SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Wilmington Senior Center Issues Scam Alerts

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCAM ALERT: Wilmington Senior Center Warns Of Social Security ScamIn “Government”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s June NewsletterIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are two scam alerts published in this month’s Buzzell Buzz newsletter:Medicare Scam AlertIt has come to our attention that there several people in our community that have been receiv- ing calls stating it is extremely important to con- firm your personal information in order to con- tinue your health insurance coverage.Medicare or Medicaid would never randomly call you personally to make sure their information is correct.This is just a reminder never to give out your social security number or any personal account information over the phone.If you have any concerns, always feel free to contact the Senior Center at 978-657-7595.Social Security Scam AlertIf Social Security should call you to report you are no longer able to use your Social Security card due to fraud and to call them as soon as possible—this is a SCAM. Please do not respond. In speaking with the Lowell Social Security Office, they have been receiving many calls of concern and share they would not call to cancel anyone’s card.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.last_img read more

RMZ waiting for clarity on dividend distribution tax before IPO

first_imgRMZ Corp, real estate developer and investor, would wait for signals from the government on dividend distribution tax (DDT) before finalising its initial public offering (IPO), a senior company executive said on Thursday.”We are looking for clarity on the dividend distribution tax and stamp duty in the (upcoming) Union Budget based on which we will decide on how and when to get listed,” the executive told IB Times Media on the condition of anonymity.”India is our first priority for listing and if it does not work out, we will look at Singapore,” he added.In India, dividend is tax-free at the hands of shareholders but the company that distributes dividend is liable to pay tax to the government. “This comprises DDT of 15 percent along with a surcharge of 12 percent and education cess of 3 percent (inclusive of surcharge). Provisions exist to remove the cascading effect of DDT in a holding company-subsidiary relationship,” according to a KPMG note.The Budget session of Parliament will begin from 23 February and end on 13 May, 2016. The railway budget will be presented on 25 February and the union budget on 29 February. The economic survey will presented on 26 February.Bengaluru-based RMZ hopes to close FY2016 with lease rentals of $200 million and is currently outperforming the market in terms of rentals.”Rentals are growing in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent every year overall, but we are growing at a rate of 10 percent to 12 percent,” the executive said, attributing it to “premier” locations of the company’s office properties and better asset management.The executive said further that the company would be investing about $500 million in the next 12 to 18 months to take its current 20 million sq ft office property portfolio to 80 million sq ft by 2021.Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has an investment of about $300 million and Barings Private Equity Partners has invested about $100 million in RMZ Corp.RMZ Corp’s office properties are located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi.The company recently purchased Essar Group’s Equinox Business Park in Mumbai for about $360 million, according to a Business Standard.last_img read more

White House again hit with staff upheavals

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after an event with reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US on 10 October. Photo: ReutersAnother round of upheaval engulfed president Donald Trump’s White House on Tuesday, with the future of several senior aides in doubt just a week after U.S. congressional elections.Three Trump cabinet members – chief of staff John Kelly, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and interior secretary Ryan Zinke – could soon be gone, said sources familiar with internal discussions in the Republican administration.Turnover among White House personnel paused during the run-up to last week’s elections after senior Republicans asked Trump to refrain from firing staff, hoping to minimize perceptions of disorder.Attorney general Jeff Sessions was forced out by Trump last week just hours after the results came in from the 6 November elections, which handed majority control of the House of Representatives to Democrats.Trump’s first 22 months in office have seen frequent shakeups. A study this year by the Brookings Institution, a think tank, found Trump’s White House has had the highest turnover of senior-level staff of the past five presidents.In an unusual move, sources said, Trump was also ready to dismiss Mira Ricardel, deputy national security advisor, at the request of his wife, Melania Trump, after a clash between the two over the first lady’s recent trip to Africa.Melania Trump’s office acknowledged the acrimony.Trump was expected to remove Nielsen, a source close to the White House said. Nielsen took the job after Trump made Kelly his chief of staff. But now the president is considering getting rid of both them, the source said.Zinke has been under investigation for several ethics controversies including travel and a business deal in his home state of Montana, casting doubt on how long he would remain at the helm of the agency.A final decision on his future could be postponed beyond this week. He is scheduled to travel to California on Wednesday and Thursday to visit communities hit by deadly wildfires, the Interior Department said on Tuesday.Trump last week said Zinke was doing an “excellent job” but left open the possibility of replacing him. “We’re looking at that, and I do want to study whatever is being said,” Trump told reporters last week.Adding to the sense of upheaval at the White House, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was planning to file more indictments in his 18-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, sources said.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday May 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:  http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll discuss President Obama’s push for overtime pay expansion with two opposing views on the issue. And we’ll explore the move for a $15/hour minimum wage in Baltimore from the perspective of small business owners. These stories and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

KoPT to deck up Howrah Bridge with LED lights

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will soon begin work for installing multi-coloured LED lights to light up the Rabindra Setu, popularly known as Howrah Bridge, which is celebrating its 75 years this year.”Four to five top notch companies having expertise in illumination have already made their presentation. We are trying to figure out which one will be the best among them. The LED lights will be installed keeping in mind the heritage aspect of the structure. We hope to float the tender in two to three months,” KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe KoPT is also keeping in mind the cost factor before going for the tender as the estimates for decorating the bridge given by the companies is varying between Rs 15 to 19 crore.A senior KoPT official said that they have plans to set up the lights in a manner so that the colour and theme can be changed during occasions. For example, the lighting on Independence Day will echo the colours of the country’s national flag.The KoPT has planned the illumination to be of international standard, which will be an attraction in itself like San Francisco Bridge, George Washington Bridge at Manhattan, New York and Sydney Harbour Bridge of Australia, whose lighting enthralls people from all parts of the globe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that in 2006, Howrah Bridge was decked up with sodium vapour lights but they soon turned dim.Howrah Bridge, which since its inception continues to evoke the same kind of curiosity and awe as it did seventy five years ago, has a suspended span over the Hooghly River.Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). On June 14, 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate.It may be mentioned that the Howrah Bridge ferries more than 1.15 lakh vehicles on a daily basis from both Kolkata and Howrah. More than 5 lakh pedestrians also cross the bridge every day from both directions, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world.The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is currently the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.last_img read more

Social media can help students connect better

first_imgNot just connecting you with friends, interaction with fellow students on social networking website can help you focus and study better, say researchers.Developers of open online courses may want to take a page from Facebook to keep more students engaged and enrolled.“Current open course platforms do not include collaborative features for students to work together, or good conversation channels between students and between students and teachers. Social media may provide another communication channel for the students,” said Saijing Zheng, former doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers found that open course students were more engaged on Facebook groups and preferred interacting more on the social media site than through the course tools. “We found that social media tools may be one way to keep students engaged in an open course,” said Zheng, currently research scientist at Microsoft. One of the advantages of Facebook groups is that users tend to sign up with their real names while students can create fake personas on course message boards and forums. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Real names give other students the idea that they are talking to a real person and that, perhaps, helps build a sense of community and they trust that type of environment more,” Zheng noted.Students appreciate that Facebook offers several ways to contact the professor, she said.  They can reply to a post, like a post, and even send a private message.Students on Facebook groups can meet and chat weeks before the course starts and, in some cases, long after it ends. Facebook replies and posts also tend to be better organised than message board conversations, which can easily become buried among other posts, according to the researchers.For the study, the researchers collected data from three different courses on Coursera, a platform that hosts MOOCS, and from Facebook groups.The findings were shared at the annual ACM conference on Learning at Scale at University of Edinburgh in Britain this week.last_img read more

KMDA to set up foot overbridges to smoothen traffic

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has decided to set up a few foot overbridges on Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani and Eastern Metropolitan Bypass for faster movement of traffic and safety of the pedestrians.An underpass and a pedestrian footbridge will come up at Ruby intersection. Because of heavy traffic crossing the stretch on EM Bypass near Ruby, commutation has become a nightmare for the pedestrians. Because of offices, the concentration of people surrounding Ruby is fast increasing. The underpass will come up on the Mukundapur side while the foot overbridge will be constructed near the station of Garia-Airport Metro route. Experts suggested that there will be a huge concentration of people along EM Bypass and unless steps are not taken now, it will difficult to manage traffic and pedestrian movement in a few years’ time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFoot overbridges will also come up at the intersection of Ajaynagar and Patuli. Both these areas are accident prone as pedestrians find it difficult to cross EM Bypass. The pedestrian flyover will create an uninterrupted flow of traffic along the stretch. Foot overbridge will also come up at Dum Dum Park crossing. Once these foot overbridges come up, the time taken to travel to Kolkata Airport from Garia will lessen. Also, they will minimise the number of road accidents.last_img read more

I dont respect convention in music religion

first_imgTalking about the unifying power of music, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan recently said that he doesn’t respect convention in music or in religion and lamented the state of the 21st century world, driven by religious strife. “I don’t respect convention. It is a very unhealthy word. Even regarding religion, my father often told me all of us have a common God. In this 21st century, we are still fighting and killing each other on account of religion,” Khan said here at a literary meet. The master of strings regretted that education has failed to instil compassion and kindness in human beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”How can a (person holding a degree like) PhD be radical or communal? This is the problem of the whole world, not only in India,” he pointed out. Expressing gratitude to the Almighty for the unifying power of music, Khan said, “I think the 21st century is the worst time for the world, which should have been the best time. People are afraid to travel internationally, there is a problem of security. Thank God that music has connected the world whereas language creates barriers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the Padma Vibhushan awardee, this message of common God and race should have been given by every priest but they don’t talk as ‘they are paid servants’. “At this age, I want to give my opinion and share my thoughts with the people,” he said. About presentation and breaking convention, the legend said, “Presentation is a different art. Grammar and literature are important for everybody to learn but very few musicians realise the level of poetry. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an amazing combination of a poet and musician. He took liberty in every Raga and I think only a genius can do that and the rest follow the convention”. As a young boy, he said, he did not like Rabindra Sangeet but later liked it due to Suchitra Mitra, one of the finest exponents of Rabindra Sangeet.last_img read more