Rutgers fought valiantly against No. 4 Michigan State Saturday night, but in the end, the Spartans did just enough to emerge from Piscataway with a victory. It helped that the Scarlet Knights made a mind-blowing mistake in the game’s final minute, however.Facing a 3rd-and-10 from Michigan State’s 40-yard-line, Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano, with his team trailing 31-24, took a sack with the game clock winding down. He then spiked the ball on fourth down – presumably because he was just trying to stop the clock. Instead, it ended Rutgers’ final drive.ICYMI: Here’s how the wild @MSU_Football at @RFootball game just ended. http://t.co/53KsFDAYu8— BIG 10.10 (@BigTenNetwork) October 11, 2015It’s unlikely that Rutgers would have scored on the game’s final play anyway. But you can imagine Rutgers fans aren’t thrilled with how things ended.
Two former Big 12 rivals will square off in the Sweet 16 Thursday evening with an Elite Eight berth on the line. In case you missed it, the No. 3 seed Texas A&M Aggies, now of the Southeastern Conference, are in this game thanks to the largest comeback in the history of college basketball. Senior guards Alex Caruso (25 points, nine rebounds) and Danuel House (22 points, eight rebounds) spearheaded A&M’s improbable rally.Second-seeded Oklahoma, meanwhile, survived against No. 10 seed TCU, 85-81. Senior guard Buddy Hield was lights-out as usual, pouring in 36 points.The winner of this matchup will face either fourth-seeded Duke or top-seeded Oregon for the right to go to the Final Four. Date: Thursday, March 24Time: 7:37 p.m.TV Channel: TBSLocation: Anaheim, CaliforniaAnnouncers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForceOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma – 2Prediction: On paper, this game projects to be an outstanding one. Both sides have veteran stars and dynamic backcourts. The Sooners have the best player (Hield), while the Aggies probably have a slight advantage in size and bench scoring. An A&M win would put the program in the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, while an OU victory would clinch the Sooners’ first Elite Eight since 2009.We’re going to ride with Buddy Hield to keep Oklahoma’s season going with another huge performance.
Provincial Emergency Management officials are in the area and are available to provide support today, Sept. 23, after reports of flooding in Colchester and Pictou counties. The Regional Emergency Management Organization is executing its emergency management plan. The flooding in several areas of Colchester and Pictou countes is being managed by local authorities. “The residents of the area have been through a lot already and I really feel for all who are now dealing with flooding issues for a second time,” said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Ross Landry, Minister of Emergency Management. “I toured the area myself at midnight and again today and provincial EMO and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal officials have been on the ground since this morning. But I know that the local authorities have things in hand and want to reassure them that the provincial government is also ready to step in if needed.” Provincial and municipal experts will continue to gather information this week in preparation for a meeting with Premier Darrell Dexter, Ms. Zann, municipal leaders and other officials. Premier Dexter called for that meeting after the last storm to develop an action plan that protects families and businesses from flooding in central Nova Scotia. Work to repair a berm on the North River will begin as soon as conditions are safe, which could be as early as Monday, Sept. 24. Information on highways is available by calling 511. Information on local roads is available from the 511 website.
WINNIPEG – A man accused of killing an indigenous woman whose body was found in a farmer’s field has been denied bail.Brett Overby, who is 30, looked over to his family in the courtroom as a judge ruled he must stay behind bars while awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.Overby is accused of killing Christine Wood last August.The 21-year-old was from Oxford House First Nation and disappeared while visiting Winnipeg with her parents.Overby was charged in April when police said they found evidence in his house.Wood’s body was found last week by a farmer inspecting his crops just outside the city.Details of the bail hearing cannot be published under a court order.A trial date has not yet been set.
William Shatner, one of America’s most versatile stars and philanthropists formally announced today that he and John Sotoodeh , Wells Fargo LA Metro/Orange County Regional Bank President, will host a gifting ceremony and media breakfast to distribute grants to the charities supported by the annual Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, sponsored by Wells Fargo.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show is in its 23rd year.The event will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 16th at Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani’s Firenze Osteria, 4212 Lankershim Blvd in Toluca Lake, CA.Proceeds from the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo benefit special-needs children across the City of Los Angeles through local charities including AHEAD With Horses, Camp Max Straus, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 22 years, we have helped thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so happy to award the funds raised at the 2012 event to these special-needs organizations.”Source:PR Newswire
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe world’s largest annual meeting of activists is underway on Mohawk Territory.On Tuesday, thousands were welcomed to the Indigenous island also known as Montreal, with a traditional Mohawk thanksgiving address.Indigenous participation in the world social forum isn’t merely email@example.comFollow @tfennario
OTTAWA – American and Mexican trade negotiators are discovering one more disadvantage to the breakneck pace being set for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Unable to block book a large number of rooms in one centrally located hotel on short notice, the Canadian government, which is hosting the third round of NAFTA talks, has housed the visiting negotiators in a variety of hotels around the national capital and even across the river in Gatineau, Que.It used yellow school buses to transport them Saturday from their hotels to the venue for the talks.And it served them boxed lunches.The negotiations, which continue until Wednesday, are the first to be held in Canada.In each of the first two rounds, held in Washington and Mexico City respectively, the visiting countries’ negotiating teams were put up in the same hotel at which the talks took place.That allowed them easy access to each other and to restaurants and bars within the same facility.In Canada, the negotiations are being held in Ottawa’s former city hall, which is now part of Global Affairs Canada’s turf.While the building is in a scenic location on Sussex Drive at the junction of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers, there are no hotels in the immediate vicinity.Nor does the building have a restaurant or other amenities to cater to the negotiators. And there are none nearby. It does have a small cafeteria but it’s closed on the weekend.Canadian officials say it was a scramble to get a conference site and hotel rooms for all the members of each country’s delegation after the dates for the third round were confirmed just two weeks ago.There are some 200 people in the U.S. delegation and 160 in Mexico’s. This being their home turf, Canada’s delegation numbers almost 300 this time, but they at least are able to sleep in their own beds.Whereas there are typically months between rounds in most trade negotiations, the NAFTA rounds are being held roughly two weeks apart in a bid to reach a deal by the end of the year — a deadline many trade experts believe it will be impossible to meet.In what may be a subtle reminder to the Americans that Canada has other trade options should President Donald Trump follow through on his threat to rip up NAFTA, a large banner is hanging in the corridor through which the negotiators must walk.It trumpets the success of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement, which went into effect last week, and is covered with celebratory messages from Canadian trade officials who were involved in those protracted talks.“At last!” reads one message, signed by Steve Verheul — who just happens to be Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator.While the venue in Ottawa might be inconvenient, it’s no doubt more pleasant than the chaos the Mexican team left behind in Mexico City, which was hit by a devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, and another 6.1-magnitude temblor on Saturday.“It’s been a traumatic experience for the country but we haven’t had any impact in terms of the negotiation,” Kenneth Smith Ramos, Mexico’s chief negotiator, said Saturday.“Fortunately, all of the negotiating teams and their families are OK.”
Rabat – The Polisario Front, the separatist militant group claiming an independent state in Western Sahara, has launched a cyber warfare operation against Cote d’Ivoire. The move is in response to the West African country’s support for Morocco’s claims over the disputed region.In its June 28 edition, Casablanca-based newspaper Assabah cited “well informed sources” who have discovered the activities of a branch of the separatist front tasked with using the internet to undermine and pre-empt Morocco’s actions to gain international support for its Western agenda.According to the newspaper, Cote d’Ivoire has been the recurrent target of a wave of online messages and threats to intimate the country into tempering its bold support for the Moroccan side. So far this week, a stream of fake messages and sensational pro-Polisario coverage of the Western Sahara crisis flooded Ivorian sites and social media, according to Assabah. The messages are reportedly meant to spark debates on the situation in Western Sahara and subsequently “monitor comments from [Ivorian] internet users.”The ultimate goal is to “wage a psychological warfare to pressure countries” into adopting a pro-Polisario line. Assabah’s sources noted that the cyber campaign is being orchestrated by pro-Polisario “high tech experts” established in France, Algeria, and the Canary Islands.Interestingly, though, the campaign’s “supervisor” is said to be a “young Moroccan” living in Guelmim, in Southern Morocco. His role is to coordinate the Polisario Front’s cyber unit living mostly in Algeria, France, and Spain. The unit’s members received training in state-of-the-art collage and video editing techniques from Spanish experts.The choice of Cote d’Ivoire is not coincidental.While Morocco has garnered considerable international support for its Western Sahara position in recent years, the West African country recently brought its pro-Morocco support to the highest possible level by inaugurating an honorary consulate in Laayoune.A particularly consequential diplomatic move, opening an official diplomatic representation amounts to a de facto recognition of Morocco’s jurisdiction over Laayoune.During the inauguration, Idrissa Traore, the Ivorian ambassador to Morocco, was unapologetic about his country’s pro-Morocco stance. “Ivory Coast has been and always will be with Morocco. For us, peace will come through the respect of Morocco’s territorial integrity,” Traore stressed.Polisario’s official response was just as blunt. The front castigated the Ivorian government and called for continental action to compel the Western African country to reconsider its move. It described the move as a “clear violation of the rules of international law” and urged the African Union to call on the Ivorian government to “respect the exceptional status of Western Sahara.”As well as a reprisal against Cote d’Ivoire’s recognition of the Laayoune province as part of Moroccan territory, Polisario’s cyber campaign is also meant as a deterrent for other countries that may be considering a decision similar to Cote d’Ivoire’s. If the West African country is the first to open diplomatic representation in Laayoune, many other countries have tacitly buttressed Morocco’s sovereignty over the region.In November of last year, a group of African ambassadors who paid a brief working visit to the region, hailed Morocco’s efforts in “rapidly transforming” the city with noticeable investment into a commercial hub.“Every time we visit the region we witness considerable improvements,” said Ismaila Nimaga, ambassador of the Central African Republic to Rabat. The diplomat said he was in awe of the region’s “rapid transformations… which bear witness to Morocco’s diverse development efforts.”
3 April 2011The heads of three United Nations agencies today expressed deep concern over the living conditions for more than 314,000 Somali refugees during a visit to three camps in Dadaab in eastern Kenya. More refugees are arriving to the camp from neighbouring Somalia daily, crowding more people into one of the largest refugee concentrations in the world.Drought and two decades of violence have forced Somalis to flee their country and take refuge at the three Dadaab camps, which were originally designed to accommodate a total of 90,000 people.“After more than 20 years of war, Somali refugees have become a true global population. The majority are here in Kenya and in Djibouti, Yemen and Ethiopia but Somalis have sought refuge in countries on all five continents,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.“As the war continues unabated, I appeal to all countries in the world to keep their borders open and to allow them to live in dignity,” he added.He appealed to the Kenyan Government to allow the completion of an additional refugee residential area in Dadaab known as “Ifo II.”“Today I met Somali women and children who have fled conflict and arrived traumatised and suffering from malnutrition,” said Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). “It is vital that we as United Nations agencies are here to protect them and provide the food and shelter they need as refugees in Dadaab.”The high concentration of refugees in an already harsh environment has had a negative impact on the camp surroundings. The UN and other groups are working with villagers from surrounding areas to find sustainable local solutions such as water and soil conservation.To avoid the surrounding land being stripped bear in the search for firewood, humanitarian agencies have given refugees energy-saving stoves that use less fuel.Poor hygiene and sanitation as a result of congestion in the camps exposes refugees to health hazards and security threats. In some cases, one toilet is shared by about 300 people.Women and children are particularly vulnerable even when they reach the Dadaab camps.“In addition to having to flee from their homes, women are exposed to sexual violence. We must continue to do our utmost to protect girls and women, while also supporting their contribution as productive community members,” said Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director for UN Women.Amid rising tension in the camps because of overcrowding, UN agencies are alert to the possibility of an influx of more refugees from neighbouring countries and the potential impact this could have on regional security.
23 May 2011A United Nations human rights expert on Myanmar said today that the continued treatment and condition of ethnic minority groups in the country’s border areas were seriously restricting the Government’s intended transition to democracy. “Violence continues in many of these areas, while systematic militarization contributes to human rights abuses,” said Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, in a statement.“These abuses include land confiscation, forced labour, internal displacement, extrajudicial killings and sexual violence. They are widespread, they continue today, and they remain essentially unaddressed by the authorities.”Mr. Ojea Quintana, who was not able to visit Myanmar, spoke after wrapping up an eight-day visit to neighbouring Thailand. He said he saw “positive signs” in the elections of new national and regional legislatures earlier, but added that “it is too early for them to function effectively and to manage this important and complex issue that has a direct impact on ongoing human rights abuses and compromises stability. ”He said the electoral process excluded several significant ethnic and opposition groups, “so their voices are not being heard in these fora.” Regarding a recently announced release of prisoners, the independent expert said most prisoners of conscience remain in jail. “I would like to see a concrete and time-bound plan announced by the Government for the systematic release of all prisoners of conscience.” Last week Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar, told the Security Council that the prisoner release was short of expectation and insufficient.Mr. Ojea Quintana said: “Through this mission, I see some positive signs in the developments. In the first and only sitting of the Parliament so far, MPs, despite limitations, were able to raise some important questions from the human rights perspective.” The Special Rapporteur also noted the beginning of discussions about economic, social and cultural rights and some participation by ethnic minority parties in the legislatures.“The new President’s speeches have led to some expectations for positive change. He provides some interesting ideas that could be developed into benchmarks for progress. We will have to watch closely to see how this is translated into action.”President Thein Sein was elected by Parliament in February.“It is my hope to be able to visit Myanmar as soon as possible to continue discussions with the authorities and other stakeholders about progress being made towards the transition to democracy and concerns about the ongoing serious human rights situation in the country.” Mr. Ojea Quintana, who has served in an unpaid and independent capacity since May 2008, reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Mr. Annan, who spoke yesterday with members of the United States Iraq Study Group, was asked during a press encounter today in New York whether the UN would assume a security role in the troubled country. “Obviously, we have to wait for their report, but the UN, as you know, has played a role in the past – in the elections, the referendum, the constitutional review, and reconciliation efforts,” he replied.“We can play a role, but of course the security is a major constraint,” he said. “If one were to work out an arrangement where one can get all the Iraqi political parties together, somewhere outside Iraq as we did in Afghanistan, the UN can play the role it normally plays.”In November, 2001, the UN led mediation efforts bringing Afghan parties together in Bonn, Germany, where they reached an agreement that paved the way for nationwide elections and improved stability.For Iraq, the Secretary-General said it would “at some stage… be helpful to have a conference that brings everybody together” but cautioned that “we need to work slowly to get there.”No such conference could be organized “without other specific actions being taken,” he said. “And of course the Iraqi leaders will have to understand that they need to come together to make compromises to resolve their differences.”At the same time, he emphasized the need for outside support. “I do not believe, given the bitterness and the level of violence, that they can do it alone. The international community has to help them do it and work with them.”Asked about the involvement of Syria and Iran, Mr. Annan reiterated his position that the two countries have a role to play. “They should become part of the solution, and we should bring them in and get them to work with us in resolving the issue, and let them assume some of the responsibility,” he said.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 15, 2017), we discuss how the NFL responds to players’ behavior off the field in light of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Next, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur joins the gang to discuss his recent article on baseball’s hot hand. Using a new calculation on fastball velocity, Rob worked out a way to determine when a pitcher is really getting hot — and when he’s going cold, too. We discuss the implications that his findings could have on our understanding of momentum in other sports. Plus, a significant digit on baseball’s long (and getting longer) games.Here are links to what we discuss during the show:Rob Arthur’s latest, which found that baseball’s hot hand is real.This 2012 MIT study on big plays and psychological momentum in the NFL.Significant Digit: 5, the average number of minutes that MLB games have increased since last year. The average game this season has been three hours and five minutes long, the longest in the history of baseball. This is happening despite Commissioner Rob Manfred’s efforts to cut game length. Embed Code
Transparencies from the Spitting Image television show, as the archive of Spitting Image is handed over to the library at Cambridge UniversityCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Cambridge University is the centre of learning for historians keen to study the legacy of Baroness Thatcher, as home to one million of her personal and political documents.Now a more unusual item has been added to the archives: the never-seen-before pilot episode of Spitting Image, in which the former Prime Minister’s latex likeness makes its first appearance.A sketch, written in 1983, features puppets of Baroness Thatcher and Sir Norman Tebbit coolly dealing with letter bombs as they open the Downing Street post.One of the letters fails to explode. “Do you suppose it’s a dud? Remind me to privatise the armaments industry, Norman, it’s a disgrace,” the Prime Minister says.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The writers of the sketch were not to know that, a year later, Baroness Thatcher and Lord Tebbit would narrowly escape the Brighton hotel bombing.The pilot episode was never broadcast because, in the words of the show’s co-creator, Roger Law, it was “awful”. It also featured Idi Amin eating an opponent’s brain, and a sketch in which Japanese dignitaries lament the fact that “the hideous Yankee long-pigs seem to have the ridiculous notion that we all look the same to them”, but are in fact represented by puppets that look exactly the same. The sketch ends with them all committing hara-kiri. Was that a bit racist? “You’re talking 1983,” Law said. “It is only in retrospect that you realise it was a pretty obscene thing to do.”The video and transcript of the pilot, and the Thatcher puppet itself, are among 32 boxes of material that Law has donated to Cambridge University Library, where they will be housed alongside the papers of Isaac Newton and the letters of Charles Darwin. The main Baroness Thatcher archive is at the nearby Churchill Archives Centre.Dr Helen McCarthy, lecturer in modern British history at Cambridge, said: “The Spitting Image archive promises to open up an entirely new perspective on the social, cultural and political shifts of those decades.”I’ve routinely shown my students clips from the programme to liven up lectures on Thatcher and Major; it’s wonderful to think that researchers will soon be able to tell the Spitting Image story in full detail and situate its unique brand of satire in the wider changes of the era.”Law, 77, created the show with Peter Fluck, and it ran on ITV for 18 series from 1984-1996.One of the most memorable scenes found Baroness Thatcher ordering a meal in a restaurant, accompanied by members of her Cabinet. “And what about the vegetables?” asks the waitress. “Oh, they will have the same as me,” Baroness Thatcher replies.A handful of other puppets will also come to Cambridge, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Alan Bennett. Many of the others were sold at Sotheby’s.Law moved to Australia after the show ended and turned down several offers to resurrect Spitting Image. But now he is hoping to bring it back, focusing on Trump’s America, and he hopes that Netflix, Amazon or another US streaming service will pick it up.”I don’t want to do it here. I did it for 13 years. I’ve got about 10 or 15 years left if I’m lucky. Do I want to spend it repeating Spitting Image as it was? No.”I want to be somewhere where you can do what you want, and that would be on the net or pay-per-view. I don’t need some halfwit at ITV or the BBC telling us what you can or can’t do. I’m too old.”A show aimed at international audiences would not feature Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. Besides, said Law, “it would be a waste. May is going to be gone before we could do it.”
A research team working out of Seoul National University has managed to create a sensor sheet so sensitive it rivals human skin. It’s a bold claim to make, but associate professor and engineer Kahp-Yang Suh says the sensor is capable of detecting the footprints of a ladybird or the path of a water droplet across its surface.The sensor is formed from two sheets of polymer fibers (hairs) that have been coated in metal and sandwiched together. Each sheet is just 100 nanometers in diameter and one micrometer in length, with the hairs interlocking as the sheets are brought together.This mesh-type structure is super-sensitive to anything coming into contact with it. A pressure as small as 5 pascals will change the position of the hairs and therefore the electrical resistance of the sensor.Such sensitivity also means the sensor can achieve something no other flexible sensor has before: the ability to detect pressure (something pushing straight down), shear (something sliding across the surface), and torsion (a twisting force being applied). That also means the sensor detects the direction a force is traveling in, too.As to where the inspiration for this sensor came from, we have beetles to thank for that. Apparently some beetles have hairs that interlock when at rest due to the van der Waals force of attraction. The interlocking hairs in the sensor work on the same principle (it’s also thought these same forces allow a Gecko to climb sheer surfaces).As well as developing such a sensitive sensor, the research team managed to create a sheet that scales easily and is very cheap to manufacture. The sensor has already been demonstrated to work at a size of 8 x 5cm, and there’s no reason it can’t be made much larger. In fact, Suh says the size of a sheet is only limited by the size of the mould, meaning very large sheets are possible.The potential uses are many, but healthcare and robotics are initial targets. Due to its sensitivity a small sheet can be placed on the wrist and pick up a pulse, suggesting it could become a form of wrist-strap monitor. There’s also a lot of potential for using the sensor as a form of skin for robots, allowing them a new level of interaction detection across their entire body.If the material is very cheap to make, then it could be integrated into some of the devices we use today. For example, a phone or tablet with a touch sensitive back panel (much like the PS Vita already has). As it’s flexible, we could also see it used for roll-up peripherals such as a keyboard or touchpad.More at Nature
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists tiredness is not to blame for his team’s dismal performance against Hibernian in Edinburgh.The former Liverpool manager believes the lack of depth in his squad was the reason for their 2-0 loss which has kept them away from the top of the Scottish Premiership and he hopes he can strengthen his playing staff when the transfer winding opens next month.The Hoops were without Kieran Tierney (rest), while Ryan Christie, Dedryck Boyata, Leigh Griffiths and Mikael Lustig are all battling with injuries.The Scottish champions men never looked like taking even a point from the game against Hibs.The Celtic manager said, according to Evening Times: Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It was disappointing, of course, the result and performance. We gave away two poor goals from our perspective, nothing to do with energy from Thursday, it was to do with tactical discipline and not concentrating.”“In the first minute we left gaps, we pressed at the wrong time and then we didn’t track runners at such an early stage of the game. That was disappointing because we didn’t get off to a good start playing against a team that wasn’t overly confident. It’s not as if they have been flying high.”“The second one comes from our free-kick. Again, it’s tactical discipline. We don’t secure the ball at the top end of the field and Scott Brown is left in a two against one situation at the back. So, two poor goals from our perspective and then we didn’t create enough going forward.”“We had some flashes across the box and what-not, but we didn’t quite have the performance level today.”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Public Works will be grinding and resurfacing the below roadways potentially starting Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7pm:Middlesex Avenue — Glen Road to Federal StreetWoburn Street — Kajin Way to I-93 OverpassHillside Way — Chestnut Street to Burlington Town LineThis date may be postponed due to inclement weather or scheduling delays with the Town’s roadway contractor.During operations, partial lane closures and full road closures are anticipated. Local residents will have access to their properties, although there may be short delays.Please be aware that this restriction may be altered during construction for concerns due to safety or traffic volume.Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington DPW.)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… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Portions Of Woburn St. & Hillside Way To Be Paved On May 7, Middlesex Ave. On May 8In “Government”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office and a response from the Mass. Fiscal Alliance, the entity behind the social media campaign Robertson believes is misleading.Press Release From State Rep. Dave RobertsonOver the past few days, a number of constituents have called my office or stopped me to discuss a robo-call they had received, or a social media campaign they’d seen, that claimed “an 80 percent tax increase” was supposedly railroaded through a constitutional convention in a secretive manner, supported by me. Perhaps what should have been said instead, which is the true story, is that I voted to approve a ballot question allowing voters to make their opinions heard on raising the tax on income over the million-dollar-a-year mark from 5.1 to 9.1% on the 2022 ballot. That is the honest truth and you can put your faith in it; I voted to let you make your voices heard in the most direct and democratic process imaginable, and to them, that is somehow unforgiveable.Firstly, for those who may not have followed the Fair Share Amendment question, which the special interests group is calling a “tax raise on you,” the proposed amendment is a proposal to tax individuals earning over $1 million dollars a year in income (or 83,000 a month) at 9.1% any earnings over a million dollars. While this is an 80 percent increase it would apply only on dollar one-million-and-one and upwards of income, not at a rate of 80 percent. This money, if approved by the voters is earmarked solely for education and transportation within communities. It cannot be used for pet projects or wasteful spending but rather only towards helping pay off schools, incorporating unincorporated streets, and providing special needs services. Assets would not count. Tewksbury and Wilmington each have about a dozen individuals this would apply to, according to the 2016 Department of Revenue data.So now that you know the truth you, are probably wondering, “Why am I receiving this call if what it’s saying has already happened, has not and will not occur?” That’s a great question. To put it plainly, it’s a blatant use of scare tactics to at misconstrue truth and at worst, deliberately spread misinformation. The initiative that the robo-call concerned, polled popularly in Massachusetts just last year, with WBUR reporting 77% of those in favor of the question at one point. Over 150,000 people signed the initial petition to get the ballot initiative up for a vote in 2018, but the special interest group that paid for the aforementioned robo-callf fought this initiative from ending up on the ballot in 2018. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in their favor, not on legality, but on technicality, saying that such a large question needed to be divided. Even one of the chief plaintiffs in the case stated upon victory “This case was not about whether a graduated income tax is good public policy or bad public policy, it was about how the proponents tried to achieve it.” So now with their temporary victory behind them and popular opinion moving the issue forward, they call up you to make an utterly baseless claim that a tax of 80% is headed to be set on you…Personally I see this as an opportunity to reduce taxes for those in the working and middle classes. Wilmington’s 2016 average income per capita was $43,302 and Tewksbury’s was $39,329 meaning people subject to the tax that this ballot initiative would put in place earn the average yearly income of a local resident’s income in about 2 weeks. By using this state money to offset local costs, our towns can contain our property tax rates and subsequently provide superior services. Others disagree, and have great concerns, and I believe should have a chance to state their case. Hence why I voted for this initiative to appear as a ballot question, and one that could be debated and decided directly by the citizens of the Commonwealth.During my campaign, I pledged myself to always be honest and accessible while in office, and I hope that by telling you the truth on this issue I am doing so. I will always support an opportunity for the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington to make their voices heard on an issue that impacts them directly. I would never support a tax of 80%, nor an increase on the working and middle class folks who are the real job creators. So, in the unlikely event you get a real person from these special interest groups on the phone ask them why they don’t want you to have a direct voice in the future of the state, and why they won’t tell you the straightforward truth. I bet you if you do, you won’t be called again.Response From Mass. Fiscal AllianceWhere to even begin with this? It sounds more like a fairytale than reality. MassFiscal has social media ads on Facebook educating the public on next week’s vote on June 12. I can’t speak to whatever other claims he’s making. Lawmakers will vote to begin the long process of amending the state constitution to add a 80% tax increase to some taxpayers.The graduated income tax is nothing new, in fact, past failed attempts to remove the state constitutional guarantee of equal taxation has failed five times. Below is how Tewksbury and Wilmington voters voted on it during the last three opportunities (the earlier years are not available on the state website).Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states that have a flat tax and it’s one of the main reasons why our state stays relatively economically competitive. Adding a 80% tax increase to our state’s high earners would only drive them out of state, which would then put the state at economic disadvantage. Just look at what happened in Connecticut as proof. Once the constitutional guarantee is removed, which is what Rep. Robertson is advocating for, lawmakers can then tax other tax brackets. If you believe politicians would spend years working to change the state constitution, just so that they can only pass an 80% tax increase on high earners and no one else, then you are truly gullible.Massachusetts taxpayers cannot afford a 80% tax increase, and it’s unfortunate Rep. Robertson is working so hard to change the state constitution that protects taxpayers from tax hike schemes like this.(Editor’s Note: Wilmington Apple has not heard the robocall or seen the social media campaign in question. Please note that Mass. Fiscal Alliance has said it is not associated with any sort of robocall. If you received the robocall in question, please contact email@example.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. 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