Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm in Farmington

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Location: Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall, UMF, Academy Street, between Main Street and High Street, Farmington, Maine For more information: 207-778-9833; artsinstitute.org/#!events/cqnr Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, a dynamic vocal and percussion ensemble will be performing original and world music on Saturday, October …

The Queen loves fact-checking ‘Downton Abbey’

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There’s one Downton Abbey fan out there who knows a thing or two about the upper-class life.

It turns out that Queen Elizabeth herself loves the show, and especially “loves to pick out the mistakes,” Brian Hoey, author of At Home With The Queen, told People.

There’s already a historical adviser on the show — Alastair Bruce, who is known as “The Oracle” on set

But he ain’t got nothing on the eagle-eyed Queen, who has also stayed at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.

“They do tend to get it right. However, the Queen did notice on one episode that there was a young so-called British officer wearing medals which had not been awarded when he was supposed to be alive. He was fighting in the First World War and the medals on his chest did not come in until the Second World War,” Hoey said Read more…

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We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution

moneygrowth Backers of startups worldwide are looking for the next “disruptive trend” that can overturn industries. Ironically, the venture capital industry has begun to resemble markets that investors themselves are looking to disrupt. Read More

6 breakout mobile games of the summer

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Most of you probably spent the past few months relaxing by the pool, or playing tennis, or enjoying other classic summer activities. But even so, this season was no time to slack off from mobile gaming.

Tons of new titles hit the App Store and Google Play charts this summer, many of them bringing innovative, smart and downright fun gaming time to smartphones and tablets

So before you head back to classes or work, take a look at these six excellent mobile offerings Read more…

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Earthquake-destroyed villages in Nepal struggle to rebuild

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A few days after the April 25th 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, it was becoming clear the extent of the damage was far worse outside the capital of Kathmandu.

Remote villages had been reported flattened and rural districts had no aid, no help.

The Sindupalchowk district is home to about 350,000 people housed in approximately 66,000 homes. The earthquake damaged or completely destroyed 90% of the homes. More than 3,000 people lost their lives in this district alone.

Almost 4 months after the Nepal earthquake there are still aftershocks sending fear into the survivors and creating landslides that present new problems. Roads can often be blocked for days making it difficult for villagers to get the supplies they need back to their families. Read more…

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Second Rockland Civics Happy Hour

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: The Speakeasy, 2 Park Drive, Rockland, Maine For more information: 678-772-0150; facebook.com/events/717374888367083/ The first Rockland Civics Happy Hour was a success, so now it’s time for a second round! Are you attentive to the opportunities and challenges facing Rockland? Would …

Hannaford helps kids attend summer camps

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Hannaford is helping children from low-income families attend local summer camps. A new $400,000 “Hannaford Helps” donation will help hundreds of low-income children attend youth development programs. It also will help buy food for area schools. “We are proud of what we do,” Hannaford President Mike Vail …

The Paris Climate Talks: Negotiating With the Atmosphere

Lasrick writes: The Paris climate change talks are in December, but what negotiators plan to propose will only be part of non-legally-binding pledges—and they represent only what is achievable without too much difficulty. 2009’s Copenhagen Accord say 114 countries agree that global temperature increases should be held below 2 degrees Celsius. “Paradoxically, an accord that should have spurred the world to immediate action instead seemed to offer some breathing room. Two degrees was meant to be a ceiling, but repeated references to an internationally agreed-upon “threshold” led many people to believe that nothing really bad could happen below 2 degrees—or worse yet, that the number itself was negotiable.” Dawn Stover writes about alternatives to the meaningless numbers and endless talks: ‘The very idea that the Paris conference is a negotiation is ridiculous. You can’t negotiate with the atmosphere.”

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Free motorcycle safety course helps Mainers brush up on basics

Around 100 Mainers have taken advantage of experienced rider courses to improve their cornering, braking and swerving skills. All riders participated free of charge thanks to a a federal grant administered through the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

11 awesome DVD box sets for when you’re sick of streaming

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Netflix is great, but for the film and TV mega-fans among us, there’s nothing like a hard copy to put on the shelf.

Better yet, there are tons of special edition box sets — for both DVD and Blu-Ray — that make purchasing your favorite titles worth the plunge

The most recent must-have is this Home Alone “Ultimate Collector’s Edition,” which retails for around $40 and will be released on October 6. Just look at those extras — and it comes in a paint bucket to boot.

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But just in case you’re itching to get your hands on some collector’s edition paraphernalia before October, we’ve rounded up 11 other awesome Blu-Ray and DVD box sets for your viewing pleasure Read more…

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