The Wilmington Insider For June 2 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, June 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 79. North wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.In The Community: The Town of Wilmington will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day from 9am to 2pm in the parking lot of the West Intermediate School (22 Carter Lane). The event is FREE for Wilmington residents. (There is a fee for disposal of tires.)  Proof of residency is required. View the event flyer for more information. Contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 with any questions.In The Community: The Wilmington Recreation Department is sponsoring the 36th Annual Fishing Derby from 9am to noon at Town Beach. Participants must register in the Bath House. Prizes will be awarded for the Heaviest Bass and Heaviest Non-Bass in both age groups. The cost to participate in the Derby is $5 for those ages 18 and over, and $2 for anyone age 17 and under. Worms will be available for purchase. There will be shore fishing only – no boats. No fishing license is required for this event only. Rain date is Sunday, June 3.In The Community: Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons and cash prizes in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition. The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The exhibition begins on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a reception, refreshments and live music. The exhibition continues on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 4pm. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, and free of charge. Last year’s artwork can be viewed HERE.In The Community: State Representative candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury) is holding a Meet & Greet from 9am to noon at Donna’s Donuts (2106 Main Street, Tewksbury. Come have some donuts and talk about the future of Tewksbury and Wilmington!In The Community: Boy Scout Troop 126 of Wilmington is holding a Car Wash from 10am to 2pm in the Fourth of July Building Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue). A $5 donation is suggested for each car wash.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.At The Library: The Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting several programs — Fiction Critique Group (9:15am), Drop-In Baby Times (9:30am) and Dads & Donuts (10:30am). Learn more and register HERE.Go Wildcats!: 4 WHS teams are in action. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants

first_imgThe Justice Department is seeking feedback on the investigation from the public. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has announced an antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power, and whether they are reducing competition, stifling innovation and harming consumers. While the Justice Department hasn’t named specific companies, it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the antitrust division said the companies’ power could lead them to “act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.””The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online,” the DOJ added. It’s seeking feedback on the investigation from the public.The move is the latest effort by the US government to step up enforcement of tech’s biggest companies. For decades, the government largely avoided regulating or scrutinizing the tech world. That approach allowed companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook to grow to become some of the most highly valued in the world. But, critics argue, that growth came at the expense of user privacy and competitive choices in the marketplace.Following revelations Russian propagandists used Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 US election, lawmakers have expressed interest in taking tech to task. Since then, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have agreed to split up antitrust enforcement of tech companies between the two agencies, according to various media reports. The DOJ would focus on Apple and Google, which is owned by parent company Alphabet, while the FTC would take on Facebook and Amazon, according to a report in the Journal.The Justice Department’s new probe, announced Tuesday, goes a step beyond those plans, the Journal said. The FTC in February said it formed a task force to monitor competition in the tech sector.”This is the antitrust question of the day,” Fiona Scott Morton, an economics professor at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.Morton, who testified as an antitrust expert before congress during a hearing with tech companies last week, emphasized the scope of the investigation is still unclear, but she’d be interested in learning more about the general competition behavior of the big tech platforms.Twitter declined to comment. Amazon, Apple and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google meanwhile referred back to its testimony before Congress last week, during which its director of economic policy, Adam Cohen, said the company has “created new competition in many sectors.” He added, “New competitive pressures often lead to concerns from rivals. We have consistently shown how our business is designed and operated to benefit our customers.”The companies are likely to respond soon, since Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Amazon are due to report their quarterly earnings to investors this week. Apple is set to report its results next week. TechlashThe backlash against the tech industry has been more bark than bite so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have hauled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai before various committees to discuss concerns over user privacy, election integrity and censorship.Though the hearings were designed to be big public showdowns between lawmakers and the tech industry, they instead exposed ignorance among government officials about how technology works in the first place. Last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the 85-year-old Republican from Utah, asked Zuckerberg, “If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg paused a moment before saying, “Senator, we run ads.” He, and his staff sitting behind him, then grinned before Hatch moved on to his next question.  Mobile Tech Industry 3 Legal Facebook Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments reading • Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants Tags Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress 2:42 Share your voice The high-profile blunder made clear lawmakers were unlikely to act soon (and, in the past year, haven’t passed any meaningful laws to rein in tech). But that hasn’t stopped the DOJ or FTC from pursuing their own investigations, the first fruits of which may be announced this week. The FTC is expected to announce a $5 billion fine against Facebook for failing to adequately protect user data after learning Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy tied to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, had improperly purchased tens of millions of people’s profile information. Though the FTC considered including language that could potentially hold Zuckerberg personally responsible for future privacy screw-ups, that plan was ultimately abandoned, according to a report by The Washington Post.More comingTech companies know that while they’ve largely avoided scrutiny until now, something is coming. So far, they’ve opted to generally support regulation. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have expressed support for stronger privacy rules. Zuckerberg and Dorsey have meanwhile supported the Honest Ads Act, which would require tech companies to disclose who pays for political ads on the internet, much the same way that television and radio stations do now. The tech companies have also stepped up lobbying in Washington, in an effort to help shape whatever may be coming. Facebook topped $4 million in spending in the three months ended June 30, discussing election integrity, privacy, security, advertising and competition, according to a recent government filing. Facebook’s spending was higher than Amazon ($4 million), Google ($2.9 million) and Apple ($1.8 million).The companies have also stepped up their public efforts to push back on any overambitious regulation. That includes a website Apple published in May, after the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners can sue Apple, accusing its App Store of running a monopoly. Zuckerberg meanwhile has been publishing videos and podcasts of conversations he’s held with academics and other CEOs, discussing censorship and ethics.Whether any of that will help tech with increasing scrutiny it’s now facing is unclear. “We ultimately believe this is more noise vs. the start of broader structural changes across the tech food chain,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors shortly after the DOJ’s announcement. “While the further analysis of business models from these tech stalwarts will cause some near-term uncertainty, ultimately we view it as a positive as this potentially could be a catalyst for more technology innovation and diversification down the road for these titans.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 23, 2:08 p.m. PT.Update, 4:12 p.m. PT: Adds details throughout. 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Reliance Industries trading with gains ahead of Q4 results Sensex up 260

first_imgA general view of Reliance Jio headquarters is seen on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016.Reuters fileUpdate at around 2.50 pm: The BSE Sensex was up 262 points at 29,627, led by GAIL (India), Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro and HDFC Bank.Original story:Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) were trading with minor gains on Monday ahead of Q4 results. At around 1.10 pm, the RIL stock was up 1.19 percent at Rs 1,416 even as the BSE Sensex was trading 0.75 percent higher at 29,586.A Sensex heavyweight, the Mukhesh Ambani-controlled company’s gross refining margin (GRM) and management commentary on Reliance Jio will be in focus.”We expect profitability of the company for the current quarter on a consolidated basis to be flat both on sequential as well as on a yearly basis but the commentary on Jio and energy project execution will be the key,” the Moneycontrol.com quoted Rohit Singre, Senior Research Analyst (Equity – Technical) at Bonanza Portfolio Ltd., as saying.The information on Reliance Jio would also share prices of rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, the two listed telecom service providers.RIL was in the news last month when capital markets regulator Sebi barred it from accessing equity derivatives market for a year and directed the company to pay nearly Rs 1,000 crore for alleged fraudulent trading in a 10-year-old case.The ban, in effect from Friday, relates to alleged fraudulent trading in the Futures and Options (F&O), or derivatives, space in the securities of RIL’s former listed subsidiary Reliance Petroleum (RPL) — now merged with the listed parent firm, as reported by news agency IANS.Shares of Bharti Airtel were down 0.54 percent to Rs 341 apiece. Top Sensex gainers at around 1.25 pm on Monday were Axis Bank, Larsen & Toubro, GAIL (India) and HDFC Bank. People throng a Reliance store to to grab Jio Prime Membership in Lucknow on March 30, 2017.IANSlast_img read more

2 jailed for playing loud music

first_imgA mobile court has handed down jail terms for 15 days to two people in Hingla village under Raozan upazila in Chittagong for playing loud music at dead of night, officials said.They are Mohammad Sohel, 24 and Mohammad Saiful Islam, 18.The officials said that the mobile court awarded the punishment for playing loud music in a DJ party at a wedding ceremony at 3:30am. The loud music caused disturbance to the locals and they lodged a complaint with the local authorities.  Raozan Upazila Nirbahi Officer (chief executive of the sub-district) Shamim Hossain conducted the drive. Local law enforcement authorities also assisted him. UNO Shamim Hossain told Prothom Alo that they would not tolerate any sound pollution after 11:00pm at night.“The two people were playing music dead at night without any permission. The mobile court awarded the punishment for disturbing the people,” he said.last_img read more

Fakhrul thanks EC for ensuring justice

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday thanked the election commission for ‘ensuing justice’ as most of their aspirants whose nominations had been declared illegal got back their candidatures through appeals, reports UNB.Taking to reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he also hoped that their chairperson’s nomination will be declared valid if the commission ensures justice to her.“We think the declaration of most of our candidates valid is our victory. We also hope our leader Khaleda Zia will also be declared a legal candidate if justice is ensured,” he said.Fakhrul said the returning officers declared illegal the nominations of many of our candidates but most of them were considered as legal runners through the election commission hearing. “So, I thank the election commission.”He alleged that the returning officers declared illegal most of their candidates’ nominations as they had to obey the government order and they could not ensure justice in many cases for that reason.Replying to a question, Fakhrul said they may announce a partial list of their final candidates for different constituencies after 8pm today.He alleged that the government, being afraid of defeat, is now using state machineries to influence the election.The BNP leader also alleged that law enforcers continued the arrest of their leaders and activists hampering their organisational activities.He urged the government and the election commission to stop arresting opposition activists and create a proper election atmosphere so that all the parties can exercise their democratic rights.last_img read more

BNPs Zahidur Rahman to be sworn in

first_imgZahidur Rahman. File photoBNP MP-elect from Thakurgaon-3 constituency, Zahidur Rahman is to be sworn in on Thursday.He sent a letter to Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, speaker of Jatiya Sangsad, expressing his interest to take the oath as a member of parliament.The personal secretary of the speaker, MA Kamal Billah, confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo. The parliament secretariat has scheduled the oath ceremony at noon.last_img