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first_img View Comments has gone to the dogs (and cats!) in honor of Broadway Barks, the 16th annual adoption event that helps pets of all shapes and sizes find homes. The event kicks off on July 12 at 3 PM, but we can’t wait until then to salute our furry friends. So, we want to know, of all the animal characters featured Broadway shows, from the studious Doctor Dillamond in Wicked to the glamorous Grizabella in Cats, which would you like to adopt and bring home with you? Do you want to have “Suppertime” with Snoopy from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown? Go “Under the Sea” with Sebastian from The Little Mermaid? Browse porn on the internet with Trekkie Monster from Avenue Q? Cast your vote below!last_img

first_imgThe TAG Workshop for Small and Beginning Farmers March 22 at Fort Valley State University offers timely information that can make a big difference on small farms.TAG, or Team Agriculture Georgia, is a team created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agriculture Council in Georgia. Its purpose is to find ways to collaborate in helping small and beginning farmers in Georgia.The March 22 workshop will offer four sessions, each an hour and 15 minutes long. Participants can choose from 10 topics: local marketing, water management, vegetables, fruit and pecan orchards, financing small farms, goats and small livestock, ponds, organic farming, aquaculture and alternative crops.The program will begin with 8 a.m. registration in the C.W. Pettigrew Farm & Community Life Center in Fort Valley, Ga. It will end at 3:45 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.To learn more about the workshop, or to register, call Levi Glover at (912) 825-6806.last_img read more

first_imgMike Becker, a senior at Vermont Technical College and a Dufresne-Henry employee, has recently been named Student Engineer of the Year by the college.VTC selects one student each year for this honor as part of National Engineers Week. Becker was selected based on his grade point average, performance on projects, and overall willingness to learn and assist his fellow students. He was recently honored at an awards banquet hosted by the Vermont Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies at the Sheraton in South Burlington.Becker is a senior at VTC who will earn his B.S. in architectural engineering technology this May. He has been working for Dufresne-Henry as a computer-aided design and drafting, or CADD, technician since 2000, when he completed a B.A. in visual arts at Marlboro College. He currently lives in Brattleboro but grew up in Springfield.Dufresne-Henry is an engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental sciences firm committed to improving the places in which we live, work and play. The company serves its clients from 16 offices throughout the Northeast and Florida.last_img read more

first_imgDistributed solar cutting costs for California customers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:One of the most important aspects of the solar power revolution is how it is making daytime electricity cheaper, and thus lowering wholesale electricity prices more broadly. This becomes evident when electricity utilities project no new thermal electricity as the ‘lowest cost option‘. More evidence of this is contracts being signed today at 2.3¢/kWh, for delivery in just a few years. And this is before we note that distributed solar is saving billions in grid upgrades.Researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have come together to present a new report which puts numbers on these savings. A retrospective analysis of the market price response to distributed photovoltaic generation in California focuses on the whole electricity market in California governed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) that represents about 80% of the electricity usage in the state.The research found that distributed PV reduced the ‘hourly mean whole electricity price’ by up to 2.9-3.2¢/kWh, 8-9% during the peak period of 12-1 PM. This means that throughout the day, utilities spent between $650-730 million less procuring electricity to provide to their customers.The analysis looked at 15-minute solar electricity production estimates, as this is the interval that generators bid for in the day-ahead market. The researchers looked across many system sizes and many regions of the state to make sure their data was accurately depicting a broad cross-section of distributed solar power in the state.The end argument put forth by the authors is that not only will utility-scale solar power lower the price of electricity, but so will the many gigawatts of solar power distributed on homes and businesses. This is something we in the field have always known, but now our industry has been around long enough to show it in hard numbers, based on actual data.More: Distributed solar saved California over $650 million from 2013-2015last_img read more

first_imgIt’s been about six months since the Wells Fargo incentive debacle hit the CFPB fan. Since that time many of our credit union clients have asked for a review of their incentive and total compensation programs to make sure they adhere to the required “effective controls and oversight” and their incentives don’t cause “significant harm to consumers posed by incentive programs”.The first (and most challenging) question in any review of incentive programs should be simply: are we sure we really need an incentive program? Many credit union executives assume they need monetary incentives to produce the growth their organization desires. The fact of the matter is many employees, including those in your “sales” positions, don’t rank money as their primary motivator. They’d be just as happy and highly motivated by other forms of recognition.But if you insist on having a monetary-based incentive program, here is a six-pack of considerations to make sure you’re optimally successful and compliant:Are you incenting behavior and production that supports your credit union strategy and mission? The good news about incentives is they drive behavior; the bad news about incentives is they drive behavior. Make sure all incented behavior upholds your goal to be the member’s financial “partner” and you’re not unintentionally driving the wrong behaviors.Are you receiving increased performance as a result of paying an incentive? The only reason you should be paying an incentive is if you’re receiving production you wouldn’t otherwise be receiving. Don’t pay an above-base incentive if you’re not receiving above-base production from sales staff.Are your incentives consistent with your total compensation philosophy? Make sure your incentive payments are keeping you within your market-based pay grades. If you’re already paying above market on a base salary, you don’t need to also pay above market on incentives.Are your incentives easy to understand? Your incentive plan should adhere to the KISS principle – keep it simple, stupid! Limit the calculations to no more than three variables and make sure all employees know exactly what they need to do to earn their incentive.Are you providing additional incentives besides the monetary ones? As noted above, not all employees are going to be motivated by money so make sure you have other motivators in place – time off, awards, President’s Club, etc – and include your employees in the program design.Are you closely monitoring your incentive program? Someone needs to own your incentive program. Often, that owner is the HR Director but others should be included in the management and oversight of it. Board committees, CFO, Sales Manager, Marketing Department, and Senior Executive Team all share the vital responsibility of maintaining the program’s integrity.If your credit union needs to review your incentive program for compliance and appropriateness, I have two options for you: 1) email me at to set up a no obligation conversation about what you’re doing today and how to best position your incentive program for the future; and 2) check into a webinar I will be hosting on Thursday, June 8 called “Avoid the Incentive Trap” – contact Lacinda Athen at for details. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgAre you more George Michael or Lady Gaga? Maybe Rolling Stones or Blake Shelton? These can be fun questions to answer, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are most similar to. It matters who your members most relate to.Your language and your imagery define your brand. The persona of your credit union needs to be relatable and specific. All too often I hear credit union leaders tell me they want to appeal to everyone they can help. While this approach sounds good in theory, it ultimately waters down your message.If you don’t know who you are talking to, you can’t connect on a deeper level. Surveys have shown that 77% of millennials would rather receive a message from their dentist than their financial institution. I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly get excited about scheduling my regular cleaning. So why do people prefer to hear from their dentist? Because unlike the finance-related communication, the dental message is specific to them. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_img October 10, 2020 First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release First Lady Frances Wolf is proud to recognize the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s announcement that allows schools to provide free meals to all students for the rest of the school year. These flexibilities, for which First Lady Wolf recently advocated alongside 17 other first partners and spouses, ensure that schools can continue to provide the meals despite the uncertainty and hardship caused by the pandemic.“I am so glad that the USDA has taken this important step in guaranteeing that no child has to wonder where they might find their next meal,” said First Lady Wolf. “This forward-thinking provides much-needed certainty to families, school nutrition professionals, agricultural entities and community partners working to ensure that all children have access to nutritious meals as we continue to navigate a global health crisis and its subsequent economic effects. This is one piece of the puzzle for ensuring food security, and we look forward to continuing to work with USDA on the implementation of this and related efforts.”These flexibilities, which have been extended through June 30, 2021, allow school feeding programs to avoid unnecessary barriers as they navigate health and safety concerns, staff limitations, technical restrictions, time constraints and more. From March through August of this year, Pennsylvania schools provided more than 25 million meals to children in need.“With the USDA’s extension of the school feeding program waivers, students are promised access to nutritious food for the rest of the school year,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Throughout the COVID-19 mitigation response, these waivers have worked well for schools navigating many changes. Whether students are learning from home, at the school or a mix of both, these flexibilities will keep kids fed. Hungry kids can’t learn. Because of programs like this, no Pennsylvania student should go hungry.”According to recent projections from Feeding America, more than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity this year, marking a 45 percent increase in general food security rates and a 65 percent increase in child food insecurity rates compared to pre-COVID-19 statistics.In Pennsylvania, 2.04 million Pennsylvanians, including nearly 630,000 children, face food insecurity. This marks an increase of 45.2 percent to the general food security rate and a 57.6 percent increase to the child food insecurity rate when compared to 2018 statistics.In letters sent to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Congressional leadership on September 18, 2020, First Lady Wolf and the first spouses and partners of California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming encouraged both parties to work together to extend and fully fund the necessary school feeding program waivers throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.Yesterday’s action by the USDA comes at the heels of the passage of continuing resolution HR 8337 by the United States House and Senate and its signing by President Trump on October 1, 2020. HR 8337, in addition to maintaining federal government funding through December 11, 2020, further extends the USDA’s necessary nutrition authority and funding through September 20, 2021, for child nutrition programs, Pandemic EBT, Summer EBT for Children, Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and more. Further USDA action is needed to implement the extensions of these other programs. First Lady Wolf: Free School Meals Extended Throughout the School Yearcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe home at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie, is spread across three levels. Picture: supplied.WITH city views, plenty of space over three levels, a swimming pool and an elevator, this Murarrie home is sure to impress. Current owners Scot and Andrea Williams bought the six-bedroom property at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie with their three older children in mind.“We love the city views and the sheer size of the home,” Mr Williams said. “We have older teenage children and with the massive proportions of the home and the separation, they can have their own space. The home at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie, includes an inground swimming pool. Picture: Supplied.Mr Williams said the home was perfect for families of any size or age, as well as being great for those who like to entertain. “It’s in a very quiet neighbourhood,” he said. “It’s close to Cannon Hill Anglican College and we’re only a few hundred meters from the train station.” The property is on the market through Meagan Muir of Place Bulimba. The kitchen at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie. Picture: Supplied.The large living area flows out past a bar area to the large poolside entertaining space. The saltwater pool is solar heated and has a waterfall feature.The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is on the top floor, with a terrace off the kitchen and a balcony off the living area. “I’ll probably miss sitting out on the balcony with that beautiful city view the most,” Mr Williams said. There is also a separate dining area while the master suite includes a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. center_img The view from the dining area 19 Portwine St, Murarrie“Our kids are at the car age so having room for four cars plus a horse float is also great.” On the ground floor of the tri-level home there is a four-car garage, a workshop, a bathroom and a carport with a 2.9m clearance — perfect for a motorhome or boat. There is also an elevator that services all three levels. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoOn the second floor there are five bedrooms, with an ensuite to one, a family bathroom, a media room and a storage space. last_img read more

first_imgCongratulations to The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters, The Franklin County Lady Wildcats, and The Shawe Memorial Lady Hilltoppers on in area Girls Tennis Sectional Crowns.OA won at South Dearborn. FC won at Connersville. SM won at Greensburg.The Lady Twisters and The Lady Wildcats will battle it out during the 1st Round of The Regionals on Tuesday Night at Richmond starting at 4:30 while The Lady Hilltoppers will be at Bloomington North battling the host Lady Cougars starting at 5:30.The best of luck during The Regionals from WRBI!last_img