People In Vermont Actually Voted For Jerry Garcia & Les Claypool For The President

first_imgLast week, the nation looked on as Donald J. Trump was elected to the office of the President of the United States of America. Many supporters of Hillary Clinton were beyond surprised that their candidate did not win, but it seems some Vermont voters were hoping for a different presidential option. A new report published in the Washington Post shows a list of the write-in votes from Vermont, and some of our favorite musicians happen to be on it.Check out this list of musicians who people actually voted for in Vermont.Willie Nelson (7 votes)Alice Cooper (2 votes)Jerry Garcia (2 votes)Bruce Springsteen (1 vote)Les Claypool (1 vote)Henry Rollins (1 vote)Eddie Van Halen (1 vote)Jim Morrison (1 vote)Neil Young (1 vote)Ted Nugent (1 vote)Jimmy “Buffet” (1 vote)Unfortunately, none of those musicians were elected to the office, probably because they weren’t running, or, in some instances, are no longer alive. Of course, this lighthearted article may take a more serious tone in four years if Kanye West makes good on his promise to run for the office in 2020…last_img read more

Remembering Bob Dorough, The Songwriter For ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’, With These 5 Classic Tunes

first_imgBob Dorough, the composer behind the catchy numbers on Schoolhouse Rock!, passed away this week at the age of 94. Even if folks didn’t know his name, inevitably, they have heard one of his compositions, which wrapped up succinct educational lessons into catchy tunes with clever lyrics. Schoolhouse Rock! first came to the air on Saturday morning in the early 70s, running until the mid-80s before getting a revival from 1993 to 1999. While the show’s heyday was decades ago, the charming numbers have stuck with generations of kids and still see frequent use in the classroom. Many thanks to Bob Dorough for the little lessons he imparted to us. To commemorate Dorough, let’s revisit some of our favorite classic Schoolhouse Rock! numbers. Enjoy, and rest easy, Bob.“Conjunction Junction”[Video: Disney Educational Productions]“3 Is A Magic Number”[Video: MrRiggyRiggs]“I’m Just A Bill”[Video: Disney Educational Productions]“Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla”[Video: dawemmy]“Verb: That’s What’s Happening”[Video: dawemmy]last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Unified Customer Experience

first_imgMichael Dell and Marc Benioff have been known to be great friends and pretty competitive with each other – especially when it’s for a good cause like their past Fitbit challenge to raise funds for American Heart Association.The two recently reunited on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” to discuss a new strategic technology agreement between Dell Technologies and Salesforce that will  expand the use Salesforce’s CRM tools – now with additional artificial intelligence features – to make customer interactions smarter and more predictive.“At Dell Technologies, we are 100 percent focused on our customers and on delivering the best customer experiences in the world,” Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies said in the official announcement of the deal. “Salesforce is helping bring together all of our customer interactions across our family of businesses, which is huge for us, and with the addition of Einstein artificial intelligence, we can make each of those interactions smarter.”This comes less than two months after another announcement about how Salesforce is extending its use of a variety of Dell EMC solutions , including VMAX All Flash and Isilon scale-out NAS storage arrays, Data Domain data protection products and PowerEdge servers. Salesforce’s 25,000 employees will also have access to our Dell Latitude laptops and their comprehensive encryption, advanced authentication and leading-edge malware prevention.“Michael and Dell have been amazing partners contributing to Salesforce’s success. We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with Dell Technologies as we deliver the scale and innovation to support the needs of Salesforce’s growing global customer base,” Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce said at the time of that announcement.In their joint conversation with CNBC, Dell also spoke about Dell Technologies’ cloud strategy and offerings, comparing the benefits of a multi-cloud environment to pure public cloud services. He emphasized that cloud is not a place but a way of doing IT, and noted that in the multi-cloud world, there are places for different cloud services, and Dell Technologies has an absolute advantage.Click the image below to watch the full interview on CNBC.com:last_img read more

Western New York Takes One Step Closer To Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Graphic.BUFFALO – Western New York is one step closer to reopening after meeting 6 of the 7 guidelines on Sunday.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the region is one step closer to phase one of the process after meeting all hospitalization metrics.The governor says more contact tracers are needed to reopen and he is working with local leaders to meet that goal.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the names of 291 employees have been provided to New York State to be trained as contact tracers. “Per the 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents we would need 276 contact tracers for Erie County,” explained Poloncarz  in a tweet. “So our 291 identified employees is greater than our allotment, but if we have to do more to meet all of WNY’s counties requirements we will. I guarantee it.”On Friday, officials in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County announced they are seeking to reopen as a sub-region, separate from the Buffalo Metro area.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says Chautauqua County meets all seven of the state’s reopening requirement metrics, when judged independently.last_img read more

SBA kicks off National Small Business Week 2011

first_img7:30 pm ‘ 11:00 pm      Champion Award Winners GalaMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Visa and AvayaSpeakers: Deputy Administrator Johns, Cathy Hughes Media Contacts:         Dennis Byrne                    Cecelia Taylor                                                 [email protected](link sends e-mail)            [email protected](link sends e-mail)                                                  (202) 205-6567                  (202) 401-3059 Small Business Week 2011 sponsors and cosponsors include: Association of Small Business Development Companies, AT&T, AVAYA, CareerBuilder, Dun & Bradstreet, Google, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of Development Companies,  National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, National Association for the Self-Employed, National Small Business Association, Nomadic Display, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Raytheon, Sam’s Club, SCORE, The Neat Company, Verio, Visa, the Wall Street Journal, and Women Impacting Public Policy. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting [email protected](link sends e-mail). Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2011.# # # 10:00 am ‘ 12:00 pm     Forum #3: Exporting Tools for SuccessMandarin Oriental, Oriental Ballroom 12:30 pm ‘ 2:30 pm      National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeakers: SBA Administrator Mills, Valerie B. Jarrett 2:30 pm ‘ 4:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CaféMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas The nation’s top entrepreneurs will gather this week to be recognized for their entrepreneurship, growth and success during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week celebration, May 18-20, 2011, in Washington, DC.  Under the theme Empowering Entrepreneurs,’ the three-day event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Conference Center will highlight business owners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, whose business achievements have contributed to job creation, the economy and to the nation’s recovery.  The National Small Business Person of the Year will be named from this group on Friday, May 20.Awards will also be presented for notable achievements in disaster recovery, government procurement, small business advocacy, and to top-performing SBA resource and lending partners.Featured Speakers at National Small Business Week will include:Administrator Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business AdministrationDeputy Administrator Marie Johns, U.S. Small Business AdministrationValerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of theWhite House Council on Women and GirlsU.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-Louisiana)Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red CrossCathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One Inc., and Chair ofSBA’s Advisory Council on Underserved CommunitiesSteve Case, Co-founder of AOL and Chair of Startup America PartnershipBill Rancic, Reality Show Star, Executive Producer and AuthorSeth Goldman, President and TeaEO, Honest Tea National Small Business Week will also feature a series of small business forums that are open to the public.  The forums address real-world topics that affect small businesses, including Growing Your Business While on the Go, Social Media, Exporting Tools for Success and Strategies for High Growth, High Impact Firms. The public can register for the free forums onsite starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 18.  Events during National Small Business Week can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting accessible online at www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/webcast.php(link is external).  Visit www.NationalSmallBusinessWeek.com(link is external) to register for forums, and for the full Small Business Week schedule.  A list of the 2011 state winners can be found online athttp://nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/index.php?page=winners(link is external). Nation Small Business Week 2011 Schedule of Events(Subject to Change)Wednesday, May 181:00 pm ‘ 6:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft2:30 pm ‘ 4:30 pm       Growing Your Business While on the Go – A Road Warrior’s PerspectiveMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by AT&T and SCORESpeaker: Bill Rancic Thursday, May 198:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Raytheon10:00 am ‘ 11:15 am      Forum #1: Social Media: Get Your Business Connected Mandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by Intuit11:30 am ‘12:45 pm      Forum #2:  Strategies for High Growth, High Impact FirmsMandarin Oriental, Oriental BallroomSponsored by CareerbuilderSpeaker: Seth Goldman1:00 pm ‘ 2:30 pm       Phoenix Awards LuncheonMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Sam’s ClubSpeaker: Sen. Jack Reed 2:30 pm ‘ 5:00 pm       Networking Time ‘ Visit Sponsor Tables, SBA Officials and the Cyber CafeMandarin Oriental Exhibit Areas6:00 pm ‘ 8:00 pm       Congressional Reception Hart Senate Office Building, Room SH-902Speaker: Sen. Mary L. Landrieu Friday, May 208:00 am ‘ 2:00 pm       Registration OpenMandarin Oriental Hotel, Pre-Function AreaSponsored by Microsoft8:00 am ‘ 5:00 pm       Cyber Café OpenMandarin Oriental, Hillwood RoomSponsored by Google 8:30 am ‘ 9:45 am       Breakfast Honoring the Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Award WinnersMandarin Oriental, Grand BallroomSponsored by Northrop GrummanSpeaker: Steve Case last_img read more

Kentucky plant headed for early-2019 closure

first_imgKentucky plant headed for early-2019 closure FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Henderson Municipal Power and Light in Kentucky will close its coal plant early next year and turn to the open market for its power needs, as the aging plant’s energy production is consistently more expensive than available supplies.In a letter earlier this month, the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) approved the shutdown of Units 1 and 2 effective Feb.1, 2019, after determining the generation was not necessary as a system support resource.Coal-fired generators continue to close down, and Henderson’s power plant is only the most recent example. According to the Sierra Club, the plant is the 277th coal generator to close since 2010. And new research finds closures are accelerating.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) on Thursday released an analysis estimating 15.4 GW of coal-fired capacity will close this year, including 44 units at 22 plants. This year at least 11 GW have retired and the final tally is predicted to eclipse the previous record of 14.7 GW retired in 2015. IEEFA estimates another 21.4GW of coal-fired capacity will close over the next six years.“The competitive environment for coal-fired power in the generation marketplace is becoming ever more challenging,” Seth Feaster, IEEFA data analyst and author of the report, said in a statement. He pointed to the declining cost of renewables and natural gas prices that “are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future.”As for the Henderson plant, MISO informed Big River three weeks ago that “the decision to retire is considered final and the existing interconnection rights for the generators will be terminated as of the retirement date.”More: Kentucky coal plant to close, latest among accelerating shutdownslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Wolf Attack + Bees Denied Protection

first_imgOnline registration is required. Workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit ncwildlife.org/learning. If you’d like to learn more about fishing, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, NC is offering free workshops for people of all ages and skill levels in September. The Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. September’s offerings include: Family attacked by wolf while camping in Banff National Park A New Jersey family was camping in Canada’s Banff National Park last week when they were awoken around 1 a.m. by a wolf tearing through their tent. The mother, Elisa Rispoli, said on Facebook that the father, Matthew, threw himself in front of her and their two boys as the wolf bit at his hands and arms. The wolf then clamped onto his arm and began to drag him away from the tent when a nearby camper heard the family’s screams and stepped in to help. The camper, Russ Fee, kicked the wolf in the hind legs, then both men started yelling and throwing rocks at the animal as Elisa and the boys ran to hide in Fee’s minivan. The Rispoli family eventually made it to a hospital where Matthew was treated for puncture wounds and lacerations. The incident marks the first time a wolf has attacked at a Canadian National Park, said Parks Canada. No wildlife attractants were found inside of the tent and it’s unclear why the wolf attacked the family, though a necropsy confirmed that the wolf was nearing the end of its life and in bad health, which likely contributed to the attack.  Yellow-banded bumble bee and others denied protection under the Endangered Species Actcenter_img Fayetteville, NC: 5 outdoor recreation workshops offered in September The Fish and Wildlife Service has released their 12-month findings on petitions to list eight species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency announced that “after a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that it is not warranted at this time to list the Arapahoe snowfly, brook floater, golden orb, Joshua tree, seaside alder, smooth pimpleback, tricolored blackbird and yellow-banded bumble bee.”  Though denying the species protection, the Fish and Wildlife Service encourages the public to submit any new information that becomes available relevant to the species and their habitats. September 7- Fish Preparation and Cookery Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 16+.September 10- Intermediate Fly-Casting Workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 13+. Participants must have previously completed the Beginner Fly-Fishing Workshop.September 11- Soft Plastic Lure Making Workshop from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. All Ages. September 17- Pier Fishing Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ages 15+.September 26- Fly-tying Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ages 10+. Participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. last_img read more

How to create an ongoing service mindset

first_imgLast week, I was fortunate enough to participate in Hyland’s annual Summer of Service volunteer event – one day dedicated to giving back to the local communities where we live, work and play. It seems like every year the volunteer day grows bigger and the activities more rewarding, and this year was no different.In one day, more than 400 Hyland volunteers gave their time working at 16 Cleveland nonprofits and donating more than 1,100 volunteer hours.Those hours were dedicated to landscaping, beach and community beautification, painting, repurposing toys for children with disabilities and putting together meals for the homeless, to name a few activities.It’s truly humbling to see the impact one day can make for Cleveland nonprofits in need. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Prescott yes to Toon Great Park

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Indonesia’s factory activity at record low as COVID-19 paralyzes business

first_imgThe headline PMI drop was roughly indicative of GDP growth slowing to an annual rate of 4.6 percent in March, IHS Markit economist head Bernard Aw wrote in the release.Read also: Consumers drawn to hygiene products, online fitness as pandemic spreadsManufacturing contributed around 19 percent of the country’s economic activity in last year’s fourth quarter, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data showed.”The survey underlines how the global pandemic has impacted the Indonesian economy so far, but the increasing likelihood of stricter measures means the downturn could worsen in the second quarter,” Bernard warned. The government has projected the country’s economy to grow at the lowest level since 1999 of 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario, or contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario as the pandemic stifles business activity.Official data showed that as of Monday afternoon more than 2,400 people were infected with COVID-19, with at least 200 fatalities.While it has yet to impose a lockdown, the government in mid-March called on citizens to stay at home to contain the coronavirus disease contagion, disrupting business activities and hitting people’s purchasing power as a sizeable proportion of the workforce was forced to take unpaid leave or was even laid off.Despite still reflecting optimism, the Consumer Confidence Index dropped to 113.8 in March, lower than 117.7 in the previous month, Bank Indonesia (BI) data showed. The survey revealed that consumers were concerned about the current and future economic situation as they worried about job availability.Read also: COVID-19 batters Indonesia’s loan growth to record lowThe automotive industry, for instance, has seen significant disruption. Car manufacturers PT Suzuki Indomobil Motor and PT Honda Prospect Motor have said they will halt their car productions in Indonesia for two weeks from April 13 to 24 in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia is limiting the number of its operating personnel and activities.”We have yet to stop production but we are also prepared for a shutdown scenario if necessary,” said Toyota corporate administration and external relations director Bob Azam, as quoted by tempo.co.Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analysts wrote on April 2 that they expected manufacturing activities to decline further in April and May. This was because the COVID-19 outbreak in other parts of the world was unlikely to be resolved by the end of April and Indonesia was likely to announce a significant jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases.The upcoming prolonged holidays will further increase pressure on manufacturing activities, the analysts said. The recent significant depreciation of the rupiah would also deter companies from boosting production as they had limited capacity to charge higher selling prices.”Going forward, we expect manufacturing activities to remain under pressure,” they noted.Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) vice chairman for industrial affairs Johnny Darmawan told The Jakarta Post on Friday that social distancing and work-from-home initiatives had slowed down factory activities, equally hitting all manufacturing sub-sectors except for small-scale sectors that are involved in producing protective gear and masks.He added that manufacturing activities would fare even worse in April as Jokowi had declared a public health emergency and large-scale social restrictions on March 31 to prevent the COVID-19 spread.”Raw materials are also starting to deplete. So, what else can we hope for? Production will automatically drop. Maybe April will be our bottom,” he said.Read also: Avoiding quarantine will inflict greater economic harm, says surveyIndustry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasamita acknowledged in a press statement on Thursday that several manufacturing sectors were enduring production drops of nearly 50 percent, except for those related to medicines and medical equipment.He said his ministry would be proposing various fiscal and nonfiscal stimulus measures to anticipate the negative impact of worldwide lockdowns on the local and global market. The measures would also aim to ease raw material imports and reduce both corporate and personal income taxes.”China is able to create opportunities under the current crisis. If China’s economy improves, it will affect us too. Therefore, we also have to be able to create new opportunities in facing current difficulties,” Agus said.Topics : Indonesian manufacturing output fell off a cliff in March as the government imposed stricter measures to contain the COVID-19, a survey has showed. IHS Markit announced on April 1 that Indonesia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), the gauge for manufacturing activities, slumped to 45.3, the worst in the survey’s nine-year history. An index reading above 50 reflects an expansion, while a value below 50 indicates a contraction.”Under stricter antivirus measures, demand weakened sharply at the end of the first quarter. New business inflows fell at the fastest rate in the series history, dragged down by a plunge in export sales,” the survey statement reads. “At the same time, factory shutdowns led to a marked drop in production, with output also falling at a survey record rate.”last_img read more