first floor and attic level.O’Connell told Judge Linnane that the County Council had become aware of reports that up to 70 people were being accommodated in the house and for health and safety reasons had carried out an inspection.He said O’Neill and another council inspector, Aidan Shannon, found that almost every room they could obtain access to had been filled with either double-beds or bunk beds.Loose electrical cord providing power to a washing machine and two tumble dryers at the top of a stairs leading to the basement had to be avoided. In a boiler room there were no smoke or heat detectors and flammable materials were scattered about the room.One room in the basement contained 11 bunk beds and a second room contained five bunk beds and two double beds. There were electrical extension cables across the floor. Each of the beds appeared to have been recently slept in.They had found a communal dining room and a living room which had been turned into dormitories. Three rooms on the first floor had been locked shut.O’Connell said the use of the property had changed from that of a private dwelling to one involving the provision of accommodation to paying customers in the course of commercial activity whereby occupants were accommodated in large communal dormitories.He said the County Council would be seeking an injunction restraining the continued use of the house as a multi-occupancy dormitory property.O’Connell said the council had sought undertakings from Mr Stanley to terminate multi-occupancy forthwith and to arrange for and provide suitable accommodation for those people currently accommodated there.Judge Linnane said that out of consideration for the plight of the people currently living in the property she would not grant immediate restraints or injunctions but would deal with the matter on Friday on notice to Mr Stanley.Read: Working group to review if AirBnb should face regulations> No Comments Image: Shutterstock/ 16,836 Views Short URL Monday 23 Jan 2017, 4:35 PM Jan 23rd 2017, 4:35 PM Up to 70 people renting in ‘dangerous, unhealthy and cramped’ Dublin house, court hears ‘Up to 17 individuals were in one room and about 36 people were housed in the basement.’last_img read more

DUP a compassionate party that wont bring up abortion or gay marriage

first_img 21,218 Views Jun 12th 2017, 10:01 AM ISSUES AROUND GAY marriage and abortion will not form part of the negotiations between the DUP and the Conservatives to support a Tory government in Westminster according to a former MLA for North Belfast.Nelson McCausland, who held the seat for the DUP, told BBC Radio 4 that the DUP is a “compassionate party” and said that any issues around abortion or gay marriage would be dealt with by the Northern Irish Assembly, and not in Westminster.Talks are set to take place between the Conservatives and the DUP in Westminster this week, as the former seeks the latter’s support to command a majority in the House of Commons.“A compassionate party”McCausland stressed that the DUP was very different from the Conservatives, and would advocate against some of the latter’s key election policies in its negotiations. Nelson McCausland Source: Liam McBurney PA Wire/PA Images“There are many things the parties have in common, but there are differences,” he said.The DUP is what I would describe as a fairly compassionate party.At this point, McCausland was interrupted and asked to clarify his statements, with the claim that “most people would call the DUP an intolerant party”.McCausland said that, in terms of austerity, the DUP is a party that “would want to avoid extremes”.“They would favour retention of the triple lock on pensions,” he said. “They favour retention of winter fuel payments as a universal benefit. They’ve expressed concerns about the dementia tax, and so on.In those ways it would not be a party that is entirely in line with the Conservatives on some issues.When pressed on whether a gay person or a woman wanting an abortion would think of the DUP as compassionate, McCausland said: “Those are matters that are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.The views held by the DUP are not that different from those that would be held by some members of the Conservative Party in Westminster.He added that matters around gay marriage and abortion would not be up for discussion when the DUP sat down for talks with the Conservatives.Brexit donationsAs well as its stance on issues such as gay marriage, the DUP is also under scrutiny for a €500,000 donation it received in the run-up to the Brexit referendum last year.The party has confirmed that the money was received by a pro-Union donor, but it is not known who actually gave the money.The donation was made by the Constitutional Research Council. The only publicly-declared member of this group is former Conservative general election candidate Richard Cook, who is alleged to have business links with Saudi Arabian intelligence servicesA large portion of the money – £282,000 – was spent on an advertisement in the Metro, a UK newspaper which is not circulated in Northern Ireland.The party faced criticism earlier this year for the donation, with Sinn Féin’s Máirtin Ó Muilleoir calling on the DUP to reveal the source: “Voters have a right to know from the DUP where the actual source of the donation is”.The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, which is says voluntarily declares donations from a single source over £7,500, has called for clarity on political donations in Northern Ireland where the source does not have to be disclosed.Clock is ticking Source: Charles McQuillan/PA WireWith the new government set to present its legislative programme to parliament on June 19, the clock is ticking on efforts to bolster the Conservatives’ position after they won just 318 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been “very good discussions” so far and she would travel to London to meet May tomorrow.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the government was not looking at a formal coalition but would seek assurances that the DUP would vote with May “on the big things” such as the budget, defence issues and Brexit.He stressed he did not share their ultra-conservative views on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, which have caused disquiet among many Conservatives.More than 700,000 people have signed a petition condemning the proposed alliance, saying it is a “disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power”.Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed Irish concerns directly to Theresa May about the impact on the Good Friday agreement of any deal with the DUP.An Irish government spokesperson said: “They discussed the outcome of the UK general election and the Prime Minister outlined the proposed supply and confidence arrangement between her party and the DUP. The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring.He also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster following the election. Source: Speaking to reporters today, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar said that the election result had significant implications.”I do have a sense that the landscape does change somewhat as a result of the British election,” Varadkar, who is expected to be voted in as prime minister on Wednesday, told reporters.I do think there is an opportunity to soften Brexit. But that all remains to be seen.Minister Heather Humphreys added: “I was in Northern Ireland yesterday and Arlene Foster did say that she hopes that there will be a softer Brexit.”With reporting from Christina FinnRead: Kenny raises Good Friday Agreement concerns with May over DUP dealRead: DUP denies it has made a deal with Theresa May Share207 Tweet Email 81 Comments Monday 12 Jun 2017, 10:01 AM Subscribe for more videos DUP leader Arlene Foster with election candidates in Antrim Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images DUP leader Arlene Foster with election candidates in Antrim Short URL DUP ‘a compassionate party that won’t bring up abortion or gay marriage in Westminster’ The DUP is also under scrutiny for past political donations as it continues talks with the Conservatives. By Sean Murray Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

This Roomba Can Turn Cleaning Maps Into Doom Levels

first_img Roomba and Doom were unexpectedly brought together, thanks to a developer’s new AI-meets-gaming innovation.Rich Whitehouse, a game developer and designer, recently debuted Doomba, which uses Roomba 980 robot vacuums to create different levels of Doom, a first-person shooter video game, Polygon reported.DOOMBA: Turn your Roomba’s Clean Maps into DOOM maps! #doom #DOOM25 @romero @ID_AA_Carmack— Rich Whitehouse (@DickWhitehouse) December 24, 2018Whitehouse, who has credits on many video games including Prey and Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, developed a tool dubbed Noesis, a tool for previewing and converting between different animation formats. Whitehouse’s new Doomba system works similarly to Noesis. It takes Roomba’s digital cleaning maps and transforms them into Doom levels.If the idea of combining a Roomba and Doom sounds amusing, Whitehouse provides easy step-by-step instructions on how to do so here. You’ll need to download the latest edition of Noesis first before jumping to the Python part of the guide, but it’s definitely worth it to see AI and gaming come to life via the Doomba module.Whitehouse only tested this cool feature with a Roomba 980 vacuum, so it’s not guaranteed to work with other Roomba models. However, Whitehouse provided a sample .noeroomba file in the Noesis scenes directory to check out Doomba.“I hope you get some fun out of this feature. I definitely have! Some will say that it’s pointless, but I have faith in my heart that the Dark Lord will wipe these people from the face of the Earth and trap them in a dimension of eternal hellfire,” Whitehouse said on his blog. ” Their suffering will be legendary.”More on Vacuum Showdown: Neato Versus Roomba‘World’s First Digital Dining Plate ‘ Is a Feast for the EyesYou Can Now Use Snapchat Lenses on Dogs Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

Klopp not available right now for Germany

first_imgBut the Liverpool coach would “think about it” one day if the Nationalmannschaft needs him one day and he’s availableFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp being concentrated and focused is something he’s proud of.And asked today if he would ever manage the Germany National Team, The Reds boss was quick to replay.“If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it,” he told Welt am Sonntag in his native country.Reported by, the German manager is focused on only one thing right now.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But am I thinking about it right now, in my current situation when I am tied to Liverpool for the next four years and because Germany has just played a bad World Cup? No,” he said.“I’m not available,” he promptly added.Germany had their worst FIFA World Cup participation this summer, having failed to qualify from the Group Stage into the Round of 16.But both Germany’s coach Joachim Löw and Klopp, have a four-year contract with their teams.last_img read more

Girl 9 injured in BG crash remains in critical condition

first_imgA Battle Ground mother injured in a crash last week has been released from the hospital but her 9-year-old daughter remains in critical condition.Anna Konovalchik, 44, was first listed in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center following a crash Wednesday evening with an alleged drunken driver. Her condition improved and she was released from the hospital on Sunday.Konovalchik’s 9-year-old daughter was taken via Life Flight Wednesday to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland. Hospital staff reported Monday that the girl remains in critical condition.Konovalchik’s 13-year-old son, Jacob Konovalchik, also was injured in the crash but was treated and released from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center the night of the crash, according to hospital staff.The three family members were traveling south on Northeast 182nd Avenue in a minivan at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday when they were struck by a westbound Chevrolet pickup, according to court documents.last_img read more

Golfweeks Bland Rage

first_imgLots of buzz online about the termination of editor Dave Seanor over this cover, which refers to a thoughtlessly stupid remark by golf anchor Kelly Tighman.It’s worth noting that the controversy over this cover is inextricably wrapped up in its conceptual quality. The insipid stock image brings nothing to the package that isn’t explicit in the headline. The noose may be a loaded cliché, but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as tiresome on a magazine cover as any other over-used icon.Now, clichés have their place, and all visual communicators must rely on them (at least once in a while) because they provide a shared visual language. But the trouble with using them unthinkingly and without a context that makes them story-specific is that either they’re boring and obvious–or they convey unintended meanings—or both. If the noose (or better yet a net—”Caught in a Net” works just as well, once you aren’t relying on the noose to provide a link to Tighman’s quote) was clearly catching a television set showing Tighman on the golf channel—it might not have been wonderful (especially if the new cover maintained the phony small caps and clunky outlining on the headline), but it’s hard to imagine it getting the same strongly negative reaction as the generic “ominous noose” pictured here. And, if nothing else, a reader would have known—just by looking—that this is a media story.[Editor’s note: For more intelligent design talk, buy Jandos’ new book.]last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Fall To Burlington But Beat Wakefield

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team were defeated by Burlington High, 4-1, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill was defeated by Madison Metzdorf, 7-6, 6-3.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney was defeated by Liz Gillespie, 7-5, 6-2.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Tess Alorevaya, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco were defeated by Nih Seererom and Kadey Pustizzi, 6-1, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Jessica Murray and sophomore Johanna Robinson were defeated by Annabel Willey and Neha Panke, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Wakefield High, 4-1, on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill defeated Erica Pecjo, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeated Hannah Guay, 6-3, 6-2.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Kelly Kouriahn, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco defeated by Ellie Koutrosis and Marina Gover, 6-2, 6-1.Wilmington sophomore Jessica Murray and sophomore Vidni Shah were defeated, 6-4, 6-0.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… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Defeats Arlington High, Qualifies For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

After avalanche crews clear road to Hatcher Pass

first_imgAn avalanche blocked the road to Hatcher Pass on Monday, March 19, 2018. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)The road into Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer reopened Wednesday night after avalanches had blocked it since Monday morning.Listen nowAbout 10 people were stranded in the pass when two separate snow slides came down from Marmot Mountain, piling debris across the roadway. Most of those stuck in the pass were reportedly staying at the well-provisioned Hatcher Pass Lodge.Danger from further avalanches prevented crews from clearing the debris until avalanche mitigation work could be done, Department of Transportation spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said.“They had just had 12 to 15 inches of new snow,” McCarthy said. “That’s that critical time within that 24 to 48 hours after a new snow that we’ll see a lot of slides let loose.”The mitigation generally involves using explosives to intentionally trigger avalanches before removing the debris, and to do that, DOT will often shoot a howitzer cannon into an avalanche-prone mountainside. But the team in Hatcher Pass on Tuesday instead used what’s called a Daisy Bell system. That’s a bell-shaped piece of equipment that dangles on a line beneath a helicopter and can deliver a concussive blast to trigger a slide.McCarthy said the Daisy Bell is much more precise than a cannon.“In Hatcher Pass it’s narrow, there’s oftentimes weather, but we also oftentimes have people recreating in the area, and using the Howitzer would just not be conducive,” McCarthy said.With the mitigation work done Tuesday, McCarthy says it was safe enough Wednesday to send plows, a snowblower and a grader into the pass to clear away the snow.A small building on a semi trailer collided with a bridge over the Glenn Highway on Wednesday, March 21, forcing the highway’s closure. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)Also Wednesday, DOT was dealing with a different type of mayhem on Southcentral roadways.The southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway were shutdown near Eagle River Wednesday afternoon after an 18-wheeler carrying a tall load crashed into a bridge over the highway.McCarthy said engineers were inspecting the bridge before motorists could travel either over it or underneath it. Drivers were able to bypass the area by detouring through Eagle River.last_img read more

Police investigate India New Year sex attacks

first_imgIndian police personnel holding ‘lathi’ sticks as they attempt to manage crowds during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangalore. AFP file photoThere is “credible” evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.Praveen Sood, the police commissioner of Bangalore city, said an inquiry had been set up into allegations women attending the Saturday night celebrations were chased, groped, molested and robbed.The announcement followed a public outcry over comments by a local minister blaming the attacks in the southern city-an IT hub considered relatively safe for women-on “western dress”.“We did not waste any time,” Sood told reporters, saying police had registered a criminal case without waiting for a complainant.“The police teams are working, we are sure we will catch the culprits.”Additional police commissioner Hemant Nimbalkar told AFP the case had been filed against unnamed persons for sexual harassment, illegal confinement and forcefully attempting to disrobe.Police officers have been sifting through footage from at least 45 CCTV cameras installed in the city centre where hundreds of revellers had gathered to celebrate the new year.India has been shamed in the past by shocking levels of sexual assault against women, notably in December 2012 when a student was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi and later died of her injuries.Indians took to social media to condemn the latest incident, dubbed “night of horror”.“#bangaloremolestation only shows how casual it is to molest women” tweeted Falguni Vasavada-Oza.“How easy it is to grope! How vulnerable is safety! How deep is (d) hierarchy.”Video footage circulated on social media showed women screaming for help.The attacks in Bangalore have drawn comparison with last year’s mass sexual assaults at New Year’s celebrations in the German city of Cologne, where police were also accused of losing control.last_img read more

President PM pay homage to language heroes

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid their rich tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.They paid the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka at one minute past midnight tonight.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar six minutes before the clock struck 12 midnight, while president Abdul Hamid reached the Central Shaheed Minar two minutes before the zero hour.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina proceeded to the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar together in slow pace as the immortal song on Amar Ekushey–“Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February”– was playing.The president was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Just after the president, the prime minister placed the wreath at the Shaheed Minar.They stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the Language Heroes.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of three services, senior Awami League leaders, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats, civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Later, speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and deputy speaker Fazley Rabbi Mia placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.Flanked by cabinet members and senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, later placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party.On arrival at the Shaheed Minar, the president was received by prime minister Sheikh Hasina and vice chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) professor Md Akhtaruzzaman, while Prime Minister was received by DU vice chancellor.Later, the chiefs of three services, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokan, the panel mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, the inspector general of police, the ambassadors and high commissioners of different countries and the heads of international organisations placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.last_img read more

Sonagazi OC withdrawn as victims family cannot trust him

first_imgWithdrawn Sonagazi Model police station OC Moazzem Hossain. Photo: CollectedA Feni court on Wednesday placed Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Siraj Ud Doula on a 7-day remand and two other people on 5-day remand each in a case filed for setting fire to a female student of the madrasa.The other accused put on remand are Abser Uddin, lecturer of English department of the madrasa and student Arif.Feni’s senior judicial magistrate Saraf Uddin Ahmed passed the order after the police produced the three accused before the court seeking a seven-day remand.Meanwhile, Moazzem Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi Model police station, has been withdrawn, said Md Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general (AIG) of police headquarters (PR).Later, he was attached to the Armed Police Battalion (APBn), said superintendent of Feni police SM Jahangir Sarker.Sources at the police headquarters told Prothom Alo that the authorities decided to withdraw the OC taking the plaintiff’s no-confidence in Moazzem Hossain into cognisance.Besides, the case filed for the incident of setting fire to the girl has been transferred to PBI (Police Bureau of Investigation) so that no local people can influence the investigations, the sources told Prothom Alo.On Tuesday, a court in Feni placed four people — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Md Alauddin and Shahidul Islam — on a five-day remand after their arrest in a case filed over the incident.The case was filed accusing eight people, including madrasa principal Siraj Ud Doula, lecturer of English Absar Uddin, Feni municipality councillor Maksudul Alam Maksud, and four unidentified ones.On Saturday, Nusrat Jahan Rafi was set afire allegedly by students loyal to principal Siraj Ud Doula after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.The madrasa was declared shut until 17 April after the incident grabbed the headlines and sparked outrage across Bangladesh.The victim, who suffered 75 per cent burn injuries, has been kept on life support at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Belichick Breaks Down the Film of the Patriots GameWinning AFC Championship Overtime

first_imgThe Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl thanks to flawless execution on their first overtime drive that ended in Rex Burkhead’s game-winning touchdown run. As he’s done so many times before, Tom Brady surgically carved up the helpless Chiefs defense, and today Bill Belichick took a look at the game film to break down the x’s and o’s behind the drive.In his weekly segment, coach took the audience inside the film room to show why his team was so effective marching down for the game winner. Based on The Genius’ analysis it was like taking candy from a baby thanks to a lack of pressure on Brady and several breakdowns in Kansas City’s coverage.There’s nothing better than getting an education on “why” things work from the greatest football mind ever. Sit back and enjoy the show, unless you’re a Chiefs’ fan.last_img read more

Korean Air and Delta Air Lines to deepen partnership

first_imgFrom Left to Right> Mr. Walter Cho, President and COO of Korean Air, Mr. Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air, Mr. Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, Mr. Steve Sear, President – International and Executive Vice President – Global Sales, Delta Air Lines.Korean Air and Delta Air Lines to deepen partnershipKorean Air and Delta Air Lines, founding members of SkyTeam have reached an agreement to deepen their historic partnership with an expanded cooperation in the trans-Pacific network that will increase travel choices and boost competition between the Asia and U.S.The airlines signed a memorandum of understanding to implement a joint venture, which will offer customers access to the most comprehensive route network in the trans-Pacific market, industry-leading airline products, world-class airport facilities and a seamless customer experience. Present at the ceremony were Mr. Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air, Mr. Walter Cho, President and COO of Korean Air, Mr. Ed Bastian CEO of Delta Air Lines and others.Highlights of the agreement, subject to regulatory approvals and signing of definitive contracts, include:· The intent to create a fully integrated trans-Pacific joint venture with both airlines sharing the costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules for seamless, convenient connections.· A combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before.· Enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s Sky Miles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS programs.“This Joint Venture will benefit our customers by providing more convenient connection schedules and widen their opportunities in earning mileages.” Said Korean Air’s Chairman and CEO, Yang Ho Cho. “With this agreement, we will reinforce Incheon airport’s position as a major international hub in North East Asia and support the growth of Korea’s aviation industry.” He added.“This agreement deepens our longstanding partnership with Korean Air and will provide the global access and seamless service our customers demand,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “We look forward to providing customers of both carriers with industry-leading service between the U.S. and Asia.”Upon the signing of the final joint venture agreement and subject to regulatory approval, Delta and Korean Air will work together to implement all aspects of the enhanced co-operation including expanded codesharing, frequent flyer programs and joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, with co-location at key hubs with seamless passenger and baggage transit experience.Source = Korean Airlast_img read more