Month: September 2019

43 of the worlds highestpaid footballers play in the Premier League

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Football is notorious for being a sport where athletes can earn a generous salary, and it makes for part of an attractive employee value proposition for football clubs around the globe looking to recruit the newest talent.More than four in 10 (43%) of the world’s highest-paid footballers play in England’s Premier League, according to research by Axo Finans.Spain’s La Liga and the Chinese Super League each feature 15% of the world’s highest-paid footballers, while the Bundesliga in Germany has 10% of football’s high earners.The highest-paid footballer in the Premier League is Paul Pogba, who has a weekly salary of €325,827 (£275,330), and Cristiano Ronaldo ranks as the highest earner in La Liga, with weekly earnings of €410,092 (£346,528).The top three clubs that have the highest number of players earning over €100,000 (£844,411) are all in the Premier League; Manchester City has 18 players earning over this amount, Chelsea has 11 players, and Manchester United employs 10 players earning over €100,000 a week.The research also takes an unusual look at some of the traits the highest-paid players have in common; just under two-thirds (63.3%) of the world’s highest-earning footballers prefer to keep their hair short, while 17% would rather opt for a bald or shaved look. For those who are curious, the most common star signs among the biggest earners are Aquarius, Cancer and Taurus.Here at Employee Benefits, the most common trait among the team is a shared love of all things chocolate! Just in case anyone wanted to send us a Christmas present…last_img read more

Nissan Europe launches employee awards to celebrate innovation

first_imgCar manufacturer Nissan Europe has held its first Chairman’s Innovation Awards, which aim to celebrate ingenuity and engage employees with innovative behaviours.Nissan Europe launched the awards internally in May 2016 in order to encourage its 17,000 employees to share innovative ideas to drive product development and business growth, in addition to recognising existing innovative behaviour within the organisation.The organisation received 2,000 entries across nine European regions, with 20 finalists selected to pitch their ideas to a judging panel at the Nissan Brand Centre in Barcelona, Spain.The judging panel included Paul Willcox, chairman at Nissan Europe, members of the Nissan Europe Board, Frank Campbell, president at energy management organisation Eaton, and Carolina Costa, former managing director at telecommunications incubation hub Orange Labs London.Nissan employees also took part in the judging process through a people’s vote function on the organisation’s employee app.John Ferguson (pictured), from Nissan UK, won in the Unlock category for his idea to use digital e-ink and e-paper technology to provide customers with a limitless choice of car colours, and Jean-Christophe Sellier, from Nissan France, won in the Celebrate category for demonstrating innovative behaviour in leading an online car-sharing programme that allows up to five people to own a Nissan Micra.Both winners will be rewarded with a trip to the Nasa Space Centre in the US.Ferguson will also be given six months out of his day-to-day role, as well as budget and mentoring support, to allow him to bring his idea to life.Paul Willcox, chairman at Nissan Europe, said: “We’ve always believed winning ideas come from within and with more than 17,000 employees across Europe, there’s so much potential to be unlocked. The calibre of the entries we received surpassed all our expectations.“We expect the Chairman’s Innovation Awards to continue to serve as a catalyst to encourage our team members across Europe to celebrate and unlock innovation in all its forms across the business.”last_img read more

FCA and TPR launch joint strategy to tackle fundamental pensions challenges

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) have launched a joint regulatory strategy, identifying issues contributing to inadequate saving for retirement and outlining priorities for addressing fundamental challenges in the pensions sector.The joint strategy sets out how the FCA and TPR will work in tandem in the future, with two new priorities for joint action identified.The first is a strategic review of the entire consumer pensions journey. This will take an in-depth look at the tools needed to enable individuals to make decisions about their pensions.Second, the two regulatory bodies say they will use their powers to drive value for money for members of pension schemes, including the setting and enforcement of clear standards and principles, where relevant.Christopher Woolard, FCA executive director of strategy and competition, said: “We have worked closely with TPR to produce a co-ordinated and cohesive strategy that will produce positive results for people in or approaching retirement. But success in delivering this strategy doesn’t just depend on action by us.“With the support and collaboration of the government, industry and consumers themselves, we can deliver an environment which contributes to people having higher incomes in their retirement.”The FCA and TPR say the publication of the strategy marks a new stage in the evolution of their working relationship, having already launched a joint campaign to combat the risk of savers being scammed out of their pensions.Lesley Titcomb, TPR chief executive, said: “The joint strategy further strengthens our close working relationship with the FCA, so that through our new approach we can together address earlier any issues that threaten the retirement outcomes for pension savers.“Our goal is to ensure the people who run workplace pensions meet our expectations so that members can have confidence their savings are protected. We are being clearer, quicker and tougher in the pursuit of this goal and working collaboratively with the FCA is vital.”Representatives of the pensions industry have welcomed the joint strategy.Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said: “While the FCA and TPR have different remits regarding regulating pensions, there is now so much overlap that it’s very welcome to see a joint regulatory strategy, which we hope will lead to a long-term consistent approach across contract and trust-based pensions. This will benefit members who often have both types of pension, as well as ensuring efficiencies for schemes and providers through consistent regulation.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “A closer working relationship between the regulators can only benefit pension savers. There’s a clear indication that they’re targeting personal ownership of retirement to plug the saving shortfall in the auto-enrolment regime. The review of just what’s needed to help people make considered pension decisions should bring how to successfully engage members with planning for life after work to the fore.”last_img read more

Miami school evacuated after reports of classroom fire

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Students and staff at a Miami school faced a fiery situation, Monday.Students and faculty were evacuated after reports of a fire coming from a classroom at Shenandoah Middle School. 7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene of the blaze near Southwest 19th Avenue and 19th Street.Officials said school personnel managed to extinguish the flames. Students returned to class shortly after.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Students honored for overcoming amazing odds

first_img“I wanted to personally thank you, and may God bless you. You did a great thing,” said one police officer. “You have no idea what you did, so thank you, and continue all the great work you’ve been doing.”Devin Bennar, a Southwood Middle School Student was also honored after he was badly injured in a golf cart accident in July 2016.Bennar and four other kids were riding in a golf cart when they wound up on a collision course with a car.Bennar has been determined to continue his recovery; his speech has improved, and he was able to climb out of a wheelchair long enough to take photos with police officers in attendance.Bennar still has a few surgeries ahead of him, and Rodriguez is heading to college to continue her studies in emergency medical training.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida high school student and middle school student were both honored by the “Do the Right Thing” program for overcoming tough odds.Seventeen-year-old Thalia Rodriguez was honored after saving the life of a critically injured police officer.Rodriguez came to the rescue of Miami-Dade Police Maj. Ricky Carter in May when his leg was severed in an-off duty motorcycle accident.“At that time, I wasn’t saving a police officer, I was saving a human being, and that’s all that matters,” said Rodriguez, a Westland High School senior.Rodriguez, who is studying to be a first responder, put her skills to the test and fashioned Carter a tourniquet to stop the blood loss.“I just feel honored to have been able to help him,” she said. “He’s a strong man, and I know he’s going to get through this.”Rodriguez was also honored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and received words of gratitude from Carter’s colleagues. last_img read more

Crews extinguish brush fire in Plantation neighborhood no homes threatened

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters have put out a fast-moving brush fire that sparked in a wooded area near some homes in the Plantation Acres neighborhood, Monday afternoon.Crews responded to the scene of the blaze near the intersection of Hiatus Road and West Sunrise Boulevard.Officials said flames spread quickly from the east to the west. Crews set up a command post and sprayed water on the fire from different locations.The Florida Forest Service brought in a bombardier to put out smaller spot fires. Just after 5 p.m., officials said the fire was under control.Authorities temporarily shut down Sunrise Boulevard west of Hiatus Road for about two blocks, as firefighters ran hoses across the roadway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Brush fire out at Sunrise Blvd and Hiatus Rd. Approx 100 x 100 ft area involved. No homes threatened, no injuries. Special thanks to Sunrise Fire Rescue, Broward Canteen, #SFREST, Div. Of Forestry.Special thanks to WSVN Sky Force for the aerial recon.— Plantation Fire (@PlantationFire) March 5, 2018The thick vegetation in the area made it difficult for crews to reach the source of the fire. On the north side, crews had to go through backyards of nearby homes, but none of the structures were threatened. last_img read more

David Beckham shares update on Miami MLS team

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Soccer icon David Beckham is back in Miami to continue working on the Major League Soccer team he’s bringing to South Florida.Beckham posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption, “Productive few days in Miami working on @futbolmiamimls can’t wait to tell you soon …”Beckham became the owner of the MLS team set to debut in Miami in 2020. last_img read more

2 injured after tractortrailer crash on Turnpike in Kendall

first_imgTwo people have been injured after a tractor-trailer overturned on the northbound Turnpike in the Kendall area of Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, one person was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.Officials said there was a second patient on the scene who was not transported.The crash has caused minor delays in the area, so it is recommended that motorists seek alternative routes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Driver smashes into Aventura Chase bank no injuries

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – A driver barreled into the front door of a bank in Aventura, prompting the branch to close its doors until further notice.Aventura Police responded to the scene of the crash of the Chase bank along Biscayne Boulevard, near Northeast 186th Street, Saturday afternoon.Photos sent in by a 7News viewer captured the vehicle partly inside the business. The front entrance was left with structural damage and several glass panels were left cracked and broken.No injuries were reported.The bank will remain closed while the damage is cleaned up and repaired. Chase officials have not specified when the branch will reopen.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Seward Highway Closed In Both Directions Due To Accident

first_imgAccording to the Department of Transportation drivers should expect delays until 5:39pm.  Expect delays, road closure, be prepared to stop, emergency vehicles on road. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: 2:20pmHighway is reopen in both directions. Limited details are known at this time- updates will be  posted as they are made available.center_img Original Post: The Seward Highway at Mile 102, near Indian Creek, is shut down both directions for a vehicle accident.last_img

VIDEO Stephen Colbert Eviscerates the Newspaper Industry

first_imgBetter Know a Lobby – Newspaper Lobby The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest Colbert, explaining what a newspaper is to “my younger viewers”: “A newspaper is like a blog that leaves ink on your hands and covers topic other than how much you love Fall Out Boy …” Now, now. Don’t laugh too hard magazine industry, you could be next …last_img

Koten Out as Mansueto CEO

first_imgRELATED: John Koten’s Unusual DepartureJohn Koten has stepped down as Mansueto Ventures CEO, sources told FOLIO: Monday. An executive committee—made up of CFO Mark Rosenberg, Fast Company editor Bob Safian, and Inc. editor Jane Berentson—will lead the company until a replacement is named. The committee will report to Mansueto Ventures owner Joe Mansueto. The circumstances surrounding Koten’s departure were not immediately clear. Joe Mansueto did not respond to several e-mails from FOLIO: over the weekend. Koten did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.Koten’s resignation comes less than a week after the Web site Gawker posted a pair of strange memos he wrote to staffers.The first quarter was not particularly kind to Fast Company or Inc., with ad pages plunging 28.8 percent and 46.7 percent respectively, according to PIB figures.Mansueto—the billionaire who founded Morningstar Inc.—purchased Fast Company and Inc. in 2005 from Gruner + Jahr for $35 million.last_img read more

At SNAP Print Will Be the New Vinyl

first_imgTina Hay, editor of the Penn Stater, said association editors should assume readers are developing the same online reading habits for print. “Assume that when people pick up a magazine, they don’t intend to read it,” she said. “Good points of entry,” like short headlines, decks and captions, “turn skimmers into readers.”Live SNAP conference highlights can be found at SEE ALSO: SNAP to Change NameWASINGTON, D.C.—Some 250 association publishers have gathered here this week for the Society of National Association Publications’ annual conference. And while social media was clearly on the minds of many during the pre-conference workshop, the morning sessions today emphasized the advancement of print and digital editions.According to Glenn Cook, American School Board Journal’s editor-in-chief, print will eventually become “the new vinyl.” Despite the evaporation of its paid circ model, which has cut into his publication’s market, “people still want long-form and crave the full body, tactile print experience,” Cook said.While association publishers need to accept that print may evolve into a niche market, he said, it doesn’t mean they should stop producing print products. “They just need to be very targeted,” Cook said.Cook later had a spirited debate with Smarter Media Sales president Josh Gordon about free versus paid content online. Gordon said publishers should “win the search engine war by aggregating content.” Cook recommended posting “a few paragraphs” for free online, then charge a fee for access to the entire story.last_img read more

Esquires Paywall Experiment

first_imgTyler Cabot: I’d been working on other ways of monetizing content, and a lot of that began with fiction. We got frustrated a few years ago with putting fiction stories up for free—it seemed there was a market there. So a little over a year ago, we did our first ebook. Three or four months later we did another fiction collection and a few anthologies of older material. So this was an evolution.It was in that way of thinking that I began this thing with Narrative 4. We had about 106 stories, put about 15 in the magazine and asked what we do with the rest. The initial thought was that we could do an ebook, but I wanted to experiment a little more and make it feel like it was living on and easier to access. One of the problems I’ve had with ebooks is that they come out and everyone’s really excited and then they vanish. That’s when I started exploring if there were ways to make this into a paid website. FOLIO: The ebooks, anthologies and the project with Narrative 4 are all behind some sort of paywall, but they use different models than the one you’ve used for “The Prophet.” How did you settle on this particular model?Cabot: This is somewhat similar to the Narrative 4 one, just because it is still a pretty basic paywall. At this point though, we’re experimenting so we want to try as many different ways of doing things as possible. We wanted to see if there was a way to have this actually be living on our website. That seemed like a pretty big plus to us. We’ve done the ebook thing, let’s try a different way of doing things and then we can have an even bigger set of data to see how this works.FOLIO: How successful has it been so far?Cabot: We’re still tallying all that stuff up, but I can tell you that our conversion rate is up to 5 percent. It’s still selling. And somewhere around 42 percent of people who start purchasing it, end up finishing [the purchase process].FOLIO: One of the big arguments against paywalls is that they hinder social sharing. What was the net impact of the article on social media?Cabot: This is something we thought about, but didn’t understand exactly how it would work. If you have content behind a paywall, how do you get people talking about it? How do you get people writing about it?There was a lot on social media, a ton on Twitter and so on. A lot of people were linking to The Atlantic [Wire] article about our article though [“The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science” | 7.2.13].One thing we did to help [mitigate that impact] was to partner with Longreads and with Matter. They both have big sets of subscribers and they said it was a piece that their subscribers would love, so they wanted to make a deal. It seemed to us to make sense to do that—to sell it in bulk. But also, there are a lot more readers there who are going to be talking about it.FOLIO: Do you have any other unique distribution strategies you’re pursuing?Cabot: One of the cool things both those places do is that [the article] is automatically sent to your Kindle or iPad device. That’s something I’m very interested in—how you can maximize the number of places that you can read it.In terms of other places to distribute, yes, we’d love to do that more. I think it’s finding the right partners for the right kind of story. For this story, these two made a ton of sense. They were audiences who were reading long-form journalism and long-form journalism about science.FOLIO: A few critics have noted that the paywall itself is pretty easy to bypass. Is that something you were aware of?Cabot: It was intentional in the sense that this was a total experiment. Tinypass [Tinypass provides the paywall in front of “The Prophet”] offers a more secure paywall, but it’s much harder to implement. We had no idea how this was going to go, so we said, ‘Let’s just do it and we’ll see how it goes.’ As we go forward, we may want to use the more secure one, or we may think this is great.If you start this and have no idea how it’s going to go, the biggest priority isn’t building the biggest holding box you can. It’s to get it done, see how it works and then you can invest more time and more money.FOLIO: Are you planning on doing this again?Cabot: We don’t have a plan right now, but I would say probably. We have to figure out the right story to do it again with. It could be a new story or we could do it with some old stories. The main thing to keep in mind was that this really was a complete experiment and it still is. It’s very much a living experiment. We’re just kind of rolling with it, pushing forward with it and learning as much as we can.More on this topic Politico Takes Paywall Baby Steps with Six-State Experiment Tinypass Gets Bigger With Swishu Acquisition Winning the Paywall Debate With 1,000th Issue, Esquire Debuts Full Archive Esquire Debuts Weekly Tablet-Only Magazine Press+ Brings Metered Paywall Platform to VideoJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Esquire made big news in the world of paid Web content in July, putting one of its magazine features behind a paywall. “The Prophet”—for sale on for $1.99—wasn’t the title’s first experience with a paywall though.Esquire has been testing paid content models for ebooks and anthologies since last year. More recently, they’d solicited more than 100 stories for a similar project with the charity Narrative 4.Tyler Cabot, articles editor for Esquire, has been behind each of the recent paywall initiatives. He admits they’re still very much in the experimentation stages, but they’re learning about models, distribution and security with each step.FOLIO: What’s the background of the project? Why this story? Why right now?last_img read more

Successful Transition Requires Community Support Veterans Group CEO Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Citing research showing that one-third of newly separated service members opt to remain in the last community where they served, Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last month that transitioning personnel need strong community support to be successful.“With the collective leadership of communities throughout the nation, I know that we can have a strong and vital national veteran network that not only strengthens its communities, but can also improve our military for tomorrow,” Lorraine told lawmakers, according to a press release.Lorraine’s testimony largely focused on the positive results of community integration programs, but he also shared his concerns about DOD’s existing Transition Assistance Program. Four years ago, he told the committee that the military’s transition support was incomplete because it did not incorporate community resources.“Since then, not much has changed,” Lorraine said. “The current transition program is not focused on the individual veteran; instead the focus is on the outputs of attendance and post-class evaluations at a time when the service member’s life is nothing but unknowns.”America’s Warrior Partnership is a national nonprofit supporting six regional communities. In 18 months, its affiliated communities have served more than 17,000 veterans, according to the organization. Lorraine credited a model of private-public partnerships between local nonprofits and government agencies for its successes and encouraged senators to strengthen those relationships to better serve veterans.last_img read more

Reports Trump to Sign Spending Bill Declare Emergency

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Donald Trump is expected to sign a compromise spending bill that rushed through Congress Thursday to ensure the government stays open past Friday night, according to news reports citing White House officials. He is also expected to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The President is scheduled to address border security at a White House event Friday morning.A national emergency declaration is sure to get pushback from Capitol Hill and perhaps the courts. But such a declaration would allow the President to move money around to build a border wall.The chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate armed services committees are opposed to using military construction funding for the wall, as On Base has reported.“I encourage the President not to divert significant Department of Defense funding for border security,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Thursday evening. “Doing so would have detrimental consequences for our troops, as military infrastructure was one of the accounts most deprived during the Obama-era defense cuts.”U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Robert Bushelllast_img read more

Charli XCX Releases Video For Single 5 In The Morning

first_img Email Charli XCX Releases Video For Single “5 In The Morning” Watch: Charli XCX’s “5 In The Morning” charli-xcx-releases-video-single-5-morning News Twitter Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter takes over a warehouse in the video to accompany her latest singleRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 27, 2018 – 3:59 pm It’s been just under a month since Charli XCX, who is on tour with Taylor Swift, gifted us with her new single, “5 In The Morning.” On June 27, we also got a video to accompany the catchy pop-forward track.In the relatively understated video directed by Bradley & Pablo, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter takes over an empty warehouse where she’s “goin’ all in.” Colored lights strobe flash all around her unchoreographed dance moves. Like the song itself, Charli XCX proves that she’s got it all covered, thank you very much.This is the latest we’ve heard from Charli XCX since the release of her Pop 2 mixtape in December 2017. Before dropping “5 In The Morning,” the British songstress teased she is “going to release a lot music this year.” With this track, Charli XCX has set the bar high for what comes next, which we can only assume won’t arrive “’til the bottles all popped.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF GameStop Awards 250000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For

first_img(NOTE: GameStop has a Wilmington location at 246 Main Street.)NEW YORK, NY — To help tackle the high unemployment or underemployment rate the vast majority of adults with autism face, GameStop and Autism Speaks are awarding up to $250,000 in funding for scholarships and programs as part of the NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop. As part of the inaugural grant program, which is funded by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, 14 organizations from coast to coast each will receive grants of up to $25,000.The NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop launched in 2018, and provides financial funding to organizations, schools and universities that teach digital literacy and coding to people with autism, to help prepare them for the competitive job market. With a special focus on teens and college-age students, the NXT GEN Coders Program is also open to children and adults on the autism spectrum, from preschool age through retirement.In its first year, the NXT GEN Coders Program received 38 proposals from 16 states. Applicants included community-based coding academies, not-for-profit service providers and large universities. All qualified proposals were evaluated by professionals within the coding industry and adults with autism who work in computing and gaming.Grant recipients will use the funds for tuition assistance, program enhancements or staffing to better support participants who have autism. Recipients were selected based on their proven capability to serve the diverse needs of people with autism, sustainability of the program, its potential for replication and its ability to be scaled to fit growing need.Grant Recipients:Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield – Stoneham, Mass.Coding Autism – Westlake Village, Calif.Families Helping Families NOLA – New Orleans, La.Friends of Green Chimneys – Brewster, N.Y.Islands of Brilliance – Milwaukee, Minn.MacDonald Training Center – Tampa, Fla.National Foundation for Autism Research – San Diego, Calif.nonPareil Institute – Plano, TexasTech Kids Unlimited – New York City, N.Y.Tech Talent South – Charlotte, N.C.The Specialists Guild – San Francisco, Calif.We Connect the Dots – Westbury, N.Y.Woodhaven Learning Center – Columbia, Mo.Yukodit – Montclair, N.J.“We are grateful to GameStop for its commitment to the autism community,” said Thomas Frazier, Ph.D., Autism Speaks chief science officer. “NXT GEN Coders grants will expand access to programs teaching skills that are in high demand, positioning more people with autism for careers and helping them achieve greater independence.”“At GameStop we believe the key to building inclusive, responsible communities starts with supporting the career goals of not just our associates but also those of our guests,” said Angela Venuk, vice president of IT at GameStop. “It is our hope that by establishing the NXT Gen Coders Program the coding and digital opportunities become innumerable for individuals on the autism spectrum.”About Autism Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.About Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to GameStopGameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)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 You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign For Autism Speaks This May, Increase Employment Opportunities For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”last_img read more

Roman House Showing Its Age Receives TLC From Public Buildings Department

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Roman House, the headquarters of the school district’s administration, continues to show its age. The historic structure, built in 1900, recently required some significant repairs from the town’s Public Buildings Department.A section of the roof was replaced last week.“The shingles on this section in some areas were missing, starting to come lose, and falling apart, allowing water into the structure,” explained Superintendent of Public Buildings George Hooper. “Approximately 24 square feet of shingles were replaced.”“The Public Buildings Department has been continually monitoring this roof for some time knowing that eventually the roof or building would be replaced,” continued Hooper. “After a few high wind storms and rain events over this past season, it was determined that this section of roof would not survive the upcoming winter and should be replaced.”The project cost $24,870, which will come out of the Public Building Department’s roof repair account within its annual operating budget.Additional work was done to the Victorian-era building, situated in front of Wilmington High School, this week.“There was also a section of the side entrance that deteriorated and needed to be replaced to maintain its integrity and to keep moisture out,” added Hooper. No additional work, other than routine maintenance, is planned at this time.When asked about the long-term future of the Roman House, Hooper is understandably more concerned about building’s current state.“The reality is that the Roman House, for now, serves as a functioning office area and its occupants need to be protected from any elements. That is the responsibility of this department,” responded Hooper. “The Facility Master Plan identifies a need for a new School Administration Office as well as a Town Hall. When these plans move forward, the future of these buildings will be determined by the residents of Wilmington.”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 You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”Wilmington DPW & Public Buildings Dept. Complete Dozens Of Projects To Get Schools Ready For Opening DayIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more