(NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)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… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Chris GreccoIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Riley ZayaIn “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — This is the seventh in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Jack BoyleBeginning his baseball career on the small diamond at the North and ending it on the North’s Big diamond, Jack Boyle played all 10 years he was eligible for Wilmington Little League. From the Rookie Cyclones to the Senior Astros, Jack is the embodiment of a Little Leaguer, playing at all levels and on all fields.Although he might not have been the biggest or fastest player, that did not deter him from finding success. Over the course of his WLL career he played for his father every single season except one, where he played for Coach Fred Russell. Jack may be the ultimate coaches kid, but he is much more than that. He is an intelligent, versatile player who not only loved to play but spent hours watching and going to games. Over the years, Jack has developed into an outstanding defensive outfielder. However, whenever a need arose Jack would step in and play any position (excluding catcher). If a coach needed a position filled Jack eagerly volunteered and filled in. There was never a position he would not try for the good of the team. As he got older he became like a coach on the field but never lost the joy of just playing the game.Jack’s first season of WLL, Rookie Cyclones, he played for his father and Cliff Lord. When he hit the diamond it was not like it was the first time he played baseball. Jack had been playing catch, running bases and hitting since he was in diapers. He was fortunate to play every position for the Cyclones and turned an unassisted triple play while playing pitcher. It was his basic knowledge of the game that helped understand how to turn it. No one understood what happened and stood around not knowing what to do. Jack continued his career with the Rookie Avalanche, Single A Astros, and finally the AA Giants, before heading to the Majors.Jack was drafted by the Indians as an 11 year old and spent 2 seasons playing for Coach Fred Russell and coaches Jim Boyle and Joe Aucoin. A defensive stalwart, Jack played 2B and CF for the Indians. One highlight as a 11 year old, were all the walk off wins. Especially the walk off homerun hit by teammate Scott Edwards. A disappointing end to his first season was a first round loss to the Tigers. This helped motivate Jack into his final Major season. That final season brought several outstanding wins and was highlighted by a Web Gem catch in CF vs the Orioles. Helping the Indians advance to the Semifinals of the playoffs, an improvement from his first year, also stands out. Jack played on the Indians with future Wildcats Riley Zaya and Jarred Aucoin. He really enjoyed hanging out at Rotary and watching his friends play.After completing his Majors career, Jack went on to play four years on the big diamond. It was on the big diamond that he began to focus on becoming an outfielder. He was part of the first group of Juniors to play cross town games vs North Reading, Stoneham and Woburn. He enjoyed traveling to compete against a new set of opponents. Along with the spring teams, Jack played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer. He was also a integral part of the first Wilmington Middle School team and helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. The highlight of his summer WLL career was playing on the 2016 Northeast team which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.This will be Jack’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past three years. He played four years on the WHS Varsity Golf team and two years on the WHS Basketball team.Jack’s family has been an essential part of his baseball career. His mother Kelli, enjoyed watching him play for his dad. Going to Rotary Park, sitting out on the picnic table in left center field, and watching the games is also another memory of hers. For father Jim, there are too many memories to mention however, getting the opportunity to coach Jack for ten years has to be his favorite.Jack will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall to study business, where he will be joining his sister Amanda.
A Jet Airways passenger plane prepares to land as a new air traffic control tower under construction is seen in the background at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi May 24, 2013.Reuters file [Representational Image]The aircraft engineers’ union of Jet Airways on Tuesday wrote a letter to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stating that flight safety “is at risk” as three months of salary is overdue to employees as the impoverished airline continues to ground its aircraft and cancel several flights.”It has been arduous for us to meet our financial requirements, result of which have adversely affected the psychological condition of Aircraft Engineers at work and therefore the safety of public transport airplane being flown by Jet Airways across India and the world is at risk,” stated the letter by Jet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Welfare Association (JAMEWA) to DGCA.”While the senior management is finding a resolution to be in business, we the Engineers who inspect, troubleshoot and certify the public transport aeroplanes for its airworthiness are in tremendous stress due to non-payment of salaries on time, since last 7 months. As of now, 3 month’s salary is overdue to us” the letter added, PTI reported.The Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, has now asked the Civil Aviation Secretary to call for a meeting to discuss grounding of flights, advance bookings, cancellations, refunds, and safety issues, if any, at Jet. Prabhu has also asked the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, to get hold of a report on Jet’s compliance issues immediately from regulator DGCA, reports ReutersNaresh Goyal, the chairman of the cash-strapped airline, has told the employees that he needs more time to resolve the issues faced by the company. He said that he wants to sort out the problems and restore the stability of the company as soon as possible and the top priority would be to settle the delayed payments of the employees.He also said that they are holding discussions with strategic partner Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which holds 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, and State Bank of India (SBI) lenders for the sustainability of the company.Tony Douglas, the CEO of Etihad Airways, held meetings with SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar and a few other top bankers to discuss the issues in the rescue plan for Jet Airways on Monday. The airlines grounded four more flights on Monday due to non-payment of lease rentals.Jet Airways is in deep crisis as it has hoarded a huge debt of Rs 8,200 crore and has thrice defaulted payments since January. The airline has delayed payments to its pilots, suppliers and lessors for months.(with agency inputs)
Terror activities in northeast India have been checked due to Bangladesh’s great help and support, India’s union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.He added that rail links and bus services between the two countries facilitated travel of the region’s people to other parts of India via the neighbour without any much trouble.”Bangladesh’s immense help and support facilitated India to tame the terrorist activities in northeastern states. Our relation with Bangladesh is now at best place,” he said while addressing election rallies in Agartala.He said that with his Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) central government’s establishment of new rail links with Bangladesh and introducing bus services through that country facilitated the people of northeastern states to go to other parts of India avoiding the problematic journey through mountainous terrain of the region and saving them huge time, costs and problems.Reiterating that the Narendra Modi government is very sensitive towards the development of northeast India, Rajnath Singh said that to further develop the transportation between India and other parts of the world, New Delhi and Dhaka had signed a trans-Asia rail agreement.”Various international agencies after conducting surveys confirmed that BJP is the only party in India which boosts country’s development in real terms. India now turned into a fastest growing country in the world.”Due to the good governance of the Modi government, India got the best place in various international fora and platforms, he said.Coming down heavily on the Left Front government’s “non-performance”, the BJP leader said the Tripura government is now providing salaries and allowances to the government employees at par with the recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission and promised if his party wins, these would be raised at par with what the 7th pay commission has recommended.”National conviction rate of various crimes is 47 per cent and in Tripura this is only 22 per cent. Women are not at all secured in Left-ruled Tripura,” he said adding that the union government has given Rs 25,000 crore to Tripura during the past few years but Rs 2,400 rpt Rs 2, 400 crore has remained unspent and the Left Front government is alleging that the centre is depriving it of funds.”While the national per capita icome is Rs 1.13 lakh, Tripura’s per capita income is Rs 78,000. Even after 25-years uninterrupted rule of Left government, 66 per cent people remained below poverty line with no ability to purchase a bi-cycle,” he added.Union information and broadcasting and textile minister Smriti Irani also addressed election rallies in Kailashahar in northern Tripura, where she hit out at the Left Front government for its “failure and mis-governance, growing crime against women and unemployment”.Polling for the 60-seat Tripura assembly will be held on February 18 and counting of votes will take place on 3 March.
Lafayette Barnes IV, NNPA Newswire CorrespondentGrowing up in Washington, D.C. in the ’90s wasn’t easy. With the influence of drugs and crime, one could easily find themselves on the wrong path. Charlton Woodyard II’s parents had a different idea that included private schools, martial arts, and a strict home environment that allowed him the space to fulfill his own destiny. He attributes these circumstances to what he now describes as an aviated mindset. He is sharing his philosophy with the world through his company, Avi8ted Holdings. They recently launched a clothing line, Avi8ted Thoughts, which promotes positive thinking and the idea that you can achieve beyond your wildest dreams.A purebred Washingtonian, Charlton Woodyard II was born in Southeast Washington, DC at Washington Hospital Center in 1987. While in elementary school, his family moved to K St. Northwest where crippling poverty was flagrant. Despite the conditions, having a grandfather who worked for NASA at Goddard, he was inspired to achieve in education. He was also inspired by martial arts, which at times got him in a bit of trouble at school. His teachers recommended that he take an aptitude test, which resulted in his parents sending him to Georgetown Day School (GDS) where he attended throughout the rest of his secondary education. His classmates included kids of Fortune 500 company CEOs and congressmen, which exposed him to a new lifestyle that he embraced.Charlton Woodyard II is sharing his philosophy with the world through his company Avi8ted Holdings.As a student of martial arts, he enjoyed the practical and personal aspects and was inspired by Bruce Lee. His father signed his brother and him up for Tae Kwon Do and cultivated a competitive environment around physical fitness. His teacher, Sherman Spinks, who is a legend in the taekwondo community, developed the mental fortitude within him to understand the meaning of hard work. As Junior Olympics champions, he learned to push himself to do things he wasn’t aware he had the ability to do.What is Avi8ted?Avi8ted Thoughts is a business and lifestyle company and subsidiary of Avi8ted Holdings, an impact investment and business development company. The goal of Avi8ted Holdings is to develop an ecosystem that provides resources where ideas can thrive. The first business is Avi8ted Thoughts, a clothing company.According to Charlton, Avi8ted is grounded in the concept of the law of attraction.“An Avi8ted thought is one that is pure and positive, necessary and eternal,” he says.Charlton would prefer to ask, what does it mean to you? He describes is as a “divine dream or purpose”, which shouldn’t be boxed in as it is very personal to each individual. He was able to ask artist and celebrity Jaden Smith about what an Avi8ted Thought meant to him. He answered that it’s a mission to provide a better human experience.Charlton understands that this concept is a big leap. He doesn’t want to inundate people with such a large burden of responsibility. “Making the world a better place doesn’t happen in one day,” he said. He wants people to understand that they can first make their personal world a better place by understanding the constructs that exist and how they interact with them.“Avi8ted Thoughts, the clothing brand serves as the uniform we can all point to as a way to connect,” said Charlton.He recently released his first line with the “Follow the Sun” capsule collection. In his words, “the sun, both literally and metaphorically, is something you would want to follow considering it is the thing that gives us life on earth. But also it means to follow your light, follow the things that help you to grow.”In 2018 he participated in the Remote Year program which allowed him to travel and study in various countries for months at a time and learn about global entrepreneurship. He visited Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and Malaysia where he formed relationships that changed his thought process. He met two friends in Japan who introduced him to augmented reality which he included in his production process and can be seen in his “Follow the Sun” capsule.Most recently, Avi8ted Thoughts has partnered with 202Creates as a resident of their creative entrepreneurship program headed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. With the added workspace and resources they’ve received a lot of help building the infrastructure. With almost a decade of planning, studying, networking, and grinding he’s finally seeing his vision come to fruition.Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. has also become one of the most physically fit cities in America. The Avi8ted Thoughts brand represents a lot of that idea.“Wellness is a huge part of the brand”, said Charlton.The influence of martial arts has been maintained throughout his brand. He believes that hard work is what it will take to get us ahead. Charlton cited how the ancient pyramids in Egypt were built with the mindset that people can achieve things greater than they know. He wants to project those ideals with his brand.“You have to master yourself and find your inner rhythm before you’re able to affect the world,” said Charlton.Charlton credits his team with putting a strong plan in place that he believes will create a lasting impression. Although the price-point is more expensive then most he believes that once people understand the mission behind the brand there will be a lot of support. The Avi8ted team reaches from D.C. to Los Angeles, Atlanta, and even Japan. “In a start-up, everyone is responsible for everything,” said Charlton. “These are a group of people who have “Avi8ted” themselves for this time….for us it was always about longevity”. His team helps to reel in his ambitious dreams and work to make them possible.Currently the “Follow the Sun” capsule collection is being released in phases with the first being the “Sunrise” tee in AM (white) and PM (black). The collection debuted at their launch event on June 29 at Beyond Studios. More pop-ups are planned that will feature socks, button-ups, and shorts, all featuring the AR technology and pure and positive energy. To find out more about Avi8ted Thoughts visit www.avi8tedthoughts.com.This post originally appeared in The Washington Informer.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe fallout from the scandal that engulfed former Mayor Catherine Pugh over the sale of books to various institutions and contractors continued, as the Baltimore City Council passed legislation that would tighten the city’s ethics code and bolster requirements for disclosure of outside ties for city officials. The bill would expand the range of reporting requirements for city officials and also broaden the type of employees who have to file. Another critical addition is city officials must disclose if they serve on the board of any organization. The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Ryan Dorsey said the legislation would prevent public officials and critical employees from concealing business ties from public scrutiny.“Financial disclosures make it easier for journalists, the Office of the Inspector General, and others to ensure government officials are above-board in their dealings with taxpayer resources,” Dorsey told the AFRO. “That purpose is hindered, though, when every year there are countless questions of whether or not an individual is even required to file, and when there is no codified system of what to do when individuals fail to file as required,” he added.“This bill addresses those concerns, but also adds requirements to disclose certain things, like board memberships and business or real estate holdings that the current law allows to be easily hidden behind a shell corporation.” Mayor Catherine Pugh allegedly did not disclose her membership on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System. UMMES bought roughly 100,000 books from Pugh, some of which were donated to the school system, but others reportedly were never located. The measure was one in a series of reforms to increase transparency at City Hall and clarify what types of conflicts must be reported and when.The city’s ethics code was added to the city charter nearly 15 years ago and was aimed at forcing city officials to disclose business interests and ownership that could create conflicts in both contracting and legislation. The forms are filed annually and since 2014 have been posted online. The forms also require that public officials disclose gifts in excess of $50 from people or entities doing business with the city.But, compliance has been a problem for some city officials.Former Mayor Sheila Dixon did not disclose gifts in 2004 from a real estate developer she was dating, Ronald Lipscomb. That failure led to charges that were later dropped. Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Daryl DeSousa also ran afoul of the ethics law, when he did not file disclosure forms in 2015 and 2016. In March, DeSousa was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for tax fraud.Currently both the Maryland State Prosecutor’s office and the FBI are investigating Pugh’s sale of hundreds of thousands of her Healthy Holly books to both non-profits and business entities alike. The sales netted Pugh nearly $800,000 and prompted her to resign.The current bill passed unanimously, a vote which reflected widespread support among the council for a stricter approach to policing behavior at city hall.“The passage of this bill is a signal that this council is serious about accountability and transparency. It has to start with us,” Council President Brandon Scott told the AFRO.
Friends of Music are all set with their next show. This time the event will feature the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group – The Whiffenpoofs of Yale. Founded in 1909, their repertoire features a diverse selection of songs ranging from traditional Yale songs to original compositions to hits from every decade. Opening the stage for them are Adi and Suhail, the duo from Delhi , transcending boundaries with their ever evolving sound.Four member of the Whinnefpoofs were members of the Glee Club’s Varsity Quartet. The group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The name of the group was tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the Whiffenpoof which found an apt reflection on the group’s gatherings. The word quickly caught on with the group’s admirers, and the name stuck. Ever since then, the songs, and the weekly date at Mory’s have remained inviolate traditions that continue to bind us together. Talking about Adi and Suhail, they have been turning heads and making their presence felt on the independent music scene in India, with their songs like Qalandar, Laage Re and Zindagi. They have been playing and writing music together for over a decade, have performed all over the world. Mark the dates and head over. When: 20 July Where: Stein Auditorium India Habitat Centre
In todays fast-paced world and lifestyle, snacking has become an integral part of the daily diet. But most snacks consumed today skew toward prepackaged and processed foods, that only add calories, but very little of anything else hence it is important to provide healthy yet tasty alternatives that is changing the quick snack culture in India. Experts list reason on how to make evening snack delicious as well as healthy. Opt for Makhana (Fox nut). Makhana is easy on the body and provides a wholesome alternative to unhealthy binging. They also known as a great guilt free snack around the world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith properties such as low in cholesterol, fat and sodium, they make for an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs.They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content. Besides this, makhana acts as an anti-oxidant, very light and good for digestion. While it is roasted in Olive oil, its mild flavour makes them a perfect everyday snack for all age groups. For the older audience, it is the perfect choice as an anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds are said to help repair damaged proteins. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the idea of catering to all Indian taste buds and all sections of the society, manufacturers are now introducing interesting flavors which are adaptable to the Indian palettes. The aware and health conscious Indian audience has now definitely started using Makhanas as a substitute to Popcorn. evening or late night snacking.One can also try other variants of snacks.Nuts: Nuts are nature’s way of showing us that good things come in small packages. These bite-size nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Almonds: These are highly nutritional nuts rich in Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron amongst many others. Besides being great in taste, eating almonds boosts brain health, greatly effects weight loss, lowers your cholesterol and reduces you hunger, hence, lowering your overall calorie intake.Walnuts: Walnuts are most often eaten on their own as a snack. However, they can be added to salads, pastas, desserts, breakfast cereals, soups and baked goods as well. They’re often referred to as “brain food”.Berries: They are sweet superfruits with an unending list of benefits.Blueberries: Sweet in flavor, these berries are succulent and nutritious. They are the King of antioxidant foods, boost immunity, manage diabetes and help prevent cancer. Raw or dried, you can add either to your breakfast cereal/ smoothie or just sprinkle some over your garden salad and you’re good to go.Cranberries: These little red berries are a delectable, popular and healthful food. They not only help guard against UTIs, heart disease, types of cancer, and the flu, but benefits oral health too. You can eat them in their raw state, but if the zesty flavor of fresh berries is not your thing, you can go for readily available jams or dried cranberries.Pumpkin seeds: Eat them raw, or roast them in the oven. Either way, these wholesome powerhouses are a formidable source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein. They go great with your evening tea and considering their size, are an effective snack on-the-go!Flax seeds: When it comes to nutritional goodness, flaxseeds are full of it. Get creative and add them to your daily parfaits, yogurts, salads, smoothies or morning cereals. Nutritionists recommend a tablespoon of flaxseeds a day (which only contain approx 55 calories).
With every passing year, we grow more disappointed by the fact that science fiction hasn’t come true, and we still aren’t riding around in flying cars. But maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what a flying car would actually look like.German startup Volocopter (formerly E-Volo) has been developing drone-like VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles for the better part of a decade, and this week at CES, the electric-powered Volocopter 200VC took its first autonomous flight in North America at CES in Las Vegas. During Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote address, Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter joined him onstage to announce a partnership between the two companies and kick off the flight demonstration. Related: Check Out the Coolest Cars and Concept Vehicles at CES 2018Last year, automotive corporation Daimler invested $30 million in Volocopter after a succesful test flight in Dubai and the launch of an autonomous air taxi testing program with the city. The partnership with Intel serves to bolster Volocopter’s safety and data processing.Volocopter is not the only air taxi at CES. Workhorse Group is also showcasing its SureFly “octocopter” at the show, and Bell Helicopter unveiled an “air taxi” in partnership with Uber.Volocopter flying in front of a huge audience on the stage of @ParkTheaterLV during the @intel keynote here at #CES 2018! #futurenow #allin #volocopter pic.twitter.com/spJKDVPw0m— Volocopter (@volocopter) January 9, 2018Krzanich himself flew in a more advanced model of the Volocopter, the 2X, in Munich, Germany, last month. Watch his ride in the video below. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals January 10, 2018 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »