The State Intelligence Department (SID) has accorded ‘X’ category security to Megha Pansare, Hamid Dabholkar and his sister, activist Mukta Dabholkar — kin of slain rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar — after a diary obtained from one of the suspects in the Gauri Lankesh murder allegedly mentioned the three as possible targets of a radical Hindutva outfit.According to sources, the SID, concerned over the findings of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Lankesh’s killing decided to provide round-the-clock security to the three subjects by assigning bodyguards from the department’s Special Protection Unit (SPU).In June, the Karnataka SIT, probing the Gauri Lankesh case, had chanced upon a diary which allegedly contained a ‘hit-list’ of prominent persons – progressives and secular thinkers — who were vocal critics of radical Hindutva ideas.The diary is said to belong to Amol Kale, one of the suspects in Lankesh’s murder, who was picked up by the Karnataka police from Pune’s Pimpri-Chinchwad area in May. Kale’s diary had theatre luminary Girish Karnad, noted writer-politician B T Lalitha Naik and pontiff Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamy of Nidumamidi Mutt among others as prime targets.Last month, Krishna Prakash, Spl. IG, (Protection & VIP Security) of the SID had informed Dr. Pansare, along with Dr. Hamid Dabholkar and Mukta Dabholkar, of a perceived threat to their lives as their names had figured in the diary. Accordingly, since mid-July, a bodyguard from the department’s Special Protection Unit (SPU) has been assigned to each of them to provide round-the-clock security.“Earlier, a constable from the local [Rajarampuri] police station used to act as security. However, in view of the increased threat perception, the SID has now provided us with a highly-trained SPU security man for 24X7 protection,” said Dr. Pansare said, speaking to The Hindu.In a bid to nip any untoward incident in the bud, the SID has ensured security to the three activists even during their interstate travels.“On a recent visit to Kolkata, an SPU person accompanied me all the way from my residence in Kolhapur to the Pune airport from where my scheduled flight to the West Bengal capital was to take off. On disembarking at Kolkata, a man from the SID was waiting to escort me to the event where I was due to speak,” said Dr. Pansare, who is the daughter-in-law of the late Govind Pansare and an assistant professor at Kolhapur’s Shivaji University. In June this year, a team of the Maharashtra SIT had gone to Karnataka to interrogate arrested Sri Ram Sene activist Parashuram Waghmore, prime accused in the Gauri murder case, in connection with the killing of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare.Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was shot by motorcycle-borne assailants in August 2013 in Pune while out on a morning stroll while Govind Pansare, along with his wife Uma, were repeatedly shot at bike-borne assailants in an eerily similar manner outside their Kolhapur residence on February 16, 2015. While Ms. Pansare survived, the communist leader succumbed to his wounds in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on February 20.Since then, investigation into the murders of both rationalists has been marred by the tardy pace of probe agencies, leading the Bombay High Court earlier this month to pull-up the CBI, the State SIT and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for their protracted delay in cracking both cases.
Cabinet has approved US$7.4 million for the supply, installation and commissioning of a sea walk floating pier for cruise ships at Port Royal.Making the disclosure during yesterday’s (July 11) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, informed that Cruise Ventures AS was awarded the contract.In March this year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, announced Cabinet’s approval of the development of a cruise-ship terminal at Port Royal, creating a platform for the restoration of the sector in the historic town.Port Royal is one of the most fascinating locations in the entire Caribbean, with well over 500 years of incredible history, full of the most interesting characters to have ever lived.A key component of the proposed development is restoration of historical sites in Port Royal, including the Old Naval Hospital, Fort Charles, the Admiralty houses and Fort Rocky.
New Delhi: The NCLAT Thursday cleared the takeover of Essar Steel by ArcelorMittal after it rejected all objections raised by the shareholders of the debt-ridden company. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), however, gave operational creditors equal footing into the proceeds of insolvency auction. The two-member NCLAT bench, headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhyaya, rejected Essar Steel Director Prashant Ruia’s contention that ArcelorMittal was ineligible to bid under insolvency and bankruptcy law because of allegedly holding shares loan defaulting companies. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe NCLAT had earlier reserved its order over a batch of petitions against ArcelorMittal’s Rs 42,000-crore takeover bid for Essar Steel as well as the distribution of funds among the creditors of the debt-ridden company. The bench said that the Committee of Creditors (CoC) will only look at the viability of the resolution plan submitted by the bidder and will not get into the distribution of the amount among different creditors. Distribution of the amount will be done by the resolution applicant as the CoC has no authority on it. Total claims of financial and operational creditors stand revised to Rs 69,192 crore. Meanwhile, an Essar Steel spokesperson said, “It appears that new facts regarding ineligibility under Section 29A which emerged only after the previous judgement of the Supreme Court, have not been given due consideration. We are awaiting the detailed order and decide our course of action thereafter.”
VICTORIA – Three Green party members made history Wednesday when they were sworn in as members of British Columbia’s legislature.The trio have set a record for the largest number of Greens elected to a legislature in Canada.Sonia Furstenau, Adam Olsen and party leader Andrew Weaver each capturing a seat on Vancouver Island in last month’s election.Weaver was the only Green sitting in the legislature when the government was dissolved earlier this spring.He said he’s looking forward to working with his new colleagues.“It’s a huge sense of relief that I have help.”The Greens are eagerly anticipating their enhanced status in the legislature, Weaver said.The election on May 9 did not produce a clear winner, but led to the Greens signing an agreement with the New Democrats to support a minority NDP government.The legislature has been recalled for June 22, setting in motion a series of moves that could see the NDP and Greens vote to defeat Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government.“This long period of delay has led to uncertainty that we don’t really need,” Weaver said.Furstenau and Olsen said the swearing-in ceremony was emotional and served to focus their political goals and aspirations.Indigenous singers and drummers from southern Vancouver Island escorted Olsen into legislature for the ceremony. Olsen, who is a member of the Victoria-area Tsartlip First Nation, wore a traditional aboriginal blanket and headdress to the ceremony.Furstenau, who was elected in the Duncan-area Cowichan Valley riding, said the three Greens will make collaboration their hallmark in the often confrontational B.C. legislature.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the legislature would be recalled next week.
HALIFAX – The federal government has announced more temporary fisheries closures in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence following North Atlantic right whale sightings.The Fisheries Department says the new closures take effect this morning.Ottawa says all gear must be removed from the affected areas, and notice will be given prior to reopening.It says the closure affects fisheries including snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster and whelk.An entangled right whale was spotted last Friday in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, but fisheries officials have not been able to locate it despite extensive searches in the water and the air.The incident marks the first known entanglement of the season in the gulf, where the endangered species migrates in the summer months to feed after calving off the southern U.S.
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle has started filming season 4 in Vancouver.Filming Dates: Sept. 17th, 2018 to Feb. 28th, 2019Cast: Alexa Davolos, Rufus Sewell, Joel de la Fuente, Luke Kleintank, Stephen Root, Rupert Evans, Jason O’Mara, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Chelah Horsdal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate reality circa 1962 where the Japanese and Germans won World War II and divided the United States into three regions — the west coast as the Japanese Pacific States, the Rockies as a neutral zone and the east coast as the Greater Nazi Reich.
FORT NELSON, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Fort Nelson region.At around 2:50 p.m., Environment Canada meteorologists began tracking a severe thunderstorm around 50 kilometres north of Sikanni Chief, just east of Highway 97. The storm was said to be moving slowly to the northwest and is capable of producing strong gusts of wind, pea to dime-sized hail, and heavy rain.Residents are being warned that the heavy downpours could cause flash floods, as well as water pooling on roads.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.The strong upper ridge of high pressure that has caused higher than normal temperatures in the region since Sunday has moved into Alberta, which has resulted in the airmass over the B.C. Interior to become moist and unstable.The main thunderstorm threat will be rainfall rates of up to 25 mm in one hour due to the slow movement of the storms. In Northeast B.C. the threat of severe thunderstorms should be confined near the Rockies where there is also the risk of wind gusts up to 90 km/h. UPDATE: At around 4:30 p.m. Environment Canada Meteorologists tracked another thunder storm form in front of the previous storm.The storms are moving in a northeast direction and are one of the largest systems in the area. Residents should be expected to see 25 mm of rainfall.Fort St. John residents could potentially see thunderstorms come the evening.
Rabat – Following Kohler’s call to resume negotiations on Western Sahara, Polisario confirmed its readiness to engage with Morocco while Algeria is silent.The Polisario Front “reaffirms its readiness to fully engage into negotiations with Morocco, in accordance with the UN Security Council’s resolution 2414,” said Abdelkader Taleb Omar, ambassador of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Republic to Algeria on Sunday, August 12.Horst Kohler, the UN secretary-general’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, gave the UN Security Council a briefing on the situation in Western Sahara on Wednesday, August 8. At the briefing, Kohler called on the parties in the conflict—Morocco and the Polisario Front—as well as neighboring states such as Algeria to resume negotiations to find a mutually agreed upon and mutually acceptable political solution to the Western Sahara conflict.The majority of the council members also invited Kohler to continue his efforts to push concerned parties to reach a final resolution to the forty-year conflict.Omar affirmed that Polisario is committed to cooperate with Kohler, praising the UN personal envoy’s efforts for “a just and fair solution guaranteeing the right of Sahrawi people to self-determination,” Sahara Press Service (SPS) reported yesterday August 13.The Sahrawi representative also called the UN Security Council to “assume its responsibility in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter and to ensure the respect for Sahrawi people’s inalienable right to self-determination.”Algeria not willing to be part of the negotiationsThe Security Council stressed the need for Algeria to contribute to the political process and to engage further in the negotiations as stipulated in the council’s Resolution 2414 of April 27, 2018.Morocco has continually called on Algeria to engage in the negotiations and insisted that Algiers must be part of a solution to the regional conflict since it is the fundamental supporter of the Polisario Front.However, Algeria has not yet officially expressed its willingness to take part in negotiations over Western Sahara. On the contrary, Algeria’s government officials have maintained their position to refrain from joining the negotiation process.In mid-April, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said in a statement that “Moroccans want to make Algeria a part” of the Western Sahara issue, but he claimed the solution lies between Morocco and Polisario, not Algeria.On April 4, King Mohammed VI sent a letter to the United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, calling for Algeria to fully engage in the ongoing Sahara issue.“It is Algeria that hosts, arms, backs up, and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario,” said the King in his letter, which Morocco’s foreign minister delivered to the UNSG in New York.Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel made a similar statement a week before Ouyahia’s, when television channel France 24 asked him about his opinion on the King’s letter.Messahel reaffirmed Algeria’s position refusing to sit at the negotiating table, a position he said would not change.Negotiations on the conflict have always been between “the Polisario representatives and Morocco, it will not change,” Messahel claimed. “It is a case between Morocco and the Sahrawi people, and between Morocco and the decisions of the United Nations.”Later in April, a source at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “Algeria’s support of the Sahrawi people and its legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, does not mean that it should be involved in negotiations,” according to a statement by Algeria Press Service (APS).A founding member of the Polisario Front who quitted the front in 1990, Bachir Dhkil, said in an interview on August 9 that “Algeria should come to the negotiation table and help find a solution to the conflict it created in the first place.”Dhkil deemed Algeria “responsible for the genesis and the escalation of the Western Sahara question.” Dhkil asserted that the neighboring country “not only trains and finances the Polisario Front, but it also gets in the way whenever there are peace talks and prospects of a peaceful settlement.”Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, told Moroccan media that negotiations over the Western Sahara conflict without the participation of Algeria will be a “waste of time.”While insisting that Algeria must engage in future negotiations, Hilale stressed that Morocco “is definitely not ready for negotiations with a party [Polisario] that has no authority, no independence, and no power to make decisions on its own.”
States Parties to the international treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC) have selected Fatou B. Bensouda of the Gambia as the consensus candidate to be the next prosecutor, the court said today.Ms. Bensouda is expected to be elected on 12 December at the tenth session of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC, the court – which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands – said in a press release. She will assume office 16 June next year to replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, who has been prosecutor since 2003 and whose term will come to an end.Ms. Bensouda has served as ICC’s Deputy Prosecutor since September 2004, and previously worked as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, where she rose to the position of senior legal adviser and head of the legal advisory unit.The consultations that led to an informal agreement that she be considered for nomination as ICC Prosecutor lasted four weeks and included a series of meetings of the New York Working Group of the Bureau, where the four candidates shortlisted by the search committee were given the opportunity to present themselves to States Parties. 1 December 2011States Parties to the international treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC) have selected Fatou B. Bensouda of the Gambia as the consensus candidate to be the next prosecutor, the court said today.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 3, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss Utah’s impressive win in Houston to even up the series, replay the Raptors’ terrible fourth quarter against the Cavs in Game 1 of their series, and touch on Stephen Curry’s return for the Golden State Warriors.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.
Catcher Dan Burkhart was named to the 2010 Johnny Bench Award watch list. The award is given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. Burkhart was the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year last season. He batted .354 last season and had 62 RBI. Burkhart has started hot this season, batting .435. He has thrown out 36 percent of attempted base stealers in his career.Freshman Amy Meier was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week this week after finishing in a tie for seventh at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge. She shot a 79 in the first round and a 70 in the second round, tying for the lowest score. Meier’s scores led the Buckeyes to finish as runner-ups in the 18-team field, which encompassed 11 top 30 teams. Meier is the first Buckeye to earn any weekly honor this season. Women’s volleyball recruit Kaitlyn Leary was named to the Sports Imports/Volleyball Magazine Girls Fab 50. The two-time state champion comes to Ohio State from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter was first-team All-State in 2008 and 2009. She has trained and competed with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team for two years in preparation for the competition in the Big Ten. Leary joins the Buckeye roster as the sixth player on the Fab 50 list.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Oregon State game on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins is no stranger to the big lights.In high school, the four-star prospect, according to 247Sports composite rankings, won back-to-back conference titles in Maryland’s Interstate Athletic Conference at Bullis School before committing to Ohio State.Then, in his redshirt freshman year for the Buckeyes, Haskins led Ohio State back with 17 unanswered points to defeat Michigan 31-20 when quarterback J.T. Barrett went down with an injury.Now with two collegiate starts, dominant victories in each, the redshirt sophomore quarterback faces his toughest challenge yet with No. 15 TCU.“I think they do a really good job,” Haskins said. “They’re a really experienced team, and we’re getting ready for them.”Haskins might be going into the biggest start of his Ohio State career, but in Wednesday’s interview, it seemed like any regular week.Though this will be his first time starting a primetime game or facing a ranked opponent, Haskins seemed incredibly calm about the entire situation.He said, regardless of the heightened pressure in the game, all he’s thinking about is how to win it.“I really haven’t thought about that,” Haskins said. “The biggest thing for me is to go win the game and that’s all I want to do.”So far this season, Haskins has proven to be calm and confident under center.In his first two collegiate starts, Haskins has completed 79.2 percent of his passes for 549 yards and nine touchdowns, with only one interception. This has, in part, led to the Ohio State offense averaging 64.5 points per game through its first two matchups.But, on Saturday night, in his third start, Haskins faces a TCU defense that has allowed only 9.5 points per game while holding opposing quarterbacks to the eighth-fewest passing yards per game in the NCAA.TCU head coach Gary Patterson has always held a defense-first approach, even in the offense-heavy Big 12 conference. Acting head coach Ryan Day complimented the depth that TCU’s defense holds against his inexperienced quarterback.“Coach Patterson has done a great job. They have all the answers,” Day said. “They make quick adjustments. They know exactly how you’re trying to attack them, so very, very talented group.”The Horned Frogs will give the Buckeyes their first real challenge, their first major opponent after handedly defeating Oregon State and Rutgers.But an outside viewer would never be able to tell that Haskins, a quarterback who just made his first two starts at Ohio State, is about to go up against one of the highest-ranked defenses in the nation on Saturday.Instead, Haskins said if anything rattles him, it’s his dogs, and maybe some school work.“Probably the biggest thing is homework,” Haskins said. “Having to take my dogs out and pick their, you now, stuff up, that gets me pretty riled up.”
Brace yourself, China. the Meizu MX is coming soon. The company’s latest Android smartphone offering will launch on January 1, 2012 for just under 3,000 Yen (about $470).Meizu has also delivered a full list of specifications, and the Meizu MX is no slouch. It packs a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 processor paired with a Mali-400 MP GPU for plenty of graphics muscle. The MX also crams in 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear and VGA front cameras, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/CDMA/HSPA+ support, a micro SIM slot, and micro USB for charging and data transfer.At 139 grams and 10.3mm thickness, the Meizu MX isn’t anywhere near as slender as the Fujitsu Arrows ES we showed you the other day — but it’s pretty close to the iPhone 4S. That’s not a complete surprise, given the amount of “inspiration” Meizu’s past efforts took from Apple’s seminal smartphone.For its operating system the MX features Flyme OS, a heavily customized version of Android 2.3. Meizu says that an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is coming soon, and that it will be delivered to both the brand-new MX and its predecessor, the M9.Meizu also has a quad-core version of the MX planned, but the company says it won’t be arriving until later on in 2012. That makes sense, since by then every mobile gadget company under the sun will have pumped out something portable with a quad-core chip in it. We’ve already seen the HTC Zeta and a 5-inch Lenovo phoneblet use one, and there’s talk of the Samsung Galaxy S3 shipping with a quad processor as well.More at Engadget
Currently, the Senate continues its consideration of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and work through amendments being offered. It is expected to be on the Senate floor into next week.The underlying bill, as reported out of committee, included provisions to wall off the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), thus providing significant additional funding for port and harbor maintenance and dredging. The bill also included reforms intended to streamline the process for Corps of Engineers projects and reduce project completion times. These are provisions that ASA strongly supports.The manager’s amendment offered by the bill sponsors and adopted by the Senate, includes provisions to free up money and increase the capacity of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) by taking the Olmsted Lock and Dam project out of the trust fund account. This action would enable funding to go to other waterways infrastructure, including locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River.Additionally, the adopted amendment includes compromise language on the streamlined process for Corps projects, as well as a compromise on the HMTF that would provide, under certain circumstances, increased funding annually for port maintenance and dredging, but not wall-off the trust fund entirely.Unfortunately, neither the underlying bill nor the manager’s amendment included provisions to increase IWTF revenues. ASA supports increased funding and/or alternative financing mechanisms to provide more money to address inland waterways infrastructure projects.Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is planning to offer an amendment to add provisions of his Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act (S. 565) to WRDA. Much of S. 565 has been incorporated into the WRDA, but Senator Durbin’s amendment will add a study of the Mississippi River Basin to the bill. It is intended to help better understand how the Basin functions and how it can be managed to maintain safe and reliable navigation and protect lives and property, especially during times of extreme flooding and drought.ASA encourages all members to visit the Soy Action Center and urge their Senators to oppose any efforts to roll back the provisions in S. 601 to streamline the review process for Corps of Engineers projects; and to support amendments that may be offered to increase funding for IWTF.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The Archdiocese of Miami celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family-friendly event in Hollywood.Nativity Catholic Church and School, located at 5220 Johnson St., marked the archdiocese’s diamond anniversary with the Parish Life Mass and Picnic, Sunday afternoon.The picnic was full of free activities with food, face painting, games and balloon artists. The festivities also included rides, rock climbing and a “Battle of the Worship Bands” competition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
While the debate over “Google: Friend or Foe” continues with magazine and online content publishers, a new service from MashLogic offers publishers a way to keep readers at their sites without having to look up related topics on Google or Bing. MashLogic has developed two semantic tools, “2Stay” and “2Go,” that identify and link to related topics and terms. “If you’re interested in a certain topic like sports or music, this would automatically identify links to those topics like players and teams or performers,” said CEO Ranjit Padmanabhan.” The service is customizable for the host site. On Goal.com, a soccer-dedicated site and early MashLogic client, a series of red dots are visible under linkable terms which take the reader to other contextually relevant articles at the site. MashLogic is currently on 14 of Goal’s international language sites and in front of approximately 10 million monthly uniques. “This offers the ability to expose the reader to additional content,” said vice president of business development John Bryan. “There is a great degree of positive churn with stories and we’re making older content relevant by bringing it in front of the user. This also reinforces the relevance of your brand to the user and can increasing page clickthrough and time on site, which leads to higher CPMs and advertiser satisfaction.” Bryan said the tool has particular appeal for publishers in three areas: fast-moving news, celebrity stories and sports. Past articles can be presented in a vertical timeline or horizontally across different categories. In a demo for the NewYorkTimes.com, the term “Meryl Streep” on the home page generated 10 related stories in the past seven days that had been on the site across blogs, movie reviews, fashion, finance and celebrity. The minimum requirement for a publisher is to have an RSS feed which they can turn over to MashLogic for indexing, as well as implementation of a few lines of java script. Publishers can also restrict certain terms (such as the name of a competitive site). “We have found MashLogic to be a valuable tool in both retaining users on Goal.com and encouraging them to return to the site for access to related content,” said Ron Elwell, president and COO of Goal.com. “We generate upwards of 60,000 articles each month, and MashLogic encourages our visitors to read and engage more with them. It also diverts users back towards Goal.com in coordination with our content, and the tool is in line with our aim of equipping each user with the functionality to seek out information.”Free To Publishers (With an Eye on Revenue Sharing) MashLogic is currently free to publishers and is looking at developing a revenue share model on product links to sites such as iTunes and Amazon, as well as product sales (such as a soccer jersey) on sites like Goal.com.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Department of Public Works began site work for the Pickleball Courts at Town Hall (Palmer Park) on Monday morning and is expected to continue all week.On Friday, May 11, a crane will be on site for the purpose of removing larger trees. As a result, the basketball court and playground area will be off limits between the hours of 7am. and 4pm.In the event work is not completed on Friday, work will resume on Friday, May 18.Town Meeting voters approved funding for three pickleball courts at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.Unsure what Pickleball is? Learn more about the sport by watching this video from the Wilmington Recreation Department HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTHE WAIT IS OVER: Pickleball Courts To Open At Palmer Park This Wednesday, September 26In “Community”Wilmington To Build 3 Pickleball CourtsIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”
Tags 10 Phones Share your voice Comments Rumors Sprint T-Mobile T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger may have hit another government snag. Josh Miller/CNET T-Mobile and Sprint have hit another government roadblock in their quest to merge. A group of 10 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, filed a multistate lawsuit Monday to stop the pending $26 billion deal. The antitrust lawsuit claims that the merger would “deprive consumers of the benefits of competition and drive up prices for cellphone services.” The suit was filed in New York federal court in coordination with Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Connecticut, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the New York attorney general’s office announced. “The T-Mobile and Sprint merger would not only cause irreparable harm to mobile subscribers nationwide by cutting access to affordable, reliable wireless service for millions of Americans, but would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities here in New York and in urban areas across the country,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “That’s why we are going to court to stop this merger and protect our consumers, because this is exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing megamerger our antitrust laws were designed to prevent.” T-Mobile and Sprint did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. In a press conference, James said that by opposing the deal the attorneys general are “standing up for consumers, standing up for economic development and standing up innovation and standing up for lower prices.” James did, however, say that her office has reached out to the Department of Justice, T-Mobile and Sprint and that “negotiations are ongoing.” Reuters first reported that the 10 attorneys general were looking to block the deal. Since being announced last year, T-Mobile’s push to merge with Sprint has been met with strong government pushback over concerns it would harm competition. In February, nine Senate Democrats signed a letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai urging the agency to block the deal, writing that the merger is “likely to raise prices for consumers, harm workers, stifle competition, exacerbate the digital divide, and undermine innovation.” Several presidential candidates signed off on the letter, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Cory Booker of New Jersey. House Democrats, led by freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, followed suit shortly thereafter by sending a similar letter to Pai and Department of Justice head Makan Delrahim outlining their opposition to the deal, stressing how it would “disproportionately hurt lower-income people and communities of color.” That letter was signed by 36 other representatives. In May Pai and the FCC gave a thumbs up to the deal with the chairman touting the deal’s potential improvements for 5G network deployment and increasing coverage in rural America. The DOJ has yet to rule, though the staff of the department has recommended that the agency sue to stop the deal. James said the litigation will continue even if the DOJ approves the merger. “DOJ and FCC have broad standards,” James told reporters. “We are viewing this primarily through the lens of competition, prices, innovation… as a result of our review, based upon the law, we’ve come to a determination that it is a violation of antitrust laws.” T-Mobile and Sprint have a deadline of July 29 to complete their merger. Update, 10 a.m. PT: Adds New York attorney general comment.Update, 10:26 a.m. PT: The New York attorney general’s office clarified that Connecticut, not Nevada, had participated in the lawsuit. Update, 1:02 p.m. PT: Adds additional comment from the New York attorney general.