Art teacher streams live classes to kids amid coronavirus crisis

first_img@cassie_stephenz/Instagram(NEW YORK) — An elementary art teacher is bringing creative fun to young students who are out of school during the coronavirus outbreak.“I want to engage kids while they’re sitting at home,” Cassie Stephens, a teacher at Johnson Elementary School in Franklin, Tennessee, told “Good Morning America.” “I want them to experience art for normalcy. We are all scared, and confused.”Over 30,0000 tuned in Monday as Stephens demonstrated a robot art project for children via Instagram and Facebook Live.Stephens has been teaching art for 21 years. When she learned Franklin Special School District would be closed until April 6, she found a way to make art classes accessible virtually.Stephens is planning to go live every weekday, until schools reopen, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST on Facebook and Instagram.The current theme is robots, but she plans on switching it up each week.Stephens also sent up an email account so parents and children could send photos of finished work.“My email is flooded with thanks yous and kids holding up their art, and that means the world to me,” Stephens said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR must take part in consultation review

first_img Previous Article Next Article BMWRover, Vauxhall, Corus ñ Personnel Today has covered the news of redundanciesin these companies extensively in its pages. The acute dilemmas that suchcrises present are the real difficulties HR directors face over how to consultwith thousands of staff who are about to lose their jobs. Oneach occasion the employer has been criticised by the media because staff heardabout the news from the media first. But senior HR managers are caught betweena rock and a hard place in this complex area of front-line personnelmanagement.  Forexample, in the Vauxhall case, consultation was hampered by strictconfidentiality rules set out by the American stock exchange which are morestringent than in the UK. And it has emerged in the Corus case that personneldirector Allan Johnston was making strenuous efforts to consult with staff(News p1). As the announcement broke in the media, consultative meetings hadbegun in every plant affected. The 90-day consultation period with unions isstarting tomorrow.Tradeand Industry Secretary Stephen Byers, realising this is a hot political potato,announced a review of the laws on employee consultation on redundancies inJanuary. But is this any more than a cheap political PR exercise? There are noterms of reference and the DTI is not consulting with the central figures ofthe whole process ñ HR directors ñ or even the profession’s institute, theCIPD. Thisis why we are writing an open letter to DTI secretary Stephen Byers this week(Analysis p12). HR directors who have already put forward their incisive viewsand comments to Personnel Today must persuade Byers that he should listen totheir concerns. HR is at the centre of the debate on staff consultation. Itshould be at the centre of the Government’s review. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR must take part in consultation reviewOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup – 8/3/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEHouston 2, L.A. Dodgers 1AMERICAN LEAGUEChicago White Sox 3, Tampa Bay 2, 10 InningsL.A. Angels 7, Cleveland 4Boston 4, N.Y. Yankees 1Texas 11, Baltimore 3Minnesota 6, Kansas City 4Oakland 1, Detroit 0, 13 InningsToronto 7, Seattle 2NATIONAL LEAGUEChicago Cubs 5, San Diego 4Philadelphia 5, Miami 1Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 6Atlanta 2, N.Y. Mets 1Milwaukee 5, Colorado 3Arizona 6, San Francisco 3Cincinnati at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponedWOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAtlanta 89, Chicago 74Seattle 85, Minnesota 75Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. August 4, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup – 8/3/18 Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

USS Theodore Roosevelt Locked, Loaded after Two Day Ordnance Onload

first_img View post tag: Loaded USS Theodore Roosevelt Locked, Loaded after Two Day Ordnance Onload Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: two View post tag: day The massive onload was also the first onload for 85 percent of the ship’s aviation ordnancemen. “We’ve had very extensive training with all of Weapons Department, from G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4, up to this point to ensure that we are one hundred percent ready for this weapons onload,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Christopher Duff, with Weapons Department. “A lot of our training revolved around maneuvering magazines and other canisters on a forklift, and also some elevator training.”It took two days to receive the munitions from the dry cargo/ammunitions ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13).“For something of this caliber we have to make sure that we are all getting enough rest,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jasmine Davis, who participated in her first weapons onload. “Without enough rest something like this can be a lot more dangerous than it already is.”Communication from every tier of each department and division was essential to the successfull and safe completion of the operation, said Duff.“It’s really key that we have everyone talking to each other, whether it is to warn others of an approaching hazard, or the elevator operators communicating with personnel that deliver our ammo to the magazines,” said Duff. “We have to have that communication so we know what to send down and when to send it down.”The weapons onload was a coordinated effort between all of the weapons department’s divisions. From the quality assurance petty officer, who supervises the loading of the magazine, to the team leader, who directs the show, to the team members who physically handle the loads of ordnance.“If you take away the weapons, then this is just a big floating airport,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Justin Hilton.[mappress]Press Release, May 8, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS View post tag: Locked View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Roosevelt May 8, 2014 The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) completed its first weapons onload in more than five years, since beginning Refuel and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in September 2009, as it took on more than 1,600 tons of ordnance, May 5-6. View post tag: Onload View post tag: Theodore View post tag: Ordnance View post tag: after Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt Locked, Loaded after Two Day Ordnance Onload Share this articlelast_img read more

NEXT WEEK EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

first_imgA.ORDINANCE F-2019-20 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 10/14/2019 Notify: Russ Lloyd, Jr., Controller C-2019-16 Attachment: X.COMMITTEE REPORTS IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS XI.ADJOURNMENT C-2019-13 Attachment: G-2019-12 Attachment: F-2019-20 Attachment: V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS B.RESOLUTION C-2019-15 A Resolution Encouraging Changes to the 2020 Budget for Mayoral Compensation Sponsor(s): Mercer Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Josh Claybourn, City Council Attorney A.Motion to withdraw Ordinance R-2019-09 C.RESOLUTION C-2019-16 A Resolution Encouraging Changes to the 2020 Budget for City Council Compensation Sponsor(s): Mercer Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Josh Claybourn, City Council Attorney A.ORDINANCE G-2019-12 An Ordinance Fixing the Salaries of Every Appointive Officer, Employee, Deputy, Assistant, Departmental and Institutional Head of the City of Evansville and the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Levee Authority for the Year 2020 and Establishing Salary Administration Procedures Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Russ Lloyd, Jr., Controller III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY B.ORDINANCE F-2019-21 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Appropriations and Repeal and Appropriations of Funds Within the Department of Metropolitan Development Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 10/14/2019 Notify: Kelley Coures, DMD F-2019-21 Attachment: VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET F-2019-19 Attachment: City Council Meeting on SEPTEMBER 23, 20191 NW MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BLVD. ROOM 301 at 5:30 P.M. AGENDA F-2019-19 Attachment: B.ORDINANCE F-2019-15 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana Fixing the Salaries of Elected Officials for the City of Evansville, Indiana for the Year 2020 Sponsor(s): Council as a Whole Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Russ Lloyd, Jr., Controller C-2019-18 Attachment: I.INTRODUCTIONcenter_img Meeting Memo Attachment: F.ORDINANCE R-2019-22 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 273 S Sonntag Avenue Petitioner: Justin Stark Owner: Justin Stark Requested Change: R2 to R3 w/UDC Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Ryan Schulz, KDDK II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDUM R-2019-12 Amended Attachment: R-2019-23 Attachment: E.ORDINANCE R-2019-20 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 8210 Woodbriar Drive Petitioner: Jina Lancaster Owner: Gladys Hammonds Requested Change: R1 to R3 w/UDC Ward: 1 McGinn Representative: Jina Lancaster E.RESOLUTION C-2019-18 A Resolution Encouraging Changes to the 2020 Budget for Non-Union Employee Pay Sponsor(s): Mercer Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Josh Claybourn, City Council Attorney D.ORDINANCE R-2019-12 Amended An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as Part of 2800 Colonial Garden Road Petitioner: ANB Investments, LLC Owner: ANB Investments, LLC Requested Change: R-1 to M-1 w/UDC Ward: 1 McGinn Representative: Krista B. Lockyear, Lockyear C.ORDINANCE F-2019-19 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Appropriations and Repeal and Appropriations of Funds Within the Department of Metropolitan Development Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Kelley Coures, DMD B.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS R-2019-22 Attachment: A.RESOLUTION C-2019-13 A Resolution Encouraging Changes to the 2020 Budget for SWIRCA Sponsor(s): Adams Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Josh Claybourn, City Council Attorney D.RESOLUTION C-2019-17 A Resolution Encouraging Changes to the 2020 Budget for Hospitalization Sponsor(s): Mercer Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 9/23/2019 Notify: Josh Claybourn, City Council Attorney C-2019-17 Attachment: G.ORDINANCE R-2019-23 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 3105 Broadway Avenue Petitioner: Richard & Linda Hogan Owner: Richard & Linda Hogan Requested Change: C4 to R1 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Richard & Linda Hogan R-2019-20 Attachment: VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS C-2019-15 Attachment: A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council is Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Attachment: VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Wants to Fortify Beaches With Geotubes

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIImagine a gigantic sock filled with sand and buried in the beach or dunes.Well, you’ve pretty much got the idea of what a geotube is and how it looks.Despite their decidedly low-tech design, geotubes are considered an important tool to protect shore communities from coastal storms – essentially acting as a bulkhead to block destructive waves from crashing ashore.Now, Ocean City wants to add new geotubes to some of the beaches in the north end of town that are particularly vulnerable to the ocean’s wrath.City Council is expected to vote at its meeting Thursday on authorizing going out to bid for the geotube project, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.At the same time, the city is waiting for a permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to build the project. The earliest Ocean City could expect a decision from the DEP would be December, Bergen noted.“But we wouldn’t put out specifications and seek bids until we know the permit is approved. If all goes well, the geotubes could be installed in the spring,” he said in an email Tuesday.Ocean City wants to piggyback on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recently completed beach replenishment project in the north end to protect the shoreline with geotubes. City officials have been focusing on the beach blocks of Fourth and Fifth streets, an area that gets hit hard by coastal storms.Bergen explained that the beaches at Fourth and Fifth streets are exposed to the ocean’s waves and currents because of the shape of the island.A bond ordinance approved last year by City Council designated $1 million in funding for geotubes in the area of Fourth and Fifth streets.A beach replenishment project, now completed, has widened the city’s north end shoreline.Ocean City has already used geotubes to protect other vulnerable parts of the north end of the island.When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Jersey Shore in October 2012, it flattened the dune at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard. However, the geotubes buried in the dunes there held back the ocean.Bergen, in comments made last year, credited the geotubes for saving “a good bit of north-end property” during Sandy.Since they are covered with sand, the geotubes can begin to resemble the natural dunes over time. Their construction consists of giant, sock-like cylinders made of plastic fabric and stuffed with sand. They are topped with dune grass after they are buried.In addition to geotubes, Ocean City will be able to fortify the dunes in other ways. As part of the beach replenishment project completed this summer, the city created stockpiles of sand that will be used to rebuild the dunes at North Street, Fifth Street, 10th Street and other areas in need of additional sand, Bergen said.Altogether, the replenishment project restored the beaches with 1.6 million cubic yards of new sand along a 2.1-mile stretch of Ocean City’s northernmost and downtown shoreline. A geotube at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard, shown here in the background after it was exposed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, was credited with saving Ocean City homes. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)last_img read more

George Clinton Revives Parliament For New Single [Listen]

first_imgGeorge Clinton has revived his long-dormant funk outfit Parliament for the group’s first album in nearly four decades. Dubbed Medicaid Fraud Dog, the forthcoming record is a long-awaited follow up to the band’s 1980 LP, Trombipulation.The first taste of Medicaid Fraud Dog came today with the release of the album’s debut single, “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’Me”. With its slow-burning funk groove, female background singers, hand-clapping beat and a guest appearance by Geto Boys rapper Scarface, the song is a hodgepodge of sounds that harkens back to Parliament’s heyday while also embracing more modern musical styles.In a recent Reddit AMA, Clinton noted that the new album features the P-Funk horns: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Greg Thomas, and Benny Cowan. He also explained that his influences for the record include, “Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Tra’Zae, and all that shit coming out of Atlanta.”Medicaid Fraud Dog is expected to drop some time in 2018, but the album does not yet have an official release date. As previously reported, George Clinton and P-Funk still tour regularly and are scheduled to perform at this year’s Major Rager in Augusta, GA.[Photo: Erik Kabik]last_img read more

GSAS to offer career prep, skill-building workshops in January

first_imgFor the second year running, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) will convene a flexible series of January seminars, workshops, and recreational opportunities designed to help Ph.D. and master’s students build skills and take advantage of the winter [email protected], as the series is called, includes approximately 75 events, workshops, and classes, scheduled primarily between Jan. 10 and 21 and centering on professional development and skill-building. Partnering with institutions across campus, including the FAS Office of Career Services, the Harvard College Library, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School is responding to students’ expressed desire for short, intensive workshops dedicated to topics like public speaking and presentation skills, quantitative data analysis, language skills, and other pragmatic enrichment activities. The series is meant to be revenue-neutral, making strategic use of existing Harvard resources to curate events of interest to graduate students.“Students have told us they view January as a time not only to make serious headway in their own scholarly work, but to catch up on job-search preparation and other career planning they may not have had time for during the term,” says Garth McCavana, GSAS dean of students. “They also see it as the ideal time to work on fellowship proposals and to expand their grasp of the ever-growing roster of research technologies offered by our libraries and research centers.”Among the professional development programs on offer, OCS will sponsor workshops on the academic job search, transitioning to a nonacademic career, and building an effective networking identity online. The Center for American Political Studies is planning a workshop on how to navigate through an interdisciplinary graduate program.In the skill-building arena, HCL is offering workshops on locating numeric data, using Zotero to organize research materials, using EndNote for science citations, and using GIS and Google maps for cross-disciplinary research. The Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Derek Bok Center will also offer key events.The January program also includes 10 mini-courses taught by graduate students themselves. These short courses, sponsored by the Graduate Student Council (GSC), are devoted to topics ranging from Russian literature, American art (taught at the Museum of Fine Arts), “instant” Spanish lessons, and the math, science, and philosophy of the ordinary objects of everyday life. The GSC hopes the offerings will give graduate students a chance to step back from their regular line of research and enrich their learning with new perspectives.January is not all work; social and recreational opportunities will abound. Dudley House is open all month (starting Jan. 5), and its roster of activities includes music, classic movie evenings, a WinterFest for kids, an Asian cooking class, a sports pub, and a tour of the new American wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, led by a Ph.D. student in history of art and architecture.last_img read more

Clipper Race Update: Visit Seattle on South Atlantic Challenge

first_imgAbout Marek Omilian, crew member, Visit SeattleMarek Omilian, 53 from Seattle, USA, is undertaking the full 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation on board Visit Seattle. The father of two grew up sailing centre-board boats in the Sea Scouts in his native Poland, and after immigrating to the USA in his twenties, he began sailing keelboats and has been racing in the Puget Sound since 2015. Being a Dell Ambassador was a natural fit for Omilian, who has a computing and analyst background and runs his own valuation and management consultant firm. Other than the pride of arriving in his home port of Seattle, Omilian is hoping his Clipper Race experience will challenge him both physically and mentally, and create life-long friendships with his teammates. And, of course, result in winning the coveted Clipper Race Trophy. This is the fourth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. You can find the most recent post from Samantha Harper, and the previous post from Marek Omilian, here on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The South Atlantic Challenge Leg 2: Punta del Este, Uruguay to Cape Town, South Africa: 3,560 nautical miles: 14 daysTwo weeks, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 10 seconds. What an exhilarating Leg 2 race! It was so different than the marathon of the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1. It was like a two-week sprint. We had no time for anything: just eat, sleep, sail, repeat.Well, we had time for some stats, strategising, and emailing our families and friends. For the last three to five days, we shared a detailed update on the position of the various boats within the fleet during our happy hour at lunchtime. We flipped the screen to use the Dell Rugged as a tablet in order to draw in the positions of the different boat. We also kept stats on speeds in order to compare them to our speed. This resulted in either a celebration or trying to figure out how to match our competitor’s speed.The last 24 hours was epic – the best sailing and ocean racing experience I have experienced so far. We were in a pack with Liverpool 2018 and Qingdao for most of the race, ever since the three of us went for the Scoring Gate in the first thousand nautical miles.“The last 24 hours was epic – the best sailing and ocean racing experience I have experienced so far.ShareFor much of the race, Liverpool 2018 was consistently in front of us. We sailed hard in the final days, steadily closing the gap, and we did it all in very strong winds of well over 30 knots. The wind started backing slowly with about 100 nautical miles to go, and our gap to Liverpool 2018 shrunk to just 3 nautical miles. We were so close we saw the boat on AIS (Automatic Identification System) and monitored its speed and direction.Suddenly, we noticed Liverpool 2018 had pulled away, and increased the lead to 6 nautical miles! We knew the team had put up the spinnaker, so we instantly matched the sail plan. I was Off-Watch but couldn’t sleep as the adrenaline was still very high.I sat in the Navigation Station and relayed information back to the helm. At some point, we thought the intercom stopped working so I started using a small poster sign to show the distance we were behind Liverpool 2018; 5.7 nautical miles, 5.6, 5.5, 5.4… then things stagnated at around 5.4 nautical miles as both boats were sailing at the same speed.I decided to take a nap. Now, my top bunk was right below (5 inches or so) the active spinnaker sheet winch. Even noise cancellation headphones would not cancel the grinding and easing noises. Even so, I managed to dose off for few minutes. The alarm clock woke me up at 17:45 UTC, and I climbed down from the bunk and went back to the Nav station. I noticed the distance to Liverpool 2018 remained the same at 5.5 nautical miles with just 30 nautical miles to go to the finish line. Suddenly, Liverpool 2018 changed direction and its speed dropped dramatically. I immediately relayed the message to the helm via intercom. We all suspected the team must have lost a spinnaker. I kept watching on AIS and we rapidly started closing. Thirty minutes later, we had passed the pink boat and pulled ahead by about 2 nautical miles.Liverpool 2018 must have righted the ship then as its speed went up. It was most certainly not flying the spinnaker, but the boat was still going fast. This meant the last 15 to 20 nautical miles were very tactical. We had to cross the TSS (Traffic Separation Area) at the right angle or radio Cape Town Port Control to get permission to cross any other way. The wind kept easing, and we dropped the spinnaker and hoisted yankee and staysail. Liverpool 2018 was on our heels, but we kept the same distance till the finish line. In the end, we crossed the South Atlantic Ocean in 14 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 10 seconds. Liverpool 2018 crossed the finish line only 27 minutes later.last_img read more

It’s So Nice to Have Miss Honey on Your Side for #MatildaSweeps

first_imgHave you entered #MatildaSweeps yet? No? That’s OK. There’s still time!Make yourself a nice cup of tea, get cozy by the glow of your computer screen and CLICK HERE for your chance to win a trip to see Matilda on Broadway! You’ll also be happy to see who’s rooting for you. (Hint: her name rhymes with Kiss Money.) Related Shows Matilda Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more