WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#1) How do you plan on voting on each of the three ballot questions? Can you explain your rationale behind each vote? (Background: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/ballot_questions18.htm)Locking in on the ballot questions with a month to go is early. Especially given the amount of information that is coming out on a daily basis with regards to Question 1. But at the moment, I’m leaning towards no on all three.Question 1: I’ve spoken to nurses on both sides of the issue. It’s incredible how back and forth the debate has been and will continue to be right down to the wire. Patient to nurse limits seems like something that should be worked out in collective bargaining and not through unfunded government mandates. A new report that came out this past week highlighting the potential costs associated with the passage of this question is alarming.Question 2: The end game of the proposed commission appears to be unconstitutional. The commission that would be created with the passage of this question is seeking to limit 1st Amendment rights. When elected, I’m sworn to an oath to protect and support the Constitution. Anything that endangers that oath is a definite no from me.Question 3: This particular law doesn’t include reasonable protections for the right to privacy and safety for women and children. Those protections were rejected by the legislature when the law was passed. I’d like to see those protections readdressed so everyone’s rights are covered within the law.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email email@example.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”
EidHoly Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday although the authorities earlier announced that Eid would be celebrated on Thursday.State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah made the revised announcement at a second press briefing at around 11:15pm.He said the decision was revised as some reliable sources cited moon sighting of lunar month of Shawwal from different parts of the country.Earlier, he came up with the announcement at around 8:50pm that Eid would be celebrated on Thursday following a meeting of National Moon Sighting Committee in the evening.Meanwhile, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones at their respective village homes, UNB reports.Besides, all the preparations have been completed across the country, including the capital, for smooth holding of Eid congregations.In the capital, the main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises at 8:30am. President Abdul Hamid is expected to join the Eid jamaat.However, the venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in case of inclement weather. In that case, the jamaat will be held at 9am.Besides, five more congregations will be held at the National Mosque.Arrangements will be there at the National Eidgah and the National Mosque for women to take part in the Eid prayers alongside their male counterparts.Eid congregations will also be held in eidgahs, mosques and open spaces across the country.Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shahid Boro Math in Dinajpur are all set to host two largest Eid congregations.The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day. The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.Television channels and radio stations will air special programmes.Special diet will be served in hospitals, jails, government children homes, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, vagrant welfare and destitute welfare centres.Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police has taken stringent security measures to ensure smooth holding of Eid congregation at the Jatiya Eidgah.
Share Rodrigo Abd/APTroops set up concertina wire as a Customs and Border Protection agent stands guard on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico, on Thanksgiving Day.President Trump is expected to extend the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border into January rather than withdrawing the personnel in the middle of December, Pentagon officials tell NPR. The move would further extend the rare deployment of active-duty troops at the Mexico border, rather than just National Guard personnel.The deployment orders for active-duty troops had been scheduled to end on Dec. 15. But defense officials tell NPR that the much of the active-duty troop deployment is expected to be extended into January and that part of the force may also be switched out for new troops.News that the deployment will likely extend through the holidays comes days after U.S. agents fired tear gas at migrants who tried to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday. That event took place at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry between Tijuana and San Diego — “the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere,” as NPR reported.Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the troops are meant to support Customs and Border Protection agents and provide logistical help — everything from installing barbed wire to moving personnel to where they’re needed. The troops include military engineers and military police, who are supposed to leave any actual law enforcement duties to CBP officials.Some of the active-duty military personnel are being sent to the border without weapons, as Steve Walsh of member station KPBS reported last week, during a visit to Marines and military police along a fence at the line between the U.S. and Mexico. Armed members of the force guard the Marines as they work, Walsh reported.The military deployment came after the Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to help its Border Patrol units along the southern border in October, planning for the arrival of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America. Trump’s political opponents called the move, which came just before the November midterm elections, was called an overreaction — and even a stunt.In addition to the 5,900 active-duty personnel, the Trump administration has sent 2,100 National Guard troops to the border.When Mattis visited the deployed troops the week before Thanksgiving, he said, “I think that it’s very clear that support [for] the border police — or Border Patrol is necessary right now.” But he did not go into detail about why the use of active-duty personnel was required.The president has called the caravan’s arrival an invasion. But as of earlier this month, Mattis and others were not using those kinds of terms to describe the situation.In April, Trump signed a proclamation to send National Guard troops along the southern border, as part of his campaign to cut down on illegal immigration — a key part of his political platform.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.