Niall McGinn says Northern Ireland must take the positives from their disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign.McGinn insists the team’s 2-1 defeat to Austria sums up their disappointing outing in the Nations League.Despite looking competitive in patches against Austria, just as they did in previous group games against Austria and Bosnia, Northern Ireland ended up with nothing.Northern Ireland’s position in the group doesn’t make for good reading as they have played four and lost four.But at times Michael O’Neill’s side have done well against both opponents before eventually losing the games.“I think it sums up the Nations League in general where we performed well, created chances without putting the ball in the net,” McGinn said, according to NewsLetter.England and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“We were the team tonight in the ascendancy and we looked as if we could go on and win it.“But all-in-all it just shows when you make a mistake, or things are maybe not going your way and then you are punished by a great finish that you get from great opposition.”“There are times you get punished and more or less we were punished by the last kick of the ball.”“There are maybe times in this campaign that we have played a lot better than we did in the Euro 2016 campaign, when we may be hung in there at times to get the right results. And, at the end of the day, this is a results-based business and you have to win games and that breeds confidence.”“The confidence is always there in the squad and the performances have shown that, but maybe the final ball or getting ahead in games and holding out is what we are missing.”“We are disappointed with the result but we have to take the positives from the performances in the campaign.”
WILMINGTON, MA — It may have been a long time in the making, but members of the town’s new Economic Development Committee have hit the ground running, with two productive summer meetings now under their belts.BackgroundIn April 2018, Selectman Greg Bendel asked his colleagues to consider creating a committee dedicated to spurring economic development in Wilmington.“However it’s assembled, and whatever it’s called, this group would look at the best economic development practices of our neighboring communities, and also what tools we can avail ourselves to, such as the North Suburban Planning Council,” said Bendel. Selectmen were supportive of the idea, in particular Selectman Mike Champoux, who had long been a proponent of such a group.“The Town hasn’t been in the business of attracting specific businesses, like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but maybe we could be a little bit; maybe that’s an activity that the Economic Development Committee could be a part of, working in collaboration with some of the other regional associations and Chamber of Commerce to construct a way to communicate the awesomeness of Wilmington to the greater business community, help full some of our vacancies, and help improve the quality of life for residents,” said Selectman Champoux. “The Committee would be [identify and recommend] ways in which the town can be more proactive in economic development…. It’s about a marketing message – we all know how awesome our town is, we just need to get the word out.”In January 2019, Selectmen unanimously approved the creation of an Economic Development Committee.“The Economic Development Committee will be an advisory committee making recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager,” explained Town Manager Jeff Hull.Hull outlined the committee’s five major purposes:Gain an understanding of what economic development means to residents, the degree to which residents are seeking more businesses or expansion of existing business, and the types of businesses residents would like to see in Wilmington.Gain an understanding of Wilmington’s strengths and vulnerabilities as a host community to businesses currently operating, businesses considering Wilmington as a potential place to relocate, and for individuals seeking to start a business.Facilitate communication with members of the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce and other business in Wilmington and the area to understand their short and long term plans, opportunities and challenges.Create an informational tool that presents Wilmington “in a nut shell,” providing statistics about the population, demographics workforce, and the attributes that make Wilmington the place to conduct business.Serve as an educational forum for committee members and the public by hosting guest speakers to cover different elements of economic development.In March 2019, the Town Manager made his appointments to the committee — Mike Champoux (now a former Selectman, local businessman), Patrick Giroux (works for a commercial real estate firm), Lilia Maselli (runs a small business — Dandi-Lyons Ice Cream in North Reading — with her husband and works as an executive assistant at Analog Devices), Nancy Vallee (Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce), and Planning Director Valerie Gingrich. Selectman Greg Bendel was named the Board of Selectmen’s designee.In April 2019, Selectmen made their appointment — Selectman Mike McCoy appointed former Selectwoman Suzanne Sullivan; Selectman Greg Bendel appointed retired U.S. Army Major Robert Olveira; Selectman Jonathan Eaton appointed Carol Boisvert, a long-time resident and HR Director for Heilind Electronics in town; and Selectman Kevin Caira appointed Dan Gibbons, a businessman and owner of Benjamin Moore Hardware Store at the Wilmington Plaza. In May 2019, the committee’s membership was finalized once newly elected Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony appointed Tom Card, a business owner and former business analyst, to the committee. Selectmen emphasized that 10 of the 11 committee members were Wilmington residents.In June 2019, the Committee held its first meeting. Mike Champoux was elected Chair; Tom Card was elected Vice Chair; and Lilia Maselli was elected Secretary. The Committee spent the bulk of its meeting holding initial discussions surrounding its mission and goals.The Committee recently held its second meeting on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, for which the Wilmington Apple was in attendance.Mission StatementThe Committee approved its mission statement after much wordsmithing. The final version reads as follows:“The Wilmington Economic Development Committee’s (WEDC) mission is to be the proactive arm of the Town of Wilmington to the business community. We seek to collaborate with residents, property owners and businesses to help promote an atmosphere conducive to smart economic growth, by thoughtfully identifying and targeting key business sectors that compliment the fabric our community, are beneficial to the residents, and create jobs.The Wilmington Economic Development Committee (WEDC) will serve as an advisory board and liaison between businesses and municipal government providing recommendations for planning and permitting processes that best serve the business and resident communities, while being consistent with the town’s master plan and being respectful of environmental and traffic considerations.”Committee Description SummaryThe Committee made great strides in finalizing a summary of how it will operate. Members determined that all 11 members will having voting privileges, including Planning Director Valerie Gingrich, who was first thought to be a non-voting member. The Committee, like some of the other committees in town, including the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility and Facilities Master Plan Committee, is not subject to term limits. If a member was to step off, a replacement would be selected either by the Selectmen or the Town Manager, depending on who made the original appointment. Selectman Greg Bendel emphasized that the Committee has no budget, and that it is an advisory committee to the Selectmen and Town Manager, with no real authority. The Committee will vote on its description as its next meeting.Committee Website & Email AddressThe Committee established a page on the town’s website where the public can review meeting minutes and agendas, plus any other documents produced. A list of committee members and future meeting dates are also posted. A committee email account was also established — firstname.lastname@example.org — to provide an avenue for the public to contact the group, ask questions, and offer suggestions.Database Of Vacant PropertiesThe Committee divided up the town geographically and located dozens of vacant commercial spaces in between meetings. Committee member Nancy Vallee, of the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, is spearheading the effort to merge the individual lists into a master database, which will be used as a future tool in the committee’s work. Vallee is also consulting lists available to her through her office and lists from various Town Departments, including the Planning Department and Assessors Office.Letters To Owners/Leasing Agents Of High Profile VacanciesWith the support of the committee, Patrick Giroux is drafting a letter that will be customized and sent to owners and/or leasing agents of high profile vacant commercial spaces in town, such as SRS Real Estate Partners, the commercial real estate firm actively trying to sublease both the vacant Rite Aid and Walgreens buildings on Main Street.Snapshot Of Wilmington’s Current Economic Development ProjectsWilmington Planning Director Valerie Gingrich gave the committee an overview of some of the town’s current major economic development projects:Projects In Construction:Analog Devices expansion on Analog WayHeilind Electronics expansion on Jonspin RoadConstruction of retail plaza at 196 Ballardvale Street, across from Target, where Habit Burger will be locatedConstruction of car wash at 220 Main Street (old Sonic location)Renovations (raising of roof and installation of 10 new truck loading docks) by Fordham Park LLC at 100-110 Fordham RoadGingrich also mentioned housing projects on Murray Hill Circle (36 homes), Green Meadow Drive (26 homes), Spruce Farm (27 condos), and North Wilmington Estates (26 homes).Projects Recently Given Permits:Construction of 4 new warehouses at 36-38 Upton DriveConstruction of a commercial flex building (19,900 sf) at 100 Research DriveProjects Currently Going Through The Permitting Process:Redevelopment of the existing building and addition of 41 new loading docks at 613 Main Street (old Xpedx location)Construction of 15 industrial garages at 225 Andover StreetSome work is also being done to 44 Concord Street and 65 Industrial WayConstruction of 50 apartments, 7 retail spaces & a bank at 203 Lowell Street (Woburn/Lowell Street intersection)Construction of 49 condos at 635 Main Street (near Butters Row Bridge)Gingrich also mentioned housing projects on Nichols Street (5 homes right next to the Middlesex Canal) and Highland Estate on Hopkins Street, near Sarafina Way (17 homes, with 7 acres of open space along Lubbers Brook)Gingrich anticipates the permitting process for a housing project of sorts at 168 Lowell Street (former Walpole Woodworkers location) to be begin shortly, but is still waiting on detailed plansGingrich also noted her department is trying to streamline the permitting process for business owners.“Once they file, we have a Community Development Technical Review Team, where representatives from the applicable town departments get together and offer preliminary comments on the development before they go to in front of the Planning Board,” explained Gingrich. “This way, developers get a heads up on what types of things may come up and they can get talked out in advance. Those meetings are really helpful for developers.”Gingrich pointed out that the Planning Board, through Town Meeting votes, have made several business-friendly zoning changes over the past couple of years.“We changed the Research & Development Use by making it a right in the Highway Industrial District, places like Ballardvale Street and Fordham Road, so there’s now less obstacles with permitting,” said Gingrich. “We finally implemented a multi-family mixed use district at Perry’s Corner at Lowell Street and Woburn Street, something the Master Plan called for 20 years ago.”Gingrich also touted her department’s involvement with the town’s current transportation projects, which go hand-in-hand with economic development. She noted Wilmington’s two bridge projects — the Butters Row bridge replacement and the Route 38 reconstruction project up to the Miceli bridge — are on the state’s construction lists and progress is being made. Meanwhile, the traffic improvement project to the Woburn Street/Lowell Street intersection continues to move up in the MassDOT queue.Packed Agenda For Next MeetingThe Committee will next meet on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Room 9 of Town Hall. At that time, the Committee will discuss regional members and resources potentially available to them, including the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC). State Representative Dave Robertson may attend the meeting to speak with the Committee about various state resources and how he can help. The Committee will also conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) flip chart exercise as it relates to the business climate in town, plus begin developing a marketing campaign to attract desirable businesses to town.Meetings are open to the public. Feedback is welcome. No resident chose to attend the Committee’s first two meetings.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. 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BNP leader Sadek Hossain Khoka. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced four people, including former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and BNP leader Sadek Hossain Khoka, to 10 years jail in a corruption case, reports UNB.The case was filed for alleged corruption in leasing a multi-storey car parking structure in the capital’s Banani area.The court of Dhaka divisional special judge Mizanur Rahman Khan awarded the sentence following a hearing on the case.The three other convicts are DCC Unique Complex Shop Owners’ Association president Abdul Baten Nakib, its general secretary Mahmud Hasan Azad and car parking manager HM Tarek.The court also fined two million taka to Khoka while one million each to the other convicts.A court framed charges against the BNP leader and three others in the case on 29 November 2015.A lower court issued an arrest warrant of BNP leader Khoka on 24 June 2015 as he did not appear in the court on the hearing day.Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) deputy director Nur Hossain, also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet against the four accused on 11 November 2012.On 15 February 2012, ACC assistant director M Mahbubul Alam filed the case with Shahbagh police station on charge of misappropriating Tk 38.2 million from the car parking project.According to the prosecution, Dhaka City Corporation invited a tender in 2003 to lease out Banani Unique Complex’s basement as car parking.The DCC had been deprived of over Tk 3.08 million from February 2003 to February 2011 as the then mayor Khoka in connivance with other accused stayed the tender process.
By LYNN ELBER and MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween.“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said.This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate.Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year.The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume.“But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a White person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which Whites applied blackface to mock Blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly.Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics.She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill.Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before.The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.”A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage.Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing.She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is White.”___Elber reported from Los Angeles.
Krishnagar: Accusing the Centre of running parallel governments in states, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that her government will withdraw from the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme.Addressing a gathering at Krishnagar Government College ground after giving away prizes to the winners of the first Jaltarang Sports festival, she said letters bearing the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with health cards under Ayushman Bharat scheme were being sent to individuals. The logo embossed on the letter is a lotus which is also the official party symbol of the BJP. “This is cheating. Where is the budget to provide medical assistance to the beneficiaries,” she wondered and added: “The Centre collects various kinds of taxes from the states and gives back a percentage of the collected amount. Thus, the states have a share. But the BJP is projecting it in such a manner as if it is giving the medical assistance to them.” Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe Chief Minister said under the Constitution, health, education and law and order are State subjects and she failed to understand why the Centre is intervening into the matter. “What does Modi think of himself? Is he trying to run parallel governments in the states? I will request all the states to intensify vigil and stop this nasty practice,” she said. Banerjee further added: “The new government in Delhi will ensure that the federal structure in our country is strengthened. ” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said in case of crop insurance of the farmers, the Centre gives only 20 percent of the premium and publishes the picture of the Prime Minister to give a message to the farmers as if the BJP is giving the money to them. “We have decided to pay the premium on our own and have paid Rs 625 crore in 2018. Everywhere the BJP is playing dirty politics to mislead people,” she maintained. Banerjee said 10 percent reservation for economically challenged general caste “is another big hoax. Modi is lying to the masses and whenever an election comes, the quantum of lies go up. Have you received Rs 15 lakh which he had announced before the 2014 election.” She alleged that Modi has destroyed the institutions like CBI, ED and even RBI. “He has a big mouth and talks a lot. He should buy two mirrors — one to see his face and the other to see him talking. Even when he gives speeches in English, they are manipulated. When we speak, we make mistakes but we never use technology to project ourselves as flamboyant orators.” Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Kanyashree University and said a country can make progress if girls are looked after properly. She added that Kanyashree has helped girls to pursue higher education and a day will come when girls from Bengal will reach the top in every sphere of life.
Kolkata: The state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department has joined hands with Science City to provide a platform to more than 45 students from various schools across the state to share their ideas on science models at the West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress (WBSS&TC).The event will be held on February 28 and March 1 in Science City. Various workshops on science will be conducted on the second day of the event. In the first half, the students, who have been selected in three Science and Technology Congresses in three regions of the state, will be solving certain scientific problems under the mentorship of experts from Science City and in the second half they will be making presentation of their respective models before science enthusiasts and guests. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThis is the 26th edition of WBSS&TC and for the first time such an intensive programme is being held to motivate students towards science and research. “The primary objective of the science congress is to provide a forum for research for young scientists and to synergise new ideas with societal needs,” a senior official of the state Science and Technology and Bio Technology department said. Students from Class VIII to XI will take part in the programme. According to the official, there have been several instances when it has been found that students with outstanding marks in science failed to deliver when it came to solving practical problems. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are ready to keep our doors open for any state government initiative to nurture the culture of creativity among the students. When the state government sought our cooperation to conducted interactive science workshop we agreed without any hesitation,” said Subhabrata Chaudhuri, director of Science City. The state Science and Technology and Biotechnology department has drawn up a plan for resource sharing among the science and technology-based institutions across the state.