How can group risk benefits support staff wellbeing

first_imgIf you read nothing else, read this…Initiatives that demonstrate employers are putting mental wellbeing on the agenda can encourage more open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.Employers can incorporate a preventative approach within health and wellbeing strategies by utilising the aditional services offered through group risk provision.Early notification can ensure employees receive the support they need to recover and return to work as quickly as possible. Employee wellness has become an increasingly prominent item on employers’ agendas as the relationship between physical, mental and financial wellbeing on the one hand, and staff motivation and productivity on the other, has come to the fore.While a number of high-profile public campaigns such as Rethink Mental Illness and Mind’s ‘Time to change’ have helped to address the stigma around mental health, many employers are also expanding their support for staff to take mental wellbeing into account, explains John Attley, engagement manager at the National House Building Council (NHBC).“Whether it is staff or management, everyone is seeing that talking about mental health, not just mental ill-health, is important and that there are benefits on an individual level, as well as a corporate level,” he says.For example, NHBC ran a lunch-and-learn session on the topic ‘Meet your mind’, which proved to be popular with staff. The lunchtime session was particularly well attended, which Attley sees as an indication that employees’ interest in mental health has widened beyond coping techniques for stress and depression, to also encompass mental wellbeing more generally.As the area of focus has expanded, so too has its application, as a growing number of employers and employees take an interest in mechanisms that can provide support both within and outside of the workplace. “Recognising that we have mental health wherever we are is really important,” adds Attley.Mental wellbeing in the workplaceEmployees facing mental health issues can look to the group risk provision offered by their employer to access programmes and services that deliver the assistance needed. Tom Gaynor, employee benefits director at MetLife UK, urges employers to encourage staff requiring support and help getting back to work to contact their group risk benefits provider as early as possible: “One of the best ways to help promote mental wellness and help achieve better outcomes is to ensure that, if you do have insured staff, the insurer knows about [the issue] really early on because then there is an interest from the insurer to try and find ways to help this person get better as quickly as possible,” he explains.“There can be sensitivities [around mental health] but [group risk services] are independent, it is all confidential and there are medical professionals available that could help. This is an area for being proactive, and not for just hoping that [the issue] will go away, because it doesn’t.”There are a number of services offered alongside group risk products that can assist employees coping with mental health and wellbeing issues, such as helplines and counselling support. As John Matthews, partner at Mercer Marsh Benefits, explains, the independent and confidential nature of these services is of particular value to employees.“There is a raft of add-ons that come with the [group risk] products that we put in place collectively,” he says. ”They are often overlooked but they are very supportive and helpful, and often even more so because they come from outside of the organisation itself; it is an independent source that is providing this assistance.”NHBC’s Attley adds: “Independence is really important for that sort of thing in order to build trust and transparency around the process.”A supportive strategyIn addition to an increased focus on mental wellbeing in the workplace, there is a greater level of awareness and training around resilience, says Matthews. However, the term ‘resilience’ proves to be an area of contention among those participating in the roundtable discussion, which took place in September 2015. For Attley, the term is an example of the care that must be taken around the language used when discussing mental health. He explains: “We would rather focus on creating a set of conditions that work with people rather than [those] we need to make people resilient to.”While Gaynor concurs that it is important to get the language right around what is still an emotive topic, he takes an alternative view on resilience. “In my mind, resilience is more about enabling and preparing people to deal with their appropriate level [of pressure] rather than letting things get on top of them, and this might be achieved through training, lifestyle factors or it could be through line managers,” he explains. “Resilience is different for everybody, and then it is also different for everybody in every different scenario; some people might be more resilient in one role than another role or in one organisation than another organisation.”There are a number of avenues that employers can explore when developing a system to support the wellness of their staff, including around mental health and resilience. According to MetLife’s Gaynor, this could include assistance from providers, both group risk providers and otherwise, inviting mental health charities into the workplace to talk to employees, or training staff so that they can serve as mental health first aiders.He adds that, while mental health first-aider initiatives have only been implemented in a handful of organisations thus far, interest in them is growing and the impact that they have can be significant: “Just knowing that there is a mental health first aider intuitively makes sense to everyone and it debunks the view of mental health [as a taboo topic].”Enlisting senior management and line managers into strategies to support mental wellbeing can also help to establish a culture that encourages an open dialogue around mental health. As Lee Gruskin, principal consultant at Capita Employee Benefits, states, managers also play a part in establishing the working environment, which can influence employees’ wellbeing. “It is very important to get the line management aspect right,” he says. “It is not just around understanding stress or seeing the signs of onset of stress, anxiety and depression, but actually having the structure of the workplace right to allow people to flourish in their jobs.”A preventative approachWhile the spotlight on mental wellbeing is gradually strengthening, it makes up just one of many aspects of wellbeing that employers can promote to support the various and often complex requirements of an increasingly diverse workforce demographic.“Employers are starting to sit up and take notice that you really do need to manage the whole person, providing support, not just in terms of the financial and physical side of things, but in terms of structure through to career development,” says NHBC’s Attley. “We all spend plenty of time at work and employers are starting to realise that needs to be a positive experience to help with retention, recruitment and performance management.”The shift in emphasis to wellness has been accompanied by a greater focus on the preventative measures that employers can offer staff in order to ensure they remain healthy, happy and productive at work. In the group risk arena, providers have widened the portfolio of preventative services available through group risk benefits for employees. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for industry body Group Risk Development (Grid), says: “We are now moving into the realms of prevention with some newer additions to the extra services that are provided.”For MetLife’s Gaynor, prevention should mark the first stage in the relationship between insurers and employers. “The insurance contract that pays out is the last safety net. There are a whole load of things that should be done beforehand to prevent or shorten absence,” he says.There are a number of ways in which group risk providers and advisers can help employers to develop a preventative approach that suits the requirements of their workforce. Gaynor encourages employers to ask about the measures that they would like to see implemented: “I would say to employers to ask more of advisers and insurers. Ask the question and the likelihood is that there will be something available.”Joining the dotsThese additional services can form an integral part of the support network offered by an employee benefits programme, ensuring that staff have access to assistance to help them stay fit and healthy, through to rehabilitation or claims support should they suffer from long-term sickness. According to Mercer Marsh Benefits’ Matthews, it is important to join up the dots between benefits. “This could involve making sure that an employee assistance programme [EAP] is in place and that it works to offer counselling where appropriate for mental health issues, or ensuring that there is easy and quick access to physiotherapy for musculoskeletal problems, as well as all of the other pieces that might be appropriate as an employer goes through the journey of trying to make sure that their workforce is fit,” he says.Making sure that each additional service and benefit works together throughout this journey can also help employers support staff that go on long-term sickness absence for a physical health issue who then suffer from mental health issues. Effective communication has a key role to play in this scenario, says Attley. “Having communication and dialogue with the individuals concerned is vitally important as part of that [support] piece.”For Matthews, communication between both the employer and employee, and the group risk provider and employee, is key. “The employer and the insurer working together to try and help that employee through their illness and back to work is such an important part of the whole process; it can’t just be seen to be that the insurer has responsibility for this and it is over to them because then that employee is going to feel disengaged and probably be off work longer than they would otherwise be.”Visibly putting employee wellbeing on the agenda so that staff are aware that their employer is taking steps to support them, such as through group risk provision or other wellbeing initiatives, can help employees to feel valued, boosting engagement, loyalty and productivity. Three years ago, for example, NHBC’s health and safety committee gave a health, safety and wellbeing committee a change of emphasis that has helped the organisation make strides with its wellbeing agenda. “This gave us the opportunity to report straight up to the board and sent a strong underlying message to staff that wellbeing is just as important as the statutory requirements of health and safety,” explains Attley.last_img read more

50 of employers are clear on autoenrolment requirements

first_imgHalf (50%) of employers are clear on auto-enrolment requirements and which employees are eligible, according to research by maritime pension scheme provider Ensign.Its survey of 44 employers and 87 employees in the shipping and maritime sector also found that 50% of employees do not know how much they need to save into their pension to achieve a decent retirement income, with 10% not even thinking about what they should be saving.The research also found that of the employee respondents:42% know how much they are paying into their pension, although 54% do not know how much they pay in fees and charges.41% are unaware of the tax relief on their pension contributions and 22% are knowledgeable about the impact of costs and charges on their pension.29% think they are paying enough into their pension, compared to 3% who feel that are paying too much into their retirement savings.79% are members of their employer’s pension scheme, although 27% are more likely to put any spare cash into a bank or building society than top up their pension (10%).84% view the provision of a workplace pension as very important, compared to 52% of employer respondents who see pensions as a ‘not very’ or ‘moderately’ important part of their overall employee benefits package.29% know what they need to save for a decent retirement.15% review their pension performance more than once a year, compared to 34% who hardly ever do so.In addition, 40% of employers review the performance of their pension provider annually and 13% do not review the performance at all.Rory Murphy (pictured), chairman at Ensign, said: “This research reveals a potential scandal in the making. [Employees] are clearly aware that saving for retirement is a critical issue, but lack the tools to make informed decisions about how best to achieve this.“Far too many employees are unaware of the tax advantages of pension saving, or don’t know how much they need to save, or even how much they are saving. This is a toxic cocktail which could lead to poverty in retirement for thousands of [employees], and as such is a critical issue for our industry. Doing nothing is not an option.”Andrew Waring, chief executive officer at Ensign, added: “This research represents a wake-up call for employers in the shipping and maritime sector. It illustrates an alarming disparity between the industry’s employers and their [employees] in their attitudes to retirement provision, with employers worryingly slow to recognise the importance of pensions to their staff.“In a highly competitive labour market, employers are all too aware of the challenges of attracting top talent to the industry, and employees are telling us that pensions are a critical factor in their choice of employer. Yet many employers are under estimating the importance of retirement provision as part of the employee benefits package. The message from these findings is clear: employers who downplay the importance of pensions risk losing out in the battle for talent.”last_img read more

Boat washes ashore in Haulover Beach

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – 7Skyforce hovered over the scene of a beached boat in Haulover Beach.The boat washed ashore roughly a mile south of the Haulover Inlet, Wednesday.It remains unknown how the boat ended up on the sand, or if anyone was on board at the time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

GCI Wrapping Up Upgrade Project On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgGCI is upgrading two towers near Summit Lake and Cooper Mountain later this fall that are not accessible by road. Crews and approximately 10,000 pounds of equipment and materials will be delivered to the sites by helicopter. Though the areas served by this project target some of the state’s busiest stretches of highway, delivering connectivity still requires going off the beaten path. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI is working on wrapping a $6.3 million LTE wireless expansion project on the Kenai Peninsula. The project involves more than 30 GCI technicians and engineers and includes upgrades at 43 sites throughout the Peninsula and the construction of two new towers that will bring expanded wireless and data coverage between Sterling and Soldotna as well as the Homer Spit.center_img Greg Klimek, vice president, GCI Wireless Marketing: “Investing in the Kenai Peninsula has been a high priority for GCI and we are pleased that the project is in the final stretch. Upgrades to 43 sites across the peninsula means move coverage over a wider area and faster speeds and service for our customers.” Upgrades will bring LTE data coverage and improved voice service along additional sections of the Seward and Sterling Highways.last_img read more

Nightly Road Closures On The Seward Highway Starting Monday

first_imgExpected to occur on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, the Seward Highway will be closed nightly at MP 81.8 between 9:00pm and 3:00am. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be working on the Seward Highway between MP 84 and 86. The road will be completely closed for overnight construction. Construction crews are working at MP 89 (Virgin Creek) and 84.1 (Peterson Creek) from 7:30am to 5:30pm, 7 days a week. Drivers should be aware of temporary detours with reduced speeds of 35 MPH. The road will be completely closed during these times, with no alternate or detour routes available. Plan your trip accordingly. Expected to occur on Monday, April 15, Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, the Seward Highway will be closed nightly between MP 84 and 86 between 9:00pm and 3:00am.last_img read more

Borough Mayor Vetoes Bed Tax

first_imgThe ordinance would have asked the voters to amend the borough’s sales tax code to establish a 10 percent areawide sales tax on temporary lodging. It was previously introduced as 12 percent. The ordinance was also amended to include overnight camping facilities. This is the third attempt at the passage of the ordinance introduced by Assemblymember Dale Bagley. The original ordinance passed the assembly in a vote of  in a 5-3 vote, with one exemption in June. A number of amendments were made to the ordinance prior to its final passage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Just kidding, voters will not see the ‘bed tax’ ordinance on the upcoming fall ballot like previously thought after Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce used his veto power to remove it at Tuesday nights meeting. Mayor Pierce Pierce said he did not support a targeted tax on specific activities or services. The vote ended up as a tie, with assembly members Hal Smalley, Willy Dunne, Brent Hibbert and Dale Bagley voting to override the veto.last_img read more

Hearst Tries Employee Discount Tactic

first_imgGeneral Motors made headlines a few years ago when it offered customers cars at the “You Pay What We Pay” employee rate—and GM saw spike in auto sales as a result. Makes sense.But those were cars. Surely, Hearst isn’t charging its own employees for copies of its magazines, are they? Things haven’t gotten that bad, have they? I mean, have they? Rifling through my local coupon mailer the other day (I was looking for one for Garnier Fructis, naturally), I came across an unusual offer from Hearst’s Country Living: I e-mailed Hearst for clarification, and will post their response here when I get it. In the meantime, has anyone else heard of any other magazines charging employees for subscriptions? And, moreso, marketing those “savings” to potential subscribers?UPDATE: Here’s what Hearst says: “Hearst doesn’t charge employees for comp copies distributed in the office, but like most magazine publishing houses, we do offer special rates to employees who want to order subscriptions as gifts or for themselves.  Also, to clarify, the Country Living promotion is specific to the magazine and is not a corporate offer across all Hearst titles. This particular promotion is confined to newspaper ads to generate a small number of subscriptions.  It is not a widespread practice.”last_img read more

Goodenough New CEO of Summit Business Media

first_imgRELATED VIDEO: Q+A with GoodenoughSummit Business Media has promoted president Andy Goodenough to CEO. Goodenough replaces publishing veteran William R. Reilly, who will continue to serve as chairman and remains an investor in the company. “Going into the formation of Summit in November 2006, my plan was to drive the initial growth of the business for several years as CEO, and then step back to the chairman role,” Reilly said in a statement. Prior to joining Summit, Reilly served as chairman and CEO of F&W Publications (now F+W Media); as founder, chairman and CEO of Primedia; and as president of the Macmillan Publishing Company. Goodenough has more than 30 years of experience in b-to-b media. He served as president of the USB Corporation and as publisher of U.S. Banker before its sale to Thomson Media in 1993. He then served as president of Thomson’s banking publishing/conferences group and launched Highline Media in 2003, which was acquired as part of the formation of Summit in 2006.Earlier this month, Summitpurchased WiesnerMedia’s Denver-based Financial Group, marking the company’s seventh acquisition since its launch. Summit’s current portfolio includes 25 magazines, 150 reference books and electronic products, and 100 live events.last_img read more

Will Esquires Cover Really Revolutionize the Way We Read Magazines

first_imgTruly revolutionary. Abreakthrough issue. Historic. A game-changer. A milestone in the publishingindustry.That’s how a gushing vice president and publisher Kevin O’Malley described Esquire’s much-hyped 75th anniversary issue cover—the first to use flexible electronic “paper”—during a press conference in New York CityMonday.Editor-in-chief David Granger—afrequent proponent of innovation—called the issue “a beginning.””As Esquire does this again, and as more Hearst magazinesget into the act, I think the versatility of digital, of flexible displaytechnology, can be a stunning enhancement to what the print medium does,” saidGranger. In a July interviewwith FOLIO:, Granger said that electronic paper display technology couldrevolutionize the way people read magazines. The electronic cover (100,000 copies are available only onnewsstands) is made up of microcapsules that contain black and white pigmentwhich rise to the surface of the flexible plastic cover when a charge is added.The batteries, Esquire says, should last six to eight months.RELATED: TheTechnology Behind Esquire’s Flashing CoverBut is this blinking cover really the future of magazines? Ifind it hard to believe. Who needs a blinking magazine when devices like the Amazon Kindle and the SonyReader do, in essence, the same thing, and neatly updated news—something magazine publishers say will be one of the uses of e-paper—is already available on smartphones?That said, the Esquire cover is pretty cool, and, more importantly, an effective publicity gimmick for an anniversary issue thathappens to feature some great editorial, too.”This is the most important issue of my 11 years atEsquire,” Granger told me after the conference. “I want to call as muchattention as I can to that.”last_img read more

Smithsonian to Publish Cultural Travel Issue

first_imgSmithsonian—the 2 million-circ. Smithsonian Media title—said it will partner with travel author and personality Rick Steves to create a special newsstand-only magazine focused on “culturaltravel.” Tentatively titled “Smithsonian Presents: Travels with Rick Steves,” the special issue is expected to have a distribution of more than 100,000, and will be written entirely by Steves [pictured]. Smithsonian staffers will edit the issue. According to Smithsonian Enterprises president Tom Ott, Steves and the Smithsonian brand are “perfectly aligned, as we aim to inspire, inform and add depth to our readers cultural knowledge and learning. With the launch of this magazine, and hopefully more collaborative efforts in the future, we can provide consumers and advertisers with a distinctive travel product created with a world-class partner who shares our authentic, culturally minded, trustworthy editorial voice.” With a $5.99 cover price, Smithsonian Presents will focus on cultural sites and destinations based on Steves’ personal experience. At the center of the issue will be Steves’ “20 favorite things to see and doin Europe,” along with service features, tips and advice, the publisher said. The issue is expected to hit newsstands May 4, 2010. It also will be available in digital format shortly thereafter. Smithsonian.com will develop companion online material for the productincluding audio guides, video and images from Steves’ travels, in addition to developing other channels for distribution.The special issue will be marketed directly to consumers via print and online properties associated with both brands, which include ads in Smithsonian Media publications, direct mail, through its digital network and the Smithsonian Channel.This fall, “experiential” travel magazine Afar was launched. It’s published in partnership between CEO Greg Sullivan, Joe Diaz and design and shelter title Dwell.last_img read more

Access Intelligence to Launch New Technology for Events

first_img While event and exhibition organizers have historically collected data on attendees, LeadsConnect is unique for its streamlined design, which compiles all of the relevant data together for organizers, vendors, and attendees alike. Using a network of RFID chips and beacons placed throughout the event, AI and FISH can gather data that includes session visits, content downloads from the event app, exhibitors visited, and which activities each attendee participated in. Attendees will also have access to a personalized page, which shows them all of their session content, exhibitor downloads, surveys, and prize notifications, allowing for easy and intuitive access to the content they engaged with during the event.  The product will launch at LeadsCon, a performance marketing conference taking place March 20 to 22 in Las Vegas. Access Intelligence, Folio:’s parent company, and FISH Technologies will debut a new events platform at the 2017 LeadsCon. The platform, LeadsConnect, will allow event organizers to collect behavioral data on event attendees in order to make informed leads before and after the show. “Until now, we’ve had to cobble together several different systems — event apps, registration, lead collection, surveys and meetings scheduling — to deliver our event experience. The end result was often cumbersome to our attendees because they had to log in to multiple platforms,” Smith said in the release. “We’re very excited to be able to introduce the same platform being used to enhance the fan-sponsor experience at some of the world’s largest marquee sporting events to the B-to-B industry and especially our LeadsCon community,” Kerry Smith, SVP of Access Intelligence’s Marketing Division, said in a press release.last_img read more

Ft Bragg Back on Its Feet

first_imgFort Bragg is fully operational, with all service members, Army civilians and contractors expected to report to duty at their normal times, officials said Wednesday, less than a week after Florence passed through dumping several feet of rain. The update on the post’s Facebook page said damage assessments are continuing; it cited damage to the South Post exchange sustained during Hurricane Florence causing it to remain closed. All access control points are operating normally, with the exception of the Manchester Road gate, which is closed due to flooding in Spring Lake. “We ask the Fort Bragg community to be patient as we return to normal operations,” the update said.Weather forecasters warned flooding could worsen in Fayetteville, the home of Fort Bragg, with the Cape Fear River anticipated to crest Wednesday at nearly 62 feet, double its flood-stage level. The river is expected to remain at flood stage through the weekend, reported NBC News. National Guard photo by Sgt. Odaliska Almonte Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

More Research Needed to Determine Effectiveness of PCS Support Programs RAND Study

first_imgThe need to relocate to a different installation every several years is one of the most stressful aspects of military life, a requirement that hinders the ability of spouses to maintain careers and frequently interferes with children’s progression in school. A new RAND Corp. study found that the multitude of programs, policies and services DOD has implemented to help military families cope with the disruptions caused by permanent change of station (PCS) moves is comprehensive, and it did find evidence of a need for new programs.On the other hand, the researchers were unable to demonstrate that those efforts work. “We don’t have good evidence of the efficacy of the current policy and services,” RAND researcher Patricia Tong told Military.com. “In terms of whether we found that there were gaps in existing policy and services to cover this broad list of disruptions — we didn’t find any,” Tong said.The results, however, indicated there is room to improve the PCS move process to further alleviate family disruptions, particularly by increasing the lead time before a move is scheduled so that service members and their families have more time to plan their relocation. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Farrow Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

GAO Most US Installations Underprepared for Climate Change

first_imgA Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday says a majority of U.S. military installations surveyed in a recent study have based their resiliency plans on past weather patterns instead of climate change projections.GAO visited or contacted 23 military installations and reported that DOD does not consistently assess climate change risks at its bases and that many installations are not factoring in rising greenhouse gas effects in their resiliency planning.“GAO also found that most of the installations had not used climate projections because they lack guidance on how to incorporate projections into their master plans,” the report says. “Not assessing risks or using climate projections in installation planning may expose DOD facilities to greater-than-anticipated damage or degradation as a result of extreme weather or climate-related effects.”Of the 23 installations the GAO surveyed, 15 followed a Pentagon mandate to incorporate current research of climate change and extreme weather effects in their base master plan, but eight did not.The report came as the House Armed Services Committee debated several climate change amendments in its fiscal 2020 defense policy bill.Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday that provisions had been included requiring DOD to “prepare for threats posed by climate change.”Earlier this year Garamendi and Readiness Ranking Member Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) visited Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and Marine Corps Base Station Camp Lejeune, N.C., to view damage from recent natural disasters. The three installations will require at least $12 billion to recover, according to DOD. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Juanes Wins Best PopRock Album 18th Latin GRAMMYs

first_imgNominated in the category alongside Juanes tonight were Mikel Erentxun, Jarabe De Palo, Miranda!, and Joaquín Sabina.Raised in Medellin, Colombia, Juanes began playing guitar at age 7, and started his first band, Ekhymosis, at 15. After releasing five albums with Ehkymosis and achieving domestic success in his home country, Juanes began recording as a solo artist in 2000. On the strength of his debut solo album, Fíjate Bien, won three awards at the 2nd Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist, and Best Solo Rock Album.Tonight’s win is Juanes’ ninth career win in the Rock Field of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, having previously won categories such as Best Solo Rock Vocal Album and Best Rock Song. He previously won Best Pop/Rock Album for 2014’s Loco De Amor .See The Complete List Of Winners From The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album | 18th Latin GRAMMYs Facebook Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Twitter Prev Next Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Email What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Song “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY juanes-wins-best-poprock-album-18th-latin-grammys See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Residente Wins Best Urban Song Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win News Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song “Wow. Thank you very much to everyone really. To the Academy for this recognition. Bull, Nene, Sky, wherever you are, many, many thanks. Jesus Lopez [and] all of the family at Universal Music. Rebeca Leon, Lionfish [Entertainment]. To my wife who is the channel to my life. My children at home — Luna, Paloma and Dante — to my mother, Alicia. Colombia, this is for you. I’m here because of you and for you I’ll be here until the end. To Rafa, Henry. To the team that’s always with us. Many thanks to the band that accompanies me. Many, many thanks.” — JuanesThe win brings the Colombian icon’s impressive total of Latin GRAMMY career wins to 22. He was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album Of The Year. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Wincenter_img ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 17, 2017 – 12:57 pm Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Colombia, todo es por ti 🙏 #LatinGRAMMY #misplanessonamarte— JUANES (@juanes) November 17, 2017 See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends The Colombian was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album Of The YearBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 5:26 pm Juanes has won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Pop/Rock Album, for Mis Planes Son Amarte, at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights https://twitter.com/juanes/status/931332743354392576 Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Read morelast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, May 18, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild presents “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!” You have three opportunities to catch this family-friendly show. ‘The Addams Family” will run on Friday, May 18 at 7pm; Saturday, May 19 at 1pm; and Saturday, May 19 at 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium. Tickets to this popular musical costs $10 for students & senior citizens and $15 for adults. Tickets are available online at http://www.WilmingtonCATS.org and will be sold at the door. Reserved seating only. Learn more HERE. … The 4th Grade Night Out takes place from 6pm to 8pm at the North.In The Community: The Abundant Life Christian School’s Drama Club presents “Treasure Island” this  Thursday, May 17 at 7pm and Friday, May 18 at 7pm at the school (173 Church Street). Tickets cost just $6 and can be purchased at the door.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 7 Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For May 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 24, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests Issue 4 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between November 22, 2018 and November 28, 2018:Thursday, November 22Max D. Faulkingham (21, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License (Subsequent Offense).Friday, November 23Neil K. Joshi (40, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor; Leaving Scene Of Property Damage; and Marked Lanes Violation.John Anthony Gallinaro (27, North Billerica) was arrested for Warrants; Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended or Revoked License; License Not In Possession; and Receiving Stolen Property Valued at $1,200+Alexa Marquard (22, Wilmington) was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property Valued at $1,200+.Saturday, November 24NoneSunday, November 25NoneMonday, November 26Melisa Marie Yeo (30, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License For OUI and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation Posted.Kameron T. Conway (22, North Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and Failure To Wear Seat Belt.Tuesday, November 27NoneWednesday, November 28Justin ER Harvey (21, Lowell) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Criminal Subsequent Offense) and Speeding In Violation Of Special Regulation Posted.Reginald O. Babineau (61, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor (2nd Offense), Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License, Possession Of Open Container Of Alcohol In Motor Vehicle; and Crosswalk Violation.(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”,Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

REMINDER Annual Town Census To Be Mailed Out This Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a reminder from the Wilmington Town Clerk’s Office:The 2019 Annual Census will be mailed in January. Residents are asked to complete and return the census form as soon as possible. Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 if you do not receive a census form by the end of January.(NOTE: The above message is from the latest Town Topics newsletter.)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… RelatedNOTICE: Do You Want Your Street To Become An Accepted Way? Petitions Are Due To Town Hall By September 6In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Selectwoman Judy OConnell Endorses Greg Bendel For Selectman

first_imgDear Wilmington Residents,We have an opportunity on Saturday, April 27th to re-elect a very worthy candidate, Greg Bendel, to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.I have had the pleasure of knowing Greg as a person and a community volunteer for several years and it is my honor to call him my friend. Over the years, I have continued to observe Greg’s dedication to his family, his friends and to the Town of Wilmington. For as long as I can remember Greg has always had a willingness to support key initiatives and important projects for the betterment of our children, our schools and our community.During Greg’s first term on the Board of Selectmen I have been impressed with his ability to assist the town leadership team with getting the town’s business done! Greg continues to be a key supporter of the suite of services the Town of Wilmington has to offer its residents such as public education, elderly services & senior housing, youth sports & recreational programs, community health, public safety and veteran affairs to name a few. Greg has been a fiscally conservative leader, an advocate for economic development and a board member who supports the public process. Greg will tackle any issue with transparency and will be the first to offer to help in any given situation.I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Selectmen with Greg and have witnessed firsthand his commitment to the Town of Wilmington. We accomplished a lot together and I will be the first to say we did not always agree on every town topic. However, we respected our common ground and our differences and I always appreciated Greg’s perspective on things. Greg is honest, ethical and of the highest moral character. While working with Greg I always knew he put his head and heart in every decision he made on behalf of the residents of the Town of Wilmington and is a man who tries to always do the right thing! For this reason and many others I am certain that Greg Bendel is the right choice for the voters of Wilmington on Election Day.With Greg’s impressive resume along with his personal qualities and attributes, I believe Greg continues to be an ideal candidate for Selectman. Greg is intelligent, articulate, a team player, a great listener and has the courage and tenacity to take on the most complex issues and render informed decisions. Greg is a great asset to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen and deserves to be re-elected so he can continue to work hard to maintain and improve the quality of life for all Wilmington residents and local business owners to enjoy.Please join me on Saturday, April 27th in voting for Greg Bendel for Selectman. Thank you.Sincerely,Judith L. O’Connell 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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel Has A Proven Commitment To Helping SeniorsIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more