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Miami Marlins Owner Defends Blockbuster Trade

Jeffrey Loria, Miami Marlins owner, defended the pending blockbuster trade Wednesday that would send shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for your prospects.Loria was asked Wednesday during the winter meetings in Chicago why he dismantled most of the talent on the team after a short period of time.“We finished in last place. Figure it out,” he told CBSSports.com in aggravation.Loria went on to tell the website that trading the veterans was the right decision after finishing 69-93 for the season.“We have to get better,” Loria added. “We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course.”Loria hopes that he can production out the players that he will receive from the Blue Jays: shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and prospects Jake Marisnick (OF), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Justin Nicolino (LHP) and Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) to the Marlins, according to ESPN.The trade will potentially save Loria and the Marlins approximately $150 million, if the players pass their physicals, which does not sit well with South Floridians who just paid for the new ballpark.“Everybody in the world wants to talk about the Marlins and the fact that they’re now a Triple-A team,” city commissioner Marc Sarnoff said, who was against the building of the new stadium. “The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from the baseball standpoint, it won’t be viewed by the general public as a positive move.”Reyes and Buehrle were signed to massive contracts in free agency last season to draw attendance to the new stadium. The attendance barley topped 2.2 million after being projected to draw almost 3 million fans.Former Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen may have contributed to the low attendance. In April, Guillen praised former Cuba leader Fidel Castro, which ignited backlash from Cuban residents and members in Miami’s Little Havana community. The attendance was unable to recover after Guillen’s remarks.While the projections were off by the Marlins management, they have potentially unloaded a total of $163.75 million in guaranteed salaries through 2018, which includes the $96 million due to Reyes.The salaries for 2013 include $11 million for Buehrle, $10 million for Reyes and $13.75 million for Johnson in the final year of his contract. Approximately $154 million of guaranteed salaries are coming off the Marlins’ books, which does not include cash that may be involved in the trade.When the Marlins begin opening day, their payroll is estimated to be $34 million, which would be their lowest since 2008. The Marlins reached an agreement three years ago with the players’ union to increase spending due to complaints team payroll was small and violated baseball’s revenue-sharing provisions. The Oakland Athletics had the lowest payroll last year with $53 million.Some have wondered if Loria trading the best players is an early sign in attempts to sell the team. Loria denies those notions.“Absolutely not,” Loria said, according to CBSSports.com. “That’s more stupidity.” read more

Dr Brian Reagan Appointed Wilmingtons Assistant Superintendent NEW INFO

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Public Schools recently embarked upon a search for a new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development in to order to replace Mr. Sean Gallagher, who will be moving on from the district at the end of the current school year.This process included the initial work of an eleven member screening committee who reviewed almost 50 applicants, conducted screening interviews and then identified three (3) semi-finalists to advance for further consideration.Following additional interviews and reference checks, Superintendent-elect Dr. Glenn Brand announced on June 3, 2018, the Wilmington School Committee accepted his recommendation to appoint Dr. Brian Reagan as the next Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development pending successful contract negotiations.Dr. Reagan has almost 25 years of experience in public education with almost 18 years serving in a variety of educational leadership roles. He began his school leadership experience as the assistant principal at Bedford High School in Bedford, Massachusetts. Following his tenure in Bedford, he assumed the principal role in the Shrewsbury Public Schools as the high school principal. Most recently, for the past seven years, Dr. Reagan has served as the principal of Hudson High School in Hudson, Massachusetts.Both current and former supervisors describe Dr. Reagan as a leader who is highly professional, a dedicated team player and someone who possesses exceptional interpersonal skills which have led to his accomplishments as a notable team builder and community engager. It also became clear through the interview process that Dr. Reagan is widely respected by his peers, his staff and the families he serves, who described him as approachable, accessible, student-centered and a leader who is fair and honest.Dr. Reagan has a deep, broad and coherent understanding of contemporary issues related to curriculum, instruction and teaching and learning. Dr. Reagan has extensive involvement in the wider educational community throughout Massachusetts. The work has included service with the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA) where he served on the high school, legislative, and educational policy committees. He has also been very active in leading professional development for the staff in his school and district around such topics that have included understanding the roles and responsibilities in special education service delivery, academic rigor, and 21st Century Education related topics.Dr. Reagan holds degrees from Northeastern University (Ed.D.), University of Massachusetts – Boston (M.Ed.), and Boston University (B.A.).Dr. Brand thanked the members of the screening committee that included: Kristen Walsh (Director, Boutwell Early Childhood Center); Marie Cahalane (Guidance Counselor, CTL, Wilmington High School); Bob Mauirello (Grade 3 Teacher, Shawsheen Elementary School); Jen Fidler (Art Teacher, CTL, Wilmington High School); Sue MacDonald (ESE Teacher, CTL, District); Christine McMenimen (Principal, North Intermediate School); Linda Peters (Principal, Wilmington High School); Jeannette Quirk (Assistant Principal, Wilmington Middle School); Sheree Emmons (Special Education Teacher, Woburn St. School); Christine Murray (Coordinator of Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Support); and Lisa Federici (Health Teacher, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair, Wilmington Middle School).In addition, Dr. Brand also thanked Ken Storlazzi (Director of Human Resources), Alice Brown-Legrand (Director of Student Support Services), and Paul Ruggiero, Interim Superintendent of Schools, for assisting in the search process.(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington Public Schools.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: School Committee Appoints New Assistant SuperintendentIn “Education”Superintendent Reorganizes Student Support Services Department; Special Education & Nursing Depts. To BenefitIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

Avengers Endgame Super Bowl 2019 trailer snaps competition to dust

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice More Avengers: Endgame More Super Bowl Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. And for a deeper breakdown of the highly-anticipated trailer, head over to Gamespot’s guide here. See All Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Post a comment The new Avengers: Endgame trailer released by Marvel Studios during the Super Bowl on Sunday shows the remaining Avengers mourning the loss of half of all the life in the universe, but the superheroes are also preparing for a much larger fight. The trailer has superheroes like Captain America attending a support group, Iron Man and Nebula repairing — or perhaps upgrading — armor, Black Widow practicing at the gun range, and even Hawkeye shows up. It’s intense, super intense in fact, punctuated with handclaps that you might say represent Thanos doing the old finger snap.This means fans could be in for an even more action-packed battle with the remaining heroes ready to make things right. It definitely has the feel of an… Endgame. 0:30 Super Bowl 2019 61 Photos reading • Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl 2019 trailer snaps competition to dust • Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online.center_img Avengers: Endgame’s heroes are picking up the pieces Avengers: Endgame countdown hits 100 days, so here are some wild theories Avengers 4: Endgame trailer — 5 things we learned and 4 things we didn’t Watch Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame trailer again, in Lego Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Cap looking grim. Captura de pantalla por Gonzalo Jiménez/CNET Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, Ant-Man, Thor and more return to fight another day in the new Avengers: Endgame trailer.While Thanos left behind plenty of emotional wreckage after Avengers: Infinity War, that doesn’t mean our favorite Marvel superheroes have totally given up hope. And maybe, Captain Marvel is their ace in the hole. Tags Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage 0 May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Super Bowl 2019 Ahead of Avengers: Endgame, we visited the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit in Vegas TV and Movies Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Women of Marvel Marvel Captain America Iron Man The Avengerslast_img read more

Marvels WandaVision Loki Falcon and Winter Soldier show details revealed

first_imgJasin Boland/Marvel Studios In between MCU Phase 4 reveals for Marvel Studios’ films like Black Widow, Thor 4 and Shang-Chi, the first Marvel TV shows destined for the Disney Plus streaming service were detailed Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.Marvel’s WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, will have a multiverse aspect that will directly tie into 2021’s Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness. Also set for spring 2021 is Loki starring Tom Hiddleston. The actor confirmed at the panel that the show will feature the version of Loki seen in 2012’s first Avengers film. The show will also include an adult Monica Rambeau, first seen as a child in Captain Marvel, played by Teyonah Parris. Then come fall 2021, Disney Plus will debut the new Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner. It will feature Kate Bishop, who in the comics becomes a second Hawkeye. Marvel The Avengers Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, an original series with Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2020. pic.twitter.com/FmFMKWUrhO— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 WandaVision is set to debut on Disney Plus in spring 2021.Coming a bit sooner than that will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. A new logo for the show includes an aspect of Captain America’s design, possibly confirming that we’ll pick up with Falcon essentially being the new Cap. The show is set to debut in fall 2020. Share your voice Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…?, the first animated series in the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher and many actors from across the MCU reprising their roles as voice talent. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Summer 2021. pic.twitter.com/el6etc3xZH— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 TV and Movies Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE with Jeremy Renner, an original series that will also introduce Kate Bishop. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2021. pic.twitter.com/qPH8M2TQSj— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 “It does take place after Endgame.” And Lt. Trouble will appear!! She’ll be played as an adult by Teyonah Parris #MarvelSDCC #WandaVision #SDCC2019 pic.twitter.com/Nm4IvR4OUz— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 These TV shows will join Marvel films released theatrically starting in 2019 as exclusive to the Disney Plus service, which is set to debut Nov. 12 in the US for $7 a month. 3:04 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 The animated Marvel What If…? series will feature actor Jeffrey Wright as the narrator of a variety of stories that will change a major aspect of what was seen in the MCU films. For instance, one story could be what would happen if Peggy Carter became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers. That show will debut in summer 2021. WandaVision coming Spring 2021! “It’s gonna get weird!” says Elizabeth Olsen. #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019 pic.twitter.com/DZ9hubXiaP— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 Tags Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Comic-Con Tom Huddleston confirms we will see @Avengers 2012 Loki as we know him! #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019 pic.twitter.com/cz1NSrcJ46— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019last_img read more

Wont stoop low even to deny allegations CJI Ranjan Gogoi

first_imgChief Justice of India Ranjan GogoiIANSChief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was accused of sexual harassment by a former court staff member on Friday, April 19, in an affidavit.The 35-year-old woman submitted the affidavit to the respective residences of 22 judges of the Supreme Court, in which she alleged that the current Chief Justice was inappropriate with her, and had her removed from her post when she did not reciprocate. The incidents occurred in October 2018.The woman mentioned separate incidents where she allegedly encountered the CJI when she was working at his residential office. In an exclusive carried by The Quint, a senior lawyer said, “Her entire family has been harassed, victimised and intimidated. Thereafter false criminal cases have been lodged against her. So there is relentless intimidation and victimisation that is going on not just to silence her but to also punish her. She has narrated everything supported by documents.”Replying to the allegations levelled against him, the CJI said in a statement that he would not stoop so low to even deny the charges and that less than 10 hours were given to him to make a statement. In his statement, Gogoi replied, “I don’t think that this can be of a plot of a junior assistant. There is a bigger plot. They want to deactivate the office of the CJI. Independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat. If the judges have to work under these conditions, good people will never come to this office.” According to Bar and Bench, he asserted, “I will sit on this Bench and discharge my duties without fear and favour till my tenure is over.”The Chief Justice then defended himself to the “citizens of the country and stating that this pillar of democracy is “under serious threat” but he will continue working. He also added, “They cannot catch me on money, so they have brought up this. This is the reward a CJI gets after 20 years and a bank balance of Rs 680000. Independence of judiciary under very very serious threat. I had to tell this from the judicial seat.”Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of India, said that the matter should be “taken very very seriously”. The Supreme Court held an emergency hearing on the morning of April 20, Saturday after the sexual assault charges were levelled against Gogoi. A notice was issued by the top court reading, “Take notice that a special bench consisting of the Hon’ble chief justice of India, Hon’ble Mr Justice Arun Mishra and Hon’ble Mr Justice Sanjiv Khanna is being constituted to have a special sitting at 10:30 AM today i.e. the 20th April 2019 in the Chief Justice’s court to deal with a matter of great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary, on a mention being made by Shri Tushar Mehta, Ld. Solicitor General.”last_img read more

Extremists in Khulna Awami League

first_img-Extremists are infiltrating Khulna Awami League and some of them have even managed posts in the committees and have contested in elections on the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) ticket.Rumours have it that deputy ministers, members of parliament and local influential leaders are patronising such moves, much to the discomfit of the grassroots AL leaders and activists. To make things worse, a mudslinging game has begun too there.Prothom Alo investigations found that Shiplu Bhuiyan, the union parishad chairman of Damodar union under Phultala upazila of Khulna, was an extremist leader in the past.He, however, became a UP chairman contesting the polls under AL’s ‘boat’ symbol. A government’s intelligence agency said he was a leader of the infamous Purba Banglar Communist Party.Shiplu Bhuiyan’s name was the third on the list in the intelligence report. He reportedly had around a dozen cases against him, including murder, abduction and extortion. He was also sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in one of these cases.His elder brother Shimul Bhuiyan’s name is also on the list, at number four. There are around a dozen cases against him as well. Shimul has gone into hiding.Shiplu claimed that it was only his brother who had been involved with extremism and he did not join his brother despite repeated requests. District Awami League general secretary SM Mostafa Rashdi brought him to AL.Party sources say Shiplu joined AL on 11 November 2014 during a programme marking the founding anniversary of Juba League by presenting a bouquet to deputy minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda. Upazila Awami League president and upazila chairman Sheikh Akram Hossain played a key role to bring Shiplu to the party. Akram was also instrumental in helping Shiplu win the union parishad election.”Had Shiplu been guilty, we would not have brought him in. No one from AL could win in the Damodar union in the last 32 years. But we could do it thanks to Shiplu. However, we know that his brother is an extremist,” Sheikh Akram told Prothom Alo.Police say extremists are involved in a number of recent killings in Khulna. Shimul is behind the 27 May murder of Sardar Alauddin alias Mithu, organisational secretary of Khulna district BNP and a former chairman of Phultola upazila, police found on investigation. A number of 10-15 extremists are close associates of Shiplu, they allege.Khulna sadar thana AL president Saiful Islam admitted that extremists are entering the party. “It can be deduced that Shimul Bhuiyan is being protected by AL since his brother is a chairman backed by the party.”The name of Ajay Sarkar is number 21 in the list of extremists. A former member of New Biplobi Communist Party, he wanted to contest the zila parishad polls with an AL ticket. Although he did not get the AL nod, he contested as an independent candidate. He may contest in the next national election from either of Khulna-5 (Dumuria-Phultala) or Khulna-6 (Paikgaccha-Koyra). He is a close associate of Mostafa Rashidi.”From the years 2003-04, some people are trying to establish that I am an extremist, but I had never been involved with any such groups. It’s a conspiracy of Jamaat,” he said, adding that he was on good terms with Rashidi.However, Rashidi said quite the opposite. “I did not know Shiplu Bhuiyan has joined the party. And I have no terms with Ajay Sarkar. But yes there are some people like Badsha of Rupsha and Mashikul of Terokhada joining the party and contesting in the elections despite being extremists.The list of extremists also included Rafiq Joardar in 10th place. He is now a member of the union parishad at Rudaghara besides being the general secretary of ward AL. Shafiqul Islam, who was 12th on the list, is now the general secretary of upazila Sramik League.”I was once an extremist. I have been to jail as well. But that’s past. I have changed now,” Rafiq said.When asked, district AL president and zila parishad chairman Sheikh Harun Ar Rashid admitted that extremists are slowly getting into the party. However, he claimed that it was happening in city AL, not in the district unit. “We are also very scared,” he said.City AL general secretary Mizanur Rahman said, “I have taken no new faces in, but some may have entered the district AL. The PM has asked me not to take any unethical person into the party.”Sheikh Harun has blamed it on deputy minister Narayan Chandra, but the minister told Prothom Alo, “Whoever has got in, did it with a recommendation of the local committee. Fultala upazila president Akram got Shiplu Bhuiyan into the party.”When asked if Shiplu had joined by presenting him a bouquet, the deputy minister claimed he had been unaware of the facts.Awami League’s archrival BNP is also worried about extremists joining AL. City BNP president Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo, “Extremists are moving out of jail and then joining the Awami League. They are seen at the residences of the MPs and in their cars. We are really worried, anything may happen anytime.”When asked, Khulna police super Nizamul Huq Molla said, “Many people are changing colours. But we are keeping an eye on them.”*The article originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition and has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassanlast_img read more

MPs get Tk 60b election budget

first_imgThe Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has sanctioned nearly a Tk 60 billion project for the members of parliament (MPs) to construct madrasas in their respective areas.However, the next general elections will possibly be held by the end of this year.Each MP will get funds to construct at least six madrasas in their constituencies. The total project will cost Tk 59.19 billion, which will totally be funded by public money.The project will have separate funds for construction of 200 more madrasas.A similar project was sanctioned before the 5 January 2014 general elections, which was basically an extension of a project of 2010. Each of the MPs then received Tk 200 million.The ECNEC on Tuesday sanctioned the project named ‘Development of selected Madrasas’ at a meeting presided over by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.As many as 1,800 madrasa buildings will be constructed across the country under the projects.The names of the madrasas have already been finalised as per the choices of the MPs.According to the project, if any MP wants to build any other madrasa, he/she will get money from the extra allocation.The ECNEC sanctioned three other similar projects for the MPs in the last year. The projects were passed for constructing new schools, renovation of old school buildings, and construction of mosques and temples.The four projects including the latest one will cost the government Tk 224.7 billion in total. Apart from that, each of the MPs received nearly Tk 30-50 million every year in the last one decade.Asked about the matter, local government expert Tofael Ahmed said this is a violation of the election rules. Allocating money through projects ahead of elections is sheer injustice.“Generally, the education ministry’s vocational and madrasa departments are responsible for this kind of works. But, MPs are now doing this. It’s not right,” he added.When asked if it will have an influence on the voters as the salaries of the madrasa teachers are given by the government though Monthly-Pay-Order (MPO), planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “It will definitely affect the elections. The projects have been taken for people,”“We have already told the secretaries that don’t let the development works be hampered during the elections,” he added.There are 9,311 madrasas in the country, said the minister adding that only three of these madrasas are funded by the government while remaining ones are being run privately.last_img read more

UK Prime Minister Says Highly Likely Russia Responsible For ExSpy Poisoning

first_img Share Frank Augstein/APMilitary forces continue investigations Monday into the nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “highly likely” that it was carried out by Russia.British Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this month in southern England.Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found collapsed on a bench on March 4 in the city of Salisbury. They remain in critical condition, according to The Associated Press.“It is now clear that Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” May told lawmakers in a statement on Monday. She said the agent has been identified as one of a group of nerve agents called Novichok, which Russia has previously produced.She added that there are just two explanations for the apparent poisoning — either Russia directly carried out the attack or it lost control of its supply of the deadly nerve agent. The Russian ambassador has been summoned to explain how this happened, May added, and has been asked to give a formal response by Tuesday.And if that response is not credible, May said, “we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom. And I will come back to this house and set out the full range of measures that we will take in response.”This case has drawn parallels with a Russia-linked death of a defected Russian intelligence officer in 2006, as NPR’s Scott Neuman reported. Here’s more:“Skripal had retired from Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, a successor to the KGB, when he was arrested and convicted in 2006 of working undercover for Britain’s MI6. In 2010 he arrived in the U.K. as part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington.”When the BBC asked Russian President Vladimir Putin whether Russia was responsible, he replied: “Get to the bottom of things there, then we’ll discuss this.”“Having established that a nerve agent is the cause of the symptoms leading us to treat this as attempted murder, I can also confirm that we believe that the two people who became unwell were targeted specifically,” Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said at a news conference last week, Scott added.Nerve agents are “designed only to kill,” Leeds University toxicologist Alastair Hay told NPR. The weapons “work by blocking the message from the nerves to the muscles,” which could affect the muscles used to breathe, potentially causing asphyxiation.“Trace contamination” was found at two Salisbury establishments — The Mill Pub and Zizzi Restaurant — England’s chief medical officer announced Sunday, as NPR’s Amy Held reported. People in those establishments on March 4 or 5 were encouraged to clean the clothes they were wearing or wipe down belongings.At the same time, officials stated that there is “no immediate health risk.” A policeman who was responding to the incident, Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey, remains in “serious but stable condition,” May said Monday.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Verizon Celebrates Black History at Reginald Lewis Museum

first_imgVerizon will host a free statewide Black History Month open house, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. During the open house, visitors can explore the museum, visit vendor tables and participate in a full day of fun activities. There will be food, historical presentations, art and crafts, along with educational gifts for the first 200 children. Children also will have an opportunity to win a tablet during Verizon’s special program from noon to 1 p.m. The program will include entertainment, speakers and a special recognition of community leaders and innovators. Visit www. rflewismuseum.org for more information.last_img

LS polls Security beefed up around collectorate building in Balurghat

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.last_img read more

Students gear up to participate in Indoor Rowing Championship

first_imgBengal Water Sports will be organizing the Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship 2018 from September 4 – December 2. The event will be inaugurated on September 4 at 4 pm, at Calcutta Rowing Club, Rabindra Sarobar, amidst the respected members of rowing fraternity and students.The earlier edition of Concept2 Indoor Students Rowing Championship 2016 had been a grand success where 6000 students from different schools of Kolkata participated.Considering the phenomenal response from the audience, the organisers are going to take this championship to a new platform by inviting students not only from schools of different states of India but also from countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The plan is to create history and get featured in ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ and ‘Limca Book of Records’ as this kind of event has never been organised before. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis competition will have two different categories – ‘School Children’ and ‘Special Children (Paralympics)’. The students have already started registering online and it is expected that more than 75, 000 students from West Bengal itself and more than 1.5 lakh students from all over India will be taking part this year.The event aims to make young children aware of sports though Indoor Rowing – an injury free sport which takes very less time to learn, helps to promote teamwork and leadership amongst yound minds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere are three different categories for the students to participate: Sub Sub Junior (9 -12 yrs) (boys and girls), Sub Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls), Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls). From level 1 i.e. Intra School Competition, 18 students from each school (9 boys – 9 girls) are selected for the next phase (Inter State Championship). All the participants will be given e-certificate for participation and the 18 selected students will get medal and trophies along with the certificates. The winners of level 2 will compete with other finalists from 4 countries at the grand finale, students from different States and Countries fighting for glory to become ‘Champion of Champions’.last_img read more

SolarPowered Plane Halts Its AroundtheWorld Journey Due to Battery Problems

first_img Proving the impossible to be possible is the stuff of Hollywood movies and dreams and inspiration. But there are also less glamorous aspects to breaking new ground, like having to fix equipment.The Solar Impulse 2, which is on a mission to prove the potential of solar power by flying around the world, has to take a break from its 12-leg journey to repair its battery pack. on the aircraft. The solar-powered battery overheated during a record-breaking flight from Japan to Hawaii, according to an announcement from co-pilot Bertrand Piccard.The Solar Impulse will stay in Hawaii for the next few months and continue the round-the-world journey in April of 2016 once the batteries have been fixed.Related: Solar-Powered Plane Completes First Leg of Journey Around the Globe“Making the impossible happen takes more time than the possible,” says Piccard in a video statement announcing the delay. “Exploration and adventure is not only when you raise the flag with a success, but also when you have delays, problems, doubts and you have to build up a lot of courage inside the team.”The circumnavigation will take two years to complete instead of one.Solar Impulse is a plane that operates solely on solar power, and its journey around the world is an effort to bring attention to the potential power of the future of solar power. The aircraft is not equipped to carry passengers. It has only one seat but has a 72-meter wingspan, roughly equivalent to a Boeing 747 passenger plane. It’s light as a feather, weighing only 2,300 kilograms, or approximately the weight of a car.Two Swiss pilots are tag-teaming the flight around the world, which took off in March from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Piccard’s partner, André Borschberg, completed a record-breaking solo flight from Japan to Hawaii in 117 hours and 52 minutes to get the aircraft to Hawaii.Related: Explorer Attempts Longest Solo Trip in a Solar-Powered AircraftA breathtaking picture of @solarimpulse before its landing in Hawaii. A historic first for clean technologies! pic.twitter.com/QH8oi0ODYl— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) July 3, 2015If one cannot cope with disappointment and frustration, one should not aim for exploration and adventure pic.twitter.com/BD64yIouyI— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) July 13, 2015Batteries cannot be repaired before end of the season, we will have to keeping going w/ @solarimpulse’s #RTW in 2016 pic.twitter.com/qe1gXeIKhy— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) July 15, 2015BREAKING NEWS: irreversible damage to overheated batteries in #Si2 pushes the second half of the #RTW to April 2016 pic.twitter.com/VuInioo9fG— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 15, 2015.@solarimpulse’s Round-The-World will continue in 2016. We will never give up! pic.twitter.com/bRr6ZXcZIN— André Borschberg (@andreborschberg) July 15, 2015New battery parts must be ordered, re-assembled and tested. This is a 2 to 3-month process. Thus, we delay until 2016 pic.twitter.com/8CrqcZaMhJ— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 15, 2015.@solarimpulse is completely different of any other aircraft: the more you fly, the more energy you have pic.twitter.com/ruHM0GcfGQ— André Borschberg (@andreborschberg) July 11, 2015 July 15, 2015 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Teliaowned Latvian telco Lattelecom has launched

first_imgTelia-owned Latvian telco Lattelecom has launched a new OTT multiscreen entertainment platform, Shortcut.lv, which it says will offer a mix of series, movies and TV channel content as well live coverage of events.Shortcut users will be able to watch about 50 TV channels live along with Shortcut Films and Premiere, offering on-demand content. International content will be available in the original language with Latvian and Russian subtitles while kids content will be available with a Latvian voiceover.Content on the platform will also include pop-up TV channels covering events such as the Positivus music festival via the 360TV Positivus Shortcut service from July 15-17, and the Latvian World Rallycross Champioinship in Rīga and Biķernieki in October. Lattelecom coproate development director Kerli Gabriloviča said that Shortcut would be available on iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets, PCs and Apple TV devices. Availability via Smart TV apps, Android TV, Chromecast and game consoles will follow.Shortcut.lv will offer a number of option. Shortcut TV and Shortcut Films are available for €6 a month, while the pair together are available for €10. Shortcut Premiere offers on-demand movies for €3.60, while 360 Play, offering content from Lattelecom’s existing 360TV pop-up channels and the best of YouTube, is free.Lattelecom said it planned to offer an international version of the service if it can secure the necessary rights.last_img read more

SAINTS have spent four days with Plymouthbased Ro

first_imgSAINTS have spent four days with Plymouth-based Royal Marines of 42 Commando.The players and coaching staff made the long journey to Bickleigh in South Devon as part of their pre-season preparations.And the Green Berets of 42 Commando were typically welcoming, laying on several physically and mentally challenging activities to test and improve the players’ toughness and team spirit on the field.“The most important thing for me this week was to see the players out of their comfort zone,” head coach Keiron Cunningham said. “It was a really tough week, probably the toughest training camp I’ve seen, and that’s exactly what I needed.“It shows what people are made of, and what can be achieved with hard work. There were some personalities in the team who really came to fore as leaders this week.”A sign of things to come, the week began with a military fitness session soon after the players arrived and was followed shortly after by a tutorial in navigation techniques to ensure they had a fighting chance of successfully completing a route around the notoriously inhospitable Dartmoor National Park the following day.Further lessons in survival techniques and team cohesion ensured that the rugby boys were left in no doubt about the toughness required to become an elite Commando.Keiron added: “I’m a great admirer of the Royal Marines. It takes the same type of physical and mental toughness to be both a rugby player and a Marine. It’s been great this week talking to different people around camp and realising that we all have the same mindset. The success of both groups relies on respect and hard work.“The most interesting and beneficial aspect of the week was the 2am wake up and cohesion exercise. It was brutally tough but showed everyone just what can be achieved with hard work.”The Royal Marines are the amphibious soldiers of the Royal Navy and, with their specially adapted shipping, are able to land and operate in any environment in the world.Alongside 40 and 45 Commandos, 42 Commandos are one of three elite amphibious fighting units which make up the global reach of 3 Commando Brigade.last_img read more