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first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday April 28th, the Town of Wilmington will be holding the Annual Town Elections, a week prior to the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday May 5th. One of those elected contests is for the position of Town Moderator.The primary job of the Town Moderator is to manage the business of the Annual Town Meeting efficiently, fairly and without bias. The individual must be articulate, respectful, and organized, with a thorough understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.Rob Peterson has filled that role admirably for the past three years. He has fulfilled all of the requirements of that position with decorum and an understanding of the process. Whether or not you agree with an expenditure or a specific article on the warrant, Rob will provide an individual the opportunity to express a viewpoint, question the proponent of an article, and moderate courteous and civil discourse as the process requires.I have know Rob personally for about seven years and I can think of very few young professionals or family people who have donated as much time and talent to organizations and causes that help to make Wilmington a better place to live. He has proven himself to be personally and ethically above reproach.Although Town Meeting is open to all registered voters, the reality is that Saturday May 5th is likely to be a busy day for many families. Perhaps it will even be a nice day outside! Please consider those who will be an attendance that day, giving up their time, serving your Community. Please get out to support and elect Rob Peterson for the position of Town Moderator on Election Day, Saturday April 28th, hoping for a fair, respectful and expeditious Town Meeting.Respectfully,Chris NevilleNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Moderator Jim Stewart Endorses Rob PetersonIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Rob Peterson For Town ModeratorIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A slight chance of showers between 10am and noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington Public Schools Band Program holds its Vertical Concert in the WHS Gym at 7pm.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission will take a site visit to the Nassau Avenue Water Storage Tank at 5:30pm.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: LEGO Building at 3:45pm. Pints & Pages at 7pm. Cod, Haddock & Bottom Fishing at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) beginning at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 4 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Winter 2018 ‘Recreation Matters’ newsletter is now available! Head over to the Recreation Department’s website and click the “Recreation Matters” Newsletter button in order to see the complete list of youth and adult programs, trips and tickets that we offer.The Department can be reached via phone at 978-658-4270, via email at or in person in Room 8 at Town Hall.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Recreation’s Fall NewsletterIn “Community”Wilmington Recreation Department Selling Commemorative Bricks & Memorial Benches For Yentile FarmIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”last_img read more

first_img More about 2019 Porsche Macan AWD Yes, you read that correctly. The Macan — Porsche’s compact SUV and the company’s best-selling model — will be an electric-only affair in the not-too-distant future.The next-generation Macan will go into production “early in the next decade,” Porsche confirmed in a statement Tuesday, and will be built at the same facility as the current Macan, in Leipzig, Germany. The Macan will ride on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture being co-developed by Audi, which will underpin a number of EVs across Volkswagen Group brands.Specific details are slim as of now, Porsche only confirming the Macan will have 800-volt charging technology. For reference, Audi says the 800-volt system will allow its upcoming E-Tron GT to achieve an 80-percent charge — good for about 200 miles — in just 20 minutes.Enlarge Image”Green” will soon apply to more than just the Macan’s paint. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Macan EV will arrive on the heels of Porsche’s Taycan hatchback and Taycan Cross Turismo high-riding wagon, formerly known as the Mission E. “By 2022 we will be investing more than 6 billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025, 50 percent of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the board of management for Porsche AG, said in a statement.As of now, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model by a long shot. The company sold 23,504 Macans in 2018, more than doubling the sales of its second-best-selling model, the Cayenne SUV. In fact, last year, the Macan outsold the entire Porsche 911, 718 and Panamera model ranges combined.Whether or not this will be a smart move remains to be seen. The global EV charging infrastructure will no doubt get more robust over the coming years, and by transforming its most popular model into an electric-only offering, Porsche is indeed jumping on that bandwagon something fierce.”Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology,” Blume said, “and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.” Porsche Porsche Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 0center_img More From Roadshow 22 Photos Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2019 Porsche Macan: Why mess with success? 2019 Porsche Macan S: As lovely as ever Electric Cars Luxury cars SUVslast_img read more

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested an alleged smuggler along with 35 gold bars from Putkhali border in Benapole on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The arrestee is Abdul Momin, 35, a resident of Ulashi village in Sharsha upazila.Tariqul Hakim, commanding officer of BGB-21 battalion, said that a team of BGB conducted a raid in the area and arrested Momin along with gold bars worth Tk 140 million.They also seized his motorbike, said the BGB official.A case was filed with Benapole port police station.last_img

first_img Share Twitter User @newsweekPresident Donald Trump dismissed George Papadopoulos as a “liar” and a mere campaign volunteer, but newly unsealed court papers outline the former adviser’s frequent contacts with senior officials and with foreign nationals who promised access to the highest levels of the Russian government.They also hint at more headaches for the White House and former campaign officials. Papadopoulos is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s 2016 White House campaign.Records made public Monday in Papadopoulos’ case list a gaggle of people who were in touch with him during the campaign but only with such identifiers as “Campaign Supervisor,” ”Senior Policy Advisor” and “High-Ranking Campaign Official.” Two of the unnamed campaign officials referenced are in fact former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates. Both were charged with financial crimes in an indictment unsealed Monday.The conversations described in charging documents reflect Papadopoulos’ efforts to arrange meetings between Trump aides and Russian government intermediaries and show how he learned the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”Though the contacts may not by themselves have been illegal, the oblique but telling references to unnamed people — including “Professor” and “Female Russian National” — make clear that Mueller’s team has identified multiple people who had knowledge of back-and-forth outreach efforts between Russians and associates of the Trump election effort.It’s a reality that challenges the administration’s portrait of Papadopoulos as a back-bench operator within the campaign, an argument repeated Tuesday by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who dismissed him as a “volunteer” with a minimal role.In charging the 30-year-old Papadopoulos with lying to the FBI, Mueller’s team is warning of a similar fate for anyone whose statements deviate from the facts.“I think everyone to whom Mueller and his team wanted to send a message heard loud and clear the message,” said Jacob Frenkel, a Washington defense lawyer.The White House had braced over the weekend for an indictment of Manafort and for allegations of financial misconduct that it could dismiss as unrelated to the campaign or administration. Then came the unsealing of Papadopoulos’ guilty plea and an accompanying statement of facts that detailed his efforts to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his cooperation with prosecutors since his arrest at an airport last summer.The extent of the contacts is substantial. During a six-month period ending Aug. 15, Papadopoulos met, telephoned, Skyped or emailed his three foreign contacts or five different Trump campaign officials a total of 29 times. He also traveled twice to London and once to Italy. Another trip to Moscow was canceled.There are clear indications prosecutors used Papadopoulos to gather more information about the campaign as they probe possible criminal activity.He was arrested in July, but the case was not unsealed until Monday, giving prosecutors weeks to debrief him for information and use him to get deeper into the campaign. He was initially arrested on false statements and obstruction of justice allegations, but as part of a plea deal, pleaded guilty only to lying to the FBI, a possible token of leniency in exchange for further cooperation.In court papers, prosecutors have said prematurely making the case public would hurt his ability to be a “proactive cooperator,” which legal experts say could include surreptitious techniques like wearing a microphone to record conversations.“I would infer from that that he was working proactively on behalf of the prosecutors, which would mean going out and obtaining evidence,” said former Justice Department prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg.Though the campaign officials and other people referenced in the complaint are not named, it’s nonetheless possible to ferret out the identities of several.For instance, Joseph Mifsud is the “London professor” who figures prominently in the case, according to a comparison of court papers and emails obtained by The Associated Press. Mifsud confirmed to The Telegraph newspaper that he is the professor mentioned as a would-be link between the Trump campaign and Russia.In court papers, Mifsud is described only as a “London professor” who met repeatedly with Papadopoulos and offered to set up meetings with Russian officials who could provide “thousands of emails” with damaging information about Clinton.The professor is also credited in the document with introducing Papadopoulos to a woman referred to as a “female Russian national” who served as a potential link to the Russian government. Papadopoulos described her incorrectly in emails to Trump campaign officials as Putin’s niece. She has not yet been identified publicly.Mifsud, a vocal Putin backer, told the newspaper the FBI case lacks credibility and that he did not tell anyone he could produce emails that would weaken the Clinton campaign.Papadopoulos’ place on the Trump campaign was formalized in March when Trump adviser Sam Clovis released the names of eight foreign policy advisers amid public pressure on Trump to disclose his foreign policy team.A lawyer representing Clovis confirmed in a statement that he was the person, identified as the “Campaign Supervisor” in court papers, who brought Papadopoulos onto an advisory committee on national security. In court papers, the unnamed supervisor receives some of Papadopoulos’ email exchanges about his attempts to line up a meeting with the Russians, appearing to encourage the effort at one point by responding “Great work.” He also later encouraged Papadopoulos to travel to Russia on his own.The lawyer’s statement said Clovis opposed any trip to Russia for Trump or his campaign staff but noted that Clovis may not have made his opposition known when “a volunteer made suggestions on a foreign policy matter.”The foreign policy advisory council on which Papadopoulos sat met on a monthly basis throughout the spring and summer for a total of about six times, according to an official involved with the group. Papadopoulos, who was based in London at the time, did not attend all of the meetings, but he did attend a dinner meeting of the advisers in late June at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Trump released a photo of the meeting on social media.Papadopoulos, who had no formal responsibilities, communicated most with Clovis and Manafort, according to an official involved with the group who was unauthorized to disclose internal campaign activities. Papadopoulos angered some on the foreign policy team in early May by urging former British Prime Minister David Cameron to apologize after calling Trump “divisive, stupid and wrong.”___Associated Press writers Steve Peoples in Washington and Greg Katz in London contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgSHUTTERSTOCKDoctors reviewed records of 1,100 patients diagnosed at Parkland and UTSW for the study.A new study seeking detailed information about the ongoing increase in liver cancer in the U.S. found racial and ethnic differences in the outcomes.Studies had already shown the rates of liver cancer among Blacks and Hispanics are nearly double that of Caucasians, and their mortality rates are also higher.However, Dr. Amit Singal of UT Southwestern Medical Center wanted to know more.“But those studies actually don’t have granular data on several factors that you would think would be important,” he said, “like liver function, tumor stage, and access to care.”Singal and other researchers studied records of 1,100 patients diagnosed at Parkland and UT Southwestern Medical Center (mostly male, about a third each white, black and Hispanic). They found racial and ethnic differences in outcomes: Blacks and Hispanics less likely than whites to get early diagnosis and curative treatment, and blacks less likely to survive.Singal says much of this stems from lack of access to screening for the disease. INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTSLack of access to screening: We’re (doctors) trying to do more and more in a shrinking amount of time when we see patients, and sometimes when you take a look at the priority items that you have to take care of during that short visit, this falls off that list as you take care of other things.The other things is, particularly in patients with liver disease, these patients can be sick at times, and so as you take care of those more acute issues, you forget to do the screenings.The Hispanic Paradox: This is the first time this has been shown in liver cancer.  When you take a look at the survival initially, it looks as if Hispanic patients have similar survival to Whites. However, when you account for several other factors, Hispanics actually had significantly better survival.We don’t know exactly why the Hispanic Paradox exists. There are several different theories. Some people think this could be related to different social factors like differences in eating habits, differences because of social support. Others believe this could differences in biological behavior between the race ethnicities. Diagnosis in later stages: Liver cancer is really driven by two different factors: The cancer and then there’s the sick liver in which it occurs. When you look at these different race and ethnicities, it seems like the prognosis is really being driven different factors. In Hispanics, it’s being driven by the liver disease, more so than by the cancer at times. Whereas in Blacks because the liver is healthier, it’s really driven by the cancer burden.Treatment in later stages: It’s important to consider and treat both of those factors. For example, the most common form of liver disease in blacks is underlying hepatitis C. We now have very effective therapies for hepatitis C, and so it’s very important that we are very aggressive in treating that underlying liver disease. For Hispanics, the underlying liver disease is more commonly related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. There are currently no effective therapies. Many companies are doing research to find effective therapies. If we can find something, this may be something that will improve prognosis in the future.Another reason for lack of care for Blacks and Hispanics: I think a lot of this relates to the overlap between race ethnicity and socio-economic status. Racial ethnic minorities tend to have lower socio-economic status which may limit their access to care.What Blacks and Hispanics can do to lower risk of liver cancer:Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965, or those at risk for the disease, should get screened for hepatitis COtherwise, lead a healthy lifestyle: Eat a healthy diet and exercise to prevent fatty liver disease and liver cancer Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBaltimore must become more of a pedestrian city if it is to grow and attract investment, according to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. In pursuit of that aim, Rawlings-Blake recently moved to reduce or eliminate a number of fees on small businesses, that not only exact an economic cost but also stand in the way of business owners making improvements to their facades and sidewalk areas (like installing bike racks) that can attract more foot and bike traffic to the city.“I think if Baltimore is going to be a growing city we have to become a more pedestrian city,” Rawlings-Blake told the {AFRO} during an interview on the fee reduction and her views on developing Baltimore economically.“Cities across the world that are vibrant and thriving aren’t car-centered cities. They are focused on strengthening their neighborhoods, neighborhoods that have multiple modes of transportation options, that are walkable, that encourage cycling. And if we want to fit that model and continue to attract people to move in the city, and, quite frankly, keep people in the city, we have to try to create those amenities that make people want to stay.”Keeping people in the city, as well as attracting new residents, are long-standing challenges for Baltimore. According to the mayor’s comprehensive economic development strategy report, released in 2014, about 200,000 people work in the city but live elsewhere, taking wealth generated within the city outside of its boundaries.The report also notes that many city residents, and particularly African Americans, have not been able to “benefit economically” in the city, and calls for more job training programs as well as a greater commitment to minority- and female-owned businesses.There are also challenges imposed by the federal government, says the mayor, such as the failure of Congress to fund infrastructure projects or EPA mandates that cities must abide by but which are unfunded, imposing costs on already cash-strapped budgets in many places.“Cities across the country, whether in old cities like Baltimore or younger cities, are facing very tough infrastructure challenges, and where I believe that the Congress has a chance to act and to move our country forward by creating jobs that can’t be outsourced, and that would strengthen our communities for years to come, they find ways to do nothing,” said Rawlings-Blake. “And while that happens our cities suffer, and our communities suffer.”Overcoming such challenges involves taking some risks, and the reduction in fees on small businesses is expected to cost the city about $800,000 in revenue in the first year, with the idea being that the increased growth it will help spur will resolve the revenue loss over time.The mayor says she has also overseen the greatest reductions in Baltimore’s property tax in four decades, another measure that bets on its ability to spur growth by stanching the flow of wealth into neighboring jurisdictions who can offer lower property tax rates.“My commitment is to do even more,” said Rawlings-Blake. “We have to put ourselves in a more competitive position with our surrounding jurisdictions. We are not going to get a property tax rate that is equal to the surrounding jurisdictions, but the property tax is only a part of a larger picture, and if we can critically evaluate the fees and other things that we impose, there might be a way to level that playing field and create a more strategic advantage for investment in Baltimore.”Creating that advantage also requires making gains in public safety, efforts the mayor says must run alongside the city’s efforts to attract more residents and businesses.“I know that if I don’t continue to make the city safer – and it’s made a lot of progress – I won’t see the amount of growth that I’d like to see, and whatever growth that we see won’t be sustained,” said Rawlings-Blake. “So, you have to continue to push on the public safety front, and at the same time work to spur development, investment, and create jobs. You have to do that, you have to work to make the city cleaner . . . we have to look for how to deliver potable water in a more efficient, effective way. You have to do all of those things.” ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more