Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 14, 2017 – Grand Turk – Following an initial assessment Carnival engineers have confirmed that there is no damage to the Grand Turk cruise Pier. There has been extensive damage to the terminal building which will take approximately one month to repair. Grand Turk has also received regular shipments of water and at the moment has sufficient supply. There are currently teo container shipments of water, food and relief products on it’s way to there as well. Grand Turk Airport is now open for commercial flights, emergency personnel are in the process of mobilising more relief efforts to the nation’s capital.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#11a) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed?Yes.#11b) How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases?There is no easy or short answer to this question as the Massachusetts state budget approaches a total of $41 billion dollars a year. In January 2018, the Baker-Polito administration submitted a FY19 budget proposal that attempted to keep state spending in line with revenue growth, to minimize reliance on non-recurring revenues, and to avoid tax or fee increases to balance the budget, while investing in key areas such as local aid, education, workforce development, substance misuse, mental health, housing, and transportation. Massachusetts has started the next fiscal year without a permanent budget in place after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement in time. The 2019 fiscal year began July 1 and the Legislature passed an interim budget which will fund the state through the end of July. With the passing of this interim budget, there will be no disruption of any services in Massachusetts. As State Representative and member of the House of Representatives, I would be an active participant in this process and I would be advocating for the 19th Middlesex District with the taxpayers in mind while ensuring Wilmington and Tewksbury receive their fair share and any possible increases if possible in Chapter 70 funding and Unrestricted General Government Aid. These funds are critical to both communities in helping assist local government with providing the suite of services that people and families have come to expect and deserve. I would advocate for any available state grant money for any projects or initiatives that pertain to either community within the District on an annual basis.As a prior elected official on the School Committee and Board of Selectmen for the Town of Wilmington, I have always been fiscally conservative and have attempted to strike a balance in meeting collective bargaining agreements, supporting capital improvement projects, continuing the highest level of municipal services possible, supporting smart economic development within the community, maintaining a strong free cash position as recommended by the town’s financial advisors and supporting the Board of Selectmen annual vote of the maximum tax shift classification to help lessen the tax burden on the resident population. I intend to take this same balanced approach to Beacon Hill while recognizing we need to look at strategic ways to fund current and future services not always on the backs of taxpayers.#11c) Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?As State Representative, I would become a scholar of the state budget and would always keep a watchful eye in looking for areas of improvement regarding waste, fraud and abuse. There are documented cases of abuse such as overtime costs, employee benefit cases, etc. for example and one could analyze areas of wasteful spending in every budget which I intend to do on a regular basis. Regarding fraud, I will be reviewing consistently the work done annually by the Office of the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which is an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property. This Office investigates allegations in these areas at all levels of government; reviews programs and practices in state and local agencies to identify system-wide vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement; and assists the public and private sectors to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending. There have been various reports released from the State Auditor’s office. For example, in April 2018, State Auditor Suzanne Bump released the annual report for her office’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), which identified a record $16.9 million in public assistance benefit fraud in FY 2017, a 9% increase over the previous year. This marks the seventh straight year of increased findings according to the report which is not an indication of more fraud in these programs, but rather a reflection of the growing effectiveness of the agency and the expanded use of data analytics to identify fraudulent activities. According to this report, Bump’s office identified over $16 million in fraud, spread over 1,150 completed investigations. The majority of the fraud which was approximately $10.3 million or 61 percent was identified in the Mass Health program. There are other reported areas of fraud and as State Representative, I would do my part in helping to ensure these public benefit programs continue to be designed to provide the needed assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents who truly need the help as many of the beneficiaries of these programs are children, disabled adults, veterans and seniors.#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?Yes, if elected, I do pledge to provide the same extraordinary level of constituent services that State Representative Miceli provided that the people of the Wilmington and Tewksbury are accustomed to while looking for ways to enhance and improve these services provided in any manner possible. State Representative Miceli should be applauded for his hard work, commitment and dedication to constituent services on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District for decades and I would be honored to carry on his legacy in this regard if elected as the next State Representative.As State Representative, there are many ways to be responsive to the communities within the 19th Middlesex District. First, I will hold regular offices hours in both Wilmington and Tewksbury to be available to the public. I would make sure my contact information is widely publicized and my commitment is to be accessible and responsive to anyone within the District at all times. Some constituent service matters are highly sensitive and confidential and must be treated with the proper care and compassion they need and deserve. Sometimes in addition to taking care of the business at hand, people need a leader who listens and one who is trustworthy and provides a level of human service that goes beyond just being an elected official. I am committed to providing this kind of constituent service as I believe it is the right thing to do in taking care of the people and families that make up the fabric of our district that I have been entrusted to serve. Additionally, I intend to be very visible in both Wilmington and Tewksbury by attending as many events, community activities and town meetings as possible. I will be an active listener, a strong voice for the people and I will be willing to assist the residents of the 19th Middlesex District relative to any matter or need that they have. Constituent services can span across many areas and I would use the full weight of the office to be a supporter and advocate for the entire District including residents, local businesses and municipal town government. Providing the highest quality of constituent services as the next State Representative is of critical importance to me and I will work tirelessly on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District every day I am in office.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email email@example.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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? 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Huawei delays laptop reveal, Xbox head on the future… I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X In April, a report suggested that Huawei would be restricted to “noncore” parts of Britain’s next-generation cellular infrastructure. A decision on this had been expected in recent weeks, but it was delayed by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Theresa May’s decision to step down, according to Reuters.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 6:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:37 a.m. PT: Adds more details. $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It See at Turo Mobile Internet Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1:07 $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 See It 1 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle $999 The Cheapskate Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $155 at Google Express $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See it Now playing: Watch this: Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comment Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 40 Photos Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET China warned that Britain shouldn’t exclude Huawei from its 5G development. Angela Lang/CNET China’s ambassador to the UK has warned Britain’s government that barring the use of Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G network could hurt trade relations and investment. It’s yet another twist in the international relations saga as the US puts pressure on its allies to avoid dealing with the telecommunications equipment maker.”It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses,” Lui told the BBC, noting that it could lead to “bad effects not only on trade but also on investment.”The ambassador echoed several of the talking points from an April op-ed in which he urged Britain not to let fear get in the way of “win-win cooperation” with China. The US doesn’t want its European allies to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment, saying the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei Best Buy Share your voice 5G Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $210 at Best Buy Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET
Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity members present its statistics at a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: CourtesyA total of 7,221 people were killed in at least 5,514 road accidents across the country last year, the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, said on Friday.As many as 15,466 others were injured in the accidents.Apart from them, 394 people were killed and 248 others injured in 370 train accidents last year. Accidents on waterways left 126 people dead and 230 others injured with an estimated 387 others missing, the Samity told a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club presenting its statistics, reports UNB.The numbers were compiled from local, regional, and online newspapers and television channels, said the organisation’s secretary general Md Muzammel Haque Chowdhury.They identified several reasons, including reckless driving, overtaking, road conditions, and vehicles without fitness, for the road accidents.
Smoke rising above the city of Deraa as it’s being bombarded, Syria on 26 June in this still image taken from video. Photo: ReutersSyria’s army launched an assault on the flashpoint southern city of Daraa Tuesday, state media said, after a week of deadly bombardment on the nearby countryside caused mass displacement.Government forces have set their sights on retaking the south of the country, a strategic area that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.The escalation against rebels in the past week is the latest in a Russian-backed campaign to retake territory lost since the start of the Syria’s war in 2011.For a week, regime forces have ramped up their bombardment of countryside areas in the southern province of Daraa, which the United Nations says has forced 45,000 people to flee.But on Tuesday, state media said the army was launching an “operation” on the provincial capital itself, known widely as the cradle of Syria’s seven-year uprising.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said it was the first ground operation inside the city since the escalation began.“Regime forces targeted the city of Daraa with more than 15 surface-to-surface missiles, and Russian and Syrian air strikes continue,” the Observatory said.An AFP correspondent on the southern edge of Daraa city said he could see large columns of smoke along the city’s skyline and two airplanes circling above amid the steady boom of air strikes and shelling.State television reported: “Syria’s army is carrying out targeted air strikes against terrorist positions and fortifications in Daraa.”Government news agency SANA said the strikes were a prelude “before military units advance into the south-eastern quarter of the city.”Rebel groups mainly hold the southern half of the city while loyalists control the north.‘Unparalleled destruction’Syria’s army is pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy against rebels in the south, aiming to chop up the horseshoe-shaped territory that the opposition holds.“The regime is seeking to take control of a military base south of the city, which will allow it to cut the route between Daraa city and the Jordanian border, as well as further divide the rebel areas,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, as clashes around the base continued.Overnight, regime forces had recaptured two villages in the east of Daraa province, which allowed them to cut off a rebel pocket, the monitor said.A military source cited by state media said the army had seized both Basr al-Harir and Mlehat al-Atash.Troops then arrived on the edges of the nearby town of Al-Herak, SANA said.Air strikes and barrel bombs on Tuesday caused “unparallelled destruction across the town and to its infrastructure”, 48-year-old resident Khaleel al-Hariri told AFP.Al-Herak’s hospital had already been put out of service several days ago by bombardment.Raids on Tuesday also killed a rescue worker in the town of Basr al-Harir, the White Helmets rescue service said.The UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) in Syria said at least 45,000 people had fled fighting in the area in recent days.Syrians fleeDisplaced families on Tuesday could be seen streaming out of rebel-held areas in trucks piled high with mattresses, furniture, and blankets.In the distance, air strikes left massive brown-grey clouds of smoke hanging above agricultural fields.Rebels hold most of Daraa and the adjacent province of Quneitra, while the government holds a majority of Sweida to the east.The army began an intense bombardment of Daraa’s eastern countryside last week, then started striking the rebel half of Daraa city.On Tuesday, regime forces expanded the offensive even further.“Russian and Syrian air strikes began hitting opposition positions in Daraa’s western countryside near the Golan Heights, for the first time in a year,” said Abdel Rahman, killing six civilians.The regime bombardment has killed 38 civilians in a week, while 29 rebels and 24 pro-government fighters have been killed so far.The United Nations had previously warned that fighting was putting 750,000 people in rebel-held areas of the south in harm’s way.More than five million people have fled abroad since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Another six million are displaced inside the country.Jordan has said it could not absorb a new wave of refugees and its border with Syria would remain closed.Amman has a “duty” to protect refugees; Amnesty International said while telling the Jordanian government it “must open its border to those fleeing Syria”.Front lines had been relatively quiet for nearly a year under a “de-escalation” deal agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan in July 2017.To avoid a bloody onslaught, Russia is leading talks with Syria, Jordan, Israel and the United States to reach a negotiated settlement.
With major construction on the Purple Line expansion of Washington D.C.’s Metro system scheduled to start late this year, the Maryland Transit Administration is facing criticism from one community along the 16-mile route.Rendering: Purple Line train, Riverdale Park Station, Maryland. (Maryland Transit Administration)According to The Washington Post, Prince George’s County, Md. residents are urging MTA to change the design for the Riverdale Park station, particularly plans for a 26-foot-high wall on top of which the light rail station platform will sit.Residents have nicknamed the structure the “Trump wall,” and believe the structure would block businesses from being seen from the road. According to Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA, plans for the wall came after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made changes to the Purple Line design. “Retained fill walls” at Riverdale Station were among the changes made to cut costs, according to Governor Larry Hogan’s office, but the height of the structure wasn’t listed.The 16.2-mile light rail route connecting Montgomery County and Prince George’s County is expected to begin service in 2022.