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What To Do When You Are Interrupted

first_imgWhen you are speaking and someone interrupts you, stop speaking. Don’t be insulted. Don’t be angry that you didn’t get to finish your thought. And don’t talk over them. Stop speaking and let the person you are speaking with have the floor.If someone interrupts you, it could be that they are so excited to share something that they can’t restrain themselves. Let them share what they want to share.The person interrupting you may not agree with what you are saying. They may interrupt you so that they can disagree. Yield the floor and let them share their disagreement. They may not be able to really listen until they speak their mind.The person that decides to speak over you may not really be interested in what you are saying. They may interrupt you so that they can move forward to something that interests them. Let them say what they need to say.Sometimes you may be being interrupted because the person to whom you are speaking simply fears that they won’t have an opportunity to respond, or that they’ll forget what they wanted to say.The best thing you can do when interrupted is to allow the other person to talk. When they finish speaking, you can pick up right where you left off and finish your thought. Or, you can simply move on to some other topic.The answer to someone talking over you isn’t talking over them. The answer is listening.last_img read more

4 injured in Punjab clash

first_imgTension prevailed in Punjab’s Phagwara after two groups clashed on Friday night over an attempt to install a flex-banner bearing a photo of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar at the town’s ‘Goal Chowk’ (square) and to rename it as ‘Samvidhan Chowk’. Four people were injured in the clash.Following the incident, the Punjab government on Saturday ordered suspension of mobile internet and SMS services in four districts – Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar.last_img read more

NIH Report Warns of Looming Shortage of Physician-Scientists

first_imgMany observers believe that the United States is churning out too many new Ph.D. biomedical researchers, creating a hypercompetitive, unhealthy environment. But a new report from an advisory panel to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) paints a different picture for physician-scientists: There may not be enough of them to replace those preparing to retire.A 2012 study on the U.S. biomedical workforce, requested by NIH and led by Princeton University molecular biologist Shirley Tilghman, found that the output of biomedical Ph.D.s exceeded the supply of academic jobs. However, her committee ran out of time to look at physician-scientists, who make up about 32% of all NIH principal investigators, a total of roughly 9000 individuals. 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The number of physicians conducting research has declined 5.5% since 2003 to about 13,700 in 2012, according to a survey by the American Medical Association (AMA). And AMA and NIH data show that the demographics of physician-scientists have shifted dramatically over the past decade, with the proportion of NIH-funded principal investigators in their 60s and 70s soaring and the share under 60 declining (see graph above and slide 14 here). “We’re being sustained by this aging group,” said working group co-chair David Ginsburg of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at the ACD meeting at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.Although NIH has been worrying for years about the aging of the biomedical workforce, the need for younger physician-scientists is even more pressing, the working group found. As those at the elderly end of the spectrum retire or die, “we’re worried that they’re [physician-scientists are] going to dry up and this is going to be a serious problem,” Ginsburg said in a call with reporters.The working group recommends bolstering training programs and giving greater weight to proposals from young researchers, two ideas that the Tilghman panel also endorsed. It also recommends creating a category for physician-scientists within the so-called kangaroo, or K99/R00, awards—two-stage awards that include a training grant and research support.However, working group members acknowledge that the dearth of young physician-scientists is also influenced by forces beyond NIH. For example, the costs of the Affordable Care Act are putting pressure on academic medical centers to ask clinical faculty to devote more time to patient care and less to research, they noted. “All the NIH can do is call attention to these problems and how important this group of individuals is to the future of biomedical research,” Ginsburg said.last_img read more

China releases white paper to refute SCS tribunal verdict

first_imgK J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 13 (PTI) China today released a white paper against the verdict by a UN-backed tribunal that struck down its “historical rights” in the South China Sea, insisting that Beijing has claims over the strategic region for 2,000 years.In a major diplomatic blow to China, the Permanent Court of Arbitration struck down the Communist giants claims in the strategic South China Sea yesterday.The Hague-based court has said that China violated the Philippines sovereign rights. It said China has caused “severe harm to the coral reef environment” by building artificial islands.The white paper asserts that China has claims over the South China Sea for 2,000 years and the Philippines, which had filed the petition, was occupying Chinese territory.The core of the relevant disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea lies in the territorial issues caused by the Philippines invasion and illegal occupation by force, starting in the 1970s, of some islands and reefs of Chinas Nansha Qundao (the Nansha Islands), it said.”The Philippines has concocted many excuses to cover up this fact, and to pursue its territorial pretencions,” said the document, titled “China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.”The Philippines relevant claim is groundless from the perspectives of either history or international law, said the white paper issued by the State Council Information Office.In addition, with the development of the international law of the sea, a maritime delimitation dispute also arose between China and the Philippines regarding certain maritime areas of the South China Sea, the paper said. More PTI KJV AVadvertisementlast_img read more

Pujols Homers in Return to St. Louis; Cards beat Angels 4-2 (Video)

first_imgST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols took a curtain call for his adoring fans at Busch Stadium after homering against the Cardinals, but Marcell Ozuna connected to lead Dakota Hudson and St. Louis over the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Saturday.Pujols hit his 13th home run, a solo drive in the seventh inning. He got a standing ovation as he rounded the bases and the cheers grew louder until Pujols emerged from the dugout and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd.Ozuna hit his team-leading 20th homer of the season off Felix Peña in the sixth inning to make it 4-0 lead. Ozuna homered for the second straight day.Hudson (6-3) gave up one run on five hits in a season-high 112-pitch stint. He struck out six and walked one.Paul Goldschmidt had two hits for St. Louis, which has won five of seven.Justin Upton also homered for the Angels, a solo shot in the eighth. Pena (5-2) started the third inning in relief of opener Noé Ramirez.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

15 days agoGenk president Croonen reveals Napoli made Sander Berge attempt

first_imgGenk president Croonen reveals Napoli made Sander Berge attemptby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenk president Peter Croonen has revealed Napoli made an attempt for Sander Berge.The 21-year-old played in the 0-0 Champions League draw with Napoli a fortnight ago and is under contract until June 2021.“Napoli have very good directors who really appreciate our players and asked for information on our Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge,” Croonen told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I think the figures that have been mentioned in the media, around €20-25m, represents a fair valuation.” Berge was signed from Valerenga in January 2017 for just €2m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 11 – 15, 2014)

first_imgzoom Lilly Johanne Capsizes in TurkeyLilly Johanne, a live fish carrier, capsized in Celiktrans shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey, on August 7, iLaks reports…Read morePoland Eyes Canal Construction to Evade Russian WatersPolish authorities have revived plans to build a canal in order to connect the Baltic Sea with the Vistula Lagoon and, thus, bypass Russia’s stretch of coastline…Read moreFire Breaks Out aboard Russian Cargo Ship, One DeadRussian cargo ship Sea Champion caught fire on Thursday night, August 7 in the Sea of Japan (East Sea)…Read moreRussia to Sanction US and EU Shipbuilders?Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia may be ready to adopt protective measures for the aircraft, shipbuilding and auto industries, as well as other…Read moreTwin Marine Heavylift Teams Up with Shandong ShippingStavanger-based marine heavy lift contractor Twin Marine Heavylift AS has agreed the formation of a Joint Venture company with Shandong Shipping Corporation of Qingdao, China. As part of the JV arrangement Shandong Shipping will arrange all financing for the first TML System.…Read morelast_img read more

Maersk Line Still Undecided about 14000TEU Boxship Option

first_imgzoom Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line has not decided yet whether it would order additional eight 14,000 TEU containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Maersk Line Spokesperson told World Maritime News responding to media reports on the exercise of the option.Namely, Maersk Line signed a USD 1.1 billion new building contract with HHI in July for nine vessels with a capacity of 14,000 TEU each. The agreement includes an option for up to eight additional vessels.“What I can say is that we have not – at this stage – decided as to whether or not we want the vessels. Should we decide that we want the vessels they will be Tier II compliant,” Maersk Line’s Senior Press Officer, Michael Christian Storgaard said.The reports on the exercise of the option come in the wake of Maersk’s cutting of expectations for Maersk Line’s business results for 2015 amid depressed market and plummeting freight rates.The previous expectation was based on an underlying result contribution from Maersk Line above USD 2.2bn. However, this has been reduced to USD 1.6bn.According to the CEO of Maersk Group, Nils S. Andersen, the container shipping industry needs better freight rates so as to be able to recover.“In terms of the contract base, of course this is unfortunate, because the low rates coincide with the renegotiation of contracts. I would, however, like to say that this is not the first time we have experienced that, so I wouldn’t overemphasize its importance. It is an irritant, but we will have to overcome it. Of course, the industry needs better rates for 2016,” said Andersen, commenting on the impact of the freight rates on the company’s business results.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Travel Advisory expands to the South Peace Region due to freezing rain

first_imgTransit buses have started to run again in FSJ while School buses have been cancelled. Both school buses and the City buses have been cancelled in Dawson Creek today due to the poor driving conditions.Work crews are out sanding and salting roads to improve the driving condition. People are being asked not to travel until conditions get better. Road crews are asking for extra room while they are working.Please check Drive BC for current conditions.Update from Drivebc.ca;Highway 2  SOUTH PEACE REGION, B.C. – Freezing rain overnight has compromised the safety of travel on the roads in the North Peace Region, now expanding to the South Peace Region.The advisory has been issued due to freezing rain in these areas.  With the roads being icy and very slick the Fort St. John RCMP are asking residents to slow down and leave adequate space between vehicles while travelling.Dawson Creek Highways 97 from Taylor to East Pine, Highway 2 and Highway 49 all have a travel advisory on. Taylor Hill remains closed. Highway 49 Highway 49. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and 201 Rd for 13.8 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km west of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3540)Highway 97 Highway 97. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and Big Bam Rd for 52.7 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km south of Taylor). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:29 AM MST. (DBC-3541)center_img     Highway 2. Travel advisory in effect between 201 Rd and Highway 97 for 41.2 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km north of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3539)last_img read more

More inspections tougher pollution penalties for oil tanker traffic

VANCOUVER — The federal government announced changes Monday to improve oil tanker safety off Canadian coasts, and shore up support for several controversial projects that would increase oil exports from British Columbia.The changes include some new measures — administrative penalties for polluters and mandatory marine response plans for oil terminal operators — and increased frequency for measures already in place, such as annual inspections for all tankers and offshore aerial surveillance.They also include a review by a panel of experts and a promise of future improvements, which was dismissed as “greenwashing” by the Council of Canadians, which opposes proposed pipeline projects that would deliver oil from Alberta to the B.C. coast for shipping overseas.“Our government listens to the people … What we’re announcing today is a result of our listening to British Columbians and responding to their concerns,” Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said at a news conference on the deck of Port of Metro Vancouver, against a backdrop of tankers and shipping vessels in Burrard Inlet.Without naming any specific project, Oliver reiterated that if Canada is to benefit from its resource potential, products must reach Asia and the rest of the world.“We have an opportunity to ensure that our products, particularly oil and liquefied natural gas, reach world markets and command world prices,” Oliver said. “Our government knows that to be an energy superpower, we need a world-class safety system for our waters.”In Ottawa, the Conservatives tabled legislation making it mandatory for the operators of oil handling facilities to submit spill response plans to the government, and added additional monetary penalties for marine polluters.Oliver named an expert panel on tanker safety to review the current regime. A report on regulations south of the 60th parallel is due this fall, and a report on Arctic shipping a year later.The minister said the government will also review the oil pollution liability regime now in place, to determine if $1.3 billion currently available in various funds is sufficient to ensure Canadian taxpayers don’t end up footing the bill for a spill.Ottawa will also conduct scientific research into the behaviour of diluted bitumen, the molasses-like oil produced in the oil sands that pipeline opponents argue sinks to the floor of the ocean and cannot be cleaned up.And the federal government will designate Kitimat — the tanker port terminus of the Northern Gateway project — as a public port, offering better traffic control and vessel safety. Other ports may also be brought under the control of a port authority, reversing a trend by consecutive governments toward divesting regional ports.The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker port would see an increase of about 250 tankers a year into Kitimat. The proposed doubling of Kinder Morgan’s existing TransMountain pipeline would increase vessel traffic to Port Metro Vancouver by about 400 annually.Several pipeline opponents immediately dismissed the changes.“The Harper government is trying to find a way to ignore public opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline while making it look like they’re listening, using ’world-class’ greenwashing,” Maryam Adrangi, of the Council of Canadians, said in an email.Darcy Dobell, vice-president of the World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Pacific region, said there are no regulations that would change her mind on the Northern Gateway project.“It doesn’t address our fundamental concern. Our concern has never been about the regulations needing tightening. Our concern is that the Great Bear Rainforest is no place for oil pipelines or oil tankers, at all,” she said.Darryl Anderson, whose Wave Point Consulting has studied marine safety worldwide, said the changes are a start but more remains to be done.“This addresses some of the issues,” Anderson said. “It’s got to be backed up with resources.”Officials said $120 million has been earmarked over the next five years for the changes. But critics point out the Canadian Coast Guard and ocean research have been cut by more than that in recent budgets.“First, the Conservatives tried to ram through the Northern Gateway project without listening to British Columbians,” said Peter Julian, the federal NDP’s natural resources critic. “Now they are trying to back-paddle with a lacklustre spill plan that doesn’t even begin to address the Conservative cuts to spill prevention.”The B.C. government has said a “world-class” oil spill response plan is one of five conditions that will have to be in place before the province will support the Northern Gateway, along with First Nations involvement and a “fair share” of revenues.Environment Minister Terry Lake, who recently held his own roundtable on marine oil spill safety, was not immediately available to comment. read more

Wednesdays Toronto stock market posted gains on positive data from US economy

TORONTO – On Wednesday, the Toronto stock market closed higher after reports of a shrinking trade deficit and unofficial job gains in the United States as well as signs of optimism in the European Union.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 49.94 points at 15,154.68, with gains in seven of the index’s 10 subsectors.Two positive indicators south of the border buoyed U.S. markets.Payroll processor ADP said that the U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in May, up from 165,000 in the previous month.The U.S. trade deficit, considered a drag on economic growth in the first three months of the year, shrank by 19 per cent in April.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 64.33 points to 18,076.27, the Nasdaq index rose 22.71 points to 5,099.23, and the S&P 500 advanced 4.47 points to 2,114.07.Canada’s trade deficit narrowed to $3 billion in April, much larger than the $2.1 billion analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had predicted but an improvement from the previous month’s record high.The loonie ended the day trading at 80.30 cents US, down 0.29 of a U.S. cent.Earlier Wednesday, the European Central Bank raised its 2015 inflation forecast from flat growth to 0.3 per cent.“People are more optimistic about Europe and the prospect that the U.S. isn’t going to be doing all the heavy lifting on its own,” said Norman Rashkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisers. “That’s helpful for Canada because our economy is sensitive to global growth.”The spectre of European deflation was worrying global markets, he said, but the threat seems to be receding as Spain, Italy, France, and others posted positive first-quarter GDP growth.On the commodity markets, the July crude contract was down $1.62 to US$59.64 a barrel.Rashkowan said oil seems to be stuck in a trading range between $50 and $60 a barrel as worldwide production remains high and the OPEC oil cartel shows no sign of slowing the pace of extraction.“People are appreciating that perhaps it’s going to take longer to get oil prices rising in a sustained fashion,” Rashkowan said. “Instead, you’re probably looking at an environment where they’re going to be sort of moving sideways.”The August gold contract fell $9.50 to US$1,184.90 an ounce. Rashkowan said gold too appeared to be moving sideways around a value of $1,200 as investors consider the prospects for growth in the American economy.The market seemed to be ignoring Greece’s Friday deadline for a 300 million euro debt payment, Rashkowan said, with traders betting that a last-minute deal will be reached to avoid bankruptcy or the country’s exit from the euro currency.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had incorrect closing figures for the Dow Jones industrial average, Nasdaq index and S&P 500. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 6:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wednesday’s Toronto stock market posted gains on positive data from U.S. economy read more

Budget supermarket Lidl launches Oxford University scholarship for students to study German

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lidl has launched a new scholarship for Oxford University students to study German. The budget supermarket chain announced plans to fund one graduate who enrolls on a masters degree in Modern German and sponsor competitions with cash prizes of up to £500 for undergraduates from next year.It comes as education experts warned of declining numbers of students learning the language in schools, which a British Council adviser suggested was partly because pupils still associate Germany with war.Professor Ian Watson, chair of the faculty of medieval and modern languages, said: “We are delighted that, at a time when the teaching of modern languages in the UK is facing considerable challenges, a major German company in the shape of Lidl has stepped forward to offer its support.“The package of support that Lidl is so generously donating will allow us to raise the profile of the subject of German at Oxford at all stages of the undergraduate degree as well as for postgraduate study.”This year, just over 3,000 students sat German A-level exams, which is nearly half as many as in 2010. While a quarter of state schools that offered German as a subject after GCSE in the last three years no longer do so.Education experts have called for urgent action to halt the decline, pointing to Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with Germany as an example of the langauge’s potential future importance.The British Council’s school’s adviser Vicky Gough suggested students’ apparent waning interest in German stemmed from the choice to speak other “exotic” languages and from learning about the First and Second World Wars.She said: “Less and less people are taking German up and that is a big issue.”The perception of German is that it is harder, that it is less useful and it is something for the elite.  In many schools it’s only an option for the top set.”Spanish is seen as far more cool, it’s known as the ‘Despacito effect’ all the celebrities are using it.”I have asked students what languages they want to study, many of them say Spanish because there are so many places where you can use it or Chinese because they think it’s exotic. But the only thing they know about Germany is the war.”Overall, the number of students learning modern languages is down by 15 per cent at the end of the last academic year, compared to 2010.But German is recognised as performing worse than other subjects. Last year saw 7,600 entries for A-Level Spanish, more than double the numbers for German.  The move by Lidl to support German language students has been welcomed by education experts.Suzanne O’Farrell, curriculum and assessment specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “German is perhaps not as high profile as French and Spanish, but German is an important language economically and there is a real danger that if something is not done its decline could become a self fulfilling prophecy.  “There needs to be some urgent action taken or promotion like the Lidl scholarship, to turn the tide.”German speakers are going to be so few and far between it could make them very employable. “If we cut that off we are going to do ourselves some damage.  As a trading partner Germany are just as important as they always.”Lidl’s UK CEO Christian Härtnagel said: “As a British supermarket with roots in Germany, we saw this opportunity as a great fit and are incredibly proud to be working with Oxford to support both undergrad and graduate students of German.” read more

ITV to make Downton in the city as they announce adaptation of

ITV is to make a show which is tipped to be the “new Downton Abbey”, set in London and featuring the secrets of the 19th century upper-class.The new programme, Belgravia, written by Julian Fellowes, who also wrote Downton is currently in casting and set to film in the spring. It has been rumoured that it could have cast crossovers with the hit period drama.It will be co-produced by Carnival Films, the producers of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey, and US premium TV network Epix, with Lord Fellowes adapting it for the screen.The story centres on events set in motion on the evening of the Battle of Waterloo at a society ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond, involving the Trenchard family, whose lives change forever.Many have drawn comparisons between the novel which the new show is based on and Downton. When the book was released in 2016, commentators on Twitter noted that it was “Kind of a Downton Abbey in the 19th century.”Another said: “Different family, different time, same Downton style”.ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill said: “We’re delighted to be reuniting with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Carnival Films to produce Belgravia for ITV. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It’s a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London with some wonderful characters spanning two generations at its heart.”Gareth Neame, executive producer at Carnival Films, said Lord Fellowes is a “master storyteller”.”In Belgravia he has painted a wonderful backdrop of 19th century society against which intrigue and dynastic power struggles will play out,” he said.”We are delighted to be partnering with ITV once again and look forward to working with Epix to introduce US audiences to this fantastic event series.”Lord Fellowes published Belgravia in 2016 and it was also serialised online for listeners. read more

Australia gets competitive edge from diversity

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, says Australia’s cultural diversity is good for business.Speaking at the Ethnic Communities Council (ECC) of NSW’s 40th anniversary dinner last week, Senator Fierravanti-Wells said in an increasingly globalised economy, diversity was an advantage.“Our diversity means Australia can be more productive, invent new ways of doing business with the world, create new opportunities and boost our trade and investment enterprises,” she said.“It means we can confidently shake hands with far more of the world and its peoples.“Migration can, and has, delivered social and economic strength, prosperity and unity and continues to contribute to a thriving and cohesive economy.Senator Fierravanti-Wells – who has special responsibility for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services – said Australia’s successful social cohesiveness did not happen by chance.“It is a big task but Government cannot do it alone and nor can civil society,” she said. “We need well connected, expert partners in the community such as the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW.”The senator said that more than 7.5 million migrants have arrived in Australia since the end of WWII, including some 800,000 under humanitarian programs, and that “helping them settle into their new country requires the active support from all Australians.” Speaking of the ECC, she said the organisation had played a part in “steadfastly building up our national competitive advantage. This national effort helps bring us closer together.” last_img read more

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Defeat Winchester Lose To Arlington In Close Games

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (5-2) defeated Winchester by a score of 4-2 on Monday, May 6, 2019.Scoring was a premium, with all of the scoring coming in the third and fourth innings.In the top of the third, after Kacie Bourrell reached on an error and Jenna Sweeney reached on a bunt, Ashley Crawford (2 RBI) cleared the bases with a double to left center. Bella Kieran (1 RBI) later hit her own double plating Crawford.In the top of the fourth, right fielder Gianna Brunetto reached on a single and then stole second base. Brunetto reached third on a drop third strike to Kayla Bourrell. Kacie Bourrell (1 RBI) executed a very nice safety squeeze scoring Brunetto for the Wildcats 4th run.The Wildcats immediately gave back two runs in the bottom of the inning via a couple of singles and a defensive mistake. From then on, pitcher Ally Moran closed the door finishing up with 12 strikeouts along the way.Second baseman Jenna Sweeney led the way defensively with 6 putouts.—WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (5-3) was defeated by Arlington High by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.The Wildcats came out early and scored three in the first inning.  The first three batters — Jenna Sweeney, Ashley Crawford and Ally Moran — reached base on two walks and a hit batter.  After Bella Kieran struck out, Ryan Bailey ripped and RBI single to center plating Sweeney. Chase Andersen walked to load the bases again.  Kayla Burrell singled scoring Crawford and Tori Gemellaro (running for Moran).Bella Kieran was called out at the plate in a controversial call negating a big scoring chance for Wilmington in the sixth.In the seventh, Kayla Bourrell reached on an error and immediately stole second.  She scored on a defensive error by the Spy Ponders’ right fielder. Unfortunately, the Wildcats had runners on first and second but could not get the timely hit they desperately needed.The Wildcats also made some errors on routine during the day.  There was a lack of communication on some plays which resulted in the ball just dropping between the players.“The plate umpire had a small strike zone today,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “Both pitchers threw a lot of  pitches especially in the first inning… Arlington was just more patient at the plate today.”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… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats’ Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Win Over NewburyportIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

Lawmakers Weigh Exempting Alaska From Daylight Saving Time

first_imgA state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would exempt Alaska from daylight saving time.Download AudioThe bill, from Sen. Anna MacKinnon, moved from the Senate State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.It would exempt Alaska from the annual time change beginning in 2017. That means Alaska would be five hours behind the East Coast, instead of four hours behind, from about March to November.MacKinnon told the committee that there are health impacts associated with changing the clocks each spring and fall, and she wants to help Alaskans avoid those. Those include increased rates of heart attacks, suicide and traffic accidents in the spring, she said.Under the Uniform Time Act, the state has the authority to exempt itself from daylight saving time, but not to change time zones entirely.last_img read more

Filipino Muslims set to approve autonomy law

first_imgMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members secure Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on the southern island of Mindanao on 29 July 2018. Nearly 100,000 members of the Philippines` largest Muslim rebel group gathered on 29 July to discuss a landmark law granting them autonomy, expressing hope it would make their `dream of peace` a reality. — AFPLeaders of the Philippines’ mainstream separatist group on Sunday urged Muslims in the country’s south to support a new autonomy law designed to tackle extremism and defuse a half-century of conflict in a referendum later this year.The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with the government four years ago, gathered tens of thousands of supporters from all over the southern province of Mindanao to its base to begin a massive campaign for the law’s approval.President Rodrigo Duterte last signed the new autonomy legislation, called Bangsamoro Organic Law, allowing self-rule for Muslims in 2022, hoping to end a conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people and displaced 2 million.“Our real journey toward self-determination is just starting,” Mohagher Iqbal, the rebel group’s chief negotiator, told Reuters by telephone, saying there are still challenges ahead that could stop the implementation of the law.Speaking earlier to thousands of supporters, including women and children, he asked them to vote for the approval of the law expanding the territories covered by the Muslim autonomous area in the south, although he warned of some potential obstacles.“We still don’t know if there are groups or individuals who will question the new autonomy law before the Supreme Court,” he told a cheering crowd in a speech livestreamed on social media. Supporters chanted “Allahu Akbar” and “Yes to BOL” in the rebel camp in the middle of coconut and banana groves.In 2008, close to a million people were displaced in central Mindanao region when violence erupted after the Supreme Court canceled a deal on ancestral domain with the MILF. A small but more radical splinter rebel group has since emerged, and has aligned with pro-Islamic State militant forces.MILF leaders said they are trying to avoid a similar episode that could lead to extremist groups taking hold in the south. The rebel group is expected to dominate the 80-member Bangsamoro transition government that will be formed after the referendum.The Bangsamoro area includes part of the Philippines’ second-largest island of Mindanao, and a chain of dozens of small islands to the west notorious for piracy and banditry.An estimated five million Muslims live in the region, which has the predominantly Catholic nation’s lowest levels of employment, income, education and economic development.The United Nations, European Union, United States and Japan welcomed the passing of the new autonomy law, hoping for an end to violence and a start to the region’s economic reconstruction.last_img

Threatened by Sprawling Houston Wetlands Will be protected by Oil Companys Gift

first_img 00:00 /01:24 Listen Jerod Foster, Nature ConservancyA prairie that is part of 1,800 acres purchased for conservation To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Drive south from Houston down highway 288 and you will pass thousands of new homes.But about half-way to the coast, you’ll also pass some of the most environmentally valuable forests, prairies and wetlands anywhere in Texas.“That’s pristine land,” says Steve Pastor.Pastor is president of  BHP Billiton’s oil operations based in Houston. BHP Billiton is an international mining company headquartered in Australia.“Clearly as Houston continues to grow, you’ve got folks moving out to the southwest. We want to make sure we did our part to protect that for future generations,“ Pastor tells News 88.7.To that end, BHP Billiton is giving $8 million to buy 1,800 acres of that pristine land in Brazoria County. It’s a project by the Nature Conservancy, a national land and water conservation group. Laura Huffman is the group’s Texas director.“This is not going to be a preserve that’s closed off. This is going to be a preserve that we want to showcase,“ says Huffman.Jerod Foster, Nature ConservancyThe newly-acquired acreage is part of the Columbia Bottomlands ProjectShe says work is underway to build a pavilion so busloads of kids can see the flora and fauna up close. But it’s just a start. Huffman says they have a goal of securing some 36,000 more acres in the area to ensure the delicate habitat is permanently protected from development. But she says that’ll only happen with more private funding.“This is a large gift (from BHP Billiton) that allowed us to achieve large scale conservation. And that would be the encouragement to other companies, think about this at scale. “The project is officially called the Columbia Bottomlands Project and should be open to the public in about two years. X Sharelast_img read more

8 Ways To Spend A Day Off In Houston

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael Hagerty/Houston Public Media Listen 00:00 /00:00center_img X Remember Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? That suburban Chicago high-schooler sure packed a lot into one day.That got us wondering – if you took a day off from work, school, or some other necessary but occasionally soul-sucking drudgery, how would you spend it in Greater Houston? One perfect Houston day off. Where would you go? What would you see, hear, eat, or do?In the audio above, we listen to your suggestions along with some ideas from the Houston Chronicle’s Maggie Gordon (our idea for this segment came from an article she wrote in 2018).Here’s just a few suggestions from our listeners:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe replica space shuttle Independence outside Space Center Houston.1. Get lost in space. Spend the day at NASA — Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center — have dinner at the original Ninfa’s on Navigation, and then take their free shuttle over to an Astros game. — Jennifer2. Go underground. Get lost in the downtown tunnel system and snack on the food at the various restaurants there. — Rebecca3. Learn and eat. Alternate between museums and amazing Ethiopian restaurants all day. – MarcMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaA view of the guns on the deck of the Battleship Texas.4. Experience local history. Visit the San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship Texas (they’re right next to each other). – Buster5. Do grownup things. Wander around the downtown Spec’s. It’s Disneyland for grownups. — AnnapoorniMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaHouston’s Beer Can House, a home adorned with more than 50,000 beer cans.6. Appreciate local beer, beer cans, and art. Visit the Orange Show and the Beer Can House. Then hang out in the park outside the Menil Collection if it’s nice. And then tour a local brewery. – Christen7. Explore public art. Tour local statuary – such as the numerous pieces along Buffalo Bayou Park and Mount Rush Hour – and the city’s many murals along the way. – TeresaMichael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaPaintings by artist Mark Rothko are the focal point of the meditative space inside the Rothko Chapel.8. Spend a night (or a day) at the museum. Visit the city’s Museum District and its numerous institutions, like the Rothko Chapel, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, and the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University – JesseWhat’s your idea of the perfect day off in Houston? Share yours at talk@houstonmatters.org.James HesterThe Twilight Epiphany Skyspace by artist James Turrell at Rice University. Sharelast_img read more

Art is all that matters

first_imgIn an initiative to bring the finest works of some renowned artists to an art lover’s disposal, a new group paintings exhibition titled ‘Creative Six’ is being held at the Creativity Art Gallery in the national Capital. The exhibition which began on January 25 will be on till February 15. It features the works of extremely talented artists – Farhad Hussain, Gegorge Martin PJ, Kishore Roy, Krishnendu Poral, Jagmohan Bangani and Tejinder Kanda, will include relief prints, dry pints, collographs and lithographs.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What happens when you bring six creative minds under the same roof? It is a potpourri of colours, emotions and imagination. Six artists are showcasing their works which are carefully handpicked. The personalities, who are being associated with ‘Creativity Art Gallery’, touch different subjects that will connect with the art lovers. Visual treats are by Tejinder Kanda whose strong strokes come together to form song and dance or depict a scene from around your everyday surroundings. Shekhar Jhamb, director, Creativity Art Gallery expressed his motto very aptly. He said: “The aim of the gallery is not only to bring forward good artists but artists who think differently. We want to imprint these artists in the minds of the masses and help ignite aspiring artists as well. When that happens, I’ll feel I’m on the right track”.WHERE: Creativity Art GalleryWHEN: January 25 to February 15TIME: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more