Earagail Arts 2019 launched in memory of Dessie Larkin

first_imgThe 31st year of the Earagail Arts Festival will be dedicated to the memory of a dear friend of the local arts scene – Dessie Larkin.Dessie Larkin RIPDessie Larkin, a former county councillor who passed away in March, was a long-serving board member and former Chair of the Earagail Arts Festival.The Letterkenny man was fondly remembered at the launch of the festival on Monday at Rockhill House Estate.  “He demonstrated what was important about the festival. That was about bringing people together and celebrating what is probably one of the most fundamental human endeavours, which is art,” said Artistic Director Paul Brown.Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Pauric Kelly, Inishowen Motors, and Paul Brown, Artistic Director of Earagail Arts Festival at the 2019 launch. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDessie’s presence was greatly missed at the festival launch, as people gathered to listen to music and to hear important figures within the community talk highly of the summer to come.The festival was officially launched by Leas Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Niamh Kennedy. She had only good words to say about this year’s upcoming festival with its “diversity, illumination, culture and to showcase us in a way that only Donegal can.”Méabh Conaghan and Cllr Niamh Kennedy at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinat the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinRuairí Friel & Sarah E Cullen at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThis year’s festival takes place from 10th-28th July 2019, marking the next era of the festival’s cultural evolution, continuing investment in the making of great artwork, creating an opportunity for a new generation of artists and fostering wider participation in the arts across the North West of Ireland. This year’s programme leads with a major new music commission in partnership with India’s leading folk festival in Rajasthan. Along with this is a series of spoken word, circus, comedy and special events celebrating diversity and freedom of movement and a visual arts programme from east to west reaching across bridges, islands and horizons.Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Paul Harrigan at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinKaroline Sweeney, Jimmy Stafford and Patrick Gildea at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinMeabh Uí Chonnachain, who is one of the board members for the festival, said that this year’s festival is about “diversity, equality, bringing together artists, programmes and visual art.” She also talked about the impact Earagail Arts has on Donegal with the number of people that attend the festival. More than 38,000 people attended different events last year. Sixty per cent of them were local and the rest were mostly from Northern Ireland.Earagail Arts Festival Board member Meabh Uí Chonnachain at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDeirdre McGrory, Ellen Corby and Lauren Hauchard at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinLast year the festival promoted 309 performances in 29 venues spread across 16 towns, villages and islands over 23 days.  There are so many different events that range from music to drama to open mic, comedy and spoken word and many more. With a festival this big, there is sure to be something for everyone. The festival kicks off on Wednesday the 10th of July in The Cottage Bar in Letterkenny with Mouthpiece Open Mic which promises laughter, tears, surprises and a warm, supportive atmosphere.Earagail Arts Festival brochures are now available in usual outlets, or on eaf.ie.See the gallery below for more photos from the launch: Margaret McGlynn, Siobhan Grant and Frances Spears at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEunan Kelly and John Curran at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinAmanda Boyle, Leonard Watson, Jimmy Stafford and Joan Crawford at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde and Aodh Mac Ruairí checking out the programme booklet at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinPaul Harrigan and Jeremy Howard at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinLeas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Niamh Kennedy officially launches Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinKaroline Sweeney, Castle Grove County House, Sue Glackin, Donegal Food Tours and Carol Harkin, McGrory’s Hotel, at the launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThe launch of Earagail Arts Festival 2019 in Rockhill House Estate. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinEaragail Arts 2019 launched in memory of Dessie Larkin was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Earagail Arts Festivallast_img read more

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Economic growth tops SONA

first_imgSONA 2017: “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward”. Economic growth and transformation as well as education were priorities in President Zuma’s speech.Corrupt South African president Jacob Zuma participates in The New Age SABC Business briefing held in Cape Town on 10 February 2017, unpacking some of the key messages and actions from the previous evening’s State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)CD AndersonEconomic growth reaching 1.7%, the government using its buying power to grow SMMEs, expanding tertiary access to the “forgotten middle” and a renewed emphasis on maths and science teaching were the core of President Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address.At the heart of true reconciliation was the reform of ownership of land and control of the economy, he said. The lag in appropriation of land for landless black African rural populations had resulted in a decline in the number of households involved in agriculture – there had been a 19% drop from 2.9-million in 2011 to 2.6-million in 2016. The Expropriation Act has been referred back to parliament because the president believes it will not pass constitutional muster.The government would encourage land claimants to hold on to their land instead of accepting payments. This, President Zuma said, perpetuated landlessness among black Africans especially. “Over 90% of claims are currently settled through financial compensation which does not help the process at all. It perpetuates dispossession. It also undermines economic empowerment.“Government has committed itself to support black smallholder farmers. I received a memorandum from the African Farmers Association of South Africa who say the year 2017 must be the year of the commercialisation of the black smallholder farmers. Indeed, government will implement a commercialisation support programme for 450 black smallholder farmers.”Radical socio-economic transformationThe State of the Nation Address marked the beginning of a new chapter of radical socio-economic transformation, said the president, who highlighted the gap between the earnings of white households and black – a differential of five. It mirrored ownership of the nation’s economy.“The skewed nature of ownership and leadership patterns needs to be corrected. There can be no sustainability in any economy if the majority is excluded in this manner. In my discussions with the business community, they accepted these transformation imperatives.”Beyond legislation, the government would be using its purchasing power to drive transformation and economic growth. “The state spends R500-billion a year buying goods and services. Added to this is the R900-billion infrastructure budget. Those budgets must be used to achieve economic transformation.”New regulations have been gazetted compelling big contractors to share at least 30% of work with black-owned businesses. The aim is to grow small enterprises, build township and rural economies and promote local industrial development.EducationThe coming year had been dedicated to OR Tambo, the late ANC president and maths and science teacher. Inspired by his example, South Africans should work together to build the united, democratic, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa of which he had dreamed. The cornerstone of that dream was education.“This gives our children dignity. A total of 173 inappropriate structures have been eradicated since 2011. In total, 895 new schools now provide a conducive learning environment for our children.”The most disruption over the last two years had occurred at tertiary institutions as students demanded access to affordable education. The government had heard their demands and had listened to the multitude of solutions offered.It had covered the increases in 2016 tuition fees, settled outstanding debts of students in the NSFAS programme and would now expand the threshold for funding students, raising it from household incomes of R122,000. This new funding threshold would cover the “missing middle” of students – those whose parents earned too much to qualify for government aid, but not enough to afford tertiary study.“Honourable members and fellow South Africans, students and their parents should understand that the needs for services like water, sanitation, early childhood development and good public transport have to also be addressed, alongside access to quality higher education and training. But our commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the funding of the social wage in general, and education, in particular, is unwavering.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Microsoft Confirms Return Of The Start Button

first_imgMicrosoft today is confirming new design and interfaces changes to Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue, today – changes that include the return of the missing Start menu button.(See also Microsoft Is Backing Down From One Of Windows 8’s Boldest Changes.)It isn’t known if this design change (one among many highlighted in today’s entry on the official Windows blog) will be enough to turn around the at-best ambivalence users have shown towards Windows 8 and its Metro interface, but it’s a Start.Image courtesy of Microsoft. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Microsoft#now#Windows 8 Related Posts center_img readwrite Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Britain’s Andy Murray beats Swiss Roger Federer to win Olympic tennis gold

first_imgAndy Murray had Centre Court rocking on Sunday, winning gold for the home team and beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon.The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row.The victory marked a breakthrough for the Scotsman, who has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but still earned his first singles medal.From the start, there was no doubting spectators’ loyalty. The retractable Centre Court roof opened shortly before the final, and Federer walked onto the sun-splashed grass to a standing ovation. Then Murray entered, and the roar tripled.At the far end of the All England Club, thousands of happy fans with grounds passes enjoyed a carnival atmosphere on the picnic hill known as Murray Mount while watching the match on a huge video screen.Federer wore red and Murray blue in the most colorful tournament ever held at Wimbledon. Their tactics were also in sharp contrast.Murray returned aggressively to repeatedly put on Federer on the defensive when serving. Federer tried to come forward more than in any match this summer, but Murray answered with a succession of crisp passing shots for winners.The fans loved it, waving Union Jacks of all sizes. “An-dy! An-dy” they chanted. They applauded when Federer won a point, but they roared when Murray won one.And the bounces seemed to go Murray’s way. One of his service breaks came when he hit winners that clipped the net cord on consecutive points. But then the net, after all, was British. Federer showed little frustration as the match slipped away. Instead, it was Murray tossing his racket in the second set when he made a rare error.Otherwise, the usually dour Scotsman had little to get upset about. When he netted an easy forehand on break point early in the match, he laughed at his mistake.Murray won with plenty of flair and a succession of spectacular shots. A lunging backhand pass in the corner had fans on their feet. And he erased a break point with an acrobatic leaping overhead, followed by an improbable reflex volley winner after Federer fired at him from point-blank range.Murray fell behind 15-40 serving in the opening game but rallied to hold, and from 2-all he took charge, winning every game until 5-0 in the second set.Federer struggled to hold but had his chances to break, including in the third game of the second set. He held six break points but Murray erased them all and won the game on the 20th point on an errant Federer backhand, one of many.advertisementlast_img read more

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One Last Dispatch From The Land Of Chess Kings And Billionaires

Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.” read more

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NYC buzz on for TeamTCI business pleasure

first_img Recommended for you Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Fish ‘n’ Grits was a hit in Singapore; TCI Culinary Ambassadors return from Singapore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City was great for the Turks and Caicos – for business and for pleasure.The Invest Turks and Caicos Agency debuted on the international scene last night, in a penthouse suite at the Gansevoort on Park Avenue with potential investors hosted by John Rutherford and Angela Musgrove of the recently, rebooted investment arm.At Le District, there was a true buzz as travel agents met with the TeamTCI delegation for the presentation which featured the famous Caya Hico Media video, remarks by the Premier & Tourism Minister and vacation giveaways led by Nikheel Advani of Grace Bay Resorts.Mark Durliat, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts was also a part of the investment unit function held just one hour before the tourism meeting.A special appearance came at The District when internationally renowned Middle Caicos conceived, South Caicos born, sculpture and painter, Bradley Theodore was well received… he too endorsed the Turks and Caicos as a luxury escape with intrinsic beauties and life’s simplicities still intact.At the event, Global Traveler Magazine presented Tourism Minister, Chairman and Director and Premier Rufus Ewing with yet another ‘Best of’ prize… Grace Bay Beach was again named top in the world by the Five Star publication. Related Items:newyorkcity, nyc, Tci, teamtci Turks and Caicos named Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination at World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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GRAMMY Museum Experience Opens In New Jersey

first_imgLatest edition to the esteemed GRAMMY Museum family opens its doors in Newark, N.J., honoring musical legacy through state-of-the-art exhibits Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 4:02 pm On Oct. 20 the GRAMMY Museum Experience at Prudential Center arena in Newark, N.J., will officially open its doors to the public, offering visitors an intimate look inside not only GRAMMY history but music history. GRAMMY Museum Experience Opens In New Jersey grammy-museum-experience-opens-new-jersey The GRAMMY Museum Experience features both traditional and interactive exhibits. Opening Museum exhibits include Ray Charles & The Raellettes, And The GRAMMY Goes To … and New Jersey Legends, featuring natives Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston.For museum-goers interested in a behind-the-scenes look at how music gets made, they can join Springsteen’s E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg for a lesson or rapper Wyclef Jean for a recording session. The GRAMMY Experience will also be home to a variety of educational programs for students to learn more about music, their favorite artists and the industry.Joining sister Museums in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn., Newark was chosen as the next GRAMMY Museum location because of its musical legacy as the home to artists such as Springsteen, Sinatra, Houston, Franki Valli, Queen Latifah, and Sarah Vaughan, among many others.”It had a tremendous musical legacy much like the Mississippi Delta, but it had been overlooked over much of the last half century,” GRAMMY Museum Founding Executive Director Bob Santelli said.The Museum will be officially open to the public on Oct 20, and tickets are available via Ticketmaster.Exhibit Spotlighting John Coltrane Headed To GRAMMY Museum NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 20, 2015 – 12:37 pm Whitney Houston Wins Album Of The Year GRAMMY Museum Experience Opens In New Jersey News Email Facebook Twitter last_img read more

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OBITUARY Erlmest Earl E Burns Sr 91

first_imgMASHPEE, MA — Erlmest E Burns, Sr., of Mashpee, formerly of Wilmington and Parrish, Florida, known to friends and colleagues as Earl or Burnsie, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.Earl, the son of Howard and Mae (Young) Burns, was born on December 20, 1927 in Wilmington, MA, where he was also raised and educated. As a young man, he met and married Dena, the love of his life, and they began their life together in Chicago. They eventually returned to Wilmington to settle down and raise their two sons. They were fortunate enough to buy their own piece of heaven on Monomoscoy Island on Cape Cod where they spent many happy summers, eventually retiring there. Several recent winters were spent in sunny Parrish, FL.Earl served the people of the town of Wilmington as a firefighter. He was a master at his job and was the training officer for a generation of Wilmington firefighters. He loved his job, and loved sharing all manner of stories from his experiences. He was a long-time volunteer with The Muscular Dystrophy Association, participating in summer camp experiences for the children.He loved people, could talk to anyone and had seemingly endless energy. He never said no to anyone in need. He would take on any task, and if he didn’t know how to do it, he would learn. He was a man of many talents and interests which was reflected in his many jobs over the years. He could fix anything and owned and operated a business dedicated to repairing complex, industrial machines. After his retirement from the Fire Department, he acted as a security officer for Pinkerton Security. His love of the water, boats and fishing led him to become a Mashpee Assistant Harbormaster for many summer seasons. There were other jobs over the years, but every job Earl put his hands to, large or small, was tackled with the utmost care, and was always done right.Earl loved adventure and discovering new things. He and Dena traveled widely, including Nova Scotia, many parts of the United States, Scotland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. They loved cruising and had many happy times in the Caribbean. Earl also found inspiration in the natural world. Truly, he took as much pleasure in watching a sunset, or an osprey in flight, as he did in seeing the Sistine Chapel or the Coliseum.Earl loved Dena, his wife of 71 years, and his family. A day didn’t go by that he didn’t thank God for his life, and the simple pleasure of sharing it with Dena. He never needed more than that. We are all grateful to have had him in our lives.Earl is the beloved husband of Dena (Zakes) Burns. Devoted father of Erlmest E. Burns, Jr. and his wife Janice and Lawrence G. Burns and his wife Anne. Cherished grandfather of Erlmest E. Burns III and his wife Gabriele, Lawrence G. Burns, Jr. and his wife Ellen, Deanna C. Bucci and her husband Matthew, Andrew C. Burns and his wife Suzanne and Sean D. Burns and his wife Joelle and great grandfather of Leah A. Bucci, Matthew R. Bucci, Jr., Katherine E. Burns, Liam R. Burns, Norah C. Burns, Ian C. Burns, Lochlin W. Burns, Alexandra S. Burns and Jacob R. Burns. Loving brother of Bessie Crogan, Verna Stowell, Judith Bradley, Marjorie Thibeault, and late siblings Louis Doherty, James Trask, Mae Perry, Ernest Burns and Lester Burns.Funeral from the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading, on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Earl’s Eternal Life at St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harden St., Wilmington at 10am.Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Earl’s family at the funeral home on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2 to 5pm. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.Please consider making a donation in Earl’s Memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 33 Lyman St, Westborough, MA 01581 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.Erlmest E. Burns, Sr., 91(NOTE: The above obituary is from Doherty-Barile Family 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Earl W. Hannibal, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Facebook takes steps to protect you from discriminatory ads

first_imgFacebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg  James Martin/CNET Facebook is making changes to a range of ads on the social network in an effort to protect its users who are searching for a job or housing from discrimination. Advertisers that run housing, employment and credit ads will no longer be able to target users based on age, gender or ZIP code, and will also have fewer options when it comes to targeting users, Facebook said Tuesday. The company also said it’s building a tool so users can search for housing ads throughout the US. “Housing, employment and credit ads are crucial to helping people buy new homes, start great careers, and gain access to credit,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a blog post. “They should never be used to exclude or harm people.”The changes are part of a settlement that Facebook reached with civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed lawsuits against the social network alleging that Facebook allowed advertisers to discriminate against users by excluding people from seeing certain housing, employment and credit ads based on gender, age and where they lived. Civil rights groups, labor organizations, workers and consumers filed five discrimination lawsuits against Facebook between 2016 and 2018, according to the settlement posted by the ACLU. The changes also affect ads placed on Facebook-owned Instagram and messaging app Messenger. Facebook has been under mounting pressure to change its advertising tools after ProPublica reported in 2016 that the world’s largest social network allowed advertisers to place housing ads that excluded users by race, which is illegal under federal law. In response, Facebook pulled a tool that allowed advertisers to exclude users from seeing housing, employment and credit ads based on their “ethnic affinity.”But Facebook continued to receive more complaints that its advertising tools were also being used by employers to post job ads that excluded women or older workers. “Discrimination in advertising for jobs, housing and credit has been unlawful since the 1960s and ’70s with the enactment of our civil rights laws,” said Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney at the ACLU during a conference call. “But the ability to target ads to users based on their data and online behavior has been threatening to give this kind of discrimination a new life in the 21st century.” Sherwin said advertisers will have to certify whether they’re placing a housing, employment or credit ad on Facebook. Targeting options for these advertisers will decrease from tens of thousands to a few hundred, she said. These advertisers, for example, won’t be able to target soccer moms, new dads and wheelchair users or people who are similar to their current customers. And they won’t be able to target users less than 15 miles away from a specific address or the center of a city, according to the ACLU.Civil rights groups will also be testing housing, employment and credit ads on Facebook to make sure the company implements the changes it’s promising. Advocacy groups will also be on the lookout for any advertisers who are trying to skirt Facebook’s new ad rules. A Facebook spokesperson said the company doesn’t break out how many housing, employment or credit ads are placed on the social network every month or year. Originally published March 19, 11:39 a.m. PTUpdate, 2:09 p.m. PT: Includes remarks from ACLU’s conference calls, details about the settlement and comment from a Facebook spokesperson. Now playing: Watch this: 3 Comments Tags Facebook is a moneymaking machinecenter_img 2:28 Facebook Share your voice Internet Services Tech Industry Mobile Appslast_img read more

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Sensex Soars 250 Points on RBI Rate Cut Hopes

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex rose nearly 250 points on Monday after a slew of positive data raised expectations over interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as this month.The Sensex ended at 25,856 points, up 246 points, or 0.96%, while the 50-share Nifty gained 82.95 points, or 1.06%, to close at 7,872 points.”Nifty is poised to make a dash towards the 8100 mark as the index has breached the neckline of an inverted bullish head and shoulder pattern indicating that the markets would surge higher,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.While 29 out of 30 Sensex companies ended in green, metal index was the top gainer among sectoral indices.Earlier in the day, official data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) declined further to minus 4.9% in August, reaching the lowest level since 2005. The WPI has been in negative territory for the past ten months.”The WPI rate may not have as much of a bearing on policymaking as the CPI rate, but the fact that it has plummeted again is unlikely to be ignored. This strengthens our view that interest rates will be cut at the RBI’s policy meeting later this month,” said Capital Economics in a note.The RBI’s next bi-monthly monetary policy review is scheduled on 29 September and the bank is widely expected to cut lending rates amid falling inflation rate.”We are maintaining our view that the RBI will cut the repo rate by another 25bp to 7.00% at its next policy meeting on 29th September before the easing cycle concludes,” said Capital Economics.Stock markets are also buoyed by a positive industrial activity data for July released on Friday after trading hours. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) rose to 4.2%.”RBI will take a considered call on the issue. There is no divergence in perception. The government and RBI are working together. Taking into account the overall factors, RBI will take a considered call,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, told The Economic Times.Indian markets shrugged off weakness in equities in other major Asian countries. While China’s Shanghai Composite closed 2.6% lower at 3,114 points, Japan’s Nikkei ended at 17,965, down 299 points.Rate sensitive stocks like banking and real estate rose sharply. Banking stocks Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI ended with a gain of 1 to 3%, while realty stocks India Bulls Realty, Sobha Realty and HDIL also ended higher. Metal stocks Vedanta, Hindalco and Tata Steel ended the session gaining 2 to 4%. IT stocks rose in anticipation of interest rate hike by the US Fed this week. Wipro gained nearly 2.5% to close at Rs 570.75. A rate hike by the US Federal Reserve is expected to further strengthen the US dollar, which could result in a revenue increase for Indian IT firms in rupee terms.last_img read more

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