2017 Festival Queen Recognised By Rotaract Club of St. Andrew

first_imgMiss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Dainalyn Swaby, has been awarded by the Rotaract Club of St. Andrew (RCSA) for outstanding contribution to their community and club service projects during her reign.The 25-year-old Festival Queen, who created history by being the first winner from the parish of St. Elizabeth, was recognised by RCSA at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston recently.President, RCSA, Sherika Watson, said Ms. Swaby has been one of the most instrumental persons in the delivery of projects for the Club within the last 10 months, and, as such, the Club decided to award her.“Ms. Swaby exemplifies what it means to be a true Rotaractor. She gives ‘Service above self’. Immediately after she was awarded as Queen in 2017, she has been to most of our Club’s meetings and she has also participated in most of our community service projects. She has also brought a unique Jamaican vibe that empowers and uplifts the spirit of our youth in the Club, which brings well-needed motivation,” Ms. Watson said.“She is very energetic. She is engaging. She loves to tackle and discuss issues affecting our youth, and she has been trying to find ways to create meaningful solutions to their negative situations,” she added.Ms. Swaby was inducted as a member of the Club on March 7. At the awards ceremony, Ms. Watson also announced Ms. Swaby’s appointment to the Board of RCSA as Professional Development Director for the 2018/2019 Rotaract year, which started on July 1.last_img read more

Study finds Vancouverarea laundry microplastics are filtering into ocean

first_imgVANCOUVER – Microplastics from Metro Vancouver’s laundered clothes are ending up in water treatment plants and filtering into the ocean, says a study published in the science journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.The study by the ocean-protection group Ocean Wise and the Metro Vancouver regional district found that while up to 99 per cent of the particles were filtered out, a significant amount still made it into the ocean.The study, believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, found Vancouver-area treatment plants remove about 1.8 trillion plastic particles in waste water each year, but 30 billion particles are still released into the ocean.Peter Ross, the study’s principal investigator and vice-president of research at Ocean Wise, said many of the microplastics are in the form of fibres from polyester and rayon clothing.“Both those numbers are high and really point to the need for us to track these particles back to their sources more coherently,” he said in an interview on Thursday.“But that doesn’t give us an excuse to ignore the evidence that we have thus far. The evidence is that a large number of microplastic particles are heading into waste-water treatment plants in Vancouver.“Most of those, 71 per cent are fibres, 29 per cent are other things like polystyrene beads or microbeads from toothpaste and facial scrubs or little fragments of mystery particles.”Ross said microplastics are also coming from light industry, small business and other sources. He pointed out one study in Europe that found tire wear from vehicles was producing tiny beads of plastic that were going into the ocean.Other research has shown that microplastics in the ocean are being mistaken for food by zooplankton and fish, which raises concerns about the impact on their health, he said.The consequences for animal life are unclear, but the microplastics being ingested “underscores the potential for serious impacts at the bottom of the food chain,” the study concludes.Consumers can play a role in their purchases and by using cold water, less soap and washing clothes less often.“Be smart shoppers. Consider the material that one is buying and look at alternatives,” Ross said.Ross said Ocean Wise isn’t suggesting that people stop buying synthetic clothing, but it does want consumers to be more conscious about what they’re buying and where it’s coming from.“We can all step up and basically devise ways to reduce our release of, or shedding of, fibres into the waste-water stream.”last_img read more

Make College Football Great Again

9@ TBD@ TBDTBDTBDTBD 8W–IowaL–MinnesotaL–NebraskaW–N’Western 3W–NebraskaL–MarylandL–IllinoisL–Michigan Here’s what a schedule would look like with these rules in place: 2Ohio St.@ Mich. St.N’western@ Penn St.Minnesota Indiana3-1Ohio State3-1 7L–Penn St.L–WisconsinL–IowaW–IllinoisW–Michigan WeekMichigan St.MinnesotaNebraskaNorthwesternOhio State Michigan4-0Penn State4-0 5L–PurdueL–Ohio St.W–MarylandL–IowaW–Penn St. I’m going to proceed — fairly quickly — through a simulation of this schedule, in order to show you how the power-pairings would work. If a matchup was actually played in real life during the 2016 Big Ten regular season, I abided by the original result — so Ohio State still beats Michigan, for instance.3This holds even if there’s a different home team than in the original matchup. Otherwise, I simulated the result using ESPN’s Football Power Index, accounting for home-field advantage. Based on FPI, for instance, Iowa would have an 87 percent chance of winning a home game against Maryland, a matchup that didn’t occur in the actual Big Ten schedule but which could occur under power-pairing.We’ll zoom ahead to Week 5, when we encounter our first flex-scheduling week. (To see the simulated results for every game, scroll down to the big table toward the end of this article.) Here’s how it works: We take the 14 Big Ten teams and split them into pools of seven home teams and seven away teams based on where they’d been assigned to play ahead of time. We then have to pair the teams so as to give each one exactly one opponent for the week. There are, in theory, 5,040 possible ways to do this. An algorithm sorts through each of the combinations to find the best possible set of pairings, using the following rules:It eliminates all combinations that involve a game that was already played or which was already scheduled to be played. This cuts down on the number of legal combinations quite a lot — to about 600 for Week 5, for example.From among the remaining combinations, the algorithm finds those cases where the win totals match up as well as possible.4More specifically, it identifies cases where the average number of wins separating the paired teams is the smallest. It’s best to pair three-win home team Indiana against a three-win team from the road pool, for instance. If you can’t do that, then pairing Indiana against a four-win team or a two-win team is the next-best option.If several combinations are tied after Steps 1 and 2, the algorithm picks the set of matchups that are least likely to occur in the future, based on how the teams are assigned to home and away games in subsequent flex weeks.5For instance, Nebraska and Northwestern are both scheduled to play on the road in Week 8 and both scheduled to play at home in Week 9, so if they aren’t matched up against each other in Week 5, the only other chance is Week 6. The algorithm will prioritize that matchup before others in which teams have several more opportunities to face each other.If several combinations are still tied for being the most optimal after Steps 1, 2 and 3, the algorithm picks one of them at random.Here’s what the algorithm came up with for Week 5, for example: TEAMRECORDTEAMRECORD 9TBD@ TBDTBDTBD@ TBD 6TBD@ TBD@ TBDTBDTBD 9@ TBD@ TBDTBD@ TBD 1MarylandPenn StateOhio St.@ Rutgers@ Nebraska 4@ MichiganIowaWisconsinMarylandPenn St. WeekPenn StatePurdueRutgersWisconsin Wisconsin2-2Michigan State0-4 Nebraska1-3Northwestern1-3 2L–Ohio St.W–Mich. St.L–N’WesternL–Penn St.W–Minnesota That worked out pretty nicely — 12 of the 14 teams were power-paired against an opponent with the same win total, generating a key early matchup between 4-0 Michigan and 4-0 Penn State. Still, the home pool was slightly stronger than the road pool and some team had to draw the short end of the stick. It turned out to be 0-4 Michigan State, which was matched up against 2-2 Wisconsin.From there, Michigan beat Penn State in that matchup of undefeateds to go to 5-0. Meanwhile, a couple of overachieving 3-1 teams encountered a dose of reality against stiffer competition, as Indiana lost to Ohio State and Maryland lost to Iowa. That’s one of the benefits of power-pairing teams: The pretenders who benefited from quirky wins are fairly quickly weeded out because they face a tougher schedule.Since hearing about a hypothetical college football season is about as exciting as someone else’s fantasy football team, we’ll work through the rest of the schedule quickly. Ohio State ruined its chances by losing to Iowa in Week 6 (in a matchup that didn’t occur in real life). After Week 8, Penn State and Michigan both wound up at 7-1, with Michigan in the driver’s seat for the conference championship by virtue of having defeated Penn State in Week 5. However, Michigan drew a tough matchup against Iowa in Week 9, which it lost, while Penn State (having already defeated most of the good teams in the conference) beat Illinois to win the conference title. Here are all the simulated games in one chart, in case you want to see the dirty detail: WeekPenn StatePurdueRutgersWisconsin 4L–IndianaW–IllinoisW–MinnesotaW–N’WesternW–Mich. St. Minnesota1-3Rutgers1-3 3@ Nebraska@ MarylandIllinoisMichigan 4@ Ohio St.Rutgers@ Purdue@ Nebraska 5@ TBDTBD@ TBDTBD 6TBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD Big Ten simulated schedule with power-paired matchups 8L–IllinoisW–PurdueW–RutgersL–WisconsinW–Maryland WeekMich. St.MinnesotaNebraskaNorthwesternOhio State HOME POOLROAD POOL 1L–MarylandL–Penn St.L–Ohio St.L–RutgersW–Nebraska A Big Ten schedule with predetermined and power-paired games 7@ N’westernPurdueNebraskaRutgers@ Ohio St. 4L–MichiganL–IowaL–WisconsinL–MarylandL–Penn St. 1W–MinnesotaL–IowaW–N’WesternL–Indiana 9L–NebraskaW–MarylandW–Mich. St.W–PurdueW–Wisconsin WeekIllinoisIndianaIowaMarylandMichigan 5@ TBDTBDTBD@ TBDTBD For me at least, that feels a lot cleaner than having a conference championship game. Thanks to power-pairing, the top four finishers — Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan in our simulation — all played one another, so a championship game wouldn’t have left a lot more to prove or disprove.It’s true that we got slightly lucky in this simulation by having a lone champion (Penn State) instead of a tie. But the bounty of head-to-head games between the top teams under power pairing makes potential ties easier to break, because the best teams would play each other more often.I hear what you’re saying: Penn State beat Ohio State in the real-life Big Ten and the committee chose to ignore that, or at least to de-emphasize it. I certainly don’t mean to suggest that power-pairing would remove every controversy. But in the spirit of a team debate, I have a couple of rebuttals.First, power-pairing would create a higher number of meaningful games, making it more likely that disputes would be settled on the field. In our simulated season, Penn State played (and defeated) Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois, a decent group of opponents whom they didn’t play in the actual regular season,6Penn State played Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, but not in the regular season. but skipped games against mediocre Indiana, Purdue and Rutgers, whom they pointlessly faced in real life. That made Penn State’s schedule harder and made its one-loss conference record even more impressive. On the flip side, Ohio State’s schedule got tougher also,7Ohio State played Iowa and Illinois in our simulated season, sacrificing real-life games against Michigan State and Rutgers. but they couldn’t handle the heat, blowing a game against Iowa that they didn’t have to play in real life. This is the algorithm working as intended: It improves the résumés of the very best teams while also thinning out the crop with (at least theoretically) entertaining games against closely matched opponents.Second, power-pairing would make teams easier to compare, by eliminating divisions and the potential ambiguities created by conference championship games (such as if Florida had become the nominal conference champion despite having more losses because it beat Alabama in the SEC championship). The top teams would simply be those that won the most games from the start of the regular season to the finish. And under power-pairing, the top teams would usually play one another, further aiding comparison.And third, eliminating conference championship games would free up a week in the schedule, so we could tack on another round to the College Football Playoff without further bloating the college football schedule. That would make it easier for strong conferences such as the Big Ten to place two or three teams into the playoff when deserving.It isn’t a perfect system, and it’s easy enough to imagine what some of the complaints would sound like. A team’s partisans would curse “the computer” every time the algorithm came up with an opponent they didn’t like. Coordinating travel logistics would become mildly more annoying. But power-pairing would get the best teams in the conference to play one another more often and create more deserving conference champions. It might be a nerdy solution, but it would make for better football. 6L–NebraskaW–MarylandW–Ohio St.L–IndianaW–Purdue Purdue1-3Illinois1-3 3@ RutgersMinnesota@ Mich. St.Purdue@ Wisconsin 9W–IllinoisL–N’WesternL–IndianaL–Ohio St. 1L–MichiganW–WisconsinW–PurdueW–Mich. St.W–Illinois 2Indiana@ Michigan@ Purdue@ Iowa@ Illinois 8TBD@ TBDTBDTBD WeekIllinoisIndianaIowaMarylandMichigan 7@ Penn St.@ Wisconsin@ IowaIllinoisMichigan 7Mich. St.@ Indiana@ MarylandMinnesota 8@ TBD@ TBD@ TBDTBDTBD 8TBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD@ TBD 9L–Penn St.W–RutgersW–MichiganL–MinnesotaL–Iowa 6TBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD@ TBD 2MarylandNebraskaWisconsin@ Rutgers Ohio State somewhat embarrassed the Big Ten in getting shut out by Clemson 31-0 in the College Football Playoff semifinal last week. Still, hindsight is 20/20, and I don’t necessarily begrudge the playoff selection committee for having turned down Penn State, which won the Big Ten championship, in favor of the Buckeyes. Ohio State was probably the better regular-season team and had fewer losses against a tougher schedule. Penn State — which for its part blew a big lead to lose the Rose Bowl to USC — had a head-to-head win against Ohio State and the conference title, two factors the committee explicitly says it considers in ranking the teams. It was a tough decision.My point is simply this: Conference championships, as currently devised, don’t make much sense. Because of imbalanced divisions, championship games often don’t pit the two best teams in a conference against each other (Big Ten championship participant Wisconsin was probably the fourth-best team in its league, for instance). They’ll sometimes result in an awkward rematch of a game that was already played during the regular season. And conference championship games waste a weekend that could be better spent on something else, such as expanding the College Football Playoff to six or eight teams.And now we have pretty good evidence that the playoff selection committee doesn’t really care one way or another. So let’s get rid of them! Imagine a world in which we’re spared the annual indignation of having to watch Florida lose to Alabama 59-2. Imagine a world in which historical rivals always play each other every year and yet, by almighty Rockne, the best teams in a conference always play one another, too. Imagine a world with no divisions. By which I mean: a world in which we eliminate divisions such as the ACC’s perplexingly named Atlantic and Coastal divisions, and all teams within the same college football conference compete as one.Not only have I imagined such a world, my friends, but I have seen one. I have seen it in the hallways of a high-school debate tournament.High-school debate tournaments — all of you will be shocked to learn that I was a master debater in high school — face some of the same constraints that college football conferences do. In any given tournament, there are lots of teams of radically varying quality levels, and there’s not nearly enough time to have them all play one another. A typical debate tournament, for example, might involve 60 teams but only six rounds of competition, with the best eight or 16 teams advancing to the playoffs (or what debaters call the “outrounds”). Each round is precious, and you don’t necessarily want to watch some some pimply-faced sophomores from a Class D school debating a Class A juggernaut like my alma mater, East Lansing High School, any more than you want to watch Rutgers lose to Michigan 78-0.The solution that debate tournaments devised is something called power-pairing. Power-pairing just means that teams with the same record are paired off against each other, so that a team that starts off the tournament 2-0 will face off against another 2-0 team, for instance. It usually works by drawing the first two rounds of a tournament at random,1Alternatively, the teams may be seeded somehow, such that everyone starts out with one matchup against an experienced team and another matchup against an inexperienced team in their first two rounds, for example. and after that, everything is power-paired.This turns out to be a surprisingly elegant solution. It helps to make the matchups relatively even, which not only helps students to learn more but also usually tells you more in determining the best teams. Furthermore, the pairings are somewhat self-correcting. Suppose a good team happens to randomly draw very tough opponents in its first two rounds and gets off to an 0-2 start. They’ll receive some compensation by being paired with easier opponents the rest of the way out — an 0-2 team and then a 1-2 team, and so forth. As another bonus to this system, the best teams are put through the gantlet and really earn their keep. A team that finishes its tournament undefeated or with just one loss will have beaten a lot of very good teams along the way.What would power-pairing look like in the context of a college football season? Here’s an example that I drew up involving this year’s Big Ten. I experimented with a few different setups, and happen to like this one, but feel free to disagree with the particulars (this is more a proof-of-concept than anything I’ve thought all that much about).It works like this: Each team plays nine conference games, the same number they play under the Big Ten’s current rules. Five of these are scheduled in advance, while four are power-paired or “flex” matchups determined only once the season is underway. To be more specific:Teams play rivalry games in weeks 2, 4 and 7. These matchups are the same every year. Week 7 features the most storied rivalries such as Michigan vs. Ohio State — the games that the Big Ten currently plays in the last week of the season. The games in weeks 2 and 4 involve secondary or tertiary rivals, such as Ohio State vs. Illinois or Michigan vs. Minnesota. Granted, this doesn’t always work out perfectly, since some teams (such as Michigan) have lots of Big Ten rivals and others (here’s looking at you, Maryland) don’t really have any. In real life, you might retain some of these games but have others chosen on a random or rotating basis.The matchups in weeks 1 and 3 are based on the previous season’s standings. Week 1 is a high-low pairing (the best teams from the previous season play the worst teams) while Week 3 is a high-high pairing (the best teams play the best teams and the worst teams play the worst teams). In theory, this gives each team one relatively tough and one relatively easy matchup within the first few weeks of the season.Weeks 5, 6, 8 and 9 are flex or power-paired matchups, where teams are paired against others with similar records that they haven’t played previously and that they aren’t already scheduled to play against in the future. (I’ll describe the procedure for pairing teams in a moment.) Each team has two home flex games and two away flex games, with the weeks designated in advance: For instance, Penn State has away games in weeks 5 and 9 and home flex games in weeks 6 and 8. Home and away weeks are set up such that every team has the opportunity to play every other team at least once.2For example, since Michigan State and Ohio State weren’t originally scheduled to play one another, there has to be at least one flex week where one of them is scheduled to be on the road and the other is scheduled to be at home. 3L–IowaW–IndianaL–Penn St.L–Ohio St.W–N’Western 4Indiana@ Illinois@ Minnesota@ N’westernMich. St. 5L–WisconsinW–RutgersW–N’WesternL–NebraskaW–Indiana 3W–RutgersL–MinnesotaW–Mich. St.W–PurdueW–Wisconsin 7W–Mich. St.L–IndianaL–MarylandW–Minnesota Iowa3-1Maryland3-1 7L–N’WesternW–PurdueW–NebraskaW–RutgersL–Ohio St. 4W–Ohio St.W–RutgersL–PurdueW–Nebraska 5@ TBDTBDTBD@ TBD@ TBD 1MichiganWisconsinPurdue@ Mich. St.@ Illinois 6W–RutgersW–N’WesternW–IllinoisL–MinnesotaL–Iowa 3Iowa@ IndianaPenn St.Ohio St.@ N’western 5L–MichiganW–IllinoisL–MinnesotaW–Mich. St. 6W–WisconsinL–MichiganL–Mich. St.L–Penn St. 2W–MarylandL–NebraskaL–WisconsinW–Rutgers 1@ Minnesota@ IowaN’western@ Indiana 8W–Mich. St.L–MichiganL–Penn St.L–Ohio St.W–Indiana Power-paired Week 5 matchups in hypothetical Big Ten schedule 2L–IndianaL–MichiganW–PurdueW–IowaW–Illinois read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more

DDME ADVISORY PROCEDURE FOR DONATION OF RELIEF ITEMS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – To all interested Parties: The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) takes this opportunity to appreciate your goodwill during this time for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).Please note, the established process for engaging the TCI Government to donate relief items is as follows:-1. An official letter providing the list of items, quantities, values, port origin and proposed schedule time for arrival in the Providenciales Port;2. An official letter providing the names of all persons, along with copies of his/her respective passport bio-data page;3. Any other supporting information.Upon receipt of the information, the DDME will process your documents and respond providing the necessary clearance.Please contact the DDME at ddme.tci@gmail.com should your require any additional clarification.Regards,Department of Disaster Management and Emergencieslast_img read more

For Milans Leonardo the Champions League is not an obsession

first_imgThe Rossoneri general director has backed coach Gennaro Gattuso and hopes his team can do well in the Italian Lega Serie AFor AC Milan general director Leonardo, his team doesn’t have to be obsessed to win the UEFA Champions League and has to focus on the Italian Lega Serie A.“For a club like Milan, of course, the objective must be to get back into the most important European competition,” Leonardo was quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We believe that we have the ideal structure in place to achieve this target, but we mustn’t make the mistake of turning it into an obsession.”“At the moment, we are three points off fourth place with a game in hand, so perfectly in line with our ambitions,” he added.“The rumors on Rino came from outside the club, and as far as we are concerned, they are to be considered unfounded. This is why we didn’t need to release a statement denying it because Rino knows he has the full faith of the club and squad.”last_img read more

Neville Rashford can become something really special for Man United

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville believes Marcus Rashford has the potential to go beyond becoming a top-class playerThe 21-year-old striker appears to be another star who has benefitted from Jose Mourinho’s departure at Old Trafford after struggling for regular starts.This led to uncertainty surrounding Rashford’s future with ex-United star Garth Crooks accusing Mourinho of “killing” him last month.Under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, Rashford has been given a new lease of life with the Norwegian playing him in a central forward role.And Rashford has repaid Solskjaer’s faith by scoring three goals in his four matches in charge of United, which has kept Romelu Lukaku benched.“The spring in the counter-attack is there and Rashford playing up front is fantastic – I love him to bits,” Neville told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s played nearly 150 games at the age of 21 and his potential is enormous. It’s actually now stepping up beyond the potential to where he will be a top-class player.“People will talk about Romelu Lukaku and how is he getting back in the team – don’t worry about that, worry about the kid that’s playing that’s going to devastate teams.“He gives them mobility. They just need more energy up front. Lukaku has not been at his best.“He has earned his chance. He gives them something different and he is a fantastic player.“He is on the right trajectory to become something really special for Manchester United.”The Red Devils will next face Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.last_img read more

Deported veteran denied entry into US at San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_img KUSI Newsroom Deported veteran denied entry into U.S. at San Ysidro Port of Entry Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img July 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A deported Marine Corps veteran from Belize has been trying to become a U.S. citizen since 1995 and was recently denied entry to the United States when he asked to be let in for a scheduled citizenship interview, it was reported today.Roman Sabal, 58, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 a.m. Monday with an attorney to ask for “parole” to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for shortly before noon in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Instead, he was turned away even though border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for “humanitarian or significant public benefit” reasons, according to the newspaper.Sabal first applied to become a U.S. citizen in 1995 after serving for six years as a Marine and then several more years in the Army Reserves, the Union-Tribune reported. He has two U.S. citizen children and with a U.S. citizen woman, whom he hopes to marry one day.He initially came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and did not have permission to stay in the U.S. permanently.After seeing Marines in action during his time in the Belizean military, he came with the goal of enlisting in the Marine Corps and managed to join with a fake identity document, according to the Union-Tribune.He told the newspaper that he confessed during boot camp and was told, “Don’t worry about it. You’re a Marine now.”Years after he was honorably discharged, he decided to go back to Belize because he had developed diabetes, and his mother had offered to help him treat it with herbal remedies rather than pharmaceuticals, the newspaper reported.When he returned to the U.S., his entry triggered an immigration court case.Sabal never found out about the hearing and a judge ordered him deported in his absence, so when he returned to Belize again in 2008 for more treatment, he found himself stuck there, according to the Union-Tribune.Sabal and his attorney, Victoria Starrett, crossed onto U.S. soil on Monday and gave Customs and Border Protection officials paperwork detailing his case and his request to enter the country to attend his interview, the Union-Tribune reported.Starrett told the newspaper that CBP officials waved them to the side then eventually told them to go through Immigration and Customs and Enforcement to request parole, but those officials sent them back to Mexico.Some ICE officers work out of the port of entry, but it was not clear whether they were involved in the incident on Monday, the newspaper reported.Starrett told the newspaper that Sabal’s legal team will likely have to file a lawsuit in federal court to get him access to the citizenship process.Sabal told the newspaper on Monday that he plans to wait in Tijuana for a few days to see if the situation can be resolved quickly, but otherwise he will have to travel back to Belize and try again at a later date. Updated: 3:49 PMlast_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Last Day Of School Officially Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — As its meeting tonight, the Wilmington School Committee approved Thursday, June 21, 2018 as the last (180th) day of school for Wilmington Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year.“It’s been a trying year with the snow, and rain & wind storms,” said Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. “We have had 7 inclement days. The first one was October 30, then three in January, and three in March.”“Even with seven inclement days, we’re still in pretty good shape,” noted Ruggiero.Ruggiero pointed out that many school districts that started school after Labor Day was running into scheduling issues, including extending the school days, losing a day during April vacation, and/or going to school on some Saturdays.The last day of school will be an early release day for all grades.As a reminder, as the School Committee previously approved in February, the first day of the 2018-2019 school year for grades 1-12 will be Tuesday, August 28, 2018.Kindergarteners will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Last Day Of School Officially AnnouncedIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Last Day Of School Officially AnnouncedIn “Education”NAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”last_img read more

DETOX NEWS 10 New Developments Heading Into Tonights Board Of Appeals Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Based on information provided at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, here are some of the latest developments in the effort to construct a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue.The Board of Appeals has an important meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium on this matter.#1) At tonight’s meeting, the Board of Appeals will review and possibly vote on the draft written decision that was made at its January 16 meeting to deny the special permit request of the applicants.“Town Counsel Jonathan Silverstein has prepared a decision that is intended to reflect both the vote that was taken and the basis for the decision to deny the special permit,” Town Manager Jeff Hull told Selectmen. “If the decision is finalized at that meeting, it must then be filed with the Town Clerk.”#2) If a majority of Board of Appeals members were to disapprove the draft for some reason, the vote denying the special permit would NOT change.“This is NOT an opportunity to change the substance of the decision,” said Town Counsel Mark Rich in response to a question raised by Selectman Mike McCoy. “The Zoning Board of Appeals must come to an agreement on how that decision will be translated. They’ll be discussing the language of the report that goes to the Town Clerk. This is NOT an opportunity to reconsider the vote that denied the special permit… The intent is to have a defensible decision for the Town Clerk as that’s going to be the matter of any appeal… That it accurately and appropriately reflects the comments and positions of the [board members] and how they voted.”#3) Also at tonight’s meeting, the Board of Appeals will discuss the process to follow for consideration of a request from the applicant for a reasonable accommodation.“The Board will consider, with the advice of [Town Counsel] Jonathan Silverstein, whether or not to conduct the meeting as a public hearing and will receive counsel’s opinion as to whether the decision to grant a reasonable accommodation requires a simple majority or a ‘supermajority,’ added Hull.#4) Town Counsel Jonathan Silverstein has communicated with Town Manager Hull that he intends on recommending to the Board of Appeals that (1) the board DOES conduct a public hearing and (2) the decision to grant the reasonable accommodation would require a SUPERMAJORITY (i.e., 4-1 or 5-0), NOT a simple majority.  KP Law believes the governance of the town would still apply in this case.#5) The Board of Appeals will NOT actually consider whether or not to grant the reasonable accommodation at tonight’s meeting, and it may be awhile before it does so.“The Board’s next scheduled meeting on March 13, 2019 apparently has a full agenda, which may mean that the reasonable accommodations matter is scheduled for a later date,” cautioned Hull.#6) The Concerned Citizens of Wilmington recently provided the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Selectmen with a letter arguing that the federal American with Disabilities Act may not be invoked to supersede local zoning bylaws. A ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court (Get Back Up, Inc. vs. City of Detroit & City of Detroit Board of Appeals) was provided as support.The letter also argued that the residents of Wilmington have already made “reasonable accommodations” to those suffering from substance abuse by amending the zoning bylaw to allow for the construction of future detox facilities in industrial zoned areas that are “remote, quiet, and more conducive to those individuals undergoing the torments of withdrawal.”Prior to summarizing the letter for the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jeff Hull took an opportunity to clear up any implication that Town Counsel Jonathan Silverstein hadn’t been evaluating the case.“[Attorney Silverstein] has looked at a number of different cases. He’s a specialist in land use law. I think it needs to be made very clear to the public that he is on top of this. He has many years of experience in land use law,” stressed Hull.A letter from Silverstein was read into the record at the end of Monday’s meeting, which, in part, reemphasized Hull’s assurances that Town Counsel has been handling the case appropriately.#7) Resident Suzanne Sullivan criticized the Board of Selectmen for, in her opinion, failing to protect and defend the bylaws of the town. She read a section of the Wilmington Board of Appeals’ rules and regulation:“The discussion about this accommodation, in our minds, is illegal,” continued Sullivan. “There is no basis for them to be coming to the Board of Appeals and this town is setting up a process that is counter to the bylaws of the town. And this isn’t only town bylaws, it’s the state statute… Are we going to have to sit here and listen to this ‘fake process’ coming forward?… I’ve yet to hear how under what law they can come forward with an accommodation petition after they just got a denial on a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. I still don’t have that answer…. This is not allowed. It was voted down. Plain and simple. Deal with it. They have a recourse — it’s called land court.”#8) Resident Rob Fasulo urged the Board of Selectmen to reconsider its decision not to enter into Executive Session to discuss Board of Appeals Chair Dan Veerman and any perceived “liability issues” he causes the town in this matter.“There’s been a lot of talk about the Facebook post [in which he used the term “junkie”], began Fasulo. “I don’t remember hearing any talk of any other comments. I happened to be going back through the WCTV tapes. During the carnival debate, [right before] the 26-minute on the January 13 meeting video, [Veerman] is on record again using that questionable word. So now we have a long-term pattern of this usage. The concern over that is he really can only vote one way without getting the town into some trouble. If he votes no when this accommodation comes up, there will surely be an appeal on that fact alone.”“I’m not saying he’s a bad guy, but this situation needs to be looked at,” continued Fasulo. “Can he make a vote one way or the other without causing liability to the town? You guys need to do your job and at least have the discussion… Please reconsider the vote and go into Executive Session to discuss.”#9) Later in the evening, Selectman Mike McCoy requested that the Board of Selectmen, at an upcoming meeting, again consider entering Executive Session to discuss Board of Appeals Chair Dan Veerman. While no formal vote took place after McCoy made the motion, Selectman Chair Kevin Caira agreed to put it on the agenda for a future meeting. McCoy noted he planed on raising this issue even before Fasulo suggested it.At the February 11 meeting, the Board of Selectmen were stalemated 2-2 on whether or not to enter Executive Session, with Selectmen McCoy & Bendel voting in favor and Selectmen Caira and Loud voting against, with Selectman Eaton abstaining. As a result, the motion failed due to the lack of a majority. With Selectman Loud having resigned from the board, the math, and possibly outcome, of the next vote may be different.#10) Selectman Mike McCoy also made a request that, by the next Selectmen’s Meeting, he be provided with examples of other instances where the Wilmington Board of Appeals took a vote at one meeting and then took a vote on the original vote’s decision at a following meeting.  He claimed it had never happened before. Town Counsel Mark Rich said it was not uncommon, but did not specify if he was speaking generally or Wilmington-specific.“In all my 30 years, I don’t think this has ever happened. I think when [the Board of Appeals] takes a vote, they deny it, and it automatically goes to the Town Clerk’s Office,” claimed McCoy. “Can anyone please tell me if there’s ever been a case, on file, similar to what we’re doing now for 362 Middlesex Ave, where there actually going to take a vote on a decision?”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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