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At this years Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival three shows will change how

first_imgAdvertisement Moyra Davey, Of Jane (detail), 2014, 38 C-prints, tape, postage, ink; in seven groupings. Collection Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien [mumok], Vienna The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has always been about more than pretty pictures.The largest festival of its kind in the world, CONTACT puts on display ground-breaking and thought-provoking work by more than 1,500 Canadian and international artists, showing in more than 200 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Featuring both established and emerging artists, the festival allows viewers to see the world through many different lenses.The 23rd edition will be on display in major art institutions, in galleries, on billboards and even across the sides of buildings, bringing inspiring, relevant and memorable work to the city between May 1 and May 31. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here are three headlining exhibitions everyone must see at this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra DaveyPutting together the career-spanning exhibition and Steidl book publication that come with winning the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award has helped artist Moyra Davey see her own work in a new light. “You notice things you wouldn’t have noticed, when you do a show like this, when you juxtapose works that were made at different times of your career,” says Davey. Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Peace Holdings Inc releases Findings Report on senior housing in Fort St

first_imgThe Report also says that within that population increase, the senior population in Fort St. John is expected to increase by 124 percent.Peace Holdings says our area is facing housing challenges when it comes to senior housing and this is an issue that the Government should be focusing on.“The Fort St. John area is facing housing challenges in that it has an aging stock and limited options that can accommodate seniors’ evolving needs. This is certainly a hot button topic in other Northern B.C. communities and beyond, as housing affordability continues to be a hurdle faced by many. The aging population in Fort St. John presents a particular challenge, in that the issue of affordability is compounded with the unique needs of the aging population.”According to a recent report from Save Our Northern Seniors, it says there are 346 people living in Senior Housing, with 256 currently on the waitlist.In order to face this issue, Peace Holdings is in the process of designing a community in Fort St. John that is specifically designed for seniors.Through a series of open houses, Peace Holdings had the opportunity to listen to concerns from members of the public on what they feel is important when it comes to the need in senior housing. Assisted and supportive living was found to be the most important need that should be included in future planning.Source Peace Holdings Inc.Peace Holdings says they will continue to engage community members, and work with stakeholders and the Government in order to ensure we are changing and adapting as needed throughout the process.For more information on this Report and senior housing in Fort St. John, you can contact Peace Holdings at 778-580-7122 or by email info@peaceenterprises.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Holdings Inc. has released its Findings Report on Senior Housing in Fort St. John.Within the Findings Report, it focuses on the need, the opportunities, and the concept for senior housing.According to the Report, seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the area. They say the population of people in Fort St. John is expected to increase by 47 percent, from 34,513 to 50,893 by the year 2041.last_img read more

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Transport department to ply AC trams between Nonapukur and Shyambazar

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department has decided to ply AC trams between Nonapukur and Shyambazar via Dharmatala on a regular basis shortly.The department has already introduced two AC trams with modern facilities in the city, which are currently used as joyrides. The initiative aims to promote tourism and revive the 130-year-old tram system in the city. Local residents will be happy to see the new avatar of trams once they hit the streets. AC buses, introduced by the state transport department, are also hit with the commuters. The introduction of AC trams will give a boost to the transport system in the state. “People, who commute by trams on a regular basis, will be extremely happy on the introduction of AC trams on the Nonapukur and Shyambazar route,” a senior official of the transport department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are plans to introduce a few more AC trams on certain routes. Some new AC trams will also be built at Nonapukur workshop of the state transport department. The department is also trying to enhance the speed of trams, said a source. The AC trams would ply at a stretch of 8.44 km between Nonapukur and Shyambazar via Dharmatala. The trial run of these trams has already been conducted on the Nonapukur and Shyambazar route. Altogether, there would be six trips on the route and there are around 24 seats in each tram. According to a source, the fare of AC trams has been fixed at Rs 20 upto 5 km and Rs 25 if the distance exceeds 5 km. About 40 to 45 trams are being run by the Transport department on various routes in the city. A month ago, the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari launched the two AC trams. The trams have been built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh each. The exterior of the trams was built at the Nonapukur workshop. The trams are fitted with 5.5-tonne ACs each.last_img read more

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Moroccan Committee Warns that Google and Facebook Sell Moroccans Data

Taroudant – The National Committee for Monitoring the Protection of Personal Data (CNDP) warned Moroccan Internet users that social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are tricking people into giving up their personal data.The CNDP called on Moroccans to be careful with the data they share online, which may be sold to “third parties for spying purposes.”Said Ihray, the Chairman of the National Committee, warned that “personal data have become a treasure for organizations that are active in the field of telecommunications, banks and insurance companies, which gain huge profits by selling people’s info to media agencies and intelligence services throughout the world.” During the seminar organized by the CNDP on Saturday under the title “The Role Of Civil Society in the Protection of Privacy and Personal Data,” Ihray said that Morocco must establish a private legal framework for the protection of personal data and give citizens the “right” to protect their personal data.Last year, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., said that many of his biggest competitors, like Facebook and Google, are selling users’ personal data.While he didn’t explicitly name of any of Apple’s competitors, Cook said, “Some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information.”Cook alleged that these companies store all possible information about Internet users and attempt to monetize the data.According to Business Insider, citing a report by Dell SecureWorks, personal information is sold on the “dark web” for sums that vary from $12 for a single U.S. credit card with track data to bank credentials that may sell for $1,000. read more

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Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD splendor but wires arent erased to

TOKYO – At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.The effort with “4K” technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel.Experts say the chemical reactions used to make old movies stored far greater detail than was visible with the limited projection technology of the era, as well as with subsequent digital updates.If all the hidden information of a reel-to-reel is ever brought out, quality would approximate 8K, they say.Only one minute from the original film and from each of the sequels has been turned into 4K so far but the results are stunning enough.Faded, blurry, yellowing footage of the radiation-breathing creature that emerged from the Pacific after atomic-bomb testing turns sharp, clear and vivid. It almost looks like state-of-the-art animation.It’s better than the original, said Toshifumi Shimizu of Tokyo Laboratory Co., the studio that undertook the painstaking effort.“You can feel the impact of the bodies banging into each other under the suits,” he said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.He said many scenes are more real and emotionally moving than what is achieved by today’s computer-graphics manipulation, widespread in Hollywood blockbusters.The details of the cityscape models, the bumpy skin of Godzilla and the metallic shine of the robots are revealed as they once were.The craftsmen at the lab made a point to keep visible the wires from which the flying monsters hung. The goal was to stay true to the intention of the original.In turning Godzilla films into 4K, each frame of the reel-to-reel is scanned by a special machine. Each frame is then examined for blotches and other damage that has crept in over the last 60 years. Any problems with a frame are fixed on a computer, one by one, by a film-processing specialist.Shoko Ideriha, one of the specialists, said the team pieced together the best segments, working with the only three copies left of the 1954 Godzilla. She compared fixing film to being a doctor treating a patient.The big catch is that 4K, also known as ultra-high definition, or Ultra HD, can’t be seen in most homes or theatres yet.For one, you would need a 4K TV, which is not cheap. Sony’s 85-inch model sells for $25,000, although prices are gradually coming down overall.More crucial still, 4K broadcasting is virtually non-existent. In Japan, it’s available only in limited test programming.But believers swear that it will become the standard of the not-so-distant future. Other movie classics, such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gone With the Wind,” have turned 4K.What 4K promises for movie classics is astounding, said Takashi Sawa, of Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting Corp., which aired all 28 Toho Godzilla classics for the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s birth, which fell this year and marked the debut of Gareth Edwards’ Hollywood Godzilla.Nihon Eiga also aired a special program on the 4K Godzilla project on its cable network, which broadcasts to 7.5 million households in Japan.Restoring movie classics into 4K might do wonders for the chicken-and-egg dilemma for new technology, which generally won’t take off until there is content people want to watch.“TV drama shows shot in digital cannot be restored as 4K,” he said. “But Godzilla can become 4K.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2014 3:41 am MDT Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD splendor, but wires aren’t erased to stay true to original read more

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Aluminium market to start recovery in second half of 2010 – The

first_imgChina dominates the global aluminium industry accounting for one third of both world production and world consumption of primary aluminium, according to analysis group Roskill Information Services’ The Economics of Aluminium (9th Edition 2009) publication. The report shows that while China is self sufficient in aluminium metal and approaching self sufficiency in alumina, dependence on imported bauxite remains high despite rising output. However, power supply issues and high costs of production could result in declining production in the longer term and the possibility that China will become a net importer of primary aluminium. Russia, Canada, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Norway and India are the principal producing countries after China. These countries, together, account for about three quarters of world output of primary aluminium. Although some 200 smelters, half of which are in China, produce primary aluminium, 14 companies operating about 100 plants controlled over 60% of output in 2007.The report states that “world aluminium output rose by between 0.15 and 12.2%/y between 1994 and 2008, averaging 5%/y. Growth averaged around 7%/y after 2001 mainly due to explosive expansion in production in China. Output began to contract in the second half of 2008 and this accelerated in 2009, meaning that world aluminium production is likely to decline for the first time in fifteen years and by as much as 5%.“In 2009, almost fifty aluminium smelter projects, with a total capacity of 20 Mt/y, were at various stages of development, but only 10, with a total capacity of 2.8 Mt/y, were already under construction. For most of these projects, no decision with regard to timing had been finalised and the timetables of the others are under review. At the same time, most of the major producers are idling high cost and inefficient capacity in response to low demand and prices. The earliest major project to come online will probably be Qatalum in Qatar, which is likely to be a very low cost producer. During 2008, a new 300,000 t/y smelter started operations in Oman and UC Rusal restarted output in Nigeria.“Reported production (which excludes as much as 2 Mt in China) of refined secondary aluminium and aluminium alloy amounted to about 8.8 Mt/y in 2007, mainly in the USA, Japan, Germany and Italy. A further 3 to 3.5 Mt/y of secondary aluminium is recovered directly into end-uses. US-based Aleris International, owned by Texas Pacific and, formed in 2004 by the merger of IMCO Recycling and Commonwealth Industries, is probably the world’s largest aluminium recycling company. Novelis, which acquired Alcan’s secondary facilities in the USA, and Hydro Aluminium North America are [also] major aluminium recyclers.”Roskill’s report shows that between 1998 and 2007, world primary aluminium consumption grew by a year-on-year average of 5.6% to reach 37.2 Mt. After a fall of 5.3% in 2001, aluminium consumption increased by an average of 7.8%/y up to 2007, largely driven by Chinese consumption, which increased by an average of 23.7%/y over the same period. Chinese aluminium consumption is, by a sizeable margin, the largest in the world, having overtaken the USA in 2004. Japan is the third largest consuming country.Total use of aluminium including all forms of secondary metal, amounted to about 51 Mt/y in 2007, and the report sees little change coming from 2008 figures. Consumption was divided regionally into about 44% in Asia and 27% each in Europe and the Americas, while the major markets for aluminium were transportation (14% of demand), construction (11%) and packaging (6%).The Chinese market (almost 30% of the world total in 2007 and 2008) expanded by about 27% in 2007; Antaike estimates that it increased by about 8% in 2008 and will increase by 3% in 2009. Roskill’s report predicts that “in Europe, North America and Japan, demand will almost certainly fall in 2009 and will either level out or show minimal growth in 2010. The market will start to recover in the second half of 2010, and global growth of 4 to 5%, led by China, is likely in 2011. Average growth in the global aluminium market to 2013 will probably be about 2.6%/y resulting in total demand of about 58 Mt.”The LME monthly average cash price for high grade aluminium fell from a record high of $3,070/t in July 2008 to $1,329/t in February as LME stocks increased from 1.1 Mt to 3.2 Mt. There were signs that prices had bottomed out in March/April 2009, and had stabilised in a range between $1,400 and $1,500/t. The report comments that “lower production and the end of ‘destocking’ is expected to stop or reverse the increase in inventories and push prices up to between $1,500 and $1,700/t by September or October 2009, and they may reach $1,800 t by year-end. In 2009, aluminium prices will probably average $1,400 to $1,450/t. The large stocks are expected to overhang the market until the slide in global demand is reversed, which most analysts expect to happen in early 2010.”In the early and mid 2000s, cash production costs for primary aluminium rose steeply to a global average of almost $2,000/t, mainly because of increased alumina and power costs. Alumina prices have fallen with those of aluminium, but power costs remain high, and prices in early 2009 were less than the costs of many producers.Electrical power and alumina are the most costly inputs in the production of primary aluminium. “A secure, low cost and proximal supply of power is a more important factor than either nearby raw materials or markets, when deciding on a location for an aluminium smelter. The presence of large smelters in Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, South Africa, Mozambique and Iceland is evidence of this. Countries such as Canada and Norway take advantage of both plentiful hydroelectricity and nearby markets. New smelters are under construction in Abu Dhabi and Qatar to take advantage of gas resources.”More information on The Economics of Aluminium (9th Edition 2009) can be found at www.roskill.com/reports/aluminiumlast_img read more

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Nikola Karabatic given 6 matches ban Karabatic will appeal the ban

← Previous Story Gyor wants new right back – Dalby or Bulatovic? Next Story → Enid Tahirovic: “I refused PSG” gajichonrubiakarabaticLNHprosttej The betting scandal that shook French scandal is having its final epilogue. Nikola Karabatic has been given the maximum suspension the regulations allow. That means he will be sidelined for 6 matches if the suspension is confirmed, in case the announced appeal of the suspension does not go through for Karabatic and his club Aix. He can continue playing as long as the appeal is underway.Six games suspension was also given to Mladen Bojinovic, Dragan Gajic, Samuel Honrubia,  Luka Karabatic, Primoz Prost and Issam Tej, all found guilty of “behaviour which does not conform with the principles and rules of handball and a manifest infringement of the values held by the LNH”. read more

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VIDEO PSG Handballs victory over Dunkerque

← Previous Story Chekhovski Medvedi wins Russian Super Cup Next Story → IHF SUPER GLOBE 2014: Barca and Flensburg win the groups! DunkerquePSG Handballtrophee des champions PSG Handball won the 2014 edition of the Trophee des Champions in France with a relatively easy victory over the reigning league champion – Dunkerque. The most important and best moments in the game can be seen in this short video compiled by PSG handball. Enjoy!

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100 new jobs announced for Alltech in Dunboyne

first_imgONE HUNDRED NEW jobs have been announced for Dunboyne.The 100 jobs are being created at Alltech’s European headquarters in Dunboyne, doubling its workforce. The company develops and manufactures natural feed supplements for the agricultural sector.The news was welcomed by Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, who described it as “a great vote of confidence in the local workforce”.This facility in Dunboyne has gone from strength to strength since it first opened. Specifically, the newly expanded Bioscience Centre has trebled the capacity of the facility.She explained that as the centre for Alltech’s European operations, the new facility will play a major role in research, marketing and quality control.“The company has invested more than €10 million in this expanded venture, which illustrates its commitment to this Dunboyne location,” said Doherty, who added that she hopes the new jobs will have a positive knock on impact on other businesses in Dunboyne.Read: Consulting engineering practice creates 25 new jobs>last_img read more

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This Greek town marks the start of Lent with a flour war

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Monday residents and visitors of Galaxidi marked the end of the carnival season and the start of the Lenten fast with a ‘flour war’. The seaside town, located 200 kilometres west of Athens, came alive with participants running wild and showering one another with bags of brightly dyed flour. The event takes place for a few hours annually every Clean Monday along the coastal road that lines the town’s old harbour, attracting visitors from across Greece and abroad. Traditionally it kicks off with the ringing of cow bells, giving participants the go ahead to commence the parade and try to cover one another in as much flour as possible.To protect themselves and their homes, locals cover buildings in plastic sheeting and also wear plastic suits and goggles. Meanwhile those who wish to partake purely as spectators observe the shenanigans from afar, across the village quay. While an initiation of the Orthodox Christian holiday of Clean Monday, the ‘flour war’ also marks the end of carnival season, referred to as apokries, which dates back to Greece’s pre-Christian era.last_img read more

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CamasWashougal Fire Department lifts recreational burn ban

first_imgThe Camas-Washougal Fire Department has lifted the recreational burn ban put in place for its coverage area several months ago.The ban was lifted Thursday morning, the fire department said in a news release. The rural Clark County fire department issued the ban in late July due to the region’s protracted heat wave. At the time, it was joining the rest of the county fire departments, which had already imposed restrictions on recreational fires.It’s been an exceptionally hot summer in the area. Vancouver broke its all-time record for the most 90-degree days in one year last month. On Aug. 21, the city recorded a high of 94 degrees, making it the 28th day of 90 degrees or higher in 2018. The next day, the high was 90.Things have cooled down. Forecasters say there are chances of rain through Sunday night. The week’s high temperatures are in the upper 60s, with nighttime lows dipping down to nearly 50 degrees.And the colder weather is creating patchy fog at night and in the mornings.The National Weather Service issued a short-term forecast early Thursday, warning residents that fog was developing across the Portland-Vancouver area.last_img read more

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Valverde angry as Barcelona unbeaten run ends

first_imgErnesto Valverde has admitted that he is feeling “very angry” after Barcelona’s unbeaten 43-game record came to an end in their shocking 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday nightThe Catalan giants were looking to complete an entire season unbeaten in La Liga, but fell to the lowly Levante on their penultimate encounter.The 15th-placed side moved into a 5-1 lead, thanks to a hat-trick from Emmanuel Boateng and Enis Bardhi’s brace.While Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick of his own and Luis Suarez netted a penalty, it proved to be not enough as Barcelona fell to their first league defeat in 44 games.“I feel very angry but I have to look forward because what makes me angry isn’t going to give me solutions,” said Valverde, according to Sport.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It was a surprising game, because of the result and how it came about. [Levante] are in very good form, they are very effective, they started the game really well and caused us a lot of damage on the counter-attack.”January signing Yerry Mina started the match and, while conceding that the team’s defensive performance was “terrible”, Valverde defended the young Colombian.“You see the result, the goals conceded, and think the defence was terrible,” said the boss.“But I think [Mina] showed personality in certain moments of the game. I didn’t think he was bad. You have to give credit to the effectiveness of the opposition.”last_img read more

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Bugaloo is back home today

first_img Related Items:berlie williams, bugaloo, Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl Rain continues, flooding stops business as usual Providenciales, 24 Feb 2015 – Bugaloo returns home to Providenciales today; see photos shared with us at Facebook. Berlie ‘Bugaloo’ Willliams was in Havana, Cuba where he underwent a successful spine surgery and is in recovery mode. The namesake of Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl in Five Cays has petitioned the public to help with his medical and home care expenses; you can donate at his bank account at RBC. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl a Joaquin survivor Bugaloo returning to Provo Saturday, still needs financial helplast_img

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Osprey released back into wild on Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An injured bird has been released back into the wild.A young Osprey took flight at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park on Miami Beach, Thursday.It was being treated at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station after an officer spotted it a month ago — unable to stand on its own.“But so many different people from the community came together to actually help this bird,” said Christopher Boykin, Pelican Harbor’s executive director. “Police officer Sarah from Miami Beach, City of Miami Beach, several volunteers who transported the bird to our center, to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center who provided the flight cage for flight conditioning. So many people came together.”“You know, it’s amazing to come full circle. She’s fine, she’s gonna go out and have the rest of… remainder of her life. Hopefully it will be good for her,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Traci Sierra.Veterinarians said the Osprey had been tagged by scientists at Yellowstone National Park and had migrated all the way to South Florida. They believe it’s the farthest east an Osprey has ever flown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Pastor gifts check to elderly robbery victim in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida pastor made a generous donation to an elderly robbery victim.Police said Mirtha Rodriguez was robbed by a man who asked her for money to buy food at a Sedano’s supermarket along West Flagler Street and 38th Avenue, on Aug. 26.After hearing of what occurred, a pastor stepped up to help the woman by offering her a $500 check and free lawn care.“I’m so appreciative. My husband and I are so grateful that the pastor has helped us so much,” the victim said. “We’re happy to have met him. He’s given us tranquility.”The robber remains at large.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Lyndells Bakery To Hold Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend October 1921

first_imgSOMERVILLE, MA — Join Lyndell’s Bakery (720 Broadway, Ball Square) this weekend — Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 — for its 6th Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend. The event raises funds for the Somerville Auxiliary Police’s Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship, which helps Somerville High School seniors pursuing a career in law enforcement.$1 from every sale of the bakery’s custom half moon with Sean’s Somerville PD badge #310 on it will be donated to the Scholarship Fund. The bakery will also have raffles for customers to take a chance on, including sports memorabilia. All raffle proceeds will also be donated to the Scholarship Fund.  Free coffee will be served.The Bakery raised more than $35,000 from its five previous Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekends.(NOTE: The above flyer is from Lyndell’s Facebook page.)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… RelatedLyndell’s Bakery Holding 3rd Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend, October 16-18In “Business”Lyndell’s Bakery To Hold Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend, October 21-23In “Community”Lyndell’s Bakery To Hold Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend, October 20-22In “Business”last_img read more

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Mercedes debuts new VClass van promises electric EQV concept for Geneva

first_img Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz Metris: Check out Roadshow’s long-term Metris.Mercedes-Benz: Stay up-to-date on everything Mercedes-related. 34 Photos The Mercedes V-Class, known as the Metris here in the US, is an eminently capable van. Now Mercedes has refreshed it with some new kit, and it promises to bring a near-production electric concept to the Geneva Motor Show, too.The refreshed Mercedes V-Class doesn’t look all that different from its forebear. The main exterior visual update comes by way of a new front bumper that makes the whole thing look a bit wider. There are multiple design “lines” available to add additional flair, including an AMG Line upgrade that adds AMG’s flashy “diamond” grille design, along with unique wheels. The interior keeps its design pretty close to other new-ish Mercedes-Benz models, with a flowing center console that houses delicate switchgear and the rotary controller for the infotainment system. The V-Class adopts the same “turbine”-style HVAC vents as other Mercedes vehicles, and the instrument cluster has some new gauges to take in. You can have the trim made from wood, carbon fiber or aluminum, and if you want to get really fancy, you can wrap the seats in some premium leather.It’s worth noting that, for now, these changes only apply to the V-Class sold outside the US. Mercedes-Benz has not made any announcements about the Metris in the US, so it’s unclear when (or if) some of these changes will come Stateside.Enlarge ImageThe EQV concept hasn’t been teased yet, but expect it to look a bit more futuristic than the regular ol’ V-Class seen here. Mercedes-Benz If you opt for a passenger-oriented V-Class configuration, things can get real fancy. The first row of rear seats can be optioned to include full recline functionality, in addition to offering a back massage function. Now that is how you live the van life.Under the hood, there’s a new diesel engine that will probably never see the light of day in the US. This new four-cylinder diesel puts out 239 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the old seven-speed box, and rear-wheel drive is standard.Mercedes-Benz also beefed up the V-Class’ complement of safety tech. A new automatic emergency braking system can detect cars, pedestrians and stationary objects, either priming the brake for human intervention or taking control of the brakes to avoid or otherwise diminish the effects of a collision. There’s also a new automatic high-beam system that basically leaves the high beams on at all times, deactivating some of the LEDs when oncoming traffic is detected to prevent dazzling other drivers.That’s not all from Mercedes-Benz’s van division, though. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March, the automaker will introduce the Concept EQV, a near-production preview of a battery-electric van that Mercedes intends to bring to production. We don’t know much about it, but then again, we don’t have long to wait until we see it, either. Tags Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 review: Cool and competent Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Luxury enhanced 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • Mercedes debuts new V-Class van, promises electric EQV concept for Geneva See All It’s van time all the time in the new Mercedes V-Class Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboardcenter_img Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 • Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 Vans Electric Cars Concept Cars Future Cars More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300last_img read more

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Floods in Bangladesh India Nepal kill 700

first_imgThis file photo taken on 19 August, 2017 shows Indian children using a raft to travel over flood waters in Araria in Bihar state. Photo: AFPThe confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, officials said.At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since August 10, as the annual monsoon hit the north and east of the region.Anirudh Kumar, a top disaster management official in India’s eastern state of Bihar, said 53 bodies were recovered as water levels started to recede in some areas.“The total death toll stands at 205,” Kumar told AFP.Nearly 400,000 people were staying in state-run shelters, with an estimated 10 million affected by the deluge, the worst since 2008 when nearly 300 people were killed.Some 10,000 emergency workers and soldiers were supporting local officials in relief and rescue operations. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state 69 deaths were reported as two million residents remain affected by the floods.Nearly half of the 75 districts in the state have been hit by the floods and authorities are seeking military help to evacuate people in at least two districts.Both the states border Nepal, which was also hit by landslides and floods that killed 135 people. Another 30 are reported to be missing.At least 20 percent of the 28 million people in the landlocked Himalayan state are affected by what the United Nations has called the worst floods to hit the country for 15 years.In India’s eastern state of West Bengal and in the remote northeastern state of Assam, 122 people have died with nearly three million affected by floods.More than 450,000 people were living in relief camps in Assam after the second wave of floods to hit the state in less than four months.The deluge has badly damaged railways and roads.‘Situation improving’-Three more bodies were retrieved in a northern village in West Bengal state, where 55 people have now died. More than a million have been affected, although officials say the situation is fast improving.In Bangladesh at least 115 people have died and some 5.7 million people have been affected by the floods, Shamim Naznin, head of the control room at the department of disaster management, told AFP.She said 31 of the country’s 64 districts have been hit by the floods, forcing nearly 300,000 people to flee their homes and take refuge in makeshift shelters.The state flood forecasting and warning centre said some 30 percent of the country has been inundated, the worst flooding for a decade.But the situation in the country’s north and west was improving quickly because the level of major rivers was falling fast, officials said.Every year hundreds die in landslides and floods during the monsoon season that hits India’s southern tip in early June and sweeps across South Asia for four months.A massive landslide in India’s Himachal Pradesh state swept two passenger buses off a hillside, killing 46 people on August 13.Eight others, including two soldiers, were killed in Uttarakhand state in landslides on Monday.Nearly 350 people died in the first wave of floods that began in mid-July in India’s western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan and several remote northeastern states.last_img read more

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Govt agencies working on war footing to rid city roads of potholes

first_imgKolkata: Various agencies of the state government have started doing patchwork along the stretches of all the important roads in the city, where potholes have been created due to heavy showers for the past few days.Incessant rain in the city and its adjoining areas have bared the skeletons of major roads, causing difficulties to the commuters, the bikers especially. Agencies like PWD, KMDA, KMC and others are taking all possible measures to repair the damaged portions of roads. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDiamond Harbour Road has also developed countless pockmarks as the rain has damaged the bituminous surface. The worst stretch of DH Road is near Behala Chowrasta, where craters are wide and deep. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to take necessary steps to repair the potholes on Diamond Harbour Road. Repair work has been started on DH Road on a war footing.People commuting along the EM Bypass have been in precarious condition, particularly where the Metro Railway constructions have been going on. Areas where Metro construction is in progress have become a nightmare for the commuters. It may be mentioned here that the temporary patchworks do not last more than a few months. The state agencies are unable to re-lay the road due to the on-going construction of Metro Railways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAround a 17 km stretch between Garia and Ultadanga, many potholes have been created due to heavy rain this season so far. People are witnessing a bumpy ride due to the bad condition of EM Bypass. It has become difficult for the agencies like PWD, KMDA to repair the potholes as the heavy rainfall is washing away the patchwork in various stretches.In some stretches of Jessore Road, big craters have been created with the advent of monsoon in the state. Patchwork has begun to tackle the situation. According to the experts, many heavy duty trucks plying through Jessore Road everyday has been causing uneven pressure on the road. The situation is common for other roads as well. The incessant rain has further complicated the situation as water percolates down to the bottom of the road and damages it. Patchworks do not always necessarily provide the permanent solution, felt the experts.State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said that in most of the parts of the city and its adjoining areas the soil is soft, as a result of which it gets washed away during heavy rain. Due to such incidents, roads often cave in.last_img read more

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Did Michael Rockefeller Meet His End at the Hands of a Native

first_imgAt the age of only 23, Michael Rockefeller, born to the New York State governor Nelson Rockefeller in one of the wealthiest families ever, had gone missing off the coast of then-Dutch New Guinea. The date was November 21, 1961. The young man was conducting an anthropological expedition in this remote corner of the planet along with his mission companion René Wessing.Michael Rockefeller (1938 – 1961?), who disappeared during an expedition to New Guinea in 1961. He was the youngest son of New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. Photo by T. Nielsen/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe two men had an accident with their boat, which capsized some 12 miles from the coast.Stranded in the sea, Michael told René he would swim to reach the coast. Even though his friend advised him not to do so, the 23-year-old tied gasoline cans on his belt and started swimming… towards his death.Asmat on the Lorentz River, photographed during the third South New Guinea expedition in 1912-13.While Wessing was eventually saved, not a word was heard nor a hair was seen from Michael Rockefeller again. A thorough search mission to find him entailed both aircraft and ships.No resources were spared as this concerned a member of the wealthy and politically powerful Rockefeller family. In the 1970s, Nelson Rockefeller went on to serve as the 41st Vice President of the United States.Nelson Rockefeller, Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (1940).The strange disappearance filled the news, and various stories popped up explaining what had happened. Did a shark eat Michael? Did he drown? Did he retreat from a life of fame and fortune, finding refuge among the woods and tribesmen of New Guinea?Nelson and his wife came to the remote island country in person to support the hunt for their son, but almost ten days had passed and, as the Dutch interior minister himself stated, “There is no longer any hope of finding Michael Rockefeller alive.”The Rockefeller Family. From left to right: Nelson A., Ann. Standing, Steven, Rodman and Michael on November 18, 1958. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImagesAccording to the 2014 book penned by National Geographic’s Carl Hoffman, entitled Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, the statement that Michael Rockefeller was no longer to be found alive sounded about right.Besides a Harvard degree in history and economics, Michael Rockefeller was not the kind of guy who would see clients and conduct meetings as part of his father’s business empire. Instead, he garnered a love for ancient cultures and art, which is why he came to New Guinea in October 1961 — to explore the indigenous Asmat people.Rodman Rockefeller (L) and Michael Rockefeller (R) during the GOP convention. Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesHe had already collected a trove of artifacts from visiting different Asmat villages, which today can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In November 1961, the young Rockefeller had returned for more adventures and more exploration. His thirst for new knowledge and experiences proved fatal, however.According to Hoffman’s book, Dutch investigations at the time turned up evidence that Michael’s life was claimed by the Asmat people.An Asmat woodcarver. Photo by Edi Wibowo CC BY-SA 3.0Namely, two Dutch missionaries who lived among the tribesmen and were able to understand the Asmat language pieced together a curious tale from conversations they overheard. The locals also wanted to keep the story a secret, in fears that the ‘white men’ might get angry and come for revenge.Supposedly the missionaries shared the story with local authorities, but the report must have been classified and not followed up. The reasons to do so were political as by the early 1960s, the Dutch were fearful of entirely losing control over New Guinea as a territory.For the purposes of the book and to verify these claims, Hoffman traveled to the island of New Guinea and visited the Asmat villages to investigate further. According to his book, Michael Rockefeller’s death was indeed a well-known story among the native people, who were reluctant to discuss it with an outsider.New Guinea.If it was really true, then the young Rockefeller was killed and butchered in retribution. The case involves an earlier incident as of 1957 when different groups of Asmat tribes fought and killed dozens among each other.The Dutch then engaged in an intervention to calm the two groups, and this resulted in another incident where several leaders of the Otsjanep people (one of the involved groups), were shot and killed. It would have been the first gunfire the locals ever saw, probably leaving them in deep shock.Asmat people performing traditional wood carving in Otsjanep Village.So, when the sons of those fallen leaders one day saw a white man swimming towards the coast of their home island, they decided to have their revenge. That man may have been Michael Rockefeller, and what happened next, though abhorrent, is entirely in place with the tribal customs and beliefs.The Otsjanep would have quickly come to regret their deeds. The quest which followed after Michael Rockefeller had gone missing must have been a dreadful experience. Most of the Asmat didn’t know what an aircraft was. A subsequent outbreak of cholera in their villages was another dreadful event that many of them further perceived as a punishment for their killing.If this story was really how Michael Rockefeller’s life came to an end, then one thing would be certain anyway. He would have been unfortunate to face such a death after swimming those miles in the sea. A great irony.Read another story from us: The Spooky Unsolved Mystery of the Flannan Lighthouse DisappearancesAs for Michael’s family, they accepted the only explanation for their son’s death was because he drowned. Drowning was also cited as the reason for his death when the official search for Michael’s body concluded in December 1961.last_img read more