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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 13, 2019:#1) Wilmington High CATS Fundraiser At The 99The Wilmington High School Choral and Theatre Support Group (WHS CATS) is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to WHS CATS.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)#2) RMLD Homeowner Info Session At LibraryReading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites residential customers to learn about their electric service as well as ways to save energy and money at this free information session at the Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) at 7pm. Topics include:Available energy efficiency programs including rebates and a no-cost home energy assessmentRMLD online tools such as our online Bill Payment System, Online Store, and Customer Rebate PortalPrograms including Solar Choice and Shred the PeakEnergy efficiency tips for the homeAn overview of the home electrical service configuration covering topics such as ownership and safetyThis info session is a great opportunity for both new and experienced homeowners to learn about their electrical service and RMLD programs. RMLD customers who rent are also welcome!Light refreshments will be served, and each attendee will receive a complimentary LED light bulb. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, May 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_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_imgHighlights of Oikya Front manifestoThe opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front on Monday unveiled 35 pledges announcing its election manifesto .ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections on 30 December.If voted to power, according to the manifesto, the Front will ensure checks and balance in power between the president and the prime minister.A person cannot hold the position of the prime minister for more than two consecutive terms, the Front pledges.It also announces that current development activities and trials of the war crimes will continue.The Front, led by Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain, includes the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), ASM Abdur Rab’s Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab), Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s Nagorik Oikya, and Abdul Kader Siddique’s Krishak Sramik Janata League.Mahmudur Rahman Manna read out the manifesto at an event at Hotel Purbani International in the city.Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Ganashasthya Kendro’s founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, and Kader Siddique, among others, were present.In his opening remarks, Kamal Hossain said, “We saw a farcical election in 5 January 2014. A total of 154 candidates became members of parliament without any contest. It is contrary the constitution.”Manna said the price of electricity will not be raised in the next five years for consumers.A truth and reconciliation commission will be formed to investigate the enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and false cases filed in the past 10 years, he added.According to the manifesto, those, who attacked students during the recent movement of safe roads, will be brought to book in a speedy trial tribunal.The Front pledged immediate steps to mitigate the traffic congestion in major cities.The manifesto also vows to fight corruption and ensure accountable governance.On foreign policy, the manifesto said, the steps will be taken to strengthen relations with India on the basis of equality.If the Front assumes office, Bangladesh will also join the projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative that are beneficial for the country, according to the manifesto.Issues such as water-sharing of Teesta and other common rivers and Rohingya issue will be resolved through bilateral talks, the Front pledges.UNB adds: The Front’s manifesto includes  introducing upper house in parliament, restoration of people’s ownership of the country.“We announce the Jatiya Oikya Front’s election charter. It’s a manifesto of the people. We’ve formulated it based on public opinion for welfare. We believe in the people’s ownership of the country that will be restored through voting,” Kamal Hossain said in his inaugural speech.“If Jatiya Oikya Front gets responsibility of running the country by winning the elections, it will ensure welfare of all citizens. National unity, not the political vengeance, will be our main principle in running the government,” Mahmudur Rahman said.Referring to the spirit of the constitution, Manna said people are the owners of all power of the republic. He added that, not only those who will win the election, but also those who will suffer defeat—their leaders and activists—will be the owners of the country if Oikya Front comes to power. “We’ll take opinions of the opposition parties in governing the country,” he added.The opposition coalition promised to scrap the Digital Security Act.Manna said Oikya Front will form a ministry for minorities and stop repression on them if it comes to power.“An upper chamber of parliament will be created while article 70 of the constitution will be amended through discussion with all,” Manna said.The some other promises of Oikya Front include stopping torture in police remand and arrest of people by plainclothes, ensuring compensation for those who have been made accused in false cases, showing zero tolerance to sexual and verbal harassment of women, preventing dowry, forming an independent commission comprising eminent citizens and opposition MPs for all important appointments including those of judges, examining the justification of formation of provincial government, investigating the plundering in banking sector, reforming the health sector, bringing down the cost of medical treatment, introducing health cards for all and appointing an ombudsman for bringing discipline in the health sector.The coalition also pledges to revoke PSC and JSC examinations, introduce unified admission test in all public universities, reduce number of reserved seats for women to 10 per cent from 15 per cent, but ensure nomination of at least 20 per cent women candidates for parliamentary polls, ensure freedom of the press, encourage investigative journalism, announce regular wage board for journalists, ensure security of journalists in discharging their duties, reduce call rates of mobile phone and internet, and send a new satellite into the space.last_img read more

first_imgDescribed as, ‘A theatrical journey through Marguerite Duras approach to love and desire,’ French play, created in English Gates to India, had its world premier at the residence of the French Ambassador on 9 March. The text of the play is based on India Song and The Vice-Consul written by Marguerite Duras and directed by Eric Vigner. The cast comprised of Nandita Das (playing the role of Anne-Marie Stretter), Suhaas Ahuja (The Vice-Consul), Subodh Maskara (Ambassador/Club Secretary), Jim Sarbh (Charles Rossett) and Neeraj Kabi (Peter Morgan). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the first time on the eve of celebrating the centenary of Duras’ birth, the India dreamt in The Vice-Consul and the India Song by the author of Hiroshima mon amor meets the reality of India. Duras is one of the most important French authors of the 20th century.The play revolves around the story of a love lived in an India of the 1930’s, fixed in the climax of passion. As the scenes unfold in dialogues intertwined with the suffocating heat of India, the travels and the travails of the Vice-Consul who on an assuming sultry evening in the then Calcutta, screams out his love for Anne Marie Stretter. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNandita Das as Annie Marie Stretter is the ultimate Durassian heroine who travels through the writer’s body of work and Suhaas Ahuja as the Vice-Consul captures the imagination of the audience with his stoic resilience that crumbles in to a haunting and troubled expression of love.The play will be travelling to Mumbai and Kolkata as well and to give Gates to India the right feel, specific venues have been selected for both the cities. While in Mumbai, the Prithvi Theatre and the NCPA will host the play; Kolkata will have the tale unfold in the courtyard of Tagore House.The Delhi chapter had the site-specific piece unfold in the Residence of the French Ambassador on a perfect Saturday evening. Starting off in the interiors, the story and the play travels to the garden where the climactic end braces the characters.The play is on from the 9 to the 13 at the Residence of the French Ambassador, 7 pm onwards. Entry is by invitation only, so make sure you bag one.last_img read more

first_imgSaudi authorities said on Saturday the annual haj pilgrimage would continue despite a crane collapse that killed 107 people at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, where crowds returned to pray a day after the disaster.India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that there were two Indian women among the 107 people killed in the collapse. Around 15 Indian nationals were injured and were being treated in hospitals, said a statement posted on Twitter.Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have already arrived in Mecca for the haj, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings which last year drew two million worshippers. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damParts of the Grand Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, remained sealed off Saturday around the remains of the red and white crane, accentuating the crush of humanity inside. Worshippers thronged the mosque as the midday call to prayer sounded, said sources.Indonesians and Indians were among those killed when the crane collapsed during a storm on what is the main weekly prayer day for Muslims. Around 200 others were injured.A Saudi official said this year’s haj, expected to start on September 21, would proceed despite the tragedy.“It definitely will not affect the haj this season and the affected part will probably be fixed in a few days,” said the official, who declined to be named.last_img read more

first_imgA lot of things make working in tech difficult. Technical debt is one of them. Whether you’re working in-house or for an external team, you’ve probably experienced some tough challenges when it comes to legacy software. Most people have encountered strange internal software systems, a CMS that has been customized in a way that no one has the energy to fathom. Working your way around and through these can be a headache to say the least. In this year’s Skill Up survey, we found that Technical debt and legacy issues are seen by developers as the biggest barrier to business goals. According to 49% of respondents, old technology and software is stopping organizations from reaching their full potential. But it might also be stopping developers from moving forward in their careers. Read the report in full. Sign up to our newsletter and download the PDF for free. Technical debt and the rise of open source Arguably, issues around technical debt have become more pronounced in the last decade as the pace of technical change has seemingly increased. I say seemingly, because it’s not so much that we’re living in an entirely new technical landscape. It’s more that the horizons of that landscape are expanding. There are more possibilities and options open to businesses today. Technology leadership is difficult in 2018. To do it well, you need to stay on top of new technologies. But you also need a solid understanding of your internal systems, your team, as well as wider strategic initiatives and business goals. There are a lot of threads you need to manage. Are technology leaders struggling with technical debt? Perhaps technology leaders are struggling. But perhaps they’re also making the best of difficult situations. When you’re juggling multiple threads in the way I’ve described, you need to remain focused on what’s important. Ultimately, that’s delivering software that delivers value. True, your new mobile app might not be ideal; the internal CMS you were building for a client might not offer an exemplary user experience. But it still does the job – and that, surely is the most important thing? We can do better – let’s solve technical debt together It’s important to be realistic. In the age of burn out and over work, let’s not beat ourselves up when things aren’t quite what we want. Much of software engineering is, after all, making the best of a bad situation. But the solutions to technical debt can probably be found in a cultural shift. The lack of understanding of technology on the part of management is surely a large cause of technical debt. When projects aren’t properly scoped and when deadlines are set without a clear sense of what level of work is required, that’s when legacy issues begin to become a problem. In fact, it’s worth looking at all the other barriers. In many ways, they are each a piece of the puzzle if we are to use technology more effectively – more imaginatively – to solve business problems. Take these three: Lack of quality training or learning Team resources Lack of investment in projects All of these point to a wider cultural problem with the way software is viewed in businesses. There’s no investment, teams are under-resourced, and support to learn and develop new skills is simply not being provided. With this lack of regard for software, it’s unsurprising that developers are spending more time solving problems on, say, legacy code, than solving big, interesting problems. Ones that might actually have a big impact. One way of solving technical debt, then, is to make a concerted effort to change the cultural mindset. Yes, some of this will need to come from senior management, but all software engineers need to take responsibility. This means better communication and collaboration, a commitment to documentation – those things that are so easy to forget to do well when you could be shipping code. What happens if we don’t start solving technical debt Technical debt is like global warming – it’s happening already. We feel the effects every day. However, it’s only going to get worse. Yes, it’s going to damage businesses, but it’s also going to hurt developers. It’s restricting the scope of developers to do the work they want to do and make a significant impact on their businesses. It seems as though we’re locked in a strange cycle where businesses talk about the importance of ‘digital skills’ and technical knowledge gaps but ironically can’t offer the resources or scope for talented developers to actually do their job properly. Developers bring skills, ideas, and creativity to jobs only to find that they’re isn’t really time to indulge that creativity. “Maybe next year, when we have more time” goes the common refrain. There’s never going to be more time – that’s obvious to anyone who’s ever had a job, engineer or otherwise. So why not take steps to start solving technical debt now? Read next 8 Reasons why architects love API driven architecture Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools The best backend tools in web developmentlast_img read more