Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享President Donald Trump has signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package, on Friday, December 22, just in time for Christmas as promised. It is the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws since 1986, but far from the largest tax cuts in American history as the president claims. President Trump: “I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas. With final passage of this legislation, that is exactly what they are getting.” Politically, it marks the Republicans’ first major legislative accomplishment of Trump’s presidency. President Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it today that “the numbers will speak.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 17, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 8am to 2pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Mr. & Mrs. WHS Contest will take place at 7pm in the WHS Auditorium.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Coffee with a Cop at 10am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Kindergarten Book Club at 3:45pm. Not a Fright in Sight at 6:30pm. Current Events Discussion Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. Beading Group at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office Hours at 11am. Moments Cafe at 1pm. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 24, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
Listen Courtesy of his website.Texas Governor Greg AbbottGov. Greg Abbott is threatening to pull Texas out of a federal program to help resettle refugees, citing security concerns.Abbott said the state will withdraw from the federally funded Refugee Resettlement Program by September 30, unless the Obama Administration “unconditionally” approves Texas’ demands for stricter screening of refugees. That would make Texas the third state to pull out of the program, after Kansas and New Jersey.“Texas has accomplished providing both security and refuge for decades,” says Chris Kelley, a spokesman for the non-profit Refugee Services of Texas. “Refugees remain the most scrutinized group of people who come to the U.S. They undergo 20 layers, two-plus years of security checks. And to suggest that there’s a problem with security, it’s just not the case, and it’s irresponsible.”The move would not prevent refugees from coming to Texas. But it would force non-governmental organizations to take up much of the burden of providing services such as healthcare and English-language education to refugees.Martin Cominsky, president and CEO of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, says refugee resettlement already makes up about a third of his organization’s workload.“It’s a $6 million project for us, and so funding difficulties will be a challenge when you’re spending a half-million dollars a month to help bring people and resettle them as productive citizens in Houston,” Cominsky says.Texas sued the Obama Administration to halt the resettlement of all Syrian refugees in the state, following last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. A federal judge threw out the suit in June.Note: News 88.7 reached out to Abbott’s office for comment for this story. We had not received a response by airtime. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:39
Katherine Streeter for NPRLight therapy helps some people with seasonal affective disorder feel better. Now it’s being tested as a treatment for bipolar disorder.As the months grow colder and darker, many people find themselves somewhat sadder and even depressed.Bright light is sometimes used to help treat the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Researchers are now testing light therapy to see if it also can help treat depression that’s part of bipolar disorder.It’s unclear how lack of light might cause the winter blues, although some suggest that the dark days affect the production of serotonin in the skin.The idea with light therapy for depression is to replace the sunshine lost with a daily dose of bright white artificial light. (Antidepressants, psychotherapy and Vitamin D help, too, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.) The light box is actually more like a screen, the size of an average desktop computer. Some people call it a “happy box.”To test its usefulness in treating bipolar disorder, researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University enrolled 46 patients who had at least moderate bipolar depression. Half of participants were assigned to receive bright light therapy. The other half received a dim red placebo light. They also kept taking their regular medication.In an effort to ensure lack of bias, the placebo group was instructed not to search for information about light therapy and not to discuss the appearance of their light with anyone else in the study.All participants were told to place the light box about 1 foot from their face for a 15-minute session to start. Every week, exposure was increased until it reached a dose of 60 minutes per day. Patients didn’t have to stare at the box, says psychiatrist Dorothy Sit, lead author of the study, published last month in the American Journal of Psychiatry. They simply had to be in front of it. “They could read the paper, a journal, or look at their bills,” she says.Patients with SAD typically do their light therapy first thing in the morning, when they wake up. But earlier research by Sit found that early morning light therapy could switch people with bipolar disorder into a manic phase. So in the new study, she decided to have patients engage in light therapy midday, between noon and 2:30 p.m.After four to six weeks, Sit found 68 percent of patients using bright white light therapy achieved remission of depression compared to 22 percent of patients who received the placebo light. For the bright-light patients, “they returned to work, they were able to look after things at home, they were functioning back to their normal selves again,” says Sit.Sit and other researchers say it’s important that people with bipolar disorder not try light therapy on their own.First, the results in this study are “intriguing, but highly preliminary,” according to Al Lewy, a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University who was one of the pioneers of light therapy to treat SAD.And given that light therapy can trigger hypomania, Lewy says that the therapy should be conducted under a doctor’s supervision, preferably a psychiatrist. “If there’s the slightest chance that a patient will switch into a manic episode, then their doctor can be there to treat them.”Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About 3 percent of the U.S. adult population suffers from the disorder.This study “offers a glimmer into a new pathway for treatment,” says psychiatrist Ken Duckworth, medical director of the patient advocacy group National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s needed, he says, because “bipolar depression is one of the most difficult types of depression to treat.” Medications such as mood stabilizers can help treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder are not effective in treating the depressive phase, Duckworth says. And people with bipolar disorder “spend most of their time on the depressive end of the spectrum.”Sit says it’s important to see her findings duplicated in future research, which should also investigate how the light affects the body’s circadian rhythms at different times of day, and how that affects bipolar symptoms.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Officer Caesar Goodson. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of all charges June 23 in relation to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who died while in police custody last April.Goodson faced charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray’s death triggered riots across the city that garnered the world’s attention.Baltimore attorney Warren Brown said he believes that the state did not have the evidence to support its allegations against Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, who was acquitted of all charges in relation to the death of Freddie Gray. (Courtesy photo)State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby eventually brought a variety of charges against six officers who she said had been responsible for Gray’s death. Of the six officers charged, two have been acquitted and the trial for a third resulted in a mistrial. Three other officers still face charges.Following Goodson’s acquittal, the AFRO spoke with eight Baltimore attorneys from both large and small law practices about the verdict.Warren Brown, Warren A. Brown, P.A. “The state didn’t have the evidence to support its allegations…The state promised more then they delivered.”Oleg Fastovsky, Price Benowitz“[Marilyn] Mosby indicted these officers with barely a thought to it. She was just asking for problems in the long run….What was done wrong was, it [the case] was rushed.” Wyndal Gordon, The Law Office of J. Wyndal Gordon, P.A.“To be honest, this trial didn’t carry the same luster as the two previous trials, and the interest just wasn’t there community-wise. Obviously, there was some show of interest today when the verdict was rendered… Us in the legal community—we kind of knew it was a foregone conclusion that Goodson would be acquitted of the charges.I’ve said many times before that Freddie Gray was injured in the field by those officers who initially handled him. And that if anything occurred in the back of that van, it was more or less an exacerbation of some preexisting condition that began with those officers in the field. It would be very difficult for the state to prove that Goodson intentionally or recklessly caused injury to Freddie Gray… You still have to commend Marilyn Mosby for having the courage and the guts to prosecute these matters, notwithstanding the substantial burden that she had to carry and the onerous task at hand.”Thomas Maronick Jr., The Law Offices of Thomas Maronick Jr.“I think Judge Williams felt that the prosecution’s theories were unsustainable. I think the judge had a problem because he felt that the prosecution put forth a theory as to what happened in the van and that he felt that the prosecution did not offer enough evidence to prove that their theory was correct.” Joshua Ortega, Ortega Law“They should have never filed charges in the first place, I don’t think the evidence was there. Based on the evidence that was in the newspapers and what the media reported, there was no evidence to show that these officers were guilty.”David B. Shapiro, The Law Offices of David B. Shapiro“Well, I wasn’t terribly surprised about the outcome of the Goodson trial. I think that the State failed to make the case. I think they just lack sufficient evidence for Judge Williams to find a conviction on any of the seven charges. It’s unfortunate because I think there could’ve been more information out there, but for whatever reason the evidence was not presented in trial and the judge was—I think—correct in his legal finding that the officer should not be found guilty on all seven charges.”Steven D. Silverman, Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White“Based on everything that I know about the case factually, in my understanding of the applicable law and the elements that need to be proven, I’m not surprised at all by today’s verdict by Judge Williams.I think there’s a big difference between a freak accident and the intent to commit a homicide, and I don’t think the officers involved had any intent to cause harm to Freddie Gray. And if they did, there’s no evidence to demonstrate that.”Sheryl Wood, Wood Law Firm“I wasn’t surprised by the fact that the judge acquitted Officer Goodson of all of the charges. I think the State failed to present sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of Officer Goodson’s guilt… It isn’t an issue, in my view, of the judge being unfair or either of the criminal justice systems being unfair. It was more that there wasn’t enough evidence presented.I do agree with the judge’s reasoning and rationale for his ruling. I believe that he looked at all of the evidence and really didn’t consider some of the theatrics that were going on during the trial.”
The BBC reported a record-breaking 3.5 billion TV and radio programme requests on the iPlayer in 2014, with mobile and tablet traffic driving much of the growth. Traffic to the online catch-up service broke down to 2.6 billion TV requests and more than 860 million radio requests across all devices, according to official BBC stats, with the 3.5 billion total up from 3.1 billion in 2013.Traffic from tablets was up 51% year-on-year at 801 million requests, while mobile views climbed by 32% to 662 million requests. The BBC also reported a 13% year-on-year increase in requests from connected TVs at 626 million.On mobile, drama Murdered By My Boyfriend on youth network BBC Three topped the chart for 2014, with 1.1m requests on mobile devices alone. The most popular shows on tablets were Sherlock, Top Gear and comedy Outnumbered. BBC thriller The Missing topped the list of most-watched programmes on connected TVs with 1.22 million requests, followed closely by Happy Valley with 1.16 million requests.Overall for the year, the most watched show on the iPlayer was the first episode of the latest series of Sherlock with 4.19 million requests in total. The rest of the top five was made up of three episodes of Top Gear and another episode of Sherlock.Elsewhere, the BBC reported strong numbers for its iPlayer originals content, with its Original Comedy Shorts attracting 1.9 million requests and Original Drama shorts 1.2m requests.Ralph Rivera, director of BBC Future Media said: “2014 was a great year for iPlayer – with a record-breaking 3.5 billion programme requests, a brand-new version of iPlayer launched and the extension of the catch-up window from seven to 30 days. We’re looking forward to bringing fans even more in 2015.”
This week’s ‘Prime Day’ was Amazon’s biggest day ever for global sales of its own branded devices, according to the e-retail giant.The discount shopping day saw Amazon sell more than 2.5 times more Amazon Fire TV devices compared to Prime Day last year, with its Fire TV Stick the best-selling Amazon device globally.“Amazon today announced customer orders surpassed Prime Day 2015 by more than 60% worldwide and more than 50% in the US It was also the biggest day ever for Amazon devices globally and record Prime Day for each Amazon device category including Fire TV, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and Alexa-enabled devices,” said the company.Amazon did not break out sales figures for its own devices, but it did reveal that globally more than 90,000 TVs were purchased on Prime Day 2016.