Annual Queen of Hearts Ball

first_imgLocal NewsEntertainment Annual Queen of Hearts Ball By admin – February 1, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Dance logo Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest The Ballroom Dance StudioThe Ballroom Dance Studio and The Victoria Printz Team Realtors have scheduled the second annual Queen of Hearts Ball from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the Ballroom Dance Studio, 4400 N. Big Spring St., No. C38, Midland.There will be dinner, drinks and dancing. Featured performance will be presented by Printz and her partner Giorgi Khmiadashvili at 9 p.m.Formal or cocktail attire preferred. For more information, call 432-695-6254. Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Don’t dilute the CensusNext articleOPD taking Citizen’s Police Academy applications adminlast_img read more

Is This Man a Traitor?

first_imgHe walks into the council chamber of the town hall, dressed in a black leather jacket and jeans, and proffers his hand firmly when I introduce myself. This was the man who in 1987 beat incumbent Roy Jenkins, the late Chancellor of this Univeristy, in Glasgow Hillhead to enter the Commons for the first time. And he’s been a rebel there ever since. Galloway was recently suspended by the Labour government, pending an inquiry for alleged “behaviour that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the party.” He is now pursuing a libel suit against the Telegraph, which accused him of accepting money from Saddam Hussein. He calmly told me he believed the allegations against him by the Telegraph and the establishment were racist or connected to the fact that his wife is Palestinian. “Anyone who wants to smear anyone associated with the Middle East or Arabs will pick on two things – homosexuality and money – and 20 years ago the Telegraph tried that on me.” He paused before adding, “There is a lot of Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment in the West. Muslims are being accused of many things and anyone who stands with them is among the accused.” His composure turned into fiery oratory as he began his speech moments later. Part defence statement and part political rally, tinged with occasional humour about escaping hanging thanks to the EU, about continuing to speak his mind inside or outside Wormwood Scrubs, about intelligence dossiers Austin Powers would be embarrassed by. It wasn’t hard to see why “Gorgeous” George has retained his current support despite recent troubles. Galloway takes a tough stance against his accusers, warning any paper repeating “crude forgeries” that his lawyers would “severely punish those who publish those lies about me.” Galloway believes he is “fair game for the most brutish assaults because the stances that I make are intensely controversial. People can attack me in a vicious way at will, but I will not allow people to tell lies about me.” He slams those controlling the Telegraph – Richard Perle, Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher – for pursuing their own agendas against him and attracting applause as he said “if you can measure someone by their enemies, well I’m particularly blessed.” He is confident of his case, as he tells reporters outside later, “I don’t require you to believe or not believe. The important point is that the High Court in London will adjudicate on this matter.” He challenges the enraptured audience, and his popularity isn’t restricted to those against the war, “This is the point I was trying to make to you earlier about freedom of speech. Are we really content to live in a country, where an elected politician or any citizen, should be threatened with going to prison for speaking their mind?” He further maintains that he did not call on British soldiers to refuse to obey orders as alleged by The Sun, rather he called on them to refuse to obey illegal orders, “which happens to be a legal requirement on all armies and on all governments in the world since Nuremberg.” Nevertheless, The Sun intends to prosecute him for treason. Galloway makes his stand against the occupation of Iraq. The “real criminals” were those who “took us to war on an entirely bogus false prospectus” to enrich George Bush. The real looters of Baghdad were “the men in pinstriped suits who would arrive and begin looting Iraq’s oil wealth and parcelling out the contracts for the reconstruction of a country they have only just finished deconstructing.” No-one is spared Galloway’s fury in his attack against neo-imperialism. George Bush is “a man with the mind of a child”. Jay Garner, “a redneck Texan”, is “an ignoramus in an American uniform”, telling Iraqis what to do. “This is rejected in the world”, Galloway states. The anti-war movement is not an isolated one, he reassures the audience. It is part of a global movement, the biggest of its kind. Britons have been “grievously compromised by Mr Blair’s decision to put us in the first ranks of the hated. We marched a lot of people to the top of the hill, we’re not going to march them down again until we’ve changed this country for good.” As for the future of the party that suspended him, it “has to be recaptured by its membership to its ideals, or a new party has to be born. Thatcher left Downing Street in tears, and I predict that Tony Blair will go the same way.” His strong words weren’t just for “the real criminals”. Mobbed by reporters as he left the town hall, he expresses his disapproval of protestors from the East Oxford anti-war movement disrupting Andrew Smith MP at a recent event. “I think demonstrating outside is fine, but everyone has their right to speak, just as I have the right to be heard.”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Vice Chancellor returns from Asia trip

first_imgOxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, has recently returned from a trip to Asia to forge and reinforce links in the region, particularly in the medical sciences.Professor Hamilton spent a week in the region visiting Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo from the 12th to the 19th May, and met Chinese Minister of Health, Dr Zhu Chen, to discuss Oxford’s medical research collaborations in China.Hamilton said, “It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the medical research collaborations between Oxford and China are changing global health.”On the final day of his trip Professor Hamilton met with Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, who are both Oxford alumni.A University spokesperson commented, “We are an international university with a global outlook, and there’s simply no international institution in the world now for whom Asia, and especially China, isn’t important.“Oxford has many, many links with both China and Japan, and these go back centuries. Oxford had its first Chinese visitor in 1687.”last_img read more

Police identify suspects in attack of a wheelchair bound man outside of an Elkhart…

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Police identify suspects in attack of a wheelchair bound man outside of an Elkhart church Twitter IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook By Carl Stutsman – July 9, 2020 2 867 Previous articleGoshen homeless advocate group looking to build permanent shelterNext articleDisney Store at UP Mall will not reopen Carl Stutsman Screenshot from CCTV footage provided by Elkhart Police The attack happened outside of Central Christian Church on Franklin St. in Elkhart, and with the whole thing being caught on camera police reached out to the public for help identifying the suspects.Late in the evening, June 30th, police say two people approached a 61 year old man outside of the church and began going through his belongings before hitting him in the face and fleeing the scene.While police have confirmed they have identified the suspects, their identities have not been released.video of the attack is below: Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Inter-American Air Forces Academy Opens New Airfield Training Complex

first_img I had the satisfaction to be in IAAFA in 2006 and 2010 and it is rewarding what I learned and shared there with people from different countries, thanks to the staff of instructors, tactical personnel and to everyone that makes all this effort possible, to keep the countries united. May God bless you and I hope that someday I can be able to return to study at such renowned Academy (IAAFA). The best memory of my life is having been part of the IAAFA when it was in Panama in 1969 class 70A, when Colonel Thomas was present, and it was very pleasant to share with so many people of different countries.All the staff of the Academy treated us very well, the food was excellent, I liked the order and discipline. I would like to hear from many friends of that time. The best memory of my life was being part of the IAAFA back in 2008, class of 2008 A. It was very pleasant to coexist with so many people from different countries. The entire Academy staff treated us very well, the food was excellent and I enjoyed the order and discipline. I would really like to hear from many of the friends I made in that time. That’s why I’m so grateful for having spent all that time in this academy. It’s such a shame that Ecuador can no longer participate in those courses because of the current government. I for one disagree with the policies and the way of thinking of this government. Well, I would really like to keep in touch with you. Kind regards. I have the privilege to be part of the 2010C class of the INCOA Course, IAFFA at the Lackland Air Base and I was an expert witness of the work performed to expand the training capacity provided by the USAF to the Air Forces of American countries. I have good memories of the experiences we had, of my classmates Leny CEpero and George Nikolakakos (USA), Walter Avila and Byron (Guatemala), Paz (Honduras) and Miguel Ochoa (Peru), without forgetting to mention our instructors, Ben Miranda (USAF)., Hope I can go back someday. It would be ideal to do it as an instructor of the Inter-American Academy. I was pleased to be in the IAAFA in 2010 and am gratified for what I learned and shared there with people from different countries. Thank you to the staff of instructors, tacticians and all those who make all this effort to keep the countries united possible. May GOD bless you and I hope to be able to someday return to study at such a prestigious academy (IAAFA). I belong to class 71C I had the privilege of being in their classes regarding the mention of metallic structure repairs, I belong to the Venezuelan Air Force I am currently retired, I will be traveling to Panama soon, I want to know if I can visit the academy’s facilities. High-ranking officials of the United States Air Force and Chiefs, Commanders and representatives of Latin American Air Forces opened IAAFA’s new Airfield Training Complex on February 9 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. This new complex was built at a cost of approximately $ 19 million, with technological tools for advanced training, which will continue to provide training for aviation maintenance class students from countries allied with the United States. The Academy graduates an average of 800 students per year, of which approximately 60 percent participate in technical courses in aviation maintenance. The design of this new complex is meant to standardize the skills of students participating in technical courses while complementing academic and “hands on” training in a modern, safe and friendly environment. Lt Gen Robin Rand, Commander of 12th AF said this complex is “vivid evidence of the United States Air Force’s commitment to building and nurturing partner nation’s capabilities with our allies in the Western Hemisphere providing an exchange of shared experiences to be used in combating threats to our countries. “ Among the honorary attendees to the ceremony were the Peruvian Air Force Chief of Staff, General Pedro Seabra Pinedo, and Retired Peruvian Air Force General Fernando Melgar Velasquez, grandson of the chief architect of the creation of the academy 68 years ago. “It has been many years since my grandfather proposed the creation of this Academy to the United States Air Force and I am glad to see that this proposal was not in vain,” said General Melgar. IAAFA’s 34 courses support USNORTHCOM and USSOUTHCOM Military Objectives. We also offer a wide range of mobile training subject areas targeting specific partner-nation needs. Whether in the classroom or on the road, the Academy strives to strengthen Inter-American security while building lasting relations with partner nation military and security forces. By Dialogo February 16, 2012last_img read more

Northport Sewage Plant Gets $1.5M for Upgrade

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Northport Harbor should see less red tide after the village sewage treatment plant completes its upgrade (Daniel Barcelona)Northport village has received a $1.5 million grant to fund federally mandated upgrades to its 83-year-old sewage treatment plant that has been blamed for causing red tide in Northport and Centerport harbors.Local lawmakers and environmentalists touted the New York State funding that will go toward an estimated $10-million renovation project that the Environmental Protection Agency has required be completed by 2014, although it is unclear if Suffolk County will fund the rest.“Our water quality has been a significant issue in Northport, and upgrading our sewer treatment facility is a big piece of the puzzle,” Suffolk County Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport) said Thursday during a news conference at Huntington Town Hall.Officials hope that the village will qualify for Suffolk County sewage infrastructure funding to complete the project, which comes as the county has been working to hook up more communities to sewage systems and Nassau County has been working on emergency repairs to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which failed during Sandy, flooding nearby waterways with sewage.“There is no greater responsibility of government then protecting the health and safety of the community,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, noting that more than $150 million worth of projects applied for the county funding, which means not all work will be selected.“Let’s face it,” Esposito said, “the bays and harbors are at the heart of the Huntington and Northport communities, and they are also a part of the economy of those communities, so their restoration is critical to our quality of life.”The village sewage plant, built in 1930, still has some of the original infrastructure. The money will go toward nitrogen filters, which will reduce the amount of nitrogen that feed dangerous algal blooms behind the red tides in the harbors.The reoccurring problem of red tide has forced the town to close beaches, clam beds and has drastically taken a toll on fishing season because of contaminants in the fish poses a threat to the health of consumers.last_img read more

Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord Joins Thor: Love and Thunder Cast: Report

first_imgChris Pratt is the first Guardians of the Galaxy member to come on board the Thor: Love and Thunder cast, according to a new report. Pratt will reprise his role as Peter Quill/ Star-Lord. This was expected given Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) presence on the Guardians of the Galaxy spaceship at the end of Avengers: Endgame, and the fact that Vin Diesel — who voices Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — had revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy would be part of Thor: Love and Thunder.The Hollywood Reporter brings word of Pratt’s hiring on Thor: Love and Thunder, which is currently in pre-production and prepares to begin filming in January 2021 in Australia, where another Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings recently wrapped. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is returning to helm the fourth Thor movie, which also stars Natalie Portman as Jane Foster / Mighty Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Christian Bale as a villain, and Waititi as Korg.- Advertisement – This confirms what Diesel had said back in March, that Waititi had told him the next Thor film would incorporate some of Guardians of the Galaxy, before adding: “Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”If you will recall, Thor left New Asgard — now on Earth — in the capable hands of Valkyrie at the end of Endgame, decided to embrace who he was, and boarded the Guardians ship to discover pastures anew. Describing the new group as the Asgardians of the Galaxy, Thor then toyed with Star-Lord over who really had control of the ship. Marvel fans will be glad to see more of that banter on Thor: Love and Thunder, though the extent of Pratt’s role remains unclear.The fourth Thor movie will be the fifth film in the MCU’s Phase Four, after Black Widow (May 2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 2021), Eternals (November 2021), and Spider-Man 3 (December 2021). It will be followed by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 2022), Black Panther II (May 2022), and Captain Marvel 2 (July 2022). Several other MCU entries — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man 3, and Blade among others — are in development.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Thor: Love and Thunder is currently set to release February 11, 2022 in cinemas worldwide.last_img read more

The Vukovar-Srijem Tourist Board launched an original idea that connects green and blue Croatia

first_imgGingerbread and kulen instead of English sausage with beans? Švargl instead of black pudding? Poppy seeds instead of muffins? The guests of the new Heritage Hotel King Kresimir in the center of Šibenik were convinced that the Srijem breakfast can be an integral part of the tourist offer in the whole of Croatia, as part of the project “Srijem Breakfast – a new gastronomic brand in the heart of Sibenik ” initiated by the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County (TZ VSZ).In the spirit of Srijem and Slavonian hospitality, the VSZ Tourist Board from eastern Croatia brought the finest delicacies and royally honored the people of Šibenik and their guests. “With the Srijem breakfast in Šibenik, we launched an initiative to make Croatian products from the east of Croatia an integral part of the daily offer, especially small and boutique hotels that focus on eno-gastronomy and a top gourmet experience. In this way, guests broaden their horizons and  get to know the traditional gastronomy of the whole of Croatia, and hotels have added value and top products “, pointed out Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, and added that King Kresimir was not chosen by chance to serve the first Srijem breakfast on the coast.For this occasion, top delicacies arrived from local family farms and from the Hotel Dunav in Ilok, the recently proud owner of the Michelin recommendation.In addition to Aca’s farm in Tordinci, Aquarius restaurant in Bošnjaci, Ilok cellars in Ilok, Gondola picnic area in Sotin and Villa Lenije in Vinkovci, Hotel Dunav is marked Tastes of Srijem and Slavonia, and what kind of groceries are best checked from 1 to 7 October during the Autumn Taste Week event when you can get the most delicious dishes at promotional prices.”The average guest tasted all the world’s specialties, wines and cocktails, but the reason for their arrival is to enjoy our indigenous cuisine and that is why we gladly supported this initiative. Already at the first gathering, we combined local products and designed a summer cocktail – we combined homemade elderberry juice and excellent Traminer brandy. “, said Fabiano Baranović, Executive Director of King Kresimir.”Our county is known for its attractive events throughout the year. If you have not arrived at the Ilok grape harvest, which has been held for 51 years at the end of August, the next opportunity is Vinkovci Autumn. These events are great – but not the only reason to visit us. The coast along the Danube from Vukovar to Ilok is a promenade of castles, museums, architectural units, archeology, natural heritage, and this is confirmed by the title EDEN (European Destination of Excellence), which the destination Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok received in 2017 and 2018 tourism”, Pointed out Rujana Bušić Srpak.last_img read more

Brisbane’s hungry for luxury, says richlist developer Kevin Seymour

first_imgDeveloper Kevin Seymour (centre) with grandsons Trent Seymour and Ben Seymour at the site of their new development ‘The Oxlade’ in New Farm. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Walker.The top end of the Brisbane residential market is hungry for luxury, according to Queensland richlister Kevin Seymour, with seven apartments in his latest development snapped up in days.The $100m six-storey luxury development — The Oxlade — was the first to be spearheaded by his grandchildren Kate Seymour and her brothers Ben and Trent via their Queensland Prime Investment Trust. It would see 39 units built at 80 Oxlade Drive, New Farm including two $7m penthouses which have seen strong interest. Construction was scheduled for year-end, but could be brought forward depending on sales, Mr Seymour said. The Oxlade as envisioned on the waterfront in New Farm.“We’ve got seven sales and quite a lot of expressions of interest,” Mr Seymour (snr) said.The family spent $1.5m on the display suite alone, sizing it to scale on the insistence of the veteran developer.“The fact that we can show the exact size it will be is a major advantage,” he said, as were “little things” like flush doorsteps to avoid tripping, LED lighting on clothes rails in cupboards, specialist storage, and concierge services. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThere are two styles of finishes, light or dark.“I’ve seen a lot of units and built a lot of units in my time and between the architect and the Seymour younger generation, they’ve done a fantastic job in presenting this place the way it is at present.”“A lot of people are very cautious about buying from developers where they don’t know what they’re going to get, and they don’t know the finishes. One of the things we pride ourselves on is that the finish is first class. If there is a defect, we’ll fix it straight away, and the other thing is because of the quality of the building there is no such thing as cracks, and the sort of problems they’re having down in Sydney.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Storage has been a major consideration in the development.“It’s like a six star hotel,” he said, but called the concierge desk the “pièce de résistance” with services including storing grocery deliveries, arranging vehicles for errands and appointments, or even getting someone to walk the dog for residents.“They’re the sort of things that set a place aside from other unit blocks. They call this area the Paris end of New Farm, because that’s what we’re going to have: Sophistication, elegance, and magnificent complexes. It will set this part of Brisbane aside from the rest of it because it’s something that’s never been developed before.” The development would consist of four towers joined by a central six-star hotel style lobby.The development was designed by architecture firm bureau^proberts as four buildings, each with at least eight apartments, he said.“The intention is you are not living in a crowded area. Each building is about eight units, so at the most you’re going to see eight people,” he said.last_img read more

LetterOne, BASF in talks to merge oil & gas businesses

first_imgRussian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s LetterOne and Germany’s BASF have signed a letter of intent to merge their oil and gas businesses into a joint venture named Wintershall DEA.The oil and gas business of BASF is bundled in the Wintershall Group consisting of Wintershall Holding GmbH and its subsidiaries, including the gas transportation business. The oil and gas business of LetterOne comprises DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG and its subsidiaries.“Wintershall DEA would have significant growth potential and be one of the largest independent European exploration and production companies,” BASF said.Wintershall DEA’s Chief Executive Officer will be determined by BASF, with the Deputy Chief Executive Officer being determined by L1 Energy. The company shall be headquartered jointly in Hamburg and Kassel.Lord Browne, the Executive Chairman of L1 Energy and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DEA, said: “Wintershall DEA will be one of Europe’s largest independent E&P Companies, with the scale needed to generate sustainable growth long into the future. We look forward to creating jointly with BASF a new company, with activities in new places, new perspectives and new prospects for the future”In the medium term, BASF and LetterOne envisage list Wintershall DEA through an initial public offering.In the coming months, BASF and LetterOne will prepare and conduct a confirmatory due diligence and negotiate definitive transaction agreements. Closing could be expected in the second half of 2018.Until the closing, Wintershall and DEA will continue to operate as independent companies. There is no assurance that BASF and LetterOne will be consummated.last_img read more