Rally by Kashmiri separatists foiled

first_imgThe authorities on Friday foiled a march called by separatists in Kashmir by placing parts of Srinagar and Anantnag under security restrictions.All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik were either detained or placed under house arrest during the day. Security forces erected barricades in Srinagar and along the National Highway connecting the city with Anantnag. Train services were stopped in south Kashmir. No Friday prayers were allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid. “Why is the government choking our political activities if it believes in democracy?” the APHC chairman said.“Hundreds killed” The Mirwaiz alleged that “hundreds of people, mostly youth, have been killed in the ‘Operation All-Out’”.“The dictatorial approach of those in power is highly condemnable. The government has conceded its defeat by disallowing the rally,” the Mirwaiz added.last_img read more

Money at my London hotel room tour allowances: Butt

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Salman Butt claimed that the thousands of pounds of cash discovered by British police at his hotel room during spot-fixing investigation in late August was part of his legitimate tour allowances.Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamer were provisionally suspended by International Cricket Council following allegations of spot-fixing in a News of the World sting expose.The British tabloid had claimed that the Pakistani trio had conspired with London-based bookie Mazhar Majeed to bowl deliberate no-balls for money during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s in August.There were subsequent accusations that police had discovered USD 24,036 in marked notes in Butt’s hotel room.However, Butt said the wades of money were legitimate as they were tour allowances given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.”Well I think everybody knows the Pakistan Cricket Board pays us daily allowances on tours and it was a long tour,” he said in an excerpt of interview at his Lahore home with Sky Sports due to be broadcast later.”About 11,000 pounds of that money was from our daily allowances and being the captain I had an extra entertainment allowance which amounts to about 4,500 pounds from the tour, which I had with me,” said Butt.Butt’s case, and that of Asif and Aamer, will be heard by a three-man panel chaired by English lawyer Michael Beloff, who heads the ICC’s code of conduct commission, at a hearing in Doha, Qatar, next month.Butt said he is determined to resume playing professional cricket and his love for the game has not diminished despite the spot-fixing scandal.advertisement”The love of the game has got me there and that love is bigger than anything. I still remain positive and I know what I’m made of and where I’ve come from, and how I’ve played my cricket. Believe me, it has been a lot of passion all throughout my life,” he said.Asked if he was worried he would never play at the top level again, Butt said “I would certainly not like to think like that.”Butt also spoke about the support he’s received since spot fixing allegations came out in late August.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi has gone to US to attend conference: Congress

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) Rahul Gandhi has gone to Aspen in U S to attend a conference and would be back much before campaigning in Bihar polls gets underway, Congress said today dismissing BJPs criticism of the tour of the party Vice-President. Reacting sharply to the BJP criticism, partys chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said that it would be better for the BJP if it focused more on the poll tussle in Bihar rather than the visit to US of Gandhi. “With defeat in Bihar staring in the face like in Delhi, BJP is presenting Mohan Bhagwat with his anti-reservation statement while one day comes out with a new law for more reservation in Rajasthan…”, he claimed. The Congress leader insisted that the party Vice President has gone to the US to attend a conference Weekend with Charlie Rose at Aspen Institute in Colorado. BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao had earlier said that the Conference Gandhi was claimed to have gone to attend had got over in July and accused it of “resorting to falsehood to hide facts we dont know”. “Congress is unable to give proper reason for Rahuls absence. Everyday they are trotting out a new story, coming out with a new fact that turns out to be false. It is resorting to apparent falsehood and lies to hide facts we dont know,” he told reporters. Rao claimed the institutes manager had stated that nobody by the name of the Congress leader had either attended its event or was scheduled to take part in future. Rao said Rahul was entitled to go on a personal visit but Congress should stop “lying” to “mislead” the country. BJP and Congress are involved in a bitter war of words after the Congress leader left for the US, with the ruling party firing the first salvo derisively claiming he had been sent on a “forced vacation” as his Bihar allies believed that his presence would harm their chances in the assembly polls. Hitting back, Congress accused it of spreading “patent lies” and “petty canards” as BJP was foreseeing its “imminent loss” in the Bihar polls. “Rahul Gandhi is travelling to Aspen, US, on a short visit to attend a conference. Weekend with Charlie Rose is a conference where thought leaders from different walks of life like politics, finance, technology, media, medicine, sports gather to deliberate on multiple issues,” Surjewala had said. PTI SPG KR RGadvertisementlast_img read more

How blockchain can enhance trust in IoT interactions

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. With the rise of Bitcoin, corporate interest in the underlying blockchain technology has risen dramatically. Confusion arises, however, because much of the discussion centers on cryptocurrency, which is only one approach to using blockchain. To determine an approach that makes sense for the IoT, developers must first strip blockchain to its basics and build from there.Blockchain technology, essentially, provides a mechanism for a network of nodes to securely exchange information (called transactions) and mutually create a shared ledger documenting those transactions in a record that resists alteration. The basic process is simple, as shown in Figure 1 below. A node securely informs all the others of a transaction, which they validate and add to their list of pending transactions. At some point a “publishing node” creates a data block containing none, some, or all the pending transactions, which it presents to the network. When the nodes reach a consensus that the proposed block is valid they add it to their copy of the shared ledger and remove the corresponding transactions from their pending list.Each new block contains cryptographic links to the prior block added to the ledger, which in turn has links to its predecessor, continuing in an unbroken chain back to the first (genesis) block. The cryptographic links ensure that no block in the chain can be altered without detection, and the ledger’s many copies ensure there is no single point of failure that can destroy the ledger. Other mechanisms in blockchain’s technology ensure that all transactions get recorded, and that blocks linked to an incorrect copy of the ledger get rejected so that all functional copies of the ledger are identical. Figure 1 The essential operation of a blockchain is simple, but with many options available at each stage.While the overall operation of a blockchain implementation seems straightforward, there are many operational questions that must be resolved. How does a node join the network? What is the content of a transaction? How is it validated? Which nodes can publish a block? How often? What is its content? How do nodes reach a consensus on a block’s validity? What happens if there are several different blocks simultaneously awaiting validation? The blockchain developer’s answers to these questions will dictate their implementation’s operational effectiveness in its intended application. There are many options available for answering these questions; Bitcoin is simply one configuration of options developed for a cryptocurrency application and not even the only cryptocurrency blockchain.One place to start in defining a blockchain implementation for a specific application is to answer the question of how a node joins the network. There are essentially two types of blockchain network: permissionless and permissioned. A permissionless blockchain, also called a public blockchain, places no restrictions on what nodes can join the network and all nodes can participate in validation and consensus efforts. This results in a highly decentralized and redundant configuration. Bitcoin is a permissionless blockchain network.Permissioned networks, also called private blockchains, control what nodes can join, and which nodes are authorized to participate in validation and consensus. It is a less redundant and more centralized configuration than a public blockchain but can offer higher performance. Most enterprise and IoT applications of blockchain are likely to use permissioned network structures.Regardless of the blockchain network’s configuration, their blocks have a similar structure. Before a node announces a transaction, it encrypts that transaction using its private key to digitally “sign” the message. It may distribute its public key with the transaction so that the other nodes can validate accurate receipt of the transaction record or nodes may already have a copy of the key so that they can validate authorized messages as well as reject unauthorized messages. The transaction itself can contain virtually any kind of data, but often also designates both the source and the destination of the data transfer.One or more publisher nodes will combine a set of validated transactions into a block that is to be added to the chain and distribute the candidate block to the network. In addition to the transaction data, this block includes a header containing a cryptographic hash of the header from the prior block in the chain, a time stamp, and a cryptographic hash of the candidate block’s data. The header may also include a unique identifier called a nonce as well as other types of information the system may need. Figure 2 Each block’s header includes a cryptographic hash of the previous block’s header, thus creating a chain that cannot be altered without detection. (Source: NIST)Before a candidate block gets added to the chain, other nodes in the network must agree that it is valid, i.e., reach a consensus. Depending on the network configuration, nodes may not all participate in this consensus effort. In a blockchain designed for the IoT, for instance, there may be transaction-only nodes that do not maintain a copy of the chain or even other node’s transactions; they simply publish their data to the network. There may be lightweight nodes that keep copies of the headers only. Only full nodes, ones that validate and retain transactions, will retain a full copy of the blockchain. A full node may or may not be a publishing node, however, and may or may not participate in the consensus effort. The network’s configuration, especially that of a private blockchain network, determines which nodes take on what roles.The method by which nodes validate a candidate block – the consensus mechanism – is one of the areas where blockchain designers have considerable freedom but it can also involve considerable complexity. A basic problem with a distributed ledger is that, in practice, some of the nodes in the network will be untrustworthy and will deliberately or accidentally generate bad information that could contaminate the ledger. This is a particular risk in permissionless networks like Bitcoin; there are no impediments to a bad actor entering the network and plenty of incentive to “cook the books.” But even in a permissioned network there is a risk that one or more nodes will be untrustworthy.Fortunately, the attempt to reach a consensus on the validity of a block when some of the participants are trying to insert misinformation is a well-researched situation in information theory known as the Byzantine General’s Problem. Many consensus mechanisms have arisen from this research, but four major types are being used in most blockchain implementations: Proof of Work (PoW), Proof of Stake (PoS), Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS), and the Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT) algorithms. Each has its strengths and weaknesses in terms of their ability to resist malign behavior, computational efficiency by publishers and full nodes, communications bandwidth requirements, and the like, but the first and fourth are particularly noteworthy.PoW is the consensus mechanism used in Bitcoin. Essentially it requires a publishing node to solve a cryptographic puzzle before creating its candidate block. The puzzle is to determine a nonce to include in the block’s header so that the hash of that header satisfies a specific condition, such as having at least so many leading zeros. Solving this puzzle is a computationally intensive effort (the work) involving many trials using randomly generated nonce values until a satisfactory result is obtained. Once a node that is working on the puzzle has found its “golden nonce” it can publish its candidate block. Other nodes can then readily validate the result by conducting their own hash of the block’s data to verify that element of the header, and then hash the reconstructed block header using the candidate nonce to verify that the conditions are satisfied. First candidate block to be verified by a majority of full nodes wins, and nodes will add that block to the blockchain.PoW functions as a secure consensus mechanism because the chances are exceedingly small that a bad actor can first alter the block data in a way that it generates the same data hash as the valid block data (a hash “collision”) and then generate a golden nonce for its corrupted block, before any other nodes can generate a valid block. It is so computationally intensive to generate a golden nonce, though, that Bitcoin provides an incentive to potential publishing nodes to ensure that they make the attempt. Such a publishing node (called a Bitcoin “miner”) will receive a payment (in newly minted Bitcoin) when it creates a block that wins the network’s agreement to add to the chain.The PoW consensus mechanism wastes a lot of processing power in its effort to keep bad actors from contaminating the blockchain, however. While this may be an acceptable expense when there are millions of dollars at stake to protect in a public blockchain, it is seldom cost-efficient for the kinds of private blockchains that the IoT will likely utilize. A much more computationally efficient approach suitable for the more controlled environment of a private blockchain is the PBFT algorithm, a variant of which is used in the Hyperledger Fabric available through the Linux Foundation as open source code.In the PBFT algorithm the network’s publishing nodes form an ordered sequence, with one of the nodes temporarily serving as the leading node, a period known as a “view.” During its view, the leading node publishes its candidate block along with a “pre-prepare” message that contains its identification and blockchain status. The remaining nodes must then validate that block by comparing the block’s header and data hashes and blockchain status with their internally-generated copies. Nodes then broadcast their acceptance or rejection vote on the block in a “prepare” message to all other nodes.When more than two thirds of the nodes report acceptance, each node then publishes a “commit” message acknowledging the successful vote and the node’s intent to add the block to its blockchain. When more than two thirds of the other nodes agree to commit, all nodes can go ahead and append the candidate block to their blockchain. Once a block has been successfully appended, the view changes and role of leading node moves to the next node in the sequence. Alternatively, if no consensus is achieved within a set time frame, nodes discard the candidate block, the view changes, and the next node in the sequence becomes the leading node to try again for consensus on a block. Figure 3 Message sequence and traffic for PBFT consensus algorithmWith the PBFT algorithm, the network can quickly identify and isolate nodes that misbehave, even if the leading node is the bad actor. If a node too frequently rejects valid blocks or fails to achieve consensus whenever it is the leading node, other nodes can learn to ignore it as faulty or malicious. In a permissioned network, the system can even include a supervisory algorithm that can permanently remove a misbehaving node from the network.This algorithm involves much less computation and executes much faster than the PoW approach because there are no puzzles to solve, only hashes to verify. Further, only one node at a time is authorized to publish candidate blocks, so there is no chance of an accidental “fork” in the chain that occur when different nodes adopt different (but valid) candidate blocks. Such forks can occur in Bitcoin due to the mining competition, should two successful candidates appear simultaneously, so Bitcoin must use additional algorithms to prune forks as they occur.The major disadvantage of PBFT is the amount of message traffic associated with consensus. Because each full node must send its pre-commit and commit messages to all the other nodes, message count scales exponentially. For an IoT implementation, however, this might not be a significant limitation.Consider a system in which several organizations (a consortium) mutually establish a permissioned blockchain network for tracking the handling of perishable goods requiring refrigerated storage and transport moving from source through warehouses to the final customer. Each handler (source, transportation provider, warehouse, distributor, retailer, etc.) maintains a publishing node for the blockchain. The end customer might also have a non-publishing node linked to the network for tracking the blockchain of their specific purchase.IoT sensors monitor the goods, regularly sending their location and temperature information to each stakeholder’s node for creation and maintenance of blockchains tracking the goods. The publishing nodes participate in a PBFT consensus mechanism in forming the blockchain that records the movement and temperature history of goods all the way from source to customer. The result is a blockchain that, should problems arise or proof be required, provides all parties with a consistent and immutable record of what happened.Such a network will not need a massive number of publishing nodes – only those stakeholders with contractual commitments to one another will require a consensus vote in maintaining the mutual ledger of the transactions. There may be other stakeholders that wish to maintain a copy, and so be connected to the network, but the traffic to them only scales linearly with the number of added nodes. A carefully-considered and well structured private blockchain using PBFT consensus thus can avoid bandwidth concerns.The trick, of course, is to choose a network structure, consensus mechanism, communications scheme, block and header definition, and other such details to fit the blockchain’s operation to the application’s needs. There are many possible implementations, some of which are commercially available from blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) providers such as Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and others. There is also open-source software, such as the Hyperledger Project, available to those seeking to develop a custom blockchain implementation.At its most abstract, blockchain technology allows the creation and maintenance of a distributed, tamper-resistant, digital transaction record. This record is open to inspection by interested parties, but not alterable by them. Even though the transactions are viewable, the parties involved in the transaction may, depending on the blockchain’s configuration, be anonymous or identifiable. Properly configured and applied, a blockchain can help increase the trust in and efficiency of IoT interactions.Rich Quinnell is an engineer, writer, and Global Managing Editor for the AspenCore Network. >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EDN: “Basics of blockchain for the IoT.” Continue Reading Previous SEGGER supports Hilscher multiprotocol SoC “netX90” to J-Trace and J-LinkNext Hyperledger Project resources for developerscenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology last_img read more



MLS Talking Points: Giovinco’s unstoppable weapon

first_imgMLS MLS Talking Points: Giovinco’s unstoppable free kicks, Dynamo’s long odds and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC USA Today Sports MLS Toronto v Columbus Crew Toronto Columbus Crew Seattle Sounders v Houston Dynamo Seattle Sounders Houston Dynamo Opinion The Italian will look to keep his free kick heroics going in Toronto FC’s clash with Columbus while Houston attempts a comeback for the ages We stand two games away from a potential MLS Cup final rematch, but as much as Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders are in favorable positions heading into their conference final deciders, there is still work to be done.Toronto is back at BMO Field on Wednesday night to play host to the Columbus Crew after their 0-0 first leg draw in Ohio. TFC is feeling good about its chances, not only because of its league-best home record, but also because Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore are back from suspension. The Crew can make things tough, though, as Gregg Berhalter’s side looks to continue riding the momentum of an outstanding past two months.The Houston Dynamo face a much tougher task than the Crew after a 2-0 first-leg loss at home to the Sounders. That means Wilmer Cabrera’s men must find a way to earn a multi-goal win at CenturyLink Field, something no visiting team has been able to do in 30 matches. New York City FC was the last team to record such a result, back on June 25, 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here is a closer look at the key talking points heading into the conference final second legs:GIOVINCO’S FREE KICKS COULD BE KEYSebastian Giovinco Toronto FCAfter Giovinco made New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles the latest victim of his sharp-shooting free kick ability in the Eastern Conference semifinals, TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono made a point to console his counterpart after the match by letting him know there wasn’t much he, or anyone, can do to stop the Italian’s set pieces when he’s in the form he’s been in lately.”I went up to [Robles] and said, ‘Listen, I’ve seen that same free kick after training 100 times,'” Bono told Goal. “The more you see it, the more you realize you’re never going to get close to it.”That is the challenge facing Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen as he prepares to face Giovinco, who is back after missing the first leg of the East final because of a suspension for yellow card accumulation. Giovinco has converted on free kick goals in two of his past three matches, including his series-clinching strike against the Red Bulls. The 30-year-old now has 14 free kick goals in MLS play since arriving in 2015, shattering the record previously held by David Beckham.Seba. Free kick. #NYvTOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/VELsGxQfUb— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2017″He just has this way about him that he always seems to find the back of the net,” Bono said. “And he always seems to hit it so sweetly and so perfectly. I know it’s been a nightmare to face, but it’s been a real pleasure to watch.”Whenever it’s in Seba range I’m glued in back in our goal. It really is a joy to watch.”So what makes Giovinco so dangerous on free kicks?”He can disguise it anyway he wants, and that’s what makes it so deadly,” Bono said. “You can’t cheat it because he’ll put it back on the keeper’s side and it’ll be on your shoulders.”It will be up to Steffen to try and keep Giovinco off the scoreboard Wednesday. He has been studying Giovinco’s free kicks and is fully aware how tough it will be to stop him if he is given a look from close range.”He puts a lot of pace on the ball, he puts it where he wants it,” Steffen told Goal. “It’s going to be tough, but I’ll have to keep an eye on him and be smart when he’s in the game. When he’s around the 18 we’re going to have to be smart and not draw any stupid fouls to give him that chance because he’s obviously lethal.”While Steffen will be busy trying to stop Giovinco, Bono will be across the field, hoping to stop any shots that go his way. He won’t have to face Giovinco free kicks Wednesday, but he has faced them enough in training, and knows that saving them can feel as good as making a save in a real game.”You do build a certain level of confidence from it, especially when you haven’t saved one and you’re able to get a hand to it,” Bono said. “[Giovinco] will be the first one to smile at you and give you the thumbs up.”DYNAMO FACING TALL TASK IN SEATTLEWilmer Cabrera MLS Houston Dynamo 05062017The Dynamo aren’t raising a white flag, and they aren’t going to skip the Western Conference second-leg trip to Seattle. There will be no forfeit. The Dynamo are still heading into Thursday’s clash intent on pulling off an upset for the ages, even though their 2-0 loss in Houston has made the tough task of dethroning the reigning MLS champions a supreme long shot.”In Seattle, can we win? Yes,” Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera said shortly after his side’s first-leg loss. “We’re going to go with the mentality that we can win that game because we have a good team. We can be dangerous.”The Dynamo can be dangerous, but there are plenty of factors working against them. For starters, they will be missing star striker Alberth Elis, who is out because of yellow card accumulation. Elis’ speed on the wing will be sorely missed, even though the Dynamo have other attacking options to help fill the void.The Dynamo will also be down to their third-choice right back after Jalil Anibaba’s first-leg red card and A.J. DeLaGarza’s torn ACL suffered at the end of the regular season. Cabrera could turn to Boniek Garcia to fill the role, but the midfielder will have his hands full with whichever left-wing option the Sounders go with, be it Joevin Jones or Victor Rodriguez.There is also the fact the Dynamo were one of the worst away teams in the league for the better part of the season. They were 1-9-7 on the road in 2017, but they also have the confidence gained from their road playoff win against Portland in the West semifinals. Winning in Seattle is a much tougher task though, as the Sounders were 11-1-5 at home during the regular season.The Sounders are facing their own lineup question marks heading into Thursday’s second leg. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s return from a hamstring injury is still uncertain, meaning Tyler Miller could get another call after posting a shutout in the first leg. Roman Torres is suspended because of yellow cards, meaning Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer could choose to deploy the versatile Gustav Svensson in central defense. The Sounders, though, likely need Svensson in a defensive midfield role in place of injured star Osvaldo Alonso, who has been sidelined with a quad injury.”He’s played probably more positions than he would like,” Schmetzer said of Svensson. “As he’s grown into the group, and the season has progressed, he has played a big role in a lot of our successful matches.”If Svensson plays in midfield, then Schmetzer could turn to Tony Alfaro to start alongside Chad Marshall. A second-year pro, Alfaro managed just eight starts in 2017, with the Sounders earning just one win (1-4-3) in those matches.The Dynamo will be sure to try and go after Alfaro, with Cabrera likely to choose Erick Torres and Mauro Manotas up top because of the suspension of Elis.”[If] Tony gets on the field, he’ll do fine,” Schmetzer said of Alfaro. “He’ll be able to handle it.”Whatever lineup Schmetzer settles on will carry a big advantage into the match, but the Sounders coach has made it clear to his team that a series win can’t be taken for granted.”You have to remind them that this isn’t finished,” Schmetzer said. “This game could take a turn for the worse. If they score early then they think they have a chance.”It will be up to the Sounders’ attack to put the series away before a monumental comeback can even get started. The onus will be on Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin to punish the Dynamo defense much the same way they did in the first leg. If Dempsey can continue his torrid form and Bruin can land a third goal against his former team, the Sounders will be a good bet to move a step closer to a repeat MLS Cup tile.CREW-TFC SHOULD HAVE MORE FIREWORKSMichael Bradley Pedro Santos MLS Toronto FC Crew 11212017The first leg of the TFC-Crew series turned into a defensive struggle, as TFC successfully neutralized the Crew’s attack and accomplished its mission of having the series come down to the second leg in Toronto. Now, with Altidore and Giovinco back from suspension, TFC should be on the front foot in Wednesday’s second leg.That, coupled with the Crew’s desire for a potential series-turning away goal, should lead to a more wide open second leg in Toronto, with both teams chasing goals.Berhalter wasn’t about to give away his team’s strategy for the second leg, and stayed coy when asked whether his team would look to be aggressive in Toronto.”In general, it’s good to get a good start to the game,” Berhalter told reporters, “whether that means attacking fiercely in the beginning of the game, or sitting back and being compact in the beginning of the game.”TFC coach Greg Vanney was a bit more forthcoming about his team’s approach, though it isn’t really a revelation that the home team plans to attack.”The most important thing tomorrow is that we put them on their heels,” Vanney said. “Force them to have to adapt to us and we force them to have to make plays to keep themselves in the game. That’s what our intentions are. We need to be forward thinking and we need to be aggressive and try to get as many opportunities as we can on their goal.”With the series scoreline currently 0-0, TFC won’t be abandoning the defensive focus that led to the shutout in Columbus, and the emphasis on keeping the Crew from getting too comfortable in possession should remain.”I do think that ultimately the strength of their team is when they’re allotted a lot of time to move the ball around,” Vanney said. “Shift guys into different positions and try to break teams down.”For us, it’s not about chasing them around all over the place, it’s understanding where the gaps are, and the spots are.”Different people will show up, it doesn’t matter who shows up, it’s to make sure we understand where those spaces are that they’re trying to exploit and deal with that.”The TFC attack will be bolstered by the returns of Giovinco and Altidore. That missed game, coupled with the recent international break, has meant a 24-day gap since the pair last played in a match. As much as rust might play a part in how the tandem performs Wednesday, the Crew know full well how dangerous they still are.”To me it’s a logical conclusion to make that if they haven’t played in 24 days they’re going to be somewhat rusty,” Berhalter said. “But when you take quality like that, them somewhat rusty is still pretty good for the level of quality they have.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp finds Hoever positive in FA Cup defeat

About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp finds Hoever positive in FA Cup defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was happy with Ki-Jana Hoever’s performance in their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.The 16 year-old played for 84 minutes at the back.“I am not sure what you all would have said if immediately from the beginning if our centre-half situation was Fabinho and Ki-Jana; then probably a few very smart people would tell me that I don’t respect the competition or whatever,” Klopp said.“So, we tried to do all the things [we could]. Of course, on the other hand it doesn’t make sense to bring in a 16-year-old boy from the start. You don’t bring him, you wait until he is completely ready, but he did well. He came on and did well. That’s how it sometimes starts – when you are really needed then it is only about if you are good enough and not how old you are.“He did well, so that was all OK. That’s it.” Hoever had replaced Dejan Lovren and Klopp added: “[It is Dejan Lovren’s] hamstring, is what I heard – without any signs before. I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that’s the decision you have to make.“I don’t know in this moment how long he will be out.” read more

Sale of Noble Groups Bulker Quartet Goes Awry

first_imgzoom Noble Group’s plans of selling Kamsarmax quartet have failed as proposed buyers did not receive the necessary approvals from their respective boards of directors.Back in November 2017, the commodities group said that it had signed agreements to sell four dry bulk carrier vessels for a total of USD 95 million. However, the deal was conditional upon the approval of Noble Group’s shareholders and buyers’ boards of directors.“The buyers and the parent company of the buyers have failed to obtain approval from their respective board of directors on or before February 1, 2018 and therefore, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MOAs, the MOAs are null and void,” Noble said in a regulatory statement today.The proposed disposal of vessels is part of the company’s efforts to reduce debt.The vessels in question are 2014-built Ocean Ambition, 2015-built Ocean Forte,  2015-built Ocean Integrity and 2015-built Ocean Vision, all registered under the flag of Hong Kong. They have an average age of three years and range from 81,499 dwt to 81,616 dwt in capacity.The ships are mortgaged to financial institutions and part of the proceeds from the proposed sale was supposed to be used by Noble Group to pay down the amounts owed under the facilities. Following the planned repayment, Noble would have been left with around USD 30 million.“The vessels remain available for sale and Noble Group has commenced discussions with interested third parties,” the company further noted.Noble added that since November the market value of Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers has increased. Based on the new valuation results, the vessels are valued at an aggregate of USD 95 million, against the prior average valuation of USD 92.25 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

23 killed as cloud burst causes flood in Poks Neelum Valley

first_imgIslamabad: At least 23 people were killed and several others are missing after a cloudburst caused flash flood in the Neelum Valley of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir, officials said. A large number of homes in the Laswa area of the Valley were damaged and dozens of people were swept away in the flooding caused by relentless rainfall after the cloudburst over night. “The Laswa area of the valley was badly hit where many house were swept away. There were also reports of landsliding in some areas. A total of 23 people have been killed,” Syed Al-Rehman Qureshi, Director of Operations, State Disaster Management Authority, said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping He said several people, including women and children, are still missing. Landslides were also reported in the area and officials said many structures in the Laswa’s main market, including two mosques, were completely destroyed. Traffic flow in the area has been severely disrupted, while cell phone and internet services are also affected. Teams including officials from the district administration, disaster management authority and local police are conducting rescue operations in the area. Last week, a flood hit several villages in Golen Gol area of Chitral district after a glacial lake burst its banks overnight, toppling electricity poles and inundating roads and farmlands, the Express Tribune reported. The glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) occurred after the Jam Ashpar glacier a popular tourist destination in Chitral exploded overnight, it said.last_img read more

Theyre home Hike to see Banff bison a spiritual journey for group

first_imgBANFF, Alta. — Marie-Eve Marchand and Tanealle Shade stand on a grassy knoll in Alberta’s Banff National Park hoping to catch a glimpse of the bison herd.As they look at a small warden’s cabin, Marchand raises her binoculars to Divide Pass.“They’re there, they’re there,” she says.Marchand, who was part of the Bison Belong campaign to bring the animals back to Banff, looks a few more times to make sure she’s not imagining things, then passes the binoculars to Tanealle.“I just froze and just a little tear ran down my face,” says Tanealle, 15. “I never thought I’d see the day when we had free-roaming buffalo.“They’re home.”The herd of wild plains bison, which was reintroduced in the park in 2017, has been free to roam in 1,200 square kilometres of backcountry on the park’s northeast side for the past year.“They are incredibly adaptable,” says Karsten Heuer, manager of the park’s bison reintroduction project.“For them to come back after a 140-plus year absence and integrate and adopt the landscape to the extent that they have has really been rewarding to witness.”Most of the 36 animals have stuck together, other than three lone bulls that are off on their own.Marchand puts her fingers to her ears — mimicking bison horns — and quietly says “buffalo” to alert others in the group. They walk over and take turns with the binoculars. Others shed tears as they spot the herd, which included two new calves.The group of women is one of the first to see the herd since they were brought back to Banff, but their trek was far from easy.They met at the Bighorn campground on a Saturday evening to get organized for a week-long trip into the rugged backcountry.They hitched a wagon ride to the park boundary with a local outfitter, hiked more than 65 kilometres, carried more than 20 kilograms of weight on their backs and crossed numerous creeks in their quest to find the bison.All the while, they saw signs: a bison wallow, bison tracks on the trails, fresh bison dung.Each of the women on the backcountry hike have a connection to bison — or buffalo, as they are traditionally known by Indigenous people.Tanealle’s grandfather, Leroy Little Bear, is involved with the Buffalo Treaty, an agreement between First Nations in the United States and Canada to protect and restore bison herds in the wild.Kansie Fox, an environmental protection manager, and Diandra Bruised Head, a climate change co-ordinator, work with the Blood Tribe or Kainai First Nation in southern Alberta.Fox says they are working to bring buffalo back on the reservation as a way to connect Blackfoot people to their history.“I just wanted to be a part of it to see if we could join forces in whatever we are trying to do in order to support the buffalo coming back,” she says.It felt like a dream to see the buffalo in the Rockies, she says.“We’re so used to seeing them out on the plains and to see them here in the mountains is so cool,” says Fox.Bruised Head says she was looking for a place to make a tobacco offering when the bison were spotted.“It left me speechless,” she says. “They are my relatives, they are my cousins, they are what connect me to my ancestors. It was almost sacred seeing them, even in the distance, letting them be wild.”Glinis Buffalo, a member of the Samson Cree Nation south of Edmonton, says she’s always wanted to see buffalo in the wild.“It took me a second to see them, but then when I spotted them, I actually just put the binoculars back down because I was actually kind of shocked,” she says. “I couldn’t even stare at them for more than a second.”She says it was a beautiful sight to see these “tiny specks of brown” off in the distance.“It made me think about when my ancestors, who would hunt, and that’s probably what they would see,” she says. “So this is how they felt when they spotted a herd of buffalo to go hunt.’”Heuer says he’s heard from five different groups that have attempted to see the bison in the Banff backcountry.“It’s not a super easy place to access,” he says. “Even if you do go back there, everything has to come together for you to actually see the animals. They are quite ghost-like a lot of the time, despite their size.“It’s a pretty massive, complex landscape to find them in.”Marchand says she had her doubts about whether the group would see the bison, but she had a good feeling.“I can’t believe how lucky we were,” she says. “But we believed it — and we did it.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Argentina takes issue with the US on China comments at G20

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine officials are distancing themselves from the U.S. version of how they view China trade after a meeting during the Group of 20 summit.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Presidents Donald Trump and Mauricio Macri met Friday and “reiterated their shared commitment” to face challenges including “predatory Chinese economic activity.”But a senior Argentine official told The Associated Press later that the “adjective used by Sanders is too strong and doesn’t reflect” Argentina’s relationship with Beijing. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.China is one of Buenos Aires’ top trading partners and the main importer of Argentine agricultural commodities that are the backbone of its economy.The U.S.-China trade war has eclipsed the two-day G-20 gathering with the world wondering if Trump and Xi can reach a truce on a dispute that has rattled markets. The two leaders will meet on the sidelines at a high-stakes dinner in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Most analysts doubt they will reach any overarching deal this weekend that would settle the conflict, but if the two sides agree to a cease-fire, it could buy time for more substantive talks.Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN underlines need for disaster preparedness in Asian region

22 October 2010Given their vulnerability to floods, cyclones and other extreme weather events, Asian countries must incorporate disaster risk reduction strategies into their national plans to enhance their readiness to respond to climate change, the United Nations agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters said today. “Disaster risk reduction offers concrete solutions to deal with current weather variability and is an essential part of climate change adaptation,” said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, ahead of the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, set to start next week.The four-day meeting hosted by the Republic of Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency is being held only four months after the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, which saw one-fifth of the country inundated and an estimated 20 million people affected. The catastrophic floods are estimated to have caused more than $43 billion in damage.Floods in China and Vietnam also caused many deaths and extensive damage this year.The Asian ministerial conference is expected to adopt a five-year regional ‘roadmap’ on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, including capacity-building activities, strengthened information sharing and solutions to manage climate risks through the use of technology.The meeting will also be an opportunity for governments in the Asian region to reaffirm their commitments to the Hyogo Framework of Action – the 10-year plan of action to reduce disaster-related losses which was adopted by governments in 2005. read more

TSX posts tripledigit loss New York markets mixed as commodities slide

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a triple-digit decline as indications of a further weakening in China’s economy contributed to a big drop in crude oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day down 107.40 points at 13,383.69 after tumbling 288.35 points, or more than two per cent, on Tuesday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 50.58 points at 16,279.89 after an almost 180-point drop Tuesday, while the broader S&P 500 index gave back 3.98 points to 1,938.76 and the Nasdaq edged down an identical 3.98 points to 4,752.74.On commodity markets, the November crude contract fell $1.88 to settle at US$44.48 a barrel while the October contract for natural gas fell 0.8 of a cent to US$2.569 per thousand cubic feet.The December gold contract rose $6.70 to US$1,131.50 an ounce. December copper was virtually flat at US$2.30 a pound after tumbling nine cents on Tuesday.The Canadian dollar was down 0.51 of a U.S. cent at 74.92 cents US. read more

Higher stock prices and home price gains lift US household wealth to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans’ wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014.Household net worth jumped nearly $3 trillion during last year’s fourth quarter to $80.7 trillion. Stock and mutual fund portfolios gained nearly $1.7 trillion, or 9 per cent, according to a Thursday report by the Federal Reserve.The value of Americans’ homes rose just over $400 billion, a 2 per cent gain. And checking account balances, pensions plan assets and retirement savings, such as 401(k)s, also increased.Strong wealth gains tend to trigger more consumer spending, a critical fuel for economic growth. Higher household net worth is one reason economists have forecast that the U.S. economy will accelerate later this year.Household wealth, or net worth, reflects the value of homes, stocks, bank accounts and other assets minus mortgages, credit cards and other debts.Last year, home prices nationwide rose by the most in eight years. And the Standard & Poor’s 500 index of large stocks jumped 32 per cent. So far this year, home-price gains have slowed, and the S&P 500 has risen just 1.4 per cent.Rising home prices are helping people rebuild ownership stakes in their homes. The equity that Americans as a whole have in their homes has reached 51.7 per cent, the highest point since before the recession began. That’s up from a record low of 36.5 per cent in the first three months of 2009.The Great Recession hammered Americans’ net worth, cutting their overall wealth to $55.6 trillion in the first quarter of 2009. That was 19 per cent below the pre-recession peak of $68.8 trillion.U.S. wealth has since recovered. But households haven’t benefited equally. Much of the rebound stems from stock market gains. Yet roughly 10 per cent of households own about 80 per cent of stocks. Most middle-class wealth stems from home ownership, and house prices nationwide remain below the peak reached in the spring of 2006.The Fed’s figures aren’t inflation-adjusted and don’t account for population growth.Last month, economists at Ohio State University adjusted for both factors and concluded that, as of mid-2013, the net worth of the average U.S. household is still 14 per cent below the pre-recession peak.Still, rising wealth and an improving economy are encouraging more Americans to take on debt, which can be a sign of confidence. Total household debt ticked up 0.4 per cent in the quarter, mostly because Americans took out more auto and student loans.But that doesn’t mean consumers are returning to pre-recession habits of building up excessive debt. Mortgage debt fell last quarter, as it has in almost every quarter for the past five years.And after-tax income is ticking up, making it easier for Americans to finance their debts. Total household debt as a percentage of income was largely flat in the fourth quarter compared with the previous three months, at 109 per cent. But that’s down from a peak of 135 per cent at the end of 2007, just before the recession.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber Higher stock prices and home price gains lift US household wealth to record $80 trillion by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 11:25 am MDT FILE – In this Wednesday, March 5, 2014, file photo, specialist Brian Egan, foreground left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans’ wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) read more

Big 3 of Djokovic Nadal Federer closes 2018 ranked 123

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the top three in the year-end ATP rankings for the first time since 2014.It is the seventh time that trio of tennis greats is 1-2-3 to close a season.Never before, though, had each spent some time in the top spot during the same year.For the 31-year-old Djokovic, it marks the fifth time he has closed a year at No. 1, following 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Only Pete Sampras, with six year-end No. 1 finishes, has more.No. 2 Nadal concludes a season in the top two for the 10th time, trailing only Federer’s 11.No. 3 Federer is in the year-end top three for a record 14th time.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsHoward Fendrich, The Associated Press read more

Unionists demand removal of Sinn Féin posters from bonfires

first_img One is taken as the norm, outrage over the other. That both would be placed on a bonfire is abhorrent. Hate is hate. pic.twitter.com/G4XiStzrnu— Conor Keenan (@AnPhoblachtAbu) July 6, 2014 Source: Conor Keenan/Twitter The inclusion of the posters on the fires just days before the 12 July celebrations sparked condemnation on all sides in the North.Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt called on those responsible to remove the posters immediately and to “show respect for those of differing opinions”.“It is perfectly possible to celebrate one’s cultural identity without having to resort to burning election posters or seeking to offend anyone else. THE ULSTER UNIONIST Party has called for “respect” after election posters of Sinn Féin and Alliance Party candidates were placed on loyalist bonfires.Posters of Alliance Party MLA Anna Lo had appeared on bonfires in both Bangor and Carrickfergus, while Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson’s poster was also on the pyre in Bangor. The bottom line is that you cannot ask to be shown respect if you yourself are not prepared to show respect to others.Sinn Féin MLA David McKay said that the incident was a “hate crime”.“We have heard in recent days unionist politicians and the Orange Order speaking of tolerance and respect.Despite this election posters, Irish tricolours and other flags such as the Polish flag and effigies, including one of Fr Matt Wallace and Michael McIlveen have been burnt on bonfires.“These are hate crimes against sections of our community and should be treated as such.”Speaking to UTV, Lo herself called for respect.“It’s mutual respect. I have no problem with people celebrating the Twelfth with bonfires and I know they want their culture to be respected and I think that’s the right thing to do, but really if they want people to respect their culture they need to respect other people’s culture and religion as well.”Read: Peace process should not be put at risk over parades – AdamsRead: Hopes of getting through marching season ‘without public disorder on our streets’last_img read more

At times there can be just two gardaí policing three separate feuds

first_img Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie POLICING OF A number of different feuds in the Longford region is reaching breaking point as officers attempt to quell tensions between a number of gangs despite having just a handful of gardaí to police the area.Officers based in the region have a plentiful amount of garda cars as well as an overtime budget to make use of but there aren’t enough actual members of gardaí to utilise these opportunities, according to those familiar with the situation on the ground.In recent weeks, armed units were dispatched to the area such was the fear of significant violence and even death. In the last eight weeks, gardaí have been sent to four separate stabbings as well as incidents of arson. These are just the incidents which gardaí were called to. Many officers believe there to be a considerably higher number of violent incidents in recent months. The feud centres around a number of families belonging to the Traveller community. Intimidation and violence is commonplace among the protagonists. Shots have been fired at homes, innocent family members have been threatened and intimidated and assaults are common.Several garda members have been drafted in to support Longford from stations such as Ballymahon and Lanesboro, but the net effect is that other communities are going without proper policing so that Longford’s feud problem can be in some way quelled. There are times in the Longford area where there are just two members of gardaí to police the entire county, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Garda David Conroy, who is the Garda Representative Association (GRA) spokesperson for the area, said that morale in Longford is at an all-time low and that the area is in need of a significant investment in garda members so the force is able to police correctly. He told TheJournal.ie: “What we have in Longford is essentially the opposite to what is happening in Donegal. We have loads of cars and overtime but we have nobody to drive the cars and carry out the work. There is overtime there, in fairness, but nobody wants to avail of it because of the workload they already have. “Imagine you have 30 files on your books and you take the overtime, now you have 33 to do and there’s not enough time. You might get the bit of overtime, but you’ll get the stress of it as well.” There has been somewhat of a reduction in violent incidents in the area since the seizure of a shotgun and cartridges last week. Two women have been charged in relation to this incident. For now, armed members will continue intermittently patrol some of the areas which officers believe could be targeted. However, Conroy added that the only way that Longford will remain safe is when more officers are drafted in on a permanent basis. “That’s what’s needed. I know we’re blue in the face saying it at this stage but it doesn’t change what we need. What we want is the law-abiding people of Longford to be able to go about their business without fear of violence on their streets.”In a statement to TheJournal.ie, An Gardaí Síochána said: “Gardaí in Longford and Granard Districts are to be assisted by Western Region Armed Support Units as part of Operation Stola, designed to manage the ongoing incidents of violence linked to criminal activity in Co Longford.“Investigating Gardaí in Longford and Granard Districts have conducted a number of arrests as part of this operation, and up to 15 individuals are presently before the courts for offences linked directly to the ongoing investigations. In addition, a number of files are in preparation or have been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.”  Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM Armed gardai on the streets of Longford in June. Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4801761 Wed 12:06 AM Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img ‘At times there can be just two gardaí policing three separate feuds’: Longford gangs exploiting skeletal garda cover Armed units were dispatched to the county at the start of June. By Garreth MacNamee Short URL 22,169 Views 30 Comments Armed gardai on the streets of Longford in June. last_img read more

Fishing report 1106

first_imgSalmon fishing continues to be focused on the three tributaries with strong runs of late coho — the Cowlitz, Lewis and Klickitat rivers.The Cowlitz River is flowing at 10,000 cubic feet per second at Mayfield Dam. That’s a fishable flow, but much higher and the water gets gnarly.The North Fork of the Lewis on Wednesday was at 5,640 cubic feet per second, which is only about 20 percent higher than normal.The Klickitat was flowing steady at 1,100 cubic feet per second. Normal for the date is 780 cfs.Swift Reservoir remains open through Nov. 30. The reservoir is 13 feet below full pool, so launching will not be a problem. No current report of fishing success is available.Angler sampling by the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Longview, two boaters and six bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)Prescott Beach, six bank rods with two coho kept. (ODFW)Kalama, five bank rods with three coho kept and three coho released. (WDFW)Woodland, three bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, three boaters with two coho kept. (WDFW)Troutdale, 18 boaters with no catch. (WDFW)Camas-Washougal, 10 boaters with one adult chinook kept; two boaters with one legal and two sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with four walleye kept. (WDFW)North Bonneville, seven bank rods with one jack chinook kept. (WDFW)Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 26 boat rods with six adult chinook, one jack chinook and 29 adult coho kept. (WDFW)John Day pool, 30 boats with five steelhead kept and seven released. (ODFW)Cowlitz — Forty-seven boater with 41 adult coho, one jack coho and two cutthroat trout kept plus 23 adult coho and one cutthroat released; 306 bank rods with 187 adult coho, five steelhead and nine cutthroat trout kept plus 40 adult chinook, 54 adult coho and one cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)Kalama — Six bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)Lewis — Eleven bank rods with one adult coho kept; ; five boaters with one adult coho kept and one released. (WDFW)North Fork Lewis — Fifty-four boaters with 49 adult coho, two jack coho and three adult chinook kept plus 10 adult chinook, five adult coho and two jack coho released; 149 bank rods with 49 adult coho and nine jack coho kept plus nine adult coho, five jack coho and one adult chinook released. (WDFW)Klickitat — Six boaters with 12 adult coho kept; 65 bank rods with 176 adult coho, one adult chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 16 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, November 16, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain, mainly before 10am. High near 42. Northeast wind 6 to 16 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild is ready to entertain you with its production of She Kills Monsters. Shows will be held on Friday, November 16 at 7pm and Saturday, November 17 at 2pm and 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for students, seniors (65 and over), and military, and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at http://www.WilmingtonCATS.org or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3821891. Tickets will also be sold at the door.In The Community: The Wilmington Rotary Club is excited to announce its Annual Auction at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 6pm. Auction begins at 7pm.Local businesses are donating items to be auctioned off, and there is a free buffet and cash bar available, as well as a “wine wall.”This is the Rotary Club’s big fundraiser, and proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating Wilmington seniors, as well as the various projects that the Club does around town, including improvements to Rotary Park, donations to the library and the public schools, and various youth organizations. Proceeds will also benefit Rotary International initiatives, including efforts to eradicate polio, develop clean water projects, and the homelessness and hunger initiative.At the conclusion of the night, the Club will draw the winning raffle tickets, for the following prizes:Grand Prize – $10,000Two Second Place Prizes – $1,000Two Third Place Prizes – $500Four Fourth Place Prizes – $250Only 350 tickets are being sold. Tickets cost $100 each.  For tickets or more information, please contact John Doherty at 978 658-3805.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners will be holding its annual Festival of Trees on Friday, November 16 (5pm to 8pm); Saturday, November 17 (10am to 5pm); and Sunday, November 18 (10am to 4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).This event features a large number of beautiful trees with lots of presents to raffle.  The event also features Photos with Santa, Holiday Music, Delicious Treats, DIY Holiday Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, and Aleppo Clowns, plus the HONS Craft Fair.Admission costs just $1. (Children 3 and under are free.)  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Aleppo Shriners General Fund.  For more information, contact David Veo at 617-777-3303 or Laura Veo at 617-908-8513, or email AleppoTreeFeztival2018@gmail.com.At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club: Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Doris Craft 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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 Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 1, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, July 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more