WILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, May 15, 6pmThursday, May 17, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonJack Craig, Piano & VocalsThursday, May 17, 11amWindsor Place of Wilmington, Activity Room92 West Street, WilmingtonSing! The Greatest Songs are programs that contain some of the most popular songs of the 20th century. Each program contains around thirty songs to sing, and Jack provides anecdotal information that recalls the best years of American song-writing. All of the songs in this program were written from 1920 –1924.Afternoon Concert: WMS Jazz Band & Wilming-TonesThursday, May 17, 2:30pmWilmington Memorial Library175 Middlesex Avenue, WilmingtonPianist Ricky LauriaThursday, May 17, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, May 18, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks? Let me know at email@example.com.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… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of April 29, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of October 15, 2017)In “Community”
Microsoft Skype,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Phones Mobile Apps Sprint Tags $59 at eBay See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 0 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Share your voice Tags The Cheapskate Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo See at Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Angela Lang/CNET Smile! You’re on shared-screen camera! Microsoft Microsoft’s messaging app Skype looks like it’s getting another friendly face in an upcoming version — yours! A split-screen feature for displaying what’s happening on your side of the call appeared in a beta build of the app (the Skype Insider program), so you’ll likely see it in an upcoming release.Screen sharing can be used for showing documents without having to send them before discussing: not as fun as collaboratively shopping for clothes, movie viewing or mocking a series of texts from your mom, which you can also do, but more practical.And you can record the sessions, but the app will record any notifications that pop up as well. So share carefully! Best Buy See It Apple iPhone XS Comments $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $155 at Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $6 at Tidal Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak, shareholders in Dow Chemical are to table two resolutions calling for the company’s management to accept responsibility for the worst industrial disaster in history, to fully compensate victims and to pay for a full-scale clean-up of the still-contaminated area.Tens of thousands of people died, more than half a million were injured and thousands more were left with debilitating illness after methyl isocynanate (MIC) leaked and spread through the shanty towns around the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal City as night fell on 2 December 1984.Dow, which completed a takeover of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) in 2001, claims it has no corporate responsibility to face the charges open in the Indian court and has consistently failed to appear at hearings, despite repeat summonses.But shareholders have told IBTimes UK that the reputational damages the company is facing are excluding it from a burgeoning Indian chemical market that is growing by 17% per year, having a serious commercial impact on Dow Chemical’s business.”Looking at it from an investor point of view, this is a lost business opportunity and our view is that it’s one thing for Dow Chemical to have problems in Taiwan or Thailand but to be frozen out of India, one of the most dynamic growth markets in the chemical industry, is really unacceptable,” said Bennett Freeman, senior vice-president for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments, which holds stock in Dow Chemical.Calvert plans to table a resolution questioning the governance of the company and calling for the roles of chairman and CEO – both occupied by Andrew N. Liveris – to be separated.Other, non-activist shareholders have also expressed their concern at Liveris’ governance. Hedge fund Third Point, which holds a 2% stake in Dow, is reportedly considering launching a proxy contest, after discussions over board seats broke down.The second resolution will call for Dow Chemicals to acknowledge that, rather than becoming ashareholder in UCC (which Dow’s management claims), the companies became a single entity, thus combining assets and liabilities.The company would then be forced to face the civil and criminal proceedings in India. This could lead to the company being hit with billions of dollars’ worth of fines, but would, say shareholders, allow it to operate as normal in the Indian market.”When you look at the detail, you see the substantive behind the form of separation doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” said Tim Edwards of the Bhopal Medical Appeal (BMA). “At the time of the merger, which is how it was described at the time by Dow Chemical, UCC was valued at $10bn. It’s now valued at $4.2bn. At the same time Dow’s valuation has gone up from $22bn to more than $60bn. It’s quite evident where the bulk of the value of UCC has developed: within Dow.”The implication is that if Dow has enjoyed the benefits of the UCC brand then it should also face the liabilities.When requested to comment on the shareholders’ resolution, a Dow spokesperson refused to be drawn on future events, but did say: “What I can tell you is that Dow never owned or operated the former plant site in Bhopal and efforts by some to attach this to the company are misguided and misdirected.”This is despite the fact that Dow acknowledged UCC’s asbestos liabilities in the US, stretching back as far as 1972. The company set aside $2.2bn to deal with these historical UCC cases, yet rejects the suggestion that successor liabilities (a buyer being held liable for a seller’s obligations) apply in relation to the Bhopal disaster.Dow has repeatedly failed to appear in Indian courts to face charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder – the same charge faced by the jailed South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, related to the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.The latest no-show came as recently as this month. After failing to show for last week’s court date, a new summons notice has been issued and the hearing rescheduled for 14 March 2015.Toxic EvidenceUCC is accused of operating an “ultra-hazardous, under-designed and poorly maintained” pesticides factory, which led to a large amount of water and contaminants mixing with over 40 tonnes of the highly reactive, volatile and toxic chemical methyl isocyanate (MIC) on the evening of the 2 December 1984.This led to a runaway exothermic reaction, which in turn led to around 27 tonnes of MIC gas – five times more lethal than phosgene, used as a WWI chemical weapon, and 500 times more potent thanhydrogen cyanide – exiting the top of a smokestack and drifting into Bhopal city in a dense cloud.By the time the gas dispersed, 573,000 people had been exposed to it, with thousands being killed. The chief cause of immediate death was pulmonary oedema, whereby victims were drowned by fluid produced within their own lungs. Other observed effects were bronchial and nasal lesions, heart attacks, spontaneous abortion, blindness, racking cough, concussion, paralysis and signs of epilepsy.Corpses were stacked “one on top of another like they were bags of wheat”.Contemporary medical research shows that there are still higher rates of mortality in the area. Pollution from the abandoned site has been detected in the local water supply and poses an ongoing threat to the health of surrounding communities, according to Amnesty International.”Here we are, weeks away from the 30th anniversary, and it’s tragic that so many victims remain unsatisfactorily compensated and the environmental remediation remains incomplete. The financial compensation has been inadequate. It’s not sufficient to complete the environmental clean-up or to compensate the victims,” said Bennett Freeman.To date, the primary restitution paid has been a $470m financial settlement, from UCC to the Indian government, in 1989. For a company with a turnover of $57bn in 2013, this is a mere drop in the ocean.The Business CaseThis is not the first time shareholders – many of them activists – have attempted to table resolutions to force Dow to accept responsibility for the Bhopal disaster. Last year, Dow Chemical successfully appealed to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to have the motion excluded and taken off their ballot.This year, shareholders including Calvert Investments, the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF) and Amnesty International are confident that they will garner further support from within the investor ranks. IBTimes UK understands that at least one major top 40shareholder is considering tabling a resolution before the end of November.Some of the largest shareholders in Dow Chemical include Vanguard Group (5.33%), Capital World Investors (4.98%), State Street (4.46%) and BlackRock Fund Advisors (3.02%).Those campaigning for the resolution point to a number of metrics, statistics and events which they say highlight the damage the failure to acknowledge its alleged Bhopal liabilities is having on the Dow Chemical brand. Critics of the company’s corporate structure point out that most of these have been affecting the company since Andrew Liveris became chairman in 2006 (he has been CEO since 2004).Core Brand’s Brand Power Index “compares the size and quality of a brand to all other brands in the Corporate Branding Index. The Brand Power rankings provide a market-view evaluation of brand strength regardless of industry affiliation”.In 2007, Dow Chemical ranked 68 of almost 1,000 companies. In 2011, the company’s ranking had fallen to 174, then to 218 in 2012 and, this year, it had plunged to 226th position. This coincided with a period of heavy advertising and branding spend by Dow – including sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics.The implication is that despite the expanded budget, Dow’s reputation has been nose-diving as protests against its failure to accept accountability for Bhopal continue to grow each year.A 2006 interview conducted by the magazine Advertising Age with Dow’s former vice-president of Public Affairs, Brand and Reputation Patti Temple Rocks seems to confirm that the company’s branding efforts stem from a desire to disassociate itself with Bhopal.The article reads:”An exec VP at GolinHarris, Chicago, at the time, Temple Rocks started her marketing career at Dow in the early 1980s. She knew the company, its history and its culture. And she knew of Dow’s desire to restore its reputation after years in which most media mentions of the company centered around breast implants and its association (through its acquisition of Union Carbide in 2001) with the Bhopal chemical leak disaster.”I thought this is such a great company; how did it get off track?” Temple Rocks said.She continued: “By literally making it part of my title, it really is a signal to everyone within the organisation that we mean business. Our reputation at its most basic level is our license to operate. We are a company that is undergoing a great deal of transformation.”The website Sigwatch, which “tracks over 4,000 activist groups on over 700 issues across the globe, and measures their impact on 5,000 companies and their brands”, ranks Dow Chemical as the 10th most targeted corporation over the past 12 months around the world.According to the popular investment advice website The Motley Fool, “the chemical manufacturer has set some audacious targets for improving the business and returning value to shareholders, but it has actually underperformed the S&P500 by 40% over the last decade when dividends are included”.The Fool continues to warn that “it’s important to remember that an acquisition doesn’t only include the assets of a company, it also includes the liabilities. Unfortunately, Dow Chemical hasn’t taken responsibility for its subsidiary’s actions 30 years later – and it takes a rather arrogant stance against the Indian legal system”.Counting the CostIt’s impossible to compute the material damage Dow Chemical’s relative exclusion from the Indian market has. But there are some handy pointers – particularly when looking at some of the progressions made by Dow’s rivals in the Indian market, in comparison with the company’s own difficult time.Germany’s BASF is the only chemicals company in the world that’s larger than Dow in terms of revenue and the company’s growth and investment in India gives some indicator of the remuneration Dow is missing out on.BASF operates nine production sites in India, with more than 2,100 employees. Dow, on the other hand, has “around 900 employees in locations spread across the country” in four manufacturing plants.In October of this year, BASF began production at a new site in Gujarat which will create an additional 500 jobs, directly and indirectly. The €150m investment is its largest in India to date. Meanwhile, Dow Chemical has been struggling to expand its investments in India.In 2010, groups campaigning for justice over the Bhopal disaster were among those that successfully forced Dow to abandon its $100m research and development unit in Pune, India.From the Environmental Justice Atlas: “The US chemical multinational is the owner of Union Carbide, responsible for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy in which several thousand people were killed due to the release of 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas. This issue raises concern among the local villagers.”In 2005, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) faced a boycott led by trade unions in protest to business links to Dow Chemical and, by extension, UCC. The IOC was alleged to be purchasing UCC technology for a naphtha plant in Panipat, Haryana. The deal was subsequently cancelled.In 2008, Dow Chemical entered into a deal with the state-run caustic soda major Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) to establish a plant in Gujarat. As the Indian government renewed legal cases against UCC officials and the company itself, the deal ran into difficulty and was “quietly dissolved” in 2012.”As investors we know that Dow Chemical has suffered a lot of hits to its reputation and brand from the fact that it has failed to meet its responsibilities to the victims of the explosion,” Simon Billenness, the founder of the CSR Strategy Group, who is co-ordinating the shareholder activism, told IBTimes UK.”We know that it’s been shut out of certain markets in India because of this. That’s where we see this unresolved legal and moral issue directly hurting the bottom line. For a company to be shut out of the Indian market… it’s like being shut out of the Chinese market,” he said.In September of this year, the chairman of UCC at the time of the Bhopal disaster, Warren Anderson, died aged 92, in a Florida nursing home. The Indian government had over the years made multiple requests to extradite him, and officially labeled him a fugitive. A judge there called him an “absconder”, in reference to his skipping the country, shortly after being arrested when visiting Bhopal four days after the disaster occurred.Anderson will never face the charges of culpable homicide he was served with. But, as we approach December, there are hundreds of thousands of people suffering still who have yet to see justice for the crimes that occurred in Bhopal 30 years ago.