Facebook Previous articleUSDA extends summer meal program for students through the end of the yearNext articleSouth Bend city leaders, young victim’s loved ones call for end to violence Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – August 31, 2020 0 222 Google+ (Photo supplied/Penn-Harris-Madison Schools) The Penn-Harris-Madison School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to bring students back into classrooms next month.The board recommended grades Pre-K through 3 return to in-person classes on Sep. 14. Grades 4 and 5 would return on Sep. 21.Grades 6 through 12 will be on a hybrid model beginning Sep. 21, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.The hybrid schedule would follow a schedule where all students are virtual on Mondays, students with last names A through L would be in-person on Tuesday and Wednesday, and those with last names M through Z would be in-person Thursday and Friday. Students not in-person would be virtual.Read more about the return of students to school buildings from ABC 57 IndianaLocalNews Facebook PHM Board approves plan to have students return to classrooms in September Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter
It’s been ten long years since Tool has officially released any new music, though a new album has been discussed for months by the band. Today, we have yet another glimpse inside this possible new release, though it comes from a friend of the band: Buzz Osborne. The Melvins frontman wrote a piece for Team Rock highlighting the Melvins’ best albums, and mentioned a bit of gossip that he heard from Tool’s own Adam Jones.According to Osborne, “Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me the shortest song they’ve been working on is twelve minutes long.”Wow! Whatever Tool has in store, it seems like it will be truly worth the wait.[H/T Team Rock]
John F. Kennedy 50th anniversary The anniversary also spurred collaboration between the IOP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In the two weeks leading up to the anniversary, more than 100 mayors around the country spoke to students in their communities about the meaning of Kennedy’s inaugural address and how young people can serve their communities. From Jan. 18 to Feb. 6, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is hosting a three-week series of events and performances to commemorate Kennedy as a leading patron of the arts. A calendar of events celebrating the 50th anniversary can be found here. March on A view of the famous March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. Photo courtesy of Cecil Stoughton/White House, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston Meeting of the minds A meeting between the Executive Committee of the National Security Council featuring President Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric in the White House’s Cabinet Room. Photo courtesy of Cecil Stoughton, White House/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston What in the world are you doing? An early brochure for the Peace Corps. Inaugural address A view of the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1961. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston At a mere 1,355 words, John F. Kennedy’s first speech as president took just 14 minutes to read. Delivered the morning of Jan. 20, 1960 (“cold but brilliant,” according to one news report), his inaugural address ranked as one of the shortest on record — and to many, one of the most memorable.The speech was an immediate hit. “The mood and emphasis were dedicatory and determined; the language, widely praised for eloquence,” The New York Times declared at the time. The address’s most famous line exhorted a generation to pursue careers and lives guided by public service.“My fellow Americans,” Kennedy intoned, “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”Fifty years later, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Institute of Politics (IOP) are honoring the spirit of Kennedy’s oft-cited challenge with a series of events designed to highlight the importance of public service.“President Kennedy called people to really take responsibility for something larger than themselves, to contribute to something larger than themselves,” said Melodie Jackson, HKS’s associate dean for communications and public affairs. “It seems to resonate with people. The commitment to public service that he stood for is very much alive and still present here at the Kennedy School.”Today (Jan. 20) at noon, the school will host a reading of the inaugural address in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at 79 JFK St.On a broader scale, HKS, IOP, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation are launching JFK50.org, a website that will host interviews with public figures about Kennedy, slideshows, and other archival materials. Among the Kennedy School’s contributions to the site is a video (above) of notable figures such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, M.P.A. ’71, reading the inaugural address.“We interviewed people of a whole variety of ages, and young or old, everyone had something to say about the way in which President Kennedy directly had an impact on their lives,” Jackson said, adding: “As Kennedy’s namesake, and as an institution dedicated to public service, we felt it was important to pay tribute both to his impact and [to] his lasting legacy.”Other events honoring the Kennedy inauguration:Last night (Jan. 19), the IOP hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., “Answering President Kennedy’s Call to Service: The Next Generation,” moderated by new IOP director and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and featuring a wide range of speakers in the public sector. Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy’s daughter and president of the JFK Library Foundation, also spoke at the event. For future events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, visit the Harvard Kennedy School and the Institute of Politics websites. Kennedy graduated from Harvard College in 1940. Vote democratic The campaign wagon of the State Campaign Committee of Alabama during the 1960 presidential campaign. Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston Firing off President John F. Kennedy observes the firing of a Polaris missile by the Submarine Andrew Jackson aboard the U.S.S. Observation Island off the coast of Florida. Photo courtesy of Robert Knudsen, White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School has been awarded to Nina Martin of ProPublica and Renee Montagne of NPR for their investigative reporting series Lost Mothers.The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the developed world; NPR and ProPublica found at least half could be prevented with better care. The series tracked maternal deaths, saved lives by raising public awareness of post-birth complications, and prompted legislation in New Jersey and Texas.“The mothers of America deserve the best medical care before, during, and after childbirth. We not only owe them that dignity — it is a moral imperative,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele. “The state of that care, uncovered by Nina Martin and Renee Montagne’s reporting, deserves close scrutiny. The Goldsmith judges had the challenge of choosing one winner from a number of compelling, important stories this year. ‘Lost Mothers’ is undoubtedly deserving of this special recognition. An under-reported story with a devastatingly human angle, their report shines a light on a problem all around us, but rarely told with such power and grace.”Additionally, the Shorenstein Center awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism to Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Read Full Story
Remember that big green worm with the red horn on its tail that was eating your tomato plants in July? Well, over the last month it has burrowed into the soil, pupated, and emerged as a big moth that shows up after sunset and feeds from flowers at night. The moths are called “hummingbird moths” because they look and act so much like hummingbirds, being able to hover over a flower and drink from it in flight. Also, like hummingbirds, they are fast fliers, zipping back and forth among blossoms. The moth’s tongue is actually longer than its body, allowing it to extract nectar from deep-throated blossoms. These hummingbird moths, which are also called sphinx moths, can have wingspans up to 4 inches. The moths are gray with darker gray and black markings, and they have yellow or orange spots on the sides of their abdomens. The moths’ larvae, those green caterpillars known as hornworms, feed on Solanaceous plants like tomato and tobacco. They have also been found on potato, eggplant and peppers, and they can thrive on these plants’ wild relatives such as jimsonweed, tropical soda apple and horse nettle. Tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms are similar in appearance and behavior, and both feed on tomato and tobacco plants. The larvae are harmless to humans; the red horn on the rear end is flexible and cannot stick you. The best way to manage the pests is to be vigilant and pick each caterpillar off the plant as soon as you see it. Save it, and you can give it to a local schoolteacher for classroom demonstrations. After the larva has fed to fullness, and is about 3 or 4 inches long, it crawls down into the soil and changes into the pupal stage. The pupa is distinctive in having a loop, almost like a shepherd’s crook, at one end; this is where the mouthparts of the adult moth form. The reddish-brown pupa will remain underground until next spring when the adult moth will emerge from the pupal skin, through the soil and start the cycle all over again. If your garden is already planted when these moths emerge in the spring, they may lay their first batch of eggs on your young tomato plants, so keep an eye out for hungry caterpillars.
ARC Mechanical Contractors,ARC Mechanical Contractor’s president and owner, Wil Buskey, announced significant changes to the company’s corporate structure. With retirement approaching, Wil has redefined the management team that will steer ARC to a future without him. For nearly 45 years, Wil has been involved in nearly every aspect in the heating, cooling, and refrigeration business; and for the last 12 years, has been the driving force behind ARC. Wil’s new role as Chief Executive Officer allows him to continue to guide the company’s direction, but the day-to-day operations of ARC will now be handled by Jody Perkins, ARC’s current service manager and new president. Jody’s role as service manager will not change for the immediate future. ‘I’m very happy with my new role and feel I am up to the challenge to continue ARC’s growth with a thoughtful, considered approach,’ says Jody Perkins, ARC’s new president. Jody has been with ARC since 1992 where he started as a service technician. In 2005 he became the service department manager. Jody holds a number of licenses and certifications, including four NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certifications. ARC’s redefined management team:- Wilton L. Buskey, Chief Executive Officer- Jody Perkins, President, Service Manager- Brian Sager, Vice President, Chief of Engineering and Design- Andy Courchesne, Vice President, Sales and Operations Manager- Wayne Vanasse, General Manager, Chief Financial Officer ARC was recognized in 2003 and again in 2009 by Vermont Business Magazine for being one of five of Vermont’s fastest growing businesses in the construction market. The 5x5x5 Growth Awards acknowledge five Vermont businesses that have experienced the greatest growth over the past five years over five business categories: technology, construction, wholesale, business services and manufacturing. ARC had a growth rate of 76% during the five year period covered. About ARC Mechanical ContractorsIn business since 1947, ARC provides heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, mechanical piping, refrigeration, ductwork and controls for commercial, residential, institutional, industrial and municipal buildings/facilities. We also install geothermal, and hybrid heating and cooling systems. ARC also is an approved Vermont Solar Thermal Provisional Partner which allows us to participate as an installer in the Vermont Solar Incentive program. Located in Bradford, Vermont, and Lebanon and Littleton, New Hampshire, ARC employs 66 individuals. Many examples of our work may be found throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, including Dartmouth College’s Alumni Gym and Whittemore Hall, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Woodstock Inn Spa and Resort, and the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Photography is a medium used for storytelling, and when done well, it can send a powerful message. When you think of Nike, you think of intense athletes. Vogue evokes fashion and style. National Geographic captures epic and vibrant nature images. Rather than restricting themselves to stock photography, these companies use custom photography to tell their brand story in ways that are impactful, unique and authentic.With that in mind, think about your credit union. What story is your brand telling consumers right now? Is it the story you want to be telling? If there’s a disconnect between your brand and the stock photos currently being used, then it’s time to make the switch to custom photography. Here’s how you can do it:Create a mood boardA mood board is a great way to establish the look and feel you want with your custom photography. Collect photos from all over — the Internet, magazines, brochures — that look similar to how you imagine your photography working. But don’t go overboard. Only hold on to the photos that really stand out and work well with each other. continue reading »
How do national tourist boards communicate in this time of crisis? For the end, both Portugal and Switzerland were the first to jump out and have just started communicating on social media and campaigning in the context of explore and dream, see you soon, so we will see in which direction the communication will develop. The Croatian National Tourist Board publishes via Facebook virtual travel through the publication of videos from our destinations, as well as photos. Also, the CNTB is joined the global campaign to help Zagreb hospitals damaged in the earthquake. So far, Portugal and Switzerland have reacted the fastest and shown us a positive example of how to communicate in times of isolation and crisis. We follow further and bring interesting promotional and communication concepts. Feel free to let us know other positive examples at [email protected], if you think they are worth sharing. But what is the fact that at the moment everyone is online, more than ever, and some in this situation see their opportunity to further position and expand their user base. That is why now is the time to take advantage of all the benefits that the internet brings us. In this situation where everyone is in self-isolation, everyone is online. So virtual museums and virtual tours of destinations are so popular. But Norwegian company Norled has taken it a step further. The entire film and fjord cruise from Bergen to Flåm will take 5 hours and 25 minutes. See how it turned out HERE Of course, this event was supported and shared by the Norwegian Tourist Board Visit Norway. Norled AS is one of the largest shipping companies and the company has over 80 vessels and operates ferries and speedboats from Oslo to Tromsø. It was Norled who organized a digital cruise “Digital Fjord cruise” through his social networks and invited his companions to join them on a boat trip to get acquainted with the beautiful coastal landscape, the spectacular Sognefjord and the charming villages along the way to Flåm. Also, in support of Zagreb after the earthquake, they posted an emotional message and a video with #LoveZagreb This is the time to position ourselves, it is important that our tourists continue to stay in the dreaming phase. Especially at this time when everything around us is negative, people need a little break from this negative situation. So, great quick response from VisitPortugal. The video of course was not planned, but was made in accordance with this extraordinary situation. And this is skillfully emphasized in the very introduction to the video, where the message is that the videos were recorded before the coronavirus, and the narrator’s voice was recorded via a cell phone in his home isolation. VisitPortugal – It’s time to stop The Portuguese Tourist Board has launched a campaign It’s time to stop, followed by a hashtag #CantSkipHope. The whole campaign is accompanied by the main video with a phenomenal narrative, I personally watched it several times and each time I shivered and even cried. Be sure to take a look HERE, also an interesting new principle that offers many possibilities. The Swiss Tourist Board launched the #DreamNowTravelLater campaign yesterday. / / / Swedish nature in Virtual reality (VR) PS Be sure to check out a great example of communication and creative thinking, the Getty Museum that launched the challenge #BetweenArtandQuarantine, which immediately went viral. Norway – Digital Fjord cruise When we talk about tourism, the narrative is that now is the ideal time to research, discover and plan future travel, ie to compile a kind of bucket list. How does CNTB communicate? Although at the moment, unfortunately, it is out of place to talk about tourism in this situation, that does not mean that we should not stop communicating on social networks. Now is the ideal time to plan, define new strategies, and prepare marketing campaigns for the “day after crown” moment, to be ready and to immediately start communicating and promoting when the pandemic passes. Also, when this situation passes, if we care about communicating and being in contact with guests, tourists will remain loyal to us and we will be in their plans, ie position ourselves on both conscious and unconscious levels. Also, this is an opportunity to expand your companion base. The dreaming and planning phase Also, on their website they have an interesting interactive video on the cover (I honestly don’t know how to define it) that takes us live through the landscape, gives us the ability to navigate up and down, and shows additional information about some attractions and content. Admittedly, there is a lack of interaction, to communicate directly with us as viewers, in order to further involve us in the whole story, but certainly an interesting approach. Of course, no one could prepare or be ready for this situation, but the Tourist Boards of Portugal and Switzerland quickly adapted and just started with interesting campaigns. In any case, in a crisis situation, the worst thing is not to communicate. Invite your followers to post their photos, videos, experiences and stories to stimulate infraction, and of course storyelling is the strongest tool. Visit Sweden On the other hand the Swedish Tourist Board VisitSweden invites her companions, as we are all in home self-isolation, to make the famous Swedish specialties – Cinnamon buns, and shared recipes for the same. Other tourist boards are “recycling” old content, but have not yet developed a targeted crisis communication strategy such as Portugal and Switzerland. But we can only expect communication strategies, because of course no one could prepare for this situation. With a great climate that allows golf all year round and a great variety of terrains, the Algarve is a paradise for golfers. Add it to your wish list on your next visit to Portugal.- the message next to the picture is by which VisitPortugal promotes goal tourism through social networks So he posts on social media As I mentioned, virtual reality is IN, and so Sweden has its trump cards. Namely, they produced three VR films, which are just communicating via social media in a time of isolation only. Switzerland – Dream Now. Travel later. A great example of how to communicate in isolation time #BetweenArtandQuarantine
Gay activist Hartoyo has had to overcome both physical and virtual curbs on his movement so that he may continue to feed the urban poor, persecuted members of the LGBT community as well as women and children – population groups that are the worst affected by the pandemic.The 43-year-old founder of rights advocacy group Suara Kita was used to financing aid programs through the in-house SriKendes boutique, which sells original, traditional motif clothing that can fetch Rp 50 million to Rp 60 million (US$3,400 to $4,080) every month, mostly during exhibitions.Read also: Hartoyo: Coming out for his rights Topics : But when Jakarta entered a de facto lockdown in April, the exhibitions stopped, and Hartoyo began tinkering with Facebook, setting up a namesake “Har Toyo” account. He eventually settled on a new fundraising model: auctioning pre-loved clothes, handbags and shoes on Facebook Live.“Store sales dropped drastically – maybe now around Rp 15 million to Rp 20 million – but we managed to find a new market by selling online,” Hartoyo told The Jakarta Post by phone on Aug. 14.But then there were the online woes. Users began reporting his account, leading to two Facebook suspensions: one on July 23 and another on Aug. 8. The first suspension lasted a day and the second, around half an hour.One Facebook Indonesia representative told Hartoyo that his account was suspended over his use of the word bencong, an Indonesian slur for “queer”. For Hartoyo, saying bencong meant reclaiming the word from its pejorative beginnings, but for the Facebook algorithms, it was hate speech. “In these cases, we allow the content to remain on Facebook but require people to clearly indicate their intent,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Post on Aug. 19.“Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.”Facebook, whose headquarters is openly supportive of the LGBT community, had committed to ensuring the continuity of the Har Toyo account, Hartoyo said.SriKendes is a unique small business in Indonesia, a country ranked globally among the least tolerant to homosexuality, despite a mediocre improvement in attitude, according to a Pew Research Center study released in 2020.The study of 34 countries found that 80 percent of Indonesian respondents thought homosexuality should not be accepted, compared to only 37 percent in India, 24 percent in the Philippines and 53 percent in South Korea.Read also: Survey on acceptance in Indonesia gives hopes to LGBT communityHartoyo (left) and Ririn Sefsani (middle) dance on-camera during a live auction from Jakarta on Aug. 6. The auction raised Rp 17.4 million to help an 11-year-old disabled rape victim. (Courtesy of/Pundi Perempuan)Hartoyo and his regular co-host Audi, an auburn-haired transwoman, have a distinct campy, sarcastic humor that attracts thousands of viewers to each multi-hour auction.They secure roughly Rp 10 million for each bidding session, with a record sale of Rp 17 million. Most of the funds go to running open kitchens in East and South Jakarta and to distributing hundreds of meals for out-of-work waria (transwomen) in western Indonesia.A smaller portion goes to covering Suara Kita’s operational costs, which include maintaining channels to receive cash transfers, cash donations and secondhand clothes for resale.SriKendes itself has its own namesake Facebook account, where another transwoman hosts weekly live streams to sell the store’s products. The page attracts fewer views than Har Toyo but all proceeds still go to Suara Kita.“[Hartoyo and his colleagues] touch on very sensitive and painful issues but still build support by sharing joy, by poking fun at taboo and feudal issues,” said human rights campaigner Ririn Sefsani, who participated in some of the live auctions.“The products are being sold transparently, with good service and a rather crazy selling method,” said Ririn, who works for Jakarta-based NGO Kemitraan (Partnership for Governance Reform).Ririn and Hartoyo raised Rp 17.4 million from a live auction in early August to help an 11-year-old disabled rape victim. The proceeds are slated to fund the impoverished girl’s recovery, education and family expenses, among other things.Ririn noted in an email that Hartoyo’s fundraising strategy, albeit quite successful, was only suitable for specialized fundraising non-profits as it was often time-consuming and laborious.SriKendes’ struggle with the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and social media bullies only adds to the challenges of running an openly LGBT-friendly business in the country.A company as big as Gojek, one of only two tech decacorns in Southeast Asia, was attacked by the #UninstallGoJek smear campaign in late 2018 after an executive expressed support for the LGBT community.Read also: #UninstallGojek trends after executive shows support for LGBT communityA viewer once canceled donating a handbag after learning of Hartoyo’s LGBT activism. The woman, a self-described Christian studying theology, texted Hartoyo, saying she “does not support their sexual orientation but, personally, I support them in prayer”.“It is a life choice but, I am sorry, I cannot support this community. I’m very sorry,” she wrote in a text message shared with the Post.The Har Toyo account is also being monitored by the openly anti-LGBT and Islamist Family Love Alliance (AILA), an organization that heavily lobbies lawmakers to outlaw premarital sex through a Criminal Code revision.Read also: COMMENTARY: Why AILA is a bigger threat to freedom than the FPIAILA’s monitoring became evident after self-proclaimed AILA member Diana Widyasari, using the Facebook account “Sri Daryani”, posted on Aug. 11 a critique of Har Toyo, in which he criticized an anti-LGBT webinar hosted by the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). The webinar has been taken down by YouTube.
Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that SAP, a global enterprise software company, will expand its footprint and create 392 new, high-wage positions in Allegheny and Delaware counties.“Pennsylvania’s nearly 300 colleges and universities each year add highly skilled graduates to our labor force of more than 6.5 million, which is of great benefit to the commonwealth’s growing register of technology companies,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m pleased that SAP has decided to make the most of this invaluable resource, I look forward to the company’s continued growth and success in the years to come.”To accommodate future growth, improve operating efficiency, and attract talent, SAP will expand its footprint with a new facility on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The company will invest $72.22 million in the project, which includes leasehold and infrastructure improvements and equipment purchases.Additionally, SAP has committed to creating 392 new, full-time jobs statewide over the next three years – 242 jobs at the company’s Pittsburgh location and 150 jobs at its U.S. headquarters in Newtown Township, Delaware County, adding to its existing Pennsylvania-based workforce of 3,305 employees.“We’re proud to have called the commonwealth home for nearly three decades, and we are excited to continue to expand in Pennsylvania as we grow our workforce and presence in the United States,” said Jennifer Morgan, president, SAP North America. “Our partnership with the commonwealth and the governor’s office is a model for how the public sector and the business community can work together to drive innovation, grow the economy, and create 21st Century jobs in every community across our country. We look forward to continuing to grow and invest in the commonwealth and in many other communities across the United States.”SAP received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $600,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1,176,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Founded in 1972, SAP is the world’s largest business software company, with over 82,000 employees globally, including more than 18,000 in the United States. Its applications address the needs of small businesses, midsized companies, and global organizations. In total, SAP’s applications serve more than 320,000 customers in 190 countries.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 392 New Jobs in Allegheny and Delaware Counties with Expansion of SAP January 10, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter