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Ralph Nading Hill Jr literary prize

first_imgCALL FOR ENTRIES FORRALPH NADING HILL, JR. LITERARY PRIZECOLCHESTER. Entries are now being accepted for the 17th annual Ralph NadingHill, Jr., Literary Prize. The contest was established to memorialize theliterary contributions of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., one of Vermont’s bestknown writers and historians, who died at the age of 70 in December 1987.The contest is sponsored by Green Mountain Power Corporation and VermontLife magazine. Mr. Hill was a long time member of GMP’s Board ofDirectors and the Vermont Life Editorial Board. The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entry for the prize, as in past years, may be an essay, short story, play or poetry. The focus of the literary work must be “Vermont – Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” It must be unpublished. The maximum length is 3,000 words. The winner will be selected on the basis of literary merit and suitability for publication in Vermont Life. The deadline for this year’s contest is November 15, 2004. A $1,500 cash prize is awarded annually to the winner, and the winning work will be published in a future issue of Vermont Life. The most recent winner was “Four Poems for Elizabeth,” by Mary Pratt of New Haven. The Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize Board of Judges consists of Ruth Page, a writer and former member of GMP’s Board of Directors; Tom Slayton, editor of Vermont Life magazine; Brian Vachon, Vice President of Communications at National Life; Alison Freeland, a Vermont author; and Steve Terry, Senior Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs at GMP. The contest is open to all residents of Vermont, including students enrolled in Vermont colleges and seasonal residents. Entrants may be professional writers as well as amateurs. Green Mountain Power employees and their immediate families are not eligible, nor is the immediate family of any member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. Please send two copies of your entry to the Corporate Relations Department at Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. Please provide entrant’s name, address and phone on a separate sheet of paper. Do not mention the entrant’s name on the entry itself. For more information please contact Green Mountain Power’s Corporate Relations department at (802) 655-8788.last_img read more

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Google Crowdsources Reader, Docs and Search Features

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWriteWeb first wrote about Google Product Ideas in late 2008. At the time the site was focused on collecting mobile ideas. Today Google is offering users a chance to submit on a variety of products. Within each sub-site users can view the top voted suggestions, the most popular concepts, the newest submissions and the ideas that have been “answered” or acted upon. While Google Reader’s Answered Ideas page is currently blank, it will be interesting to track what the team chooses to work on and why. To submit your product ideas visit the main Product Ideas page. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google has just opened the floodgates. With millions of users, it’s only natural that the company is prioritizing features and crowdsourcing new product ideas. In a recent blog post, the company has revamped Google Product Ideas as a series of separate feedback pages for iGoogle, Google Docs, Google SketchUp, Google Ad Planner, Google Custom Search and as of today, Google Reader.The Google Reader Team is asking users to submit new features, bundles (reading lists) and custom links. From here submissions can be shared and users can move ideas up or down in a Digg-like voting mechanism. dana oshiro Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

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99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington Pop Warner On June 27

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Pop Warner.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”last_img read more

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Facebook Watch grows to more than 720 million monthly users

first_img Share your voice Facebook’s logo.  James Martin/CNET Facebook said Wednesday that more people are visiting its video hub Facebook Watch and spending more time there compared with the end of last year.The number of people visiting Watch every month increased to more than 720 million, up 80% from the 400 million reported in December. The number of daily visitors rose to 140 million, up 87%, from 75 million in December. Facebook counts visitors only after they have spent at least one minute on a Watch video, a sign that the viewing is intentional.The average time a visitor spent with Watch rose to 26 minutes, up 30%, from 20 minutes. The growth in viewers suggests Facebook has had some success luring visitors to its video project, which went global less than a year ago. Facebook Watch streams original shows, such as Huda Boss, Five Points, Sacred Lies, and Sorry For Your Loss.Still, the number of people who visit Facebook Watch is smaller than other video sites. YouTube has more than 2 billion logged-in viewers every month. As Facebook tries to attract more people to watch videos, it also has to make sure it moderates content that violates its rules such as hate speech, nudity and violence.Facebook said it’s partnering with entertainment, news and sports producers around the world to bring new shows to its online audience. Those include The Voice Germany and MTV’s The Real World. The company recently started a news program, called Uncovered and produced by the UK’s award-winning Channel 4 News, to combat online news. Facebook will also stream sports, including highlights from International Cricket Council’s world cup and Australian Football League. Facebook already streams a handful of Major League Baseball games.  Tags Internet Services Tech Industry 0 Post a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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GST Bill Set to be Tabled After Cabinet Approval

first_imgThe Cabinet on Wednesday, after a prolonged wait, approved the Constitutional Amendment Bill on the Goods and Service Tax (GST), paving the way for the legislation to be introduced in the current winter session of Parliament, which will end on 23 December.The Bill is likely to include petroleum within GST, but the Centre would be allowed to impose excise duty on it and the states value-added tax (VAT) for initial years, reports Business Standard.One of the reasons that the Bill was delayed was because petroleum was one of the contentious issues between the Centre and the states.States were in favour of petroleum products being excluded from GST as they earn over 50 percent of their revenues from this head. The Centre however wanted to keep it within the GST so that the chain of providing reimbursement for input taxes is not broken.The other controversial issue was the compensation to states for revenue loss after GST is introduced. Circumspect after the Centre’s unkept promises on compensation for a cut in the Central Sales Tax (CST) rate, the states vouched for the inclusion of GST compensation within the Bill. They also wanted the Centre to give their word on GST compensation being provided for five years.The Bill on a tapering basis contains the compensation for five years, it is learnt.The ground reality is that the Centre will provide full compensation for the revenue loss for the first three years and then progressively reduce it for the next two years.The third issue on which the Centre and the states had disagreements was the entry tax imposed by local bodies. States such as Punjab wanted it to be kept out of GST, but the Centre was keen on incorporating it within the new tax system. Eventually the Bill has subsumed the entry tax within GST.”This is a welcome move because petro products and entry taxes have been subsumed in the GST. The introduction of this reform will further encourage the industry and give confidence to investors,” said senior director for Deloitte in India, Prashant Deshpande.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley managed to build a broad consensus with the empowered committee of state chief ministers late on Monday, after which the Bill went to the Parliament.The Bill would not be rolled out before 2016-17 even if it was tabled in the current session of Parliament.Half the state legislatures will have to ratify the constitutional amendments once they are passed by both Houses of Parliament by a two-thirds majority.Finally the actual GST Bill will be tabled to be discussed and passed in both Houses of Parliament. As far as the state legislatures are concerned, they will also have to table and pass their own state GST Bills.last_img read more

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Russia boasts of invincible weapons

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin stands on the stage while addressing the Federal Assembly at Moscow`s Manezh exhibition centre on 1 March 2018. AFPPresident Vladimir Putin boasted Russia has developed a new generation of “invincible” weapons in his state of the nation address on Thursday, warning global powers they must now reckon with Moscow’s military might.Putin used the address to outline economic, and social policy ahead of his widely expected return to the Kremlin in the 18 March election, but nearly half the speech was dedicated to Russia’s top-notch weaponry.The president usually delivers the annual speech in the Kremlin but this year spoke from a nearby exhibition centre-allowing him to show a series of high-tech video montages of missiles manoeuvring across mountains and oceans, and heading over the Atlantic.Putin quoted a speech he gave back in 2004, saying that Russia would develop a new generation of weaponry, a promise that he said has now been fulfilled.“No one really wanted to talk to us basically. No one listened to us then. Listen to us now,” Putin said, prompting a standing ovation from the audience of top officials, lawmakers and celebrities.Putin showed tests of a new missile system that he said could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, and is not owned by any other country.“This makes it absolutely invincible for any forms of air and missile defence,” he boasted, calling it an “ideal weapon”.In addition, Russia has developed unmanned underwater devices that move much faster than submarines and torpedoes and can carry nuclear warheads, Putin said, adding: “It’s just fantastic!”He also praised a new generation of young scientists working on such weaponry, calling them “the heroes of our time”.‘Destroy the world’Putin, who has led Russia for almost two decades and is seeking a historic fourth Kremlin term that would extend his rule to 2024, also laid out a number of social, economic and environmental measures.In the absence of any programme and with Putin having refused to take part in TV debates with other candidates, the address suggested cutting poverty and improving the environment would be top goals for his expected new six-year term.The 65-year-old said he aimed to cut the country’s “unacceptable” poverty rate in half over the next six years, but said 22 million fewer Russians were now living below the poverty line than when he was first elected president in 2000.“The well-being of Russia and the well-being of our citizens must be the foundation of everything, and it is in this area that we must make a breakthrough,” Putin said.He also promised further regulations for businesses in order to reduce industrial emissions, as he spoke of millions of people forced to drink water “that does not meet standards” and “black snow” in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.“People in industrial hubs can go for weeks without seeing the sun because of smog,” he said.Putin, who coughed throughout the speech and was forced to pause to drink from a cup, was given an ecstatic reception in the hall during the televised address but some online comments were less enthusiastic.“The old man only perked up when he was talking about how he can destroy the world. A moment of truth!” said political analyst and former Kremlin advisor Gleb Pavlovsky on social media.Despite campaign promises when Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012 after four years as prime minister, his last term was marked by a fall in living standards and Russia’s international isolation, critics say.Boosted by a slavish domestic media and foreign interventions, including the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, his approval rating remains sky-high and official polls suggest he is likely to take 70 per cent of the vote.last_img
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Big Mural in West Houston Recognizes Harveys First Responders

first_img Share – / 5The Westchase District unveiled Thursday its ‘Harvey Heroes’ mural on the flood control channel that runs along Brays Bayou, in west Houston.Local artist Larry Crawford started working on the mural back in May. It recognizes the work of first responders who saved people from floodwaters during Hurricane Harvey last year.The mural depicts the Bayou City’s skyline and first responders from the Houston Police and Fire departments, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Cajun Navy.With an approximate size of 100 foot wide and 20 foot tall, the mural is the largest in that part of Houston, where there are already other murals.Crawford used a technique that combines spray and hand painting.last_img read more

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One TMC worker killed five injured after miscreants hurl bombs at rally

first_imgKolkata: Hamidul Islam (21), a Trinamool Congress worker from Jalangi in Murshidabad was killed while many others suffered splinter injuries when a gang of miscreants hurled bombs at a rally taken out by the Trinamool Congress leaders in the district.According to police, as many as five Trinamool Congress activists received splinter injuries and were taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. A rally was taken out by the local Trinamool Congress leaders from Ghoshpara area under Jalangi police station on Monday morning when the incident occurred. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA few minutes before the start of the rally, some miscreants hurled at least 20 bombs at the party workers taking part in the rally and fled the place. The incident had triggered tension among the party workers and locals alike. Following the incident, all the injured victims were taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital where Hamidul was declared brought dead. The other injured persons have been undergoing treatment at the hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was learnt that the rally was organised to make some preparations ahead of the Trinamool Congress’ grand rally at Brigade Maidan in the city on January 19. The party supporters started congregating near the Ghoshpara area from Monday morning. When the rally was about to start some miscreants hurled bombs at the Trinamool Congress activists. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that Congress backed goons have been involved in the attack and demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started an investigation. They are yet to ascertain to motive behind the attack. After interrogating locals, police came to know the names of some youths who might have been involved in the incident. The investigating officers also collected samples from the place of the incident. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more