BILLERICA, MA — On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomed community safety officials and State Representative Marc Lombardo to review and demonstrate the school’s updated security systems and recently-constructed Crisis Command Center.Superintendent-Director Timothy Broadrick and the District School Committee have been engaged in a three-year campus security project to bring the 49-year-old Shawsheen Technical High School building and grounds into the cutting edge of school security. According to Superintendent Broadrick, “One of the challenges of an aging facility is making the right kinds of thoughtful investments that preserve the usefulness and longevity of the structures. Our School Committee and our five member communities understand this, and they have annually supported a capital plan that keeps this place in great shape.”State Representative Marc Lombardo has been a champion of public safety as well as all forms of public education in Billerica, both in the Billerica Public School System and at Shawsheen Tech. When he heard about the Shawsheen District’s plans from the Superintendent, he committed to lending a hand. As a result, Representative Lombardo introduced a FY19 state budget line item for $50,000 to support the school’s efforts. Shawsheen Tech is using the additional support to integrate a software system – Sielox Class – in a dedicated crisis management facility that will enable school officials as well as the Billerica Police department to respond to a variety of different kinds of emergencies in real time.Principal Jessica Cook and the high school’s Crisis Team have been working with the District’s security contractor and the Billerica Police to design protocols for a variety of potential safety threat situations. “It’s certainly a shame that educators have to spend time thinking about some of these things,” said Cook, “but, our students and staff have to feel safe in order for quality teaching and learning to occur.”The system will link the school to the Billerica Police department to allow instant notification when a “lockdown” or other crisis response occurs. Additionally, Cook says that the system can link to parent notification systems and the school’s website to make public announcements when necessary. Cook and her team have also been focused on the constant evaluation and growth of the school’s safety and security protocols to ensure and provide a safe and supportive learning environment. Staff at the school have begun training on enhanced crisis response routines, which will soon include student drills, after communication with parents and additional staff training. Says Cook, “Some of these changes feel overdue, but every school is racing to ensure its students are as safe as possible. We are taking steps to not only catch up with the times, but to be on the leading edge of this kind of work. This Crisis Command Center will be an invaluable resource to us.”Superintendent Timothy Broadrick, Representative Marc Lombardo, Isabel Fiasconaro, Grace Clark, Muhammadali Khalifa, Brian West Billerica PD/Shawsheen SRO, Jorielle Arlock, Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa, Andre Comeau, Roy Frost, Deputy Chief Billerica Police Department, Principal Jessica CookRepresentative Marc Lombardo and Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa speaking with Shawsheen Tech students about safety, security, and government(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)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… RelatedShawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down Mid-YearIn “Education”PHOTO: Shawsheen Tech Plays First Ever Baseball Game Under The Lights At Alumni StadiumIn “Photo of the Day”Shawsheen Tech School Committee Calls For School Boards Across The Country To Unite & Lobby For ‘Sane’ Gun LawsIn “Education”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
The team of Kapil Sharma ShowTwitterKapil Sharma will turn a year older on April 2, 2019, and before the special day arrives, the comedian-actor had a mini pre-birthday party with his The Kapil Sharma Show 2 family on the sets of the show.Kapil’s fan club has posted a few pictures from the birthday celebration on Instagram where the comedian is seen elated as he and his TKSS family gorge on the beautiful cake. Kapil’s mother was also a part of the celebration.Ever since The Kapil Sharma Show is back with its new members including Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek, fans have been showering it with lots of love. Many celebrities including Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn and others have already graced the show to promote their films.Recently, the 37-year-old comedian-actor, who has been a victim of social media trolls just like any other celebrity, revealed that he has learnt to ignore them.At an event, Kapil elaborated his thought on trolls in his own funny way and called them “unplanned children”. When asked how he reacts to trolls on social media, the comedian said: “There are three kinds of followers on social media, one is fans, the second are fans who are also critics and the third breed is of velle (useless) ones. I thank fans who tell me or bring to my notice constructive criticism, but then the third breed has no job but to just spread negativity,” Mid-Day quoted him as saying.He further added: “They are like unplanned children who have come to the world without any planning. They were born because the weather was good. But I have understood that the only way to ignore them is to not pay any attention to them. Initially, I used to react, but now I have started ignoring them. Today, with free data available, people are always on the phone and don’t even give a second thought while talking nonsense on social media.”
A surprise election victory for fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr appears to have shaken Iraq’s political landscape at the expense of both the Iranian and American influence in the country.The populist Shiite preacher, a firebrand who once battled US troops and now opposes Tehran, is looking to cobble together a broad technocrat coalition tasked with rooting out Iraq’s endemic corruption.But can he really sideline powerful foreign players and domestic rivals to take control?Playing by the rules?While Sadr’s unlikely Marching Towards Reform alliance with Iraq’s communists looks on course to be the biggest group in parliament — it faces many obstacles.The movement has pitched itself as a challenge to Iraq’s entrenched elite and ridden popular protests over graft to drum up support.Under article 76 of Iraq’s constitution, the right to form a government falls to the political bloc with the most seats. Sadr — who has ruled himself out of becoming PM — should be the key powerbroker and is already eyeing a coalition of around a dozen groups to reach a majority.However, with months of wrangling expected ahead, it remains far from certain that he will get the chance to realise his ambitions.At elections in 2010, the Iraqi National Movement of Ayad Allawi — loathed by Iran — scooped 91 seats to become the biggest group in parliament.But after much manoeuvring, Allawi was eventually bested by Nuri al-Maliki, as Tehran helped engineer a union between two leading Shiite blocs to give him more seats.Cutting foreign influence?Strengthened by his apparent victory in Saturday’s polls, black-turbaned Sadr could now push his nationalist agenda that has seen him pledge to curb foreign meddling in Iraq.After the 2003 invasion, his militia battled US forces. He is now calling for the latest deployment of American troops to leave following last year’s defeat of the Islamic State group.While his family of religious scholars historically has close ties with the Islamic revolutionaries in Iran and he spent years living there, Sadr has now fallen out with Tehran and wants its overbearing influence slashed.In a sign that he is angling to chart a different course, he visited regional Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia last year, as Tehran’s rival seeks to play a greater role in Iraq.Sadr faces a difficult act to herd together enough groups from across Iraq’s fragmented political spectrum to form a government.He has extended a hand to a wide spread of parties — including the bloc of current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that lies in third place according to latest results.Whether he can convince Abadi — a key member of the establishment Dawa party that has dominated Iraq for years — to turn his back on his former stablemates and team up remains a major question.Abadi — who came to power in 2014 as IS rampaged across Iraq — has balanced off the US and Iran during his time at the helm. On Tuesday, the prime minister called Sadr to congratulate him for the election victory, the cleric’s office said.Sadr for now appears to be ruling out an alliance with two other powerful forces inside Iraq: the Iran-backed Conquest Alliance of former anti-IS paramilitary fighters and ex-premier Maliki.Iran manoeuvres?Any attempt to form a government that would threaten the influence Iran has built up in the 15 years since the fall of Saddam Hussein looks certain to face opposition from Tehran.Iraq’s larger neighbour to the east has major leverage over many of the top Shiite politicians and it already seems like it may be looking to block Sadr’s path to power.Political sources told AFP that two meetings have been held under Iranian guidance to bring together several political blocs.According to a participant, the aim has been to unite Abadi and Maliki — bitter foes despite coming from the same Dawa party — alongside the Conquest Alliance, which looks set to come second in the election.The initiative could trump Sadr’s own coalition-building efforts but it risks angering the cleric’s supporters who are yearning for a clampdown on corruption among establishment figures.
Share Paul Morigi/Getty Images for ShowtimeJournalist Mark Halperin has denied the allegations of inappropriate touching, but he did apologize for other conduct.Less than 12 hours after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against Mark Halperin, the veteran political journalist has been put on leave by MSNBC, where he had been serving as a contributor. In a statement released Thursday morning, the news network said it finds the allegations first reported by CNN “very troubling.”“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood,” the network said.The claims against the journalist stem from his tenure as political director at ABC News, where he had crafted an influential daily newsletter known as The Note. Five women told CNN anonymously that during Halperin’s time in his lofty perch at ABC, he repeatedly engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct. The alleged behavior ranged from propositioning some of the women for sex to touching their breasts and pressing his genitals up against them while clothed.Halperin denied the allegations of inappropriate touching, but he did apologize for other conduct.“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday night. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”The allegations come at a tumultuous time in the film and television industry. A slew of sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein went public earlier this month, quickly leading to his ouster and even police investigations opened in several major cities. But Weinstein has not been the only man in media whose conduct has come under renewed scrutiny lately: Director James Toback, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price and several others have drawn similar claims in recent weeks.As NPR’s David Folkenflik reports, ABC News said no complaints were filed when Halperin was working at the network, which drew to a close in 2007.In the years that followed, Halperin worked for Time magazine and later Bloomberg — during which spa he also co-wrote the best-selling books Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012 with John Heilemann. As a contributor to MSNBC, Halperin made regular appearances on Morning Joe and other news programs.
00:00 /00:00 Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaExcavators dig massive pits at the River Aggregates sand mine near Houston. Sand is a key ingredient in concrete. So, in Texas — where cities are growing and construction is booming — sand mining is good business. But there are concerns around Houston that companies that dig for sand along rivers contributed to the disastrous flooding the region saw from Hurricane Harvey.Now, in an unusual move in a business-friendly state, lawmakers are considering new restrictions on the industry.Harvey’s flooding along the San Jacinto River ripped some homes completely off their foundations. The storm also flushed huge amounts of sand down the river and piled it up on the banks. According to Matthew Berg, who runs a one-man flood risk advising firm called Simfero Consultants, the area along the river was loaded with sand even before Harvey.Standing at the river’s edge, Berg points to the sand. “You’re talking almost 300 feet deep, so deep, deep geological deposits of sand,” Berg said.That natural bounty has increasingly attracted companies that gather the sand and sell it as an ingredient for concrete. Nationwide, it’s an almost $8 billion industry. Locally, it’s the largest industrial activity along one fork of the San Jacinto River. “Anything that has construction, any type of new construction, is going to have sand in it,” said Rob Van Til, managing partner with River Aggregates, a Houston-area sand mining company.The company’s product eventually winds up in “all your roads, all your homes, all your hospitals, all your churches, all your schools,” as Van Til put it. At one of the company’s mines, excavators dig out huge mud pits, trucks move the mud off to where it’s cleaned up, and the resulting sand is eventually sent off to concrete plants.“The demand for concrete and the use of it, so all the ingredients, definitely is increasing here,” said Ed Mears, a manager with Pulice Construction, a concrete company active in the Houston area.The Texas Demographics Center expects the population of the Houston region to grow by 1.7 million people over the next decade. So, sand is in high demand, but some are now blaming the industry for making Harvey’s destruction worse.“Do I feel that the sand mining operations contributed? Absolutely,” said Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, who argues the companies mine too close to the river. “What in essence happened during Harvey was uncontrolled water coming our way, grabbing sand, and then bringing it down and depositing it into our backyard,” Martin said.The way Martin describes it, that buildup led to the river not being able to hold as much water. So, it flooded farther into local neighborhoods than it would have otherwise.The industry disputes this. According to Van Til, Harvey’s flooding didn’t wash sand away from his company’s mine to other areas.“The water comes in very fast, but it leaves fairly slow,” he said. “So we really had no loss of material, no loss of anything leaving the property other than water after Harvey.”Van Til said the sand pits even held back some of the floodwaters.The science behind the issue is a little murky.“We know that in some aspects they’re not a problem, they even may be a benefit,” said William Dupre, a geology professor at the University of Houston. “We know in other aspects they are a problem. What we certainly don’t know is the net impact. Because that’s like a lot of things, like urbanization, like building dams, they are both a problem and a benefit.”Texas lawmakers are expected to tackle the issue when they meet in the new year for the state’s legislative session. One proposal would create a new inspections program, require a “hydrology assessment” for mine permits, and make it a crime for companies to falsify records. Republican Governor Greg Abbott has already instructed state regulators to crack down on any violations of existing rules.As the industry hums along and the Houston region continues to grow, the local flood district is planning more research, and the different sides are lobbying lawmakers. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organised another phase of Living Legend Series with Raghu Rai. He gave a lecture demonstration on the art of photography in Bahumukh Auditorium, NSD Campus on February 13.He believes that India is a great country for any person to nurture his creativity because the culture is diverse and there are various kinds of people that can be found here. The Padmashree award winner captures real life moments in his camera. Rai spoke about how he evolved as a photographer and shared a few of his photographs with the audience on various real life situations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The way he explains the inner depth meaning of each photograph is commendable. Rai truly justified the statement- A Picture is worth a thousand words. He said, “Creativity is not about beauty. It means to capture expression and energy.”Playwright Krishna Sobti also gave a lecture-demonstration as a part of the Living Legend series on February 14. She said, “Love, fear, spirituality and mentality become a part of your thinking when you’re on stage.”
The accused Amer Sarfaraz alias Tamba had filed the application before Additional District and Sessions Judge Lahore Nasir Rana seeking bail in the case.The judge on Saturday dismissed his plea observing the incident had taken place in “broad daylight” in the presence of other prisoners and the jail authorities besides the prosecution had also produced sufficient incriminating evidence against Tamba.Tamba in his application said he had been implicated in the case as he was not present at the barrack of Sarabjit when he came under attack. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe murder weapon had also not been recovered from him either, he claimed.The prosecution informed the judge that both claims of the accused were false as he was caught red-handed while the murder weapon had also been recovered and presented in court. The case had been transferred to Judge Rana over two months ago. Earlier, Justice Shahzeb Saeed and Justice Syed Anjum Raza heard the case.The hearing was held at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.Both the accused who are also death row prisoners had allegedly attacked Sarabjit with sharp-edged weapons when he was being moved from one cell to another in the Kot Lakhpat Jail on April, 29, 2013. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanSarabjit, 49, later succumbed to his injuries at the Jinnah Hospital in Lahore on May 2. The murder trial began in January, 2014, and subsequently the two alleged killers – Tamba and Muddassar Bashir – were indicted. Both accused denied the murder charges when they were charge-sheeted.However, earlier they had confessed to the murder of the Indian death row prisoner before a one-member judicial commission constituted to probe the murder.They said, “We wanted to take revenge from him (Sarabjit) for killing Pakistanis in bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad”. The commission’s report has also been submitted to the trial court.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan had labelled Sarabjit’s murder as a “planned one”.Sarabjit was sentenced to death on spying charges and for killing at least 14 Pakistani citizens in bomb blasts in Punjab province in 1990. His family however said that he was a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border.
FilmBox Arthouse, Trace Sports Stars and Sky Atlantic HD were among the winners at the Eutelsat TV Awards in Rome on Friday evening.Sky Atlantic HD in Italy won the award for best fiction/general entertainment channel, and also shared the award for Best programme with German channel Spiegel TV Wissen. Sky Atlantic HD Italy was recognized for 1992, while Spiegel TV Wissen was recognized for Inside IS – War in the Name of Allah.FilmBox Arthouse won in the best cinema channel category, while Trace Sports Stars took the prize for best lifestyle channel.The People’s Choice award went to Al Jazeera Balkans from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Eutelsat also presented an award to Discovery “for 30 years in the business and for its relentless drive to generate outstanding content matched to diversified age groups, demographics and regions” and another to the Vatican’s CTV for its work in UHD.Serbian pay TV operator SBB’s Total TV satellite platform was given award for accelerating its transition from SD to 100% HD.Other winners included Slovakia’s DuckTV, which won in the kids category, Russia’s 365 Days TV, which took the prize for best culture/documentary channel, Germany’s Classica, which won the prize for best music channel, Rai News 24, winner in the news category and Mexico’s PXTV, which took home the prize for best sports channel.The Eutelsat TV Awards is an annual competition that recognizes the quality of the channels broadcasting via Eutelsat satellites.Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said: “The Awards is a unique opportunity to take the pulse of our industry. We are seeing channels that have started on Internet platforms move to satellite to expand their reach. We are in awe of the bravery of reporters who confront challenging and complex subjects and we are thrilled by the outstanding technical quality achieved for live concerts, matches and documentaries. It is a privilege to salute these achievements.”