WILMINGTON, MA — The North Intermediate School recently announced its latest Students of the Month. The students below were recognized for their classroom performances during the month of September. Congratulations to all!Grade 4:Madison Baril nominated by Ms. TenerAdam Saied nominated by Ms. DruryHenry Santini nominated by Ms. FayTyler Jankowsk nominated by Mrs. HoxholliMia Barresi nominated by Mrs. ReynoldsGrade 5:Maya Merza nominated by Mrs. BurkeEric Banda nominated by Mrs. WoodJake Cronin nominated by Mrs. DePanfilisMacKenzie Scanlon nominated by Mrs. DiVacriCharlotte Forcina nominated by Mrs. PasternakAlexandra Erler nominated by Mrs. LundAva Noble nominated by Mrs. Iascone and Mr. TavaneseSpecialists:Allison Hall nominated by Ms. McNamaraEvan Cummings nominated by Ms. DiLulloLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces May Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces April Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces March Students Of The MonthIn “Education”
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation becomes well entrenched in Eastern Europe, Russia has decided to boost its air capabilities, with almost 200 new airplanes and helicopters to be inducted into its air force and naval branches.Most countries do not have a fleet of 200 aircraft in their arsenal, to give a reference point.The Russians have also reintroduced long-range military air patrol to test the strength and weaknesses of air defences of NATO-aligned nations, an act reminiscent of the Cold War-era distrust between the West and the Russians.The Russian dominance in aircraft and space technology is well catalogued. The latest induction would see 126 new aircraft and 88 helicopters.According to a Sputnik news report from December 2014, the aircraft delivery would include Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) bombers, multipurpose Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) and Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) advanced trainers/light fighters and transport Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 (NATO reporting name: Candid-B) planes. The Russian Air Force is also expected to receive cutting-edge radar stations, such as Nebo-M and Sopka. A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near ParisReutersThe helicopter deliveries will include Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) and Mil Mi-28N (NATO reporting name: Havoc) attack helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh (NATO reporting name: Hip) assault-transport helicopters, Mi-35 (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) combat helicopters and Ka-226 (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) utility choppers.”The serviceability status (will increase) up to 67%,” defense minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call. This would see two out of three aircraft at operational readiness at any given time. However, the US Air Force rate stands at 78% in 2013.Su-35 CapabilitiesThe entry of the Su-35s Flanker multirole fighter aircraft is expected to advance Russian air superiority significantly. The twin-engine, single-seat fighter is currently undergoing tests and is expected to be inducted in 2015.The Su-35 Flanker carries a $85 million export price, a comparatively lower price for a 4++ generation fighter. Currently, US is the only nation to field an operational fifth generation aircraft in the F-22 Raptor.The fifth-generation aircraft carry better stealth capabilities, with advanced radar evading technology allowing them to penetrate deep into enemy air defence and launch strikes. New Russian-made combat helicopter KA-52 nicknamed Alligator is shown for the first time for mass media in the Kamov company outside Moscow, November 19. The $12-14 million two-seat helicopter is equipped by a French-made night-vision device to allow it make reconnaissance and coordinate air and ground forces actions during the combat.ReutersThe US Air Force, Marines and the Navy are expected to induct the Lockhead Martin F-35, the most expensive weapons development programme ever, by December 2015. The F-35 is a fifth-generation fighter.Estimates suggest a single Air Force F-35A to cost $148 million. A Marine Corps specification fitted F-35B will cost $251 million. A lone Navy F-35C will cost $337 million. Average the three models together, and a “generic” F-35 costs $178 million.The Russians are developing the Sukhoi T-50 as their fifth generational multirole aircraft. While, the Chinese are developing the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31.Defence BudgetsIn 2015, the Russian defence budget is expected to total $84 billion, which would also see soldier strength increase to 3,50,000 from 2,95,000 a year ago, read Huffington Post.For 2015, the US President Barack Obama is seeking a base defence budget of $495.6 billion.Russia is also reopening up its Soviet era Arctic air bases and has formed a separate Arctic command to oversee its troops stationed there. The move is strategically important given the melting of the Arctic ice cap not only opens up new trade routes between Asia and Europe, but also gives access to oil and gas reserves estimated to be available in the region, read Business Insider.The Russians have also decided to replace the Soviet era missile weaponry with more advanced missiles, while not only capable of delivering a nuclear payload, but can also penetrate the most advanced of missile defence shields.A single Topol M ICBM missile carries four MIRVed (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle), nuclear warheads with 100-300 kiloton warheads, with a range exceeding 10,000 kilometer.
Share House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass.President Trump tried to spin the setback as a defeat for Democrats who wouldn’t cross the aisle to support the bill — despite not making any entreaties to the minority party.“The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” he argued in the Oval Office. “It is exploding right now.”Trump — who is the first president to enter office without any political or legislative experience — did seem to admit there was a bit of a learning curve when it came to such a complex issue.“This was an interesting period of time. We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty and we learned a lot about the vote getting process. And we learned about very arcane rules in both the Senate and the House,” Trump said. “Certainly for me it was a very interesting experience, but for me, it’ll be an experience that leads to an even better health care plan.”Striking a more solemn tone, a dejected House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted that fulfilling the GOP’s pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act was tougher than they expected.“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains, and, well, we’re feeling those growing pains now,” Ryan said.“I will not sugarcoat this — this is a disappointing day for us,” the House Speaker conceded.The way forward for Republicans on exactly how to replace Obamacare remains murky — or if they even will try again.“Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land,” Ryan admitted. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to replace this law.”Ryan had already delayed the bill a day to try to muster support. Trump had delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans — pass the GOP replacement, the American Health Care Act, or Obamacare will stand.Ultimately, the votes never came together for a fractured GOP caucus, and Ryan traveled to the White House to tell Trump he was pulling the bill.Democrats, meanwhile, were more than happy to take a victory lap in the GOP’s defeat. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose caucus was decimated in 2010 after the health care bill was passed, appeared flaked by Democratic leadership to gloat just a day after the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act.“It’s pretty exciting for us,” the California Democrat said, beaming. “Yesterday the anniversary. Today a victory for us.”The inability of Republicans to reach consensus on a bill, given its control of the House, Senate and White House, badly hurts its image as a party that can govern, and Ryan admitted as much on Friday.The GOP has vowed repeatedly over the past eight years that it would repeal and replace Obamacare. The legislative stalemate endangers Trump’s and the GOP’s agenda and casts a cloud over the legislative path forward after an election waged almost entirely as the antithesis to a progressive agenda enacted by former President Barack Obama, Trump’s predecessor.The risks were high for Trump on the bill. He has hyped a brand of someone able to strike the best deals. Being unable to get this through, after giving an ultimatum to congressional Republicans Thursday, raises questions about just how good a deal-maker he is and underscore his lack of legislative and policy experience upon entering the White House.Vice President Pence, who canceled a trip out of Washington, had hoped to make one last sale in a meeting with the roughly 40-member, hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus, which had also refused to budge from its ideological objections to the bill.In an attempt to win the caucus over, an amendment was added to the bill late Wednesday night, cutting essential health benefits, 10 types of medical care that insurance companies are required to cover. The Freedom Caucus wants to see premiums come down and believes cutting benefits is the way to do that.But that also had an effect on moderates. For example, Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., who represents a swing district in the D.C. suburbs, said she wouldn’t back the bill, joining more moderate Republicans who are top 2018 Democratic targets who don’t want to take a tough vote that might come back to bite them during the midterms.Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, another centrist Republican, announced he wouldn’t support the bill either, saying in a statement that the GOP’s replacement plan was no better than Obamacare.And House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., also broke ranks with GOP leadership on Friday, announcing that he was a no vote. His reasoning: The current bill adds too many new costs and barriers, along with taking away benefits requirements.White House press secretary Sean Spicer had maintained at his daily briefing that a vote was still slated for this afternoon. He said Trump had “left everything on the field” to try to woo Republican members, having contacted over 120 members. But his tone and tense were notable.Spicer wouldn’t concede that the bill might fail, but did admit that “at the end of the day, you can’t force somebody to do something.”He added, “At the end of the day, this isn’t a dictatorship.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Kolkata: In a one-of-its-kind initiative, a private firm, in association with the state government, is set to build a world-class autism township near Kolkata, where children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities. The India Autism Center (IAC) – a non-profit organization under Section 8 of Companies Act, 2013 – is expected to come up over a 52-acre plot at Sirakol in South 24 Parganas in the next five years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A joint effort by Ratnabali Group and the state – the estimated cost for building the township has been pegged at Rs 500 crore, a company official said. The soft launch of the project has been scheduled for January, next year, the official said. Suresh Somani, the joint managing director of Ratnabali Investment Pvt Ltd, said the project, announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) earlier this year, will also have provisions for training teachers, who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, during the BGBS meet in January, had highly appreciated the initiative and promised all support to it, he said. “It will be the first centre of its kind, not just in India, but globally, with housing facilities for 350 residents and daycare centre for over 200 children, adolescents and adults. The construction work for the township will begin next year,” Somani said. IAC will also have an administrative wing and a guest house, where parents of those receiving training at the institute can put up for a few days, he said. “There will be international tie-ups and the institute will be absolutely different from any of the centres that we have now. The township, which is expected to come up by 2023, will ensure holistic development of those suffering from autism,” he added.
The car culture in America runs deep. But those who have constructed a life that bucks that trend have also found a way to save themselves some serious bucks.Further, the more varieties of shared transportation Americans use, the more money they save.This is according to new research by the public-interest advocacy group, Shared-Use Mobility Center, released today on behalf of the national public transit advocacy group, American Public Transportation Association, and paid for with money from the Federal Transit Administration.Related: Carpooling Startup Tripda Runs Out of Gas, to Shut DownAccording to the report, a supersharer is an individual who has reported use of public buses or trains, bikesharing, carsharing with the likes of car2Go or Zipcar and ridesourcing car trips with the likes of Lyft or Uber. A supersharer has reported using a combination of shared mobility transportation for commuting, errands and recreational uses within the past three months.Even with the explosive growth of the ridesourcing segment of that ecosystem — think Uber and Lyft — public transportation, either bus or train, is the most popular mode of shared transportation, by far.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterBecause they depend on a handful of other transportation innovations, supersharers are less likely to own a car than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterBecause they aren’t paying to own and maintain a car, supersharers save more money on transportation than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterAll that transportation sharing means that supersharers are spending more time on their feet, on a bike or walking to and from a bus or train stop. This supersharer segment of the population reported that they were more physically active than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterFor the research, 4,500 Americans who use some sort of shared transportation responded to the survey across seven cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles,San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.Related: This New App Lets You Summon Your Grandma (or Tinder Date) Via a Prepaid Uber Ride This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 15, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
Share Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> “One-stop-shop” Tourico celebrates new office & stellar growth in Canada TORONTO — Tourico Holidays showed off its new digs in downtown Toronto last night with a cocktail party co-hosted by Visit California. According to the company, the new office was necessary to accommodate its expanded Canadian teams following stellar growth; Canada as a source market for Tourico was up 58% in 2016, while business to Canada as a destination was up 33%.“When we started we had three product people in Canada, and a tiny closet space on Bloor. Since then we have grown very rapidly in the market and now have about 10 staff members, hence the need for an upgraded office,” said Debbie Kenton, VP of Sales, North America at Tourico Holidays.Tourico has been enjoying success in Canada working with tour operator partners, airlines and loyalty programs, most notably TravelBrands and WestJet Vacations. Although Tourico doesn’t typically work with agents (unless they are also large wholesalers), agents can book its product through tour operators and will benefit from its seamless service and competitive pricing.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“We are a global travel broker, with more than 30 offices around the world. We offer hotels, attractions, transfers, car rentals and vacation homes, and we are really one of the only players that can offer 16 cruise lines under one API. We consider ourselves a one-stop-shop,” added Kenton. “We sell to TravelBrands and they sell to the agents, so we are very much behind the scenes.”One of the company’s strategies is to outright pre-buy a large pool of hotel rooms in major markets. Because it takes on the risk upfront, it is able to secure the best rates, ensuring more revenue per booking. Tourico has more than 400 such deals globally, making up 40% of its revenue.“Our unique selling point as a company is really our exclusive deal model. We were the very first and are still the largest pre-buyer of rooms globally,” said Kenton. “For example, in New York we have 25 hotels where we go in and buy the rooms outright, in exchange for the best rate in the market.”More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTourico Holidays is very optimistic about 2017, with Canadian business doing exceptionally well. The market is enjoying a rebound in travel to Europe and strong growth in vacation rentals.Tourico Holidays chose Visit California to help host the cocktail party because Tourico bookings to California grew 40% in the first quarter of this year. The two will partner again this year on an exciting fam focusing on millennial travel. Travelweek Group Tags: California, Tourico Holidays