SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Schools To Receive 600K Infusion Of Technology In Next

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s meeting, the Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved $605,000 in capital requests for the 2019-2020 school year.The capital requests included:$180,000 for projector & interactive whiteboard replacements at the Middle School$100,000 for a wireless upgrade at the Middle School$100,000 for laptop replacements at the North & West$100,000 for a new datacenter for the district$75,000 for 80 desktops and monitor replacements in the Middle School Tech Labs$30,000 for a PA system upgrade at the six lower schools$20,000 for Chromebook Carts for MCAS testing“The use of technology continues to play a significant role in our schools,” Town Manager Jeff Hull stressed in his recent budget message. “Capital expenditures in the amount of $605,000 are recommended in the upcoming year’s budget to help ensure Wilmington’s students can develop essential skills for the 21st century.”“The 18-year-old Middle School requires an upgrade to its Wi-Fi infrastructure. As use of technology continues to expand, maintaining connectivity is key,” said Hull. “The replacement of projectors and whiteboards is proposed, as the existing projects with be 10 years old in fiscal year 2020 and do not have the level of resolution as compared with current projects.”Hull also noted that the current laptops and desktops at the North and West are at least five years old, while the upgrades to the school system’s data center will allow for “automatic data balancing, greater reliability and data protection, with capacity for data and computing growth.”Residents will vote on each capital request at the Annual Town Meeting in May.(NOTE: The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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… RelatedWilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”VIDEO: Watch This Week’s School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Wednesday Night’s MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

As waters warm Arctic fish populations change

first_imgA new report shows more fish are moving to Arctic waters. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management teamed up to create the inventory, which describes more than 100 species of fish found in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas — including 20 species new to the region.Download audioArctic cod is an important part of the marine food web. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)The Alaska Arctic Marine Fish Ecology Catalog for the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas has been a long time coming. Biologist Milton Love has been working on the project since 2009. He says both Arctic seas appear to be changing.“We’re starting to see either new introductions of temperate fishes from the south or at least larger numbers of them, particularly in the Beaufort Sea,” said Love.At this point, Love isn’t sure what these changes mean for fish traditionally found in the Arctic. Since the area has historically been difficult to sample, it’s hard to establish if fish are coming from the south, growing in population, or both.One species that could be affected is Arctic cod, a major player in the marine food web. Love says the species does better in near-freezing water.“If ice becomes less predominant over time and waters warm, then perhaps Arctic cod will not do as well,” he said. “There are a number of predatory birds and mammals that certainly feed in great quantity on Arctic cod.”If those species aren’t able to eat anything else, they could be impacted, too.Because of the importance of Arctic cod, the team analyzed the effects of a warming climate on the species as well as its major competitor – saffron cod. As temperatures rise, both species will likely shift north. That would expand the range for saffron cod, but restrict the range for Arctic cod.Love sees a wide range of uses for the new report, from evaluating environmental impacts on the region to monitoring changes in fish distribution and managing fisheries. It also includes traditional Iñupiaq names to improve communication between researchers and local communities.last_img read more

The goddess theory

first_imgAn art gallery in the Capital puts together a dramatic profusion of works from the private studio of sculptor and installation artist Narayan Chandra Sinha. The exhibition is curated by Ina Puri. Debi is a bride between craft and fine arts. It reflects an intelligent use of discarded materials and weaving them together to tell a story that resonates with culture and tradition. Yet, the language is modern, chic and understated in every sense of the word. In essence, the show is a tribute to beauty, originality and style that’s sensibly crafted in a modern language.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”I have a concern to preserve culture. I use objects that have been a part and parcel of our tradition. There are thoughts and methods behind my choice of materials that may appear to be discards in the eyes of viewers,’ he says.  Sinha is a master innovator who is known for blending  different materials. There is Durga Ma beautifully welded in metal while the face is in brass. The necklace made of iron that must have been heated at a certain temperature and bend to take the shape of a neck has chunky pieces of brass including a gas stove burner.  Mark in the dates and head over.last_img read more

Police leaving no stones unturned to ensure safe IDay

first_imgKolkata: The police is taking all necessary steps to avoid any untoward incident during the Independence Day parade to be held at Red Road on Wednesday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be hoisting the national flag at Red Road. She will also be given guard-of-honour. The programme at Red Road is scheduled to start at 10 am and it will continue till around 11.30 am. The Chief Minister will also be giving out police medals in the same programme.The parade will begin with a tableau of Safe Drive Save Life and subsequently participants from Kolkata Police, West Bengal Police, school children and tableaus of different departments will be passing one after the other. Around 980 children of different schools will be performing in the parade. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The Winners”, a special all-women patrolling team of the city police to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city, will also be participating in the Independence Day parade. A team of women officers of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will also be taking part in the parade. This will be the first time for the Mounted Police unit taking part in it.There will be tableaus on the projects including Rupashree, Kanyashree, Sabujshree, Khadya Sathi, and Sabujsathi. Besides the tableau of the Youth Services and Sports department with the theme of ‘Football’, there will also be a tableau of the Information and Cultural Affairs department based on the theme of ‘Sampriti’. Flowers will be sprinkled from helicopter at the time of the parade.Kolkata Police has tightened the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident during the parade. An additional 1,500 policemen will be deployed and at the same time, there will be close monitoring from watchtowers. As many as 10 watchtowers have been erected around Red Road. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be deployed and there will also be six mobile patrolling units.last_img read more

Women chess players perform better than men

first_imgWhen it comes to playing chess against a male opponent, women often outperform expectations, a new study claims. The study results, published in the journal Psychological Science, indicate that women players are not affected by negative stereotypes about their chess abilities during competition games.According to the researchers, data from 1,60,000 ranked chess players and more than five million chess matches suggests that women playing against men perform better than expected based on their official chess ratings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The news is good for female chess players, of whom there are exploding numbers. Although discrimination is real and pervasive, women playing tournament chess do not seem to be at a disadvantage when paired with men,” said the co-author of the study, Tom Stafford from the University of Sheffield.To investigate this phenomenon, researchers analysed data from standard tournament chess games played between rated players from January 2008 through August 2015. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe rating system continuously incorporates game outcomes to update players’ ratings. These ratings can be used to predict who will win in a match between any two players, the researcher said.In total, the analyses included data from 1,50,977 men and 16,158 women playing in 55,58,110 games.Overall, men had a slightly higher average FIDE rating than women. But the game outcomes indicated that women won matches against men more often than would have been predicted given each player’s rating. This pattern held across the whole range of rating differences. In other words, women outperformed expectations when playing a man compared with when they played against other women, a finding that runs contrary to the negative effect that one would expect as a result of stereotype threat.”These findings show that even famous psychological phenomena may not be present all the time. Factors other than stereotype threat appear to be more important in determining men and women’s tournament chess performance,” Stafford noted.last_img read more

Mozilla releases Firefox Beta for Windows 10 on Qualcomm Snapdragon Always On

first_imgLast year in December, Mozilla announced its collaboration with Qualcomm to create an ARM64-native build of Firefox targeting Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 ‘Always On, Always Connected’ PCs. Yesterday, it shared that this Firefox build is now available in their Beta release channel. This release builds on top of Firefox Quantum, which is designed to efficiently work on multiple core processors. With this release, Mozilla aims to take this multi-paradigm one step further by making Firefox Quantum efficient for octa-core CPUs available from Qualcomm. To give users “a fast, personal, and convenient experience”, it takes advantage of Rust’s safe concurrency property to divide browsing tasks across the cores Qualcomm processors are being widely used in smartphones. At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018, the company shared that they are now moving into the PC space. They introduced the Always on, Always Connected PC category that aims to provide users smartphone-like features on a PC. These features include continuous connectivity and lightning-fast LTE speeds, multi-day battery life, location awareness, among others. Along with this, Qualcomm also announced that they are working with developers to bring a wide range of software applications that will be natively supported in these PCs and one of them was Firefox. Chuck Harmston, Mozilla’s senior product manager for the Firefox Arm project, said, “One of the most compelling features of Windows laptops using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset is the battery life it enables, measured in days, rather than hours. We’ve been working hard to take advantage of that, offloading discrete tasks to small chips to use less power … This was a big project that spanned the Firefox organization, touching almost every part of the browser.” Developers are encouraged to try this latest Firefox beta release on their Snapdragon Windows 10 devices and submit bug and crash reports to Mozilla. To know more, check out the official announcement by Mozilla. Read Next Mozilla developers have built BugBug which uses machine learning to triage Firefox bugs Mozilla adds protection against fingerprinting and Cryptomining scripts in Firefox Nightly and Beta Mozilla is exploring ways to reduce notification permission prompt spam in Firefoxlast_img read more