Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries” WILMINGTON, MA — Alan P. Ware, 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital on June 21st, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Linda (Dearstyne) Ware with whom he shared almost 50 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Robert H. and Doris E. Ware.Family and friendships were the center of Alan’s world. He and Linda raised three sons and were blessed with 9 grandchildren. Nothing meant more than to them than having all of the family together. Each Halloween, Alan would beam with pride as he hauled hundreds of pounds of pumpkins home for the annual family pumpkin carving event.Alan was the owner of Battery Shop of New England in Dracut. After creating a battery department at Brodie in the early seventies, where he began his career, he worked throughout the industry, persevered and went on to become the proud owner of Battery Shop of New England. BSNE today remains one of the most successful industrial battery and charger suppliers in the industry, a true testament to Alan’s reputation as a man to be trusted and respected.He was an avid golfer who would often times play 9 holes before heading to his office in the morning. He would then end his day by playing another 18 holes with his evening golf league. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing. Two of his favorite trips that he talked about were his ten day canoe and fishing trip on the Allagash Waterway and his late night, hi-tide striper fishing off of Plum Island, followed by a 3 am breakfast with the locals.After the loss of his beloved Linda, the love of his life, Alan continued on despite his own health issues. He remained the great father, grandfather, brother and friend he had always been and made sure his relationships remained strong and unbroken. Despite his faltering health he anxiously awaited Wednesday nights when he would have dinner with his old friends he proudly dubbed “the Romeos” (retired old men eating out.) Each week’s dinner was at a different restaurant but it was his day out with his friends .Alan is survived by his three sons, Mark and his wife Amy of SC, James (Jimmy) of Wilmington and Paul and his wife Katie of Wilmington as well as his brother Bob and his wife Joanne, his brother in law Eric Dearstyne and his wife Joan. He was predeceased by his brother Eric (Wally), survived by his wife Terry of Plum Island. He also leaves his dear friends, Paul Herman of Lynn and Bill Endicott of Eliot, ME.He will be especially missed by his nine grandchildren, Nantahala, Tully, Miles, John, Mackenzie, Michael, Alyssa, Madison and Tyler.Family and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours on Monday, July 1st, from 4:00–8:00 pm in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte 62) Wilmington. Alan’s funeral service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations made to be made in Alan’s memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Alan proudly served in the US Navy.Alan P. Ware(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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.
One of the biggest strengths of Xiaomi is its continued support for ageing smartphones. The company has updated phones dating back five years old with the latest MIUI software. But it looks like Xiaomi has made a decision that won’t make many users happy.Owners of some older Redmi smartphones won’t be receiving future MIUI updates or any Global Beta, which puts an end to the software support once and for all. The announcement was made on the Mi Community forum, affecting users all across the globe including India.The affected Redmi models that won’t be receiving any future software updates from Xiaomi are:Xiaomi Redmi Note 4Xiaomi Redmi 3SXiaomi Redmi 3XXiaomi Redmi 4Xiaomi Redmi 4AXiaomi Redmi Note 3Xiaomi Redmi Pro Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Close Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 won’t receive future software updatesXiaomiIt’s worth noting that the Mi Community Admin who made the announcement on Indian board said the normal upgrade for other devices won’t be affected for the time being. This hints that Xiaomi might end support for other ageing Redmi phones soon, but for now, it has limited end of support towards the aforementioned seven models.What this also means is that all variants of Redmi Note 4 and other Redmi phones in the list won’t get rid of the ads in the interface. Xiaomi is said to eliminate them in MIUI 11 and the latest announcement doesn’t favour the seven Redmi phones the company launched years ago. Xiaomi Redmi 4 also won’t receive future MIUI updatesMi websiteOn the bright side, Redmi phones mentioned in the list will continue to receive normal security updates. But don’t hold on to these phones for long as the company might decide to end that support as well. The best way to stay up-to-date with the latest MIUI software is to upgrade to a newer phone and there are plenty of options from Redmi, such as Redmi Note 7-series and the upcoming Redmi 7.As for those who do not worry too much about the software updates or security updates, the phones won’t stop working. Users will still be able to use all the existing features in the phones even after the software support has been terminated.
Jewellery and watch-maker Titan Co estimates its income to come down about Rs 500 crore in the current fiscal as customers are now required to produce permanent account number (PAN) for transactions exceeding Rs 2 lakh.In December last year, the Finance Ministry had reduced the purchase limit for quoting PAN to Rs 2 lakh per transaction from Rs 5 lakh as part of its efforts to check the menace of black money.”We would have around Rs 400-500 crore effect on our turnover. This would be loss of turnover. This is our estimate,” Titan Co Managing Director Bhaskar Bhat told PTI.Bhat said Titan sales have already come under pressure from the earlier limit of Rs 5 lakh, without disclosing the exact figures.Titan had said last month its cash sales of jewellery items between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh could be hit by the new PAN rule.Bhat claimed the company has not “resorted to means circumvent the rule” by splitting the bill.”We are suffering on account of that. We do not break up bill as Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1 lakh and then sell,” he said.Titan posted a revenue of Rs 11,903.21 crore for the fiscal year ending March 2015. Currently, the company derives 73% of its revenue from jewellery and 25% from watches. The rest comes from eyewear and the precision-engineering segment for the company. Its watch segment is witnessing an annual growth of about 10%.”People are buying; luxury segment and premium segment is growing. However, mass market has got affected,” Bhat said.The company has partnered with global IT giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) for its smart-watch segment.
On March 23, the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 in favor of the Exelon-Pepco merger, creating the largest utility company in the country. Chairman Betty Ann Kane cast the lone dissenting vote. The $6.8 billion transaction is official, with Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Justice Department supporting it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who previously blocked the merger in an effort to negotiate more favorable terms, issued a terse statement, after the vote. “It appears the Public Service Commission favors government and commercial ratepayers over D.C. residents,” she said. “Instead of a three-year rate increase reprieve we negotiated, it appears that D.C. residents will be hit with a rate increase as soon as this summer.”While members of the D.C. Council declined to vote on the merger, members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) voiced their opposition to the merger on Twitter.Sandra Mattavous-Frye, the District’s People’s Counsel, said the merger “appears to be a blow to District residents and the parties to the original settlement agreement.” The first settlement agreement, negotiated by Exelon and Pepco officials with the Bowser administration, included amenities like a one-time $50 credit on the utility bills, relocating some of Exelon headquarters to the District, no rate increase until 2019, and 100 union jobs in the city.However, earlier this year the commission rejected the settlement agreement. Nevertheless, Matavous-Frye said she will do her job and protect District consumers. “Despite the commission’s perplexing approval of a proposal that [our office] and most of the other settling parties rejected, the Office of the People’s Counsel is fully prepared to continue to aggressively advocate for ratepayers and fight to ensure that rates remain affordable for consumers, particularly for our most economically vulnerable residents,” she said.Power DC, an umbrella organization of progressive environmental, civil rights and citizen rights groups, has been a major opponent of the merger and said “the fight is not over.”“Our organizations and the citizens we represent will fight Exelon every step of the way to ensure that D.C and the region do not suffer the same fate as Exelon’s other customers,” a statement on Power DC’s web site said.Power DC has consistently pointed to Exelon’s acquisition of Baltimore Gas and Electric as an example. When Exelon acquired the Baltimore power company, residents in that city noticed an immediate rise in rates despite promises by Exelon not to do so immediately.“We join together as one company to play a vital role as a leader in our industry and the mid-Atlantic region,” Chris Crane, chief executive officer of the Chicago-based Exelon, said. “We’ve made a number of commitments to customers in all of the Pepco Holding utilities’ jurisdictions-the District, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, and we look forward to getting to work to deliver those benefits to our customers.”Those benefits include a $72.8 million Customer Investment Fund, including $25.6 million in rate based credits; $11.25 million in funds for energy efficiency and energy conservation program especially for low-income residents, and $21.55 million to promote the District’s sustainability agenda through pilot projects to modernize the electric grid to accommodate more distributed energy resources.Chris Stukes is a political activist in Ward 8 and is nervous about the merger. He told the AFRO while the merged company will provide some benefits for residents in his ward; it may not be beneficial for the middle class. “I think that the merger means more rate hikes for citizens and people cannot afford that,” Stukes said. “There is already displacement taking place in this ward and the rate hikes will just turn people away from the city.”However, others embraced the deal wholly. “We’re happy with the commission’s decision for both residents and employers in D.C.,” said former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, executive director of the Federal City Council, a pro-District business advocacy group. “The merger is a win for reliability, financial integrity, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. Lifting the uncertainty around this agreement will benefit the economy and allow us to move forward with a stronger utility partner.”
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has completed five years on micro-blogging site Twitter.With more than 11 million followers, the 49-year-old may be a little behind with the numbers when compared to the other two Khans – Shah Rukh and Aamir, who have over 12 million followers, but has always kept fans updated by interacting with them on regular basis.“5 yrs on twitter! Thx to arbaaz,” Salman tweeted on Monday. The Dabangg Khan completed five years on Monday. He was trending on Twitter by the keywords #5YearsOfSalmanOnTwitter.Salman, who made his Bollywood debut with 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi, also shares a fan following of more than 20 million on Facebook. The actor will next be seen in Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, in which he will star opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Miffed at the “interference” of sports ministry in its affairs, Indian Olympic Association on Monday told the visiting International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to convey to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi its opposition to the Sports Code of the government in its current form.Bach, visiting the country for the first time since being elected as IOC chief in 2013, had a meeting with top IOA members at a city hotel that lasted an hour. The IOC chief also had an hour-long meeting with sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the same hotel. Sonowal was assisted by sports secretary Ajit Sharan and Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFormer IOA secretary general and IOC member Randhir Singh also attended both the meeting. Later, Sonowal hosted a lunch for the visiting dignitary which was attended by top IOA and sports ministry officials and minister of state information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Abhay Singh Chautala, who served as president of the IOA during the 14-month suspension from the IOC, told reporters after the meeting the members have told Bach to convey to the PM that they would oppose the Sports Bill as it “interferes” with the autonomy of the IOA.“For some time, there has been this issue of the implementation of the Sports Bill. The earlier Congress government had tried to implement this Sports Bill and the current BJP government is also saying that it will implement the Bill,” said Chautala, an INLD MLA in Haryana. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“There has been interference in the affairs of IOA from the sports ministry which is undermining the autonomy of the IOA under the Olympic Charter. This will harm Indian sports,” Chautala, now a Haryana Olympic Association official, said. IOA’s objection to the Sports Code centers around two major issues, age limit of 70 of the office bearers of the IOA and the cutting into size the importance of the state units of the IOA.
Kolkata: The Microbiology department of West Bengal State University played a significant role in a new study conducted by National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), where it has identified proteins which facilitate the entry of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus inside brain cells.The study points out that JE, a leading form of viral encephalitis is caused by mosquito-borne JE virus, which belongs to the same genus as dengue and yellow fever.The research team of NBRC has identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP (Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein) and GKN3 (Gastrokine3) that facilitate the entry of the virus into brain cells. It may be mentioned that JE infection occurs when viral attachment proteins interact with cellular membrane proteins of host cells.”There were around six such proteins that were under consideration on part of the research team. However, analysis of these proteins would have been time consuming and an expensive affair. In this context, NBRC research group collaborated with our research team,” said Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU’s Micro biology department.She further said the department’s bioinformatics section identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP and GKN3 those are present on neuronal cell surface. “These findings helped in identifying their role in the viral entry into the neurons,” added Chakraborty.The experimental work performed by NBRC has been carried out in laboratory mice.The identification of host proteins, important for viral entry into neurons, provided the researcher team with candidates, whose targeting may be useful to block viral infection thus reducingdisease severity.Researchers have found that reducing PLVAP receptor in neurons decreased JEV entry and upregulating (increasing) them increased the viral entry on the other hand. “We are planning to collaborate with some pharmaceutical companies to identify potential drug/drugs which may be able to block this receptor proteins,” Chakraborty maintained.The research team included Dr Anirban Basu, Sriparna Mukherjee, Nabonita Sengupta, Irshad Akbar, Noopur Singh of NRBC Manesar, Ankur Chaudhuri and Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU and Arindam Bhattacharyya of Calcutta University and Amol Ratnakar Suryawanshi (Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar).The study has been published in the journal — ‘Scientific Reports’.