STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Shawsheen Tech Students Receive Printing Industry Award Of Excellence

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Students representing the Graphic Communication Shop at Shawsheen Tech were presented individual Awards of Excellence at the Printing Industries of New England (PINE) annual awards gala held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 10.Marcelo Freitas, a senior from Billerica, Hailey Nardone, a junior from Billerica, and Heather McLaughlin, a sophomore from Tewksbury, were recognized for the quality and creativity of their individual graphic design and print project submitted to PINE, an industry trade association, as part of the associations’ student project competition.Freitas worked on a new logo for a local construction company and Hailey Nardone designed a new logo for a brewing company.  Their respective designs were then printed and/or embroidered onto a variety of apparel that is in use at each company today.  Samples of this newly printed apparel were submitted to PINE by Heidi Lloyd and Tom Struthers, both instructors in the Graphic Communications Shop.“I was very surprised when I learned I won the award,” said Freitas. “It’s awesome.  I felt great. There is a certain type of feeling you get after you realize that you made something for someone else that they are going to use.  It’s a good feeling.”Nardone was elated when she heard the news of the award.“It felt awesome. I really like this type of work and this is what I want to do for my co-op job and then professionally for my work,” Nardone said. “This award gives me more confidence, and now the work is even more fun and interesting, knowing that I can really do this work.”McLaughlin was recognized for her framed canvas screen print of Bar Harbor Maine. “I was already working on this project.  I think I am the first person to use canvas as my material,” she said.As for the PINE award, McLaughlin added, “I felt proud of myself. I really respect my teacher, Mrs. Lloyd, for submitting my work and thinking it’s worthy of being recognized. The awards mean a lot to everyone else in the shop.  It’s really cool that three of us were recognized.  It’s great for the shop.”These students may soon be joining an industry that has a long and storied history in New England.  According to Christine Hagopian, the current President of PINE, this member-based organization has been in existence for 130 years as part of the National Printing Industry Association.However, Hagopian points out that the printing industry has a serious problem.“Our members are having great difficulty recruiting the next generation of employees for their company,” Hagopian said. “Older employees are retiring and many companies in our industry cannot find enough skilled talent to replace the people who are leaving.”“The printing industry is healthy and thriving, and there is opportunity for the next generation to do well,” Hagopian added. “This is why we started the Award for Excellence for students three years ago.  We want to recognize the schools and students that are doing good work in the graphic communications shops in New England, including Shawsheen Tech.”Students in the Graphics Communication program at Shawsheen Tech are part of the next generation of employees with the training and work experience needed  to fill the employment gap identified by Christine Hagopiian.  And according to Heidi Lloyd, an instructor in the Program, the PINE awards are a boost to her students as well as to the program.“I am thrilled that our students are being recognized! Our shop has undergone some changes over the past few years with the addition of some new equipment. We are now able to expand the education for the students with new and exciting skills and with that it is giving them more employment opportunities,” said Mrs. Lloyd.Left to Right: Hailey Nardone (Billerica), Marcelo Freitas (Billerica), Heather McLaughlin (Tewksbury) recipients of Award of Excellence from Printing Industries of New England at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)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… RelatedShawsheen Valley Technical High School High Honors and Honors For Quarter 3In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 91 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”last_img read more

BHU student shot dead inside campus by bikeborne assailants police arrests four

first_imgGaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.last_img read more

Nifty Sensex rebound after report of likely FPI tax rollback

first_imgReuters fileIndian shares rebounded from a sharp fall on Friday, following a media report that the government could soon announce a rollback of higher taxes for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).As of 0511 GMT, the broader NSE Nifty was up 0.37% at 10,781.75, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was up 0.24% at 36,559.16. The indexes were lower by more than 0.80% in early trade on Friday.Yes Bank Ltd was the top gainer on the NSE and BSE indexes, rising 6.7% after a series of sharp declines in recent sessions.The NSE index was still on course to end nearly 3% lower for the week following three straight days in the red.Other Asian markets also remained subdued, with uncertainty over how much further the U.S. Federal Reserve would cut rates added to caution caused by global growth fears.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was higher by 0.08%.A government official told Bloomberg News that India could announce a rollback of taxes for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), BloombergQuint said in a tweet.A poorly received budget proposal on higher taxes for FPIs has contributed to a selloff in Indian markets, which has worsened amid an economic slowdown that has hit demand for everything from cars to underwear.A series of meetings this month between Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and FPIs, and between Sitharaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised hopes of stimulus measures.But markets fell on Thursday after comments from India’s chief economic advisor suggested that companies should not depend on the government for a stimulus and need to change their mindset.last_img read more

Can India top Vietnam in mobile phone exports to US as China

first_img Close Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone. Vietnam has been successful in luring the manufacturers fleeing China fearing more US sanctions over the trade war.TwitterIndia is confident of luring mobile phone makers leaving China for Vietnam fearing the US sanctions as President Donald Trump threatens to escalate a trade war with the Asian giant. A panel led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is firming up a strategy that could ease the process for the mobile phone manufacturers to set up production centres in India, media reports suggest. The panel’s task is to prepare a blueprint to snatch back the initiative from Vietnam, which surged ahead of India after trailing it for some time.The Kant panel whose recommendations are expected soon boost electronic items’ export in general and mobile phones in particular, a report in the financial Express website said. The government set up the committee in the context of the failure of India’s phased manufacturing programme (PMP) for mobiles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Make in India initiative while production of mobile handsets grew but imports outpaced it.Indian authorities reckon that higher unit production cost is the reason that the manufacturers fleeing China to escape the US trade sanctions are shunning India for Vietnam. The Kant panel will suggest a programme to ensure that the production cost in India remains competitive.India had headstartIndia’s apparent headstart by producing 140 million handsets compared with 38 million in Vietnam, gradually disappeared with smartphone sales rocketing, the report says. While both the countries produced a similar number of phones in 2017, Vietnam went way ahead following the closure of the Nokia factory in Chennai. Indian exports plummeted from the peak $4 billion, the report says. Last year saw a mild recovery to $2.7 billion. Vietnamese exports, however, have surged from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2018. A Vietnam street. Vietnam is fast catching up with China in electronics exports.HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty ImagesFact is Vietnam is pacing ahead of India on several other electronic products. Trade statistics show that while India’s exports of electronic goods other than mobile phones have been flat around $5 billion since the beginning of the decade, Vietnam’s exports rose about 10 times, from $3.6 billion in 2010 to $34.5 billion last year, reports show.Industry experts say India may have to match Vietnam in providing a better industrial environment to find success in luring some of the manufacturers eyeing Vietnam. The tax breaks that corporate houses enjoy in Vietnam are termed to have a lot of attraction for large manufacturers.New world economic order  Though nowhere near China’s dominance over global exports at 60 per cent, Vietnam is said to be an emerging powerhouse with already 10 per cent of the export market. Big players like Samsung have moved to Vietnam to hedge their investment in case of a long standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The report quotes Counterpoint research associate director Tarun Pathak as saying, “Vietnam has a competitive edge over China in terms of labour and manufacturing costs, though China still dominates in terms of skill set, infrastructure and overall manufacturing efficiency.” India is not limiting its focus on electronics while anticipating a new world economic order. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal reckons that India can boost exports of some 350 products such as chemicals and granite to both US and China. A study by the Ministry officials says there are more than 150 products whose exports to China will gain traction because of the trade war. It has also identified that more than 200 Indian goods from rubber to graphite electrodes can substitute Chinese products. Trump: China Tariffs Are Not Being Paid For By Our Peoplecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Abbott Cuts Funding To Travis County Over Sanctuary Cities

first_img Share Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blocked funding for the first time over so-called “sanctuary cities” after Austin’s sheriff stopped complying with all federal immigration detainers.An Abbott spokesman said Wednesday that $1.5 million in previously approved criminal justice grants will no longer go to Travis county.The move follows Sheriff Sally Hernandez announcing after President Trump’s inauguration that she would stop honoring all immigration holds in her jails.That blocked funding is only a fraction of Hernandez’s budget but funds programs such as crime victim services and drug treatment courts.Abbott has asked the Texas legislature to prioritize a “sanctuary city” law between now and June.He wants the power to remove locally elected officials and block a wider array of funds.last_img read more

Harvey Aid And Flood Insurance High Priorities As Texans Return To Congress

first_imgPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneFloodwaters threaten the Grand Vista neighborhood in Richmond on Aug. 28, 2017. Residents were forced to evacuate due rising water from the Brazos River.It’s hard to find anyone who can remember the last time all 36 Texans in the U.S. House came together for a delegation-wide meeting.But that’s just how cataclysmic of an event Hurricane Harvey was to the entire state: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, are gathering all of the Congressional Texans together later this week to sort out how the delegation can best use its size and influence to advocate for the devastated Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi regions. “This is not a normal time,” U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, told reporters Tuesday when asked to forecast how the Congress will tackle a whole host of fiscal issues this month, including how to address flood insurance in Houston. The U.S. House is set to cast the first votes for an initial round of Hurricane Harvey relief funding Wednesday. But Congress is also facing a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Plan, which is the arm of the government that settles the claims of flood insurance policyholders. The program was, as U.S. Rep. Gene Green put it, “way over-committed,” even before Harvey. But given the damage of that storm and concerns about a new one, Hurricane Irma, that appeared Tuesday to be headed toward the Florida coast, Congress is all but certain to commit more funds to the program. But how much? That’s the question facing the limited-government Republicans who dominate the delegation, and Congress, for that matter. Delegation sources tell the Tribune they are confident they have the legislative muscle to secure some renewed funding. But the scale of the damage is still an unknown and many of these fiscal conservatives are already becoming anxious over the size of the estimates.For some in the delegation, the goal is to avoid taking any hard stances as negotiations continue in the coming days and weeks.Also, flood insurance will not help everyone affected by the storm. Only 17 percent of homes in the hardest hit areas in the state had flood insurance, according to a Washington Post analysis. For those who do have coverage, a homeowner can expect up to $250,000 to cover damage to the structural house, and $100,000 for belongings inside the home.  The funding problems escalate as members of Congress ponder how – or even whether – to help homeowners who did not have flood insurance.Green, a Houston Democrat and a flood insurance policyholder himself, has seen several hurricanes blow through Houston in his 25 years in the U.S. House.“What happens if you don’t have flood insurance, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] gives you a certain amount,” he said, often in the form of a Small Business Administration loan far less generous than the payments received by those with flood insurance. Several members concurred that funds could be diverted from the Small Business Administration into loans.  But the concept of backing every damaged home is daunting. And not everyone is a fan of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program was created decades ago, when the business model for flood insurance was unsustainable in the private market. To critics, it is a government-funded moral hazard that encourages citizens to build homes in places where they should not exist because of the costs and likelihood of flooding. One of the chief critics of the program is a Texan, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas. From his perch as the House Financial Services Committee chairman, he is an advocate for radical changes to the program including ones designed to encourage more private insurers into the market.Still, as Texans returned to Congress Tuesday night, greeted by colleagues from other parts of the country with hugs and sympathy, a measure to extend the flood insurance program past its looming deadline seems likely to pass in some form.For Green, though, this is a no brainer.“It’s not a tough vote for me because of where I come from,” said Green.  Sharelast_img read more