Load remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda The first annual Big Weekend event wrapped up last night in Chicago. The idea behind the event’s inception was to bring a festival-like atmosphere to the city, while spreading bands out across various venues. With Umphrey’s McGee not playing their hometown of Chicago nearly as much as fans would like, last night’s Umphrey’s show at the Aragon Ballroom was certainly one of the most anticipated shows of the Big Weekend.Perhaps in a nod to their favorite city, they opened up with a tongue in cheek rendition of “Dump City.” Following “Maybe Someday”, “Spires” was up next and stretched out slightly, which Umphrey’s fans will always welcome considering most versions barely exceed the four-minute mark. “Syncopated Strangers,” a song that almost always contains some sort of unique bridge, opted for an easy “Bright Lights Big City” jam in place of any cohesive improvisation. All in all, the first set was a solid 70 minutes of UM, with the band evidently feeling at home.The second set opened up with an unusually placed “Forks,” but from there, Umphrey’s McGee upped the ante and took the jamming to the next level. Fan favorite (and quintessential UM Chicago song) “In the Kitchen” had some very danceable jamming that went deep, as the band extended the jam, eventually ending up in “Half Delayed.” Despite what the band had planned on the stage setlist, they never returned to the ending of “In the Kitchen.” Sing-along “Women Wine & Song” graced the middle of the set, and the straightforward song had a tasty jam that segued into “Rocker 2.” A frenetic and high-energy “August” closed out the second set.For the third time of the band’s three-night weekend run, they encored with a cover, this time with Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.” A raucous applause erupted from the crowd as the band thanked the audience for their continued support. As people began to exit the venue, with many heading towards the Spafford late night show to finish the Big Weekend, the gratitude for the hometown Chicago show was palpable among the UMphreaks.You can check out a gallery of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s show last night at Chicago, IL’s Aragon Ballroom below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018Set One: Dump City, Maybe Someday, Spires > Partyin’ Peeps, Seasons, Slacker, Syncopated StrangersSet Two: Forks, In the Kitchen > Half Delayed, Roctopus, Women, Wine & Song > Rocker 2, AugustEncore: Live and Let Die w/BLBC jam dedicated to South BendUmphrey’s McGee | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 10/6/2018 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda
In April, Roanoke, Virginia will install a bike share system similar to those found in New York and D.C. Bike Share will place 50 bicycles at 10 stations throughout the city, allowing anyone to use them and drop them off. Private donors contributed money to purchase the bikes and bike stations that will be set up around the city of 97,032. Roanoke is one of the smallest cities to adopt a Bike Share program.“It’s a small enough city that you can get from point A to Point B and you can do your shopping you can run your errands you can do whatever you have to on a bike,” said Chris Heslin, owner of UnderDog Bikes, told Roanoke news station WDBJ.Pricing has not yet been determined. In D.C., Bike Share is free for the first half-hour and increases to a few dollars per hour. Annual and 3-day passes for Bike Share are also offered at discounted rates.Learn more here.
So, your 2018 strategic planning session is in the books. You came. You spoke up. You filled dozens of sticky pads with ideas. Now what?Fast forward to September 2019. Which of those ideas have you put into practice? Which ones are still sitting undone? How would you explain it if someone asked why you didn’t complete your objectives? Would it go something like this?“Well, I just didn’t have time to get that project.” “You didn’t have time? Why not?” “I got busy doing something else and just never got around to it.”Good Intentions. Poor Results.All too often, we tell ourselves little white lies. Worse yet, sometimes we even believe them. We trick ourselves into thinking that getting “X” done now will give us the freedom to do “Y” later. The reality is we let too many menial tasks flood our schedules, and we never get around to the important things that matter.When we focus all our energy on completing those “quick projects” on our to-do list, the major objectives and decisions that will have a significant, positive, lasting impact on our organization never even get started, let alone finished. The little tasks sneak in and steal our attention. If they feel urgent, we’re inclined to move them to the top of our priority list. And when that happens, it’s all too easy to put off “Y”—and maybe even “X”—until tomorrow. And in the words of the great philosopher, Garth Brooks, tomorrow never comes. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
NIAID to study simultaneous seasonal-flu, pandemic vaccinationThe head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said the agency will approve a study of whether vaccines for the pandemic H1N1 virus and seasonal flu can be given at the same time, the Canadian Press reported today. Meanwhile, Canada has plans to test whether people who have egg allergies can be given flu vaccines produced in eggs, a step now considered too risky. The studies are among a number planned in preparation for a likely H1N1 vaccination drive this fall.Advice to pregnant women sows confusion in UKMessages from two health groups in Britain yesterday caused confusion about the dangers posed by the novel H1N1virus to women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, according to a TimesOnline report. The Royal College of Midwives said pregnant women should not use public transport, while the National Childbirth Trust suggested that women delay pregnancy until the pandemic ends. Government health officials described the groups’ advice as extreme and said their advice to women had not changed.[Jul 20 TimesOnline report]ECDC assesses pandemic risksIn a risk assessment published today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said to expect 20% to 30% of the population to be affected during the next wave of pandemic H1N1, with the attack rate highest in children and young adults. Though it admits uncertainty, the ECDC says a “reasonable” assumption is a hospitalization rate of 1% to 2%. It also estimates a case-fatality rate of 0.1% to 0.2% and says, “this pandemic can severely stress healthcare systems.”Security guards to protect Tamiflu depots in BritainSecurity guards will be used to protect oseltamivir (Tamiflu) supplies when more than 100 distribution centers are set up in the United Kingdom this week, according to a report by Metro, a free British newspaper. The location of the centers will be kept secret until they are set to open. Richard Hampton of the National Health Service said there is concern about theft and the safety of workers at the centers. Plans call for giving the drug to patients who describe symptoms over the phone.[Jul 20 Metro story]Canada sees decline in flu-like illnessCanada saw a decrease in people with flu-like symptoms last week, suggesting that community transmission of the H1N1 virus is decreasing, Canwest News Service reported today. Most cases have been mild, but there were still “pockets of more severe disease” in some communities, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said at a Jul 17 press conference, according to the story.[Jul 20 Canwest story]Egypt reports its first H1N1 fatalityEgypt reported its first death from the novel H1N1 virus, involving a young woman who fell ill while on a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported yesterday. The woman, who had a heart condition due to rheumatic fever, was hospitalized after she returned to Egypt and died Jul 18, the health ministry said. Other reports listed the woman’s age as 25. Egypt has had confirmed 130 H1N1 cases, including 10 new ones reported yesterday, the state news agency said.[Jul 19 Reuters report]Air carriers list restrictions on suspected H1N1 patientsTwo British air carriers, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, announced they would increase restrictions on passengers with suspected H1N1 infections, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. If a customer looks sick, the airport staff can call in a medical team for advice, the story said. If the medical team is concerned, the customer will be asked to produce a “fit-to-fly” certificate from a doctor or hospital.[Jul 20 AFP story]
The government has announced that this year’s Ramadan will start on Friday following a limited isbat (confirmation) meeting with several Islamic organizations and other relevant parties in Jakarta on Thursday.”After taking into account the hisab [astronomical calculation] and rukyat [new moon observation] methods, we have determined that the first day of Ramadan this year will fall tomorrow on Friday,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said.He called on Muslims to refrain from attending religious gatherings or performing the tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers) in congregations during the COVID-19 outbreak to avoid the risk of contracting the disease. Ramadan is expected to last for 30 days. The government will hold another isbat meeting in late May to determine the date of Idul Fitri.Various Islamic groups in Indonesia use different methods to determine the start of Ramadan on the Islamic Hijriyah calendar, which is based on lunar observations.For example, the An Nazir sect in Gowa, South Sulawesi, marked Thursday as day one of fasting after making calculations based on the highest tidal waves.The Tareqat Naqsabandiyah in West Sumatra also started Ramadan on Thursday, as reported by local media outlets. It used the hisab-munjid method, a mixture of mathematical and astronomical calculations.Topics : “We also discourage ziarah [visiting relatives’ graves] and the Idul Fitri mudik [exodus], which could potentially spread the disease,” the minister said, adding that those who fasted should pay attention to their nutritional intake to boost their immunity.Read also: Ramadan starts early in Maluku villages, people flock to mosquesThe government’s decision to start Ramadan on Friday was endorsed by all major Islamic organizations, including the second-largest in the country, Muhammadiyah, which had for years set different dates for the start of the fasting month.Muhammadiyah, which only uses the hisab method to determine when Ramadan begins, announced in late February that the fasting month would start on Friday, while Idul Fitri would fall on May 24.
With her husband left jobless by the pandemic, the last thing Indonesian mother Juarsih needed was to get pregnant, but now she’s expecting a third child — one of many in the country anxiously preparing for a COVID-fuelled baby boom.Indonesian authorities believe there could be 400,000 more births than usual next year as lockdowns keep couples at home and cut access to contraception, prompting fears of an increase in abortions and stunting of children in poorer families. Juarsih, 41, says her birth control ran out as clinics closed or slashed hours and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to keep up with mounting coronavirus infections in the world’s fourth most populous country. The mother of two teenagers is now too scared of the deadly respiratory disease to risk going out for a pregnancy checkup in her hometown Bandung, on Java island.”At first I was shocked when I found out that I was pregnant,” she said.”I started feeling happy later although there’s still some sadness… I should be grateful but this is happening at a difficult time.”Contraception use has “dropped drastically” since the pandemic took hold across the sprawling archipelago in early March, Hasto Wardoyo, head of Indonesia’s national population and family planning board, told AFP. ‘Corona baby’ At a health clinic in the capital Jakarta Monday, mother-of-two Rahma took advantage of the handouts, admitting that there was more romance in her household since the virus struck.”My husband has spent a lot more time at home,” she laughed.”But since I’m using this program I’m not worried about having more babies.”Still, infection fears are keeping many at home like Ratna Dewi Nur Amalia, who has decided to rely on charting her menstrual cycle in the hopes of avoiding pregnancy.”I wanted to go to the gynecologist for my birth control, but then the pandemic happened,” said the 39-year-old Amalia.”I’m too scared to go anywhere near a hospital.”Nearly 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Indonesia, according to an official tally, but independent researchers say the real toll could be several times higher.Budget cuts and a decentralized political structure across the huge country already made it tough to educate the public about family planning.”Now health workers are too busy focusing on handling corona patients so birth-control services have been pushed aside,” said Kusmana, the head of West Java’s family planning agency, who goes by one name.But the pandemic’s work-from-home orders were an unexpected blessing for Arie Novarina and her husband after the busy couple’s nearly two years of fruitless efforts to conceive. The 38-year-old is now pregnant with her first child.”Maybe it was because we were healthier and not exhausted anymore, and we had lots of quality time together at home,” said Novarina, a state-owned firm employee.”My husband and I joke that this is a corona baby.” ‘Dads, please control yourself’ With access to hospitals and contraceptives difficult, health authorities have been forced to get creative.One campaign saw health workers in government vehicles rolling through communities to announce that now wasn’t the time to have a baby.”You can have sex,” one message blared out as workers trundled through a village.”You can get married. But don’t get pregnant.” “Dads, please control yourself… You can have sex as long as you use contraception.”Birth control has been a key plank of a family planning push launched by Indonesia’s late dictator Suharto half a century ago. The program was later applauded for population control measures that saw in a big drop in the then developing nation’s fertility rates.This week authorities launched a one-day blitz that aimed to give away contraceptives to one million citizens.Condoms are not popular in Indonesia, where some 98 percent of contraceptive users are women, mainly of hormone injections and birth-control pills.The family planning agency also enlisted the help of celebrities with huge social media followings to get the word out to the country’s nearly 270 million people. Health authorities are worried increasing numbers of expectant parents will turn to abortions and push up maternal mortality rates.”We’re also worried about stunting — not all families can afford proper nutrition,” he said. Topics :
Mikel Arteta convinces key Arsenal staff member Gary O’Driscoll to reject Liverpool move Advertisement O’Driscoll looked set to leave north London in January (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has convinced head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll to snub Liverpool and stay in north London, according to reports. The highly rated doctor was tipped to replace Andrew Massey at Anfield, who has taken up a role as medical director at FIFA. O’Driscoll handed in his resignation in January, with the club even advertising for his successor, but has now had a late change of heart. Comment O’Driscoll was formerly the medic for the Ireland rugby union side (Picture: Getty Images)According to The Athletic, Arteta and technical director Edu pleaded with him to remain in the position he has held for over a decade. ADVERTISEMENTO’Driscoll’s work during the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the Premier League suspended, has been internally lauded.AdvertisementAdvertisementSince manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus last week, no other players or staff are known to have contracted Covid-19. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFootball.London report that O’Driscoll’s decision to stay at Arsenal is due to personal and professional reasons, with his family preferring to stay in London.The doctor was flattered by the offer from the Premier League leaders, but is excited by the project the Gunners are building with Mikel Arteta at the helm.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Mar 2020 11:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisement
October 30, 2019 State Funding Helps Lycoming County Manufacturing Company Expand, Supporting Nearly 60 Jobs Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Hermance Machine Company, a family-owned and operated manufacturer and distributor specializing in woodworking and wood product manufacturing equipment in Williamsport, Lycoming County, will expand, supporting the combined retention and creation of 57 full-time jobs in the area.“I am pleased that Hermance Machine Company has decided to expand its operations in the city where it began,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to the continued investments and opportunities that Hermance will bring to Lycoming County residents for years to come.”Hermance has outgrown its current space and is exploring several real estate options to accommodate the expansion. The company also plans to add two new product lines, increase showroom/demo space and inventory, and make improvements to its online storefront. The company has pledged to invest $3.16 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 20 new, full-time jobs and retain 37 existing jobs over the next three years.“This assistance, coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, will allow for continued growth and employment opportunities at Hermance Machine Company,” said co-owner of Hermance Machine Company Claire Strouse. “Additionally, our local Innovative Manufacturers’ Center personnel Russ Lawrence and Brenda Holdren were instrumental in assisting us to prepare and qualify for this opportunity.”Hermance Machine Company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project, which includes an $80,000 Pennsylvania First Grant, $40,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of new jobs, and a $16,200 workforce development grant to help the company train workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2,650,000 loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). 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.“Hermance Machine Company is committed to expanding and creating jobs in the commonwealth,” said Director of Innovation for Innovative Manufacturers’ Center Russ Lawrence. “The Governor’s Action Team’s support will significantly advance Hermance’s growth and ability to offer valuable technology solutions that will support the success of other area manufacturers.”For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
By Helen HoughtonI started the petition in response to the Ministry of Education’s recent inclusion of transgender identity as part of the Health and Sexuality Curriculum. As a registered teacher, parent and NZ tax payer I object to social constructionist gender identity teachings taking precedence over established biological fact. I object to being branded as transphobic, simply for exercising my right to question critically what I as a teacher am being coerced into teaching to impressionable minds. I should be able safely to voice my human rights as an individual without being judged as transphobic or discriminatory.Ironically, whilst accusing me of not accepting them and their world view, opponents of my position are attempting to stereotype and pigeon-hole me and my supporters. It has been claimed that I might be someone who has led a sheltered life and is consequently threatened by people who are different from me. In fact, I currently have a number of roles in which I interact with and support a diverse range of people. I am a registered teacher, a psychology student, a parent, an advocate for women and a protector of children. As part of this advocacy, I work alongside a team of professionals who care for children who have suffered from extreme trauma. I also run a Charitable Trust, which supports women with parenting and educational programmes while empowering them to be the best version of themselves.My reasons for lodging the petition are to highlight the act of gross negligence that the Ministry of Education undertook by posting on Facebook their plans of ‘Inclusive Education’ for one minority group, leaving all other groups subservient to this biased view.The Ministry of Education published these intentions on the Te Kete Ipurangi site before consultation had taken place with the majority of teaching staff and principals.A significant number of the education body was not made aware of the new Learning lntentions in the Health Curriculum, nor have many teachers been supplied with a copy of the Sexuality Curriculum guidelines, numerous resources linking to ideas of how to teach inclusiveness for LGBTQIA as well as links to YouTube videos of transgender youth have been suggested for use in our classrooms. There has been no stipulated age-appropriateness of the resources provided by Rainbow Youth and InsideOUT meaning any teacher could use them at will, with any age group level. I believe this undermines the professionalism of the high standard of code of ethics we as teachers are expected to uphold, yet those making policy decisions have failed to display them.One of the headings within the Health Curriculum, on theTe Kete Irugangi site states; “Make LBTQAI content and themes visible across the curriculum then integrate LBTQAI” This allows no room for conscientious objectors to withdraw and therefore schools will not be safe and inclusive for all students. It should be noted that this is a requirement for all subjects to cover explicitly LBTQAI “content and themes”, therefore parental consent is assumed and does not have to be sought under National Educational Guidelines.Gender stereotypes that are taught are not what ordinary mums and dads assume them to be., as multiple genders are taught as biological facts, including that a child can be neither male nor female. This is the sexualisation of our children under the guise of inclusivity and diversity. Many of the intentions are not age appropriate. The learning intentions for each curriculum level are listed below:Level 1 (5-7 Years old) A4: Describing different types of families(Mum’s new wife is picking me up from school today.)D1 & 2: Dealing with bullying and harassment and speaking out for others (Turning children into Language Police and Trans-activists)Level 2 (7-9 Years old)C2: Affirming diversity, questioning gender stereotypesD2: Identifying locally available health care services(How to get puberty blockers)B2: Questioning and discussing gender stereotypes in games and physical activitiesLevel 3 (9-11 Years old)D2: Exploring community events that celebrate and affirmdiversity (Having a nice family picnic at the Gay Pride Parade with its overt sexualisation)Level 4 (11-13 Years old)A4: Critiquing dominant messages about body image and body size,and affirming diversity. (Note: Affirming diversity, not simply understanding it.)D1: Critiquing gendered and sexualised media imagesThe prescribed curriculum teaching multiple genders undermines the human rights of individual teachers, many of whom hold different opinions about who should be discussing Gender Dysphoria with children. For the majority of teachers, being directed to enforce these controversial beliefs when they don’t believe them will create a learning culture of mistrust, not only within the education body but impacting crucial relationships of trust between student, parent and teacher. The integrity and moral principles of every teacher are being attacked. Teachers also do not have a right to go against the family values of their students, all the while instilling confusion into children, who are hearing misleading educational content. Research results illustrate the power of environmental influence on human development. Who can a child trust when the teacher is being forced to teach subject matter that is not age or developmentally appropriate? This in turn goes against our mission statement as schools, to provide a safe learning environment. It impacts on the rights of children to be children, instead of pawns in adult world debates.We are interfering with nature by inserting into the curriculum an ideology that is not scientifically sound. The suggested Learning Intentions are not teaching acceptance but encouraging new gender options. This is no different from having an expectation for children, parents and society to conform to this social engineering. I don’t recall any time in the history of our education system that we have adopted classical conditioning as a teaching tool in our democratic country.SIGN THE PETITION https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_83774/petition-of-helen-houghton-stop-transgender-teaching-in
GREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man has been arrested after a domestic altercation.The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department says Bryce J. Bower, 21, has been arrested on the charges of Intimidation and Domestic Battery.According to police, a teenager called 911 saying that Bower attacked a man, and later grabbed a handgun.When police arrived on scene, deputies detained Bower after he lunged at the man.Police found a handgun on Bower.Police say witnesses told them Bower yelled that he was going to kill everyone while he was holding the gun.He also threatened to use it against the responding officers.At a pre-trial hearing, Bower pleaded not guilty, and a jury trial is scheduled for August 23.Bond was set at $5,000.