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Awards season is finally behind us Howell

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Watching all the golden hardware being handed out last Sunday at the Canadian Screen Awards brought another image to mind.It was of financial reports being distributed at a meeting of corporate shareholders — and not just because the Canuck film and TV event still uses the nickname “the CSAs,” which would be a great handle for accountancy prizes but not artistic ones.The money image resonates because we’ve reached the end of the movie fiscal year, so to speak. All the major awards for the films of 2016 have now been handed out, unless I’ve overlooked some impending galas in Tasmania, say, or Kazakhstan. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement We don’t have to argue about La La Land anymore, but hopefully we still have lots to discuss about Moonlight.We’re done, finally, but only briefly. The next movie fiscal year commences on April 13, when Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and his team unveil the official selection for their 70th edition, which will run May 17-28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Eric Stutzman home in time for Christmas

first_img‘What a fantastic community we have!! It’s amazing the amount of people willing to donate time, money or even a friendly text to see how I and my family are doing. I was totally dumbfounded when I heard how many people and how much money had been donated on the “gofundme” page. And others donated in person at FSJ Bottle Drop. I also had some friends buy and reinstall my furnace blower for free when it broke down. Also my friends Ken Griffin and Chris Dallow flew down to see me for a few days. It was especially nice to see old friends visit. They even took my wife Jenna out for some shopping and a bite to eat. It was nice for her to get away from the hospital and relax a bit. All of my siblings came to visit while I was in hospital either in Prince George or Vancouver. It was good to see them, next time I promise to be in better condition. Looks like we will be flying home this Friday hopefully. I will need more time to continue to recover and get healthier but every day I’m improving every day. Soon I will be able to start my battle with CLL. This will take about a year if everything goes as planned, then Lord willing I’ll be cancer free! Thank you again to our amazing community!’ Eric StutzmanStutzman is building his strength and waiting to return home in time for the Christmas holidays. The last week of the Stutzmans stay in Vancouver General Hospital saw Jenna Stutzman, Eric’s wife being admitted into the hospital for complications to her Diabetes.“Eric continues to improve but has to be on the feeding tube until he can sustain 2500 calories- we are hoping it will be removed within the next 24 to 48 hours and then they are saying they will have to send him home because there are no beds in our hospital here,” said Karen Stutzman, Eric’s Mother, “It will be about two more days before Jenna is ready for release as well. They expect to come home together. However, it will be difficult for them to take care of each other because they are both so weak. Continued prayers are appreciated!”With the Stutzman’s three children remaining in FSJ during this time the Phoenix Club Volunteers provided gifts for the family to help provide Christmas Spirit.“Phoenix volunteers sent gifts- not knowing for sure who they were buying for-and did a fine job. I am preparing Christmas dinner,” Karen Stutzman goes on to say “Jenna and her daughter Tanisha will be the only other two living at the house besides Eric-their daughter Kylee lives in town & will come for Christmas.”The decision for Stutzman’s release is based on his ability to sustain 2500 calories and once home Stutzman will still require help. Correction to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been a long road for Eric Stutzman and his medical journey yet the road home is now in his future.A message from Eric Stutzman to the community; “Eric and Jenna are still in Vancouver General Hospital they hope to be released before the end of the week. If anyone would offer to do some simple supper’s they basically eat anything. Eric’s food will have to be puréed once it arrives. I understand the doctor has set up for a nurse to drop by and check up on them.” said Karen StutzmanMid-November Stutzman after a mini-stroke at work went to the Hospital and after many tests, it was determined that Stutzman has Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow. Due to complications, such as H1N1 influenza, a bacterial infection and pneumonia, Stutzman was airlifted from FSJ Hospital to Prince George and then to Vancouver General Hospital. Once there the Doctors discovered Stutzman had a bad gallbladder which was then removed.Stutzman who has worked for FSJ Bottle Depot for over 25 years, the three children remained in Fort St. John during this medical situation and their youngest, son Ethan – five years old has been staying with his sisters.last_img read more

Donors pledge over 160 million for UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees

The pledges to the 2008 budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) came during a meeting in New York of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions.UNRWA’s total budget for 2008-2009 is $1.21 billion – down slightly from $1.28 billion for the current biennium, UNRWA Deputy Commission-General Filippo Grandi told the meeting. He said that while many refugees had taken great strides towards self-reliance and personal success, deep pockets of entrenched deprivation among them remained to be tackled throughout the Agency’s operational areas. He added that next week, the UN would issue its consolidated appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory, of which UNRWA would be an integral part, amounting to about $235 million. A few days later, the UN would also participate in the Paris Donors Conference aimed at supporting the Palestinian Authority and restarting development activities. Also addressing today’s meeting, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the forthcoming Paris Conference would provide an important opportunity to help rebuild Palestinian institutions, boost economic growth and lay the foundations for a viable Palestinian State.At the same time, the needs of Palestinian refugees should not be neglected, he said, noting that UNRWA presently faced heavy challenges on all sides, with demands for its increasingly complex services growing steadily. According to the UN’s latest humanitarian fact sheet on Gaza, roughly 75 per cent of Gaza’s population receives food aid. But while regular humanitarian aid is continuing, import restrictions have led to the suspension of more than $200 million worth of programming, including shelter and housing projects for 27,000 refugees and construction at three major hospitals. The fact sheet also shows that the unemployment rate in Gaza has soared past 32 per cent. At the same time, food prices have shot up with the price of wheat flour, for example, having gone up by 46 per cent.The latest figures underscore the vital work carried out by UNRWA, which is not only a humanitarian organization but also the main provider of essential public services to the Palestinian refugee population. 4 December 2007Twenty-two international donors today pledged over $160 million to support the main United Nations agency providing vital humanitarian aid to some 4.5 million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. read more

Fighting terrorism and corruption among resolutions adopted at UN crime commission

Over 600 delegates reviewed the activities of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the session which ended yesterday in Vienna, also focusing on transnational organized crime and standard norms in crime prevention and criminal justice. The session’s main thematic discussion was on the rule of law and development, stressing the links between the two. The resolution on the issue urged UNODC to pay special attention to countries emerging from conflict, particularly in Africa, to develop assessment tools for peacekeeping and reconstruction. It called on Member States to provide assistance and on financial and development institutions to fund projects in the justice sector. The Commission recognized terrorism as one of the most serious threats to freedom, democracy and human rights, and as a main source of destabilization for countries and societies. The draft resolution, to be considered by the 59th session of the UN General Assembly opening in September, condemns “the heinous acts of terrorism” in many parts of the world, including deliberate attacks against humanitarian personnel and UN and associated personnel. It calls for an intensification of the efforts against terrorism, including training of judicial and prosecutorial personnel, and urges Member States “to strengthen, to the greatest extent possible” international cooperation to combat the scourge. The Commission also called countries to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption, and give UNODC the necessary resources to promote its entry into force, and to provide technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to allow them to ratify and implement the treaty. So far 108 countries have signed and two have ratified the Convention, which seeks to combat corruption worldwide by, among other things, returning assets obtained through bribery and embezzlement to the country of origin. It will enter into force when ratified by 30 countries. Other resolutions called for combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in prisons, reducing urban crime, illicit trafficking in human organs, kidnapping and money laundering, and protecting child victims and witnesses of crime. read more

Indian daily awarded UN prize for water conservation campaign

In recognition of an imaginative campaign for water conservation, an Indian daily newspaper today received the $20,000 biennial prize for rural communications awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Malayala Manorama, published in Kerala, launched its Many a Drop campaign in May 2004 to disseminate a new perspective on water to the local population through articles, seminars, workshops, videos and brochures, with schools targeted by a contest for students.Water conservation is a concern of the World Water Forum currently underway in Mexico, UNESCO said.The prize was awarded during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), the a forum within the United Nations system organized to promote the development of independent media in developing countries.The meeting of the IPDC, which since its creation in 1980 has provided financial aid to over 1,100 projects in 137 countries, continues through 23 March. read more

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in northern Lebanon

In a press statement issued today in New York, Council members expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the incident.According to news reports, a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in the Lebanese city of Tripoli killed at least nine people and wounded dozens of others on Saturday. The Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, the Council reiterated its determination to combat all forms of the scourge, in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter.The members of the Council went on to underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.In their statement the Council members reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.Reaffirming their full support for Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence the Council members recalled the presidential statements of 10 July 2013 and of 29 May 2014, and appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability.The Council also stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration. read more

DeRozans seasonhigh 36 help Spurs beat Blazers 131118

SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 36 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a big game by Damian Lillard, rebounding from a pair of lopsided losses to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118 on Sunday night.The Spurs held a practice Saturday morning following consecutive losses of 39 points and 31 points and the team responded with its highest point total in two weeks.LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and Rudy Gay had 18 as the Spurs snapped a two-game skid.Lillard scored 37 points for Portland, and C.J. McCollum had 24.DeRozan scored 26 points in the second half as the Spurs rallied from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter after blowing a 12-point lead in the first half.Portland opened the second half on a 24-10 run in taking a 79-72 lead. San Antonio aided the spurt by committing four turnovers and missing five of its first six shots.Al-Farouq Aminu tied a season high, scoring 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Aminu also finished with nine rebounds.DeRozan scored 18 of San Antonio’s final 20 points to close the third quarter, giving the Spurs a 97-90 lead entering the fourth.The Spurs made four 3-pointers in the fourth to fend off the Blazers.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Every starter scored in double figures except Maurice Harkless, who finished with eight points on 3-for-5 shooting. . Aminu also scored 20 points against Denver on Nov. 30. . Evan Turner missed the game with an inflamed left Achilles tendon. Turner had played in every previous game, averaging 8.2 points in 26 minutes per game.Spurs: Aldridge became the 69th player in NBA history with 7,000 field goals, joining Pau Gasol and former Spurs George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kevin Willis, Dale Ellis, Terry Cummings, Moses Malone and Dominique Wilkins. . DeRozan’s previous season high was 34 points, accomplished three times. . Marco Belinelli missed his first game of the season, sitting out due to neck stiffness.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Dallas on Tuesday night.Spurs: At Utah on Tuesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRaul Dominguez, The Associated Press read more

Football Curtis Samuel plays like Percy Harvin

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIf there’s one word to define an Urban Meyer offense, it’s speed. Since being hired at Ohio State in 2012, the Buckeye offense under Meyer has finished the season twice ranked in the top 10. However, through many different players, Meyer has been attempting to reincarnate one of his greatest weapons from his time at the University of Florida.Former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin won two national championships for Meyer, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and was the No. 1 playmaker for Meyer for the better part of two seasons.From Dontre Wilson in 2013, Jalin Marshall in 2014 and Braxton Miller in 2015, Meyer might have finally found his next Percy Harvin in junior H-back Curtis Samuel.And frankly, Samuel might be better. Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference that he believes Samuel should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion with his performance through the first four games.“I think it’s a little harder for those positions to get it, in H-back,” Meyer said. “But he’s certainly having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation.”The last time Meyer had two players in the Heisman race was with Tebow and Harvin in 2008. In Harvin’s 2007 sophomore campaign, he exploded for 764 yards and six touchdowns rushing, and 858 yards and four touchdowns receiving. The next season, before he declared early for the NFL, Harvin finished with 1,304 total yards and 17 touchdowns.While Samuel has eight games left in the regular season to rack up those numbers, he’s already on pace to surpass Harvin’s junior-year stats.Samuel has 673 total yards and five touchdowns through four games this season, compared to Harvin’s 461 total yards and five touchdowns through his first four games in 2008. To be fair, Samuel has had 18 more touches than Harvin did at this point, but the two are nearly identical in average yards per touch.Harvin was all over the field for Meyer back at Florida, much like Samuel. But unlike Harvin, and Buckeyes in the past Meyer tried to put into the role, Samuel has shown the ability to run between the tackles. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is fairly similar to Tebow in his ability to takeover a game almost at will. Albeit in different styles, Tebow went to Harvin often, just like Barrett’s trust in Samuel.Meyer has always put trust into his quarterbacks and his playmakers, but what makes Samuel even more impressive when comparing him to Harvin is that OSU has a legitimate 1,000-yard running back in redshirt freshman Mike Weber.After the first game against Bowling Green, Weber and Samuel combined for 220 yards rushing, prompting Weber to equate the backfield duo to Lendale White and Reggie Bush, who accounted for an asstounding 3,042 rushing in 2005.At the time, it sounded ridiculous, but could it really happen? Could Weber and Samuel somehow be this good, and could Samuel be in the Heisman Trophy race?Statistically speaking, yes, both of those could happen. However, Harvin, Bush and White all performed at high levels for more than one season. For now, Samuel still has to live up to the expectations of following Braxton Miller and every other player to be named Meyer’s No. 1 playmaker.“I feel like both at receiver and at running back (I’m best utilized),” Samuel said. “I can be at running back and go against a linebacker, which is a mismatch, or I can go to receiver and be against a corner or safety, which I feel is still a mismatch.” read more

Its time political parties get off the fence on abortion Renua is

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 3rd 2017, 2:38 PM 19,619 Views Monday 3 Apr 2017, 2:38 PM Renua party leader, John Leahy, alongside Mailo Power, Eddie Hobbs Ronan McMahon and Jonathan Irwin, CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation at the launch of their party in 2015. 146 Comments Short URL ‘It’s time political parties get off the fence on abortion’: Renua is now a pro-life party Party leader John Leahy said it is important people know what the party stands for.center_img https://jrnl.ie/3321123 By Christina Finn RENUA HAS RELAUNCHED the party’s core principles and dropped its policy of allowing elected party members a free vote on the issue of abortion.The policy document, made up of six pillars, firmly sets out that party candidates who want to run in the next general election and any TDs elected to the next Dáil must firmly adhere to the party’s policy on abortion.Under their “pro-life” pillar, it states that the party strongly supports the 8th Amendment.It states that Renua “believes that the Eighth Amendment is a secular human rights issue as it protects the human rights of the unborn child”.The party states that it “understands” that some party members declare “freedom of conscience” on this issue. It accepts this stance for members, adding that they will not be required to support, canvass, or issue statements in support of the party position.However, party candidates and elected representatives will be required to “subscribe fully to the party position on the matter”.This is quite the departure from the party’s early days under Lucinda Creighton’s leadership.During the party’s launch in Dublin back in March 2015, Creighton repeatedly emphasised the party’s “open position” on matters of conscience, outlining that the party would allow a free vote on such issues.Getting off the fenceRenua leader, John Leahy told TheJournal.ie that under his leadership it is important people know what the party stands for.“It was time for us to get off the fence on the issue,” he said, adding that other parties needed to make their position on the issue known.“The Citizen’s Assembly is coming down the line, it is an important issue, and political parties should let people know where they stand,” he said. We are sticking to it, it would have been easier for Renua to scrap everything and start again and be populist, but that’s not for us.According to the new policy document, Fianna Fáil is “populist” and Fine Gael is “socially liberal”. However, Leahy said Renua’s clear-cut viewpoint on the abortion makes them different from other political parties.Leahy said he didn’t feel the new position would deter possible candidates from signing up to the party, stating that the party’s viewpoint on the issue is now clear for all to see and people can either support them or not.Populist politics “It’s my hope that people will start seeing through the populist politics of the moment,” he said.One of the more controversial policies Renua championed in the run up to the general election, the controversial ‘flat tax’ of 23% on all income has been firmly placed on the scrap heap.The internal review of the party’s policies, which took longer than expected according to Leahy, also contains Renua’s “modified” core tax policy.The costed tax policy, which was formulated with the help of economist Jim Power, focuses on the marginal tax rate of €33,800.Leahy said Renua is all about “putting the taxpayer first”. He said taxation of over 50% at this rate was an issue for his party, which is why they are arguing it should be pushed out to €44,800.“We believe a lot of people are not taking up active employment because of this,” said Leahy.“Some people are finding it more beneficial to be on welfare,” he added, pointing out that feedback from their review found that workers were questioning if they should go back to work due to the high tax bracket.The other party pillars deal with include entrepreneurship, getting tough of repeat offenders, local democracy and creating a cohesive society.The last election was absolutely disastrous for Renua, with the party failing to win a single seat in the 32nd Dáil, with the leader losing her own mandate in Dublin Bay South along the way.Is the party ready for an election?  “We are prepared,” said Leahy, who vowed to have candidates running around the country.He said there is a big interest in the party, with future candidates already being selected, said the new party leader.“It is very easy for Renua now as we are very clear now on what we stand for,” said Leahy, who speculated that a general election wouldn’t be called any time soon.“My view is that Fianna Fáil are waiting in the long grass. They don’t want to deal with the issues that are there at the moment. They will drag it out for while,” he concluded.Read: When is Enda going? Coveney says leadership battle to kick off before the summer>Read: Anger over calls for 50,000 deer to be culled in Wicklow> Renua party leader, John Leahy, alongside Mailo Power, Eddie Hobbs Ronan McMahon and Jonathan Irwin, CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation at the launch of their party in 2015. Share268 Tweet Email last_img read more

Thons rouges 800 spécimens libérés par lONG Sea Shepherd

first_imgThons rouges : 800 spécimens libérés par l’ONG Sea ShepherdLibye – 700 à 800 thons rouges auraient été libérés hier par cinq plongeurs de l’organisation non gouvernementale Sea Shepherd. Les poissons étaient retenus dans une cage remorquée par le thonier-senneur libyen Cesare Rustico. Les plongeurs ont “coupé le filet des cages”, libérant quelque 700 à 800 thons rouges, une espèce menacée d’extinction mais qui continue à souffrir de la surpêche.Selon l’organisation Sea Shepherd, les senneurs sont des braconniers. Elle assure que les thons en question étaient jeunes et avaient été capturés hors quotas et hors de la saison de pêche au thon rouge légale, qui a pris fin le 14 juin dernier. Selon les estimations, 80% des stocks de thons rouges de l’Atlantique ont disparu entre 1990 et 2010. L’espèce est donc menacée d’extinction d’ici 2050, c’est pourquoi la saison de pêche est dorénavant limitée à un mois, tandis que les quotas ont pour leur part été abaissés. Le 18 juin 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Music Hub lalternative à iTunes selon Samsung

first_imgMusic Hub : l’alternative à iTunes selon SamsungAprès avoir lancé un concurrent de poids à l’iPhone avec le Galaxy S3, Samsung s’attaque maintenant à iTunes et lance Music Hub.Afin de rivaliser en tous points avec Apple, Samsung va lancer un service dédié à l’écoute musicale inspiré par iTunes. Music Hub propose en effet un espace de stockage, d’écoute en streaming et un Store en ligne.Cette offre musicale va s’appuyer sur l’apport de mSpot, un service racheté il y a peu par Samsung. Elle sera disponible sur le smartphone Galaxy S3 lancé ce mardi en Europe. Si l’idée existe donc déjà chez les concurrents, qu’entend donc proposer Samsung au rang des nouveautés ? Selon TJ Kang, Vice-président sénior du Centre de solutions multimédias de Samsung Electronics, “lorsque vous vous demanderez ce que vous aimeriez écouter, vous disposerez d’une solution simple correspondant à toutes vos humeurs et pouvant être utilisée n’importe où et par tout le monde”.Music Hub sera décliné en deux offres. La première est gratuite et permet d’accéder à 19 millions de titres. Une seconde offre payante donnera l’accès à ses fichiers depuis n’importe quel endroit pour 9,99 euros par mois grâce au cloud computing. Un analyste de Informa Telecom, Giles Cottle, met en garde au sujet de l’accès au service sur les différents terminaux de la marque sud-coréenne : “Samsung fait de magnifiques smartphones et télévisions. Mais les faire fonctionner ensemble est aujourd’hui peu satisfaisant à cause de plates-formes logicielles différentes. Sans approche de convergence homogène Music Hub ne sera qu’un service de musique et de stockage de plus dans un marché déjà très encombré”.Le 29 mai 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark Public Utilities manager receives 10000 pay raise

first_imgClark Public Utilities General Manager Wayne Nelson will start making an extra $10,000 per year, starting July 1.On Tuesday, the utility’s Board of Commissioners voted to raise Nelson’s annual salary by 3.7 percent from $270,000 to $280,000, following a morning review of his performance.Additionally, the board approved 100 hours of Nelson’s sick leave be converted to annual leave. His $400 per month car allowance is unchanged.The commissioners praised Nelson’s leadership and the utility’s performance.“This utility continues to set the standard across the country for customer satisfaction, safety and reliability, and rate stability,” Jane Van Dyke, Clark PUD board president said in a news release. “Mr. Nelson not only embraces the board’s commitment to these goals, but has created a culture at Clark Public Utilities where all employees are invested in doing what’s right for customers and our community.”The utility was designated a Diamond level Reliable Public Power Provider, RP3, by the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe service. It achieved a perfect score in the evaluation process. In March, Clark PUD distributed a one-time $10 million customer credit after the particularly harsh winter.It’s also ranked highest by J.D. Power for customer satisfaction among mid-sized utilities for nine consecutive years.“We recognize that achieving this level of excellence, while maintaining steady rates for six years, doesn’t happen by accident and deserves fair compensation,” Van Dyke said.Nelson has been Clark’s general manager since 1999.The utility is publicly owned and supplies power to more than 193,000 customers in Clark County. It also provides water to roughly 34,000 customers in Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt.last_img read more

State to continue patching I5 bridge over Lewis

first_imgAn Interstate 5 bridge near Woodland doesn’t get nearly the notoriety of the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.But the northbound span across the North Fork of the Lewis River has created plenty of traffic headaches in the past several years. Workers are patching potholes on the concrete bridge deck six to eight times per year, a rate that state transportation officials say is well above average.“It seems to me like a waste of time patching it,” said Doug Fredrickson, a Ridgefield resident who drives the bridge daily to his job in Woodland.Scott Wilcox, bridge maintenance supervisor for the Washington State Department of Transportation in Vancouver, acknowledged that the recurring potholes are a nuisance for motorists and WADOT employees alike. Agency spokeswoman Abbi Russell said the state has spent $60,000 on labor, materials and equipment to make the patches since July 2009.Yet that’s a deal compared to the cost of a total deck replacement, which would cost $3 million to $4 million.“I don’t like spending the money out of my budget, but compared to a $3 million deck replacement, we’re saving the taxpayers a lot of money,” Wilcox said.Despite the recurring potholes over the North Fork of the Lewis, a recent report by a national coalition of transportation and civic organizations ranked Washington as the fifth best in the country in terms of the state of its bridges. Of 7,744 bridges in Washington, 5.1 percent were considered structurally deficient — well below the national average of 11.5 percent.last_img read more

Moms apology goes viral after son wears Xrated McDonalds shirt to elementary

Moms apology goes viral after son wears Xrated McDonalds shirt to elementary

first_img(WSVN) – A Texas mother apologized on Facebook after her son went to school in a sexually-explicit T-shirt meant to resemble the McDonald’s logo.Newsweek reported that 43-year-old Shelly McCullar sent her son Anthony to Travis Elementary in what she thought was simply a McDonald’s shirt with their slogan “I’m lovin’ it” printed underneath the golden arches. Instead, the image showed a woman’s legs in the shape of the fast food restaurant’s logo.“Once again, my sincere apologies to the teachers and staff at Travis Elementary,” said McCullar in a Facebook post. “I promise from now on to monitor what my kids are wearing! I had no idea Anthony wore this to school!!”The T-shirt depicts a pair of parted legs that are wearing heels. But when the mom asked her son if any of his teachers noticed, the boy said they also thought it was just the McDonald’s logo.“Just to clarify, I would never let my kid wear something like this,” McCullar continued. “A friend had given me some hand me down clothes for Anthony. I haven’t had the chance to completely go through them. I will tonight though!!”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Dylan Bresnahan

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Dylan Bresnahan

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the sixth in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Dylan BresnahanEvery team needs a player like Dylan Bresnahan on its roster.  The player who keeps everyone lose, the team jokester. The one who’s easy going and funny, great in the dugout and on the field.   He is the prototypical tall lanky lefthander in the mold of former Red Sox Pitcher Bill Lee.  The word laid back adequately describes Dylan.  But, put him between the lines and he knows when to bear down and compete, smiling all the while.  He is his team’s gentle giant, no matter, baseball, football or hockey always ready with a quick one liner and a smile.Dylan began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Thunder, coached by his dad John.  Coming out of a year of T-Ball in which he got to play with his twin sister Morgan, Dylan was ready for his first year on the small diamond.  Even at a young age his personality stood out. He not only loved to play the game, he loved having fun with his teammates. But his number one memory of that first year was getting to play for his dad.  He made his way through WLL playing A ball for the Pirates and Coach Pete Marino, and AA for the Brewers and Coach Derek Santini. He made the AA all-star team getting him ready for the jump to the Majors.Dylan was drafted by the A’s as an 11-year-old and played for Coach Mike Gracia.  Following his first season in the majors, Dylan was selected by the Twins and Coach Tom Sheehan. By getting a chance to play on two different teams, one of Dylan’s top memories from the Majors were the many great teammates played with.  He got to play with future WHS teammates Danny Gracia and Tommy Worob on the A’s and Ben Maynard on the Twins.  On field highlights included making the 12-year-old all-star team, winning the regular season and playoff championship with the A’s, and winning the regular season championship with the Twins.  Dylan has to be one of a few players in WLL history to win titles with two different teams.  He really enjoyed playing for Coach Mike Gracia in his first season in the Majors.Dylan also played Jimmy Fund in the summer, having a great time in a relaxed atmosphere getting to hang out with his friends and just playing ball.  He played on some fun teams while representing Wilmington at the Memorial Day tournaments in Woburn, at Wafer park. As with almost anything Dylan does he enjoyed playing alongside his friends and was probably one of the best teammates.He capped his WLL career as a member of the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship. His care free attitude helped settle the team down during tense moments. He also enjoyed the “fun times” he and his teammates had playing for Coach Boyle.This was Dylan’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past 3 years. Dylan played four years for the WHS Hockey team and also played a couple of seasons of WHS Football, scoring a defensive touchdown as a Senior.Dylan is the son of Linda and John Bresnahan, twin brother of Sister Morgan and older brother of Sister Shaylan. His parents have enjoyed watching him play over the years with both family and friends.  In the fall he is planning on attending UMass Amherst and studying Business. (NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)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… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Danny GraciaIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Tommy WorobIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Carl BeatriceIn “Sports”last_img read more

More than 6 lakh NCR homes fail to meet the delivery date

first_imgIndian Real Estate SectorReuters FileMore than 6 lakh houses have failed to meet the delivery schedule in the National Capital Region (NGR), with nearly 2 lakh homes late for delivery by more than two years, according to data compiled by Liases Forras — a real-estate rating and research firm.Most of the delayed houses in the NCR are in Noida, Greater Noida and Gurgaon. While NCR is the top among 43 cities where such deliveries are stalled, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is second: 1.31 lakh houses are delayed here by more than two years, the Times of India reported.According to the research firm’s data, one in three houses gets delayed by more than two years in the NCR and one in four in the Mumbai region.Also, around 29.23 lakh houses under construction are delayed and over 50 percent of these are delayed by at least one year or more, according to the data.Besides the NCR and Mumbai, homebuyers even in Chennai, Pune and Bengaluru are facing delays in house delivery by more than two years.This analysis comes at a time when real-estate companies are pushing hard to finish incomplete projects with tougher rules under the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA).The housing ministry has enforced the Act to make sure lakhs of people who have bought houses with their life savings but are still waiting for their houses are protected.”The law was brought to protect affected buyers and for future buyers. That’s why RERA does not differentiate between incomplete and new projects. The Centre has submitted its view on this to the Bombay High Court,” a government official said. Jaypee InfratechReutersDespite this law, real-estate firms such as Unitech, Jaypee Infratech and Amrapalli are being pursued by banks and homebuyers who had paid them advance but not received their houses, and have since turned to courts for recourse.They fear that they would lose out in case of liquidation because then the home buyers’ claims would be considered only after those of secured creditors like the banks have been settled.”The present situation has been the fallout of an investor-driven market, more commitment by the developers rather than what they could deliver and its arbitrary regulatory intervention such as stopping all construction activities in certain areas,” said Pankaj Kapoor, managing director of Liases Foras.Earlier this year, reports also suggested that as many as 826 residential projects in the country were facing delays extending to four years. Of the 2,300-odd under-construction projects in December 2016, 826 residential and 60 commercial projects were facing substantial delays.Sources in the housing ministry said they have now sought the details of delayed projects from each state.last_img read more

Naomi Wadler and Safe Shores Team Up To Donate Clothes to Abused

Naomi Wadler and Safe Shores Team Up To Donate Clothes to Abused

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAt 12 years old, Naomi Wadler, who hit the world stage when she rocked the nation with her speech at the March for Our Lives last year, is working to make waves for her peers near and far- most recently with the District’s Children’s Advocacy Center, Safe Shores.On April 6 Wadler gathered some of her closest friends to volunteer for Safe Shores’ seasonal clothing switch, which stocks several rows of brand-new clothes folded by size for children affected by abuse in D.C.Safe Shores Family Advocacy Manager Sharde McConnell, activist Naomi Wadler, and Safe Shores Executive Director Michele Booth Cole and Wadler’s friends who helped her swap out Safe Shores’ clothing. (Courtesy Photo)“On average each year, Safe Shores gives more than 300 colorful new duffle bags filled with new outfits, undergarments and toiletries to our clients to not only take care of a basic need but also to show our clients they matter,” said Michele Booth Cole, executive director of Safe Shores.“Our clothing closet is a big deal and so is Naomi, an extraordinary young voice for children,” Cole added.Wadler spoke with the AFRO about her work with Safe Shores and her excitement about the collaboration.“Safe Shores is just a safe spot for so many kids who have been through violent incidents and who don’t really have a great support system- they can go to Safe Shores and they can just be surrounded with people who can help them through whatever they’re going through.  And I thought that was a great message and great mission. And it’s something that we should all pay attention to,” Wadler told the AFRO.The 12-year-old already collaborated with KIDBOX, from which she donated new clothes.  Her collaboration with KIDBOX led to her line, “Kind is the New Cool.”“I always have noticed when people don’t treat other people like people.  They treat them as objects or less than human, and I really don’t understand that and that’s always been something that I’ve not agreed with,” she said. “So I said, ‘I believe in being kind to other people and being, in general, just a good person and doing what’s right when nobody is standing with you.  So, I just said, ‘Kind is the New Cool,’ because it was kind of catchy, and I never created a t-shirt before.”Her work with KIDBOX allowed for her to donate new clothes and present a check to Safe Shores.“Raising $10,000 worth of clothing for Safe Shores is such a big thing and I’ve never really done anything like it,” Wadler explained about her work with KIDBOX and Safe Shores.  “And it’s really rewarding, and overall it’s going really well and I didn’t expect the t-shirts to sell as well the way they did. And it matters that we are helping the kids at Safe Shores and the we’re helping the non-profits to assist the kids.”last_img read more

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The classic hamburger gets classier

first_imgBy Stacey Auch |Special to the Tico TimesHaving been disappointed a number of times by hamburgers in Costa Rica (the Tico-Style burger is not my thing), I tried to contain my enthusiasm when I heard of the opening of Hamburgesía – a gourmet hamburger restaurant behind the new Holiday Inn Escazú in Plaza Tempo.But upon entering the small, sleek dining room, I began to get excited. The place could easily have been Don Draper’s hamburger restaurant of choice, with its warm orange interior, metal trimmings and ‘60s retro furniture. All that was missing from this set – thanks to recent anti-tobacco legislation – was the lingering smoke.Upon chosing our seats, the highlight of Hamburgesía – its menu of artistic hamburger creations ranging in price from $10-14 – was promptly delivered, and the difficulty of choosing which gourmet burger to devour cannot be exaggerated. The easy part was to overlook the few salad options, but the six international burger choices had us stuck. The chef’s creations range from the Pura Vida to the eponymous Hamburgesía, a high-protein option topped with prosciutto and fried egg.I finally settled on the French-inspired Parisina featuring Brie Cheese, bacon and a mushroom sauce. My guest went for a little taste of Greece – the Santorini – covered with Feta cheese, red onion, cucumber and a Kalamata Olive aioli.My only mistake was to order my hamburger medium rare. Typically in Costa Rica, this results in a medium to medium well outcome. My burger, however, was served as ordered and actually leaned towards rare. Although it was a little too raw for my preference, I fault cultural nuance rather than the kitchen.That said, the short cooking time did seem to result in my Brie cheese not being very melted and appearing more like two blocks of cheese tossed on as an afterthought. Additionally, the mushrooms were betrayed by a rubbery texture suggesting they may have been canned.My guest had no critiques, however, and could not eat her Santorini fast enough. I barely prevented her from licking the Kalamata aioli off her plate, which would have been embarrassing in this classy joint.To accompany our meals, we each chose the only microbrew on the menu, the imported Acme California IPA. Although neither of us are huge fans of IPAs, this one turned out to be a fabulous pairing with the hamburgers. I would return to Hamburgesía for the beer alone.For dessert, were presented with four options that we easily narrowed to the Nutella brownie cheesecake. The unique creation made for an excellent finish and yet another reason to go back for more.For guests who might like to a more traditional burger, the menu also provides a “gourmet salad bar” of options, in which you can choose the size of your burger, a cheese, four garnishes and two sauces. The prices ranges from $10-18, depending on size. Hamburgesía diverts from the bigger is better mentality that is commonly associated with hamburgers and instead focuses on pairing the right flavors from course to course, leaving you full but not stuffed. In other words, the place keeps it classy. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more