LETTER TO THE EDITOR School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Thanks The Voters

first_imgDear Wilmington Community,I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to voters for re-electing me to the Wilmington School Committee at this past weekend’s Town Elections. I am humbled and honored by your trust in me, and am looking forward to serving my community and schools once again.I am committed in ensuring our schools continue to remain strong centers for student learning and achievement. As our community welcomes Dr. Glenn Brand into our District, I am looking forward in working collaboratively with him and the Board to ensure the work we do together continues to focus on this goal.I appreciate and thank families and residents, who have reached out to me during my campaign, not only with their concerns, but also with words of encouragement and support. I will continue to listen and be available to you, and promise that I will be objective in my decision making. I will continue to work diligently on your behalf to find solutions, so that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe, positive and supportive environment.I would also like to extend many thanks to friends and residents, who were kind enough to have my signs on their lawns, took time out of their busy schedules to write letters of endorsements on my behalf, and came out this weekend to hold signs. I am sincerely grateful for your help and support!I would also like to thank my incredible husband, Joe, and my children, Conor and Erika, for allowing me to do this labor of love, and encouraging me throughout my campaign. Without their sacrifice and support, I couldn’t do what I do.It is easy to see why Wilmington is a great place to live! I am truly grateful to be a part of such a strong and caring community that not only supports one another, but the Town as a whole. I feel fortunate to be able to contribute in serving my community in my role on the School Committee and look forward to my third term on the board and working on behalf of our schools and families.Sincerely,MJ ByrnesWilmington School CommitteeLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Fennelly, Ragsdale & Byrnes Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In Year #1, How They’ll Be Responsive To ResidentsIn “Education”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee’s MJ Byrnes Asks For Your VoteIn “Education”CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENT: Wilmington School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Announces Re-Election BidIn “Government”last_img read more

ATT earnings sees wireless growth in Q2 but video side continues to

first_img Share your voice 1 Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR 2:00 Now playing: Watch this: News • AT&T misses on revenue, loses more DirecTV Now customers Why you should say no to DirecTV Now Mobile Tech Industry 13 Photoscenter_img DirecTV Now continues to underperform for AT&T.  Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AT&T met analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, even as struggles continued around the company’s U-Verse and DirecTV video unit. The technology giant added 335,000 phone users, the bulk of them coming on the company’s prepaid side. AT&T says it added 72,000 postpaid users, the more lucrative customers that sign up for its traditional monthly wireless service. By comparison, in the first quarter of the year, the company added 179,000 phone users, of which 80,000 were postpaid. Utilizing its deployment of FirstNet, a wireless network for first responders, AT&T says it has been able to upgrade its traditional wireless network and get it ready for 5G, which it plans to make commercially available nationwide during the first half of 2020. “The wireless side of the house, we’re feeling more and more confident every day,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO in a call with investors. Stephenson says the company has built out 60% of its FirstNet network thus far. The growth in mobile comes as its more premium DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse continue to shed users for its traditional satellite, cable and streaming DirecTV Now services. AT&T said it lost 778,000 premium video users, with an additional 168,000 users disconnecting from DirecTV Now as the company rolled out fewer promotions. AT&T warns that the losses could continue through the rest of the year as it still has 1 million users locked on two-year pricing promotions. The company is touting a new, forthcoming over-the-top streaming service called AT&T TV, set for trial in the third quarter of the year, as well as next spring’s HBO Max launch, as options to turn its video ship around. Read more: DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu and moreStephenson says HBO Max will have live sports, touting the NBA and MLB as two potential examples. While it is unclear exactly what AT&T TV will look like and how it will compare to the company’s other streaming services, Stephenson told investors that the company “will put our shoulder and our muscle behind AT&T TV.”WarnerMedia, the division that houses the Time Warner properties AT&T acquired last year, including Turner TV stations and HBO, had revenues of roughly $8.4 billion. Earnings per share were 89 cents for the quarter, exactly matching the estimates from analysts polled, according to Yahoo Finance. Revenues came in at $45 billion, slightly higher than the $44.85 billion analysts anticipated.   Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Tags DirecTV Now AT&Tlast_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obamas cybersecurity summit

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K viewsBusinessROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was oneVentuno Web Player 4.50ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was onelast_img read more

Khaleda nomination rejection part of govts blueprint

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers have been cancelled as part of government blueprint to hold a lopsided election, reports UNB.”We think it’s an ill-motivated decision. Our leader’s (Khaleda Zia) nomination papers have been rejected as part of government a master plan and a blueprint to keep her away from the election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Addressing a press conference at the BNP Naya Paltan office, he also alleged their party’s some other popular candidates’ nomination papers have also been annulled as the government is trying to hold a unilateral election and stay in power by force.The Bangladesh Election Commission on Sunday trashed Khaleda’s all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft cases.However, the party has alternative candidates in Feni-1 and Bagura-6 seats while it has no candidates in Bagura-6 constituency.Rizvi said the government is not willing to hold a credible election as it is desperate to retain power by any means.He, however, warned that voters will go to polling stations on 30 December braving all the obstacles to ensure the fall of the current ‘autocratic’ regime.The BNP leader said though the ruling party leaders and candidates are violating the election code of conduct, the election commission is not taking any action against them.”It seems the election commission has turned blind while the chief election commissioner and some other commissioners engaged themselves in works to help the government,” he observed.Rizvi said the government has established its control over the EC, police and civil administrations like a ghost to manipulate the election results in its favour.last_img read more

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal

first_imgA handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain`s prime minister Theresa May (C) making a statement in the House of Commons in London on 15 January 2019 directly after MPs rejected the government`s Brexit deal. Photo: AFPBritain’s parliament on Tuesday resoundingly rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and plunging its plans to leave the EU into further chaos.MPs voted 432 to 202 against May’s plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history.With a deal that took nearly two years to craft in tatters and her government’s future hanging in the balance, EU leaders sounded a note of exasperation, urging Britain to come out and say what it actually wants.”If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” EU president Donald Tusk tweeted.Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, warned of a heightened risk of a “no deal” Brexit — an outcome that could disrupt trade, slow down the UK economy, and wreak havoc on the financial markets.The government of Ireland — the only EU member state with a land border with Britain — said it would now intensify preparations to cope with a “disorderly Brexit”.And German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, representing the EU’s most dominant economy and leading political voice, called the vote “a bitter day for Europe”.’Catastrophic’ defeatMost lawmakers have always opposed Brexit, as have some leading members of the government, creating a contradiction that has been tearing apart Britain ever since a June 2016 referendum began its divorce from the other 27 EU states.Moments after Tuesday’s outcome, which was met with huge cheers by hundreds of anti-Brexit campaigners who watched the vote on big screens, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn submitted a motion of no-confidence in May’s government, calling her defeat “catastrophic”.The vote is expected on Wednesday at 1900 GMT.May sought to strike a conciliatory tone, telling MPs they had the right to challenge her leadership and promising to hold more talks to salvage a workable solution by the rapidly approaching 29 March Brexit deadline.She promised to hold discussions with MPs from across parliament to identify ideas “that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House”.”If these meetings yield such ideas, the government will then explore them with the European Union.”Downing Street said May will then return to parliament with a new Brexit proposal on Monday.’Political poker’With their nation again in turmoil, noisy supporters and opponents of Brexit, rallied outside the ancient parliament building in London.”It could end up being the day that will lead to us leaving with no deal!” said 25-year-old Simon Fisher, who backs a swift and sharp break with the EU.A much larger rally nearby in support of a second referendum turned Parliament Square, dotted with statues of past UK leaders, into a sea of EU flags.Economists said the scale of May’s defeat — on the upper end of most predictions — now also put pressure on Brussels to make more meaningful compromises.The pound surged higher against the dollar and euro after the vote, seemingly buoyed by May’s promise to seek a compromise with her opponents.”Markets project beliefs and the underlying belief is that nobody’s going to be committing economic suicide,” BK Asset Management’s Boris Schlossberg said.But businesses voiced alarm about the outcome, which does nothing to resolve uncertainty that has been dampening the UK investment climate for months.”Financial stability must not be jeopardised in a game of high-stakes political poker,” warned Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, the body governing the British capital’s massive financial district.’Warm words not enough’May made it her mission to carry out the wishes of voters after she became prime minister a month after the referendum, putting aside her own initial misgivings and stating repeatedly that “Brexit means Brexit”.But her deal raised concern that Britain could end up locked in an unfavourable trading relationship with the EU.Criticism of the deal was focused on an arrangement to keep open the border with Ireland by aligning Britain with some EU trade rules, if and until London and Brussels sign a new economic partnership — a tortuous process that could take several years.Arlene Foster, head of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party upon which May relies for her parliamentary majority, said May needed to win binding concessions from Brussels to secure her vote.”Reassurances whether in the form of letters or warm words, will not be enough,” said Foster.”The prime minister must now go back to the European Union and seek fundamental change to the Withdrawal Agreement.”Speculation is growing on both sides of the Channel that May could ask to delay Britain’s divorce from the EU after almost half a century of membership.But a diplomatic source told AFP any extension would not be possible beyond 30 June, when the new European Parliament 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Venezuelans protest as Guaido declares escalation of pressure

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country`s rightful interim ruler, attends a rally against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela, on 6 April 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday launched what he promised will be a “definitive” escalation of pressure to force the country’s embattled leftist leader from office.Addressing a giant anti-government rally in Caracas, Guaido — whose claim to be interim president is supported by around 50 nations — kicked off what he called “Operation Liberty,” his plan to oust president Nicolas Maduro.”Everyone to the streets, let’s start the final phase of the end of the usurpation!” he told supporters, speaking from the back of a pickup truck.He called for a huge nationwide turnout on Wednesday, and urged his followers to redouble their efforts to maintain pressure in the streets.”The greatest escalation of pressure we have seen in our history” has begun, Guaido said.The call comes amid massive blackouts and the collapse of water supplies affecting the nation, further exacerbated a growing political crisis.The United States meanwhile has stiffened its economic sanctions against Maduro, and one top US official warned Venezuela’s military that it must protect the rights of peaceful protesters.At the rally, Guaido also warned Cuba’s president Miguel Diaz-Canel that the supply of subsidised Venezuelan oil to the Caribbean communist island nation was over.Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro gives a speech during a rally in support of his government in Caracas, Venezuela on 6 April 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela has been sending cheap oil to Cuba in exchange for labour from Cuban doctors and teachers, but Guaido said the oil was actually financing a Cuban intelligence group known as G2 that was cracking down on Maduro opponents in the Venezuelan military.”The exploitation of Venezuelan oil is over, so Mr Diaz-Canel… Venezuelan oil will not be used to submit and investigate our military officials” through the G2, he told the crowd.Pro-Guaido protests drew thousands in rallies across the country on Saturday.A pro-Maduro counter-demonstration in Caracas, with supporters dressed in red, drew a large crowd that gathered at the Miraflores presidential palace.”Together, permanently mobilised, let’s keep defending national peace and independence; no more interference!” Maduro tweeted.Later, he called upon Mexico and Uruguay to relaunch their proposal for dialogue to resolve the crisis without foreign intervention. The two countries had first introduced that idea in January.Two opposition deputies were detained at an anti-government demo in the western city of Maracaibo, but a few hours later Guaido announced that the two had been released.Elimar Diaz, a lawmaker who marched in Maracaibo, told AFP the protest there had encountered “brutal repression,” including tear gas canisters dropped from helicopters, the use of National Guard armoured vehicles and attacks by members of the pro-government militia, known as “colectivos.”Diaz said people in Maracaibo had gone “days without electricity” amid “inhumane rationing” by the government.Maduro has blamed US-backed sabotage for the massive blackouts that have deprived millions of power. The opposition blames a failure to maintain critical infrastructure.Abrams an ‘assassin’Facing intense pressure at home and abroad, the Maduro government has sought to weaken Guaido.The government has stripped his parliamentary immunity, authorised his prosecution for proclaiming himself acting president, and banned him from holding public office for 15 years.Guaido said earlier this week he feared that he could be abducted by government agents.Speaking to the pro-government Constitutional Assembly, Maduro’s top lieutenant Diosdado Cabello slammed the US point man on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, as an “assassin.”Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro attends a rally in support of his government in Caracas, Venezuela on 6 April 2019. Photo: Reuters”It is Abrams who should be in prison, condemned in the United States for genocide in Central America,” said Cabello, referring to the US official’s controversial role in the Central American conflicts of the 1980s.Washington meanwhile kept up the international pressure on Maduro to step down.Vice president Mike Pence on Friday announced fresh sanctions against 34 vessels belonging to Venezuela’s state oil company and two companies that ship crude to Cuba.”This is only a first step,” US national security advisor John Bolton tweeted on Saturday in reference to the sanctions.He cautioned the Venezuelan defence minister in a separate tweet of the official’s “constitutional responsibility to protect innocent civilians who are peacefully demonstrating,” adding: “Do not let the Cubans or the ‘colectivos’ inflict violence against Venezuelan patriots.”Security Council to meetMaduro is supported by the Venezuelan military, China and Russia.Washington and its allies view the socialist president as illegitimate since he took office in January for a second term following elections widely seen as deeply flawed.Washington has convened a UN Security Council for Wednesday to discuss the Venezuelan crisis.Since Venezuela’s massive blackout of 7 March, the country has been subject to repeated power cuts, with electricity being rationed outside of Caracas.The blackouts have knocked out water supplies as well as transport and communications, forcing many people to trim their work days to six hours.last_img

Choicest mangoes

first_imgOur Correspondent Delhi’s mango lovers can look forward to another fascinating display of mangoes, as Delhi Tourism is hosting the 27th Mango Festival at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri which begins on July 3.The festival will be inaugurated by  Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi in the presence of  Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi and  Kapil Mishra, Minister for Law, Tourism, Art, Culture & Languages and Water, Govt. of Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’From the orchards of Saharanpur, where the first festival was organized, the annual event was shifted to Talkatora Indoor Stadium in 1991, and then to Dilli Haat, Pitampura in 2010, and subsequently to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri.With the passage of time, the festival has become a major cultural event of Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Mango growers across the country including Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will gather here to display the traditional and hybrid varieties of mangoes. These traditional growers of mangoes have attained expertise over generations excelling in research and propagation of this fruit.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt has been observed that Indian summer is incomplete without mangoes and Delhi’s summer is equally incomplete without the Mango Festival. Over 500 varieties will be on display at the festival. The various types of mangoes on display will include Langra, Chausa, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika, and Amrapali and other assorted varieties. There are about thirteen farmers and nine government institutions participating in the festival. Major participating farmers are Tariq Mustafa from Mustafa Orchards, Abdul Samad, Ali Mia Jhinjhana, Mohammad Hanif, Tafzeel Ahmad and many more.Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to savor the mangoes, the festival will also offer a package deal of fun and frolic for both children and family members.The king of fruit is believed to be indigenous to the Indian Sub Continent and is as old as the land itself. There are more than 1365 varieties of mangoes all over the world, and in India about 1000 varieties are available. If you want to look at a Mango, which is as small as a grape or as big as a papaya, the 27th Mango Festival is the place to be in.The Festival also provides agro-industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products.Where: Dilli Haat, JanakpuriWhen: On till July 5Timings: 11:00 – 8:00 PMlast_img read more