STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Joshua Buske Named To Deans List At University Of Hartford

first_imgWEST HARTFORD, CT — The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Joshua Buske, of Wilmington, has been named to its Dean’s List for Spring 2019.About The University of HartfordSpread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades. On our 350-acre campus alongside Connecticut’s capital city, approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students from 48 states and countries come together for a common purpose: to collaborate across different disciplines, diversify perspectives, and broaden worldviews. We’re a four-year private university focused on advancing the public good through meaningful connections within our communities. Our unique approach to comprehensive education gives us the critical perspectives that lead to impactful change, regionally and beyond. With degree programs spanning the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions, we focus on doing the work that matters. Visit for more information.(NOTE: The above announcement is from The University of Hartford via Merit.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University Of HartfordIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University Of HartfordIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Joshua Buske Named To Dean’s List At University of HartfordIn “Education”last_img read more

Happy Mothers Day 2019 Here are gift ideas inspirational quotes and wishes

first_imgMother’s Day 2019 is just a few days away and will be celebrated on the second Sunday of May, which falls on May 12 this year.Everyone takes this day to celebrate the maternal figures in their lives, motherhood and mothers. The day is also used to honour mothers and their role in bringing life into the world and helping to raise children, which is a very important role in society.While countries like India, the US, New Zealand, China, Australia and many European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland celebrate during the period of Lent. Arab countries celebrate the day on March 21.If you haven’t already bought your mother a gift to show her how much you value her, here are some ideas for quirky, thoughtful gift ideas which the mother in your life will value forever.You can write a letter telling her how much you love and cherish her. While this is not much, a letter would go a long way.A photo of you and her in a handmade photo frameA gift voucher for a spa treatment. Trust me, she will love this and love you more for the present.A Bluetooth speakerA gift basketApple iPadA foot massagerSimple jewelleryHere are some messages you can send to one of the most important women in your life on this special dayHappy Mother’s Day Mom! Thank you for looking after us so well, I know it’s not always easy! We love you!To the best mom in the world, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for being chief cook, counsellor, taxi-driver, cheerleader, and best mom in the world.”When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Charley Benetto”Only mothers can think of the future because they give birth to it in their children.” —Maxim GroskyHappy Mothers Day to the greatest mom! We don’t say it enough, but we really appreciate all that you do for us every day. You are truly the glue that holds our family together!Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you! Happy Mother’s Day to the sweetest mother in the world, we love you!last_img read more

Final assault on IS Raqa stronghold

first_imgMembers of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sit in the back of pick-up truck in the village of Hazima on the northern outskirts of the Islamic States (IS) group’s Syrian bastion of Raqa. Photo: AFPUS-backed fighters broke into the city of Raqa on Tuesday as they launched a final assault to drive the Islamic State group from its de facto Syrian capital.The attack on the northern city at the heart of IS’s Syrian territory has been seven months in the making and is backed by air support, military advisers and weapons deliveries from the US-led coalition.Seized by the jihadists in early 2014, Raqa became notorious as a hub for IS’s operations in Syria, Iraq and beyond.The city has been the scene of some of the group’s worst atrocities, including gruesome executions, public displays of bodies and the trafficking of women.It was one of the twin pivots of IS’s so-called “caliphate,” with Mosul in neighbouring Iraq—where US-backed forces are also bearing down on the jihadists.After months sealing off access routes to the city from the east, north and west, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday entered the city limits for the first time.“Our forces entered the city of Raqa from the eastern district of Al-Meshleb,” SDF commander Rojda Felat said, adding clashes were also raging on the city’s northern outskirts.“They are fighting street battles inside Raqa now, and we have experience in urban warfare.”In fighting further south, the coalition said it “destroyed” a unit of pro-regime forces as they advanced near Al-Tanf, where coalition commandos have been training and advising anti-IS forces.Syrian state news agency Sana quoted military sources saying“Warplanes belonging to the so-called international coalition attacked one of our military positions on the road to al-Tanf… killing a number of people and causing some material damage,” reported Syrian state news agency Sana, quoting military sources.‘Decisive blow’The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes in Al-Meshleb had forced IS jihadists to withdraw from more than half of the district.The SDF was also trying to push into Raqa’s northwestern district of Al-Andalus, the monitor said, as fighting continued to the north, east and west of the city.The advance in Al-Meshleb was backed by heavy air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Observatory said.The coalition began its air campaign against IS in Iraq in August 2014, expanding its operations to Syria the following month.The coalition appears keen to expel IS from its last major urban bastions before the “caliphate” turns three years old later this month.Defeating IS in Raqa would “deliver a decisive blow to the idea of ISIS as a physical caliphate”, said coalition commander Lieutenant General Steve Townsend.Warning the fight would be “long and difficult,” Townsend framed the offensive as part of a greater struggle against IS, which has claimed attacks in many countries including last month’s deadly bombing in Manchester.“We all saw the heinous attack in Manchester,” he said. “ISIS threatens all our nations, not just Iraq and Syria, but in our homelands as well.”The SDF launched its operation to take Raqa—dubbed “Wrath of the Euphrates”—in November.It then scored a series of victories in the wider province, including capturing the strategic town of Tabqa and its adjacent dam in May.On Tuesday, SDF spokesman Talal Sello made the long-awaited announcement that the battle for Raqa itself had begun.“We declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of Raqa, the so-called capital of terrorism and terrorists,” Sello told reporters in the village of Hazima, north of the city.“With the international coalition’s warplanes and the state-of-the-art weapons they provided to us, we will seize Raqa from Daesh,” Sello told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS.Concerns for civiliansSello urged civilians inside Raqa city to keep away from IS positions and from the front lines.The United Nations said it was concerned for the safety of more than 400,000 men, women and children in Raqa province who may be caught up in the violence.As the SDF has drawn closer to the city, reports of civilian casualties in coalition air strikes have swelled.On Monday, the Observatory said a coalition bombing raid killed 21 civilians as they tried to escape Raqa by dinghy on the Euphrates River.The same route leading out of the city’s southern districts has been used by IS fighters, it said.An estimated 300,000 civilians were believed to have been living under IS rule in Raqa, including 80,000 displaced from other parts of Syria.Thousands have fled in recent months to other parts of the province or to makeshift camps in territory newly captured by the SDF.On Tuesday, the International Rescue Committee said it was “deeply concerned for the safety of civilians in Raqa” after a drop in numbers fleeing the city in the past week.This “may indicate ISIS intends to use the 200,000 people still trapped in the city as human shields,” the aid group said, using another acronym for IS.It also urged the “utmost care” to prevent civilian casualties after “a worrying number of civilians killed from coalition airstrikes across Raqa in recent months”.More than 320,000 people have been killed since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011 with anti-government protests.Also Tuesday, Syrian regime forces advanced into Raqa province for the first time in a year, seizing two villages from IS, the Observatory and a military source said.last_img read more

US observers urge steps for free poll in Zimbabwe

first_imgParty delegates listen to Zimbabwe main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Nelson Chamisa giving his remarks during the launch of his party`s manifesto ahead of the July 30th general election on 7 June 2018 in Harare. Photo: AFPUS pro-democracy groups have urged Zimbabwean authorities to take steps to ensure a free and fair election in July and break from a history of flawed elections under long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.”Changing Zimbabwe’s electoral trajectory will require pro-active and concerted efforts to instil public confidence,” the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute said in a statement late Friday after a week of pre-election observation.Zimbabwe holds a general election on July 30, the first without Mugabe who was forced out of office after a brief military takeover last year.David Dreier, a former United States Congressman and member of the IRI-NDI monitors, told reporters in Harare that while the observers have “found several notable improvements in the political environment and electoral preparations as compared to prior elections, a number of significant opportunities to break with the past have been missed.””As a result, we still have concerns about the fairness of the process.”The group said while Zimbabweans welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s public commitments to hold credible elections there were concerns whether the military will accept the outcome of the presidential polls.They called on senior military officers to make “public and unambiguous statements” that the army will loyally serve whoever wins the elections.The statement came days after the main opposition staged street protests to pressure the authorities to adopt a slew of reforms to ensure a fair poll.The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party wants to observe the printing of ballot papers, that Zimbabweans based abroad be allowed to vote and the removal of military personnel seconded to the electoral commission.Mnangagwa will square off with former student activist Nelson Chamisa leading a coalition of opposition parties under the MDC-Alliance.A new pre-poll survey by Afrobarometer published this week showed the ruling Zanu-PF would attract 42 per cent of the vote compared to 31 per cent for the MDC, meaning the election could go to a run-off.last_img

Police Woman Flees Scene of Crash With Officer on Car Hood

first_imgBy The Associated PressROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a woman fleeing a crash tried to hit an off-duty police officer, who then clung onto the car while talking to authorities.WTOP-FM reports 25-year-old Denai Holly, of Washington, D.C., hit several cars on Interstate 270 near Rockville Monday morning and attempted to flee. Police Sgt. DeVaughn Parker says off-duty Montgomery County Officer Christopher Jordan witnessed the wreck and told Holly he was an officer.Denai Holly (Photo/ Maryland State Police)Parker says Holly accelerated toward the officer, who was on the phone with authorities when he landed on Holly’s hood. Charging documents say she drove about a mile at 80 mph before the officer could safely roll off her car. Holly was arrested on charges including attempted manslaughter minutes later using information he provided.It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.___Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.comlast_img read more

Dont Be Late for Poetry Black Chakra

first_imgInterview by Betty Harvin, Special to the AFROJacob Mayberry, a Baltimore spoken word artist, emcee, National Poetry Slam champion, Texas Grand Slam champion and teaching artist,  Black Chakra, sat with the AFRO to celebrate poetry with us a bit after “Don’t Be Late for Poetry” to give us some insight into his poetic journey. Named Black Chakra from a former lover, who considered his energy a combination of the auras  of the seven chakras (crown, third- eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, root). He is an artist who truly lives up to his name.Black Chakra (Courtesy Photo)Afro: How did you get your name?Black Chakra: Me and a poet were dating and we found out about an African culture whose tradition was naming people, which is extremely important because what you are named is what you’re adorned as. So we thought it’d be special if we gave each other poetry names. The name I gave her was Fire Angelou, and Black Chakra was the name she gave me. It perfectly describes what I do because the chakras are different colors and different spiritual measurements of energy and I represent all the energies in one because black is the combination of all colors. I thought that was a beautiful name and I kept it ever since.Afro: What inspired you to be a poet and when did you start doing poetry?BLACK CHAKRA: Since 11 my father told me, ‘If you’re going to do something you have to be the best.’ I asked him, ‘How to be the best?’ He said you have to study, practice, and know it better than anyone else. So I did those things. I read multiple poetry books. So, since 11 I started writing and started studying and by 13, I was rapping, nonstop. Then by 15-16, I wanted to understand poetry on a deeper level, so I got into spoken word and I just stayed in it. I’ve always been invested in writing, I’m always writing; it is one of the most healthy things you can do. Also, it grows your skill level because you learn different things about yourself. I can literally write a poem in seven minutes because I don’t second guess what I have to say. I just know what I want to talk about and it feels very comfortable. So, now that I’m 30, I’d say I’ve been doing poetry for pretty much all my life.Afro: This month, as you know, is National Poetry Month, and at the AFRO we are featuring poets from the past, present, and future. Of course you represent one of the bomb poets from our present, but are there any poets from the past that have inspired you?BLACK CHAKRA: How long you got?….Gil Scott Heron, ase. Amiri Baraka, ase. Maya Angelou, ase. The Last Poets, ase. Sonya Sanchez, ase. Nikki Giovanni, ase. Biggie Smalls, ase. Tupac, ase. I can do this all day there are so many black poets I’ve read; Saul Williams, ase. Talam Acey, ase. Lamar Hill, ase. These people, their poetry has changed my life. The first time I heard Slangston Hughes, ase, I was in high school and I didn’t even know poetry could sound like that and I was like, ‘I can fit here’. He let me know, you have space here, you can fit here and he is so powerful. He is my favorite poet. He gave me permission to be a dope Hip- Hop lyricist within a spoken word format. There are so many great poets from the past, James Baldwin, ase. Nas, ase. Big Daddy Kane, ase. Rakim, ase. Tragedy Khadafi, ase. We can do hip-hop alone and go for the next two days. Malcolm X because I sincerely consider him a poet, ase.Afro: Just by your answers, I’m receiving that poetry is a state of being.BLACK CHAKRA: Poetry is breath, poetry is breathing. Poetry is the reason you get up in the morning. Everything is poetry, there is nothing that isn’t poetry. The person that put this wall together is a poet because he understood shapes on a level that he had to be passionate about. The person who shaped this table is a poet because they had to understand math on a spiritual level. The person who made this carpet is a poet because they had to understand stitching on a different level. The understanding of life on a different level is poetry. That’s why a poet will look at a can and create a whole poem around it because of how you break down the world and discuss it into multiple terms. I am just a sad offspring of the everything, that is poetry.Afro: Poets as prophets….what’s your take on that?Black Chakra: My personal belief is that we are puppets, there is a voice that is speaking through poets. In certain chapters of the Quran, in Islamic belief, they believe that the poet has a direct line to God and you can summon the words of God through you, and I believe that. Statistically, more people suffer from stage fright than they do fear of death. Which means more people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy. So why is it that there are these people, these light bearers, who can get on stage and do this and channel words? I consider it a blessing, poetry is my proof that God exists.Afro: The poets from the past didn’t have such an opportunity, like the poets of our present, to directly pour into the poets of our future. How has teaching the poets of the future been for you?(Black Chakra calls over one of his students and now fellow poets,  20 y/o, Summer Knights to join the conversation)BLACK CHAKRA: I remember I gave a speech to the kids (in the poetry club), saying ‘Hey look, we won last year, if we don’t win this year, it’s not that important.’ She looked at me and said, ‘F- that’, none of us here play sports, none of us here do anything else, poetry is all we got. If we can’t be the best at this, than what’s it worth?’ It changed my life. She taught me that. Pouring into the kids has actually been them pouring into me because you’re not a teacher until one of your students teaches you something. Now she is killing the stage, on the same stages as me,  she is a two- time world poetry champion, I coached a championship kid yesterday and so did she. I literally went up to her and said, ‘I think it’s time for me to retire.’ This is all I’ve ever wanted in life, to inspire someone to inspire someone else. Each one, teach one. I called her over here because she is the living proof to your question. This is what happens when you pour into black children. She loves so fiercely, she’s a good sister, human being, a good coach, and teacher. I can die tomorrow and smile because I had a part in that, so I’m just very thankful to pour into youth and for them to be this.last_img read more

Rocky Mountaineer WestJet update travellers on BC wildfires

first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert, WestJet VANCOUVER — Both Rocky Mountaineer and WestJet have released new updates to service in light of the ongoing wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta.Due to the wildfires in the Caribbo area, Rocky Mountaineer’s train departures on the ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ route have been affected. “We have put in place alternative plans for guests travelling on this route that involved travelling by both motorcoach and train,” said the company.The schedules for the trains travelling via Kamloops on First Passage to the West (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and Journey through the Clouds (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected. However, due to hazy skies in some areas, the visibility of scenery and air quality may be impacted at some points along the journey due to the wildfires.Passengers are asked to stay up to date on the situation by going to has extended its discount offer to those impacted by the tragedy. The airline is offering 25% off for bookings between YXS and all Canadian and U.S. destinations, as well as 25% off for bookings between YLW/YYF/KYA and all Canadian and U.S. destinations.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTravel dates run from Aug. 4-Aug. 21, 2017. Bookings must be made by Aug. 14.For both GDS bookings and WestJet Agent (TA Web) bookings, use account code DEWF4WT. For SIREV/Revnet/Contact centre bookings, agents are asked to call the Travel Support Team at 1-877-664-3205.WestJet has also decided to waive change and cancel fees for all existing bookings made to/from and via YLW/YXS/YYF/YKA to/from Canadian destinations on or before July 9 for travel through Aug. 21, 2017.For GDS bookings, there is no need for agents to call to receive a waiver code for clients. Simply add the generic waiver code 201707yxs in the endorsement field and process the exchange or refund in the GDS. Friday, August 11, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Rocky Mountaineer, WestJet update travellers on BC wildfires Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more