Even as the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organisers have been struggling to get various projects completed, they now face a new hurdle. Seeking immediate payment of their dues, the contractors working on these projects have threatened to stop work. The contractors working on the projects of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) related to the Games claimed that their payments totalling over Rs 650 crore were pending with the MCD. Seeking immediate disbursement of their payments, over 200 contractors gathered outside the city town hall on Wednesday. They alleged that they have not been paid for last 18 months to three years for various contracts of MCD. Those working on the CWG projects said they have not been paid for the past five months. As an ultimatum, they have already stalled all civil works apart from the CWG-related projects. Contractors said they have not stopped work on CWG projects yet as it is a matter of national prestige.
It’s shaping up to be another soggy day in Ontario’s cottage country.Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Bracebridge, Huntsville and other communities north of Toronto that have already been battling rising waters for the past week.The national weather service is predicting up to 40 millimetres of rain in some areas by Thursday morning.It comes as several communities in the region remain under states of emergency, including Bracebridge, Huntsville and Minden Hills.The Town of Bracebridge says in a statement that another 60 Canadian Armed Forces reservists will be deployed to the area, to add to the 100 who are already assisting with flood relief efforts.Meantime, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a shoreline hazard warning for Lake Ontario, urging people in the city to use caution along the waterfront. The Canadian Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors say a California utility’s role in igniting wildfires last year could allow a judge to find that it violated terms of its criminal conviction in a deadly gas pipeline explosion.In a court filing Monday, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco cited investigations by state officials that blamed Pacific Gas & Electric power lines for some of the fires in October 2017. Investigators also said they found evidence PG&E violated state law.Prosecutors say a judge could use those facts to determine that the utility violated conditions of its probation in a conviction stemming from an explosion of one of its natural gas lines in 2010. The blast in the San Francisco Bay Area killed eight people.PG&E didn’t immediately return a request for comment.The Associated Press
The Election Commission (EC) sprung into action as it elucidated the details for the upcoming polls. This year’s mandate will be concluded in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19 and round up with results on May 23. Spread across seven phases, the election will see three states – UP, Bihar, Bengal – vote in all seven phases while one seat of J&K – Anantnag – will have voting in three phases with 17 states finishing their mandate in a single phase. Election calendar has been put up, sending every single political party into action. Sounding the alarm for the biggest democratic event, the EC brought forth the road map which will lead to the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha in the largest democracy of the world. The 16th Lok Sabha (2014-2019) – NDA’s report card – is the first inscription of every voter’s decision making, prior to, of course, the contentious issues and lacunae which may shift the mandate away from them. The five years of governance may have been blemished with the controversies which surfaced much to the opposition’s wishes. The current government has certainly led India forward but the peculiarities in the progress are what will strike voters in the coming elections – which is undoubtedly the build-up point for the opposition. Pre-poll alliances, post-poll alliances, issues circling the nation and promises thwarted at public will aggregately decide who leads the nation. Party analysis and dynamics are obviously the most talked about scenarios of any election but issues circling the nation have an equal share in the outcome. The most recent one has been National Security which gripped the country as it witnessed a dastardly attack on our security forces by a Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM. In response, India retaliated through the Balakot Air Strike which showcased Modi as a bold and capable statesman which India may not afford to lose. In Modi, NDA has the leader what UPA may still be looking for. Though the opposition parties questioned the authenticity of Balakot following Amit Shah’s unsubstantiated number of casualties, Balakot stands as an effective response in the minds of many. Together, the Surgical Strike following Uri and Balakot Air Strike ensure the people that India is in “safe hands”. The promise of strong leadership, evident from the government’s response to terror incidents, may single-handedly change the numbers. Rural unrest is another issue which is capable of a significant impact on the mandate. Modi’s 2014 landslide victory can be accredited to rural voters. An unhappy rural India does not augur well for BJP which has already suffered a jolt by losing out on the Hindi-heartland states of Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh – predominantly on agrarian distress. Congress’ influence on the mandate of these states has made it a reckoning force, declining BJP’s popularity in rural India. However, a plethora of rural schemes and development agendas placed by the ruling government look to provide a remedy to this downfall. Corruption reduced Congress’ last outing in 2014 to poor performance. The previous UPA government’s involvement in scams cost Congress heavily. It is rather understood, then, why Congress has been proactively pursuing Rafale. A corruption charge, that too in current times, will thrash BJP’s chances to power. However, it has been able to dodge such accusations till now and that means Congress’ attempts might be framed as empty rhetoric on the face of millions who might not understand the peculiarities present in the fighter jet deal. BJP’s predominant argument has been the power of a majority government drawing sharp contrast against that of a coalition government. Leadership will definitely be a point in focus with BJP, having Modi at the forefront, criticising the opposition forces for lacking a leader. BJP’s argument that a shared leadership will be regressive for the nation against the opposition’s stance of an antidote to the autocratic cloak garbed by the NDA qualifies as the age-old argument of perspective: If a glass is half full or half empty. Unemployment and welfare schemes play a good part in the mandate with every party advocating some relief (or progress) in these to ensure votes. India may have become the sixth largest economy progressing in various fields but if there’s one thing which time and again brings it back to the earlier days then it is the caste factor. The caste politics in the nation severely determines good chunks of numbers here and there based on primitive associations. Coupled with this is the issue of polarisation that can be influential. The Hindu nationalist sentiment has done its round under the current regime and will play a role in the mandate. The first-time voters will be instrumental in the final count as that figure can alter the outcome. The mood of the youth will count in Modi’s run for a consecutive term.
South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most gruesome injuries seen on a football field Saturday when he was hit by Tennessee’s Eric Gordon and his leg flapped in the wind and onto the turf, as if it was snapped in half below his right knee.”I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like that,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said.The official injury announced Sunday is awful for anyone, but potentially career-ending for a running back like Latitmore, who was sure to be an early-round NFL draft pick: a dislocated knee.Hardly ever are players from both teams impacted by a player’s injury, but both teams were emotional by what they witnessed in the second quarter of South Carolina’s 38-35 victory.Lattimore was running through the left side when he was struck around the knees by Gordon, Lattimore’s right leg whipping around and slamming against the turf. South Carolina trainers immediately rushed to his side, keeping Lattimore flat on his back as the junior attempted to sit up and see the injury.“I just tried to tell him to stay mentally strong,” said receiver Ace Sanders, whose eyes teared up when discussing Lattimore. “I saw the look in in his eyes when he was on the ground and he was really heartbroken.”Coming into the game, Spurrier had said Lattimore was 100 percent and would carry the load for the Gamecocks. Lattimore rushed for 65 yards, including a breakaway 28-yard TD run, in the first half against Tennessee after coming in with 597 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns this season.He became an instant star as a freshman, rushing for 1,149 yards and 17 touchdowns. Lattimore was on his way to eclipsing those numbers as a sophomore until the injury at Mississippi State. He holds South Carolina records with 41 overall touchdowns and 38 on the ground.Last year Lattimore had surgery to repair ligaments and cartilage in his left knee and needed six months of rehabilitation and recovery before he was cleared to return to action.This injury, however, might be too devastating for Lattimore to overcome.
Not only has Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder insisted he would not change the name of his NFL team, on Thursday the franchise formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the Redskins’ attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and that it ”points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 on June 18 to cancel six uses of ”Redskins” trademarked from 1967 to 1990, saying the name is ”disparaging of Native Americans.””We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Redskins lawyer Bob Raskopf said in the team’s statement.The team had previously said it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so. The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts, a process that could take years. A similar ruling by the trademark board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003. Native Americans have been challenging the trademark since 1992.The Redskins say they will ask the court to consider ”serious constitutional issues,” including whether the ruling penalizes the team’s right of free speech and whether the team has been unfairly deprived of ”valuable and long-held intellectual property rights.”The group of five Native Americans challenging the name is equally confident.”This effort is doomed to fail,” said Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff. ”But if they want to prolong this litigation, which has already gone on for 22 years, I guess they have that prerogative.”The Redskins have been under sustained pressure to defend the name over the last 18 months, with major political, church and sports figures joining the debate and saying it should be changed.Team owner Snyder has vowed never to change the name, calling it a ”badge of honor.””If people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?” Blackhorse said. ”We know that time is on our side for a change in the team’s name, and we are confident we will win once again at this stage of the litigation.”
One of the most controversial football figures over the past decade or so once against demonstrated his lucidity and audacity.After numerous sources reported that the Serie A heavyweights AC Milan consider a potential January swoop for Los Angeles Galaxy talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Sweden international reached out to the press with some statement.The United States-based news outlet, TMZ Sports, have broadcasted the words of the 37-year-old striker regarding the rumored interest of the Rossoneri.“There is always rumors. The whole world wants me. It’s okay.”It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) that the ex-Manchester United superstar came out with such a comment. Just a reminder – when Zlatan landed in Los Angeles, he welcomed the NBA bigwig LeBron James in “Zlatan way.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now LA has a God and a King!Zlatan welcomes @KingJames pic.twitter.com/4gYooOpURD— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018Although AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has recently stressed the 7-time Champions League winners won’t try to take Ibra back at the Stadio San Siro, anything could happen by January.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PineappleAircrashlanding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Eleuthera – Several passengers were injured when a plane crash landed in Eleuthera, Bahamas on Tuesday night. The Eleutheran news reports that authorities have confirmed that a combination of bad weather and mechanical failure led to the frightening touch down where all on board were shaken but are safe.Pelting rain could be seen in the photographs of the Pineapple Air Charter flight, which reportedly skidded off the runway when its landing gear did not deploy; it happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday January 9, 2018. Fifteen passengers and two pilots were on the flight, where the injured were treated by Emergency Medical Services and some referred to the Levy Medical Clinic for further evaluation, said the news report online.The crash landing forced the Governor’s Harbour International Airport to be closed to air traffic until around 1 p.m. today, January 10, while Civil Aviation Authorities were on the ground to investigate the cause of the scary incident.Pineapple Air operates fights into Eleuthera, Long Island, Acklins and Crooked Island and has been operating in The Bahamas since 1999.#MagneticMediaNews#PineappleAircrashlanding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Posted: March 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego is a big military town, and with each person comes a story. The La Jolla Playhouse is bringing those stories to life in a new play called “Home of the Brave.”Actors Carolyn Agan and Kendrick Dial, both of whom have real experience as part of a military family, stop by Good Morning San Diego to talk about the play. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom ‘Home of the Brave’ play tells stories of military families March 5, 2018
Latest on Rebecca Zahau trial with Caitlin Rother Testimony continued Tuesday in the Rebecca Zahau case.On Monday, the man being sued by Zahau’s family took the stand. Her family believes 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the younger brother to Zahau’s boyfriend, killed her.Shacknai testified saying he left the guest house of the Coronado mansion around 6:45 a.m. That’s when he saw Rebecca hanging from the balcony.Shacknai then says he called 911, brought Zahau to the ground and tried to perform CPR. He testified he did not kill her.The trial has spanned several weeks now and author and journalist, Caitlin Rother, has been following it closely.She joined KUSI with an update. KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Caitlin Rother, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter March 20, 2018
Facebook News https://twitter.com/TJMShow/status/1096397481028608001 Janet Jackson To Headline Tom Joyner Foundation’s 20th Fantastic Voyage Janet Jackson On Board For 20th Fantastic Voyage janet-jackson-headline-tom-joyner-foundations-20th-fantastic-voyage “I’m proud of a lot of things we’ve accomplished on the Tom Joyner Morning Show,” said Joyner, “but I think I’m most proud of all the students we’ve helped stay in school for the last 20 years, and our biggest fundraiser for HBCUs is the Fantastic Voyage cruise.”With 13 GRAMMY nominations, R&B/Gospel singer Charlie Wilson stands out among the previous nominees in the announcement. Others include Kem, Mase, MC Lyte, Sheila E., War, and Brian Courtney Wilson.Check out the full list, which includes emerging DJs and many more memorable artists such as Biz Markie, Midnight Star and the S.O.S. Band.Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’: For The RecordRead more More GRAMMY winners cruising on the “party with a purpose” include Shirley Caesar, Maxwell and Smokie NorfulPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 4:05 pm On April 7–14, the 20th cruise of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage will ship off from Miami and tour the Caribbean with wide-ranging activities and an incredible array of musical performances planned. Headlined by Janet Jackson, the “party with a purpose” also includes Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Maxwell, Chrisette Michele, Smokie Norful, and Fatman Scoop.In addition to concerts, enriching activities and fun, as well as Fantastic Voyage’s fundraising for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), this year a Filmmaker’s Scholarship Program in partnership with Denny’s will spotlight the work of a half dozen HBCU creatives who’ve made movies on the reality of hunger at the community level. Through the years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than a half million dollars in scholarships, also including support for K-12 students. Twitter Email
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, April 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.In The Community: GOOD LUCK to those participating in the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Tournament at the Tewksbury Country Club. The event is SOLD OUT. Event sponsors include Align Credit Union, Commonwealth Financial Network, and Lowell Five. Hole sponsors include Abundant Life, Align Credit Union, Escapology, JCW Title, Local Property Shop, Mark Kratman, Marshall’s Autobody Experts, PC Independent Consultant, Wamesit Lanes, and Wilder Construction.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wildwood & Boutwell School Advisory Council meets at 9:30am at the Boutwell. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Middle School PAC meets at 6pm at WMS.At The Library: Domestic Affairs Discussion at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Quilting at 1pm. Wii Bowling at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 5 Wilmington High School games are scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography. What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 6, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsUsed Puzzle PaloozaSaturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pmNeed a new puzzle? Join us for our first-ever Used Puzzle Palooza and pick up some new-to-you puzzles. Great for experienced puzzlers or just thinking of giving puzzling a try. Limit of five puzzles, however number may change day of event based on donations. Puzzles are free although donations to the Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library will be happily accepted.Networkers—Headshots *RRMonday, March 25, 10 amIt’s time to get a professional headshot! Your online image is the first impression you will make and it speaks volumes about your brand. Photographer Lennie Malvone will take your photo and email you the results. Look online for tips as to what to wear. (limit 20)Creative Writing Skill Group *RRTuesday, March 26, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast Barbara Alevras.Well Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, March 27, 10 amFeatured Book: Breathing Lessonsby Anne TylerThis book group will discuss contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Unplug!—Paint + Sip *RRThursday, March 28, 7 pm (16+, limit 20, $15)Join us for a fun, engaging, and interactive Paint Night! Artist Raquel Palermo Kaplan will guide you through the steps of creating a floral-themed work of art. All materials will be provided and all skill levels are welcome. Sip a mocktail and chat with friends while you paint!Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Baby TimesSaturday, March 23, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 monthsStories and Sweets Drop InSaturday, March 23, 10:30 amStart your Saturday morning with great stories (and songs and rhymes) and a few sweet treats at this special family storytime. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Kids Kraft: Skittles Rainbow Pot of Gold *RRSaturday, March 23, 2 pmFind the edge of the rainbow as you make your own pot of gold! This craft is led by 3 Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5PJ StorytimeMonday,March 25,6:30 pmWear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsCrafternoons: Unplug! DIY Sock Pugsheens *RRWednesday, March 27, 3:45pmUsing socks and felt sew yourself the cutest, quietest, and squishiest plush pet ever! Grades 4-8Read to PrinceWednesday, March 27, 5-6:30 pmCome meet and read to Prince, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.Music and More with Bernadette Baird *RRWednesday, March 27, 6:30 pmBernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3Kindergarten Book Club *RRThursday, March 28, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity. KindergartenDrop-In Storytime Friday, March 29, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsBook Buddies *RRSession 2: Fridays, March 29, April 5 &12, 3:45This fun literacy program pairs kids with teen volunteers for one-on-one reading fun. In this three-week program, kids can practice reading or be read to, receive one-on-one attention from a trained teen, share a snack, and do a fun activity. Teens in grades 9-12 can register at the library or online for one or both sessions to earn up to 10 community service hours. Ages 4+(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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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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Claire Polosak is the first lady to be an umpire in a men’s ODITwitter/ICCClaire Polosak, remember the name! Why should you? Because she was part of a truly historic moment of cricket on Saturday, April 27 at Windhoek, Namibia. As she crossed the boundary line onto the field of play with her male colleague, the lady from Australia became the first woman to officiate in a men’s one-day international game.The match, a World Cricket League Division 2 final contest between Namibia and Oman would not have otherwise garnered too much attention. But with Polosak’s ground-breaking appearance, doors have been opened to more such instances of female umpire’s in men’s game.Importance of the eventWhile in other sports such as hockey and football, on-field referees are usually of the same gender as the players, there is no imaginable reason why a woman should face any more difficulty than a man in umpiring a game of men’s cricket.It wasn’t the first time, though, when Polosak was on-field for a match played by male cricketers. She had earlier umpired in a men’s game of the Australian domestic circuit as far back as 2017. Another distinction she already possessed was being part of the first female pair of umpires to officiate in a professional match in Australia. It was during a Women’s Big Bash League game and her partner in crime, or rather preventing crime, on that occasion was Eloise Sheridan. Polosak and Sheridan made history by umpiring during a WBBL matchTwitter/Cricket AustraliaPolosak’s reactionSpeaking on her unprecedented achievement, Polosak was conscious of her role in furthering women’s position in the officialdom of cricket. “I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men’s ODI and how far I have come as an umpire. It really is important to promote women umpires and there’s no reason why females can’t umpire in cricket. It’s about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role,” she was quoted as saying by the ICC.Polosak also thanked all those bodies and people who helped her along. “It’s really to do with the partners you work with all the way through. Right from my local association – NSW umpires and scorers – as well as parents and my partner, Evans, my husband, without whose support there’s no way I’d be here today.”This achievement of Polosak may have had to wait longer if the ICC had not given ODI status to Oman recently. Namibia already possesses ODI status and has made appearances in previous World Cups. We can now look forward to the day when a woman would be present on-field during an international contest involving top cricket playing nations.
Indian school children prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]As the students are eagerly waiting for their class 12 results, the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) is expected to declare the plus two results on May 8 at 11 am.The results of VHSE, THSE and AHSE will also be released along with HSE results. The students are advised to keep their admit cards/hall tickets ready on May 8 to quickly access their results.The results will be available on the following websites –dhsekerala.gov.inkeralaresults.nic.inwww.prd.kerala.gov.inThe students who have taken their state syllabus board exams (private and regular) for the year 2019 can also check their results on examresults.net and also from the app iExaMS, which can be downloaded from the Google playstore.How to Check the results for 2019 Kerala state Plus Two results:-Log in to official websites of theDirectorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) at dhsekerala.gov.in, kerala.gov.in or keralaresults.nic.inFill in your details carefully (registration/hall ticket number)Click submitThe page will show your plus two resultsDownload and keep a print for further use
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck Dahanu in Palghar district.Representational image | ReutersYou can call it a mere coincidence or element of luck, but many of the earthquake predictions made by self-proclaimed seismic researcher Frank Hoogerbeets have turned true in the recent months. Last April, Hoogerbeets had warned that a powerful earthquake will jolt the planet, and interestingly, in the same timeline, a major tremor hit Arunachal Pradesh, India. Even though the scientific community has continuously dismissed Hoogerbeets’ claims, conspiracy theorists strongly believe that the predictions made by the researcher using an advanced system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) are authentic.Now, Frank Hoogerbeets has warned that a strong earthquake which will measure 7 in the Richter scale will hit earth either on May 05 or 06. In a recent post on his website Ditrianum, Hoogerbeets revealed that a critical lunar geometry is responsible for triggering this earthquake.Hoogerbeets strongly believes that lunar geometry and planetary alignment have a direct impact on triggering earthquakes. As per Hoogerbeets, rare alignments of planets and moon are capable of destabilizing the tectonic plates here on earth, and this is causing increased seismic activities during this time.Even though Hoogerbeets is quite sure about the possible occurrence of the earthquake, he failed to reveal the exact area where this major tremor is going to hit. It should be noted that an earthquake measuring 7 in the Richter scale is quite strong, and it will cause serious casualties and structural damage in the area which will be affected.In the meantime, a section of conspiracy theorists has started claiming that it is actually the arrival of Nibiru which is causing increased seismic activities on earth. As per these conspiracy theorists, Nibiru is a rogue space body which will cause apocalypse on the earth. These conspiracy theorists believe that the gravitational field of Nibiru is so strong, and it is the real cause behind the destabilization of tectonic plates on earth.
Oil fell on Wednesday as the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that a global supply glut continued to weigh on prices and data showed an unexpected weekly gain in U.S. crude stocks.The IEA, which advises industrialized nations on energy policies, said crude inventories kept rising last month and pushed floating storage, one of the most expensive methods of stockpiling, to the highest level in seven years.”(Stocks) are at such elevated levels, especially for products for which demand growth is slackening, that they remain a major dampener on oil prices,” the Paris-based IEA said in its latest report.Stocks of U.S. crude and refined products rose unexpectedly last week by 2.2 million barrels, data from the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, showed late on Tuesday.This provided further bearish impetus to the market a day after prices had risen 5 percent, giving investors a chance to lock in gains.The U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases official weekly inventory data at 1430 GMT on Wednesday.Global benchmark Brent oil LCOc1 was down 76 cents at $47.71 a barrel at 0850 GMT after settling up $2.22, or 4.8 percent, in the previous session.U.S. crude CLc1 traded at $46.20 a barrel, down 60 cents on Tuesday’s close.The U.S. dollar .DXY rose, making dollar-denominated oil less attractive for holders of other currencies.The IEA also raised its forecasts for 2016 and 2017 oil demand growth by 0.1 million barrels per day to 1.4 million bpd and 1.3 million bpd, respectively.”Therefore any weakness based on the IEA report should be short-lived,” said Tamas Varga, oil analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.Credit Suisse raised its 2016 oil price forecasts on Wednesday. The bank forecast U.S. crude would average $43.59 per barrel this year versus $36.91 in its earlier forecast, and $55.00 for 2017, versus $52.88 earlier.Brent will average $44.53 a barrel this year, up from $37.77, and average $56.25 in 2017, up from $54.25 earlier.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:39Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Mallya owes a consortium of 17 Indian banks more than Rs 9,000 crore. The businessman fled India and moved to London in March 2016 and has been declared a fugitive economic offender by a court in Mumbai. India has also requested Mallya’s extradition from UK.He recently filed a petition which said that only properties of Kingfisher Airlines should be seized. The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on August 2 his plea challenging the confiscation of properties belonging to the companies. UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya After Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru.ReutersThe investigation in the multi-crore bank fraud involving fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has widened after the Enforcement Directorate detected unaccounted transfer of funds by his former executive assistant V Shashikant.Based on an intelligence input, the ED raided the residential and business premises of Shashikant on July 24. He was an employee of Vijay Mallya till February 2017 and a former Managing Director of United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL).The investigation revealed that UBHL exported Kingfisher beer and shoes manufactured by United Breweries International Trading Limited and was liquidated after Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loan repayment of about over Rs 7,000 crore to banks.UBHL owned 10.72 percent stake in United Breweries Ltd (UBL). Heineken, a Dutch brewing company, now owns over 46 percent stake in UBL.After Mallya stepped down from the board of UBL in October 2017, Shashikant set up a firm called United Branding Worldwide in Bengaluru in which his wife Jayanti Shashikanth and daughter Archita are partners.”It has been detected that this partnership firm has taken over the business of UBHL for exporting both kingfisher beer and shoes and export turnover is approximately Rs 220 crore per annum,” said an ED official. The firm has monopolistic rights for exporting and trading all brands of Kingfisher beer since March 2018.”One interesting fact has also come to the notice that 60% of export by UBG has made to M/s Tammy International Dubai which in turn exporting beer to other countries,” the ED official added. Tammy International is allegedly owned by Shashikant’s son-in-law.Ultimate Branding is allegedly getting a commission from UBL for “getting business” and the profit is being “repatriated” to Mallya through “overlapping transactions” to fund his “daily maintenance and legal expense”.”I have never heard of Tammy International and have no connection with them,” Mallya told The Indian Express in an email response.”We acknowledge that the Enforcement Directorate searched the offices of Ultimate Branding Worldwide. We have extended full support to them and shall continue to do so. We deny the allegation that the two companies are associated with Vijay Mallya nor do they have any transactions with him,” said a spokesperson of Ultimate Branding.Various incriminating documents, emails and WhatsApp messages were seized during the raid in Shashikant’s office, which indicate that V Shashikant was is in regular touch with Mallya.The ED also found that Mallya’s dummy companies – Gold Reef Investments Ltd and McDowell Holdings Ltd – support 20 to 25 employees of UB Group. The agency has frozen shares worth Rs 3 crore held by McDowell Holdings Limited.