Brighton defender Dan Burn values his time with Darlingtonby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Dan Burn values his time with non-league Darlington.The centre-half spent two years at the club as a 17-year-old playing in non-league for Darlington and he talked about what it did for his career.He said: “The people at Darlington were huge for me in terms of what they did for my career at the time.“The youth team manager, Craig Liddle, is someone that really stands out, and I still speak to him today.“He gave me the belief that I could play football properly full time, and not fall out of the game. I am very thankful to someone like that, because having that sort of belief can change your life.“He developed me loads, as I arrived at the club as an average footballer and he pushed me on to be better and reach the next level.“I also have to be thankful to Mark Cooper, who was the first-team manager at the time, as he gave me a good run in the team.“That was a brave decision by him considering my ability and age at the time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 25: Running back Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs watches the scoreboard during the game against the San Diego Chargers on October 25, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Penn State is struggling against Michigan on Saturday, and fans are starting to get frustrated with how the team has performed in big games this season. One such fan is former Nittany Lion running back Larry Johnson.Johnson, who starred at Penn State from 1999-2002 and later had a great NFL career, took to Twitter with some interesting thoughts on the team’s coaching staff. It looks like he wants to see changes.Specifically, Johnson wants to see some position coaches fired. He isn’t saying which ones – but he is saying that he’s seeing the same issues each of the past three years.Here’s what Johnson, whose father was once a position coach at Penn State, had to say:? Amateur hour!— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) November 3, 2018To be honest. These are the games that show you what position coach needs to be fired.— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) November 3, 2018No. Just the ones getting exposed for the 3rd year straight.— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) November 3, 2018To be clear, it doesn’t look like Johnson is advocating that James Franklin is the issue. He thinks some tweaks need to be made to the staff.Johnson, after a stellar senior season at Penn State, wound up going No. 27 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. He played for the Chiefs for seven seniors – two of which were all-timers. He later played for the Bengals, Redskins and Dolphins as well.
zoom Liquids and bulk terminaling company Zenith Energy has completed the acquisition of a liquids storage and handling facility located in the international port of Amsterdam from BP plc.Zenith said that it plans to invest approximately USD 100 million in the Amsterdam terminal, with the goal to fully utilize its capacity for products and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage.“This transaction is a significant step forward for Zenith and places us at the center of a key geographic region for the energy industry,” Jeff Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith, said.The Amsterdam terminal, located on the North Sea Canal in the Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp (ARA) region, has a storage capacity of more than six million barrels for gasoline, ethanol, middle distillates, biodiesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas with capabilities for sophisticated blending.
Bengaluru: Some outlets of the popular Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) chain in central Bengaluru remained shut on Wednesday as a mark of respect to its founder-chairman V.G. Siddhartha, who died under mysterious circumstances, a company source said. “Retail outlets in the city centre, including our main coffee ‘the square’ opposite the famous Cubbon Park are closed for the day as a homage to our founder-chairman along with our main office above the cafe,” a CCD source clarified to IANS here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ While in Mumbai, company officials confirmed that all 50 Cafe Coffee Day outlets were functioning as normal. And they said the outlets will remain open during their regular hours till 11 p.m. Earlier in the day, the source had told IANS that all the CCD outlets across the country would remain shut as a mark of respect to Siddhartha. “CCD offices, including that of Coffee Global Enterprises and the Amalgamated Bean Coffee (ABC), have also been shut across the country,” the source said on the condition of anonymity. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “A holiday has also been declared for the workers and employees of all coffee estates in the three coffee districts of Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Kodugu in the southern state due to the sudden death of coffee king Siddhartha,” added the source. In Kerala there are 25 outlets — six in Thiruvananthapuram, 14 in Kochi, and five in Kozhikode. We have been asked to go on with the business and hence we abided by that,” said the CCD staff, who did not wish to be identified. Abey Tellas, a professor at a leading college sipping his coffee at a outlet in Thiruvananthapuram, told IANS: “I was a bit surprised to see this outlet open. When I entered, it was business as usual. I thought about the founder of CCD, that it’s a bit sad, he is no more.” Meanwhile, the board of Coffee Day Enterprises appointed S.V. Ranganath as its interim chairman, after the police in Mangaluru earlier recovered the body of its founding Chairman V.G. Siddhartha almost 36 hours after he went missing. The board also decided to appoint Nitin Bagmane as the interim Chief Operating Officer (COO), a company statement said.
OTTAWA – Federal health officials say some farm-raised Pacific oysters are being recalled due to a marine biotoxin which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the oysters were produced by two firms in Richmond, B.C. — Albion Farms and Fisheries Ltd. and Union Bay Seafood Ltd.The Albion Farms oysters were sold from Oct. 9 to Oct. 16 and the Union Bay oysters were sold from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16.The CFIA says the products were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec but may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.Paralytic shellfish toxins are a group of natural toxins that sometimes accumulate in shellfish. Symptoms includes tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe situations, this can lead to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death.The CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses linked to eating these oysters.The recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where purchased.The CFIA says it is verifying that industry is removing the recalled product from the marketplace. Additional details are available on the CFIA website.
Brandi Morin APTN National NewsA trapper from northern Alberta is in a fight with Parks Canada after his hunting cabin was removed from Wood Buffalo National Park.Parks Canada said regulations didn’t allow for hunting cabins in the area.He’s now requesting the backing of treaty members from across Canada.
Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,807.17, up 64.97 pointsDow — 22,871.72, up 30.71 pointsS&P 500– 2,553.17, up 2.24 pointsNasdaq — 6,605.80, up 14.29 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 80.08 cents US, down 0.10 of a centPound — C$1.6606, up 1.35 centsEuro — C$1.4780, up 0.10 of a centEuro — US$1.1836, down 0.07 of a centOil futures:US$51.45, up 85 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,304.60 per oz., up $8.10(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $22.376 oz.; $719.39 kg.)
The thirteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) reached agreement early Saturday morning on a slate of policy measures aimed at speeding up implementation of water, sanitation and human settlements goals, ending its high-level segment and first-ever policy session, and opened its next one, which will focus on energy.Under the terms of the outcome document, which will be submitted to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for review at its annual session in July, the Commission emphasized the need for a substantial increase in resources from all sources if developing countries were to achieve the internationally agreed development targets.The text recognizes that governments have the primary role in promoting improved access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and adequate shelter, through improved governance at all levels and appropriate enabling environments and regulatory frameworks, with the active involvement of all stakeholders.At the same time, efforts by governments to achieve the agreed goals and targets should be supported by the international community through a conducive international policy environment, including good global governance; a universal, rule-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system; mobilization and transfer of financial resources; debt relief, including debt cancellation, where appropriate; public-public and public-private partnerships; technical cooperation and capacity-building; and technology transfers.The Commission’s first policy session following the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) refocused international attention on the UN Millennium Declaration, which contains two development targets that relate directly to water and human settlements – namely to halve by 2015 the proportion of people unable to reach or afford safe drinking water, and, by 2020, to have significantly improved the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
WASHINGTON – White House officials made a new offer to conservative House Republicans late Monday on the GOP’s failed health care bill, hoping to resuscitate a measure that crashed spectacularly less than two weeks ago.Vice-President Mike Pence and two top White House officials made the offer in a closed-door meeting with members of the House Freedom Caucus, according to a participant. Opposition from the hard-line group, which has around three dozen conservative Republicans, contributed to circumstances that forced House Speaker Paul Ryan to withdraw the bill from a March 24 vote that would have produced a certain defeat.Under the White House offer, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from several coverage requirements that President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law imposed on insurers.These include an Affordable Care Act provision prohibiting insurance companies from declining to write policies for people with serious diseases. Conservatives have argued that such requirements have the effect of inflating insurance costs.Freedom Caucus members said they wanted to see the White House offer in writing — which is expected Tuesday — before deciding whether to accept it.Also at Monday’s meeting were White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and budget director Mick Mulvaney. The participant spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private strategy session.Another participant — Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. — said the group would make no decisions until it reviews the language but called the session a “good meeting” in a text message.But Meadows also said, “There is no deal in principle” at this time.It was unclear whether GOP moderates would accept the proposed changes. When Ryan, R-Wis., pulled the legislation from the House last month, he also faced opposition from moderate GOP lawmakers upset that it went too far with cuts in Medicaid coverage for the poor and higher premiums for many low earners and people in their 50s and 60s.Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the moderate House Tuesday Group, was among moderate lawmakers who met with officials at the White House on Monday, a GOP aide said.The Freedom Caucus has drawn the most wrath from the White House for its opposition to the bill. Some fellow House Republicans have also criticized members of the conservative group, accusing them of inflexibility that led to the downfall of the bill to replace “Obamacare,” a top GOP legislative priority.Six days after the House bill crashed, Trump tweeted that the Freedom Caucus “will hurt the entire Republican agenda” if they don’t start co-operating. He added, “We must fight them” in 2018, a reference to their re-election campaigns.Several caucus members, who tend to represent safely Republican districts, tweeted back defiantly. But some have stressed a desire to move the legislation along if provisions are added that they believe would contain insurance costs. by Alan Fram, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 11:28 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email White House officials offer change to health care bill
Brock University students looking to head south during Reading Week have an opportunity to help others while escaping Niagara’s chilly temperatures.Each February, the University’s Alternative Reading Week program sends a group of students to assist with a Habitat for Humanity building project in Sumter, S.C. With this year’s trip just around the corner, there are still spaces left.“We want to make sure students are aware that the opportunity to participate this year still exists,” said Kristen Smith, Brock’s Manager of Community Outreach Programs.The trip costs $850 and includes all accommodation, transportation and meals for the week away.For Smith, the ability to help out those in need during the weeklong break is something that sets the trip apart from a more traditional Reading Week experience.“Each year, our students make valuable connections with members of the Sumter community and return with new perspectives as well as a greater awareness of how to build community going forward,” she said. “They learn so much in a week and form friendships based on completing a common goal.”In addition to the Sumter trip, there is also an Alternative Reading Week trip heading to Peru that has already sold out. Opportunities also exist to contribute locally over reading week, and information will be posted on ExperienceBU.The South Carolina trip will depart Saturday, Feb. 17 and return Sunday, Feb. 25.Those interested in learning more should visit ExperienceBU or contact Kristen at x3845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Heiner Brandt will leave with head up, as his Germany beat Austria in Innsbruck, and with this they have qualified for the Euro 2012. Innsbruck was ready for the greatest surprise ever, but Gensheimer, Kraas and brilliant Heinevetter made sure that it won’t happen, and Germany will now pack their luggage to Serbia. The second qualifier, will be known after the game Iceland-Austria in few days.Apart from them, Denmark and Russia both won, and both are going to the European Championship. Norway is through as they beat Netherlands, while the Czech will have to wait until the next game at home against Netherlands when they need a draw at least. Sweden trashed Montenegro 38:29 and booked their ticket for Serbia. In group 3, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia all have chances to qualify, and the last round will decide which teams will go, although the Polish are the nearest to go. In the group 1, Estonia failed to capitalize on great two wins against Bosnia and beat Macedonia and be sure to go, as the Macedonians proved their quality, and won comfortably with 31:25, and only a draw in Skopje will be enough for them to be qualified, also Estonia plays at home against the best team in the group Hungary, so it will be hard to see a surprise here. ← Previous Story “Last train for Germany” – EHF EURO 2012 qualification decisions Next Story → Tatran Presov appointed a new coach and left back
Showbiz, Baby!Saturday sees Leinster pitted against Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect Pro12 final at the RDS. Check out the official build-up video to the game: Source: RaboDirect PRO12/YouTubeThey told me it’d be alright eventually and it’s worked out.” NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Wexford hurler Jack Guiney at the Rock of Cashel for the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling championship launch. Source: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILEHomeWestmeath minor footballer Israel Ilunga has talked openly about his childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo and dealing with racism in Gaelic football.Munster announce that number eight James Coughlan will leave the province this summer. The 33-year-old has been linked with French Pro D2 side Pau.10-year-old Irish footballer Ciaran Duffy was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to star in the new World Cup ad for McDonald’s.The Irish team trained at Malahide this afternoon with Martin O’Neill saying the upcoming games with Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal “couldn’t be more difficult”.AwayTottenham have named Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. The 42-year-old joins Spurs on a five-year deal from Southampton. Argentina will be without several of their best-known players for next month’s two-Test series against Ireland after head coach Daniel Hourcade names his squad today.Former Cork footballer Ciaran Sheehan has been praised by his coach for the progress made at Australian Rules club Carlton.Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has added to speculation about future by saying he would be “honoured” to play for French champions Paris Saint-Germain.Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana claimed victory and the race leader’s jersey in the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia.The best thing we sharedHere’s a trailer for Eric Cantona’s new documentary ‘Looking For Rio’ about the World Cup, football and politics in Brazil. Source: Amnesty International UK/YouTubeWhere we were today Murray Kinsella spent the afternoon in Belfield as Leinster held a press briefing at their HQ in UCD. Source: Clive O’Donohoe/INPHOOn the recordIf Dundalk are going to win the league, they are going to have to do it that hard way. They are top of the table in May and history doesn’t tend to be kind to table-toppers at this stage of the season.TheScore’s SSE Airtricity League columnist Stuey Byrne looks at the Premier Division’s in-form side Dundalk. Read his latest thoughts here.The fixture listHere’s what’s coming up tomorrow:Bord Gais Energy Leinster U21HC quarter-final: Dublin v Laois, Parnell Park, 7.30pm.The French Open: Men’s Singles – Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Women’s Singles – Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova.
Apple may have grabbed the headlines this morning, but the day still belongs to Intel. The Thunderbolt technology that Apple is using in the new MacBook Pros was built in collaboration with Intel and, as we pointed out, is based on Intel’s Light Peak. It turns out that Light Peak was the code name, but Thunderbolt is what we’ll be calling the technology from now on.In a release this morning Intel said their piece about Thunderbolt. It turns out that all the vital facts were also mentioned in Apple’s release–it’s a bi-directional 10Gbps connection, it works with PCI Express for data and DisplayPort for displays, and it’s really, really fast. We’ll learn more technical details later on, but we already know that it can act in place of USB, FireWire, DisplayPort, VGA, and ethernet connections.From what we’ve heard, there is no light in Light Peak yet. The technology still uses copper to work with the logic board, but that the potential to move forward from it’s current state.The full release is here.
‘Joker’ Gets Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at World PremiereReview: ‘DC Universe Online’ Soars on Nintendo Switch It’s Women’s History Month, and we here at Geek want to celebrate that by highlighting some of the most important Women in geek history. Today I’d like to highlight a world-renowned Tarot expert, author, and comics writer, Rachel Pollack.Photograph by Rubi RoseWhile a large body of her prose writing is nonfiction work regarding Tarot, Pollack has written multiple award-winning fiction novels with a focus on urban fantasy/magical realism. Her novel Unquenchable Fire won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1989 and the follow-up, Temporary Agency, was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1994. In the world of comics, she broke new ground in the mainstream with her run on Doom Patrol.Following on the heels of Grant Morrison’s celebrated run, Pollack took over as it moved from the DC mainline to the new Vertigo imprint in March ’93. Richard Case stayed on as illustrator for the first arch and soon changed hands with Linda Medley. And eventually Ted McKeever with occasional fill-ins from artists like Scott Eaton. Rachel along with Nancy Collins were the first women to write under the Vertigo imprint. Rachel was also the first trans woman to write a comic at any of the major comic publishers in the U.S. Shortly into her run, she created the character Kate Godwin (named after trans activists Kate Bornstein and Chelsea Goodwin) aka Coagula, the first openly trans superhero who first appeared in Doom Patrol #70 with the power to coagulate liquids and dissolve solids at will. Coagula was groundbreaking in her portrayal as a proud and powerful trans woman who openly adorned a pin stating, ‘Put A Transsexual Lesbian On The Supreme Court,’ as she discussed how the Justice League was transphobic. Later in the issue, she would go on to single-handedly defeat the villainous Codpiece, a pathetic cishet white man who perfectly personified toxic masculinity.Coagula would be an integral part of the team throughout Rachel’s run. She even perfectly explained to Robotman how gender identity works. After all, he is a brain in a robot that identifies as male. Rachel’s tenure on Doom Patrol would last until it’s cancellation with issue #87 when her editor Lou Stathis had passed away, a proud champion of Rachel Pollack’s work, and Axel Alonso took over. Coagula would appear one more time in Doom Patrol #9 by Jon Arcudi and Tan Eng Huat so she could be killed off-panel in a flashback. Beyond Doom Patrol, Rachel had worked at Vertigo on Brother Power The Geek and Tomahawk one-shots, a creator-owned series Time Breakers with Chris Weston for the Helix imprint, and New Gods at DC Comics proper making her the only out trans person to ever write for the main line at DC to date.As I’m writing this, none of her groundbreaking comics work at DC Comics has ever been collected in trades. However, everything with the exception of Time Breakers is available on Comixology. A collected edition of the first half of her Doom Patrol run was announced last year but was abruptly canceled with no explanation. Recently she has been working to get back into comics an wrote a short story in the Mine! anthology and the foreword for We’re Still Here to be released this year.Pollack is an important and groundbreaking figure in (women’s) comic history and is often looked over largely because people just don’t know about her work. Comic fans should definitely head to Comixology and to pick up her groundbreaking work. In particular, Doom Patrol #70. Maybe if we can show that there is interest and DC may just uncancel the print plans for that first trade. There is currently a Doom Patrol comic by Gerard Way through his curated Young Animal imprint. He’s a big fan of Pollack and a fan of Coagula, so it’s possible that we may see Coagula once again.In the world of comics, so many first appearances are key issues that become hot tickets. I really want to see the day where the first trans woman to write a mainstream comic with the first trans superhero becomes a collector’s item. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Pinterest WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Facebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Last night’s 10/22 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.20 million viewers. This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.09 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions
Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte While initial details were not available immediately, PWInsider is reporting that WWE has won a major concussion-related lawsuit brought against the company by former talent.The 39-page ruling was issued by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant of the United States District Court of Connecticut on Monday, dismissing all lawsuits against WWE.The lawsuits were first filed back in January of 2015, alleging a lack of protection when it came to former talents health, concussions, CTE and other head trauma injuries.Back in 2016, then ESPN employee and former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman spoke out against the lawsuit against WWE by an estimated 50 former performers. Coachman predicted the lawsuit would “go away” and ended up being correct. Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Facebook
WILMINGTON, MA — Incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, and challengers Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Dan Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan, are running for TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Greg BendelDo I believe Wilmington is headed in the right direction? Yes, I do. Wilmington is a great place to live and we are fortunate to be able to offer something for everyone who lives here. Like many communities we do have challenges that we face. But, I believe that with the combination of a good Town Administration, countless volunteers and residents who are engaged in local government, we are prepared to face these challenges head on. First and for most Wilmington is a safe place for us to live thanks to the brave men and woman of our police and fire departments who work tirelessly day and night to keep us safe.For years Wilmington has taken a very fiscally conservative approach to budgeting which has resulted in a consistently strong bond rating, a healthy reserve in our rainy day accounts and we continue to be a great position when it comes to borrowing. Unlike most of the surrounding towns we have been able to offer many services to residents without additional fees such as free all day kindergarten, no fees for trash and recycling, no school transportation fees, no athletic user fees, top notch veteran, DPW and senior services in addition to a strong public school system.The current challenges we face are clear and I believe we have a plan to confront each one going forward. There are many areas in which we can improve on, and by working together and continuing to take proactive approaches to challenges, I’m confidant that we will keep moving forward successfully.Selectman Greg BendelKevin CairaYes, I believe the Town is headed in the right direction. I believe that everyone can agree that Wilmington is a great community in which to live and raise a family. The reason for this, in large measure, is that residents have readily volunteered their time and resources for the betterment of our community. We have been able to provide a wide range of quality programs and services without the imposition of burdensome fees. The Town continues to receive high marks both for its affordability and fiscal responsibility. The Town’s bond rating remains at its highest level, our tax rate is comparable and in some cases, lower than similar communities, and we have built a substantial operational and capital reserve to enable the Town to meet future needs without having to rely on prop 2 ½ overrides. Additionally, we have a low debt burden and we are among a small number of communities addressing long term liability issues such as employee retirement and other post employee benefits (OPEB).The town continues to improve on its provision of services in every facet of government including public safety, education and public works. We have been recognized on numerous occasions for the quality services provided by our library, veterans’ services, recreation, building maintenance and elderly services departments. An examination of the new fiscal year budget testifies to the Town’s solid financial footing and supports an expansion of important municipal services.Like all communities, the Town has many issues to deal with, but unlike many communities, the Town is well prepared to tackle these issues and to do so in the best interests of all Wilmington residents.Selectman Kevin CairaRob FasuloWilmington is a great community, if I did not believe that I would not have remained here my entire life nor would I have decided to raise three kids here. While the community is great our local government has issues that need to be addressed. Over the past year and a half we watched while the town was adamant on putting a detox in the middle of a neighborhood, only feet from a school bus stop and residential neighborhood that they were willing to violate Public Records laws to keep residents from seeing the true process that was taken. We have an $83 million dollar high school that was built with less capacity than its predecessor, our elementary school buildings are so out of date that they cannot put air conditioning units into classroom windows for our children. The town’s OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) account is more than $112 million in the red and the unfunded pension liability is approximately $78 million.Are we on the “right track”? These are real dollars that all of us homeowners are going to have to pay at one point or another. Eventually these bills will come due and how is the town going to pay them? With that said, developers are pocket zoning large parcels of land and the town hall knows this. Town officials are also negotiating with the developers on other projects outside of the public eye as we speak. 50 units off Butters Row (confirmed), 77 units (unconfirmed number) at Walpole Woodworkers, 57 units at the intersection of Woburn and Rte. 129 (confirmed). We won’t get into the rumored complexes on Rte. 62 in North Wilmington, Or the bus parking area on Rte. 129 or next to Burger King, or even Phase 3 of the hockey rink that I brought up at a previous selectmen’s meeting. So with all the current debt, after what’s already approved is built, we may now need to somehow make the high school larger, hire more school staff, police officers, fire personnel and apparatus, public works’ staff, and address the other school building needs. I also should mention the dwindling amount of “open space” left in town. When the undeveloped land the town has is gone, it’s gone forever leaving the future needs of the town to be filled by real eminent domain land takings.In the end when all of this is done, our taxes will be so high that they will exclude the possibility of many of our seniors remaining in town and our kids that would like to start their family here will be priced out of the possibility. The direction the town is in it’s growing too fast. When businesses grow too fast they typically fail, Wilmington will be no different and many of our residents that are here now, will not be able to remain. If we care about our seniors staying in town, or our children having the opportunity to remain here with their families we need to act now. Our town government should be advocating sustainable growth and not uncontrolled growth. It also should be working for the residents, not against.Rob FasuloMark MaselliAs a concerned member as this community, I would say no. There are too many empty retail lots and storefronts. Our population is growing fast, and I believe that the town may become overpopulated quickly and we will not be prepared for the consequences of that growth in the near future. There are not enough illuminated parks for the kids to play in after dusk and our youth programs are suffering a great loss in participation. The overall political moral of this town is down. Over the past few elections, voter turnout has been consistently low. We need to come together as a town to make decisions that will benefit all generations currently living here as well as future residents.Mark MaselliSuzanne SullivanI do not believe the Town is heading in the right direction. I think we lack vision and the amount of vacant commercial and industrial spaces is a reflection of that. The town hired a consultant, the Main St. Market Study, which advised that we create walkable outdoor spaces to try and draw people to our commercial property and instead the town proposes to have an affordable housing by-law that will actually eliminate open spaces on commercial mixed use lots opposite to what their own consultant advised. We have bought absolutely NO passive recreation open space since I moved here 30 years ago to preserve some quality of life. Yentiles, as wonderful as it is, is not enough and there is really nothing left. Due to the gentrification of Boston and the surrounding communities Wilmington will feel the crunch of the so called “housing crisis” and our own space will become even more important to the residents but there is no real effort by the Board to provide this benefit to the townspeople. I think we need to do better. I think it is possible to serve ALL the people if we make the commitment and work together toward this common goal. When I read the purpose of the Bylaw I do not see that we are fulfilling that intent.1.2 Purpose: “The purpose of this Bylaw is to implement the zoning powers granted to the Town of Wilmington under the Constitution and Statutes of the Commonwealth and includes, but is not limited to, the following objectives: to lessen congestion in the streets; to conserve health; to secure safety from fire, flood, panic and other dangers; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to encourage housing for persons of all income levels; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, supply, drainage, sewage disposal, schools, parks, open space and other public requirements; to conserve the value of land and buildings, including conservation of natural resources and the prevention of blight and pollution of the environment; to encourage the most appropriate use of all land and water resources throughout the Town including consideration of the recommendations of any special studies and master plans for the Town; to preserve and increase amenities; and to preserve and enhance the development of the natural, scenic and aesthetic qualities of the community.”Suzanne SullivanDan MurphyNo response provided.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Bendel & Caira Win Re-Election, O’Mahony Joins The BoardIn “Breaking News”SELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: Bendel, Caira, Fasulo, Maselli & Sullivan Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”VIDEO: Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan Discusses Her Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is BornLady Gaga (@ladygaga/Instagram)Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have reportedly ended their four-year-long relationship. As of now, fans are only speculating the reason behind the split. But if these reports are true and Bradley and Irina are officially not together as a couple, would that mean that Bradley Cooper will start dating Lady Gaga, who by the way, is also single?Earlier today, it was reported that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have decided to part ways for good. As of now, the former couple is deciding how they are going to handle the custody of their two-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine. There is no reason revealed to the fans as to why these two decided to end their committed relationship. But many are speculating who will Bradley Cooper date next? Will it be Lady Gaga?Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper starred in 2018s Academy Award-nominee movie, A Star Is Born. Their onscreen chemistry made several to believe that these two actors have breathed life into the characters. Several critics also appreciated Bradley’s portrayal of Jackson Maine — an alcoholic singer who falls in love with Ally, played by Gaga on the screen.Following the success of A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shared the stage to perform the Academy Award-winning song, “Shallow.” The beautiful night became magical after their intimate performance. At that time, several memes even surfaced online stating that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper should start dating in real life. Lady Gaga, Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre.Getty imagesIt should be noted that even Lady Gaga has parted ways with her fiancé Christian Carino in February. An insider revealed around the same time that there was no long dramatic story between these two.Now that even Bradley Cooper is reportedly single, will he start dating Lady Gaga? Well, hundreds of fans on Twitter are actually hoping that Bradley and Gaga should start dating.Check out a few tweets from the fans below:Breaking news: Bradley Cooper and his long time girlfriend Irina Shayk have broken up. Below is exclusive footage of the moment their relationship ended. pic.twitter.com/gAQRgmmKaK— Luke Diamond (@LukeDiamond19) June 7, 2019Lady Gaga checking Bradley Cooper’s relationship status online and seeing that he’s now single pic.twitter.com/PHQ23Ip5pn— Boston Gay Boy ?️? (@BostonGayBoy) June 7, 2019If Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper don’t get together by the end of this year i’m never listening to shallow ever again— jaimee delorge (@jaimeedelorge) June 7, 2019*Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have split.*Bradley and Lady Gaga shippers waiting to see them together like pic.twitter.com/I9l2nUNKlq— Siobhain (@summer0001) June 7, 2019lady gaga stealing bradley cooper’s heart from Irina Shayk pic.twitter.com/KORNgb9A0N— fan account ??? (@seltained) June 7, 2019Lady Gaga has already made it clear that she is a good friend to Bradley Cooper and there is nothing going on between them. The “Shallow” performance at the Oscars was nothing but a part of an act. It should be noted that Bradley Cooper is not dating Lady Gaga, despite what fans are speculating.
Guests:Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio talking the Packers losing Aaron Rodgers; what’s wrong with Matt Ryan; and why Julio Jones needs to get the ball more.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB is in-studio to discuss if the Packers should get another quarterback; why he would call Colin Kaepernick;Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Packer wide receiver in-studio to discuss the Aaron Rodgers’ injury; why the Packers can still contend for a playoff spot; and why there’s no chance they sign another quarterback.Dean Blandino -Fox Rules Analyst is in-studio to explain why he disagrees with the controversial fumble call in the Jets/Pats game; and theRob Ryan – FS1 NFL analyst is in-studio to talk about Deshaun Watson; why he knew he would be great while he was at Clemson; why he still thinks Belichick can fix the Patriots defense; and he thinks Matt Ryan is an elite quarterback.Aaron Rodgers Is likely done for the year after breaking his collarbone against the Vikings, and some people are trying to convince themselves that at 4-2, they still have a chance to make the playoffs. Colin thinks their season is done because, besides Rodgers, they have an average roster that’s banged up from top to bottom. They just don’t have enough good players to make a run.Some people are throwing out the idea of trying to sign a quarterback, including Tony Romo. to stay in contention, but Green Bay isn’t the kind of organization that would bring in an outsider as a stop gap.Also, Colin’s sources tell him that a Romo return to the NFL is unlikely because he believes if he leaves the booth, Peyton Manning will take his prime spot next to Jim Nantz.It’s not what Packer fans want to hear, but this season is over. The Packers are done without Aaron Rodgers, and forget about signing Tony RomoAaron Rodgers Is likely done for the year after breaking his collarbone against the Vikings, and some people are trying to convince themselves that at 4-2, they still have a chance to make the playoffs. Colin thinks their season is done because, besides Rodgers, they have an average roster that’s banged up from top to bottom. They just don’t have enough good players to make a run.Some people are throwing out the idea of trying to sign a quarterback, including Tony Romo. to stay in contention, but Green Bay isn’t the kind of organization that would bring in an outsider as a stop gap.Also, Colin’s sources tell him that a Romo return to the NFL is unlikely because he believes if he leaves the booth, Peyton Manning will take his prime spot next to Jim Nantz.It’s not what Packer fans want to hear, but this season is done. Matt Ryan is Andy Dalton in a domeColin wasn’t high on the Falcons before the year and thought that Matt Ryan’s MVP type season last year was more of an outlier than an indication of things to come. He took tons of heat for his stance, but six weeks into this season, Ryan only has 6 touchdowns, to go along with 6 interceptions, and has looked average.Ryan’s stats this year are more comparable to Andy Dalton than any of the top quarterbacks, and Ryan has above average weapons around him, including the best wide receiver in the league in Julio Jones. Ryan and the Falcons are good not great. Matt Ryan is Andy Dalton in a domeColin wasn’t high on the Falcons before the year and thought that Matt Ryan’s MVP type season last year was more of an outlier than an indication of things to come. He took tons of heat for his stance, but six weeks into this season, Ryan only has 6 touchdowns, to go along with 6 interceptions, and has looked average.Ryan’s stats this year are more comparable to Andy Dalton than any of the top quarterbacks, and Ryan has above average weapons around him, including the best wide receiver in the league in Julio Jones. Ryan and the Falcons are good not great.Guests:Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio talking the Packers losing Aaron Rodgers; what’s wrong with Matt Ryan; and why Julio Jones needs to get the ball more.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB is in-studio to discuss if the Packers should get another quarterback; why he would call Colin Kaepernick;Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Packer wide receiver in-studio to discuss the Aaron Rodgers’ injury; why the Packers can still contend for a playoff spot; and why there’s no chance they sign another quarterback.Dean Blandino -Fox Rules Analyst is in-studio to explain why he disagrees with the controversial fumble call in the Jets/Pats game; and theRob Ryan – FS1 NFL analyst is in-studio to talk about Deshaun Watson; why he knew he would be great while he was at Clemson; why he still thinks Belichick can fix the Patriots defense; and he thinks Matt Ryan is an elite quarterback.
Every year in December, a makeshift hangar at the NASA Ames Research Center pops up for one night, transforming the austere airfield into a glitzy, paparazzi’d, black velvet-roped Nerd Prom. At the Breakthrough Prizes—where on December 3, a total of $22 million was handed out to pioneers in math, physics, and the life sciences—researchers traded lab coats and latex gloves for floor-length gowns and bow-tied tuxedos. Outside it was all barbed wire and cold steel, but on the red carpet, stars and scientists alike sweated under the bright white lights and flash of cameras.“My lab is going to be totally shocked to see me like this,” said Joanne Chory, a plant geneticist at the Salk Institute in San Diego and the only female awardee at Sunday’s prize ceremony, as she sparkled in a pink sequined shift with matching metal glasses frames. The winners, all 12 of them, had been under strict instructions not to tell any of their colleagues before hopping on planes and flying in for the event. But as the clock struck 4:30pm Pacific Time, and news began to get out, the emails started flooding in. David Spergel, a theoretical physicist at Princeton, was one of five members of the universe-cataloguing WMAP team to win the prize in physics. “There are five of us here being recognized, but 20 more on our team who just found out, they’re absolutely thrilled.”The Nobels may be more prestigious than the Breakthroughs, but they come with a lot less money (about $2 million less, per prize). Alfred Nobel, whose fortune in the dynamite industry financed the namesake prize, hoped it might atone for his explosive contributions to science. But that isn’t the only thing that has embroiled the award in controversy from the very start. His will instructed that each prize could be awarded to only one person, only for discoveries made the preceding year, and oh, yeah, no mathematicians. While the committee tasked with carrying out his dying wishes has relaxed some of the rules over the years, the underlying framework still upholds the absurd notion that scientific advancement arrives on the back of lone geniuses.The Breakthrough Prize was supposed to fix all that—with a spirit of inclusivity, optimism, and shiny Silicon Valley cash. Much of that prize money comes from Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire tech investor who set up and financed the first award before convincing execs at Facebook, Google, 23andMe, and Alibaba to chip in more. (Since 2012, they’ve together awarded more than 70 $3 million prizes to research standouts.) But when the Paradise Papers were made public in early November, they revealed that behind Milner’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars traced back to the Kremlin.The Valley’s other oligarchs—Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, Jack Dorsey—have also come under fire for their platforms’ complicity in spreading Russian misinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign. In October, the tech titans took a bipartisan beating on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress excoriated Facebook, Twitter, and Google for enabling Russian attempts to divide the American electorate and sow doubt in the democratic process.The ensuing tech backlash is hitting hardest in Washington, where talk of regulation and anti-trust lawsuits have ticked up in recent months. In the nation’s capital, the corporate leviathans once seen as beacons of new American enterprise are increasingly portrayed as sinister centers of power, too big to be accountable. These revelations and transformations can’t help but change the perception of the wealth backing the various Breakthroughs. Perhaps anticipating this line of questioning, the event’s tech royalty were noticeably silent this year. Only Dick Costolo, previously of Twitter, braved the media corral, saying only that he was happy to be at an event that “puts scientists front and center.” Brin declined questions, as did Milner, who barely cracked a close-mouthed smile for the cameras. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were no-shows, though Zuck did send in a grey-hoodied video greeting that played during the award ceremony. Cori Bargmann was present, the lone, in-person representative from the couple’s philanthropic organization, CZI. This marked a striking comparison to last year, said one of the male reporters in the pool, who had found Milner an entertaining interview in 2016. “If I had known it was going to be like this, I don’t think I would have come,” he said.With Silicon Valley’s luminaries sticking to the sidelines, it was perhaps Gavin Newsom, California’s Lieutenant Governor, who captured the moment best: “We are celebrating tonight everything that Trump’s Washington is not: facts, science, innovation, entrepreneurialism,” he said “It’s important that we show here in California that we are committed to investing in that.”And at least for the winning scientists, the award has not yet been tainted by the backlash or the current political climate. Chory says she didn’t think twice about accepting. She’s planning to give most of the money to her kids, so that they can pay back student loan debts and buy houses. But at least a sizeable chunk will go toward turning her research into a global reality. Despite her daily battle with Parkinson’s, Chory has spent the last three decades in the lab genetically engineering crop plants like chickpeas and lentils that can pull 20 times the average amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it as a cork-like polymer deep underground.What’s next is scaling up to the planetary level. She’s calculated that converting just 5 percent of the world’s cropland to her plants could get rid of half of global CO2 emissions. But financing field trials and seed production and distribution and farmer outreach is beyond the scope of most basic research funding mechanisms. Which is why she’s hoping the prize money will give her initiative a jump-start to bring in other grants and investors. “I’ll do my best to milk it as best I can,” says Chory, who figures the total cost for launching the project hovers around what Milner paid for his $100 million mansion, located just up the hill from the Ames red carpet. She says she appreciates being recognized, and a reason to go shopping with her family. But while she was happy to attend the evening with her kids, she’s focused on doing something to make the world they’ll inherit a less dangerous place. “I’m trying to do something now for humankind, not just to please by brain or follow a scientific curiosity. I don’t want to leave a crappy planet as my legacy.”Bargmann, who was on this year’s selection committee for the life sciences, said the prize was, to her, as much about the future, as about moments in the past that changed science forever. “We’re honoring people tonight who totally changed a field; it was one way before they came along, and something totally different afterward.”For the chromosome theory of human genetic inheritance, i.e. how you got the genes you got, that was Kim Nasmyth, a biochemist from Oxford who figured out how chromosomes separate during mitosis. He thought about brushing off his old wool tuxedo for the event, but ultimately opted for something newer, and less warm. In his lapel he wore a gold pin with a white cross on a red shield—a gift from the city of Vienna, where he used to work. “It’s the only piece of jewelry I own,” he said. “I thought I might as well wear it.”While he’s thrilled to receive the award, and pay some of the money forward to a foundation that will support the next generation of scientists, he says that recognition should never be the goal of a good researcher. “Ultimately, when you get out of bed in the morning, you just want to know, to understand,” he says. “I think what drives discoveries are the mysteries that can’t be explained.”