Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the pack of players who have sent their favourite blades to Bhandari to make them ‘perfect’ and ‘balanced’.The Indian Premier League (IPL) is slam-bang cricket, and to hit boundaries and sixes batsmen usually make adjustments to their bats, reducing their weight. It means more work for bat makers as players send their willows to them for reducing weights.Ram Bhandari, a seasoned ‘bat doctor’ based in Bangalore, too has got busier after the IPL started on April 8. Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the pack of players who have sent their favourite blades to Bhandari to make them “perfect” and “balanced” – the favourite words of the carpenter. Bhandari, 54, disclosed that Dhoni has asked him to give a makeover to his willow and reduce its weight by up to 60 grams, possibly with an aim to swing it more freely during the IPL.Bhandari said he doesn’t ask reasons for the alterations players want in their bats. “Dhoni sent the bat through Varun Aaron about a week ago. The bat that he has been using lately, is manufactured by Sanspareils Greenlands of Meerut. It weighs 1,250gm and he has asked me to bring its weight down to between 1,190gm and 1,200gm,” Bhandari told MAIL TODAY.”In a T20 tournament like IPL, a lighter and thicker bat helps batsmen play shots effortlessly. After making it perfect and balanced, I will either courier the bat to Dhoni, or he will collect it from me in Bangalore when he comes here on April 22 to play against the Royal Challengers Bangalore,” said the man who has been making bats for 15 years.advertisementCiting the example of Sachin Tendulkar on how players are particular about their willow, Bhandari said: “Whenever the factory sends Dhoni’s [raw] bats to me, they write his name on the toe of the willow so that they don’t get mixed with other bats.”Bhandari ‘made’ bats for K.L. Rahul before he left for Australia where he made his Test debut in January. And on return from Australia, at the conclusion of the World Cup, Suresh Raina despatched his match bat for getting it “balanced” and “comfortable”.”Raina sent his bat through K.L. Rahul. He plays with a bat weighing around 1,170gm-1,180gm. The bat he sent was slightly bottom-heavy and I have fine-tuned it to his liking,” said Bhandari.Among other players whose bats are currently with Bhandari for makeover are K.L. Rahul, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron and R. Vinay Kumar, besides many local players who feature in various leagues in Bangalore.”I make Stuart Binny’s master bat. I turn the willow that comes from the factory into his ‘master bat’. Players call them ‘match bats’ but I call them ‘master bats’,” Bhandari said.”Binny’s new bat that has just arrived from the factory is slightly heavy, weighing about 1,250 gm. I’m now making it light. He plays with a bat that weighs between 1,150 gm and 1,160 gm.” Earlier, Bhandari regularly used to make bats for Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, and he fondly remembers his association with them.”Both Sehwag and Gambhir play with 1,150 gm bats. I used to make them from raw willow that I received from companies. They use slightly heavier bats for practice, and at times, they may weigh even 1,250 gm,” he said.”When they, and also Sachin, would visit Bangalore, they would call me to their hotel rooms to give instructions.”
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Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who made the disclosure at a press conference at Jamaica House on Monday (September 17), said the restriction has become necessary due to the fact that “Jamaica is literally inundated with all types of plastic”. Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials.These include single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who made the disclosure at a press conference at Jamaica House on Monday (September 17), said the restriction has become necessary due to the fact that “Jamaica is literally inundated with all types of plastic”.These items, he said, are improperly disposed of and are causing increasingly harmful effects to human as well as animal life.Mr. Vaz explained that the restriction on single-use bags applies to carriers with dimensions at and below 24 inches by 24 inches (24”x24”), and includes bags commonly referred to locally as ‘scandal bags’ and ‘T-shirt bags’, which are used primarily in the retail and wholesale trade.He noted that the ban will not apply to bags used to maintain public health or food-safety standards, such as those utilised to package raw meats; flour; sugar; rice and baked goods, such as bread.“With regard to single-use shopping bags made of polyethylene, commonly branded by retailers, the manufacturers and importers of such products must apply to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for limited exemptions. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis for continued manufacture and importation, allowable not later than January 1, 2021,” he informed.“Consumers are encouraged to utilise reusable carrier bags, particularly those produced by local enterprises,” he said.Mr. Vaz said the Government will work with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and the Ex-Im Bank to look at assisting local bag-making companies to reconfigure and/or retool in order to manufacture more environmentally safe products.As it relates to the ban on polystyrene, he said that this applies to importation of the product for use as food and beverage containers.“The local manufacture and distribution of polystyrene foam for use as finished goods in the food and beverage industry will be banned as at January 1, 2020,” he said.He indicated that the use of polystyrene for the packaging of food items such as raw meats will be exempt, and producers who utilise such packaging must apply to NEPA for limited exemptions.“The industry is encouraged to manufacture/distribute paper-based and other environmentally friendly alternatives for the domestic market,” Mr. Vaz said.Meanwhile, the Minister said the importation of plastic straws attached to lunch juice boxes and drink pouches will be banned as at January 1, 2021. He said there will be no restriction on wax-lined paper straws or other non-plastic straws.Mr. Vaz said it is recognised that drinking straws made from alternative materials such as paper or bamboo are not always suitable for the medical sector and persons with disabilities, and exemptions will be examined in consultation with key stakeholders.He noted that the guidelines for application for exemptions will be developed by NEPA in consultation with the relevant public-sector agencies.“These guidelines will be posted on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and NEPA websites as well as circulated to the affected private-sector stakeholders,” he indicated.Mr. Vaz informed that the Government has been examining the problem caused by the improper management of single-use plastics at the macro-level for some time now, noting that the matter was brought to the fore by a motion on the subject moved by Government Senator Matthew Samuda in the Upper House.Consequently, a multisectoral working group was establishment by the Cabinet, which was chaired by Dr. Paris Lyew-Ayee Jr. and involved industry players.“Since that time, a lot of work has been done, not only by the working group but also by the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on this issue. The Government has been having positive discussions with key stakeholders, including the JMEA, to arrive at a consensus on the measures to be implemented,” he said. These include single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws. Story Highlights
Sportfishing enthusiasts will have an opportunity to provide their input on ensuring the recreational activity remains healthy and sustainable in Nova Scotia. The first of six Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings begins Nov. 7 in Baddeck. Other meetings will be held in Antigonish, Halifax, Shelburne, Berwick, and Truro. The meetings are intended for anglers, sport fishing organizations, community groups, enforcement officials and researchers to exchange information and provide a forum for discussion on special management areas, fieldwork activities, and promotion and development of the sport fishery. “We know this fishery is an important contributor to the economic and social life of our province,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “That is why we want to hear from those directly involved to ensure it is being managed to conserve, enhance and sustain this popular outdoor activity.” More than 80,000 anglers enjoy sportfishing every year by taking part in free fishing weekends, fishing derbies and tournaments, and the Learn to Fish program for youth. Information on meeting dates can be found at https://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/RFAC_meeting_dates.pdf or by calling 902-485-5056.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, The Trevor Project will present its annual benefit event, “Trevor Live” presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo and directed by celebrated director, producer and choreographer Adam Shankman.This high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment will honor Audi of America with the Trevor 2020 Award and international superstar Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award. “Trevor Live” includes performances and appearances by: Christa B. Allen, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Dot Marie Jones, Ricki Lake, Jane Lynch, Ashley Madekwe, Gabriel Mann, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison, Dermot Mulroney, Connor Paolo, Amy Poehler, Zachary Quinto, Kayla Radomski, Andrew Rannells, Jessica Sanchez, Brittany Snow, Bebe Wood, and many more!“This year’s ‘Trevor Live’ promises to be an incredible event with sponsors, honorees and performers who believe in the mission of The Trevor Project and want every young person to have the future they deserve,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “The corporations that support The Trevor Project and those we honor, like Audi, lead by example to make it easy for LGBT people to live, work and be proud of who they are.”The Trevor 2020 Award recognizes Audi as a progressive organization that supports the LGBTQ community. Audi is a company that celebrates progressive thinking as a key building block to success and leadership and prides itself on partnering with organizations that share this mindset. Through their work with The Trevor Project, Audi has taken pride in supporting an organization dedicated to ensuring that individuals are celebrated for their diversity.“Embracing a progressive attitude is extremely important to Audi, and we believe it is crucial to honor and celebrate all backgrounds that make up the rich fabric of our employees, families, and the communities in which we work and live,” said Michael Patrick, Media and Entertainment Communications with Audi of America. “We are honored to be presented with the Trevor 2020 Award. Like the Trevor Project and those who support it, we at Audi pride ourselves in fostering a forward-thinking culture, which helps make Audi the incredible brand that it is today.”Trevor Live presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo is a signature annual event of The Trevor Project, bringing together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving, life-affirming work for LGBTQ youth in crisis. This high-profile event has honored actors, musicians and comedians including Susan Sarandon, Lady Gaga, Daniel Radcliffe, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris and Vanessa Williams for their support of LGBTQ youth. To purchase tickets to the event, visit TheTrevorProject.org/TrevorLive.The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline and instant messaging services, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.
MONTREAL — Transcontinental Inc. says net earnings last quarter dropped nearly 68 per cent year over year stemming from its US$1.32-billion purchase of packaging firm Coveris Americas in 2018 and the sale of its California newspaper printing business.Profits fell to $22.3 million in Transcontinental’s second quarter, down from $68.9 million during the same period last year.On an adjusted basis, net earnings rose nearly nine per cent to $52.6 million from $48.5 million. Adjusted net earnings per share fell almost five per cent to 60 cents from 63 cents, above analysts’ expectations of 57 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The Montreal-based company’s acquisition of Coveris, a major step in Transcontinental’s transition away from its commercial printing roots and toward packaging, boosted total revenues by $232.7 million or nearly 44 per cent to $767.4 million.Coveris itself added $318.4 million to revenues in the quarter ended April 28, mitigated by deferred revenues of $62.3 million and lost income following the sale of Transcontinental’s California newspaper printing business as well as severed ties with Quebec newspapers.Chief executive Francois Olivier says the printing unit at the 43-year-old company, which last month announced a plant closure in Brampton, Ont., and 125 layoffs by the end of the year, saw moderate results.Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A)The Canadian Press
18 May 2007Concerned that many Fijians have been recruited as mercenaries, experts on the issue today urged the authorities of the Pacific country to ensure that private security companies operate in full accordance with international human rights standards, as they concluded a fact-finding mission for the United Nations. Concerned that many Fijians have been recruited as mercenaries, experts on the issue today urged the authorities of the Pacific country to ensure that private security companies operate in full accordance with international human rights standards, as they concluded a fact-finding mission for the United Nations. In preliminary recommendations, the Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, five independent experts who report to the UN Human Rights Council, urged the Government to maintain transparent registers of private security companies as well as a system of regular inspections, so that security workers, their families and the populations among which they worked were protected. “The Working Group notes that Fiji has an established tradition of well trained, disciplined and highly skilled military and security personnel, who perform security functions in various capacities worldwide,” the group said in its statement, adding that remittances from such personnel formed an important part of the domestic economy. “However, the Working Group notes with concern that in a number of instances the activities carried out by Fijians abroad may qualify as mercenary-related activities,” it continued. The group said it was most worried about companies that work in situations of armed conflict such as Iraq, as well as those that exploit Fijians through excessive working hours, non-payment of salaries, ill-treatment and neglect of basic needs. It was also concerned over limited reintegration services available to Fijians who return to their communities after working in security services abroad, which it said are necessary to prevent domestic violence and the spread of sexually transmittable diseases. To remedy this gap, the group recommended the establishment of a comprehensive system of debriefing and professional counselling. It also recommended that Fiji accede to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, as these instruments would strengthen the protection of Fijians contracted for security work abroad. The Working Group, established by the then UN Commission on Human Rights in 2005, is headed by its Chairperson-Rapporteur, José Luis Gómez del Prado of Spain.
Eight Indian fishermen were arrested in the North while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said today.The Navy said that the coast guard arrested the Indians and seized two boats off the Delft islands today. The fishermen were handed over to the Navy and they were brought ashore to Karainagar. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)
The soldier was identified as a 21 year old resident of Kegalle.Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) A soldier was stabbed to death inside a guard post at the Ambepussa Army Camp while he was on duty today.The soldier was on duty at the post when he was killed.
The draft code, published last month, says the process for setting pay must be transparent.Pay for university chiefs has risen significantly in recent years, and in 2015/16 the typical salary of a UK vice-chancellor was 6.4 times that of the average university worker, according to a government consultation published in October.Average pay last year including pensions and benefits was more than £280,000.Under new proposals, universities will have to publish the pay of anyone earning more than £100,000 and give an explanation if someone is earning in excess of £150,000, equivalent to the Prime Minister’s salary. University bosses attend the committees which set their own pay in 95 per cent of cases, new figures show. Nearly half of vice-chancellors are members of their university’s remuneration bodies, according to data collected by the University and College Union (UCU), and another 47 per cent are able to attend meetings.The data, obtained through freedom of information requests, comes amid growing concerns over spiralling salary hikes for university chiefs, with several high-profile figures, including ministers, calling for restraint.Of the 143 institutions that provided responses, around 47 per cent (67 universities) said their vice-chancellor is a member of the university’s remuneration committee.Of those that said their leader was not a member of the pay committee, just seven said the vice-chancellor was not allowed to attend committee meetings, and one university said it did not have a remuneration committee.In some universities a vice-chancellor excuses themselves from the committee if they are a member, or from the meeting they are attending when their own pay is discussed and set.UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “For too long universities have got away with painting remuneration committees as independent bodies to deflect attention over senior pay.”The time has come for proper transparency of senior pay and perks in our universities and that starts with full disclosure of the shadowy remuneration committee.”A spokesman for vice-chancellors group Universities UK said: “It is right to expect that the process for determining senior university staff pay is rigorous and transparent.”The Committee of University Chair’s (CUC) new remuneration code, currently being consulted upon, will provide important guidance for university remuneration committees to ensure senior pay decisions are fair, accountable and justified, while recognising that competitive pay is necessary to attract first rate leaders.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS is in Strasbourg today where he will address the European Parliament as part of Ireland’s six month Presidency of the European Union.His 11am address, entitled “Towards a European Union of the Citizens”, will be followed by a joint press conference with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.Later today, President Higgins will meet with Irish Erasmus students, Irish members of the European Parliament and Irish officials working in the EU and Council of Europe institutions, and will conclude his visit with a guided tour of Strasbourg Cathedral.The President will be accompanied by his wife, Sabina, and Minister of European Affairs Lucinda Creighton.Creighton is also due to participate in a number of debates today, which look to address the current situation in both Hungary and Cyprus, and is also due to speak in the debate on multi-annual fisheries management plans.Read: President, Taoiseach and Tánaiste extend sympathies to Boston >
One of the more curious announcements alongside the PlayStation 4 during their press conference was Blizzard taking the stage to announce Diablo 3 coming to the console. The only things stranger than this announcement is the discovery that the PS4 version of the game won’t interact with the PC version at all.By the time Sony has released the PS4 to market, Diablo 3 will be around 18 months old. Anyone still playing the game will be bringing their third or even fourth character to level 60, ready to take on the seemingly immeasurable depths of the Paragon system with a fully loaded badass. There’s two things that would cause a Diablo 3 user to become interested in the PlayStation 4 version of the game: those who want to play their existing characters while on the couch and those excited for the long awaited PvP system.Unfortunately, PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo 3 will not use Battle.net, rather it will use the PlayStation Network instead. This means that your account on Battle.net will have no communication with the PS4 version of the game. You won’t be able to migrate characters, despite the in-game content being 100% identical. It’s unclear how this will affect things like the Auction House, but it seems pretty clear at this point that those things will be separate as well.Diablo 3 will be completely optimized for the console, and will focus on a controller input. Much in the same way that there’s currently no plans to integrate controllers in the PC version of the game, there’s no plans to allow for mouse and keyboard input on the PS4 version.This may seem obvious to some, since cross platform play isn’t exactly the most common thing in the world right now anyway. When you take a look at what is happening with the PS4, a console built on the AMD x86 platform, the code differences between these two version of the game would be minimal compared to a PS3 or Xbox 360 port. Diablo 3‘s minimal control layout is just about console ready out of the box, and the one big feature that Blizzard has been hanging onto until it was “just right” — PvP combat — would be a perfect reason to release a PS4 version of this game. Otherwise this just feels like a lazy port of what will then be an 18 month old game, barely worthy of a “next generation” console.
By Aaron Gallagher Short URL 33,175 Views LEGENDARY LIVERPOOL STRIKER Ian Rush said seeing injured Liverpool fan Seán Cox’s thank you message ahead of tomorrow’s fundraiser game at the Aviva Stadium made him very emotional.Mr Cox has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin since suffering serious brain injuries after being attacked before Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Roma last April. Jack and Martina Cox with Jason McAteer and Ian Rush to launch the Seán Cox fundraiser. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOTomorrow evening a Liverpool Legends XI will take on an Ireland Legends XI in order to raise money for Mr Cox’s ongoing medical expenses.Rush will join former Liverpool stars including Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Jerzy Dudek, Vladimir Smicer and Djibril Cisse to face an Irish side featuring Robbie Keane, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan amongst others. 17 Comments ‘Seeing Seán say ‘thank you’ with the thumbs up, it was something amazing’ Ian Rush is looking forward to tomorrow’s fundraiser between Liverpool Legends and Ireland Legends in aid of Seán Cox. Subscribe A video was released on Thursday showing Mr Cox saying thank you to supporters who have helped raised funds for his rehabilitation, with the father-of-three set to attend tomorrow’s game in Dublin at the Aviva.The first time I saw the video, seeing him say ‘thank you’ with the thumbs up, it was something amazing,” said Rush.“To say he’s going to be at the game, it just goes to show how far they’ve come over the last year or so. A year ago you weren’t sure what was going to happen and to see that this morning is a massive boost for everyone.“But we’ve still got to carry on, it’s not going to stop just there. Even after the game there’s still a lot of work to be done. But it just goes to show that the strength and mentality and everything about Seán and his family. They put that into it. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 9:30 PM Apr 11th 2019, 8:15 PM Share70 Tweet Email Mr Cox will be in attendance at tomorrow’s fundraiser in Dublin.“Miracles can happen and this is something amazing to see. The video was emotional, it got me going. I can’t wait to be at the game now, and that’s what it’s all about.As a football player, we go out there and we play, but that’s the easy job to take.“The hardest job is for Seán’s family and Seán himself. He is determined to get back to normal and we believe in that. If you believe in something, then things can really happen.”Rush won five English league titles and two European Cups during 15 seasons at Anfield with Liverpool. The 57-year-old has travelled the globe working as an ambassador in recent years and says the club retains a special quality to rally around its supporters in times of need.“I’m biased obviously but Liverpool is a special club. I travel worldwide with Liverpool as an ambassador and I know the strength that the supporters have. We see ourselves as one big family. If anyone gets hurt in your family, you help them.“That’s what Liverpool do. All around the world we want to help people because we know there’s only so many people who can come to Anfield. Not many people get the chance to come to Anfield so we have to take the Liverpool family all over the world. Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum and Andrew Robertson with a banner for Sean Cox. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO“Ireland has always been special, but it’s not just Liverpool fans we want to see there tomorrow, it’s football fans. This could have happened to anyone at any club and I’d like to think if it did happen at another club, that other supporters would do the same.”The former striker praised the tireless work by Seán Cox’s wife Martina over the course of the last year, explaining that oftentimes such behind-the-scenes work can go unnoticed.Some people like that go unnoticed, don’t they?” he said “She’s been the rock behind him. Talking to Martina and seeing what she’s doing, she’s always there by his side every day.“And that’s hard, that can be hard going — morning, evening. She’s very upbeat and for her to do that has helped Seán. I’m sure she’ll get a big boost by seeing Seán at the game tomorrow too.”Tickets for tomorrow night’s charity match can be purchased through Ticketmaster and donations can be made to Seán and his family on the Go Fund Me page Support Sean Cox.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: https://the42.ie/4588047 It’s going to be great to be involved,” Rush said. “I think we all know about what happened to Seán and we’re all here to try and help him.“That’s why Liverpool Football Club are over here. We know what happened, it was a great trauma. Someone went to a game hoping to come back safe and well, and didn’t.“To come and try and help his rehabilitation is something amazing. The best news I’ve heard in a long time is hearing that Seán will be at the game. That gives every player a boost. Just to see him at the game tomorrow will be something amazing.””Thank you” | Sean Cox addresses public for the first time.Seán will attend Friday’s charity match, Liverpool Legends vs. Ireland Legends in the Aviva Stadium – tickets are still available & all proceeds will go towards Seán’s recovery.FULL STORY: https://t.co/kc73GkBg4o pic.twitter.com/rkNysUtVb7— Off The Ball (@offtheball) April 11, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The evzones, also known as the Hellenic Presidential Guard, presence at National Day celebrations in Australia has developed into somewhat of a tradition over the past few years. But this year, the evzones will be staying put at their posts in Greece, reportedly due to a lack of funding.“We had the promise of the Victorian state government that the evzones would be coming, but unfortunately it hasn’t been upheld,” said Antonis Tsourdalakis, general secretary of the Greek National Day celebration organising committee.“Instead, they have told us that they are planing big things for 2021, when we will celebrate 200 years of Greek independence.”This is in line with the announcement made by the Andrews Labor Government, ahead of the state election in 2018, when it was pledged that if Daniel Andrews were to be re-elected – which he was – that Labor would commit to bringing the Hellenic Presidential Guard back to Australia for the 25 March celebrations.“It is a very moving, very very special occasion, and I am very honoured to be there,” Premier Andrews said, reflecting on the Evzones’ visit over the past three years.“We will have them here as they have never been before; it will be a really special show. It will make a very poignant and emotional day for the celebration of our Greek heritage even more special.”Meanwhile the state government said that it also planned to establish Victoria’s first $200,000 Greek Independence Festival and Events Fund, they money being allocated to community organisations to hold celebrations, events and festivals to mark the bicentenary.“This is to make it extra special for every single person of Greek heritage, every family member, and the broader Victorian community,” Premier Andrews told Neos Kosmos, “… the biggest celebration of Independence Day outside Greece. And that makes perfect sense given that we are the biggest Greek centre; the biggest Greek city outside Greece after Athens and Thessaloniki.”
This slug of high water will work its way down river this week with water levels at Skilak Lake and downstream along the lower Kenai River at Kenai Keys expected to be at or near bankfull. Families are reminded to be careful this 4th of July weekend. Local law enforcement recommends that young children wear life jackets while recreating on the river banks during family fishing trips. Water levels on the Kenai River at Cooper Landing and areas upstream from Skilak Lake have crested, but remain above minor flood stage. Water levels on Kenai Lake and the upper Kenai River will continue to slowly fall through the week. The Chugach National Forest River rangers were out moving cleaning tables and raising the habitat fence at the confluence, according to a post on social media from Stream Watch volunteers who assisted with the process. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai River is at “near flood stage” as measured by the USGS stream gauge at the Cooper Landing Bridge.The high water is due to snow and glacial melt during this hot weather. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
WILMINGTON, MA — George A. D’India, age 93, of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019 at the Blaire House in Tewksbury.George was the beloved father of Grace Lyon & her husband Bernard of Wilmington, Michael D’India & his wife Margaret of Norwood, Alice McInnis & her husband Paul of Windham, NH and Nadine Silsbee & her husband Henry of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Bernard Lyon III & his wife Tori, Traci Medeiros & her husband Keith, Kevin Lyon & his girlfriend Tamar Richards, Dante D’India & his wife Megan, Nicholas D’India, Christopher D’India, Noelle Latorella & her husband Jon, Rachel Silsbee & her boyfriend Brendan Crowe and David McInnis, fondly known as “Pups” to his great-grandchildren Colby Medeiros, Devin Medeiros and Owen Latorella. Dear son of the late Michael and Agatha (Franco) D’India. George was the last of 13 siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews.At George’s request, his Funeral Services will be private.In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to a Children’s Charity of your Choice.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Retired Mass. State Trooper Ronald S. Bernard, 73In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Peter C. Carlson, 76In “Obituaries”
WILMINGTON, MA — Walgreens closed its doors at 277 Main Street in Wilmington back in June 2015. The property has remained vacant ever since.The town’s newly formed Economic Development Committee is hoping to help change that.What complicates matters, however, is the property owner is not incentivized to actually fill the space.Aubuchon Realty Company, the parent of company of Aubuchon Hardware, purchased the 15,466-squre foot building for $5.17 million back in 2017. Despite no longer occupying the building, Walgreens CONTINUES to pay the lease, which is fully guaranteed to Aubuchon for more than a decade. In fact, at the time of the sale, Walgreens had $4,462,500 of remaining lease payments due to Aubuchon.“This is a real estate long-term play for [Aubuchon]. I would look at it as a nice bond with a massive payout later,” said Committee Vice Chair Tom Card, noting the property will be worth much more than $5.17 million when Aubuchon eventually sells it, all the while collecting rent from a vacant tenant.“In talking to people at Aubuchon, they say it’s a real estate thing and has nothing to do with their hardware portfolio,” confirmed committee member Daniel Gibbons. “I half believed that, but it’s been several years now and weeds are growing out of the building. They view it as an investment of some sort. It’s a pretty nice bond.”Walgreens, on the other hand, does have a financial incentive to sublease the property to another business to help defer costs associated with the lease.“If we wanted to be very aggressive in trying to fill the Walgreens location, the big play would be to go the leasing agent and say we want to help them sublease it,” noted Card. “They’re probably paying some ridiculous rent amount each month. We could help them find a tenant and defer some of their costs. They may be open to that.”“Walgreens is still the tenant. They’re paying Audubon. And the town is still collecting taxes,” recapped Committee Chair Mike Champoux. “But what can we do to fill that empty store? Does the town have any teeth in matters like this? It would be nice if we did… This [stinks] for Wilmington.”For starters, the Committee has decided to send a well-crafted letter to SRS Real Estate Partners, the commercial real estate firm actively attempting to sublease the property.“What if this committee wrote a letter, introducing ourselves and seeing if they’d be willing to engage in a conversation about what their hopes are for their property? Let’s see if we can help them fill it,” suggested committee member and Selectman Greg Bendel. “We know what our hopes are — to fill that vacancy with a business that will benefit the community.”Committee member Patrick Giroux, who works in commercial real estate, agreed to draft a letter for the committee to review at its next meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.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… RelatedECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”Town’s Economic Development Committee, Ice Rink & Recreational Facility Committee Begin To MeetIn “Government”Selectmen Wants Town To Do A Better Job Attracting New BusinessesIn “Government”
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneDemocratic candidates for governor Andrew White (left) and Lupe Valdez (right) hold a debate at St. James Episcopal Church in Austin on Friday, May 11, 2018.The Democratic runoff candidates for governor sparred Friday evening over abortion and immigration in their first and likely only debate before the May 22 election.Meeting at a church in Austin, Andrew White and Lupe Valdez sounded out their differences — sometimes with rancor — over the two issues that have provided the most tension in the race so far, including White’s personal opposition to abortion. They also sparred more broadly over their Democratic credentials, with White emphasizing the need for a moderate to go up against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November and Valdez suggesting disagreement with that approach. The issue of abortion led to perhaps the most dramatic moment of the night. White personally opposes the practice, but has said he respects a woman’s right to choose and would veto any legislation that infringes on that right as governor. Addressing the issue at the debate, White sought to align himself with longtime president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, who has discussed the difference between Democrats who are just personally against abortion and elected officials who impose those beliefs on others.That was not good enough for Valdez, who insisted that White’s position implies he believes woman who decide to have abortions do not respect life. White, who has said he and his wife “have made the decision that we respect life,” denied repeatedly that he was casting judgment on women who choose abortions before Valdez interjected.“Andrew, you owe an apology to these women,” Valdez said. White, after taking a dig at the “theatrical” nature of her answer, held firm that his personal beliefs on the issue would not influence how he would govern. “My personal opinions are my personal opinions, and as governor, I would trust women to make their own health care decisions,” White said. The two also clashed over immigration, namely Valdez’s record of interactions with federal authorities in Dallas County. After Valdez insisted she is the “only one that’s running for governor that has fought … against anti-immigration laws for years,” White noted she did not go as far in resisting cooperation with ICE as Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez did.“No matter how many times you say it, it isn’t true,” Valdez responded. “I did not work with ICE. I did what I had to do, and that was an imperfect choice.”White also played some defense on border issues, fielding a moderator question about a company he owns that uses heartbeat-detection technology to find people hiding in vehicles. While the company has been criticized for profiting off illegal immigration, White insisted the technology saves lives and it is a better approach to border security than what Republicans have been proposing. Still, he confirmed he is “actively engaged” in the process of divesting from the company, which has drawn fire in the race in recent weeks.Questions about how to win in November also permeated the debate. White has been emphatic that it will take a “moderate” to triumph in November, pointing to recent special election victories across the country by Democrats who are not ideologues.“In this Donald Trump world that we live in, things have changed,” White said, suggesting he could appeal to moderate Republicans like followers of state House Speaker Joe Straus.Valdez had a different assessment of what the Trump era means for their race.“We tried before, trying to get to the middle of the road,” Valdez said, “But the truth is, Democrats are angry.”Dallas Morning News reporter Gromer Jeffers moderated the hourlong debate. The candidates took prescreened questions from the audience that put both candidates on defense about some of their vulnerabilities — White over his membership in a church that opposes gay marriage and Valdez over her scathing reviews from major newspaper editorial boards across the state.“I support very much the LGBT community — I understand their issues, I’m passionate about those issues and I’m willing to fight for those issues,” said White, who went on to acknowledge his church’s position but insisted it is hard to find a church “where everybody’s on the exact same page” and emphasized his support for the separation of church and state.Responding to the question about her editorial board snubs, Valdez began by sarcastically congratulating White. Then she argued she has the “endorsement of the people,” pointing to supporters like the Texas AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood. As for the editorial boards, she suggested there was an issue with communication.“The problem, maybe, is that I don’t talk newspaper language,” she said. “I talk people language.”In addition to the audience questions, both candidates got a Spanish-language question about their thoughts on arming teachers after a recent spate of school shootings. Responding in English, White said giving teachers guns was not necessary and that the state should instead give teachers a pay raise. Valdez replied in Spanish then in English, saying teachers “were meant to teach — they weren’t meant to be soldiers.”White’s campaign was confident after the debate, issuing a statement predicting more progressives would switch their vote to him in the runoff. “We look forward to debating Gov. Abbott in the fall,” read the statement from White’s campaign manager, Jenn Char.Speaking with reporters following the debate, White panned Valdez’s performance, saying she “didn’t offer any new ideas.” He particularly criticized her answer on how she would work with a Republican Legislature, saying she “really fumbled on that question.”In a separate huddle with reporters, Valdez fielded mostly questions about White’s position on abortion, which she said was welcome in the Democratic Party but not above scrutiny from other members. As governor, she suggested, she would be more proactive than him in working to protect abortion rights.“I think it’s more important not to just veto legislation,” she said, “but to actually fight for the woman.”Despite the acrimony, both candidates confirmed to reporters that if the other is the nominee, they would support him or her.
Share Photo provided by Harris County Fire Marshal’s OfficeThe Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office says the same black pickup truck was used in both thefts.Authorities are trying to identify suspects in connection with the theft of two fireworks stands.The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said Monday the fireworks stands were stolen in the Cypress area and the same black Chevy pickup truck was used in both thefts.The same truck was also spotted on surveillance video as the getaway vehicle when two suspects stole a generator from a Home Depot in Spring.Authorities say different people appeared to be using the same vehicle to commit crimes.The Fire Marshal’s office is asking the public to help identify the men.Crime Stopper’s is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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