STATE REP RACE QA Erika Johnson Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#3) What is your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? When, if ever, should a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights be curtailed? Do you consider yourself a pro 2ndAmendment candidate? (submitted by Rob Fasulo of Wilmington)  My interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is as read “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, written in 1789. While I respect the constitutional right to bear arms, we must acknowledge that much has changed within our government, society and gun technology since 1789. I believe in 2nd Amendment but also support universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks and assault rifles. I stand with Congressman Seth Moulton and many other fellow veterans who have called for the ban of assault rifles; saying these dangerous weapons should only be in the hands of trained military personnel.Gun violence is an epidemic in our country and we must put safeguards in place to protect the population. I applaud the Massachusetts Legislature for passing the Red Flag Gun Law which gives judges the power to strip weapons from individuals flagged as a danger to themselves or others. We, as a society, are becoming desensitized to the atrocities that have happened from Newtown to Virginia Tech to Aurora to Las Vegas; schools to movie theaters to concerts, it’s overdue that we act on common sense gun reform and I’m so proud to live in a state that although slow, has taken action to protect its people.#4) Do you support capital punishment? When, if ever, should a person convicted of a crime be put to death by its government? Would you support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts? (submitted by George Ferdinand of Tewksbury) I do not support capital punishment and would not support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts. I believe capital punishment violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment, a state should not be able to kill one of their own. As a country, the US is seen as a leader yet this practice is seen internationally as inhumane.When this issue is brought up, I often think of the victim’s family and the quote “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Mahatma Gandhi. Personally, (god forbid) if I was put in that situation, I would feel more at peace knowing the person who killed my loved one was spending the rest of their life behind bars 23 hours a day than killed.Also, the sheer cost of capital punishment cases is astronomical; Cases without the death penalty cost an average of $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost an average of $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. ( If other states took Massachusetts’ lead and abolished capital punishment, that money saved could be reinvested in more effective crime deterrents such as education, gang prevention programs, mental health and drug treatment programs. Between the money spent, long appeals process, media coverage and drawn-out, painful process for the victim’s family, Massachusetts made the right decision when the death penalty was abolished in 1984.  Bonus “Fun” Question: Which town has the best breakfast spots? TEWKSBURY with Donna’s Donuts, Vic’s Waffle House, Perfecto’s, Bradford Lantern, Deli King, Route 38 Café, IHOP, & Cracker Barrel or WILMINGTON with As Good As It Gets, Country Chef, Sunny Side Café, Modash Café, Heav’nly Donuts, Starbucks & Panera Bread? For the record, each town has 8 Dunkin Donuts. In Tewksbury, Perfecto’s, I love their fun coffee flavors and delicious breakfast sandwiches. However, Wilmington takes the cake as Heav’nly Donuts is my go-to spot! My favorite is their Samoa Iced Coffee and every once in a while, a blueberry cake donut. You also can’t beat As Good As It Gets and it’s always nice to have a Starbucks in town!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erin Buckley Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Dave Robertson Discusses His Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”last_img read more

Bird Cruiser is a whole new take on a bicycle built for

first_img Mobile Culture Roadshow 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags The newest Lime scooters beef up for safety at CES 2019 The Bird Cruiser is coming this summer. Bird Not a fan of scooters? You can still use Bird.On Tuesday, the electric-scooter company unveiled the Bird Cruiser, a new e-vehicle that looks like a moped. Bird said the Cruiser will roll out this summer as part of its global fleet and give riders another environmentally friendly transit option. Ahead of its widespread deployment, the Cruiser will be available in select test markets.Bird said it’ll offer in the future more details on pricing and on where the test markets will be.According to Bird, the new Cruiser will include: A padded seat that can fit two adults.The option of pedal-assist or peg.Hydraulic disc brakes.A 52V battery.An advanced LCD Matrix Display.A custom motor.20-inch wheels.Industry leading standards in durability and reliability.The Bird Cruiser is the latest product in the company’s line. Last month, Bird said it would sell e-scooters for $1,299. The Bird One is available for preorder and comes in jet black, dove white and electric rose. Bird said features include extended battery life and protection, a 30-mile travel range on one charge and better durability. Buyers also get $100 in ride credits to use with the shared fleet and the ability to track their scooter with the phone app, as well as antitheft capabilities through the Bird Hunter Network.In April, Bird introduced a service called monthly personal rentals. People can sign up for $25 monthly plans and ride all they want during that time. The company will just drop off a scooter wherever you are and then pick it back up when you’re done. The service is rolling out in San Francisco and Barcelona.Originally published June 4, 8:59 a.m. PT.Update, 9:08 a.m.: Adds comment from Bird and background details.  1:27 Share your voice Commentlast_img read more

EU aims to rule on Amazons Luxembourg tax deal by July

first_imgEU state aid regulators aim to rule on Amazon’s tax deal with Luxembourg by July, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, and it may order the country’s tax authorities to recover about 400 million euros ($448 million) in back taxes.The European Commission’s decision will come after a near-two year investigation into whether a Luxembourg 2003 tax ruling for an Amazon subsidiary allows the company to pay less tax there than other companies, giving it an unfair advantage.The 400-million-euro figure is a preliminary assessment and may be revised after discussions with other units in the Commission, one of the sources said.The two sources said a panel of experienced officials met recently to review the strengths and weaknesses of the case, a move usually reserved for complex and high-profile cases.An EU official questioned whether the commission’s final decision on the legality of the tax deal would be in line with the current thinking of officials working on the case.The European Commission declined comment. Luxembourg and Amazon had no immediate comment.Amazon overhauled its European tax practices in May last year allowing it to book sales and pay taxes in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy instead of channelling all sales through Luxembourg. The move could raise its tax bill.Multinational firms face increasing public scrutiny of their tax affairs following popular outrage at revelations of complex offshore schemes to minimise payments. The European Commission, led by former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, has pledged to make rules more transparent across the EU.The EU’s crackdown on so-called sweetheart deals involving U.S. firms has been criticised by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who in February demanded that European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reconsider such probes because they created disturbing precedents.This would be the fourth ruling by the EU competition enforcer following an order in October last year to Luxembourg to claw back up to 30 million euros from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and a similar order to the Dutch tax authorities related to Starbucks Corp.The Commission in January told Belgium to recover around 700 million euros from 35 companies including Anheuser-Busch InBev, BP and BASF because of their participation in an illegal tax scheme.Other outstanding similar cases are Commission probes of whether Apple paid too little tax in Ireland and burger chain McDonald’s too little in Luxembourg.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Sukhwinder Singh reveals why AR Rahman is the most

first_imgSinger Sukhwinder Singh on The Kapil Sharma ShowPR HandoutThis week’s episode of SET’s The Kapil Sharma Show will witness the presence of energetic singer Sukhwinder Singh, who reveals the real reason why AR Rahman works only at night on the sets of the show.Sukhwinder Singh is popular nationally and internationally for his songs and the concerts he conducts across the globe. From giving listeners cult songs like, Chhaiyya Chaiyya from the movie Bombay to singing the Oscar award winning song, ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire, he admires the work of AR Rahman and reveals the real reason why he works only at night on the sets of the show.When Kapil Sharma asked Sukhwinder Singh about his experience working with the legendary AR Rahman, he reveals that he is a genuine and a talented personality, who prefers working post 11.00 pm and because of that, Sukhwinder ended up ignoring Rahman saahab for almost one year.Sukhwinder says, “After landing a project together, I was exposed to his immense talent and the passion he had for music and since then, I ended up working with him for long 5 years. One day, out of curiosity I asked him to reveal the real reason of working in the night to which AR Rahman said that he likes explores his creativity in the night in silence only.”The singer also revealed that during the making of Taal, Subhash Ghai was curious to know the kind of music that would a part of his film. He requested music director AR Rahman to let him in the studio at night 3:30 am so that he could get a glimpse of the music he could look forward to. Sukhwinder Singh added, “I was the only person to make the music director laugh with my punjabi jokes which I used to translate in English to make them understand.”Further in the show, Shailendra Singh, director and producer of One India My India revealed that he worked in Shamiana Taj earning a salary of Rs 1,280 only at that time. On the show, he offered ₹1 crore to Krushna Abhishek for playing the character of Sapna with finesse.Responding to the director Krushna Abhishek humorously added that he was happy to know that the cheque was from a bank in Nalasopara. Listening to this, everyone on sets burst out laughing.last_img read more

Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare

first_imgA youth dressed as the Hindu god Krishna takes part in a procession during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival in Dhaka on 14 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Hindu community of the country observed Janmashtami, marking the birth of lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour, says UNB.According to Hindu religion, lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also observed Janmashtami with various programmes.President Abdul Hamid hosted a reception at Bangabhaban marking the day.last_img read more