Library hosts photo-paintings exhibit

first_imgA n exhibit of photo-paintings by Marlboro photographer and artist Alexander Agor is on exhibit at the Highland Park Public Library through the end of this month.Agor is an artist and photographer who has covered the Six Day War in Israel and had work published in the magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Italian Vogue. Along the way, he photographed John Lennon and other icons from the 1960s and 1970s.His diverse experience has contributed to many experiments in his photo-paintings that resemble large posters. His work has also been exhibited at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Manhattan and Golda Center in Israel.The Highland Park Public Library is located at 31 North Fifth Ave. For hours and additional information, visit www.hpplnj.org.last_img read more

GRIF to enable more training opportunities under SBB

first_imgFive key areas of training will be available to persons from all 10 administrative regions under the Business Bureau (SBB).SBB Finance Officer, Simon PollardThe training will be financed from funding from the Guyana REDD + Investment Fund (GRIF), towards the cost of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) Development Livelihoods for Vulnerable Groups Project, the Government Information Agency (GINA) stated in a release.The GRIF is being managed by the Inter-American Bank (IDB) and the venture targets small businesses and micro and small enterprises operating in the low carbon sector.Finance Officer of the SBB, Simon Pollard, said the main purpose of the project is to assist Government in its green economy drive, thereby reducing carbon emissions and deforestation, hence businesses in the low carbon sector will be giving priority.Training will be conducted in sustainable mining, sustainable forestry, cosmetology, soap manufacturing and skin cream/body lotion manufacturing.These specialised training programmes will be implemented so as to improve the technical capacity of the project’s beneficiaries to further develop their product lines, while ensuring that the merchandise are of acceptable standard. This technical knowledge will be disseminated to SBB clients through sector clusters within the administrative regions, GINA outlined.Pollard said that the SBB is asking for specialists to conduct the training so that the young entrepreneurs selected will see their businesses grow, and understand clearly how the products are made and contribute to Guyana’s economy.The SBB is currently advertising for consulting services to conduct training in the five selected areas. It was however noted that advertising is not only being done locally but also on international websites such as the United Nations and the Caribbean Community.The consulting services are required to develop curriculum and execute specialised training programmes for the MSE Development Livelihoods for Vulnerable Groups Project. Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out by the IDB’s policies for the selection and contracting of consultants and is open to all eligible bidders.Pollard, in explaining the selection process for the training, pointed out that persons must have an established business (however if they have a business idea and need training the SBB will help as far as possible), and be a member of the SBB.He said too that persons will be selected from all 10 administrative regions because the SBB’s mandate is to ensure that every region is touched, and that the Bureau will look at the needs assessment of its clients in relation to the five identified areas and select persons from there as well.Pollard said that the project has two components – access to finance and business development training.He explained that persons can receive grants to the value of up to $300,000 under the Low Carbon Development Grant Scheme, once businesses reach the criteria.“Our goal is to ensure that after the training these people are fully equipped to see their business become viable, also to see them contributing to the economy, to see them creating jobs, as well for young people and persons within their respective regions,” he said.The Finance Officer said that there is a follow-up process, whereby officers go into the field to ensure that persons who were trained and will be trained put into practice what they were taught. He noted that there are some instances whereby persons require additional training, in which the SBB is willing to assist.The GRIF will end this year and Pollard said the SBB is hoping that the GRIF’s 2002 five-year grant funding will be extended with the intention that there will be a phase two of training which they hope comes into effect in the next few years.Pollard noted that during the last four years, a lot was done and he believes that in the final year, more things will be happening. For the last half of 2016, a tremendous amount of training was done in all administrative regions.Training for this phase project will last for five months and at the end, participants will receive certificates.last_img read more

Six-year Madrid deal set to bank Bale over Sh15.6 billion

first_imgThe flying winger, 27, is set to take home as much as £350,000 a week after tax, according to British media, though figures vary wildly.“That’s for me to know and no one else to find out, sorry,” said a smiling Bale when quizzed on his new salary.However, Ronaldo looks set to retain his status as top dog of the pay packets at the Bernabeu with the Portuguese expected to become the latest Madrid star to extend his deal in the coming weeks.Real have already handed lucrative renewals to Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez to hold onto their key men with a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA to come over the next two transfer windows.Madrid and arch rivals Barcelona have embarked on a fleet of renewals to ward off interest from the cash-rich Premier League, backed by a £5 billion ($6 billion) domestic TV deal.Bale joined Real for a then-world record fee of just over 100 million euros from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.That figure has since been eclipsed by Paul Pogba’s 105-million-euro move to Manchester United in August.“It’s Real Madrid, it is the biggest club in the world,” Bale added, rejecting any notion he could return to England, where he was crowned Premier League Player of the Year in for the 2010/2011 and 2012/2013 seasons.Wales’ forward Gareth Bale is set to take home as much as £350,000 ($425,000) a week after tax under his new deal at Real Madrid, according to British media © AFP/File / Nicolas Tucat“When an opportunity to play for Real Madrid comes up, you don’t turn it down.”Madrid have topped the Deloitte Football Money League for the past 11 years as the highest earning club, but were overtaken last season by Barca.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed at the club’s annual general meeting on Saturday that contract negotiations with Luis Suarez and Messi are also under way after Neymar recently extended his deal to 2021.– Bale the future for Real –Despite the desire to keep 31-year-old Ronaldo at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career, Real president Florentino Perez has long believed Bale is the man to succeed Ronaldo as Real’s best and most marketable player.Bale has enjoyed and endured plenty of ups and downs in his three seasons in the Spanish capital.Goals to win the 2014 Champions League and Copa del Rey finals made him an instant hit.However, he suffered from stinging criticism and was jeered by the Real fans towards the end of his second season as Madrid ended the campaign trophyless under Carlo Ancelotti.Yet Perez’s faith and belief for the future was only emboldened by Bale’s sensational form towards the end of last season with Ronaldo a more peripheral figure due to a recurring knee injury.Bale led Madrid on a 12-game winning run to end the La Liga season to miss out on the title by just a point and to an 11th European Cup with a penalty shootout win over city rivals Atletico Madrid.His performances in inspiring Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals — their best run in a major finals — confirmed his status as one of the world’s best.And a first ever place on the podium for the Ballon d’Or could follow after Bale was named among the 30 nominees for the prize last week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid for a then-world record fee of just over 100 million euros from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 © AFP/File / Gerard JulienMadrid, Spain, Oct 31 – Gareth Bale’s new six-year Real Madrid contract will see the Welshman reportedly rake in well in excess of Kshs 15.6bn ($126 million) as the Spanish giants bet on Bale to lead another glorious era at the Santiago Bernabeu.Bale, who has won two Champions League titles in three years in Spain, solidifies his position as one of the highest earners in football along with the likes of Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar.last_img read more

Gordon Strachan leaves Scotland job with immediate effect

first_img“After almost five years the board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming UEFA Nations League.“We are grateful to both Gordon and Mark for their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future.”Strachan said: “I said on my first day as Scotland manager that it was the proudest moment of my career and that I wanted to put a smile back on the nation’s face again. “I share the profound disappointment at missing out on the play-offs, especially having worked so hard to fight our way back into contention. “The players should receive immense credit for that resilience in coming back from a difficult start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country.”He added: “Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me for ever.“Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. Through highs and lows you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve. “I would like to thank the board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach. It has been a real privilege.”Strachan replaced Craig Levein as manager in January 2013 and initially stabilised the team’s fortunes before raising hopes with some promising early results in Euro 2016 qualifying.The team failed to reach the finals in France after losing to Georgia and Germany and drawing with Poland in the final stages of 2015.The campaign to qualify for World Cup 2018 started poorly, with a return of just four points from the first 12 available.That raised questions over his future but after a five-hour board meeting the Scottish FA said they believed Strachan was the man to turn around the team’s fortunes.Results improved, with Scotland going on a run of six competitive matches unbeaten and 14 points taken from a possible 18.A draw in the final qualifier against Slovenia meant the side narrowly missed out on the play-offs and Strachan refused to answer questions on his future in the immediate aftermath of the match.In his 40 games in charge, Scotland won 19, drew nine and lost 12. “Gordon’s tenure will end with immediate effect along with that of his assistant coach, Mark McGhee. “We are grateful to Gordon for the passion, professionalism and commitment demonstrated since his appointment in January 2013.”Stewart Regan, Scottish FA chief executive, said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team. “I know how disappointed he was that we couldn’t secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad. Gordon Strachan has left his post as Scotland manager after the failure to reach the World Cup 2018 play-offs.The 60-year old’s contract comes to an end next month and the Scottish FA will not renew his deal.Instead, a new manager will be sought to lead the country into the Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers.In a statement, a spokesman for the governing body said: “The board of the Scottish FA and Gordon Strachan have agreed that the Scotland national team will be led by a new head coach in preparation for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.last_img read more

ISP Bloomington along with Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

first_img• Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.• Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages. Instead, call a taxi, a family member or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.• If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.• Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk! Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.Anyone observing erratic driving should call 911 immediately and be prepared to give a detailed description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel. Callers can remain anonymous. The Indiana State Police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving. Troopers from the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post along with Deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Monroe County this Friday, March 17th, 2017. Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations available and will only wait briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. Hoosiers are asked to help do their part in making Indiana roadways safer by observing the following tips:last_img read more

The Pettiest Ways People Have Gotten Revenge on Their Significant Other

first_imgWe’re one week away from the one day a year where we’re supposed to celebrate our love.  The other 364 days?  Nothing but spite, baby.Buzzfeed just asked people to share the PETTIEST ways they’ve ever gotten revenge in a relationship.  Here are five of our favorites . . .1.  “After a fight, my husband stormed out of the house and said he was going to see a movie.  I knew which one it was and he’d been looking forward to it, so I Googled spoilers and texted them to him while he was driving there.”2.  “He called me a name, so I cut the nipples out of his shirts.”3.  “I waited until he had finished the second-to-last episode of a show on Netflix, then I changed the password.”4.  “I mashed his iPhone charger so it wouldn’t work, and then I ate his leftover Popeyes biscuits in the fridge.”5.  “After an argument, I put a shrimp in the hollow part of the curtain rod and closed it up.”last_img read more

Crime Prevention Conversations at the LPRC Houston Robbery Prevention Summit

first_imgOn Wednesday, July 27, over 70 retail professionals along with Houston law enforcement personnel stepped away from their jobs to take part in a groundbreaking event: the Loss Prevention Research Council’s (LPRC) Houston Robbery Prevention Summit.The meeting started with Dr. Read Hayes of the LPRC introducing goals and objectives for the gathering. Speakers from Walmart and Sam’s Club presented findings on robbery trends in the Houston market, along with organized retail crime analyses. CAP Index followed with a presentation on findings of Houston robbery trends in different retail sectors coupled with crime mappings over the past three years.Soon after, Walmart’s representative, Russell Hinds, led a discussion on robbery offenders and the various mitigation efforts deployed by different retailers. Law enforcement then provided recommendations based on those efforts.- Sponsor – Lastly, the retailers, along with FBI, ATF, and HSI special agents, brainstormed with local law enforcement on how to better bridge present-day gaps enveloped within the communication system in order to effectively combat crimes in Houston.The summit was a great success as it not only brought together a great number of retail professionals and law enforcement personnel but gave everyone an opportunity to collaborate on how the community as a whole can move forward in the future robbery prevention endeavors. The summit will lead to retailer-law enforcement professionals working together over the next year in the Houston area to reduce violent retail crime. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Helping Grow High Performance Computing STEM Pipeline Through Inclusiveness

first_imgThe High Performance Computing (HPC) community is focused on solving the world’s biggest challenges, from advancing genomic research for combating diseases to the ability to analyze large amounts of data quickly and determine high-value predictions for guiding better decisions without human intervention. To do any of this type of work, the HPC community needs to comprise different disciplines, degree levels, and industry focus areas.As the demand for HPC technology increases we need to ensure the talent pipeline mirrors this same trajectory. The consequences of not ensuring we have successors, I believe, will truly impact the overall future of new discoveries.I’ve seen firsthand, as the Intel Parallel Computing Center Manager, how researchers and developers concluded far greater and more comprehensive solutions by including people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.This need for diversity is one of the reasons why I’m excited about Intel’s investment in a new fellowship program to enable women and under-represented minorities to pursue graduate degrees in computational and data science. This program is available to students attending a recognized graduate program in the targeted disciplines anywhere in the world. The goal is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science that historically have tended to not participate in the computing field. Intel is committed to funding $300,000 in fellowships per year for the next five years.The program is administered by SIGHPC, the ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing. SIGHPC is devoted exclusively to the needs of students, faculty, and practitioners in High Performance Computing. The group works to help spread the use of HPC, help raise the standards of the profession, and help ensure a rich and rewarding career for people involved in the field.This is a great program and it will give students exposure to the use of computer science in applications ranging from life sciences and atmospheric studies to energy exploration and product development. At the same time, participating students can leverage the Intel Fellowship award in building their resume and personal brand.If you’re interested in applying for the fellowship, please submit all required documentation during the period from March 15, 2016 to April 30, 2016. For more details on the qualification requirements and the nomination process, please visit the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships site.last_img read more