Odisha to showcase its biodiversity

first_imgThe Odisha government is setting up a world-class interpretation centre at Dangamal near Bhitarkanika National Park to showcase its efforts in protecting crocodiles and preserving its rich mangrove diversity.The project, which has been approved under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project, will be taken up at an estimated cost of ₹3 crore.Environment learning“We plan to develop the centre both as a tourist attraction and a place for students to learn about the environment. Experts are being consulted for adding value to the project,” said Susanta Nanda, project director of ICZMP, Odisha.Bhitarkanika, one of the State’s finest biodiversity hotspots, receives close to one lakh visitors every year. The tourist inflow has seen an increase lately.The park is famous for its green mangroves, migratory birds, turtles, estuarine crocodiles and countless creeks. It is said to house 70% of the country’s estuarine or saltwater crocodiles, conservation of which was started way back in 1975.Bio-shieldIn 1999 when coastal Odisha was battered by Super Cyclone, the rich mangrove forests had then acted as a bio-shield. There was very little impact of the cyclone in the mangrove-forested regions.In fact, Kalibhanjdia Island spread over 8.5 square km, a place in Bhitarkanika, has attracted the attention of foreign scientists as its possesses 70% of the total mangrove species of the world.last_img read more

I got into college through reservation, says Deepika Padukone

first_imgDeepika Padukone, who stars in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, says she got admission in college by flashing her ‘sports certificate’.”I owe my admission to the sports quota. It worked for me, so reservation has touched my life. But then there is a much wider impact of reservation in education and jobs. It has its own benefits and pitfalls. I am sure that the film would fetch varied reactions,” Deepika told PTI.”This is why it really meant a lot to me when Aarakshan came my way. There is no added glamour quotient or a romantic track just so that it could be made into a ‘masala’ affair,” she added.Jha’s latest explores the politics behind reservation in education system and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika and Manoj Bajpai in key roles. The film hits theatres on August 12.Saif plays Deepika’s love interest in the movie while Bachchan is her father. So while the core subject of the film was dramatic enough, the demand of the script was for Deepika to share certain chemistry with Bachchan.And the 25-year-old actor admits that she was flustered to share screen space with Bachchan.”Before stepping into Aarakshan, I had never interacted with him (Bachchan) very closely. I had perhaps met him a few times socially on a ‘hello-hi’ basis but that’s about it. Due to that I was really very flustered on the first day of the shoot as I didn’t quite know what to expect from him,” said Deepika.”But when I look back and reflect, I think it was all in my own head.”advertisementDeepika also feels that scenes between her and Bachchan create several brillant father-daughter moments in the movie.”I think what also helped was the fact that Prakashji has written several moments quite brilliantly for the film.There are these little moments between Amitji, Tanviji (Azmi) and myself that present a close knit family. The sense of togetherness has been brought out well here.”Last year was a mixed bag for Deepika. Housefull did well but films like Break Ke Baad, Lafangey Parindey, Karthik Calling Karthik and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se Bhi failed to live up to the hype, which has left the actor disappointed.”I was disappointed with the box office outcome of some of my films because I sincerely believe they could have done much better. But then there is a silver lining as creatively it was a satisfying experience and this is what keeps you going,” said Deepika.The actress will next be seen in Desi Boyz and (tentatively titled) Cocktail.last_img read more

Crunchman Alex Cabagnot left in awe of Mark Nonoy’s clutch heroics

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “When he shot that three-pointer I had to stand up from my seat,” said Cabagnot in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Coach Chris [Gavina] and I talk about encouraging and you know we shot a lot of three-pointers [11-of-44].”“The best thing we could do in encourage and when he shot that shot there was no doubt in my mind, especially coach Chris’ that it would go in,” added Cabagnot.Nonoy said that his sudden outburst just came out of nowhere especially when he scored just seven points in the first three quarters.“I don’t know where that came from and I think I had that confidence from my coaches and I was actually surprised that I did that,” said Nonoy who finished with 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Alex Cabagnot has hit numerous clutch shots for San Miguel in the PBA that it has gotten hard to keep track.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gerry Abadiano determined to deliver NU Bullpups another NBTC crown LATEST STORIES MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And his resume of late-game heroics has made him appreciate another man’s work even more.Cabagnot was serving as the assistant coach for Team Hustle in the 2019 NBTC National Finals Division I All-Star Game when he bore witness to the greatness of Mark Nonoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTeam Hustle trailed 76-75 against Team Heart midway through the fourth quarter when Nonoy decided to go mental.Nonoy went on a personal 14-6 run capped off with a booming three-pointer against two defenders for the 89-82 lead with 34.7 seconds left in the game. Cabagnot was no doubt in awe of Nonoy but he knows the incoming collegiate freshman for University of Santo Tomas still has a lot to work on.“He still has a lot to improve but he’s under a good program and a good coach,” said Cabagnot who also works as an assistant for University of the Philippines. “The best thing he could do is listen to the coach, to the elders around him, and also to the alumni.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

The Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, is an absolute treat to the eyes

first_imgIndian audiences haven’t been treated to Broadway and West End-style musical theatre primarily because Indian films have met our song-and-dance requirements, and money for a theatre is always hard to come by. But now, songs in Hindi films are changing. Having innumerable background dancers against an extravagant set or in a foreign location is no longer the norm. In such circumstances, to have a sizeable chorus line dance with joy, against a backdrop that would do Bhansali proud, is much welcomed. Disney’s grand staging of Beauty and the Beast, made with an Indian cast and crew, aims first to treat the eyes and then tend to the heart. It does the former especially well.For most part, director Vikrant Pawar  ensures there is never a dull moment.  Over 70 dancers occupy the stage, a few performing flips and cartwheels, often prompting viewers to quickly move their eyes from one corner of the stage to another, so as to not miss the action. The elaborate sets change at the speed of the light–one minute it is Belle’s village, a few seconds later, it is Beast’s castle–inspiring awe at the accuracy behind the consoles. As much as creative flair is on stage, this is technical expertise too, which requires the backstage crew to be as alert and top of their game as those on stage.The story is what we are all familiar with. Belle (Meher Mistry) is the beautiful young girl who, in order to rescue her father, gives herself up to the scary-looking Beast (Edwin Joseph), who unknown to her is actually a handsome Prince cursed for his bad behaviour. The only way he can break the spell is by finding true love. Time is running out for Beast, who finds himself falling for Belle and hoping that she reciprocates his love. Remember, this is a Disney production, inspired by the popular 1991 animated film, that goes all out to ensure you walk out happy.advertisement One of the reasons you do is because of the supporting actors, led by Bugs Bhargava as Cogsworth aka the grumpy clock, Brian Tellis as Lumiere aka the enthusiastic candle stick, Nisa Shetty as Babette aka the feather duster, and Varun Narayan, one of the two actors to play Gaston, the pompous guy who basks in his desirability among women and who wants to marry Belle. They all provide the laughs whenever the musical numbers are not part of the 130-minute proceedings.Of the 20 songs incorporated in the production, “Belle” and “Gaston” are the numbers that stand out, for they offer the right balance of three disciplines: acting, singing and dancing. Joseph certainly has the best voice of the leading cast, and his rendition of “If I Can’t Love Her” marks a memorable moment for the show. “Be Our Guest” is the crowd-pleasing number where the Beast’s castle comes alive and the sets and costumes become as important as the dancers.  As the leading lady, Meher Mistry with her charming presence and deft singing gracefully carries the production on her shoulders. Joseph doesn’t have the same charismatic stage appeal as her but manages to make his presence felt with his singing.Those seated near the stage can be surprised and a tad scared at the sudden arrival of a pack of wolves, like we were. The aerial move delivers the powerful start the show needs, as it draws a gasp as much as it silences viewers. Set decorator Varsha Jain makes great use of space and her work in “Be Our Guest” is especially noteworthy, so is Becket Tundatil’s work as light designer. Terence Lewis’s choreography has more showy moves than desired, and it didn’t help the dancers though high on energy were not always in sync.Is it worth the costly ticket price? Yes. For it’s a production which aims for the “immersive Broadway experience” and for a first-timer having a go at Broadway musical, it delivers. Beauty and the Beast will be staged on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 at 2.30pm and 7,30pm at Dome, National Sports Club of India, Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Worli. Tickets are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.last_img read more

US Olympic Hall of Fame welcomes Liukin, Smith, Carlos

first_imgAfter the Hall of Fame essentially stalled out, USOPC Sarah Hirshland pushed to revive it as part of a federation effort to focus more on athletes.“We thank them for their impact on sport and society, and for continuing to inspire the next generation of athletes and fans,” Hirshland said.The induction of Smith and Carlos is long overdue. After being kicked out of the 1968 Olympics for their iconic raised-fist protest on the medals stand, the sprinters were left on the sideline of the official U.S. Olympic movement. Their 2016 visit to the White House, along with USOPC leaders, marked the first official event they’d been part of since their ouster in 1968.The rest of the class: Candace Cable, Erin Popovich, Chris Waddell (Paralympics), Lisa Leslie (basketball), Misty May-Treanor (beach volleyball), Apolo Anton Ohno (short track speedskating), Dara Torres (swimming), the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team), Ron O’Brien (diving coach) and Tim Nugent (special contributor).Liukin, who will call gymnastics for NBC at next year’s Olympics, founded an app called Grander that is designed to inspire and empower women in and out of sports.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Baseballs, gloves, bats to head to Nicaragua Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Now, she’ll be in the Hall of Fame with them.The champion gymnast and once-shunned track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos were named Monday to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame’s class of 2019, part of what many in the U.S. Olympic world view as overdue recognition for the sprinters and an overdue revival for the hall itself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Going back to the 8-year-old Nastia, I was the girl who wanted to do flips because it was fun,” Liukin said. “I never thought I’d be sitting here today with this news.”The USOPC will hold an induction ceremony on Nov. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colorado — the first since 2012.center_img P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:59Zarate bats for add-on budget to fund P30k basic pay for gov’t nurses02:14Lumad school backers vow to fight legal battle vs DepEd closure order02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Nastia Liukin arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Liukin is part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)When she was a kid, Nastia Liukin watched the Olympics on TV and thought how cool it might be to one day meet some of America’s greatest athletes.Then, she became one.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She stays in touch with her gold-medal-winning team from 2008, which included Shawn Johnson and Alicia Sacramone — and now she’s the first of them to enter the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.“Something like the Olympics, it’s hard to quite put into words,” Liukin said. “The pride and honor you feel representing Team USA, and to be able to do it with teammates, it’s something you only dream of.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

India are in England with a mission to win ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said India are far ahead of other teams at the moment and it will be very tough for Pakistan to beat them in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday. India and Pakistan reached the final of the elite tournament with victories over Bangladesh and England respectively.India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.”I am seeing teams around the world and I see them the way they play and I see them desperate enough to win this tournament. But when I see India, I feel they have come on a mission to win this competition,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat.Virat Kohli once again proved his class with a fluent 96 not out to help India to a comfortable victory over Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.Kohli now averages 130.00 in successful chases in ICC tournaments. He also became the first player to aggregate 1000 runs in successful chases in the ICC events.The India skipper has so far scored 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in the ongoing tournament. He also became the quickest player to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Harbhajan Singh said Kohli is a too good a player to match.”He’s a kind of a player who likes that kind of a pressure. Whenever there is pressure, Virat Kohli gets bigger than the pressure. He’s been tremendous, he has been brilliant not only with the run chases but with his responsibilities as well. He is too good a player to match,” Harbhajan said.advertisementWATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly also praised India’s collective performance on the field.”India are too far ahead. They have looked a solid team. No holes, no weaknesses in this Indian side. Yes in the past it was like, India have a strong batting line-up but the fast bowling people would say India are not good enough to pick wickets but Indian fast bowling has just been superb,” he said.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma continued their rich vein of form as the duo struck a 87-run partnership against Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston to power India to a nine-wicket win.”They set the Champions Trophy up for India. They did it last time as well. They have really been remarkable. Congratulations to Dhawan on becoming the highest run-getter,” Ganguly said.Dhawan, who now has 370 runs in the 2017 edition of the tournament, overtook Ganguly to become India’s highest scorer in the history of Champions Trophy.Dhawan, who played his first Champions Trophy tournament in 2013, took it by storm, slamming hundreds against South Africa and West Indies. Four years ago, he scored 363 runs from five matches as India went on to win the cup in style.”He has a final to go and a few more Champions Trophy to play in his career. He is a young boy and remarkable one day player. He will go a long way and his performances at world championships have been outstanding. Both him and Rohit Sharma have complimented each other,” Ganguly said.Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh also praised India top order and said India will have the psychological edge over Pakistan going into the final.”I have played with Shikhar, Rohit and Virat, they are brilliant players. In this era, they are the top batters to bowl to. Rohit is a class player, he reminds me of Inzamam-ul-Haq,” Harbhajan said.”When you keep beating one team again and again, you definitely have an advantage. Pakistan will hope to do better but India definitely have advantage,” Harbhajan said.last_img read more

Swapna Barman finally gets her shoes as Federation Cup nears

first_imgHeptathlete Swapna Barman finally received her pair of custom-made shoes by Adidas as she gears up for her first competition of the season in Federation Cup in Patiala from March 15 to 19.Asian Games gold medallist, who suffers from rare congenital malformation of 12 toes, has been provided with a pair of custom-designed shoes for all the seven events in the sport – 200m, 800m, 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and javelin throw – by the German sportswear giants after she revealed her plight of enduring tremendous pain while performing due to her birth defect.”I have been provided with shoes for all the events. Most of them have been comfortable as they have been redesigned after I had issues wearing them earlier. There seems to be an issue with some of them yet, but I am sure it will be taken care of soon as my shoes are always modified if I feel any discomfort,” the 22-year-old athlete told Mail Today from Kolkata.After being dropped from the TOPS list last year, Barman had revealed her dream of winning the first medal in the event at the Olympics. It is going to be a crucial season for her in that sense as she will be targeting Tokyo 2020 qualification, along with Asian and World Championships spot.Barman, who went through troubled times before competitions due to multiple injuries last season, including a threatening grade 3 meniscus tear, said she has managed to keep her fit this time around and is hopeful of an injury-free season.advertisement”My body has responded well to training this pre-season and I haven’t suffered any injuries so far. I feel pretty confident of a good show at the Federation Cup,” said the heptathlete.Her coach Subhash Sarkar said they have set a target of 6100 at the nationals in Patiala, which is more than what she mustered in her gold-winning performance of 6026 in Jakarta last year. However, he added there are areas that they still need to work on.”We again did a good pre-season and looking at the results, we will be targeting 6100 in Patiala. Once we succeed in doing that, we will look to improve other areas in her performance, especially her running. We will be looking for a biomechnical expert to improve her timing further,” said the coach.Also Read | Swapna Barman hopeful of re-inclusion in Target Olympic Podium SchemeAlso Read | Swapna Barman’s rare feet have a new directionlast_img read more

New Manitoba consultant was behind sweeping education changes in Nova Scotia

first_imgSteve Lambert, The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government will be getting advice on education reform from a consultant who recently prompted Nova Scotia to eliminate elected school boards and make other sweeping changes.Avis Glaze has been hired as the lead consultant for a commission that will review all aspects of the kindergarten to Grade 12 school system, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen said Friday.One issue the commission will look at is whether there are too many school divisions across Manitoba. There are six Engligh-language divisions in Winnipeg alone.Many people think the number of elected school board members — about 290 — is too high, Goertzen said.“I’m not ruling out any sort of recommendations that (may) come forward, but we’d need to see some evidence that it’s the right number.” Goertzen said.“I certainly hear more people talk about less than more, particularly in Winnipeg where you have a number of different divisions.”The review is also to examine ways to improve literacy, graduation rates and test scores in math and science.It is being lead by Clayton Manness, who cut school funding as education minister in the 1990s, and Janice MacKinnon, a former Saskatchewan finance minister who balanced the provincial budget with a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes in the mid-1990s.Glaze once served as Ontario’s royal commissioner on education. Last year, she produced a report for the Nova Scotia government that led to the province replacing elected English-language school boards with a 15-member advisory council.Her report also suggested school principals and vice-principals no longer be part of the teachers union. She recommended that teachers should be part of a new licensing body that could discipline problem teachers.Manitoba Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said he is worried the government may be focused more on cost-cutting than improving education. The Progressive Conservative government has promised to balance the budget by 2024 and is projecting a deficit of $360 million for the coming fiscal year.“The concern we have for this whole process is that it’s just laying the groundwork for cuts to education,” Kinew said.The Manitoba review is expected to be complete by early 2020. Goertzen said Glaze will take a fresh look at Manitoba’s education system.“I think she’ll do what any good consultant does and look at the lay of the land, how are we different from other jurisdictions, look at the uniqueness of Manitoba. And I wouldn’t expect a report that is a carbon copy of other reports that she’s done.”last_img read more

Health advocates call on feds to take action to address youth vaping

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Health advocates say if the federal government fails to address the vaping crisis, people will die.They’re calling for action to be taken, just one day after the first vaping-related hospitalization was reported in Canada, and as hundreds of cases are investigated south of the border.Specifically, they want the governement to regulate e-cigs along the same lines tobacco products are restricted.Cynthia Callard with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada says the recent cases of lung illness caused by these devices only accelerates the need for the government to do something.“I think that it’s the deaths in the United States that have really sobered people, and made them rethink the product,” she explains. “But for us, the longterm health consequences have been a concern ever since the products became marketed.”She notes the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, and highlights the need for immediate action.“In many ways I feel like we’ve been turned back by about 20 years, that we have to once again go back to the basics to protect kids from a lifelong addiction,” Callard explains. “Although it is a new product, there has been enough research done into the effects on the cardiovascular system to know that it will result in some predictable number of deaths. It also is very much linked to being a gateway drug to tobacco-use.”The groups, which include the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Lung Association and Heart & Stroke want nicotine limits on these products, restrictions on flavours and strict marketing rules.Health authorities in London, Ont. announced that a youth had been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping on Wednesday. A warning has been issued by Health Canada, urging anyone who vapes to watch for symptoms like a cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain.The Canadian Vaping Association, a group which “supports the future of vaping” across the country, agrees the government needs to make changes.Executive Director Darryl Tempest says the products shouldn’t be so widely available.“If you go into these convenience stores or gas stations, you’ll see brightly lit signs, products and marketing materials that are close to places like the candy bar section.”He wants governments to ban the sale of the products anywhere kids can get their hands on them, adding the they’re only intended for adults quitting smoking.“This product is made specifically around nicotine flavoured e-liquid. It is designed for and targeted for adult Canadian smokers only,” Tempest says. “If you’re a youth, of course, do not vape, and if you’re a non-smoker, do not vape.”Just last week, British Columbia’s top doctor said it was only a matter of time before Canada started to see people experiencing the severe effects of vaping.-With files from Alison Bailey and The Canadian Presslast_img read more

India imposes surprise 50 tariff on pea imports to further sour trade

first_imgCALGARY – Pulse Canada says the Indian government has imposed a hefty and surprising 50 per cent tariff on pea imports to add to already simmering agricultural trade tensions.Gordon Bacon, CEO of the industry group, says the move brings into question what the intermediate and long-term trade relation will be with a major destination for Canadian pulse crops.In the past three years, Canada has exported over a million tonnes of peas to the country with a value of $548 million in 2015.Bacon says the punitive tariffs are the highest under WTO rules, whereas before there was no tariff on pea imports.He says he’s still waiting to hear what the Canadian government plans to do in response to this action, days ahead of a major trade mission to the country.The pea tariff issue comes on top of the unresolved fumigation issue, with India not yet extending an exemption to pest treatments for Canadian imports that has been in place for many years.last_img read more

Margaret Ma Murray Community School Fundraising Concert was a Huge success

first_imgThe Fundraiser was to help the new school build upon their musical instrument selection so each student has the opportunity to participate in the music program once a week.“More than our minimum goal of 5000 which means we can dip into dreams and have some money in the bank for future repairs and dreams,” said Brooks.Brooks shared it would be nice to build upon the selection of instruments that are currently available to her so she can provide variety to her students. Studies have shown children that have been exposed to music have healthy brain development.Brooks finishes off to say “Truly humbled overwhelmed and grateful for the community support. So proud to live here. Wow. Just wow.”A break down for what the funds will be used for; Every kid at MMCS Kindergarten through grade 6 gets a music class with a professional music educator once per week Orff xylophones that can be set up for younger grades as well as older will be purchased Students K-2 will learn how to sight sing and read rhythms on a variety of smaller percussion (hand drums, bongos, tambourines, etc.) All grade 3s will learn to read full music notation and play songs on xylophones – we will now have one for every child All grade 4s will learn how to play the recorder All grade 5s will learn how to play the ukulele All grade 6 will either join the SD60 Band Program and learn a “band” instrument or learn how to play in a band using school instruments combined together (recorder, ukulele, xylophone) FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students and the community came together February 28th for an evening full of musical performances to support the Musical program at Margaret Ma Murray (MMMCS) Community School.MMMCS PAC and Sabrina Brooks, District 60 Band Teacher hosted the fundraising Concert. With performances by the Northern Winds Community Band, the SD 60 Beginner Band and the Choir. As well as food and raffle items for sale.The evening raised “2000 worth of physical instruments and $6400 in cash,” said Brooks, “Super overwhelming but great,”last_img read more

New lawsuit claims Boeing Max suffered from faulty design

A new lawsuit says Boeing’s design of the 737 Max was faulty and the company was able to rush the plane into production because it faced little oversight from regulators.The lawsuit says the plane could crash if a single part malfunctioned, that Boeing concealed problems and refused to ground the plane on its own.Lawyers say Boeing did the same thing after crashes of earlier 737s in the 1990s.Former Transportation Department Inspector General Mary Schiavo filed the lawsuit last week in federal district court in South Carolina on behalf of relatives of a Swedish man killed on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March.Boeing is also being sued over the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia.Boeing declined to comment on specifics of the lawsuit.The Associated Press

New bus and coach market declines in first quarter

New bus and coach registrations fall -4.5% in Q1, with 1,793 vehicles joining UK roads.Double-digit declines for both double- and single-deckers, down -37.8% and -18.0% respectively.Minibus demand bounces back after five quarters of negative growth, up 24.1% to 1,031.SEE BUS & COACH REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDThe UK’s new bus and coach market fell for the fifth consecutive quarter in the first three months of 2018, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1,793 units were registered in Q1, a fall of -4.5% on the same period last year.Double-decks saw the biggest decline in demand, falling -37.8% to 301 units, while single-decks also suffered a double digit decline, down -18.0% to 461. Meanwhile, demand for minibuses bucked the trend, reversing five quarters of negative growth with registrations up by almost a quarter (24.1%).Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The continuing decline in the new bus and coach market is concerning given the importance of fleet renewal in improving urban air quality. To get more of the latest low emission Euro VI diesel, hybrid and zero emission electric buses into our towns and cities, operators must have both economic and regulatory certainty to give them the confidence to invest..Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Impaired driving suspected in I5 crash

first_imgThe driver in a Wednesday crash on Interstate 5 near the Battle Ground exit was taken into custody on suspicion of impaired driving, a Washington State Patrol spokesman said.Eric Lanz, 27, of Vancouver was cited on suspicion of impaired driving following the crash, at the northbound exit for state Highway 502 and Battle Ground shortly after 6 a.m., Trooper Will Finn said.Lanz’s car veered off the east side of the freeway and hit a tree, which flipped the car onto its top. The crash pinned him inside, and firefighters had to cut him out.He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and was discharged later that day. Troopers also got a warrant for a blood draw, Finn said.last_img

Police Release Lamin Senghore on Bail

first_imgBy Mustapha JallowA resident of Bundung and former agent of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Lamin Senghore, who had spent four days in detention at Kairaba Police Station has been released on bail on Thursday morning, 11 April 2019, Foroyaa has learnt.According to family sources, Senghore was removed from the cell since last night and taken to the CID office, where he was released and asked to be reporting on bail staring today (Friday).  The source added that Senghore would be reporting on bail from Monday every week.The source added, “After reporting on bail, Senghore will proceed to his place of work at the Drug Law Enforcement Agency office at Kairaba Police station.”Readers may recall that the former spy agent of the NIA was on Monday, 8 April 2019, phoned and asked to answer at Kairaba Police Station after testifying at the TRRC. Sources said upon his arrival there, he was placed under detention and charged with perjury.last_img read more

University of Illinois Farmdoc to Conduct Weekly Webinars on Farm Bill Decision

first_imgTo provide growers with better and more complete information on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Farmdoc program at the University of Illinois will conduct weekly series of webinars that review the farm bill programs and decisions; provide training and demonstration on the farm bill decision tool; and include updates on harvest, prices and program analysis.This week’s webinar is Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 to 9:30 CT, and examines new webtools for making 2014 Farm Bill decisions, and looks at the Farmdoc Farm Bill Toolbox (available at farmbilltoolbox.farmdoc.illinois.edu), which includes seven steps for making FSA farm decisions.Access to the webinars is free, but participants must register each week at the following link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/932792401.last_img read more

SKYCITY to complete Darwin casino sale this week

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited is set to complete the sale of SKYCITY Darwin this Thursday 4 April following the satisfaction of all conditions in its sale and purchase agreement with US buyer Delaware North.SKYCITY revealed on Friday that the sale, which will see Delaware North acquire 100% of shares in the Australian-based casino’s operating entity SKYCITY Darwin Pty Limited, is now unconditional, having also obtained all necessary approvals from the Northern Territory Government. RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August “We are pleased that the sale of SKYCITY Darwin is now unconditional,” said SKYCITY CEO Graeme Stephens.“The sale is consistent with our strategy to sell certain non-core assets and to allocate capital to assets and businesses which we feel are better aligned with our long-term strategic objectives.”Under the terms of the sale, SKYCITY will retain an adjacent site called Little Mindil for separate sale. The company also retains ongoing right to access the VIP and premium gaming facilities at the Darwin casino for its International Business customers for at least two years after completion of the sale.last_img read more

State Rep Dave Robertson Announces May Office Hours

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Got something you want to say to your state representative?  A question? A concern? A request? Here’s your chance!State Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 9:30am to 11am, at the Wilmington Senior Center, and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.Robertson is also holding office hours in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 9:30am to 11am, at the Tewksbury Senior Center, and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Tewksbury Public Library.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… RelatedState Rep. Dave Robertson Announces June Office HoursIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson Announces February Office HoursIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more