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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (3-1) earned its third straight victory of the season, defeating Melrose by a score of 9-1 on Friday, April 20 at Town Park.Pitcher Ally Moran went the distance, allowing only 2 hits while recording 6 strikeouts.For the second game in a row, Wilmington had a shaky first inning, allowing one run on two errors and few passed balls.  The Wildcats tied it in their bottom half of the inning when Kayla Bourrell scored after reaching base on an error.The Wildcats scored two more in the second inning plating Ryan Bailey (single) and Emily Wright (reaching on a dropped third strike) and a RBI single by Kayla Bourrell.Wilmington blew the game open in the third inning as a result of solid and timely hitting.  DH Emily Wright had a two-run RBI.Adele Burton had a good game on both sides of the field.  Offensively, she went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Defensively, she had 4 strong put outs.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgSwelling ranks of jehadi fighters in MaldivesThe recent macabre bombing in Sri Lanka has heightened the terror threat for India. India’s deep state has been watching with alarm the swelling ranks of jehadi fighters in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh that aim to destabilise India. The vast network of terror organisations operating in the region nurse the hope of establishing a Caliphate in the arc stretching from the Middle East to South East Asia.Their biggest obstacle is the Indian state that has responded with alacrity to any possible terror threat in recent years. This is manifest in the fact that India passed on clear warnings to Sri Lanka days before the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people.Indian authorities said in 2016 that nearly two dozen radicalised Indian youth had moved to Afghanistan to be part of the Isis wing that focused on spreading its tentacles in a region comprising southern Indian  states, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This new affiliate was known as the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-KP). This unit was initially headed by Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operatives.In Bangladesh, the current government of Sheikh Hasina is arguably acting in India’s security interests, as she continues to bust terror networks with an iron hand. The fact that Hasina has been able to keep Begum Khaleda Zia, who is closer to Pakistan and China, away from power in Dhaka has been a boon for India.However, Maldives remained a problem for India for more many years, with Yameen taking the country closer to China and undermining India’s traditional influence. In 2017 Maldives became only the second country after Pakistan to sign a free trade agreement with China. Beijing also funnelled funds into Maldives, taking up maritime and infrastructure projects worth billions.Watershed momentWith India’s influence in the archipelago diminishing, the potential terror threat from the pro-Isis cells operating out of Maldives grew. But the watershed moment was the overthrow of the Yameen government with the help of exiled ex-president Mohammad Nasheed, who was ably supported by New Delhi. Supporters of Maldivian joint-opposition presidential candidate Mohamed Solih celebrate in MaldivesreutersIt has been reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first foreign tour in his second term will be to Maldives. The choice of Maldives over high-profile capitals has great symbolic value inasmuch as how Modi shapes up two major foreign policy themes going forward  — India’s security challenges and dealing with the threat from China.Maldives, which lies just 700 km across the Lakshadweep islands, has a unique distinction. Going by the per capita norm, the tiny archipelago nation with a population of 400,000 people was the biggest contributor of foreign fighters to the Islamic State (Isis) terror movement in Iraq and Syria. As many as 450 radicalised Maldivians had travelled to the Daesh hotspots in the Middle East.Scores of these jehadi fighters have since then returned to Maldives, posing security challenges not only to the island nation but neighbouring countries like India. Even before the Isis attracted a wave of fighters from Maldives, the Pak-sponsored Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT) had hatched a plan to make Maldives an active link in the chain — alongside Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia — that encircles India. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Immediately after Modi’s visit to Maldives, Reuters reported that the country was planning to withdraw from the free trade pact with China. India also offered a $1.4 billion financial package for Maldives.China’s influence in Maldives cannot be rolled back in a day but it’s highly important for India to engage Maldives creatively. On the security front, increasing Indian footprint in Maldives will greatly help in defusing the anti-India cells gaining influence in that country.The fact that Modi has decided to travel to Maldives at the very beginning of his second term augurs well for India’s immediate security interests in the region.center_img Close TINA syndrome in play as Modi wave sweeps India; ‘There Is No Alternative’ to BJPlast_img read more

first_imgKhaleda Zia.File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday appeared before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka aounrd 11:00am, following two arrest warrants in two separate graft cases.On 30 November, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman court issued the arrest warrants against the former prime minister cancelling her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.Dhaka Special Court-5 passed the order as the BNP chief failed to appear before it in  Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on security grounds due to the eight-hour general strike.On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.On 8 August 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

first_imgRain is hardly heartening news for Dhaka residents nowadays. Rains mean a water-logging. Memories of last year’s monsoon are still fresh in the memory of the city dwellers. Nothing has changed.In the fourth week of June, a few hours rain caused floods in several areas of Dhaka. Roads and alleys were inundated with the dirty sewerage water at Chankharpul, Siddheswari, Malibagh, Maghbazar, Tejgaon. It was impossible to cross several roads because the rain had caused dirty water to flood the streets.Prices of essentials shoot up and small businesses suffer. The city roads become excessively difficult for the physically challenged. It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to fall off their bikes into the dirty water. Passengers have to pay higher fare to commute short distances. An unbearable stench of dirty water pervades all around, compelling people to wear masks over their mouths and noses.Prothom Alo’s camera caught moments of June’s monsoon distress in Dhaka.The photo was taken from Kalshi, Mirpur on 25 June by Dipu MalakarA brief spell of rain is enough to inundate a good number of roads in Dhaka. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarRainwater causing floods has become a usual scene of Banga Bazar. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarFloodwater makes it difficult for vehicles to run smoothly in Kalshi, Mirpur. The photo was taken by Dipu MalakarA motor cyclist, seconds before he falls into the floodwater in Kalshi, Mirpur on 25 June. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarPeople have a hard time crossing a short distance because of the dirty water in Banga Bazar. Photo: Dipu MalakarA car splashes floodwater as its makes way though Hatirjheel on 23 June. Photo: Dipu MalakarDrivers wash their vehicles in the floodwater at Hatirjheel, Tejgaon on 23 June. A recent picture by Dipu MalakarAn auto-rickshaw driver pushes his vehicle though the water in a road of North Begunbari. A recent photo by Dipu MalakarA beggar crosses a road in Bara Maghbazar, Dhaka, with much difficulty. Photo: Dipu MalakarPassengers pay the rickshaw-puller Tk 10 to cross the flooded part of the road.  A recent photo by Dipu MalakarA physically challenged person makes his way through Chankharpul, Dhaka. Photo: Dipu MalakarShopkeepers are in difficulty as rain has flooded the area behind Mouchak market in Dhaka.last_img read more

first_imgHandout picture released by the Archeological Zone of Caral on 16 August 2018 showing high relief decorations on a recently unearthed wall at the archaeological site of Vichama, on the Huaura Valley, on the coast of the Peru, 140 km north of Lima. Photo: AFPA set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday.The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the village of Idna in the southern West Bank around two weeks ago.It was discovered during road work in mountainous terrain in the area, said Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron.Bones, pottery and some 32 tombs set into stone were found. It was clear to archaeologists that artifacts had been stolen from the site before it was officially discovered, said Jubran.”This discovery is very important for us to study it and to preserve it,” Jubran said.The tombs were set out over a space of some 50 metres.Officials also hoped to turn the site into a tourist attraction, while further study of it would continue to turn up details of what was found and its importance, he said.A large number of remains from the Roman era can be found and visited in Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as the region as a whole.last_img read more

first_imgPeople gather in front of the destroyed vehicles that collided at Khochabari in Thakurgaon on 2 August. UNB File PhotoThe number of death in the head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Dhaka highway at Borokhochabari in Sadar upazila on Friday rose to 10, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as — Mustofa, 42, and Mansura Begum, 35, Mangoli Rani, 63, Jaba Rani, 35, Abdur Rahman, 40, Abdul Majid, 42, Saraswati Saha, 50, Khitis Barman, 40, Kamrunnesa, 32, and Anwara Begum, 48, from different upazilas.Another 27 people sustained injuries in the fatal road accident that took place around 8:00am as a bus of ‘Dipzol Paribahan’ from Dhaka collided with a ‘Nishat Enterprise’ bus coming from the opposite direction.Front part of a crumpled bus that collide with another bus in Khochabari, Thakurgaon on 2 August. UNB File PhotoIt left five people dead on the spot, said Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.Twenty four of the injured were taken to Sadar Hospital where physicians declared two of them dead.Later, 10 of the injured were shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital while three injured died way to the hospital, the OC added.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina gives an interview to BBC Bangla in London on 6 August. Photo: BBC BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday shrugged off the allegations of torture in custody by Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies, reports news agency UNB.“Information is gathered from criminals using the methods the other countries apply and nothing is done beyond it,” she said in an interview with the BBC.Noting that there are international rules to interrogate suspected criminals, Hasina said her government trained members of law enforcement agencies by sending them to countries like the USA and the UK.But some stray incidents may occur, she said adding that custodial deaths are currently very rare in Bangladesh.The prime minister said a “culture of impunity” had developed under the previous governments and she herself was a victim of that situation.She further said this culture of impunity continued for many years when military dictators ruled the country directly, and often in the guise of politicians, after the assassination of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Asked about initiatives taken by her government to stop such culture, Sheikh Hasina replied: “All appropriate measures in this regard.”“It was a difficult task to bring the country back to a healthy trend and we’ve performed that difficult task,” she said.She also criticised a section of people spearheading propaganda on the rights situation.“This section is always desperate to find our faults, their status become elevated when an unconstitutional or abnormal government or martial law rules the country,” the prime minister said, UNB reports.Asked whether the people are getting the benefits of economic growth, Hasina said they certainly are. She noted that the country’s poverty rate had been brought down to 21.04 per cent from over 41 per cent in 2005-2006.The prime minister also said per capita income increased to about $2,000 from $400-500 and the country achieved 8.1 per cent growth in the last fiscal year.“When higher growth is achieved, the inflation increases naturally. But we didn’t allow raising inflation and we maintained it at 5.5 or 6 per cent,” she said.Hasina also said the fruits of economic uplift are reaching the common people very naturally.When asked about the “vulnerable situation” in banking sector and loan default culture, she said the matter is not at that extent as much as it publicised.“It was started while the military dictators were in power. When we came to power, we tried to realise the loans,” she said.About freedom of media, Hasina said the mass media is enjoying full freedom. “If it doesn’t exist, [then] how a propaganda mixing with truth and falsehood is being carried out against me and my government?” she asked.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina gives an interview to BBC Bangla in London on 6 August. Photo: BBC BanglaThe prime minister said many people are saying that there is no freedom of mass media. “But how [can] they speak so much if freedom of speech doesn’t exist,” she asked.She said her government is trying hard to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the country.“If anybody delivers provocative speech, will then anybody and the country remain idle? … no, they cannot, security will have to be given to people first and we’ll have to do whatever necessary for their security,” she added.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina also was critical of reports on the patients suffering from dengue fever.She said too many reports on dengue are being published and this is creating panic.“Many reports about dengue are being published. This is making people panicked and creating problems. It (dengue) has mainly spread in the upscale areas. We always focus on the slum areas and drains (for spraying insecticides). Mosquito killing is a regular act,” she said.Hasina also shrugged off the allegation of corruption in buying mosquito killing insecticides.She did not find any substance in the allegation that two city corporations — Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) — did not take any steps to control the spread of aedes mosquito or failed to take timely step considering the matter as an important one.The prime minister also called on people to be more cautious instead of blaming the city corporations only.Hasina further said the Awami League leaders and activists have been asked alongside the government bodies to conduct cleaning programmes in their areas to curb the spread of aedes mosquito.She said cleaning campaign is necessary not only in Dhaka, but also across the whole country.The prime minister also warned people of facing fine if mosquito larvae are found inside their home or in the nearby areas.Sheikh Hasina said if people remain prepared for the future such a situation won’t be repeated.last_img read more

first_imgAn error message on the housing voucher waiting list online application on Oct. 22. (Screenshot by Guy Valerie Bosworth)A waiting list for Baltimore’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) had 6,500 applicants within 30 minutes of the application going live online. By noon of the second day, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) had received 44,488 applications for the list. Prior to the application website going live on Oct. 22, HABC had said there would only be 25,000 spots opened on the waiting list, and that they would be filled by a random lottery if the authority received more than 25,000 applications.Applications to the waiting list can only be submitted online at http://www.jointhelist.org, and some residents have reported glitches while trying to apply on the website. Guy Valerie Bosworth, a senior at the University of Baltimore who is currently homeless, received an error message telling her to contact the housing authority the four times she attempted to apply on the first day.Another woman, who said she is 61 and also living in a shelter, e-mailed the AFRO on Oct. 23, claiming the website for the application was down when she tried to access it.Tania Baker, deputy director of communications for HABC, told the AFRO in an e-mail, “There was an issue yesterday (Oct. 22) that was quickly resolved. We have not heard of or experienced any issues today. We would encourage anyone using a PC to use the latest version of Internet Explorer.”The waiting list application will remain active through Oct. 30. It is the first time since 2003 that HABC has been accepting new applications for the list.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more