WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen will interview the finalists in the town’s search for its Finance Director/Town Accountant on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm at Town Hall.The two finalists are Hayley S. Green, CPA — who currently serves as the Town Accountant/Assistant Finance Director for the Town of Andover — and Bryan Perry, CPA — who currently serves as the City Auditor for Lowell.Green will interview at 7pm. Perry will interview at 8:15pm. Each interview is scheduled to last an hour. These interviews will be open to the public.As described in a memo written by Town Accountant Mike Morris and provided to the Selectmen on Monday night, the town received 10 applicants for the job opening.The screening committee — which consisted of the soon-to-be-retiring Town Account Mike Morris, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Kerry Colburn-Dion, and Selectman Jonathan Eaton — interviewed three applicants and decided to bring forth two finalists — Green and Perry — for the Selectmen to interview.Town Accountant Mike Morris, who has served the town for more than 30 years, has announced his intention to retire in early July.Selectmen took the opportunity to tweak the town’s financial management structure, turning the Town Accountant position into a Finance Director/Town Accountant position.The new position is responsible to the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, serves as Town Accountant and Chief Financial Officer, and oversees the Town’s financial activities which include accounting, assessing, collections, treasury, financial systems and purchasing. The position advises the Town Manager on revenue projections, serves as the Town Manager’s technical advisor on departmental budgets and management, and has oversight of the preparation of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets.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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance Director/Town Accountant On Wednesday NightIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”
State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam speaks at a reception marking the National Day of the French Republic, in Dhaka on Saturday, 14 July 2108. Photo: UNBState minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on Saturday hoped the election commission (EC) with the help of all political parties, administration and other stakeholders, will be able to hold “inclusive, fair and neutral” general elections by the end of this year.He made the remark while addressing as chief guest at a reception marking the French National Day in the capital on Saturday evening, reports UNB.French ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin also spoke.The state minister said Bangladesh considers all human rights as universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually reinforcing.”The fundamental rights envisaged in the constitution of Bangladesh reflect many of the human rights prescribed by international human rights law,” he said.The state minister mentioned that Bangladesh is a country with rich ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.It encourages the contribution of civil society and NGOs in national socio-economic development as well as in the promotion and protection of human rights initiatives, Shahriar said.”I am confident; the diversity and depth of our relations will continue to rise and widen, bringing tangible outcome and mutual benefits for the peoples of the two countries,” he said.He wished the continued happiness and well-being of the friendly people of the French Republic and everlasting friendship and good relations between France and Bangladesh.French ambassador Bourdin said Bangladesh and France can do more together in consolidating democracy through free and fair elections, as well as inclusive, and in defending the human rights of all women and men in the world, as well as in their respective countries.She said they are convinced that two countries can do and achieve a lot more together in ensuring sustainable development for all, implementing the 2030 Agenda and assisting each other in implementing international commitments.She said the two friendly countries can do a lot in contributing to peace and stability, as both countries hold shared views on a number of issues of concern, and are active contributors to peacekeeping operations.The ambassador talked about two countries’ role in promoting the importance of education and diversity of languages and cultures, in which are rooted the identity, the sense of belonging and individual rights of every citizen.”They have been and remain key factors in our respective history and fight for emancipation,” she said.Ambassador Bourdin, while sharing a series of announcements, said president Emmanuel Macron has invited leaders from all countries who contributed troops in the first World War, and Bangladesh has also been invited, to commemorate the 1918 armistice on 11 November.”Besides the commemorative ceremonies, France is organising the Paris Peace Forum, a global platform for governance projects, aiming at consolidating peace and building a more cooperative and better organised planet, on 11-13 November,” she said.The ambassador said Bangladesh and France have developed warm and friendly relations since the early days of the fight for Independence led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.Andre Malraux, who fought for freedom during the civil war in Spain, lent him a strong support, along with other intellectuals (B Henri-Levy).”Our president lauded the impressive economic growth achieved in Bangladesh over the last 10 years. Our government has welcomed the announcement of the graduation of your economy from an LDC to a developing country by 2021 or 2024, we salute this great achievement,” said the French ambassador.She said they will keep on supporting Bangladesh economic development through their ODA (official development assistance) and technical assistance, as well as through private sector companies.Current and former ministers, diplomats, editors, civil society members and business leaders were present.
Anti-extradition bill demonstrators block the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train in Hong Kong, China on 30 July. Photo: ReutersHundreds of Hong Kong protesters blocked train services during the early morning rush hour on Tuesday, causing commuter chaos in the latest anti-government campaign to roil the former British colony.What started three months ago as rallies against an extradition bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial, has now morphed into a wider backlash against the city’s government and its political masters in Beijing.Protests have occurred almost daily, sometimes with little notice, disrupting business, piling pressure on Hong Kong’s beleaguered government and stretching the city’s police force, which some have accused of using excessive force.Activists blocked train doors, playing havoc with services and forcing hundreds of people to stream out of railway stations in search of alternative transport.”We don’t know how long we are going to stay here, we don’t have a leader, as you can see this is a mass movement now,” said Sharon, a 21-year-old masked protester who declined to give her full name. “It’s not our intention to inconvenience people, but we have to make the authorities understand why we protest. We will continue with this as long as need.”Others chanted, “Liberate Hong Kong,” and “Revolution of our Time”.Rail operator MTR Corp said some services had been disrupted and urged people to seek other forms of transport.Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997, is embroiled in its worst political crisis for decades after two months of increasingly violent protests that have posed one of the gravest populist challenges to Communist Party rulers in Beijing.China on Monday reiterated its support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, and its police and urged Hong Kong people to oppose violence.The latest protest follows a demonstration at the Chinese-ruled city’s international airport on Friday and violent protests at the weekend when activists clashed with police who fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sponge grenades – a crowd-control weapon.Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and commuters as some grew frustrated over the train stoppage.”It’s so inconvenient and annoying, really. I am in hurry to work, to make a living. Will you give away your salary to me?” said a 64-year-old man surnamed Liu.