5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday March 23 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, March 23, 2019:#1) God Given Talent Show At Villanova HallThe Parish of the Transfiguration’s Youth Group will be hosting a God Given Talent Show from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Villanova Hall. Tickets are $5 each and there will be some great raffle prizes. Refreshments will be served and Smile Train donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Faith Formation and Outreach programs.#2) Train & Toy Show To Shriners AuditoriumThe largest train and toy show in the Northeast is coming to town.Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show stops at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 10am to 4pm.The event features:100+ exhibitors from across the country350+ tables of trains for saleHuge operating modular train layoutsFree modeling seminars and clinicsFree test track and door prize drawingsAccording to the event’s website: “Since 1976, Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show has been the largest traveling model train and toy show to serve the northeastern United States…. Our shows offer free workshops on a variety of topics as well as demonstrations. Our shows also attract dealers from across the country that carry rare and hard to find items not offered in local hobby shops. If you’re interested in the hobby, you won’t find a better place for model railroading than Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show!  Our shows are designed to promote toy trains to even the youngest enthusiast… Any child who comes to the show is admitted FREE!  We want every child to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of model trains!”Adult admission costs $10 on Saturday and $9 on Sunday. Children 11 and under are FREE. Parking is FREE. Tickets can be purchased online HERE.#3) Wilmington Middle School Drama Club’s “Seussical The Musical”The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).#4) Comedy Show To Benefit Shawsheen Tech SeniorsThe Dollie Tremblay Community Fund has organized a comedy show at the Billerica Elks (14 Webb Brook Road, Billerica). Doors open at 6:30pm. The show begins at 7:30pm.The evening will feature four hilarious comedians, including Wilmington’s Steve Bjork, Jason Merrill, Maya Manion, and Mike Hanley.Tickets cost $20. Tables are 10 are available. To purchase tickets, contact Joe at 978-663-3461 or Marie at 978-479-2668. Bring your own snacks and cash for the raffle table. Cash bar.Proceeds to benefit the David M. Dutile “Tools for Students” Scholarships awarded to graduates of the Shawsheen Tech Class of 2019.#5) Dick’s Sporting Goods Shop Event For Wilmington Little League FamiliesDick’s Sporting Goods is offering Wilmington Little League families 20% off throughout the store on Saturday, March 23, 2019 and Sunday, March 24, 2019.  This coupon is valid at the store’s Davners, Saugus, and Salem, NH locations.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 Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”SAVE THE DATE: Huge Train Show Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 23-24In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

India expels first group of Rohingya refugees

first_imgSahidullah, a man from the Rohingya community, holds his son on his lap as he speaks with Reuters inside his shack at a camp on the outskirts of Jammu on 5 October 2018. Photo: ReutersHours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: “Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too.”Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2010, said his relative, Sadiur Rahman, 40, was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam.Rahman, he said, had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh. Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier, but like many others had escaped detection.He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on 3 October, the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border.They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day, the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here, spreading panic among an estimated 40,000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour.About 16,500 of the refugees, including Sahidullah, have been issued identity cards by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it says helps them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”.India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN’s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement – sending back refugees to a place where they face danger.”Anyone who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered illegal,” said A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs. “As per the law, anyone illegal will have to be sent back. As per law they will be repatriated.”In recent days, Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements, one in the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital, Delhi, and found communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified.Many now fear prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is about to act on its stated position – that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country. With a general election due by next May, they worry that targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his allies.Hatred GrowingSahidullah – who like many Rohingya goes by only one name – is not just worried about his detained relatives but also his family living in a mainly Hindu region of India’s only Muslim-dominated state, Jammu & Kashmir, in the country’s northern tip.The restive Himalayan state that borders Pakistan and is home to Muslim separatists battling Indian rule, has the biggest population of Rohingya in the country with around 7,000 people scattered in various makeshift settlements, largely in the Jammu region.”We came to India because people told us things were better here, there’s more work and one could move freely unlike back home,” said Sahidullah, who works as a cleaner at a car showroom in Jammu city to support his aging amnesiac mother, wife and four children.”All that’s true and we are thankful to India for letting us live here. But hatred against us is growing,” he told Reuters as he sat on a colourful linen sheet laid on the floor of his self-made wood and plastic-sheet house built on a rented plot of land.Mohammed Arfaat, a 24-year-old Rohingya youth leader in Jammu, said that locals often accuse them of having links with militants without any proof.”They want us out of here and that has got our families worried,” said Arfaat, switching between English and Hindi as nearly a dozen community elders seated around him on the rough concrete floor of a Rohingya house started leaving for Friday prayers. “Everybody here is aware of the deportation and is afraid.”Indian authorities said that the repatriation of the seven was a routine procedure and that it sends all illegal foreigners back home.But the UNHCR voiced deep concern on Friday about the safety and security of those expelled, saying they had been denied access to legal counsel and a chance to have their asylum claims assessed.”Current conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not conducive for safe, dignified and sustainable return of stateless Rohingya refugees,” said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic.Most Rohingya used to live in Rakhine.In August last year, attacks by Rohingya fighters on security posts in Rakhine led to a bloody military crackdown that caused around 700,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh.The United Nations has accused Myanmar of acting against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent,” a charge Myanmar refutes, saying its military did not use excessive force and was reacting to militant attacks.Increasingly UglyThe atmosphere facing the Rohingya in India has been getting increasingly ugly.Jammu’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry last year threatened to launch an “identify and kill movement” against the settlers, which it said pushed the government into taking the issue of Rohingya more seriously.The chamber’s president, Rakesh Gupta, told Reuters on Friday that there was nothing new in taking the law into one’s hands if “someone becomes a threat to our security, to the nation’s security, and the security forces don’t tackle them”.In some of the more virulent parts of India’s media, the Rohingya are not only accused of being terrorists but also of trafficking in drugs and humans, and of having the money to elbow out local businesses.The Pioneer newspaper, which supports Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said in an editorial on Saturday that “the Rohingya are a problem”, declaring that those that are radicalised Islamist extremists need to be dealt with ruthlessly and the rest are economic migrants that India cannot afford to help.India, which considers itself a victim of Islamist militancy and is trying to boost economic ties with Myanmar to counter China, said late last year that it shared Myanmar’s concern about “extremist violence” by Rohingya militants.India’s home ministry has told the Supreme Court that it had reports from security agencies and other authentic sources “indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations operating in other countries”.”It’s definitely an election issue,” said Kavinder Gupta, a BJP legislator in Jammu & Kashmir and former deputy chief minister of the state.”It’s our decision to throw them out keeping in mind the security situation of the state,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a campaign meeting for municipal elections. “We have made the home ministry aware of the need to send them back to their country.”Senior Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation. They added they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants.Around 600 km (370 miles) south of Jammu, residents of a makeshift refugee camp in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh also said they fear deportation.”We don’t want to leave India. Where will we go?” said Mohammed Harun, a 47-year-old Rohingya elder in Delhi. “There are refugees from other countries in India too. Why are we being targeted? Why do they send us to jail? It is only because we are Muslims. They don’t do this to the other refugees.”last_img read more

Patrick Kolkhorst Unveil Controversial Bathroom Bill

first_imgTexas lawmakers unveiled plans today to ban transgender people from using the restroom of their choice. The controversial “bathroom bill” is a top priority for some GOP leaders.State Senator Lois Kolkhorst formally sponsored the bill, officially known as SB 6. She announced details at a press conference at the State Capitol, while Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a major supporter, looked on.“Every Texan has the right to personal privacy, and these penalties protect all Texans equally,” Kolkhorst said.The bill would also apply changing rooms and locker rooms. It would penalize school districts that let transgender individuals use the facilities of their choice. And it would bar local governments from adopting their own ordinances.Patrick has made the bill a top goal for the session, but House Speaker Joe Straus says it’s not a priority.“Governor Abbott has also been largely silent on the matter but generally is pretty sensitive to business interests,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston. “And if it’s the case that this has the potential to hurt Texas’ bottom line, then I could imagine Abbott being against it.”The Texas Association of Business estimates that anti-LGBT legislation could cost the Texas economy $8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs. 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more