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Runner Up: The Zipper On The Monster

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first_imgSean Rhatigan, Grade 3, Westhampton Beach Elementary SchoolChildren’s minds can conjure up some wicked things. So naive, they are, to think that the scariest thing in the world is a monster under their bed or in their closet, waiting to strike when they fall asleep or have to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. They get scared by movie monsters, laughable beasts made with the imperfect hands of humans, comprised of paltry arts and crafts that are hardly scary at all to anybody with sense. In these movies, it is commonplace to see mistakes like the zipper on the suit of the monster, reminding us that nothing in those films could possibly be real.Yet children with vivid imaginations who know no better still cower in fear at the thought of the supernatural. Perhaps these monsters take the shape of a tall man with no eyes, or a vicious beast with fangs and claws, or an evil old lady with wrinkled skin and gangly fingers that beckon them to her embrace. Perhaps they are indescribable, far beyond the comprehension of any human thought. But, like the monsters in the movies, they are nothing more than figments of the twisted maw of human creation, memories of a fear that we all hold deep within.Except these monsters are real.We lurk in every shadow in every darkness. In every dark room and long hallway, in every closet and under every bed. We hide in the walls, behind the shower curtains, and in places that nobody dares to venture. We are everywhere, but we don’t like to be seen. It is so convenient for us that you pretend that we don’t exist, that you shove us out of your mind as you go about your day. For when eyes fall upon us, the world changes. We are the whispers in the wind, carrying the weight of a thousand burdens, travelling like silent serpents, entering the ears of those who are foolish enough to listen.There are no zippers on our backs. When you were a teenager, and still had the mind of a child that was more concerned with sheepish things than what really mattered, we were there.We watched you grow, blossoming from a young, fruitful child into another hapless adult. We were there when you went to college and pretended like you knew everything, without a care in the world for anybody who disagreed with you. We were there when you met the person you thought you would love forever, and we laughed at you for even thinking such a thing. We were there when you finally got that job you always wanted, and when you realized that you hated everything about it, we laughed, too.We watched from the storm drains as you struggled. We were there when you had your first fight. We were there when you broke your vows and cried about it like a wounded animal, the hypocrite that you are. We were there when you felt that pain for the first time, the pain of loss, the pain of knowing that no matter what you did, there was nothing that could fix it. We witnessed every moment of your happiness; every single “I love you,” and every hug and every kiss, every feel-good time that you had, every happy memory, and even every bad one, too. We were there for all of that, until you stood on the beach that one summer evening, staring out into the yawning infinity of the auburn sky, with nobody by your side, and whispered, “Can you believe it?”Can you?We will always be watching you. We will be there when you try to move on and forget about everything. We will be there when you start over. We will be there when you are driving down the street at night, lurking in the back seat of your car. We will be there when you are all alone, with nothing but the wind to comfort you. We will be there beside you when you turn out the lights and close your eyes to sleep at night. Then, when you die, and your final breath leaves your body like a soft puff of mist, we will be there, too. And we will be the only thing that comes with you.By Miller Crowley CrokeGrade 12, Southampton High School Sharelast_img read more

Court of Appeal judge admits motoring offence

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first_imgA Court of Appeal Judge has lost his licence for 56 days after speeding through a red light – his fourth motoring offence in eighteen months. Sir Mathew Thorpe (pictured), 73, could have been disqualified for six months, but convinced District Judge Daphne Wickham that this would cause ‘exceptional hardship’ to his farming work. Thorpe admitted failing to comply with a red light in Victoria Embankment on 3 February. He was also fined £250, with £250 costs. City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Sir Mathew had clocked up nine penalty points for speeding in November 2009, July 2010 and April this year. An additional three penalty points were added for the red light offence, making him liable for disqualification. His Skoda Fabia was snapped by a traffic camera jumping the red light at 39 mph at 6.55am. ‘I do rely on the car to get between my two places of work, but more importantly for my farming in Wiltshire,’ Sir Mathew told the court. ‘The farm buildings are the hub of the wheel. Cattle have to be fed by driving around the hub. I work three days a week on the farm.’ Thorpe told the court he is separated from his wife and has one part-time employee to help him, insisting it was not practical to find more staff. ‘It would be difficult, I can’t say impossible, but in a small community I can’t think of anyone qualified or suitable. ‘I would want somebody who knew what they were doing on a farm.’ Thorpe said he needed to drive animal feed a distance of one-and-a-half miles to take care of his cattle. His lawyer Yvette Kresner said: ‘It is a very difficult junction. There is a large bike lane and two other lanes. ‘It was a split-second decision by Sir Mathew not to cause danger to other road users, and go through the lights.’ District Judge Wickham – who knows Sir Mathew professionally – said: ‘He is entitled to put these circumstances in front of me and six months would be a long time for the defendant to be disqualified if he was able to maintain that aspect of his life.’ A spokesman for the Judicial Office said that accrording to normal procedures, the matter would be referred to the Office for Judicial Complaints for inquiries to be made, and for ‘consideration in due course by the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor’.last_img read more

The year of the lawyer: Predictions

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New government, new regs?

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Maximus inks Etihad Airways deal

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first_imgAccording to a company statement, the service which commenced on July 1st, utilising two of Maximus’ UAE-registered A300-600RFs, will be expanded to Libya, Italy and China from September. Later this summer, Maximus, the largest freighter-only airline in the Middle East, will acquire a factory built A300-600RF to fulfil the Etihad contract, increasing the size of its fleet which includes AN124-100s, IL-76-TDs, Hercules as well as A300-600RFs.last_img

InnoTrans 2020 provides gateway to Berlin-Brandenburg

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first_imgINNOTRANS: Companies from Berlin and the Land of Brandenburg will be exhibiting together on a joint stand in Hall B of the CityCube building, with a combined display area of more than 1 200 m².‘At InnoTrans 2020 some 80 exhibitors from the capital Berlin and the Land of Brandenburg will be represented on the combined stand’, explains Dajana Pefestorff, Senior Manager International Business, at economic development agency Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH.‘The keen interest in the fair shows how important Berlin-Brandenburg is as a business location for transport technology. The stand will act as a showroom for the economic performance and innovative drive of companies from this region.‘Rail suppliers will be showcasing their expertise in rolling stock technology, infrastructure and operations, and seeking to establish partnerships both at home and abroad’.last_img read more

Tropical storm watch issued for Dominica

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first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Tropical storm watch issued for Dominica by: – August 2, 2012 The Dominica Meteorological Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Dominica at 8:00 am on Thursday, 2nd August, 2012.A disorganized depression 5 is headed for the Windward Islands; therefore a tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica.A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area generally within forty-eight (48) hours.Location…13.0n 54.3wAbout 450 mi…725 km east of the Windward IslandsMaximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/hPresent movement…west at 20 mph…32 km/hMinimum central pressure…1008 mb…29.77 inchesDiscussion and 48-hour outlookAt 1100 am ast…1500 utc…the center of tropical depression five was located near latitude 13.0 north…longitude 54.3 west. The depression is moving toward the west near 20 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of the depression should be near the Windward Islands on Friday.Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph…55 km/h…with higher gusts. Little change in strength is likely for the next day or so, but some strengthening is expected thereafter.Residents are advised to continue to monitor the progress/development of this system and begin to take all precautionary measures in preparation for the arrival of this system.Dominica Meteorological Servicelast_img read more

Global Radar Market to Reach $38 Billion by 2025

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first_imgAccording to a report published by Million Insights, the global radar market size is anticipated to reach USD $38.01 Billion by 2025. This segment will register a growth rate of 3.8% (CAGR) from 2019 to 2025. This growth can be attributed to a rising need for security and safety owing to an increasing number of crimes, international conflicts, and terrorism across the globe.The antenna segment is anticipated to hold the largest share across the global market during the forecasted period due to surging demand for the processing of digital signals. On the other hand, the transmitter segment held a share of 16% across the global market due to their usage for the creation of frequency pulses having high power and short duration which are further radiated by the connected antennas.The airborne platform segment generated a revenue of USD $8.8 Billion in 2018 owing to surging need across the majority of the aircraft for good performance in missions. Moreover, the ground base systems segment is expected to register significant growth in the upcoming years owing to the need for locating the targets and strengthening of the cavalry units among the developing countries.Asia Pacific held the second-largest share across the global market in 2018 due to the factors like increasing manufacturing bases, SME’s presence, surging adoption of radar technology, and rising international sea trade. North American is also expected to register substantial growth during the forecasted years owing to rising trade with other countries through airways and waterways.Key findings from the report:The component segment of antenna held the largest share across the global market in 2018.The installation/integration service segment is anticipated to generate USD 6,127.5 Million until 2025.In 2018, the X-band frequency segment held the second-largest share across the global radar market.Key players across this industry are Collins Aerospace; Lockheed Martin Corporation; BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation.The radar market includes key players such as Collins Aerospace; Lockheed Martin Corporation; BAE Systems; and Saab AB. They are engaged in producing radars that can be used systems being used for ground and air traffic monitoring. Moreover, several marketing strategies are being implemented by these players to gain a competitive advantage over others.Click Here to Read the Report.last_img read more

HS Girls Basketball: Buckeye Defeats Firelands 66 – 34

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first_img1712 4214 AwayHome * Firelands Local SchoolsvsBuckeye High School By Ron Clady on Dec 6, 2018 31325 Buckeye (4 – 1) (3 – 0) 26-11-66Firelands (1 – 2) (0 – 2) 14-3-34Buckeye Scoring – Stats (Rebounds,Assists,Steals,Blocks)Grace Allen 3-3-9 10-1-3-1Sydney Bell 3-0-6 7-1-1-0Riley Vickerts 0-0-0 1-1-4-0Courtney Keeler 2-0-4 1-2-2-0Gabby Glancy 5-0-10 4-4-8-0Madison Ross 9-2-20 2-1-4-1Elizabeth Whetstone 2-6-12 4-3-1-0Autumn Meyer 0-0-0 2-0-0-0Tatum Widenmeyer 2-0-5 1-1-1-0Alyssa Beckett 0-0-0 1-1-0-0Firelands ScoringPhillips 1-1-3Coggins 2-0-5Solowiej 1-0-2Schmitz 3-0-8Mg. Sutton 1-2-4Stewart 3-0-6Allsop 1-0-2Mn. Sutton 2-0-4Three Point Field GoalsBuckeye (3) – Whetstone (2), Widenmeyer (1)Firelands (3) – Coggins (1), Schmitz (2)JV Game:Buckeye 47Firelands 8Freshmen Game:DNP 21215 Related TopicsBuckeye Bucks 3466 Vince McKeelast_img read more

High school football: (updated) Bossier Parish Week 3 offensive stat leaders

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first_imgNOTE: Parkway has played two games; Plain Dealing stats for first game only; statistics provided by coaches.PASSING C-A-I Yards TDsPeyton Stovall, Haughton 25-36-2 445 5Brad Fream, Airline 23-45-5 328 3Clint Lasiter, Benton 21-47-6 295 1Ken Gay, Benton 11-32-2 143 2Jordan Gladney, Airline 9-16-0 121 1Amani Larry, Parkway 7-12-0 120 1RUSHING Carries Yards TDsKeyshawn Davis, Haughton 51 379 4Keldric Moody, Benton 49 302 4Peyton Stovall, Haughton 22 220 2Cameron Barnett, Benton 25 189 2Adrian Brooks, Airline 37 169 3Jamall Asberry, Parkway 29 137 1Sentavion Burns, Bossier 21 108 1Michael Green, Bossier 16 103 2Ladavious Scott, Plain Dealing 12 98 1Roderick Francis, Bossier 9 92 0Terence McCauley, Plain Dealing 16 90 0Alijah Barnett, Parkway 13 83 1Daniel Moore, Bossier 10 64 0Thomas Williams, Airline 12 57 1Rico St. Fluer, Bossier 12 56 1RECEIVING Catches Yards TDsCJ McWilliams, Haughton 10 242 5Bubba Osby, Benton 11 222 0Chase Turner, Parkway 4 97 1Tristan Sweeney, Haughton 7 92 0Daniel Smith, Airline 5 89 2Legend Denler, Benton 5 87 1Matthew Whitten, Haughton 4 84 0Malik Antwine, Benton 5 81 2Kevin Pouncy, Airline 4 71 0Adrian Brooks, Airline 4 68 0Ladarious O’Neal Plain Dealing 2 57 2Rayshion Cook, Parkway 4 48 0Devin Bilbo, Airline 3 39 0Garrison Wade, Airline 2 38 1Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more