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first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, May 14th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Tewksbury Congregational Church will partner with the Tewksbury Police Department to present “The Truth About Vaping.” This 90-minute interactive talk will address the significant rise among teens in the practice of vaping or juuling, a form of smoking with a nicotine-based liquid and an electronic device or e- cigarette. With one in three high school seniors nationwide confirming that they have experienced “vaping” in the past year, parents and caregivers are eager to educate themselves and make informed decisions of how they will address vaping in their own homes.Hosted by Tewksbury Congregational Church (10 East Street), this talk is open to all within the Tewksbury community and beyond and is FREE of charge. Presenters include TPD’s Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, Maria Ruggiero, and the Northeast Regional Manager of Learn to Cope, Kelley Giasullo.A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that teens who used e-cigarettes were 6x more likely to try tobacco cigarettes compared to kids who do not vape. Additionally, vaping is a natural gateway to experimental drug use, including alcohol, marijuana, opiates and other drugs. For these reasons and many more, it is important to better understand the risks associated with vaping.Topics covered during this presentation will include the difference between vaping and “dripping,” why teens are justifying vaping, signs that your child may be vaping, chemical content of vaping liquids, side effects, regulation of products, MA laws pertaining to vaping, the use of THC oil (marijuana) in vapes, and examples of types of vapes and vaping liquids.The intended audience for this talk is parents and caregivers, but all adults are welcome to attend. Tewksbury Congregational Church is located at 10 East Street, across from the Town Common. Please use the side entrance and join us in Fellowship Hall. Should you have questions, please contact Maria Ruggiero at 978-851-7373 x 352.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Tewksbury Police Department.)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… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”The Wilmington Insider For May 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen, Town Meeting To Decide If Analog Devices Will Receive Huge Tax Break To Allow Expansion To Move ForwardIn “Business”NO-BRAINER?: Will Wilmington Approve A Tax Increment Financing Agreement With Analog Devices, Ensuring Town’s Largest Employer Stays Put? (Article 40)In “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town, Analog Devices Reach $5 Million TIF Agreement, Called A “Win-Win” For Residents & CompanyIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, the town’s largest employer, is currently building a new headquarters in Wilmington, with the construction of a 174,000 square foot three-story office building, a 52,000 square foot hub building, a 215,000 square foot three-story parking garage, and the renovations to existing buildings. The total investment is estimated at approximately $157 million.The project was solidified after the town and Analog Devices came to terms on a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement, which was ratified by residents at last year’s Annual Town Meeting. Under the TIF, the town continues to collect 100% of existing real estate tax revenue, but allows for a tax exemption based on the increased assessed value due to property improvements. The tax incentive is a discount on projected future taxes during the life of the proposed TIF.The key terms of the final agreement, as relayed by Town Manager Jeff Hull, include:Tax relief of $4.3 million based on value from new construction only with a maximum duration of eight (8) years whichever comes first;$700,000 to be waived in building permit fees which would be charged on this new construction;TIF to begin in the year in which there is taxable value from construction on the property;Analog commits to create 50 new jobs over five (5) years;Analog committees to relocate 450 employees from their Chelmsford and Norwood facilities to the newly expanded Wilmington campus;Analog commits not to file for a property tax abatement during the life of the TIFMike Errera, Vice President of Supply Chain Planning & Logistics and General Manager of Analog Devices, was recently in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen to provide a status update on the project.“We’re right on schedule and budget at this stage,” announced Errera. “We’re excited about getting this done and consolidating our Massachusetts team here in Wilmington.  We feel we made the right choice in terms of coniuting to go long in our presence here in Wilmington. The cooperation with the town and construction folks have been suberb. We appreciate that. We’re looking forward to inviting you out to the ribbon cutting ceremony next year.”Errera noted that the construction of the hub building is expected to be completed this fall/winter, with occupancy expected in February 2020 or March 2020. The new office building is also in the middle of construction, with occupancy expected in the summer of 2020. Norwood employees will be moved to Wilmington at that point. Once new construction is complete, the existing office buildings will be renovated, with Chelmsford employees moving in 2021.Errera showed renderings of the new hub building, which will feature an auditorium, forum space, reception area, gym with yoga studio, and roof deck patio space. The new office building will include meeting space, collaboration areas, huddle rooms, open space, and community space. The buildings and garage also include sustainability measures, including a 1.2 MW roof solar systems and charging stations for electric vehicles. Errera also noted that a partnership with Uber will be formed to transport employees who rely on public transit, transporting them from Anderson Regional Transportation Center in Woburn to the Analog campus.Selectmen were happy to hear the news.“It’s clear you have a lot of exciting things happening at your campus,” responded Selectman Chair Greg Bendel. “We’re glad you chose Wilmington once again.”“The [TIF agreement] was a win-win for both the community and Analog,” added Selectman Kevin Caira. “We’re looking forward to the tour.”“The project looks good. It looks like a college campus,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “It will attract people throughout the country to come to Wilmington.”“Analog Devices is competing for talent,” agreed Errera. “We’re hiring out of the best schools. It’s not just about the paycheck, but about the destination and vibe.”“Thank you for investing in Wilmington with job creation and job retention, but also what appears to be a really first rate facility,” noted Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “You folks are going to have the ability to attract the best of the best with the facility you’re creating.”“We appreciate all that Analog has done working with the schools and its STEM Fair,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony, who asked that Analog invite students to tour the new campus once its complete. “Analog is a great example of a corporate partner with the town. And your campus will add to our town’s beauty.”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.last_img read more

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (2R) and UN Special Envoy for Libya, Lebanese Ghassan Salame (L) speaks during an International conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 29, 2018. Rival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the fractured and war-scarred country meet in Paris for a major peace conference seen as a risky French-backed push for a political settlement in the country. AFPRival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the fractured and war-scarred country meet in Paris on Tuesday for a major peace conference seen as a risky French-backed push for a political settlement in the country.Many analysts are sceptical that the initiative to invite four senior figures representing Libya’s factions, as well as neighbouring countries and regional powers, can lead to significant progress.Years of mediation by the United Nations, as well as former colonial power Italy, have failed to bring stability to the north African nation which descended into chaos after the ousting of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.The main focus of the meeting will be on trying to agree a political roadmap committing all parties to hold parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of the year — an approach not favoured by everyone.”I believe that elections are a big risk in a country armed like Libya,” Federica Saini Fasanotti, an analyst with the Washington-based Brookings Institution, told AFP.There are also disagreements over whether a vote on a new constitution, or elections for the presidency and parliament, should come first.”While the Italians, Turkish, Qataris and to a large extent the Americans believe the constitution comes before elections, on the other side, the French, Egyptians and Emiratis want elections first,” Mohamed Eljarh, from the Libya Outlook consulting firm told AFP.Also, despite French efforts to convene all of the leading players in the oil-rich country, militias in and around the city of Misrata have boycotted proceedings, leaving western Libya under-represented at the talks.- Big guestlist -The Libyan invitees include Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, and 75-year-old military strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose rival Libyan National Army dominates the country’s east.Aguila Saleh Issa, the parliament speaker based in the eastern town of Tobruk who opposes the UN-backed administration, is also expected, as is Khalid Al-Mishri, the newly elected head of the High Council of State.Representatives from around 20 countries involved in the Libya crisis have been invited — an acknowledgement that the problems can only be resolved if regional powers agree on a common roadmap.These include Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates which have backed Haftar and the rival administration in Tobruk in the east, not the UN-recognised government based in the capital Tripoli.Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as neighbours Algeria and Tunisia and west African leaders from Niger and Congo will also attend, the French presidency has announced.- Competing interests -European leaders see stabilising Libya as key to tackling jihadist threats and migration from the country which has become a departure point for hundreds of thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe.Macron threw himself into finding a solution shortly after his election in May last year.The 40-year-old French leader brought Sarraj and Haftar together in Paris in July where they agreed a ceasefire and to hold elections in 2018 — a move that irked the Italian government at the time which was blindsided by Macron’s diplomacy.The task of stabilising Libya is complicated by diverging interests among Middle Eastern countries, which have sometimes backed opposing sides in the fighting, as well as competition between European powers.Macron is suspected by some in Italy of organising the conference at a time when France’s southern European neighbour, which has major oil interests in Libya, is facing a serious political crisis.”It’s as if Macron wanted to make the most of the this moment of absence by Italy on the Libyan dossier,” Italian newspaper La Repubblica wrote last week, citing diplomatic sources.France is also suspected by some rivals within Libya of favouring Haftar, a military strongman who has fought Islamist militias and who was recently treated in Paris for an undisclosed ailment.”There is clear apprehension among many in western Libya that the French initiative is an attempt to reinforce the position of Khalifa Haftar as the key power broker in Libya,” Eljarh from Libya Outlook added.The Crisis Group, an NGO that studies conflict zones, also voiced caution about the French conference.”Much more work remains to be done for a peace-building effort in Libya to succeed,” it said on Monday. “For this reason, Crisis Group believes that France should not request that its four Libyan guests sign an accord.”last_img read more

first_imgHandout picture released by the Archeological Zone of Caral on 16 August 2018 showing high relief decorations on a recently unearthed wall at the archaeological site of Vichama, on the Huaura Valley, on the coast of the Peru, 140 km north of Lima. Photo: AFPA set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday.The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the village of Idna in the southern West Bank around two weeks ago.It was discovered during road work in mountainous terrain in the area, said Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron.Bones, pottery and some 32 tombs set into stone were found. It was clear to archaeologists that artifacts had been stolen from the site before it was officially discovered, said Jubran.”This discovery is very important for us to study it and to preserve it,” Jubran said.The tombs were set out over a space of some 50 metres.Officials also hoped to turn the site into a tourist attraction, while further study of it would continue to turn up details of what was found and its importance, he said.A large number of remains from the Roman era can be found and visited in Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as the region as a whole.last_img read more

first_img“Anyone listening to this podcast is probably familiar with the acceleration in cord-cutting, and perhaps even more serious is the fact that lots of younger people are not connecting the cord to begin with,” Ryan said.Pluto is trying to capitalize on this trend — by offering free linear programming on mobile platforms — while sticking to the belief that channel surfing is human nature.“One of the misconceptions over the past few years is that everything’s moving to on-demand, and one of our core theses is actually that the linear use — the programmed use case — is alive and well and will remain alive and well in the digital space because people fundamentally want to be programmed to.”“Strictly Business” is Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment. Listen to the podcast below for the full interview, or check out previous “Strictly Business” episodes featuring comedian/actor/producer Kevin Hart, ICM Partners agent Esther Newberg, and HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler. A new episode debuts each Tuesday and can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. “We are one of many players, but I think we’re quite a differentiated player,” Ryan said. “When we launched the service live in 2014, everyone said, ‘Everything is going on-demand, and subscription is the only way to do it.’ We had a different opinion about delivering a programmed, linear-ized experience — or leading with it at least — and also going free, which we also saw as an underappreciated opportunity.”Pluto TV offers a mix of channels that span multiple networks — like News 24/7, which aggregates different networks’ takes on news stories — as well as content from singular networks like NBC or Scripps. While Ryan advocated for the consumer appeal of having options, he also acknowledged the decreasing popularity of linear programming. Pluto TV isn’t concerned about the growing number of cord-cutting consumers seeking content via paid streaming options.In this week’s episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” Pluto CEO Tom Ryan expressed his faith in the OTT service, which delivers hundreds of channels to more than 6 million users for free. ×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 Popular on Variety last_img read more