LETTER TO THE EDITOR OMahony Brings People Together Always Helping Others With

first_imgDear Editor,I’m writing in support of Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.I’ve known Jomarie for many years and have always be amazed at how she has been able to balance her family life, work schedule and volunteerism to the people of Wilmington.Whether she’s taking her children to a sporting event or to other activities in town, she’s always there with a smile.Many of you know Jomarie as a strong supporter of helping those who need assistance.Jomarie has always been very active in programs to help others and does it with a smile and knowledge that with others she can help and make a difference.She supports our education system, sports and arts programs.She supports after school programs for the children of Wilmington.She is a supporter of our Police, Fire and all Departments.She wants to keep Wilmington’s small town feel.She understands the issues facing Wilmington and is willing to give her time, energy and knowledge to making Wilmington a better place to live and work.She will work with our State delegation on the Rt 38 corridor, Fire substation, school, the MBTA issue or any project in our town.She will work with the residents of Wilmington to find solutions to issues, whether it’s a Fire Substation, School, Housing for our seniors or Veterans or a pothole she will be at forefront.Most importantly, Jomarie will bring civility to the Board of Selectmen.It’s time to elect a person that bring groups together and not separate them and that person is Jomarie O’Mahony. I strongly ask you to Vote for Jomarie O’Mahony for Selectmen.Sincerely,Gary DePalmaLike 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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter Of Support For Jomarie O’Mahony From The Person Who Knows Her BestIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”LETTER FOR THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Will Be An Independent Voice Of Reason For WilmingtonIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

OBITUARY Lucille C Enos Gilson 77

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, age 77, of Chelmsford, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on August 30, 2019.Lucille was born on April 25, 1942 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Broderick) Enos. Lucille was raised in Charlestown and graduated from St. Mary’s high school.Lucille married her husband, Albert G. Gilson in 1965; they lived in Somerville for a short time before settling in Wilmington in 1967. Lucille was a loving mother to three boys; Phil, Steve, and Tom. She loved to spend time with her family and was especially delighted when she became “Nana” to Ashlyn Gianna, Nicholas and Isabelle. Lucille and Albert shared many wonderful memories before his passing in 2016.Lucille worked as a clerk at CVS in Wilmington for many years; she loved her job and enjoyed her customers.In her spare time, Lucille loved to spend time in her garden. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. Lucille had a love for all animals and enjoyed babysitting for her family’s animals when they were away.Lucille was a loving and gentle mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and will be missed dearly.Lucille was the beloved wife of the late Albert G. Gilson, devoted mother of Phillip Gilson & his wife Heidi of Tyngsborough, Stephen Gilson & his wife Chanhsamone of Hudson, NH, and Thomas Gilson of Lowell, loving “Nana” of Ashlyn, Gianna, Nicholas and Isabelle, cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Broderick) Enos, dear sister of Carolyn Deal of Stoneham, the late John Enos and Cynthia Gallarelli, sister-in-law of Al Gallarelli of Wilmington. Lucille is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Lucille’s name may be made to Beacon Hospice, 290 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson(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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Albert G. Gilson, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille M. (Sabella) Ausiello, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Bertha G. (Gouveia) Deprez, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Fear isolation for Myanmars remaining Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya-burningBy the twisted standards of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Abdullah is one of its more fortunate Rohingya residents.The 34-year-old is alive, his village is intact and he is able to make a living-albeit a meagre one-in his homeland as a farmer.Abdullah’s Rohingya Muslim minority are disappearing fast from Myanmar.Some one million of them-around two-thirds of their entire stateless community-have been forced over the border to refugee camps in Bangladesh by successive waves of persecution.The latest has expelled some 700,000 Rohingya since August, when the army launched a campaign of violence that the UN says amounted to “ethnic cleansing”.Abdullah’s village of Shan Taung is near the temple-studded town of Mrauk U, not far from the epicentre of the most recent crackdown in northern Rakhine but partly sheltered from its worst excesses by a range of forested mountains.He is among the 500,000 Rohingya that the UN estimates remain in Myanmar, some confined to camps after previous rounds of violence while others are spared by wealth, luck or-like the villages in Abdullah’s area-simply by isolation from the latest military campaign.Yet their lives are still shaped by tension and fear in a mainly-Buddhist country that has methodically stripped the Muslim minority of legal rights and security.The status of the Rohingya in Rakhine hangs by a thread in the wake of the army crackdown, which has seen Myanmar troops and ethnic Rakhine mobs accused of burning Rohingya villages, and of raping and murdering their residents.Shan Taung, with its 4,500-strong Rohingya population, appears peaceful.Fishermen dry their catch in the sun, farmers bring in the rice paddy and children play at the side of the road.But fear has sharply segregated the Rohingya Muslims and the ethnic Rakhine Buddhists living nearby.The Rohingya say they risk a beating-or worse-if they stray into territory the Rakhine regard as their own, while few trust the police to protect them.It wasn’t always this way, says Abdullah, explaining he once had Rakhine friends and stayed with a Rakhine family while studying at university in the state capital, Sittwe.“They no longer treat me like they used to,” he tells AFP. “They don’t say good things.”Communal relations have disintegrated in recent months around Mrauk U town, where several people died recently after police opened fire on an ethnic Rakhine nationalist protest.“We do not trust each other anymore,” a Rakhine youth told AFP, asking not to be named.“Rakhines are also watching each other to make sure no one from the town is friends with Muslims.”Yearning for citizenship -Around 150,000 Rohingya are thought to still be living in northern Rakhine, spread among disparate villages spared in the violent crackdown.But rights groups say many of those communities are hungry and scared, unable to work freely and hemmed in by hostile neighbours, as the army beefs up its bases around them.Ye Htut, the administrator of Maungdaw, the most populous district in the north, played down strife between the communities that remained.“Muslims still living here don’t say they are afraid,” he told reporters. “Many houses are still left.”Further south, another 130,000 Rohingya fester in internment camps, a grim legacy from rounds of inter-communal violence since 2012.Another 200,000 fare only marginally better, living in their own villages but under restrictions on movement that UN spokesman Pierre Peron says “severely compromise” basic rights and access to health and education.With tensions sky-high, Rohingya are still leaving.On Sunday, a boatload of Rohingya who departed from Sittwe were spotted in Thai waters and “helped on” by the navy towards Malaysia.Rohingya still arrive on foot in Bangladesh seeking sanctuary after fleeing threats and hunger.Others with enough money for bribes can also try to make their way to Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon, joining tens of thousands of Rohingya who already live discreetly in the country’s major urban centres.Yet even there, existence feels parlous.“People are afraid every step they take,” says Yangon-based Kyaw Soe Aung, Secretary General of the Rohingya-focused Democracy and Human Rights Party.“There is no security and rule of law for Rohingya and Muslims.”Officially the “Rohingya” do not exist in Myanmar and as a result are denied citizenship.Instead they are branded “Bengalis”, reinforcing the narrative that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Corruption and intimidation -Rohingya seeking citizenship must agree to be classified as “Bengali” in a notorious verification process which denies them constitutional rights as a separate ethnic minority and leaves them vulnerable to expulsion.Critics say the National Verification Card (NVC) they are pressed to sign up for is less a pathway to citizenship than a means of control.From 2010 until the end of 2017, government statistics show only around 7,600 Rohingya signed up and only a couple of hundred have obtained citizenship.Ko Ko, not his real name, is one of the few Rohingya to hold a valid ID card-sporting the term “Bengali”.The 20-year-old says, however, that means he must regularly grease pockets and wait longer when dealing with anybody in any position of authority because he is automatically put at the bottom of the pile.He and a friend collect data about alleged atrocities in Rakhine and also try to counter anti-Rohingya “fake news” with a website that has some 10,000 hits a week.His father worries about his activist work and wants him to seek asylum overseas but Ko Ko refuses.“We have to get back our citizenship,” he says.“I will work for change. I’m doing the right thing.”last_img read more

How 5G Mobile Data will propel Artificial Intelligence AI progress

first_imgLike it’s predecessors, 3G and 4G, 5G refers to the latest ‘G’ – Generation – of mobile technology. 5G will give us very fast – effectively infinitely fast – mobile data download bandwidth. Downloading a TV show to your phone over 5G, in its entirety, in HD, will take less than a second, for example. A podcast will be downloaded within a fraction of a second of you requesting it. Scratch the surface of 5G, however, and there is a great deal more to see than just fast mobile data speeds.  5G is the backbone on which a lot of emerging technologies such as AI, blockchains, IoT among others will reach mainstream adoption. Today, we look at how 5G will accelerate AI growth and adoption. 5G will create the data AI needs to thrive One feature of 5G with ramifications beyond data speed is ‘Latency.’ 5G offers virtually ‘Zero Latency’ as a service. Latency is the time needed to transmit a packet of data from one device to another. It includes the period of time between when the request was made, to the time the response is completed. 5G will be superfast – but will also benefit from near zero ‘latency’Source: Economist At the moment, we keep files (music, pictures or films) in our phones’ memory permanently. We have plenty of processing power on our devices. In fact, the main upgrade between phone generations these days is a faster processor. In a 5G world, we will be able to use cheap parts in our devices – processors and memory in our new phones. Data downloads will be so fast, that we can get them immediately when we need them. We won’t need to store information on the phone unless we want to.  Even if the files are downloaded from the cloud, because the network has zero latency – he or she feels like the files are on the phone. In other words, you are guaranteed a seamless user experience in a 5G world. The upshot of all this is that the majority of any new data which is generated from mobile products will move to the cloud for storage. At their most fundamental level, AI algorithms are pattern matching tools. The bigger the data trove, the faster and better performing the results of AI analysis is. These new structured data sets, created by 5G, will be available from the place where it is easiest to extract and manipulate (‘Analyze’) it – the cloud. There will be 100 billion 5G devices connected to cellular networks by 2025, according to Huawei. 5G is going to generate data from those devices, and all the smartphones in the world and send it all back to the cloud. That data is the source of the incredible power AI gives businesses. 5G driving AI in autonomous vehicles 5G’s features and this Cloud / Connected Device future, will manifest itself in many ways. One very visible example is how 5G will supercharge the contribution, especially to reliability and safety, that AI can make to self driving cars. A great deal of the AI processing that is required to keep a self driving car operating safely, will be done by computers on board the vehicle. However, 5G’s facilities to communicate large amounts of data quickly will mean that any unusual inputs (for example, the car is entering or in a crash situation) can be sent to bigger computing equipment on the cloud which could perform more serious processing. Zero latency is important in these situations for commands which might come from a centralized accident computer, designed to increase safety– for example issuing the command ‘break.’ In fact, according to manufacturers, it’s likely that, ultimately, groups of cars will be coordinated by AI using 5G to control the vehicles in a model known as swarm computing. 5G will make AI much more useful with ‘context’ – Intel 5G will power AI by providing location information which can be considered in establishing the context of questions asked of the tool – according to Intel’s Data Center Group. For example, asking your Digital Assistant where the tablets are means something different depending on whether you’re in a pharmacy or an electronics store. The nature of 5G is that it’s a mobile service. Location information is both key to context and an inherent element of information sent over a 5G connection. By communicating where they are, 5G sensors will help AI based Digital Assistants solve our everyday problems. 5G phones will enable  AI calculations on ‘Edge’ network devices  – ARM 5G will push some processing to the ‘Edge’ of the network, for manipulation by a growing range of AI chips on to the processors of phones. In this regard, smartphones like any Internet Of Things connected processor ‘in the field’ are simply an ‘AI platform’. Handset manufacturers are including new software features in their phones that customers love to use – including AI based search interfaces which allow them to search for images containing ‘heads’ and see an accurate list. Arm are designing new types of chips targeted at AI calculations on ‘Edge’ network devices.Source: Arm’s Project Trillium ARM, one of the world’s largest CPU producers are creating specific, dedicated AI chip sets, often derived from the technology that was behind their Graphics Processing Units. These chips process AI based calculations up to 50 times faster than standard microprocessors already and their performance is set to improve 50x over the next 3 years, according to the company. AI is part of 5G networks – Huawei Huawei describes itself as an AI company (as well as a number of other things including handset manufacturer.) They are one of the biggest electronic manufacturers in China and are currently in the process of selling networking products to the world’s telecommunications companies, as they prepare to roll out their 5G networks. Based on the insight that 70% of network system downtime comes from human error, Huawei is now eliminating humans from the network management component of their work, to the degree that they can. Instead, they’re implementing automated AI based predictive maintenance systems to increase data throughput across the network and reduce downtime. The way we use cellular networks is changing. Different applications require different backend traffic to be routed across the network, depending on the customer need. Someone watching video, for example, has a far lower tolerance for a disruption to the data throughput (the ‘stuttering Netflix’ effect) than a connected IoT sensor which is trying to communicate the temperature of a thermometer. Huawei’s network maintenance AI software optimizes these different package needs, maintaining the near zero latency that the standard demands at a lower cost. AI based network maintenance complete a virtuous loop in which 5G devices on new cellular networks give AI the raw data they need, including valuable context information, and AI helps the data flow across the 5G network better. Bringing it all together 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) are revolutionary technologies that will evolve alongside each other. 5G isn’t just fast data, it’s one of the most important technologies ever devised. Just as the smartphone did, it will fundamentally change how we relate to information, partly, because it will link us to thousands of newly connected devices on the Internet of Things. Ultimately, it could be the secondary effects of 5G, the network’s almost zero latency, which could provide the largest benefit – by creating structured data sets from billions of connected devices, in an easily accessible place – the cloud which can be used to fuel the AI algorithms which run on them. Networking equipment, chip manufacturers and governments have all connected the importance of AI with the potential of 5G. Commercial sales of 5G start in The US, UK and Australia in 2019. Read Next: 7 Popular Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Top languages for Artificial Intelligence development Cognitive IoT: How Artificial Intelligence is remoulding Industrial and Consumer IoTlast_img read more