The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 11, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Incredibles 22. Crazy Rich Asians3. Christopher Robin4. BlacKkKlansman5. Tomb Raider (2018)6. The Spy Who Dumped Me7. Ant-Man and the Wasp8. Papillon (2018)9. Skyscraper10. The MegiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Leave No Trace2. Hotel Artemis3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post4. Eighth Grade5. Here and Now6. Three Identical Strangers7. Pan’s Labyrinth8. Juliet, Naked9. Mountain10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish With English Subtitles)__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

Chamber hosting Geoscience BC at Tuesdays luncheon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A delegate from Geoscience BC will be the next guest speaker at the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.Geoscience BC is an independent non-profit organization that studies earth science in B.C., collaborating with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. The organization has conducted a number of studies in Northern B.C. over the last few years, including aerial surveys of mineral deposits, groundwater, as well a natural gas atlas.The next Chamber luncheon will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel on March 20th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the lunch are $35 for Chamber members and $40 for potential members. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-20-chamber-luncheon-with-geoscience-bc-tickets-43553431486last_img read more

RIL outsmarts US sends fuel to Venezuela from India EU

first_imgNew Delhi/ Mexico City/ Washington DC: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to sidestep sanctions that bar US-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA, according to trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data, reported Reuters website. Reliance had been supplying alkylate, diluent naphtha and other fuel to Venezuela through its US-based subsidiary before Washington DC imposed sanctions in late January aimed at curbing the Opec member’s oil exports and ousting Socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. At least three vessels chartered by the Indian conglomerate supplied refined products to Venezuela in recent weeks, and another vessel carrying gasoil is expected to set sail to the South American nation as well, according to the sources and data, Reuters added in its report. A Reliance spokesman wrote to Reuters in an email: “Reliance is and will remain in compliance with the sanctions and shall work with the concerned authorities.” He added that “the volume of products supplied to and crude oil imported from Venezuela have not increased.” PDVSA’s second-largest customer in India is Nayara Energy, partially owned by Russian energy firm Rosneft, one of PDVSA’s primary allies. Reliance has significant exposure to the financial system of the USA, where it operates subsidiaries linked to its oil and telecom businesses, among others. The Indian market is crucial for Venezuela’s economy because it has historically been the second-largest cash-paying customer for the Opec country’s crude, behind the United States. Meanwhile, a top US official has said that India has been co-operating with the US on the Venezuelan sanctions and it is the “understanding” of the Trump administration that private Indian companies have stopped importing oil from the Latin American country. The US official’s comment came as Washington ramps up actions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. The senior Trump administration official said: “My understanding is that Indian private companies, who were importing Venezuelan oil, have stopped”. These companies, which also have interest in the US, are unlikely to ignore the US sanctions, he told reporters. Responding to a question on India’s response to the US efforts against the “authoritarian regime” in Venezuela, the official said that India has been co-operative with the US. “The Indians have been cooperative in communicating to the private companies,” he said, adding that the issue has been part of India-US discussion. “We value our relationship with India and the strategic partnership,” the official said, adding that it is natural that Venezuela, which is very important right now, would be raised in its discussions with India. Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a meet with visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, said that he hoped India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country.last_img read more

AAP Congress will form alliance in the end says Delhi BJP leader

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national Capital. The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.”I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance,” Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the BJP will win all the seven seats in the national Capital. “The AAP had formed government in Delhi with the Congress’ support earlier too,” he said, adding that the AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal had once said he would never form government with the Congress support, but he later did a U-turn. “Both parties are involved in a friendly fight,” he said. However, the people of Delhi will not be fooled by them, Upadhyay said. Earlier Tuesday, the Congress said it had shown a “big heart” by agreeing to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, and the ball was now in the court of the Kejriwal-led party. A day earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal had indulged in a public spat over the issue.last_img read more

2 dead 4 injured in North Carolina campus shooting

first_imgCharlotte (US): A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said. Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the suspect. The shooting prompted a lockdown at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and caused widespread panic across campus as students scrambled to take shelter. “Just loud bangs. A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind,” said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend’s art show. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampus Police Chief Jeff Baker said authorities received a call in the late afternoon that a suspect armed with a pistol had shot several students. He said officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said at a news conference. He said two people were killed, and three remained in critical condition late Tuesday. He said a fourth person’s injuries were less serious. Students were among the victims, but officials would not say how many. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22. They said he’s in custody with charges pending. Monifa Drayton, an adjunct professor, was walking onto campus when she heard the shots. She said she directed students fleeing the scene to take cover inside a parking deck. “I heard one final gunshot and I saw all the children running toward me,” she said. “We started to get all the children pulled into the second floor of the parking deck and the rationale was if we’re in the parking deck and there’s a shooter and we don’t know where he is, he won’t have a clear shot.” She added: “My thought was, I’ve lived my life, I’ve had a really good life, so, these students deserve the same. And so, whatever I could do to help any child to safety, that’s what I was going to do.” The suspect’s grandfather Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said that Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died. Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. But Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, said Rold, who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted by an Associated Press reporter. “You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.” Shortly after UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown, aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.last_img read more

Marrakech to host Worlds Largest Museum for Photography

first_imgCasablanca – Marrakech is going international once again— According to Public Radio International (PRI), Morocco’s Southern Pearl will be home to the world’s largest museum devoted to photography and visual arts.According to Karen Ruimy, an international Moroccan singer, performer and author, the news about the museum initiative has created a buzz in Marrakech and cheered its residents, especially the young generation.“The reaction from the young generation is amazing,” Ruimy told PRI. “They are very hungry for any opening of an institution that’s going to bring art to them, because art means freedom of expression.” Ruimy is one of the Moroccan celebrities who are providing some of the financing for the construction of the museum.To draw attention to this new, majestic cultural institution, the Red City hosted an event that brought together a number of famous photographers to spend a week in Marrakech and share their experience in the Moroccan city.Susan Meiselas, one of the photographers invited to the event, shared an impressive experience she had in Marrakech that changed her opinion about photography in Morocco.Meiselas had used her imagination to check whether Moroccans had maintained the same relationship with photography, as she had realized before that most Moroccans did not like to be photographed.To check that, she had chosen a public area in Marrakech and installed the following items: a tripod, a camera, a white sheet to reflect the light and a black cloth as the background for her photos.Meiselas offered to take a photo of female passersby in exchange either of MAD 20 or a copy of their portrait. She was surprised to see some Moroccan women choosing to have a copy of their portrait instead of the money, and even gave her the permission to exhibit their photos.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Heat Rolling Along Nicely Without LeBron So

Photo by USA Today.For all the disappointment in Miami and excitement in Cleveland that LeBron James changed teams last summer, it is the Heat that have the most to smile about at this early stage of the season.Luol Deng, who was ripped by Atlanta Hawks general manager as “having a little African in him” and being a locker room weak link, has stepped in nicely in James’ place. He’s been a steady influence in his demeanor and his play has been solid, culminating with his best performance in the team’s biggest win of the season in Dallas.Deng lit up the high-flying Mavericks for 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting with four assists Sunday in Miami’s impressive 105-96 victory. He also shut down Dallas’ key offseason acquisition, Chandler Parsons, holding him to just four points on 2-for-20 shooting.LeBron who?”We still have a lot to figure out,” Deng said. ”Their game plan today, they doubled Bosh and D-Wade, and we did a good job of moving the ball and had a lot of open jumpers.”Chris Bosh stayed with the Heat after James departed to Cleveland and is more of a featured player than in the four years with James at the helm. He had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in his hometown. Dwyane Wade, James’ old sidekick, had 10 assists and seems to enjoy again being the team’s top player.The win in Dallas was “our best win of the year so far,” Wade said.They took down the Mavericks in Miami’s sixth game in nine nights, on the road. They are 5-2 and second in the Eastern Conference, while James’ Cavaliers are wallowing at 2-3, ninth place in the conference.It stands to reason that James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will find a rhythm and end up being the stellar team that most pundits expected when the consensus best player left Miami to return to his home state.But for now, Miami seems as if it has the goods to be better than expected. Maybe the Heat will not fall apart without James. Maybe Eric Spolestra can coach. And maybe Cleveland and Miami will face each other in the playoffs. That would be worth watching. read more

Video New second wall freekick routine goes horribly wrong

first_imgWe’ve seen many genius methods when it comes to set-pieces over the years, but Japan’s “second wall” idea went horribly wrong for one unlucky fellaLast year, a Japanese high school reformed the way set-pieces are taken in the country with a method like none other seen before.It involves a three-player-wall, linked arm in arm, edging slowly back from the ball and towards the defence.Now a Sunday League side have introduced something similar, but it did not end well for the guy who got hit in the face.In the video below, two players in green stand in front of the wall in an attempt to confuse the free-kick taker.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.But it ended in disaster with one of the two green players lying on the ground after being hit in the face as play resumed.There has been no update on him since, but don’t be surprised if he woke up with a large ball print etched across his face after seeing this.The greatest and most inventive free kick I have ever seen pic.twitter.com/27RQiYybiN— Mario (@MMLe0) August 20, 2018last_img read more

Valencia midfielder ped off at Fellainis goal despite handball

first_imgMarouane Fellaini’s late effort in the first group match between Valencia and Manchester United is still creating controversy.Despite a handball by Fellaini in the build-up, his goal gave the Red Devils a 1-0 win over Valencia in their first group meeting. The Spanish squad will be playing their final group game against Manchester United for a chance to make it to the Europa League next year.Valencia’s Carlos Soler said the team got mad at the situation, but they want to move forward.“It’s true that the hand of Fellaini if he hadn’t scored, we would have the opportunity still intact, so I have no more comment for this,” the midfielder said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Obviously, we are a bit p***ed off with the situation, but we cannot change it so we will have to look forward.”Pressure is mounting on Valencia boss Marcelino, with his side currently in decline in all competitions.“I know how the club thinks about me and the feelings they have for me, so I’m not doubtful in this aspect,” Marcelino said.“I feel absolutely sure about my position in the club and also I think that coaches should always have their priorities clear, and my experiences as a coach tell me my priorities should be trying to improve our results and I am convinced this will happen, that we will get better.”last_img read more

Freedom Reigns Third Annual Fundraiser

first_imgJennifer Waller with Freedom House: “We run off of faith and miracles. This community has stepped up and helped us like no other and has gotten us to where we are at.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Freedom House will be hosting their 3rd annual ‘Freedom Reigns’ fundraiser on February 23. You can visit the Freedom House Facebook page for continued updates on volunteer needs and days as well as more information regarding the fundraiser. The women’s Freedom House opened in January of 2018, and according to Waller; over 500 volunteers came together in 4 1/2 months with roughly 3,500 labor hours donated in order to get the building up to code. Waller said the Men’s house should be open at the end of March: “It turned out to be a ten bedroom house, five bathrooms, and two full kitchens. It’ll be a really nice living facility once we get to open.”  The home purchased for Freedom House Men is located on 167 Warehouse Drive in Soldotna. The home was previously used as an assisted living home. The event starts at 6pm, and will be held at Skyview Middle School. Community members are invited to enjoy a home cooked dinner, hear testimonies from alumni and current residents, and hear an update on the Men’s home.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 1, 2019:#1) 3rd Annual Wilmington Special Olympics School Day GamesThe Wilmington and Burlington communities are invited to fill the stands of Wilmington High School Athletic Complex from 9am-1pm for Wilmington’s 3rd Annual Unified School Day Games. This joyful event will feature students from the Wilmington and Burlington school districts in a Unified Sports event – which allows for both students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate side by side in a truly inclusive setting.#2) DEADLINE: Write A Thank You Note To Mrs. FenneyAfter nearly 47 years of teaching in the Wilmington Public School system, Joan (Walsh) Feeney will be retiring in June.Some of her co-workers are looking for comments, short notes or an update from students and families from the past 47 years.If you have a quick note, memory, or an update to share with Ms. Walsh/Feeney, please email either Michelle.LeVesque@wpsk12.com or Lisa.Murphy@wps12k.com  by May 1, 2019. Please put Joan Feeney in the subject line of the email. All of these stories and notes will be put into a keepsake journal for Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Please spread the word, but DO NOT share this info with Ms. Walsh/Feeney.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council meets from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the High School’s Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead Striking similarity with Tupacs tragic end surprises

first_imgNipsey HussleGetty imagesRapper Nipsey Hussle was shot by a man in a dark shirt thrice before leaving his dead body in front of his Marathon Clothing store. Reports said the shooter had a heated discussion with Nipsey before unloading his gun.Fellow rapper, T.I. said Nipsey was killed because the gunman could not see another person  leading his community, reported TMZ. T.I. aka Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. was on TMZ Live, discussing “why anyone would kill the beloved the rapper in his neighbourhood.”A glance at the rapper’s other ventures reveals more. Ermias Davidson Asghedom aka Nipsey Hussle had an excellent business sense as seen from the success of his retail store and brand, the Marathon Clothing. It was the first smart store of its kind, where the idea of using technology in the retail business was pioneered and has become a hit too. His unshakeable belief in his own rap and business excellence has often reflected in his outlandish expenditure. Apart from his business, he reportedly offered opportunities to local youth and made the upliftment of his community as a top priority. A barbershop, learning centre for kids, fish store and cryptocurrency company are some of the ventures that he had left behind, in addition to the clothing store. TupacGetty imagesNipsey’s activities to fight against mob culture and to uplift the community reminds similar efforts by Tupac Shakur, a famous rapper who was killed by unknown assailants in 1996. Shakur was one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 75 million records sold worldwide. He worked for his community addressing contemporary social issues and was revered as a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality even to this day.So was Nipsey’s rise from the streets the way Tupac’s was and both became victims of gun violence in their own neighbourhood, against which they had raised voice. Though Nipsey saw that wealth-building could be a way of empowering the blacks, his wealth failed to stem jealousy that reportedly led to his death.last_img read more

VW would sell assets to repay loan if no other way available

first_imgVolkswagen has told banks supplying a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) credit line that it would sell assets if it finds no other way of repaying the one-year loan, two people familiar with the matter said.Europe’s largest carmaker is under pressure to strengthen its finances as it is expected to have to pay out tens of billions of Euros to cover fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits after it admitted to cheating US diesel emissions tests and falsifying carbon dioxide emissions.The biggest corporate scandal in the German company’s 78-year history has forced out its long-time CEO, wiped billions of Euros off its market value and hammered its bonds, making it much more expensive for the company to borrow through its traditionally-preferred route of the debt market.VW secured the 20 billion Euro bridging loan from 13 banks this week and is planning to refinance it by issuing bonds over the next couple of months, the sources said.Under the terms, VW assured the lenders it would sell or list assets worth up to significantly more than 20 billion Euros if it fails to find other sources of money, the people said.Volkswagen declined to comment.”No specific assets have been discussed,” one of the people said, while another person said a potential emergency rights issue was also an option.Investment bankers are pitching ideas to Volkswagen on potential ways to raise money, though decisions are unlikely before more clarity on the scope of penalty payments and recall costs have emerged, the people said.Listings of divisions such as Audi, Porsche or its truck business – which is being carved out now – seem unlikely, but the non-truck parts of VW’s MAN subsidiary are expected to be at the top of the list of potential divestments, the people said.The MAN power engineering operations, whose products include ship engines, mini power plants, special gear units, propulsion components and testing systems, may be valued at 4-5 billion Euros in a potential deal, the people said.The division accounted for all of MAN’s 101 million Euro nine-month operating group profit and for more than a quarter of its 9.98 billion in sales.”Volkswagen may also consider divesting luxury car brands Bentley and Lamborghini or motor bike brand Ducati, although these units don’t really move the needle,” one of the sources said.Separately, VW said the number of cars whose carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption have been understated may turn out to be smaller than the 800,000 announced last month. VW has said it expects costs of at least 2 billion Euros from the issue.Investigations into the circumstances of the manipulations and number of affected vehicles have not been concluded yet, “but many CO2 levels have in the meantime turned out to be quite accurately measured,” a spokesman said.VW’s Skoda subsidiary said on Thursday initial suspicions that the Czech brand was also affected by the CO2 malfeasance have turned out to be wrong.Almost 500 lawsuits have been filed in the United States against VW, Audi and Porsche since the emissions scandal became public on 18 September, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR said on Thursday, without citing the source of the information.last_img read more

ACC identifies 10 corruption sources in railways

first_imgRailways minister Nurul Islam Sujan. UNB File PhotoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a report to railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Tuesday identifying 10 sources of corruption in the sector.ACC chairman Mozammel Haque Khan handed over the report to the minister at his office, reports news agency UNB.Khan said the report, prepared by the ACC institutional team, also made 15 recommendations. The report, however, does not contain opinion of any expert.The ACC chairman said that the anti-graft body has been working tirelessly to curb corruption focusing on the prime minister’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy.In 2017, the ACC formed 25 separate institutional teams for as many establishments to identify sources of corruption and prevent it.It has so far filed 12 reports to concerned ministries. The report on railways is its 13th.last_img read more

We Remember Mates A Pearl Harbor Survivor Looks Back

first_imgWikipedia CommonsThe U.S.S. Shaw explodes after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.Today is Pearl Harbor Day. On this day 75 years ago, the Japanese attacked the U.S. fleet in Hawaii and launched America into World War II.Courtesy – Cliff HamberlinVaughn Hamberlin, Pearl Harbor survivor who served on the U.S.S. Tennessee.One of the men who survived the attack was Vaughn Hamberlin, who served aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee. Some 35 years later, in 1976, he revisited the site of the attack and was moved to write an account of that day and his feelings for his fallen comrades.On this Pearl Harbor Day, his son, Cliff Hamberlin of The Woodlands, tells us about his father. And we hear some of Vaughn’s account of that day from an article he wrote shortly after revisiting the site. It was published in the Beaumont Enterprise.Vaughn Hamberlin died in 1994 in Beaumont.“We Remember Mates”Vaughn Hamberlin’s Account of Pearl Harbor, Used by PermissionAs we glided across the blue-green water of Pearl Harbor, we were all caught up in the beauty of the “Pearl of the Pacific.” My mind quickly traveled back across the years to a Sunday morning not unlike this one.As a young man of nineteen, I had been assigned duty aboard the battleship U.S.S. Tennessee. In two days I would complete my first year in the U.S. Navy. On this particular morning, I was waiting with my fellow softball team members for a launch that was to transport us to the Naval “Rec” field. None of the team ever boarded that launch.The anticipation of a day of leisure at the recreation field and on the beach was broken by an excited voice on the public announcing system, “All hands man your battle stations!” As the ship’s crew hastened to their stations I thought, “Why couldn’t this drill have waited five minutes, then we would have been off the ship.” I should have known something was wrong; normally, general quarters was sounded on a boatswain’s whistle, followed by verbal instructions. The voice on the loud speaker began shouting, “This is no drill; it is the real thing!”Before I reached my station the old wagon was shaking from stem to stern. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia which was tied to our port side had taken the first of what would be many torpedoes into her port side. World War II had begun.From that moment on things began to happen so fast and furious it is hard to put them in sequence. The short time that followed branded my mind with memories that would last a lifetime.The battleship U.S.S. Maryland was docked just forward of the U.S.S. Tennessee with the U.S.S. Oklahoma alongside her. None of the ships escaped being hit by either torpedoes or bombs in the first few minutes.At the beginning of the vicious attack, the Oklahoma was hit hard on her port side by several torpedoes – as was the West Virginia. It was standard procedure for all ships to get underway when under attack; but to everyone’s horror, when the Oklahoma’s lines were cut from the Maryland she immediately began to roll over. It only took a few minutes until she was bottom-up, trapping many of her crew below deck.The West Virginia would have seen the same fate if an old boatswain on the Tennessee had not refused to allow her lines to be cut from us. She sank only a few feet and her keel rested the bottom, wedging the Tennessee against the quays, making it impossible for her to move; but without a doubt the boatswain’s decision had saved many lives on the West Virginia. The U.S.S. California docked forward of the Maryland had much the same fate as the West Virginia.Being located as they were the Tennessee and Maryland were protected from the torpedo planes. Directly aft of us was the battleship U.S.S. Arizona and the repair ship U.S.S. Vestal was alongside her. Because of Ford Island, the Naval Air Station, the attackers could not make a water approach from our starboard side; however, we did take several heavy bomb hits and a lot of strafing.Then the biggest blast of the day came; the Arizona blew up! Some believe a bomb went directly in her stack; others believe a torpedo went under the Vestal, hitting her below the armor plating, blowing her boilers and magazines. It seems inconceivable that what I saw could actually happen. Her forward deck seemed to roll forward, and she belched forth fire, steel, oil, and men; all coming down on the ships around her. It seemed for a time the entire line of battlewagons was on fire and that nothing could be saved. My whole world was on fire.No one knows how, but the Vestal was able to get underway and move out of the holocaust and move away from the Arizona; but her freedom was short lived when she caught a couple of heavy bomb hits – one ripping her open from the main deck to her keel. She began to sink, and her Skipper ran her aground to prevent disaster.Throughout the attack I was alternately fighting fire and handling the dead and wounded. My hands had never before touched a dead man. It was a horrifying experience to have the flesh of a man fall apart to my touch. I heard cries, whispered prayers of fear, and cursing in anger; but through it all, I saw no panic. I had tasted the bitters of Hell, but I did not weep.In the days following, I was assigned to a launch as the motorman. Two others – a coxswain and a bowman, made up the launch crew. Our duty was removing bodies that were rising to the surface in the harbor. It was almost impossible to pull the bodies into the launch without tearing the flesh, so we towed them to a specially built float at the recreation field.After three days this work began to tell on my nerves. Each time we removed a body I was afraid to search for identification; because you see, I was afraid I would find my brother Wayne, who was assigned to the Vestal.On the third day after the attack, I told the bowman how to operate the engine and then asked the coxswain to drop me off on the gangway to the Vestal, then lay-off and wait for me. I was surprised when the Duty Officer allowed me aboard; but when I told him why I made the request, all he asked me was if I know where my brother’s quarters were.  When I said yes, he welcomed me aboard. I walked to the hatch that led down to Wayne’s quarters, and my heart almost stopped from what I saw. The hatchway was blown away, and a bomb had gone right through Wayne’s quarters. I began to shake. I tried to light a cigarette, and my hands shook so hard I couldn’t contact flame with cigarette. A man lit my cigarette for me.  It was a friend of my brother whom I had met on a previous visit. He said Wayne was okay, but was on the beach in a work party. I was shaken, but did not weep.It took ten day to remove the Tennessee from her wedge between the West Virginia and the quays. When she was freed we returned to the shipyard at Bremerton, Washington for extensive repairs and alterations.The years that followed were spent on three ships in every corner of the globe, both in the Pacific and the Atlantic. All through the suspense, monotony, loneliness, and horror, I was proud that this farm boy had the privilege of wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam’s Navy. The songs “Anchors Aweigh,” “America the Beautiful,” and our beloved “Star Spangled Banner” still make my chest swell with pride.As the tour craft pulled alongside the memorial that is constructed over the still visible hull of the Arizona, my thoughts returned to the present. The crowd was very quiet as we filed aboard the Memorial. The first thing we saw was the great bell that served the battleship for many years. The people were very reverent; and when anyone spoke, it was almost in a whisper. My wife and I stood for several minutes viewing the pictures of the attack and read the more than one thousand names of those still entombed in the hull only a few feet below where we were standing.As we stood looking down on what would have been about mid-ship, small wisps of oil would occasionally break on the surface as if those below were saying, “Hey up there; we’re still here.” I wanted to shout, “We remember mates – and thank you.” I wept.As I stood gripping the railing with my back to the crowd so they could not see the tears rolling down my face, my thoughts raced through history and the years from 1776 to the present. There were so many that had paid the ultimate price to win and hold the freedom we enjoy. To those below and the others before and after you, “You are not forgotten.”“We Remember Mates”Vaughn E. HamberlinBorn: Sept. 26, 1922 in Gilmer, TexasDied: April 13, 1994 in Beaumont, TexasMr. Hamberlin first visited the Arizona Memorial in April 1976 and wrote this article May 10, 1976. Sharelast_img read more

Downhouse Opens Providing Escape From The Disaster Of Harvey

first_img– / 2Down House in the Houston Heights is among the businesses open today, despite widespread flooding across Greater Houston.Sarah Hinkle is manager of their partner store, D&T Drive Inn, and she came in to work the counter at Down House today, which is serving a limited menu. She told Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin they decided to open to give residents some reprieve from the weather.“Just to be here for people in the neighborhood who needed to get out of their homes,” Hinkle said. “The Heights, because of some of the bayous, has kind of been an island the last few days. And since we’re in that island — and a few of us live in that island who could get here — we wanted to be here.”The restaurant is also serving as a drop-off point for people to deliver donations of food and supplies. Sharelast_img read more

Three School Records Fall at the Victor Lopez Classic

first_imgMen’s 100m 4. Sterling Warner – 10.72 (+0.4)6. Donald McClinton – 10.81 (+0.4) HOUSTON, Texas – Alexis Gibbons, Gabriela Leon and Morgan Zacharias each set school records to cap off the final day of the Victor Lopez Classic. The Cardinals finished with seven wins and 21 top three finishes.  Men’s 100m (Section B)19. D’Onte Blount – 11.74 (-0.3) The Cardinals will split up for competition next weekend, participating in the Texas Relays March 28-30, the Raleigh Relays March 29-30 and the Ole Miss Classic on March 30. Men’s 400m (Section B)1. Anthony Crandon – 48.12 Makenli Forrest won the discus with a career best toss of 55.76m/182-11. Marcus Jegede wrapped up the field event wins for the Cardinals with a leap of 7.68m/25-02.50 in the long jump. Women’s 100m Hurdles4. Sydney Hill – 14.158. Kelsey Heyward – 14.54 Men’s 200m (Section B)7. Anthony Crandon – 22.09 (+0.5)9. Sterling Warner – 22.15 (+2.5)18. Tyler Ettel – 22.71 (+0.5) Women’s Javelin 8. Addie Wanner – 36.52m/119-10 Men’s Long Jump1. Marcus Jegede – 7.68m/25-02.503. Anthony McRoberts – 7.36m/24-01.7514. Aaron Johnson – 6.70m/21-11.75 Women’s High Jump2. Alivia Ash – 1.73m/05-08 Men’s High Jump2. Anthony McRoberts – 2.03m/06-082. Luke Nichols – 2.03m/06-086. Skyler VanMeter – 1.93m/06-048. Dominic McClinton – 1.88m/06-0212. Clay Moss – 1.83m/06-00 Women’s Discus Throw1. Makenli Forrest – 55.76m/182-115. Gianna Gaul – 46.24m/151-086. Lilli Popovich – 46.11m/151-03 Story Links Gibbons leaped a personal best of 6.39m/20-11.75 on her third attempt in the long jump.  With the mark she broke Charachesicia Lockhart’s long jump record of 6.34m/20-9.75 set in during the 2012 season, winning the event.  Women’s 100m (Section B)2. Angel Amadi – 12.04 (+1.6)4. Jo Bond – 12.05 (+1.6) Men’s Javelin12. Clay Moss – 39.98m/131-0214. Dominic McClinton – 37.53m/123-01 Women’s Triple Jump3. Nika Karpenko – 12.22m/40-01.254. Renate van Tonder – 12.10m/39-08.50 Women’s 200m2. Sharnae Alston – 24.41 (-0.4) Women’s Shot Put1. Rashida Harris – 15.59m/51-01.758. Victoria Farley – 14.10m/46-03.25 Women’s 100m5. Sharnae Alston – 11.92 (-0.4) Men’s 200m2. Donald McClinton – 21.20 (-0.5) Women’s 400m Hurdles6. Kelsey Heyward – 1:05.01 Men’s 4x400m 4. Louisville ‘A’ – 3:18.31 (Crandon, Jones, Warner, Ettel)10. Louisville ‘B’ – 3:31.49 (Dom. McClinton, Johnson, Blount, Weaver) Louisville swept the shot put with Cade Richeson winning on the men’s side and Rashida Harris winning on the women’s side. Richeson heaved a 17.60m/57-09 for the win while Harris threw  a personal best of 15.59m/51-01.75. Victor Lopez ClassicMarch 23, 2019Track | Houston, Texas Men’s 400m Hurdles (Section B)2. Kameron Jones – 54.45 Women’s 100m Hurdles (Section B)1. Kayla Alexander – 14.03 (+0.1) Women’s Pole Vault2. Morgan Zacharias – 4.20m/13-09.253. Gabriela Leon – 4.20m/13-09.255. Aliyah Welter – 3.80m/12-05.50 Women’s 4x100m2. Louisville – 45.50 (Alston, Amadi, Bond, Alexander) Men’s Pole Vault6. Lucas Weaver – 4.76m/15-07.25 Women’s 200m (Section B)5. Angel Amadi – 24.62 (+2.6)9. Jo Bond – 25.00 (+2.6)25. Sydney Hill – 26.09 (+1.0)38. Addie Wanner – 27.22 Men’s Shot Put1. Cade Richeson – 17.60m/57-09 On the track, Kayla Alexander clocked a 14.03, winning the 100m hurdles. Anthony Crandon collected his second-straight win in the 400m with a time of 48.12. Men’s 110m Hurdles (Section B)4. Aaron Johnson – 15.05 (-0.5)12. Dominic McClinton – 15.97 (-0.6)19. Clay Moss – 19.35 (-0.6) Leon and Zacharias each cleared 4.20m/13-09.25 in pole vault to break the previous record of 4.18m/13-8.50 held by Chanel Krause and Leon. Zacharias finished second in the event while Leon finished third.  Women’s Long Jump1. Alexis Gibbons – 6.39m/20-11.752. Renate van Tonder – 6.27m/20-073. Gabriela Leon – 6.13m/20-01.509. Kayla Alexander – 5.63m/18-05.75 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Of arty matters

first_imgThis collaborative showing is an eye opener into trends and facilities that are currently evolving at serious art gatherings, where this chosen handful has displayed their innovative interpretations earlier. Taking his sculptural explication of the kinetic force to the next notch, sculptor Ankit Patel uses a bicycle in motion to represent his concept of movement and energy. Titled Winner’s Pride, its strikes by its spruce linearity, rhythm of motion and exactitude of design repetition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A novel twist to a game of chess in the work titled Winner’s Pride, by artist Sanjay Srivastava, has the grip of aggressiveness shown in a fresh take by the pawn-like figures roofed under an inescapable pair of giant forms. The fierce spirit of competitiveness a characteristic outcome of the game, exploits the sport to provide the keynote for the artwork. The minutea of brass nails and chess pawns simulate the detached yet cumulative attitude of metropolitan living in the work by sculptor Ramesh Chandra Thorat. Known for his meditative stance in depicting evolutionary growth, his work exudes the contrast of the solidity of natural forces against the vulnerability of the human race in its surroundings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe solidity of the form in the bronze work by artist Ratan Krishna Saha excites viewer interest through its focal imagery of a wheel in motion. Its compact contours and grounded format interpret the creative energies of the work into a forceful yet compassionate narrative.The only painter in the group Asit Patrnaik, is known for his graphic exactitude, granulated texturing of the backdrop and his deep understanding of the colour palette. In the work titled Thoughtscape, he practically entices the viewer to delve beyond the surface and come up with an understanding of the silent play of moods that the forms in the foreground seem to convey.The five-member consortium has offered a handpicked series of works that have gelled together through their artistic competence, their deep-seated interpretative energies and their expert execution. The exhibition is therefore a must-see for art lovers with a yen for the innovative and the competent. WHERE: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhavanWHEN: On till 7 October, 11.00 am to 7.00 pmlast_img read more

For a warm and bubbly winter brunch

first_imgWith an array of seasonal vegetables and festive flavoured cuisine, Sorrento – Shangri-La Eros Hotel’s fine dining Italian restaurant is all set to enthrall foodies this winter. Winter Brunch and Bubbly at the restaurant has loads to offer to satiate your tummy over a leisurely brunch with your friends and family. The massive buffet spread would win anybody’s heart with the colourful display of all the salad ingredients, different cheeses and marinated olives, the mains laid out in large cooking pots, the fluffy sandwiches and inviting pizzas laid out on the station, and the unmistakable sweet aromatic dessert area. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChoose from the wide range of tropical cheese and marinated olives, while you also pile up your plate with lip smacking shrimp salad, Caesar salad, goat cheese stuffed zucchini rolls, and Bruschettas – the winner of the range. As the goat cheese in the zucchini rolls melts in your mouth and you decide to grab some more, it is advisable to try out the bruschettas with your choice of topping. If you are looking for a variety of Italian delights, stick to the plan of trying every dish without binging onto any specific one. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA favourite for chicken lovers would be the Chicken cacciatore, hot from the cooking pot. As you cut through the large and juicy chicken breast, you can inhale the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and basil leaves which have been enriching the braised chicken, and the accompanied peppers. If grilled meat defines your idea of a perfect brunch, their medium grilled lamb chops and salmon steaks with potatoes, broccoli and baby carrots will win your heart right away. Hovering over to the main course, it is wise to stuff your face with their homemade pasta, pizzas and sandwiches, fresh off the oven. Linguine with baby spinach, chili, garlic and prawns can lighten up the mood of any prawn lover, as you swoop in the pasta and much on to the al-dente prawns enjoying the sea-salty flavoured combination. Unlike several food festivals and seasonal menus which lack options for vegetarians, Sorrento presents a healthy variety of options for their vegetarian patrons. The Eggplant parmigiana is one such vegetarian masterpiece. It is a unique Italian baked dish which provides a well-blended taste of eggplant, cheese and tomatoes. The swell of cheese on the baked eggplant and the thickened tomato sauce produces an overwhelming aroma igniting all your olfactory nerves. What happens to be a befuddling decision is to stand over the desserts table wondering how you can gorge on all the delicious looking pastries. With over 10 different types of desserts, sweet-tooths will have a tough time picking their favourite mouthfulls. The winter menu has the classic Tiramisu, strawberry panna cotta, Chocolate decadence, Cannoli. But the stars of the afters would be strawberries and rich Belgian chocolate, used generously in the cakes, puddings and tarts. The menu is balanced with an exciting selection of in-house beverages like Ti Amo Prosecco, Grappa’s Signature Negronis, Red/ White Wine Popsicles, and Aperol Spritzers. Celebrate this winter with the finest bubbly and widest brunch spread over some quality conversation with your loved ones.last_img read more