WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 Announced Ceremony Set For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 2018 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading (149 North Street).The following Wilmington High School athletes will be inducted:Brianne Bozzella (2007)Nick Farnsworth (2008)Derek Hanley (2003)Jack Irwin (1969)Jackie Mello (2006)Raymond Mercuri (1987)Vinnie Papageorgiou (2008)Ernie Mello (2008)Greg Stewart (2007)Ashley Vitale (2007)Inductees are recognized for significant contributions in the field of athletics while a student at Wilmington High School. Inductees must have graduated from Wilmington High School at least 10 years ago.In addition, Tom Walsh will be inducted as a benefactor, and the 1961 Football Team and 1998 Baseball Team will receive special team awards.Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner cost $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Contact Jack Cushing at 978-658-2170 or 978-604-2443 for tickets.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 Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2016 Announced, Ceremony Set For Nov. 5In “Sports”VIDEO: WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 InductedIn “Videos”PHOTO OF THE DAY: 2016 WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class InductedIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 second runnerup Ridhima reveals why she lost trophy

first_imgRidhima PanditinstagramKhatron Ke Khiladi 9 recently ended with Punit Pathak emerging as the winner of the season. He defeated Aditya Narayan (first runner-up) and Ridhima Pandit (second runner-up). While Punit was certainly a deserving contestant to win the trophy, Aditya and Ridhima missed the golden opportunity to take home the coveted trophy by a small margin.In an interview with SpotboyE, Ridhima opened up on how it feels to reach the finale yet not bag the trophy. The actress started off by saying that she is proud and lucky to have reached the finale. However, being claustrophobic, she admitted having aborted a couple of stunts. She further praised the boys – Punit and Aditya, as they have always completed their tasks. “I have certain weaknesses like, for one, I’m claustrophobic. I couldn’t completely rid myself of that fear and due to it, I even aborted a couple of stunts,” she said.Speaking about the finale task, Ridhima said that she could have won it but lost out on time when she couldn’t open the carabiner. “I know for a fact that maybe I could have won it in the last stunt because it didn’t need physical strength as such. I had to jump from the car to the truck and open the lock. I was very calm. When I tried opening the carabiner, it didn’t open that’s where I lost out on time and I was almost in tears,” she added.However, Ridhima believes that Punit and Aditya were definitely better than her. “No excuses, I think they were definitely better than me. In fact, so many times I got Punit and Aditya in partner tasks, and they have been of great help. Definitely, they are stronger than me. The finale stunt was very nice. I could have won it actually,” she concluded.last_img read more

Is Tejasvi Surya next MJ Akbar asks Congress as sexual abuse charge

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party fielded Tejasvi Surya from Bengaluru South constituency.Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka fielded Tejasvi Surya from Bengaluru South constituency, the BJP candidate finds himself at the centre of a controversy after the Karnataka Congress attacked him, citing gruesome details of allegations of “abuse” by a woman against him and questioned the saffron party about his selection.Taking to Twitter, Karnataka Congress posted, “Is @Tejasvi_Surya another M J Akbar in the making? Dear @BJP4India, @Tejasvi_Surya seems to be a great choice. #BangaloreSouth will remember. #MeToo #LokSabhaPolls2019.” The tweet was accompanied by screenshots of comments allegedly made by the woman on Twitter. TwitterThe concerned woman seems to have deleted the comments which she had made against Surya on the social media platform. The woman, in her tweets, claimed to have “suffered” at the hands of Surya and has questioned why the BJP had not done a background check before issuing the ticket to him. The Congress shared the screenshots of the tweet. The woman alleged that she was not his first victim or would be the last and also claimed to be ready to share the proof.Congress have mentioned the name of MJ Akbar in its tweet. Following a spate of allegations of sexual harassment against MJ Akbar, the minister had to step down as Minister of State for External Affairs in 2018.Who is Tejasvi Surya?In a surprise move, the BJP fielded the saffron party’s youth wing leader Surya from its bastion of Bangalore South from where the widow of union minister Ananth Kumar, a six-time MP from the constituency, was denied the ticket.28-year-old Surya, a lawyer by profession, has filed his nomination on Tuesday (March 26). He is the nephew of BJP MLA Ravi Subramanya, who represents Basavanagudi. The party’s young candidate is set to face the Congress veteran, BK Hariprasad, who is contesting from the seat after two decades in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.After Surya was nominated from Bengaluru South, he expressed his excitement as a BJP candidate in Twitter saying, “I have been blessed with an opportunity to contest as @BJP4India candidate from Bangalore South. I promise to be a committed ambassador of PM Narendra Modi. Join me today as I file my nomination and embark on this new journey.last_img read more

Massive record toppled Virat Kohli reaches another major milestone many stalwarts fall

first_imgIt has been a set template for Indian captain Virat Kohli. He walks out to bat, assesses the situation, takes his time to get going and then hits his stride. What follows is a flawless innings and also a century. The scenario was much the same in the third ODI in Trinidad.India were chasing a stiff total and the openers were dismissed rather cheaply. However, it did not bother the skipper as he held fort and after Shai Hope dropped him early on in his innings, he did not make any other mistake. A 43rd ODI century followed and along the way, a plethora of milestones were passed.Kohli on the march Twitter/BCCIIn what can be termed as mind-boggling, Kohli became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a single decade. Kohli now has 20,502 runs across all three formats of the game. Out of these 20,502, Kohli has scored 20,018 in the ongoing decade.Also, with this innings, the Indian captain now has 97 scores in excess of 50 which is the fifth most by any batsman in the history of the game.In this year, Kohli has 11 scores of more than 50 and holds the feat with Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma. The skipper has enjoyed himself against the West Indies and now has 9 centuries against them in ODIs. This is the joint-most by an Indian batsman against any opposition in ODIs and holds the record with Sachin Tendulkar, who too has scored 9 centuries against Australia.The skipper was the difference between the two sides and for his century he was awarded the man of the match as well as the man of the series awards. Virat KohliIANSIt was a series which presented India with an opportunity to find few solutions to problems and they have certainly found good promise in Shreyas Iyer. However, Rishabh Pant’s temperament and the form of Shikhar Dhawan is a bit of a concern for the management, but as the captain said, the focus will now shift to Test cricket.”We want to have people take responsibility at different batting positions. But he (Iyer) certainly presented a strong case for himself. He completely played in full control and was putting pressure on the bowlers. Really good tempo, good really character. Thankfully, it’s not a fracture (about his injury), just a split on the nail in the front. I think I should be fine for the first Test,” the skipper said after the match.last_img read more

Hasina receives DLitt

first_imgIndia`s Kazi Nazrul University confers honorary DLitt degree upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday received ‘Doctor of Literature (DLitt)’ degree from Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district in Bengal of India.The university authorities conferred the honorary DLitt degree upon her at a special convocation programme.Sheikh Hasina was honoured with the degree in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards building exploitation-and disparity-free society which is the ideal of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, reports UNB.Vice chancellor of the Kazi Nazrul University Sadhan Chakrabarti delivered the welcome speech. Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee was present at the convocation ceremony.Premier Hasina arrived in Bengal on Friday on a two-day official visit to India at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.On Friday, she along with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi unveiled the plaque of Bangladesh Bhaban at Vivsa-Bharati University in Santiniketan.The prime minister attended Visva-Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the guest of honour.last_img

School teacher found dead in Sirajganj

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThe body of a female school teacher was recovered from Betua village in Shalanga upazila of Sirajganj on Wednesday.The deceased, Rahima Khatun,25, a teacher of Betua Ananda School and daughter of Abdur Rahman of the same village.Family sources said Rahima went out of home immediately after taking her Sehri.Later, local people spotted her body beside Beelerdhar canal at Bablatola in the village around 12:00pm and informed police.Officer-in-charge of Shalanga police station Ohiduzzaman said police recovered the body from the spot around 2:00pm and sent it to Sirajganj sadar hospital for autopsy.Rahima might have been strangulated to death , said the OC.A case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

Donations Pour In For Harvey Victims From Major Corporations Celebrities

first_imgThough the worst is over for Houston, Harvey is leaving a legacy to the tune of billions of dollars in damages. Corporations, celebrities, and local Houstonians are pitching in to help.Companies have pledged $65 million to relief efforts as of late Wednesday morning, according to an estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.According to CNNMoney’s analysis, 30 companies have donated $1 million or more by Wednesday morning, and the amount of donations continue to grow. Want to help with #Harvey? We’re taking donations in stores and online to aid in our Disaster Relief efforts. https://t.co/IPJqZn2pWD pic.twitter.com/ggNiQs95Du— H-E-B (@HEB) August 30, 2017The following list is from CNN Money with the names of corporate America companies who have donated (these numbers were accurate at publication time but are subject to change):AbbottAbbott (ABT) and its foundation the Abbott Fund are giving $1 million in grants and healthcare and nutrition products. That includes $900,000 in grants to the Red Cross, Americares and Direct Relief, and $100,000 in healthcare and nutrition products.AetnaThe Aetna Foundation (AET) announced a $100,000 contribution to both the American Red Cross and the Community Foundation of Greater Houston. It will also donate $50,000 to nonprofit Team Rubicon to assist current and future disaster relief efforts.AllerganThe Allergan Foundation (AGN) on Monday said it will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross to support victims of Harvey.AmazonAmazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Whole Foods will match cash donations made on Amazon.com up to $1 million to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief.American ExpressAmerican Express (AXP) is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. It will match up to $100,000 in employee donations to the Red Cross.AmgenAmgen (AMGN), a biopharmaceutical company, is donating $80,000 to Direct Relief International and $20,000 to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients impacted by the storm.The company will also match employee donations.AppleThe tech giant made a $2 million donation to the Red Cross over the weekend, an Apple spokeswoman told CNNMoney. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) will also match employee donations 2 to 1. Users can donate to the Red Cross through iTunes or on the App Store.AT&TAT&T (T, Tech30) is contributing $350,000 to help communities following the storm, including $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas.The AT&T Foundation will match employee donations up to $50,000 each to Team Rubicon and to the AT&T Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which supports employees who live in the areas affected by the storm. (AT&T is acquiring Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.)Bank of AmericaThe Bank of America Charitable Foundation is donating $1 million to support Harvey relief efforts, including a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross. The remainder of the funds will be allocated as the company learns more about recovery needs, a spokesperson told CNNMoney.Bank of America (BAC) will also match employee donations of $1 or more until September 30. Its usual gift match minimum is $25.BayerBayer told CNNMoney it is donating $100,000 each to the Red Cross and nonprofit Direct Relief.BB&TBank BB&T (BBT) is giving $100,000 to the Red Cross of Greater Houston in Texas.BBVA CompassBBVA Compass’ foundation will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The bank also aims to raise up to $250,000, both online and at its branches, from employees and customers for those organizations.BoeingThe Boeing Charitable Trust (BA) committed $1 million to the Red Cross for Harvey relief efforts.BMO FinancialFinancial services provider BMO Financial contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross.BPBP and the BP Foundation have donated $750,000 to assist with relief efforts. The contribution will be split equally among the Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Greater Houston and the United Way of Greater Houston.The company will also match employee contributions.CaterpillarThe Caterpillar Foundation (CAT) donated $300,000 to the Red Cross to help with immediate relief efforts for Harvey.Cheniere EnergyCheniere Energy (LNG) on Monday said it will make a $1 million donation to the Red Cross to help with relief and recovery efforts following the storm.ChevronChevron (CVX) is making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross. The oil and gas company will also match donations made to relief efforts by its employees and retirees.CignaThe Cigna Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross. Cigna (CI) employees can also request matching funds for their donations to the Red Cross.CitiThe Citi Foundation (C) has committed a $1 million donation to the Red Cross, the company told CNNMoney.CoachThe Coach Foundation has committed $200,000 to the Red Cross. Coach (COH) will also match employee contributions.Coca-ColaThe Coca-Cola Foundation pledged $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday. Coca-Cola (KO) will also match employee donations made to the company’s Employee Disaster Relief Fund up to $100,000.ComcastComcast NBCUniversal (CMCSA) is giving $500,000 toward the Houston Mayors’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the Red Cross. The organizations will share the donation.The company will also donate advertising time on its cable networks to these organizations to run public service announcements about how to aid with flood relief efforts.ComericaComerica (CMA), a Dallas-based bank, will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross.ConocoPhillipsConocoPhillips is making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross. Employees and retirees in the U.S. can request to have their personal contributions matched.CVSCVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations, including $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Red Cross, and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.CVS (CVS) will also match employee contributions up to $25,000.DiscoverDiscover (DFS) will match donations up to $500,000 for every cardholder who donates to the Red Cross via their Cashback Bonus program or makes a donation with a Discover card. The company is also matching employee donations.DisneyDisney (DIS) and ABC’s Houston TV station KTRK-TV announced a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross. The company is matching employee donations.Dollar GeneralDollar General (DG) is donating $50,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a contribution in stores through September 9.DowThe Dow Chemical Company Foundation is contributing $1 million to support Harvey relief, including $100,000 each to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and Team Rubicon.Dow (DOW) is also matching employee and retiree donations up to $100,000 to the Red Cross.Enterprise Rent-A-CarThe Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is donating $1 million to the Red Cross.ExelonExelon (EXC) is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. The utility company will also match employee contributions up to $5,000 per person.Exxon MobilExxon Mobil (XOM) on Friday said it’s donating $500,000 to Red Cross organizations along the U.S. Gulf Coast to aid with relief efforts. On Tuesday, the company contributed $500,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston.FacebookFacebook (FB, Tech30) will match up to $1 million in donations made on its platform for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.FedExFedEx (FDX)committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver medical aid and supplies in the wake of the storm. It works with the Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.FordThe Ford Motor Company Fund (F) is donating $100,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas. It will also match up to $50,000 in contributions to the Red Cross.General ElectricThe GE Foundation (GE) has donated $500,000 to the Red Cross, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. It will also match employee donations to participating disaster relief organizations.GoogleGoogle (GOOG) is making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the Red Cross and matching employee donations up to $250,000. Google.org also launched a matching campaign for consumers, up to $1 million.H-E-B GroceryH‑E‑B Grocery will donate $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, specifically to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feeding Texas. Customers can also make a donation at its Texas stores.HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare (HCA) donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.Home DepotHome Depot (HD) on Monday committed $1 million to help storm relief efforts. The donation will go to nonprofits, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon.HumanaThe Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health insurance company Humana, (HUM) on Saturday gave a $250,000 immediate grant to the Red Cross.Intercontinental ExchangeIntercontinental Exchange (ICE) is making a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross and matching employee donations.JefferiesInvestment bank Jefferies will donate $1 million to several charities aiding in the relief effort. The firm will also donate all net trading commissions on Wednesday from U.S., European and Asia equity, fixed income and foreign exchange trading to relief efforts.JPMorganJPMorgan Chase (JPM) said it would donate $1 million to the Red Cross and other nonprofit groups providing immediate relief. The firm is also matching employee donations to these organizations.Chase will also automatically waive or refund fees, such as late fees for mortgages and credit cards, through September 10 for customers in areas severely impacted by the hurricane.Kansas City SouthernKansas City Southern (KSU) said its charitable fund will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross. The railroad company will also match employee gifts up to $25,000.KelloggKellogg Company Fund, the charitable arm of Kellogg (K), is committing $100,000 to nonprofit Feeding America to aid disaster relief efforts.Kindred HealthcareKindred Healthcare (KND) is making a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross to aid recovery efforts from Harvey in Texas and the Gulf Coast.Kohl’sKohl’s (KSS)announced a $500,000 donation to the Red Cross. The department store will also give an estimated $1 million to help Kohl’s associates who were significantly affected by the storm.KrogerThe Kroger Co. Foundation (KR) committed $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank. For every share of Kroger’s Facebook post, the foundation will donate $5 to the Food Bank, up to $100,000.LennarLennar (LEN) donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. The homebuilding company will also match employee contributions.Lowe’sThe home improvement retailer on Saturday announced a $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help provide food, shelter and supplies to those impacted by Harvey and other crises.At Lowe’s (LOW) stores in Texas, customers can also make a donation to the Red Cross.MicrosoftMicrosoft (MSFT, Tech30) on Monday announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.MillerCoorsMillerCoors is pledging at least $25,000 to the Red Cross. The company also sent 50,000 cans of drinking water to Texas, where they will be distributed by the Red Cross.MotivaMotiva, a Houston-based oil company, pledged $500,000 to organizations such as the Houston mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund and the Red Cross.New York LifeNew York Life is donating $500,000 to support Harvey relief efforts, including $150,000 to the Red Cross and $100,000 apiece to Save the Children and Feeding Texas.The life insurance company will also match employee donations up to $150,000 to these organizations.NextEra EnergyNextEra Energy (NEE) is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross and will match employee donations up to $100,000.PenFed Credit UnionPenFed, one of the country’s largest credit unions, will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross Corpus Christi and Houston chapters.PepsiCoPepsiCo (PEP) and the PepsiCo Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the Red Cross.PetSmartPetSmart Charities is giving $1 million to help animal welfare agencies that are working to rescue, relocate and care for pets that have become homeless due to the storm. These organizations include the Houston SPCA, the SPCA of Texas, Rescue Bank and Houston PetSet.The company is also providing in-kind donations, like pet food and supplies.PG&EPacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) (PCG) will match employee donations up to $50,000.Phillips 66Phillips 66 (PSX) will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross. The oil company will also match employee contributions up to $15,000 per person.PNCThe PNC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PNC (PNC) bank, will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and match employee donations up to $100,000.Range ResourcesOil and gas company Range Resources announced a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross for Harvey relief aid.Regions BankRegions Bank (RF) is donating $100,000 to support relief efforts. The funds will be split between the United Way of Greater Houston’s Flood Relief Fund and a program to help Regions associates directly impacted by the flooding.Ross StoresRoss Stores (ROST) made a $400,000 donation to the Red Cross. The discount retailer is also accepting customer contributions in stores until September 16.SamsungSeveral of Samsung’s U.S. subsidiaries are donating $500,000 to the Red Cross. The company is also giving $500,000 worth of products, such as washing machines, dryers, laptops and tablets, to nonprofits.Sealed AirSealed Air (SEE) is making a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross. The company will also match employee contributions up to $25,000.Sempra EnergyThe Sempra Energy Foundation (SRE) will contribute $75,000 each to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and nonprofit Americares. The foundation will also match up to $50,000 in employee donations.ShellShell (RDSA) announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund on Tuesday.Southern CompanyThe Southern Company Charitable Foundation (SO) will give $100,000 to the Red Cross. The company will also match employee and retiree donations.Stanley Black & DeckerStanley Black & Decker (SWK) announced a commitment of up to $125,000 for immediate disaster relief, including a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross and $25,000 to the Houston ToolBank. It will also match employee donations 2 to 1.StarbucksThe Starbucks Foundation donated $250,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a contribution to Harvey relief efforts at any Starbucks (SBUX) store in the U.S.Stream EnergyStream, a Dallas-based home energy and wireless provider, donated $25,000 through its philanthropic arm Stream Cares to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.SunTrustThe SunTrust Foundation (STI) announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.TargetTarget (TGT) is donating $500,000 to support Harvey recovery efforts, including to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.Taylor MorrisonHomebuilder Taylor Morrison (TMHC) has donated a combined $250,000 to the Red Cross Harvey Fund and to an internal Harvey relief fund. It will also match employee contributions.Tenet HealthcareTenet Healthcare Foundation (THC) contributed $20,000 to the Red Cross.Under ArmourUnder Armour (UA) donated $50,000 to assist Team Rubicon in response to Harvey.Union PacificUnion Pacific (UNP) has pledged $250,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, including $100,000 to the Red Cross and $50,000 to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The railroad company will match contributions to its employee support network through September 30, up to $100,000. It will also match donations made to the Disaster Relief Matching Gifts Program for Hurricane Harvey, where employees can contribute funding to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other groups.UnitedHealthUnitedHealth (UNH) announced a donation of $1 million to support Texas communities impacted by the storm. The company said it’s working with officials and stakeholders in Texas to determine “how the funds can most effectively support relief efforts.”It is also offering a 2 to 1 match for employee donations toward disaster relief efforts.United AirlinesThe airline will give up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross or AmeriCares. United (UAL) will also match the first $200,000 raised in donations on its crowdfunding campaign.UPSThe UPS Foundation has pledged $1 million to Harvey relief efforts. This includes a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation donations and technical expertise.UPS (UPS) will donate an additional $500,000 in cash and assistance for the post-crisis recovery phase in the coming months.VerizonVerizon (VZ, Tech30) pledged $10 million to support Harvey relief efforts. The company said it would share which nonprofits its donating to in the coming days.WalgreensWalgreens (WBA) pledged $200,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a donation in stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.WalmartWalmart (WMT) and the Walmart Foundation said they would give cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.Waste ManagementWaste Management (WM) announced a $3 million donation to various organizations, including the Houston Mayor’s Fund and the Red Cross.Wells FargoWells Fargo (WFC) is donating $500,000 to both the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to local nonprofits focused on relief efforts in Texas.Western UnionThe money transfer company’s foundation announced a $30,000 donation to the Red Cross on Sunday. The Western Union Foundation will also match “qualifying” contributions from its agents.Western Union (WU) will also provide free money transfers when users send funds to Texas from the U.S.Other major donations include:The NFL Foundation is matching the Houston Texans’ $1 million donation to the United Way Relief Fund to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Fans are encouraged to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, pledged to match $1 million in donations to The Red Cross.Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, initially said he would donate $4 million to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, though later upped his donation to $10 million.Comedian and actor Kevin Hart challenged several of his celebrity friends to each donate $25,000 through a Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge he started on Instagram. In response, Houston Texans’ defensive end, JJ Watt, has now raised $6.5 million through a campaign of his own. According to NPR, country music star Chris Young started a GoFundMe campaign for relief efforts. He began with a $100,000 donation of his own, and has now raised more than $43,000 from 595 additional donations.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Texas Dispensaries Unfazed By Sessions Rescinding Directive On Legalized Marijuana

first_img Share WIKI COMMONSU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking aim at policies that keep federal law enforcement officials away from businesses selling pot in states that have legalized its use.Sessions has rescinded Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. This comes as marijuana businesses in Texas prepare to sell a non-psychoactive cannabis oil approved by the state.CREDIT RYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate CultivationMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, one of three marijuana dispensaries approved by Texas under the state’s Compassionate Use Act, doesn’t see his business becoming a target.“I don’t believe that Texas is going to fall anywhere near the ‘high-end of the priority list,’ ” Denton said. “I think the focus on this action is on states that have very broad and very open legal recreational market, and that’s not us. The cannabis that we grow is very low in THC.”THC is the psychoactive component that produces a “marijuana high.”Compassionate CultivationSessions’ directive doesn’t go into specifics about which states it will target or when.Heather Fazio, executive director for Texas’ Marijuana Policy Project, is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stand up and defend Texas’ Compassionate Use Act, the 2015 bill he signed into law.“The states are going to have to defend the policies they’ve put in place. Even though our program — the Compassionate Use program — is unreasonably restrictive, it is in violation of federal law,” Fazio said.Calls to the governor’s office and the state’s attorney general on whether or not they would defend the state’s law against federal prosecutions were not immediately returned.last_img read more

Marmosets found to learn to take turns when vocalizing

first_img © 2015 Phys.org More information: Vocal turn-taking in a non-human primate is learned during ontogeny, Published 22 April 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0069 AbstractConversational turn-taking is an integral part of language development, as it reflects a confluence of social factors that mitigate communication. Humans coordinate the timing of speech based on the behaviour of another speaker, a behaviour that is learned during infancy. While adults in several primate species engage in vocal turn-taking, the degree to which similar learning processes underlie its development in these non-human species or are unique to language is not clear. We recorded the natural vocal interactions of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) occurring with both their sibling twins and parents over the first year of life and observed at least two parallels with language development. First, marmoset turn-taking is a learned vocal behaviour. Second, marmoset parents potentially played a direct role in guiding the development of turn-taking by providing feedback to their offspring when errors occurred during vocal interactions similarly to what has been observed in humans. Though species-differences are also evident, these findings suggest that similar learning mechanisms may be implemented in the ontogeny of vocal turn-taking across our Order, a finding that has important implications for our understanding of language evolution. Explore further Citation: Marmosets found to learn to take turns when vocalizing (2015, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-marmosets-vocalizing.html In the primate world, only humans are able to listen to a sound made by someone else and mimic it, a skill that has led to communication and the different languages spoken around the world. Scientists know that part of communicating involves one person listening to what another says, before responding. This requires an ability to understand what it means to take turns when vocalizing. In this new study, the researchers have found that a young marmoset (a small silvery coated South American monkey) was also able to learn to take turns as part of vocalizing.In their study, the researchers studied the vocalizations of a pair of captive marmoset twins (and their parents) over the first year of their life and report that they observed two parallels to language development. The first was that taking turns when vocalizing was a learned behavior. The second was that the young marmosets were essentially taught to take turns vocalizing by their parents in ways that are similar to the methods human parents use to teach children to wait for another person to finish speaking before they try to speak themselves.In watching the monkeys as they grew, the researchers noted that if a youngster made a vocalization while a parent was vocalizing, that vocalization was typically ignored by the adult, which resulted over time in the youngster learning to wait for the adult to finish before vocalizing. They noted that as time passed, the young monkeys became less likely to interrupt—though it was more pronounced with their mother than with their father.The researchers suggest their findings indicate a learning mechanism that is similar across all primates which could lead to a better understanding of the development of language in humans. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of California has found that marmosets learn to wait for others to stop making noise before they vocalize, at a very young age. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Cecilia Chow, Jude Mitchell and Cory Miller describe a study they undertook with young marmoset twins and their parents and what they learned by doing so.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Common marmoset. (Callithrix jacchus) Credit: Carmem A. Busko/Wikipedia/CC BY 2.5 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Marmoset monkeys know polite conversationlast_img read more

UK connected TV platform YouView has released the

first_imgUK connected TV platform YouView has released the first in a series of updates to deliver better accessibility for blind and partially sighted customers as well as those with motor skill and cognitive impairment.The initial software update includes the option of changing the iconic blue and black YouView programme guide to high contrast black and white, enabling visually impaired users to read the text more easily.The mini TV screen available in the top right hand corner of the programme guide also now has the option to be switched off, offering easier navigation for customers with cognitive disorders.The update will initially only be available on YouView set-top boxes purchased at retail. Customers with YouView from BT or TalkTalk will receive accessibility updates in due course, according to YouView.Susie Buckridge, director of product at YouView said, “We want everyone across the UK to be able to enjoy their favourite TV via YouView and to do this we understand how important it is to for YouView to be accessible. We have worked closely with the RNIB and Scope to ensure everything we add will allow the YouView journey to be seamless and easy as possible for all of our customers.”Further updates for this audience will be added to the service in the next few months.last_img read more

This weeks US presidential candidate debate betwe

first_imgThis week’s US presidential candidate debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump marked one of the biggest live streams in YouTube history, according to the service.The debate notched up nearly 2 million live concurrent viewers and 3 million live watch hours across the six news organisations that streamed the debate on YouTube, according to stats published by the video site.“To put these numbers into context, we took a look at 2012 debate viewership on YouTube. Compared to 2012, last night’s debate had 14 times larger live viewership, five times higher watch time, and four times more peak concurrent viewers. And views on all debate-related videos exceeded 88 million,” said Kurt Wilms, product lead, live streaming at YouTube, in a blog post published yesterday.Outside of the US, YouTube said that the top five countries where people tuned into the debate were Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.last_img read more