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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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People walk past a barricade inside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai in this June 7, 2017 file photo. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeBank of Baroda and Canara Bank could acquire smaller banks like Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India and United Bank of India, officials said on Thursday, according to a report in the Business Standard.The financial daily said that the government is holding discussions with six or seven banks to examine synergies as it pushes for consolidation among public sector banks. Public sector lender State Bank of India has started the process by merging with its associate banks, even though there is no timeline for the mergers.”Talks are on to see which fit will be the best. We should see something emerge from the discussions with six or seven banks over the next month or two,” an official told Business Standard.Following reports that the government is considering merging public sector lenders with strong smaller state-run lenders, the shares of Dena Bank had surged nearly 15 per cent on Wednesday.ET earlier reported that the balance-sheets of Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of India look too weak to absorb other lenders.A few Bengaluru-based banks like Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Syndicate Bank are already in talks for a proposed merger. According to reports, the government has picked relatively stronger lenders including Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and Canara Bank as possible acquirers in this process of consolidation. The banks have made presentations to the government on whether they are in a position to merge with smaller banks and the synergies that various combinations may throw up.A Bloomberg News report noted that the the government had last year approved the merger of SBI with its remaining five associate banks. The consolidation process went smoothly with the merger taking effect from April 1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a interview to Bloomberg News earlier this month that the government would be contemplating a few more bank mergers following the merger of SBI with its associates.Banks have been asked to explore issues such as overlap of branches, technical integration and whether there would be anti-competition concerns that could emerge, Bloomberg News said. The objective would be to ensure that the exercise does not turn out to be counterproductive, the official said.Bloomberg News said, quoting a senior bank official, that some Bengaluru-based banks which share their headquarters, such as Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Syndicate Bank are already in talks for a proposed merger. Similarly, Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank and UCO Bank may also form a combined entity.
World BankThe World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$700 million to improve primary education in Bangladesh, reports UNB.The project titled ‘Quality Learning for All Programme (QLEAP)’ will help improve the education quality and ensure equitable access to primary education and benefit over 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5, the World Bank said in a statement on Thursday.The bank said it will finance for implementing the government’s Fourth Primary Education Development Program (PEDP4).The project will focus on improving learning outcomes for Bangla and Mathematics of Grade III students, it said.This will be achieved through an evaluation of the current curricula, textbooks and supplementary learning materials based on new curriculum, recruitment and training of about 100,000 teachers, providing digital materials for teachers and students, exams system reforms, and the expansion of one-year quality pre-primary education in all government schools.
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.
An employee walks next to broken glass at a damaged branch of Banco do Brasil after a gang caused an explosion in a part of the bank in an attempted robbery, in Guararema. Photo: ReutersMore than two dozen heavily-armed men stormed into the center of Guararema early on a recent morning, rousing the Brazilian town’s residents with the sound of broken glass, explosions – and then gunshots.Brandishing high-powered rifles, wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying several kilos of dynamite, the gang pulled up in front of the town’s main police station. It then set upon an adjoining branch of Banco do Brasil, shattering its windows and doors with crowbars.In a coordinated 3 a.m. attack, police said, other gang members hit a Banco Santander Brasil branch two blocks away. They detonated the dynamite in an attempt to blow up ATM machines and vaults in both banks.Such attacks have become commonplace in Brazil: Last year, an average of two banks or ATM machines were robbed every day, mainly in small towns without a major police presence.The spoils can be substantial.Each ATM has four boxes storing up to 2,700 bills apiece, meaning one cash machine stuffed with 100-real bills can yield up to 1 million reais ($263,000). Bank robbers skilled with dynamite – working quickly – will often blow up several ATMs at each bank or go directly for their vaults.To combat the robberies, Brazil’s banks have invested in anti-theft technology, ranging from specialized ATMs to facial recognition cameras. When that fails or the costs become prohibitive, they have simply closed branches; as a result, some towns no longer have easy access to financial services in a country that already has a higher proportion of “unbanked” residents than either China or India.The rash of bank robberies reflects just one way in which widespread violence is taking a toll on Latin America’s largest economy, pushing frustrated Brazilians to elect President Jair Bolsonaro in October on a promise to crack down on crime.”Crime seeks opportunities,” said Rafael Alcadipani da Silveira, a public security expert at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a think tank in Sao Paulo. “In Brazil, organized crime is very strong, security in small towns is weak and bank raids seem like an easy crime to commit.”In the Guararema bank robbery, police pursued the gang to a nearby highway, where the two sides exchanged gunfire. Eleven gang members were killed by police.NOWHERE TO BANKBrazil’s banks, which spend $2.3 billion on security each year, have made headway against the gangs.Bank raids fell 20 percent last year, to 758 attacks, according to news reports and police records compiled by an association of private security workers, known as Contrasp. The tally, which has declined steadily since 2014, does not capture the rising scale of heists like the one in Guararema.Whereas criminals once knocked over individual ATMs in the street, banks have now moved their machines into bank branches where robbers often blow open a whole row at a time — which only shows up as a single attack.The shift in tactics illustrates how criminal gangs are adjusting to added security measures by banks, warned Leandro Vilaim, business and operation director at bank industry association Febraban.”There is no silver bullet,” he said. “These measures are short-lived because attacks are always changing in nature. When banks squeeze the bandits, they find a new way out.”Cash machines sold in Brazil, at up to 150,000 reais each, cost roughly double those in the United States.That reflects the price of tamper-resistant technologies including explosion-resistant safes, ink that stains bills when cash machines are dynamited and an average of 10 specialized sensors to respond to attacks — all of which drives up costs.”Brazilian ATMs are so robust that if the country was bombed in a war, only cockroaches and ATMs would be left,” said Vilaim.Other contermeasures include ear-piercing sirens, strobe lights and even fog machines traditionally used at night clubs, deployed to stun thieves. And Brazilian lender Itaú Unibanco Holding is investing in cameras that can identify thieves even when they use disguises.Then there is the ultimate deterrent: shuttering a town’s branch altogether – an increasingly frequent solution that is leaving a growing number of small Brazilian towns without a single bank or ATM.Some 200 towns that had at least one branch as recently as 2016 now have none at all, according to the country’s central bank. That is sometimes the result of normal cost cutting, but in many cases a direct result of multiple robberies at the same branch, according to bank executives.Closures have left some towns with no source of cash, prompting several local prosecutors to file suits against the banks, seeking to reopen the branches.”The main complaint in those cities comes from merchants. People don’t have cash to buy stuff, so it affects the local economy,” said Glauber Tatagiba, state prosecutor in Minas Gerais, who has filed suits against lenders.The southeastern Brazilian town of Minduri, for example, lost its sole branch, run by Banco do Brasil, in July, forcing its 4,000 residents to travel 22 kilometers (14 miles) to São Vicente de Minas to withdraw funds.Months later, thieves blasted the ATM in São Vicente de Minas, so customers had to head 33 km in the other direction to the nearest bank in Cruzilia, whose own branch had only recently reopened after an explosion.”It is tough situation especially for pensioners, who have to travel to withdraw money as few merchants take cards here,” said Minduri municipal administrator Lucas Magalhães.ARMORED CARS AND RIFLESWhat sets Brazil apart from other regions where ATMs are targeted, including parts of Europe and Africa, are the frequency of attacks, according to security experts, along with Brazilians’ explosive of choice.In other parts of the world, explosive gas is usually used to blow up ATMs. But Brazil’s gangs have shown a taste for dynamite, usually stolen from mines and construction sites.One dynamite stick strategically placed in a cash machine can send thousands of bank bills flying within seconds, ready to be bagged by waiting accomplices. Preparation, however, takes much longer, as the thieves carefully put together gangs of at least 10 people, each with their own skill set.Gangs are equipped with high-powered military gear, often including tactical bulletproof vests, gloves, balaclavas, armored cars and .50 caliber rifles, said Pedro Ivo dos Santos, who heads the anti-bank robbery task force in São Paulo.Even if the thieves’ equipment is second-hand or stolen, he added in an interview, the price tag for such an arsenal would run around 400,000 reais. Many police departments don’t have the resources to compete.Once a gang targets an ATM, they assign specific jobs to perform during what typically amounts to a four-minute robbery. Some scatter metal road spikes to pierce the tires of police cars, for instance, while others specialize in opening the cash machines and inserting dynamite.”ATM bombing is just the tip of the iceberg. Thieves usually start by robbing banks and later on use the proceeds to finance drug trafficking, in a move they see as career development,” said commissioner Santos.($1 = 3.8670 reais)
To celebrate the International Mother’s Day, Cordlife in collaboration with Delhi Gynecologists Forum (DGF), organized a unique fashion show tilted ‘Saheli-DGF Gorgeous Moms 2018’. The event was held at Mavalankar hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi.In the first round of the show, about 150 pregnant ladies walked on the ramp, led by their 60 odd gynecologists, in the presence of a select gathering of 500 audiences.This was followed by the selection of the finalists by the jury members. Gynecologists Pooja Jian, Nimmi Rastogi, Ila Gupta and their pregnant patients Nidhika Khatri, Daisy, Mehzabeen Hussain, Jasmeet Kaur, Khushbu Sethi and Bhawna Dua were selected as the finalist, and they came on the ramp towards the end of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA musical evening, held after the healthy competition, saw singer Shibani Kashyap enthralling the audience by her sweet voice. Speaking of the event, Barun Das, CEO, Mydia100, said, “Delhi Gynaecologist Forum and Saheli have come together to celebrate International Mother’s day in a most unique way. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for all mothers, and this event is an effort from our side to help this moms-to-be to make this time even more delightful and memorable.”
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Tags: Tanzania << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TANZANIA — There’s never a shortage of videos of dumb people in the wild, and the latest one is certainly no exception.A couple on safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park were seen on camera trying to pet a lion through the window of their vehicle. The video, which has been viewed over 26,000 times, clearly shows a female arm reach out of the window in an attempt to pet the wild animal, which had been resting right below them.At first the lion paid no heed, but after a few seconds it bared its teeth at the passengers and roared. The male passenger in the vehicle quickly closed the window in response.Wildlife Sightings, who published the video, said that trying to touch a lion is “incredibly stupid and ignorant of the tourist that filmed the sighting.” According to The Sun, which had interviewed a South African safari ranger, the lion had the power to tear off a person’s arm or even pull the couple out of the window and kill them.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?This is just the latest incident involving tourists acting foolishly in the wild. Last month, a French couple and their young child were caught on camera trying to escape a pack of hungry cheetahs after they exited their car to snap pictures of the animals while at Safari Park Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands.The family got out of their vehicle on two separate occasions to take photographs. The first time, the cheetahs ignored them entirely. But the second time, the cheetahs are seen circling the family, after which the man runs back to the vehicle. The woman is seen picking up the child, trying to stare down an approaching cheetah, and swatting it away as if it’s nothing more than a harmless mosquito.Fortunately, the woman and child made it back to the car just in time.Park manager Niels de Wildt confirmed the authenticity of the video to Dutch radio station NOS Radio 1 News, and said, “These people have been incredibly lucky.” Share Tourist tries to pet a wild lion and what happens next comes as no surprise to anyone Travelweek Group