Inside the Pentagon Restructuring ahead of Schedule Democrats Criticize Use of DOD

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Many of the organizational changes within DOD stemming from the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics office into two smaller organizations should be in place by the end of the first quarter of 2019, one year ahead of schedule, Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, told Defense News. “I believe those last critical slots — a lot of [deputy assistant secretary of defense] slots, a few director slots — will all be filled by March of ’19. We’re excited to get going on the work,” Lord said. Under the restructuring, the individual components that now make up the office of the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment will be shifted to a newly created ASD for sustainment. … A group of senior Democrats have asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to reject a request from the Department of Homeland Security to allocate $450 million in military construction funds to construct a new border barrier system along a 31-mile section of the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. “It is utterly irresponsible and appalling that President Trump wants to take away funding for military readiness and infrastructure in order to spend it on his border wall,” Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), ranking member on House Armed Services, said Thursday in a statement. DOD intends to reinforce an estimated 31 miles of fencing “with an additional 30-foot barrier that includes an all-weather patrol road, and vehicle and pedestrian access gates, enhancements which have proven successful along other parts of the southern border,” a Pentagon spokesman said, reported Stars and Stripes.DoD photo by EJ Hersomlast_img read more

Sep7imo Día RecordBreaking New Cirque Du Soleil Shows US Tour

first_imgSep7imo Día, as the production is titled, has been smashing box office records throughout Latin America since opening in Argentina last March, where it was seen by over 530,000 people during a run of fewer than one hundred performances.Capitalizing on that success, Cirque du Soleil has now announced that it will be bringing the show stateside for a pair of production runs in Miami and Los Angeles starting in spring 2018.The massive production includes over one hundred performers and technicians, with twenty trucks needed to haul costumes, props, equipment, and the set pieces required to build the custom-crafted stage.Along with the forthcoming U.S. tour stops, the traveling production has also booked new dates in Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Paraguay.Specific show dates and ticket prices have yet to be announced, but more information on the upcoming shows can be found on Cirque du Soliel’s website.L.A. Declares Nov. 10 “Morrissey Day” Ahead Of Hollywood Bowl Shows Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Sep7imo Día’ Set For U.S. Tour sep7imo-d%C3%ADa-record-breaking-new-cirque-du-soleil-shows-us-tour The hugely successful theatrical production is headed to Miami and Los Angeles in 2018Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 5:25 pm In the tradition of Cirque du Soliel’s hit musical adaptation success stories The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, and Viva ELVIS, the Canadian theater company’s newest program, based on the music of Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo, has been grabbing attention around the world. ‘Sep7imo Día’: Record-Breaking New Cirque Du Soleil Show’s U.S. Tour Twitter center_img News Facebook Email last_img read more

Wilmingtons Ametros Announces New Board Of Director Member

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Artemis Emslie has become an independent member of the Board of Directors of Ametros. As a highly regarded thought leader in the industry, she will provide strategic insight and guidance for the company to ensure products and services align with the company’s overall vision.“We are very excited to have Artemis on the board,” said Marques Torbert, the CEO of Ametros. “Her experience as a senior leader of a fast-growing and successful company in our space gives her a unique perspective to add to our board.”Ametros strives to enhance the lives of injured parties with innovative and affordable post-settlement solutions. Ametros focuses heavily on improving the health and well-being of its members ensuring that they live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.“I am thrilled to join the Ametros family and look forward to contributing to its continued success,” said Emslie. “Ametros has established itself as the leader in post-settlement professional administration and continues to bring innovation and settlement solutions to our industry.”With more than 25 years’ experience in the workers’ compensation and group health industries, Emslie has a keen interest in making sure injured parties receive quality health care and pharmacy services. She is the former CEO of myMatrixx (now an Express Scripts company) and led the company’s growth and transformation from a regional pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) serving injured workers and payers into a major, national PBM.Prior to myMatrixx, Emslie held senior leadership positions with several companies before launching Prosperx Solutions, a PBM auditing firm for workers’ compensation insurance providers. She currently works with the University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy faculty to create an academic program that combines pharmacy doctoral education with business entrepreneurship.Emslie co-founded the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation and serves on its executive board. In addition, she is a past chairman of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Core Funders Group. She serves on the board of directors for Paradigm Outcomes as well as on the advisory boards for the Committee for Economic Development, Business Insurance magazine, Kids’ Chance, and WorkCompCentral’s Comp Laude Awards.About AmetrosAmetros is the industry leader in post-settlement medical administration and a trusted partner for thousands of members receiving funds from workers’ compensation and liability settlements. Founded in 2010, Ametros provides post-settlement medical management services with significant medical and pharmacy discounts along with automated payment technology and Medicare reporting tools. Headquartered just north of Boston in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametros may be reached at 877.275.7415 or via The above press release is from Ametros via BusinessWire.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Ametros Launches First Of Its Kind CareGuard Mobile AppIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Ametros Announces Promotion Of Nicole Sauk To Chief Financial OfficerIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Ametros Appoints Paul Sighinolfi As Senior Managing DirectorIn “Business”last_img read more

Analog Devices Breaks Ground On New Global Headquarters In Wilmington with VIDEO

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, Inc. has officially broken ground on its new global headquarters in Wilmington. The expanded facility will feature state of the art laboratories, design and manufacturing and cross-functional group collaboration space. In addition to 147,000 additional square-feet for research and development, the global headquarters will include a 50,000 square-foot Hub comprising a café, fitness facility and auditorium designed to enable and encourage employees from all departments and functions to gather, connect and engage.At a ground-breaking ceremony on July 11th, the Company hosted Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Senator Bruce Tarr, Jeff Hull, Manager of the Town of Wilmington and other dignitaries from the Commonwealth, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Town of Wilmington Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee. Following brief remarks from guests including Analog Devices’ Co-Founder and Chairman Ray Stata, executives and speakers participated in a celebratory ground-breaking. A pictorial history of the Wilmington facility was on display alongside renderings of the new facilities and renovations to existing structures that showcased light-filled spaces and greenery in and outside the buildings.“We are committed to building the Analog Devices of the future,” said John Hassett, SVP of Global Operations and Technology, Analog Devices. “We have invested and upgraded our facilities globally to provide more modern, latest technological and work design advances, to support and foster the highest level of innovation. This new campus will be our global showcase – enabling us to highlight our best work, attract top talent and build new partnerships.”With a presence in Wilmington dating back to 1981, Analog Devices is the longest-standing and largest manufacturer in the town. From underwriting local STEM scholarships to sponsoring athletics and contributing to environmental causes, Analog Devices has been a reliable partner and supporter to the local community.“The strength of Massachusetts is exemplified by Analog Devices and its position at the forefront of technology,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. “Congratulations on breaking ground on your new global headquarters, capping an incredible 53 years of innovation, with many more to come. We appreciate your contributions to the Commonwealth.”Analog Devices partnered with architect Steven Baker on design, and Lee Kennedy for construction. The Company anticipates moving into the new buildings by 2020.About Analog DevicesAnalog Devices is the leading global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving the toughest engineering challenges. We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure, power, connect and interpret. Visit the entire ground-breaking ceremony below, which is streamed live on Wilmington Apple‘s Facebook page:——L-to-R: Rick Hess (EVP, Analog Devices); John Regan (EVP, Government Affairs, Associated Industries of Massachusetts); Ray Stata (co-founder & chairman, Analog Devices); Bruce E. Tarr (State Senator, Massachusetts – First Essex and Middlesex); John Hassett (SVP, Global Operations & Technology, Analog Devices); Jay Ash (Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts); Marnie Seif (Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Communications & Brand, Analog Devices); Jeff Hull (Manager, Town of Wilmington); Mike Errera (VP, ); Greg Henderson (SVP, Automotive, Communications and A&D, Analog Devices)(NOTE: The above press release & photo are from Analog Devices.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”NO-BRAINER?: Will Wilmington Approve A Tax Increment Financing Agreement With Analog Devices, Ensuring Town’s Largest Employer Stays Put? (Article 40)In “Business”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 10 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At URI

first_imgKINGSTON, RI — The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that more than 5,500 undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2018 Dean’s List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and nations.To be included on the Dean’s List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average. The list includes students who have not yet declared their majors as well as those from all of the University’s undergraduate academic colleges.The following students from Wilmington have been named to URI’s fall 2018 Dean’s List:Amanda BoyleJack BoyleAlanna CoughlinQuinton FoleyNat LafleurAnna PietropaoloStacy RobichaudSiobhan ScanlonRyan WalshAshley WeadickAbout University of Rhode IslandThe University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2018, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 750 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Rhode Island via Merit.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At URIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 12 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of Rhode IslandIn “Education”last_img read more

Athletic Director Tim Alberts Departs Wilmington For Triton

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts recently left the district to become the Athletic Director for the Triton Regional School District.“I would like to thank Wilmington Public Schools for the opportunity to serve as the district’s Director of Athletics, PE & Health for the past 3 years with a special thanks extended to Dr. Brand, Mr. Ruggiero and Ms. Peters for their support and guidance,” Alberts said in a statement to Wilmington Apple. “Thank you to the Wilmington Apple, WCTV, Wilmington Town Crier, Wilmington Sons of Italy, Wilmington Boosters Association, WHS Athletic Alumni Association, Wilmington Buildings & Grounds and Wilmington DPW for their support of WHS Athletics. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the WHS faculty and coaches and I will miss the students, families and community members.”“I am thrilled that we were successful in securing Tim as our next Athletics Director,” Triton Superintendent Brian Forget told the Newburyport Daily News. “His approach to athletics goes far beyond our student athletes’ success on the field, focusing on who they are as individuals, making the entire experience about growth and development. I am confident that we will all benefit from the addition of Tim to our leadership team.”“During his three years, Alberts replaced eight head coaches including Cheerleading twice, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Girls Hockey, Girls Basketball and Football, while during his run most notably the Football and Girls Tennis teams both hosted and won a playoff game/match for the first time in program history,” wrote Town Crier Sports Editor Jamie Pote, who broke the story.Prior to arriving in Wilmington, Albert served as Matignon Athletic Director for three years, where he received the MIAA Ted Damko Award, given to a new athletic administrator who makes “significant contributions to the league, district and state.”While at Wilmington, Alberts earned his Certified Master Athletic Administrator level from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of Alberts’ educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses and professional contributions.Several coaches responded to comment when news broke of Alberts’ imminent departure.“I found Tim Alberts to be highly supportive of the Wilmington Boy Tennis program,” said head coach Robert Mailey. “In addition to increasing the budget for indoor practice time and equipment, he was always approachable and in good humor. He was always ready to help and extremely genuine. We will miss Tim and wish him the very best in future endeavors.”“I want to thank Tim for his unwavering support of the tennis program,” added Girls Tennis Head Coach Matt Hackett. “He supplied us with everything we needed including significant indoor court time which had an extremely positive impact our our program. I wish Tim the best of luck in his new position.”“Tim has been nothing short of incredible. He is always right there when you need him and went above and beyond for the students and coaches. It would be hard to find a nicer guy or AD. I wish him the best,” shared Girls Freshmen Basketball Coach Charles Cann.“Tim Alberts and I started the same year, and he was one of the three people to interview me for the Varsity Volleyball coaching position. I was immediately impressed by his calm demeanor, and his warmth and friendliness,” recalled Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Bruce Shainwald. “As an Athletic Director, I appreciated his support, as we worked to grow the program. One of the more difficult issues that we have had to deal with was turnover at the Freshman Coaching position, and Mr. Alberts brought in some great coaches who not only helped the girls learn to play the game, but inspired them to play and have fun. We greatly appreciated Tim’s support of our program, the coaches, and especially the athletes. He was a generous contributor to our annual Dig Pink fundraiser in support of Stage 4 Breast Cancer Patients and their families. We will miss his smiling face at our matches. We wish Mr. Alberts continued success and best of luck in his new position at Triton.”“I want to extend my thanks to Mr. Alberts for his service and commitment to the Wilmington Public Schools over the last three years and wish him all the very best in his future endeavors,” added Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand in an email to parents.Brand recently appointed former WHS Athletic Director Ed Harrison (2004-2016) to serve as Interim Athletic Director for the 2019-2020 school year.“Mr. Harrison retired from the district in July 2016, after serving for 13 years in the role of Director in Wilmington,” said Brand in his announcement. “In addition to his experience in leading the department, Mr. Harrison also served as a coach for multiple varsity teams, as well as a classroom teacher for many years. Based upon his extensive experience and his familiarity with the district, I can’t think of a better person to step into the role and provide stability and consistency to help serve our district during this time of transition.”A search for Alberts’ permanent replacement will begin in the winter. Brand will announce additional details surrounding the search in the coming months.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWildcat Athletic Summer Camps Attract 519 Kids; Generate $44K Profit For WHS Athletic DepartmentIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Receives $750,000 Grant To Improve The Health Of Its StudentsIn “Education”Benoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”last_img read more

2020 Range Rover Evoque brings topnotch style to Chicago

first_img Chicago Auto Show: Your one-stop shop for everything coming out of Chicago.Land Rover Discovery: We bid our long-termer farewell. Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Preview • 2018 Range Rover: New interior and tech with a plug-in on the way 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel HSE SWB Review • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6: Better tech with a delicious diesel 1:46 SUVs Luxury cars More From Roadshow See All 2020 Range Rover Evoque looks more like a Range Rover than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags • Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the least expensive way to slide into a Range Rover, and now, it looks more like its expensive siblings, which buyers are sure to appreciate.After debuting in Europe late in 2018, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque has finally broken cover in the US at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. This compact SUV carries more Range Rover DNA than ever before, which is obvious from even the quickest of glances. It’s a huge shift from the last-generation Evoque, which had a more unique look.The Evoque appears to get a lot of its inspiration from the shapely Range Rover Velar. Up front, the headlights are as thin as the Velar’s, a growing trend not just at Land Rover. The rear end, though, carries the greatest resemblance, offering more of a coupelike look than before. While many cars physically expand in a new generation, the Evoque is just about the same size as it was before, although the wheelbase is a bit longer, improving legroom and cargo capacity.Enlarge ImageThere’s a lot of Velar influence in the new Evoque. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Its interior has been thoroughly reworked, again begging comparison to Range Rover’s more expensive vehicles. If you like storing junk in the car — and who doesn’t, really — the door panels can now accommodate 1.5-liter water bottles, and there’s a clever little tray behind the climate controls to hide more stuff.Two different engines are on offer. Cars with the P250 designation rock a 2.0-liter gas I4 that’s good for 246 horsepower. If that’s not enough, opt for one of the P300 vehicles, as that brings a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the equation, also boosting the net output to 296 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard.There is a bunch of available tech in this thing, too. Cameras can be used to make the hood “invisible,” showing the driver what’s immediately under the car’s front end. The rearview mirror can switch between a traditional mirror and a camera-based view of the area behind the car. Other optional equipment includes Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which packs two 10-inch touchscreens on the center console and a 12.3-inch screen in place of the gauge cluster. There are six USB ports scattered around the cabin, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is available.The 2020 Range Rover Evoque goes on sale this spring. It’ll start at $42,650, and nonhybrid models stretch up to $56,850 for the limited First Edition trim. On the mild hybrid side, prices range from $46,600 to $55,800. reading • 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings top-notch style to Chicago 32 Photos Post a comment Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings new mild hybrid tech Share your voice Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chicago Auto Show 2019 Land Rover Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Land Rover Jaguarlast_img read more

Without Google people behind bars pen their questions to librarians

first_img 4 This library puts tech in the hands of its patrons 2:18 Internet Share your voice Comments Tetra Images/Getty Images Rachel Kinnon and Jeanie Austin, librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, receive about 60 questions a week from a dedicated group of fans: prison inmates. The inquiries, usually handwritten and sent by post, range from requests for information about transitioning to life outside of prison to explanations of technologies that may not have existed before a prisoner was put away, like 5G and bitcoin. Song lyrics are a frequent ask. Tech infiltrates nearly every aspect of our lives, but remains virtually nonexistent in jails and prisons. Inmates typically don’t have access to computers or cellphones. Sometimes they can send and receive electronic messaging, a stripped-down form of email. But it’s expensive and limited by character counts. digital-libraries-8777-5The Next Chapter is a multipart series that examines the changing role of libraries in a connected world.  James Martin/CNET That’s why Kinnon and Austin are so important to inmates. They serve as human go-betweens for prisoners and information that’s often readily available online. Prisoners express “how they were really disconnected before they had this link to the world,” said Kinnon, who manages the SFPL’s Jail and Reentry Services program. “There’s such a desperate need for information.” Unlike Google, which generally returns results in less than a second, the process of answering prisoner questions can take weeks. Kinnon and Austin scan the letters they read and email them to other librarians, who research the answers. Researchers often do a quick Google search for the answer or access dedicated databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO and Gale. When the responses come back, the pair review them, print them out and mail them back. Librarians: the original search enginesThe SFPL, which is celebrating National Library Week along with other US institutions, isn’t the only library that serves as a de facto Google for inmates. In fact, its letter-writing service, called Reference by Mail, is modeled after a similar program at the New York Public Library. As part of an agreement, the two libraries essentially split the country, with the NYPL taking letters from prisoners in the eastern half of the country and the SFPL taking letters from the western half. A third library, the Harris County Public Library in Houston, takes letters from prisoners in Texas. Other libraries also take questions from prisoners.Reference by MailSome of the letters the San Francisco Public Library receives from inmates.  Rachel Kinnon There are limits to what they can provide. For example, librarians can’t offer legal advice, adult entertainment or information related to violence. Inmates are allowed to write up to two letters a month to the SFPL. All responses include a source note explaining why a particular resource was chosen, as well as a reference list. Responses can run as many as 20 pages. Sometimes librarians will write their own explanations. Other times, they’ll send an article addressing the topic an inmate is interested in. “Sometimes we get asked astrophysics questions, and I’m just like, ‘Screenshots all the way,'” Austin says with a laugh. Not all the questions revolve around serious topics. One person wrote to the NYPL asking about the history of the hot dog, while another requested pictures of every My Little Pony. Someone once asked for love spells, particularly ones that would work through mail. The fact that prisoners use their limited supply of stamps and envelopes to write to the library is telling of how important the resource is to them, Kinnon says. “We’ve had people say explicitly, ‘I wouldn’t get any mail if it weren’t for you,'” she says. Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more