WILMINGTON, MA — This is the third in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Antonia KieranThe motto of the Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”. Antonia Kieran is molded into this saying. Antonia started playing softball at the age of 6 years old with Wilmington little league in the U8 division. You could see immediately that she fell in love with the game at this age.It wasn’t until U-10 that she found the position that she would fall in love with and that was 1b. Throughout the years she played first and pitched in Wilmington in town playing with Dan Ardito and Billy Norman on the summer travel teams. She attended every clinic that was offered through the town in hopes of becoming an elite softball player.Her second year of U-10 she wanted to try out for a travel team that the Noreasters was putting together where her grandfather had spent many years coaching. At the end of tryouts they decided not to put a team together because they didn’t have talent. The director told Antonia’s grandfather that she would never be a good softball player with her skill set.Antonia took this to heart and made it her mission to get better. She went down to the field and practiced every single day on defense. It was her mission to become one of the better defensive players in her age group. The following season with her hard work and dedication she made a U-14 travel team as a first year 12 year old. Playing with the Noreasters for the last 8 years, her skills improved tremendously.As an 8th grader Antonia played Freshman High School softball and played first base every time. As a freshman, she made Varsity and was 2nd in line behind a senior first baseman. The first few games Antonia was chomping at the bit to get an opportunity to show the coaches what she had. By the third game she finally got her opportunity to play and was outstanding in a game versus Stoneham. She made several key plays and never left 1b again for the next four years. Throughout her career at Wilmington High School she made less than 5 errors defensively. She was named Captain her senior year, and a 3 time 300 club earner. She was also named Middlesex League Allstar her senior year. She was referenced in the last edition of the town crier as one of the best defensive first baseman since the late 1990s.Antonia’s parents Tim Kieran and Lisa Faretra would attend all of Antonia’s games throughout her career. Her dad coached her for many years until the age of 16. If you were to ask him what he is most proud about Antonia’s softball career he would tell you that she is the most dedicated and hardest worker he has ever seen. His proudest accomplishment of Antonia is when the director of the Noreasters approached him and stated, “I don’t know what she did but Antonia has become a phenomenal softball player”Antonia’s passion for the game is shown through her heart and dedication; constantly volunteering for clinics to help younger players get better at the game. Antonia will be attending Lesley University where she will continue playing the game that she is so passionate for. She will be studying Higher Education in math in the hopes of one day becoming a high school math teacher and a varsity softball coach.Antonia Kieran(NOTE: The above profile is from 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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Softball Senior Profile: Liz GordonIn “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Aliyah TangIn “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Dana GouletIn “Sports”
The High Court order that granted bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases was stayed on Monday by the chamber judge of the Supreme Court, reports UNB.The owners are Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed.A special bench of chamber judge Iman Ali passed the order after hearing three petitions filed by the state.Deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju, the state counsel, said the petitions were initially placed before acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah as no regular vacation bench was functional today.Then, the CJ assigned the special bench of chamber Judge Iman Ali to hear the petitions.Later, the chamber judge set 21 December for next hearing of the petitions in the scheduled vacation bench.Earlier on 14 December, the High Court granted bail to three owners of Apan Jewellers in three money laundering cases.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after the final hearing on three cases.On 22 November last, the High Court issued five separate rules in five money laundering cases filed against them.
Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP file photoRide-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending use of self-driving cars after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona.The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company.The victim was hospitalized and later died from her injuries.“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told AFP. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”Uber said it had temporarily halted its use of self-driving cars for testing or customer rides in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco.Tempe is one of just two cities—along with Pittsburgh—where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger.The vehicle operator in the driver’s seat was the only person in the car when the accident occurred, Uber said. The car was in police hands on Monday.Sunday’s accident was the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian.The first deadly self-driving car accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla.Sheriff needed?The Tesla Model S, cruising on “Autopilot,” failed to detect a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, killing the driver—who it later emerged had kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite automated warnings not to do so.Investigators at the US National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Tesla crash was the combination of “a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation.”Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and to save thousands of lives by avoiding accidents due to human error.As with the fatal Tesla crash, however, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast.Google-owned Waymo this month began using its self-driving trucks to haul cargo bound for the internet giant’s data centers in Georgia, while rival Uber announced the use of self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.In September, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released new guidelines that permit more testing of self-driving cars.But America’s non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned “into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”The group on Monday called for a nationwide moratorium on testing self-driving cars on public roads while investigators figure out what went wrong in the Uber accident.“Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” Watchdog technology project director John Simpson said in a statement.“When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Car vision tests?US states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.California and Arizona have been particularly encouraging, hoping that companies developing autonomous technology in those states will create local jobs and facilities devoted to a promising new industry.Duke University robotics professor Missy Cummings is among the advocates of slowing down introduction of autonomous vehicles to avoid risk and get proper regulations in place.While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.Cummings reasoned that if people need to pass vision exams in order to get driving licenses, so should self-driving cars.She noted a case in which putting stickers on a stop sign could fool autonomous car sensors into seeing it as a sign indicating a speed limit.“If we are still learning at this rate, and still uncovering major problems, it begs the question of why we are trying to put this technology into widespread use,” Cummings told AFP.“I am a big fan of the technology, but it is very unproven and experimental.”