WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, May 16, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Jazz Band Concert At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting the WMS Jazz Band at 2:30pm. The Wilmington Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of Anita DiLullo will perform a wonderful, heartfelt concert. Come enjoy the talent of Wilmington youth! Register HERE.#2) Drop-In MeditationThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding drop-in meditation at 12:30pm. If you’re interested in starting a meditation practice, join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, January 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
-The government on Monday made changes in the English spelling of five districts in the country.The decision was taken at a meeting of National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganisation. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.As per the government decision, from now on Chittagong would be called as Chattogram, Barisal would be Barishal, Comilla would be Cumilla, Jessore would be Jashore and Bogra would be Bogura.Secretary (co-ordination and reforms) at the cabinet division NM Ziaul Alam informed journalists about the changes after the meeting.
Newly-elected president of the Indian National Congress party Rahul Gandhi (L) kisses his mother and former party president Sonia Gandhi during a ceremony at the party headquarters in New Delhi on 16 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIn a generational shift that ended the Sonia Gandhi era in India’s political party Congress, her son Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over as the new party president and launched a sharp attack on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi accusing him of taking the country “backwards to a medieval past” where people are butchered because of what they eat and believe in.The handing over of the mantle of the leadership of the 132-year-old party took place at a ceremony on the lawns of the Congress headquarters where Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran presented the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony watched by Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other top leaders of the party.In his first speech as the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi launched an all-out attack against Modi and the BJP.”The Congress took India into the 21st century while prime minister (Modi) is taking us backwards to a medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat.”This ugly violence shames us in the world. Our country, whose philosophy and history is born out of love and compassion, is tarnished by such horror and no amount of hugs can repair the damage done to this great country of ours.”He said the country was now being compelled to imagines that businesses can be built without harmony and “that only one man, one man himself – is the voice of reason, that expertise, experience and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory, that it is acceptable for our foreign policy to lie in tatters so that one man can feel strong, and that everything in fact is subservient to the leader’s personal image”.He said many of the countrymen were “disillusioned by the politics of our time” as “today, politics is devoid of kindness and truth”.”Today, the BJP is trying to spread fire and violence in the entire country and only one power can stop this. That is the Congress worker and leader. They break and we bind. They set fire and we douse it. They create anger and we create love. This is the difference between them and us. And I want to assure you that Congress workers and leaders, that you all are my family, whether you are a youth or an elder, wherever you come from, you all are mine, and I will give you all my love.”The newly-elected party president Rahul Gandhi (R) receives the certificate of election as Congress president from the Congress Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramchandran during a ceremony at the party headquarters in New Delhi on 16 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIn an apparent reference to Modi’s “Congress-free India”, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress considers the BJP its brothers and sisters even though it doesn’t agree with them.”They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress’ inclusion and respect for all Indians extends even to the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. The Congress has met and will always meet our challenges and struggles with love and affection. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend.”They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear but, we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people. It is in this service that my idealism, your idealism and our hope for politics always rests.”The Gandhi scion’s formal takeover comes two days before the counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, the outcome of which could be a trendsetter for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. His main challenge remains the revamping of party organisation, apart from electoral battles in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Sonia Gandhi, 71, who helmed the party for 19 years, in her last address as the party President, said the Congress has been playing the role of opposition since 2014 and never before has it faced the challenge that it faces today.”The fundamentals of our Constitution are under attack, our party has lost several state elections. But an exemplary energy fires our Congress workers. We are not the ones to bend in fear, because our struggle is a fight for the very soul of this nation. We will never retreat from this fight.”Referring to the time she took over as Congress President in 1998, she said the party had only three governments and was far from a government at the Centre.”Meeting this challenge was not a marvel achieved by any one individual… India is a young country. I am confident that with a new and young leadership our party will be reinvigorated and bring about the changes we need.”Talking about Rahul Gandhi and challenges he faces after his elevation, Sonia Gandhi said it would not be suitable for her to praise him because he is her son.”But this much I will say — while from his very childhood he has borne the very experience of violence, the savage personal attacks he has confronted since entering politics have served to make him a brave and strong-hearted man.”I am proud of his endurance and firmness. And I am confident he will lead the party with a pure heart, patience and devotion.”Manmohan Singh said Rahul Gandhi was assuming the new responsibility amid “disturbing trends”.”As a distinguished academic pointed out a few days ago that there are dangers that the politics of fear will take over the politics of hope. Rahulji, we depend upon you to ensure that the politics of fear does not prevail over the politics of hope which this country needs.”He brings to this Office of the Congress President a new sense of dedication, a new sense of commitment, a new sense of looking after the leadership role with courage and humility.”Outside the 24, Akbar Road, Congress headquarters, a group of colourfully dressed artistes played drums and danced to Punjabi bhangra tunes with party supporters, including men and women, also shaking a leg or two and waving Rahul Gandhi’s pictures and Congress flags.There were other groups of artists from Hyderabad and Rajasthan performing folk dances of their regions.
An Iraqi photographer shows a girl a picture taken on his camera at Nafoura square in the al-Zuhur neighbourhood in the eastern part of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on 5 January. AFP File PhotoThe United States urged other countries Monday to bring home hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured in Syria, a delicate issue for allies such as France and Britain as president Donald Trump withdraws troops.Washington drew a line on the jihadists two days before foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East gather in the US capital for talks on how to fight the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, once the US military presence ends.US allies have been grappling for weeks with what to do with foreign fighters detained in the war-ravaged country by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who have warned that they may not be able to guard their jails once US troops leave.”The United States calls upon other nations to repatriate and prosecute their citizens detained by the SDF and commends the continued efforts of the SDF to return these foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.”Despite the liberation of ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria, ISIS remains a significant terrorist threat and collective action is imperative to address this shared international security challenge,” Palladino said.Another US official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that northeastern Syria had become a “very fluid space.””As events unfold, there are any number of scenarios under which positive control of some of the individuals currently in custody could change,” the official said.He voiced concern that jihadists could then leave Syria for “other, more permissive places around the world from which they could seek to carry forward the fight.”Fears in EuropeTrump stunned Western allies on December 19 by announcing that the United States would pull its 2,000 troops out of Syria, declaring that IS had been defeated.One of the countries most concerned is France, which has been hit by a series of IS-inspired attacks including the grisly November 2015 siege of the Bataclan nightclub in Paris.France — which along with Britain maintains a small deployment of special forces in Syria — last week opened the door to bringing back its citizens, after earlier insisting that the jihadists should be prosecuted locally and not step foot back in France.The French foreign ministry said its goal was to “avoid the escape and scattering of these potentially dangerous individuals” and acknowledged that the situation on the ground was changing with the US withdrawal.A French security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier told AFP 130 people could be repatriated. A second French official said the group included 70 to 80 children held with their mothers.Britain has meanwhile been grappling with what to do with the two surviving members of a quartet — nicknamed “The Beatles” for their accents — who were notorious for videotaped beheadings.Britain has shown no interest in bringing home the Kurdish-jailed pair, Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, amid reports they were stripped of their nationality.A report last year said the United States was willing to take them in its military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — an option that would be deeply controversial in Britain, partly due to the US practice of the death penalty.Talk of security zoneThe SDF are worried that, without US troops as a buffer, they will be crushed by neighbouring Turkey — which equates them with Kurdish separatists at home and encouraged Trump to withdraw US forces.Shortly after Trump’s announcement, the SDF warned it would pull back from the battle against IS if Turkey attacked and may redeploy its prison guards.Wednesday’s 79-nation conference in Washington is expected to look further at ways to avoid what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a comment that angered Turkey, warned could be the “slaughter” of Kurdish fighters in Syria.Trump and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed a “safe zone” which Ankara wants on Syrian territory. European allies are cool to the idea and the Kurdish fighters want the zone to be directly on the border with coalition forces on the Turkish side.Foreign ministers will also hear at the conference from Nobel laureate Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq who was abducted and raped, like thousands of women and girls, by jihadists.Since obtaining freedom, Murad has campaigned for accountability over the atrocities and urged Iraq and other countries to investigate the fate of Yazidi who remain missing.