In recent years, OpenStack has emerged as the leading open source project to deliver a cloud operating system. OpenStack is used today by cloud service providers around the world, but has had less adoption in traditional enterprise IT. Enterprise cloud adoption has been stifled by complexity, lack of software support and gaps in open source enterprise-grade features. Many enterprises have found OpenStack to be complex to deploy but even more importantly, a fragmented solution from various partners, creating installation and maintenance concerns.At Intel, we are working actively with our ecosystem partners to address these challenges, and to open the door to OpenStack in the Enterprise. That’s the goal of the Intel Cloud for All Initiative, which is designed to accelerate cloud adoption by making public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions easier to deploy and easier to maintain. The ultimate goal is to help all businesses take advantage of cloud benefits to deliver new capabilities that will enable them to compete at scale in the digital economy.And guess what? Together with our partners, we are making real progress in the push to bring OpenStack to the enterprise. Some of these efforts are being showcased in announcements and demos this week at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. These activities make it clear that OpenStack now has the partner ecosystem necessary to become a platform for general use inside the enterprise data centers. Key announcements from major manufacturers and software providers are going to level the field for IT organizations.In one announcement, Red Hat and Lenovo let the industry know that they are extending their partnership to include OpenStack. As part of this partnership, Lenovo is releasing a cloud architecture using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This partnership, in conjunction with Lenovo joining the Red Hat and Intel on-ramp program, will enable enterprise IT organizations to purchase, deploy, and support this platform easier than ever before.HP and Intel announced at the OpenStack Summit that they are expanding their collaboration to bring OpenStack into the enterprise. This collaboration features joint engineering to deliver upstream contributions to OpenStack, and proof-of-concept testing on top of OpenStack use cases. HP and Intel plan to add customer proofs of concept and trial opportunities to accelerate deployments of OpenStack solutions in the enterprise. Collaborations like these build on the work being done through the Intel Cloud for All InitiativeIn other news from the OpenStack Summit, Cisco unveiled its plan to release new Cisco Validated Designs that offer proven processes and tested configurations to reduce the complexity of deploying OpenStack. The Cisco Validated Designs, jointly developed with Red Hat and Intel, combine the capabilities of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the most recent OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, which will help organizations more easily and quickly deploy OpenStack private clouds.It has taken a journey of several years to mature and enable this open source platform for general use inside of most IT shops. But now the initial barriers of entry for the enterprise are beginning to fall, thanks to a growing OpenStack ecosystem, robust industry partnerships, and an expanding menu of enabling technologies. Given these very significant steps forward, it’s time for enterprises to reassess OpenStack.
Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
zoom London-based private equity company 3i Group and its Eurofund V have sold their 100 pct holding in the Danish ferry operator Scandlines to a consortium consisting of First State Investments and Hermes Investment Management for EUR 1.7 billion (USD 2.1 billion).Scandlines said that 3i has decided to reinvest in the Ro-Pax company and acquire 35 pct stake in conjunction with First State Investments which will hold 50.1 percent and Hermes Investment Management, which will hold the remaining 14.9 percent.Net cash proceeds to 3i following the reinvestment will be EUR 347 million (USD 430 million), and are expected to be received in the first quarter of 2019 fiscal year.As explained by Peter Wirtz, a partner at 3i Germany, during the company’s investment period dating back to 2007, Scandlines has been transformed from a state-owned company into an important infrastructure asset that provides services on the key transport corridors between Denmark and Germany.Between 2012 and 2016, the shipping company has invested EUR 365 million in green technology, new ferries and upgrading of port and terminal facilities, Wirtz added, noting that green technology will be high on the company’s future investment agenda.3i, and funds managed by 3i, initially acquired a 40pct stake in Scandlines in 2007. They bought a further 10 pct stake from Deutsche Seerederei in 2010 and acquired the remaining 50 pct from Allianz Capital Partners in November 2013.The sale was confirmed to World Maritime News back in December 2017, with Rothschild investment bank being mandated to explore the potential sale of the Danish ferry operator.Scandlines operates two high-frequency routes between Germany and Denmark (Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser).The company’s fleet comprises eight ferries, resulting in more than 42,000 departures annually.World Maritime News Staff
Hong Kong: Police fired tear gas late Sunday afternoon to try to disperse a demonstration in Hong Kong as protesters took over streets in two parts of the Asian financial capital, blocking traffic and setting up another night of likely showdowns with riot police. Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave the Sham Shui Po area before tear gas was deployed, police said, calling the march an “unauthorized assembly.” Nearby, protesters wearing gas masks gathered outside a police station in Cheung Sha Wan, as officers wearing their own protective gear looked down at them from a tall wall around the station. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAcross Victoria Harbour, a large group of mostly young protesters marched down the middle of Hennessey Road, a main shopping drag in the Causeway Bay area, as a rally was held in nearby Victoria Park. Many wore face masks to shield their identities, and a few had helmets. Others just carried backpacks over the black T-shirts that have become their uniform. “We hope the world knows that Hong Kong is not the Hong Kong it used to be,” said one protester, Louisa Ho. “China is doing more and more to pressure Hong Kong, its people and its organizations.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHong Kong has seen nine weeks of protests with no end in sight. The movement’s demands include the resignation of the city’s leader, democratic elections, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters Banners at the rally in Victoria Park read “Give Hong Kong back to us” and “Withdraw the evil law,” the latter a reference to an extradition bill that was the original spark for the protests. A large crowd sat under umbrellas, which are both a protest symbol in Hong Kong and protection from the summer heat. Hannah Yu, an organizer, said the protest would provide a platform for people to rally peacefully. In what has become an established pattern, groups of protesters have taken over streets or besieged government buildings after largely peaceful marches and rallies earlier in the day. “There will still be citizens going out on the streets to protest, but we cannot control them and we do not have the authority to control them,” Yu said. Police permitted the rally in Victoria Park but denied a request by organizers to also have a march in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island. Police also denied permission for the march in Kowloon, but protesters went ahead anyway.
VANCOUVER – Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. says Oyu Tolgoi LLC has received an information request from Mongolia’s anti-corruption authority.The company says the regulator is seeking financial information relating to Oyu Tolgoi.The request relates to an investigation about possible abuse of power by officials during negotiation of the 2009 Oyu Tolgoi investment agreement, Turquoise Hill says.The company says there is no indication in the request to suggest that Oyu Tolgoi is a subject of the investigation.Turquoise Hill holds a 66 per cent stake in Oyu Tolgoi, while the Mongolian government owns 34 per cent.Rio Tinto holds a majority stake in Turquoise Hill.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ)
OTTAWA – It’s the news workers at the Rio Tinto aluminum smelter in Kitimat have been hoping for.The federal government may be considering financial support for steel and aluminum workers who are impacted by the controversial new US tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.As he walked into his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t rule out financial aid. “We will work with industry and with partners in making sure that everyone’s OK.”He sat down with the Canadian Steel Producers Association amid the ongoing dispute, who asked that he and the federal government take quicker action to place duties on American steel and aluminum products to level the playing field.“We’re going to have a conversation going forward about how quickly this can be accomplished,” Association President Joseph Galimberti says, adding Trudeau was understanding. “We want the list to be right, but we want it to be in place quickly.”Galimberti says he did not ask for any bailout for companies or financial aid for workers, saying ‘we are not at that point yet.’“I don’t think we’re there in terms of specifics yet, I’m sure the government would be willing to have that discussion if we get there.”Earlier in the day and without getting into any specifics, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu had said many options are being considered.“You know, we’re always going to stand up for Canadian workers and we’ll be looking at a full range of supports for people that are affected.”Meantime, the NDP’s Tracey Ramsey was critical of the lack of details, suggesting the government is dragging its feet when it should be taking immediate action.“It’s about coming out and saying that they have a plan for working people, and that’s what’s lacking right now,” she says.In American media over the weekend, Trudeau called the tariffs “insulting”. Meantime, the six other nations at the G7 finance ministers meeting denounced the decision and called on the US to back down.The Trudeau government has already unveiled retaliatory tariffs and filed complaints through NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.President Donald Trump is set to make his first official visit to Canada on Friday for the G7 summit in Quebec. His tariff decision is expected to overshadow other policy discussions, and raise tensions at the table when the world leaders begin their meeting.
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors say a California utility’s role in igniting wildfires last year could allow a judge to find that it violated terms of its criminal conviction in a deadly gas pipeline explosion.In a court filing Monday, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco cited investigations by state officials that blamed Pacific Gas & Electric power lines for some of the fires in October 2017. Investigators also said they found evidence PG&E violated state law.Prosecutors say a judge could use those facts to determine that the utility violated conditions of its probation in a conviction stemming from an explosion of one of its natural gas lines in 2010. The blast in the San Francisco Bay Area killed eight people.PG&E didn’t immediately return a request for comment.The Associated Press
The Election Commission (EC) sprung into action as it elucidated the details for the upcoming polls. This year’s mandate will be concluded in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19 and round up with results on May 23. Spread across seven phases, the election will see three states – UP, Bihar, Bengal – vote in all seven phases while one seat of J&K – Anantnag – will have voting in three phases with 17 states finishing their mandate in a single phase. Election calendar has been put up, sending every single political party into action. Sounding the alarm for the biggest democratic event, the EC brought forth the road map which will lead to the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha in the largest democracy of the world. The 16th Lok Sabha (2014-2019) – NDA’s report card – is the first inscription of every voter’s decision making, prior to, of course, the contentious issues and lacunae which may shift the mandate away from them. The five years of governance may have been blemished with the controversies which surfaced much to the opposition’s wishes. The current government has certainly led India forward but the peculiarities in the progress are what will strike voters in the coming elections – which is undoubtedly the build-up point for the opposition. Pre-poll alliances, post-poll alliances, issues circling the nation and promises thwarted at public will aggregately decide who leads the nation. Party analysis and dynamics are obviously the most talked about scenarios of any election but issues circling the nation have an equal share in the outcome. The most recent one has been National Security which gripped the country as it witnessed a dastardly attack on our security forces by a Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM. In response, India retaliated through the Balakot Air Strike which showcased Modi as a bold and capable statesman which India may not afford to lose. In Modi, NDA has the leader what UPA may still be looking for. Though the opposition parties questioned the authenticity of Balakot following Amit Shah’s unsubstantiated number of casualties, Balakot stands as an effective response in the minds of many. Together, the Surgical Strike following Uri and Balakot Air Strike ensure the people that India is in “safe hands”. The promise of strong leadership, evident from the government’s response to terror incidents, may single-handedly change the numbers. Rural unrest is another issue which is capable of a significant impact on the mandate. Modi’s 2014 landslide victory can be accredited to rural voters. An unhappy rural India does not augur well for BJP which has already suffered a jolt by losing out on the Hindi-heartland states of Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh – predominantly on agrarian distress. Congress’ influence on the mandate of these states has made it a reckoning force, declining BJP’s popularity in rural India. However, a plethora of rural schemes and development agendas placed by the ruling government look to provide a remedy to this downfall. Corruption reduced Congress’ last outing in 2014 to poor performance. The previous UPA government’s involvement in scams cost Congress heavily. It is rather understood, then, why Congress has been proactively pursuing Rafale. A corruption charge, that too in current times, will thrash BJP’s chances to power. However, it has been able to dodge such accusations till now and that means Congress’ attempts might be framed as empty rhetoric on the face of millions who might not understand the peculiarities present in the fighter jet deal. BJP’s predominant argument has been the power of a majority government drawing sharp contrast against that of a coalition government. Leadership will definitely be a point in focus with BJP, having Modi at the forefront, criticising the opposition forces for lacking a leader. BJP’s argument that a shared leadership will be regressive for the nation against the opposition’s stance of an antidote to the autocratic cloak garbed by the NDA qualifies as the age-old argument of perspective: If a glass is half full or half empty. Unemployment and welfare schemes play a good part in the mandate with every party advocating some relief (or progress) in these to ensure votes. India may have become the sixth largest economy progressing in various fields but if there’s one thing which time and again brings it back to the earlier days then it is the caste factor. The caste politics in the nation severely determines good chunks of numbers here and there based on primitive associations. Coupled with this is the issue of polarisation that can be influential. The Hindu nationalist sentiment has done its round under the current regime and will play a role in the mandate. The first-time voters will be instrumental in the final count as that figure can alter the outcome. The mood of the youth will count in Modi’s run for a consecutive term.
Not only has Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder insisted he would not change the name of his NFL team, on Thursday the franchise formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the Redskins’ attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and that it ”points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 on June 18 to cancel six uses of ”Redskins” trademarked from 1967 to 1990, saying the name is ”disparaging of Native Americans.””We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Redskins lawyer Bob Raskopf said in the team’s statement.The team had previously said it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so. The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts, a process that could take years. A similar ruling by the trademark board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003. Native Americans have been challenging the trademark since 1992.The Redskins say they will ask the court to consider ”serious constitutional issues,” including whether the ruling penalizes the team’s right of free speech and whether the team has been unfairly deprived of ”valuable and long-held intellectual property rights.”The group of five Native Americans challenging the name is equally confident.”This effort is doomed to fail,” said Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff. ”But if they want to prolong this litigation, which has already gone on for 22 years, I guess they have that prerogative.”The Redskins have been under sustained pressure to defend the name over the last 18 months, with major political, church and sports figures joining the debate and saying it should be changed.Team owner Snyder has vowed never to change the name, calling it a ”badge of honor.””If people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?” Blackhorse said. ”We know that time is on our side for a change in the team’s name, and we are confident we will win once again at this stage of the litigation.”
Although the youngest athlete competing in Rio is 13-year-old Gaurika Singh, a swimmer representing Nepal, gymnastics is unique for its high concentration of teenage girls. This year, 16.8 percent of gymnasts are younger than 18, and all of those young athletes are women. Swimming has a higher total number of competitors under 18, but that group makes up only 9.1 percent of the field. That doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old from Uzbekistan, is competing in her seventh Olympics, making her the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. Chusovitina will compete in the vault finals on Sunday.What about the other end of the age spectrum, where I might have a chance? With a median age of 36, equestrians are the oldest Olympians. More sedate sports also tend to have older athletes; golf and shooting are near the top of the list. Beach volleyball, tennis and cycling also have older competitors.The prize for the oldest Olympian in Rio goes to 62-year-old Julie Brougham, a rider from New Zealand who is attending her first Olympics. Brougham had her Olympic debut Wednesday, in individual dressage. But Brougham isn’t the only athlete in Rio who has lived at least six decades. There are four other Olympians who are 60 or older, all of whom are competing in equestrian events. Still, equestrian is not dominated by older competitors: Among Olympic sports, it has one of the widest distribution of ages, with athletes that range in age over a 44-year span. As I expected, gymnasts are among the youngest Olympians. Of all the groups I looked at, women’s artistic gymnastics (the “regular” gymnastics)2There are two other categories of gymnastics at the Olympics: trampoline and rhythmic. has the lowest median age — 19. That puts Biles in the very middle of her peers. Also, artistic gymnastics (along with golf) has the largest gap between the median ages of men and women participants — five years. That’s because of the sport’s high number of women and girls under 20. It’s not age holding me back from being an Olympian. If I want a shot at gold in 2056, I had better go find a horse. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Most adults probably feel as though they missed their chance at making it to the Olympics. Even at 24, I feel decrepit and ancient watching 19-year-old Simone Biles execute flips and twists at the Rio Games with an athleticism that I will never attain. Still, Biles got me wondering which Olympic events I theoretically might still have a shot of participating in at my age (assuming I could change pretty much everything about my genetic makeup and lifestyle in a very short period of time). For each sport of the 2016 Games, I looked at the median age of the participants — overall, men and women — using data from athlete profile pages on the Rio 2016 website.1As of Aug. 3, there were 11,384 athletes on the site for which we obtained age data.
Coming off three starts as a true freshman, sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier enters his second season firmly entrenched as a starter on the Ohio State football team’s defense.Shazier is one of many young linebackers who will play for the Buckeyes this season. Along with middle linebacker Curtis Grant, Shazier is one of two starting sophomore linebackers, while four of the seven linebackers listed on Monday’s depth chart are freshmen.First-year coach Urban Meyer admitted that Shazier is “real young,” but he has high expectations for him.“I’m biased because I love the guy,” Meyer said. “His God-given skill level is really high, so our expectation level is an all-Big Ten type player, at some point. He has that skill level.”Shazier’s own expectations are even higher.“One of my goals since I was little was to be an All-American,” Shazier said. “I’m just going to work my butt off to be an All-American or one of the top linebackers in the nation, so I’m just going to keep working hard, being a leader and just try to do the best I can.”Shazier made an immediate impact last season once he cracked the starting lineup. He finished the year with 57 total tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt. Meyer said his work ethic is a major factor in his success.“He gives everything he’s got,” Meyer said. “He’s so sincere about what he does.”Shazier said he recognizes that his team will be relying on him more than it did last year, and is ready for the added responsibility.“This year’s a lot different than last year,” Shazier said. “I have to be a leader a lot more than last year. I’m just working on my ability to try and be a lot better than I was, and work on my footwork, my technique and helping the young guys out a lot.”In addition to being a starting outside linebacker in the 4-3 defensive scheme, the Buckeyes’ base alignment, defensive coordinator Everett Withers said Shazier will also start in the team’s nickel defensive package, along with senior linebacker Etienne Sabino.Withers said the nickel package will be a very important aspect of the team’s defense this year.“I think we’ll be in (the nickel defense) a fair amount,” Withers said. “The offense, at times, dictates how much nickel you play.”In the base defense, Withers said Grant will be the “quarterback” and lead play-caller of the defense, but with Grant off the field in the nickel package, some of that responsibility might shift to Shazier.Shazier addressed the possibility of having to assume that leadership responsibility.“It’s going to be important for me to make a lot of play calls in the nickel and everything, but we also have Sabino, so he’s going to help me out,” Shazier said. “I feel that my role is going to be about the same (in the nickel) as it is in (the base defense). I’m just going to have (to) come in, help make tackles, help lead the defense and just stop the offense from scoring and stop them from gaining yards and getting the offense in great field position.”While Meyer inherited Shazier as a player on the roster when he was hired at OSU, Shazier had been on Meyer’s radar long before either became a Buckeye. Meyer recruited Shazier, a native of Plantation, Fla., while he was still the head coach at the University of Florida.“I’ve known him for several years now, because I recruited him when I was at Florida,” Meyer said. “You can’t help but like Ryan Shazier.”Shazier said that Meyer’s name was “legendary” while he was still a high school recruit in Florida, but playing for Meyer has opened up his eyes to a different side of the famous coach.“He’s intense when he’s recruiting you, but when it’s on the field, he’s another level, He doesn’t play around,” Shazier said. “He’s really serious, and I really like it about him, but he’s really intense and he’s really going to push us to the next level.”
One of the most controversial football figures over the past decade or so once against demonstrated his lucidity and audacity.After numerous sources reported that the Serie A heavyweights AC Milan consider a potential January swoop for Los Angeles Galaxy talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Sweden international reached out to the press with some statement.The United States-based news outlet, TMZ Sports, have broadcasted the words of the 37-year-old striker regarding the rumored interest of the Rossoneri.“There is always rumors. The whole world wants me. It’s okay.”It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) that the ex-Manchester United superstar came out with such a comment. Just a reminder – when Zlatan landed in Los Angeles, he welcomed the NBA bigwig LeBron James in “Zlatan way.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now LA has a God and a King!Zlatan welcomes @KingJames pic.twitter.com/4gYooOpURD— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018Although AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has recently stressed the 7-time Champions League winners won’t try to take Ibra back at the Stadio San Siro, anything could happen by January.
Bruce Shelley with HEA: “We want to let our members know that the best thing that they can do when they receive a phone call like this, that is suspicious, is hang up and call directly back to Homer Electric. That is your best course of action to make sure it is a valid call from the utility.” According to a release from HEA, there has been a recent report of an individual, posing as an HEA representative, confronting local businesses in person and threatening to disconnect their power if payment is not made immediately. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, Inc. is getting reports again from area businesses regarding suspicious HEA impersonators over the phone – as well as in person. The goal of the scammers is to obtain credit card numbers or other financial information and payment.If a suspicious phone call is received, end the phone call and contact HEA for verification and to checkthe status of your account. In addition, business members have received phone calls from fraudulent callers impersonating a utilityrepresentative and requesting payment for the customer’s supposed past due bill. The fraudulent callerthreatens immediate disconnection of electric service if the bill is not paid. If you have questions or need additional information, call 1-800-478-8551.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, April 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.In The Community: GOOD LUCK to those participating in the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Tournament at the Tewksbury Country Club. The event is SOLD OUT. Event sponsors include Align Credit Union, Commonwealth Financial Network, and Lowell Five. Hole sponsors include Abundant Life, Align Credit Union, Escapology, JCW Title, Local Property Shop, Mark Kratman, Marshall’s Autobody Experts, PC Independent Consultant, Wamesit Lanes, and Wilder Construction.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wildwood & Boutwell School Advisory Council meets at 9:30am at the Boutwell. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Middle School PAC meets at 6pm at WMS.At The Library: Domestic Affairs Discussion at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Quilting at 1pm. Wii Bowling at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 5 Wilmington High School games are scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography. What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 6, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Map of Syria locating Sweida. Photo: AFPA string of Islamic State group attacks, including suicide blasts, killed at least 54 people in southern Syria on Wednesday in one of the jihadists’ deadliest assaults in months, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blasts hit several areas of the largely government-held southern province of Sweida, where IS retains a presence in a northeastern desert region.The attacks came almost a week into a deadly Russia-backed regime campaign to oust IS fighters from a holdout in a neighbouring province of the country’s south.The raids began when three suicide attackers detonated their explosive belts in Sweida city as other blasts hit villages to the north and east, said the Observatory.A fourth suicide blast hit the city later.“IS fighters then stormed villages in the province’s northeast and killed residents in their homes,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory.IS seized three of the seven villages they targeted, he said.The suicide blasts and attacks have left at least 32 pro-government fighters and 22 civilians dead, he added, updating an earlier toll.“The death toll rose after bodies were found in people’s homes,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.At least 21 IS jihadists were also killed.State media confirmed the attacks had killed and wounded people in Sweida city and villages to the north and east, but did not give a specific toll.Abandoned shoesState television said the army was targeting IS in the province’s east, and state news agency SANA reported “army units blocked an IS attack on a number of villages in northeastern Sweida, killing a large number” of the jihadists.SANA published images of the aftermath of the attack in Sweida city.The remains of a victim lay sprawled on a staircase near a damaged wall, while abandoned shoes lay in the middle of the road among fruit that had spilled out of cartons.Abdel Rahman said unidentified warplanes were also targeting IS fighters in the area.Despite pro-government forces ousting the group from urban centres in eastern Syria last year, surprise IS raids in recent months have killed dozens of regime and allied fighters.The regime of president Bashar al-Assad has in recent weeks ousted rebels from a majority of the country’s south, part of which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.His forces are now closing in on a patch of territory in nearby Daraa province held by jihadist group Jaish Khaled bin al-Walid, which has pledged allegiance to IS.The group, which has around 1,000 fighters in the region, has been the target of an intense bombing campaign by Russian and Syrian jets in recent days.SANA said the IS attacks on neighbouring Sweida were an attempt to relieve pressure “on IS remnants facing their inevitable end in the western Daraa countryside”.Desert holdoutsOn Wednesday, Russia-backed regime forces continued their bombardment of the IS-held pocket in Daraa.At least 41 civilians have been killed in air strikes on the jihadist holdout since 19 July, the monitor says.Fierce clashes between the two sides have killed 49 regime fighters and 67 jihadists.On Tuesday, a Syrian military source accused Israel of firing at one of its warplanes as it carried out operations against jihadists in southern Syria.Israel’s army earlier said it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had infiltrated Israeli airspace, risking another escalation around the sensitive buffer zone.The Damascus regime has long accused Israel of backing IS and other anti-government factions.IS overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a self-styled “caliphate” in territory it held.The jihadists have since been ousted from all major urban centres in both countries, but they retain a presence including in desert border areas.In Syria, IS controls a pocket of the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on the Iraqi border, and is present in parts of the vast central Badiya desert including in Sweida.More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria’s war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
On Friday’s Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the shooting at Santa Fe High School. At least eight people were killed at a shooting that occurred Friday (May 18) morning at the school in Galveston County, according to multiple media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, that are citing law enforcement sources.Also this hour: We learn how schools and law enforcement prepare to respond to these events. Dr. Phillip Lyons is dean of the Criminal Justice Department at Sam Houston State University. He’s also a former police officer and detective. And Kelly LeDuff is co-owner of Open Eyes security consultants. We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /50:17
Bengali New year couldn’t have had a better welcome. In a recently organised festival called ‘Baisakhi’, traditional and contemporary folk musicians of Bengal came together to celebrate the day and promote the traditional folk music of Bengal. The festival was organised by the Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage, on April 15, at Cafe Ekante, Eco Park, in collaboration with The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco). The festival which saw some unique performances of Jhumur dance, Baul singing, and folk dance groups, was inaugurated by the chairman of WB, HIDCO, Debashish Sen. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis was the second time the Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage organised the ‘Baisakhi’ festival.Last year, they started a project called ‘Vintage’ by collaborating with the Forest Department of the government of West Bengal to develop an alternative livelihood for Sundarban people to reduce wildlife and human conflict. During the project, they provided workshops and direct market linkage for Gamcha (local towel) weaving to the local women. Beneficiaries from Sundarban also came with the products to showcase their unique talents with their inspiring stories of the journey of empowerment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKolkata Society for Cultural Heritage (KSCH) is a social enterprise functioning at the grass root level for the permanent developmental changes of rural, urban and tribal areas of India. It is a government registered organization functioning from 2012 in several sectors like livelihood, education, health, sanitation and other sociological sectors. They are also working to foster the socio-economical structure by using different livelihood generating methods. Currently, KSCH is operational at West and East Medinipur, Hooghly, Nadia, and South-24-Parganas. To promote traditional culture and art forms, KSCH gives the non-profit platforms to poor artists.
Share Canadians are falling for the Cayman Islands as June numbers soar Tags: Cayman Islands << Previous PostNext Post >> GRAND CAYMAN — The Cayman Islands is reporting its 12th consecutive month of growth from the Canadian market, with arrivals from Canada up 20.36% in June, according to the latest stats from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.Overall the Cayman Islands welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors between January and June 2018, an increase of 19.52% or 214,711 visitors when compared to the same period in 2017.Air arrivals were up 15.9% for the first half of the year, with an increase of 34,693 visitors. Cruise passenger arrivals accounted for 81% of the islands’ total visitation.The six-month performance comes on the heels of a record-breaking June for the destination, on the books as the best June ever for the Cayman Islands for stayover visitation and the 15th consecutive month of growth in arrivals.“I am very pleased that tourism performance in the Cayman Islands is registering consistent growth and continues to outpace projections,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Moses Kirkconnell.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“By applying the right marketing strategies, vision and spirit of collaboration to drive performance, the Cayman Islands tourism industry has maintained impressive, oftentimes, double-digit increases for a sustained period.”He adds that preliminary estimates from the Department of Tourism indicate that between January and May 2018, visitor spending from cruise and stayover arrivals contributed CI$325 million to the national coffers, an increase of $45 million compared to the same period last year.Arrivals from the U.S. in June were up 13.89%.In January DOT launched its ‘Summer Only in Cayman’ promotion, which this year leveraged Cayman’s position as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean including the Kid’s Culinary Capital of the Caribbean promotion, to broaden the appeal for families.Soon the Cayman Islands will roll out its annual ‘Fall Only in Cayman’ campaign, with offers on everything from accommodations to immersive land and sea experiences. Friday, July 27, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group
Calais Campbell was asked point-blank Thursday how the Cardinals plan to stop, or at least contain, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.The veteran defensive end of course talked about trying to make the two-time Pro Bowler uncomfortable in the pocket, while also working to limit his play-making abilities outside it, but in Campbell’s mind, the best defense Sunday might be a quick start from the offense.“I think if we can get a lead, we can beat anyone in my opinion,” Campbell said. “As a team, I think we play much better with a lead than we do from behind.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Leads have been hard to come by for the Cardinals during their current four-game losing streak. In fact, Arizona hasn’t led at any point over the last two weeks and last held a lead late in the third quarter of their Week 6 overtime loss to Buffalo.“Our goal is to get up on teams,” said Campbell. “And from there, play our hearts out and leave it on the field.”The problem heading into Green Bay this weekend is that rarely have Campbell’s teammates on the offensive side of the football given the defense much to work with early in games in 2012.Through the first eight weeks, Arizona’s offense is averaging just four points per game in the first quarter and has reached the end zone just twice.That fast start may also be hard to come by Sunday at historic Lambeau Field. While the Packers’ defense has been susceptible in the second half of games this season, the unit has allowed just two points per game in the first quarter.In a battle of weakness against strength, Campbell and Co. might need a better game plan against the reigning MVP, as a heavy reliance on a fast-starting offense might be an unrealistic expectation Sunday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
05Feb Rep. Johnson announces February office hours State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Monday, February 25th, 2019Allegan CountyColonial Kitchen1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr8:00 – 9:00 a.m.Kent CountyRuss’6444 Division Ave. S in Gaines10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Categories: Johnson News “Open and honest communication with residents is instrumental in holding state government accountable,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “I invite all residents to attend a local office hour gathering to share their concerns and ideas.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov or visit his website at www.RepJohnson.com.