WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program ended its final session this summer on Thursday, August 1.Below is a video from staffer Erin Cowden highlighting some of the fun that was had over the past three weeks:——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… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”
Listen It’s hard to keep principals at schools with high poverty. Research shows that over a quarter of those schools lose their principals each year.In East Houston, Furr High School tells a different story. There the principal is going on 17 years at the helm and leads the most ambitious endeavor on campus yet.Meet Bertie Simmons. She’s five feet tall. She wears red lipstick, thick rimmed glasses and a white bob. Next month she turns 83 years old.On this recent morning, she welcomed a mom to her office.“Have a seat. So what’s going on?” Simmons asked.“Horrible, I’ve had a horrible week,” Yasmin Rodriguez answered.Rodriguez came with her son Alex. He recently transferred but he’s failing his classes and gets in trouble for talking back. On top of that, Rodriguez just lost her job. Simmons tried to help.“Could you have passing grades? What if I got you a mentor?” she asked Alex.She called in the football coach, Cornell Gray. He looked Alex up and down and told him to bring shorts for practice tomorrow.“Alright, well, you’re in trouble now because Simmons put me on you,” Gray said.His mom brightened and quipped: “That’s a good thing.”Rodriguez is a single mom and likes the idea of her son having a male role model.Simmons spent half an hour with Alex and told some of her story – how she became principal here when his mom attended Furr.“Boy, if you think I’m sexy now, I was hot then! No, no, not really, I’m acting silly. I want you to know that we care about the kids in this school, and that’s why I’m taking this much time with you. Because I’m not going to let you come here and fail,” Simmons said.Laura IsenseeOn a recent morning, Furr Principal Bertie Simmons listened to a freshman read his first essay.This is how Simmons spends a lot of her day. She sees a steady stream of people: teachers, students, district officials. Most bring problems, though some share good news. In between visits, Simmons might snack on ice chips and Nutter Butter cookies.The day quickly becomes a case study of how this longtime, successful principal leads. It’s all about relationships.“Mainly there has to be a deep, abiding, sincere concern for all human beings,” Simmons said of her philosophy. “And I don’t find a lot of people going into education and especially the principal-ship who have that. And that’s not a put-down. It’s just reality.”Next on the day’s meetings, it’s a tense meeting about bullying with some moms and their daughters.The mothers urge their girls to focus on school.“You know, everybody needs to not be friends, but to get along to make it,” said Renee Vessell. “Because you never know who’s going to need who on the outside of this world.”Simmons backed her up: “Listen to the mother here, listen to all the mothers. They’re not yelling and screaming and carrying on and acting like – Do you know how y’all acted in my office? Y’all were cray, cray, every single one of you.”After the meeting, Simmons said that sometimes she’s crazy herself, in a good way.“I think I’m a little cray cray. I mean, I’m determined that these kids are going to have a chance,” she said.She came out of retirement to lead Furr in 2000. Back then, gangs ruled the campus. Barely half the kids graduated. Simmons thought she’d last three months. Seventeen years later, she leads a national experiment at Furr to transform the high school. Last fall, the school won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, a foundation led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Experts say school turnaround efforts are difficult without stable leadership.“It’s really just sort of having the gift of time, that you start something and you have the opportunity to see it through,” said Laura Hamilton, who studies ed reform with the national research group RAND Education. She said that time lets principals make real change.“As opposed to what often happens where you start something and you’re just kind of getting used to it and the next new thing comes in because there’s a leadership change, or policy change or whatever it might be,” Hamilton explained.Hamilton cautioned, however, that a principal’s skills must match the school’s needs, and sometimes turnover can be a good thing.From her decades of experience, Simmons said that there’s something else needed for real results in education: Principals have to care deeply for all their students.Simmons reflects on that every night.“And wonder if I’ve done enough. That’s the main thing, that I give enough. Did I care enough? Could I have done something differently? I don’t want to sound mushy but I’m just being honest,” she said.She added that it’s that concern for her students that keeps her going. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:39 Share
The Trump administration is in the process of eliminating a program aimed at bringing foreign entrepreneurs to the United States.The International Entrepreneur Rule was started under President Barack Obama but only went into effect in July 2017, after the Trump administration announced plans to delay it.How does the program’s elimination affect Houston’s effort to boost its startup ecosystem?Ken Harder, partner at immigration law firm Dunbar Harder, and Aziz Gilani with venture capital firm Mercury Fund provide answers.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. Florian MartinKen Harder, left, with immigration law firm Dunbar Harder, and Aziz Gilani, managing director at venture capital firm Mercury Fund 00:00 /03:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share
Reem Ibrahim Al-Arfaj is the first certified yoga trainer in Saudi Arabia. On her first visit to India this past week, she was left mesmerised by the Kumbh mela at Prayagraj. Clad in a black burqa and a hijab, her excitement was palpable when asked about her experience at the Kumbh. “It was amazing. Everyone was smiling and they were excited to meet us. The security there was very high and we felt very safe among those people,” said Reem, who is in her 20s. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong the delegates from 181 countries who were invited by the Indian government to visit the Kumbh and participate in the cultural activities there, she has completed 500 hours of yoga training for trainers under an expert at the Indian embassy in Riyadh last year. She feels she is very good in aspects like yogic sukshma vyayam, shat kriya, surya namaskar, yogasana, pranayama and meditation. “I am a businesswoman and help my father in his business. I heard about yoga and it attracted me. So I enrolled for this programme at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh. Now I can train others in yoga,” she said with a glitter in her eyes. Though Reem did not take a dip in the Ganga, Goran Pejakovic from Croatia not only took the holy dip but also recited the Gayatri mantra while he was in the river. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe has been practising Vaishnavism since 1991. “I read Bhagavad Gita and since then I was attracted towards spirituality and Vaishnavism,” Goran said as he flaunted his bodi (tuft) and the janeo. Born in a Christian family, Goran finds no contradiction in the faith of his forefathers and his own “spiritual path”. “They believe in one god and I also believe in one god and that is Krishna,” he added with a smile. His wife and daughter too are devotees of Lord Krishna and the family is vegetarian. Konstantinos Kalaitzis from Greece loves to sing bhajans, including Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite one ‘Vaishnav jana…’ On his 44th visit to India since 1986 and having travelled to all major Hindu pilgrimage sites including Kailash Mansarover, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamnotri, Nanda Devi, this was his first chance to visit a Kumbh mela. “But Kumbh was a different feeling. I went in the Ganga and swam. I felt very good after that,” he said. Delegates from other Arab countries including the UAE, Oman and Syria also came. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, the President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) that organised the entire exercise, said it was the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “While the Kumbh is happening for millenia together, for the first time a conscious attempt was made to have representation from each and every country on the globe. Invites were extended to those people who were interested in culture,” Sahasrabuddhe said. An orientation programme was held explaining the idea, history and significance of the Kumbh besides the aspects of management that go into organising such a big event. “The idea was to enhance the literacy about the idea of India and Indian culture. Because many a time India and events like Kumbh are seen like a puzzle or riddle. It is an exercise to demystify events like Kumbh,” he added.
August 4, 2017 A researcher who played a role in halting the spread of the WannaCry ransomware has been indicted by U.S. authorities for allegedly creating the Kronos malware with another individual.As Motherboard reports, U.K.-based researcher Marcus Hutchins, known online as MalwareTech, was arrested in Las Vegas this week, where he was attending the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences.The indictment, filed on July 11 in Wisconsin District Court, says that “Defendant Marcus Hutchins created the Kronos malware,” alongside another person, whose name has been redacted from the filing. Between July 2014 and July 2015, the two “intentionally cause[d] damage without authorization to 10 or more protected computers,” it says.A spokeswoman for the FBI’s Nevada office referred PCMag to the Department of Justice, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Hutchins made headlines in May when he stopped the spread of the WannaCry by accident. He noticed the ransomware “queried an unregistered domain, which I promptly registered.” But WannaCry looks to connect to that unregistered domain. If it can’t connect, “it ransoms the system,” MalwareTech explained. If it connects to the domain, though, “the malware exits” and the system is not compromised. After the registration, WannaCry connected to the domain and was stopped in its tracks.According to the indictment, Hutchins’s alleged co-conspirator posted a video that demonstrated how the Kronos malware worked on July 13, 2014. The person then offered to sell the Kronos banking trojan for $3,000 “on an internet forum.”Hutchins reportedly helped this person update the Kronos malware in February 2015, after which it was advertised for sale on the (now-defunct) AlphaBay dark web forum. In June 2015, it sold for about $20,000 in digital currency, the indictment says.As some have pointed out online, Hutchins requested a Kronos sample on the day the video in question went up.Anyone got a kronos sample?— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) July 13, 2014Fellow researcher Andrew Mabbitt, who traveled to Las Vegas with Hutchins and several other colleagues, says he refuses to believe the charges. “He spent his career stopping malware, not writing it,” Mabbitt says of Hutchins.Mabbitt says he will be “crowdfunding legal fees soon.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which often steps in to assist with cases like this, tweeted that it is “deeply concerned about security researcher Marcus Hutchins’ arrest. We are looking into the matter, and reaching out to Hutchins.” Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read