Wilmington Youth Lacrosse To Hold Fundraiser At Woburns Jake n Joes TODAY

first_imgWOBURN, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?Wilmington Youth Lacrosse is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday).Bring the flyer below and 20% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Youth Lacrosse. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.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… RelatedWHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On September 12In “Community”WHS Lacrosse Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On March 5In “Community”WHS Baseball Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On May 31In “Community”last_img read more

Iran denounces US and Saudi sanctions against Hezbollah

first_imgAn image grab taken from al-Manar TV on May 14, 2018, shows the leader the Lebanon`s Shiite Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised speech at an unknown location on May 14, 2018. Photo : AFPIran’s foreign minister on Thursday lashed out on Twitter at the US and Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on leaders of its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.”Israeli snipers shoot over 2,000 unarmed Palestinian protestors on a single day,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet referring to protests and clashes in the Gaza Strip that killed some 60 people this week.The “Saudi response, on eve of Ramadan? Collaboration with its US patron to sanction the first force to liberate Arab territory and shatter the myth of Israeli invincibility. Shame upon shame,” he said.The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region after president Donald Trump withdrew this month from the 2015 nuclear deal.The US and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center said the sanctions were aimed at Hezbollah’s Shura Council, the powerful Lebanese group’s decision-making body, led by its secretary general Hassan Nasrallah.Nasrallah, Hezbollah deputy secretary general Naim Qasim, and three other Shura Council members were listed under the joint sanctions, which aim at freezing vulnerable assets of those named and blocking their access to global financial networks.At the same time, the six Gulf members of the TFTC — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates — declared sanctions on another nine individuals and firms part of or linked to Hezbollah that were already blacklisted by the US Treasury.Hezbollah is a key player in Lebanese politics, and it maintains its own arsenal of weapons and fighting force.The group is fighting in Syria alongside president Bashar al-Assad’s military, and it has trained Iraqi Shiite militias which participated in retaking territory from the Islamic State group.The sanctions by Gulf states follow two US moves this month to put pressure on Iran’s financial networks, including sanctions announced Tuesday aimed at an alleged financial pipeline that moved “hundreds of millions of dollars” from Iran’s central bank through an Iraqi bank to Hezbollah.The European Union has viewed Hezbollah’s armed wing as a “terrorist” organisation since 2013.In 2016, the six Arab Sunni powers of the Gulf Co-operation Council — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman – designated Hezbollah a “terrorist” organisation.last_img

Hysteria Over Jade Helm Exercise In Texas Was Fueled By Russians Former

first_imgGraphic by Todd WisemanOperation Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise, began in the summer of 2015 in 12 Texas counties: Bastrop, Burleson, Brazos, Edwards, Howard, Hudspeth, Kimble, Martin, Marion, Real, Schleicher and Tom Green. It was also set to take place at Camp Bullis in San Antonio and Camp Swift in Bastrop County. A former director of the CIA and NSA said Wednesday that hysteria in Texas over a 2015 U.S. military training exercise called Jade Helm was fueled by Russians wanting to dominate “the information space,” and that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott‘s decision to send the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation gave them proof of the power of such misinformation campaigns. Michael Hayden, speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast, chalked up peoples’ fear over Jade Helm 15 to “Russian bots and the American alt-right media [that] convinced many Texans [Jade Helm] was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.”Abbott ordered the State Guard to monitor the federal exercise soon after news broke of the operation. Hayden said that move gave Russians the go-ahead to continue — and possibly expand — their efforts to spread fear.“At that point, I’m figuring the Russians are saying, ‘We can go big time,’” Hayden said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast Wednesday of Abbott’s response. “At that point, I think they made the decision, ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.’” Jade Helm 15 was a planned military training exercise that became a fascination of conspiracy theorists before it even began. The exercise, which spanned several states, began in Texas in Bastrop County in 2015 and was described by federal officials as routine. But some conspiracy theorists speculated that the exercise was a covert effort to institute martial law. Hayden was not CIA director at this time.Weeks before the exercise began, Abbott wrote a letter to the State Guard asking them to keep an eye on the operation so “Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.” The move prompted significant criticism. Democrats questioned whether Abbott trusts the military. Even some Republicans — including former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — spoke out in support of the exercise. Former state Rep. Todd Smith accused Abbott of “pandering to idiots.” “I think it’s okay to question your government — I do it on a pretty regular basis,” former Gov. Rick Perry, who is now U.S. Energy Secretary, told reporters at the time. “The military’s something else.”A spokesperson for Abbott did not immediately return The Texas Tribune’s request for comment Thursday, but Democrats are already seizing on Hayden’s remarks to further criticize the governor for calling the State Guard to monitor the operation.“It doesn’t take an intelligence expert to see that Trump Republican Greg Abbott calling the Texas National Guard on the U.S. Military was downright idiocy,” Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a news release. “Abbott still owes the men and women of our armed forces, and every single Texan, an apology.”Hayden was CIA director from 2006 to 2009. His allegation isn’t the first one connecting Russian misinformation campaigns and Texas. Last year, federal lawmakers revealed a trove of information from ads purchased on Facebook, including ones showing that two Russian Facebook pages managed to organize dueling rallies in front of a Houston mosque in 2016. Sharelast_img read more

Kirwan Commission to Recommend Sweeping Changes

first_imgThe Kirwan Commission will soon recommend the most sweeping changes in Maryland public K-12 education in decades. The 24-member commission, created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 and chaired by former Maryland University System Chancellor Britt Kirwan, is in the midst of a four-city tour across Maryland, that included Baltimore, to talk about the future of public schools.Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) officials and community-based groups like Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, the Baltimore grassroots think tank, both know the stakes are high, especially for students of color and low income students in Baltimore’s underserved schools. But, both sides seem to have different outlooks on how to transform public education in Baltimore.“There are only a small number of public hearings happening throughout the state and this is the only one in the greater Baltimore area. It’s our city and we want to make sure people are informed and given the opportunity to help inform the Commissioners,” said Anne Fullerton, Executive Director of Communications at BCPS.BCPS needs the Kirwan Commission to recommend changes in the state’s educational funding formula to ensure city schools receives an additional $358 million. In a letter to parents, BCPS School Superintendent Sonya Santelises says the funding is needed to “ensure adequate education for Baltimore’s students.”Dayvon Love, director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle said those who know the real needs of Baltimore’s children are not represented at the table sharing solutions to the education gap that has persisted in Baltimore public schools and across the state.“There’s been a professionalization of the education sector where community folks and people who have non-traditional approaches to education that are community based are afterthoughts in terms of curriculum, setting up objectives and goals and policy,” Love told the AFRO.The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) has spent the past year in Annapolis hearing from leaders in the field of education on best practices across the nation and throughout the world. At the Commission’s most recent regular meeting in August Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) joined the Commission via SKYPE from Paris.That broad, global approach is also part of the problem in developing strategies that will impact change in the African American community, Love said.“Many of the organizations that are closest in proximity to community and many of the organizations that have been very successful in producing high quality students in public schools have been forced out of the process. For the past 20 – 25 years the current stakeholders have done little to move the needle for our children and in our communities in the field of education,” he said.Fullerton said BCPSS has cast a wide net to encourage all sectors of the City Schools family to connect with the Kirwan Commission and sit at the table in the conversation about the future of public education.“We have been communicating very broadly. We have been communicating with the whole city schools community, staff, family members, people who subscribe to receive news from us and partners with our schools over the years that include our community schools’ partners and our social media accounts. We’re attempting to make sure that all members of our community are included in the conversation,” she said.Delegate Adrienne Jones, the first African American speaker pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates and member of the Legislative Black Caucus, implored African Americans to work with the Kirwan Commission at the remaining regional hearings in Baltimore Oct. 12 and Prince George’s County Oct. 25.  “We need to show up and make our voices heard if we want to see the approaches, programs and funding that will positively impact the educational trajectories of African American students for years to come,” said Jones, who is also on the commission.The Kirwan Commission will make final policy and funding recommendations to make Maryland’s K-12 public schools “a top performing system in the world” to the Maryland General Assembly Dec. 20.last_img read more

Netflix Will Cut Bird Box Footage of Canadian TrainCrash Tragedy

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 In a tweet Thursday, Roy (translated from French), said: “This gesture was expected out of respect for the victims of this horrific drama, their loved ones and the entire community of #LacMégantic. This result shows that by being in solidarity and by putting our efforts together, anything is possible.”The edited version of “Bird Box” eliminating the Lac-Mégantic stock footage is expected to be updated on the service within a few weeks. That footage is being replaced with a clip from an older U.S. TV series (not stock footage); Netflix didn’t identify the TV show.The footage of the Lac-Mégantic disaster used in “Bird Box” came from stock-footage house Pond5. In a statement, New York-based Pond5 said, “It has recently come to our attention that our footage depicting the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster was taken out of context and used in entertainment programming. We deeply regret that this happened and sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended, especially the victims and their families.” Pond5-supplied footage from the train crash also was used in the third season of Netflix’s “Travelers,” which Netflix had already agreed to remove. Pond5 also said it is contacting all customers who have purchased any related clips “to ensure they are aware of the sensitive nature of this footage.”“Bird Box” has registered as one of Netflix’s most popular originals ever. The streamer boasted of the strong reception for the thriller, claiming 45 million member accounts watched at least 70% of Sandra Bullock-starrer in the first seven days of its Dec. 21 release — and upwards of 80 million in the first four weeks. The initial claim was bolstered by Nielsen data.In “Bird Box,” Bullock plays a single mom trying to save her kid’s lives after some kind of alien creatures (not shown in the movie) descend on Earth and somehow inflict psychic trauma that causes people to kill themselves. Survivors must wear blindfolds or be exposed to supernatural entities that embody their deepest fears and drive them to suicide.“Bird Box” is directed by Susanne Bier, based on Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel of the same name. The cast also includes Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”) and Bullock’s “Ocean’s 8” co-star Sarah Paulson, along with John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, BD Wong, Machine Gun Kelly and Tom Hollander.center_img Netflix, in an about-face after an outcry over footage in its original film “Bird Box” of the 2013 deadly train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, said it will now remove the offending segment.“Netflix and the filmmakers of ‘Bird Box’ have decided to replace the clip,” a company spokesman said in an email to Variety. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community.”Previously, Netflix had said it would not remove the footage showing the aftermath of the train crash, which killed an estimated 47 people after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed in the downtown area of the town of Lac-Mégantic. But after pressure from Canadian officials — including Quebec culture and communications minister Nathalie Roy, who in January sent an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings urging the footage to be cut — Netflix decided to remove the clip.last_img read more

Do You Remember What You Did Last Tuesday Neither Do Employees

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 2, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Register Now » Did you know that the professional service sector is America’s largest employer (after government)? This sector, which includes architects, consultants, engineers and lawyers, is driving the growth of the U.S. economy.The professional services field might comprise 1 in 8 jobs, but it has created almost 1 in 3 jobs this year. While some of these professionals bill for time and materials and others earn revenue through fixed-price contracts, their biggest cost (47 percent on average, according to Census data) is their employees.Tracking these costs is critical to running and growing a successful business. Yet these companies are leaking or losing almost two days a week — more than $100,000 an employee a year — because of poor time-tracking habits and technology.In a survey of more than 500 IT, digital and creative, engineering, legal, accounting and public relations professionals, my company, AffinityLive, found that 35.8 percent of employees never track the time they spend on email and 20.6 percent said the same about meetings. Because of this type of oversight, the U.S. economy loses a staggering $8.8 billion every day.A 2012 McKinsey study found that people spend just slightly more than 2.6 hours each day reading and responding to emails. It’s such a large chunk of time it seems like it would be easy to track. But despite employees’ best efforts, tasks that take place throughout the workday do not cluster in clear chunks, one project followed that’s followed by the next. Every day can be busy and jumbled, and filling in time sheets becomes a task that’s saved for a later date.That later date might happen anytime, from the next day to two weeks later. According to the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, humans retain only 23 percent of what they learn after six days. This means it’s impossible for someone to accurately track his time if he is completing a time sheet only once a week.Much the same is true when employees attempt to record time spent in meetings. Even though meetings are easier to track since they are usually posted in an employee’s calendar, 28 percent of professional services employees never or rarely track meetings, not to mention all the time in spontaneous chats with team members discussing projects, AffinityLive found. On average, professional services employees spend 15.5 hours in meetings a week. But based on my company’s research, employees’ inaccuracy in logging their hours means that on average they each leak $32,000 in revenue a year.The data show the average professional services business leaks or forgoes $110,000 in revenue every year, factoring in minutes lost to emails and meetings combined with the effects of employees’ forgetting what they did on Tuesday. Even companies that don’t bill directly by the hour should be concerned. When employees do not bill their time correctly, managers lose the ability to accurately define retainers and risk severely undercharging for a company’s efforts.Obviously the first step toward more accurate timekeeping should be to encourage employees making time-sheet entries more frequently. Simply getting people to fill in their time sheets daily can double their accuracy and reduce the “lost” time from 23 percent to less than 5 percent, AffinityLive found. The following are more ways to ensure minimal amounts of time are lost for billing purposes:Related: 7 Deadly Sins of Financial Management (Infographic)Make it easy.The modern workday consists of many unplanned transitions between tasks so it’s difficult to keep track of time. A time-sheet solution with options for multiple, flexible and automated timers can accommodate this reality. Furthermore, time sheets that aren’t rigid can alleviate the pressure on those who enter their hours. Human memory is funny and tends to work best when people aren’t under duress. Make sure people can log their time as they go without locking it in. Set things up so that timekeeping is more of an ongoing habit and process and not a formal sit-down chore.Related: 10 Questions CFOs Should Ask Their ControllersAutomate entry.Completing time sheets should not be reliant solely on memory. This is too important to leave to chance. Thankfully, office software is becoming more intuitive. The most common way to automate timekeeping today is by automatically pulling in email and calendar information. As employees write and read emails, modern systems can record how much time is being used and even distinguish between clients. The same can be done with  calendars. Meetings scheduled on employees’ calendars can be pulled into their records as well, eliminating intimidating the blank time sheets that employees would much rather avoid.Link to existing systems.Another reason that filling in a time sheet is so painful is that the commonly used document is not part of any other systems used at work. Filling in a time sheet is an “end of the road” task that’s rarely integrated with critical business functions done in real time.The best approach is to have time tracking be part of an encompassing customer relationship management, project management and billing platform. That way no matter what client work someone is doing the logging of time is part of the process. Managers can then gain insight about budgets and easily foresee any issues with current projects and their expected scope of work. If this isn’t possible, be sure that time sheets link to other programs on the back end, letting employees see a list of current projects and tasks to which they can attribute their time.More than 38 percent of potential billable revenue is lost to untracked time spent in meetings and on email, my company found. By implementing solutions that make tracking hours effortless and intuitive, professional services businesses stand to gain a handsome revenue boost and better understanding of their employees’ workload and clients’ expectations. Related: Paying Monthly Bills Before the Company Has Earned a Dimelast_img read more