A West Palm Beach man’s beauty sleep landed him in jail for ten days!Deandre Somerville, 21, learned the hard way, why you can’t miss jury duty.“After going through that, my life will never be the same again,” said Somerville.In August, he was sworn in as a juror on a civil case.He understood he was to return the next day for the continuation of the trial, but he overslept.Somerville figured he missed the trial and opted not to call.He was later served with a subpoena ordering him to appear in court.Somerville appeared before the judge and explained that he had fallen asleep and apologized.The judge, however, did not seem to have much empathy for Somerville and sentenced him to 10 days in jail and 150 hours of community service.According to court records, the trial Somerville missed was delayed by 45 minutes as court officials tried to reach him.Somerville served ten days in jail, is on probation for a year, and has to complete 150 hours of community service as well as write a letter of apology.According to reports, the case is still pending.
TWO of Ireland’s leading poets will be in Letterkenny on Thursday night – and they’re inviting YOU along to have a go yourself.Do you have a secret stash of poems you’ve always wanted to share? Then this could be your chance to do so.Afric McGlinchey and Paul Casey will be reading from their collections at North West Words, Café Blend, Letterkenny, this Thursday at 8pm. And there will also be an open microphone part of the evening.So polish off those stanzas – and give it a go.Afric McGlinchey, who has roots in Donegal, lives in West Cork, and works as an editor, book reviewer and workshop facilitator. She won the Hennessy award for emerging poetry in 2011, and in May this year, Salmon published her début collection, The lucky star of hidden things.We asked her more about that below: DD: What is your connection to Donegal?Afric: My father was born in Letterkenny, and I’ve spent many, summers in the home where he grew up. My grandmother was born on Rutland island, and I feel a strong connection to that place too. As my Dad was the youngest of eight surviving children, I have a lot of family here, and it’s where I feel the pull of roots.DD: How long have you been writing?Afric: I was reading from about six and wrote my first play when I was ten. I was writing songs after that. I wrote my first poem at 16. But it was only when I returned to Ireland in 1999 and started going to workshops that I became really committed to writing poetry. After doing a Faber course in Dublin in 2010, I began entering competitions, won one, and from that, got a publisher. So I owe Paul Durcan, the judge of that competition, a pint!DD: Tell me about your collection Afric: The collection describes transitions: geographical and psychological. It’s divided into four parts. The first part deals with African experiences/memory/loss. In part 2, the poems focus on new directions after I’ve moved back to Ireland. In part 3, which is called ‘what we saw’, the speaker of each poem acts as a witness, and these are about outside things, being in the world, observations. The final part is about love, doubt, and risk.DD: What is the significance of the title?Afric: ‘The lucky star of hidden things’ is the English translation of the Arabic word ‘Sadalachbia’, which is the name of a nomadic star. I’ve moved at least 39 times in my life, and have also lived in a tent for three months, so the title resonated for me.DD: What is the best advice you have ever received? Afric: Write less, and edit more. I tend to write every day, and usually have a love affair with my latest poem. And you know what they say: love is blind! So it’s easy to miss the flaws in your work, unless you look at it long and hard, with a cold eye. Something you can only do after about a month or so. So I’m always editing the folder where I put last month’s poems.DD: What advice would you give a writer interested in trying poetry?Afric: Read voraciously. And pay attention to the crafting of a poem. Listen for the music, the rhythm. When inspiration comes, drop everything and grab a pen!DD: What next?Afric: Well I’m doing a book tour with Paul Casey at the moment – he’s also Irish-born and was raised in Africa, so our collections share similar themes. As well as venues around Ireland, we’ll be reading in London, Brighton, Kent and in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Berlin too – so far. And of course, I’m already writing towards my next collection!About Paul Casey:Paul Casey was born in Cork, Ireland in 1968. He is a poet and filmmaker who has lived over half of his life abroad in Europe and Africa, working largely in film, multimedia and teaching. His poems have been published in A Miscellany of Contemporary Irish Poetry (Shanghai Literature), Revival, THE SHOp, Cork Literary Review, Census and Doghouse’s Real Beginnings. He is the founder and organiser of the weekly Ó Bhéal poetry event in Cork city where he lives. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press in May 2009. In June 2010 he completed a poetry-film, The Lammas Hireling, which was shown at Berlin’s biennial Zebra International Poetry-Film festival. His collection, home, more or less, is published by Salmon.ARE YOU A POET AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT? GET ALONG TO POETRY NIGHT! was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:afric mcglincheyARE YOU A POET AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT? GET ALONG TO POETRY NIGHT!cafe blendletterkenny poetry nightpaul casey
A bill proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley & Joni Ernst of Iowa to create a path to U.S. citizenship for those who applied for or were qualified for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is facing opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.It’s uncertain if the bill will pass this year as Grassley says Democrats have put up a political roadblock with a filibuster:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GRASSLEY6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……. “on the bill”:14Grassley says people who were brought into the U-S illegally by their parents can’t be held responsible for that action:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GRASSLEY7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”how I can”. ;21Congressman Steve King of Iowa is solidly against the idea.Grassley says he disagrees with — but understands — King’s viewpoint that it’s wrong to legalize someone who violated the law.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GRASSLEY8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”back it” (2X) :07The bill Grassley is co-sponsoring with Senator Ernst, includes 25-billion dollars for border security.The legislation would also put new limits on family-based immigration and would boost the penalty for illegally re-entering the country after being deported.It also calls for a mandatory “E-verify” system businesses would have to check to confirm employees are citizens or legal residents.
Ever since SimCity launched, there has been a suspicion that the need for the game to always be connected to a server was mainly a form of DRM, not for social game features and multiplayer. Then a Maxis developer came forward to confirm the game doesn’t actually need a server to function, suggesting the information coming out of EA wasn’t the whole truth. Now EA and Maxis have some explaining to do as a modder has managed to get the game running offline indefinitely.The video above shows the game being played offline. The modder states that this can be done for as long as you like without issues. The only real downside being you can’t save the game because it utilizes cloud saves. However, if you reconnect the game it does save, so you can play all day then just go online to save your progress at the end of a session.In order to achieve this offline state, modder UKAzzer had to edit the game code to enable debug mode. This exists so the developer can play around with additional features and test the game. Most of those features are disabled unless you have a developer build of the game, but apparently enabling it on a consumer version removes the need for a server connection while retaining everything you need to play.In fact, it actually improves the game in some ways. City populations are actually tracked correctly and you can edit outside of your city boundaries. Those additional edits are also saved when you reconnect.This revelation will put EA and Maxis in a difficult position. They’ve been adamant all along that the game won’t work without a server connection and offloads a “significant amount of the calculations.” That’s clearly not true, so why has it been used as a reason to explain why an always-connected game was necessary?
The event is being organised by The Great Indian Bazar and will be hosted by Kuwait embassy and NGO Gunjan Foundation. Some of the labels that are exhibiting at the embassy includes Rashi’s Creations, Deb & SHO home Accents, La Femme, Pashm collections, Vani, Zarya, Chic – Tae – Toe, Sonu Nahar, and shimmer jewels by Navneet.For the jewellery lovers A dazzling array of exquisite statement jewellery will be presented by Rashi’s Creations also Shimmer Jewels by Navneet brings silver jewellery for the modern yet traditional look. Chic-Tac-Toe will be a one stop shop for all the budding fashionistas. For ones who love traditional dressing Vani will present ready to wear kurtas, fabric sets, exclusively handcrafted, handwoven and block printed sarees. Label Zarya will present semi western women wear in silk wool and cotton, silk quilted jackets in jewel tones. If you are not looking for clothes but some good home décor DEB & SHO, Pashm Collections and Mairaah are your places to be.When: 18 JanuaryWhere: Embassy of Kuwait
Kolkata: Border Security Force (BSF) have seized gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh and arrested one person for his alleged involvement in a smuggling racket. Acting on a tip off, BSF intercepted the accused in the bordering areas of Tapan area in South Dinajpur. The accused is a resident of Tawadanga under Tapan police station area. The valuables were later handed over to the Customs. A specific case was started at the local police station against the accused. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter starting a probe, police suspect that the accused were trying to smuggle the gold ornaments. Police are probing if the accused was used as a carrier or he was involved in the incident. BSF came to know there would be attempt of smuggling. They found that one person was riding a motorcycle with a bag. They stopped the motor cycle in Elenpur area which is closed to the border and started a search. During the search, the BSF recovered gold ornaments weighing around 970 gram from his possession.
Virgin Galactic is famous for its out of this world plans to ferry anyone who can afford a ticket into space, but Richard Branson’s commercial spaceflight company is also setting its sights on rocketing something else into orbit — small satellites.While the strategic move isn’t nearly as glamorous as shooting stars like Katy Perry and Brangelina into space, it signals a promising entrance into an unfolding “quiet revolution” of transporting compact satellites beyond Earth’s atmosphere, one that the company aims to compete in, mainly from its new industrial plant in Long Beach, Calif.Related: Meet the Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Space RaceLast month, the U.S.-based offshoot of Branson’s Virgin Group opened a new manufacturing facility adjacent to the bustling port city’s airport. The step boosts Virgin Galactic’s ambitions of gaining a competitive foothold in the burgeoning private small satellite launch industry. Located in a huge hangar, the 150,000-square-foot plant is where local aerospace workers will design and assemble its LauncherOne vehicle. We’re grateful to the civil leaders who came out to help us cut the ribbon. Thanks for welcoming us! pic.twitter.com/z35XMIklZa— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) March 10, 2015The LauncherOne, a two-stage rocket ship, will shepherd smaller government and commercial satellites into orbit. Virgin Galactic president and CEO George Whitesides, the former NASA chief of staff, says the program will make satellite launches more accessible and cost effective for entrepreneurs, startups and educational institutions alike.“We’re focused on small satellites,” says Whitesides. “They’re surging in popularity right now. All those technology trends that have made your cell phone shrink from a brick down to this little thing over the last 10 or 15 years are essentially making their way into satellites finally.”Related: The Winklevoss Twins Score Virgin Galactic Tickets to Space, Paying With BitcoinOn a sunny, clear morning on March 7, Whitesides was on hand for Virgin Galactic’s job fair and ribbon-cutting ceremony in Long Beach. More than 6,000 people attended the event, during which the company accepted thousands of résumés for up to 100 jobs at the new facility. Whitesides estimates that about 25 applicants were hired since the job fair, though positions for engineers, technicians and support staff remain available.Some 50 people are already working at the new facility today, Whitesides approximates. Several are on the shop floor building composite tanks and operating machines that can cut metal for rocket engines that were in development for a few years, he says. Employees are also already staffing the front-end administrative offices.Whitesides says Virgin Galactic chose to anchor its LauncherOne operations out of Long Beach for a host of reasons. For starters, the port city isn’t too far from the company’s Mojave, Calif. plant and test facilities. Related: Richard Branson on Sticking Together in Times of Crisis“We also thought it was a nice benefit to be right next to the [Long Beach Airport] runway,” he says. “We don’t have to have that right now, but I think at some point it could prove useful given that we’re an air-launched design.”He also says the move to Long Beach is a nod to the city’s long, storied history in aviation and aeronautics manufacturing.The company’s arrival is welcome news to many local residents, particularly the many unemployed aircraft assemblers and aerospace technicians laid off (and those who will soon be laid off) by Boeing during ongoing downsizing efforts. The layoffs are the result of the imminent closure of Boeing’s massive C-17 Globemaster III plant. The 1.1-million-square-foot production facility, slated to be shuttered this summer, is located across the runway from the new Virgin Galactic plant. Whitesides says he hopes some of the regional aerospace talent impacted by the coming Boeing closure will consider building a career with Virgin Galactic. Related: Why This Entrepreneur Dreams of Living on Mars“There’s a great base of good people who we thought, if we came down there, it would give those people an opportunity, if they wanted, to join our team to come talk with us,” he says.After the bulk of the open positions are filled, next up will be securing contracts, building the LauncherOne, testing it and eventually streamlining production, Whitesides says. All the while, he expects hiring to increase proportionate to demand. He says Virgin hopes to test-pilot LauncherOne by “roughly the end of 2016.” Where the test flight will be launched from hasn’t been determined and, he notes, Virgin doesn’t yet have an FAA license to execute any launch operations from Long Beach Airport. However, Whitesides isn’t ruling the eventual possibility out, saying it would be “fantastic to fly out of Long Beach someday.”Want to join our team but missed the job fair? Don’t worry–but also don’t delay. Apply now! http://t.co/ZgX5PHln6o pic.twitter.com/dFHtNy2BXi— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) March 10, 2015Job seekers weren’t the only people to attend last month’s Virgin Galactic job fair. Several local fans of space travel and families with young children also stopped by to check out the new facility. Many were interested in the space tourism side of the business. Related: These Famous People Have Tickets for Richard Branson’s Space FlightsWhitesides isn’t quite as eager to share details on the commercial flight side, particularly about when Virgin Galactic hopes to make its maiden suborbital journey with paying customers aboard. “It will only happen when the company’s test program is finished, and we feel ready to take people up,” he says.This somewhat guarded approach may be with good reason. Last October, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo broke up and crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert after experiencing an “in-flight anomaly.” The tragedy killed one of the experimental rocket plane’s co-pilots and injured the other, sparking a federal investigation into the accident and raising questions about the safety and future of space tourism. “We think that what we’re doing is at least historic and really important for the future of humanity,” Whitesides says. “While it’s exciting, it also has some real risks to it. It involves human beings, family members. It’s something I take the responsibility of very seriously.”Related: Scientists to Search for Earth-Like Planets with World’s Largest Telescope April 13, 2015 How Success Happens 6 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now