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first_imgShane’s Inspiration, an international nonprofit dedicated to creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that foster social inclusion for children with disabilities, is hosting its 15th annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016.The “Carnivàle of Play” theme invites guests to don attire that represents their personal style and creativity. The evening will include celebrity red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, an awards program and live entertainment.Honorees include Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO of the Special Olympics World Games, and brothers Hunter & Braden Gandee, award-winning special needs advocates. Special guests scheduled to attend include Academy Award-winner JK Simmons (Whiplash”), Actress Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”), Actress & Down syndrome advocate Jamie Brewer (“American Horror Story”), and the Smallest World Champion Salsa Dancers Kevin & Gabby, among many others. Past Celebrity Gala Supporters have included Kaley Cuoco, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romjin, Paula Abdul, Halle Berry, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jill Hennessey, Kathryn Hahn, Laura SanGiacomo, Sean Hayes, Monica Potter, Dakota Fanning and Joe Mantegna – just to name a few!Scott Williams (Executive Producer “NCIS”) and his wife Catherine Curry-Williams co-founded Shane’s Inspiration in memory of their son Shane, who passed away in infancy from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Realizing that their son would have spent his life in a wheelchair with a disability that would have prevented him from playing on a playground with other children, the Williams decided to create the first fully inclusive playground in the western United States as a tribute to Shane. Since then, Shane’s Inspiration has grown into a global movement with 60 inclusive playgrounds in the U.S., as well as in Russia, Ecuador, Mexico, Israel and Canada. Part of the Clinton Global Initiative, this international nonprofit has 100 additional projects currently in development worldwide. These playgrounds are designed to be challenging and fun for typically developing children, as well as children with disabilities.For tickets and additional information, click here.WHERE:The Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood100 Universal City PlazaUniversal City, CA 91608WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgSlipknot’s Corey Taylor will be honored at the Rock To Recovery 2 benefit concert on September 16 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.Video: Rock to Recovery 2 – Sat. Sept 16th – Concert/Fundraiser – Sizzle ReelFounded by Korn guitarist Wesley Geer, Rock To Recovery was created to help soothe the restless souls of those in recovery. They do this by creating a “band” and writing and recording songs together with Rock to Recovery’s staff of professional musicians, who are also in recovery. They help bring fun into treatment and recovery by offering a natural escape from the fear-based mind. This helps people grow a sense of belonging and self esteem. They help to vent emotions by writing lyrics and singing together for release, in real-time. They tie in a positive theme of hope in recovery throughout the whole process. When the session is done, “band” members feel a new energy all throughout their minds and spirits.Rock to Recovery gives people, such as recovering addicts/alcoholics, victims of abuse, troubled teens, or any individual in recovery, a chance to have fun expressing themselves, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce.Also being honoured at the event will be MC5’s Wayne Kramer, and the evening will also feature a performance by Kings Of Chaos, featuring Matt Sorum.For more info, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Prince of Wales last week announced the launch of a new Blue Economy Initiative during his keynote speech at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta.Video: The Prince of Wales delivers a speech at the Our Ocean Conference in MaltaThe initiative, a collaboration between The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), aims to build ocean resilience and encourage ocean related investments and policies to support sustainable development.In doing so, the Blue Economy Initiative will aim to create a balanced relationship between the ocean and those who benefit from its resources. It will also endeavour to reverse the cycle of decline and pollution which has affected the oceans for too long.As part of the initiative the ISU has already been working with The European Commission and World Wildlife Fund, of which His Royal Highness is President, to develop financing principles for the Blue Economy, including a working group comprised of banks, insurance companies and NGOs which will be launched next year.During his keynote speech The Prince of Wales said: “Yet while we should be relieved that the health of the Ocean is now understood, alongside rainforests, to be one of the essential prerequisites for our physical and economic survival, and I’m afraid I really do wonder if the Ocean’s fragility is yet truly grasped and how susceptible it is to the impacts of our economic activities?”In addition to his keynote speech, The Prince of Wales and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco convened two high-level meetings examining the future of the sustainable Blue Economy and the action required to address the current plight of the world’s coral reefs.last_img read more

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first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsAn old sport is quickly gaining traction among Mi’kmaq youth in the Maritimes.Rugby is becoming so popular on Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey reserves in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that youth have formed the first all-Indigenous team to compete at the national level.The Indigenous Spruce will play against New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I, B.C. and Ontario in Vancouver this week.“This isn’t really a provincial team for us. I sort of consider this our Mi’kmaq and Maliseet national team,” said Jason Peters, CEO of Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick.Given the worldwide popularity of rugby sevens, Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick decided to put the ball in the hands of its youth.“We thought, wow, what a great opportunity — all we would need is seven players to actually play,” said Peters.They now have about two-dozen girls and 18 boys on the roster for the U-18 teams.And Peters said he expects 1,500 Indigenous youth will be playing rugby by August.Isaiah Saulis, one of the team’s senior players, says he’s looking forward to playing at the nationals this week in Vancouver.“It’s a great learning experience,” he said. “Playing at the highest level in Canada, at provincials, there’s nothing better that a team can get than that.”Blake Edwards, a coach with Indigenous Spruce, was recruited to visit reserves, introduce youth to the sport, and coach the teams.“That’s the greatest joy I have out of it, seeing kids walking off the field with a big smile on their face, or the beads of sweat coming down their faces as well, knowing they’ve played a hard game — be it win or lose, they still have fun doing it, learning a new game, learning new skillset.”Peters said it’s all about bringing two cultures together.“We’re introducing an old sport to an ancient culture – the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet.”After the Indigenous Spruce compete in the nationals, they’ll be heading overseas to compete against teams in England, Ireland and Wales this summer.Next year, they’re bound for New Zealand.last_img read more

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first_imgThrissur (Ker): Thousands of people gathered here Sunday to witness the grand opening of the famed Thrissur Pooram, considered as the mother of all temple festivals.’Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran’, the controversial elephant which was earlier denied permission to take part in the festivities by the authorities on health grounds, ‘opened’ the annual festival at the ancient Vadakkumnathan temple here. Marking the ritual heralding of Pooram, Ramachandran, the tallest elephant of the state, pushed open the southern entrance of the shrine amidst thunderous cheers of the people gathered on the temple ground. The Thrissur Pooram falls on May 13 this year. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe main event of the annual ‘pooram’ begins with the 10.5 foot tall elephant pushing open the gate of the temple, with the idol of ‘neithilakkavilamma’ atop it. Police and temple authorities had a tough time in shifting the jumbo from the ground after the rituals, based on the strict instructions by the district authorities. Among the restrictions imposed on the use of the elephant were: It can take part in the ritual only for an hour from 9. 30 am; four mahouts should escort the animal and barricades should be constructed on a 10-metre radius to prevent people from getting closer to the jumbo. Ending four days of uncertainty, Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran was given the conditional nod Saturday to participate in the Thrissur pooram after the animal cleared the fitness test. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe clearance to the government was given after a team of three veterinarians conducted the medical examination of the 54-year-old elephant. The team had also submitted a report to the Thrissur collector T V Anupama, stating that the elephant was fit to participate in the “vilambaram” ritual as part of ‘pooram’. Since 2014, the elephant has been been performing the ritual and has a big fan following in the state. However, after two persons were killed by the pachyderm during a house-warming celebration in Guruvayur in February this year, the district administration had imposed a ban on its participation in festivals. Thrissur, the state’s cultural capital, is under a thick security cover with 3,500 policemen being deputed on duty.last_img read more

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Rabat – A new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) released on Monday said it could take up to 70 years to close the global gender wage gap if current trends continue.In the report, the ILO estimated the global gender wage gap to be 23 percent, meaning women earn 77 percent of what men earn.“The gap cannot be explained solely by differences in education or age,” the report said. “[They] are also linked to the undervaluation of the work that women undertake and of the skills required in female-dominated sectors or occupations, the practice of discrimination, and the need for women to take career breaks to attend to additional care responsibilities, for instance after the birth of a child.” The ILO’s analysis of recent progress in closing the gap showed that moves towards wage parity can “mostly be attributed to explicit policy actions to address gender imbalances in the labor market, rather than to general improvements in living standards.”The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) experience the largest gender-based gaps in employment, the report added. The regional employment gap, which exceeds 50 percent, will lead to further gaps in pension coverage in the future, the ILO said.“Low female labor participation rates…weigh significantly on women’s effective pension coverage in Northern Africa, the Arab States and Southern Asia, where the proportions of older women in receipt of a pension are inferior to 10 per cent,” the report read.In addition, the female youth unemployment rate in MENA, which hovers around 44 percent, is double the male youth unemployment rate. read more

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TORONTO — The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says optimism continues to decline among Canada’s small- and medium-size businesses.The CFIB’s Business Barometer index fell to 60.0 in August from 060.9 in July, its fifth consecutive monthly decline and one the federation says suggests “very slow growth in the national economy.”“(But) just to keep things in perspective, the index is still more than 20 points higher than the recessionary low of 39.9 in December of 2008,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB vice-president and chief economist.Among the provinces, optimism increased only in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec and was little changed in Nova Scotia.[np-related]Elsewhere across the country, confidence dropped sharply in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia, while smaller declines were observed in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the federation said.“Insufficient domestic demand and shortages of suitably skilled labour were the most commonly cited constraints on business performance, both at 37%,” Mallett said.Full-time hiring plans continue to be the bright spot in the survey results: 18% of business owners plan to hire full-time staff in the next three or four months compared with 12% who said they would will cut back.Overall, 41% of business owners described their state of business to be in “good” shape, about three-times the 12% who said their state of business is “bad.”Measured on a scale of 0 and 100, an index level above 50 means owners expecting their businesses’ performance to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting weaker performance. According to past results, index levels normally range between 65 and 70 when the economy is growing at its potential.The August 2012 findings are based on 903 responses, collected from a stratified random sample of CFIB members to a controlled-access web survey. The Canadian Press read more

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Google, Samsung unveil lightweight laptop priced at $249 in bid to upstage Microsoft, Apple AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:31 am MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Google is dangling a low-priced laptop computer in front of consumers as rivals Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their latest gadgets.The lightweight computer unveiled Thursday will sell for $249 and is being made in a partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which also makes smartphones and tablet computers that run on Google’s Android software.The laptop will run on an operating system revolving around Google’s Chrome Web browser.Like other so-called Chromebooks, this laptop doesn’t have a hard drive. It functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centres run by Google Inc. or other technology providers.It’s the least expensive Chromebook that Google has released in the two years that it has been working on the product line. Google and Samsung released a slightly more sophisticated Chromebook priced at $449 in the late spring.The lower-priced model will go on sale early next week in more than 500 Best Buy stores in the U.S., as well as on various websites. Google hopes to begin accepting online orders at its Play store by this weekend.Google Inc. appears to be trying to beat Microsoft and Apple to the punch with the discount Chromebook.Microsoft Corp. is poised to release Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of its famous operating system, on Oct. 26. The long-awaited makeover is designed to run on touch-based tablets, as well as laptop and desktop computers. A variety of manufacturers will be selling a hodgepodge of Windows 8-powered personal computers and tablets. The prices of most of those machines, including a tablet made by Microsoft, will range from $500 to $1,000.Apple Inc. says it plans to show off a new product Tuesday. The event is widely expected to be the coming-out party for a slightly smaller version of its hot-selling iPad.The mini iPad is expected to feature a 7.85-inch (19.94-centimetre) screen compared to the nearly 10-inch (25.4-centimetre) screen of the pioneering iPad. Industry analysts expect Apple to price a smaller iPad in the $249 to $299 range in an effort to siphon sales away from other scaled-down tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire.Now, Google has a laptop vying for a piece of the same market.“This is a big step in the journey for us,” said Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice-president of Chrome and apps. “I think it’s generally an exciting time in the computing industry.”Like tablets, the discount Chromebook will rely on a computer chip design known as ARM, instead of Intel Corp. microprocessors. The ARM architecture is more energy efficient, extending the duration of batteries between charges.With an 11.6-inch (29.46-centimetre) screen, the new Chromebooks also will have a larger display than tablets selling in the same price range.The laptops will be set up to automatically use all of Google’s services, including its search engine, Gmail and YouTube video site. Because the laptop lacks a hard drive, Google also is offering 100 gigabytes of free storage on computers kept in its eight data centres. Those remote computers provide the backbone for Google’s online storage service, Drive.Despite the low price, the new Chromebook will face a tough time winning over consumers because it isn’t set up like a traditional PC with a hard drive, said Gartner Inc. analyst Carolina Milanesi.“A lot of people are going to see it and think, ‘Once I have it, what exactly do I do with it?’” Milanesi predicted.Google, which is based in Mountain View, California, will try to educate and woo prospective buyers by setting up Chromebook kiosks in Best Buy stores where staff will be on hand to field questions. The company also will promote the new Chromebook in television ads.The attempt to grab a few early headlines Thursday backfired, though, when Google prematurely released its third-quarter earnings while the company was providing a preview of the low-priced Chromebook to a group of reporters. Once the earnings slipped out, some reporters bolted from the laptop presentation to focus on numbers that disappointed investors. read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 8:37 am MDT Lululemon shares fall as lowered outlook outweighs higher revenue, profit in Q2 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. is lowering its 2013 profit and revenue outlook as efforts to improve the quality of its black Luon yoga pants have delayed the delivery of fall products to stores.The Vancouver-based yoga wear retailer (NASDAQ:LULU) expects earnings to be US$1.94 to US$1.97 per share for 2013, down from the previous estimate of between US$1.96 to US$2.01.Revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.625 billion to $1.635 billion, down from $1,645 million to $1,665 billion announced in its previous quarterly report.Lululemon shares were off 6.3 per cent to $63.67 in trading on the Nasdaq Thursday morning.The company pulled its Luon pants from store shelves this spring because they were found to be see-through. The company blamed the sheerness on a style change and production problems and hired a new team to oversee the making of the pants.Though feedback to the improved Luon products has been positive and those products have been “flying off the shelves,” the company is still feeling the impact of the problems, said CEO Christine Day on a conference call.Every time a change is made to the design or fabric of a product, it slows the process down. As a result, Lululemon has seen “seasons collapsing” — summer inventory lingering in stores three to three-and-a-half weeks longer than would ordinarily be the case as shipments of fall products are held up.“For us, that’s a short-term pain for the long-term gain on really differentiating ourselves on quality,” said Day.Another ripple effect has been on the sales of tops that are meant to match with black Luon pants, which were unavailable, she added.Chief financial officer John Currie said the revenue impact from the Luon debacle is expected to be $40 million to $45 million — not as severe as previously thought.Also Thursday, Lululemon posted better than expected financial results.Earnings per share during the quarter were $56.5 million compared to $57.2 million.The earnings per share of 39 cents beat the average analyst estimate of 34 cents on an adjusted basis of 35 cents.Revenue increased 22 per cent to $344.5 million.Day announced in June that she intends to step down as CEO once a successor is named. She said discussions are underway with a “several high-calibre candidates” and the list is expected to be narrowed down in the coming months.On the call, Day said she doesn’t know what the next chapter of her professional life will hold, but that she intends to take a break once the reins are passed to her successor. read more

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first_imgColumbus McKinnon Corp, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, has acquired 100% of the shares of privately-held Yale Lifting Solutions located in Magaliesburg, South Africa. With less than $10 million in annual sales, Yale Lifting Solutions has been representing Columbus McKinnon’s Yale brand of products to the South African mining industry for over 14 years. Columbus McKinnon had previously owned 20% of Yale Lifting Solutions.Timothy T. Tevens, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This acquisition furthers our strategy to penetrate specific industries where we believe we can continue to win additional market share. Yale Lifting Solutions provides an immediate expansion of our sales and service efforts to the mining industry in a resource rich country that continues to expand, and we expect that extensive customer education can provide us a competitive advantage. Our approach acknowledges that various geographic markets will require unique approaches to increase our presence. Strategically, we continue to focus on expanding our market share around the world as we aspire to be the world’s leader in equipment that lifts, positions and moves material easily and safely.”Columbus McKinnon is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, which efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position and secure materials. Key products include hoists, cranes, actuators and lifting and rigging tools. The Company is focused on commercial and industrial applications that require the safety and quality provided by its superior design and engineering knowhow.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’ve decided that your Galaxy S3 is good enough and you don’t need to move to the S4 just yet, a look at the firmware that is on the way to your phone will likely strengthen that decision.Despite releasing an incredibly powerful phone with dozens of new features and hardware functionality that vastly surpasses its predecessor, there are many out there who see the Galaxy S4 as in incremental update to the Galaxy S3. Samsung made these two phones look mostly similar, with a UI that lends itself to the theme that has been built up over a few years. And, of course, TouchWiz exists as a layer over all of Android, so even with the phone running Android 4.2.2 most of the Galaxy S4 resembles the S3.If you’ve still got you S3 and have been waiting for the update to the latest version of Android, you can either rest assured that it is most certainly on the way soon or you can flash the new firmware to your phone right now.While those who have already applied the update themselves seem to think that the software “feels complete” it is important to keep in mind that this software is likely unfinished. There could be anything from battery life issues to Bluetooth connection problems or even random and unexplained reboots of your phone of you apply an unfinished leak to your phone.It could also be that this is a finished build, and is only waiting for carrier approval before it gets pushed out to your phone. There’s really no way to be sure, so it is important that you remember that you are flashing this software at your own risk. Once you do flash it, however, your phone will be running the same version of Android with TouchWiz as the Galaxy S4, and you’ll have access to all of the features on the new phone that don’t require hardware that is exclusive to the S4.How to upgrade the Galaxy S3 to Android 4.2.2To flash the firmware, unzip this file and open Odin. Take your phone and power it down completely. When you turn it back on, you need to be loding the home key, the volume down key, and the power key all at the same time. You’ll boot into Download Mode, which will be clearly indicated on your screen. Connect your phone to your computer and wait for Odin to recognize the phone by turning the signal blue. Add the file named “I9300XXUFME3_I9300OJKFME1_HOME.tar.md5” to the section of the app labeled PDA, and be sure the option labeled re-partition is not checked. Start the flash, and when the phone reboots you should be running 4.2.2.last_img read more

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first_imgSéisme au Japon : les centrales nucléaires et complexes pétroliers inquiètentDe graves catastrophes industrielles pourraient se produire au Japon suite au violent séisme qui a ébranlé aujourd’hui les côtes du territoire nippon. Après les catastrophes de ce matin, le nord-est du Japon est à présent en alerte sur ses complexes industriels, qui se sont embrasés. L’attention est désormais portée sur les centrales nucléaires et notamment celle de la préfecture de Fukushima. Les habitants de la zone à risque, évaluée à trois kilomètres autours de la structure, ont été appelés à évacuer leur foyer. Une précaution indispensable en vue de l’estimation de l’état de la centrale. Pour l’heure, le niveau des eaux de refroidissement connaît une baisse inquiétante sans toutefois présenter de fuites radioactives.À lire aussiSéisme de glace, trou noir et drone, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 févrierLa plupart des complexes pétrochimiques sont quant à eux en proie aux flammes. Les médias japonais rapportent notamment l’incendie d’une raffinerie pétrolière à Ichihara dans la région de Tokyo et l’explosion d’un complexe pétrochimique près de Sendai.Le séisme de magnitude de 8,9 qui a touché le Japon aujourd’hui est le plus violent de l’histoire du pays. Visionnez les photos du séisme au Japon sur Maxisciences. Le 11 mars 2011 à 17:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgResidents within the Evergreen Public Schools boundaries are encouraged to comment on a potential construction bond package.The survey will assess community support for a bond that could replace Sifton, Marrion, Ellsworth, Image and Burton elementary schools, Wy’east Middle School, Mountain View High School and Legacy High School. The bond could also pay for a new elementary school and expansions at Heritage High School.The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RFJ9HL.last_img

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first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #moredeathatsea, #sharkattackBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 7, 2017 – Nassau – A third drowning in four days and in the face of rip current warnings, water spout announcements and rough surf conditions may mean The Bahamas has to change how it protects beach goers and what it requires of tour operators for out to sea adventures.On Tuesday night, a Chinese man was rushed to hospital after losing consciousness while out swimming with co workers on Cable Beach.  Police report that those friends got the man out of the water, gave him CPR, that he was taken to hospital, given more CPR but that the Chinese man still died.Also being reported, that an American woman remains hospitalized, in serious condition, after an apparent shark attack near Athol Island, which is east of Paradise Island.   The woman was snorkeling last week Friday around noon, which was the Labour Day holiday, when she was attacked. Investigations into these incidents are ongoing.#MagneticMediaNews#moredeathatsea#sharkattackBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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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 his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).#7) What will you do as State Representative to help individuals and families in Tewksbury, Wilmington and beyond who are struggling as a result of the opioid epidemic? As Representative Miceli’s aide, the opioid epidemic was revealed to me long as a major issue long before it hit the news, though those who work in the medical fields as well as law enforcement probably saw it long before I did. The issue is complex, so forgive me for the longer issue.On an individual level, I vow to always help those in need just like I did before. Over the years I have worked to find dozens of individuals, many not even from the district, detox beds, residential program beds, and even halfway houses once they are further down the road of recovery. I daresay I am the only candidate who has worked with families who have successfully sectioned (Section 35 for those curious) an individual, and worked with the family, courts, and patient to successfully find beds. And let me tell you, there were many months were sometimes the closest bed I could find was Worcester or even further away! I, however, am very familiar with the process and the pitfalls that accompany trying to find an individual struggling with addiction the help they need. I can’t tell you how many times I called an insurance company, or MassHealth, to argue to extend the patients stay or change their insurance network so someone could be properly admitted. On occasion, I even helped a family work with a free attorney to successfully petition the courts to have a loved one sectioned and committed.Overall the state has taken steps to systemically revamp this system, and vastly improve resources to fight this epidemic, because it robs us of family and friends. From a medical standpoint, Governor Baker expanded the timeframe that a court detox-commitment order was valid for and invested in more treatment beds. This is great, however it needs to be kept up and maintained as the crisis has not peaked. In addition, Massachusetts needs to focus on medical facilities that are not looking at their financial bottom line with regards to this crisis. Working with families I have seen first-hand that many of these centers are actually held by a holding company, and treat the patient with minimal care which ultimately leads to relapse. It is a rinse and repeat cycle that tragically leads to high rates of overdose down the line, and while may work for some is in my eyes not as effective as centers focused on the patient’s overall health. I also believe the state needs to invest in poly-substance and dual diagnosis treatment. Poly-substance abuse treats addictions across a multitude of drugs, and dual diagnosis treats those with mental health issues that led to addiction. Both are extremely critical to understand in the world of dependency, and in my view have been ignored long enough.I also want to point out that, as many have seen in the news, the US and Massachusetts struggles to adapt to new drugs being introduced into our communities. A simple change of a molecule could introduce a new drug that is technically legal. China, Mexico, even Afghanistan all have labs which focus on creating new drugs, and can easily change the chemical makeup of opioids and other drugs. Massachusetts needs to overhaul its drug laws to target the end result of chemical compounds rather than criminalizing one drug at a time. The bureaucracy here is literally killing citizens, and needs to create a flexible and responsive set of laws to allow our men and women in the police to stop drug distributors.#8a) What will you do as State Representative to help attract and maintain small and large businesses in Wilmington and Tewksbury? Do you consider yourself a business-friendly candidate? Why?It is no secret that Tewksbury and Wilmington are having some issues filling the vacant storefronts. In Wilmington, there has been great fanfare that the vacant Chili’s is being filled. That’s wonderful, but I am still worried about the Textron site, Sonic, and the retail space next to Simards Roast Beef, and more. In Tewksbury there are many vacant fronts too, such as on Route 38 across from the storage center, and some of the empty buildings around Avid Technology.The state can, and does, play a vital role in this matter. In the past I helped write and prepare presentations to provide Secretary Jay Ash, the head of the Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, when his department was in discussion with General Electric and Amazon during their move to the state. The plan called for the use of either the Textron plant or the old Avid site for use by GE or Amazon. It was envisioned that these properties were already ready for either corporation, and would serve well as customer service centers or payroll processing. This of course would bring many employees to our community, which would bring great economic benefit to either town. The close access to Route 93 and 495 would mean easy commutes in and out of town, with minimal traffic impact on local residents, while creating demand in our local hotels, restaurants, and more. Attracting blue-chip, Fortune 500 level companies require that relationship that I as a candidate have established before through previous work, as well as careful diplomacy to ensure the company finds what it is looking for without giving away the farm. As State Representative, there are three parties looking to benefit, and the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington need someone who at the end of the day are going to hold their local interests above all.That being said, while corporate members bring reliable jobs and long term investment the highest quality communities in the world have a strong small business environment. I believe, above all, the small business suffers from a “thousand cuts” as the old adage goes. Traffic, lack of resources to locate and hire qualified employees, and competition from big Boston businesses all make it tough to operate a small business in the area and have all been aired as issues facing entrepreneurs. Luckily for us in Tewksbury and Wilmington, there is already a great organization we can mirror. (In fact, Tewksbury is already a member). The Middlesex 3 Coalition is a 9 member town that worked to help revitalize businesses from Burlington to Lowell, and I believe that a joint Tewksbury-Wilmington Route 38 development committee could work with local businesses to find out what owners believe are the most pressing issues. Together, we can connect resources to businesses, businesses to vocational and college students looking to learn, and establish an environment where local men and women can achieve their dream of marking their mark in the world and create a successful business. There is so much more than tax-rates that foster a pro-business environment, and the fact that Massachusetts outperformed the nation in growth last year shows that we’re on the right path overall; we just need to bring a little bit of that magic to our towns with a local focus.BONUS FUN QUESTION: Wilmington Town Meeting voters recently banned plastic bags at grocery and retail stores, due – in large part – to their negative effects to the environment. The ban goes into effect in May 2019.  Do you agree with Wilmington voters and would you like Tewksbury voters to do the same this fall at their Special Town Meeting?Of course I agree with Wilmington voters, the majority of politically active folks stated their opinions and that is democracy in action; any good Representative would support the community once a decision is made. As I do live in Tewksbury, and we in this half of the district have not voted yet, I would say that I would indeed vote to ban plastic bags. I have used plastic bags for many years, but have bought a two-dollar reusable bag that I leave in the trunk. For those worried about the impact I assure you, it was an easy switch with no financial impact, and from walking the streets of Wilmington I can tell you I have seen the drastic decrease in trash resulting from people switching the resuable bags, and the ban is still almost a year away from going into effect!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Economic Development, Opioid EpidemicIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse, Prinzivalli & Robertson Talk OPIOID EPIDEMICIn “Government”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, February 26, 2019:A caller reported that while talking to her husband on the phone, he reported hearing gunshots in the Salem Street area. Police responded. Man was unsure of what the sound was. Police advised to call should he hear it again. (1:41pm)A Roosevelt Road caller believes someone may have been in his house. He came home to the front door and garage door open. He stated he shut the front door before he left and he hasn’t opened the garage door in 10 years. Police responded. It appeared the wind may have opened the doors. There were no signs of forced entry or footprints on the property. (3:04pm)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Route 125 and 93 South Exit 41 ramp. Airbags deployed. Both vehicles towed. One of the vehicle’s operator was transported by the Fire Department with an injury. (3:17pm)Thoeun You (34, Lowell) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. You was pulled over on Main Street. (5:03pm)Olga M. Declet (58, Lawrence) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration. (9:34pm)Police stopped an erratic operator by the Town Park on Main Street. Vehicle had swerved and nearly hit oncoming traffic. A field sobriety test was performed and the operator passed. Operator blamed his erratic driving on missing his contact lenses. Mother picked up operator, who left his vehicle at Town Park overnight. He was cited for a marked lanes violation. (10:29pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 17: 14-Year-Old Arrested After Stealing & Crashing Car; Flowers Taken From Wildwood GraveIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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first_imgAn investigation into fraud in the Alaska National Guard is now underway.Download AudioThe audit team is composed of three investigators from the National Guard Bureau. They arrived over the weekend, and will look into allegations of embezzlement and misuse of funds. Their findings are due in a draft report this December. An earlier report by the National Guard Bureau documented instances where money was siphoned from family programs and government equipment was used for personal gain.The fraud investigation is part of a six-point plan recommended by the National Guard Bureau, after its investigators concluded there was a crisis of confidence in force’s leadership and that reports of sexual assault were mishandled. Gov. Sean Parnell also addressed other reform efforts on Wednesday in a message uploaded to his official Vimeo account. In addition to describing the approach his office is currently taking, Parnell addressed criticisms that he delayed responding to allegations of malfeasance.“To have the critics say that I would know about something that’s gone on in the National Guard and not done something for four years – that is just not true. It’s not who I am, and Alaskans know it,” Parnell said in the video.Since a report by federal investigators into the Alaska force was put forward last month, whistleblowers have come forward to express disappointment with the response from the Parnell administration. E-mails and meeting notes from chaplains in the Guard show that they alerted the Office of the Governor to problems with Guard leadership in 2010. Parnell says he or his staff followed command protocol on every allegation, and that Guard leadership told him matters were being handled appropriately.Just an hour before Parnell released his video message, the group Alaska Women for Political Action held a press conference calling for the firing of two top National Guard leaders – Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges and Gen. Catherine Jorgensen — along with Parnell chief of staff Mike Nizich.last_img read more

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first_imgA town hall meeting on the plight of the state’s HBCUs and their future was the site of much discussion, May 13, at Coppin State University in Baltimore. State Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, attorney John C. Brittain, State Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Dr. John Organ, attorney A. Dwight Pettit, Dr. Earl S. Richardson and Mr. David Burton, president of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, served on the panel that was moderated by George E. Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers of America.The focus was the ongoing 2006 lawsuit in which the Coalition, representing students, alumni and supporters of Bowie, Coppin and Morgan state universities, along with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), sued the State of Maryland for violating its legal mandate to provide equal protection and equal educational opportunity for all its citizens by maintaining and perpetuating a separate and unequal system of higher education that is segregated by race.Last October, a federal district court found that academic programs at the four HBCUs had been unnecessarily and unlawfully duplicated, causing the schools to suffer varied loss and discriminating against the students who attend them. Del. Braveboy said the schools are due billions of dollars and emphasized that in 2014, Maryland still has segregation in higher education.“As I researched the cases and the historical documents that were presented as evidence in the case, I realized that the State of Maryland has known of its own discriminatory practices dating back from 1937 when the first report was commissioned on the plight of historically Black colleges,” said Del. Braveboy.She added that there needs to be parity and comparability between all the institutions in Maryland. Historically, HBCUs have been the foundation of wealth for Blacks in the country and it remains important in Maryland where 30 percent of the population is African American.Dr. Richardson, former president of Morgan State University, said the business model is flawed because of the lack of investments being placed in HBCUs. He posited that with any business, to get the full value from that business, there needs to be a full investment. “That’s not taking place with these HBCUs.” As a result, Dr. Richardson reasoned that it is harder for any of the HBCUs to be competitive and attract students.“I am very interested in this subject for this very reason. What does it suggest when they don’t have the resources they need to perform? It not only speaks of education, but it speaks of all of us. It sends the wrong message that if it’s Black, it’s inferior and that it’s incompetent and mismanaged,” Dr. Richardson said.Morgan State University was the first public institution in the Baltimore region to offer the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program. Predominantly White institutions were subsequently allowed to open similar programs, resulting in the significant reduction of White students at Morgan. In 1976 HBCUs reported having 18.2 percent White students, compared to 2008 where only 3.3 percent of students enrolled in HBCUs were White.Pettit sat on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and claims he was the only person on that board who voted against the practice of unnecessary duplication of academic programs.“We as a people need to be very aware that America is moving in the negative and is retreating from the Civil Rights Movement so many people died and lived for,” he said, encouraging those in the audience to “look at the current education system, the penal system, the dismantling of affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. It is clear we are moving backwards.”Del. Braveboy referred to the 1992 U.S. v. Fordice decision, in which the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the principles of Brown v. Board of Education and established the legal standard that prevails today for the desegregation of former de jure segregated systems of higher education, including the eradication of all remaining vestiges, or current effects, of such segregation and racial discrimination.The unnecessary duplication of academic programs at the HBCUs by geographically proximate Traditionally White Institutions (TWIs) was part and parcel of these segregated and discriminatory systems of higher education and, the Supreme Court ruled, is a practice that must be eliminated.In higher education, Maryland has the historic record of resistance and recalcitrance to the principles and specific mandate of Brown v. Board of Education for what is now 60 years. And with respect to the particular policy and practice of unnecessary duplication of academic programs, it continues.Richardson urged that “We have to stick together like they did during the civil rights era to demand a change. As we come tonight if we want there to be a change, if we want our institutions to be as competitive as our counterparts we have to make sure our voices are heard.”He said HBCUs do want White students and diversity is key for keeping the HBCUs as competitive.Attorney John C. Brittain outlined four ideas to combat the current problem for change.“Number one, we must create some new unique, high-demand programs at the HBCUs to attract diverse racially-ethnically students to those institutions to build them up. Two, transfer non-core programs from the traditionally White institutions to the HBCUs. Three, we must merge programs between TWI’s and HBI’s. Four there must be some institutional merger between the University of Baltimore and Morgan.” Under the law, it was emphasized, these and other related changes are necessary to enhance and improve the state’s HBCUs, expanding educational opportunities for African American students and making these institutions attractive, viable choices for all students regardless of race, color or ethnicity.last_img read more

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first_imgAPKUpdater keeps your sideloaded Android apps up to date by Martin Brinkmann on January 02, 2017 in Google Android – Last Update: January 02, 2017 – 6 commentsAPKUpdater is a free application for Google Android devices that you can utilize to keep sideloaded apps up to date on the device.Apps that you install through marketplaces, Google Play is without doubt the dominant one on Android,  are usually kept more or less up to date automatically. While it depends on how you have configured this, app updates may either be downloaded and installed automatically, or you may be notified about new updates so that you can go ahead and run the updates manually.This process won’t work for sideloaded apps. Sideloaded apps are apps that are not installed through Google Play but either manually by direct download, by transferring them from other sources to the device, or by marketplaces that don’t offer automatic updates functionality.There are two issues that you will run into when sideloading apps. First, it may be difficult to keep an overview of which apps were sideloaded and which were not. Second, these apps may not be up to date. They may miss features, security updates, or bug fixes as a consequence.APKUpdaterAPKUpdater has been designed to resolve those issues. It is a tool that helps you manage sideloaded apps.Two of the apps main features are that it lists apps in its interface for easier managing, and that it may check for updates and inform you about the availability of updates.The app uses APKMirror as its main source for checking for updates, but it is not the only one. You can enable source checking on Google Play, and APKPure as well in the apps’ settings.You may want to check the settings on first start for another reason. The app checks for alpha and beta builds (experimental) as well which you may not want. You need to disable that in the options.Other useful settings there are to add apps to the ignore list to block them from update checks, changing the frequency of automated checks, and adjusting notifications.APKUpdater lists all installed apps (not system apps) in its interface on start. A tap on the update button checks for updates, and displays any found under updates in the interface.The application lists the name of the app an update was found for, the version, package name, and source.A tap on the listed application launches the default browser on the Android device and opens the source site in it. From there you can download the new apk file after making sure that it is indeed the app you are looking for, and install it after the download.Closing WordsAPKUpdater improves the update checking process for sideloaded apps. While it does not introduce Google Play like automatic updates to the Android device for sideloaded apps, it improves the process nevertheless by informing you about updates regularly.The app won’t catch apps that are not listed on APK Mirror or one of the other sources though, so keep that in mind when you are using it. (thanks Mark)Now You: How do you handle updates for sideloaded Android apps?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 5 votes Software Name APKUpdaterOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://github.com/rumboalla/apkupdater/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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