first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgian tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has secured USD 173.6 million credit facility for its Ice Class Suezmax quartet set to be delivered this year.The loan was signed at the end of March with Kexim, BNP and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment bank.The financing deal coincides with the delivery of the company’s first Suezmax from the batch, the Cap Quebec, from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The 156,600 dwt newbuild has started a seven-year contract with an unnamed refinery player. When taking delivery of the ship, the company paid USD 45.5 million and a total of USD 12.4 million worth of installments to support the construction of the three remaining Suezmaxes, to be handed over by September this year. The remaining capex for these vessels is USD 130 million.Euronav has also secured a USD 220 senior secured credit facility with TI Asia and TI Africa. The facility consists of a term loan of USD 110 million and a revolving loan of USD 110 million, which will be used for refinancing Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) duo.The company said that it retained around USD 817 million of liquidity as at the end of March 2018.Q1 PerformanceThe lingering difficult market conditions in the tanker sector have pushed Belgian tanker company further into a net loss in the first quarter of 2018.The company booked a loss of USD 39.1 million in the first three months of this year, a major drop when compared to the corresponding period in 2017 when it posted a profit of USD 34.3 million.Proportionate EBITDA  for the same period was USD 30.7 million, also down from last year’s USD 106.1 million.“Oil demand has been consistently upgraded over the past six months which along with increased levels of recycling (21 VLCC YTD) are encouraging developments for all tanker operators. However, the rebalancing of the tanker market requires further affirmative action in reducing primarily older tonnage, restraint from contracting and a supportive oil price structure. “Freight rates will remain under pressure until this process of rebalancing is much further advanced. Euronav retains both now and going forward substantial balance sheet capacity and fixed income visibility to navigate through such periods and remains confident on the medium-term trends for the crude tanker market,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said.last_img read more

first_imgFamilies in a Yarmouth neighbourhood are getting help to fix the exterior of their homes and revitalize their community. Housing Nova Scotia Minister Joanne Bernard was in Yarmouth today, Aug. 11, to announce more than 180 homes in the south end of town are eligible for grants to improve curbside appeal. The program is part of Housing Nova Scotia’s Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. “People need to feel good about their surroundings. It is key to building vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods and it’s more than bricks and mortar,” said Ms. Bernard. “We are committed to working with our partners to create innovative solutions, and this is a great example of building healthy, vibrant communities.” The improvements will complement work by the Town of Yarmouth. Homes within the designated area — Williams and Forbes streets to the east, Kempt Street and Marshall Lane to the south, Water Street to the west, and Haskell and Albert streets to the north — may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for projects such as landscaping, exterior painting and some repairs. Landlords may qualify for $2,000 grants per unit, which they have to match. The municipality has helped bring vibrancy to the neighbourhood with improvements such as new decorative lighting on South Main Street, underground services and paving. It also plans to: “The Town of Yarmouth is thrilled to welcome and support this program,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “The process of revitalization goes so much deeper than beautification, it brings communities together, instills a sense of pride and generally enhances the quality of life for residents. We’re excited to see the outcomes on every level.” Partnerships with private developers help draw on the strength of the community. Andrew Cameron and his father Gordon have built two developments with Housing Nova Scotia, creating eight units. “It’s important that everyone has access to a home — a place they are safe in, they feel proud of and they can afford,” said Mr Cameron. “The south end is a historically significant part of the town and I believe this partnership will be the turning point that will help reinvigorate this neighourhood.” Denise Vacon is a public health promoter with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and a member of CHOICE, a group of community members committed to improving safe, accessible and affordable housing options in Yarmouth County. “We are very excited to hear that the Town of Yarmouth will be benefiting from the Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. Improving physical infrastructure is a key factor to quality of life, health and social well-being,” Ms. Vacon said. “This initiative will enhance an already strong sense of community pride, create momentum and engage residents to be part of a project that will have many positive impacts.” Housing Nova Scotia staff will deliver applications over the next few weeks to homes in the area. They are also available online at —–www.housingns.ca . add box culverts on Argyle Street at Broad Brook to handle increased runoff from storms introduce an updated sign bylaw to help create a more historical downtown feeling to the commercial area approve a new public parking lot in the south end, across from the Red and White storelast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Alberta’s premier says she’s worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay.The justice system is already overburdened and enforcing new pot-related measures could make things worse, Rachel Notley warned in an interview with The Canadian Press.Notley said she was surprised by the recent federal proposal to levy an excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving just half the revenue.Alberta and other provinces have already expressed displeasure about the sharing plan, saying they should get the bulk of the revenues to cover their costs. The issue will resurface at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers next month.It is not reasonable to make the provinces do most of “cost-based heavy lifting” on implementing the new cannabis regime “with only a portion of the taxation,” Notley said.The federal government says legalizing recreational use will help keep marijuana out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations. But it acknowledges the need to train and equip police to better deal with the phenomenon of drugged driving.The Trudeau government has earmarked just over $274 million to support policing and border efforts associated with legalized pot, with some of the money to be made available to the provinces.There are still many unanswered questions, including around enforcement, Notley said.“The issue with enforcement is if we don’t get it right what we do is we drive up policing and court costs quite significantly,” she said.“The justice system is stretched, and so to inject something like this in without a clear understanding of how we’re going to prosecute those things that we’re being asked to enforce could really drive a lot of costs.”In response to Notley, Liberal MP Bill Blair said Wednesday that the advent of a new approach will also mean cost reductions.“We know that each year, tens of thousands of people are charged with simple possession of cannabis,” Blair said in an interview. “Those charges will come out of the criminal justice system.”Ottawa will closely monitor the cost impacts of legalization, said Blair, parliamentary secretary to the justice and health ministers.“I think there is a very real possibility of savings but we also know it requires investment in oversight and administration and, where appropriate, enforcement,” Blair said.“That’s part of the ongoing work that we’re doing with provinces, territories and municipalities to make sure funding is available.”At the same time, cannabis producers are seeking clarity on future regulations for the recreational pot regime, noting they need to make critical decisions now on everything from fonts to layout for future packages.The federal government released a nearly 70-page consultation document late Tuesday that shed more light on proposed regulations including strict limitations for colour, graphs and font size for products.Canopy Growth Corp. president Mark Zekulin said Wednesday his company is already preparing mock-ups for products ahead of marijuana’s legalization, adding that key details remain unknown. The lack of information means the company has to play a guessing game, he said.“If you had all the information now, you could prepare a jar, for example, with elements already pre-printed on it,” Zekulin said.“These are the choices that we will need to make and frankly we’ll still need to make them now, there will just be a lot of risk that we make the wrong choice.”In its consultation document, Health Canada also proposed mandatory health warnings similar to those on tobacco products.The document will be open to public input for 60 days.A Health Canada official said Wednesday the department is looking at creating standardized requirements for all packages and labels for cannabis products while it also allows the industry some space to provide consumer information as part of efforts to undercut the black market.The department’s goal is to publish an additional document by winter to summarize the key results of the consultations and provide details in areas including packaging and labelling, the official said.— Follow @JimBronskill and @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators were poised for a bankruptcy declaration by the nation’s largest utility as it faces billions of dollars in potential damages from wildfires in the state.Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. had said the decision could come on Tuesday, and the California Public Utilities Commission scrambled ahead of the deadline to ensure PG&E would have financing that the company says it would need to continue providing electric and gas service under Chapter 11.The four members of the commission voted unanimously Monday at a raucous, hastily announced meeting to exempt PG&E from a longer approval process for bankruptcy credit and loans.The decision cleared a major obstacle to the company’s planned bankruptcy filing— a move that would likely set off a yearslong court battle that could result in legislative changes, higher utility rates and less money for wildfire victims.PG&E announced on Jan. 14 that it planned to file for bankruptcy in the face of at least $30 billion in potential wildfire damages. The company said it faced hundreds of lawsuits from victims of catastrophic wildfires in 2017 and 2018.The fires included the nation’s deadliest in a century — a November blaze that killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes in Paradise and surrounding communities.The cause of that fire remains under investigation, but speculation has centred on PG&E after the utility reported power line problems nearby around the time it started.State investigators last week cleared the company’s equipment of any fault in a 2017 fire in Northern California’s wine country that killed 22 people. The finding prompted questions about whether PG&E still needed to file for bankruptcy. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office estimated that more than half of the roughly $30 billion in potential damages the company cited was from the wine country fire.Legal experts said they still expected PG&E to move forward with bankruptcy in part because that would give the company space to formulate a plan to prevent its equipment from causing more catastrophic fires and reduce its future wildfire liability.California may have to change an existing law that holds utilities entirely liable for damage caused by their equipment regardless of whether the company was negligent, said Kenneth Ayotte, who teaches corporate finance and bankruptcy law classes at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.PG&E would also be able to consolidate all wildfire lawsuits in bankruptcy court, where victims would have to tussle with creditors and would likely end up with less money.Monday’s CPUC meeting may have provided a glimpse of the acrimony that would accompany any bankruptcy filing. Protesters repeatedly denounced and spoke over members of the commission and booed and shouted, “Shame,” as it voted to allow PG&E to immediately obtain credit and loans as part of any Chapter 11 filing. PG&E has said it has lined up $5.5 billion in credit and loans so it could continue operating during bankruptcy.Commissioner Martha Aceves said the CPUC’s decision would allow “the continuation of the lights being on” if PG&E declared bankruptcy. She was then drowned out by protesters in the crowd. Commission President Michael Picker said the decision did not “encourage or enable” the company to seek bankruptcy and was not in any way an endorsement of that decision.The commission faced criticism after it gave short notice of the meeting. State law generally requires multiple days of notice for public meetings, but the CPUC cited an exception for emergency situations that affect public health or safety.Protesters accused the commission of holding the meeting illegally and bailing out PG&E despite its role in wildfires.“This is absolutely disgusting what you’re doing right now,” Jessica Tovar, a member of the group, Local Clean Energy Alliance, said during a public comment session.Christopher Chow, a spokesman for the CPUC, said in an email it had met its noticing requirements for the meeting.Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press read more

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today reversed an earlier decision to suspend the case against a notorious Congolese warlord, ruling that his trial will resume.In July, the Court’s trial chamber suspended proceedings against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), saying that prosecutors had refused orders to disclose information to his defence. It also ordered the warlord’s release.Today, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, who presided over the appeals, said that it is undisputed that the prosecution did not divulge certain information.But he said that the trial chamber erred by immediately ordering the proceedings to stop without first imposing sanctions to ensure prosecutors complied with its orders.“Sanctions are a tool for Chambers to maintain control of proceedings within the trial framework and to safeguard a fair trial without having to have recourse to the drastic remedy of staying proceedings,” Judge Song stressed.Mr. Lubanga Dyilo, whose trial at The Hague-based ICC began last January, stands accused of having committed, as co-perpetrator, war crimes of enlisting and conscripting of children under the age of 15 into the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo, and using them to participate actively in hostilities in Ituri district between September 2002 and August 2003.The case was referred to the ICC by the Congolese Government in April 2004. Other suspects standing trial at the ICC for alleged offences committed within the context of the DRC conflict are Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. Bosco Ntaganda has been indicted but remains at large. ICC investigations in the DRC are ongoing.In a statement issued after the ruling, the Office of the Prosecutor for the ICC welcomed the decision to lift the stay of proceedings and not release Mr. Lubanga. “Victims can rest assured that his trial will be continued, and that his criminal responsibility will be decided by the judges at the conclusion of a fair trial,” the statement said. 8 October 2010The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today reversed an earlier decision to suspend the case against a notorious Congolese warlord, ruling that his trial will resume. read more

It was the second visit for the Secretary-General to the University, which bestowed on him today an honorary doctorate in recognition of the valuable work being carried out by the Organization. In his lecture, Mr. Ban hailed New Zealand’s “ingenuity and hard work” for the UN, including the contribution of military and civilian personnel to its peacekeeping operations. “This country has been a long and staunch champion of nuclear and conventional disarmament,” he went on to say, adding his hope that with New Zealand’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, it will come into effect by the end of this year.He also voiced appreciation for New Zealand’s contributions over the years to promoting security in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands and Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.New Zealand is also a pioneer on gender equality as the first country in the world where women received the right to vote, the Secretary-General noted, saying he admired this “far-sighted vision.”The country, he continued, is a party to most of the core international human rights treaties, and its aid programme and assistance have been pivotal to helping countries in the Pacific region to develop. On a personal note, the Secretary-General recalled a programme organized by the American Red Cross Society that he participated in while in high school that sponsored him to travel across the United States with other young people from more than three dozen countries. “During that programme, Jocelyn Jones and Shirley Keen were representing New Zealand. We have met several times over the years, including three years ago when I was in Auckland. And I am happy that they are here with me today,” said Mr. Ban.Also today, Mr. Ban met with Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General of New Zealand, and voiced his appreciation the country’s contribution to UN peacekeeping and significant support to the Third UN Conference on Small Islands Developing States. They also discussed New Zealand’s important role in the upcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to take place on the margins of the 69th General Assembly later this month, and exchanged views on developments in Ukraine, Iraq, the Middle East and South Sudan – subjects that the Secretary-General also discussed with Prime Minister John Key yesterday. read more

The Preliminary round groups for the Junior World Championship in Brazil are drawn on Thursday. Exactly 24 teams will compete in the four groups. Four best teams from each group will qualify for the knock-out stage.The tournament will be played between July 20 and the first day of August.This will be the last competition for generation 1994.Group ASwedenRussiaNetherlandsTunisiaBelarusParaguayGroup BSpainRomaniaSerbiaQatarAngolaPortugalgroup CDenmarkFranceArgentinaChileSouth KoreaAlgeriagroup DGermanyBrazilEgyptNorwayUruguayJapan IHFJunior World Championship 2015 ← Previous Story MOMENT OF HANDBALL HISTORY: Bravo Laszlo, goodbye Atilla! Next Story → Marko Curuvija to PICK Szeged! read more

first_imgSprint is apparently looking to lure in more current iPhone owners that are fed up with the increasingly troublesome data caps on other carriers. Starting May 18th, iPhone users on AT&T and Verizon are encouraged to bring their device into a Sprint store to receive a $100 credit on a new iPhone 4S with an unlimited data plan.Taking your device into the physical store is the most convenient way to take advantage of this deal. You will get the $100 off on the spot with a new contract on the iPhone 4S. If you prefer to make your phone purchases without the aid of human salespeople, you can buy a new iPhone then request a shipping label to send off the old one to get a guaranteed $100 account credit in 2-3 billing cycles.You may be wondering about the economics of this deal. Does it make financial sense to trade in your current iPhone for $100? Well, that depends. If you’ve got an iPhone 3GS, it almost certainly makes sense. A good condition iPhone 4 might be worth quite a bit more if sold on Craigslist. Although, Sprint doesn’t seem to be too concerned with the condition of the old device as long as it is functional. In fact, Sprint has confirmed that even if the device is appraised at under $100, it will make up the difference.The simplicity might be the most compelling reason to go this route. You stroll into the store, trade in your phone, get $100 off your new one, and you’re out the door. That puts the cost of a new iPhone 4S at $99 for the 16GB model. Sprint says the new device has to activated by 7/3/12 to be eligible for the program, and if you are sending in the old phone by mail, that has to be done by 8/14/12.via Sprintlast_img read more

first_imgIn September, the Firefox beta for Android added support for ARMv6 processors, and now the update has made its way to the stable build. While that might not make much difference to techy types that update their devices on a regular basis, it’s great news for those who tote around more humble smartphones.Mozilla‘s goal is to make sure that everyone who uses Android has access to an up-to-date, feature-rich mobile browser so all can enjoy the ever-evolving web. By bolting on support for ARMv6, millions more Android users can download and install Firefox on their phones. Most of the phones you’ve read about over the past two years on Geek.com don’t run the older ARM architecture, but the HTC Cha Cha and Status, Samsung Galaxy Ace, and LG Optimus Q all do.For now, 512MB of memory is required — which means that many who own low-end or older Android devices will still be left out in the cold. That’s going to change in the near future, however. The Foundation is already working away at Project 256meg, an effort that will cut the minimum RAM requirement in half.Although these optimizations are taking shape in Firefox for Android, there’s little doubt that Firefox OS is also a prime target. Mozilla and its partners will almost certainly be focusing on entry level devices for emerging markets. In those areas, phones are the number one way that people access the Internet. With Firefox OS and its Android cousin tuned for low-cost and older hardware, Mozilla will be able to make good on its promise of bringing today’s Web to everyone.More at Mozillalast_img read more

first_img 17 Comments By Michael Kelly Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 12:30 PM 168 Views Jan 28th 2017, 12:30 PM Short URL Grower http://jrnl.ie/3202875 WE ADDED TEN new hens to the flock here at home this week, ostensibly so the Eldest Child could satisfy his entrepreneurial instincts and start to sell our excess eggs. We had 5 hens up to now: 4 Rhode Island Red hybrids and a beautiful little white Leghorn who produces equally beautiful white-shelled eggs.They were reliable layers for most of last year, but went off the boil (see what I did there?) over the last few months and we were down to one or two eggs a day over the winter, a serious thing in an egg-obsessed house like ours.After several consecutive days of me cutting one poached egg in half to share between our two children for breakfast, Eldest Child decided to take matters into his own hands and buy new hens to get things back on track. As we debated how many to buy, he explained that ten extra was the perfect number, so that he could start selling eggs once we’d satisfied requirements at home.He intends to do so at the gate here or at the service entrance door at GROW HQ (Head Chef JB beware). He’s even started to stockpile egg cartons, a signal of the seriousness of his intent. Since he intended to buy the hens with his communion money, I could hardly refuse.Choosing hensSo, last weekend we took ourselves off to Kehoe’s poultry farm just outside New Ross with a poultry crate in the boot of the car. As luck would have it Mr Kehoe had a grand selection of “point of lay” (ready to start laying) hens ready to go.Picking breeds of hens is usually a tradeoff between beauty and egg-laying reliability. You generally sacrifice one for the other. You can have a beautiful Columbian Brahma with a mad array of white feathers along its legs so it looks like it’s wearing leg warmers, but it probably won’t result in much income for the egg business.Given the quantity of hens we were buying, we reckoned we had some artistic licence, and opted for two each of Marans, Bluebells, Black Rock, Amber and Speckled Diamond. This required a communion money investment of €130 but with (potentially) 70 eggs to sell a week, he won’t be long making that back. Source: Shutterstock/ddsignIntroducing new hens to the flockIt is always a fun if slightly turbulent time introducing new hens into an existing, well-established flock. Hens quickly and often brutally establish and enforce a rigid pecking order so that everyone knows their place in the grand scheme of things.The best time to introduce them to each other is at night-time, so they get used to each other’s sounds in the dark when they are roosting, more placid and less prone to aggression. Closing the door, we listened and giggled at the sounds of restrained discontent and growling murmurs of “bok bok bok” from the elder lemons inside. Then Eldest Child went off to bed, no doubt to dream of all that egg money.I will be giving an Introduction to Hen Keeping class at GROW HQ on Wednesday February 8th, priced at €20. For more information and to book, visit www.growhq.org or call 051 584422.Bringing New Hens Home1. Young hens (called pullets) will start laying eggs generally at about 6 months. At this stage they are called “point of lay” pullets. It’s an ideal time to buy them. Any earlier and you will be feeding hens that aren’t giving you an egg return. Expect to pay between €10 to €15 for a hen, depending on the breed.2. Hens are best transported in a specialist crate or carrier, or a cardboard box if you don’t have one (firmly closed so they can’t get out, but with ventilation holes). Line the base of the box with newspaper and straw.3. Leave new hens in their house for a few days to acclimatise and get used to their new home, particularly if they will eventually be free ranging. They need to get used to their house as their new base. Minor skirmishes are unavoidable when you bring new hens into a flock, and it takes a few days for them to establish their pecking order.Recipe of the Week – Kale and Smoked Cheddar Risotto Source: Shutterstock/Martin RettenbergerJB Dubois, our Head Chef at GROW HQ delivered a course on vegetarian cooking last week. The idea was to show people that introducing a couple of veggie dinners to your repertoire each week can be healthy and delicious. This was one of the recipes featured. Don’t be turned off by the idea of making your own stock . It takes just half an hour to make and makes all the difference. Serves 4.IngredientsVeg stock1 small carrot1 sprig thyme2 cloves garlic1 small leek1 stick of celeryRisotto250g arborio rice20g butter1 clove garlic1l veg stock100g kale1 carrot100g Knockanore cheese (or other smoked cheddar)toasted sesame and poppy seedsDirectionsFirst make the veg stock. Wash, peel and roughly chop the vegetables. Place them and the thyme in a pot, cover with 1.5l of cold water and a pinch of sea salt.Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for another 10 minutes. Then pass through a fine sieve.Wash and chop the kale. Peel and grate the carrot. Peel and chop the garlic. Grate the smoked cheddar. Sweat the garlic with the butter in a large pot, on a low heat for 2 minutes.Add the rice and sweat it off for 2 to 3 minutes (keep stirring to avoid sticking). Add a good pinch of sea salt and pepper. Add the veg stock little by little, stirring every few minutes. The rice should be cooked when all the stock has been absorbed (15 to 20 minutes).When the rice is cooked, add the kale, the grated carrot and the grated cheese, give it a quick stir and serve immediately. Garnish with the toasted seeds. Add a squeeze of lemon.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Michael Kelly Gardening column: How to keep hens, plus a kale and cheddar cheese risotto recipe Keeping hens is a fast growing pastime. Find out how to do it well with Michael Kelly. Share Tweet Email9 last_img read more

first_imgDes gants CRTouch transforment de vieux moniteurs en écrans tactilesSi vous ne le saviez pas, il existe des moyens pour interagir directement avec les moniteurs à tubes cathodiques sans avoir à modifier l’affichage. Il y a déjà plus d’une vingtaine d’années que Nintendo l’avait fait, avec les fameux Duck Hunt et NES Zapper, où vous deviez tirer sur les canards en pointant un accessoire sur votre TV. Rien d’autre n’intervenait. Aujourd’hui, c’est un groupe d’étudiants belges, de l’Université de Hasselt, qui a développé un système de gants équipés de photo-transistors au bout des doigts. L’écran peut donc afficher le faisceau d’électrons dessiné par votre doigt.L’inconvénient pour le moment est que les gants CRTouch devraient être accompagnés d’autres accessoires comme une sorte de gomme pour effacer les tracés, qui restent à l’écran. Pour avoir une idée plus précise, jetez un œil sur cette démonstration. Le 10 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,I am writing to endorse Jesse Fennelly for School Committee.I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jesse over the past few years, and I can think of no one more deserving of a seat on the school committee. His interest and dedication to the continued betterment of our town is admirable, and I feel strongly he should be given a chance to serve on the School Committee.Jesse is the proud father of two young boys who is committed to doing everything and anything he can to improve our schools. I know he will be a strong, vocal advocate on our behalf. Using his experience working at the State House, Jesse will seek input from parents and the PACs before making important decisions. I believe this approach will serve him well as he advocates on behalf of the parents in Wilmington.I’ve seen firsthand Jesse’s dedication to our community and to making Wilmington thrive and flourish. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of WCTV and is a member of the town Historic Commission, among others. In speaking with him, I know he will bring the same drive, passion, dedication and enthusiasm to the school committee.Jesse understands that great schools are a sign of a great community. I’m sure he will work tirelessly to ensure the Wilmington School Department continues to be an innovative, progressive learning environment for all students. Jesse has earned my vote, I hope you will consider joining me in casting a ballot for Jesse Fennelly for Wilmington School Committee on April 28.Sincerely,Gary DePalmaNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.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… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Wilmington State Rep. Endorses Fennelly For School CommitteeIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

first_imgThe last major sled dog race of the season got underway Thursday in Kotzebue. Fifteen mushers drew bib numbers Wednesday night at the start banquet for mid-distance Kobuk 440.Download AudioMusher Jeff King traverses the Kobuk 440 trail in 2015 betweenthe checkpoints of Shungnak and Kobuk. (Photo by Francesca Fenzi, KNOM – Nome)Fog enveloped parts of Western Alaska most of Wednesday, which was enough to keep flights grounded and mushing fans from the Kobuk 440 start banquet, but Kotzebue’s local radio station, KOTZ, broadcasted the event live.Kotzebue local Harriet Snyder gave the blessing before mushers and race officials dove in to platefuls of sheefish in the High School cafeteria.Local musher Louie Nelson will marshal this year’s race.“One thing we have to remember is once you get into the villages, the villages are really excited to see all the ushers so we have to act as outstanding sportsmanship and show that and they’ll love you more,” he said.Nelson dedicated the race to Elder Clarence Jackson of Noorvik, who passed away last fall.“Clarence has been a really good friend of mine for years and every time I’d come to Noorvik he was always there to welcome me into the village and we’d have something to eat and talk about old times and this year we’ll miss him,” he said. “But this year, the race is dedicated to Mr. Clarence Jackson.”Fifteen mushers will start the last major competitive sled dog race of the season. Danish native Mille Porsild is one of only three women who will compete this weekend. She doesn’t race often, but she told a small crowd she was delighted to have an opportunity this year.“It’s really, really special to be out here in Kotzebue,” she said. “I’ve looked so much forward to coming to do this race and I can’t thank the race organization enough and everyone in Kotzebue for the wonderful hospitality and wonderful food and really looking forward to going up the trail and meeting all these beautiful communities.”Three mushers who finished in the Iditarod’s top ten plan to drive teams in the Kobuk 440, including Nicolas Petit.“It’s really nice to come to little races like this — or big races actually where you feel so welcome,” he said. “I’ve been to races where we feel like criminals so, it’s really nice and welcome and so thank you.”Petit will be the last musher to leave the start chute. Kotzebue’s own John Baker will also leave near the back of the pack after pulling bib number 14. But with a considerable amount of enthusiasm, he told the crowd he had no plans to remain at the back for long.“I don’t know what number I am but I’ll go sometime … but I’m going to come back quick!” he said.Dog teams leave the start line on the sea ice midday Thursday. They’ll pass through six Western Alaskan villages. The first team is expected across the finish line sometime Saturday. Whoever it is will claim a large portion of a purse estimated at $50,000 this year.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme “Mann Ki Baat” will resume today almost a month after the PM returned to power. This will be the first “Mann ki Baat” programme in PM Modi’s second consecutive term as the Prime Minister. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to listen to the radio programme with other party workers at the Kakrola stadium in Delhi’s Dwarka. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Enthused by stunning performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party is planning to take Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio programme to more people this time. The party cadres at all levels have been directed to ensure better facilities such as better radio sets to attract more people to the programme. The PM had last spoken on the radio programme in the episode which aired in February this year. He had expressed confidence of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections and said the programme will return after the polls. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us On June 15, PM Modi in a tweet said the programme was going to resume on June 30 at 11 am. “30th June, Sunday at 11:00 AM… We will meet once again, thanks to the radio, share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians. I am sure you have lots to say for #MannKiBaat. Share it on the NaMo App Open Forum,” PM Modi tweeted. Many BJP leaders have also planned to listen to “Mann Ki Baat” programme by sitting with the people and party workers. The programme broadcasts on the last Sunday of the month and suggestions, stories and ideas are invited from people for it.last_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Grandmother and grandchildren injured in crash on N11 outside LadysmithThere were no passengers in the bus at the time of the crash.Police, Public Safety, RTI and towing services responded to the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A bus and a combi crashed this morning (December 9) in Murchison Street.It can be seen in the CCTV footage that the vehicles crashed at the intersection of Murchison and Princess Street.The bus was travelling down Murchison Street, heading in the direction of Settlers Park, and the combi was heading up Princess Street.The bus crashed through a robot and came to rest on the front wall of a car dealership.Both drivers were injured.The driver of the bus was found under the vehicle and was seriously injured.The injured drivers were treated on scene and then taken to hospital.Also read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in Ezakhenilast_img read more

first_imgCorporate Travel Management (CTM) has acquired Texan travel company, Avia International Travel furthering its expansion ambitions in the USA.CTM’s purchase will be effective from  1st September and boosts the company’s presence in the USA to seven states and 17 cities.CTM managing director Jamie Pherous said that Avia’s expertise in location and expertise in resources were the reasons for the takeover.“We are delighted to have Avia become part of the CTM team. It possesses all the qualities that we look for, having a great service reputation, a dedicated team and great “hands on” management,” Mr Pherous said.“This combined with our successful and well established offices throughout the USA will allow us to better leverage our combined buying power, client facing solutions, and support expertise moving forward.”Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals made a couple of roster moves Wednesday.The team announced it had signed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston from the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals released running back Jalen Parmele.An undrafted free agent out of Purdue, Gaston spent the preseason with the Cardinals but was part of the final round of cuts on Aug. 30. It was believed the team was hoping to sneak him onto their own practice squad, but he was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots. Top Stories Comments   Share   He was claimed by the Dolphins after the Patriots released him on Sept. 3, but was inactive the first two games of the season. He was released by them on Sept. 20 and re-signed to their practice squad.Parmele was signed by the Cardinals prior to last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. He carried the ball once for no gain. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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