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first_imgIf you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE it looks like the discussion if we  should expand the Vanderburgh County jail is over?  …that any day now the State of Indiana will be mandating our local elected officials to start talking about and planning what kind of addition should we build to the current jail?  …that Vanderburgh County now have the funds to build the addition to the jail because of the increases in the Wheel Tax and the County Income Option Tax beginning in 2018?  …we hope that the committee in charge of designing the new Vanderburgh County jail expansion will build it to accommodate our needs for at least the next 25 years?  …its time to serve the wine?IS IT TRUE we have been informed that on November 27th  the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners will call a special meeting to discuss the possible expansion of the County jail?  …we expect the Sheriff Wedding, attorneys for the County Council and County Commissioners to attend along with the Vanderburgh County Building Authority Director Dave Rector to discuss ways to expand the jail within the soon to be announced budget guidelines?  …we repeat that its time to serve the wine? …this is really a developing story?IS IT TRUE that yesterday the Indiana State Board of Accounts auditors held an exit conference with the Evansville city officials?   …the audit review for the City of Evansville covered the 2016 budget year?  …we hear that some of the findings by the auditors are very interesting?  …this is a developing story?IS IT TRUE that we continue to be impressed by Jon Webb over at the Evansville Courier and Press?…while Webb has never made it a secret that he is not an adoring fan of President Donald Trump, his article communicating his doubts that President Trump colluded with any Russians was grounded in the reality of being a good judge of personality?…Webb asserted that President Trump most likely did not collude with the Russians because he first would not have had the attention span to pull something this large and drawn out off without telling someone?…he also asserted that if President Trump would have been clever enough to have essentially gamed the system and stolen the election that he would not have the discipline not to boast about his clever gamesmanship?…we find Mr. Webb’s opinion to be highly probable?…quite frankly we find Webb’s opinion to be more probable that the dream of many Democrats that President Trump was indeed smart enough and disciplined enough to pull off a heist of the White House without bragging about it?…it takes a special kind of person to see things like this and collect the dots when he doesn’t seem to like President Trump a bit, so kudos to Jon Webb for using his reporters skills to reach a highly probable conclusion?IS IT TRUE that Webb also opined some other truths and one of them is that even if all of the collusion theories were true and President Trump boasted openly during the campaign that he would have still defeated Hillary Clinton?…most polls today conclude the same thing and that if the election were held today, even with President Trump having an approval rating in the mid 30% range, he would still defeat Hillary Clinton today?IS IT TRUE we have  been told by credible sources that the Steve Hammer for County Commissioner campaign committee has $16,400 pledged towards his campaign so far?  …this is an impressive figure since he hasn’t held one official campaign fundraising event?IS IT TRUE that Wally Paynter the President of the TriState Alliance is doing an outstanding job in promoting equal rights?IS IT TRUE a member of our staff recently ate at the Dapper Pig restaurant located at Haynie’s Corner?  … he was very pleased with the food and service he received?  …he said that the Dapper Pig offered a farm-to-table menu with an artisanal flair?  …he was also very impressed with the on site bakery?IS IT TRUE some folks living in the 4th Ward are worry that the practice of  gentrification may be happening the near downtown area?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel its time to address the expansion of the Vanderburgh County jail?center_img  Please take time and read our other articles entitled “StatehouseFiles, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.last_img read more

first_imgFuneral services were held Feb. 12 for Carmela Volonnino, 94, of North Bergen. She passed away Feb. 10. She was the wife of the late Michael Volonnino; sister of Anthony Presutti and his wife Jean, and aunt of many nieces and nephews.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.last_img

first_imgBy MEDIAWIZEIt’s a summer like no other, as Ocean City and area businesses begin to open up, adjust to the new normal and greet seasonal visitors, second homeowners and residents.There’s a spirit of optimism as America’s Greatest Family Resort rebounds from the days of sheltering in place and closing of many institutions and businesses. Customers want to buy products and services, and need to do so with the confidence that they and their families are safe to move past the crisis.That’s where OCNJ Daily and its MediaWize sister sites in Sea Isle City, Somers Point and Downbeach (Longport, Margate and Ventnor) come in. MediaWize stands ready to help area businesses with customizable, flexible and affordable marketing and advertising packages.MediaWize’s sites have the largest audience in our region, which gives us the ability to get our advertisers’ messages out in the most efficient way for them to capitalize on business this summer.For starters, OCNJ Daily is rolling out a new resource for both paid and non-paid businesses, called “Safely Open for Business.” It will run beneath each day’s feature story on OCNJ Daily.The free service will allow local businesses to list their name, phone number, address, and core product or service.Paying customers will receive larger and more prominent placement with the above information, as well as a 90-second video that we will produce. The video will educate customers on how they can safely shop at the business, what safety steps have been taken, and brief them on the quality of their product or services.OCNJ Daily and the other MediaWize sites deliver like no other media in South Jersey, with 2.5 million viewers across the four sites and spanning multiple generations. Our readers enjoy household income in the middle, upper middle and upper income categories, and a gender split of 60 percent female, 40 percent male.“We can do what newspapers, radio and other media cannot,” said MediaWize’s Mike DeVlieger. “Our sites engage customers and give them sound reasons to shop with you versus your business competition.”DeVlieger noted that “no two businesses are the same and they have unique needs. Matching those unique needs with the optimal marketing campaign is something we excel at doing.”Among the options open through OCNJ Daily and MediaWize:Featured Business Profile Stories – These stories dig in deep on the story behind the business and what makes the business stand out. They are excellent at bringing awareness for new businesses, as well as reminding customers of what made the iconic businesses famous.Banner Ads – They remind locals and vacationers every day that you are a trusted business and ready to support their needs.eBlast – Individual blasts that are sent to our App and email subscribers exclusively focused on your business and the message that you are looking to share. They can be scheduled for release at any time based on your business needs.Bundled Services — We can put many of our services together in a package to reduce the cost of each service, if purchased separately.Payment Plans — We know some businesses are cash-poor as they get back on their feet. We’ll work with you to develop a payment plan that can spread out over time, so that your registers will ring before you are billed.We are experts at looking at each business’s unique needs and customizing strategies and tactics that will help you reach your goals.We also stand ready to help businesses recruit employees and fill staffing needs with a new employment section that will not only run on OCNJ Daily, but also on our other three regional sites. Employers will have the option to list all of their hiring needs for one low price on a monthly or seasonal rate.“I’m excited for the future of our community as we emerge on the other side of this crisis,” DeVlieger said, “and I welcome the opportunity to help businesses do so this summer.”For more information, call Mike on his cell phone at 609-231-8987 or email him at [email protected] Daily.com. The crowds will return, but how will the pandemic affect their confidence to buy goods and services?last_img read more

first_imgSubway has won the IGD food-to-go operator of the year award for the second year running.The business was voted by consumers as their favourite on-the-go foodservice provider, with one of the reasons being the company’s response to changing shopper needs.Subway said the achievement reinforced demand from customers for more affordable quality and healthier choices.“We are so proud to win this award again for a consecutive year,” said Colin Hughes, country director for Subway UK and Ireland.“It’s a fantastic achievement for the brand, made even more special by the fact that it is voted for by the people that matter most to us, our guests. We couldn’t be more thrilled for this recognition.”Other shortlisted brands were Burger King, Greggs, KFC, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Pret A Manger.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, we had the delightful opportunity to share some exciting news about beloved jamgrass band Greensky Bluegrass, as the group performed at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA for a Bernie Sanders rally. The gig came just a few hours before their headlining set at The Showbox, a popular spot for touring artists in the Northwestern city.Fortunately, we have video footage from Greensky’s performance. The group opened up with their classic tune “Windshield,” and worked in “Workin On A Building” and “Lose My Way,” before playing the ever-appropriate song, “Burn Them.” The band was clearly in awe of the whole situation, playing in front of so many people for a cause in which they believe.After the original songs, the band welcomed out John Popper for a collaboration. With Popper, the group played two Blues Traveler songs, “Run Around” and “Hook,” before leaving the stage to let Popper perform the “Star Spangled Banner” as the show’s finale. Popper would later appear with them at The Showbox, playing “Mr. Charlie” and “Hook” at the evening concert. Skerik also made an appearance at the Showbox (setlist below).You can watch some of the band’s performance at the rally, via LIVE SATELLITE NEWS, below:Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Safeco Field, Seattle, WA – 3/25/16Windshield, Workin On A Building, Lose my Way, Burn Them, Run Around*, Hook*, Star Spangled Banner^* – w/ John Popper^ – John Popper soloSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Showbox, Seattle, WA – 3/25/16Set 1: We’re an American Band, Burn Them, Rafters, Old Barns, Mr Charlie*, Hook*, Breadbox, Great Atomic Power, KeroseneSet 2: Just to Lie **, Tarpology ** > Gumboots ** > Tarpology **, I’d Probably Kill You **, Demons **, Down the Road, 33443 > Wings for Wheels, Leap YearEncore: After Midnight****-w/ John Popper** – w/Skerik (sax)*** – w/ Keith Kinnear tambourine shake[Setlists via Camp Greensky]last_img read more

first_img Todd Lubin ’16 gets SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray hooked on an LED variation of the game 2048. By design Ian Meyer ’17 (left) listens as Neal Champagne ’17 plays an unusual electric guitar. SEAS-Design-Fair_8_570.jpg Thomas Esty (right) shows postdoc Kitty Kumar and Evelyn Hu, Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering, his laser xylophone. Photos by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS Communications Music blared, LEDs blinked, and jaws dropped Tuesday at the SEAS Design and Project Fair, a celebration of creative problem-solving by students at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).The festival carries ideas from one scientific field to another and allows them to cross-pollinate. It also provides an incentive for harried students in the last few weeks of the semester to generate a polished and presentable final product. But most importantly, said Fawwaz Habbal, executive dean for education and research, the fair encourages “anyone, whether it’s for homework or their own self-expression, to go ahead and create something.”Visitors entering the Science Center Plaza tent met hundreds of students from ES 50: “Introduction to Electrical Engineering,” a course that attracts undergraduates from all concentrations with its lively teaching staff and emphasis on creativity. They were joined by students from more than a dozen SEAS courses in engineering sciences, applied mathematics, and computer science who contributed demonstrations, discoveries, posters, and prototypes to the fair.Some were just fun, like the giant piano keyboard that sprawled across the floor of the tent, or the arcade-style variations on the addictive game “2048,” using light-up colored squares or LEDs instead of numbers.A group of undergraduates in ES 50 added a bit of extra mayhem with their SMS-based prank hotline, accessible to all. Texting the word “joyride” caused a remote-controlled car to appear out of nowhere, colliding erratically with visitors’ feet as it sped through the aisles. Another text message triggered a tank hidden beneath the exhibit tables to spray a jet of water, or turned lights on and off across the room.But most projects — hundreds of them — sought a higher purpose, tackling challenges in graphic design, mathematics, education, astronomy, music, and everyday logistics.center_img Luka Loncar, 7, tests out an arcade-style game built in ES 50. He is the son of Marko Loncar, Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering, who co-teaches the course. Ha Le ’14 (in red) and Eric Hendey ’14 show off their ES 50 project, which converts music files into simple outputs and mechanically plays them on a keyboard. Philosophy concentrator Simon Huesken ’14 and chemist Sean Poppen ’16 wanted to create a new kind of tactile input device, beyond mice and tablets, to make painting software easier to use. Click-and-drag scale bars for attributes such as color or brush size can interrupt the actual drawing process, so they created a glove with magnets and sensors embedded in the fingertips. Hold your thumb and forefinger closer together and the students’ back-end software understands you want a narrower brush stroke. Three fingers can blend red, green, and blue pigments into precise tints and shades.“It makes me really happy that I have created something that you can use, and it works,” said Huesken, who took ES 50 in his final semester at Harvard. After years of more abstract learning, he said, “I really, really wanted to build something, and this class helped me do that.”Neurobiology concentrator Ben Glauser ’15 participates in Harvard track and field. With two teammates and a classmate in ES 50, he built a set of gates that use lasers to measure running times.Amy Weiss-Meyer ’15, a history and literature concentrator, had always been interested in how typographical design contributes to aesthetics and readability. She and her ES 50 classmates built a small, remote-controlled robot that wields a pen, drawing a trail behind it as it roams. They designed a new font from scratch and used the robot to explore code-based approaches to leading and kerning.“I didn’t really know anything about engineering, and I wanted to take this course to learn more about it,” Weiss-Meyer said. “Once I saw what was possible, my thinking progressed.”Her team is now considering how a robot like theirs might be useful to people with impaired motor skills who have trouble drawing or writing on their own.A group of graduate students at Harvard Extension School tackled another challenge in graphic design: converting pixel-based bitmap images to curve-based vector graphics that can be enlarged without sacrificing detail. Suraj Khetarpal, Jeremy Watson, Jeffry Pincus, and Dinesh Malav, students in CS 51, “Introduction to Computer Science II,” wrote a program that detects edges within a black-and-white image and then uses them to mathematically define contours.While CS 50, “Introduction to Computer Science,” provides a whirlwind introduction to programming, Henry Leitner’s CS 51 teaches students to more deliberately design code that is elegant, efficient, safe, consistent, and accessible to other programmers.“It’s been fun and challenging,” said Christian Liu ’17, who with three other freshmen created a tool that solves symbolic algebra problems — not down to a string of decimal figures, but the way a human would.Students in AM 207, “Advanced Scientific Computing,” solve complex problems another way, using a set of techniques called stochastic optimization. Anita Mehrotra, a master’s candidate in computational science and engineering, used Bayesian analysis to investigate correlations between K-12 education variables and long-term outcomes such as college attendance and lifetime income. Yuan-Sen Ting and Hope How-Huan Chen, graduate students in the department of astronomy, used machine learning techniques to improve the selection of multiple-choice questions for standardized tests. The system reduces bias against particular social groups while improving the accuracy of the test as a measure of overall knowledge.Others discovered new ways to predict temperatures across the United States, detect moving objects in space, and optimize taxicab routes.Creating a tool or product that functions properly is essential, but it’s equally important to create something that people actually want, said Beth Altringer, a lecturer on innovation and design. She teaches ES 22, “Design Survivor: Experiential Lessons in Designing for Desirability,” which is offered jointly by SEAS and the Graduate School of Design.Altringer assigns her class a new challenge weekly, each intended to throw students out of their comfort zones and prompt them to question their assumptions. At the end of every week, they must present a product concept and defend their design choices. “I ask them, ‘Has anyone in this room ever thought about this before? No?’ And then they’ve got a week.”The students learn quickly.“I made a watch with someone, I made a song with someone, I made a commercial with someone, I made my app myself, we made a design for a restaurant experience — pretty much any idea you can think of — in a challenge connected with a product,” said Christopher Cleveland ’14, a senior concentrating in sociology and in mind, brain, and behavior. Besides exposing him to mobile app design, Adobe design software, and prototyping techniques like 3-D printing and laser cutting, he said, the course “helped me think about communication — communicating clearly to get people to follow along with the goals of your product design.”That kind of confident leadership is essential for graduates in any field, said Habbal, who has overseen the expansion of the design-based curriculum at SEAS and the growth of the undergraduate teaching labs.“The idea of design thinking can be applied anywhere, and the concept of solving problems is a universal concept,” he said. “An engineer by definition solves problems for humanity, and that’s what we’d love everybody to be thinking about.”The chance to create something new, something of one’s own, attracts students from across Harvard College and the graduate schools.“The hands-on stuff is really what everybody craves, and that’s the most fun part,” said Alex Raun ’17, who took ES 50 this semester and plans to declare a concentration in engineering sciences in the fall. “I’m glad that instead of a final exam we have this project to work toward. It’s cool.”last_img read more

first_img 90SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: www.theamericanboomer.com Details The Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 is an epic crisis threatening the whole world. With all the recent political and economic events unfolding in the American business sector, perhaps the most concerning is the competency of leadership in managing all of these multiple forces and their impact on business and the workforce.Now more than ever, the test of navigating through and on to better times will be the greatest challenge for leaders.It will take more than the following traditional competencies of effective leaders such asA powerful business and people acumenAn embracing of diversityThe ability to inspire (not motivate) people to achieveA clear vision of seeing the possibilities and the preferred future for their organizationThe ability to build partnerships and alliancesBeing servant leaders to their /members/customers/communityA curiosity about the world and a facilitator of changeLeading more by actions than wordsThe ability to utilize technology to achieve business resultsA risk taker who doesn’t fear innovation or failureThe ability to convert the learning of ideas into practiceTaking time to recognize/reward your peopleThe willingness to hire to your weaknessesThe ability to develop goals and execute plansI offer the following 5 new leadership thinking/action skills to inspire you to strive for great not just good leadership practices during this crucial time for your credit union:Understand your emotional intelligence—knowing your state of mind and temperament by practicing self control, persistence and self motivation to act.Have a purpose & passion before profit business philosophy in what you do for your credit union, staff, board, members, vendors and the community.Embracing innovation is not an option and great leaders know that if you are not changing you are dying. This is the time to fully explore all new options.Focus on making a difference in the personal & professional lives of those you lead and who you serve!Practice heroic/admired leadership. In times of crises this practice will help you gain confidence in your people by keeping calm, confident, communicative and being reassuring with all of your stakeholders.I hope your leadership practices are anchored and reflect the core values of your credit union that will guide your business conduct and inspire greatness in you by showing love and appreciation to your people during this uncertain and challenging time in America.The moment is right to “Bring on the action hero in you”!last_img read more

first_imgBoyle spent more than a decade working in senior management roles at catering and foodstuffs firm Compass Group and Rentokil Initial, as well as 15 years within the banking industry.Until last September, he was also director and COO of the Shareholder Executive, the body within the UK government responsible for management of state-owned companies, including the Green Investment Bank.Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, congratulated Boyle on his new role.“Boyle joins at a busy time when the Regulator’s focus is on making sure the Government’s flagship automatic enrolment policy is successfully delivered and that it’s new strategic objective is implemented around DB regulation.“We look forward to working with Mark on these challenges and those ahead,” she said.Webb, meanwhile, thanked O’Higgins for his work over the past three years.“Michael has successfully overseen major initiatives, including the launch of automatic enrolment, and I wish him every success for the future,” the Liberal Democrat minister said.O’Higgins joined the regulator in early 2011, replacing its first chairman, David Norgrove, after he served two three-year terms. The UK government has named the new chairman of the Pensions Regulator, appointing a former banker as successor to Michael O’Higgins.Pensions minister Steve Webb said Mark Boyle, who will assume the role from April, was a “proven leader” with a wealth of experience.The incoming chairman is currently independent non-executive chairman of the UK Land Registry and has worked at Lloyds Bank and Kleinwort Benson.Commenting on his four-year tenure – a year longer than appointments for previous postholders – Boyle said: “I look forward to leading the board and ensuring the regulator continues to deliver its objectives while at the same time playing an active part in dealing with the challenges faced by the broader pensions industry.”last_img read more

first_imgNorwegian oil services company Aker Solutions has invested in floating wind power technology company Principle Power Inc., forming an alliance that brings its offshore oil and gas field engineering expertise into a renewable energy market.Aker Solutions has a track record in developing offshore oil and gas fields, with particular capabilities in floating facilities. The partnership will help bring Principle Power’s technology – a floating foundation for offshore wind turbines, known as WindFloat – to a broader market, Aker Solutions explained on Wednesday.“We see a major opportunity in offshore floating wind where demand is growing in the transition to a low-carbon future,” said Aker Solutions Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo.“Combining our capabilities with Principle Power’s technology will help advance floating solutions for offshore wind, reducing costs and risks for customers and spurring further growth in the sector.”“Partnering with Aker Solutions will strengthen our leading market position and accelerate the wider development of the offshore wind industry, with floating wind acting as a key industry enabler at a time when demand is increasing globally,” said João Metelo, chief executive officer of Principle Power.According to Aker Solutions, offshore installed capacity for wind power is expected to more than double by 2022 from 2016 levels amid a global push to use fuels with lower carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris agreement to reduce carbon dioxide as a way to tackle climate change.This goes hand in hand with Aker Solutions’ push into sustainable energy solutions. The company has commercially available carbon capture, utilization and storage technology, an essential tool in helping to meet global emissions targets. It also has capabilities in natural gas, a fuel that complements the global shift to more renewable power.Aker Solutions said that Principle Power’s WindFloat foundation allows wind turbines to be placed at offshore sites with some of the most abundant wind resources, irrespective of water depths. Installation, operation and maintenance of the WindFloat foundation lower the risks, costs and environmental impact compared with competing technology.Aker Solutions purchased an initial 5 percent stake in Principle Power and will increase this to 10 percent by the end of this year. It has the option to increase ownership further at a later stage.The companies are not disclosing the value of the transaction.last_img read more

first_imgONE News 7 Sep 2012University students have long been stereotyped as promiscuous – and new research shows it to be true. A study in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found having multiple sexual partners was common and only half of university students used a condom the last time they had sex. The University of Otago research surveyed the sexual health of 2922 students aged 17 to 24 from universities nationwide. It found 20% of respondents reported at least three partners in the last 12 months. Around 10% reported having sex with between 10 and 20 people and 3% reported more than 20 sexual partners. Out of those surveyed 32% had been drinking when they last had sex. Almost half of the respondents reported at least three sexual partners in their lives.The study said condom use was “uncommon and inversely associated” with the number of recent sexual partners. “The prevalence of risky sexual behaviours in this population raises concern about the number of students at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies,” it said.In 2009, New Zealand’s chlamydia rate was three to four times higher than Australia and the UK, it said. In total, 155 people, or 11%, reported having sex that resulted in an unintentional pregnancy. Of those, 74% of women and 72% of men said the pregnancy was terminated but 19% of men did not know the outcome of the pregnancy. “One in 20 students had, or contributed to, at least one unintentional pregnancy,” it said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/sex-study-casts-light-students-promiscuity-5067347last_img read more