WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform) As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District. I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.” Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party. If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no. And vice versa. I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington. I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill. That tells me we can work together. If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it. If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it. And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula. Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants. I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE. In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.” I couldn’t disagree more. They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so. We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking. When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.” And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROLast week, Washingtonians heard concerning news about the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS): 1,000 current D.C. educators do not have the proper certification to teach in the classroom. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) uncovered this information late last year.Following recent reports of lower graduation rates this June, interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander finds herself under scrutiny again. But, according to a DCPS spokesperson, a teaching certification is not the only “assessment” the District’s teachers go through.Interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander. (Courtesy Photo)“DCPS works hard to have a highly effective teacher in every classroom,” a DCPS spokesperson said in an email to the AFRO on June 26th. “Ensuring teachers have a license is one of many components we look at to determine whether teachers are meeting our high standards. We will continue to hold our teachers to high standards, and we are partnering with OSSE to ensure more teachers have active licenses or are in the process to obtain one before the start of the next school year.”In addition to a license, the DCPS selection process includes a background check, an evaluation and professional development.Research also shows that a teaching certification may not be directly correlated with high academic outcomes. After studying the relationship among applicants in DCPS’ hiring process, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in 2016 found that selection using basic credentials such as certification and completion of graduate education is likely to yield few benefits. Further, the NBER found that “credentials have little or no power to explain variation in performance across teachers.”Despite what some may describe as a robust hiring process and research disputing some of the importance of licensure, members of the education community – including parents, practitioners, and elected officials – have voiced concerns about the newest scandal in the District’s public school system. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, is one of the most prominent voices.“There remains a greater question about whether we have the appropriate requirements in place for all school staff in both our traditional public and public charter schools,” Councilmember Grasso said in a June 21 statement, “The Committee on Education will be focused on that question over the summer as part of its work to improve school safety and will hold hearings on this matter once the Council returns from its recess in September.”The good news is plans are underway for all DCPS teachers to be certified. “We are working with the Washington Teacher’s Union to inform all current, unlicensed employees that they must have applied for an initial or standard credential with OSSE before the start of school year 2018-2019,” a DCPS spokesperson told the AFRO. “DCPS will also provide targeted supports to our educators in navigating the licensure process in collaboration with OSSE.“New teachers will be held to similar standards. All new educators starting with DCPS in the next school year and beyond will be required to apply for a teaching credential with OSSE prior to their start date with DCPS.
5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 17, 2014 The Internet is set for another revolution, much like the smartphone explosion of the 2000s. This revolution, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), will connect physical devices, such as air conditioners, appliances and lights to the Internet.The IoT is generating particularly widespread interest due to its projected growth from $33 billion in 2013 to $71 billion in 2018. Like technology revolutions of the past, much of the market will be captured by new companies with innovative products.Related: The 7 Most Useful Smart Home DevicesWe see connected-living startups pop up almost daily, but there are a few things that truly set successful IoT startups apart. So, how can you position your business for IoT success? Here are our top five tips:1. Ensure your device tells a “story.”Your product needs to tell a clear story that can both stand alone and also work well with other services. Consumers need to understand what specific need this product will serve, in their language.The “connected lifestyle” is really a grouping of these individual stories — a novel — that work better together. However, average consumers rarely walk into Best Buy intending to purchase a full suite of connected products all at once. Instead, they focus on one need at a time.The best way to handle this? Make sure that your product’s initial value proposition is crystal clear.The Zen thermostat is a good example. Its initial use case was clear from the beginning: a simple thermostat that connects to the Internet. This clear value proposition coupled with the fact that setup was easy and the product already had an established team behind it (fact: Indiegogo campaigns run by two or more people raise 94 percent more money than campaigns by single individuals), made it a desirable and well-designed campaign from the gate — attracting both consumers and press.2. Plan your compatibility roadmap from day one. Customers don’t want to invest in dead-end technology. They may not even fully understand the concept of the IoT when they purchase a connected device, but consumers have begun learning the value of combining several IoT devices together to increase their overall usefulness.What many don’t know, though, is that multiple standards exist and that not all devices speak the same “language.” Thus, it’s critical that your product plays nicely with other devices and services.3. Mentorship is even more important than you think.Every connected product requires expertise in many different domains: hardware layout, standards interoperability, industrial design, distribution strategy and many more. Leveraging industry mentors will help you make the best product possible.Related: Why U.S. Innovation Needs China to Achieve the Next Technology Mega-TrendMentorships can come in many forms: guidance through a crowdsourcing campaign, assistance with radio frequency design, navigation through complex certifications, and advice on distribution channel selection. Look to companies such as platform providers, chip manufacturers and business partners for this mentorship.For example, you should know the difference between Zigbee and Z-Wave, and what each standard can offer in terms of distribution channels and strategic partnerships. Rather than relying solely on technical issues, startups should think through these types of implications to guide their connectivity decision. Mentors can help you navigate these multi-faceted issues.4. Have a plan for handling privacy, security and data from the beginning.Life is made better by sharing information, but as we share more and more data, you need to know how you’re going to protect it. Even technology goliaths have made privacy missteps, causing reduced consumer confidence and lower sales volumes.This is certainly another area where mentorship can lend a hand. Partners can also accelerate your time to market by providing robust, safe, proven infrastructures that your devices can leverage.5. Assume the person setting up your product knows little about technology.The average consumer will not take the time to learn about technology in order to use a new device. Customers purchase IoT devices to make their lives easier, not more complex, so it’s important to ensure you are catering to novices, not early adopters. One of the most critical things to simplify and streamline: the set up of your connected device.While it is most important to cater to the average consumer, technology enthusiasts are often early adopters. Since they fuel the early phases of your growth, it is also important to provide them with access to advanced configuration, customization and other features. Just don’t let those tech-focused features take center stage.The future awaits.Historically, upstart companies have had huge opportunities during similar technological upheavals such as the industrial revolution, the introduction of the Internet and the propagation of smartphones.Consider the histories of John Deere, Oracle and Google. All of these companies grew exponentially due to technological shifts like the one we’re seeing with the Internet of Things. Give your company the best opportunity to take advantage of this huge market expansion by keeping these tips in mind.Related: 5 Steps the ‘Smart’ Home Industry Must Take to Develop a Consumer Market Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Globus family launches ‘The Source’ marketing toolkit for agents TORONTO — New for agents, The Source is a complete set of marketing tools available 24/7 on the Globus family of brands’ travel agent portal, Agentlingo.ca. The system can be accessed on computers, tablets or smart phones.“This is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use marketing program we’ve ever provided,” says Patrice Geske, Marketing Manager for the Globus family of brands. “With just a few clicks, agents will be able to customize emails, flyers and ad templates; download or email videos; access e-guides and brochures; download logos and even images for social media posts, which are all part of the program.”The Source is available for all four Globus family brands: Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways. Find out more at agentlingo.ca. Tags: Globus Share Travelweek Group
THE Extraordinary General Meeting of the Rugby League Council scheduled to be held on Wednesday October 9 has been postponed.A majority of Super League clubs have indicated an interest in further consultation on the detail of the proposals in order to reach the best solution.These discussions will continue to positively progress but all parties involved are unanimous in their belief that the key focus for Rugby League at this moment is staging a successful Rugby League World Cup 2013 and this should be the focus of the sport.The RFL will be making no further comment at this time.
SAINTS’ Betfred Super League campaign continues this evening when Wakefield Trinity come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.We have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family!Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 6:30pm Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Crabbie’s – Buy two Crabbie’s and get a beanie hat free in the kiosks tonight!Kiosk Food – We have a new range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks – endorsed by big Alex Walmsley. We’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. Click here to find out more!Member Offer – If you’re a member, you can take advantage of our pie and hot drink combo offer for £3.50. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosks to access this deal. slected kiosksBoots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello! The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Bucket Collection – Dig deep for Breast Cancer Research.Kick Off – We’ve planned a very special and spectacular entrance for the teams tonight – be in your spot ten minutes before kick off! Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at firstname.lastname@example.orgAlso, we will have a very special announcement from the Steve Prescott Foundation at half time. Stay tuned!The match is sponsored by Knauf Insulation with Hightown Group as our Corporate Sponsor. The Matchball is sponsored by Bidvest.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands.If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore is open from 9am until kick-off. It will be open after the game for half an hour. Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale.Featuring an interview with new signing Luke Douglas it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? These will change every match!There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams – and an interview with Zeb Taia.It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelMatchday Car Parking details are here.