Dear Editor,In Fall of 2003, as I was finishing up three years of service in the United States Army, my wife returned home to Massachusetts with our infant son to look for a house. After a Paul Revere-like ride through “every Middlesex village and farm,” she told me that she wanted to move to Wilmington. I will be eternally grateful that Jomarie found this community as it has given us so much over the years, most especially the dear friends and neighbors that we have been blessed to make.I wanted to write and thank all of those people who have been supportive of Jomarie’s campaign for Selectman. Being the father of two daughters, I am very glad that those girls can see the names of women running for elected office on the placards in yards around town. As those children grow into young adults, I hope that they will have candidates like Jomarie to represent them.Jomarie is always looking for ways to help people in the community she cares so deeply about. As an attorney, she chose to practice an area of law that seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, namely those children who have been abused or neglected. As a volunteer, she is moved by the sentiment of the famous quote about Robert F. Kennedy: “Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?.” As a mother and a wife, she is always striving to make our small corner of the world a better place.In closing, I would ask that all those who read this letter to consider supporting Jomarie with a vote on election day. I would also ask those people to support the candidacy of incumbent Selectmen Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira. In Greg and Kevin, I see the same spirit of volunteerism and love for this community that animates Jomarie, and I think that they could tap into a synergy that would continue this town on the path that made it one of the best places to live in the Commonwealth.Very truly yours,David O’MahonyLike 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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: State Rep. Dave Robertson Endorses Jomarie O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: O’Mahony Brings People Together, Always Helping Others With A SmileIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”
Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lineage traces back to the Ottoman Interior Minister, Ali Kemal, according to reports. The locals of Cankiri province have said that they are “proud” of Johnson’s electorial win.”This family has members that can lead the world. This honoured us and made us proud,” Mustafa Bal, a resident of the village of Kalfat in Orta’s Cankiri region told Turkish news agency Demiroren News Agency (DHA).Bal said Johnson’s local heritage is well known in the region and his family is called “Sarioglangiller,” which means “the sons of the blonde ones”.Johnson’s great-grandfather Ali Kemal was an Ottoman Turkish Journalist and politician. He was appointed as the Minister of the Interior in Damat Ferid Pasha’s government in 1919. He was murdered during the Turkish War of Independence.Kemal’s children, living in England, took their maternal grandmother’s maiden name ‘Johnson.’ His son Osman Wilfred Johnson married Irene Williams and their son Stanley Johnson (Boris’s father), who is an environment and pollution studies expert and a former politician, represented the Conservative Party between 1979 to 1984Local supportThe newspaper said locals have followed Johnson’s political trajectory from his position as a Mayor to the 2019 UK elections following Theresa May’s departure.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also spoke of UK-Turkey ties with Johnson’s win. He said “I congratulate Boris Johnson, who became the U.K.’s 77th prime minister, and wish him success in his new position,” he wrote. “I believe Turkish-United Kingdom relations will develop further in this new era.”When Johnson held the position of Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, locals even invited him to Kalfat, said Bal. He also added that many residents wanted to witness Johnson’s premiership as well. While most villagers congratulated Johnson for his win, including village head Bayram Tavukcu, another resident, Salim Bariskan said that the people are expecting Johnson to help solve the problems in the village. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:03Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Boris Johnson Elected Next UK Prime Minister
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Morgan State University student has died after being stabbed off campus in Northeast Baltimore.21-year-old Marcus EdwardsCity police say in a news release that 21-year-old Marcus Edwards died Monday night at a hospital.Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. to a report of a stabbing about a mile north of campus. They found Edwards, suffering from a wound to his chest.Police were to canvass the area Tuesday morning for information.
By Ben Finley, The Associated PressThe 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building were remembered June 1 during a somber news conference and prayer vigil as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the gunman.Police Chief James Cervera identified the assailant as DeWayne Craddock, who was employed for 15 years as an engineer with the city’s utilities department. He declined to comment on a motive for the previous day’s rampage, which ended with Craddock’s death in a gun battle with police. City officials uttered his name just once and said they would not mention it again.City Manager Dave Hansen said he had worked for years with many of the dead, 11 of whom were city employees. The 12th was a contractor trying to get a permit.This combination of photos provided by the City of Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 1, 2019 shows victims of Friday’s shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va. Top row from left are Laquita C. Brown, Ryan Keith Cox, Tara Welch Gallagher and Mary Louise Gayle. Middle row from left are Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Joshua A. Hardy, Michelle “Missy” Langer and Richard H. Nettleton. Bottom row from left are Katherine A. Nixon, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Herbert “Bert” Snelling and Robert “Bobby” Williams. (Courtesy City of Virginia Beach via AP)Their names and photos were projected on a screen as Hansen read aloud biographical information that included their hometowns and years of service.“They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,” he said.Chaplains and family assistance workers worked through the night to notify relatives — a job that Hansen described as “the most difficult task anyone will ever have to do.”One of the dead employees had worked for the city for 41 years. Six worked in the same department as Craddock, though authorities have declined to say if anyone was specifically targeted or if the suspect had issued threats before. The victims were found throughout the building, on three floors, police said.Authorities have said Craddock opened fire indiscriminately. Four other people were wounded, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life.The suspect was armed with a .45-caliber handgun with a noise suppressor, police said. Cervera said June 1 that more weapons were found at the scene and at his home.Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the gunman made multiple legal firearm purchases recently, and the guns recovered at the scene were purchased legally. The officials were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The building was open to the public, but security passes were required to enter inner offices, conference rooms and other work areas. As a current employee, Craddock would have had the pass to enter the inner offices, Hansen said.Asked how secure the building was, the police chief said that government buildings must balance access with security.“It’s an open government building. Citizens have the right to access open government buildings. Employees have a right to access their work site,” he said.Craddock, 40, was a professional engineer who had graduated from Denbigh High School in nearby Newport News in 1996 and joined the Army National Guard, according to a newspaper clip from the time. He received basic military training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Okla. He later graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.A photo produced by Heavy.com shows Craddock to be a Black man.The 11 city employees who were killed were identified as Tara Welch Gallagher, Mary Louise Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Katherine A. Nixon, Ryan Keith Cox, Joshua A. Hardy and Michelle “Missy” Langer, all of Virginia Beach; Laquita C. Brown and Robert “Bobby” Williams, both of Chesapeake; and Richard H. Nettleton of Norfolk and Christopher Kelly Rapp of Powhatan. The 12th victim, Herbert “Bert” Snelling of Virginia Beach, was a contractor filling a permit.Craddock appeared to have had no felony record, which would have made him eligible to purchase guns.Joseph Scott, an engineering technician with the department of public works, said he had worked with Craddock before and had a brief interaction with him May 31. Scott said he saw him in the men’s restroom about five minutes before the shooting.“He was in there brushing his teeth, which he always did after he ate,” Scott said. “I said ‘Hey, how you doing? What are you doing this weekend?’ It was just a brief conversation.”Scott said he left for the day right after and learned of the shooting when a co-worker and then his son called him asking if he was OK.“I couldn’t believe that it happened,” he said.Scott said he worked in a different division from Craddock, whom he described as quiet, polite and a “nice guy.” Scott said he thought Craddock was in good standing at work and had never heard negative reports about him.Scott was among about 200 people who attended a Saturday prayer vigil for those killed. The crowd included city workers, community leaders and residents who just wanted to offer hugs and condolences. Many people openly sobbed or dabbed their eyes with tissues. Gov. Ralph Northam also attended.“We grieve with you,” Northam said. “We are all in this together.”Scott said he, his wife and several other people prayed for the shooter.“He was a human too, and his family is hurting too,” Scott said. “He’s not evil … he was just another guy who had problems.”Craddock’s neighbors said police swarmed the neighborhood of modest townhomes May 31 in Virginia Beach. Some said he had lived there for at least 10 years.Several neighbors said Craddock was a clean-cut member of the neighborhood association board whose wife had left him some years ago.___Associated Press writers Regina Garcia Cano, Michael Biesecker, Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C.; Denise Lavoie and Michael Kunzelman in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Jonathan Drew in Durham, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
As host agencies battle it out for new members, every perk is a big advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.Transat’s Agent@home has the strength of the Transat brand name, plus this past summer Transat Distribution Canada announced it was upping the ante in its partnership with AIR MILES, signing a deal that includes extra AIR MILES benefits for customers who book travel with TDC.Agents interested in joining a host agency, or switching host agencies, are attracted by the AIR MILES redemptions program and the new business it brings, says TDC.Transat Distribution Canada is looking to grow its Agent@home program and recently announced yet another incentive to agents who join.TDC says travel agents and home-based agents who want to move over to TDC’s Agent@Home program can sign up for the TDC Sales Academy, taking place April 27 – May 4, 2018 at the all-inclusive Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana.Registration for the Academy opens this month.Agents will receive intensive sales training from special guest speaker Michael Vickers, along with dedicated training on Sun Destinations, Europe, Cruise and Luxury products from over 20 preferred partners and professional coaches, according to TDC.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The format includes hands-on business building workshops, site inspections of Transat’s key hotels and resorts and special events. Home-based agents get the opportunity to network with other TDC colleagues as well as with top suppliers.“They will have access to state-of-the-art training from professional coaches and our top suppliers,” said Susan Bowman, Exec VP Marketing, TDC. “At TDC, we know that education is an integral part of our travel professional’s success. Understanding all of our products thoroughly enables them to better serve their customers and exceed their expectations.”The TDC Agent@home program offers advantages for agents looking to go home based including the exclusive ability to offer and redeem Air Miles Reward Miles, as well as best-in-class marketing and systems support, she added.The 2017 Sales Academy attracted 150 delegates, a mix of junior and senior travel agents from across Canada who worked with preferred suppliers and training coaches for an intense, boot-camp- type training for a week.Transat Travel home-based agent Wayne Arsenault said the Academy was an opportunity to learn, meet new people, network with other agents, suppliers and corporate employees.“There were people from across Canada, from all walks of life, ages and years of experience. For me as a newer agent, I found this invaluable as there were so many points of view and a great variety of business backgrounds all sharing our ideas,” said Arsenault. “The participation from Michael Vickers sharing his techniques with us was irreplaceable, providing many unique ideas to touch clients. His lessons were straightforward and quite profound, I learned a lot about how to interact with clients from his sessions.”More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckArsenault has his own takeaways from the week-long training:Listen for cues. “You will be able to customize according to the client’s buying style. Ask, so that you know you have listened and heard what you think you heard.”Use social media for maximum reach and presenceKnow what is available, keep up- to- date, there is something for each client.Be unique/different in how you interact with your client.The content for TDC’s training academies is determined by feedback the company receives from its network of 450 agencies and 3,650 travel consultants across Canada. For more details see transatagentathome.com. Tags: Transat Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Big brand name, AIR MILES and now the TDC sales academy: Transat’s Agent@home woos newcomers Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group