Pasadena Unified Superintendent Issues Second, Detailed Message to Parents About Coronavirus

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Community News 12 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs He’s Ready To Spend The Rest Of His Life With YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Just a day after issuing a statement notifying Pasadena Unified parents that the city’s health department has declared a public health emergency because of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the District Superintendent Brian McDonald sent the PUSD community a second, more detailed message about the virus’s impact, reproduced below: EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Dear Parent/Guardian:The health and wellbeing of students and staff are always my top priorities.Both Los Angeles County and Pasadena have declared a local health emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At the time of this writing, there are 11 known cases of the coronavirus in the county. There are no known significant exposures to the general public.According to the LA County Department of Public Health (DPH), we can expect more confirmed cases in the near future. The focus continues to be on preventing the spread of the illness by following basic sanitary practices.It’s a good time for all of us to become prepared, but not to panic.At PUSD, we’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis and have taken precautionary measures. Please know that we are taking additional steps to support prevention through ongoing review of health and handwashing protocols with students and cleaning of surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as bathrooms, countertops, doorknobs, and faucet handles.There currently are no school closures. DPH will work with schools to assess and determine, on a case by case basis, if a school needs to dismiss or close. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an individual who has been at school, it is not an automatic reason for school dismissal or closure. DPH will make the determination.Please continue to take all possible precautions to help reduce the risk of spreading germs to others. These include the following recommendations from public health officials:• Stay home and away from others if you have a mild illness (with a fever of 100°F or above).• #1 prevention method is frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. Use of soap and water is best.• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.• Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.• Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.• Get the flu vaccine if you have not done so this season. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. Being protected against the flu will decrease the number of people using healthcare resources and allow resources to be available for people who may have COVID-19.DPH states there is no current need for significant “social distancing” measures in LA County and the individual risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low for most individuals. However, DPH encourages everyone to make personal preparations now that include:• Having an ample supply of essentials at home (including water, food, hygiene, medications, and pet food).• Practicing simple strategies that limit your exposure to others who may be ill (such as verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs, not sharing utensils, cups and linens).Lastly, it is important that we do not act out of fear, but rather focus on treating everyone in our community with kindness. Kindness is a part of our school culture and I know that we will continue to support an environment in which all students, staff, and families feel welcome. Be aware of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus.You can get the most accurate information on the DPH website here and at the Pasadena Public Health Department here.Thank you for your support of our school community.Sincerely,Brian McDonald, Ed.DSuperintendent Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Pasadena Unified Superintendent Issues Second, Detailed Message to Parents About Coronavirus From PUSD Published on Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 7:34 pm Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Limerick farmer led Gardaí to stolen property with €11 tracking device

first_imgPrint TAGSCorkGP’sjoint policing committeesKilmallocklimericklocal authorityNorth Kerryquad bikesstolen goodstracking devicewarehouse Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival A MAJOR investigation into the thefts of more than 100 quad bikes in Limerick, North Cork and Kerry over the past year had a significant breakthrough when an €11 tracking device led Gardaí to a warehouse of stolen goods.Two men were arrested in Kilmallock in the run-up to Christmas after being tracked to a warehouse where a quad bike worth €8,000 was found.Over the last year, a spate of thefts targeting farm vehicles and in particular quad bikes and trailers, were carried out across the Mid West, North Cork and Kerry.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardaí worked with community alert schemes to curb the robberies with the issue being raised at local authority and joint policing committee meetings.Gardaí received several reports from farmers where thieves had returned on more than one occasion to steal quad bikes.The breakthrough came when a farmer, having bought his third quad bike to replace two that were previously stolen, fitted an €11 GPS tracking device he bought from a German discount store on the vehicle.On the day after the theft, the County Limerick farmer tracked his quad bike using the software supporting his GPS device and notified Gardaí who subsequently arrested two men after searching a property indicated by the tracker.Valued at €8,000, the stolen bike was found at the warehouse and two men were arrested and are now before the courts.Up to the beginning of November, 96 quad bikes had been stolen in the region and that number has increased beyond 100 over the last six weeks.More crime news here Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleNew move to get information on vacant homes in LimerickNext articleProgress on Limerick hospital 96 bed extension plan Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsCrime & CourtLimerick farmer led Gardaí to stolen property with €11 tracking deviceBy Staff Reporter – December 31, 2017 6163 Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApplast_img read more

Spanish Navy Locates 25 Migrants

first_img Spanish Navy Locates 25 Migrants October 14, 2015 The Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Serviola recently detected a 10-m long inflatable craft with 25 sub-Saharan migrants aboard.Serviola, currently engaged in a maritime security and surveillance mission, approached the boat and ascertained that both, the migrants and the boat were in good condition.The OPV informed the Maritime Surveillance and Operations Center (COVAM in its Spanish initials) to coordinate the rescue operation. The Serviola remained in the area nearby should her services be required until a Moroccan Coast Guard patrol boat arrived and took care of the migrants.Serviola, homeported in Ferrol, was built by NAVANTIA and delivered to the Spanish Navy in March 1991.Her main mission is to contribute to the State Action at sea, protecting national maritime interests within territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone, in close cooperation with other State departments with responsibilities in the maritime domain.Image: Spanish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy Locates 25 Migrants Authorities Share this article View post tag: Serviola View post tag: Spanish Navy View post tag: Migrantslast_img read more

Press release: Two companies placed in provisional liquidation

first_imgOffice currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Email [email protected] take control of the companies from those currently responsible take steps to protect the companies’ assets provide a point of contact for those who have had dealings with the companies Twitter Media Manager 0303 003 1743center_img Press Office Halifax Mannin Ltd and Hey Design Services Ltd have been placed in provisional liquidation following a hearing at the High Court on 18 December 2018.This followed applications issued by the Insolvency Service on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.Halifax Mannin’s registered office is in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, and Hey Design Services’ registered office is in Birmingham.The Official Receiver has been appointed as the provisional liquidator and has responsibilities to protect the companies’ assets pending the outcome of a petition to wind up the companies in the public interest.As provisional liquidator the Official Receiver will: The provisional liquidator also has the power to investigate the affairs of the companies to protect assets including any third party, or trust monies, or assets in the possession of, or under the control of the companies.The cases are now subject to High Court action and no further information will be made available until the petitions are heard on 1 March 2019.All public enquiries concerning the affairs of the companies should be made to: The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 2 Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, London Road, Manchester, M1 3BN.Notes to editorsHalifax Mannin Ltd – company registration number 10894972 – was incorporated on 2 August 2017. The company’s registered office is at The Old Police House, Trawsfynydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 4RW.Hey Design Services Ltd – company registration number 09851082 – was incorporated on 2 November 2015. The company’s registered office is at 22 Ellerton Road, Birmingham B44 0QD.The petitions were presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986. The Official Receiver was appointed as provisional liquidator of the companies on 18 December 2018 by HHJ Halliwell, a Judge of the High Court.Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service, uses powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Further information about live company investigations is available here.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available here.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7637 6498 LinkedIn YouTubelast_img read more

Press release: Environment Agency Board member reappointed

first_imgSecretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, has reappointed Maria Adebowale-Schwarte for a second term on the Board of the Environment Agency. Maria’s second term will run from 1 July 2019 until 30 June 2022.All appointments to the Environment Agency Board are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The reappointment complies with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.Board members provide non-executive leadership challenge and support to the Environment Agency’s executive through regular Board meetings, committees and groups. They also undertake individual lead roles on relevant issues and with local operational teams.The Environment Agency is a Non-Departmental Public Body set up under the Environment Act 1995 to take an integrated approach to environmental protection and enhancement in England. It has major responsibilities in flood management, water resources and quality, climate change, land quality, chemicals, pollution prevention and control, waste, conservation and biodiversity, fisheries conservation, air quality and navigation.There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be declared. Maria has confirmed that she has not undertaken any significant political activity during the past five years.Environment Agency Board members receive remuneration of £350 per day. Maria will receive £16,800 per year based on a time commitment of four days per month.Biographical detailsMaria Adebowale-SchwarteMaria is an urban place and cities strategist, focusing on the environment, local economic and social prosperity, green spaces, cross-sector collaboration and community participation. She is currently the Director of Living Space Project, an urban place making and green space think tank and consultancy. Maria is also an adviser to charitable foundations and grant-makers.Maria was the first recipient of the Clore Social Leadership Environment Fellowship and her prior appointments include Commissioner of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and Commissioner of English Heritage. She has served on a number of advisory committees for Defra, MHCLG, Natural England, Big Lottery Fund, Joint Ministerial Task Force on Climate Change and Nesta and was a member of the Raynsford Review of Planning task force.Maria is on the board of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a Commissioner on the Mayor of London’s Sustainable Development Commission and an Affiliate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.last_img read more

Marcus King Talks Reckoning With His Own Expectations, Focused Songwriting, & Calling Nashville Home [Interview/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images The Marcus King Band’s star has risen exponentially over the course of this past year. In just over twelve months, the band released the Due North EP, hit the road with Tedeschi Trucks Band for their annual Wheels of Soul tour, extensively toured Europe while also headlining countless shows throughout North America, and somehow still found time to squeeze in the recording, promotion, and release of their third studio album, Carolina Confessions.During the ongoing tour, Live For Live Music sat down with the band’s frontman, the electrifying young Marcus King, to discuss Carolina Confessions, King’s newfound love for vintage guitars, his thoughts on mental health issues within the entertainment industry, the influence of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on his personal spending habits, as well as whether or not there’s any truth to the rumor that he’s a terrible driver.‘Carolina Confessions’ Is A True Studio RecordPhoto: Robert ForteKing and his bandmates made the decision to bring in Nashville heavyweight Dave Cobb to help with the production of their latest release. Cobb is not a “player” in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, the legendary producer’s musical acumen resides more around creating a unique sound, direction, and vision for the artists he’s worked with—a list that includes Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Brandie Carlile, to name but a few. It was a choice that may have left some segments within the music industry and even some of the Marcus King Band’s own fervid fan base scratching their heads, but make no mistake: Carolina Confessions’ sonic departure from the band’s previous records is exactly what King was hoping to achieve.“Had we just brought in another ‘player,’” King suspects, “Carolina Confessions could have wound up being molded around the playability of the group again, and that’s just not what I wanted for this album. With this record, I just began becoming comfortable with the idea of calling myself a songwriter and a composer. Having somebody like Dave come in was the best move for us because those were the things that I wasn’t feeling as confident about.”King appreciates the divergent sonic direction Cobb’s influence helped the band achieve on the new album as compared to the band’s previous records. “I think that some of those sixteen-bar, tasteful, shorter solos that give people a taste of what I want to say would have turned into these thirty-two-bar, really long solos,” Marcus explains. “That could have steered Carolina Confessions in more of a jammed-out direction, which would have been fine, but I wanted there to be a definitive difference between the studio recordings and the live versions of these songs this time around.”Anyone that’s seen The Marcus King Band live can attest to the fact that if you’re going to their shows expecting to hear the recorded versions of their music, you probably should have just stayed at home and listened to the vinyl. But Marcus had a different goal for his studio cuts this time around.“What’s really different about this record is the fact that the songs weren’t road tested before we cut them,” he says. “For Carolina Confessions, I wanted all the songs to be conceived right there in the studio, so that when we played them live we’d be able to approach them from completely different directions.”Not A Double-Threat, But A Triple-ThreatPhoto: Robert ForteConsidering Marcus King’s soulful and emotive vocals, some may be surprised to learn that the frontman never intended to be a singer. However, anyone that knows King personally or professionally wouldn’t be shocked to hear that his ambition to bring ever more to the table as an artist is what drives him. “What I wanted to do with this record was show the other side of who I am, which is a writer,” Marcus confides. “I wanted to show that writing could be one of my strong suits and that I was more than just a singer or just a guitar player.”“This is the first record where I also really felt like a vocalist,” he confesses. “My first two albums, I felt like a guitar player that was singing almost out of necessity because no one else was going to do it. Carolina Confessions is the first album where I feel like my playing, my singing and my songwriting are all on the same level playing field.”Learning To Fly Like A CrowPhoto: Robert ForteEarlier this year, King hit the road with Chris Robinson and his Black Crowes spinoff project, As the Crow Flies. Although the tour played to sold-out audiences and fans instantly clamored for future dates, the band was very much a work in progress from its outset. King and his As the Crow Flies cohorts are looking to return to The Capitol Theatre—where they played their first-ever shows—for their two-night New Year’s run with more experience and a renewed focus.“I feel really strongly about the fact we’re coming back to the venue where we did the first-ever show that, for some reason, we also decided to video and record for people to listen to for years to come,” King laments about ATCF’s first visit to The Cap. “That was such a poor example of what the band was really about. I don’t know if I speak for the rest of the group, but that first night there was so much hesitation on my part and so much worry that I wasn’t going to be able to do the parts that Rich [Robinson] wrote any justice.”“As I grew into myself on that tour, I had to really get it into my mind that I was playing Rich’s parts, but I was putting my interpretation on to them,” he says. “As that tour went on, I became much more confident with that idea while also doing my best to pay respect to those songs and the Black Crowes fantastic catalog of music.”The Marcus King Band is, in every sense of the word, a band of brothers—and young ones, at that. His own bandmates, like King himself, are all in their early- to mid-twenties. With As the Crow Flies, in addition to simply learning the music and how to play with this group, King had to become comfortable with being on the road with virtual strangers who were decades his senior.“A big part of that initial ATCF tour was all of us getting to know each other off the stage. There was this thirty-year age gap between some of us, so I kind of felt outside of the club at times.” Of course, that distance began to narrow as the tour went on. Explains Marcus, “We all got to know each other and that mutual respect was built and gained just through nights of us playing and trying to prove ourselves to each other. So this time we’re all going to be able to come out on the same page. That should make for a very different show at The Capitol Theatre this time around.”Putting Down Roots In Music CityPhoto: Robert ForteIn lockstep with the theme of “change,” Marcus King recently made the decision to move away from the only place he’s ever called home, Greenville, South Carolina. Where will King be hanging his hat when he steps off the tour bus for a few weeks in December? Where else but Music City—Nashville, TN.“Being able to move to an industry town that’s also only a handful of hours from hometown is very comforting to me,” he explains, “Nashville is this hotbed of incredible musicians that you can spend time with and write with. East Nashville also has this Bohemian type of community that I want to tap into. I like the idea of being a part of that kind of community … When I’m on the road, I have such a strong sense of family, and when I get back home, it can just be so damn lonely at times.”“One thing that I think that’s going to be cool about living in Nashville is that I’m going to be able to go out and enjoy jams again,” he notes with excitement. “When you go out in Nashville, you have a good shot of running into an Audley Freed or a Paul Franklin, so you’re not going to be the only hotshot in the room, if you know what I mean. I also like being challenged by other musicians, and Nashville is one of the best places for that.”Battling His Own ExpectationsPhoto: Robert ForteThe Marcus King Band has become renowned for their bombastic live shows as well as for the intimate connections they make with the audiences they play to. Although their fans display a tremendous amount of adulation for the band before, during and after their live shows, King and his bandmates—like many artists—sometimes struggle with self-criticism and the anxiety of performing.“I think many live performers suffer from those things,” he reckons. “It’s a battle you’re never going to win because it’s never going to be perfect. My thing is this, when we get up on stage, we’re going to try and put on the best show we can and sometimes we’re going to come up short. As young musicians, we’re all still learning how to accept a bad night and we’re starting to grow from it instead of just being down from it.”This phenomenon manifested during the band’s two recent sold-out nights at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fans at both performances went, for a lack of a better term, bat-shit crazy for the band each night. However, as the band made their way off stage following night one’s performance, something didn’t feel quite right for King and his bandmates. “I keep it no secret from my fans my struggles with mental health issues and the terrible anxiety that keeps me from enjoying things sometimes,” he asserts. “That first night in Cambridge, unfortunately, was one of those nights where things just didn’t really add up for me. I had too many people around me at one point, and my social anxiety kind of just took control. It ended up being one of those nights where I felt like I was kind of being thrown up on stage versus going up there on my own accord.”“Going out the next night in Cambridge and trying to move forward and learn from that is the same thing that could be said about any of our fans that may suffer from some of the same things I do,” he reflects. “These social anxieties and this manic behavior [are] going to affect a lot of social situations in your life. But at the risk of trying not to sound like an asshole, they shouldn’t keep you from continuing to go out there and trying to be the best you you can be.”The Rejuvenating Power of Vintage InstrumentsPhoto: Robert ForteFor the vast majority of King’s life, he’s almost strictly stuck to playing and recording with his 1962 Gibson ES-345. However, over the course of the past year or so, he’s begun a burgeoning love affair with vintage guitars.“When I think about it,” he muses, “It’s almost like something that would be portrayed in an autobiographical type of movie. When I first got to Nashville, I went into Studio A and I picked up this 66’ Fender Esquire, which is like a Telecaster, and I was hooked. It rejuvenated me as a player because I had really been into that ‘chicken pickin’ stuff since a young age. That Telecaster just brought me right back to that moment and how fucking stoked I was listening to that type of playing.”“Vintage guitars also have so much character and so much more to say,” he continues, “but it’s not something I really talk about too much because the unfortunate thing is, it’s not a luxury everyone can afford. I’ve had this great blessing of knowing some guitar dealers that have helped me out. We’re not out here getting rich; we’re out here making music. But when I can, I choose to make that music with vintage guitars.”One such dealer King has worked with is Banker Custom Guitars, based out of Atlanta, Georgia and helmed by Matt Hughes. Hughes has manufactured a number of guitars for King as well as other southeast-based players like Charlie Starr and Paul Jackson of Blackberry Smoke.“Matt Hughes of Banker Custom Guitars was someone I happened to meet when I was playing with Blackberry Smoke in Macon, Georgia,” King explains. “I saw this funky Les Paul Jr. lying around so I asked Paul (Jackson) about it, and he told me that Matt Hughes from Banker Guitars had made it for him.”“Matt then ended up building me this Les Paul that I love. Not too long after that, Matt hit me up and told me that he had cut out a few Firebird-style bodies that were all non-reverse. I don’t like non-reverse Firebirds at all, that’s something you should know about me. So I asked Matt if he could cut me out a reverse Firebird so I could see how it looked. So he did, and man, that guitar came out so fucking clean. Matt built that guitar for me out of nothing but a slab of mahogany wood, aged it to perfection, and put binding on it. It’s just this Cadillac of elegance and a really phenomenal guitar.”“Matt and his wife, Darby, are also some of the best people to be around. These relationships that I’ve built are just so valuable to me—not only because of these guys’ incredible skill sets, but because they’re also great human beings. If somebody built me a guitar and it was great but they were an asshole, it just wouldn’t work out.”Driving On The Road To SuccessPhoto: Robert ForteWhen King loads up his U-Haul full of gear and moves to Nashville in December, he’ll be going to a city where he already has a few friends in place to show him the ropes. One such individual will be Dan Auerbach, who teamed up with King to co-write Carolina Confessions track “How Long”. As it turned out, Auerbach didn’t just have a musical influence on the band’s new record—he was also instrumental in helping King decide what type of car he should purchase to cruise around the streets of Nashville.“I’ve never been a car guy and I’m still not,” Marcus admits. “I’ve driven minivans all my life. The first minivan my dad ever bought for me was this ’94 Transport that looked like an anteater. As it turned out, that minivan ended up being the perfect cloaking device for a stoner in South Carolina because in the pale moonlight, I kind of look like a soccer mom anyway. Peggy Sue was the name of that minivan, and it’s still running.”“One thing I found out about myself recently was that I wanted a car that had some style and I think that may have stemmed from the last time I hung out with my good friend Dan Auerbach. Dan has this old truck parked in his yard and a late 90’s black Cadillac, so told him I was thinking about buying an old truck. Dan said, ‘Bro, I keep that old truck back here just to deter my friends from buying old trucks. It’s a lawn ornament, man. Don’t do it, you’ll have to work on it all the time.’ Auerbach said, ‘Get you a Cadillac, man, you’ll never go over the speed limit in a Cadillac because you’ll be way too cozy.’”“Those words really stuck with me,” says King. “So I started looking for the right Cadillac for me, and what I came up with was this 1980 El Dorado with a tire on the back. That’s my new whip, I just have to name it.”Pedestrians and fellow road warriors may want to be on the lookout for King on the streets of Nashville, the word among those close to him is that he may a kind of terrible driver. “I guess I probably used to be a bad driver,” he says. “I’m usually fidgeting with something while I’m driving, but somehow I always find a way to get us where we’re going safely without running into anything. I think I’m a fine driver.”When the topic of Marcus’ driving came up backstage at the Sinclair shows, all of his bandmates quickly concurred that piloting a vehicle wasn’t exactly his strong suit. As you might expect, King still disagrees with his bandmates’ sentiments. After all, if there’s any hole in his skill set, you can bet that Marcus King won’t stop working until he masters it.Below, you can peruse a gallery of photos from The Marcus King Band’s ongoing Carolina Confessions tour. For a full list of their upcoming tour dates, head here.The Marcus King Band | Carolina Confessions Tour | November 2018 | Photos: Robert Fortelast_img read more

Want to do well? Then do good

first_imgSteven Rogers, M.B.A. ’85, believes that those who are blessed have a responsibility to find solutions to problems, to create something that benefits society.The way to do that, he believes, can be found in entrepreneurship.“Those who have success at entrepreneurship, it not only provides them the freedom to be whoever they want to be, but more importantly it provides them with the freedom to uplift others, and make society a better place,” Rogers, the M.B.A. Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), told the capacity audience of 150 people at the Harvard Ed Portal on Sept. 5.His lecture, “High Growth Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Strategy,” was part of the 10th annual Faculty Speaker Series.Before coming to Harvard, Rogers spent 17 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was the most decorated professor in the school’s history. But Rogers wanted to come back to Harvard to teach his favorite class, entrepreneurial finance. Understanding that, he said, is key.“I believe we can create a whole: great business success combined with giving back. One plus one equals three,” he said.Entrepreneurship — identifying problems and creating ways to solve them — can change society, especially in underserved communities, Rogers said. This concept is so important to him that he changed the HBS curriculum. He saw that less than 1 percent of the 10,000 published case studies feature black protagonists, so he started “Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship,” which teaches M.B.A. students to help black businessmen and -women address common business challenges using their own skills.“This is about how people of both genders, and all ethnicities and races, can come to understand the social benefits of entrepreneurship,” Rogers said. “I believe that at Harvard, and Harvard Business School in particular, it’s imperative we look at things and expect people to be the whole person — one who is not only intellectually brilliant, but also a person who is part of society and gives back to society.”Robert A. Lue, faculty director of the Ed Portal and of HarvardX, said Rogers brought to his class and the Faculty Series “an essential global perspective on what it means to think strategically, how to be entrepreneurial, and how to think about the challenges facing the world and our need to empower both ourselves and each other to meet these challenges.”And Rogers’ agenda at the Ed Portal was simple: to engage the audience in a discussion about problems, strategic solutions, their relationship with entrepreneurship, and its importance to a broad community.“Entrepreneurship is a tool for providing something beneficial to society. First, we identify a problem — an unmet customer demand — then we create a company to solve it,” said Rogers. “That is the cornerstone of innovation.”This was the first time Rogers lectured to the general public, and in an affable style he began by sharing stories of how his two daughters made their own entrepreneurial marks.His oldest daughter, Akilah Naeem Rogers, Williams College ’07 and HBS ’10, identified the need for high-quality affordable housing on Chicago’s South Side. To address it, she started her own company to buy foreclosed properties in the neighborhood, fix them up and rent them to Section 8 tenants. His younger girl, Ariel Nailah Rogers, Princeton ’09 and Kellogg School of Management ’12, used her degree in aerospace mechanical engineering to teach mathematics at Urban Prep Academies, a charter school serving boys from economically disadvantaged households in Chicago. The school now boasts a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate.“Behavior is reflective of socio-economic circumstances. Most in prison do not have a high school education,” Rogers said. “It costs more on average to incarcerate a man than to send a man to Harvard.”Rogers said not all problems require massive, innovative change. Problems and solutions come in all areas, shapes, and sizes — like, he said, they did in the early days of the fast-food industry.He began with McDonald’s. After singing the company’s original theme song, Rogers explained that it had based its success on the concept of food standardization, mass production, and uniformity. Burger King followed that by identifying the unmet demand of customization, or the build-to-order concept; Wendy’s in turn built on that by offering salads, something neither McDonald’s nor Burger King had done.Rogers said that once a problem is identified, strategy is utilized to solve it — and an entrepreneur doesn’t have to have the first strategy, he said, just a different one.“How is your solution different, what makes you different than what’s out there already?”He offered plenty of other examples of innovation and strategy, such as Ikea’s concept of inexpensive, build-it-yourself furniture, or Steve Jobs’ inventing the iPod to improve on the portable music players then available.“Identify an opportunity to create something. Entrepreneurs do something for society, they create jobs, which create self-sufficient people, which creates healthy communities,” Rogers said.Phinn Lauenstein-Denjongpa ’13 did just that. An alumnus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in 2006 the Beverly resident opened the Taktse International School for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in the remote Himalayas. On Sept. 5, he brought two of the school’s graduates who now attend college in Massachusetts to the lecture.“They are both interested in entrepreneurship and I thought this would be a great opportunity for them to learn more about how that works in this country,” he said. “I am so pleased we could come.”Gregory Laskey drove nearly an hour from Grafton to attend the lecture. The recent University of Massachusetts graduate hoped it would expand his ideas for finding a job.“I graduated in May with a degree in marketing and am training to be a financial advisor, and wouldn’t mind starting something for myself,” he said.Nicholaus Mollel, a Watertown resident from Tanzania, is a software engineer whose projects involve working with people in East Africa.“Entrepreneurship is always in the back of my mind. I came open-minded tonight,” he said. “Ideal growth means different things to different people. I wanted to see what Steven Rogers’ take is on it.”Rogers said there are two kinds of entrepreneurs: lifestyle, and high-growth. Both meet a demand, but lifestyle entrepreneurs, or mom-and-pop businesses, simply provide an adequate income for themselves and their families. High-growth entrepreneurs put capital at risk and employ people, creating wealth for everyone involved.“To be a successful high-growth entrepreneur means constantly thinking strategically. The more jobs you create, the better off society is,” Rogers said.“Our philosophy at HBS is, you are responsible for being a leader who helps change the world. This whole purpose of being here is bigger than you. Money is good, but it has to be about something more than just money.”last_img read more

Carroll to ring in Christmas season

first_img Wilson, who served as hall president last year, said more than 700 people have confirmed their attendance on the Facebook event page. “If you only make it out to Carroll once, this is the night [to go],” said senior Rob Wilson, a Resident Assistant in Carroll. “Carroll Christmas has grown quite a bit over the years,” Lewis said. “We started out with about 150 people in attendance and now have over 500.” This year’s event also marks the 10th Carroll Christmas for rector Fr. James Lewis. Lewis said the residents of Carroll Hall are excited about planning the event each year. The Christmas season unofficially kicks off tonight with the 13th annual Carroll Christmas, when many students will make the snowy trek to Carroll Hall for the dorm’s signature event. The residence hall will also collect donations for Toys for Tots at the event. “It’s really nice to do something charitable during the Christmas season,” he said. “The dorm community threw Carroll Christmas into high gear about five years ago by increasing the decorations, food and drink, and adding the opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa,” Lewis said. “More recently, we added Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves to the mix.” “It’s very competitive,” he said. “Yes, the guys will bake cookies, and no, they never win.” The annual event, which drew more than 1,000 students last year, will feature a Christmas tree lighting, a cookie contest and an opportunity for pictures with Santa Claus. “It’s great that we are able to get such a high number of people to participate, given that we are the smallest dorm on campus,” he said. Wilson said Carroll Christmas is a great bonding event for the residents of Carroll Hall. “We had tremendous help from our entire dorm, especially our freshmen,” he said. “Everyone has really embraced the event.” The Student Activities Office (SAO) funds Carroll Christmas, Wilson said. Lewis said the cookie contest became a big part of Carroll Christmas. “My favorite part of Carroll Christmas is Christmas Karaoke,” Wilson said. “It’s a really fun time to be able to just sing Christmas carols with a bunch of your friends after a week of preparing for the event. I would say it’s definitely most people’s favorite part of the event too.”last_img read more

Three credit unions ink naming rights deals

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions in California, Florida and Hawaii recently signed naming rights deals with college football programs to broaden their brand name recognition with students in an effort to attract a new generation of members.On Sept. 10, CEFCU Stadium – Home of the Spartans at San Jose State University hosted its first football game against Portland State.Last month, San Jose State University and the $5.4 billion Citizens Equity First Credit Union announced a $8.7 million, 15-year deal to rename the 30,456-seat stadium after the Peoria, Ill.-based cooperative. In 2008, CEFCU acquired the San Jose-based Valley Credit Union in a purchase and assumption agreement after the California credit union had been placed into receivership.The Valley name was kept until 2011 when its name was changed to CEFCU. Even though the credit union has been growing its members, deposits and loans by double digits, the San Jose market is very large and CEFCU needed to increase its brand recognition among consumers, CEFCU President/CEO Mark A. Spenny said. continue reading »last_img read more

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Some cities using lotteries to ration flu vaccine

first_img Providing easy access to hand sanitizers Eligible residents can add their names to the existing pool of about 1,600 until Nov 12. Next week, health department employees will draw the names. Important as it could be for those chosen, McKim said the drawing will take place without fanfare. To date, 29 states have reported flu cases to the CDC, Gerberding said during a teleconference Nov 9, but the number of cases is well within normal limits. See also: The department announced the same day that it was shipping its available vaccine supply of about 74,000 doses to local health departments and to providers in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which helps needy children. The shipments included 42,000 doses for the VFC program and 32,000 doses for health departments. Placing a box of surgical masks as close to the entry as possible “ACIP [the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises CDC] has given us a national standard,” he said. “I don’t have a scientific basis on which to re-prioritize.” After learning of his situation, a retirement home offered Pallotto a dose of its leftover vaccine. The AP reported he would get the shot on Nov 9. A survey of healthcare and home-care agencies in New York showed a need for about 1.4 million doses of vaccine, of which the agencies have received only 460,000 doses, said Robert Kenney, a spokesman for the state’s health department, in a Nov 3 phone interview. “It’s a clue. And we don’t know if it’s going to be a useful clue or not,” she was quoted as saying. Colorado: Following CDC rules, mostly Vaccine doses were to be allocated to health departments on the basis of population. Some counties may offer those vaccines to local long-term care facilities or to healthcare providers for high-risk patients, officials said. The amounts do not include those for New York City, which is receiving its own supply of redistributed flu vaccine from the CDC, the announcement said. Separating patients with respiratory illnesses from other patients California: Honing hygiene practices New York: doses for kids distributed About 1,600 eligible Quincy residents had entered their names for the flu-shot lottery as of yesterday, said Karen McKim, RN, a public health nurse in the city health department. The city received about 1,000 doses from the state and had separately purchased another 300 doses for city employees, she said. Now all 1,300 doses will be used for seniors and the chronically ill. The Mendocino County Public Health Department departed from CDC recommendations to limit the number of people eligible for vaccines, according to a report published Nov 6 in the Ukiah Daily Journal. The county is recommending people ages 70 and older get flu shots, as opposed to the CDC guideline of anybody 65 or older. The county will also tighten its definition for chronic disease, the county’s public health nursing director, Carol Whittingslow, was quoted as saying. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials met with Illinois officials last week, but hadn’t given authorization as of Nov 8. A letter from Lester Crawford, DVM, PhD, acting commissioner of the FDA, on Oct 27 indicated FDA was trying to identify flu vaccine sources and would work with Illinois, but emphasized the importance of assuring a safe vaccine and delivery process. Vaccine has proved more plentiful than the situation indicated a month ago in Minnesota, the AP reported on Nov 7. Nursing homes have enough flu vaccine, officials told the AP. Jumps in sales might indicate that flu is emerging, Julie Gerberding told the Associated Press (AP) during the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. Within three weeks after the Chiron announcement, the state received an additional 196,000 doses, Calonge said. Those have been distributed according to the CDC guidelines, with eligible residents receiving shots on a first-come, first-served basis, he said. He expressed a concern that straying from those guidelines could lead to liability problems. Sixty-two-year-old Nick Pallotto, who works as Santa Claus each year, entered the limelight when a Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic denied him a flu shot on Nov 6. “We consider this the highest of the high priorities,” McKim said. “There’s going to be so many of us drawing the names, just to get this done. Then we’ll have to alphabetize them all and call them back,” she said. More than 200,000 doses of vaccine reached Colorado before Chiron’s vaccine lots were condemned in early October, Calonge said today. “It was given out in mass flu-vaccination clinics,” and authorities don’t know how many of those doses reached the highest-priority patients. Providing masks to all patients with symptoms of a respiratory illness The shots will go to county health departments, which will determine how to allocate them, a spokesman told the AP One low-risk state resident made national news this week when he tried to obtain a flu shot. Scrambling for vaccine: A sampling of responses (Oct 28, 2004, series article) Quincy public health officials once vaccinated as many as 5,000 people each flu season, but budget woes forced them to reduce that number to about 2,400 people in recent years, McKim said. This year, a number of vaccine doses have been distributed to pediatricians, so the public health department is focusing on the 75-and-older crowd and younger adults with provable, serious chronic diseases. The Florida Health Department said it is receiving 140,000 doses of flu over the next week, according to a Nov 8 AP story. That follows the delivery of 440,000 doses 2 weeks ago, the AP said. Pallotto is too young and healthy to be vaccinated, the AP reported. But his work as Santa brought about 10,000 kids to his lap in 2003, which is why he gets a flu shot every year, he told a reporter. “We have a high senior population and we found it [a lottery] was probably the fairest way to do it,” McKim told CIDRAP News. Florida: Phase two of vaccinating Minnesota: Supplies unexpectedly improved Nov 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Massachusetts residents in at least three communities are hoping to obtain flu shots through the luck of the draw as local health departments seek the fairest way to distribute limited vaccine supplies among those who need them the most. Colorado has an estimated 1.1 to 1.2 million people eligible for vaccination this year, said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Below are glimpses of what’s happening in several other states. At the national level, the director of the CDC has announced a plan to monitor sales of over-the-counter drugs as one way to spot local influenza outbreaks, she told reporters on Nov 7. A month ago most nursing homes in the state lacked vaccine, but enough has since been found to supply all 405 facilities. Officials say that the state has received a total of about 800,000 doses of vaccine. In Massachusetts, local departments are free to develop their own distribution plan, providing they hew to statewide emergency eligibility rules: vaccine can be given to seniors 75 years and older, children 6 to 23 months old, patients with severe chronic illness, and pregnant women, according to a Nov 7 Boston Globe story. Those guidelines are more restrictive than the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Redefining eligibility is increasingly common as state and local departments try to stretch vaccine supplies in a time of shortage. In Massachusetts, the Holyoke, Quincy, and Upton health departments are conducting lotteries. Unwilling to watch this flu season unfold with such limited vaccine, governors in two states have announced they will try to buy vaccine from European wholesalers, though neither state has federal approval to make the purchases, the AP reported on Nov 4. New Mexico and Illinois want to import about 400,000 doses combined, the story said. The same story reported that the health department sent a letter to physicians recommending a few simple steps to improve respiratory hygiene in clinics, including:last_img read more