VIDEO Learn About The Towns New Effort To Increase Affordable Housing In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of Wilmington Community Television’s “Town Topics,” host and WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville sat down with Wilmington’s Planning Director Valerie Gingrich to discuss inclusionary zoning.“Inclusionary zoning is a requirement that affordable housing units be constructed when housing units are built in general,” explained Gingrich. “It’s a requirement that affordable units be part of a development.”Wilmington does not currently have an inclusionary zoning bylaw. All but one of its neighboring towns, however, do already have such a bylaw in place.“Most towns across the state have it,” said Gingrich. “It’s not a new idea. It’s been talked about here in the past.”Gingrich and Neville got into the details of the draft of a inclusionary zoning bylaw that voters will likely be asked to approve at May’s Annual Town Meeting.“As the draft currently stands, the requirement would be any multi-family (condos, apartments, duplexes) developments that are 8 units or more, would be required to provide 15% of their units as affordable,” said Gingrich. If 20 units were proposed, under the bylaw, 3 would need to be designated as affordable.Builders could take advantage of a “density bonus” — an additional market-rate (regular) unit would be allowed (added) for every affordable unit built. The bonus helps offset the loss that the developer endures by selling a unit at less than market value.So, if 20 units were proposed, and 3 were affordable, the developer could add 3 additional market value units, for a total of 23 units.Additional details are included in the draft, which is posted HERE on the Department of Planning & Conservation page of the town’s website.Gingrich encourages comments, questions, or suggestions. She can be reached at vgingrich@wilmingtonma.gov or 978-658-8238.Watch the 15-minute interview, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttp://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/e/6/4/3/6/b/e6436b23-4c4a-49e3-a72a-3559107de4f01546546324.651+51329023.694@castus4-wilmington+15466189811546618435113013.vod.720p.20191103_Town_Topics_Inclusionary_Zoning.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/e/6/4/3/6/b/e6436b23-4c4a-49e3-a72a-3559107de4f01546546324.651+51329023.694@castus4-wilmington+15466189811546618435113013.vod.720p.20191103_Town_Topics_Inclusionary_Zoning.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedHOT BUTTON ISSUE: Should The Town Prevent New Condos & Apartments From Being Built? Could It Backfire? (Article 1)In “Government”AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEWS: Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw To Go In Front Of Voters, But NOT At This Year’s Town MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Fasulo & Eaton Discuss Affordable Housing, Sciarappa FarmIn “Government”last_img read more

Gold up on US rate hike delay speculation

first_imgGold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on Monday as traders were beginning to price in a potential delay in the US central bank’s rate hike.The most active gold contract for December delivery added $8.6, or 0.74 percent, to settle at $1,164.50 per ounce, Xinhua reported.The precious metal rose on Monday as traders reacted to an increasing belief that the US Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this year.The CME Group Fedwatch tool shows an implied probability of a very small 8 percent increase in the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate during its meeting scheduled for October 28.The tool also shows an implied probability of a 37 percent rate hike for the meeting scheduled for December 16, while there is a much higher chance of a rate hike during the January 27, 2016 meeting, at 47 percent. According to the tool, there is a 39 percent chance of a 0.50 rate, and a 6.8 percent chance of a 0.75 rate.An increase in the Fed’s interest rate drives investors away from gold and towards assets with a return, as the precious metal bears no interest. There has not been an increase in the Fed’s interest rate since June 2006, before the beginning of the American financial crisis.The US Dollar Index, a measure of the dollar against a basket of major currencies, fell by 0.06 percent to 94.80 as of 1815 GMT.Gold and the dollar typically move in opposite directions, which means if the dollar goes up, gold futures will fall as gold, measured by the dollar, becomes more expensive for investors.Silver for September delivery rose 4.6 cents, or 0.29 percent, to close at $15.864 per ounce, while platinum for October delivery added $14.5, or 1.48 percent, to close at $995.90 per ounce.last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai poses with cricket idol Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, US October 4, 2016Reuters fileGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai posed to click a picture with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at the Edgbaston cricket ground during the India vs England ICC Cricket World Cup clash on June 30. The picture of the two was tweeted by BCCI on their official Twitter page which was appreciated by netizens.Google CEO @sundarpichai along with the Master Blaster @sachin_rt at the game today pic.twitter.com/jKZKFgelUF— BCCI (@BCCI) June 30, 2019Sundar Pichai was one of the eminent personalities present at the Edgbaston ground to see the match on Sunday. He claims to be a huge cricket fan and at an event organised by the US-India Business Council, he mentioned that he is backing both England and India to reach the finals. He also mentioned his dream of becoming a cricketer and how he idolised Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar during his growing up phase.On Sunday, one of his wishes got ticked but India lost to England in the much-anticipated fixture of the World Cup by 31 runs. The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. They put up a formidable total of 337 for the loss of seven wickets with Jonny Bairstow scoring a magnificent century leading the attack and Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler chipping in with quickfire half-centuries. File photo of Sachin Tendulkar at Lord’s.Ben Hoskins/Getty ImagesThe pick of the Indian bowlers was Mohammed Shami as he picked up five wickets though he was a bit expensive, continuing his brilliant run in the World Cup. Chasing a mammoth target of 338, India lost KL Rahul early for a duck. The Men in Blue were in the chase with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli playing magnificently. Rohit scored yet another century in the tournament, but with his dismissal, the Indian innings started to crumble as the English bowlers tightened the screws in the death overs.The Indian middle-order lost their grip of the game with the likes of Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav not connecting the ball and Rohit’s century went in vain. India will next face Bangladesh on July 2 at the same ground and are one win away from confirming a semi-final berth.last_img read more

Full genome sequence of Nipah virus discovered

first_imgillustration by Prothom AloA group of scientists discovered the full genome sequence of Nipah virus, isolated from the Pteropus Medius bat samples taken from Bangladesh from January 2011 to April 2014.The discovery also helped the 15 scientists, including three from International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), to learn about the bat’s procreation and activity in Bangladesh.The three icddr,b scientists are Ashraful Islam, MZ Rahman and Emily S Gurley.They hoped this discovery would help prevent the spread of the Nipah virus infection and enable creating its vaccine.The scientists published an article, “Isolation and Full-Genome Characterisation of Nipah Viruses from Bats, Bangladesh” in US science journal Emerging Infectious Diseases on 1 January.The researchers are from icddr,b, Singapore Medical School, EcoHealth Alliance in New York, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph in Canada, Stanford University in USA and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.The World Health Organisation (WHO) considered the infection as a global health priority and has pandemic potential because of its human-to-human transmissibility, wide geographic distribution of bat reservoir species, high case-fatality rate in humans, and lack of available vaccine or therapeutic agents.No vaccine has so far been invented for the disease. Among the infected, 40-75 per cent die, WHO says.Saif Ullah Munshi, professor of virology department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) considered the discovery as an important step to invent the vaccine of the virus.“Bats spread the virus while drinking date juice. The disease can spread if people drink that juice. The same can happen if people take fruits eaten by bats,” he told Prothom Alo.Saif Ullah Munshi advised people to drink date juice after boiling it.The virus was first detected in Bangladesh in 2011.According to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) of Bangladesh, 303 people were infected in the past 18 years. Among them, 70 per cent died. The survivors suffer from various nervous system complexities.The disease is recurrently infecting people of neighbouring west Bengal in India. Seventeen victims out of 19 died in Kerala of India, 1800 kilometres west of West Bengal.The researchers say the Pteropus Medius species of bat is the main carrier of Nipah virus in this region of Bangladesh and India.Until now, the infection was identified through polymer-age chain reaction but the scientists could not discover the genome sequencing of the live virus except two instances in Malaysia and Cambodia.The virus was first identified in Sungai Nipah village in 1999 and named after the place. Among the 300 infected, over 100 people died there that year. The virus spread among men through pigs.The Pteropus Medius bats, also known as flying Indian Fox, lives in the Indian subcontinent, Australia, East Africa and Pacific Ocean regions.Ashraful Islam told Prothom Alo, “Pteropus Medius bats are the natural carriers of Nipah virus in Bangladesh. The discovery of the genome sequencing has paved way to the invention of its vaccine. The primary work has already begun.”The researchers collected samples of urine and saliva of the bats from 2,749 spots of the country from January 2011 to April 2014 during the times the disease spread most, between January and April.The samples were analysed at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory. The researchers identified 10 types of Nipah virus from the samples. Their genetic traits resemble around 99.9 per cent.The genetic traits of the virus resemble with those collected from the bats of other places as well. For example, the genetic sequence of the virus of bats from Sylhet and Lakshmipur are almost similar. The distance between the two districts is around 300 kilometres.Professor Haseena Khan at Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department of Dhaka University thinks the continuity of research is very important to create a vaccine of the virus. “The government has to be pro-active in this regard.”*The report, originally appeared in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more

Commemorative circulation coin on Tatya Tope released

first_imgOn the occasion of Tatya Tope’s Martyr Day, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a commemorative coin of Rs 200 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 in the national Capital on Monday. Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on the occasion.Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope in the year 2015-16, in association with the State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The government of India is also considering the creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola and Nasik, Maharashtra and a war museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments.Recently, in the month of February, the State Government of Maharashtra organised the inaugural function at Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Before that, a three-day celebration- ‘Shaurya Mahotsav’ was held.Also, a special lecture and conference on Tatya Tope was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in the national Capital on February 16. One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s first war of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot.last_img read more

ER achieves growth rate of 608 passenger count earnings increase

first_imgKolkata: Eastern Railway has achieved a growth of 6.08 percent in suburban passenger earnings for the period — April to December, 2018 — in comparison with the corresponding period of last year.Eastern Railway secured the first position in suburban passenger earnings among all zonal railways in the country and the growth rate is the highest achievement in the Indian Railway System. It has earned a mammoth additional amount of Rs 29.59 crore by inducting additional suburban passenger traffic of 3.45 crore in this period. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe overall growth of passenger earnings of Eastern Railway has also achieved a remarkable figure of 6.32 percent for the period from April to December, 2018, in comparison with the corresponding period of last year. In absolute figure, the additional earnings amount to Rs 127.59 crore from carrying additional passenger traffic of 3.83 crore. ER has achieved huge success in passenger traffic and earnings through a number of passenger-friendly initiatives resulting in the increase of purchase of journey tickets. Passenger awareness campaigns towards usefulness of ATVM, POS, and mobile ticketing etc. are constantly and continuously going on. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseEastern Railway has installed 232 ATVMs in the period from April to December, 2018, in addition to the previously existing 178 ATVMs and looks to introduce another 148 at different stations shortly. Besides reducing the waiting time, the intending passenger can get journey tickets from these ATVMs with 3 percent bonus. For providing easier access to purchase journey tickets, ER has also appointed 154 more JTBS (Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks) up to December, 2018. For extending the facilities of cash less transactions, ER has installed 596 POS machines at the PRS and UTS counters in different areas up to December 2018. Purchasing of unreserved tickets through mobile phone from any station to any station has also been implemented. QR based mobile-ticketing facility has also been implemented through which passengers can easily purchase journey tickets after reaching the station.last_img read more

Ericsson Sues Apple for Telecom Patent Infringement

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min read February 27, 2015 Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson is suing Apple Inc for patent infringement, Ericsson said on Friday.Ericsson said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an exclusion order against Apple’s products for infringing Ericsson patents that are essential to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards.It also filed a second ITC complaint seeking an exclusion order and multiple complaints in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting damages and injunctions for infringement of patents “critical to many other aspects of Apple’s devices”.(Reporting by Daniel Dickson; Editing by David Holmes) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more