Kingswood launches employee engagement programme

first_imgKingswood has introduced an employee engagement programme and a range of new voluntary benefits for its 650 staff.The educational activity provider has launched the programme to complement its existing benefits offering, to reward staff for their hard work and to further enhance the organisation’s workplace culture.The programme, provided by Perkbox, includes access to a range of practical and recreational perks. This includes free mobile phone insurance and breakdown cover, retail and attraction discounts and half price MOTs.Employees can redeem rewards through their own dedicated account on the online platform, which can also be accessed via a smartphone app.The engagement platform also provides access to online classes in yoga, healthy cooking and meditation, as well as offering financial help and advice.Through the programme, employees are automatically enrolled into a gamified rewards and recognition platform, which works to provide peer-to-peer recognition and internal rewards.Jason Andrews, managing director at Kingswood, said: “We are fully committed to making Kingswood a great place to work and play, both for all of our guests and our fantastic teams who welcome and inspire over 160,000 young people to our education and adventure centres each year.“[The programme] provides another fun and rewarding way to show our appreciation to all our teams, whether they’re activity leaders at centres, support staff, or office based.”last_img read more

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US maritime organisation introduces 12 weeks of paid parental leave

first_imgMarine transportation and logistics organisation Crowley Maritime Corporation has introduced a new parental leave policy to allow its US-based staff to take 12 weeks of leave at full pay.The new benefit will enable full-time, shore-based US employees who have at least one year of service to take 12 weeks of fully-paid leave to care for a new child. The policy applies to birth mothers, employees who are spouses or committed partners of a birth mother, adoptive parents, and employees who are welcoming a child on a foster placement.The paid parental leave policy has been implemented in order to help the organisation attract and retain talent, and develop its reputation as an employer of choice.Crowley, which has approximately 5,300 employees, also aims to support employee wellbeing and family health through the new benefit.Tom Crowley (pictured), chairman and chief executive officer at Crowley Maritime Corporation, said: “We know that becoming a new parent is a watershed event in the lives of our employees. This policy demonstrates that our [organisation] is committed to supporting employees so they may develop their careers while supporting their health and families.“Not only is a family-friendly environment valued by employees, it also makes our [organisation]better by increasing engagement, motivation and productivity.”last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Employee Benefits Live partners with Employee Assistance Professionals Association

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Europe’s largest employee benefits and reward event, Employee Benefits Live, has partnered with the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAP Association) for 2018’s event at the ExCeL, London.The EAP Association is a not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests of both organisations and individuals concerned with employee assistance and psychological health and wellbeing in the UK.The Association, which was established in 1998, aims to promote best practice and the continuing development of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in the UK. This includes developing, maintaining and applying standards of practice, guidance and a code of ethics among its members.Members include external and internal EAP providers, purchasers, counsellors, consultants and trainers working in employee health and wellbeing. The Association further works to represent these industry members to the government and other professional bodies, as well as participating in consultations and responding to the media.The EAP Association is the UK branch of EAPA International, which is based in the US.Kavitha Sivasubramaniam, editor at Employee Benefits, said: “EAPs offer support to people when they need it, often when they don’t know where else to turn. The EAP Association has a crucial role to play in ensuring they continue to provide this support, as well as ensuring best practice standards are maintained. We are delighted that it has come on board as an event partner to support what promises to be the biggest and best Employee Benefits Live to date.”Employee Benefits Live is a two-day event for HR, reward and benefits professionals, featuring an extensive exhibition and a comprehensive multi-stream conference programme. Delegates will be able to gain insight from leading industry experts and specialists as well as network with their peers, colleagues, industry providers and consultants.Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to register for the show…last_img read more

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Woman arrested after allegedly vandalizing Hollywood businesses

first_imgAccording to detectives, they found Umana only a few blocks away, after residents of a nearby apartment complex called 911 to report an injured woman who was passed out on the sidewalk. “I asked her, I said, ‘Are you OK?’ because she had cuts on each arm and had her arm wrapped,’” said Richard Testerman, who dialed 911.Umana told police she had been drinking and didn’t remember how she had hurt herself.No one was injured during the violent spree besides Umana, who reportedly bled after she smashed the storefronts. Store owners reported having to clean up blood off of tables and floors, in the early hours of Monday.None of the business owners reported any theft, but are glad to see police caught a suspect in this case.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is in police custody after she allegedly went on a drunken vandalizing spree in Downtown Hollywood, early Monday morning.Hollywood Police said surveillance video footage captured 29-year-old Vanessa Umana in the act, smashing storefronts, between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., along Hollywood Boulevard, near Dixie Highway.Umana was taken into custody at placed behind bars at the Broward County Jail, Monday afternoon, and has been charged with four counts of felony criminal mischief.According to GoBistro Sushi Restaurant owner Vernon Pless, Umana flipped over multiple tables and caused a mess at his restaurant. “I mean I got a call this morning from one of the owners saying that we had been vandalized,” he said. “I just saw the video for the first time right now, and it’s pretty upsetting knowing that we have to come in here and clean up before even starting our day, so I hope they catch them, and I hope justice is served.”They hope to have GoBisto Sushi’s front door replaced by the end of the day.Several business owners believe Umana may have been kicked out of a nearby bar, which is what sparked her rampage.She hit at least two other restaurants on the same block. “I couldn’t even open my restaurant,” said one of the two other restaurant owners affected by her rampage. “It’s very sad.” last_img read more

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Coast Guard returns 15 migrants to Cuba

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Coast Guard repatriated 15 Cuban Migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. completed the process after three separate interceptions of migrant voyages at sea within the past week, all in the South Florida straits.“Safety of life at sea continues to be the Coast Guard’s primary concern,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District. “The dangerous waters of the Florida Straits can be unforgiving for the unprepared on ill-advised and illegal voyages. Immigration policies have not changed, and we urge people not to take to the ocean in unseaworthy vessels. It is illegal and extremely dangerous.”According to the Coast Guard, at least 4,406 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate to the U.S. via sea in the Florida Straits, Caribbean and Atlantic compared to 4,473 in 2015.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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3 detained after reports of shots fired from car on Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police detained three people after responding to reports of shots fired from a car, Wednesday night, in Miami Beach.Officers responded to the area of 41st Street and Indian Creek Drive, where a 911 caller had reported gunfire coming from a Mustang.Police later stopped a Mustang matching the description and found a gun in the car, officials said.Three people in the car were taken into custody, police said.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Comedian Ralphie May dies of cardiac arrest at 45

first_imgThank you, Ralphie May. You were a world-class comedian. pic.twitter.com/TGWpRcyQGH— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) October 6, 2017 May, a Tennessee native who was raised in Arkansas, parlayed a second-place finish on TV’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2003 into TV and club appearances.His publicist said May’s survivors include his wife, Lahna Turner, and children April June and August James.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for Ralphie May says the comedian has died. He was 45.In a statement Friday, publicist Stacey Pokluda says May died of cardiac arrest. She said he had been fighting pneumonia, which caused him to cancel a few appearances in the past month.His body was found Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas.On Wednesday, the round-faced May was named casino comedian of the year at the Global Gaming Expo. He was booked through the rest of 2017 at Harrah’s Las Vegas.last_img read more

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Indian River County murder suspect found dead in car near Sawgrass Mills

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a murder suspect from Indian River County was found dead in a car near Sawgrass Mills mall.Sunrise Police originally set up a perimeter near the mall to search for 45-year-old Pedro Torres, who was accused of killing his wife, Vicky Torres, in Indian River County.Officers issued a be-on-the-lookout for a green Toyota Sienna, which they believed Torres may have been driving.Monday morning, a car matching the description of the Toyota was seen in the parking lot of the mall.Upon arriving to the scene SWAT Team officers attempted to make contact with the person in the vehicle. When that was unsuccessful, they sent in a robot which was eventually able to get access to the car.Upon going in, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said officers found Torres dead inside the vehicle.“Our officers responded to this location and located a vehicle that matched the description that Indian River County gave out,” said Sunrise Police Officer Chris Piper. “The vehicle was located in the Rooms To Go parking lot. It was unknown if it was occupied or unoccupied. We took extra precautions and secured the roads and the area around the mall to make sure that the community was safe. Our crisis negotiation team came out and tried to make contact, got no response, our SWAT team made contact and he was found to be deceased, the subject was found to be deceased inside the vehicle.” The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said Torres died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Boy bitten while trying to stop dog fight in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a Fort Lauderdale boy to the hospital after, officials said, he tried to protect his pet from a neighbor’s larger dog.According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the incident took place along the 400 block of Southwest 25th Terrace, just before 1:30 p.m.One of the dogs’ owner told 7News that the 11-year-old boy got in the middle of the fighting canines in an attempt to shield his pet when he was bitten in the arm by the larger dog.Animal Services responded to the scene. The dog that bit the boy was placed inside a cage but was not removed.The young victim was undergoing surgery later on Saturday.No one was cited, and the victim’s family will not press charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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BSO deputy hospitalized after crash on I595

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 595.According to officials, the deputy was driving in the eastbound lanes of I-595 in Davie when crashed, Thursday morning.The officer was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in unknown condition.The cause of the crash is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Memorial held for boy killed after falling from Aventura highrise

first_imgFernandes-Pedra was killed after falling from the 12th floor of Echo Aventura. Police said their initial investigation revealed the fall was accidental.According to investigators, Fernandes-Pedra climbed up to the top of the building with his little brother and jumped to his death, believing the playground cover below was a giant trampoline.According to a GoFund me page created for the family, the young boy was from Aruba, and his family would like to take him back home for a proper burial. If you would like to help with the travel and funeral cost click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – A heartbroken community came together to mourn an 8-year-old boy who fell to his death from a high-rise in Aventura.Loved ones held a procession for Justin Fernandes-Pedra along Northeast 188th Street, Sunday. It ended at Peace Park, where participants created a display with candles, flowers and teddy bears.Those who took part in the solemn occasion were asked to wear white tops as a symbol of purity.“My son loved life, and I will always remember him; and we will always love him,” the boy’s mother said.Members of the community stopped by to leave flowers and stuffed animals in the child’s honor. Candles were also left in a circle surrounding the letter “J.”Family members described Fernandes-Pedra as an adventurer who traveled from city to city to compete in go-kart racing. Photos shared by the family showed the boy and his father side-by-side at competitions. Relatives said his father would travel across South America to support him at races.“He was a person, a boy with so much life,” his father said. “I don’t have the words to tell you all who are here, sharing in the great pain that I feel, because I know I will never see him again in my life.” last_img read more

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Fort Lauderdale firefighters save kitten stuck on top of minivan fuel tank

first_imgMonday night just before 8pm Ladder 49 responded to kitten stuck above the fuel tank of a mini van. Crews work quickly to extricate the little guy. To say it was a “purfect” Rescue would be an understatement. #rescue #kittenrescue pic.twitter.com/c6mHLNAwQb— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) June 18, 2019Crews quickly got the kitten out from on top of the fuel tank.Firefighters then took pictures with the rescued feline and posted them on social media.Officials said one of the women in the photos works at the Humane Society of Broward County and will take the kitten there on Tuesday morning. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue have saved a kitten that was found stuck above the fuel tank of a minivan.FLFR responded to the call along the 1600 block of Southeast 13th Street, just before 8 p.m., Monday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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SPD Received Grant For New Portable Radios

first_imgThe cost to replace the fourteen radios totaled $83,103, which was the amount applied for in the grant. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-SPD-gets-grant-for-new-radios.mp3VmJennifer-on-SPD-gets-grant-for-new-radios.mp300:00RPd SPD applied for the grant back in January, and originally requested the necessary funds in order to obtain 14 new radios. According to SPD Chief Peter Mlynarik, The replacement is necessary due to the discontinuation of replacement parts for the current police radios. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department received a grant from the State Homeland Security Program to replace five of the department’s portable police radios. At the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 13, the council voted in favor of approving the grant. On September 13th, SPD received notice that they had been awarded $28,000, which covers the cost of five new portable police radios.last_img read more

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Republican House District 31 Release Stipulations For Upcoming Forums

first_imgParty Chair Nona Safra did not respond to a request for comment by the time of deadline. We will not participate in any debates prior to October 15. Debates scheduled in bars, lounges or establishments serving alcohol will not be approvedThe time, date, moderator and location will require prior approval by the District 31 Chair. Here are the stipulations that Republican District 31 has regarding any potential debates or round tables with the Democratic candidate, Representative Seaton, for District 31 house. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The District 31 Republican Party has released stipulations on when its republican nominee, Sarah Vance, will debate incumbent Paul Seaton before the general election in November. The party’s stipulations also apply to the race in District 9 for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Troy Jones is running against incumbent Willy Dunne. Which means the, October 2, local election will be over prior to the October 15 date.last_img read more

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Vote Postponed On Anchor Point Gravel Pit

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission denied the gravel pit permits last July, and at their meeting on Monday postponed a vote. Emmitt Trimble’s application to excavate his Anchor Point property was denied after hours of public testimony that raised concerns about potential disturbances created by the gravel pit, including damaged views, noise, dust, truck traffic and the property values of adjacent property owners. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A local group is working overtime to spread one message “Stop the Danver Street Gravel Pit”. The proposed gravel pit mine of 27 acres, and has already had it’s permit denied once. An opposition group has taken to Facebook to speak out against the mine “If permitted, this gravel pit will destroy the beautiful, peaceful, quiet Anchor River fishing and State camping areas with gravel mine noise, rock crushers, increased equipment on roads, which are also heavily traveled by motorhomes, trucks pulling boats, bikers and pedestrians.” According to Trimble, of the 40 or so acres only 27 acres would be used to mine gravel, and the oceanfront parcels would  remain untouched The Planning Commission will once again be considering the permit application at their meeting on June 24 for the proposed 27 acre gravel pit mine. The Planning Commission denied this permit last year. The appeal officer sent it back to the Planning Commissioners which now is being decided on June 24.last_img read more

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Layoffs at National Geographic EW Economist Group Doubledown

first_imgThe Economist Group, whose magazine is the only newsweekly in the troubled category to show ad page growth, laid off about a dozen employees in North America, according to a report in Ad Age. Most come from the Economist Intelligence Unit, the company’s business-to-business publishing operation.Also this week, Doubledown Media, publisher of Trader Monthly, Air, Dealmaker, Corporate Leader and Cigar Report—all targeting Wall Street elite—laid off a dozen staffers and “three others were placed on furlough,” according to the New York Post. Meanwhile, 10 executives have been asked to take 50-percent pay cuts through January.And the reported 600 layoffs at Time Inc. are continuing to be executed by the mega-publisher—the latest at Entertainment Weekly, where at least 15 staffers—as many as 25, according to the New York Observer—were shown the door. The layoffs that have devastated the magazine industry in recent months show no signs of slowing downbefore the year-end holidays.This week alone, there have been a smattering of layoffs at some of the more prominent consumer titles—and the numbers, across departments and disciplines, are not insignificant.National Geographic laid off 13 staffers on the magazine’s editorial department, a spokesperson confirmed with FOLIO: today. Whether more cuts should be expected wasn’t immediately clear.  It’s also unclear whether these cuts were part of a rumored 5 to 10 percent staff reduction companywide, according to a Gawker report. The spokesperson declined to say whether the layoffs were part of a larger cost-cutting initiative other than to say the company is “looking into all of its business units.”last_img read more

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Air Force Offers Incentives to Trim Civilian Staffing at Headquarters

first_imgThe Air Force this week began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian workers to help it achieve a DOD initiative to reduce headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent.The incentives mark the third round of the service’s current workforce reduction effort, which is designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies.“The Air Force is committed to using voluntary separation programs as much as possible before pursuing involuntary options,” said Debra Warner, the service’s director of civilian force policy. “The Air Force is committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families,” Warner said.Last year, the service announced it would not go ahead with mandatory layoffs scheduled for 2015, but would continue to offer voluntary separation incentives, reported Government Executive. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at the time that the service had been “reduced far enough.”Officials still may need to eliminate some positions later in the year. Prior to carrying out involuntary reductions, though, headquarters offices and participating installations will attempt to shift employees away from “overage” positions and into permanent jobs, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For September 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, September 9, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: The Wilmington Senior Center is holding a ‘Family Fun Walk’ in celebration of Grandparents Day from 1pm to 3pm at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. There will be face painting, raffles, giveaways, Zumba, and Yoga at this intergenerational event.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Field Hockey team is holding a car wash fundraiser from 9am to 1pm at the 4th of July Building (142 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: Wilmington High School cheerleaders are holding a car wash fundraiser from 10am to 2pm at AAA Tire Company (127 Main Street) in Wilmington.In The Community: Wilmington Youth Soccer will hold its 7th Annual Field Day and 3v3 Tournament from 10am to 4pm at the Shawsheen School fields. As part of Field Day, Wilmington Youth Soccer will be holding its Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association.In The Community: The Fourth Annual Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride will take place today. Registration begins at 10am. The ride starts at 11am. The ride will start and end at Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road, Wilmington). The motorcycle ride, escorted by members of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, will benefit first responders and the children they serve. The ride is sponsored by Marblehead Opticians. Tickets are $20 per rider, $10 for passengers, and $20 for walk-ins. Tickets include coffee and donuts — courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts of Marblehead — and a full lunch after the ride. There will be music, a cash bar, food, and great prizes. Proceeds from the ride help to place Trouble The Dog plush dogs in police cruisers, fire trucks, and ambulances to help first responders provide a source of comfort to children in the event of a fire, accident, or other emergency.In The Community: The Wilmington Town Museum is holding its Monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm at the Harnden Tavern (430 Salem Street).In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Middlesex DA Uncharacteristically High Number Of Fatal Drug Overdoses In Area Over

first_imgLOWELL, MA — Below is a statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan:This week in Middlesex County, we have responded to six fatal overdoses in the communities of Waltham, Marlborough, Cambridge and three in Lowell. This number is uncharacteristically high.We are urging the community and loved ones of individuals struggling with substance use to increase contact with individuals who are known to be using heroin or other controlled substances; this includes making extra phones and visits and having access to naloxne. As a reminder, many pharmacies have a standing order to provide Narcan.Call 911 immediately if you witness an overdose.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex DA Calls Attention To Surge In Opioid Overdoses In Greater LowellIn “Government”Middlesex DA Marian Ryan Sponsors Narcan Training For School Nurses & CoachesIn “Government”Middlesex DA: 33+ Fatal Overdoses In Area Since March 1In “Government”last_img read more

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New Asus ROG RTXpowered laptops coming Jan 29

first_img Review • Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II review: Great screen, but an ugly paint job Comment Walmart Preview • Asus ROG Strix Scar II aims for FPS gamers 40 Photos Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Laptops The updated Asus ROG Zephryus S gets Nvidia’s new RTX2080 graphic cards. Aloysius Low/CNET Gamers looking for the latest and greatest laptops won’t have too long to wait. Asus plans to release updated versions of its gaming notebooks next week that will come packing Nvidia’s top-end RTX GPUs.The sleek-looking ROG Zephryrus S, both the 15-inch (GX531) and the 17-inch (GX701) versions, alongside the ROG Strix Scar II, also in 15-inch (GL504GW) and 17-inch (GL704GW) models, will go on sale globally on Jan. 29. They come loaded with either Nvidia’s RTX2070 or RTX2080 graphic cards.Don’t expect these gaming notebooks to be cheap, though. In Singapore the 15-inch Zephyrus S will cost S$3,700 (which converts to about $2,700, £2,070 or AU$3,800), while the 17-inch will cost S$5,000 (it uses the Nvidia RTX2080). The Strix Scar II is a bit cheaper at S$3,500 for the 15-inch, and S$3,600 for the 17-inch. Official local pricing will likely differ, but these prices should give you a good idea of what to expect. 1 Mentioned Above Asus ROG Strix Scar II Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choicesHow to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online 17:56center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See all the best laptops of CES 2019 $1,649 Gaming laptops are usually big and bulky, but both Zephryus S models are slim, portable notebooks that look good and are easy to carry around. At just 16mm thick, the Zephryus S is more than capable of delivering everything you need for gaming, though its battery life (as tested on last year’s GTX 1070 model) was short at just 4 hours. The Strix Scar II laptops sport a more pedestrian design: The bulky boxy chassis doesn’t do much to inspire, but the gaming performance more than makes up for it.While last year’s models came in Nvidia’s GTX1060, GTX1070 or GTX1080 flavors, the refresh means games will look even better thanks to the latest RTX graphic cards. RTX uses Nvidia’s latest Turing architecture and real-time ray tracing for even more realistic-looking games.  $1,489 Share your voice See It Tags Now playing: Watch this: Asus Nvidia See itlast_img read more

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