first_imgHarvey’s Point is inviting hikers from all over the world to its special ‘Gathering’ event which tracks the Irish leg of the famous Appalachian Trail from Donegal to Antrim.Sliabh League is among the reasons why tourists visit Donegal.The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) traditionally stretched from Georgia to Maine and welcomes an estimated 2.5 million hikers each year.Last year, this trail was extended to include the spectacular coastal cliffs of Slieve League through to the stunning Antrim coast, finishing in Ballycastle. This exciting and educational event runs from the 23rd to the 27th September 2013, featuring Harvey’s Point as the base.Our aim is to help position Ireland in the USA and Canada as a top walking destination and it is a fantastic marketing opportunity to promote Donegal & Northern Ireland with a cross-border trail.​All walks are between 4- 5 hours , 3 of the 4 walks will contain some off road walking so a good pair of waterproof boots are essential as is water proof jackets and over trousers. Day 1Disert to Harvey’s Point: The most scenic section of the Bluestack way, taking in the Eglish valley and the rugged splendour of the Bluestacks.Day 2Slieve League: Where the International Appalachian Trail starts in Europe. Starting in Bunglas and taking in the highest sea cliff sin Europe, an early Christian site on the slopes of slieve league and finishing in the sleepy fishing village of Teelin.Day 3Loughal to Leghowney , starting at ruins of an hunting lodge at Loughall, crossing the border at Kelly’s bridge and winding our way through mountain farms and forestry, finishing at a rural Ballroom of Romance” Day 4Glencolmcille past the deserted area of Port through the foothills of Slievetooey to the golden strands at MagheraFor further details please contact our Sales Team on 00353 749722208 or email heide@harveyspoint.comDONEGAL PLANNING TO GET THE ‘POINT’ OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL! was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Appalachian Wayharvey’s pointThe Gatheringlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Brenden Ross Named To Deans List At Norwich University

first_imgNORTHFIELD, VT — Brenden Mark Ross, of Wilmington, was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester at Norwich University.Full-time undergraduate students, who earned a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 and had no failures in the previous Fall or Spring semester are awarded Dean’s List honors.About Norwich UniversityNorwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates  traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning  programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees.Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of the nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).(NOTE: The above announcement is from Norwich University.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Halliday Named To Dean’s List At Norwich UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of MaineIn “Education”last_img read more

Ghost of Taj corridor scam still haunts Mayawati BSP chief blames Yadav

first_imgMayawati accused SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav of working with BJP to frame her in Rs 17 crore Taj corridor case.Following the Lok Sabha election 2019 debacle in which the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won only 10 seats, while the BSP-SP (Samajwadi Party) Gathabandhan together managed only 15 seats in Uttar Pradesh, party supremo Mayawati accused SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav of “working hand in glove with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)” to frame her in Rs 17 crore Taj corridor scam case.Mayawati launched a scathing attack on the Yadav family including former ally and SP president Akhilesh Yadav of working against non-Yadav and backward communities/Dalits, leading to loss of votes in the recently concluded parliamentary elections. Addressing a crucial BSP meeting in Lucknow on Sunday, June 23, the BSP chief claimed that Mulayam helped the BJP in implicating her in Taj corridor case.Speculations are rife that Mayawati’s latest outburst is reportedly due to the electoral defeat and also because Akhilesh Yadav had neither visited nor talked to her over the phone ever since the results were of the Lok Sabha polls were announced.”Mayawati told party leaders that Akhilesh had an important say in seat-sharing between the alliance partners and played a pivotal role in the selection of candidates. She said Akhilesh asked her to field minimum Muslim candidates as it might lead to polarisation during the election. Terming it bad advice, she said it proved to be an important factor in the defeat of the alliance,” a Hindustan Times report quoted a BSP leader as saying.The two-hour-long national convention of the BSP was attended by all newly-elected MPs, MLAs and key post-holders from across the nation. The meeting was held at party headquarters in Lucknow on Sunday.The Taj corridor scam caseBack in 2002, the then chief minister of UP Mayawati had started work on the Taj corridor project to give a facelift to areas around the Taj Mahal in Agra. Around Rs 17 crore was released for the project, which involved linking the Taj Mahal to Agra Fort, and use this corridor to develop malls and amusement parks.The total cost of the project, which allegedly started without any environmental clearances, was estimated to be around Rs 175 crore.A year later the Supreme Court asked the CBI to investigate the issue in the Taj corridor project in 2003. The BSP chief was accused of embezzling funds earmarked for the project and a case of disproportionate assets — an offshoot of the scam — was registered against her in 2004.last_img read more

Trump immigration ban loses legal battle

first_imgA federal judge blocked Saturday part of president Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban, ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports.”Victory!!!!!!” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose lawyers sued the government, tweeted after US District Judge Ann Donnelly issued her decision.”Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders.”Trump’s sweeping executive order, signed Friday, suspends the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days and bars visas for travellers from seven Muslim majority countries for the next three months.The move, which was implemented immediately by US authorities, sparked large protests at major airports across the country. At New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, some of the 2,000 demonstrators chanted “Let them in, let them in!”Donnelly’s decision to issue a temporary stay — which stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of Trump’s order — concerns dozens of people who were detained at US airports following Trump’s actions.The exact number of those affected is unclear, but the judge ordered the government to provide lists of all those detained at US airports since the measure went into effect.Sending those travellers back to their home countries following Trump’s order exposes them to “substantial and irreparable injury,” wrote Donnelly, who was appointed by Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.Trump’s pronouncement on Muslim immigration makes good on one of his most controversial campaign promises to subject travelers from Islamic countries to “extreme vetting,” which he declared would make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists.”The targeted countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.Donnelly’s decision shows that “when President Trump enacts laws or executive orders that are unconstitutional, and illegal, the courts are there to defend everyone’s rights,” ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said in leaving the emergency hearing.But the battle is far from over, and another hearing was set for next month.”At minimum, they will not be returned to danger,” said ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt.”The key tonight was making sure nobody was put back on a plane.”last_img read more

2 journalists killed while reporting on US storm

first_imgFile photo of fallen trees in US. A television news anchor and a camera operator were killed on Monday when a tree in North Carolina fell on their vehicle. Photo: CollectedA television news anchor and a camera operator were killed on Monday when a tree in North Carolina fell on their vehicle as they were covering the effects of a rainstorm in Polk County, officials said.WYFF News anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of the NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, died after the tree hit their sport utility vehicle on a highway, the station reported.Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said he had just given an interview to McCormick when, minutes later, he received a call about the incident. He arrived to discover the victims were the two men he had just met.”It personally affected me a little bit because I had done an interview with Mr. McCormick about 10 minutes before we got the call, and we had talked a little bit about how he wanted us to stay safe and how we wanted him to stay safe,” Tennant told reporters.The ground was saturated from the rain, and a large tree about 3 feet (1 m) in diameter fell on the journalists’ SUV, apparently as it was driving along Highway 176, Tennant said. When first responders arrived, the engine was running and the transmission was in drive, Tennant said.”It is a freak of nature,” Tennant said. “I think it was a matter of the tree root system had failed and the tree came down.”McCormick had been with the station since 2007, first as a reporter and later as anchor of two Sunday broadcasts, WYFF said. Smeltzer joined the station in February of this year. Both were born in 1982.Polk County is about 90 miles (145 km) west of Charlotte.last_img read more

Compromise To Undo Bathroom Bill Passes Key Hurdle

first_img Share “At its core, it’s a statewide prohibition on equality,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin told reporters, adding that consequences could fall on Cooper. A transgender man who works at the University of North Carolina, Joaquin Carcano, spoke against the deal during the Senate committee meeting. Carcano said the proposal replaces House Bill 2 with a “new form of violence” against LGBT people and is sacrificing “our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball.” The Republican-controlled legislature passed HB2 a year ago in response to a Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory immediately signed the bill, and it appeared to cost him re-election in November. HB2 supporters say ordinances like the one in Charlotte make it easy for sexual predators to enter public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Opponents say that’s nonsense and the danger is imagined. Several potential compromises have failed over the past year, including one during a special session in December that collapsed amid partisan finger-pointing. GOP and Democratic legislators have been in a seemingly endless chase during the past several weeks to cobble together enough votes on various drafts of legislation. A compromise that would roll back North Carolina’s contentious “bathroom bill” cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, but it may not go far enough to quell furor surrounding the law limiting LGBT protections. Gay and civil rights groups say the replacement bill isn’t a true repeal of the law and will continue to allow discrimination. And some social conservatives preferred to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. Republican Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor. “This bill is at best a punt; at worst it is a betrayal of principle,” the Charlotte-area legislator said. The Senate voted 32-16 in favor of the bill, with nine of 15 Democrats among the yes votes. The House took up debate on the measure around noon. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Just hours after the deal was announced Wednesday night, a dozen gay rights activists gathered outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, where Gov. Roy Cooper hosted Democrats, urging them to support the plan. Cooper was narrowly elected with LGBT support on a platform that included repealing HB2. “It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation,” Cooper said. The announcement came as the NCAA said North Carolina sites won’t be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 “absent any change” in House Bill 2, which it views as discrimination. The NCAA said decisions would be made starting this week on events and announced in April. North Carolina cities, schools and other groups have offered more than 130 bids for such events. The NCAA already removed championship events from the state this year because of the law, which limits LGBT nondiscrimination protections and requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. HB2 has prompted businesses to halt expansions and entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or move events, including the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte. An Associated Press analysis ( ) this week found that HB2 already will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. The new proposal would repeal HB2 and leave state legislators in charge of policy on public multi-stall restrooms. Local governments also couldn’t pass new nondiscrimination protections for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020. That temporary moratorium, according to GOP House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, would allow time for pending federal litigation over transgender issues to play out. “Compromise requires give and take from all sides, and we are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy,” Berger and Moore said in a statement. It’s not clear whether the NCAA would be satisfied by the changes. Gay rights activists blasted the proposal, saying those who back it aren’t allies of the LGBT community. They say only a complete repeal will do.last_img read more

Ni Hao Delhi

first_imgThe India China Economic and Cultural council, Delhi in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in India, is organising a cultural evening titled India-China Cultural Extravaganza 2013. The primary aim of the event is to strengthen the bilateral cultural cooperation between the two countries. The ICEC had hosted the Chinese Spring Festival earlier this year. ICEC works closely with the Chinese Embassy in India to organize cultural festivals. This is apart from hosting business delegates and providing consultancy services to Indian and Chinese companies on matters of business. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On the cultural front, this is ICEC’s yet another effort to organise an evening to celebrate the 64th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. The ICEC Council takes this opportunity to celebrate with the people of China. The Performances include Diablo Acrobatics, Changing Faces (Bian Lian), Indian Magician will Showcase Chinese Culture through his magic tricks, Rajasthani Folk Dance (Kalbelia and Bhavai), Indian and Western Fusion Music by ‘Rising India’ band and Foot JugglingThe entry to the cultural extravaganza is free. Since the number of seats is limited, the reservation would be on first come, first serve basis.last_img read more

A Different Dance

first_imgTapping of feet with the swaying rhythm of classical music is going to fill the chilly air of the city with the beginning of the 20th Annual Kathak Dance Festival – ‘Antarang’. Organised by the AAMAD Dance Centre, it is an annual dance festival that creates the opportunity for its students to present their training of Kathak on a professional platform. The festival will exhibit the talent of more than 100 artists including able and differently able people along with the presence of Dr Kamilini Asthana, chairperson, Advisory committee, kathak kendra as the chief guest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Antarang’ will showcase traditional Kathak performances by the disciples of Rani Khanam of AAMAD dance centre. Apart from being a respected guru, Rani Khanam is also an empanelled artist in “outstanding category” of the Indian Council for Culture Relations, “Top graded” artist at the Delhi Doordarshan and the Director of Aamad. Along with it, some other performances aiming to grab the limelight includes a stylized dance form “Andaz-e-Raqs”, highlighting the contribution of Persian culture where the costumes play an intrinsic role in the kinetics of choreography, highly inspired by the Persian paintings and literature; “Shatapadi”, a “Shri Nand Nandan Nachat Sudhang” of Surdas and a performance called “Om Shanti” by the “specially able” artists to be performed on wheelchairs and amp; Crutches. These soul-stirring performances are aimed at recognizing the hidden potential of each person with disability. AAMAD, considered as one of the main integrated dance institute in India imparts training at a professional level. Imparting training to differently abled people to dance, they created a level in traditional and modern dance for more than two decades. With the most creative and unique initiative in the world of Indian performing arts, “Antarang” is sure to attract dance lovers with its powerful performances.last_img read more

In a first India to host 8th Theatre Olympics

first_imgIn a development that puts India firmly among the top nations in the world theatre map, the country, for the first time, will play host to the next edition of the prestigious Theatre Olympics in 2018. Established in 1993, Theatre Olympics is the foremost international theatre festival, presenting the finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world.The festival will kick off on February 17 next year in the Capital and conclude on April 8 in Mumbai. The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics is being organised by National School of Drama (NSD), under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The country’s tryst with the biggest celebration of theatre in the world will be held in 15 cities across India with over 50 international and 150 national theatre groups performing over the span of two months. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn addition, there will be ambience performances with allied activities like exhibitions, seminars, symposia, interactive discussions and workshops with well-known academicians, authors, actors, designers and directors.The announcement was made recently at NSD by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, Govt of India, along with Ratan Thiyam, Chairperson, NSD Society and Prof Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Theatre Olympics 2018 will feature around 500 plays and over 700 ambience performances from across the world. The theme of the Olympics this time is ‘Flag of Friendship.’Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “I strongly believe that the 8th Theatre Olympics will make its mark in India’s rich cultural history and will prove to be a milestone. Cultural Ministry, Govt of India is committed to support this grand initiative. We will request Prime Minister of India to inaugurate the 8th Theatre Olympics in New Delhi and the President of India to be a part of the concluding ceremony in Mumbai.” Talking about the Theatre Olympics, Ratan Thiyam said, “It is a great feeling of joy and happiness that the prestigious event of Theatre Olympics is taking place in India, a country which is proud of its innovation and heritage and it will provide a valuable platform to showcase significant productions of groups from India and abroad. India is proud of its ancient tradition and cultural heritage.””We live in a changing world with a new cultural landscape where the technological fanfare has already penetrated in all spheres of our life, making us more intoxicating day by day with limitless external comfort and new discoveries. In this changing world and challenging journey, I sincerely feel that theatre serves as a confluence of river of modernity, the past, present and future where very important issues, complex, aesthetics and philosophical challenges are negotiated,” he further added.Speaking on NSD playing host and organising the Theatre Olympics, Prof Waman Kendre, Director, NSD said, “This is for the first time that India is trying to showcase and exchange theatre in front of the world. When it comes to theatre, it doesn’t get any bigger than the Theatre Olympics, and it is indeed a proud moment for National School of Drama that it has got the opportunity to organise this prestigious event. NSD is all geared up to play the perfect host as India will be the cynosure of the theatre world and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Theatre Olympics in India is a grand success. We are in gratitude of Dr Mahesh Sharma for his constant efforts in bringing this grand festival to India.”The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, as the first international theatre festival. With the tagline ‘Crossing Millennia’, this is an initiative to connect the cultural past with the present and future, bringing the richness and diversity of theatre heritage to the experiments and research of contemporary theatre.The first country to host the Theatre Olympics was Greece in 1995. Japan hosted the second edition in Shizuoka in 1999, followed by Russia in 2001. In 2006, the Olympics were held in Istanbul, Turkey and four years later, in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. China hosted them in Beijing in 2014 and in 2016 the 7th Theatre Olympics were held in Wroclaw, Poland. India is all set to join this illustrious list as it plays host to the 8th edition of this global event.last_img read more

Over Rs 1L seized from Bharati Ghoshs car at West Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: More than one lakh rupees was seized from former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s car late on Thursday night at Pingla in West Midnapore, where election is scheduled to be held on Sunday.According to sources, on Thursday night at around 10:45 pm, Ghosh was returning from election campaign in a car bearing registration number WB 02 AG 6684. It was intercepted in a naka-checking point at Mundumari in Pingla. It has been alleged that despite repeated instructions by police officials, Ghosh refused to stop and let her car be checked. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately, senior police and Election Commission officials were informed and after a few kilometres near Mondalbari, Ghosh’s car was intercepted again. This time the car was thoroughly checked and sleuths found Rs 1,13,000 from the vehicle. According to the rules and regulations of an election, a candidate can carry a maximum Rs 50,000, along with proper documents. As Ghosh was carrying more than the stipulated amount, she violated the norms. Police seized the money and asked Ghosh to sign on the seizure list, which she denied. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe claimed that she had around Rs 49,000 and the rest of the amount belonged to other passengers of the car. Ghosh alleged that police personnel had asked them to put the money in one bag, which was later seized and shown as her money. According to sources, at the time of search and seizure, Ghosh got involved in an altercation with the police personnel. She demanded that all others inside the car must be allowed to sign on the seizure list as well, as their money had also been seized. Ghosh was later detained and taken to the police station for questioning. Almost after three hours at around 2 am, she was released. On Friday, police lodged a complaint and initiated an FIR against her. The information of Thursday night’s incident was also conveyed to the Election Commission in the state. On Friday afternoon, information was forwarded to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.last_img read more