Library Offers Virtual Performance on Harriet Tubman

first_imgOn Monday, Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Ocean City Free Public Library is offering a performance on “Harriet Tubman, Tales From The Cape.”In a performance that has been called “mesmerizing,” Michelle Washington Wilson lends us a special glimpse into the life and times of Harriet Tubman. Tubman was an abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, and women’s suffrage supporter who traveled through New Jersey, and was active in the Abolitionist Movement, throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties and throughout the DelMarVa Peninsula.The Underground Railroad had Station Houses throughout South Jersey. Washington Wilson will take you there through the Tales From The Cape.To register click here: Beginning next month anyone who would like to learn Spanish just needs to register.last_img read more

Can you name the most searched-for recipes of 2016?

first_imgIt was a year when sugar, salt and gluten made many a headline, but which baking recipes were most searched-for online in 2016?According to the latest insights from digital and content marketing company Honed, the top searches were very seasonal.The company’s search analysts took a look at the top cake, pudding and sweet-toothed recipe searches by month to find the largest searches for each time of the year in the UK.Top searches 2016last_img

Dead & Company Announces Cryptic Pop-Up Shop In L.A.

first_imgThis week, Dead & Company will continue the West Coast leg of their summer tour. Tonight, the band returns to the iconic Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, following last night’s fiery hometown performance. Later in the week, the group lands in Chula Vista, California, on July 6th, and Los Angeles on July 7th.However, in a cryptic announcement, the Dead & Company team have announced that on the band’s day off on Thursday, July 5th, a special pop-up shop will take over Los Angeles’ Union from 11 am to 7 pm. The email sent out to media only featured the following graphic, so for more information, it looks like you’re gonna have to stop by the shop like everyone else.See y’all at Shoreline tonight!last_img read more

The lessons on Russian intelligence

first_imgDespite President Trump’s saying that it’s all just “fake news,” James R. Clapper, who was U.S. director of national intelligence from 2010 until January, said he has no doubt that Russia successfully interfered in the 2016 election and “clearly favored” Trump over Hillary Clinton.“Clearly, the Russians — and the shots were called at the highest level — were interested first in sowing dissension and doubt and discord in this country,” Clapper said. As the campaign went on, however, he said their aims switched to helping Trump.“They, too, didn’t initially take Mr. Trump seriously, but later on they did,” Clapper said Tuesday evening at Harvard Kennedy School, where he discussed the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference and whether any members of the Trump campaign had participated in it. Russia’s primary motivation was “intense animus” toward both Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, he said.Russia mounted a multifaceted campaign that involved not just hacking email, but creating propaganda and paying people to push that material online and through RT, the state-run Russian media outlet that financed since-ousted National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s 2015 visit to Moscow.“In my view, the evidence for this was overwhelming. [It was] extremely compelling just on the basis of cyber evidence alone,” said Clapper, who is scheduled to testify before Congress about the matter on Monday.Under Clapper’s command during the Obama administration, 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred that Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of emails and voter files belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta last year and targeted publication of pro-Trump or anti-Clinton propaganda disguised as misleading or false news stories.Clapper, now a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, pushed back on a claim, “deliberately misquoted or distorted” by some — including Trump — that the intelligence community had determined that Russia did not corrupt the results of the election. The agencies never rendered a judgment on that in their January report.“All we said in the Intelligence Community Assessment was there was no evidence of messing with voter tallies in any of the 50 states. But we had neither the authority, the expertise, or the resources to assess what effect did it actually have on the election,” he said. It will remain an open question until Congress or some other body looks at it.Given Russia’s long, well-documented track record of using disinformation to influence elections around the world, “the whole public denial” by Russia and others that it would try to do so was confounding, said Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan from 2001 to 2015, once an FBI special agent, and now a senior fellow at the Belfer Center. “Why we should be surprised is shocking to me.”But the idea that Russia got behind Trump in the belief that he could win is “ridiculous,” Rogers, an authority on cyber security, told a crowd thick with intelligence and national security experts, including Michael Morell, retired deputy director of the CIA, and David Petraeus, the retired four-star general and former CIA head. “They were more concerned in my mind to try to sow chaos, discontent — and they are very good at it.”Right now, Russia is mounting a similar election-influencing campaign in France and will almost certainly launch one in Germany and across Europe in the coming months. “You’re going to see this all over Europe because they have found something that works.”Rogers and Clapper said the Russians’ 2016 interference was by all measures a big intelligence win for them.“This is the most disturbing, most aggressive, and most directly impactful of any engagement they’ve had in our election,” noted Clapper. “They have to regard what they did as a huge success,” which means Russia will likely ratchet up efforts to try again.Clapper mostly stood by remarks he made in March on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he had not seen any evidence that Russia and the Trump campaign had colluded. Trump has repeatedly cited Clapper’s comments as proof there was no coordination and that the FBI investigation is a witch hunt. But Clapper was careful to note that he left the intelligence service in mid-January and that his statement alone was not dispositive. “That’s not to say it didn’t happen; I just never saw the evidence of it.”David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, greets audience members before the panel discussion begins. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerRogers dismissed the theory that some coordination might have taken place.“Given the way that campaign was run, I’d be highly suspect that they had an organized plan to do anything, let alone try to figure out a conspiracy to work with Vladimir Putin to disrupt U.S. elections,” he joked.Asked by moderator Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and longtime Belfer Center director, to talk about the working relationship between the intelligence community, which is under the purview of the executive branch, and the congressional intelligence committees, both admitted there could be friction sometimes.At an early stage of the Iran nuclear negotiations, for instance, during secret bilateral talks in Oman in March 2013, Clapper said Rogers “chastised” the intelligence community for failing to keep him informed of what was happening. Rogers, then the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was “not amused” to have first learned of the talks from a foreign intelligence agency, rather than from President Barack Obama or Clapper.“This put the intelligence community in an awkward position because these were secret negotiations [the administration] didn’t want to have … exposed publicly,” said Clapper. “So the question that came up in my mind was, ‘What is the extent of the intelligence community’s responsibility to spy on the administration on behalf of the committee?’”“I came away from [it with] a very different perspective about ‘spying on the president,’” said Rogers. “I looked at it as, ‘This is a good course of oversight.’”Though politics lurks around congressional intelligence matters, even when intentions are straightforward, Rogers said he thought the Intelligence Committee he ran functioned well, and did so in a largely bipartisan way. But he criticized what he sees on the current committee, headed by the Republican chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, and the ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff.“What doesn’t work is unfortunately what you see today, where someone runs to the microphone and says, ‘He’s innocent,’ and the next day, ‘He’s guilty,’ and the next day, ‘Oh, I saw something that makes them really guilty,’ or ‘I saw something that makes them really innocent,’” he said. “That is a complete injustice to a functioning body that has some very, very serious consequences if they get this wrong.”Asked by former CIA official Morell whether it was appropriate for the House and Senate intelligence committees to be looking into Russian interference while an FBI probe is underway, Rogers said he thought the committees should cede the criminal aspect of the investigation to the FBI and focus more on determining what Russia did, how it did it, and how the United States can defend against such efforts in the future. “I disagree with the way they’re doing it. I wouldn’t do it this way,” he said.Whether the intelligence community should or should not reveal what was known about Russia’s meddling, and how it was known, was a major topic of internal debate during the final months of the Obama administration, Clapper said.In deciding whether to release a clarifying Oct. 7 joint statement, Clapper said he and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson talked about not wanting to tip the scales, or even appear to tip the scales, in favor of one candidate over another, and worried about how much information should be shared with foreign governments, particularly in Europe, about what had happened.Clapper said he and Johnson were “pretty adamant about the notion that, knowing what we knew and we didn’t say anything about it, and then the election happened and … for whatever reason and then afterward the public, the Congress, and everybody else learns that we had this information and we sat on it without saying something to the electorate” would create problems, he said, describing the decision to issue a public statement.Asked whether it’s possible for the FBI to establish whether any political collusion took place, Rogers said he doesn’t think that’s the FBI’s primary focus, largely because it’s harder than other activities to substantiate in a way that meets the high legal threshold. More likely, he said, agents are probably looking at financial interests or other prospective criminal acts.But either way, he believes the FBI, “like a dog with a bone,” will run down every lead wherever it goes.last_img read more

Donnelly honors University

first_imgIn commemoration of the University’s 170th anniversary, alumnus Rep. Joe Donnelly honored Notre Dame in a speech submitted to the Congressional Record, praising the University’s tradition of academic excellence, innovation and public service. In the speech, originally submitted to the Record on Sept. 12 and released yesterday, Donnelly highlighted the positive impact the University has had on the nation over the decades. “The University has made significant contributions to the United States of America since its founding in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C.,” Donnelly said. “Fortified by a deep faith in God and an unwavering commitment to the common good, the University has impacted the Nation’s history, its educational accomplishments and its outreach and ministry to the vulnerable and the poor.” Donnelly cited a long tradition of supporting the country, beginning with the University’s work with the Navy during World War II. “As Fr. Sorin sought to bridge the education gap in the expanding frontier, he began a history that intertwined with and influenced the history of our nation,” he said. “During World War II, Notre Dame established a Naval center that trained 12,000 officers in South Bend, Ind., an episode that is commemorated yearly in a respectful football rivalry.” Following in the tradition of strong leadership begun by Sorin, Donnelly emphasized Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s role in the civil rights movement. “Notre Dame has been a leader in promoting diversity in higher education and American culture, especially the pioneering work of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh as the guiding voice of the Civil Rights Commission that crafted the framework to end segregation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” he said. Donnelly recognized the University’s standing as one of the premier academic institutions in the country. “Notre Dame’s dedication to education excellence is reflected in its highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School in addition to a well-regarded School of Architecture,” he said. “Its research programs have made great contributions to national science and health over the years, ranging from the discovery of synthetic rubber by Fr. Julius Nieuwland in the 1920s to the mapping of the mosquito genome in this century as a way to prevent the spread of malaria and other diseases.” The Senator-elect referenced the University’s affiliations with various service initiatives, beginning in the 1960’s. “An association with the Peace Corps goes back to the agency’s founding in 1961, when the first volunteers were trained on campus under the strong support of Fr. Hesburgh,” he said. “Its Summer Service Learning Program has provided some 4,000 undergraduate students with a scholarship to perform eight weeks of community service in the communities of Notre Dame alumni clubs across the nation. The Alliance for Catholic Education, ACE, sends nearly 200 recent graduates each year to teach in about 100 understaffed Catholic schools across the country.” Beyond the University’s achievements in academics and research, Donnelly praised Notre Dame’s dedication to those in need. “The University’s mission is to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings, but also a love of God and a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many,” he said. “Notre Dame makes our nation stronger and deserves our deepest appreciation.” In a statement to The Observer, Donnelly proclaimed his sense of pride in being a product of a Notre Dame education. “I was proud to lead the Indiana delegation in recognizing the University of Notre Dame’s 170th anniversary because of its great impact from our community in northern Indiana to countries around the world,” he said. “I am honored to be a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and I know the many lessons I learned while a student there will continue to help guide me in serving the great state of Indiana.”last_img read more

State Lawmakers Push For Shorter Suicide Hotline Number

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – A group of New York lawmakers are continuing the push for a three-digit suicide hotline number.They want to change the current 11-digit number to 988. They say shortening the hotline and treating it like 911 will save lives.Nationwide, lawmakers are also considering shortening the hotline number to 988.The Federal Communications Commission has also voiced support for the change. State leaders hope to update the number this session. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Honduran Navy Raises Submarine That Carried 7.5 Tons of Cocaine

first_img Experts from the Honduran Navy have raised a submarine from which they extracted 7.5 tons of cocaine in August, after its crew sank it in the depths of the Caribbean, official sources confirmed. Armed Forces spokesperson Colonel Alcides Flores told AFP that “the submersible is now in Puerto Castilla (600 kilometers northeast of Tegucigalpa), thanks to the ingenuity of our divers, because there’s a lack of technology for an operation like this, the first of its kind that we’ve carried out.” The commandant of the Navy, Rear Admiral Rigoberto Espinal, told reporters that everything was “being done slowly; more than anything, it’s a training operation that our combat divers are carrying out.” The vessel was intercepted by U.S. and Honduran authorities on July 13, in Caribbean waters 25 km from the Honduran coast, that is, in international waters. Upon realizing the presence of the authorities, the crew, three Colombians and one Honduran who sailed the vessel from Colombia and were supposedly headed to the United States, sank it by opening an interior valve so that it would fill with water. On August 2, the authorities finished removing 7.5 tons of cocaine, a record amount for joint operations between the Honduran and U.S. authorities. By Dialogo October 12, 2011last_img read more

100% Zagorsko is coming to Pula for the first time

first_imgKrapina-Zagorje County on June 08 and 09, 2018 in Pula (Portarata and Giardini) organizes its traditional event 100% ZAGORSKO, which has been held for many years in Zagreb and several years in Rijeka.100% ZAGORSKO is a sales and exhibition event where agricultural products grown in the traditional, conventional, integrated and ecological way, as well as products of traditional crafts of Krapina-Zagorje County will be exhibited. The original products of Zagorje will be represented by about fifty exhibitors – agricultural producers, craftsmen, companies, spas, agrotourism, hotels and restaurants and cultural institutions.The streets of Pula will be filled with the sounds and smells of Zagorje tradition. The offer will include pumpkin oil, honey, gingerbread, Zagorje mills, vegetables, fruits, brandies and liqueurs, cheese, juices and fruit wines, cured meat products, as well as gingerbread and traditional toys that are under the protection of UNESCO. As part of the event, all-day animations will be organized for visitors, such as a presentation of the life of Krapina Neanderthals and a miniature view of the Hušnjakovo cave (photography, animation of children and adults), old crafts, fighting and warfare of knights in the late Middle Ages and a rich cultural and artistic program.On the opening day of the event, on Friday, June 08, 2018, it will be held Meeting of Istrian and Zagorje businessmen as well as the tourism sector.Music fence as a gift to PulaKrapina-Zagorje County will the City of Pula donate a music fence on which they can be played the first bars of the Croatian anthem. The first such fence was erected in Krapina-Zagorje County, in Zelenjak, near the monument to the Croatian anthem. The Krapina-Zagorje County has already donated the same fence to the City of Vukovar, and after Pula, it will donate it to the City of Rijeka in August this year, also during the 100% ZAGORSKO event.All praise for Krapina-Zagorje County and the Tourist Board of Krapina-Zagorje County who think outside the box, do not whine and wait, but are proactive and try in various ways to reach the target group, especially in continental tourism where we do not have sun and sea as a motive for arrival and it is much harder to generate tourist arrivals.One of the ways is certainly this one, through the excellent event 100 Zagorsko which promotes Zagorje as an interesting and rich tourist destination.Related news:ZAGORJE GOT ITS TOURIST CARD – ZAGORJE CARDINNOVATIVE TOURIST ATTRACTION INSTALLED IN UMAG – MUSIC FENCElast_img read more

Two $5m-plus offers in two months for luxury riverfront home

first_img20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: BRISBANE riverfront home has fielded two $5m-plus offers in two months, in a sign of growing strength on the southern bank.The four bedroom prestige home at 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne had sealed a deal for $5.6m in April this year – a figure that would have been a massive $400,000 more than the owners paid just one year earlier. But that deal fell through on the buyer’s part. 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: had marketed the four bathroom, double garage home with pool as exceptional.“Set on 812m2 with over 16 metres of Brisbane River frontage and full city views, this streamlined home, with its prestigious lifestyle address, high-end finishes and sun washed alfresco entertaining areas, provides an abundance of privacy and tranquillity for your family,” his listing said.“All the homes bedrooms were king size with ensuites, while the master bedroom has ‘a lavish ensuite, kingsize walk-in wardrobe and your own private balcony with river city views’.”Marble benchtops, Gaggenau appliances including an integrated coffee machine, a soundproof home theatre and video security were among the luxury finishes. 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171. Picture: from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours image of 20 Scott Street, Hawthorne which sold for a profit of $420,000 over 10 months.Within two months however, a second deal saw the home go under contract with a different buyer – this time for $5.2m which was $20,000 more than the homeowners had paid in April 2016.Real estate agent Trevor Egan of Ray White East Brisbane said the suburb was a prestige one and there was strong demand in the greater area.“In the last six weeks I’ve had over $20 million in sales from Camp Hill through to the riverfront,” he said. “It’s a family suburb, family oriented area and this is a prestige inner city home.”last_img read more

Grange Queenslander with renovation potential

first_imgThe kitchen has a retro vibe. Picture: Supplied.The home is on a 420sq m block with established trees and gardens offering privacy. Ms Fields said the property would suit a couple looking to renovate. “They could live in it for a while and decide to make improvements later,” she said. “It’s already been raised to legal height and enclosed downstairs, so the hard work has already been done.” The home is in the Wilston State School and St Columba’s School catchments and has easy access to major arterial roads. It is 4km from the Brisbane CBD.The property is being marketed by Simone Weigall of Place New Farm. The loungeroom features timber panelling. Picture: Supplied. “(The home) is in a lovely neighbourhood and now there are some nice coffee shops nearby.” Upstairs, the home has an eat-in kitchen that opens to the rear deck, a lounge room with timber panelling, and a sunroom. The front bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and a bay window with seating. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The second bedroom is at the back of the home and there is a combined bathroom and toilet. “I really like the front room, the sunroom,” Ms Fields said. “I’d sit there when I was talking on the phone and a nice breeze would come in.” Downstairs, the property has been raised to legal height and has a slab and plumbing in place for a renovation. The home at 26 Howard St, Grange. Picture: Supplied.THIS two-bedroom Queenslander is perfect for the buyer looking to renovate. The property at 26 Howard St, Grange, has plenty of character, including polished timber floors, high ornate plaster ceilings, timber panelling and VJ walls. Owner Roberta Fields said the property was in a lovely area. “It’s a great place to live, being close to Kedron Brook, which is wonderful for being a place to bike ride or walk without having to cross roads,” she said. last_img read more