Asit Mandal, Md Akbar Ali, Dipu Roy and Jamiruddin Saikh are all completely blind with meagre source of family income were among the 30 students, selected on the merit-cum-means criterion, for the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship and the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, disbursed on June 14, 2019. Each of them got scholarship of Rs 24,000 per annum for four years to enable them to complete graduation from a college in West Bengal.Speaking on the occasion, Harsh V Lodha, Chairman, M P Birla Group, said: “The limited means and severe hardships through which these awardees have come out should teach us not to complaint about trivialities, demands less of others, accept the circumstances, focus and do much more by ourselves. We should shape our own destinies. They have not allowed their minds to be corrupted by the materialistic pleasures of success, but are looking forward to achieving real happiness which comes by serving society in a meaningful manner,” He further said: “What started out as a small initiative has transformed itself into an occasion of learning for each and every one of us privileged to be here today-to see and experience first-hand real-life histories of the 30 new heroes who will be added to our family of scholarship students. Their individual journey despite all odds shows us that nothing is impossible if pursued with determination, dedication, discipline and hard work.” Lodha and Anamika Lodha, Trustee, Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust, handed over the scholarships at a simple ceremony. The Priyamvada Birla Scholarship was introduced by the Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust in 2013 and has been providing scholarship to 25 students. The Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, instituted by the Lodha Charitable Trust, has been providing scholarship to five students since 2018. Both the scholarships are executed by the South Point Education Society and are valid for the entire duration of the selected course (viz. B.A., B.Com, B. Sc, BBA, BCA, LLB, B.E. / B. Tech., MBBS / BDS etc), but not exceeding four years, provided the recipients maintain a certain academic standard. The recipients’ annual family income has to be within Rs 75,000. At its full strength from 2016-17 onwards, the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship has been supporting 100 aspirants every year in their first, second, third or fourth year of studies. In its first year the scholarship was awarded to 20 aspirants. Five aspirants each in the first, second, third or fourth year of their undergraduate studies has been supported by the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship. All the awardees admitted that both the scholarships had given them the opportunity to pursue higher studies. Sharmita Bakchi, who is suffering from a rare disease where her growth is restricted, is studying with English Honours at Durgapur Government College and wants to be a WBCS Officer. Subrata Pandit from Birbhum, who is visually impaired, is pursuing Bengali Honours at Visva-Bharati, had participated in the para-Olympics and is a member of the Bengal Blind Boys’ Cricket Team. Lincoln Roy, who is studying Zoology at Barasat Government College, had lost his father and his mother is a domestic help. Sourav Banerjee (2013-14) was an orphan and was looked after by Badsha Mir, a friend of his late father. This is a wonderful example of communal harmony. Sourav has now completed his M. Com. Samsad Hossain (2014-15) has completed M. A. (English). His father has virtually no income. Debasis Jana (2014-15) is 75% blind and his father is a daily worker. He has completed M. A. (History) from Jadavpur University. Mamoni Adhikary (2015-16) is pursuing M.A. (English) from Taki Govt College presently. Her mother, a widow, is a biri maker. Manowar Hossain (2016-17) is in the final year of B.A. (English Hons). His father has virtually no income. Simarul Halsona (2017-18) is in the second year of B.A. (Bengali Hons) at Jadavpur University. He is 100% blind. The above, indeed, serves as a tribute to the visionaries who had reposed their trust in education as a life-changing enabler. More than 500 students of South Point High School and M P Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School as well as members of the staff witnessed the ceremony.
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – British Columbia is considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry because of the wildfire risk.Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s.There were 150 fires burning in the province on Wednesday.A final decision will be made Friday morning and will depend on wind conditions.A restriction order would mean people cannot remain in or enter the area without the prior written authorization.Exceptions include people who are travelling to or from their principle residence, a person acting in an official capacity or those who support efforts to fight wildfires.The Cariboo fire centre in the province’s Interior stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.The area is a popular destination for hikers and campers.Tourism officials have begun assessing the impact of the devastating wildfires on the travel sector.Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, said Wednesday businesses outside the fire zones have complained of cancellations.Most evidence of a slow down in tourism has been anecdotal and Lange said data reflecting the financial implications won’t be ready for another two to three months.But the number of tourists coming into the province week-to-week has remained on track. That may mean visitors are changing their travel plans within the province rather than cancelling their trips entirely, Lange said.Some parts of the province have already been closed to visitors.Jeff Leahy with BC Parks said Wednesday officials understand restrictions and closures to the backcountry and parks, especially in the hard-hit Cariboo region, can have a significant impact on businesses that rely on access to those areas.
Competition Bureau officials searched the Toronto offices of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. on Monday as part of its investigation into their November deal to swap and close down dozens of community newspapers.The bureau is investigating “alleged anti-competitive conduct contrary to the conspiracy provisions” of the Competition Act, said Commissioner of Competition John Pecman in a statement Monday, the first time the bureau has spelled out the focus of its investigation.He said the bureau is also examining the matter under the merger provisions of the act.“Investigators with the bureau are currently gathering evidence to determine the facts relating to the alleged conspiracy,” said Pecman, confirming the reports.“There is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid.”He refused to provide further details, citing the confidentiality of investigations, but added “we will not hesitate to take appropriate action” if violations are indicated.Competition Bureau spokeswoman Veronique Aupry confirmed later Monday that maximum penalties under the conspiracy provisions could include fines of up to $25 million, imprisonment for up to 14 years, or both. Companies and individuals can be charged.Postmedia and Torstar issued statements on Monday confirming the searches.Both also insisted no contravention of the Competition Act had occurred and each said it would co-operate with the investigation.Under the agreement they announced in November, 41 newspapers changed hands and 36 were closed, mainly in Ontario regions served by multiple publications, at a cost of nearly 300 jobs.A Competition Bureau spokesman said soon after the transaction was announced that a review would take place.In an interview with The Canadian Press in December, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey said the companies never talked about what each would do with the newspapers it was buying.“The fact is collusion is just not legal so what we were very, very careful to do was not to speak to each other about what the end result was going to be,” he said.“Look, we have enough trouble running one newspaper chain and deciding what to do. What they do we always considered is their business.”Torstar CEO John Boynton said the transaction was designed to allow increased geographic synergies.“By acquiring publications within or adjacent to our primary areas and selling publications outside our primary areas we will be able to put a greater focus on regions where we believe we can be more effective in serving both customers and clients,” he said in a statement.The companies said the transaction was effectively a non-cash deal, as the consideration for the publications being purchased is roughly equal to that of the publications being sold.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story include: (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B and TSX:TS.B)
Islamabad: Pakistan expects to resume talks with India to finalise the agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in New Delhi, according to a Pakistani media report. The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The corridor, once operational, will provide a visa-free access to Sikhs from India to their holiest Shrine located inside Pakistan. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPakistan expects the resumption of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in India, official sources were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune on Sunday. The last phase of six-week long general elections in India is scheduled to take place on May 19 and final results would be announced on May 23. A senior Pakistani official said there was no delay on Pakistan’s part. “It is India that is not willing to engage at this juncture,” the official added while requesting anonymity. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHowever, the official said Pakistan was confident that India would resume talks after the elections. The two countries, nevertheless, held technical level talks at Zero Point (Kartarpur) on April 16. The Indian team was supposed to pay a return visit to Pakistan in April but New Delhi pulled out of the meeting at the last minute citing concerns over the committee formed by Pakistan to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. India as expressed concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the ten-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. The Shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border and everyday a larger number of Sikh devotees gather to perform Darshan or sacred viewings of the site.
By Peter J. HarbertRabat – African Lion 17 kicked off this week across Morocco as the international exercise in military cooperation seeks to strengthen interoperability among the US, Morocco and many other nations. 1,300 American, Moroccan, Canadian, French, German, British, Malian, Mauritanian, Senegalese, Spanish and Tunisian military personnel have come together to share insights and tactics with their peers to help build a strong regional and global defence partnership against instability in an attempt to help better contain it in the future. African Lion is an annual exercise hosted by Morocco and the US in Morocco to provide each nation with a better understanding of the tactics, techniques and procedures of each nation involved.The exercise provides US and European military personnel with the ability to train in unfamiliar but safe territory while also endowing African nations and Morocco specifically the opportunity to learn from the seasoned experiences of the American and European militaries.The exchange of procedures and techniques allows each nation to better its own understanding of how to deal with certain situations which may arise or to better help African nations contain regional instability.In the past, African Lion has been a platform for the involved nations to provide training for keeping a capable military under certain conditions, aerial manoeuvring and flight training, medical assistance, peace keeping operations, intelligence operations, countering violent extremism and terrorism and keeping borders safe among other things. It is a mutual cooperation exercise which will greatly aid all nations involved in one way or another. The exercise will conclude the 28 April.
Dame Billie Antoinette Miller and the New-York based Family Care International were recognized for their “outstanding work in contributing to population and development issues, and in improving the health of individuals.” Ms. Miller was the first woman to serve as a minister in her home country and made a powerful speech for gender equality at last year’s General Assembly, as well as chairing a major committee at the milestone International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. Family Care International seeks to ensure safe motherhood, promote sexual and reproductive health for adolescents, and to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, working out of eight field offices in Africa and South America. Presenting the awards, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka said: “Both have made significant contributions to providing life-saving information and services to individuals. Thanks to their efforts, countless people have been able to plan pregnancies, avoid recourse to unsafe abortion, practice responsible sexual behaviour, and prevent the spread of HIV.” The recipients were selected by the UN Population Award Committee – comprisig 10 Member States – which is administered by the UN Population Fund (<"http://www.unfpa.org/news/news.cfm?ID=1131">UNFPA). The awards were presented today at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York. 22 May 2008A former deputy prime minister from Barbados and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Family Care International received the United Nations Population Award today.
27 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mourning the death of Néstor Kirchner, the former President of Argentina and a “friend of the United Nations,” who reportedly died of a heart attack this morning. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson stated that it was with “great sadness” that the Secretary-General learned of the passing of Mr. Kirchner, who was the husband of the country’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. “A friend of the United Nations, Mr. Kirchner was a national and international leader who believed in multilateralism,” the statement added. The 60-year-old former leader was Executive Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and current Deputy in the Argentinean Congress. The Secretary-General extended his sincere condolences to Mr. Kirchner’s family, as well as to the Government and people of Argentina.
“Slow economic growth, poor trade performance, continuing environmental degradation, debilitating HIV/AIDS pandemic, discouraging foreign direct investment and unmet ODA (overseas development assistance) commitments, compounded by a host of new challenges in a globalizing world make the development tasks of these countries extremely difficult,” UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury told a symposium on the global development agenda at UN Headquarters yesterday.Mr. Chowdhury is the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), some of which overlap.Target number 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focuses on the need for global partnerships, he said. “As the UN advocate for these weakest segments of the humanity, I urge again that the international community should come forward in supporting the development efforts of these countries in a meaningful way to make the objective of the global partnership a reality.”When the General Assembly established the LDC category, it comprised 25 countries, but that number had doubled, with 34 in Africa and most of the other 16 in the Asia-Pacific region, and their population was expected to rise by 200 million from 740 million by 2015, he said.“These countries are the poorest amongst the poor, the weakest segment of the international community. They are too often torn apart by devastating conflicts, civil strife or exposed to natural disasters,” Mr. Chowdhury said.“The combination of extreme poverty, population pressures and environmental degradation is a powerful destabilizing factor, driving both rural exodus and international migration that is expected to increase in both volume and impact,” he added.
“When children return to their communities as security improves, they will need to have schools and clinics to come to,” Christine Muhigana, UNICEF’s Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, said in a news release. “Access to quality health and education is the cornerstone of any recovery, and the foundation for a peaceful future,” she added. Due to clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, the country plunged into a civil conflict in 2012, displacing hundreds of thousands of people. But it is now seen emerging from the conflict. “The country is in a better place now,” said Ms. Muhigana. “But this is still one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children, and renewed violence threatens to undermine signs of progress.” According to UNICEF, at the meeting in Belgium’s capital, leaders from the CAR will make the case for a $3 billion aid package to global donors, including the UN, the European Union and the World Bank. UNICEF warns that fragile recovery continues in Central African Republic with more than 850,000 people still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Credit: UN News CentreEfforts to reach every child in the CAR are limited by significant funding restrictions. Of the $55.6 million required in 2016 to provide basic services to children in the country, only $20.4 million has been received, leaving many projects under resourced and reduced in effectiveness. UNICEF is calling on Central African leaders and global donors to put children first in the recovery plan by prioritizing basic social services like health and education for the most vulnerable, noting that only a balanced recovery plan with equity as the guiding principle can lay the foundation for a peaceful future. According to the news release, insecurity in the aftermath of the conflict has prevented most of the 920,000 people displaced in early 2014 from returning home. Today, 383,000 people remain displaced inside the country while 468,000 have sought refuge in Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Congo – with Cameroon hosting more than half of these refugees. Violence and widespread displacement have made children especially vulnerable to health risks, exploitation and abuse, leaving more than one third out of school and 41 per cent children under five suffering from chronic malnutrition. An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 have been recruited into armed groups since 2013. Children in the Central African Republic (CAR) play table football in the Bangui airport Mpoko camp for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNICEF/Donaig Le Du Most recently, repeated flare ups of violence have forced several non-governmental organizations to significantly scale down their interventions in parts of the country, slowing the progress of the national recovery plan. An attack on the Kaga Bandoro camp for internally displaced people last month left 37 civilians dead, including educators participating in a UNICEF-supported programme. Working with the Government and partners, UNICEF is strengthening the education system by training more than 1,300 teachers and building or repairing 172 schools in 2016 with funding from the European Union and the Global Partnership for Education. Existing projects are set to expand in order to bolster primary health care, improve access to clean water and offer psychosocial support for children who’ve experienced violence.
Athletes, especially Black athletes, often are lumped in one dishonorable group: dumb jocks. Most are not. And many are quite smart, like the New Orleans Saints’ Benjamin Watson.The tight end wrote eloquently about the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to put officer Darren Wilson on trial for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the subsequent protests in the town outside of St. Louis and his hope for the future.“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:“I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.“I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safe movie sets and music studios.“I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.“I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.“I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.“I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.“I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.“I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policemen abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.“I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.“I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.“I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.“I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”
Mindax Ltd has begun an infrastructure study to determine alternatives for rail and road connections between its Mt Forrest iron project and a deepwater port. Mindax is now a significant new player in the emerging Yilgarn iron province (YIP) with an extensive drill program testing its DSO iron conceptual exploration targets. The company is moving towards an upgraded DSO resource position.Mindax have initiated a study which will examine infrastructure development options for the YIP. In order to fast track product to a port, the study will assess four potential transport corridors from Mt Forrest to:1. Esperance Port via Menzies – 160 km new rail track2. Esperance Port via Leonora – 135 km new rail track3. Oakajee Port via Mullewa – 440 km new rail track4. Esperance or Fremantle via Koolyanobbing – 240 km new rail trackThe study will lead into further infrastructure planning for the provision of power and water. Managing Director Greg Bromley said: “With an existing railway only 160 km away at Menzies, DSO resources at Mt Forrest can be fast tracked to market making Mindax a major mover in the emerging Yilgarn Iron Province. A rail link would provide an important lead in to future magnetite production from the area. The magnetite endowment within 50 km of Mt Forrest already includes in excess of five Bt and presents a significant new long term economic potential for the Goldfields region.”“Any consideration of rail infrastructure will have to include the common interests of other players in the area. An important element of the study will be to establish the rail requirements that optimise the interests of Mindax, the other miners in the YIP, and the people of Western Australia,” Mr Bromley said.“To be ready in time for mining, our railway study needs to be kick-started now,” he said. “To unlock the area’s immense wealth and build jobs for WA’s people, Mindax is keen to pursue an open infrastructure policy with other stakeholders in the area.” Mindax has initiated discussions with a number of government agencies and some of the other potential producers in the Yilgarn Iron Province.Located in the Richardson Ranges, Mindax’s 100% owned YilgIron Pty Ltd’s promising Mt Forrest iron ore project lies 150 km north-west of the railway line at Menzies which connects with the Port of Esperance iron ore export shipping facility. The project covers seven mining leases over 50 sq km and includes extensive iron formation as multiple bands within a folded package varying from 200 to 700 metres width, over 17 km of strike. The iron formation includes both magnetite rich zones and hematite-goethite zones.Mindax’s Mt Forrest project is now developing the Mt Forrest project’s DSO iron opportunity in the emerging Central Yilgarn Iron Province, and Mindax anticipates a new resource report at the end of September. A parallel study of potentially beneficial magnetite resources is also in progress.
Immersive Technologies, the global supplier of surface and underground mining equipment simulators, has announced the latest addition to its medium fidelity simulator range. The LX6 is a brand new medium fidelity simulator platform which offers the same value for early stage training as the High-Fidelity simulators such as the PRO4 , “and is ideal for machine and site familiarisation, emergency response training and compliance training. Compatible with a wide range of equipment modules or Conversion Kits® available from Immersive Technologies, the LX6 allows sites to expand their training throughput and extend the utilisation of existing simulator equipment Conversion Kits® in a cost-effective manner.”The deployment of medium fidelity simulators such as the LX3 and now the LX6, has become a popular complement to high fidelity simulators such as the PRO4 and IM360. This combination allows mining operations to free up their high fidelity simulators for later stage and business improvement focused training, while utilising medium fidelity platforms for early stage and compliance focused training. The result is a solution that provides the required training throughput capacity while being cost effective.The LX6 simulator will be unveiled for the first time publicly at Expomin 2018 tradeshow in Santiago, Chile from the 23 to 27 of April. “Through our industry leading technology and extensive mining experience, we continue to focus on driving customer safety and profitability. LX6 is no different and provides a cost-effective way to train, assess and evaluate personnel in a safe and efficient manner, minimising impact to production by reducing the amount of in-field training time,” says Ravitha Sukumaran, Product Manager at Immersive Technologies.The wide horizontal field of view on the LX6 allows truck trainees to safely transition through intersections and become familiar with a site. It also allows shovel and excavator operators to have a clear view when spotting trucks. It has six full HD screens for a large field of view. The large vertical field of view offers good ground visibility when digging, dozing or grading. “Conversion Kits for the LX6 simulator are truly interchangeable across all Immersive Technologies’ platforms, whether a High or Medium Fidelity simulator our technology enables fitting any equipment module onto a base simulator allowing a range of different equipment to be simulated, maximizing use of your existing resources.The LX6 shares the same underlying technology as the industry leading PRO4 and IM360 but with a smaller footprint platform. At a lower price point than the high-fidelity simulators, the LX6 is a great solution for expanding training capacity. Upgrade packages are also available for existing LX3 platforms.”
GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire near the Columbia River in the Sundale area burned one home and is threatening approximately 40 others.Klickitat County Emergency Management said in a news release that a wildfire on Monday afternoon grew quickly, spreading west and south toward the area of Sundale.As of Monday evening, authorities say the fire had burned about 3,000 acres, prompting either mandatory evacuations or notices for to be ready to evacuate for some 20 to 30 residences.Old Highway 8 has been closed from Washington State Route 14 to Sundale Road and officials were urging the public to avoid the area.The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Goldendale for people affected by the fire.
River Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio hopes that the coming days will mark the end of violence in Argentine football and its society.Rodolfo spoke to Marca in the hours leading up to the grand final between Boca Juniors and River Plate and he is confident that there will be no violence even after receiving threats to his life and family.“This Thursday in the Congress, a law was projected against that and the House is approving very strong sanctions for those who commit those acts.”“I want this to be an example for Argentine football so that there is a before and after. As England did with the hooligans, in Spain with the ultras… the hardest law must be applied. I hope to see improvement on this.”“It’s a great shame that the most important match in Argentina has to be played in another country. I also hold the AFA responsible because those who manage it would have had to talk with the institutions.”Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“You don’t have to gather an army to be able to play football, but intelligence.”“You have to turn the page after everything that has happened. We are already in Madrid and we are trying to concentrate on the match. We want it to be a party atmosphere and understand that it is a game, it’s not about the death of anyone.“Both teams are representations of what is the Argentine’s passion for football. I hope you see a real show and not what’s happened over the last days.”
A Vancouver man barricaded himself in his Maplewood apartment for nearly five hours early Friday before surrendering to a SWAT team.Police were called to an apartment unit in the 3100 block of East 18th Street about 12:30 a.m. for a report of a disturbance with a weapon involving two men who lived at the residence. During an argument, one of the men, later identified as Scott W. Martin, 42, pulled a knife and cut the hand of the other man, who lives with Martin, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The victim left the apartment, but Martin barricaded himself inside.Arriving officers were not able to make contact with Martin, so they called for the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team, Kapp said.Police made entry into the apartment about 5 a.m., Kapp said, and Martin surrendered without further incident.He was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree assault. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from State Representative candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmignton):I would like to express my strong support of the United Steelworker Locals 12003 and 12012-4 during the current lockout by National Grid. It is outrageous and unjust that a Fortune 500, multi-billion dollar company has cancelled the healthcare benefits of 1,200 union members who perform critical work across Massachusetts for residential homes, schools and businesses.In reviewing the proposed changes reported from recent contract negotiations it is clearly evident that the proposed terms will have a detrimental financial impact on wages and benefits for all members. Additionally, I am extremely concerned about the current public safety risks as National Grid is currently using inexperienced contractors with insufficient inspectors and monitors to complete daily work assignments. This action is irresponsible and downright dangerous!As a candidate for State Representative, I would like to specifically offer my support for the United Steelworkers of Wilmington and Tewksbury who have been directly impacted by this lockout. I would like to applaud your efforts to negotiate in good faith and for your offer to continue working without a contract. You have my respect and support as you continue to fight this battle.Sincerely,Judy O’ConnellDemocratic Candidate for State Representative19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and TewksburyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mike McCoy Supports United Steel Workers During National Grid’s LockoutIn “Government”
HONG KONG: Donald Trump has urged China to “humanely” resolve the violent stand-off with pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, as concerns grow that Beijing is considering direct intervention in the crisis. In a series of tweets, the US president on Wednesday linked a possible trade deal with Beijing to a peaceful resolution to the political unrest that has roiled the semi-autonomous Chinese city for 10 weeks. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Washington has become increasingly alarmed by the build-up of Chinese security forces on the border with Hong Kong as the protests show no signs of abating and Beijing intensifies its drumbeat of intimidation against a movement pushing democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. “Millions of jobs are being lost in China to other non-Tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. Of course, China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!” Trump wrote on Twitter, in the first clear indication that the trade deal could be threatened by how Beijing reacts to the protests. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it,” Trump said in a subsequent tweet, suggesting a “personal meeting” with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The Hong Kong protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider — sometimes violent — movement for democratic rights. Advertise With Us The movement represents the greatest challenge to Beijing’s authority since the city was handed back by the British in 1997 under a deal that allowed it to keep freedoms that many Hong Kongers feel are being eroded. Activists are planning another series of mass rallies this weekend in a bid to show their movement still maintains broad public support despite violent scenes during a disruptive occupation of the airport. On Tuesday, chaos erupted at one of the world’s busiest transport hubs as protesters physically stopped travellers from boarding flights, battled riot police and assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese infiltrators. Beijing — which has refused to grant any concessions to the protest movement — has seized on the airport violence, with state-media churning out a deluge of condemnatory articles, pictures and videos. “The radicals’ violent attacks on innocent citizens are tantamount to an act of terrorism that should be condemned in the strongest terms possible,” Xinhua wrote in a commentary on Thursday. Until the airport protest, hardcore demonstrators had largely focused their anger towards the police, with whom they have fought weekly battles or state institutions such as the city’s parliament and Beijing’s main office in the city. The chaotic scenes inside the airport have prompted some soul-searching within the largely leaderless movement over whether that violence has undermined their cause. As some groups sent out apologies, messaging forums used to organise protests have filled with calls to support a planned rally on Sunday organised by the Civil Human Rights Front — a group that advocates non-violence and has previously managed to get colossal crowds out onto the streets. “An urgent call from the peaceful, the rational and the non-violent: the whole world come out on August 18!” read one popular thread on the Reddit-like LIHKG forum used by protesters. Trump’s tweets on Hong Kong appeared to signal something of a change on his approach to the city. In recent days he has been criticised by both sides of the political aisle for shying away from the issue, avoiding criticising Beijing even as he cited US intelligence reports of Chinese forces moving to the territory’s border. Only a few hours before Trump’s tweets, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — a key figure in the trade talks — told CNBC that the Hong Kong protests were an “internal matter” for Beijing. China has portrayed the protests as a foreign-funded attempt to destabilise the motherland rather than a popular revolt against its policies. Washington and Beijing have imposed tariffs on $360 billion in two-way trade, but Trump has delayed tariffs on electronic goods from China, giving investors hope for a detente in the trade conflict. The introduction of Hong Kong as a potential bargaining chip in those talks could produce a further wrinkle. Beijing has made it clear it is in no mood to offer concessions to Hong Kong’s protesters, whose demands include an independent inquiry into the police’s use of tear gas and rubber bullets as well as a long-demanded right to elect the city’s leader.
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Quilts, Inc. spokesperson Rhianna Griffin gives an overview of the annual International Quilt Festival Houston. This year’s fest is the biggest ever, featuring over 1500 quilts, garments and works of textile art. It runs through November 5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Share
UMES Hospitality and Tourism Management students at the Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Md. recently raised $25,000 to support a non-profit organization that helps low-income families get back on their feet. The students partnered with local chefs and food producers to raise money for the Campus Kitchens Project, a national community service project for students devoted to hunger relief.The UMES students who participate in the Campus Kitchens Project routinely use what they learn in class to create nutritious meals for residents of The Dwelling Place of Gaithersburg as well as hold workshops to teach basic cooking skills and advocate for hunger awareness in Montgomery County.Those students took their community-service activism to a new level in late April when they organized a gourmet meal fundraiser, “Dining with the Chefs,” in which they worked alongside some of the Washington area’s best-known chefs. The chefs, including honorary event chairman, Ype Von Hengst of the Silver Diner, donated time and resources to teach students who belong to the Campus Kitchens Project chapter at Shady Grove how to recreate dishes from their respective restaurants. The students then used the recipes to create a four-course tasting menu, which were paired with wines donated from the Maryland Wineries Association. The UMES student pastry class, with help of chef mentors and la Madeleine of Rockville, followed the tasting menu with “decadent desserts.”Five percent of the proceeds were donated to The Dwelling Place; the rest will be used to further Campus Kitchens’ mission of fighting hunger in Montgomery County.Ruth Lee O’Rourke, the program director of hotel-tourism management at Shady Grove, called the event – nearly two years in the making – a “breakout success.” The smiles on the faces of participants in online photos, including Princess Anne campus leaders, reflect that claim. “Hospitality is more than just working in the industry and that’s what this event is about,” UMES alumnus Mark Whitelock said. “We can use our work to help others, but we can also teach others why it’s important to help. By helping others you help yourself.”