WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, July 11, 2019:#1) Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wonderland Theme Park At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a presentation on Wonderland at 7pm. Thirty years before the Wonderland Race Track was built, the site was given its name by the Wonderland Amusement Park. Conceived by a man in the Baking Soda industry who bought the land and planned by a man who had failed to build the biggest park in Coney Island. Wonderland was filled with cutting-edge rides and attractions. Its opening day broke attendance records at Revere Beach, and the park was a major success. Author Stephen R. Wilk has been researching the park for his forthcoming book Backstage at Wonderland, and will talk about the building of the park and its first year of operation, 1906. Register HERE.#3) Pints & Pages Book Club MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library & Reading Public Library are holding their monthly Pints & Pages Book Club Meeting at Reading Public Library. A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month. The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries. Meeting location rotates between Wilmington and Reading. Featured Book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Location: Reading Public Library, Reading. We’re having a potluck picnic on the patio. Bring along a dish to share! Register HERE.#4) Time For Twos At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Time for Twos at 10:30am. This storytime for two year olds includes books, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.#5) Baby Time At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Baby Time at 9:30am. This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”LIBRARY LINEUP: Story Time At Silver Lake On July 10; Remembering Wonderland Amuseumet Park On July 11In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Asian shares and the dollar edged lower on Monday as investors awaited central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week that are expected to hold clues to future policy moves.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, taking its cue from a mixed day on Wall Street on Friday.Markets in Australia were closed for Anzac Day, a public holiday.Japan’s Nikkei stock index shed about 0.5 percent as the yen pulled off its lows. Investors also locked in gains after the index soared to an 11-1/2 week high following a report the Bank of Japan will consider another easing step at its two-day policy review that ends on Wednesday.Bloomberg reported on Friday that the BOJ is considering applying negative rates to its lending programme for financial institutions.But some investors still believe the central bank might opt to hold steady as it assesses the impact of its negative interest rate policy unveiled on Jan. 29. A semi-annual report on the country’s banking system issued on Friday by the central bank said the policy has caused some disruption in fund flows and will hurt financial institutions’ profits for the time being.Underpinning sentiment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1.Against the yen, the dollar slipped about 0.4 percent to 111.41 yen after it earlier rose as high as 111.90, its loftiest peak since April 1.”The wide interest rate differential between the U.S. and Japan make it costly to be long yen without momentum,” Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, said in a not to clients.”Momentum and trend followers appear heavily represented in the futures market, and they have been caught the wrong way. This may see the tone shift from selling dollar rallies to buy dips,” Chandler said.The euro added about 0.1 percent to $1.1231. Last week the European Central Bank held its policy rates at historic lows as expected.The Fed, which lifted its benchmark overnight interest rate in December for the first time in nearly a decade, meets on Wednesday.Policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions, leaving the path open for future rate rises.A Reuters poll showed on Friday showed that economists expect the Fed to stand pat and then deliver a rate hike in June, and follow up with another by the end of this year.Crude oil prices slipped after rising on Friday and notching their third straight week of gains as market sentiment turned more upbeat amid signs a persistent global supply glut may be easing.Brent fell about 0.7 percent to $44.79 a barrel, while U.S. crude shed about 0.9 percent to $43.36.
Share Graphic by Ben HassonToday’s Texplainer is inspired by a question from Texas Tribune reader Richard O’Dell.Hey, Texplainer: Can liquor be mailed into or around Texas? Liquor stores outside of my area say they aren’t able to send their products to me. I would also enjoy joining out-of-state wine clubs, but they can’t send me their merchandise. What is the issue?Texas liquor laws are infamously complex, and the reason dates back to the end of Prohibition.That was when states began creating their own regulatory structures to administer the production and sale of alcohol — and when Texas, in an effort to stop manufacturers from cozying up to retailers, opted for a system that separates the process into three tiers:Manufacturers that make the product — wineries, breweries and distilleries.Wholesalers and distributors that buy from manufacturers and sell it to retailers.Retailers that sell the product to consumers.Texas law — specifically, the Alcoholic Beverage Code — only allows businesses with an appropriate permit to sell alcohol to consumers. So if you want to buy booze, you need to get it from a retailer (e.g., a grocery store, convenience store, bar or restaurant).The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission oversees all three tiers — and issues separate permits and licenses for each. This is where the confusion starts.Only TABC-licensed carriers can transport alcohol, and only permitted businesses — including those out of state — can sell alcohol to Texas consumers. Without a permit, liquor can’t be shipped directly to Texas consumers, and there currently is no permit that would allow out-of-state liquor stores to sell products directly to Texas consumers.Here are some of the licenses and permits that stores, carriers and manufacturers need to move booze into and around the state:To ship alcohol into, out of or within Texas, businesses must have a carrier’s permit.Licensed wineries in Texas may ship their products to people in the state.Stores that want to make deliveries within their city limits need a local cartage permit. TABC spokesman Chris Porter said most stores have this permit because it allows them to transport alcohol within a city, both to customers and between store locations.Legally, distilled spirits can’t be shipped from a store to a Texas consumer who lives outside of the city where the store is located — instead, they have to be shipped from a package store in the same county as the consumer, said Dick Wills, the CEO of the Gerald Franklin Agency, a liquor licensing business.If a company has multiple liquor stores in cities around the state, each of those stores could deliver liquor to customers living in the cities where the stores are located.“The company could accept orders online, then forward the order to one of their stores in the customer’s city, which would then fulfill the order and deliver the product to the customer,” Porter said.So what about those out-of-state wine clubs?“The wine clubs likely don’t have a TABC out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit, as that would be required to ship wine directly to consumers in Texas,” Porter said. “Most wine clubs would fall into the category of ‘retailer,’ and there’s no law which allows an out-of-state retailer to ship alcoholic beverages directly to Texas consumers.”For any other out-of-state liquor manufacturer that wants its product in the hands of Texans, a nonresident manufacturer’s license allows them to sell products to Texas distributors that, in turn, sell to Texas customers.Another thing to note: Alcohol cannot be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service. Only TABC-licensed common carriers, which includes most commercial shipping companies, can ship alcohol.The bottom line: Legally, distilled spirits can’t be shipped directly to Texas consumers. They have to be shipped from a package store in the county you live in. Any any out-of-state wine club needs an out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit to ship wine directly to Texas consumers.
While the exact value of the bids could not be ascertained, industry estimates suggest these blocks may fetch tens of thousands of crores of rupees in revenue. The government officials said the response have been as per expectations and most of the major players from private sector are participating in the auction, which was necessitated after cancellation of earlier coal block awards by the Supreme Court. “176 technical bids have been received for 23 coal blocks under Schedule II which were put on auction for private sector. The response has been as per our expectation and most of the major players have participated in it,” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told reporters here after the technical bids were opened. Swarup, however, did not reveal the names of the players who participated. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashSources said the bidders include JSPL and GVK Power among others. A spokesperson for Monnet Ispat confirmed that the company has submitted its technical bid. “Auction process will be web cast to maintain transparency,” Swarup said after the technical bids were opened today in the presence of bidders. The Supreme Court had in September 2014 cancelled allotment of 204 mines since 1993 terming the allotment as “arbitrary and illegal”. Coal Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said that as per conservatives estimates, eastern states which house most pf these mines stand to gain about Rs 7 lakh crore from auction and royalties over the next 30 years. A maximum number of 16 bids were received for Gare Palma IV/7 block which is in Chhattisgarh and was previously alloted to Sarda Energy & Mineral Ltd. Twelve bids each were received for Tokisud North block in Jharkhand, Bicharpur mine in Madhya Pradesh and Gare Palma IV/4 in Chhattisgarh. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsTokisud North was previously allocated to GVK Power (Govindwal Sahib) while Bicharpur was earlier given to Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation. Gare Palma IV/4 was previously allotted to Jayaswal Neco. The tender process for the 23 coal mines under schedule II was started on December 27 last year and “bidders submitted their technical bids on MSTC portal created for the purpose,” the government said. “The electronic bids were decrypted and opened electronically in the presence of bidders. Entire process was displayed on the screen for the bidders. Subsequently, sealed envelopes containing bank guarantee, power of attorney and affidavit were also opened in the presence of bidders,” an official statement said. These bids will be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary technical evaluation committee to shortlist bidders for participation in the electronic auction to be conducted on MSTC portal from February 14, it added. The blocks put on offer include Ardhagram, Belgaon, Bicharpur, Chotia, Gare-Palma-IV/1, Gare-Palma-IV/4, Gare-Palma-IV/5, Gare-Palma-IV/7,Gotitoria (East) & (West), Kathautia, Mandla North, Marki Mangli-I, Marki Mangli-III, Parbatpur Central, Sial Ghoghri, Amelia (North), Gare-Palma-IV/2 & IV/3, Sarisatolli, Talabira-I, Tokisud North and Trans Damodar.