Seven Trails Get Central Region Recreation Funding

first_imgImprovements and extensions to multi-use trails in the Central Region means hikers, bikers and walkers will have more opportunities to stay fit and have fun. MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, announced seven grants totalling $113,000 for trail development today, June 20, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. The trails are among 21 projects in the Central region receiving grants totalling $582,000. “Multi-use trails throughout the province give Nova Scotians a chance to enjoy fresh air and the beauty of nature while getting active and leading healthier lives,” said Ms. Kent. “Trails are among the 59 projects receiving nearly $2 million provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.” The Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association received $10,000 to upgrade the Salt Marsh Trail, which begins on Bissett Road in Cole Harbour. “This wonderful trail shows what can be achieved when governments come together to support the hard work of volunteers and the vision of a community,” said Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage. “The Salt Marsh Trail is a great asset for our entire region, allowing people to become more active and engaged in our natural environment.” “Trails are a binding thread that connect communities and create opportunities for health, education, environment, arts, culture, heritage, recreation, active transportation, and economic development,” said Charlie Sharkey, vice chair of the association. “We value the ongoing government support for trails in and around our community, as well as for trails throughout Nova Scotia.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Brian Grazer And David O Russell Speak Up For Kids

first_imgOn May 8th, the Child Mind Institute and Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer hosted a special Speak Up for Kids panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, Taking a Leading Role: How Film and TV Can Change Kids’ Lives.Jason Katims, Harold S. Koplewicz, Willow Bay, Ted Sarandos, Brian Grazer and David O. RussellParticipants included Mr. Grazer, Child Mind Institute president Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and playwright Jason Katims, Academy Award-nominated writer and director David O. Russell, and Chief Content Officer of Netflix Ted Sarandos. The panel was moderated by journalist Willow Bay.The lively discussion provided a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and rewards of accurately depicting mental health in the arts. Throughout the discussion the panelists offered personal anecdotes — both as parents and as creators — about the impact of their stories on the public, and themselves. The audience of producers, directors, educators, parents and physicians was challenged to help combat the stigma of children’s mental illness.“Great stories are stories that are driven from understanding of characters and exactly what they’re feeling and thinking, and their inner psychology,” said Brian Grazer. “A lot of my movies or television shows are driven form that point of view and are often about self-worth. I am excited to partner with the Child Mind Institute to convene both the panel and ignite the discussion in our industry to use our collective platforms to find subjects and memorable characters that can really help destigmatize mental disability and change the face of mental illness in children.”“Putting yourself out of your comfort zone to help someone else is extremely powerful,” said David O. Russell. “There is a tremendous need for parents, educators and friends to Speak Up about living with mental illness. There is a lot of work to be done to help reduce the stigma and the media industry is just beginning to help with this fight.”One in five children have a psychiatric or learning disorder. Yet, our big and small screens rarely tell us these stories. And when they do they paint a picture of mental illness that is either terrifying or laughable. The panel addressed the key role movies and television play in defining mental illness for audiences, and what can be done to communicate authentic, nuanced child mental health storylines.“Presenting a true picture of the psychiatric issues facing our population, and particularly our children, would make entertainment an ally in facing down a public health crisis,” said Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of Child Mind Institute. “Our panelists have, among them, created groundbreaking works that encourage acceptance of mental illness by portraying it accurately and sympathetically. We are honored to have them, and so many representatives from the media and entertainment industries with us today.”The event is part of the Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids campaign, which this year convenes 100 partners to battle the stigma and misinformation that can prevent kids and families from seeking life-changing treatment. Panel discussions throughout May in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago include thought-leaders in mental health, media and entertainment, as well as parents and children, all of whom will share their perspectives and seek to advance the dialogue concerning children’s mental health.Parents, friends, educators, kids, and advocates add their voices by sharing who or what they Speak Up for when it comes to children’s mental health by taking an ISpeakUp Selfie and sharing it on social media. The #ISpeakUp selfies appearing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram convey powerful messages of hope, health and healing.Speak Up for Kids Los Angeles is made possible by the generous support of national founding partner Hunter, and RED Interactive Agency. For more information on David O. Russell and his work in mental health issues awareness, visit www.davidorussell.com. To see the complete list of Speak Up for Kids events and partners, and to view the #ISpeakUp Gallery, please visit www.childmind.org/speakup.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Alberta Investment Management and Scotiabank selling shares in TMX Group

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia and Alberta Investment Management Corp. are reducing their stake in TMX Group Ltd.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and AIMCo have each agreed to sell 2.75 million shares in the stock exchange operator that combined represent a 9.9 per cent stake in the company.The shares (TSX:X) are being sold at a price of $67 per share. The buyer or buyers of the shares were not immediately identified.TMX shares closed at $67.75 on Tuesday.Once the sale is complete, Scotiabank and AIMCo say they will each hold less than a five per cent stake in TMX and no longer be entitled to appoint nominees to the company’s board.AIMCo manages investments on behalf of 32 pension, endowment and government funds in Alberta, while Scotiabank is one of Canada’s largest banks.last_img read more

Moroccan Artist Reimagines Hollywood Superstars as Typical Moroccans

Rabat – Fayssal Laghmam is a 21-year-old Moroccan graphic designer whose photoshopped images showing Hollywood superstars as working-class Moroccans went viral after they were posted on July 5. Laghmam says that his goal is to revive traditional Moroccan culture and challenge society’s contempt for the underprivileged through art.In an interview with Morocco World News, the promising artist described what had inspired him to represent prominent American actors in different Moroccan styles. “After I saw similar pieces made by several Arab graphic designers, I decided to place the faces of Hollywood stars on symbolic local individuals to expose our true culture and challenge society’s contemptuous view of Moroccan woman and lower-class citizens,” he said.Laghmam wished to concentrate on the human aspect of these subjects and the actors to show that exterior appearance can be misleading and that these working-class people could also be elegant if they had been in conditions enabling them to unleash their hidden beauty.The artist also sought to highlight Moroccan culture and art, which, in his opinion, should be appreciated rather than marginalized.Although he went through several technical obstacles when combining the faces of Hollywood stars with pictures of local subjects, Laghmam demonstrated the breadth of his artistic credentials by portraying Angelina Jolie wearing a special colorful scarf around her head with Amazigh-style green tattoos on her face and hands.Laghmam also portayed Leonardo Dicaprio as a handsome working-class man with blue eyes wearing a winter hat and a jacket. He placed Dwayne Johnson’s face on a guerrab, a traditional water carrier. The artist also characterized Will Smith as a native Sahrawi man from the desert, wearing a long blue shawl round his head and neck, and Vin Diesel as a man carrying a bag of cement on his shoulders.“I spent two days working on each photo, and the final product was far more appealing than I expected at the beginning of the process,” he stated. “I did not expect that the pictures would go viral on social media, because it is difficult to satisfy all people. However, I received much positive feedback that motivates me to produce something better in the future.”Laghmam hopes to hone his skills acquired from seven years of experience in graphic design to produce extensive portrayal and commentary on Morocco’s rich culture, which he believes should be presented in a modern and innovative style. read more

Grains mostly higher livestock lower

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was up 7.40 cents at $4.3840 a bushel; May corn rose 9.20 cents at $3.5260 a bushel; May oats was gainrd 2.60 cents at $3.0260 a bushel; while May soybeans was off 2 cents at 8.5540 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was off 1.17 cents at $1.2438 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle fell 1.73 cents at $1.4392 a pound; Apr. lean hogs was lost .17 cent at .8808 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Study reveals there are no Islamist jihadi groups in Sri Lanka

There are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka, said a study commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), The Hindu newspaper reported.The study had gone into an accusation, made both from within and outside the Muslim community in recent years, that a “jihadist” movement was being formed in the Eastern province, where Muslims constitute around 37 per cent the population. Muslims account for 9.67 per cent of the country’s population, according to the 2012 census, Discussion with representatives of Thablighi Jamaat, Thawheed and Sufi groups revealed that “while there is [a] talk among discontented youth about espousing ‘jihadi’ practices, these are just idle youth responding to the global trend in Islam, but with no motivation or the means to make this a reality. Local organisations such as mosque federations are also keeping tabs on the community and nipping such ideas in the bud,” said the study. While focusing on “purifying Islamic practices,” they had faced several conflicts with traditional Sufi groups.“However, the emergence of Saudi-based movements in Sri Lanka such as the Thawheed Jamaat has transformed the conflict into Wahabism [Thawheed] versus Sufism,” the study said. Quoting Tamil writer and intellectual M.A. Nuhman, the study refers to two reformist movements — Jamaat-e-Islami and Thabligh-i-Jamaat, both of which arrived in Sri Lanka during the 1950s. read more

President says date set to implement death penalty

Human rights groups and the UN have raised concerns over the President’s decision to implement the death penalty. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena says the date has been set to implement the death penalty.Speaking at an event today, the President said that tough action will be taken against those involved in drug trafficking. He said that the country needs to have strong laws and tough penalties and that punishment must be implemented.As a result he said that the death penalty will be implemented on repeat offenders involved in drug trafficking. read more

Brahimi arrives in Pakistan for highlevel talks on Afghanistan

Engaging in extensive consultations with members of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, Mr. Brahimi met with Foreign Secretary Inam-ul Haque and had a working lunch with Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, among other contacts. In addition, Mr. Brahimi met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, who is currently assessing the agency’s ability to cope with an outflow of refugees from Afghanistan. A UN spokesman in Islamabad quoted Mr. Brahimi as saying “if [a] way can be found to liberate and empower the people of Afghanistan, this is something the international community can eventually be proud of.” Interviewed later by CNN, Mr. Brahimi said he was “very encouraged” by his meetings on Afghanistan, both in the region and before travelling there. “These [regional] governments and other governments interested in Afghanistan – and capable of influencing the situation in Afghanistan – seem to understand that the time for compromise, the time for allowing the people of Afghanistan to work out some kind of arrangement for themselves is there, and we are very hopeful that they will cooperate with us to achieve that result,” he said. Tomorrow, Mr. Brahimi is scheduled to meet with a broad range of Afghans, from political actors to civil society representatives. read more

Sears 2ndquarter loss widens as sales at Kmart namesake stores weaken

by Anne D’Innocenzio And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2013 6:28 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – It was another bad quarter for Sears Holdings Corp.The beleaguered retailer, which operates Kmart and Sears stores, said Thursday that its second-quarter loss widened as the company continued to struggle with weak sales and deep discounts.The results were also hurt by the decline in the number of stores in operation and the lingering effects from its spinoff of the Hometown and Outlet brand.Shares fell over 8 per cent to close down $3.55 at $39.72 on Thursday. The stock’s now back near the 52-week low of $38.40 that it hit at the end of 2012.A series of retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Macy’s Inc., have reported disappointing quarterly results this month and have issued bleaker outlooks as shoppers deal with an uncertain economy and an increase in the payroll tax.Some store executives have also noted that people are shifting spending toward bigger-ticket items like cars and home improvement and away from clothing.Sears, which caters to middle-income shoppers, faced those pressures on top of its own problems, further clouding the path toward profitability.Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert, who took on the role of CEO and controls the company, on Thursday acknowledged the importance of profits but he emphasized that the company has made progress toward a “members”-focused company whose most loyal customers receive incentives to buy.Still, the latest results bolster critics’ arguments that Sears hasn’t done enough in its own stores to give shoppers a compelling reason to visit.The company, which operates nearly 2,500 stores in the U.S. and Canada, is considered a bellwether of consumer spending for low- to middle-income shoppers. For the quarter, revenue at stores opened at least a year in its U.S. stores fell 1.5 per cent, including a 2.1 per cent drop at Kmart and a 0.8 per cent decline at Sears. The measure is a key indicator of a retailer’s health because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Sales fell for a broad range of merchandise, including appliances, which should have benefited from a shift in spending toward home improvement.“There was not much change in direction from weak results over the last few quarters, but this quarter should have benefited from strong seasonal sales in home improvement and a revived appliance market,” Gary Balter, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said in a note to clients. “Sears remains on a dangerous downward spiral.”The latest results do not bode well for the winter holiday season, which is the largest selling season for retailers, said Belus Capital Advisors CEO Brian Sozzi.“Sears has zero momentum going into the most important part of the calendar for retailing,” Sozzi said.The latest performance puts more pressure on Lampert, who succeeded Louis D’Ambrosio as CEO. D’Ambrosio, who had been CEO since February 2011, left the company for family reasons. Lampert engineered the combination of Sears and Kmart in 2005, about two years after he helped bring Kmart out of bankruptcy.Last year, the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based company announced plans to restore profitability by aggressively cutting costs, reducing inventory, selling off some assets and spinning off others. Those moves helped it reduce net debt by $400 million and generated $1.8 billion in cash from the asset sales in the latest fiscal year.In May, Sears announced that it’s considering selling its protection-agreement business in an ongoing effort to raise cash as it struggles to reverse its fortunes. The unit runs the part of the business that sells customers service contracts that guarantee to fix or replace appliances if they break. Sears said Thursday that while it believes it has potential options for the business, it has not decided which action to take.However, Sears said that it has made significant progress toward it plan to raise at least $500 million of additional liquidity in 2013.In an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Lampert focused on how the retailer has made meaningful progress toward building its loyalty program called Shop Your Way, which accounts for 65 per cent of its sales and has tens of millions of active customers. And he promised that for the rest of the year, Sears will create more membership-only events for its Shop Your Way customers.While Lampert said that shoppers redeemed rewards points at a much higher rate than a year ago and increased its costs, he believes that members are getting more involved with the program, which will allow Sears to speed up its transformation further.“We want our members to get more. Our members need to get more. The good news is that we have lots of them,” he said.Lampert has been pushing hard to compete with online retailers like Amazon.com, and online sales were one bright spot for the company this quarter. They rose 20 per cent at sears.com and kmart.com.Lampert acknowledged that the company is constantly getting criticized for not investing in stores, but he said that while stores are important, the company is focusing on the “software” — the merchandise and the training of its associates. He says Sears is looking at new technology that it will bring to the stores in the second half of the year.Sears has been giving Apple iPads and iPod Touch devices to sales staff to research products and help customers on the sales floorStill, losses are growing.For the period ended Aug. 3, Sears Holdings Corp. lost $194 million, or $1.83 per share. That compares with a loss of $132 million, or $1.25 per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time charges, it lost $1.46 per share.Revenue declined 6 per cent to $8.87 billion from $9.47 billion, mostly due to store closings. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sears 2nd-quarter loss widens as sales at Kmart, namesake stores weaken read more

Road to EHF EURO 2014 – Round 1 completed

Here are complete results of EHF EURO 2014 Qualification Round 1:GROUP 1Macedonia – Switzerland 30:24Spain – Portugal 34:20GROUP 2Czech Republic – Israel 27:22Germany – Montenegro 27:31GROUP 3Norway – Turkey 41:23France – Lithuania 27:18GROUP 4Croatia – Slovakia 25:21Hungary – Latvia 32:25GROUP 5Poland – Netherlands 33:22Sweden – Ukraine 28:23GROUP 6Iceland – Belarus 36:28Slovenia – Romania 34:26GROUP 7Austria – Bosnia and Herzegovina 35:24Serbia – Russia 30:29 EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story EC 2014 Quals: Montenegro shocks Germany, wins 31:27 in Mannheim! Next Story → EC 2014 Quals: Macedonia travels to Portugal with three changes, Georgievski left out!? read more

Les Paul Google Doodle songs our top 5

first_imgYesterday was Les Paul’s 96th birthday. If you took at look at Google, you would have noticed that its regular Google logo was replaced by a Google Doodle of a working six-string guitar. People went crazy over the doodle, not only because it celebrated the great man behind the original solid-body electric guitar, but because you could play songs with your keyboard or mouse and actually record them. Needless to say, everyone’s productivity level dropped drastically yesterday while people were trying to figure out how to play their favorite songs via the guitar.We admit, we’re not the most musically talented bunch, but there are plenty of people out there who recorded some really fabulous versions of songs using the Google guitar. We picked our favorite five and listed them below for you to ogle over. Some of them even have instructions on how to play them yourself. But hurry, the doodle is still up on Google’s homepage today, but it most likely will be gone by tomorrow. It’s rare for Google to keep a doodle up for more than one day, but the smash hit of the Les Paul doodle led Google to give us one more day of doodle-music recording.Here are out favorite five, in no particular order:1) PCMag’s Creative Director Chris Phillips, who’s also a musician, figured out how to play The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” PCMag wrote out a step-by-step guide to playing the song. You can listen to the complete version here .2) YouTube user unboxpeter posted the above video of himself playing Pachelbel’s Canon. The song, famously used during weddings as the bride walks down the aisle, has been transformed into a geektastic version using his keyboard to play the song. The video is pretty adorable as you can hear the creator’s excitement as he discovers “the possibilities.”  There’s also quite a hefty amount of comments with other “tabs” to play other songs with the Google Les Paul Guitar.3) Lady Gaga has never sounded better. YouTube users lostpicasso72 posted a screengrab video showing the strings moving as he (or she) plays Lady Gaga’s popular “Paparazzi” song. He also wrote out directions on how to play it: “right hand: 88888 9 77777 8 9 0 67 67 08 (x2); left hand: 3+1 5+2 4+1).4) For the kids growing up in the Nineties, the Rugrats was a pretty big part of our Nickelodeon-watching lives. YoutTube user bk694b694 did a quick 13-second version of the Rugrats theme song that takes us back to our childhood. If you’d like to learn how to play it, click on the video above and check out the comments.5) It seems that Beatles songs are quite popular for playing on the Google Guitar. Besides “Here Comes the Sun,” mentioned above, one musician actually did a 4-minute-long version of “Hey Jude.” The video shown above is the shorter version which allows for easier listening. YouTube user afteredmund, the lead singer of the band After Edmund, actually sings in this video and isn’t half bad. He does a full-length version which drowns out the guitar, but it’s still impressive that people are actually using the Google Guitar to make and record real music.What can we say? Happy birthday, Les, and way to go Google, you’ve outdone yourself this time.last_img read more

De minuscules chameaux fossiles découverts au Panama

first_imgDe minuscules chameaux fossiles découverts au PanamaPubliant leurs travaux dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paloontology, des chercheurs américains ont décrit les fossiles de deux nouvelles espèces de camélidés anciens découverts au Panama, des animaux d’une taille de quelques dizaines de centimètres seulement. “Ce sont des animaux très mignons”, résume Carlos Jaramillo, de l’Institut Smithsonian de recherches tropicales à Panama. Lui et son collègue Aldo Rincon, spécialiste en paléontologie des vertébrés à l’Université de Floride à Gainesville, ont décrit scientifiquement 2 nouvelles espèces de chameaux fossiles minuscules, dont les restes ont été mis au jour entre 2008 et 2011 sur le site paléontologique de Las Cascadas, au Panama.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avec seulement 80 centimètres de hauteur pour l’espèce Aguascalietia panamaensis et 60 centimètres pour l’espèce Aguascalientia minuta, les deux nouveaux venus dans la famille des camélidés font figure de modèles réduits par rapport aux formes actuelles. Tous deux parcouraient les tropiques de l’Amérique centrale il y a environ 20 millions d’années, mangeant probablement des fruits et des feuilles grâce aux dents courtes et assez pointues, peu adaptées au broutage de l’herbe, qui garnissaient leur étrange museau vaguement crocodilesque.Abondants dans les Amériques il y a environ 35 à 40 millions d’années, les camélidés se sont plus tard ramifiés en deux lignées : celle d’Amérique du Sud, où ils ont évolué en lamas et formes proches, et celle d’Asie, qui a évolué vers les grands chameaux et dromadaires que nous connaissons aujourd’hui. La présence de camélidés aussi loin au sud qu’au Panama devrait permettre aux scientifiques de mieux reconstituer l’évolution de ces animaux, selon les auteurs. Le 10 mars 2012 à 15:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA International Partners to Play Out Asteroid Impact Scenario

first_imgStay on target Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 Preparing for the possibility of an asteroid collision with Earth is not necessarily all work and no play.NASA and its global partners will gather next week for a “tabletop exercise” that recreates the realistic-yet-fictional scenario of a near-Earth object impact trajectory with our planet.For more than 20 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency has been scanning the skies for NEOs—asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun and come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit.But we can’t stop a potential armageddon alone.Alongside the European Space Agency’s Space Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office will simulate an NEO impact scenario, developed by the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS).“These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defense community to understand what our colleagues on the disaster management side need to know,” NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson said in a statement. “This exercise will help us develop more effective communications with each other and with our governments.”Set over the five days of the conference, this year’s scenario begins with the premise that on March 26, astronomers “discovered” an NEO they consider potentially hazardous to Earth.After a “few months” of tracking, observers predict the object, dubbed 2019 PDC, poses a one-in-100 chance of impact—the IRL threshold for action—with Earth in 2027.Participants will discuss potential preparations for asteroid reconnaissance and deflection missions, as well as planning for mitigation of a potential impact’s effects.This isn’t NASA’s first NEO-impact-exercise rodeo, though. The agency engaged in three events at Planetary Defense Conferences (in 2013, ’15, and ’17) and three jointly with FEMA.“NASA and FEMA will continue to conduct periodic exercises with a continually widening community of U.S. government agencies and international partners,” Johnson said. “They are a great way for us to learn how to work together and meet each other’s needs.”More on Geek.com:Asteroid Bennu Is a Technicolor Wonder in Trippy 3D ViewSelf-Driving Spacecraft Could Save Earth From Asteroid ImpactsHubble Space Telescope Observes Rare Self-Destructing Asteroidlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Katie McManus Receives Scholarship From New England Parenteral Drug Association

first_imgLOWELL, MA — Three Middlesex Community College Biotechnology students and three recent graduates were awarded $18,000 in scholarships from the New England Parenteral Drug Association this fall.Current Biotechnology students Zeel Patel, of Lowell; Neslihan Ocali, of Bedford; and Katie McManus, of Wilmington; were each awarded $1,000 NEPDA Second Year Scholarships.Sieng Heng and Hetalben Patel, both of Lowell; and Matt Peranelli, of Billerica; were each awarded $5,000 NEPDA Transfer Scholarships. All three have graduated from MCC’s Biotechnology Technician Program and are now studying at Northeastern University.The nonprofit Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) is the leading global facilitator of science, technology and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community. New England PDA has supported MCC’s student chapter for more than 10 years, and has given scholarships in excess of $82,000.“NEPDA members have a strong desire to reach out to future biotechnology technicians to mentor them, guide them, and help them out with scholarships,” explained MCC Biotechnology Professor Paul V. Patev. “Our students benefit financially from this on-going partnership, but also by attending meetings, networking and meeting with future employers, and talking with vendors.“Too often, we go to school to learn the necessary skills to begin a career, but have little sense of what the day-to-day requirements of the job will be,” added Patev. “Our association with the members of the NEPDA is a rare opportunity for Biotech students to launch their careers and have help doing so.”To learn more about NEPDA, visit: https://www.pda.org/chapters/north-america/new-englandFor more information about MCC’s Biotechnology Technician programs, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/biotechnology(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Erin Trodden Awarded Scholarship From Middlesex Community College FoundationIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cigna & Flanagan Receive Scholarships From Align Credit UnionIn “Education”Wilmington’s Tavares Receives Scholarship At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Chandrababu to visit floodaffected areas in Krishna

first_imgVijayawada: TDP president and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will visit the flood affected areas in Krishna district on Tuesday. He will visit Avanigadda, Pammarru, Penamaluru and Vijayawada city. The rank and file of TDP will participate and distribute some material to victims in the flood affected areas.last_img

WWE news Former Champion set to return big blow for Vince McMahon

first_imgMultiple time champion and WWE Legend Road Dogg, who had left the company, after a tiff with Vince McMahon, is reportedly all set to make a return to the fold. Apparently, he fell out with McMahon after his creative plans could never see the light of the day. He currently is part of the WWE creative team and is also the head of the creative team for SmackDown Live.There were several reports that Road Dogg Jesse James could well have walked out for good, but then reports surfaced that it could well be a long vacation and the recent developments only solidify the theories. It should be mentioned here that James was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2019 as part of Degeneration-X. The week did not quite end well for him as he had to quit WWE just a few days later.Too much pressure being imposed A picture of Vince McMahon.WWE Website”Road Dogg has made the decision to step down as creative head of SmackDown Live. The report went on to state that various sources cited frustrations with booking the product alongside Vince McMahon and that this week’s SmackDown Live in Brooklyn, New York was where he reached “breaking point,” a reported in WON stated.As per a report in the Observer, Road Dogg was absent for a few days as he was not very happy with the amount of pressure which was heaped on him from multiple quarters but is now planning a return and he could well resume his work under Triple H when he does return. What this clearly shows that multiple creative writers are not too happy with McMahon at the helm as they believe their creative freedom keeps getting clipped and hence, would rather prefer working under Triple H. Triple HBryan Steffy/Getty Images for WWEHis return to the fold is a welcome development but now WWE needs to take a call and ensure that the discontent brewing within the company is taken care of and the writers are given enough freedom and their suggestions are taken into account and not brushed under the carpet. “It’s such a toxic atmosphere and it’s all because of one person,” one writer said in one of the interviews.The fan wrote, “@VinceMcMahon maybe the problem with the Raw and SmackDown ratings isn’t due to wrestlers injured, it’s that you put confusing and pointless storylines. Although it wouldn’t hurt if you gave your wrestlers insurance. Just a thought @StephMcMahon @TripleH @WWE.”last_img read more

HISD Bus Frustrations Continue Harris Countys First Wage Theft Case Rare Books

first_imgThursday, September 6, 2018Frustrations over bus system continueLaura IsenseeFamilies wait in line on the first day of school at the magnet bus hub stop at Wilson PK-5 on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Problems have plagued the new bus system all week.The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is scrambling this week to resolve several problems with its new bus system for magnet schools, though some parents are so frustrated they’re giving up on the routes. The new system involves hub stops for some 20,000 Houston students attending magnet, or specialty, schools outside their neighborhoods. It was meant to cut down on wait and commute times.However, it has caused delays and long rides for many families. Man charged in Harvey repair wage theft caseProsecutors have filed the first ever wage theft case in Harris County against a local man who stiffed a self-employed independent contractor for $2,300, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.Sonny D. Nicholas, 62, has been charged with Theft of Service for the post-Harvey rip off of a house painter in April 2018.“This is about treating people decently and obeying the law,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a news release. Rare books out for public viewingGail Delaughter A Spanish book of hymns from the 1500’s sits next to a letter from Sam Houston in the rare books room.These aren’t the books you’ll find on the shelf at your local library branch. To access the Houston Public Library’s rare book collection, we’re taken to an upper floor of the downtown library’s historic Julia Idelson Building.We go through a locked door to a darkened, climate-controlled room that’s referred to as “The Vault.” CDC Confirms Measles Case in HoustonThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Wednesday a case of measles in Houston, according to the City’s Health Department.The Health Department detailed that a boy between 1 and 3 years of age contracted the illness. The boy was being treated at Texas Children’s Hospital.This is the first case of measles in Houston since 2013. The Health Department has found that, so far, no other persons who could have been exposed are at risk of having contracted the illness. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday July 4th

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From 5-7 P.M.On this July 4th, we rebroadcast our June 28, 2016 show that discusses the Obama administration policy, which allows inmates to receive Pell grants for higher education. Our guests include: Kevin Shird, author of, “Lessons of Redemption,” and the forthcoming book, “Uprising in the City: Made in America,” and Ron Stanley, an entrepreneur and ex-convict who receive one of his two degrees while still incarcerated.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

MC Lyte and Raheem DeVaughn Dish about Love Jones The Musical

first_imgA modern twist on the 1997 classic Black film “Love Jones” hits the stage tonight at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. Nearly 20 years after people first fell in love with the film, the movie is being adapted into a musical play with a fresh mix of both ‘90s and modern music. The show features an all-star cast including Chrisette Michelle as Nina Mosely, Tony Grant as Darius Lovehall, and some fan favorites like MC Lyte, Musiq SoulChild, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn and Dave Hollister.MC Lyte and Raheem DeVaughn (Photos Courtesy lovejonesthemusical.com)This Black post-college romance followed poet Darius Lovehall and photographer Nina Mosely as they navigated the ups and downs of their relationship. This timeless film grew a cult-like fandom because of its realistic characters and positive portrayal of Black love.“It was a very meaningful love story for our generation. People like a good love story,” hip-hop icon MC Lyte told the AFRO exclusively.Singer and co-star Raheem DeVaughn also sees why “Love Jones” is still loved today. “‘Love Jones’ is an influential Black film community-wise [and] I think that’s what makes it stand out. The fact that it was something positive… a light at the end of the tunnel,” DeVaughn added. “It captured love and relationships and spoken word. It maintained a consciousness throughout the film and I think that resonated.”This idea still sticks with many today, and producer Melvin Childs puts a modern and funky twist on a classic.  While the plot remains the same, Love Jones: The Musical will feature additional characters, a cast, and an all new soundtrack that he co-produced with MC Lyte.  The 10-track soundtrack will showcase original songs from the star-studded cast, and will be available for purchase after each show and online.“I want them to just be entertained,” MC Lyte said of the hoped-for impact on the audience. She added, “They can certainly learn a few things about love and relationships and communication.”DeVaughn is determined to put on a great show as well. “It’s modernized in a cool way. There’s definitely a lot of funny moments,” he said. “We want people to laugh, people to cry. We want people to look insides themselves and find themselves in one of these characters and to be entertained at the same time.”While the musical is entertaining, DeVaughn also appreciates the message the play is showing the audience. “The world is so chaotic right now. Love is something that is very important, and we’re in a generation where Black women and Black men can be shamed by one another,” said DeVaughn. “We tend to allow social media to dictate the culture and how we communicate with one another. That sense of being human, the reciprocation of love and understanding what it is that we’re put here to do and how we have to do a better job of taking care of another, it’s so important for that to be conveyed not only through Black theater but through music as well.”Love Jones: The Musical will be playing at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University all weekend from Sept. 23-25. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster’s website. “Come be prepared to have a good time,” MC Lyte invited, “and we look forward to coming in to the city. We’re going to have some fun.”last_img read more