Historic New Harmony has announced it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program launched on Saturday, May 18 (Armed Forces Day) and will end on Monday, September 2 (Labor Day).“It is important to Historic New Harmony to give back to the community,” said Claire Eagle, community engagement manager for Historic New Harmony. “This is our third year participating in the program. It is a great opportunity to give back while thanking those who serve this country. We’re excited to offer these individuals and families a chance to visit our historic site.”Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the tenth summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Historic New Harmony are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more. Military members can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer at arts.gov.“We’ve seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.For more information, follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily and search #bluestarmuseums. Historic New Harmony can be found on Twitter @TheAtheneum and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/historicnewharmony.About Historic New HarmonyHistoric New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. By preserving its utopian legacy, Historic New Harmony inspires innovation and progressive thought through its programs & collections. This work expands the original intent of the university’s involvement in New Harmony, which was to nurture this living laboratory for ideas – a place where students and teachers, tourists and scholars, leaders and seekers, can come together to experience, explore, and create. For more information, visit the USI website at USI.edu/hnh.About the National Endowment for the ArtsEstablished by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more. About Blue Star FamiliesBlue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Ocean City Exchange Club’s 2015 Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic will be held on May 4, feature an exclusive new venue, the Linwood Country Club, and benefit three new charities.All proceeds from this year’s tournament will go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet, and the Ocean City American Legion Post 524 Building Fund — representing the Exchange Club’s charitable focus on the “3 C’s”: Children, Community and Country.The day of golf includes golf fees, range balls, lunch and dinner with an awards ceremony and silent auction. Register and pay by April 15 to be eligible for a $100 “Early Payment” prize drawing and a free performance golf shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the following contests: tournament winner, runner-up, closest to the pin, straightest drive, longest drive and hole-in-one car prize hole.__________To purchase tickets for golf, see www.ocexchangeclub.org. For updates on the tournament, like the tournament’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/larosatournament.__________The Ocean City Exchange Club was chartered in 1947, and is Ocean City, New Jersey’s premier service organization. The Ocean City Exchange Club donates more than $50,000 to the community throughout the year in its mission to make our community a better place to live through the “three C’s.” Members of the Exchange Club come from many walks of life and include elected officials, business owners, lifelong residents, newly arrived residents and civic leaders, but are all united in their desire to work to make our community a better place to live, and in the National Exchange Club’s mission to combat and prevent child abuse. The Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic is the Club’s largest fundraiser, raising over $18,000 in 2014.See full event brochure below.— News release from the Ocean City Exchange ClubDownload (PDF, 2MB)
Two Sisters Food Group is reported to be bidding for rival company Burton’s Biscuits.Sky suggested at the weekend that the Fox’s Biscuits producer was considering bidding for Burton’s, along with private equity groups Apax Partners, Capvest, Charterhouse and Pamplona Capital.However, Burton’s has refused to comment on speculation. A spokesperson said: “Inevitably there will be speculation about the identities of bidders, but we won’t be commenting at this stage.”The company confirmed that it was on the market in August for around £350m.The announcement followed months of speculation after Credit Suisse was recruited to look at options earlier this year.The firm said: “We can confirm that a process for the possible sale of Burton’s Biscuit Company will shortly commence. There is no guarantee a sale will take place, and we will provide an update in due course. It is very much business as usual.”In 2009, Burton’s lenders Apollo Management and CIBC, the Canadian bank, took control of the group in a painful debt-for-equity swap that left its previous owner Duke Street Capital nursing heavy losses.The firm has since focused on growing its core brands and revamping its three factories in preparation for a sale.Burton’s recently announced a partnership with Cathedral City to produce Cathedral City Baked Bites.To support the licensing deal, the Wagon Wheels producer invested almost £1m in a new savoury capability in its south Wales factory.
Transformational Change and the Telecom IndustryHere at the annual gathering of telecom leaders at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I am struck by how the industry periodically goes through transformational step changes.These changes usually happen quite abruptly and are typically caused by shifts in usage patterns or the disruptive entry of a new business case when the priorities of yesterday may be rendered irrelevant. You only have to remember WhatsApp, and how almost overnight, it destroyed the SMS text business model. Of course, the industry has been evolving for years. We’ve moved from the remote sending of messages or voice communication by phone to today’s focus on connecting technology to people via devices, or the Cloud.Network VirtualisationLet me use an example that may feel more familiar. Telecom infrastructure (in terms of compute, storage and networking) used to be regarded as a purely physical thing. Something to be consumed by different types of applications. The industry traditionally built appliances with infrastructure, middleware and workloads. However, with the advent of NFV, workloads have now become virtualised, delivering greater flexibility, quicker time to market and smarter use of resources.Workload management with the Cloud and the EdgeWhile some companies were in a technology race to be first out of the gate with a virtualisation stack and other technologies, I am glad that the focus throughout has remained firmly on resources in the infrastructure, and more importantly, the box. With the introduction of Cloud on one side and Edge on the other, we are now seeing a new transformation. Workload management, in its various guises, is rightly becoming the focus for Telecom and NFV rather than worrying about what the workloads run on, or what stack is being used.Software-defined infrastructureAs a result, we are seeing the emergence of Software-defined Infrastructure (SDI) – the concept of allocating bare metal resources in geographically distributed sites and grouping them together to manage in a virtual datacentre. The advantage of SDI is that it can place workloads in either private or public Clouds to maintain data integrity while increasing speed and efficiency.I think that this transformation is being driven by the fact that NFV is not moving towards the homogenous execution environment that was expected some years ago. Instead, it is moving in the opposite direction with more variants of virtualisation, like containers as well as the need for bare metal execution of workloads. Added to this, we are also seeing an increased need to place workloads closer the end-user for latency purposes and to deliver a better user experience, as well as the movement of workloads towards the Cloud for scale and economy. This is all without changing the environment or redeploying the products. I think that this development is pretty remarkable.A software-defined futureIn fact, I believe that we might well be seeing the real emergence of a software-defined future, where flexibility is fulfilled by automation, orchestration, policy, analytics and reporting. After all, a large share of the potential value coming from digitisation across global industries over the next decade is dependent on the telecom industry delivering productivity improvements. According to the 2017 World Economic Forum, the digital transformation of telecommunications represents a $2 trillion opportunity for industry and society.Interesting times ahead! I’d love to hear your comments, predictions and questions. Click here to read what my colleague, James Hole from Dell EMC OEM has to say on the role of specialist telecom companies. Click here to read the views of our marketing lead for OEM Telecom solutions. Finally, if you’re at Mobile World Congress, we’d really love to meet you! Do visit our booth in Hall 3, Stand 3K10 where we are showcasing the following solutions:Edge SolutionsView the newly designed micro Modular Data Center (MDC) – debuting at Mobile World Congress – and learn how you can embed compute and storage capacity at the edge where data is being generated.Re-imagine the customer edge with new universal CPE platforms and SD-WAN Ready Node solutions.Core/Cloud SolutionsSee how you can bring the cloud to the network with our NFV solutions and Telco Cloud offerings.Experience Dell EMC’s larger MDC capabilities with a virtual and interactive tour. Put on a headset and be transported to one of our latest MDC designs, the Flex Module.View our open and flexible rack scale infrastructure, the DSS 9000, and see how Dell EMC is enabling NEBS-compliant rack scale solutions. IoT SolutionsSee how Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) solutions provide highly efficient edge-to-core-to-cloud storage with built-in analytics to unlock the value of your IoT data.Discover how Dell IoT Gateways transform Fleet Management by eliminating machine to machine telematics silos, for more cost savings; increased customer satisfaction and safety; and improved employee performance.Learn how Dell IoT is revolutionising the building services sector and facilities management by transforming high energy costs into savings with a powerful, integrated intelligent building solution.Learn more about Dell EMC OEM
Boulder falls at Grand Canyon and reveals prehistoric reptile footprints A nun on Chicago’s West Side ran a treadmill marathon on Sunday, August 23, to raise money for the Mission’s community outreach, Runner’s World reports. Sister Stephanie Baliga, 32, completed the 26.2 miles in 3:33 and raised nearly $105,000 in the process. The event was broadcast on Zoom and Deena Kastor, American record holder in the marathon, made a special appearance during the final mile. “I meant to cheer her on during her last mile of her treadmill marathon,” Kastor told Runner’s World. “Instead I felt refreshed and inspired by her, her energy, her purpose, and her compassion.” Nun runs marathon on treadmill, raises more than $100,000 Grand Canyon National Park shows park employees Klara Widrig, left, and Anne Miller examining a rock that revealed fossilized footprints at the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. Some researchers have estimated the footprints are 313 million years old, among the earliest found at the Grand Canyon. (Grand Canyon National Park via AP) “These are by far the oldest vertebrate tracks in Grand Canyon, which is known for its abundant fossil tracks, Stephen Rowland, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas paleontologist told the magazine. “They are among the oldest tracks on Earth of shelled-egg laying animals, such as reptiles, and the earliest evidence of vertebrate animals walking in sand dunes.” A recent study conducted by Cambridge Open Engage found that people who reported exercising less during the coronavirus also reported a decline in their mental health. The study collected self-reported data from more than 3,000 staff, faculty, students and alumni of Iowa State University located across the country. Results showed that those who previously exercised the recommended amount of physical activity each week, but no longer did so during isolation due to the pandemic, reported worse mental health. Are you exercising less during the pandemic? It’s probably impacting your mental health Video by Runner’s World A geologist hiking in the Grand Canyon in 2016 noticed a fallen boulder lying alongside the Bright Angel Trail embedded with markings that resembled footprints. The discovery turned out to be ancient fossilized footprints, the Smithsonian reports, and just recently those footprints were estimated to be about 313 million years old—the oldest vertebrate fossil tracks ever found in Grand Canyon National Park. Participants reported that their screen time and sitting time increased by 20 to 30 percent on average, too. “These preliminary findings suggest that increasing efforts to maintain physical activity and limit screen time should be put in place, while also recognizing the potential short- and long-term mental health effects of COVID at the population level,” the study’s author, Jacob Meyer, said.
While overall percentages of women in engineering-related fields are relatively low, the number of women studying engineering is increasing. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, only 5.8 percent of women were engineers in the early 1980s. Now, about 18 to 20 percent of engineering students are female.“I’m honored to participate in this event with these accomplished women in the fields of transportation and public service,” said Chellie Cameron, CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport. “Sharing our unique stories to help young women pursue and advance in careers in transportation is important to our region and our country. We know when women have an opportunity to participate and lead teams, our communities, businesses, and governing organizations are stronger.”Members of the public who are interested in commonwealth employment can visit www.employment.pa.gov for more information. Information on student programs as well as professional opportunities at PennDOT is available at www.penndot.gov/jobs. Wolf Administration Hosts Forum on Women in Public Service, Transportation April 07, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release Philadelphia, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Philadelphia International Airport CEO Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron today spoke to more than 100 high-school and college students as well as regional professionals on the importance of women in public service and transportation.The forum, moderated by Liz Smith, manager of long range planning at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, was held at Drexel University.“Our government should reflect the people we serve, and since women make up more than half of Pennsylvania’s population, recruiting more women to public service is crucial to ensure Pennsylvania’s women have a voice in Harrisburg and at all levels of government,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “The Wolf Administration is committed to diversity and inclusion because our diversity is our strength.”According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force today, yet women make up only 8 percent of engineers, 18 percent of engineering technicians, and 30 percent of natural scientists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that roughly 15 percent of the more than 9.1 million people working in transportation and material-moving occupations are women.“Having diverse perspectives makes any team more effective, and the same goes for managing transportation assets,” Richards said. “Women need to know that their perspectives are invaluable and the transportation industry is no different.”
Render showing the view from the master bedroom at Aston Residences, West EndEverything from wheelchair-accessible lifts and power-saving devices to personalised floor plans has been considered by the developers of Aston Residences at West End.Even the number four – believed unlucky in Chinese culture – has been removed. But Effinity director Adrian Yu said their target market was very much the local buyer – young families, empty nesters and professional couples.“What I think is unique is that our buyers can personalise their floor plates based on their needs,” Mr Yu said. “If they need all of the bedrooms on one floor, they can have it. If they want a massive master suite, it can be done.”External render of Aston ResidencesThe “rare” five-storey terrace homes have a floor plate of at least 270sq m, and will each have a private garage and access to an enclosed rooftop sky-deck. Designed by Brisbane architects, Bureau Proberts, the nine terrace homes have been described as a “contemporary reimagining of the iconic row house”. Each one will have a private lift, indoor fireplace, parquetry floors, designer appliances, security systems, ducted airconditioning, Tesla and solar technology and access to a heated, private, residents’ pool.HOME – Render showing the kitchen at Aston Residences, West EndMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoHOME – Render showing the living area at Aston Residences, West End A render showing the view from the master bedroom at Aston Residences, West EndA furniture package and interior design consultation, valued at $50,000, is included.Eric David of CBRE Residential Projects, who is marketing the development, said they already had three expressions of interest.“There has been quite a lot of interest, particularly from people within the 4001 postcode,” he said. “Generally they are buyers whose kids have moved on and they want something easy to maintain without having to sacrifice space. And it is in a quiet street, close to amenities, transport. It is quite unique.”Mr Yu said he was “very excited” about Aston Residences. It follows the completion of another Effinity project, Alba Terraces at Ascot.That development, built by Bronlie Developments, was recognised at the recent Master Builders Queensland awards.Mr Yu said many buyers at Alba Terraces had come from the construction sector, or had moved from a previous Effinity build.“That says something about quality,” he said. “I am personally on site regularly, because I believe that is the way to ensure everything is finished to the highest standard.”The terrace homes range in price from $1.7 million to $2.4 million, with the largest and most private residence carrying the biggest price tag.“It is number 10,” Mr David said.To be built on Banks St at West End, Aston Residences will be within walking distance of South Bank, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the State Library and the CBD.
From Tuesday, January 28, vessels with a combined width of up to 98 meters may pass each other in a widened section of the Elbe known as the ‘passing box’, reports the Port of Hamburg.The five-kilometer stretch under Federal jurisdiction now has a width of 385 meters.Similarly, the fairway along the 36-kilometer stretch between Wedel and the mouth of the Stör has been widened from 300 to 320 meters. In this segment ships with a combined width of 92 meters may pass or overtake each other.“With the initial fairway widenings of the Elbe, meanwhile completed, we are on a good course, immediately improving the conditions for calls by mega-ships,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. “For shipping and our port customers, this is really gratifying news for the start of the year.”The holding area at Brunsbüttel has also been completed. This has been available as anchorage since the end of last year – when allocated by the traffic control center.This offers ships dependent on the tide, and unable to make the tide ‘window’ for currently unforeseeable reasons, the opportunity of waiting during the new low water phase. The holding area forms an essential element of the safety concept.Andreas Scheuer, German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, stressed: “We started dredging operations on the Lower and Outer Elbe at the end of July. In our section, the work on widening has now been completed. As soon as the work in the up-river section of the passing stretch through Hamburg has been completed, the combined width of ships passing can be raised.”Prof. Dr.-lng. Hans-Heinrich Witte, President of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration – WSV – commented: “With these widenings, shipping on the Elbe will for the first time profit from the fairway adjustment. That is good for waterway capacity, traffic flow and safety.”Currently, work is in progress on deepening the entire stretch. Both ships dependent on the tide, and those that are not, will gain from one extra meter of loaded draft. The works will be completed next year.
ILOILO City – The motorcycles they weredriving crashed against each other in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The 18-year-old Ian Dave Palabrica of BarangayQuinar-upan, Binagawan and 24-year-old Lope Canaway of Barangay San Pedro,Tapaz, Capiz both sustained bruises after the crash. Police investigators said the crashhappened around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28. They received treatment at the BinagwanRural Health Clinic. Canaway allegedly overtook a precedingvehicle and crashed against the incoming motorcycle driven by Palabrica./PN
NANYUKI, Kenya – The armed rangers set off at dusk in pursuit of poachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new alertness, and a new fear. Rhinos have long been under threat from poachers who kill them for their horns to supply illegal trade fueled by the mistaken belief that the horns have medicinal value. With tourists gone and their money, too, protecting endangered wildlife like black rhinos has become that much more challenging. And the poachers, like many desperate to make a living, might become more daring. Now there are concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic may increase such poaching, said John Tekeles, a patrol guide and head of the dog unit at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. (AP) In this photo taken Friday, May 1, 2020, a ranger observes the last remaining two northern white rhinos Fatu, left, and Najin, right, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. AP