Indiana Ranking As A Child Care DesertOCTOBER 31ST, 2018 AMANDA PORTER INDIANAIndiana families are finding it more difficult to find quality childcare for infant and toddlers. CChildcaredeserts are growing in rural areas especially affecting low-income families.Parents know child care is expensive, but these days expensive takes on a whole new meaning. The average cost of infant care is nearly $15,000 per year.The Center for American Progress found child care slots are shrinking for Indiana families leaving many with a burden they can no longer bear, and it affects their quality of life.For Indiana mother Tiffany Taylor finding and paying for child care is a struggle.“You have to work a whole extra job just to pay for childcare, good childcare,” says Taylor.While Indiana’s population is growing access to licensed child care for new families is shrinking.Low-income families in rural areas are affected the most.“If you don’t have money for daycare, you can’t go to work. If you can’t go to work, you can’t have money for daycare. So it’s just a never ending struggle with kids,” says Taylor.Programs like the 4C’s of Southern Indiana take time, or a referral.“They were talking about an 8 month waiting list for their vouchers to help pay for it so unless you have 8 months to wait for a voucher you have to pay out of pocket,” says Taylor.It’s a cost some families can’t afford.“If I have to work and pay for day care, I don’t even have enough after day care to pay for my bills.”An analysis by the Center for American Progress finds the number of children younger than three surpasses the amount of child care slots available for infants and toddlers.In Indiana, there are more than five infants and toddlers for every licensed child care slot.Three or more children per provider is classified as a child care desert.“It is critical that you have the numbers and the ratio right but at the same time it eliminates any of the slots that are available to families and participants,” says Carver Community Organization executive director, David Wagner.Its’ hard to find a balance in the price of care and quality workers.“We do develop a waiting list, but we try to help families find services as quickly as they can,” says Wagner.“Childcare is an economic development issue and it needs to be looked at as that. If you want quality work force then you are going to have to have quality child care.”That’s why many families like Taylor’s are forced to find alternatives.“Luckily my rent is low right now so I don’t have to struggle too much, but there are churches who help with programs so I take advantage of those,” says Taylor.Child care providers say it is critical to enroll children in quality services in their developmental years.Resources:4C’s of Southern IndianaCarver Community OrganizationChild Care AwareIndiana Association for Childcare Resource & Referral Brighter Futures Indiana CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
University of Evansville undergraduate participation in out-of-the-classroom, experiential education has increased from 78 percent to 96 percent over the last decade. Almost all of the UE 2016 graduating class participated in one or more out-of-class, experiential activities, including internships, co-ops, and undergraduate research.UE students have interned at Disney Entertainment, Yale University Child Studies Center, Rolls Royce, IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Some have completed internships as summer undergraduate research fellows at University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School. Others have served as interns at the Jezreel Expedition, an archaeological project in northern Israel co-sponsored by UE and the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa.The University of Evansville was one of the first schools to adopt the cooperative education concept in 1919 and is the fifth oldest co-op program in the U.S. Since then, experiential education has been a value-added piece for all students’ Evansville Experience.Students of all academic majors are encouraged to contact the University’s Center for Career Development to find out more about the local, regional, national, and international opportunities available.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Fire Department will add a new fire truck to the fleet next year to replace one that is more than 20 years old.City Council approved a contract to buy a new pumper truck for $650,000 from Pierce Manufacturing Inc. of Appleton, Wisc. The truck will be delivered in the fall of 2021.Fire Chief Jim Smith said in an interview that the department is appreciative of the support from the city.“We are a densely populated community with both people and structures. The city supports us with fire equipment to help us do our jobs to the best of our ability,” Smith explained.While the new truck won’t be here for some time, Smith said it is worth the wait.“We don’t expect the new truck to arrive until fall of next year. The one we have is from 1992. It has been in reserve for 15 years. We still service it in case the frontline piece that we typically ride on malfunctions. If we have a fire and we recall the off-duty people, they will respond to the fire in it or it will be in the fire station for other fire calls.”In total, the Ocean City Fire Department has a fleet of five engines, also known as pumper trucks, two ladder trucks, four ambulances, a heavy rescue vehicle and support vehicles.Ocean City firefighters stand next to a new ladder truck delivered in the fall of 2018.Over the years, many repairs have enabled the pumper to still be in reserve.“It has served us well,” Smith said.Smith commended the 64 firefighters in his department for working hard to keep the town safe.He emphasized, however, that they couldn’t do it without the support of the city.“Personnel does a great job as a department and the city also believes in a proactive maintenance,” he said. “That is what helps keep everyone safe.”The new fire truck continues the upgrades to strengthen the city’s ability to fight fires and other emergencies. In 2017, Council approved the purchase of a $1.1 million ladder truck. The truck replaced an aging 20-year-old vehicle that, in 2016, cost the Fire Department $60,000 to repair. The new ladder truck arrived in fall 2018. And in 2017 the department opened a new $2.1 million fire station on 29th Street and West Avenue, which replaced a deteriorated firehouse dating back to the 1950s. Altogether, there are three firehouses throughout the city, including the department’s headquarters at 550 Wesley Ave.Ocean City Fire Department headquarters is located at 550 Wesley Ave. This picture provided by Pierce Manufacturing Inc. depicts the type of fire truck that Ocean City is buying from the Wisconsin company.
Jacksons Bakery has extended its range with the launch of Proper Yorkshire Muffins.The soft white muffins are described as being made with locally sourced Yorkshire butter and baked using dough that has been “slowly fermented for a deliciously-rich flavour”. They also contain dried rye sourdough. Rolling out exclusively to Waitrose now, they join the Jacksons baked goods range that includes bloomer loaves and rolls. The launch comes six months after another Waitrose-exclusive Jacksons roll-out, hot cross buns infused with tea.The muffins are also free of palm oil, as are all Jacksons’ products after the William Jackson Food Group business last year removed the ingredient from across its range.“We thought very carefully about how to broaden the Jacksons range, and with the focus well and truly on our Yorkshire roots our new muffins won’t disappoint with their generous size. They’re great filled with egg and bacon,” said Jacksons marketing manager Deborah Dyson.Last month it was revealed that Jacksons will supply Co-op with own-label bread after Allied failed to agree commercial terms with the retailer. Hull-based Jacksons will manufacture bread for the retailer from next spring, while distribution of the own-label products will be handled by Warburtons.
Frogwings existed in the mid-1990s and early-2000s as a jam band staple. It was drummer Butch Trucks‘ side-project outside of the Allman Brothers Band, that brought together his nephew guitarist Derek Trucks and members of Aquarium Rescue Unit Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, and Kofi Burbridge together before Derek and Oteil would go on to join Butch and Marc Quiñones in the Allman Brothers Band.The group had a few different variations, with vocalist Edwin McCain starting out with the band before going off and succumbing to his own industry fame. Blues Travelers’ John Popper was his replacement, tying the knot for what would become one of the best jam bands those times were capable of.The band name came from a quote from Duane Allman, “If a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his ass when he jumped.” And thus, continuing on to preach the sermon of Duane Allmanism, Butch named this band after so.Frogwings performed two nights at the Wetlands Preserve in February of 1999, featuring guitarist Warren Haynes on night one. Watch full-show videos of both nights below:Frogwings – 2/9/99Frogwings – 2/10/99[Videos: Kevin Tobin]Setlist: Frogwings | Wetlands Preserve | New York City, NY | 2/19/1999I: Kickin’ J.S. Bach, Wetlands Shuffle, Hurdy Gurdy Fandango, Feel For You, PatternII: Cut Mullet, Among Your Pillows, Just One, Ganja, Deviant Dreams, Nomad, Hot Lanta **w/Warren HaynesSetlist: Frogwings | Wetlands Preserve | New York City, NY | 2/10/1999I: Kickin’ J.S. Bach, Wetlands Shuffle, Hurdy Gurdy Fandango, Feel For You, PatternII: Cut Mullet, Among Your Pillows, Just One, Ganja, ??, Superstition, Nomad
The 3.2 for Ben virtual walk-race is inviting the Harvard community to lace up their shoes and rally around one of their own.The virtual event, scheduled for Saturday through Nov. 22, is raising funds in honor of undergrad Ben Abercrombie, who suffered life-changing paralysis in his first game for the Crimson football team in September 2017.Participants can sign up to walk or run 3.2 miles to show their support of the Alabama native nicknamed “Badgercrombie,” who wore number 32. All proceeds go to the Harvard Varsity Club’s Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund.“It’s a great way to keep the tradition going, given the circumstances,” said former teammate Raishaun McGhee ’17. McGhee organized the walk/run and created the annual Bowl for Ben that also donates all proceeds to the Abercrombie Fund.“Everybody on the team, as soon as you step on the field or in that locker room, you become a member of the family whether you’re a freshman or senior, sophomore. It doesn’t matter what year,” McGhee said. “He is a part of the family.”After completing their run or walk, participants will post their time online. Everyone who signs up receives a personalized bib and finisher medal. To date the fund has raised more than $600,000 and has paid for a number of medical costs not covered by Abercrombie’s insurance, ranging from a customized van and wheelchair to rehabilitation sessions and flights for treatments and doctors’ appointments. Other fundraising events have included El Jefe’s Taqueria’s annual Ben Abercrombie Day in Harvard Square. (Due to the pandemic, this year’s event was rescheduled to the spring.)In the fall of 2019, Abercrombie returned to Harvard as a student. Because of the pandemic, he has been learning from home this year. He’s taking two courses and has been doing rehab from home with a trainer.“I still work out on my exercise bike three times a week while making sure I complete my schoolwork in between,” Abercrombie said. “The main downside is not being on campus where you can actually be in a real classroom and interact with professors and other students.”Abercrombie’s message to them, to anyone who takes part, and especially to his former teammate McGhee: “Thank you.”“It means a lot to me and my family,” he said. “The benefits will help us pay for equipment, supplies, and technology I need for rehab, School, and other things to keep me healthy, further my path to graduation, and my path to healing.”Register for 3.2 for Ben. The event starts Saturday. The last day to register and post times is Nov. 22.
Solar bids hit new record low in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Two of India’s leading solar power developers have managed to win possibly the largest capacities ever awarded in a single tender in the country.Acme Solar and Azure Power managed to secure the rights to develop 600 megawatts of capacity each in the largest solar power tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India to date. The tender is jointly the largest tender issued in the country ever. Tenders with 2 gigawatts of capacity each were issued by the states of Jharkhand and Telangana.The tender was issued in January this year and attracted bids worth 2.95 gigawatts in the final round of auction from eight developers. Acme Solar and Azure Power each placed successful bids to develop 600 megawatts of capacity. While Acme Solar placed the lowest-bid of Rs 2.44/kWh (3.55¢/kWh), Azure Power secured the capacity at Rs 2.53/kWh (3.69¢/kWh).The bid of Rs 2.44/kWh (3.55¢/kWh) is jointly the lowest-ever in Indian solar power markets.Other successful bidders include Shapoorji Pallonji (250 megawatts), Hero Future Energies (250 megawatts), and Mahindra Susten (250 megawatts). Adani Green Energy also placed a bid for 500 megawatts, but managed to secure only 50 megawatts due to over-subscription of the tender.The reasons for such low tariff bids are multi-fold. One, the developers are free to set up projects wherever they want, and the capacity on offer is very large. Second, the power purchase agreements will be signed with SECI—a government-owned company—which represents very low risk. Third, no charges for transmission of solar power across different states.More: India’s largest solar tender yields lowest tariff ever
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A camp counselor accused of inappropriately touching children and child pornography possession worked at the same Melville day camp where another man was recently indicted for similar allegations, Suffolk County police said.Jay Marcello, 25, of Wantagh, was charged with criminal sexual act, use of a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and 100 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.Police said he inappropriately touched 14-year-old campers and had inappropriate conversations with campers of various ages at Kenwal Day Camp on Drexel Avenue between July and August 2016.Computer Crimes Unit detectives, the FBI Long Island Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office launched a joint investigation into Marcello after the October 2016 indictment of 34-year-old Keith Meyn of Oakdale, another counselor at the same day camp, authorities said.Keith MeynMeyn pleaded not guilty last fall in Suffolk County court to an 112-count indictment alleging he used an 11-year-old boy in sexual performances and possessed a massive collection of child pornography featuring boys younger than 16, prosecutors have said. He has been held at Suffolk jail since a judge set his bail at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.Marcello, who worked as the same camp for the past seven years, was arrested Monday while he was driving to Nassau County BOCES Rosemary Kennedy Center in Wantagh, where he is employed as a substitute teaching assistant, police said. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Computer Crimes Unit detectives believe there may be additional victims, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this case to call them at 631-852-6279. All calls will be kept confidential.
Whether your company is “customer-obsessed” or you’re earlier in that journey, improving your customer experience often starts with finding and fixing pain points. From the fix-it stage and beyond, it’s important to explore technology solutions that can help fuel innovation.In the financial services industry, the Finovate conference showcases how fintech can help companies transform, and our live blogging from the September 2015 event unveiled many compelling offerings. Here we’ll highlight three top tech trends that could help you can make it easier for customers to do business with you.1. Using technology to create a smooth welcome experienceHave you journey-mapped the customer experience of opening a new account? Do your customers have to fill out a lot of paperwork to get started? You may be shocked at how many steps new customers need to take. To set the stage for a more positive relationship, Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions can help you simplify the onboarding experience.As Jim Marous of The Financial Brand noted, Adobe “demonstrated how financial institutions can transform current complex paper forms and document transactions into much more engaging digital experiences, on any device.” continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr