The Los Alamos family seated on the stairs today is in two-week quarantine because they were out of state when all of the social distancing guidelines took affect in New Mexico. Today is their son’s 8th birthday and to help him celebrate, Hill Stomper Ringleader Jeff Favorite is putting on a juggling and fire breathing show. Such a wonderful act to celebrate an otherwise very isolated little birthday boy. Photo by Maggie Moore
Tramar Pettaway. Independent/Woody MorrisIt’s the most wonderful time of the year. A time for family, giving, and having that warm fuzzy feeling inside.Tramar Pettaway, a 2007 graduate of Southampton High School who’s also an Off-Broadway actor and singer, and the Reverend Dr. Leslie Duroseau of the Hamptons United Methodist Church, were trying to figure out what to do for the community to celebrate the holiday season. Then Pettaway, who’s an associate member of the UMC, had the idea of a read-aloud of the classic Christmas story, Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express.For those unfamiliar with the tale, a young boy is awakened on Christmas Eve by the sound of a train. To his astonishment, he finds the train is waiting for him. The conductor explains the train is called the Polar Express, and is journeying to the North Pole. The boy boards the train, which is filled with many other children in their pajamas, and they travel to the North Pole to see who willreceive the first gift of Christmas.“I had seen many events taking place in the village but never heard of anyone doing a read-aloud with The Polar Express,” Pettaway explained. Dr. Duroseau encouraged the idea, and so began the development of the special holiday event.The Polar Express has captured the hearts of many, as has Pettaway’s idea, and the Hamptons UMC Church signed on to sponsor the event. As the event was posted, “the numbers began to rise day by day,” said Pettaway.Along with the reading this holiday classic, those who attend will enjoy refreshments and presents for all. The first 50 children registered will also receive a very special present from a very special guest — Old Saint Nick himself, and also a visit from Frosty the Snowman. Everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas but not required.“The children will experience the magic of The Polar Express, the magic of Santa, and the spirit of Christmas,” said Pettaway. “And the message of the book is ‘believe.’ It was the perfect message and theme for this holiday season, with everything going in this world,” he said.This event will take place Sunday, December 23, from 5 to 7 PM.“This is very rewarding,” Pettaway said of the planning. He is looking forward to the event, with high hopes of bringing some holiday cheer. “Not just the children getting gifts, but you get to see the smile on everyone’s face,” he said. Music will be provided by DJ Daddy-O Entertainment, and refreshments will be served. It’s important to register children prior to the event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the child’s name, age, and gender. “At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them,” reads the famed lines in Van Allsburg’s seminal work. “Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” Share
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(CNN) When three-year-old thoroughbred Patch takes to the starting gate at this year’s Kentucky Derby Saturday, many people — be it in the stands or watching on TV — probably won’t be aware that this is a very special horse.At the left-hand side of Patch’s head is a dark hole — about the size of a golf ball — where his eye used to be.As a two-year-old, Patch developed an ulcer in his left eye that, despite the best possible medical care, didn’t respond to treatment.Eventually, in June 2016, the colt had his eye removed after trainer Todd Pletcher decided nothing more could be done to save it.RecoveryTrevor Breen rode one-eyed showjumper Adventure De Kannan to victory in the 2014 Hickstead Derby and he says the adaption for a horse after losing an eye is more of a mental than a physical one.“I think the heart, mind and attitude of the horse are big factors in the recovery,” Breen told CNN. “The first thing is the obvious one really, they’ve just got to come to terms with it.“What they used to be able to see, they now can’t. Horses are very good at adapting and I think they sometimes deserve a lot more credit than we give them.“The key to it all is the mind of the horse. If they have a really good attitude and that they want to do the job that you want them to do, then they’ll find a way to do it.”Patch, who was coincidentally given his name before losing an eye, is ranked as an outside — but not impossible — 30-1 shot along with three other horses.Two other runners, Fast and Accurate and Sonneteer are given odds of 50-1.One-eyed Patch aiming for glory in $2.4 million race. Photo via CNNRewinding the clockBreen is eager to stress that every horse is different and although Adventure De Kannan seamlessly transitioned from two eyes to one, that might not be the case for other horses.Both Adventure De Kannan and Patch suffered from eye ulcers, meaning the gradual decline of sight in one eye made the post-operation transition more manageable.Before Adventure De Kannan lost his eye, Breen says he had been trying, unsuccessfully, to win the Hickstead Derby — considered one of the premier events of the equestrian calendar — for four years.Then he and Adventure De Kannan — less than a year after having the eye removed — claimed the title for the first time.“When we took the eye out it was like I rewound the clock about three or four years,” Breen recalls. “He got cheeky again, he was like a new person.“He was such a good-natured horse, he’d never let you know he was depressed. But it must have been affecting him and as soon as we took it out, he was in super form straight away.“He had a cheekiness and a swagger about him. He was definitely better after the eye went out. You think with yourself, if you have a pain in one place all the time you’d be nearly going through depression.”Upsetting the oddsThough showjumping and flat racing are different disciplines entirely, parallels can be drawn between the recovery procees of both Adventure De Kannan and Patch.And after overcoming considerable odds to reach America’s $2.4 million race, don’t bet against Patch doing it again on Saturday.“It’s a credit to him and his professionalism that he was able to adapt so seamlessly to it,” his trainer Pletcher told Reuters.“I was concerned that it might compromise his ability in some way or the way he carried himself. I guess you don’t know for sure but it certainly doesn’t seem like it has.”“He’s a remarkable horse to lose his left eye in the middle of last summer and recover as quickly as he did. It seems to never faze him.” Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Kentucky Derby 2017: One-eyed Patch aiming for glory in $2.4 million race Published: May 6, 2017 12:08 PM EDT Updated: May 6, 2017 12:10 PM EDT SHARE
The Solicitors Regulation Authority was in court last week answering a claim that it breached confidence by sending private documents belonging to a City solicitor to a person with whom he was engaged in litigation. Solicitor Alexis Maitland Hudson accuses the SRA of failing to exercise reasonable care to preserve confidential information and being in breach of its duties. He is claiming £75,000 in damages.The documents were sent to Peter Dempsey, who was a member of the now dissolved Maitland Hudson firm from 2009 until 2013. In 2013, Dempsey himself sent the documents to the SRA. They took the form of two hard disk drives and two lever-arch files of hard copy documents that belonged to the firm.But in 2014, the SRA, at the request of Dempsey and his solicitors, sent the documents back to Dempsey to assist him in private litigation with Maitland Hudson. Dempsey denies Maitland Hudson’s allegations against him, stating that with one exception they had been withdrawn. In a complaint against the SRA, Maitland Hudson claimed the ‘confidential and privileged nature of much of the confidential information would have been obvious to any reader and particularly so the SRA’. The regulator applied for summary judgment but judgment was reserved by chief master Matthew Marsh.During the hearing, Ed Levey, a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers representing the SRA, said the case was ‘not real-world litigation’ and that it had no reasonable prospect of success. Although the SRA handed over the documents, said Levey, it cannot be held responsible for what was done with them.A separate Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing into Maitland Hudson is ongoing. He denies the charges.
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West Indies delivered a better all-round batting display but were overpowered by Australia inside four days to suffer a 177-run defeat in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here yesterday.Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin scored powerful half-centuries to lead a gutsy fightback but the Aussies prevailed to secure the series two-nil and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.All seven front line batsmen got starts as Windies showed determination before they were bowled out for 282 in their second innings after Steven Smith’s overnight declaration on 179 for three.West Indies slumped to 83 for two after Darren Bravo, who had an early reprieve when Josh Hazlewood dismissed him with a no ball, was caught a few overs later for 21. West Indies fought hard but eventually lost their final four wickets for 32 runs in 10 overs.Marsh ended the West Indies encouraging run when he broke the partnership by removing Ramdin, who took an edge attempting to drive through mid-off, while Holder scooped a ball from Hazlewood straight to mid-off.Marsh and Pattinson then cleaned up the Windies tail with three quick wickets as the home side maintained possession of the Frank Worrell Trophy for 20 unbroken years, stretching back to 1995 in the Caribbean.
BusinessLocalNewsSports Flow BPL winner describes trip as ‘amazing & unforgettable experience’ by: – May 3, 2016 Audain and company at the Emirates StadiumRoseau Dominica – May 3, 2016 – As the top English professional football league, the Barclays Premier League season twenty-four draws to an end, one Dominican fan is reminiscing on his recent experience of witnessing live BPL action in the United Kingdom. Alton Audain who recently returned from a trip to the UK to view the Arsenal vs Crystal Palace game at the Emirates Stadium, confesses that this was one of the most memorable experiences of his life. Mr. Audain was one of two lucky Flow customers to emerge winners in a Flow BPL Download & Win promotion with the grand prize of a trip to the UK to view a game of his choice. The prize made allocations for a travel companion, US$500 each, round trip tickets to the UK, accommodation and ground transportation. Audain and his guest departed Dominica on Friday April 15th, and in spite of the long journey, were extremely excited about the adventure which awaited in London. The hospitality was everything that they anticipated from the beginning to end of what Alton had initially described as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’. With ground transportation organised in advance, they were greeted at the airport by their Taxi operator and driven to the top rated 5-Star Hilton Hotel where they would enjoy their four-night stay while in the UK. Club entry game tickets waited at the hotel, and the package included some additional perks from a free tour of the museum and stadium, discount coupons for the purchase of any Arsenal merchandise, to free drinks at half time. “It’s one thing to watch the games on television, but it’s a world of difference to be there in person, immersed in the atmosphere and seeing everything live” commented Audain. He extended his gratitude to Flow for the amazing opportunity and had high praise for the overall organisation of his trip to the UK. “I have no complaints, everything worked perfectly. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience” said Audain, who now has his eyes set on the trip to Rio, Brazil for the summer Olympic Games. On April 22nd Flow launched a regional “text-to-win” competition, which will give customers from across the region the chance to win the “Ultimate Rio 2016 Olympic Games Tour.” Four lucky winners will be recipients of the Gold Tour Package, which includes tickets for two to the coveted men’s and women’s 100 metre finals, the two football semi-finals, and beach volleyball matches. The winners will also be treated to guided tours of Rio de Janiero, as well as a grand farewell dinner.To qualify to win the “Ultimate Rio Olympic Games Tour”, customers will be required to text ‘RIO’ to 5463 and participate in the trivia.– / 8 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Share 777 Views no discussions
369 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Share EntertainmentLocalNews Miss Jaycees Int’l 2016 describes moment as beautiful by: Dominica Vibes News – July 26, 2016 Tweet (L-R) Marah St. Rose of the Dominica National Petroleum Company Limited, Simeon Joseph DFC representative, Miss Dominica and Miss Jaycees International Tasia Floissac and Leandra Lander (chaperone),Miss Dominica 2016 Tasia Floissac, who captured the Miss Jaycees International Queen Show title on Sunday 24 July 2016, has described the moment as “beautiful”.Miss Floissac is the ninth Dominican to capture the Miss Jaycees International Queen Show title in the fifty-five years the competition has been held.She joins former Miss Dominica Kathleen Telemaque (1973), Marie Louis Rock (1975), Dianne Francis (1986), Leandra Lander (2007), Marah Walter (2008), Marcia Baptiste (2010), Nadira Lando-Ghonim (2012) and Leslassa Armour-Shillingford (2013) who all won the title during their reigns. During a press conference at the Fort Young Hotel on Tuesday July 26, 2016 the newly crowned Miss Jaycees International said, “They say that the greatest gift is one of gratitude and that’s really all I can say this morning and it’s thank you; thank you for overwhelming support.”She said she is “truly humbled” to know that she has complete support from her country stating, “I think any delegate would feel like I’m feeling now knowing that they have the full support of their country… not every young woman gets all this attention, not every woman gets to be an ambassador or gets to represent their country regionally, internationally or otherwise and I am receiving that opportunity.”Miss Dominica 2016 expressed gratitude to God saying that her achievements were not by her own abilities but through His spiritual guidance and He “sent angels along the way to make sure that this journey was a great one and it really is a beautiful experience for me.”She further expressed thanks to her sponsors Sensei Shannah Robin and the Dominica National Petroleum Company Limited. “Sponsors play a very integral role in this journey because they are the ones who really put their money where their mouth is basically. They really are the ones who help us as contestants, as delegates, as ambassadors to achieve whatever mission it is that we have set out for ourselves.”The Dominica Festivals Committee also received her gratitude and appreciation as they have been accommodating she said.“They have listened to my cries, they have seen my smiles, they have seen my depressed faces and really I would be nothing without their guidance and off course their funding; their appreciation of me… the fact that they make this so homely, so loving for me is what really encourages me.”Miss Floissac stated that it is this continued support which pushes her to do the best that she can do. Moreover, she expressed thanks to her chaperone Leandra Lander saying “people don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, all they see is when you appear on that stage with that makeup and those heels and they don’t know if a string burst, if a heel broke, they really don’t know the pressures that happen behind the scenes and even long before you reach the stage.”Her family, team Titanium, the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers and Dominicans both here and abroad also were recipients of her heartfelt thanks. Meanwhile representative of the DFC Simeon Joseph has said they are happy she “brought home the crown”.Joseph recalled the many years where the Dominican contestants would not win this pageant or make it to the top five.“I recall a time when the thought was there that we’re just not going to send anybody but we persevered and having persevered we can see that over the past few years our Dominican contestants have made us very proud, they have brought home this crown on several occasions.”He continued that the Miss Jaycees competition is at a much different standard, with more contestants and the competition is “very tight”.“We’re really happy to welcome Tasia home after taking this crown…she is a very talented young lady,” Joseph stated.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic BMW GS adventure series and BMW Motorrad has unveiled the “40 Years of GS Edition” which comprises the 2021 BMW F 750 GS, F 850 GS and the F 850 GS Adventure.All three models of the BMW Motorrad F series offer new black and yellow colour schemes to further intensify the unique GS experience for owners old and new. They also come with expanded standard equipment as well as new optional parts for those who want to elevate that experience even further.The changes that can be found on all three GS models as standard are new tape designs with unique styling on the side fairings, LED signal lights, USB charging port, ABS Pro, and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC).For the 2021 BMW F 750 GS, it also comes in the new Light White and Sports style (San Marino Blue). For the F 850 GS, there’s Racing Red and Rallye Style (Racing Blue). As for the F 850 GS, customers can opt for Ice grey or Rallye style. If the “40 Years of GS Edition” is what you want, then you’ll get a mixture of exclusive “40 Years GS” logos, black/yellow livery, matte black rims, silver handlebars, galvanised radiator cowls and more. For the 850 models, customers will also get a windscreen adjustment mechanism and a TFT display as standard.Online booking now available for 2020 BMW R 18 First Edition in Malaysia–Ads– 1 of 6