Gun control advocates stage ‘Wear Orange Weekend’ and NRA hits back

first_imgErik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On the first day of “Wear Orange Weekend,” the National Rifle Association and gun control advocates traded barbs on Twitter.Wear Orange Weekend is an initiative started by Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization launched in 2014 by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to lobby for more stringent gun control.Supporters were encouraged to wear orange starting all weekend starting on Friday, June 1, which is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.Early Friday morning, the NRA changed its logo on Twitter to orange, and tweeted that “Orange has always been ours.”“Orange has been hunters and sportsmen’s choice for decades,” the NRA said in a later tweet. “No organization in the world does more than the NRA to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms.”Orange is the color traditionally worn by hunters because of its high visibility. In some states, hunters are required to wear at least some orange clothing in an effort to avoid hunting accidents.Gun control activists tweeted back at the NRA, including Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie died in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.Wear Orange Weekend continues through Sunday, June 3, and organizers say it will be marked by hundreds of events nationwide.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

first_imgFood and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports over the past year, with food exports alone growing by 22% to £1.5bn.Exports to EU countries were worth £2.3bn overall, up £133m on last year.These figures come ahead of the launch of a new food and drink industry strategy on 23 March at the Scotland Food & Drink Annual Conference, where president of Scottish Bakers Craig McPhie will represent the organisation at the official launch with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Chief executive of Scottish Bakers Alan Clarke (pictured centre) said: “We have been one of the architects of the food and drink export plan for Scotland in partnership with other key food and drink representative organisations and key public sector partners. “Our own Scottish Bakers Export Group, chaired by Martin Lightbody, is also moving into a new exciting phase with specialist export support being provided to our members.”Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Since this government came into office, the value of food exports has more than doubled. Food and drink is now one of the standout success stories in our economy, increasing growth and supporting jobs across the country.“Scotland’s food and drink sector is in fantastic health, and the strategy launch will outline how we plan to support the industry to build upon this success and further grow the sector to 2030.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Valerie Harper Explains Collapse & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Valerie Harper Explains CollapseValerie Harper, who collapsed backstage on July 29, has some good news for us all. “I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” the actress clarified on her Facebook page. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves.” However Harper, with typical strength and style, did find a highlight in the experience, when she: “was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medivac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky.” We at wish Harper a speedy and safe recovery.Amazon Ties Up Michael Fassbender’s MacbethSomething wicked this way comes! The previously reported big screen adaptation of Macbeth, starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as the bloodthirsty couple, will be streamed on Amazon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be made available exclusively to Prime Instant Video subscribers in February or March next year. The Justin Kurzel-helmed project is set to be released in December—check out the trailer here.PBS Taps Gloria Estefan, Chita Rivera & MoreGloria Estefan, whose Broadway musical On Your Feet! will begin previews on October 5, has been enlisted to host the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Eight new programs will be broadcast including the Vanessa Williams-led Show Boat Live from Lincoln Center on October 16, Billy Elliot the Musical on October 23, Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do on November 6, the Tony Shalhoub/Santino Fontana-led Act One Live from Lincoln Center on November 13 and First You Dream—The Music of Kander & Ebb on November 20. The AP reports that Rivera, at a recent promotional event for her special, had some advice for young performers who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. We love her!Will Swenson & Audra McDoanld Sing Laverne & ShirleyBroadway power couple Will Swenson and Audra McDonald, about to start performances in WTF’s A Moon for the Misbegotten, recently sang the theme song from the hit ’70s show Laverne & Shirley. Why, you ask? It was all in aid of raising funds for Covenant House. Check out the fun video of the Eggfartopia couple below!last_img read more

Windsor student headed to Vienna to play french horn

first_img“It was a way to explore,” said DiGennaro. “It’s not very far but I did go to New York City to play at Carnegie Hall a couple times and then I went to Australia, I think two years ago to play at the Sydney Opera House.” “Having the opportunity to be chosen to play in Vienna, or even play at Julliard every weekend like she does, these are not typical things,” said Carle. As far as her trip to Vienna, she’s most excited to see Mozart’s house. Music runs through her blood. Growing up with her dad and sister playing band instruments, she decided she wanted to start back in fourth grade. “She is just an amazing performer and really years ahead of so many other musicians, where the standard musician for her age would be,” said Windsor music teacher and band director Joel Carle. What started out as a hobby, turned into the journey of a lifetime. “I feel really lucky that my parents let me do some of that stuff, because I know some people don’t get to do that,” said DiGennaro. “I think it brings up the whole group, to have someone so strong in the band and so driven,” said Carle. “I told my dad I wanted to play trumpet to be like him, but he knew I liked the french horn sound better, so he gave me a french horn and called it a trumpet,” said DiGennaro. And the Windsor community is behind her, lifting her up, like how she does for her peers. This June, she’s playing on a global stage, showcasing her talent at the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series in Vienna. DiGennaro is currently in the Julliard pre-college program and that’s where she hopes to go to college. WINDSOR (WBNG) — You can find a lot of talent inside a high school band room, but Alex DiGennaro’s goes unmatched.last_img read more

You can sea forever from this Brighton home

first_imgThe home at 336 Flinders Pde, Brighton.Denise Howarth and husband Ron are still in awe of their home at 336 Flinders Pde, Brighton, but it’s time to downsize. The couple fell in love with the position, but the design needed an update when they moved in.“When somebody built this house they made it look like an old terrace house, and we’ve made it look more modern,” Mrs Howarth said. This included adding a huge front veranda, updating bathrooms, putting in new plantation shutters and adding a shed out the back.While the spruce-up has been great, there’s one big thing you can’t improve on, according to Mrs Howarth — the view. The deck looks out to the ocean.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 2019“You’re looking at Redcliffe, you’re looking at Moreton Island and you’re looking at the water coming in and out. You’re looking at the ships going out, at the planes coming in, the people going past, looking at the kite surfers and horses running along the front,” she said. “You feel like you’re on holidays all the time.”The position is also just far enough out of Sandgate to avoid the crowds, but still close enough to make it a pleasant stroll to the good stuff.“I reckon it would be great for a family,” Mrs Howarth said.“It’s a perfect house for teenagers, too. You’ve got a downstairs area that’s got another kitchen if you wanted it, you’ve got plenty of room out the back and you can get away from each other.” The home has open-plan living spaces.But Mrs Howarth said it would definitely be the vista she missed most. “No matter where I am, from the kitchen, the lounge room, the sunroom, the dining room, the front deck, even walking down the hallway from the bedrooms, it’s like, ‘Wow!’ ”She hoped the next owner would love the home as much as they had.“I want somebody who deserves the house to buy it. Someone who’ll look after it and the gardens.”The property is being marketed by Jacqui McKeering and Adam Sarow from Jim McKeering Real Estate.last_img read more

Focus on India’s no.4 as England Must Win To Survive

first_imgBirmingham: It was touted to be the battle of the big boys as India and England were tagged favourites going into the 2019 World Cup. But come Sunday, it will be a battle of survival for England as they look to keep their hopes alive of making it to the knockout stages when they take on Virat Kohli and boys at Edgbaston in their second last group game.On paper, the records are stacked in favour of India as the English outfit hasn’t defeated them in World Cup encounters in the last 27 years, but then, cricket isn’t a game played on paper. With their backs against the wall, Eoin Morgan and his boys can be expected to give it their all as they must win their match against India and then against New Zealand to make it to the semis.For India though, it will all be about keeping the momentum going as they are all but through to the knockout stages. They need just one point from three games to qualify and considering that their next two games after the England match are against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it shouldn’t be a huge task, especially considering the form that the Men in Blue have shown.The only concern for India would be the number four slot as Vijay Shankar has failed to make it his own after three attempts at that spot. While he was unbeaten for 15 in the first game against Pakistan, he managed 29 against Afghanistan before getting done for 14 against the West Indies on Thursday.Considering the importance of the position, the Indian team management could look at trying Dinesh Karthik at that position if they feel that Rishabh Pant isn’t cut for the slot.Apart from that, it all looks good for the Indians as the top-order has done well and the bowlers have been impressive from the word go. M.S. Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan did see some pundits raising their voices, but the former India skipper silenced them with his knock against West Indies on a slow track at the Old Trafford on Thursday. In fact, he picked 16 runs from the last over of the innings to finish with an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls at an impressive strike rate of 91.80.For England, it has been another round of poor shows after starting well. Coming into the World Cup, England were considered favourites and all-rounder Ben Stokes had told IANS that the tag had been earned with consistent performances over the years. But with seven of the nine games done with, the picture doesn’t look too bright for the Three Lions.While they started off with a brilliant 104-run win over South Africa in the tournament opener, they were handed a blow by Pakistan in their very next game. The mercurial side led by Sarfaraz Ahmed beat the hosts by 14 runs in a thriller.Morgan’s men came back strongly in the next three games as they beat Bangladesh by 106 runs, West Indies by 8 wickets and Afghanistan by 150 runs.But that is where the fortune took another turn as they lost to out of touch Sri Lanka by 20 runs. Chasing Sri Lanka’s score of 232/9, all England could manage was 212 as Lasith Malinga bowled brilliantly to take the Island Nation home.The loss saw England faced with a situation wherein they needed to win two of their three games against Australia, India and New Zealand. IANSAlso Read: ‘Doosra’ Trailer Brings Back Memories of NatWest win Against Englandlast_img read more

Sportech – £83 million sale of The Football Pools to be completed this June

first_img Share Share UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Related Articles Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Updating investors, London-listed betting systems provider Sportech Plc has informed that it is on course to complete its sale of The Football Pools to London private equity firm OpCapita for £83 million.Sportech governance states that its will conclude the sale by the Football Pools by 8 June, with OpCapita special vehicle ‘FP Acquisitions Limited’ having been approved a betting operator licence by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).This morning, OpCapita released a statement confirming that all deal conditions had been satisfied“We are pleased to have secured licencing so that we are able to move forward with our plans for the Football Pools. We look forward to taking ownership of the business later next month,” OpCapita Founder & Chief Executive Henry JacksonIn its March corporate update informing investors of the sale, Sportech governance informed that funds raised from its Football Pools sales would be used to expand its growing US Racing & Digital division.Purchasing the Football Pools new owner OpCapita, will seek to revamp its industry legacy asset by broadening its audience and developing ‘new distribution channels and games’. Submit StumbleUpon Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020last_img read more