23 September 2010A United Nations treaty designed to empower people to uphold their economic, social and cultural rights edged closer to entering into force today when one country ratified it and two others signed the document. Spain ratified the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on the third day of the annual treaty event at UN Headquarters in New York, bringing to three the number of ratifications so far. The protocol requires the endorsements of 10 States to become operational.Kazakhstan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed the protocol, bringing the number of signatories to 35.The protocol allows the Committee overseeing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to receive complaints from individuals or groups within a State Party concerning alleged violations of the rights defined by the covenant. They include the rights to work, to social security, to education and to adequate standard of living, among other entitlements.The DRC also signed the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea today, and acceded to three other treaties – the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; and the UN Convention against Corruption. read more

Homi Kharas of Pakistan has been appointed as lead author and Executive Secretary for the High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’ Mr. Kharas is currently a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Global Economy and Development Program of the Brookings Institution, an independent think tank in Washington, DC. He also has 26 years of experience with the World Bank.He will be responsible for the report of the High-Level Panel, tasked with providing recommendations on a global post-2015 agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries and with the fight against poverty and sustainable development at its core. In addition to its 23 members, the Panel’s three co-chairs are President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. In addition, the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina J. Mohammed, will serve on the Panel in an ex officio capacity.The Panel will hold its first meeting on 25 September on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly. Its report is expected to be submitted to the Secretary-General by 31 May 2013. read more

Career Wendy Turnbull+249393 Helena Sukova+3304104 Peak Net WinsHighest Singles RankWTA Singles TitlesSlam Finals Caroline Wozniacki+3131272 Jana Novotna*+2982244 Pam Shriver+3473211 Elena Dementieva+2573162 Manuela Maleeva Fragniere+2903190 The best without a SlamFemale players with the most net wins (wins minus losses) at any point in their careers when they had not won a singles Grand Slam, 1968-2017 Jelena Jankovic+2451151 Zina Garrison+3274111 Agnieszka Radwanska+2932201 In tennis, the most prestigious players are those who win Grand Slams. The next best? On the women’s circuit, it’s Caroline Wozniacki, the 27-year-old from Denmark who’s now ranked second in the world.Of all the women in tennis, no non-Slam champ has been as good as Wozniacki, who played in her first Grand Slam final in 2009 and is now in the Australian Open semifinals. She has a 541-223 record, according to the WTA, which gives her a winning percentage of 71 percent. If any Slam-less active players compare to Wozniacki, it’s Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska, whose highest career rankings were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and who each played in at least one Grand Slam final. But Wozniacki’s overall accomplishments are more impressive, as she’s won more WTA singles titles and put up a better overall win percentage.There have only been a handful of female players in the Open era of tennis history to win as much as Wozniacki has without lifting a Slam trophy. To measure this, we looked at the net wins (wins minus losses) of all players since 1968 through last year’s U.S. Open, and then found the point in their careers where they had the most net wins but zero Grand Slams. Only Pam Shriver, Helena Sukova and Zina Garrison — all of whom played primarily in the 1980s — reached a higher mark than Wozniacki. While Sukova’s career may be the most disappointing — she lost two Australian Open finals and two U.S. Open finals — Wozniacki has won more titles than any other player on this list. Through 2017 U.S. Open. Main draws only.*Peak set during a Grand Slam tournament the player ultimately won.Sources: Tennis Abstract, WTA Wozniacki may yet win a Slam, earning her way off this list much like the late Jana Novotna did. The Czech player had peak net wins of +298 before she finally broke through at Wimbledon in 1998 and won her first singles Slam at age 29. She would retire the following year. More recently, Kim Clijsters was at +239 net wins when she finally won a Slam at the 2005 U.S. Open — her fifth finals appearance.Wozniacki can perform at her best just about anywhere. The most difficult surface for her has been grass, but she still managed to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon six times in her career, including last year. At the French Open, she twice reached the quarterfinals. Her present run to the Australian Open semifinals ties her best there. The most competitive Wozniacki of all showed up at the U.S. Open, where she lost two finals, one to Clijsters and the other to Serena Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career.Wozniacki’s Grand Slam drought seems unlikely, especially when she’s compared to her rivals. Others with thinner resumes already have won Slams. Take Garbiñe Muguruza, who has won two Grand Slam titles but has a lower winning percentage than Wozniacki. The same can be said of Petra Kvitova, who won twice at Wimbledon. Perhaps most improbable of all: Jelena Ostapenko, who won her first Grand Slam title at last year’s French Open. She was 20 years old at the time and had never made it past the third round at a major before winning the title.So why hasn’t Wozniacki won? She is hardly a choker. The main reason, it seems, is that her tennis is oriented more around defense — sprinting and hitting medium-pace shots — than offense. But in tennis, defensive players can get into trouble when they run into someone with a hot offensive game — which is nearly impossible to beat. Take Serena Williams, who has a better, and more consistent, offense than anyone in the game. Wozniacki has played Williams 11 times and lost 10 matches, including two at the U.S. Open (a semifinal and a final). Wozniacki has lost to Venus Williams seven times and beaten her only once.At the Australian Open, Wozniacki has her best chance yet to end her Grand Slam title drought. She’s already managed one miracle. In the second round, she beat the unseeded Croatian Jana Fett, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Wozniacki trailed 5-1 in the third set and faced two match points before winning six straight games. “I felt like I was one foot out of the tournament,” Wozniacki said.If Wozniacki reaches the final, she’ll be playing against Angelique Kerber or Halep. Over her career, she’s 5-8 against Kerber and 4-2 against Halep. Either opponent would set up a classic match, giving her an excellent chance to go from runner-up to champion. And whether she wins or loses here, there is a record that Wozniacki is very likely to break soon. If she takes over the No. 1 ranking, the gap between the last time she was the WTA’s top-ranked player and this time would be the longest stretch since the rankings were introduced in 1975. It’s not worth a Grand Slam title, but it’s not bad, either. read more

The town is suffering from severe drought, with virtually no rain in seven months and farmers suffering serious hardship as they come into summer. That is, except when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly in for a royal visit, bringing the British weather with them. In this remote rural town of Australia, according to locals, each day brings two virtual certainties: no one famous will ever visit, and no rain will fall. The Duke and Duchess, who visited the reason partly to raise awareness about the plight of farmers, were instead… The Duke and Duchess, who visited Dubbo on the second day of their tour of Australia, were hit by torrential rain and thunderstorms, in the first full downpour in months. 

“What’s particularly interesting is that many Victorian readers may have first encountered Dickens not through his own work, but through one of these imitations.”There were many titles produced, which indicate that they were incredibly popular.”Lloyd was born into a poor family in Thornton Heath, South London, but built a family trust believed to be worth more than £100 million before he died in 1890. From his publishing house just off Fleet Street, he helped create the first mass readership for fiction with so-called “penny dreadfuls” aimed at the working classes. He also owned Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, a Sunday paper which became the first to sell a million copies. 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. Charles Dickens was “outraged” by cheap parodies of his novels which made a Victorian publisher a fortune, a new book reveals. With titles such as “Oliver Twiss”, “Nickelas Nickelbery” and “The Penny Pickwick”, the books were produced by Edward Lloyd to cash in on Dickens’s soaring popularity in the 19th Century.He was sued by Dickens for “fraudulent imitation”, but the case failed and there were no laws to stop him selling the knockoffs until The Copyright Act of 1842. A new book called Edward Lloyd and His World: Popular Fiction, Politics and the Press in Victorian Britain explores Lloyd’s influence on Victorian Britain. Co-author Professor Rohan McWilliam, of Anglia Ruskin University, told the BBC: “Dickens was outraged that other authors and publishers were making money from his creations, but he was unable to get a judge to ban them. read more

Kiril Lazarov could win the title of TOP scorer of the IHF World Championship 2017 even with three matches less than some of the players! The Macedonian handball king, record holder with 92 goals on WCh 2009 in Croatia, ended competition on 50 goals with eighth-final loss against Norway.The closest contenders who are still in competition, Norwegians Sander Sagosen and Kristian Bjornsen netted 36 goals each and need very efficient last two matches to overcome FC Barcelona Lassa star.Croatian playmaker Luka Cindric and Norwegian line-player Bjarte Myrhol netted 32, best Slovenian scorer is Gasper Marguc with 31, while first French is Kentin Mahe with 28. ← Previous Story Norwegians announce awards for medals! Next Story → France – Slovenia 15:12

first_imgMutuelles : les médicaments bientôt remboursés selon leur efficacité ?France – La Mutualité Française vient d’annoncer dans Le Parisien qu’elle souhaite abandonner le barème de la Sécurité Sociale pour se baser uniquement sur les résultats des médicaments.Dans son édition du 18 août, Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France a publié une interview du docteur Jean-Martin Cohen-Solal, directeur général de la Mutualité Française, qui regroupe la plupart des mutuelles de notre pays. Le docteur Cohen-Solal y annonce le projet majeur de ce groupe : abandonner le barème de la Sécurité Sociale, pour rembourser les médicaments uniquement selon leur efficacité prouvée.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Pour cela, les mutuelles se baseront sur les études de la Haute autorité de santé, qui établit un barème du “service médical rendu” pour chaque médicament. Ces informations jusqu’ici confidentielles sont désormais accessibles à la Mutualité Française grâce à une autorisation de la Cnil.Cette réforme annoncée inquiète le Collectif interassociatif de la santé, qui craint la création de mutuelles low-cost qui ne rembourseraient que les médicaments jugés les plus efficaces.Le 19 août 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThis is the season for catching up with Academy Award nominees, but some future prizewinners never make it to the multiplex.That’s what independent cinema is for. Starting this weekend and continuing for the next several weeks, the Liberty in Camas and the Kiggins in downtown Vancouver have found ample time in their busy schedules to screen the great, award-nominated movies that won’t get the widespread attention they surely deserve — simply because they’re short features, not full-length ones.This is the 13th year that the so-called “Oscar Shorts,” most of which are between five and 30 minutes long, have been bundled for movie-theater viewing. The Academy Awards themselves are set for the evening of March 4, so you’ve got time to take in these little films before the big award ceremony names final favorites.Both the Kiggins and the Liberty plan to screen these gems as many times as possible before March 4, and schedules beyond Feb. 15 have yet to be finalized, so make sure to check the theaters’ websites for your latest options.Three genres of short films are on tap: Live-action movies, animated features and documentaries. But Richard Beer, programming director at the Kiggins and a short-film connoisseur who takes in hundreds every year as he helps curate the offerings for various local and regional film festivals, said he’s aware of two basic approaches to making short films.One is limited and predictable. “I call them gag films,” Beer said. “You set something up, you knock it down. There’s the banana peel, there’s the slip. They’re like Benny Hill skits.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been discussing Paul Pogba’s recent return to form in the last few weeks.The Frenchman has seen a resurgence since Jose Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the former Juventus star has scored five goals and provided four assists in six games under the Norwegian.Zlatan said of Pogba’s revival, according to ESPN:“We are seeing [a] more happy Paul, more free Paul, more ‘do whatever you want to do,’ and he is succeeding with things now.”“It’s like new energy, new blood came in, and now he is playing like he knows how to play. And we know who Pogba is, and this is the Pogba we are seeing.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“When you play, happiness is very important, because when you feel stuck in a situation, you don’t express yourself 100 percent and play 100 percent.”Ibrahimovic, who won the 2018 MLS Newcomer of the Year award after finding the back of the net 22 times in 27 games after arriving to the Major League Soccer (MLS) in March, recently re-signed a new contract with the Galaxy for the 2019 season.last_img read more

first_imgVolunteers have banded together to raise money and in-kind donations to rebuild a popular Mount St. Helens-area warming shelter that was destroyed by a fire April 9.The Marble Mountain Sno-Park Shelter at the most popular snow park in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was the last vehicle-accessible area where winter recreationists could park to begin their trek up the mountain during deep snow levels, said Chris Strebig, a forest spokesman. It had been used for about 20 years.“It’s kind of the end of the season for snowmobiling and that kind of stuff, but obviously people would like to get the shelter back in place by next year because it’s the busiest snow park we have. On weekends, the parking lot is full.”The next highest point up from the shelter where recreationists can park is Climbers’ Bivouac, which is expected to be covered by snow until early July, Strebig said.The Trac Riders, Mount St. Helens Institute, the U.S. Forest Service and other recreational user groups hope to rebuild the shelter by November. They are seeking donations of $130,000, plus in-kind materials and labor.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Ready for a debate? Make that two!Wilmington Community Television (WCTV), the Lowell Sun, and the Wilmington Apple have organized debates for the State Representative candidates vying for the 19th Middlesex District seat.The Republicans candidates — Erin Buckley and Pina Prinzivalli — will debate on Tuesday, August 21 at 7pm. The debate will be moderated by Robert Hayes of the Wilmington Apple.The Democratic candidates — Erika Johnson, Mark Kratman, Mike McCoy, Judy O’Connell, and Dave Robertson — will debate on Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm. The debate will be moderated by Tom Zuppa of the Lowell Sun.Debates will be held at WCTV’s Studio at 10 Waltham Street in Wilmington.The debates will air live on WCTV’s Government Channel (Comcast 22 and Verizon 38). The debates will also stream on WCTV.org and through the WCTV App (available in Google Play Store and Apple App Store).Wilmington Community Television is currently investigating how the debates may also air on local access television in Tewksbury.WCTV will be releasing additional information about the debates in the coming weeks, including how residents of both towns can have a say in the questions the candidates are asked.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 RACE: Debate Set For October 25 At Wilmington HighIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: How To Submit Your Questions For The DebatesIn “Government”Wilmington Selectmen & School Committee Debates Set For April 4In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Middle School has released its Quarter 2 Honor Roll for the 2018-2019 school year.Grade 8High HonorsCasey AhlinSarah ArrudaNikhitha BijuAllison BolanosMallory BrownSarah BryanKarianne CalvoniIsabella CatalanoAva DeProfioAlexis EdwardsAntonio EricksonAustin FarrellEric FischerCameryn ForesythThomas GarganRachel GeorgeRachel GonzalezEmily GrayLuis GuneraCarolyn Haas-TimmElisabeth HaydukKaelin HealySara HughesJulia KaneLindsey KaneRyan KanihanNikos KossAudrey LaConteRachel LangevinSofia LipsanopoulosPaige LipskiColleen LoganKammi LucotSrikar MallajosyulaCarlie MalonsonMarni McBrideDillon McGrathJohn McNamaraOwen MitchellMichael MonteforteTyler NguyenCarina O’DonnellAryan PatilIsabella PiazzaAudrey PowersEmily ProvostKatrina RiekstinsEthan RyanKassidy SmithDylan TranEmily TranMatthew VillaltaElla WingateConnor WoodHonor RollSofia Skye AlmeidaNicholas AtwaterColleen BaldiEmily BanksBrian BarryNatalia BernardKylee BevisRyan BornsteinLexi BowenGriffin CarrNoah CarriereAlyssa CavanaughLukas ChariniJessica CollinsSydney CollinsGrace ConstantineAnabelle CookJulia CoxSamantha CroninOwen CushingJonathan DaltonSebastien DeVerbigier De Saint-PaulAlisha DiNuccioColin DiPesaBrett EbertRose EbertDaniel EpieSean FalveyDominic FeeneyJustin FinneganKaitlyn FinneganShae FitzgeraldKayla FlynnLily FlynnCameron GagnonMarissa GallozziKylie GatesCaitlyn GeorgeLucas GorhamBrayden GorskiAlexa GrazianoRyan HaydenCourtney HowellBraden HuddlestonLauryn HurleyMichael IngsEmma JensenCalvin LemayCooper LoiselLorianna LuongoLiam LydonAva MacGilvrayAiden MacLeodKaytlyn MacPhersonJonathan MagliozziKatie ManjouridesMadelyn McCarronJoseph McCauleyDennis McConologueJaelin MitchellRoman MorettiSarah NilleReegan NobleCarlena OsgoodJared ParksRylie PattersonMadison QuintonErica RaimoTracy RaimoPaige RiveraJacob RoqueJake RussoMoaid SaidTyler SheehanThomas SicaAadarssh SivakumarTiffanie SmithMatthew SteinmetzLaine StockmanPatrick StokesRyan ThomasEvan UftringMia VestalJonathan VlamisRyan WillsonElla WingBrenna YoungBurke ZimmerMarjorie ZimmerGrade 7High HonorsLindsay AnthonyJulia ArcherMantvydas BaneviciusThomas BurnsMegan CaliNathan CardinEllianna ChronopoulosAntonia Di ZoglioBrianne DillonSofia DiNataleEmily DohertyMichael DynanHannah FinbergJosephine FinbergAnuj GandhiGracy GiammarcoAnna JancsicsCaroline JenksSamar JoharSiddharth KaraniJames KeckKyla KelleyEmerson KeohaneEmily KitanovClyde LambertAlexandra LavigneMolly MacDonaldKelci MacKenzieLily MacKenzieMaryellen McMahonAlexis MelvinJaycee MitchellAdrienne MooreNathan MurrayMollie OsgoodSofia PitzenKeira RiceCharles RooneyNeda StoevaKeira SullivanCassandra TibbettsPriscilla VoRachel WrightAdam YalcinHonor RollJuliana AngiuoniJace AveryMadison BenoitJake BourgeoisThomas BradleyShaylan BresnahanSamantha BryanHannah BrysonCiara CameronChristian CarpinellaAndrew CastelliKatelyn CirameConnor CraneLuca CudiaMaria CummingsKayleigh CunninghamRobert CyrAdam DavisSophia DeHartAva DeOliveiraMichael DeRoseAlison DohertyAbigail DriscollRobert ElliottTeandra Encarnacion CespedesAlexia EngvaldsenEmma FlynnJonathan ForesythPaige FullerJoseph GalvinAlissa GanleyAlicia GardnerEmerson GloverMorgan GloverTiago GomezEmily GraceBruce Green AudetteAidan GuyetteAustin HarperAbigail HassellCourtney HealyPatrick HounsellNikolaos IasconeIsabel JordanTyler KaszubaAlex KennedyAva KennedyEthan KennedyGabrielle KulevichSara KulisEricka L’EsperanceDaniel LagunillaAndrew LambSophia LaVitaColin LawsonAndrew MaiellaJoseph MalvoneJessica MartinsonBenjamin MarvinMichael McCarthyTatum McDonaldDaniel McElligottJohn McLaughlinJake McLeanLayne MillerSamantha MillerNicole MorelloMatthew MozuchKatherine MurphyRyan MurphyKekoa NarcisChristopher O’DonellLily O’MalleyEva OppedisanoEric PackerRyan PapineauLauryn ParrSean PatroneMolly RasphoumyAva RegaElsa RichardsCharles RosaRiley RourkeMadelynne SainatoAvis SamahaNicholas SamahaPhoebe SassoneLindsay ScaleseOlivia SolariMia StryhalaleckJulee SuttonPatrick TassoneCarly ThayerEmma-Rose ToomeySarthak TripathiJoseph WallaceGrace WalshMolly WalshMackenzie WareAnna WarfordRyan WeinsteinJake WitaliszBenjamin WrightAlex ZouGrade 6High HonorsNoor AbdullaEmma AlworthJason AshcraftLily-Grace AugustineSpencer BagtazAyden BalterJordan BornsteinElla BrennanLyla BuiMeredith CardDean CiampaAlyssa CostantielloAbby CournoyerSydney CraneAbigail De Los ReyesKaylie DiMatteo-LozierBrynne EbertAxel EricksonMadison FentonKate FlynnAmelia FotiJodie FowlerJustin GambaleJohn GibbonsSabrina GrayKatherine HaoKaylee HeffernanAnthony HeighamAustin JagelerBenjamin JamiesonTaya JonesGillian KaneJames KilburnCasey LanaganAndrew LaquidaraSebastien LaurenceauThomas LewisVeronika LoshakAlyssa MahoneyAlexandra MalleyKayla MasonAmelia MatzkeEmma McClymerKeilah McConnellAbigail MitchellKaleb MolinaJulia MurphyMatthew NewhouseMeagan O’LearyHaylie PeraultKylie PlowmanLia PriceEleanor RagsdaleLorraina RaposaEthan SchoenholtzMarisol ShapiroKokoro ShinoharaVibhush SivakumarLuka SkorputDerek SunJacklyn SuttieKyra TurnerCelia VindiceJustin WalkerKatherine WangDelaney WardDylan WardEmma XavierHonor RollIvone AirosoAndrew AlmedaAshvin BakerEmily BarryCheyenne BjorkKiley BloomEva BoudreauJack BourqueMatthew BreenHaley BridgeJennifer BroganTessa CappioneIsadora CarvalhoNicole ClarkeJillian CollinsDarion ConsidineElla CormierErin CornellHaley CournoyerEmily CroninMatthew DallGiselli De OliveiraAllesandra DelgenioNicholas DiGiovanniFaith DillonTerry DingAva DinittoSkylar DriscollJonathan Escobar RodriguezEmily EstradaGianna FiorenzaBrendan FitzgeraldGabriella FitzgibbonsTyler FlorencioKyle GabareeNicholas GattineriJillian GouldAlivia GrazianoFrancesco GriecoJoseph GronemeyerDomenic GuistiZachary GuyetteChloe HarbertIsabella HartUriel Hernandez OsornoRebecca HughesAddyson HuntLeila HurleyDestinee JeantyCameron JenksCameron KelleyMick KeoganMadeline KruegerLincoln LevesqueMadeline LongMolly LydonZachary MacKeilSydney MacPhersonTyler MarinhoCallie McCauleyBrady McLaughlinSeamus McNallyDevin MedeirosNatalie MorettiJulia MorinDominic MosherJack MurphyDominic NaimoLilly O’HearnDaniel O’MahonyDiana PearsonKurtis PowersRyan QuammeGianna RagoWilliam RestucciaMohaned SaidMichael SmaroffSophia TassinariShane TassoneZack TimmonsDavid ToporZachary TranShubhangi TripathiJacob TuckerBrennan WalshMichael WareKeira WarfordEric Zou(NOTE: The above Honor Roll was submitted by Wilmington Middle School.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Middle School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”Wilmington High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Announces Third Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgHandmaids gather in the rain in an episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which won 2017’s Emmy for best drama.  George Kraychyk/Hulu Hulu has crossed 28 million subscribers, the streaming-video service said Wednesday, up from the 25 million it disclosed in an end-of-year recap in January. Hulu has been on a discount blitz in the last six months. In November, it offered a 99-cent-a-month rate for new subscribers to its ad-supported tier in the first year, which at the time cost $8 monthly. In February, Hulu dropped this plan’s standard cost by $2 to $5 a month. And then in March, it kicked off a new bundle with Spotify, basically letting anyone who subscribed to the music-streaming service’s $10-a-month premium service also get Hulu’s ad-supported tier free. Of its total member count, 26.8 million monthly were paid subscribers and 1.3 million were promotional accounts, the company said during its Newfront presentation to advertisers in New York. Still, that’s basically one-fifth the size of Netflix, which reported 148.9 million paid members last month. Although smaller than Netflix, Hulu was one of the vanguards of streaming television. As Netflix has secured its dominance, Hulu has grappled with a crowd of rivals to be one of the other services most consumers sign up for. That competition is set to grow. Traditional Hollywood giants like Disney, Time Warner and others plan to launch their own versions of Netflix this year. 3:19 Top 5 reasons why Netflix should be scared Comment 1 Hulucenter_img Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_img-The prime suspect of the father and daughter killing in Dhaka’s Badda area has been held in Khulna.Shahin, who along with his wife and kid lived in the same flat as the victims on a sub-let, was being brought to Dhaka when this report was filed.Jamal Sheikh, 38, and his daughter Nusrat Akhter Jidny, 9, were found dead at their flat beside Moynarbagh graveyard in Badda early Thursday. According to the autopsy report, Jamal was hit by something heavy while Nusrat was strangled to death.Police said Jamal was a car driver, but he also used to lend people money on interest. He had lived in the same area with his family for the last 17 to 18 years.Their landlady Nasima Dulal said Jamal had rented the flat at Tk 7,000 per month and then rented off one of the two rooms to Shahin, who went into hiding soon after the killing.last_img read more

first_imgParents and students in East Baltimore’s 13th District Milton-Montford Community opened their doors with mixed reactions to Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) members canvassing their neighborhood this week.  Some neighbors in this community with one of the highest ratios of abandoned homes in the city were already fed up with Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). Some had already left BCPS or were in the process of leaving City Schools when BTU teachers knocked on their door.Adesha Richardson was back in her old neighborhood on a hot July afternoon when BCPS teachers Abeni Amadu and Keirstin Harrison found her on a stoop talking to a former neighbor. Richardson moved out of Baltimore to Howard County seeking better schools and more opportunities for her teenage daughter three years ago.LaShaunta Moore and her daughters ages 7 and 4. (Courtesy Photo) “The School system was going down hill and my daughter’s school had lost funding,” Richardson said. “Education is everything to me,” she said. “I miss Baltimore and would love to come back, but…education is everything to me…  I’ve got to get my daughter to college. We are speaking of Spellman for her,” added Richardson, who was impressed with the door to door campaign of the BTW.  “I love what these ladies are doing. You don’t see teachers out here in the community at all.”The Baltimore Schools for Baltimore Students campaign, a collaboration between the Baltimore Teachers Union and the Office of the Mayor hopes a person-to-person approach will help connect teachers directly with parents to listen to their concerns and to inform them of offerings they may not be aware of – like pre-kindergarten 3-year olds across the city. Forty teachers have been canvassing the city each night and all-day Saturday, intent on connecting with parents, students and neighbors across the city.LeShaunta Moore, considered pulling her 7-year-old daughter, Taylor, out of Baltimore City Public Schools, because of the inadequate response of Taylor’s elementary to a series of bullying incidents, according to Moore. “We’ve been going through this bullying for five months. I went through a lot with administration trying to resolve this issue and I haven’t got any resolution,” she said.“We’re considering sending her to Hope Academy only because multiple other parents are having the same issues as well. Many of the teachers are over worked, many layoffs are coming up and the students are just packed in the classroom,” Moore said.  “All I wanted was follow-up. I just wanted someone to call me and say they were working on it,” said Moore.  “I’m not really satisfied with BCPSS at all.”Parents like Gerard Brown, who lives on Federal Street, saw the personal visit from BCPS teachers as a ray of hope in his community.  Brown, a BCPS supporter, said he was glad to hear that there were options for his three school-aged children once they reached middle and high school. “I didn’t know once they got out of elementary school that they have a choice,” said Brown, whose oldest daughter wants to become a nurse.  “I thought it was like the 90’s where her school would be assigned based on where we live.  I was glad to hear she and all my children will have opportunities beyond our neighborhood.”Amidu said that both Brown and Moore were the kinds of parents she was eager to meet in her door-to-door visits over the past month.  “For Mr. Brown, knowing about Baltimore City Public School’s School Choice program gave him hope,” Amidu said.“And although Ms. Moore has been frustrated with her school this year, there are other options, and perhaps we said something today to give her a reason to give BCPSS one more chance,” she added.Forty Baltimore City School teachers will be canvassing neighborhoods throughout the city through July 22nd.last_img read more

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comIn a time of division and racial tension in the United States, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brought unity and healing through art in their performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.From Feb. 5- 10 audiences packed into the Kennedy Center to see the renowned dance company, founded by its namesake in 1958, under the current artistic direction of Robert Battle, with famous former company member Judith Jamison serving as artistic director emerita.Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Northwest, Washington, D.C. Feb. 5-10. This photo features the District’s own Samantha Figgins and Jeroboam Bozeman. (Photo by Andrew Eccles| Courtesy Photo)The same week of the highly controversial State of the Union (SOTU) address, the history-making delivery of Stacey Abrams’ Democratic response to the SOTU as the first African American woman to do so, and the debates surrounding the trio of trouble facing Virginia’s Democratic leadership, artists of different creeds graced the stage with dances that showed struggle and pain and celebrated ingenuity, freedom and Black culture. Through movement that perfectly flowed from rigid to fluid, restricted to free, low crawls to high jumps and beautifully combined technique and emotions, audiences could forget the personal, national and international concerns and simply enjoy the cathartic nature of art and the beauty it embues.Bright, bold colors from the costumes to the lights enhanced the strong storytelling through movement by the Ailey dancers.  The Thursday Feb. 7 performance included pieces considered “Timeless Ailey” classics such as “Good Morning Blues,” “Our Father,” and “Gee Baby” and after intermission audiences were treated to the Ailey’s famous “Revelations,” which received a bunch of “amens,” random applauses throughout the performance and two standing ovations at the end.Members representing the D.M.V. area were also featured in the company such as the District’s own, Samantha Figgins, a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest, Daniel Harder of Bowie, MD, who went to Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and Jacqueline Green and Courtney Celeste Spears, both of whom attended Baltimore School of the Arts.After the show, audience members marveled at the poignancy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater- over 60 years after it was founded- in today’s American culture.“I was so happy to see this diverse audience, and I was thinking about all the things that are going on today- politics and all that.  Everything’s that’s wrong and here we are looking at something good and diverse,” Jean Lewis told the AFRO.Lewis attended the show with her longtime friend, Mary Robinson, both of whom are from Atlanta and graduates of Clark College (before it was Clark-Atlanta University), but have lived in the Washington Metropolitan Area for quite some time.“We followed them since the 60s… I remember sitting in the auditorium watching them rehearse,” Robinson said recalling when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater came to Clark College in the early 60s.  Lewis said she still had her program from Ailey coming to Clark in 1963.  The two remarked they had no idea how big of a deal it was to witness Alvin Ailey back then, but totally appreciate the legacy now.“I just love the fact that everybody loves it.  We’re all here together, Black, White, Asian and banning [together] both on the stage and in the audience.” Lewis told the AFRO. “This was amazing.”last_img read more

first_imgFragments of Garfield-shaped novelty telephones have been washing up along the coast of the Finistère region of Brittany, in northwestern France, for the last 35 years, The Guardian reported. The appearance of the battered pieces of plastic had become a daily experience. “Sometimes it was just the grinning face or the eyes” writes the Guardian. “Other times, a headless orange fat torso complete with curly wire, dialpad and plug.”The orange phones had become the bane of litter-decrying environmentalists and a symbol of our careless, throwaway society, but where they came from was a mystery. Now that mystery has finally been solved by volunteers from the local beach cleaning association Ar Viltansoù.Remote beach on the Brittany coast in FranceThis ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline has been shaped over the centuries by the Iroise Sea — part of the Atlantic Ocean and one of Europe’s most dangerous stretches of water, known for it’s strong currents and violent storms. Volunteers from the environmental group — who tirelessly pick up litter that washes up along the coast of Brittany — could not be sure of the source of “les téléphones Garfield,” though many had long suspected they came from a lost shipping container reportedly swept off a cargo ship in 1983.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsTheir suspicions were confirmed when local farmer Rene Morvan led volunteers from Ar Viltansoù to a sea cave.Claire Simonin-Le Meur, president of the environmental group, told Euronews: “At the cave opening there was a Garfield lodged in the roof, so we knew we weren’t mistaken and this was where they were.” The cartoon cat grinning down at them was in much better shape than those which washed up on the beaches.An abandoned dirty Garfield collected from a beach litter-pickMorvan approached regional newspaper FranceInfo in response to their plastic pollution campaign, AlertePollution, with a curious tale from his youth. He recalled going with his brother to see what the huge storm of 1983 had left behind. “At the time, there was a lot of things that came to us from the sea,” he said.What they found was bright orange novelty telephones scattered all over the beach. Curious, the two brothers decided to investigate. “You had to know the area well. We found a container aground in a fissure. It was open,” Morvan told FranceInfo. “Many of the things were gone, but there was a stock of phones.”And sure enough, the phones were found among the remnants of a rusting container in an isolated cave, accessible at low tide but completely submerged by the turbulent waters at high tide.Fabien Boileau, the director of the Natural Sea Park of Iroise, also spoke with journalists from Euronews after visiting the cave, where he said that the mystery was only partly solved.“We have no idea what happened at the time, where it came from, what ship it was or if one or several containers fell in the sea,” Boileau said.A 2010 USA postage stamp with an illustration of the title character of the comic strip Garfield, along with Odie the beagleThe vintage telephones were popular in the 1980s and are around 30cm (12 inches) long, with popping eyes that opened and closed. With a considerable chunk of the rusting container buried underneath rocks, making it impossible to retrieve, environmental activists have warned that the container’s discovery will not prevent the phones from polluting the beaches since they will take an unimaginable amount of time to degrade.“I cannot imagine that these phones could ever be totally destroyed, given their state of conservation after more than 30 years in the water,” Simonin-Le Meur told journalists.While the container helps solve a part of this 35-year old mystery behind the Garfield phones, environmental activists do not believe that it’s the only source of plastic pollution. For one thing, it was mostly empty; for another, the phones keep washing up onshore.Read another story from us: This 1950s Plane is About to Become a Vintage Cocktail Lounge At JFKIn 2018 alone, according to the beach cleaning group, more than 200 pieces of these phones were found. They believe that more than one shipping container filled with orange phones was lost on the night of that storm in 1983.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Slothy Sundays: A topsy-turvy world Slothy Sunday: For the love of sloths Slothy Sundays: Keeping an eye out Slothy Sunday: A lazy, sunny afternoon Did you know that sloths are some of the most common mammals in the rain forest?hough spotting a wild sloth can be a challenge (they live in trees after all), sloths are actually among the best-adapted creatures in the rain forest. The mammals spend almost their entire lives in trees, which shields them from their natural predators, and biologists estimate that sloths make up more than half the total biomass of rain forests in Central and South America. Of the six known species of sloths, only two are considered endangered — the maned sloth (Bradypus torquatus) from Brazil and the Pygmy sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), which only exists on one small island off the coast of Panama.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Aurora Expeditions’ purpose-built, X-Bow expedition ship, the Greg Mortimer, has successfully completed sea trials this week ahead of her inaugural voyage on 31 October, 2019 to Antarctica.Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions said he was delighted with the results:“We have worked in very close partnership with our expedition team to design the Greg Mortimer. Our X-Bow means faster travel, lower fuel consumption, virtually no vibrations and disruption to wildlife, which is extremely important for the remote and wild destinations we travel to.” Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. The sea trials including testing Greg Mortimer‘s system functionality, overall equipment of the ship, operational performance including comfort, vibration and noise tests and safety performance including unmanned cabin and return to port technologyThe Greg Mortimer will now undergo the final touches to her interior and exterior, and the ship’s staff and crew will begin training before the official launch and twelve-day maiden voyage, departing Ushuaia for Antarctica on 31 October 2019. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more