BREAKING NEWS Peggy Kane Resigns From Wilmington School Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Longtime Wilmington School Committee member Peggy Kane has resigned.The announcement was made at the end of last night’s School Committee meeting, when Chair Julie Broussard read a letter from Kane, who was not present at the meeting.“Due to recent events in my life, I find it necessary to relinquish my position on the Wilmington School Committee effective June 13, 2018,” wrote Kane. “My time on the School Committee has been truly gratifying. I enjoyed being part of the education of Wilmington’s children. Thank you.”Kane was the School Committee’s stalwart, serving for nearly 18 years, including as Chair from 2007 to 2016.  The Massachusetts Association of School Committees previously honored Kane with its “All-State School Committee” award for her dedication and accomplishments as a member of the Committee.Kane had previously announced she would not seek re-election when her current term expired in April 2019.School Committee Chair Julie Broussard told her colleagues she will speak with Town Clerk Sharon George regarding the procedure to fill the unexpected vacancy.According to School Committee policy — based on Massachusetts General Law (Title 7, Chapter 41, Section 11) — the remaining six members of the School Committee and the five members of the Board of Selectmen share the responsibility for finding Kane’s replacement.The policy reads:“The School Committee will notify the Selectmen that a vacancy has been created within 30 days after it has occurred. After one week’s notice has been given by the Committee to the Selectmen, so that voters of the town may have the opportunity to state their candidacy, the two governing bodies will meet to fill the vacancy by roll call vote.”“For election to fill a vacancy, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes of the officers entitled to vote. The person so elected will fill the seat on the Committee until the next town election, at which time a member will be elected to serve the remainder of the term.”It is expected that the Selectmen and School Committee will hold a joint meeting within the next 4-5 weeks to fill the vacancy. There will be 9-10 months remaining in Kane’s unexpired term when the appointment is made.Back in 2005, when the Selectmen and School Committee met under similar circumstances to fill a vacancy on the School Committee, it did not go smoothly.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… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Longtime School Committee Member, Community Leader Peggy Kane Passes AwayIn “Breaking News”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: New Chair Selected; Final Day of School FinalizedIn “Education”last_img read more

Watch the 2020 Chevy Corvettes trick GPS frontlift tech in action

first_img Sports Cars Coupes Hatchbacks Auto Tech Chevrolet This sounds like simple, smart bundling of two existing technologies — GPS and nose lift — to ultimately create a much more user-friendly product. Improbably enough, it’s safe to say this front lift tech is yet another reason why we’re incredibly eager to drive this new mid-engined C8 Corvette. We just hope the feature isn’t terribly expensive, or annoyingly bundled into expensive option packages on higher trims. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Will it scrape? Not by the high-tech hairs of its chinny chin chin. Chevrolet Of all the high-performance features on supercars and sports cars, nose-lift mechanisms are among our very favorite, and the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is promising a game-changing one. Admittedly, that may sound like a strange thing to get excited about in a high-powered sports car. However, this traditionally simple technology, which temporarily raises the front end of low-riding vehicles to clear objects like speed bumps and driveway aprons, can be a lifesaver (or at least the savior of front splitters, oil pans and embarrassing scraping noises). Simply put, a nose-lift feature makes living with a low-slung sports car like this sub-$60,000 Corvette much easier on a daily basis.In the mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray’s case, the hydraulic front-lift feature is activated by pushing a switch on the center console adjacent to the gearshift buttons.So what makes the new C8 Corvette’s nose lift so different? In a word, GPS. The Corvette’s optional new front-lift mechanism, which raises the pointy end of the Vette by 1.6 inches in under 3 seconds, can be programmed to remember the GPS locations of up to 1,000 different obstacles, so it can automatically stand the chassis up on its tip-toes when approaching them. screen-shot-2019-07-19-at-10-03-51-amThe C8 will offer a hydraulics-based front-end suspension lift. Chevrolet Once an obstacle is programmed in, all you as the driver have to do is slow down as you approach them — the system works at speeds of up to 24 mph. That means if you live in a subdivision that’s littered with speed bumps or your driveway is a ski slope (like mine!), this Corvette has you covered. Of course, the nose lift feature can still be manually raised and lowered whether you max out those 1,000 GPS locations or not, but assuming this feature works well, the convenience factor could be off the charts. Check out this tech in action in the General Motors’ video below (that voiceover sounds suspiciously like Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, by the way). 55 Photos Tags 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette: 11 key facts about the mid-engine Stingray 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray vs. C7, Ford GT and Porsche 911 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette may get hybrid or electric variants, report says 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Share your voice 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Chevrolet READ MORE ABOUT THE MID-ENGINE 2020 CHEVY CORVETTE 0 Post a comment More From Roadshowlast_img read more

CU teacher Maidul suspended

first_imgChittagong University (CU) authorities on Tuesday suspended assistant professor of Sociology department Maidul Islam, who was sent to jail in a case filed over making ‘derogatory remarks’ on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook, reports UNB.CU vice-chancellor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury said they took action against Maidul as per the university rules.Earlier on Monday, Maidul Islam was sent to jail after he surrendered before the court on expiry of his eight-week anticipatory bail granted by the High Court.On 24 July, former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and CU student Md Iftekhar Uddin Ayaz filed the case with Hathazari police station under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.On 15 July, the Sociology teacher had to leave the campus along with his family following continuous threat reportedly from BCL activists over his Facebook post in support of the quota reform movement and demeaning the prime minister.The BCL men also declared Maidul Islam and another CU teacher persona non-grata on the campus.last_img read more

September is National Back to Church Month

first_imgIn observance of National Back to Church Month, Israel Baptist Church is issuing an invitation to its Back on Track service, 9:45 a.m., Sept. 14 at 2000 N. Washington St. Israel’s pastor, the Rev. H. Walden Wilson II will bring the message and worship leadership will be conducted by the music, deaf, dance and mime ministries. The focus that Sunday will also be in offering thanks for traveling grace and new mercies during summer vacations or staycations.For more information call the church office at 410-732-3494 or visit them on the web at www.israelbaptist.orglast_img read more

Elusive pygmy right whale found to be member of long thought extinct

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: The pygmy right whale Caperea marginata: the last of the cetotheres, Published online December 19, 2012. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2645AbstractThe pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata, is the most enigmatic of the living baleen whales (Mysticeti). Its highly disparate morphology and the virtual absence of a described fossil record have made it extremely difficult to place Caperea into a broader evolutionary context, and molecular and morphological studies have frequently contradicted each other as to the origins and phylogenetic relationships of the species. Our study of a wealth of material from New Zealand collections, representing a wide range of ontogenetic stages, has identified several new features previously unreported in Caperea, which suggest that the pygmy right whale may be the last survivor of the supposedly extinct family Cetotheriidae. This hypothesis is corroborated by both morphology-based and total evidence cladistic analyses, including 166 morphological characters and 23 taxa, representing all the living and extinct families of toothless baleen whales. Our results allow us to formally refer Caperea to Cetotheriidae, thus resurrecting the latter from extinction and helping to clarify the origins of a long-problematic living species. Citation: Elusive pygmy right whale found to be member of long thought extinct group (2012, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-elusive-pygmy-whale-member-thought.html World’s rarest whale seen for the first time Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers in New Zealand have found that the pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata) is not a right whale at all but is instead a member of the cetotheres family of baleen whales, which until now have been believed to be extinct. The team reports on its finding in a paper they’ve had published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.center_img The pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata). Credit: Wikipedia. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Pygmy right whales live in the southern hemispheric oceans far from land and are rarely seen, thus compared to other whales, very little is known about them. They’re also small, growing to a length of just 21 feet and have a very unique arched snout and mouth; appearing as if an upside down grin. Scientists had previously thought the whale was a member of the humpback or bowhead family, as its appearance more resembled those than other baleens.Helping to clarify things, was a pygmy right whale carcass found on a beach in New Zealand in 2002. This new research is based on those remains and on the limited number of other bone samples that have been obtained. A DNA analysis made along with head measurements showed that the whale is in fact a member of the Cetotheriidae family of whales which scientists believed had been extinct for perhaps 2 million years. Because of that the researchers refer to the pygmy right whale as a “living fossil.”The whale is the smallest of the baleen family, and the most reclusive. So much so that scientists know very little about its habits such as what they eat, mate, how they behave etc. and can’t even guess as to how many of them there are alive today. The DNA analysis revealed that the whales evolved approximately nine million years ago, during a time when several other species of the family existed. It’s not known why the others died out while the pygmy was able to survive, but its existence today offers scientists a unique opportunity to study an animal that exists today much as did it and its relatives millions of years ago – if they can find some live specimens to study, of course. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Transport dept bags Skoch award for Gatidhara scheme

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department has bagged the Skoch award for its Gatidhara project, that has provided a means of livelihood to thousands of unemployed youths in Bengal. Gatidhara is one of the dream projects of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, under which the state government gives a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to each of the beneficiaries, to buy a commercial vehicle.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said: “One can witness such a project only in Bengal. There is no such project in any other state of the country. Our officials have received the award on Thursday.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the 2017-18 fiscal, the state Transport department has set a record by achieving more than 100 percent implementation of the Gatidhara scheme. The target was to bring 10,000 unemployed youths under the Gatidhara scheme in the 2017-18 fiscal. But a total of 10,553 unemployed youths have received the benefit.In the 2015-16 fiscal, the state Transport department had brought 5,200 unemployed youths under the scheme and in 2016-17, it was 8,500. In the past three financial years, the state Transport department has brought as many as 24,253 unemployed youths under the scheme. In the current fiscal, more than 700 people have received the sanction letters of the scheme so far. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe department has also taken several steps to ensure safe water transport. Adhikari, along with Additional Chief Secretary of the Transport department Alapan Bandyopadhyay and other senior officials of the department visited MV Shikhashree, which has been introduced recently to ensure safe journey of people across river Hooghly.The three-tier vessel has the capacity to carry 400 passengers. There is accommodation for 250 passengers in the lower deck, while in the middle and upper decks, as many as 125 and 25 people can be accommodated. Adhikari said that more such updated and modern vessels will be introduced by August this year.last_img read more

Suite stay at Secrets Akumal top prize in Sunquests latest contest

first_img Thursday, July 28, 2016 MISSISSAUGA — Sunquest has a seven-night stay at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya up for grabs, in a new contest for bookings July 28 – Aug. 3.All Deal of the Week bookings qualify as a ballot to win. Sunquest will be doing a random draw for the prize when the Deal of the Week ends and the winner will be notified on or before Aug. 10Agents will also receive a bonus US$150 resort coupon, for a total of $550, at all Secrets Resorts and Spas offered by Sunquest in Mexico, the D.R., Jamaica and Costa Rica. This applies per room, per stay, in Preferred Club room categories.For more information visit travelbrandsagent.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: AMResorts, Secrets Resorts & Spas, Sunquest Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Share Suite stay at Secrets Akumal top prize in Sunquest’s latest contestlast_img read more

Red Label Vacations to operate as whollyowned subsidiary of Japans HIS Group

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: H.I.S, Japan, redtag.ca Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 9, 2019 center_img TORONTO — The parent company of TravelBrands, itravel2000.com, The Travel Experts, redtag.ca and more will be bought out by a subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Group in a new deal set to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.Red Label Vacations Inc. says it has signed an agreement to be acquired by the H.I.S. Group subsidiary. H.I.S. has 282 branches in Japan, 275 branches in 158 cities internationally, nearly 17,000 employees worldwide and over ¥600 billion (about Cdn$7.33 billion) in annual sales.H.I.S. is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. The company acquired a majority stake in Merit in December 2016 and also purchased Jonview Canada from Transat in October 2017 for $44 million.With this new deal, Red Label Vacations will continue to operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of H.I.S.Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Canadian Competition Bureau.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“It is a very exciting day for our company as this marks the launch of our next phase of growth,” said RedLabel Vacations co-owners Frank DeMarinis, Joe DeMarinis and Enzo DeMarinis.“H.I.S. is committed to supporting our continued growth at home in Canada as well as internationally. We expect that H.I.S.’s support will enable us to enhance our service offerings on both the wholesale and retail fronts and accelerate our growth objectives. We look forward to a very bright future.”H.I.S. Co. Ltd.’s Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, Hideo Hatano, says the acquisition of Red Label Vacations “is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America and we look forward to building upon Red Label Vacation’s branding and experience in the Canadian market space to further service the North American market.”The DeMarinis brothers’ long history in the travel industry began in 1983 with Belair Travel. Belair was bought out and brought into the fold of what would later become Thomas Cook Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe brothers returned in 2004 and created redtag.ca. In 2013 they acquired the North American segment of Thomas Cook Group plc, later rebranded to TravelBrands. In August 2016, the company acquired itravel2000.com, the second largest OTA in Canada. Share Red Label Vacations to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Grouplast_img read more