first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook “…KILLING EVE is relentlessly engaging and surprising where it’s least expected, making for the next must-see show of 2018.” – The Hollywood Reporter“…KILLING EVE is a gorgeous scoop of sinister.” – SalonOn Metacritic, a site that aggregates reviews, KILLING EVE currently has score of 83, making it one of the best-reviewed on the site this year. The Ringer clearly agrees, as they rank KILLING EVE among “The Best TV of 2018—So Far.”The love for the series’ first season doesn’t stop there. At the upcoming Television Critics Association Awards, KILLING EVE is up for five awards, the most nominations for any series this year. Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, while the series itself is nominated for Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Program of the Year.Sandra Oh is Back!Best known for her 10-year run as Cristina Yang on GREY’S ANTOMY, Sandra Oh makes a triumphant return to television in KILLING EVE as Eve, a quick-witted but bored MI5 security services operative whose desk job conflicts with her ambitions of being a spy. The role, which she told Vogue has “taken me 30 years to get,” has netted Oh significant praise from critics, with Salon stating “KILLING EVE belongs to Sandra Oh” and The Atlantic noting that “Oh anchors the show.” Vulture went so far as to proclaim that “the best actress on TV is KILLING EVE’s Sandra Oh” Meet Villanelle!Every cat needs its mouse and Villanelle is one psychopathic mouse. Played by Jodie Comer, Villanelle is a polished, highly skilled killer-for-hire, or as Rolling Stone describes her, “a cheeky, blithely amoral girl’s girl with a penchant for nice clothes, a deep love of her craft (i.e. brutally murdering people against a variety of European backdrops in highly creative ways) and a doomed longing for a friend who really gets her.”Vanity Fair calls the character “one of the most magnetic, roguish psychopaths in TV history.” Comer, who “is exceptional in the role,” according to The Atlantic, deserves some of credit for the acclaim, as Waller-Bridge told Rolling Stone “she didn’t so much run with the character as shoot off into space with her.”KILLING EVE premieres Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Press screeners for the first two episodes are available now (login using your media site credentials). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FLEABAG), and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, KILLING EVE is a genre-bending cat-and-mouse spy thriller starring Canadian actress Sandra Oh as Eve, an MI5 operative who is tasked with tracking down the psychopathic contract killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer, THE WHITE PRINCESS).  The critically-acclaimed suspenseful drama makes it Canadian debut Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and it’s bringing its buzz with it! Here’s why Canadians should be excited:This Trailer!Critics Love It! They Really Love It!“KILLING EVE is a funny, witty, bright show…” – Slatelast_img read more

Explaining the backstop a sticking point in Brexit debate

first_imgLONDON — Much of the opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union is about the “backstop” — a provision designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. After Brexit, the border will be the U.K.’s only land frontier with the EU.A look at the issue:WHAT’S WRONG WITH A BORDER?During the decades of violence there known as “the Troubles,” a border teeming with soldiers and paramilitaries was replete with roadblocks and checkpoints. About 3,700 people were killed between 1968 and 1998, when the Good Friday accord led to a power-sharing arrangement that quelled much of the bloodshed and made the border By all but disappear.Since both Britain and Ireland are currently part of the European Union with its single market, goods and people flow freely, with no need for customs checks. Brexit could disrupt that tranquility, upending lives and businesses, and undercutting a fragile peace process.WHAT IS MAY’S PROPOSAL?The proposed withdrawal agreement includes a “backstop” meant to ensure that a hard border does not return by keeping the U.K. in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. The agreement gives the two sides until 2022 to reach a permanent new trade deal — and says the “backstop” would come into effect only if they fail to do so.WHY DO CRITICS OPPOSE IT?Politicians favouring Brexit complain that Britain wouldn’t be able to get out of the backstop unilaterally; it can only be ended by mutual agreement. That means it could remain in place indefinitely, binding the U.K. to EU customs regulations. That would derail Britain’s efforts to strike trade deals around the world.Those who want to remain close to the EU also dislike it because it means Britain will be subject to customs and trade rules over which it has had no say.May’s allies from Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party, also object because the backstop treats Northern Ireland differently from other parts of Britain. They say that frays the bond between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon calls on Burundian Government rebels to avoid resuming hostilities

27 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern at the withdrawal of a rebel group in Burundi from arrangements to monitor the ceasefire it signed with the Government last year, calling on both sides to refrain from any actions that might lead to a resumption of hostilities. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the Palipehutu- FNL, the last rebel hold-out from a peace agreement aimed at ending years of ethnic violence in the small Central African country, to resume its participation in the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) without delay. He commended the efforts by South Africa, the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi and the African Union aimed at bringing the Burundi peace process to a successful conclusion and told his Executive Representative for Burundi to continue to work closely with these regional partners. Last September, the Burundian Government and the Palipehutu-FNL signed an agreement in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, designed to end 13 years of armed conflict between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. read more

Conductor Charles Dutoit leaves Royal Philharmonic Orchestra early amid sexual harassment claims

first_imgIt added: “The RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all its artists, musicians and staff.”Speaking to the Associated Press, four women – including retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen, and Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair – accused Dutoit of several incidents of sexual misconduct between 1985 and 2010. 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. Dutoit is currently seeking legal counsel to defend himself against the claims. In a statement released last month, he said: “The allegations made against me are as shocking to me as they are to my friends and colleagues. I do not recognise the man or the actions being described in the media.”Whilst informal physical contact is commonplace in the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the serious accusations made involving coercion and forced physical contact have absolutely no basis in truth.”center_img The artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has left his post almost two years earlier than planned, amid allegations of historic sexual assault. The RPO yesterday confirmed that Charles Dutoit, 81, has resigned with immediate effect, following “allegations of inappropriate conduct”. In December, the Swiss conductor was accused of sexually assaulting three opera singers and a classical musician.Dutoit, who has strongly denied the allegations, had previously agreed that he would not appear with the orchestra “for the immediate future”, and had planned to resign from his post as artistic director and principal conductor in October 2019.In a statement, the RPO explained that the decision to bring forward his resignation was made following an emergency board meeting, which concluded that “the protracted uncertainty and media reporting makes Mr Dutoit’s position with the Orchestra untenable.”In the coming months, the statement continued, “A roster of distinguished guest conductors will undertake Charles Dutoit’s future projects with the orchestra.”last_img read more

Maccabi Rishon win Israeli Super Cup

← Previous Story Uros Zorman to re-think about retirement: France 2017? We will see… Next Story → Petar Nenadic (Fuchse Berlin): We want fourth place in DKB Bundesliga Maccabi Rishon Maccabi Rishon celebrate the first trophy in the new season 2016/2017. The Yellow-Blue beat Ramat Hasharon 25:21 in the Super Cup Final after breathtaking semi-final with four extra-time periods against Hapoel Tel Aviv.The reigning champions Maccabi Tel Aviv are defeated in semis against Ramat Hasharon.

Eat at Our Table Café run by Irelands migrant community opens at

first_img Feb 17th 2018, 7:30 AM Cooking is very therapeutic. You come home to cook, and you feel different. It’s a way of therapy and to meet new people.She said this was a “community-driven project” where people of different ethnicities could meet and talk to one another.“We’re asking people to come along and support Our Table. It gives out a strong message that you can create spaces for people in Direct Provision instead of waiting.”Saturday evening, the café launch will be held from 6.30pm for invited guests, and will include food and music as well as talks from people living in Direct Provision.Welcoming the launch the cathedral’s Dean, Reverend Dermot Dunne, said that the marks and signs of a living church community were evidenced in its outreach beyond its walls to the wider community.“The cathedral’s commitment to engage with those in the Direct Provision system is evidence of just one of many social outreach programmes adopted by the cathedral.“It is a joy that one of the fruits of this outreach is the launch of the Our Table enterprise. It is good that the cathedral facilities can be used in such a productive and empowering way and I am very happy to endorse this programme,” Dean Dunne added.Read: Rise in deportations ‘worrying and stressful’ as department denies official crackdown policyRead: Stephen Rea opens pop-up café aiming to raise awareness about Direct Provision 20,695 Views Image: LittlenySTOCK via Shutterstock 55 Comments Eat at Our Table: Café run by Ireland’s migrant community opens at Christ Church “It gives out a strong message that you can create spaces for people in Direct Provision instead of waiting.” Share365 Tweet Email4 This year we decided to get a space, so we’ll be running a food store at Christ Church every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the foreseeable future.On those days, a ten-person team of volunteers will work as waiters, managers, and chefs among other jobs, to hand out food for people between 10am and 4.30pm.“If it picks up we might change it to more days,” she said. From what she had gathered from the number of RSVPs and calls she had received, she was expecting the kitchen to be “highly in demand”, she said.The idea is to highlight the problems with Direct Provision, that there’s a situation that doesn’t allow people to cook their own food or give people the right to work. Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 7:30 AM FROM THIS SATURDAY, a café will be set up in the outdoor area of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin that’s run by Ireland’s migrant communities.The project is called Our Table, and began as a pop-up kitchen in 2016 in the Project Arts Centre. It describes itself as “a community-driven, non-profit project aiming to highlight the need to end Direct Provision in Ireland”.Direct Provision is the government programme that facilitates 4,300 asylum seekers in Ireland while they wait for their applications to be processed. It gives people just under €20 a week for expenses, and houses people in hotels, which doesn’t give them cooking facilities, or the right to work.One of the founders and director of the Our Table project, Ellie Kisyombe told that after their three-month run in the Project Arts Centre, they decided to look for a more permanent residence for the project, to “facilitate change through conversation over food”. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: LittlenySTOCK via Shutterstock Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Debenhams Ireland reassures staff and customers as UK store enters administration

first_imgDebenhams Ireland reassures staff and customers as UK store enters administration The retailer has 11 Irish stores. Apr 9th 2019, 3:11 PM Image: Liam McBurney 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy The Belfast branch of Debenhams. The Belfast branch of Debenhams. Image: Liam McBurney 22,530 Views Share69 Tweet Email3 Short URL We remain focused on protecting as many stores and jobs as possible, consistent with establishing a sustainable store portfolio in line with our previous guidance Our customers, colleagues, pension holders, suppliers and landlords can be reassured that Debenhams will now be able to move forward on a stable footing.The so-called pre-packaged administration deal wipes out the stakes held by all shareholders including Ashley.The deal also axes plans for an emergency shareholder meeting in which Ashley was to seek his appointment to the board and oust most other directors.Long-established UK retailers are battling sliding consumer sentiment and Brexit uncertainty alongside the faltering economy.They also face fierce competition from the likes of online sales. – With reporting by © – AFP 2019 Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 3:10 PM DEBENHAMS IRELAND HAS moved to reassure staff and customers here that its operations will not be affected by the news that the British high street retailer has fallen into administration. The UK department store chain, whose history dates back to 1778, said in a statement today that its new owners will inject “significant” funding of £200 million into the struggling business.Debenhams plc, which has 165 stores across Britain and some 25,000 staff, appointed administrators FTI Consulting who swiftly sold it to a newly incorporated company controlled by its secured lenders.Debenhams in Ireland operated under a separate company, Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Ltd, following an examinership process in the Republic of Ireland in 2016.That process allowed the retailer to continue to operate 11 stores across Ireland employing 1,300 people. A spokesperson reiterated today that the position of  Debenhams Retail (Ireland) remains unchanged and added that the five Debenhams stores in Northern Ireland are also unlikely to be affected.  Debenhams plc had declined a last-gasp takeover bid from tycoon Mike Ashley, who owns sportswear retailer Sports Direct and had purchased collapsed department store chain House of Fraser last year.“It is disappointing to reach a conclusion that will result in no value for our equity holders,” said Debenhams chairman Terry Duddy.“However, this transaction will allow Debenhams to continue trading as normal, access the funding we need and proceed with executing our turnaround plans, whilst deleveraging the group’s balance sheet.last_img read more

Victorian councils want outdoor smoking ban

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Councils in Victoria have asked the State Government to ban smoking in all public outdoor areas. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) have already asked the Baillieu Government to ban smoking in alfresco dining areas and playgrounds, but are now asking the bands be extended to beaches, school entrances and sports grounds. This came about after a motion was put forward by local councils at a state meeting earlier this year. A government spokesperson informed Neos Kosmos that “the Minister for Health is currently speaking with a range of stakeholders regarding possible directions for anti-smoking measures in Victoria. These discussions will inform consideration of further government action in this area”. Monash counsellor, Stephen Dimopoulos told Neos Kosmos that the reason the local councils are going down the MAV line is because it’s a statewide issue and not just a matter for each council separately. “When (the Victorian Government) banned smoking in nightclubs, they didn’t just do it by municipality, they did it across the state and that’s a fairer way of doing it. So if we are to move to a situation where there is no smoking at outdoor cafes, we wouldn’t be doing it in Monash alone because then Monash businesses would suffer at the expense of businesses in Stonnington, for example,” he said. When asked if business would suffer, Cr Mary Lalios of the Municipality of Victoria told Neos Kosmos that the “same debate occurred when smoking was banned from indoor eating areas”.“The proposal is there to build upon initiatives already underway in some municipalities and takes into account research about community attitudes, adverse health impacts and potential benefits. If the state takes up the recommendations, businesses will be consulted,” Lalios said. “A key principle guiding these recommendations is giving the community the tools to determine smoke-free areas backed up by awareness raising and community development activities which promote the benefits of making some public outdoor places smoke-free. The proposal also extends to children’s playgrounds.” Lalios said although it’s an individual’s choice to smoke, a nonsmoker hasn’t chosen to be a passive smoker. “I believe that people can smoke as long as it doesn’t have detrimental effects on those around them, through passive smoking. There are national benchmarks to reduce tobacco use and these are set out in the Victorian Health Priority Framework 2012-22.” Neos Kosmos asked the readers on facebook what they thought of the smoking bans. Here’s what you said: “Bloody nanny state….. NOOOOOO! So why don’t they stop all the take away shops which provide fat food since we have so much obesity in Australia. Or maybe stop cars driving and polluting the air. Better still make us all stop farting and tax us on that (carbon tax). Why pick on the smokers? Bloody stupid government.” – Anna Stergiou-Konstantakis. “I’ve just given up the ciggies, but it was my choice. Banning outdoor smoking is ridiculous. We’re grown ups!” – John Petropoulos. “Yes and if they banned all pain then they wouldn’t need to ban smoking because no one would do it if there was just a Happy state (of mind)” – Anna Mihalaras.last_img read more

Sounds from Asia Minor concert

first_imgThe Association of Friends of Byzantine Music of South Australia, in conjunction with The South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month, invites you to their event Sounds from Asia Minor. This concert will take you on a musical journey, with Byzantine, folkloric, and urban songs beautifully arranged by the musical director Dr Demeter Tsounis. The program will include songs from Constantinople, Smyrni, Pontus, Thrace and Macedonia, performed by the choir led by Stephanos Kakoulis and accompanied by nine brilliant instrumentalists: Dr Demeter Tsounis – director and piano, Steve Papadopoulos – guitar, Michael Papacharalambous – clarinet, Michael Tyllis – oud, Mary Raptis – violin, Charlie Yarak – kanun, nei, Con Dallas – percussion, Dang Thao Nguyen – mandolin, and Rev. Stephen van der Hoek – accordion.Tickets are $25.00 When: Sunday 28 September at 6.30 pm Where: Latvian Hall 4, Clark Street, Wayville For more information, contact or Thomas Boravos 0401 477 877, John Saredakis 0419 932 555 or Nick Zissopoulos 0423 024 774 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Breast is Best

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 21, Kingston – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for mothers to consider exclusive breastfeeding of their babies for the first six months of life in order to reduce infant mortality and morbidity rates.   He noted that appropriate breastfeeding practices have the potential to lower infant mortality in children five years old and younger by 14 per cent, while appropriate complementary feeding up to two years of age can prevent an additional six per cent of deaths among the age cohort.The Minister, who was addressing the National Breastfeeding Week conference and launch at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday (September 19), said the target is for 50 per cent of infants to be exclusively breastfeeding at six months of age.   He noted that in 2005, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at six months was 15.1 per cent, increasing to 23.8 per cent in 2011.“However, this is still well off course to meet the Global Nutrition Target of at least 50 per cent by 2025,” he said.Dr. Tufton said Jamaica is committed to reducing infant mortality and morbidity, and has agreed to, or has endorsed several international agreements and goals that are aimed at promoting and protecting infant and young child health.   He said that gains are being made, but there is still much work to be done to achieve the targets. He is urging persons to become informed about the benefits of breastfeeding.Research has shown that breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of childhood asthma and obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease.   Long durations of breastfeeding also protect maternal health by helping to lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said National Breastfeeding Week is being observed from September 17 to 23 under the theme ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding Together’ and emphasises that “all sectors, all groups have a role to play in supporting breastfeeding”.He said the objectives of the two-day conference are to highlight the role of infant and young child feeding in the achievement of the sustainable development goals, share current elements of the benefits and impact of breastfeeding and effective strategies for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.It is in keeping with World Breastfeeding Week 2017, observed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in August through partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), along with civil society groups.Also at the launch were  Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/WHO Representative in Jamaica, Bermuda and Cayman Islands, Dr. Noreen Jack; UNICEF Representative in Jamaica, Mark Connolly; and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Gillian Smith.Release: JISlast_img read more

San Diegans attend Memorial Day observance at Mt Soledad

first_img Posted: May 27, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – People across San Diego County and across the country are observing Memorial Day today.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more on this special Memorial Day observance at Mt. Soledad. KUSI Newsroom San Diegans attend Memorial Day observance at Mt. Soledad May 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

California seeks to bring hightech to state government

first_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking for a leader interested in “breaking things, and making them better,” who prioritizes “openness” and “simplicity” and can “feed and sustain team energy and enthusiasm.”“While you think long-term, your bias for action ensures you gain traction quickly,” reads the job description for the head of California’s new Office of Digital Innovation.It sounds more like a job advertisement for a Silicon Valley startup than state government — and that’s the point. Newsom wants the $26 million, 50-person office to throw away the old playbook and find ways to be more user-friendly for the state’s 40 million residents when they do such things as seek benefits, start a business or renew a driver’s license.California government has tried to infuse innovation before.The state’s technology department runs a digital innovation academy and an innovation lab, and it issued guidelines to make state websites more usable last year. The Government Operations Agency, which will oversee the new office, already has a director of innovation and accountability. The health and human services agency has its own innovation office.“Only Sacramento can take innovation and make it more bureaucratic,” said Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, who noted problems persist with the state’s technology, from the Department of Motor Vehicles to a new state accounting system.Even the DMV, which has been plagued by hours-long lines and other hang ups, already has a Newsom-appointed “strike team” focused on improving its operations. The agency is closing its offices statewide for a half-day in July for employee training.Members of the Newsom administration said the new office can bring a fresh perspective to state operations, ideally helping the state run more like a business. They want people to access state services with the ease of ordering a ride, a meal or nearly anything else with the tap of a smartphone.“In your everyday life you have these great interactions with business,” said Mike Wilkening, the governor’s special adviser on innovation and digital services. “They make it as seamless as possible for you to conduct business with them — and the state does not.”While there’s broad agreement that improvement is needed, some critics and supporters alike see potential for the new office to become just another layer of bureaucracy.“It’s going to be interesting to see how they organize those 50 people, how they ensure that they are not being redundant with what the other organizations are doing and how they integrate,” said Teri Takai, a former chief information officer for California who now runs the Center for Digital Government, a 20-year-old national research and advisory organization for best practices in state and local government. She was an adviser to Newsom’s transition team and advocated for the creation of the office.She said other states are initiating similar efforts, though not all with a full department like California is doing. Alaska and New Jersey, for example, recently hired chief innovation officers.Administration officials say the office would complement, not duplicate, existing state programs. An agency could, for example, bring a problem for the office to tackle, or the Newsom administration could request the office look into something specific.“The governor would have no lack of ideas on ways we can improve services to Californians,” said Brian Ferguson, a Newsom spokesman.Once it comes up with an idea, the office would kick back some of the work of making it happen to the state agency that brought the problem or to the California Department of Technology if the solution is one that could improve service statewide, said Amy Tong, the state’s chief information officer.“It’s complementary in the sense that the Department of Technology is still going to be very much focusing on statewide technology initiatives,” Tong said. “Digital innovation would focus more on the front-end planning and discovery work.”Brian Metzker studied the proposal for the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office and said the work the new office will do appears different from other state programs. But he noted its duties will evolve once a director is hired and the office gets up and running.“It will be important for lawmakers to keep an eye on the office to make sure it’s not offering competing or duplicative services as it gets to work,” he said.Fong, the Republican lawmaker, agreed government needs an overhaul, even as he questioned Newsom’s approach.“Tech has changed for the better everything in our daily lives, whether it’s from travel, from booking services that we use in our daily lives or buying groceries,” he said. But, “state government has lagged behind because all they do is create more red tape and bureaucracy.”Beyond the director, Newsom will appoint 19 other employees who will be exempt from civil service. Thirty others will be hired through the normal government process.Of the new office’s $26 million budget, $10 million would go into a fund it could tap to complete its work. The budget in following years would be $14 million. June 26, 2019 AP AP, Posted: June 26, 2019 California seeks to bring high-tech to state government Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

OBITUARY James Thayer Hastings 84

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — James Thayer Hastings “Jim”, age 84, of Peabody, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1934; he was the dear son of the late James L. and Helen Hastings. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Jim went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Husbandry.Jim attended OCS in Newport, RI and in December of 1956 he was commissioned with rank of Ensign to active duty at Pearl Harbor, HI where he served for three years and was later promoted to Lt and became Aide to Admiral Buchanan at the Newport Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. Jim served the country for six years during the Vietnam Era and was released from active duty in February of 1962.On July 13, 1956, Jim married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny” Eames; the couple lived in Pearl Harbor and Barber’s Point, HI, and Newport, RI, for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised four wonderful children; he was very proud of his family.After leaving the Service, Jim joined Buttricks Ice Cream in Arlington, MA where he managed the Ice Cream and Sandwich shops in the Boston/Arlington District. Jim became salesman for Sexton Foods, located in Canton, MA, and he finished his business career as a materials buyer at Charles River Laboratory in Wilmington. Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed many years of part-time work at Miller Landscaping.Outside of his professional career, Jim had many other interests. He was a member of the Greater Lowell Softball Umpire Association for 38 years, from 1975 to 2012. In addition to time spent on the field as an umpire, Jim donated much of his time working tournaments and running the food concessions on behalf of the Association, and he served as treasurer for many years. Jim was also an avid cyclist and regularly participated in the NH Seacoast Bike Trek, an annual charitable event for the American Lung Association. Jim also led many family bike trips, including trips to Nova Scotia, White Mountains, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.Jim led his life by example and always made himself available to help others; for 53 years he was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was always involved in helping others throughout the community in their time of need. He also was very active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the American Lung Association New Hampshire Chapter and raised countless dollars throughout the years at various fundraisers.Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; they loved to travel, to share holidays and special occasions, and to just “hang out” in his back yard “sports complex” that included a swimming pool, shuffle board, horse shoes, volleyball, croquet, bocce, badminton, basketball, and even a 9-hole mini-golf course that he personally designed and built. Jim especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren grow into the wonderful young adults that they have become.Jim will be remembered as a kind, energetic, and generous man who always went out of his way to help others in need; he had a wonderful sense of humor and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim was the beloved husband of Virginia (Eames) Hastings, devoted father of Lynne Maxwell & husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady. Loving “Bampy” of Kim Proulx & husband Josh, Courtney Burke & husband Bill, Ryan Maxwell & wife Renee, Nathan Maxwell & fiancé Courtney Abate, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Allie Hastings, and great-granddaughter Lexi Proulx. Devoted father-in-law of Kevin O’Grady & wife Lori and their daughter Shannon of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late James L. and Helen (Thayer) Hastings, dear brother of Betty Delisle and Barbara Carey both of New Hampshire. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Friday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or to the American Lung Association Chapter of your choice.Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.James Thayer Hastings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. 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Another Immigration Detention Center Planned For South Texas

first_imgPixabayU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to open another detention center in South Texas for people apprehended entering the country illegally.The Austin American-Statesman reports the agency this month asked private companies to submit preliminary proposals for a new facility along the Interstate 35 corridor housing adult detainees.There are already a number of such detention centers operating south of San Antonio.The request for proposals indicates ICE is open to new construction or the renovation of an existing facility. It would house about 1,000 beds.ICE says it can’t comment on pending contracts.Arrests of immigrants crossing the border into Texas have declined sharply since the election of President Donald Trump, but arrests from domestic enforcement efforts in Texas and other states are on the rise.___Information from: Austin American-Statesman, Sharelast_img read more

Workers and Legislators Unite to Help LowWage Contract Employees

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterA little over a month ago Faye Smith found herself in the Senate Office Building protesting and searching for Senator Mitch McConnell in order to impress upon him how the federal shutdown was impacting her life.Now with the shutdown officially over, and another one looming, Smith is back with Lila Johnson another federal contract worker. Both are representatives of 32BJ – SEIU, a union which represents over 600 janitors and security guards that were furloughed and didn’t receive wages. Together they are at the Senate to support legislation that would provide back wages to low wage workers who are federally contracted during a shutdown.Government contractors and representatives of 32BJ-SEIU Lila Johnson (far left) and Faye Smith (far right), with politicians Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).According to the their summary, The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act would, “compensate contractors for the costs of providing back pay to low-wage contractor service employees who have been furloughed or laid off during the shutdown. In addition, some contractors have forced workers to use their annual leave during the shutdown, so the bill would compensate contractors for restoring annual leave as well. For ease of administration, the bill builds on an existing process used by contractors to recoup other shutdown-related costs.”The District’s Representative to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) led the house bill along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and several other House Democrats.The Senate bill is led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) along with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.), Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Mark Warner (D-VA.), and Tim Kaine (D-VA.) and supported by mostly Democrats.Officials said that the legislation would provide back pay for the 35-day federal shutdown that just past. Van Hollen said the hope is that legislation will be added onto the bill to keep the government open and that the legislation will carry the same protections for contractors that a recently passed bill did for federal workers.“It would apply after any government shutdown,” Van Hollen said.Some may remember Smith who was featured on several news outlets across the country when she spoke of her journey since the federal shutdown.Smith works as a security guard for the Smithsonian at the Hirshhorn Museum. When the shutdown occurred she said she had been looking forward to the pay bump she was to receive after relocating from Stone Mountain, GA,  to Washington D.C. She went from $12 an hour to $17.50, Smith said.“I moved down from Georgia thinking I was gonna get the big dream, the money,” Smith said, adding she has a daughter and two grandchildren that live in the DMV area. She got transferred and was only two months into her new job when the shutdown happened.“I had a panic attack, I was stressed out, I was traumatized, all of that,” Smith said.Rent was due, and the bills loomed. Thankfully Smith’s story went viral. D.L. Hughley gave her $2,000. A GoFundMe account was set up in her name and she received over $11,000. Now she is paid up for four months. But the threat of another shutdown is still devastating.Ms. Johnson had been a custodian with the Department of Agriculture for 21 years. Johnson makes around $20 per hour. And she retired from a previous job. But she cares for two of her great grandchildren. So when the furlough happened she had Christmas to worry about.She found out about the government furlough while watching television. She had been through shutdowns before but she said, “I had no idea it was gonna be for 35 days.”“I felt it the moment it came on because I didn’t have any money coming in,” Johnson said.Smith and Johnson are both back at work,.  Smith should receive a paycheck this week, while Johnson expects to be paid by the end of the month.Both Smith and Johnson will be guests of Norton and Van Hollen respectively during the President’s State of the Union address.last_img read more

In a Win for Apple ITC Orders Import Ban on Some Samsung

first_img How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. August 9, 2013 Turnabout was fair play for Apple.The tech giant got a boost late Friday when the International Trade Commission ruled that rival Samsung infringed on some of its iPhone-related patents for older Galaxy phones and tablets.The ITC ordered a ban on imports of the Samsung products that violated the patents, which cover features like headphone jacks and finger-scrolling.That is the mirror image of a previous ITC ruling that Apple had infringed on some Samsung patents for iPhones and iPads. Apple was banned from selling those phones, but the Obama Administration last week vetoed the ITC’s order.President Obama could issue a similar veto on the Samsung ban within the next 60 days. Samsung is expected to appeal the ITC’s decision.The ITC’s decision came as the two companies faced off in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. Apple, which won a federal suit in California that Samsung infringed on iPhone patents, is trying to get the courts to force Samsung to stop selling older Galaxy products in the U.S. The appeals court is not expected to issue a ruling in that case for a few months.center_img 1 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Puerto Rico abandons plan to build gas pipeline

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – The government of Puerto Rico has formally withdrawn plans to build a natural gas pipeline after investing more than $50 million in a project that provoked strong opposition from islanders and environmentalists.Nancy Sticht, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Friday that the agency received a letter requesting the project be abandoned.The decision comes four months after a government-appointed committee rejected plans for the pipeline that would have bisected the island, and offered three alternatives. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Gov. Luis Fortuno originally backed the project as a way to reduce dependence on oil. He said the 92-mile (148-kilometer) pipeline would have saved $1 billion a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 64 percent.The pipeline would have originated in southern Puerto Rico and traversed 235 rivers and wetlands, bisecting the island as it veered east toward the capital of San Juan. Critics said it would have damaged fragile ecosystems and archaeological sites and exposed people to deadly explosions.Government officials said they will consider other natural gas alternatives and expect to choose a new project by mid-2013.Puerto Rico relies on petroleum to generate nearly 70 percent of its power, and electric bills are at least twice as expensive as those on the U.S. mainland. The government has thus made it a priority to attract more privately funded renewable energy projects to the U.S. territory.AES Solar, a Virginia-based company, this month began operating the Caribbean’s largest solar energy project. It features more than 101,000 solar panels in Puerto Rico’s southern region that is providing energy to more than 6,000 homes daily.Puerto Rico also expects to soon inaugurate what will be the Caribbean’s largest wind farm, a project that would feature 44 turbines on the island’s southern coast.last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Big things were expected out of Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown this past season, and the second-year pro delivered.Brown caught 65 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, and according to, he was one of the top 25 breakout players of the 2015 NFL season.2014 cumulative grade: +0.7 on 715 snaps2015 cumulative grade: +7.3 on 962 snapsBrown would be higher on this list but for a disappointing championship game performance. Still, his production in his second year was impressive. He caught 20 more passes, improved his catch percentage from 52.5 to 62.6, caught two more scores, and broke six more tackles, taking both tallies to seven. Brown stepped up during Michael Floyd’s absence, staking his claim for a starting berth.Brown did struggle in Arizona’s 49-15 NFC Championship Game loss to the Carolina Panthers, catching two of the eight passes thrown in his direction for 23 yards, but he was not alone in posting a disappointing performance that night in Charlotte. But one bad night does not erase all of what the 25-year-old accomplished in his second professional season, one in which he paired with Larry Fitzgerald to become the first Cardinals receiving duo to each amass at least 1,000 yards since Fitz and Anquan Boldin accomplished the feat in 2009.– / 8 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) evades a tackle-attempt by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Kenneth Acker (20) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)last_img read more