Reminder HEA Members Will See A Rate Increase Starting July 1

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, (HEA) members will see an increase in their monthly bills beginning on Sunday, July 1. According to a release, HEA proposes an increase to the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) rate from $0.06701 per kilowatt hour (kWh) to $0.07270 kWh, which is an increase of 8.49%. The average residential member who uses 550 kWh/month will see a $3.31 increase in theirbill. The primary driver of the increase is HEA’s greater reliance on its higher priced baseload gascontract going forward to fuel generation, compared to lower priced gas spot market opportunitiesthat HEA has been able to act upon year to date.center_img The COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used to generate power for HEA members. This rate increase is effective to all HEA members.last_img read more

ELECTION UPDATE Mark Maselli Pulls Papers To Run For Selectman

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple has learned that resident Mark Maselli pulled nomination papers to run for the Board of Selectmen on Monday afternoon.Maselli and his wife have been small business owners since 2002. He has three children, all of which attend Wilmington Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration and a minor in Economics from St. Thomas University in Miami. He was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and moved to the state in 1996. He has lived in Wilmington for the past 16 years.Maselli is seeking one of the two 3-year seats currently occupied by incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, both of whom are seeking re-election. Additional challengers include former Selectwoman Suzanne Sullivan, last year’s runner-up Rob Fasulo, and Daniel Murphy.Jomarie O’Mahony and Daryn Marsh are seeking the final year remaining on Selectman Ed Loud’s term. Loud is expected to resign from the Board at the end of the Monday, February 11 meeting after accepting a new job that requires significant out-of-state travel.To get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8. As of last Friday, Bendel and Murphy were the only Selectmen candidates to have returned their nomination papers.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine, Transparent & RealIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Appointments To Town’s New Economic Development Committee Gets ComplicatedIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter In Support Of Mark Maselli From The Person Who Knows Him BestIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Recreation Department Increases Number Of Town Beach Lifeguards By Nearly 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell was in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen at their Monday, June 10, 2019 meeting to provide an update on happenings within the town’s Recreation Department.Campbell highlighted the Recreation Department’s popular summer playground program.“225 children are enrolled. It is full and we’ve started a wait list. We have 15 more children participating than last year,” said Campbell. “We have unbelievable supervisors running a great program, which is in its 48th year.”Campbell also praised her Department’s longstanding Tiny Tots and Kids Club programs.“They have a June 24 kickoff. The programs have unbelievable staff… The programs have been going for 43 years,” added Campbell.Campbell highlighted many of the youth activities offered this summer, including kayaking, sailing, cooking, crafts, STEM programming, comedy classes, and magic classes, as well as all the standard sports — basketball, tennis, and multi-sports clinics. Campbell was especially excited about a new sports offering — mountain biking, where kids will ride in the conservation lands behind Mill Street and Eleanor Estates, as well as the in the Town Forest.“It will be nice to the kids to explore more of Wilmington and be outside, away from screens,” said Campbell.Campbell then ran down an array of adult program offerings, including tennis, pickle-ball, golf, yoga, crafts and an assortment of trips, which are detailed HERE.“Those that come on our [day trips] don’t have to worry about traffic or parking,” said Campbell. “It’s a great opportunity to see great shows in great seats.”Campbell noted that the Department offers tickets to Six Flags, Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, and – new this summer – a Whale Watch.Campbell noted that the Concerts on the Common begin on Wednesday, July 10 with Ball in the House and run for four consecutive Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 8pm. The lineup can be seen HERE.Campbell noted that Town Beach opened over the weekend.“We have a great new staff. We’ve increased our staff of lifeguards. We have 19 guards this summer, up from 13 last year… We have 4 gate attendants as well,” explained Campbell, who stated the increase in staffing will help with capacity issues.Campbell invited the public to the Annual Police Beach Day at Town Beach on Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 11am to 2pm. Wilmington Police Officers will be behind the grill providing food, while the Recreation Department organizes a DJ, sand castle contest, and other fun activities.Campbell also noted the new netting is going up at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.“If the new net saves one ball from striking a windshield of a car going by on Route 38, it’s worth it,” said Campbell.Selectmen praised Campbell and her staff from the depth and breadth of the Recreation Department’s summer offerings.“The Rec Department is one of the many reasons Wilmington is such an awesome town,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “It’s amazing to have such a jam-packed schedule.  We really appreciate you as a resource and asset.”Several Selectmen were also happy to see the increase in lifeguards.“I’m real excited about having plenty of lifeguards this year,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “And that’s a credit to you and your department. I know you started seeking out lifeguards the day after summer ended last year.”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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”Town Officials Discuss Creating A SPLASH PAD In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Elacs Carina speaker shaping up to be designer Andrew Jones next hit

first_imgElac Speaker designer Andrew Jones has unveiled his latest Elac series and it is the first to incorporate the company’s iconic “Jet” folded tweeter. And based on my time with it, for such a small design it had a big, big sound.The Carina series is the step-up from the excellent Uni-Fi range and consists of three products: the BS243.4 bookshelf ($1,200), the FS247.4 floorstander ($2,400) and the CC241.4 center channel ($TBC).Jones is best known for his three-way concentric designs and told me that it was a challenge to try incorporating a tweeter he hadn’t worked with before in a simpler two-way speaker (treble and mid/bass).All of the speakers are based on 5.25-inch aluminum drivers and Jones told me he sourced a different folded tweeter from the one the company typically uses to keep costs down. The BS243.4 bookshelf features a bass reflex located on the bottom of the speaker and this in combination with the tweeter achieves a frequency range of 46Hz to 30kHz.Ears-oncarina Ty Pendlebury/CNET Jones treated me to a demo of the still-in-development speaker, and despite the change from a dome tweeter to the Jet, the design unmistakably bore his signature sound. It had an ultra-wide sound stage that enveloped the room with just a slight forwardness in the upper mids, though without harshness or brightness. For a small speaker with a 5.25-inch driver, the bass was impressively deep and punchy.When Andrew first demonstrated the Uni-Fi speaker at CES 2016, the song that blew me away was Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name Of. Played through the Carina, I got a similar case of the chills. The opening chunk-chunk-chunks sounded compact in a way I hadn’t heard before, and this made the transition to Zack de la Rocha’s “killing in the name of” and the band’s all-in onslaught all the more surprising and goose bump inducing. The speakers aren’t yet done, and as music played I could almost hear his brain working on the changes he wants to make. As the Carinas are now though, they look good, sound like a Jones design and the price is reasonable for a high-end speaker. Look out for the Carina range in mid-2019. 27 Photos Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Comments CES 2019 Speakers 3 Tags Best new headphones of CES 2019 CES Productslast_img read more

Amazon will reportedly close its Chinese online store

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon is reportedly downsizing its e-commerce operations in China. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Amazon will shut its online store in China by July 18, a report said Thursday,It’ll mean shoppers in the most populous country (with 1.4 billion people) in the world won’t be able to buy from local sellers, but can still order from the US, Britain, Germany and Japan via the Amazon’s global store, according to Reuters.The e-commerce giant will also continue to operate its lucrative cloud computing business — Amazon Web Services — in the country, but its move away from local retail highlights the intense competition it faces from Alibaba and, the outlet reported. Those local rivals apparently held 82% of the Chinese market in 2018.Amazon bought Chinese book, music and video retailer for $75 million in 2004 and rebranded the company as in 2007, the BBC noted.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:31 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:06 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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). 2 Read the Rylo camera preview See It Internet Services Tech Industry $999 Best Buy 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. 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. Comments See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. 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. $60 at Best Buy 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. 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon,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. Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Tags 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. Share your voice 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. $999 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. $155 at Google Express Amazon’s going to space, HomePod gets price cut Share your voice $299 at Amazon See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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 Comments 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 1:28 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 The Cheapskate Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Amazon $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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. Sprint Boost Mobile See It See at Amazonlast_img read more

Kendall Jenner goes braless for Keeping Up With The Kardashians taping Photos

first_imgKendall Jenner was recently spotted with a giant hickey after partying with Anwar Hadid at Fashion Week in Paris.Sean Zanni/Getty ImagesKendall Jenner was spotted in a green tank top heading for a taping of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The reality star went bra free and looked casual in her ensemble.Kendall Jenner accessorized her look with oversized jeans, sneakers and a Louis Vuitton purse. She was joined by Scott Disick. The sighting comes on the heels of Kendall signing with oral care brand Moon. The model has been using her social media to promote the brand. She posted shots of herself in undress to promote Moon.The reality TV show shot the Kardashian family to fame and seems to be the flagship business of the family. It has been previously reported that Kendall can charge upwards of $500,000 per social post to her 108 million followers, her price is jacked up when promoting ‘pharmaceutical products or something that you’re going to drink, ingest, or put on your body,’ according to momager Kris Jenner.  Kendall JennerGetty ImagesThe reality star may be taking a page from her sister Kylie’s playbook branching into oral care. Kylie Jenner did make a huge chunk of her fortune thanks to the profits from her lip-kits. Starting with Kim Kardashian who has many business ventures including a highly profitable mobile game that earned her a pretty penny, to Kourtney and Khloe who apart from their television appearance, have quite a few social media businesses as well.Kendall Jenner is one of the most successful and highly paid models in the world, and she has to thank her Kardashian fame for at least a part of her success. You can check out the pics here:last_img read more

Cannes 2019 Hina Khan makes red carpet debut in shimmery gown Twitterati

first_imgHina Khan at Cannes Film Festival 2019ReutersTelevision actress Hina Khan dazzled like a diamond as she made her debut at Cannes Film Festival 2019 on Wednesday, May 15. Donning a grey shimmery gown with a plunging neckline and a gathered train, Hina walked the red carpet wearing a bright smiled and waving at the photographers.The actor is at Cannes for the screening of her short film, Lines, which is based on the Kargil War. She attended the screening of sci-fi drama Bacurau on Wednesday.The gorgeous actress, who made her TV debut with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, picked out her favourite moment from her Cannes debut and posted it on her social media page with a caption that read: “The picture is just not “a” picture.”As soon as Hina made her Cannes debut, Twitter burst out in praise. A user wrote, “HINA KHAN slayed omg wow” while another user said, “Okay so i could just get these Glimpses of #HinaKhan for you exclusively at #Cannes2019 She was looking like a Diva.” Just like every year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will also attend the Cannes Film Festival 2019.On Sunday, Hina shot for her last episode of the popular TV show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 where she played the role of Komolika. Her co-stars including Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan, Pooja Banerjee among others had organised a mini farewell on the sets and wished her luck for future ventures. A few of the clicks were shared on Instagram. Before the big Cannes event, Hina also shot for an upcoming video song by Arijit Singh in Delhi. She is paired alongside her best friend and actor Priyank Sharma in the video.last_img read more

Why is Yash yet to seek blessings for his daughter Ayra from

first_imgYash and Sumalatha.PR HandoutRocking Star Yash considers actress Sumalatha, who is now the Member of Parliament from the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, as his elder sister. His respect and love for her became evident after he relentlessly campaigned for her to ensure her victory in the recently-held General Elections despite coming under a lot of verbal attacks from the rival party.Yet Yash has not sought blessings for his daughter Ayra from Sumalatha in person. Wondering why? There is a genuine reason behind it as the actor has been waiting to introduce his little angel to the Mandya MP at the right time.”I have expressed my desire to see two-three times. He told me that he would bring her to met at a proper time. He wanted me to see her after becoming an MP. I am waiting now,” she told the media persons. The actress did not attend the naming ceremony of Yash and Radhika Pandit’s daughter held on Sunday, 23 June.Sumalatha told the media that Ayra is like her granddaughter and keenly waiting to see her in person.In the last six to eight months, unexpected turn of events have taken place in Sumalatha’s life. It was started with the death of her husband, actor-politician Ambareesh in November. In a matter of months, the actress, who was never into politics, was convinced by her hubby’s followers to join politics by contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency.After refusing to get a ticket from Congress due to an agreement between its coalition partner JD (S), she decided to contest the election as an independent candidate. Yash and Challenging Star Darshan stood like a pillar of strength for her in the polls as she contested against Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumar.In the end, Sumalatha emerged victorious and entered the parliament for the first time.Coming back to Yash and Radhika Pandit’s daughter, she was born in December and the couple had the naming ceremony only now. The video from the event can be seen below:Introducing our lil angel.. ❤ನಮ್ಮದೇ ಉಸಿರಿನ ಮಗಳೆಂಬ ಕನಸಿಗೆ ಇಂದು ಹೆಸರಿಟ್ಟ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ❤❤❤ ಹರಸಿ ಹಾರೈಸಿ??…— Yash (@TheNameIsYash) June 23, 2019last_img read more

Apple tops Fast Companys Worlds Most Innovative Company ranking Reliance Jio ranked

first_imgApple is world’s Most Innovative Company according to Fast Company magazineReutersCupertino-based technology giant Apple has been selected the most innovative firms in the world by Fast Company, an American business and technology magazine. The recently launched Indian telecom player Reliance Jio secured the 17 position in the list of the World’s Most 50 Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, for ‘putting India on the fast track’.Fast Company announced its list of World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018 for honoring companies and their impact on businesses. The list is prepared after surveying thousands of companies across 36 categories.Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio is number one rank among the Most Innovative Companies in India, according to the Fast Company ranking. Headquartered in Navi Mumbai, Reliance Jio, the subsidiary of Reliance industries launched its commercial services across India in September 2016.The report notes that Jio has installed more than 100,000 new cell towers, some 155,000 miles of fiber laid and built 500,000 square feet of cloud data centers to create next-gen broadband infrastructure in India. The world’s 50 most innovative companies 2018 #FCMostInnovative— Fast Company (@FastCompany) 20 February 2018Apple became the world’s most innovative company by being the “preeminent maker of computing devices, from those you stick on a desk (Macs) to ones you strap to your wrist (the Apple Watch)”, Fast Company noted. Apple was ranked fourth on the same list released in 2017.Apple is followed by the online streaming platform Netflix in the second place. Square — a California-based financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company — is ranked third in the list. Square is followed by Chinese multinational investment holding firm Tencent.E-commerce giant Amazon, which was on top in the list in 2017, slipped to the fifth position in the latest ranking by Fast Company.  Noida-based online e-wallet company Paytm, which recently started its Paytm Payments Bank, has been included in the list at the 31 position.last_img read more

Stocks to watch on March 12 Bharti Airtel Jet Airways Shree Renuka

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Monday:Bharti Airtel: The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Airtel Payments Bank for breaching operating guidelines and Know Your Customer norms.Tata Motors: The automaker’s global wholesales up 18 percent year-on-year to 1.21 lakh units in February.ONGC: The state-owned oil and gas firm will sell stake in Gujarat Petrochem project to fund Hindustan Petroleum Corp acquisition.Jet Airways: A consortium of Jet Airways, France-KLM and Delta is understood to have expressed interest in national carrier Air India, news agency PTI reported.Shree Renuka Sugars: Wilmar Sugar to make an open offer to buy 26 percent stake in Shree Renuka Sugars at a price of Rs 16.29 each.Union Bank of India: The lender has direct credit exposure of about Rs 295 crore to Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Group companies, its chief executive told Reuters.Reliance Communications: The promoter firm pledges shares worth Rs 300 crore.Oriental Bank Of Commerce: The lender will increase some marginal cost loan rates by 5-15 basis points from March 12.Aarti Drugs: The company said that its unit in Tarapur MIDC got affected by explosion.Avanti Feeds, Apex Frozen Foods, Waterbase: U.S. Department of Commerce has suggested a hike in anti-dumping duty on Indian shrimp to 2.34 percent from 0.84 percent.last_img read more

Tk41b commoners money embezzled

first_img.As many as 266 cooperative societies have disappeared after robbing their customers off around Tk 40.68 billion, reveals an official investigation.A recent report of the Directorate of Cooperatves said this money has been embezzled since 2008.Much more than the aforesaid amount had been raised from the customers who were lured with high rates of profit, officials of the directorate said. Most of these societies also closed down their offices.Grameen Multipurpose Co-Operative Society took Tk 1 million from one R Hossain in 2009 promising a profit of 24 per cent. He got profit in the first year, but afterwards he lost the capital even, Hossain told Prothom Alo.The issue was discussed in a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on local government, rural development and cooperatives ministries recently.Investigations are being acrried out against a number of societies. The committee would recommend stern actions agaisnt the culprits, said Fazle Hossain Badshah, a member of the parliamentary panel. As per law, no organisation but the banks can collect deposits. Only cooperatives societies can receieve money, but the government has turned a blind eye to such platforms’ irregularities, letting the likes of ITCL and Jubok to cheat the customers.According to Directorate of Cooperatves data, there are 63,311 cooperative societies in the country.Among them, 266 have been charged with irregularities. Of them 221 are multipurpose cooperatives societies, 24 are savings and credit societies and 21 are other societies.The authorities have formed a committee to recover the money. They have also urged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to take steps to this end.State minister for rural development and cooperatives Md Masiur Rahman said, “Once the organisation gets bigger, disputes over money start. A quarter then makes away with the money, giving us no chance to take any steps. That is why we are bringing changes to the cooperatives law.”Destiny Multipurpose Co-Operative Society took Tk 14.58 billion from its members while the others took Tk 26.10 billion.A number of societies in Dhaka division that cheated their members were approved by Md Iqbal Hossain, the principal of Cooperatives Academy who was previously a joint registrar of Dhaka division.He, however, claimed that he approved the societies as per rules and the authorities cannot be blamed for the societies’ wrongdoings. A case was later filed by the ACC against him for giving Destiny ‘undue advantages’.”Such crimes have certainly been carried out in connivance with the directorate officials. Investigations will surely be able to track down influential people behind this as well,” said Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman.He demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits and steps to restructure the Directorate of Cooperatves.last_img read more

Fog disrupts ferry services on 3 routes

first_imgFile photoFerry services on Paturia-Daulatdia, Shimulia-Kanthalbari and Shariatpur- Chandpur routes remained suspended since early Monday due to dense fog.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) stopped ferry services from 2:00am, said Salam Hossain, manager of BIWTC Shimulia-Kanthalbari route.A total of 13 ferries remained stuck in the middle of the river on the three routes, he added.The suspension of the services caused huge traffic tailbacks on either side of the ferry terminals.More than 300 vehicles were lined up at the Shimulia-Kanthalbari due to the disruption of ferry service. A total of six ferries were stuck on this route.Around 10 ferries were stuck in both sides of Daulatdia-Paturia route.The ferries were stranded with thousands of passengers in the mid-river, causing immense sufferings to passengers.last_img read more

USBangla airliner carrying victims 46 relatives flies to Nepal

first_imgPlane crashA US-Bangla airliner carrying 46 relatives of the plane crash victims left Dhaka for Nepal on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.At least 49 people were killed as another carrier of the Bangladeshi airlines, which was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives – crashed at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal on Monday.A special flight of the US-Bangla Airlines carrying the victims’ relatives flew to Kathmandu around 9:02am, said Md Kamrul Islam, general manager, marketing support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines.The flight will reach the Nepal’s capital around 10:30am, he added.last_img read more

US Russia threatens each other of making banned missiles

first_imgRussian president Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia on 5 December 2018. Reuters File PhotoRussia will develop missiles now banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty if the United States exits the arms control pact and starts making such weapons, president Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of the 1987 nuclear arms control treaty, saying it would be forced to start a six-month process of withdrawal if nothing changes.Putin, in televised comments, accused the United States of blaming Russia for violations as a pretext for Washington to exit the pact.Putin noted that many countries produce missiles banned under the INF treaty, but that Moscow and Washington had undertaken to limit themselves with the accord signed in 1987.”Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the United States must also have such a weapon. What’s our response? It’s simple: in that case we will also do this,” he said.last_img read more

Senator Graham urges Trump to end shutdown temporarily

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks while Chester County, Pennsylvania sheriff Bunny Welsh listens as the president hosts a `roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities` with state, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, US on 11 January. Photo: ReutersA Republican senator close to president Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump’s border security demands.Democrats in Congress rejected Trump’s request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the US border with Mexico. They have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened after being partially shut down since 22 December.Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.If no progress is made, he said, then Trump should declare a national emergency as a way to get money to build his wall, a plan not popular with some fellow Republicans.”Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are almost there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”He said Trump told him, “Let’s make a deal, then open up the government.”The record shutdown has furloughed 800,000 federal employees and cut government services across the United States. They missed their first paychecks on Friday, heightening concerns about mounting financial pressures on employees, including air traffic controllers and airport security officials who are working without pay.Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse. “I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!” Trump said Sunday on Twitter.Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, responded on Twitter that, “Speaker Pelosi has been in DC all weekend working from the Capitol.”In a meeting last month with Pelosi and top senate democrat Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would be “proud” to shut down the government over wall funding. Recent polls show most Americans think the president is to blame.Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others “experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand.””The shutdown is real. The wall is hypothetical. And at some point soon, the Republicans are going to remember that it’s real people in their districts who aren’t getting paid, real people who aren’t able to access government services, and real people who vote,” she said.A concourse at Miami International Airport was shut down for part of the weekend because not enough Transportation Security Administration agents were present to staff all of the airport’s the security checkpoints.The airport said it would reopen the concourse on Monday and “continue to monitor checkpoint staffing levels and make adjustments as necessary.”Working without pay, TSA employees have been calling in sick in increasing numbers since the shutdown began. On Sunday, TSA said it had a 7.7 per cent national rate in unscheduled absences, compared with 5.6 per cent on Saturday and 3.2 per cent a year ago.Democrats hammered away at their demand that Trump reopen the government. Senator Tim Kaine called the wall, which could cost an estimated $23 billion, a “vanity project” that Trump promised Mexico – not US taxpayers – would pay for.”Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table,” Dick Durbin, the No 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC’s “This Week” show.Trump campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016 and said a wall is necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country.last_img

Full Show Municipal IDs Under SB 4 And State vs Local Government

first_img Share On Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: El Paso’s City Council has voted against creating a municipal ID card program. Why? The city’s mayor — who voted against it — says he didn’t want El Paso to be perceived as a sanctuary city. Municipal IDs are local ID cards issued by cities that could be used by a range of people, including those who are in this country illegally.With the El Paso decision in mind — and with the state’s so-called “sanctuary cities” bill (SB 4) set to go into effect Sept. 1 — what’s the future of municipal ID programs in Houston and across Texas under the new law? We talk with University of Houston political scientist Jeronimo Cortina about why these programs are so controversial.Also this hour: Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently said “people are happy with their governments at their state level, they’re not with the city.” However, a 2016 poll from Gallup suggests the opposite. So what’s really the case? Are people in Houston more likely to get behind City Hall or the Capitol Building? We discuss that and the history of interaction between state and local governments with Mark Jones of Rice University.Plus: We talk with Dena Marks, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League in Houston about hate crimes in the area and how events over the past year might have an effect on their occurrence. And a Texas prisoner responds to a theory that he is a serial killer. We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img read more

False Accusations About Immigration Fly Between Opponents

first_img Share Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump listens during a roundtable on immigration policy in California, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Wednesday.President Donald Trump and Democratic critics traded outraged, sometimes plainly false accusations about immigration as the debate over “lost” children and the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally reached a new boiling point.The White House on Tuesday wrongly blamed Democrats for forcing Trump’s administration to separate children from parents. Liberal activists and others, including some from media outlets, tried to highlight the issue by tweeting photos of young people in steel cages that actually were taken during the Obama administration. Others seized on reports the government had “lost” more than 1,000 children, though that wasn’t quite the case.It all comes just in time for the midterm elections as Republicans and Democrats try to rally core voters by pointing fingers at one another. Trump won the presidency promising to build a wall along the southern border and end illegal immigration, and the White House believes stressing the same issues will drive voters to the polls and help the GOP hang on to their majorities in the Senate and House.The White House is “really beating the immigration drum in the lead-up to the midterm elections as a rallying cry and as a way of mobilizing voter support for Trump and the candidates that he chooses,” said Doris Meissner, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute and former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service during the Clinton administration. “It does seem to provoke a ratcheting up across the board.”Indeed, the situation grew so hostile over the holiday weekend that the president’s elder daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, came under fire for tweeting a photo of herself and her youngest son in their pajamas Sunday morning.“Focus on what is before you, on what you can control and ignore the trolls!” she later wrote.During a White House conference call Tuesday, senior adviser Stephen Miller contended “the current immigration and border crisis” is “the exclusive product of loopholes in federal immigration law that Democrats refuse to close.”That was after Trump lit up social media over the weekend by falsely claiming there was a “horrible law” that separates children from their parents after they cross the border illegally. He had said previously that “we have to break up families” at the border because “the Democrats gave us that law.”But there’s no law mandating that parents must be separated from their children, and it’s not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress. The tactic’s increased use is being driven by Trump’s administration, which recently announced a new “zero-tolerance policy” in which it will press criminal charges against all people crossing the border illegally, even if they have few or no previous offenses. More children are expected to be separated from their parents as a result.A Customs and Border Protection official told lawmakers last week that 658 children had been separated from their parents at the border from May 6 to May 19 as the parents face charges. That’s in addition to hundreds more who were estimated to have been removed from their parents since October.The practice has drawn condemnation from Trump critics, who have long accused him of supporting inhumane policies in his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.“He actually called the practice horrible. If he thinks it’s so horrible then he ought to just end it and not make the children a negotiating tool,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.“It’s never a good idea to separate small children from their parents,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. “I cannot defend that, nor do I wish to.”Curbelo is a leader of GOP lawmakers trying to force House immigration votes next month over leaders’ objections.Trump foes made their own missteps in the debate.Over the weekend, some critics of the policy tweeted photos of young-looking immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in steel cages and blamed the Trump administration for separating immigrant children from their parents. The problem: The photos were taken by The Associated Press in 2014, when Barack Obama was in office, and the photo captions reference children who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.How or why the story resurfaced on social media four years after it was published was unclear. But Trump seized on the error.“Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country … Bipartisan Bill!”It’s unclear what “Bipartisan Bill!” Trump might have been referring to.Congress is heading toward an immigration showdown in the House as Republican moderates force a June vote on legislation to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants and beef up border security.GOP leaders are trying to stop the bill, which has robust support from Democrats and some Republicans. They’re worried any legislation that smacks of “amnesty” for immigrants in the U.S. illegally would dampen conservative enthusiasm ahead of the midterms.Instead, House Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team are trying to put together an alternative approach that most Republicans would support. But finding common ground remains difficult. Trump so far has not engaged in the Capitol Hill debate, even as he repeatedly insists Congress must act.Also making the rounds on social media over the holiday weekend: Allegations that children placed in custody have been “lost” by federal authorities, which officials say isn’t the case.The allegation, which sparked #WhereAreOurChildren on Twitter, grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the government had lost track of nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the U.S.An official from the Health and Human Services Department told a congressional hearing last month that his department placed follow-up phone calls from October to December to U.S. households that were sponsoring minors who crossed the border without their parents. They reached 86 percent of the children or sponsors, but the department could not verify the whereabouts of 1,475. In some cases, sponsors simply didn’t respond to the follow-up phone call, not surprising because many are themselves in the U.S. illegally and reluctant to speak to authorities.“If you call a friend and they don’t answer the phone, you don’t assume that they’ve been kidnapped,” HHS’ Steven Wagner said.Officials said Tuesday they are planning more thorough screening of both minors and their sponsors, including a fingerprint background check of every sponsor.last_img read more

Does Texas Really Need More Medical Schools

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Several proposed new medical schools around Texas are moving closer to fruition as of late. Last week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board signed off on opening programs at the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. And Sam Houston State University in Huntsville is also in the approval and accreditation process for its proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school has set a groundbreaking date for its new campus in Conroe for November 16.But, with numerous institutions already in existence across the state – including in the Texas Medical Center in Houston – do we really need more medical schools?Those behind those institutions say yes – mainly in order to meet specific medical needs of underserved populations in the state. For Sam Houston State, the goal is to improve access to primary care in rural East Texas.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Dr. Charles Henley, the new dean of Sam Houston’s proposed college, to find out how it will meet that need.Henley says the university’s hope is that, once the medical school is established and it works with clinical partners, it “will be able to change the workforce eventually, after we put students out” and “(the students) go into good residencies in the area.”“We hope to be able to recruit from those areas,” Henley explains referring to East Texas, “so students will be comfortable going back to where they came from to practice.” “It’s gonna take a while, but we will eventually sort of repopulate that area with the kinds of people that we would hope to see in terms of providing more access to primary care, to some specialty care and mental health,” he adds.In that regard, Henley also underlined that “statistics show that, if you graduate from a medical school in Texas and you stay in Texas for residency, then we have a better chance of retaining you for practice.”Henley also talked about the fact the medical school will form its students in osteopathic medicine.One of the characteristics of osteopathic medicine is factoring in homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to heal itself.Henley underscores the versatility of forming medical students in osteopathic medicine because “you can graduate from an osteopathic medical school and you can go and do anything you want.” “We have neurosurgeons, dermatologists, psychiatrists, everything.”Additionally, osteopathic medicine tends to graduate more students into primary care and rural practice, and that is one of the main reasons the university is going in that direction. Johnson Development Corp.An artist’s rendering of the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University, which will be located in Conroe. Xcenter_img Listen 00:00 /13:13 Sharelast_img read more

Robust Conversations Sparked Across Generation Lines at Howard Gun Symposium

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIt maybe wasn’t the sort of place you’d expect heated debate. But during “Triggered: The Power of Guns, Law & Politics” the third annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Symposium at Howard University School of Law, audience and panelists alike argued firmly their beliefs and asked hard questions during the event.This conversation, formerly known as the Ferguson Lecture, was established in part ot honor the legacy of Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr., former Dean of Howard University School of Law and alum (LL.B cum Laude, 1951).Panelists at “Triggered: The Power of Guns, Law & Politics,” part of the third annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Symposium at Howard University School of Law.  (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)It was presented by the Howard University School of Law, Human & Civil Rights Law Review. The topics were important. “This year, our Lecture addresses the critical issue of gun violence in America. From police brutality, suicide and mass shootings, gun violence impact the daily lives of people throughout the country. Gun laws and legislation play a pivotal role in both the perception and the impact of guns in our society,” wrote Elijah B. Porter II Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.The event was jam packed with two panels, one dealing with high school shootings, and the other on health and public safety issues that gun violence causes. The keynote address was delivered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. Noted hip-hop artist Rah Digga also moderated a panel.Definitions of the types of gun violence vary, but the impact is devastating no matter how you look at the issue.The Washington Post created a data that tracked about 1,148 deaths due to mass shootings from 1966 until January 2019. That’s 161 shootings in which four or more people are killed. Of those killed 189 were children and teenagers, the report stated.When you take in the larger issue of gun related deaths, the numbers skyrocket.  According to the there were 14,645 deaths related to gun violence in 2018 alone.Aalayah Eastmond, a teen student activist and panelist at the event, participated because she wanted to keep the conversations around gun violence going in all spaces. During the panel she held her own on many topics including mass shootings, racism, bullying and even about the idea of giving teachers guns.At one point Eastmond said, “I barely trust people with my grades, I’m not going to trust them with guns.”  She went on to urge policy makers to provide teachers with more resources and supplies rather than weapons.Eastmond is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, the same school where a gunman killed 17 students and staff. She has continued her mission of speaking out against gun violence at several rallies, and sees the work that needs to be done with talking about these issues.“It’s important we have these conversation in our schools and communities anywhere possible because it’s not happening enough,” Eastmond said. “People are still talking about Parkland and Columbine but no one is talking about Chicago and Detroit.”Eastmond has toured extensively and knows firsthand how conversations about gun violence differ depending on location and demographics.“When you go into predominantly White areas to talk about gun violence they don’t really understand how prevalent it is in our communities,” Eastmond said. “They only see what they see on the news and that’s mass shooting.”“And when they do show shootings in urban communities its ‘he’s a monster.’ I always have to break it down to them, that in our communities it’s systematic.”Harold McDougall, a panelist during the event and author and professor, was excited by the enthusiasm of panelists and the audience alike.“I don’t think anybody was prepared for how powerful this conversation was,” MacDougall said. “But this is Howard’s brand. They are invested in social justice.”Amos Jackson, a senior at Howard University, studying Political Science and African-American Studies, was on the panel. He urged people to not just think of the individual when thinking about gun violence and how to address these issues.“If people have never experienced it’s one thing to say ‘oh it’s not that big of a deal,” Jackson said. “We have to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. How would you want this to be debated and legislated if we remove ourselves from the situation and look at the greater society as a whole.”last_img read more

Fallout Over Pugh Book Deal Grows

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comThe burgeoning controversy over a children’s book written by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has triggered her resignation from the University of Maryland Medical System’s (UMMS) board of directors, as well as that of two others and raised questions regarding transparency and ethics.Earlier this week, Pugh resigned from the UMMS board after questions arose regarding the mayor’s $500,000 Healthy Holly children’s book deal with UMMS.Baltimore Mayor Catherine PughMayor Pugh provided an exclusive statement to the AFRO in response to the allegations swirling connected to her book deal controversy.“As you know, I am very interested in health and fitness, particularly as it relates to children. You may not know that I have been a publisher since 1979 and an author for 25 years,” stated Pugh. “I started working on the Healthy Holly concept more than a decade ago after attending a conference on childhood health and obesity, and, for several years I put a great deal of time and my own money into developing it. It was a project I was passionate about and I was excited for the opportunity to expand its reach,” Pugh added.“Despite all of this, I am glad the important messages in the book reached our city’s children. I never thought this would lead to today, and I understand how it may look to some, but here is what I have done to address this matter,” Pugh said before outlining the following actions she said she has taken. Chiefly, her resigning from the UMMS Board and updated her old Senate financial disclosure forms, which she says she recently learned “…that these transactions were disclosed on one set of forms, but not another. I’m not sure why this oversight occurred, but it has been corrected.”Pugh also told the AFRO she has returned the most recent payment and reported the revenue on tax returns. “I plan to keep working to improve the health of children in our city and I will keep writing with this experience in mind,” she stated.Subsequently, according to multiple reports two more members of the UMMS board, John Dillon and Robert Pevenstein resigned on March 19. According to Luke Broadwater, who broke the story for the Baltimore Sun, eight other members of the UMMS board have lucrative deals with the medical system. Four of those board members, August J. Chiasera, Francis X. Kelly, James A. Soltesz and Walter A. Tilley, Jr., have been asked to take a leave of absence by board chair Stephen A. Burch. Burch released the following statement on March 19:“As chairman of the board of directors for the University of Maryland System (UMMS), I take very seriously the concerns raised regarding board members that have business relationships with UMMS. Addressing this issue is of the highest priority for me and the organization. There is nothing more important that the trust of those who depend on our leadership…Let me be abundantly clear, this is not a reflection on any of the affected board members or their businesses. Our board members are incredibly talented professionals who bring invaluable expertise and perspective while advancing Maryland’s own world-class healthcare system.”According to The Sun report, Chiasera of M&T Bank ($7.4 million in revenues for the bank from UMMS), and former state Sen. Kelley ($4.4 million in revenues for his insurance company), are the biggest beneficiaries of their membership on the UMMS board.last_img read more